Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday at The Suffern Free Library, Suffern NY The summer may be half over, but there's still plenty of time left to enjoy the warm weather and all that Suffern has to offer.   A great place to visit for all sorts of summer fun is our local Suffern Free Library. The lib...
Rockland County, Suffern NY - Free Summer Concert Series           Despite the economic downturn, many Rockland County towns, the village of Suffern among them, are continueing their tradition of free summer concerts.  The Village of Suffern's summer concert series is well underway.  If you've mi...
  For those of you thinking of cleaning their decks by pressure washing, think again!  According to Jay Markanich it's about the worst thing for your deck.  Here's why.   I tell my neighbors.  I tell my clients.  I tell everybody who will listen.  NEVER pressure wash a deck!  When the pressure-wa...
  In today's economic environment, all of us are trying to save money.  Karen Rittenhouse has put together a great list of 30 ways to save money on utilities.  I've implmented most of them and have seen a drop in my monthly bills.  Why not try them. You'll be saving money with the added benefit o...
Here's a great list from Susan Grant of some essential questions to ask when you meet with a lender. 10 Questions to Ask Your Lender 1. What are the most popular mortgages you offer? Why are they so popular? 2. Which type of mortgage plan do you think would be best for me? Why? 3. Are your rates...
Do you recommend a pre-sale home inspection to your seller clients?  Yvette Chisholm suggests some good things to consider before you do (or don't).Does a seller hire a home inspector before putting the house on the market?   Some Say Yes - Others Say No - I say it depends... If you hire a great ...
You found your dream home, you were lucky enough to get a mortgage commitment, what next? Here's some great advice from Larry Bettag. Here's the deal Your credit will be re-pulled prior to closing!  Book it! Bank on it! Expect it! Last month we had about 1500 closings and two issues came up prio...
  For those of you doing a remodel, or updating your floors and wondering whether to go the route of prefinished or unfinished wood floors, Debbie Gartner does a great job of comparing some of the advanatges and disadvantages of both.   I'm often asked whether prefinished hardwood or unfinished h...
  For those of you shopping for a home and an agent to represent you in the purchase, Here's a great explanation of the ins and outs of Buyer Broker Agreements by Pat Kennedy, one of the gents who pioneered buyer brokerage.   Earlier this week, I wrote Hey! Look Me Over! with advice on what to lo...
Have you ever wondered why Fourth of July is synonymous with Fireworks.  Anna Kruchten tells us how the tradition started. July Fourth Fun FactWhy Fireworks? When you think 4th of July, your mind probably immediately pictures fireworks exploding high above your head and into the Phoenix sky. But...

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