The home buying process is a lengthy one and buying a home takes preperation.  As realtors we know that before a buyer is ready to make a decision to actually buy a house he has to be "prepared" to buy.  Here's a great summary by Jeff Dowler of the steps you need to take to become a "prepared b...
Watt Energy Do You Use? Did you know that 70% of all the energy used in the United States is residential? The use of appliances in our homes is ever increasing.  Did you ever wonder how much energy your typical appliances consume in kilowatts per hour?  Check out this website to get an idea of ju...
Plantains - Bananas on Steroids?? The other day while shopping with my hubby at our local Costco in Nanuet, NY, I asked him to please pick out a bunch of bananas that were not overripe.  I wanted them for later in the week when the grand-kids converged.  Since most of the lot were ready for eatin...
Here's a great post from Melissa Zavala giving an update to Wells Fargo's short sale policy.  They will no longer be granting extensions for short sale close dates, so buyers and buyer agents, take heed and make sure you meet your commitments and deadlines. Wells Fargo Short Sale Policy   I recei...
Phantom Energy Strikes!! Did you know that when you turn a TV or computer (or any appliance, for that matter) off, its not really off. As long as it's plugged in, it's using energy. This Phantom Energy may be a minimal amount of energy, but it's still energy wasted. Did you ever wonder how much o...
Liberty Science Center - 2010 Planet Real Estate Liberty Science Center was the venue for this year's Coldwell Banker's Business Conference for the Northern New Jersey and Rockland County Regions, dubbed Planet Real Estate.  What a super venue and what a super day!! Besides the usual vender displ...
Spreading the Wealth or Theft?? Is the governments current fiscal policy the equivalent of fiscal "child abuse" or is it a major step towards economic recovery?   In the long run, we will be paying for all these handouts in the form of higher taxes.  Our children's generation will suffer the cons...
National Grandparents Day - Celebrate on the Commander in Rockland County, NY Did you know that the first Sunday after Labor Day is Grandparents Day?   I'm a grandmother of 20+ grandchildren and had no idea that there was a day honoring me. Marian McQuade was the founder of National Grandparents ...
 K-9 Pool Party for charity in Suffern, NY! - Sunday, September 12th Just as the dog days of summer end, and the town gets ready to close up their pool for the season, it all goes to the dogs for one last fling.  This year's Annual Town of Ramapo dog swim is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Sep...
Rosh Hashana - Happy New Year!! This week, beginning Wednesday evening at sundown, Jews througout the world will be celebrating Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New year. The celebration of this holiday is marked with solemnity, as it is the day on which the whole world is judged for the coming year. It ...

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