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By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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When I was younger and forced by the lack of money to be a do-it-yourselfer around the house and in the garden, I dreamed of the day when I could employ others to do all that sweat labor to maintain and upgrade everything that needed to be done. That day came a long time ago, and I considered mys...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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With my recent move, I learned that hanging on to keys and identifying which key is for which lock is important because it was necessary for me to call my local Locksmith-on-Wheels in Yorktown Heights, owned by Eugene and Carl Camia, to open two locked file cabinets with long lost keys. And there...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 1
The bathroom. When you think about it, while it may not be the room you spend the most time in, it’s probably the room you visit most times during the course of the day and, if you’re in my age group, you probably visit it a little more frequently than when you were younger. I’ve been thinking a ...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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In my many years as both a homeowner and homestyles journalist, I have observed that home repair and improvement projects tend to fall into three categories: the ones you need to do, the ones you want to do, and the ones you do solely to increase the value of your home. The urgent projects you fi...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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As I recall the walls of my childhood home, a simple row home in Philadelphia owned by a first generation Italian family with limited means to decorate, I see only the large obligatory parlor mirror over the sofa and one brightly colored watercolor of gladioli dated 1940 by my Aunt Helen, a self-...
By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sales
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
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 Are their options for your buyer if you are selling your VACANT LAND? There are a few financing options for someone looking to buy your VACANT LAND. First there is always the cash option in today's economy that is very likely to be the only one available, and most builders will pay cash. Second ...
By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sales
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
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  When you look at property w/wetlands, do you know if it is buildable?   Have you ever looked at land with wetland on it and wanted to know if it was buildable?   If the land is in Westchester or Putnam Counties in New York, the changes of it being buildable are very slim. Any STRUCTURE, DRIVEWA...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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More than 25 years ago, my friend John Carr was the first person I knew who built his own home, and he was the first who taught me that installing hardwood floors cost pretty much the same as installing subflooring and wall-to-wall carpeting. And naturally, I thought, who would ever want carpetin...
By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sales
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
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  Are You Ready For The Spring Market????   The spring is when you should have the most listings you can. Buyers will flock to those agents who have the most listings. If you plan on selling 20 Listing sides then you should probably have as many as if not more than 30 listings when the spring mar...
By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sales
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
Comments 2
AFFORDABLE for under $350,000 Some of these homes need work others do not. These homes are all through out Westchester County and Putnam County. There are 2-5 bedroom home within an hour to New York City.And others a little further away for those that like to commute. You can call 845-590-5488 fo...
By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sales
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
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Update on Homes in Yorktown Heights for sale for $450,000.00 or less! There are 61 Homes under $450,000 in Yorktown Heights.These home range from $235,000.00 for a one br to a 7 br for $424,500.00. The lowest price one is $200,000.00 and the most expensive one is $450,000.00. 16 are over $400,000...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Ever since our first year of marriage, there’s always been something special to my wife and me about adding fresh cut flowers to our home decorating scheme and, to this day, mostly every week when I stop off at the A&P to pick up my copy of The Examiner, I look for the special bargains in the flo...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Each New Year’s I gaze into my crystal ball (I really have one, but let’s be real here) to predict what will happen in terms of market conditions and trends for the year ahead and I do it quite jauntily for two reasons. For one thing, I cheat and look at the crib sheets of what various experts of...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Christmas has always been an important holiday to my wife Margaret and me. Never did we think, that after so many years of being ensconced in the same house where year after year we decorated our tree in the same living room in the same corner with the same decorations, that we would be moving th...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
Comments 1
Welcome to the 300th article written by The Home Guru for The Examiner over a six-year period. Actually the Guru gestated more than a dozen years ago, first for the former North County News, as a way to promote the start-up business of a fledgling real estate agent. You may find it of interest to...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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Around this time of year, I start to see large paper bags filled with leaves parked by the roadside and I say to myself, what a waste! I just can’t understand why anyone would part with this rich resource in the life cycle of plant life. I love fallen leaves of red, brown and gold. I love their l...
By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sales
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
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Worried Ahout paying tax when you sell your home in a short sale? There is a little know loophole that may alow you to avoid paying the tax if you sell your home in a short sale. It is the insolvency exclusion, you’ll have to prove to the satisfaction of the IRS that your liabilities exceeded the...
By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sales
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
Comments 2
Are you MARKETING YOURSELF???? Self Marketing the way to go E-mails, we all like to use them. They are fast and convenient, but they require constant monituring. Put your e-mail address on everything you do and give people and check your mailbox 4-5 times a day. You should market yourself as the ...
By Thomas Santore Lic Associate Real Estate Broker, Realtor®-ABR-Land, Residential & Commercial Sales
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage/Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT)
Comments 0
Is your property with WETLANDS on it BUILDABLE? Have you ever thought of selling your land with wetlands on it and wanted to know if it was buildable? If the land is in Westchester or Putnam Counties in New York, the changes of it being buildable are very slim. Any STRUCTURE, DRIVEWAY, WELL or SE...
By Bill Primavera
(William Raveis Real Estate)
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When I received a call from a 92-year-old gentleman telling me that he had read every one of my articles since I started writing as The Home Guru, I was quite flattered. And, when he told me that he wouldn’t consider having anyone else sell the house that he had lived in since he was married, I w...

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