Armonk, NY Real Estate News

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
You have reviewed what went right in 2011 and what you would have done differently.  Taking lessons learned you then set your goals for 2012.  Are you confident that the goals will be achieved or are you merely hopeful?   Join us on Wednesday,  January 18, 2012 for a workshop and setting yourself up for success this year.   Who should attend:   Agency owners Branch Managers Agents Human Resource and Employee Development Professionals Sales Trainers Independent Business Owners   The two-hour workshop will focus on   How to Work at Peak Performance, Achieve Your Goals, and Get Great Results from Your Team.   ·         A winning formula for success ·         A simple 7 step process to reach all of your business and personal goals ·         How you can learn more effectively and teach other...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Let me introduce you to a bright young business owner, Mark Aakjar.  Mark is owner of Mark’s Inspections.  I have known Mark for several years.  In 2008 Mark had worked as a site project manager.  Sensing the shifting economic picture, Mark developed his new business.  Mark is a certified Home Inspector.  In just a few short years Mark has made his Mark on the home inspection industry in Westchester County.  His name is continually mentioned by real estate professionals and real estate attorneys.    I work with business owners and I find Mark’s tenacity to be truly remarkable.  During a construction and home buying downturn Mark aggressively marketed himself and his company.  Mark has developed strategic alliances with realtors, attorneys, title companies, to name a few.  He works his b...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Based on the current business environment it really has become an employer's market.   Employees are much less likely to change roles or companies based on fewer job opportunities and fear of the unknown. Many employees have made the decision that there is more security staying in their current role even if their company made some cutbacks. Employers currently have the upper hand but that won't last for long. As the business environment continues to achieve positive traction and new opportunities present themselves, disengaged employees will begin looking elsewhere. How many employees in your company have mentally quit and are just waiting for the right opportunity to present itself?   I would recommend looking at three important issues: ·     What is employee disengagement costing you ...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Have you ever thought about using video to tell your story?  Let me introduce you to a professional videographer, my friend Matt Lagle.   Matt Lagle is an Emmy award winning director with over 25 years of professional television production experience.    Matt was a director on the long running CBS Daytime drama”The Guiding Light.”  It is clear that Matt has a unique ability to tell a story and to help a business differentiate itself from its competition.   Matt has showcased interior designers, home inspectors, real estate salespeople and real estate properties, and many others.  And here are some examples:       But I came to Matt with a special challenge.  I am a management consultant.  My value is the results I help my clients achieve.  Help me tell that story.  Using his creative ge...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Successful organizations are continually looking for ways and areas to improve in order to gain a competitive advantage. Two critical questions that are often asked by Senior Management are, “How do we know that resources are being properly allocated, and how can we better utilize our limited resources?” These questions moved us to examine the whole issue of what the critical elements are which contribute to organizational success. As a result of this examination, we discovered that when an organization’s systems and departments are aligned, the greater their success. Here is a quick checkup.  Ask everyone on your team, “What are the top three goals of our organization”? If you receive exactly the same 3 answers from ALL of your staff, Congratulations! However, if you receive more than ...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
  When you do your company strategic plan this is a question that you may need to consider.   This is an interesting question with no clear answer. There is not one single established definition for sustainability, and there probably never will be. Sustainability means different things to different companies as well as industries. Sustainability really started with the whole concept of being green, becoming more environmentally friendly, and paying more attention to conserving our planet’s resources. However, sustainability has become much more than that. Sustainability is a megatrend that has turned into a viable business strategy which takes into account business sustainability, economic considerations, governmental issues, as well as strong opinions from customers and stakeholders.  ...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Here is a scenario that happens with many businesses.  Individuals look to increase their skills of their business.  They attend training on the latest systems or they learn the latest sales techniques.  They get training on the features and benefits of their products and services.  When it comes time to hire an employee many business owners will search for business and industry experience. I certainly can see the importance of hiring experience.  In spite of experience, however, have you ever known of someone who had great experience and was hired with huge expectations of super performance?  Several months pass and things do not happen as expected.  Before long the person resigns or is asked to leave.  What happened? The employee knew what to do and how to do it.  But that alone does ...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
  The Furniture Sharehouse is having its annual fall drive in Armonk tomorrow – Oct. 15 from 9- 3 PM.  So for anyone who is thinking that their gently used furnishings are getting out of control…. you might want to load up the SUV and bring them to a place where they will be used by needy and grateful families. For those who do not know what the Furniture Sharehouse is all about – it is a not-for-profit furniture bank that coordinates with many social service agencies in Westchester – helping needy families to furnish homes that would be nothing but 4 bare walls without help from the commmunity.  According to Marie Graham – they have furnished nearly 1500 families so far. Now- before you load up the car – there are some guidelines so please click here so you know what is appropriate. Th...
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By Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager
(Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY)
Home Is Where There's Furniture...Lamps... And A Rug: Furniture Drive Coming To Armonk This Saturday 10/15 9am-3pm OK< we all know it’s where the heart is, too; it’s just darn hard for the heart to be happy if there is no place to sit, put your clothes away, do homework, or have a family meal. If you have unwanted furniture that's clogging up your home, let me tell you how you can make a meaningful difference in the life of a neighbor this weekend. As part of the Town of North Castle's (a.k.a. Armonk) Zero Waste Day, Furniture Sharehouse will be behind Town Hall from 9am to 3pm, accepting your donations of clean, basic, average-size usable furniture, as well as working kitchen appliances, and things like lamps, mirrors, and rugs. Furniture Sharehouse is Westchester County's non-profit f...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
What does innovation really mean to you and your business? Are your seeing things through the eyes of your customers and your employees who are your internal customers? What are your customers looking for from you? According to Peter Drucker, in order for any business to succeed, a business must attract and retain customers. The key questions obviously become, “What do my potential clients want from me? How do they want to receive it, and how do I get them to keep coming back for more?” Think about this for a moment.  What do your customers view as important?  Is it your quality, your speed, your service, your employees etc.? Now the next logical follow up questions should be, “How can I make sure this is what they want, and how can we be sure we are giving it to them?” Many organizatio...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Have you tried the Moderne Barn yet? Fine American Bistro - casual and chic at the same time. Apparently, this used to be the Furniture Barn...the place where we bought the furniture for your den 30 yrs ago.  Now, it's the Moderne Barn and I have to say it's mighty tasty (try the Tiger Shrimp...yum).  We first tried this for dinner for my dad's birthday in June.  It was great.  If you go in the evening, ask for a table upstairs...it gets really loud downstairs. My mom and I thought it would be fun to have an all girl's brunch w/ my best friend Pam, her mom, my mom and my sister-in-law Tina.  It was so much fun just having girl talk (no husbands, no kids), a nice change of pace.  I've been so busy with work, it's been challenging to set time aside with good friends a family.  I was amaze...
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By Barbara "Barb" Bodnar, Licensed Associate RE Broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
(Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
    All proceesds from the event will go to Support Connection
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
If you run a business, manage a team of people, or are charged with human resources in your organization you know how important it is to retain your best people.  So why do so many employee leave, or worse, why do they stay and become a drag on the organization? Here is a sobering fact.  Employees do not leave companies, they leave supervisors.  Many supervisors believe that if only the pay and fringe benefits were better their best employees would stay.  I would not deny the compensation is important.  However, people who are truly engaged with their company and their team have a sense of belonging.  They will not leave for a slightly better offer. On the other hand, employees who are disengaged with their workplace and with the work they do can drag down team performance. Employees wh...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
No one can deny that the last several years have been challenging for all businesses.  Many industries, professions, and jobs have been literally turned upside down.  Those who have survived did so because they had learned to do things differently.  As you have heard, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.   If that is the case, why do people resist change?  Why do people continue to do the same things and expect to get a different result?   I would like to suggest four reasons. As business owners, we need to understand why we and the people you work with may RESIST CHANGE and stay in the “Land of Status Quo.” So here are four reasons:   The first is FEAR. Fear is internal; it’s in our head. Fear is the great crippler of human ...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
If you live in the Westchester County, New York area you may have seen the article in the Journal News on Saturday, August 27th.  (I know, you may have been distracted preparing for Irene)   Three Inventors: Meet 3 people who used their career expertise to start their own businesses   I am one of the three; I have not met the other 2.  However, it is clear to me that they developed their businesses because they have passion and desire for what they do. If you are struggling in your business you should ask yourself some of these questions.   ·     Why am I in Business? ·     Why is my vision? (that is) What will I look like in 5 years or more as a successful business? ·     What makes me and my business unique? ·     Do I like this business?  It may not be easy now but am I passionate ab...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for flooring for your Westchester home in Armonk NY 10504? We know there are many choices..and sometimes the process can feel overwhelming. Whether you're looking for hardwood floors, tile, carpet, laminate flooring, or if you just want to refinish your hardwood floors, Floor Coverings International can help make the process fun and simple. We are a shop at home service. Our tagline is "We bring the store your door." This is important because first, you can see the colors in your lighting and color coordinate with paint color, cabinets and furniture. Second, it allows us to provide a true estimate for you. And, third, of course it is more convenient this way. We provide guidance - Which is the best type of flooring for your environment and your budget? We'll help explain...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Have you wondered whether you would benefit by having a coach?  Here is some information on what coaching is and what it is not.  Is it right for you?Coaching relationships vary considerably.  There are life coaches, sports coaches, health coaches, business coaches, and so forth.  Here is some information on the nature of coaching, its benefits, and how it varies from other type of consulting.Sometimes people confuse coaches with traditional consultants.  They might ask a coach for advice.  However, a coach’s role is not to provide answers or solutions.  Instead a coach helps the client develop their own potential.  If you have ever been motivated to act or energized by way of conversations you have experienced the effects of coach.Here is an example.  If a child asks you how to spell a...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Please join me in welcoming Grant Schneider to Active Rain.  Grant is a business coach...he helps turn good businesses into great ones.  I've known him for years from BNI and he is a really helpful and insightful guy.    One of the great things about Grant Schneider is that he works on so many different types of businesses...so he sees lots of different practices and then can reapply them to other businesses.  Grant just joined Active Rain and took the plunge to write his first blog post on Networking.  Please take a moment to check it out and leave him a comment.
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Can networking really lead to more business?  The answer to that question is, "it depends".  Yes it will if you have a strategy and goals prior to your networking activities.  Unfortunately, many business owners and sales people have been to events with no plan and have don a poor job of networking, leading them to believe that networking is a waste of both time and money.  However, when done correctly, networking can bring you in a wealth of business.  Most sales people and business owners will readily admit that referrals are the largest part of their business. If you want to earn business at networking events, consider the following points.Create PartnershipsThose who are networking savvy go into the meeting with the intention of creating partnerships rather than simply getting busin...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
This is the market report for the Byram Hills School district (predominantly Armonk and parts of Bedford and Mount Pleasant) for the 2nd quarter of 2011. All information is for single family homes and is sourced by the Empire Access Multiple Listing Service.  For the second quarter of 2011, 23 homes closed with a median sale price of  $970,000.  For the 2nd quarter of 2010,  29 homes closed with a median sale price of  $940,000.  Things look pretty steady here, with prices up a touch amd transaction total down some.  31 homes are under contract with a median list price of  $1,250,000.  150 homes are active with a median asking price  of $1,272,500. Inventory is high, but pending sales look to carry on in a relatively healthy volume. Armonk is home to IBM and is also close to I-684 so it...
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