New Rochelle, NY Real Estate News

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for carpeting for your home in New Rochelle NY? Whether you're looking for carpeting for your bedroom, living room, family room or basement or even the whole house, we know it can be challenging to find the right carpet. How do you know which type of carpet is best for each setting? Which is right for your home and your budget? Which types are better for steps and high traffic areas? Which colors work best? Which ones last longer and which hide or repel dirt the best? Who should you have install your carpet? There's really a lot to consider and sometimes it gets overwhelming and more confusing when you go to a store. Well here's where we can help. We make finding carpeting simple. We "bring the store to your door." That way, you can see the samples in your own lighting -...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
 As just posted on my web site http://www.gayrosen.com/newsletter.html , another busy week in New Rochelle... http://www.gayrosen.com/newsletter.html SOLD/ In Contract - New Rochelle Properties   2/19 -2/26/2011SOLD 2/19 -2/26/2011 Single Family Homes   10804 zip code, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 3400 sq. ft., Sales Price $915,000 (Original Price  $925,000) SOLD  Condos   None SOLD Co-ops   10804 coop, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath,  825 sq. ft., Sales Price $162,500 (Original Price $225,000)SOLD Multi Families 10801, 2 Family: 1 One Bedroom Unit, 1 Two Bedroom Unit, 2500 sq. ft. Sales Price $312,000) Original List Price $429,000),IN CONTRACT 2/12- 2/19  Single Family Properties in ContractScarsdale P.O., 10583, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1667 sq. ft., List Price $535,000  268 Days on the Market (Original Lis...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
  As I have been featuring in my web site newsletter each week, http://www.gayrosen.com/newsletter.html  below please find the most recent sold properties and propertise that have gone into contract in new Rochelle SOLD/ In Contract - New Rochelle Properties   2/12 -2/19/2011SOLD 2/12 -2/19/2011 Single Family Homes  10801, 6 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, 3050 sq. ft., Sales Price $450,000 (Original Price $549,000)10804,4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 1950 sq. ft. Sales Price $555,000 (Original Price 619,900)10804, 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths,3744 sq. ft., Sales Price $700,000 (Original Price $850,000)10804, 3 Bedrooms, 3.2 Baths, 3226 sq., ft., Sales Price $965,000 (Original Price $999,000)10805, 8 Bedrooms, 5.1 Baths,  6841 sq.ft., Sales Price $1,500,000 (Original Price $2,395,000)SOLD  Condos    10805, 1 Bedroom...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
Well, the answer to that is New Rochelle's Office for the Aging... Hillary, then First Lady, visited the Center whilst on the campaign trail for former President Clinton and his second election.  Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Nita Lowey have been to the Center on several occasions. Why? As I wrote in my blog on  http://www.guidemehome2westchester.com/2011/2/18/new-rochelle-s-office-for-the-aging-the-hugh-a-doyle-senior-center   I had the pleasure of visiting this with Ms. Phillis Maucieri, the Executive Director of New Rochelle's Office for the Aging at the Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center. I immediately noticed that this center was incorrectly named! Why? The Center is a nucleus of activity, THE place to go to, a welcoming and nurturing center for those of us who are ‘slightly old...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
Joe Kenny of Hinsdale, Illinois  just inspired me to confess my little story.. I was reading Joe's humorous story entitled http://activerain.com/blogsview/2135908/are-you-going-to-get-me-750-000-for-my-house-- and it made me recall something that had happened to me a few years back. An associate, having moved from the area, referred me to friends of his who wished to sell their home.. They had just received a Historic Home award, it was written up in the newspaper, and they were very proud of their Victorian home.... I walked through the house - we got along famously... laughing, etc, and then we sat down...We discussed the pros and cons of the house.... and then we discussed pricing.... I asked them what they thought their home was worth..... They replied a Million Dollars (not in jes...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
           SOLD 1/31-2/4  Single Family Home 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 2212 sq. ft.  Sales Price $485,000  (Original List Price $579,000) 4 Bedrooms, 2.2 Baths, 2936 sq. ft. Sales Price $570,025 (Original Price $625,000) 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, Sales Price $698,000 (Original Price $699,000)  SOLD  Condos  None    SOLD Co-ops   3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1500 sq. ft., Sales Price $273,000 (Original Price $299,021) SOLD Multi Families Two  2 Bedroom Units 2673 sq. ft., Sales Price $340,000 (Original Price $342,900) IN CONTRACT 1/31-2/4  Single Family Properties3 Bedrooms 1.1 Baths, 1707 sq. ft., List Price $499,000 - Days on Market 200 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 1990 sq.ft.,  List Price $ 549,000 Days on Market 184 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 1741 sq. ft., List Price $639,000 ,5 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, 3700 Sq. ft., ...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
Any long time resident of New Rochelle would know the name "Coach Darren Gurney." Coach Gurney was the Head Varsity Coach at New Rochelle High School from 1997-2005 and Iona College Assistant Baseball Coach thereafter. From the very beginning, he instituted a program that set standards for the sport of baseball in the area, and the great results reflected his unique knowledge, dedication to the game, and passion for helping athletes.  Coach Gurney has just written a book (which took two years) entitled "Covering All The Bases - The Ultimate Baseball Handbook." Enjoy the short interview with him below in which he describes how the developement of the book became a natural progression. Coach Gurney will be signing copies of the book on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at Spectator's Pub, 219 N...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
http://activerain.com/blogsview/2022255/activerain-challenge-never-answer-the-same-question-twice-5000-points-  Below is a question I received from a potential buyer... I had been asked to be a designated agent in a sale in New Rochelle for an Associate.. The buyers did not want to spend money on having a licensed engineer conduct an inspection prior to placing a bid. Instead they wanted to have a contractor come to     the house - free of charge....free evaluation and dangle the restoration work before the contractor as incentive to spending the 3 hours at the house. From: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxSent: Thursday, July 01, 2010 12:18 PMTo: Rosen, Gay E.Subject:  (pre-appr. and estimation)What is the difference between an inspector and a contractor?[cid:_1_07F56D8007F569AC00598...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
 Davenport Park, New Rochelle   Well....  they always say "no good deed goes unpunished.."  In moving from one buyer to another this week, I thought it would move things onward by driving an hour away to one buyer's attorney to pick up an Offering Plan and deliver it to a another (new) attorney and buyer.. I went to park my car in the second attorney's building garage in White Plains - no parking nearby because of the snow... it was dark, cramped , and and had a low overhang - creepy...I  finally found a spot right next to a building support and post, was re-positioning my car and nearly took off my side mirror... Cost? $650 -  Yikes! My client was  thanking me for delivering it in such awful weather, and so I laughingly told her my story and what a 'moron'  I was to have done that (for...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
  Paine Lake, New Rochelle I received a lower bid for a property I have, and after some negotiation - during which I was informed the buyer would NOT go up any higher (we inched him up a tad)...and we accepted the bid.... However, and this is where I see is often the case...the buyer then thought he had forever to sign the contract... I was told he was signing the contract 1 1/2 weeks after the contract was received. Perhaps that might not be a lengthy time across the country.. but in Westchester it is.. I always inform my buyers that we can take our time viewing and selecting a property, but once we start the buying process, we must move quickly to avoid someone else 'jumping in.' Sure enough, I received a full price offer on the property that weekend, BUT since the other buyer was goi...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
     Beechmont Lake ,New Rochelle              SOLD/ NEW / In Contract - New Rochelle Properties   1/31 -2/24 2011 SOLD 1/31-2/4  SIngle Family Home  4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, 3000 sq. ft.  Sales Price $735,000  SOLD  Condos 2 Bedrooms, 2.5  Baths 1300 sq. ft.  Sales Price $550,000 SOLD Co-ops  10801, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 1220 Sq. Ft.  Sales Price $250,000  SOLD Multi Families    10801,  3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2178 sq. ft. List Price $439,000  10801, 3 Family Property  2600 Sq. Ft. Sales Price $437,500IN CONTRACT 1/31-2/4  Single Family Properties30 Irving Place 10801, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 2000 sq. ft.  List Price $ 399,000 NEW ROCHELLE is GREAT! Gay
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
Hi - I wanted to let you know about a simply grand upcoming event - the New Rochelle Humane Society's Centennial Gala - June 9, 2011 at the Wykagyl Country Club from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. (Ticket prices to follow).If you had noticed my earlier post on the New Rochelle Humane Society, you would know that 17 towns are serviced (extremely well) by the dedicated staff and volunteers. While their goal is obviously to have these lovely pets adopted, the pets' time spent at the Humane Society is caring and loving...but dog walkers are always needed, as are volunteers...check out their web site for volunteer training schedules and sign up!Since over 50% of their funding comes from donations and fund raising events, the Gala is a wonderful opportunity to become involved. You can do so through either...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
  I was driving to a client's house yesterday and saw this chair - I guess this is considered THEIR parking spot....I just thought this was funny and wanted to share! I hope you all staying warm in this weather!  Cheers... Gay   NEW ROCHELLE is GREAT!
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
Of course, prior to writing this post, I could have called Michael Thornton in Nashville, Tennessee ,  or Charles Buell in Seattle, Washington, or Russel Ray in San Diego as we all know their expertise is simply without bounds...but I didn't and so tried to research something on my own.... When we bought our house in 1992, we were informed by our engineer, that we had a 1950s era hot water heater... but of good quality. Since we are from the school that if it works, why change it... we left it to run its life course. It has now been 19+ years, and our hot water heater still works beautifully. How come? It happens to be a Trageser hot water heater, and I researched its origins...John Trageser, 1822-1888, was the Founder of Trageser Copper Works in New York City, was born in Alzenau, Bav...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
New Rochelle's Magnet Program Open House Just a reminder that New Rochelle will have its yearly open house at the Barnard School this Friday at 6:30 p.m. (postponed from this evening due to the snow storm). A great opportunity to go and learn of the wonderful opportunities offered to young students 4 years of age (by December 31 - half day program) and full day Kindergarten classes (age 5 by December 31) and also seasonal after school programs for Grades One and Two. Barnard also has a Universal Pre-Kindergarten one year program. The four year program (ending after Grade 2) places a strong emphasis on language development for young children. Adapted from the Reggio Emilia approach, the program incorporates problem solving, language developement, higher-order thinking skills using a hand...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
A few years ago, a client was required to legalize her sun room prior to closing. We knew about it; we disclosed it, but then we had to do it! I had suggested a wonderful architect in the area who has both plumbers and electricians with whom he works on a routine basis…and it would have been a one time fee, a one stop shop. My client had her own electrician, and after speaking with her attorney, he suggested she call another architect who he knew. She decided to go her own route which was fine. My architect knew the people at city hall, but it was her prerogative to use who she wanted. After all, it was her money. I called 2 weeks later and asked how she was doing…she replied that while the architect had quoted a lesser fee, the other costs had not been included, and sure enough, they ...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
I received a piece of mail today from an agent who does not 'sell' in my area... but her mailing suggested that not only did she sell - but was qualified for expensive high end properties, that her company was number one in the area - when it was combined with the town she lived in.... Now, as it happens, my company is Number one in New Rochelle, and if you break down the Larchmont and New Rochelle Offices, the New Rochelle office is Number one in New Rochelle, and the Larchmont Office is Number Two in New Rochelle - when joined together - we are undoubtedly Number One for sales in New Rochelle. However, when you join New Rochelle and a neighboring town (which is a totally different town, different school system, etc.), then another company is Number One. I am sure that we could all do ...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
We recently installed a beautiful carpet runner for one of my customers in New Rochelle NY.  She wanted something that would give her a nice premium feel with a traditional style...and here was the catch...it had to work with her Pottery Barn area rugs.   She wanted the arpet runner both for looks -  to dress up the entryway - as well as for safety since her daughters were occasionally slipping down the steps.  So here's what I found for her.  (I had blogged about this before we installed it).     Now, I know the pictures are quite color correct, but please believe me that in real life, these greens go together.  My customer is so happy, she now want s coordinating area rug for the dining room.  I love it when my customers are happy!   Map of New Rochelle NY 10804 View Larger Map
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for hardwood flooring in New Rochelle, but you're just not sure where to start? Well here's an easy way. Check out this quick hardwood flooring video (less than 2 minutes). You can see some of the breadth of hardwood flooring species and styles. Begin to by picking out what you like. Do you prefer light color hardwood or darK? Or maybe you prefer mid-tones or cherry tones in your hardwood? Do you like wide planks or narrow? Do you want more rustic sort of style? This White Plains Hardwood flooring video will give you a good starting point. New Rochelle Hardwood Flooring Video A lot of my customer don't even know the options that are out there, and they're not sure where to start. This video gives good quick overview. If you'd like some more help, give us a call at Floor ...
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By Gay E. Rosen, As Real as Real Estate Gets!
(Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty)
January 17th, 2011 Ray Rice is simply a brilliant young man, and he also happens to hail from New Rochelle. We are SO proud of him as a football player, as an individual and as a role model for New Rochelle’s young football players both on and off the field. I was disheartened to learn of Ray’s illness…a week before the game, he was sporting a 103 degree fever, and then the day before the game, he was throwing up, wasn’t eating anything and had to take fluids to just obtain some sustenance. The fact that he still played says a great deal to his courage, his fortitude and the knowledge by his coaches that he evolved from third string to first string in as many years, and he was still THE Running Back. It always amazes me that when he scored the first touchdown, everyone loved him (every...
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