White Plains, NY Real Estate News

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Celebrating Women's History Month - with Guest Speaker Dee Delbello - March 5th White Plains NY 6-8pm Yes, it's networking and a history lesson all in one!  The former First Lady of Westchester NY and Publisher of Westfair Business Publications will tell her success story and the qualities that distinguish successful history making women. Day: Monday March 5th 6-8pm Location: Crowne Plaza, 66 Hale Ave, White Plains NY Price: $15 for members; $20 for non members You must prepay to attend www.ProfessionalWomenOfWestchester.com - click here to register As I've mentioned on previous blog posts, this is such a dynamic group of women entrepreneurs.  You are sure to have fun, learn something and have some great business contacts.  It's 3 for 1!  Oh, and they usually have some appetizers, too. ...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
As many of you know, prior to starting my own business, I was a Marketing Director of Consumer Packaged Good.  I worked in Cincinnati at Procter & Gamble, and in Stamford at Mott's/Cadbury Schweppes and NYC at Revlon.  This marketing background (+ my MBA in Marketing from University of Chicago) has served me well in my business.  Marketing was a fun job and rewarding job,  and I especially loved creating new products. Once I blogged about one of my favorite new products called Rose's Cocktail Infusions. (see above picture). Well last night was really cool.  I was sitting in my customer's dining room doing the estimate and of course I saw the bottle there.  It turns out that she and he daughter's love them and have been using them for years.  I was so happy and so proud, and I love seein...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
I'm sure many of you can relate to this situation...life is overwhelming...due to unexpected circumstances you need to sell your home (in this case due to a death in family).  You are busy trying to make ends meet and know you need to make some home improvements to sell, but you don't have much money.... ...so you try to save and do it on the cheap side...and in the process, something goes very wrong and it ends up costing you a lot more. A local real estate agent just called me.  She had been in the process of recarpeting her hallway and steps.  She had a bit of a misunderstanding with the contractor and didn't have everything in writing.  She needed to leave as she was in a rush, and the contractor was in the house with the babysitter. The contractor got mad about the delay in payment...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Flooring Trend Report | Westchester NY - hardwood, carpet, tile and more  Over the last 5 months I've developed a series of trend reports for flooring. I thought it would be helpful to organize all of these in one place.  Some are organized by flooring type (e.g. hardwood, carpet), some by room and then several general trends.  While these are specifically targeted for Westchester NY home owners, I think many of these trends hold across many parts of the country.  Hope this is helpful. Hardwood Trends Hardwood Flooring Trends - Westchester County - September 2011 The favorite flooring surface for Westchester NY Hardwood flooring stain color trends - Winter 2011  Every home's style is different, but this provides some good guidelines on what colors are hot. Carpet Trends Carpet Trends - ...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking to sand and refinish hardwood floors in White Plains NY?   It's amazing what a difference refinishing your hardwood flooring can make.  Your floors will look brand new and you even have the option to change the color.  You can go light, dark, mid tones, or red tones. It can really give your home (or room) a whole new look.   If you have hardwood underneath your carpets, we can restore the beauty of the hardwood underneath. It's amazing what a big difference this can make in your home.  And, believe it or not, it is usually less expensive to refinish your floors than to recarpet.  Refinishing your wood floors will also improve your home's value and it will be easier to clean and maintain.   At Floor Coverings International, we are a shop at home service.  We will bring th...
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By Barbara Bartell-Kamp, Westchester County NY Rentals, Condos, Coops, Home
(Keller Williams NY Realty)
DOWNTOWN WHITE PLAINS!  From the pubs that line Mamaroneck Avenue including, Lazy Boy Saloon, Black Bear Saloon, Hudson Grille, Porter House, Brazen Fox to higher end restaurants including 42, or BLT Steakhouse.   White Plains is definitely a destination to consider if you are looking to relocate out of NYC and be only 30 minutes away and keep all of the amenities that a “walking city” offers.  For those relocating from out of state, wanting the “big city” feeling without the NYC prices, White Plains is also a great alternative. White Plains has always offered great shopping with one of the original malls“The Galleria” being built in the 1970’s with current anchor stores of Macy’s and Sears. Then in early 2000’s, The Westchester was born, housing both Neiman Marcus and Nordstroms among ...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
All buyers looking at Westchester condos for sale know about the Ritz Carlton of White Plains NY.   Among White Plains NY Condos for sale  the Ritz Carlton is at the pinnacle on the luxury scale.  Just a block from City Center  (1-5 Renaissance Square)  the Ritz Carlton is at the center of everything.   Getting much closer to the center of town would be difficult.  You can easily leave the car behind and walk to shopping, fine dining, entertainment and the train. Buying the Lifestyle – Not Just the Home! In addition to the convenience of being steps from just about everything, there are plenty of amenities to keep you right at home.   There is a lounge, a fitness center which is very complete.  There is also a spa,  a pool and media room as well as a terrace. There is room service throu...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Radiant heating for your home in Westchester NY Wow, what an a difference radiant heat flooring can make on your feet!  Anyone who has installed radiant heat flooring loves it...and they will show it off to all their friends.  It's such an added element of comfort on your feet, especially during the colder months of the year.  No more waking up to cold tile floors in the bathroom or kitchen.  More and more Westchester home owners are adding radiant heat to: Bathrooms, especially master bathrooms Kitchens Sunrooms Basements Now, radiant heat flooring can be used for virtually all types of flooring surfaces - tile, many types of hardwood, laminate, cork, bamboo and now even carpet.  At Floor Coverings International of Westchester NY, we proudly use Warmup Radiant heated floors.  We custom...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Bloomberg Business week recently featured the 50 richest zip codes in the US for 2011.  Westchester County NY boasts 8 of the top richest zip codes: 49.  Larchmont, NY 10538 44.  Rye NY 10580 43.  Pound Ridge NY 10576 39.  Armonk NY 10504 37.  Chappaqua NY 10514 - my home town 35.  Scarsdale NY 10583 22.  Bedford NY 10506 8.    Purchase NY 10577 Westchester NY truly is a great place to live. You can read the full article here: America's Richest Zip codes 2011     View Larger Map
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By Biagio "Gino" Bello, The Face of Westchester Real Estate™
(Houlihan Lawrence)
Selling Your Home? How to Help Sell Your Home   While your real estate agent may be working on selling your home, you - as the seller - also have an important role to play. It’s up to you to prepare your home for sale. You might ask the questions... How to Help Your Agent Sell Your Home While your real estate agent may suggest, recommend and even cajole, selling your home is your job, and no one else can do it for you. You have only one chance to make a first impression. It’s so true. A recent survey indicated that more than 60% of buyers knew the property was for them the minute they walked in the door. So make sure you put a lot of your effort into that first impression. -First Few Steps on Selling Your Home -  Cut the grass or shovel the snow to make it easy to get to your front doo...
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By Kevin O'Shea, White Plains, NY Real Estate
(Coldwell Banker)
White Plains Statistics Single Family Homes Sold in 2011. White Plains School District.                                                                      2 BR                         3 BR                 4 BR                   5BR                  All Sold #Units 7 69 58 21 155   Dollar Value $3,948,725 $36,273,200 $35,913,401 $18,656,100 $94,791,426   Average List Price $594,114 $549,743 $648,836 $945,665 $642,468   Average Sold Price $564,104 $525,699 $619,197 $888,386 $611,558   Average Market Time 163 154 150 225 163   Average Square Feet 2026 1850 2461 3550 2317   % of List Price 94.95 95.63 95.43 93.94 95.19            
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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 White Plains NY 10601? 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 e...
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By Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager
(Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY)
Welcome back to Word Of The Week: where I explain why a certain word has caught my attention this week. Today the word is MANAGE. When I first started my work life, I thought being a manager was a good aspiration...it seemed easy enough, you just tell people what you want them to do...did I mention I started work when I was very young?? ANYWAY There are two types of takes on the word manage. One is an idiom for coping, or getting by...'whatever happens, I'll manage'...pretty passive. The other is an all-encompassing Snugglie of a job description (not exactly sure what it does encompass, and very fluid boundries) that is much more pro-active. Earliest roots come from the Italian 'maneggiare'-to handle, especially as in horses, or French 'manege' -horsemanship. The Latin, of course is 'ma...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
  Located in the heart of downtown at 20 North Broadway in White Plains NY – the Broadlawn is one of the most desirable cooperatives in White Plains.  The central location of  the Broadlawn helps  make it special.  It lies within a block of the White Plains City Center, and Trump Tower.  you can easily leave the car behind and walk to shopping, fine dining, entertainment and the train.   Rated a walker’s paradise by WalkScore.com  - the area ranks a 97 out of 100  with respect to walkability. The commute to Manhattan is 33 minutes on the Harlem Line. With the likes of New York transplants such as BLT Steakhouse  and Level 42at the Ritz Carlton just a short stroll away, the lifestyle  at the Broadlawn has a distinctly urban upscale feel. The White Plains Performing Arts Center is also ju...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
  Yes, I know its Christmas day – but New Year’s Eve is just a week away…and its not too soon to think about where you will be when 2011 becomes a memory and 2012 is born. For those who don’t know the history – downtown White Plains used to be a fairly quiet place.  During the housing boom the downtown became built up an is now thought of as a mini-me Manhattan.  Following the opening of Trump Tower and  the Ritz Carlton – a new tradition was born.  White Plains initiated a new tradition of celebrating New Years Eve in the heart of the downtown – including its own ball drop.  The festivities include live music from 10:30 PM to 12:30 AM.  It is a fun-filled event for the entire family.  Last year I was downtown at around 11 PM and was watching as all the downtown residents started walkin...
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By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
WINTER Events Guide for Westchester and The Hudson Valley   Each season, Anthony Stokes Pereira / Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty collects information about community events throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley. New events are posted weekly, so visit us often for updates on events in your area.  www.anthonystokespereira.com  WESTCHESTER, PUTNAM AND DUTCHESS COUNTIES:   December 17, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM, December 18, 2 PM, White Plains, NY - The Westchester Ballet Company presents its 15th annual production of The Nutcracker. Advance ticket prices: Adults $20, children $14 (age 10 and under) and seniors (age 60 and up). All tickets are $25 on the day of the performance. 198 Central Ave. (914) 995-4050. www.countycenter.biz   This community event is provided as a service. As e...
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By Ruthmarie Hicks
(Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605)
An event full of tradition that the whole family can enjoy!  The Nutcracker Ballet is being performed at the White Plains County Center this weekend.  Sponsored by Westchester County Parks as well as the Westchester Ballet Company, this event is always a crowd pleaser.  Kids and adults alike can create holiday memories.  Make some memories and have some fun...I remember going to the Nutcracker Ballet as a child and being enhanted. It's a way to get away from the shop till you drop madness and have a little slice of old-fashioned holiday season when things were simpler and less materialistic.   Several performances are scheduled, so working this one into your busy holiday schedule should be fairly easy: For more information – you can call 995-4050 The Event: The Nutcracker Ballet: The Pl...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Looking forward to reconnecting with my Active Rain buddies this Tuesday 12/13 at 7pm at Uno's in White Plains.  The address is 14 Martine Ave, and free parking at the Seasons at 4 Martine Ave (same building...get a ticket and get it validated at Uno's). So far, I believe the following are attending Debbie Phil Faranda Dagny Eason Ruthmarie Hicks Gay Rosen Sandy Fenton Karen Haas Joanna Cohlan and a few other maybe's.  
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
When you are refinishing your hardwood floors in White Plains NY, I'd always recommend hiring a flooring contractor (rather than a general contractor or handyman) Originally posted at The Flooring Girl - Refinishing your hardwood floors - use a flooring contractor. On Saturday, I was brought in to "inspect" some hardwood floors that had just been just been refinished.  To be perfectly honest, the floor was not horrible (and I've seen way way worse), but it wasn't as good as it should have been.  The homeowner wasn't happy adn she asked the contractor to fix it, but he apparently made it worse.  Here were the issues.  (Wish I had pictures - sorry). 1.  In Living room (the main focus room), the stain was applied unevenly.  The contractor tried to solve this by adding another coat of polyu...
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By Anthony Stokes-Pereira, Realtor
(Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty)
WINTER Events Guide for Westchester and The Hudson Valley   Each season, Anthony Stokes Pereira / Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty collects information about community events throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley. New events are posted weekly, so visit us often for updates on events in your area.  www.anthonystokespereira.com   WESTCHESTER, PUTNAM AND DUTCHESS COUNTIES:   Dec 17, 12:30 PM & 4:30 PM, Dec 18, 2 PM, White Plains, NY - The Westchester Ballet Company presents its 15th annual production of The Nutcracker. Advance ticket prices: Adults $20, children $14 (age 10 and under) and seniors (age 60 and up). All tickets are $25 on the day of the performance. 198 Central Ave. (914) 995-4050.www.countycenter.biz   This community event is provided as a service. As event infor...
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