Yorktown, NY Real Estate News

By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Originally posted at Trends in Hardwood Floors for Westchester NY Hardwood is the preferred type of flooring in Westchester. Hardwood floors are beautiful, last a lifetime (and then some), and they are easy to clean and maintain. Those with allergies and asthma especially prefer hardwood flooring, and we are often ripping up carpeting to convert to hardwood, especially when people are moving into new homes.     If customers can't afford hardwood flooring, they will sometimes revert to laminate flooring or carpet. While these surfaces cost less than hardwood, in the long run, they will cost more, as they will need to be replaced more often. Furthermore, hardwood improves the value of your home, so when it is time to sell - whether that's in the next year or 20-30 yrs from now - you will ...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Many of my customers ask me whether prefinished hardwood or unfinished hardwood is better and which costs less. We install both types of hardwood, and the truth is, it depends on which of below factors is most important to you. Definitions "Prefinished hardwood" means that the hardwood has been finished in the factory and then you just install it. "Unfinished" means you have raw hardwood that needs to be nailed into the floor and then sanded & refinished on-site. Benefits of Prefinished hardwood flooring 1.  More scratch resistant/lasts longer. Prefinished hardwood is 7-10x more scratch resistant than unfinished hardwood. That's because when it's finished on site, you generally get 2-3 coats of polyurethane while when it's made in the factory, you usually get at least 6-7 coats which ar...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Selecting carpet for your home in Yorktown NY has never been easier...now, you can Shop at Home for your carpeting in Westchester NY. Have you ever gone to a carpet store and just felt lost and overwhelmed?  Sometimes, there are so many options that you don't even know where to start.  Sometimes, you may go into a store and find so many choices that you leave more confused than you felt when you entered?  How do you know what's the best type of carpet for your home in Yorktown NY?  What's the right one for your budget?  And, what's the right color? We make shopping for carpeting fun and easy. Everything starts with the area you are looking to carpet.  Is it for a bedroom or a lviing room or a family room or basement or the step?  Different rooms require different types of carpeting.  We...
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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 Yorktown 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 the "s...
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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 & 18, Times Vary, Yorktown, NY - The Nutcracker, the tale of a young girl’s Christmas Eve journey to a place with an evil Mouse King, waltzing flowers and dancing candles. Yorktown Stage, 1974 Commerce St. Adults $26, Yorktown residents $24, seniors and students $21, children under 12 years $19. (914) 962-0606. www.yorktownstage.org   This community event is provided as a service. As event informa...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
All of us can use more time in the week...and now DocuSign promises to save real estate agents 3 hrs a week.  Kind of makes me want to become a real estate agent because I could really use those extra 3 hours.  While I definitely need more down time from work, for purposes of this, I'm going to talk about how I would productively use my time to better build my biz...because if I can do that, ultimte, I can take more than 3 hrs a week. My big focus would be concentrating on past customers - reconnecting with them to see if they have friends that they can refer and who knows...the hope is that soon they will be ready for their next flooring project. Past customers is where it's at...they already know you and your work.  And, they are happy with you.  I love doing work with past customers....
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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 Yorktown NY 10598? 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 expla...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Do you know that feeling when you lose something very important to you and you think you may never find it again?  It's really an awful feeling.  It's ironic because I was just having a conversation about this w/ my afternoon customer.  They were away and lost their puppy July 4th weekend (he was terrorized by the fire works).  3 days later they found him...he was all raggedy but happy to be re-united and they were thrilled.  And, that puppy is such a cutie, and I could so relate as we had a very similar experience when I was 13 and we lost our dog...and found her 5 days later.  While I was always thrilled to see my dog, never had I been so happy to see her w/ tears running down my eyes. Well this is not quite the same thing because it didn't involve a life, but I'm in Starbucks (what e...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
I couldn't help but laugh...my customer called my competition (that annoying carpet guy on TV) and wasn't treated very well.  Her reaction was classic. On Saturday, I had a rush appointment with a customer who had a flood in her basement and needs the carpet replaced.  Because it was a crazy holiday weekend, I just rushed to the appointment and was not able to touch base with my contact at the restoration company, so I didn't have all the needed info (e.g. what type of carpet they had...so we could get one at replacement value).  I figured it wouldn't be a problem since there is usually a left over piece there, so I can figure out.  But, apparently there wasn't. I couldn't get in touch w/ my guy (not to worry...as we should have everything resolved and ordered Tues morning), but we want...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
This morning's customer was looking for a granite countertop and backsplash combo for her home in Westchester County - fun design work for me.  There seem to be a lot out there who want to spruce up their homes by making modest changes.  The cabinets are usually the most expensive part of the kitchen, and if they are in good condition, it makes it easy to upgrade your kitchen without spending a fortune.   Her cabinets are similar to her floors - butterscotch oak. And, she has 2 tones of warm browns on the walls.  She wanted a light creamy granite that would tie the tones together (as well as give her flexibility for the future when she is hoping to stain the hardwood floors a dark brown. I found her this Santa Cecilia granite which seems to do the trick.  The color in this picture isn't...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for tile flooring and installation for your home in Yorktown NY? Whether it’s a kitchen floor, bathroom floors and walls, an entry way or mudroom, or even a Kitchen tile backsplash,we can help you at Floor Coverings International. We understand that it can be challenging to find the right type of tile for your floors, walls and backsplashes. What’s the right type of tile – ceramic, porcelain, tumbled natural stone, marble or granite? What’s the best style and color? What types are easiest to clean. Many customers seemed to get overwhelmed when they visit a tile store. Well here’s where we can help. Floor Coverings International makes it simple by “bringing the store to your door.” That way, you can see the samples in your own lighting and color coordinate with your cabi...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for laminate flooring for your home in Yorktown NY? We know it can be challenging to figure out which flooring is right for your space and whether a laminate floor is right for you. Which wood species and color will look best? Which ones work with your budget? Who should you have install the laminate floors? What is a floating floor? Well here's where we can help. We make finding laminate flooring simple. We "bring the store to your door." That way, you can see the samples in your own lighting - the way it will look in real life. We'll help you color coordinate with your paint and furniture colors. We'll explain what a floating floor is and, we'll help you figure out whether laminate flooring makes sense for you and your budget. If you want, we can even show you hardwood...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for carpeting for your home in Yorktown 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 - the...
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By Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers
(The Flooring Girl)
Are you looking for hardwood flooring for your home in Yorktown NY?  Well we know it can be a bit overwhelming - how do you know the right hardwood for your home? Or the right color? Or the right person to install it.  Well we make it simple. First, we "bring the store to your door."  That way, you can see all the samples in your own lighting and color coordinate with your paint and furniture.  It does look different in the store vs. your own home. Second, we'll guide you through the process.  Most of my customers tell me it was so quick and easy and they never want to shop for flooring in a store again.  We make it fun and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Third, we'll provide you with a list of over 30 references as well as our Angies List reviews so you feel confident in our wo...
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By suzanne welch
(Coldwell Banker)
Today Westchester County released the 2011 budget and slashed the Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center's to just $200,000, resulting in the elimination of half the permanent workforce (two of the four), the entirety of the seasonal staff, and 100 percent of their operating budget. Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown is a sustainable living education center and working farm of over 18- acres, and with a network of hiking trails in over a hundred acres of forest, and owned by Westchester County. The County bought this historical land in 1991 through an initiative by then county executive Andy Spano, when it was up for auction, to preserve the open space and protect drinking water. The Friends of Hilltop Hanover Farm, Inc. has been working with the County on this year's budget to fi...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
Yorktown is a larger town in north Westchester County between Cortlandt and Somers. It is is very suburban in character- think post-war/baby boom subdivisions with ranches, splits and raised ranches and with larger colonials in the newer developments. It is served primarily by the Yorktown and Lakeland school districts, and it has abundant shopping and parks. Yorktown has always been a popular place to land for southern Westchester and Bronx residents who wanted to move north to the suburbs. Downtown Yorktown Heights is located at the intersections of routes 202 and 118 and is home to the Triangle shopping Center, the iconic Friendly's restaurant, The Pennysaver of northern Westchester, and plenty of other commerce. It is also the site of the Drivers License test course, where the Boss ...
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August 8, 22, 29, September 5, 6 PM, Yorktown - The Summer Concert Series at the Gazebo in Jack DeVito/Veteran's Park will feature varied musical performances. In case of rain, performances move to Stage Theatre. Free. (914) 245-4650. www.yorktownny.org   This community event is provided as a service. As event information is provided by organizers and can change without notice, we advise you to contact organizers directly to confirm all details. Every effort is made to provide information that is accurate. However, information of this community event is subject to change at any time by the organizerses. Every season, Anthony Stokes Pereira, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty collects information about community events throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley for our clients, colle...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
Yorktown is a larger town in north Westchester County between Cortlandt and Somers. It is is very suburban in character- think post-war/baby boom subdivisions with ranches, splits and raised ranches and with larger colonials in the newer developments. It is served primarily by the Yorktown and Lakeland school districts, and it has abundant shopping and parks. Yorktown has always been a popular place to land for southern Westchester and Bronx residents who wanted to move north to the "burbs" seeking a quieter lifestyle. Downtown Yorktown Heights is located at the intersections of routes 202 and 118 and is home to the Triangle shopping Center, the iconic Friendly's, The Pennysaver of northern Westchester, and plenty of other commerce. This data is for the Yorktown school district only an...
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By Noreen and Wayne
(Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty)
Short Sale Homes in Yorktown, Westchester County, NY have increased significantly from 2009. While there was 1 Short Sale in Yorktown, NY recorded in all of 2009 there have been 5 recorded Short Sales in the first six months of 2010. There are currently 14 Active Short Sale listings in Yorktown. Note their locations throughout the town.               If you would like to receive detailed information on available Short Sale or REO Homes in Yorktown, Westchester County, NY before they are gone, Call Us or Click on our photo to contact us:       Are Short Sale homes in Yorktown, NY are good value? I looked at both Active and Solds for REO or Bank Owned Homes along with Short Sale Homes in Yorktown, NY to answer this question. Here's that information:           The volume of Short Sale and ...
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By J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner
(J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY)
The town of Yorktown is located in northern Westchester County, and is primarily split into the Yorktown and Lakeland school districts, with small areas located in the Croton and Ossining districts. All information is from the Westchester Putnam Multiple Listing Service.  Yorktown saw an increase in median price for May 2010 compared to May 2009 but the transaction total was smaller. However, the number of homes under contract is very healthy.  Transaction totals fell from 13 to 8; Median price is up from $385,000 to $436,250; and a whopping 60 homes are under contract for sale at a median asking price of $427,450. That pending sale data is all good news.  There are 217 homes actively for sale, and there is still plenty of warm weather left for those homes to move. 
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