Westchester County, NY Real Estate News

By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
I have enjoyed reading many of the gratitude posts this week.  I did not have time to participate but I want to add my comments.Like many in Active Rain we have friends and we care for each other.  Phyllis and I were in our house in Florida but arranged to be back in Armonk because one of our friends who moved away would be in town.Karenne and Richard Koo have been friends with all of us since our daughters were in 2nd grade.  Karenne and Richard moved to Tucson AZ about four years ago but returned to have Thanksgiving with their daughter who is in Washington DC.Having friends is very important and we support each other.  We are grateful to have our friends and so happy that we are able to share joys together.  Karenne (seated far right) and Richard (taking the picture) have announced t...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
A Zoom event in person?  Can that be right.  Well it was.  This afternoon at 4:30 the Business Council of Westchester held another one of its Leadership Conversations.This one was with Harry Moseley who is the Global Chief Information Officer for Zoom.  This was a disappointment for me since I am not in Westchester this week.  What do you think the chances are that it was recorded.  Probably none!  That is one advantage of Zoom that I have found--you never miss anything and there are no excuses.The cover of the new directory has everyone in Zoom videos.If you are looking to make your Westchester NY or Fairfield CT business thrive please contact me. Grant SchneiderPerformance Development Strategies914-953-4458
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
Updated Pocantico Hills 4 bedroom/2.5 bath home close to school and Rockefeller state park. Gut renovation in 2017. Gorgeous kitchen with high end appliances opens to deck overlooking level private yard. Primary bedroom suite with 2 walk-in closets, updated bath and office. 3 more bedrooms and hall bath. Lower level Family Room with sliders to patio and yard. Two car garage and 1/2 bath with lots of storage. Pocantico Hills School, pre k to 8 and choice of high school between, Briarcliff, Pleasantville and Sleepy Hollow. Residents enjoy an Olympic size swimming pool, baby pool, basketball and new tennis courts on the way. Summer camp, walking trails and close to major highways and transportation. Low taxes! SOLD at $999,999.00
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Positive outlooks lead to positive results. Attitudes, behaviors, beliefs, and values make up a culture. Every organization has a culture, but the real question is whether it is a culture that produces positive outcomes. If it does not you may need an intervention to help sort out the culture you have versus the culture you want.Attitudes drive culture. Zig Ziglar said it best, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” The fact is that people do not put enough emphasis on how attitude affects performance. As leader you create the inspiration and model the optimum behavior.An organization that has a positive vision and values, and that has leadership that lives and promotes those values is creating a positive culture. But if there is a negative attitude at the top the culture of the orga...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Today was an off year election.  I think that everywhere in the country there are elections.  It is unfortunate that many people don't take the time to vote in these elections.  I am not one who shares my political views but Phyllis and I always make our voice heard on election day.Many of the issues that affect everyday life occur at the local level.  Today we are electing a Town Supervisor, a town board, local judge, a county executive, and county legislators.These are people we know and we see every day.  We can ask them questions and voice our opinions.  The Town Supervisor is a part time position.  Our supervisor, Mike Schilero is also a banker and a fellow member of the Business Council of Westchester.  We have both gone to Albany Day with the Business Council. Good government wor...
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By Vanessa Saunders, Real Estate | Done Differently
(Global Property Systems Real Estate)
The express train from Grand Central is pulling into Peekskill station. All-day, you’ve been looking forward to tossing your tie and briefcase into your car parked steps from the station and taking a brisk walk along the riverfront before heading home. It's just five minutes away. Perhaps you’ll grab a taco, and a bottle of wine on-route, or visit the brewery for some craft beer with steak and salad. Maybe just head home to cook dinner in your pristine new kitchen. With dinner in the oven, strip off and dive into your incredibly private, pristine pool for a few laps. Then head inside and chill out to your favorite tunes in the cozy lower-level den while dinner cooks. Turn up the volume as loud as you want. There are no neighbors to disturb... Check out the website for the rest of the st...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
We are a nation of small businesses. And many of our small businesses are privately held or family owned. Hopefully these business owners for the business to carry on after they have left the business. Sadly, many have not made any plans and by not doing so they are planning for their business to fail one day.Suppose you started your business years ago and you have built a profitable business for you and your family. Your children are now working in the business. What will happen when you exit? Many parents do not have a plan in place for when they exit the business.There are number of steps that should be taken to prepare. These include legal, financial, and preparing the next generation to take over if they want to work in the business. In the first two areas you should work with an a...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
Beautifully renovated 3 bed 2 bath Pleasantville Arts & Crafts style Colonial w/ detached 2 car garage located near the picturesque village center w/ gazebo, weekly farmers market, shops, restaurants & train station. Charming covered front porch opens up to entry hall w/ coat closet, living room, dining area & eat in kitchen. Updated kitchen w/ lots of Shaker style cabinetry, SS appliances. SS exhaust hood, Marble countertops & custom tiled backsplash. Separate breakfast counter w/ high chairs. Gleaming hardwood floors as seen. Mudroom off kitchen w/ washer & dryer. Door to backyard, driveway & detached 2 car garage. Door to full storage basement w/ Bilco door to backyard. Gorgeous hardwood staircase to 2nd & 3rd floors. Good sized primary bedroom w/ 2 large closets & another bedroom pl...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
OPEN HOUSE - Sunday October 31st, 2021 - 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM - 360 North State Rd Briarcliff Manor NY 10510 - Over sized 1 Bed 1 Bath Coop Apartment w/ Parking for SaleWell maintained, freshly painted. spacious, light & bright 1 bed 1 bath Briar Hill Coop Apartment w/Briarcliff Manor schools & recreation. Gleaming hardwood floors as seen, all new paint & newer windows throughout. Close to all Briarcliff Manor has to offer. Plenty of parking in complex. Co-op required guidelines are: minimum of 20% down payment, minimum credit score of 700, maximum housing ratio 28% & total debt to income ratio 43%, plus all applicants must occupy the apartment.Beautiful complex in a great location... close to all Briarcliff Manor has to offer! Monthly coop fee is $1.170.00 and it includes all exterior m...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Is Sleepy Hollow a real place or just fiction name?  It is a real place.  Although the name described in Washington Irving’s story was based on real life the name did not always exist.  in 1996, after a couple of failed tries and much debate, residents voted 2-to-1 to change the name of the village to Sleepy Hollow, capitalizing on Irving's 1820 tale and people's growing fascination with the supernatural and Halloween.When you think of American folklore and Halloween you can not avoid this legend. Now you can live it.  There are plenty of activities to enjoy or you can simply drive by the sights.  This town comes alive this time of year when the leaves change color.This is an area renowned for ghosts and ghost stories.  The main character in the Legend is the headless horseman.  The are...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Smith’s Tavern is a historical landmark in Armonk within the town of North Castle New York.  This beautiful site reminds us of the town’s early history.  It is included in the learning curriculum of 4th grades in the Byram Hills Schools.Smith’s Tavern is a landmark and is also the home of the North Castle Historical Society and is located at 440 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY. The North Castle Historical Society is chartered by The Regents of The University of The State of New York and is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic sites, education of our community and remembering local traditions.  The organization is totally supported by volunteer workers and contributors. This support is vital in keeping our North Castle History alive.  There is also no governme...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
It has been over a year and a half? Business have found new ways to engage employees and customers. However, among all of these changes we hear, “When can we get back to normal?” The answer is, “Maybe never.”Let’s face it … we have always lived in a changing world. EVERYTHING changes and we can adapt to the changes. Or we can get out in front and be the change.  The best way to predict the future is to create it according to Peter Drucker.But first we have to realize that change is never easy. One of the key reasons change might come hard has a lot to do with one of the tools your brain uses regularly. This tool helps you get through your days with the speed and accuracy you need without getting bogged down with minutia.This tool is called habit. Think about this for a minute. How many ...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Who are you stakeholders?  They are your clients, your team, and your strategic partners to name a few.  What if you make an offer for people to join your team and they turn it down?It is time to look in the mirror and check your Employee Value Proposition.  An Employee Value Proposition explains why a highly qualified employee would want to work for your company and why that highly qualified person would want to stay.This Employee Value Proposition would be tied to your strategic plan and include your vision, your values, and, your mission. The values should include such things as social responsibility, ethical conduct, and reputation. All three together establishes your organization’s culture.Can you describe your culture? Every organization has a culture. Question is this. Is it the ...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
When representing your property for sale or rent in Westchester County, no matter what price range, I am always employing high end marketing assets such as professional real-estate photography, slide shows, walk-through videos, 360 degree virtual tours, floor plans and virtual staging for empty homes, plus extensive and detailed neighborhood descriptions and resources. My sellers know, when they are listing with me, they'll list with someone who makes a very significant digital investment in order to showcase and highlight their home for sale or rent properly and to entice the serious buyer to come and see it in person. Professional real-estate photography, videography are fantasic tools to attract and vet the buyers that are looking for a home just like yours. Virtual staging improves ...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
We had a very memorable night last night.  The Business Council of Westchester held its annual dinner at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle.  This is the first annual dinner since Covid and it was very well attended in a more spaced out environment.In the photo above CEO Marsha Gordon was honored for  years.  She took over just after 9/11 and built the County Chamber of Commerce into the Business Council powerhouse it is today.  And  250 new members have joined just since Covid started.  It is Westchester County's largest organization of business, economic development, and advocacy.The featured speakers and honorees were Leonard Schleifer and George Yancopoulos, co founders of Regeneron.  Everyone knows the breakthrough therapeutics the the scientists at the company have developed.  W...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Has this happened to you as you are growing your business? You are so involved in every little detail that you have missed some emerging opportunities. Every entrepreneur certainly knows that details are important and staying on top of them is very important. The devil is in the details as they say. You would not have gotten your business this far if you had set specific goals and took every action step. There comes a time when you hit a growth wall. You can’t do everything yourself.Time to hire someone. Are you ready to delegate to the person you hired? I know, you are worried about all the details. Is this person going to do it as well as I can? I have to say that if the person can’t do it as well you then you will not grow, and you may lose business. It is your job to see that this d...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
Downsizing a home is almost inevitable for many older people. Once your children are out of the house, you don’t need and probably don’t want as much space as you once had. Downsizing can be smart financially and give you a new lease on life, but it can also be an emotional decision to leave your home behind.The following are seven signs that it might be time to consider downsizing, even if you’re a bit hesitant.1.) Your Neighborhood No Longer Suits Your LifestyleThe location of your home can be as important to your lifestyle as the features of the house itself. When you bought your home, maybe your neighborhood was filled with young children or was close to the best schools.Those things might still be true of the neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for you anymore.Yo...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
With all due respect, when a lender verifies and validates information provided with your mortgage loan application, they don’t just take your word for it. While you may enter your monthly income on the application, they will use that amount initially to preapprove you but will eventually contact your employer directly to verify what you make each month. They will also ask you to provide them with copies of your most recent paycheck stubs covering a 30 day period. In this way, lenders verify your monthly income used for a final approval. But your monthly income is only the beginning of the validation process.First of course they look at the monthly gross pay for each month. If you get paid on the 1st and 15th, lenders add those amounts together for use in qualifying. Note, this is the g...
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By Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes
(Performance Development Strategies)
Some people think that proper organization will solve their time management problems. Maybe. But organization and time management systems or software is not the cause. It is goals, priorities, and motivation. When my clients in Westchester County New York tell me that they have problems with time management I ask them why. They talk about issues they are having, and I ask them why they are having those issues.Think about something for a minute. Have you ever found a time when you got so much done and had time left over? On the other hand, have there been times when you think I am never going to finish this? In either case you will find it had more to do with your goals and priorities than systems and procedures.Systems and procedures cannot create more time. There are many books that te...
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By Phyllis Lerner call 914.438.7556, Corcoran Legends Realty
(Corcoran Legends Realty)
 950 sqft , 1 bath , 1 bdrm apartment - FOR SALE  USD185,000  MLS® 6143073 in Briarcliff, NY 10510Well maintained, freshly painted. spacious, light & bright 1 bed 1 bath Briar Hill Coop Apartment w/Briarcliff Manor schools & recreation. Gleaming hardwood floors as seen, all new paint & newer windows throughout. Close to all Briarcliff Manor has to offer. Plenty of parking in complex. Monthly common charge shown includes all maintenance, heat, hot/cold water, sewer & taxes. Co-op required guidelines are: minimum of 20% down payment, minimum credit score of 700, maximum housing ratio 28% & total debt to income ratio 43%, plus all applicants must occupy the apartment. Beautiful complex in a great location... close to all Briarcliff Manor has to offer! Monthly coop fee is $1.170.00 and it i...
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