know your numbers

January 18, 2017
Homes in Fisher Hill - White Plains

Westchester real estate overview – a look back at 2016…

Well, another year has come and gone and it is time for the Westchester View to take a look back at how the Westchester housing market […]
April 8, 2016
Knowing your numbers

When a home doesn’t appraise…why it happens and what to do about it…

Real estate agents, buyers and sellers are living in a world where the number of buyers exceeds inventory...Although banks and appraisers are aware of this, they rely on data that comes from closed sales.
March 23, 2016
Know your numbers - the role of interest rates

Fuzzy math and market stats…

Last week I released several market reports. Every time I do this, I agonize over the numbers and worry that buyers and sellers will take these numbers the wrong way, or perhaps too literally.
January 18, 2012
Staging Decorating

Selling your home? What types of flooring provide the best ROI?

Flooring is huge these days as Westchester buyers increasingly turn their noses up at wall-to-wall carpeting. Adding hardwood to carpeted areas or refinishing floors that you have covered with carpet can add real dollar value to your home.
December 6, 2011
Housing Matters - Tag Cloud

Commoditizing the real estate industry – are all listing agents created equal?

What I was emphasizing in that first post was that an agent can not defy market forces. If prices are down and the market is a bear which is the case for most of Westchester homes for sale, then even the most stellar agent will NOT be able to get you a 2006 price in 2011. The notion that the "right agent" will get the seller "their price" is a fallacy which dies a slow hard death for many sellers.
September 10, 2011
Know your numbers - the role of interest rates

What do 40 years of mortgage interest rate history and the affordability factor tell us?

Waiting to buy a home could be an expensive mistake....I understand the hesitancy - however, for those who have a stable job and a stable income with good credit, I have to think that a little green monster called greed is entering the picture.