know your numbers

November 15, 2010
Know your numbers - the role of interest rates

Interest Rates – Westchester NY Home Buyers Ignore Them At Their Peril

This post is being written because I see at least locally, many home buyers are making some very big mistakes right now. Home Buyers: Please listen […]
May 3, 2010
Property Taxes in Westchester

A Taxing Issue: The city of White Plains MUST hold the line on tax increases…

Apparently homeowners in Westchester now have a third thing they can count on - exponentially increasing property taxes. White Plains NY is a case in point. Taxes have been marching to new heights each year.
September 28, 2009
Trust - A broken link

Vote with your feet: Just say “NO” to Big-Box Bankmarts!

Over the past four months, I've had five transactions with one particular big-box bank. All save one were a complete nightmare. all I ever get from the powers that be at any Big-Box Bankmart is snarky arrogance bordering on disdain. Its pretty simple....Big-Box Bankmarts pretty much feel that they are in full control of the situation.
April 2, 2009
Property Taxes in Westchester

A Taxing Issue – How property taxes can impact home prices

It was just a few years ago that White Plains enjoyed significantly lower property taxes then the rest of the county thanks mostly to our large commercial and retail base. But even though that base has increased, the number successful certioari actions has also increased exponentially. The net result has been a shrinking tax base in the commercial/retail sector pushing the lions share of the burden on homeowners. Most notably: owners of single family homes. Although there was grumbling during the housing boom - residents were mollified by increasing home values. Now that that bubble has burst, the tax bubble has become the elephant in the room.
February 6, 2009
Know your numbers - the role of interest rates

Homeowners Insurance: BOOOORING – until there’s a fire…..

Everyone is looking at this title and they are hitting the snooze button.  Home owners insurance is not likely to get buyers or sellers into a […]