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STAR CREDIT

March 1st deadline to file for Star Credit on your School taxes. Does not carry over if you’ve purchased a new home. Go to www.tax.ny.gov/it/property/star/default.htm

MARKET UPDATE

Data analytics firm CoreLogic reported that home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, rose 6.6 percent from December 2016 to December 2017. Prices also increased 0.5 percent from November to December. CoreLogic noted that rising incomes and consumer confidence have increased the number of prospective buyers. This increase in potential buyers, coupled with limited inventories of homes for

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Repurpose A Rug


If your kitchen’s looking a little drab, try bringing in a rug from another room to add color and, more importantly, pattern. “Updating with prints and patterns is one of my favorite ways to add a current take on any space,” says designer Kristen Forgione. “To take it one

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Tax Cuts & Jobs Act - What It Means For Homeowners

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Selling????

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Market Update

 
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Market Conditions

Superior Moirtgage

John Ferrara

John Ferrara
Superior Mortgage

Folks were spending in September, according to the most recent Retail Sales report issued by the Commerce Department. This was welcome news, as consumer spending makes u

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7 Best Home Improvements Ideas to Try This Fall: Have You Done Them All?

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Alignable - Highly Recommended Badge

Property Pros of the Hudson Valley is a Hudson Valley Real Estate Service with 30 full time years in real estate. We are NYS Licensed and can assist buyers and sellers in any part of the state. We also access a referral network to connect with buyers & sellers across the country. We assist our clients/customers with single family homes to rentals to commercial properties and everything in between. Our Blue Ribbon Service will leave yo

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NAIL DOWN THE COST OF A NEW ROOF

When installing a new roof, the biggest decision you’re going to face (aside from choosing a 

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Home Sales Pace

 
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REALTORS Working Hard For The Community

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RENTS CONTINUE TO RISE

Realty Times
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Real Estate

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https://www.hometips.com/9-quick-ways-boost-homes-curb-appeal.html

Check out the website above for fresh ideas for you home!!

HomeAdvisor

What do mold, pests, old windows and carbon monoxide have in common? They’re silent, hidden and can become serious health (and financial) hazards if left unchecked. Thankfully, all of these issues are more than manageable. To help you get started, here are seven household threats

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Housing Market

May 25, 2017
Albany, NY – May 25, 2017 – Strong buyer demand, coupled with the ongoing decline in the number of homes for sale, fueled a 7.8 percent increase in the April statewide median sales price, according to the housing market report released today by the New
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Roofing Ideas by Roofing Directory

Roofing Ideas
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Advice For Homeowners

When looking to remodel or add an addition on to your home, compare estimates with at least 3 contracting companies. Never take the first one that comes al
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Granite Countertops - A Thing Of the Past?

Is it true? Could granite’s 30-year reign be coming to an end? We can’t say for sure. In fact, we think granite remains a solid choice. After all, it’s both durable and attractive — and it’s become increasingly affordable too. But there’s just no den

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Radon Levels

Some Home Inspection Companies say: 
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. 1 in 15 homes has an elevated radon levels.

Today's Real Estate News

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How To Paint A Room

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Avoiding Stress When Pondering A Move

-Most buyers want a move-in ready home. Begin preparing
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Property Pros Of The Hudson Valley

Most people, when purchasing their first or lifetime home will encounter their largest transaction & biggest investment plus an eye-opening experience. No matter how savvy you are, a purchase this large is not something you want to go through without a REALTOR. Purchasing a home is a journey which involves many moving parts, and you will need someone who knows the time & attention needed to successfully close. There is negotiating, working with attorneys, possibly the town, & mortgage lender - t... [MORE]

February Housing Stats - Dutchess County Associaton of REALTORS

The start of the year ushered in a wave of good news about a hot stock market, higher wages and an active home sales environment. At the same time, housing prices have continued to rise, and the low inventory situation and affordability crunch has been particularly hard on first-time buyers struggling to get into the market. Nevertheless, buyer activity is easily outpacing seller activity in much of the country, culminating in relatively quick sales and low supply. Demand definitely remaine

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Thinking Of Selling?

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Selling Your Home? Better Prepare Your House For Inspection

Please use the following link for valuable information

http://www.realtor.com/advice/sell/prepare-home-inspection/?cid=smc_editorial_pros_fb_TP_032117_varA__

Housing News

In housing news, home price gains continued in January. CoreLogic, a leading provider of consumer, financial and property information, reported that January home prices, including distressed sales, rose 6.9 percent from January 2016 to January 2017. The gains were due in part to lean inventories of homes for sale on the market. From December 2016 to January 2017, prices rose 0.7 percent. CoreLogic

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Home Ownership

Anyone family wishing they had a home of their own to enjoy snow days or summer fun days; a home to enjoy with your children & watch their joy frolicking in their own yard; OR maybe thinking that NOW is the time to purchase that home, please call us to lead you through that journey to the front door of your new home!

Housing Market

Nela Richardson, chief economist, Redfin
 

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Star Program

Kieran Michael Lalor- State Assembly
 
The bad news: Last year's budget changed the STAR program for new home buyers from an upfront tax deduction to a rebate check. The state budget used to count STAR as an expense. But last year the Governor and legislative leaders wanted to be able to claim that they are only raising spending by 2%. So they converted the STAR tax exemption to a tax credit and magically, through this accounting gimmick, became a re
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Housing Market

Single-family housing starts in January were at a rate of 1.9% increase over December. Market looking good!!

Housing Market

Existing Home Sales closed out 2016 as the best year in a decade, though December's numbers were below expectations at 5.48 million units on an annualized basis. The National Association of REALTORS® reported that sales in 2016 were 5.45 million units, above the 5.25 million in 2015 and the highest since the 6.48 million in 2006.
New Home Sales fell 10.4 percent from November to December. It was the lowest level since February 2015 and down 0.4 percent from December
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Looking Ahead

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Spring Housing Market

Expect a Strong Spring Housing Market

Daily Real Estate News | Monday, February 29, 2016

 

Recent housing and economic reports predict we'll see solid spring home sales, according to Jonathan Smoke, realtor.com®'s chief economist. Here are some signs: Read more: The 20 Hottest Housing Markets This Month On jobs: "Job creation -- arguably the most important factor in housing demand -- is moving apace," Smoke notes. In January, 151,0

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Trend Setting Colors For 2016

Color plays a crucial role in your home's interior. Thankfully it's one of the easiest design elements to change, particularly if you select appliances and other permanent fixtures in classic hues. Is 2016 the year you repaint a few rooms? Here's a look at the latest color trends, as well as tips on how to incorporate them into your home.

 

The Non-Color Benjamin Moore's color of the year is white, or Simply White (OC-117) to be exact. This popular n

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YOUR HOUSE IS USUALLY NOT WORTH AS MUCH AS YOU THINK

Written byJaymi Naciri  

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Creating Appeal

If you're thinking about selling your home, tackle the little jobs first to spruce up your home. Any peeling paint needs tending to. A fresh coat in bathrooms & kitchens can make a difference in the appearance of your home. If you were moving and looking for a new residence what would be important to you? Take that same appoach with your own home. Curb appeal is primary, what buyers see when they

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Use Paint To Manipulate Mood

by Broderick Perkins for Realty Times

Painting your home is a great way to enhance the appearance of your home, especially when it's time to sell.

 But don't just slather on a fresh coat for the sake of upgrading.

Choose colors that will enhance your mood.

When it's time to sell, anything that you can do to improve the mood of today's buyers also will help you sell your home.

"Repainting is a low-cost way to gr

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Loan Mods Still Outpacing Foreclosure Sales

Inman.com
Fore­clo­sure starts rebound­ed in May and June after falling sharply in April, but loan mod­i­fi­ca­tions con­tin­ued to out­pace fore­clo­sure sales dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter, accord­ing to the lat­est report from loan ser­vicers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the "Hope Now" pro­gram.

Secrets To Selling Your Home

According to The Realty Times:Seller's want to know the secrets to selling their homes.Here are the top ten secrets to sellers. Consider how these apply to your own home, how that affects marketing, as well as what aspects of your home you should "play up" to elicit a better response from buyers.

1. Price: It's a common misconception that location is the leading factor of whether or not a home sells. It is, instead, price. Think about this scenario. You have a h

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Mortgage Choices

WIth the market fluctuating and buyers looking for homes but fearful about downpayments, there is a choice. FHA loans, if you qualify, will allow 3.5% down but there is another alternative and that is a USDA Home Loan( United States Department pf Agriculture). If you fall within the criteria and are able to live within the area they serve, you will save on Pre Mortgage Insurance (about $120/month).

You don't have to be a farmer or rancher to be eligible for a USDA Home Loan.

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Short Sales

Dan Gallagher, Mortgage Consultant, Met Life

Are you worried about a short sale for your home? Concerned about all the horror stories about financing for your buyer? Dont be. It really isn't that difficult. Two things to know about short sales are that they take time and the buyer coming in as well as the seller has to stay in constant contact with their mortgage providers. Most mortgage commitments are good for 90 day

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Fair Housing & Discrimination

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Looking For A Place To Settle?

The Town of East Fishkill encompasses Arthursburg,East Fishkill,Fishkill Plains, Gayhead,Hillside Lake,Hopewell Jcti,Hortontown,Lomala,Pecksville, Shenandoah,Stormville & Wiccopee & is located in Dutchess Cty,NY.Upon searching 4 a place 2 settle my family & we looked in many towns in NY & NJ, but when we came upon E.Fishkill our hearts knew this was the place 4 us 2 call home.W/lush greenery&country setting,we found the conveniences of city living were a stone

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HOA

A community containing a HOA may be a double edged sword. On one hand, the uniform look of the development & ability to control the feel of the community exists. While this may provide for uniformity & reinforce value, potential buyers might feel it is to stifling a way of life. Many of these communities are "sign free" zones which prevent you from putting out real estate signs to sell ur home, putting out the American flag etc.

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Home Prices

Home prices are still in the process of falling which is good news for potential purchasers. Owning a home is part of the "American Dream" and people haven't given up on that dream. Those who are thinking about purchasing a home are encouraged by friends and family to "take the plunge". Prices will never be lower than they are going right now. Even Donald Trump has said this is the best time to buy a home with the prices going dow
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Painting Tips

One sure way to spruce up your home is to freshly paint. Forget the drab white rooms and decide on colors that will accentuate your furniture and be welcoming to guests. If your home was built prior to 1978 be sure to check for lead based paint. Those walls will need special care. If you choose to hire a painter, it is wise to secure 3 estimates and referrals. If you choose to do it yourself be sure to address imperfections by using spackle, sanding to s
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10 Ways to Resolving Conflict

‎10 Ways To Resolve Conflicts:
1) Agree on a time & place
2) state problem as you see it
3) let the other person have their say
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Mortgages

Shopping for a home? It will be worth your while to check the daily mortgage rates prior to getting prequalified by a lender. Doing your homework makes the job easier. The website Freerateupdate.com will keep you current on mortgage market conditions. Today the 30 year fixed rate is 4.50% while a 15 year rate is at 4.00%. Jumbo fixed rate is 5.375%. As you can see, mortgage rates for the buyer are well in their favor and with all the inventory on the mar
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Selling Your Home

Pricing your home in this market is crucial to your selling quickly. Call REALTORS to conduct a comparative market analysis. Ask them about local appraisers & think of hiring one to appraise your home-you'll have an actual bank appraisal.Being competitive in this market is essential to the sale of your home.Most importantly, buyers are saavy nowadays.With all the available internet sites, they know market prices. You are
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School Reports

If you are interested in moving to Westchester/Putnam or Dutchess Counties and are in need of information on schools in the neighborhood/districts you are looking in, please go to https://www.nystart.gov/publicweb/ . This site will give you information on the individual schools you have an interest in. You may also ma
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Giving Back

Ways To Give Back to Your Community:Look at the local needs where you live.Are there homeless? Does a local library need assistance? Does a church daycare need volunteers? How's the school where your child(ren) attend? Do they need assistance with lunchtime or after school programs? How about a local Pregnancy Center, food bank, soup kitchen? There are so many needs and so little help.In your curr
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Vacation Planning

Choose carefully in planning your holiday. Companionship is very important but the place you pick and the acitivities you participate in means the success or failure of your vacation. Decide on a budget and where it will take you and pick a beautiful natural environment. Go by plane or plan a cruise. Do your research and/or visit a travel agency to ensure you will enjoy your stay no matter where you land. Hotels are important. You know your own like
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Your Moving Day

Your "moving day" can be quite overwhelming. Preparation is the key. Make lists of what you can move yourself & what movers will take care of.It will help w/an estimate.Move all fragile items & important papers yourself. Label all boxes w/ items, floor# & room. Enlist family or friends to care for children/pets.Shop around... 4 moving com
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Looking For A New Home?

Genesis Heritage Real Estate can help you find your dream home faster, and at the best price. The American  Dream, for the average person, has unbelievable benefits. It's a long term investment that adds a feeling of control and happiness to one's life. Fixed mortgages remain unchanged for 15 to 30 years while rents are up approximately 3% per year.
 
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Redesign Your Baths

The smallest room in the home can make the biggest impression. Redoing your bathroom can give your home the splash it needs!Of course, you may want to make some special upgrades that will increase the value of your home. A new coat of paint always gives a fresh look. But think about upgrading the tile to Travertine, marble or granite. Then add some radiant floor heating, which can run $500+.For extra luxury, think heated towel bars, as well. Then add som
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Your Credit Score

Credit scores are vital in order to obtain loans. The higher  your score the less of a risk you are to any lender. These scores can range from 300 to 850 and your credit score is tracked by 3 major credit companies: Equifax, TransUnion & Experian.All three of these companies take into account how long you've had established credit, how often you use your credit and what you are using it for. Making your payments on time is extremely importan
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Home Value

How can you protect the value of your home? Make repairs, spruce up your curb appeal, update your kitchen and baths, look for energy saving ideas. Invite a REALTOR to give you the current market value of your home and again after you make upgrades. Or hire a professional appraiser to do the before and after!
 
 
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Terminating A Contract

When does 1 party or the other have the right and ability to terminate the real estate contract. It may be due to unclear or contradictory provisions in the contract; even when contracts appear clear, the manner in which the courts may settle it cannot always be predicted. This is one good reason to have a knowledgeable & reputable real estate attorney specializing in this field&
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Sale Of Your Home

Selling your home requires the right real estate agent and brokerage. You'll need someone with as much passion about selling your home as you have. Of course, personalties must mesh but experience and know-how in real estate is so very important. Some folks believe size means a quicker sale. We believe personal attention to the details of a clients home & needs are a priority. We speak fluent real estate here at
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