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Eltingville Real Estate For Sale
93 Pacific Ave. Raised Ranch $479000
Excellent condition, near all, walk to Eltingville food stores, banks, Eltingville parks, restaurants and Eltingville transportation.
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Now is the time to market your home for best exposure.

After a server winter, with tons of snow hiding your beautiful home, and now with cherry blossoms showing their beauty, grass growing back and warmer weather to please the new home buyers, now is the time to put it on the market.

You will of course want a great agent to help you with marketing, making your home look the best, and having a good experience with the sale. So choose wisely. Give a click below to see a little of how I do what I do best.

Kenneth Cole, Licensed New York State Real Estate Salesperson, call 917-696-0275

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NYC Notice of Property Value and Tax

I’ve received a few calls about the recent notice we received in the mail the last few days. Some folks have a few questions about the drop in value of their home, so I made a little slide presentation for you to help with some questions. Click on the link below and turn on your speakers

Whenever a home owner is “upside down”, meaning that they owe more on their mortgage then the unit is worth in today’s market, and they want to sell the unit, they are a candidate for a “Short Sale.”

I say candidate because not every owner will qualify for a “Short Sale.”
If the owners can make the payments, or if they have other assets to cover the difference between the sale price and the balance of the mortgage, they don’t qualify.

What happens is, to put it simply, the bank saves money when they can avoid a foreclosure. Foreclosure can cost a bank $35,000 and take 18 months to complete. Banks don’t want to own property, they want to make money by lending your savings to someone else at a higher interest rate then they are paying you. So, they want to “Move” money, not property. Your property is a number to them. How can they make more money on your loan? They can service the loan or sell the loan.

In order to minimize the loss in a home that is “Under Water”, they can agree to a “Short Sale.”

There are several websites that go into all the details about “Short Sales.” This can be quite extensive. To really understand this you may wish to visit some of them. To start you might want to begin on some links below;

Fannie Mae is a good start.

Another site is the Governments program. This government program can be very helpful to the “Under Water” seller, because of the benefits they can get.

If the sellers have no other assets to make full payment on their loan, and if their bank agrees to the governments “HAFA” guidelines, sellers can get $3,000 to relocate. HAFA stands for Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives Program

There are a lot of paper work and guidelines to go over, best to deal with a Certified Short Sale Agent who has ties to processors who know the ropes. Sloppy paper work and no follow up action can make buyers abandon the process, and then the sellers are in a deeper hole and the property goes into foreclosure.

You can look up all the needed documents required, or you can call me see if you can qualify.
I can be reached at 917-696-0275, if I don’t answer right away, please leave a message and I promise I’ll return your call ASAP.

Today, the Condo at 920 Armstrong closed. The young buyer was very happy. Nice to see young folks taking part of the American dream. 45 Days on the market, not bad. Closing only took 55 minutes.

Looking to sell or buy real estate on Staten Island? Give me a call, 917-696-0275

Water Vapor

Moisture in the air. We need it, we want it. It can make you feel comfortable, or it can make you feel uncomfortable. Too much is bad for the house, and too little is also undesirable. So what’s a person to do? Let’s start with what we need.

Did you know that, in winter, some homes are dryer than the Sahara desert? True. We heat the air in our homes without adding moisture, bad news for our sinuses and our furniture. Also, if the relative humidity in our homes is what it should be, between 50-60% in summer and a little lower in winter, we can save money on our utilities bills. Adjust this figure to suit your needs best, but most will agree that this is a good starting point. The relative humidity makes us feel comfortable, allowing the thermostat to be either lowered or raised according to the season. So, in summer we can be comfortable at higher temperatures and in winter be comfortable in lower temperature. So a meter will pay for itself in no time, as well as our health. Ask your doctor about that.

How do we add or subtract moisture? It’s easy in the summer, set your central air to 55 % relative humidity. In the winter we need to add water vapor. This can be done in several ways, most folks will have a humidifier on their forced hot air furnace. If you have hot water or steam, you will need to add water vapor manually. In the “olden days” we would put a big pot of water on the stove and let it boil on low heat to add moisture.
Today you can buy a machine to add the moisture, but you must check on it to keep it filled. Now for the problems. Too much moisture can cause MOLD.

I am told that there are over 100,000 species of mold. For this newsletter, I will only talk about the few that make our lives miserable. Mold can make us very sick, and can destroy our homes. Wherever there is moisture, cool temperature, little light, there is mold.
Mold spores are all over. We breathe it in the air and it’s on our clothes, shoes, and pets. There’s no getting away from it, but we can make our homes less susceptible to mold by following a simple maintenance program.

First and foremost, remove or reduce moisture in areas that don’t get sunlight. A simple way to do this is to vent the area. Remember mold spores need moisture and little or no light to thrive.
Second. Remove the food source. Mold spores eat organic material. So, paper and glue, found on the inside of wallpaper, earth, wood, clothes, almost anything. I know if you removed all of these things you would not have a house left, but that’s the place to look for mold. Clean shower stalls with a bleach solution if you see black stains in the corner or at the bottom at the shower doors, shower curtains, or under sinks. Be careful here, read directions on the label of the product you are using. Again, easy to remember, take away the food source, moisture, and vent the area. Don’t give the mold a chance to build a colony!

Kenneth Cole, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Appleseed Homes, 917-696-0275

Are you flying your plane backward?

What you say? A plane can actually fly backward? Correct. Take for example a Piper Cub. Small plane, flies around 60 miles an hour. But if the conditions are right, say reduced speed to 40 miles an hour with a 70 mile an hour head wind, the plane will fly backward. The wind will push the plane back. Now here is the interesting part. The passengers will not realize it. The plane is flying nice and you don’t notice unless you look at the gages that the pilot sees.

Now transfer this thought to selling your home.

First question; Are you the pilot or a passenger? Most sellers are the passenger because they are too busy with their work to learn more about something they will only do a few times in their life. Sell their home.

So, if the Realtor (pilot) gets the house on the market (gets the plane airborne) most folks (passengers) are happy with the start. (A successful takeoff)

Now who sets the course? The pilot or the passengers? If the passengers are not taking an active part setting the course, then the pilot must take control. Home sellers, remember you are the passenger and you must set the course. Otherwise you will not know where you will land. If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know if you’ve arrived? Will you just fly until you run out of fuel, and then look for a nice place to set the plane down?

(Setting the course, taking an active roll in the marketing process. Making the house presentable with short notice, making necessary repairs to present the unit at it’s best)

Fuel costs are also a factor. How much does your plane burn per hour?

Maybe the most important single factor. Overpricing your house is like burning fuel, flying around in circles, going nowhere fast. The longer the house is on the market, it looses value, people ask themselves: why hasn’t that house sold yet”?

Do you use the proper fuel. Aviation gas needed here. This would be your marketing program. A high Definition Virtual Tour, an audio/video presentation, Internet marketing to the top web sites, etc.

Is your flight serving meals, or do you need to bring some peanuts along in your pocket in case you get hungry. (Will your Realtor keep the line of communication open and give you updates as the process moves on? Or will you be wondering, what’s going on, I haven’t heard from my Realtor in a while?)

And how about your luggage? Will it be available at the baggage claim when you land? (Will your Realtor pick up and deliver your contracts as needed? Will he/she be present for the home inspection and appraisal?)

So for a safe and smooth flight, and a happy landing, (a successful sale) , fly with the best. (What kind of a record is the firm you’re using have?)

A job well begun, is half done!

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