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Astor Lane Realty is your source for all things real estate in Westchester County NY!

Westchester County NY real estate is unlike any other housing market! We have the highest property taxes in the country and the bubble that burst a decade ago did not hit us as hard as other states and markets.

I would invite you to educate yourself about real estate in Westchester County NY before buying or selling. We just happen to be the firm that prioritizes our client's education and comfort before anything!

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Check out the latest market housing report as provided by our local MLS board - Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service - for Westchester County

 Westchester County Dec 2020 Stats

 

MEDIAN SALES PRICE (LAST 3 YEARS BY MONTH)

Median Sales Price indicates the movement of a given real estate market. NOTE: the value provided is a midpoint of home sale prices in the area. This should be not be used exclusively..BUT can be helpful when used in conjunction with other key indicators.

 

MEDIAN DAYS ON MARKET (LAST 3 YEARS BY MONTH)

Median Days On Market indicates the time it takes a home to sell. NOTE: the value provided is a midpoint of the days on market in the area. This should be not be used exclusively..BUT can be helpful when used in conjunction with other key indicators.

April 19, 2021

2 Hoover Road Yonkers NY 10710

Meticulously Maintained Ranch For Sale in Yonkers NY

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch has it all! Level manicured lawn on a corner lot, this house has been updated with exquisite finishes from top to bottom.

Explore every space of this cozy home with our comprehensive virtual tour below:

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March 11, 2021

Thinking Of Buying Or Selling A Home For Spring 2021?

Start Here!

 

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Spring of 2021 and are unsure of the real estate market, then we can help! Our free guides can provide some valuable information to get you started on the road to educating yourself on what it is like to buy or sell in today's real estate climate.

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Feb. 23, 2021

11 Maywood Ave Rye Brook NY 10573

Recently Renovated Cape For Sale in Rye Brook NY

 

Location, Location, Location! This 3 bedroom, 2 bath home is move in ready! The updates in this property was made to satisfy the most discerning buyer. Renovated from top to bottom with hardwood floors, two modern baths, and a stylish kitchen complete with white shaker cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops.  

 

Explore every space of this cozy home with our comprehensive virtual tour below:

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Feb. 9, 2021

235 Betts Ave Bronx NY 10473

Young Two Family Home For Sale in Clason Point Section of Bronx NY

This is your solution if you are looking to "househack”!  One of the great things about this home is the fact that it was built in 2003. Being as young as it is, the home is now looking for its lucky second owner. (2) 3 BR, 1 BA units make this the perfect home for someone looking to move into one unit and rent out the other. This home has also been outfitted with modern use Baxi Combo boilers for heat and hot water for each unit separately making heat and hot water output efficient and immediate.

First Floor and Basement

Upper Level Unit

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Jan. 15, 2021

Selling Your House On Your Own In Westchester County

Why Selling Your House On Your Own In Westchester County Can Be A Huge Mistake!

 

There is no denying how HOT the real estate market is in Westchester County and other parts of the Lower Hudson Valley, NY. However, selling in the time frame you want AND for the price you want is not automatic. Most successful realtors have a marketing and internet strategy that will ensure your home gets the maximum exposure it needs. In this age of technology, 51% of buyers are using the internet with 28% using a realtor. That adds up to 79% of buyers leveraging technology or a professional.  In addition, homes that sell with an agent end up selling 6% higher than those that sold on their own. This may be why the percentage of homeowners selling on their own have dropped significantly since the mid 80's.

If you are curious about our firm's marketing strategy that enables us to sell homes quickly through our stress free listing program then schedule a call below:

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Dec. 15, 2020

Thinking Of Buying Or Selling A Home For Winter 2020?

Start Here!

 

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in the Winter of 2020 and are unsure of the real estate market, then we can help! Our free guides can provide some valuable information to get you started on the road to educating yourself on what it is like to buy or sell in today's real estate climate.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE FOR SELLERS

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD OUR FREE GUIDE FOR BUYERS

Dec. 9, 2020

Why I Refuse To Sell Homes

 

I’m sure this topic sounds odd, and maybe a little confusing, considering I run a licensed real estate brokerage in Westchester County

Still, I found myself in situations where this is exactly what I’ve had to do ---- REFUSE TO SELL A HOUSE.

You might be thinking, how in the world can a real estate professional refuse to sell a house to their client?!?

My answer is simple.  It’s because RELATIONSHIPS are more important than TRANSACTIONS.

My goal is to educate everyone I work with. (CLICK HERE to learn more about the home buying process) When my clients are educated about the home buying process, they are comfortable talking about it.  When they are comfortable talking about it, then we have open, trusted conversations and this works in their favor.  

Recently, I was working with Westchester County homebuyers - a wonderful couple who found themselves in a bidding war for a 700k house.  They wanted to put an offer well above the asking price and, most likely, they would’ve won the bid.

In discussing their offer, they repeatedly said they wanted the house but, having spent time with them and having gotten to know them, I could tell something was off. 

After taking the focus off the offer and redirecting it back to them and what their needs were, I found out they felt rushed and pressured.  This is where the RELATIONSHIP is important.

The wife came from a big family, like myself, and she wanted to be close to them.  She was almost willing to pay more than she was comfortable with on a home that she was almost happy with to fulfill this one need.

After more open conversation, it was clear that she was scared about this commitment. 

That is when I had to do something that’s not discussed enough in this field.  I had to make a hard decision to help my clients make the right one. 

I pulled the plug on the deal.

My clients were upset.  They couldn’t understand why I was telling them to back away from this house.  We talked more and, around 30 minutes later, they were happy and relieved.  In fact, they even thanked me.

My advice to you is ASSESS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR REALTOR. 

You need to work with someone you can trust and speak freely with.  Your realtor should be on your side, working in your favor.  They shouldn’t be afraid to advise you to “think about it” and you shouldn’t be afraid to tell them “I’m nervous and this is why.” 

 

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Nov. 5, 2020

15 Maplewood Blvd Suffern NY 10901

Looking for a move in ready home in Suffern NY? 15 Maplewood Blvd is an updated 3BR split level that will not disappoint! The flow that runs across the living area and kitchen is filled with gleaming hardwood floors and tons of natural light. Walk through every inch of this home with our comprehensive, virtual tour below..but first....

MEET THE HOMEOWNER:

 

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Oct. 19, 2020

Selling in Westchester County During Coronavirus

6 Things You Should Know About Buying and Selling in [market_city] During Coronavirus

To say that these are uncertain times is an understatement and you may be hesitant when considering entering the real estate market. We are living through a unique event in history and it’s understandable if you’re a bit apprehensive about what lies ahead during this time in the real estate market whether you are buying or selling real estate. If you’re feeling a bit lost about how to proceed, you’ll find the following 6 things everyone should know about buying and selling in Westchester County NY during coronavirus.

Timing

One thing you should know about buying and selling in Westchester County NY during coronavirus and the uncertainty in the economic outlook is that those that have the option to delay a move are doing so for at least a few months. This means that, while not necessarily true, there is a perception that the seller must be under certain economic or legal pressures and needs to sell. This has the potential of driving negotiations towards an overall lower final purchase price. Conversely, you should know that some buyers and sellers need to make their move quickly in Westchester County during coronavirus. This could be due to changes in employment, downsizing, move up home or personal issues such as caring for a family member in another location.

Financing

Home sales made a noticeable jump in July, as buyers are spending more time at home due to COVID-19, they are searching for more comfortable suburban surroundings. Due to changes in the economy brought on by these circumstances, credit has been affected negatively across economic classes of the entire market. This means that less of the population will meet the standards that are required by most traditional lenders. For this reason, it’s important that you know about alternative financing options when you are either buying or selling in Westchester County NY during coronavirus. Being open to creative financing on the part of both parties will widen the potential of finding the right buyer.

Safety

Another thing you should be aware of buying and selling in Westchester County during coronavirus is how to keep safe during the process. It's scary to think that someone walking through your home could endanger you and your family members. Discuss with your local real estate agent what can be done to prevent bringing someone showing signs of illness through your living space. You can prevent unnecessary contamination of common household surfaces during showings by requesting that your agent be the only person who touches any surface. Likewise, you can ask that all present wear protective gear. you’ll also need to ensure that you can rely on them to wipe down or spray any surface they or their client may have inadvertently touched.

Empty Is "KING!"

You should know there is value in the fact that a home has been sitting empty for those selling in Westchester County NY during coronavirus. Having a quarantine period of at least two weeks alleviates concerns about disinfecting every nook and cranny of a home after a showing for a seller or before moving in if you are the buyer. 

Limits

Something else you should know about buying and selling in Westchester County during coronavirus.  Many sellers are requesting that only their listing agent show the home. Another way to keep a low number of people inside your home is to ask that only two people per showing be allowed. While often the buyer’s agent is not in favor of this arrangement, special allowances may be made at this time. 

Technology

Given the technology of today, you’ll also want to be aware of everything possible about potential buyers when selling in Westchester County NY. For those who are tech-savvy and want to go at it on their own, while it may look easy, you’ll want to be certain that you keep within all of the local, state, and federal laws that govern real estate transactions. It is difficult but you will need to investigate just who you’re accepting an offer from. Likewise, you’ll need to go into the process open to the possibility of online scams. Before finalizing anything by signing on the dotted line, you’ll want to meet face to face with the principals in your deal and do very careful research of county records to ensure you’re actually dealing with the owner of the property in question.

Let Astor Lane Realty help you quickly and safely through the process without all of the headaches and concerns. Whether you’re buying or selling in Westchester County during coronavirus, we are here to answer all of your questions and help you every step of the way! Send us a message or call Astor Lane Realty at 914.341.2998 today!

Oct. 5, 2020

2 Lockwood Ave Unit#2A Bronxville NY 10708

Looking for an updated coop in the Chester Heights area of Eastchester? This 2BR unit has all the modern updates today's buyer is looking for in a home. Awaiting you are refinished hardwood floors and a sleek kitchen that will make cooking at home extremely desirable. Walk through this home with our comprehensive virtual tour and take a look for yourself.

 

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