Public Open House 185 Paine Avenue, 10804 1-3 pm. 6/25/17

Great home in the exclusive Paine Heights area! This 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2500 square foot Tudor home located on 0.396 of an acre with a 2 car garage offers a newly updated kitchen, updated bathrooms, new roof (2 years old), mostly new casement windows, new French doors, hardwood floors, and an open floor plan for great entertaining. There is a deck and a terrace, a sprinkler system, a new hot water tank, cedar closet, and the yard is huge allowing for expansion if desired, perfect for entertaining and sports! Oh my! The taxes are currently being grieved too so what are you waiting for! Just 30 minutes to New York City. This charming home is being offered at $785,000. The public open house will be conducted from 1-3 p.m. on June 25th, 2017.

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New Rochelle is GREAT!


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The Larchmont Farmer’s Market

Per the site, the “Down to Earth” Larchmont Farmer’s Market is open from April 22nd to December 16 – 8:30 am to 1 p.m., and it is a great place to visit but please bring cash! SO many times I go just to purpose one item, and then I see so many wonderful items to buy. My sons love the Chinese chicken Dumplings ( just $10 for a dozen), and a friend told me to purchase the  blood orange infused olive oil … Oh my goodness! Nectar!  I bought the Moroccan Olive bread and dipped it into the olive oil, and I was in heaven!  Pickles are always on my list.. so fresh and so reasonably priced at $12 a quart for regular pickles.

I am usually working every day, and so when I go, I truly appreciate the treat it is and what it has to offer. Today I purchased the fresh beets, and made a beet and onion salad with a little cumin, oil and vinegar, salt and pepper.. great.. simple and healthy.. perhaps with grilled fish later or with some grilled chicken .. I also saw some really fresh rhubarb and being a Brit, I HAD to purchase a few pounds.. SO, tonight for dessert we will be having a rhubarb crumb (so easy with quick cooking oats, some sugar , flour and a pinch of salt (a little butter but do not tell anyone) with the cooked rhubarb (not too much sugar!)   over vanilla ice cream…

I bought some jams for a little thank you gift (can you imagine how great a Pina Colada jam and a Blood Orange Fig Jam will taste!  -all made at  The Coyote Kitchen) , and had trouble carrying it all to the car! So much for just buying pickles! 

Call me silly, but I also love to see people’s smiling faces, happy faces, happy pets, happy children -happy people..  The Farmer’s market, a nice place to visit.

Larchmont is GREAT!

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Marketing a home for Sale by Gay Rosen

As a Realtor, and as a real estate agent who has her Certified Residential Specialist designation (with less than 3% of Real estate agents having this designation), I work my hardest to promote, sell and market a home. Today, marketing is very important, more so than ever before. Every worthwhile real estate company will advertise their listings on many great web sites (and of course I would like to feel that Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s has more to offer in that area!!), but what of the agent?  Some agents will sit back, and let the advertising work on her behalf, and hopefully will then have appointments, bids and acceptable offers. Is that enough? I have written on the selling process , and so now that the home  has been decluttered, painted, prepared in every way, perhaps staged, taxes reduced,  emptied,  professional photography, floor plans all completed, now we market!

I like to introduce my listings to the top local agents (over 1500), and I will send my listings to them as they are introduced to the market via a marketing program my company offers.  This is in addition to sending out  postcards announcing the home to not only the immediate area, but I like to target additional streets where I think it would be advantageous also.  Not every agent does this, but if it will help sell a home – why not? I also like to create a personalized web site for each of my listings too. Some companies will offer a luxury web site for that special home, but I think I go one step further with blogs about the area so if someone is visiting from the city for example,  I can send the website link to them, and they can see at a glance what is happening in that area, on the street..  street fairs, sports programs,  market reports, school information and so much more.

I also like to promote my listings with Broker’s open houses (as we all do), but I will also try to make it fun with different kinds of food..  I try to attract as many agents as I can so they will visit and see the home while they are enjoying each other’s company. It is a great time in which to share market news, get to know more agents for after all – these will be the people I will be negotiating with in the future. Having a good relationship with as many agents as possible will always help sell a home.  I have had Broker’s open houses  with themes such as “Apple Cider tasting and cheese parties’,  “Mint Julep and appropriate Southern foods ” to coincide with  the Kentucky Derby if that time of year , “Champagne and smoked salmon”, and so many more!  I just served a Mexican themed Broker’s open house with Margaritas which was fun!

Agents try to be as inventive as possible in their advertising too. Any agent worth his/her salt will probably be advertising on Facebook nowadays. Why not? It is one of the top ranking modes of reaching potential buyers with great viewership. Plus, you can streamline your target audience. You want Brooklyn?  Upper Eastside, Upper Westside? People who are seeking a home on the waterfront? Who like to kayak?  Facebook answers those requirements.

Open Houses are another way to reach buyers. Everyone leads hectic lives, and it can be hard to pinpoint a certain scheduling time with their respective agent, and so having the option to visit an open house at their own leisure answers that problem.  I like to personalize miniature Hershey chocolate bars with labels depicting the home and with my information. All to make the home memorable and why not!

I would also like to feel that in marketing a home, I work with the sellers as a team. Teamwork is always important!  If it cold outside then make the home warm! If it very hot then we need to cool it for when those potential buyers enter a home, and if they see clothing everywhere, a messy kitchen, and it is 90 degrees and it is HOT in the home… then their first impression will not be favorable… An agent can advertise, market and even bring the flowers but if the home is not prepared then that can deter a sale.

At the end of the day, every agent wishes to sell your home. As someone who cares, I am trying to obtain the very best price I can. If you have any real estate needs, call me!

Westchester is GREAT!


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Summer Jobs

On hearing about summer job postings took me back to my younger days (yes, I can still recall)…back in merry old England (see, I am not that old  – I didn’t add the ‘e’ after old). My very first position was at Bed and Breakfast/restaurant which was owned by the Connolly family. There was a snack bar, and I, along with Carol Brand (my best friend) would work ai the snack bar, and then we would clean up the kitchen. I can recall my taking part the stove to clean it, and the look of anguish on the owner’s part!  Mrs. Connolly made THE most delicious pies with the flakiest of crusts. They were so good. I was promoted and was allowed to ‘man’ the snack bar on a Sunday afternoon by myself. I LOVED it!  I can recall making Welsh Rarebit for an older lady, and in trying to be nice, I  used extra cheese. To my later chagrin, she complained to Mrs. Connolly that I gave her too much cheese!  Mrs. Connolly smiled when I told her I was trying to be nice to the older patron.

I was actually asked by the owner to go to a restaurateur school, and she would sponsor me..   Being older now, I realize what a great privilege and honor it was on her part and I perhaps should have taken advantage of that proposal… but to be young to is to also show folly…  My point here though is that when we do work while younger, so many opportunities can open up to us.. to earn money through hard work is a wondrous feeling, and it never leaves you, and just promotes good self worth.

If you can’t find a job, and can afford not to earn a salary, then volunteering is always worthwhile too!  Don’t forget your local Animal Shelter also… I was adopted by my pooch whilst volunteering here… All good…

Westchester is GREAT!


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Open House today! 9 Disbrow Circle 1-3 p.m. 10804

Public Open House today from 1-3 p.m. Just in time to enjoy the pool this summer! This home reflects tranquility, space, and a wondrous back yard. Where would you find 0.37 of an acre in this area? A 3146 square foot, 3 bedroom, 3.1 bath Tudor home yet offering a Californian influence with its beautiful 4 Seasons room overlooking the huge private garden and in ground pool. Located in the desirable Wykagyl area, this gracious home has so much to offer. The sunken living room with its wood burning fireplace easily accesses the cosy den which leads to the kitchen and glass enclosed family room. The sunny, spacious rooms overlook the lush garden, further adding to the quiet ambiance of this delicious home! The Master Bedroom offers a dressing room and en suite bath, and there are two additional generously sized bedrooms and a hall bath. The lower level has great space and a bath too! Just 30 minutes to New York City. Taxes are being grieved! This home is being offered at $849,000.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Public Open House today at 222 Paine Avenue 1-3 p.m!

Located in prestigious Paine Heights, this sunny, 3248 square foot 5 bedroom, 2.2 Bath Georgian Colonial home located on 0.38 of a level lush acre offers charm and so much more! The first floor features a gracious entrance foyer, large kitchen with wonderful cabinetry, new wall ovens, dishwasher and newer refrigerator, a huge dining room and living room with a fireplace. a nicely sized sun room with a fireplace, office (with separate entry), bedroom, and two powder rooms. The second floor offers a master bedroom with built-ins, dressing room, sitting porch, master bath, hall bath and 3 additional spacious bedrooms. There are beautiful hardwood floors in most rooms, and there is a 2 car attached garage too! Close to all and just 30 minutes from New York City! This home is being offered at $899,000. The public open house is from 1-3 p.m.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Public Open House today at 80 Broadview Avenue, 1-3 p.m.

Public Open House today at 80 Broadview Avenue, New Rochelle from 1-3 p.m. The current owners fell in love with the sunny, inviting Loggia with its Palladian Arched windows overlooking the 0.43 of a level acre and gorgeous patio which they promptly filled with overflowing flower pots of lush plants and flowers, making their yard into a Naturalist’s delight. This captivating 2961 sq. ft. 4-5 bedroom, 3.5 Bath Colonial located in a sought after area is both inviting, spacious, & will not disappoint. The Entrance foyer leads to the formal living room, Loggia, & also to the dining room and sunny kitchen. There is an office and/or bedroom & powder room off the kitchen, a mud room too taking you to the great patio and yard. The Master Bedroom and en suite bath are located on the 2nd floor, as are two other bedrooms (one with an adjoining large sunroom that could double as another bedroom). There is a hall bath, & another bedroom and bath (plus great storage space) on the third floor! Great space in the basement, a separate 2 car garage make this a great house! Just 30 Minutes to New York City.  This delightful home is being offered at $925,000.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Realtors Care!

As a Certified Residential Specialist I truly care for my clients. Only one third of all Realtors become Certified Residential Specialists, and it is a designation I am proud of.

A cleaning service was at a new listing the other day, and I thought I would also help by sweeping the rooms beforehand. In my sweeping (!!!), I saw something glitter on the floor. It happened to be a gold pendant. I was so thrilled that I had undertaken that chore, and it was I who had found the piece of jewelry.  It could have been easily thrown out, but now the owner will be able to enjoy it once again!

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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Paws Place and a Doggie Story…

I have written about Paws Place before. It is a  wonderful dog park located in New Rochelle’s Ward Acres. For just $50 a year, you can obtain a park pass, and entree to  a wonderful social event (for your pooch!)…

However, there is also a great plus. You can also share doggie stories, learn how to best to adapt to make sure your dog is the King/Queen of the home (of course),  and it is always a fun time.. There is also a smaller park area for the smaller pooches..

I popped over to the park yesterday. I HAD to!  I have been so busy in all matters real estate, and while I walk my dog 3 times a day, I also want him to have fun with other dogs. It had weighing on my mind and conscience the entire week, that I had not been to the park, and after an open house, off I went. He had fun. He always does, but I also heard a lovely little dog story that I must share.

A  lady was recalling a story. She said that years ago, people would let their dogs roam free (and that was how the dogs would attach the mailmen!) . One such dog who belonged to a store owner would accompany the local postal worker and follow him on his mail delivery area. The dog would walk along with him, and then the mail carrier, after finishing his delivery route,  would then place the dog in his car, and drive him back to the store. SO, one day, the mail carrier was going on vacation, and he told his vacation replacement to expect and look out for the special pooch who would be accompanying him , and told him to let him go with him, and then return him to the store after he finished his deliveries. The mailman returned from vacation, and the part time worker exclaimed  “that dog is unbelievable! He showed me all of the short cuts and made my deliveries that much quicker!”

It was such a lovely story, and I had to share…  but going to the dog park is sharing too.. we all care, and that is New Rochelle!

New Rochelle is great!


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Who lived in my house? 65 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle, 10804

As someone who loves history (and as someone who came from a country that thrived on history – England), I always like to see who actually lived in a home previously… I have many times encountered potential buyers who adhere to Feng Shui when buying a home, and they too ask who lived in the home previously. In preparing to market 65 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle, I decided to research the home. I visited the New Rochelle Public Library (which has recently had a wonderful transformation in its entrance way), and looked up the home in the Eli Doctorow local History Room  (yes, another famous former resident of New Rochelle).

I came across a photo of the home featured in a book from 1938. Then in googling the home owner’s name,  I found a Doctor Evans who had resided at that home. Perhaps it was  Mr. Williams’ son who had attended Princeton, became a doctor who  specialized in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and then who married a doctor  who had attended the University of Pennsylvania.  In 1942 he joined the navy . What does it tell me? The home was enjoyed by a family who excelled,  and I think quite representative of a wonderful city and area in which to reside.

I have the privilege in being able to market this wonderful home. The current owners have lived there for many happy years, and it is their time to pass on the keys, and beautiful property to another home owner.

“As the current owner entered the home, she knew that THIS was the home for her. With its timeless elegance, architectural splendor throughout, the views of both the Sound and the home’s putting green and tennis court, the home reflected charm, warmth, beauty and yet wasn’t ostentatious. Gracious, spacious and enchanting. It spoke to her, and let this magnificent gem speak to you! The street was named Overlook Circle as it is just 1 1/2 miles from the Sound and yet overlooks all it encompasses, & this 8817 sq. ft. magnificent Georgian Colonial gated mini estate sited on 1.33 lush, landscaped acres, offers 7 bedrooms, 5.2 bathrooms and 8 fireplaces. The regal entrance foyer with its majestic chandelier welcomes you to this well proportioned, sunny home with its stately rooms perfect for large gatherings or small affairs. High ceilings, closet space in abundance, and even a dumb waiter, a gym, and there is an apartment & bathroom above the Carriage house too! Just 30 minutes to New York City. :

New Rochelle is GREAT!

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