Michele Fox – A Realtor and so much more!

I work in a  wonderful office, with so many talented associates, not only in real estate (and our stats speak for themselves), but in so many other areas be it working in a soup kitchen (Chip Gedney  who makes GREAT pickles), working on the Board of a Soup Kitchen raising  necessary funds (Ali Greene), working on a local level  regarding tax grievance (Cary Sleeper)Penny Weiner who transitions homes room by room, Adam Cherko who teaches line dancing in Bronxville!,  Paul McCarthy whose wife has a wonderful estate sales company- Finders Keepers, Martha Rubio who is a  fantastic Baker and did I mention  our fantastic mountain climber and hiker Lee McTeigue !  I would be SO remiss if I didn’t mention our wonderful Manager, Carolyn Fugere, who was the  President of the Larchmont Chamber of Commerce and so very instrumental in helping to build and promote our local businesses;  our receptionist ( Diana Lee Angstadt also has a photography business, and is always sharing her beautiful artwork, and then there is Michele Fox!

Michele is a phenomenal artist (and REALTOR!) . I first became aware of her artwork when she was selling her beautiful home in Larchmont, and I  couldn’t help but notice the artwork that adorned her walls and complimented her home so well. Michele was an art major in school, and  continued in her studies at the Silvermine Art Center In Connecticut. Michele has been painting for many years, and finally,  after many requests, she started selling her artwork about 10 years ago. Carlos of Palmer Art Supply  has been featuring Michele’s artwork in his store for sale over the years, and there are still some pieces available right now!

Michele has also sold artwork in Rhode Island, and her favorite medium is oil. She has been exploring a new technique which incorporates layering giving an atmospheric look. Michele’s focus is landscapes, and she endeavors to reflect the stillness, and the endless possibilities of each day in her artwork.

There will be a web site on the horizon, and I for one cannot wait to see it!

There is still time to purchase before the Holidays!

We are a team in the Larchmont  Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s office , and here for all of your real estate needs.

Larchmont is GREAT!  Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s is GREAT!

 

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Happy Holidays from Gay Rosen 2017!

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Dining in New Rochelle – Dubrovnik

New Rochelle is great in so many ways, and when you visit a nice restaurant, it is always nice to share your dining experience!  I took clients (and friends) to the Dubrovnik Restaurant  to celebrate their sale, and we were there for nearly 3 hours! We had so much fun! Firstly, the restaurant has a wonderful warm atmosphere, and of course it is decorated beautiful and tastefully for the Holidays. The service was impeccable, and when the waiter boned Rickie’s Bronzino,  it was done quickly and expertly. 

Known for its fish dishes, the waiter had brought over the night’s selection, and James chose the skate, Rickie the Bronzino,  and I chose the ‘Mama Tereza” which was an assortment of shellfish (clams, steamed lobster, mussels, shrimp and clams) served over linguine with white wine sauce. We started off with  sharing a beet salad which comprised of both golden and red beets and was delicious, and a grilled octopus.   All good.  James Skate dish was served with an asparagus risotto which was really good, and every dish looked great!

The restaurant is located at 721 Main Street, New Rochelle, and the phone number is 914 637-3777.  New Rochelle is GREAT!

 

 

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It’s Gingerbread Time 2017!

It is always nice to give. It makes you feel good, and I love to see people’s smiling faces when I deliver the gingerbread houses! Well, as I always like to say, I sell homes, why not build them too!

I have the greatest clients and it is my small way of thanking them!  I have to also admit when buyers walked away from a  transaction, I begged the agent to reconsider and promised a gingerbread house too! They didn’t ask for it, but it will be theirs! A promise is a promise, and if it makes my sellers happy then why not!    Westchester is GREAT!  I made 14 this year (one for me!!)..  Exhausted but happy..

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Christmas at the Pound Donation Drive -Mount Vernon Animal Shelter

We all have our favorite charities . No matter which, it always feels so great to share, give, donate and the feeling of having helped  (as you all know) is simply wonderful. The best gift we can give (I feel) is just in the giving! That is our reward!

I received an email from a mortgage broker..  After I had stopped tearing up, I asked permission to re post his plea..


As the holiday season is fast approaching I would like to ask for your support for the 6th Annual “Christmas at the Pound” Donation Drive to support the Mount Vernon Animal Shelter. Unfortunately, most of the Dogs and Cats at the shelter will not have a home for Christmas. They will have no special treats from the dining table, no wrapping paper to play in or family to love them. Instead, they will continue to wait for someone to come. Help me in supporting these wonderful animals this holiday season by donating supplies on their wish list below.  I have volunteered at the Mt. Vernon Animal Shelter for the past six years and they have a great staff that truely cares about their animals. Lets help them bring Christmas to the Pound!

The drop-off location for donations is United Northern Mortgage Bankers located at 2105 Williamsbridge Road 2nd Floor Bronx, NY 10461. I can also arrange to pick up donations. Please email me at mfisher@unitednorthern.com or contact me directly at (347) 242-1206.

Please also visit their website to see their animals that are available for adoption and share on Facebook!

http://mtvernonanimals.org/

Thank you in advance for your support in this great cause!

Milk Bones

Dish Soap

Paper Towels

Garbage Bags (30 Gallon)

Peanut Butter

Canned Dog Food

Canned Cat Food

Bleach

Laundry Detergent

Pine Sol

Dog Treats

Cat Treats

 

        

Sincerely,
Mark S. Fisher
United Northern Mortgage Bankers, Ltd.
Licensed Mortgage Originator
NMLS 478240
(347) 242-1206
mfisher@unitednorthern.com

 

Thank you Mark!

Westchester is GREAT!

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Happy Thanksgiving 2017 from Gay Rosen!

 

Westchester is GREAT!

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Last Call for the Turkey Trot! New Rochelle 2017

Mark your calendar. Come on! On your mark,  get set GO!!!!   November 23rd will be New Rochelle’s second (and now annual) Turkey Trot!

There is a 6 week training regimen for those who feel they need it ( so much fun too!),  and all participants will receive a T-Shirt and wonderful memories.

Did you know that the race organizers have  put together a non-profit organization to benefit local charities (yay!) from the race proceeds.   “Giving you more Miles” .

This year there will be 3 races: Tot Trot  (200 meters), Kids Mile and a 5K Run or Walk.

To volunteer, or for more information please contact Michael Conlon – race director – at michael@givingyoumoremiles.com.

New Rochelle is GREAT!

 

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Thanksgiving is around the corner…

Westchester is GREAT!

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New Story – Sotheby’s Helping to build Homes for the Needy

Each time I see the video regarding ‘New Story’, I tear up. Who wouldn’t? There are so many people who are in dire need of our help, and it really doesn’t cost us much at all to just reach out a little…. When I was younger, my mother would read Hans Christian Andersen’s  story of “The Little Match Girl” each December. It was her way, I believe,  to make myself and my siblings feel thankful for what we had, and to instill in us how others need help.

When I came to the U.S., one of the very first things I did upon working 3 jobs at once in the city, was to ‘adopt’ a young boy in Brazil.. Helping others has always stayed with me, and in my work ethic also ..  The same with my company. Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s.

Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s has just partnered with New Story… As our President and CEO, Mr. Paul Breunich recently noted:

“One of the exciting takeaways from this year’s Sotheby’s International Realty GNE in Las Vegas was the announcement of the Brand’s new partnership with New Story, a non-profit that works toward building safe, thriving communities in the developing world. Our Company has always been dedicated to aligning with philanthropic organizations that make a meaningful difference in the world, and I am pleased to share that we will participate in the initiative to support New Story in its mission to transform dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes.

For just $6,000 per home, we will work with the organization to help construct houses for families in need, with 100% of donated dollars going directly to building efforts. New Story shares the excitement of the entire incredible process with us, sending us photos and stories of the families we sponsor, updates on the specific supplies and costs our contributions cover, and a final move-in video once the homes are completed.

Yet New Story does even more than build houses – they provide jobs and economic stability for the communities they service. By hiring local labor and purchasing domestic materials, New Story helps to boost the economies of the countries where they work.

As part of our goal for 2018, I have made the commitment for our Corporate Office to help build at least two homes with New Story. In addition, each of our Brokerages will make their own commitments to building additional homes.

For more information on New Story, including details of the Brand’s partnership, please click to see New Story Video. ”

Each office has committed to raising the funds to build a home. Perfect! We sell homes all of the time, so why not help build one!  This holiday season will start within our office with all of the money utilized for gift giving to be donated to New Story – and to OUR  New Story home.  With 3 -4 expected closings before year’s end, my gifts to my clients will be a donation in their names to help build a home. Not just any home, but one helping to create a NEW STORY. While the video showed homes built in Haiti,  Land has been purchased in Mexico, and it is expected that each office committing to build a home,  we will be actually creating a new village. Well, that MAKES my Holiday – and so much better than reading a sad story but rather offering a positive story- full of hope, and how we can all make a difference.  My company is currently initiating a gift giving website further enabling contributions…
Westchester is GREAT!

 

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My Neighborhood, Paine Heights, 10804

I had written about my neighborhood back in  2012, and oh how it has changed!  Not the actual neighborhood with its wonderful homes, property sizes of around 0.35 of an acre, and beautiful tree-lined streets, but the neighbors! As with any area, people downsize, retire to smaller homes, apartments, relocate, or even look for larger homes too.  One owner has even acquired a neighboring property to make a family compound of sorts.

I can recall writing about a neighbor who would walk with her husband in the morning and their dog with each of them holding a coffee mug. I used to find it cute, amusing but drinking coffee while walking a dog?  Well, hello – yours truly now takes her first cup of coffee with her on her walk with her pooch. I love it!  (But mine has a lid). I actually  walk with a friend, Debbie Chassen (a GREAT Speech Pathologist),  and her dog, Havana, and I like to sit by her kitchen  (yes, on the stoop), feeding my dog some nutritious treats, while I appreciate nature, and, ‘yes’, my coffee. We will pass other neighbors  on our morning trek, and there is always a sense of ‘being home’ of being surrounded by lovely people, a great neighborhood.

I have had the privilege of selling homes in the area as well,  and on the street this year ; 222 Paine Avenue, 229 Paine Avenue, 185 Paine Avenue (in contract)  85 Crawford Terrace (in contract), 186 Lyncroft Road,  and with past sales at 116 Lyncroft Road and 11 Lyncroft Road,  so all good!  When I listed 222 Paine Avenue, I was contacted by a past  owner’s daughter who regaled me with stories from her childhood. She had LOVED Paine Avenue and its surrounds. What amazed me was the fact that the internet is so grand, we can communicate so quickly, that the lady was able to reach out to me just as quickly,  saw the marketing of the home via Sotheby’s just as quickly.. and HOW wonderful it was to learn more about the area and its past neighbors too.

In listing 85 Crawford Terrace, I learned that a past owner was Branford Marsalis of ‘The Tonight with David Letterman’ fame. More importantly, I also learned that the current owner was a distinguished dancer at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater for over 14 years. Oh my!

There is a neighborhood internet news site which is great. We can advertise items to be sold, garage sales, ads for house hold help,  tutors,  missing pets, and it is a great way to appreciate and learn about our neighbors. It helps make our neighborhood a community.

The avenue is named after Thomas Paine,, and there is a cottage and museum, with yearly craft fairs both as a fund raiser and to demonstrate to our children how the Colonials once lived with candle making,  smithing, weaving, etc. Named after Thomas Paine, there is also the Paine to Pain Half Marathon as well!

If you read my older blog from 2012,  I will comment that the neighbor who plays tennis in the tightie whities is still there… one neighbor’s home has been the site of a wonderful television series “Thanksgiving”..  and I have regularly seen film crews in the neighborhood filming at one or another of our great homes.  This is Paine Heights, 10804. We are diverse, we are a community.

I recently published a  third quarter newsletter Gays Fall 2017 Newsletter for New Rochelle, breaking down the zip codes into different price points.

Yes, New Rochelle is GREAT!

 

 

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