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Purchasing a home in New York  is one of the best investments you can make; but like so much else in life, timing is everything.

Recent talk about subprime mortgages, falling property values, foreclosures and slow real estate markets are keeping more than a few homeowners up at night. The cure for those heebie jeebies is to get informed.

There are resources and tools available to help you realistically calculate how much you can afford to borrow (either for a purchase or a refinance), and how much it will impact your budget. You can also search listings to see what homes in your area have been selling for.

If you’re trying to sell, keep in mind that little problems which seem familiar and trifling to you can be big turn-offs for prospective buyers:

  • Icky smells (cigarettes, pets, food): Invest in a good air filter or air freshener, open windows, whatever it takes.
  • Dirty kitchens and bathrooms: Really tackle these two areas to get them sparkling.
  • Dark rooms: Turn on lights, open curtains,
  • Dirty carpet: Consider having carpets professionally cleaned.
  • Cluttered rooms and closets: Rent a temporary storage unit (or a good friend’s basement) to stash your beer mug collection.
  • Barking dogs: send them to a friend or relative’s house while your home is being shown.
  • A damp basement: Keep a dehumidifier going.
  • Poorly maintained front yard: spend some time mowing, trimming and pulling weeds. Add a pot or two of colorful flowers near the front door to create a welcoming feel.
  • Weathered or peeling front door: a fresh coat of paint and new hardware is an inexpensive boost that really pays off.

MSNBC agrees Staging can make a difference

For buyers, lower prices make it tempting to purchase a home right now. But if the “subprime mess” taught us anything, it’s that many people who felt pressured into buying a home with little or no money down are now feeling the sting of inflating mortgage payments. Take a breath and carefully assess if buying is right for you; in some cases, renting makes more financial sense.
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And while selling or buying a place on your own may appear to save you a few bucks in commissions, a good real estate agent can greatly simplify the process, saving you more time and money in the end (not to mention, sanity). Call me, Your Hometown Realtor , in Warwick NY for assistance when buying or selling your home or property.

Remember, the real estate game is best played over the long haul.  So trust time to be on your side!

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Warwick, New York, USA was declared a winner in the 16th Edition of Communities In Bloom – International Challenge and received “5 Blooms”. This is quite an honor for this beautiful little village of Warwick, where people work together to beautify their community for its residents and their visitors.

Warwick in Bloom REPRESENTS THE US IN THE 2010 COMMUNITIES IN BLOOM INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

The International Challenge includes winners from different National programs (America in Bloom, Communities in Bloom, Britain in Bloom, Tidy Towns of Ireland, Japan in Bloom, Entente Florale and others). The program consists of communities receiving information and being evaluated by an international jury on the accomplishments of their entire community.

Communities are evaluated based on eight key criteria: Tidiness, Environmental Awareness, Community Involvement, Natural and Cultural Heritage Conservation, Urban Forestry, Landscaped Areas, Floral Displays, and Turf & Groundcovers. The International Challenge is organized by Communities in Bloom (CiB) in partnership with the participating National Programs.

I must say that as a resident of Warwick for the past 25 years, I continue to enjoy and appreciate all that Warwick stands for and all it has to offer.  Communities in Bloom/Warwick in Bloom is just one way to show how much the residents take pride in their surroundings and the place which they call home.

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