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Published by Halston Media, 2020-07-15 13:35:34

Home Garden & Real Estate Guide_07.16.20

HOME, GARDEN&REAL ESTATE
GUIDE

35 Tucker Road, Bedford Corners

FOR SALE: 5 BD, 5 BA | Price Upon Request
11+ Private Acres in the Gated Community of Penwood Estates

Marcie Nolletti, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERAGE

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Imagine yourself living in the desirable Bedford Corners gated community of Penwood Estates. This
Colonial home is sited on over 11 acres of private, park-like property, yet conveniently located minutes
from the train station and all commutable highways. First time on the market since its construction,
the home features a grand entrance with views of the flagstone patio and spacious back yard. The
chef's kitchen features a Viking gas range, huge granite island, butler's pantry and eat-in area.
Perfect for entertaining, the open flow from kitchen to family room make hosting a party a breeze.
Consider working from home with a large office that has peaceful wooded views. The generously sized
master suite with walk-in closets also has a separate sitting room. There is a back staircase to large
game room or Au Pair suite. The unfinished walk-out lower level provides tremendous future space
with 9-foot ceilings and a wine cellar. Once you visit this beautiful home, you will not want to leave.

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Unstable future breeds unstable market

HALSTON MEDIA 2020 second quarter residential real estate sales report
SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT
e optimism felt by residential real estate practitioners in the rst as compared to 1,029 sales in Q2-2019; Rockland County sales
EDITED BY JODI WEINBERGER
DESIGNED BY CHRISTINA ROSE

The Staff quarter of 2020 when strong sales gures in the lower Hudson Valley down 24.1 percent or 482 sales compared to 635 sales in Q2-

ADVERTISING TEAM region, served by OneKey Multiple Listing Service LLC, seemed to 2019 and Sullivan county sales down 13.7 percent or 196 sales
PAUL FORHAN
914-202-2392 be an indication of a robust year ahead for residential real estate sales. compared to 227 sales in Q2-2019.

[email protected] is optimism took an abrupt left turn in the second quarter when Percentage declines for single family residential sales, as com-
BRUCE HELLER
914-202-2941 fears and uncertainty created by COVID -19 took hold. pared to Q2-2019, closely mirrored the overall drops with Putnam

[email protected] On March 7, Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of down 6.6 percent; Sullivan down 10.6 percent; Westchester down
CORINNE STANTON
845-621-4049 emergency and as of March 20 all non-essential businesses were 21.3 percent; Rockland down 22.1 percent and Orange down 26.5

[email protected] closed. is closure a ected the ability of real estate practitioners percent.Single family residential sales prices did not re ect the tur-
LISA KAIN
to show properties, home inspectors to conduct inspections and moil wrought by COVID-19 and were, in fact, up in every county
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[email protected] attorneys to conduct closings in their o ces. covered by OneKey MLS with the exception of Putnam County,

JENNIFER CONNELLY Initially stunned, the creativity and resiliency of agents and which experienced a relatively small decrease of 1.1 percent in me-
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brokers along with the enhanced use of technology created a slow dian price. Median price in Putnam was $359,900 as compared
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SHELLEY KILCOYNE but sure path forward. Agents began conducting business on- to $365,000 one year ago. Sales prices increased 17.7 percent in
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914-924-9122 line, showing homes virtually, the state permitted notary services Sullivan to $175,000; 6.7 percent in Rockland to $480,000; 12.5

[email protected] online and attorneys conducted business in parking lots going percent in Orange to $298,000 and 1.2 percent in Westchester to

between cars. Although sales gures still took a signi cant hit, $711,000. e median sales price is the midpoint price at which

continuing demand could result in a fairly rapid recovery. 50 percent of sales were higher and 50 percent of sales were lower.

PRODUCTION TEAM Residential sales gures were down anywhere from a high of At this juncture it would be di cult, at best, to make any pre-

TABITHA PEARSON MARSHALL 39.8 percent in Bronx County (hardest hit by COVID-19), which dictions about market conditions going forward. Anecdotally, we
PRODUCTION MANAGER/CREATIVE DIRECTOR
translates to a total of 296 total residential sales compared to 492 know that interest and demand has been high, brokers report
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CHRISTINA ROSE sales in Q2-2019 to a low of 6.2 percent in Putnam County which that there are multiple o ers on properties, many above asking

ASST PRODUCTION MANAGER translates to 258 sales as compared to 275 sales in Q2-2019. price. It appears that the suburban market, as well as the exurban

[email protected] More re ective of how home sales fared were Westchester market, are the bene ciaries of city dwellers who no longer wish

county where residential sales were down 27.6 percent or 1,805 to be living in such close proximity to others or who, at least,

EXECUTIVE TEAM sales as compared to 2,493 sales in the second quarter of 2019; SEE HGAR PAGE 15
Orange county residential sales down 27.9 percent or 742 sales
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A guide to buying and setting up a bird bath

Warm weather means more opportunities to spend ing as functional baths. ere are four general types of bird
time outdoors while at home.Whether your favorite form bath: standing pedestal, hanging bath, deck-mounted, and
of outdoor recreation includes sitting on the patio reading ground-level. In general, the lower a bird bath is to the
or digging in the garden, there’s a good chance that you ground, the more likely birds are to use it. Most natural
will be sharing the space with local wildlife. Optimizing sources of water birds use are on or near the ground. ere-
opportunities to view and interact with backyard wildlife fore, ground-level bird baths may be the best investments.
can make the great outdoors even more enjoyable.
It is important to keep the water in a bird bath shallow
e Cornell Lab of Ornithology indicates that (around two inches of water or less). is enables birds to
there are around 2,059 bird species on the conti- splash around safely and wade in.
nent of North America. Red-winged blackbirds,
yellow-rumped warblers, American robins, and chip- Birds do not want to slide around, so a material that is
ping sparrows are among the most commonly seen birds coated and slippery, like glazed ceramic or glass, may not be
in North America. too popular. Rough stone or a bird bath modi ed with pea
Making a backyard hospitable to birds can increase gravel or rocks can give birds steady footing.
the chances for sightings and hearing their sweet songs.
Installing a bird bath can be a step in the right direction. Place the bird bath in the shade if possible to ensure the
Bird baths can make yards more attractive to birds. water is cool and fresh. Locate it by a tree so the birds can hop
Birds require a supply of fresh, clean water for drink- up to a branch and preen afterwards.All About Birds also says
ing and bathing. By setting up a bath, homeowners can that a bird bath is more attractive if it has a dripping or mov-
attract not only seed-loving birds, but those that don’t eat ing water feature, as this is often irresistible to birds.
seeds and wouldn’t normally congregate around feeders,
Another way to ensure the bath will be used is to keep it
indicates All About Birds. Experts surmise that clean and maintained. Change the water every day or two.
birds may bathe to maintain their feathers. Rinse o the bath to remove droppings,bugs and other debris.
Not all bird baths are constructed in the
same fashion. Many bird baths sold in stores Once birds learn there is a comfortable bath nearby, they
may be more apt to visit a yard and may even become fre-
are better suited for decoration than for serv- quent guests.

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How to build a more
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home this summer

With weather forecasts calling for a warmer than nor- home’s surface is windows? is means any issues with ing energy wisely. A smart thermostat is a great idea, but a

mal summer and social distancing encouraging us to spend them can have a major impact on your energy consump- smart weather station can work with it and other devices to

more time at home, we could all bene t from boosting our tion.Take time to caulk any gaps or air leaks, and consider go a step beyond, programming them around current and

home’s energy e ciency to save on energy bills. Here are upgrading to energy-e cient windows. Double-paned predicted weather patterns. For example, it can ensure your

some big and small changes that could help: windows boost your insulation and help ensure your scheduled sprinkler won’t go o in the middle of a downpour.

Start with a solid foundation. cooled, air conditioned air doesn’t escape. Be mindful of your refrigerator.

If you’re adding an extension to your home, a pool to Switch to outdoor energy sources. If you aren’t careful,a lot of energy can be used by your fridge.

your backyard or even planning a custom-built dream Take advantage of the gorgeous weather to spend more First, make sure the one in your kitchen (and basement) is a

home, choose sustainable materials that promote energy time outside. Instead of cooking meals in your energy- newer model, as older ones can cost hundreds more a year to

conservation. Instead of traditional wood-framing, con- intensive oven that also heats up your home, break out the power. en, clear it out so the shelves and drawers aren’t over-

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Laundry room renovations you’ll love

Does it seem like your hamper is always full and cleansed. Laundry room renovations may not top Add some natural light
the washing machine is running constantly? You homeowners’ priority lists, but it may be time to
may not be imagining it. Laundry Butler for You, give these rooms another look. If possible, include a window in your laundry
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HGAR FROM PAGE 2 for housing which, even if not re ected in third quarter more information, visit onekeymlsny.com.

sales, may be the catalyst to a full recovery of the market.

want a second home to “escape” to. Factually we know OneKey MLS is one of the largest REALTOR® sub- is press release was distributed by OneKey MLS, one of the largest

that mortgage interest rates are at historic lows, which scriber-based MLS’s in the country, dedicated to servic- REALTOR subscriber-based MLS’s in the country, dedicated to

bene ts the market. Typically, the third quarter registers ing more than 41,000 real estate professionals that serve servicing more than 41,000 real estate professionals that serve

the highest quarterly sales for the year. It is important to Manhattan, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Manhattan, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan,

note that those sales are generally a re ection of activ- Sullivan, Nassau, Su olk, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Nassau, Su olk, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. OneKey MLS

ity from the prior quarter. at activity, as we know it, Bronx. OneKey MLS was formed in 2018, following the was formed in 2018, following the merger of the Hudson Gateway

simply did not occur and will likely have an impact on merger of the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Ser- Multiple Listing Service and the Multiple Listing Service of Long

third quarter sales. ere is however a very real demand vice and the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island. For Island. For more information, visit onekeymlsny.com.

2nd Quarter 2020 2nd Quarter 2020 Median Sales Price
5-County Total Residential Sales Single Family Houses

2017-2020 800,000
700,000
3,000 600,000
500,000
2,500 Median Sale Price400,000
17-2300,000
2,000 17-3200,000
17-4100,000
1,500 18-1
18-20
1,000 18-3
18-4
500 19-1
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Somers/North Salem/
Putnam Regional Office
338 Route 202/Somers, NY 10589

Cell: (914) 424-5545 Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC
[email protected]
Marcie makes marcienolletti.com
it happen!
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