Westchester County Real Estate Blog

  • Tax Considerations for Home Sellers

    BY Clayton Jeffrey

    Now that the gifts are unwrapped and the tree is looking a little bedraggled, it's time to take a look at your end of the year financial picture. Congress recently passed a bill extending a collection of tax breaks. While many of these only apply to ...

  • 8 Creative Tips on Saving for a Down Payment

    BY Clayton Jeffrey

    You're finally ready to think about buying a home, but you doubt your ability to save up the necessary down payment. Twenty percent of even a modest home can seem out of reach for first-time home buyers. Here are some creative tips for eking out some...

  • How Oil Prices Affect the Housing Market

    BY Clayton Jeffrey

    Most of us rejoice when the prices at the pump go down. To us that means freed-up cash in our personal economy. When we're considering buying or selling a home, however, the price at the pump can impact our bottom line in ways we don't realize. Lo...

  • Is this Neighborhood Headed Up? Or Down?

    BY Clayton Jeffrey

    When searching for a home on a budget, you'll often find great deals on the edge of up-and-coming neighborhoods. But how do you tell if a neighborhood is headed up? Or, if it's on its way down? Of course, the first consideration might be financial...

  • Attracting Homebuyers in the Winter Months

    BY Clayton Jeffrey

    As temperatures drop, snow piles up and people's minds turn to holiday celebrations, you may think that your house won't sell. In fact, many people take their homes off the market during this time and wait for spring to relist them. Unfortunately, no...

  • Pesky, But Potentially Costly Home Maintenance

    BY Clayton Jeffrey

    If you're new to home ownership, you may not be familiar with all of the responsibilities that are now yours. All of those things you used to call the super or management office for now fall in your lap. Here are some items to keep in mind, especi...

  • Getting a Mortgage for Self-Employed

    BY Clayton Jeffrey

    Prior to the new banking regulations, getting a home mortgage if you owned a business, worked freelance, on contract or were otherwise self-employed was possible, if complicated, using stated income, bank statements and other alternatives to W2 incom...

  • Is Painting Cabinets a Good Idea?

    BY Clayton Jeffrey

    Gone are the days of the sticky painted kitchen cabinet that peels, chips and generally looks cheap. Modern paint finishes means you can rejuvenate or renovate your dated kitchen or bath cabinets with just some elbow grease and your own creativity. ...

  • Downsize to Upgrade

    BY Clayton Jeffrey

    Whatever your reason for wanting a smaller home—empty nest, tired of cleaning, less mobile, closer to grandkids, moving from the suburbs to be nearer to work, single again—downsizing does not mean downgrading. In fact, when moving into less space...

  • How to Make Your Living Room Flow

    BY Clayton Jeffrey

    One of the first decisions you make in your new house is where to place your furniture. In the living areas, furniture placement can make or break your home's "flow" or ease of movement. A sofa placed just two feet one way or the other, a side table ...