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Friday, March 5, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Ten things you can do now to improve your home's curb appeal to sell this spring.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
I know there are Hudson Valley homeowners out there planning to put their homes on the market this spring. There must be, because with the home inventory this low now, somebody has to be holding out!!
If you are waiting for the traditional "spring season" in the Hudson Valley real estate market (which by the way doesn't exist anymore), here are ten things you can do now to be ready when you decide to list.
Fix up your entry.
Either put on a new coat of paint or get a whole new front door and give your buyers a good first impression.
Do a little landscape planning.
Yes, there may still be snow on the ground, but take a little time to plan for installing some annuals and perennials for a pop of color next spring, and add a few shrubs to perk up your green space.
Be sure your exterior lighting is working properly.
and replace all outdoor lightbulbs that are not.
Wash your windows (yes, inside AN ...

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Why is everybody moving to Poughkeepsie?

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.

A study of Americans fleeing the big cities last year found that Philadelphia and Miami were the top two choices of New Yorkers who left the Big Apple. But a surprising player in the relocation rush was Poughkeepsie, which came in third. The survey, by StreetLight Data, a transportation analytics firm, looked at migration out of the country's top ten metro areas and found that Poughkeepsie ranked eighth most popular relocation destination in the nation, up from 17th last year.
Like many Americans who relocated last year, Poughkeepsie's new residents were seeking smaller communities that offered both urban conveniences but with rural/suburban outdoor space. After living in cramped high-rise apartments and quarantined indoors for most of 2020, the thought of having a back yard to relax in or a quiet neighborhood to walk the dog in has made it hard to resist moving to communities in the Hudson Valley ...

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Home Swap: A bridge for buyers to reach their next home.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
The real estate industry has long been plagued with a particular conundrum that gets in the way of buyers. Very often, a buyer must sell a home before they can buy another one. Now active in 18 markets around the country, Knock has introduced its Home Swap program to help families secure a new home without having to rely on the proceeds of selling their current house.
Knock, a darling of the investment world and funded in the hundreds of millions of investment dollars was founded in 2015 and is led by a trio of respected scions of the property tech industry. Its first product was called Home Trade-in. Buyers who've found a home to buy would engage Knock which would secure it with cash on their behalf. At the same time, Knock would buy the home the client is hoping to sell, and prepares it to go on the market. The buyer would then refinance the new home and buy it back from Knock.
Knock Home Swap is ...

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Friday, February 26, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Cuomo’s budget plans to change STAR tax program. Again.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
If you’re a senior citizen and are new to STAR, New York’s school property tax savings program, you may have to wait for a check from the state instead of having your benefit debited from your tax bill. The changes in policy were in Cuomo’s budget plan released last month, and it has Albany leaders hopping mad.
While not reducing any home owners benefits, the policy for people enrolled in STAR and currently getting the credit instead of checks do not get the 2% increase each year in their benefit.
Since it began in 1993, the STAR program has given homeowners earning less than $500,000 annually a rebate on their school taxes. More than two million New York residents receive the benefit, and the savings are significant. Basic STAR enrollees receive an average of $800 a year. Enhanced STAR for senior citizens is about $1,400. The rate is tied to the home’s assessed value.
Cuom ...

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Monday, February 15, 2021   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Putnam County New York: A rural Hudson Valley mecca with a surprising secret.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
Putnam County in the lower Hudson Valley of New York, located north of Westchester, south of Dutchess county, and separated from Orange County to the west by the Hudson River. It’s location, with easy access to the Taconic Parkway, makes it a popular commute by car for people working in White Plains and the Westchester area.
Much of the county maintains its rural atmosphere. Hilly roads snake through forests lined with 200-year-old stone walls, beside pastures where horses graze, and around numerous ponds and lakes. But the county’s rural feel hides a surprising fact: It is one of the most affluent counties in America, ranked 21st by median household income, and 43rd by per-capita income, according to the 2012 American Community Survey and 2009-2013 American Community Survey, respectively.
There are six towns and three incorporated villages in Putnam County. Carmel, population 34,300, i ...

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