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In the Horse Race for Millennials, is Renting Gaining on Buying? | Waccabuc Real Estate

Apartment rents are rising rapidly, up 3.5 percent in 2015, then they are expected to moderate to 3.0 percent in 2016 and 2.7 percent in 2017, according to the Urban Land Institute.  But home sales prices are rising even faster, tipping the scales of the rent vs buy equation towards rentals in the dollar for dollar comparisons Millennials face, according to the latest national housing market index produced by Florida Atlantic University and Florida International University faculty.

As of the end of the first quarter of 2015, the housing market in the U.S. and all 13 cities in the index are trending either closer to renting being the superior option or strictly favoring renting over purchasing a home.

Three of the hottest real estate markets in the nation, Dallas, Denver and Houston, are clearly in rent territory, with property pricing out-pacing rents, meaning buyers should proceed with strong caution.

Seven more cities (Miami, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle) are at or near the indifference point between ownership and renting. Here the spread between monthly rent payments and ownership payments appears to be at a point where neither ownership nor renting is statistically favored.

Four cities (Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Detroit) remain in strong buy territory with scores that have historically favored wealth accumulation through home ownership.


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London Housing Prices Stoke Frenzy, Alarm Bank of England | Armonk Homes


Rohit Sabhlok said he’s upset he lost a bidding war on a London house. Katy Barnes bought her home to avoid rising rents, while Holly Martin purchased hers as an investment. Both are hooked on a website that shows their property values soaring. Kay Durrant used her home’s growing equity value to pay bills.

Welcome to London’s frenzied housing market, where low mortgage rates and a dearth of properties for sale have sent prices rising in a year by an amount almost twice the average annual London wage. From centuries-old pubs to Mayfair clubs to the halls of Parliament, London is abuzz with talk of escalating values, foreign buyers with piles of cash and half-built garages selling for vast sums.

London’s housing boom “has become a mainstay of conversation,” said Paul Stenson, an asset manager at Dunbar Assets Plc as he sipped a pint of Aspall cider at Ye Olde Cock Tavern on Fleet Street, a pub dating back to 1549. “Never mind the hackneyed view of it being the conversation of dinner parties, it’s gone beyond that. It’s like the elevator music that’s constantly on play.”


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Down to Earth Farmers Market | Katonah NY Real Estate



Mamaroneck: FULL Market for Last Saturday of the Season;
Bombay Emerald Chutney Co & Sale on Local Meats in Ossining
+ More
May 1st-7th, 2014

What’s New and On Sale This Week

2-3 Pound Whole Chickens
Yellow Bell Farm

Beef Kabob Cubes
SALE: $1.50 OFF per pound
Reg: $11.50/lb; NOW $10/lb

Kiernan Farm

Frozen Kofta, Rajma,
Roti Roll, Saag, & Samosa
Bombay Emerald Chutney Co.

Gluten-Free Apple Pies
and Tarts

Meredith’s Bread

Gluten-Free Reverse
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Meredith’s Bread

Pork Ribs – Country-Style
SALE: $1.50 OFF per pound

Reg: $10/lb; NOW $8.50/lb

Kiernan Farm

Spelt Bread
Made with 100% organic spelt and whole wheat flours

Orwashers Bakery

Wild Ramps
Yellow Bell Farm

Wild Ramps, Ramp Pesto &
Ramp Sausage

Stone & Thistle Farm

Click on a Market to see all vendor and event details…



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Spring Valley

Coming in July

Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow

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New Rochelle

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Headed to the city soon?

Visit a Down to Earth
Farmers Market in NYC!

Next Weekend – Mother’s Day Weekend – May 10th & 11th

We’re getting ready to open four farmers markets over Mother’s Day Weekend:
Larchmont, Rye, Croton-on-Hudson, and Piermont. These openings are earlier than in years past, and to celebrate the timing with Mother’s Day, we’re hosting “Make Mom a Card!” events at the markets. Ossining’s Down to Earth Farmers Market will have a creation station for Mother’s Day cards, too. We’ll have great music as well. Visit the Down to Earth Markets Calendar for full details.

Stay tuned to all market happenings via our Down to Earth Markets Facebook page
and follow us on Twitter @DowntoEarthMkts.

It Takes a Village to Raise a Food Company:
The 2014 Food + Enterprise Entrepreneur Pitch Competition
Christopher Washington of Radicle Farm, a hydroponic farm in urban New Jersey

The reason why more and more people want to buy local food may be as simple as this: It is made by local people. And they have stories to share. Last week, we attended the 2014 Food + Enterprise Pitch Competition, hosted by Slow Money NYC and the Food Book Fair. Playfully dubbed “The Shark Tank for Foodies” by Derek Denckla, the Chair of Slow Money NYC, it was really a casting call for ten inspiring entrepreneurs who deserve tremendous support.

One by one, small business owners described his or her company to the panel of judges who included Taylor Erkkinen, Co-Owner, The Brooklyn Kitchen; Michael Hurwitz, Director, NYC Greenmarkets (GrowNYC); Liz Neumark, CEO, Great Performances Catering, Katchkie Farm; Elly Truesdell, NE Regional Local Forager, Whole Foods; and our very own Jon Zeltsman, President, Down to Earth Markets. Emilie Baltz expertly moderated the panel.

The first entrepreneur, Arshad Bahl, presented Amrita Health Foods, his plant-based energy bar company. The bars are raw, vegan, grain-free and free of the 8 major allergens. Yet, while those words can seem like familiar chorus, his story made them ring clearly. When his son was two-years old, he was diagnosed with autism. In response, he and his wife drastically changed their son’s diet, and now at age 9, their son is off of autism spectrum. Their son’s transformation is the catalyst behind their company.

Along with way, we also heard from entrepreneurs as varied as a farm on Staten Island, purely dedicated to Mexican heritage foods, to Lindsay Jakubowski of Kriemhild Dairy Farms who told the audience that last year butter sales exceeded margarine sales for the first time in 40 years.

After each presentation, the judges offered their feedback as well as a score on the scale of 1 to 5. A score of 1 meant “not ready to fund today” to a score of 5 meaning, “ready to fund here and now.” The first 5 of the night went to Mark Jaffe of Fresh Connection, a service that aggregates food from local farms in upstate New York for delivery to wholesale accounts and restaurants in the city. His work focuses on a weak link in the local food chain: “last mile delivery.” Jaffe’s execution of a simple, yet sorely needed idea won the competition with the highest score from the judges. As he collected his $500 honorarium in the form of a giant check, he said he was thrilled to receive the award on behalf of truck drivers who are his “unsung heroes.”

After last week’s event, we’ve all got a lot of heroes to sing about.

Day Vendors This Week


Calcutta Kitchens
Flourish Baking Company
Hudson River Apiaries
Mortgage Apple Cakes
Robinson & Co. Catering Company (British-inspired prepared foods to go)


Bombay Emerald Chutney Company

Down to Earth Markets 173 Main Street Ossining, NY 10562 Phone: 914-923-4837

Creating a big bang in the Los Feliz real estate market | Pound Ridge Real Estate


Twilight”  film series vampire Robert  Pattinson found a warm body to pay $6.375 million for his Los Feliz  home. Jim  Parsons of “The  Big Bang Theory” is the new owner.

The 1922 Spanish Colonial-style house has a formal entry, a library/study, a  den, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and 4,026 square feet of space in two  stories. Antiqued tile and stone, hand-carved wood and stenciled ceilings  maintain a vintage vibe.

The 1.5-acre sloping lot, enclosed by walls, features a lagoon-style swimming  pool, waterfalls and fountains. Stunning terraced gardens follow the hillside  down to the home, which has cityscape views.

The property was purchased by Pattinson in 2011 for $6.25 million. An earlier  owner of the house was Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Parsons also has listed his old Los Feliz house.

Priced at $1.85 million, the 1942 traditional home sits on a hillside with  city views. The 2,827 square feet of open-plan living space on two levels  includes a formal entry, an office, a breakfast area, three bedrooms and four  bathrooms.

There are fireplaces in the living room and dining room and on the entry  patio.

The actor bought the home in 2009 for $1.3 million.

Pattinson, 27, starred in the 2012 films “Cosmopolis”  and “Bel  Ami.” He will be in the upcoming films “Maps to the Stars” and “The  Rover.”

Parsons, 40, has won three Emmys and a Golden Globe award for his work on the  sitcom, which premiered in 2007. He will be in the upcoming TV movie “The Normal  Heart.”

David Gray of Partners Trust Beverly Hills was the listing agent for  Pattinson. Ronald Shore of Keller Williams represented Parsons.

Shore and Samuel Bernstein, also with Keller Williams, are Parsons’ listing  agents.




The best and worst housing markets in America right now | Bedford Hills Homes


Valuation services provider Pro Teck releases a monthly home value forecast listing the top 10 real estate markets, ranked by the impact of foreclosure sales on localized housing recovery.

It’s somewhat of a different approach, to hinge a data call on distressed properties, but nonetheless exceedingly fascinating.

Right now, in America, according to Pro Teck, Long Island, New York, leads the rankings of hottest real estate markets.

“Many factors account for Long Island’s strong market, including foreclosures making up an inconsequential 2.18% of sales and available housing inventory at only 3.63 months,” said Tom O’Grady, CEO of Pro Teck. “Looking at the extended forecast, we see Long Island reaching peak highs again within five years.”

The following top ten lists highlight the best and worst metros in January with regard to a number of leading real estate market indicators, including: sales/listing activity and prices, months of remaining inventory, days on market, sold-to-list price ratio and foreclosure and REO activity, according to Pro Teck.


January’s top ten:

Nassau County-Suffolk County, N.Y.

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, Calif.

Ann Arbor, Mich.

Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif.

Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.

San Diego-Carlsbad, Calif.

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, Calif.

Ashville, N.C.

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas





Considering The Cloud: A Strategic Guide For Business | Cross River Real Estate


It’s nearly impossible to turn a page in a business journal these days without seeing an article about the “cloud” or “software as a service (SaaS).” These topics are everywhere you look and a common reason is the impact they have on the bottom line: software as a service often provides a more cost-effective alternative for organizations to achieve their business objectives than traditional packaged applications. But the rising popularity of the cloud isn’t a sufficient reason to retool the underlying technology supporting your business. If you want to win more bids, increase your profitability and keep ahead of the competition, ignoring it isn’t the answer either.

Determining where cloud computing fits in your business and IT strategy is critical for ensuring you’re driving the most value possible out of both capital and operational expenditures and/or equipping your team with the best tools for the job. This whitepaper examines the business advantages of cloud computing, as well as practical barriers facing most organizations, and concludes with advice for implementing an effective solution. Our goal is to help you make pragmatic decisions about deploying a solution (or blend of solutions) that makes sense for your business—whether it’s in the cloud, on-premises or a little of both.






Housing Market Resumes This Downtrend | Chappaqua NY Real Estate


Despite a slight improvement in interest rates, mortgage applications and refinancing activity declined in the latest update from the Mortgage Bankers Association. For the week ended January 24, 2014, applications for home loans decreased 0.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier.

On an unadjusted basis, mortgage applications plunged 9 percent from the prior week. There have only been a handful of increases over the past nine months as the housing market is starting to return to a more sustainable pace. The Refinance Index and Purchase Index both declined 2 percent from the previous week. Meanwhile, the unadjusted Purchase Index decreased 3 percent compared with the previous week and was 12 percent lower than the same week one year ago.

Overall, the refinance share of mortgage activity accounted for 62 percent of total applications, down from 64 percent a week earlier, which was the highest level in a month. Interest rates have rebounded higher in recent months, but a disappointing jobs report earlier this month could keep rates under control for the near future as the Federal Reserve maintains a loose monetary policy. In December, the U.S. economy added only 74,000 jobs, the smallest monthly gain in three years and a far cry from the 200,000 jobs estimated by economists




Walker Tower PH Sells For $50.9M, Sets Downtown Record | Bedford NY Real Estate


wt2.jpg [Inside Penthouse One, photo via NY YIMBY]

As expected, the penthouse of Chelsea’s highly-acclaimed Walker Tower sold for more than $50 million, setting a new record for the most expensive home ever sold in Downtown Manhattan. The Journal reports that the all-cash deal closed for $50.9 million, and, evidently, the unnamed buyer was in the space “less than five minutes” before stating “I’ll take it.” Because $50M spur-of-the-moment decisions are never a bad idea.

The full-floor, nearly 6,000-square-foot unit was listed last September for $55 million, and by the end of October, the Times reported that it entered contract for “slightly less than ask.” Can $4 million be defined as “slightly”? No matter, the sale takes the title away from the penthouse of 18 Gramercy Park, which sold for $42 million to the owner of the Houston Rockets in 2012.




Douglas Elliman lists 87-Acre Ridgefield Equestrian Facility For $55 Million | North Salem Real Estate


Double H Farm, a 87-acre Olympic equestrian training facility and family home in Ridgefield, has hit the market for $55 million.

Canada’s top-earning CEO, Hunter Harrison, who heads Canadian Pacific Railroad, owns the property. He purchased the dairy farm in 2005 and transformed it into one of the country’s leading equestrian facilities. The property is listed with Sally Slater of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Double H Farm farm extends over 97 acres of rolling hills and vast fenced grass paddocks with never-ending views and dramatic sunsets. It has six bedrooms, seven bathrooms and 14,250 square feet of living space.

The circa-1765 property is rich in history. Formerly known as the McKeon Farm, it was the oldest working dairy farm in Ridgefield. Conservation property is adjacent to the farm.

Since 2005 the farm has undergone a series of renovations to turn it into a world-class Olympic-level equestrian facility and dream estate.

The house was built in 2009. Framed with vintage, reconditioned barn beams from Vermont, the entire house incorporates green technology, geothermal heating and air conditioning systems and radiant heat in the floors. An elevator goes to all levels of the home.

The living room has 38-foot ceilings, a massive limestone and fieldstone gas fireplace highlighted by a scaffolding of barn beams and a wall of glass overlooking the property. The formal dining room has cove lighting and a gas fireplace. The eat-in gourmet kitchen and family room has an informal dining area, top-of-the-line appliances and a massive center island. The fully outfitted outdoor kitchen is built into the screened porch off the kitchen. There is also an office with a gas fireplace.

The first floor houses the luxurious master bedroom with 20-foot domed ceilings, Venetian plaster walls, a limestone fireplace, a large marble bath with two showers, a Jacuzzi tub, a gas fireplace and his and hers closets in addition to a safe room.

The lower level features a state-of-the-art media room with a gas fireplace and a 105-inch plasma television, wine cellar, sauna, golf room with a putting green and golf simulator and a massage room/gym with a bath and steam shower.

The seven-car garage includes mahogany decks with two stone fire pits, a Jacuzzi spa with a waterfall, a Koi pond, an audio-visual room and a  “home networking’ system to work every system in the house.

An additional four-bedroom home and the totally renovated historical home, dating from 1765, grace the property sharing views past the pool and tennis court of a bucolic pond and paddocks.  Surrounding conservation land protects this special property for posterity.

Double H Farm features two barns with more than 40 stalls. The main barn has 20 spacious and airy stalls, four grooming and wash stalls in addition to laundry, tack and feed rooms. There are three staff apartments with living rooms and kitchens. The second barn, built for the breeding operation, has 14 stalls and two grooming and wash stalls.

For complete information on the property, view the listing website.