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Big Reveal: How Much for This Waterfront Noyack Four Bed? | Bedford NY Homes

Address: 58 Noyac Harbor Rd, Sag Harbor, NY 11963 Asking Price: $2.495M Close. Very close. But no cigar! The most popular guess for this listing was $2.795M, which is 300K more than the actual price. (Bargain!) You folks liked this serene updated waterfront cottage, though one commenter noted that the property is “just a little more congested than those perfect photos.” · Waterfront Beach Cottage [Town&Country] · How Much for This Waterfront Noyack Four Bed? [Curbed Hamptons]

Survey: Affluent homebuyers will give up space for amenities | Bedford NY Real Estate

The vast majority of luxury homebuyers used an agent, are willing to give up square footage for an amenity they want and wouldn’t live in a home that isn’t tech-friendly, according to a survey commissioned by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.

The online survey of 500 affluent homebuyers, conducted by Wakefield Research between May 20 and June 4, also showed that most luxury homebuyers believe homeownership is a more sound investment than the stock market, would rather live in a “smart” home than a “green” home, and would rather have an upgraded home than more square footage.

“The luxury consumer is considered a trendsetter in most industries, and to see the strong connection this consumer has with ‘home’ is very significant as we look at the real estate market as a whole,” said Sherry Chris, president and CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, in a statement.

Luxury homebuyer survey statementPercentage of respondents agree
Used an agent for real estate services96%
Willing to give up 1,000 square feet of living space in their next home for a lifestyle amenity they want94%
Believe their house is the best on the block93%
Wouldn’t live in a home that isn’t tech-friendly87%
Homeownership is a more sound investment than the stock market75%
Consider a “smart” home more important than a “green” home66%
Rather have upgraded home than more square footage60%
Own multiple homes58%
Homeownership is a bigger indicator of success than their job or title*57%
Prefer owning multiple “lifestyle” homes to support recreational activities like skiing and theater-going53%

Source: Online survey of 500 luxury homebuyers between May 20 and June 4, 2013, conducted by Wakefield Research *Of those luxury homeowner survey respondents who have jobs

A majority of the affluent homebuyers surveyed said they used an agent for neighborhood lifestyle insight (65 percent) as a source of advance info for new listings (64 percent), as a go-to source for housing trends (55 percent) and for support through the homebuying process (53 percent).

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– See more at: http://www.inman.com/2013/09/10/survey-affluent-homebuyers-will-give-up-space-for-amenities/#sthash.tSIc4fid.dpuf

Housing Inventories Rose in August | Bedford NY Real Estate

Housing inventories increased in August and stood just 2.5% below their levels of a year ago, offering the latest sign that more sellers are testing the market after swift home-price gains over the past year.

Nationally, there were 1.98 million homeslisted for sale in August, according to a report released Thursday by Realtor.com. That was up by more than 24% from the low point in February and up 1% from July. Inventories have increased for six straight months.

While the overall level of homes for sale remains relatively depressed, the report suggests that inventory may have hit a bottom earlier this year after an extended two-year decline.

The report also suggests that home-buyer traffic has eased following a period in which mortgage rates have jumped by more than one percentage point.

Inventories in nine of the nation’s top 30 housing markets were above their levels of last August, led by Los Angeles, where inventory was up by 17.4% from a year ago to its highest level since April 2012. Inventories in Atlanta were 13.9% above last year’s level. Other gains were reported in Orlando, Fla. (up 7.1%); Orange County, Calif. (6.9%); Miami (5.1%); Philadelphia (4.2%); and Phoenix (2.8%).

Listings stood 23.3% below last year’s levels in Detroit and were down by 20.1% in Boston, 17.9% in Denver and San Diego, and 14.8% in Dallas.

Median asking prices nationally were unchanged from July at $199,900, which represented a 6% increase from a year earlier. Asking prices were below last year’s level in Cleveland, but they were unchanged or up from a year ago in every other major market.

Half of all homes listed in August had been on the market for less than 92 days, up from 85 in July and 79 in May, but still below the median market time of 100 days last year.

The Realtor.com figures include sale listings from more than 800 multiple-listing services across the country. They don’t cover all homes for sale, including those that are “for sale by owner” and newly constructed homes that aren’t always listed by the services.



Housing Inventories Rose in August – Developments – WSJ.

Bedford Fire Department Will Entertain With ‘Fire On The Green’ | Bedford Real Estate

The Bedford Fire Department is getting ready for its “Fire On the Green 2013” event.

The celebration will be from 3-8 p.m., Sept. 7 on the Village Green.

This year’s event will have music from The School of Rock Music, Mighty Joe Band and The Three Track Mind Band. There also will be food/beverages, carnival games, live fire/safety demonstrations, a caricature artist and much more.

Admission is $10 per person; children younger than 5 are free.

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Bedford Car Wash Subject Of Dispute | Bedford Real Estate


A judge has ordered a Bedford area car wash to vacate its site by Sept. 30, in the latest battle between a landlord and tenant.

Bedford Town Justice Erick Jacobsen recently ruled that Greenwich-based Splash Car Wash must vacate its site at 527 N. Bedford Road in Bedford Hills by Sept. 30.

Splash Car Wash has a suit pending in State Supreme Court in White Plains in its attempt to remain on the site. Splash has been at the site since 1995.

The judge ruled in favor of Shullman Family Partnership, which has been trying to force Splash off the property for months, though Splash has refused.

The Shullmans have owned the property since the 1960s, and decided not to review Splash’s lease on April 30.

Bob Shullman said he went to Splash on May 1 to pick up the keys and found out they weren’t giving up property, leading to a lengthy court battle. After taking Splash to court, Splash counter-sued asking for a temporary restraining order. When that was denied, Splash filed the injunction.

“I have learned things I never wanted to learn about restraining orders, temporary injunctions and permanent injunctions,” Shullman said. “This is not something enjoyable but you have to do it.”

Shullman said he first noticed something was up when Splash, who pays the real estate taxes, sent a check to cover costs for the end of the year, even though they were only billed until the end of April.

“That gave me an indication that these people were not planning to leave,” Shullman said. “This is not going to be good. I walked off the property. I’m not going to have a fistfight.”

Jacobsen rejected Splash’s argument since they had paid taxes until the end of the year they were entitled to stay until the end of the year.

Splash wants to stay on N. Bedford Road until they get necessary approvals for a new car wash they plan on building at 562-570 N. Bedford Road.

“That’s not our problem,” Shullman said. “That’s a problem between them and the Town of Bedford.”

Mark Curtis, the executive director Splash Car Wash, said that their attempts to build a new car wash in Bedford Hills have been undercut by the Shullmans, who are helping to fund a campaign by nearby residents at Valerio Court against the site. Splash has spent three years trying to get the necessary approvals, finally getting a final site plan approval in Feb.

“They have hired lawyers, sound engineers to fight this under the pretense their property values were going to go down if the property was developed into a car wash,” Curtis said. “They want to defeat us or delay us. They want to take over the business we have developed for 18 years.”

Curtis claims one neighbor who claimed his property was going to be devalued, recently sold his house at 93 percent of the asking price for a profit.

“That’s completely disingenuous, if not dishonest,” Curtis said.

Curtis argued that had the Shulmans not led an opposition campaign against his proposed car wash, he would’ve been happy to hand them the keys and move on.

“By working against us, either surreptitiously or openly, they are breaching an implied contract,” Curtis said. “It’s tortuous interference.”

Curtis said Splash has been a good corporate citizen, donating to DARE, the school district and Boys and Girls Club.

“We love the community and we want to stay,” Curtis said. “We never anticipated it would take this long. We would have our new location built if they hadn’t gotten involved.”


Bedford Car Wash Subject Of Dispute | The Armonk Daily Voice.

Bedford Farms Added to Westchester County Agriculture District | Bedford Homes

Six farms, in North Salem, Lewisboro and Bedford, have been added to the county’s agricultural district.

The farms are SweetWater Farm in North Salem (13.30 acres), Gossett Brothers Nursery in Lewisboro (5.50 acres), Sun Raven Farm in Bedford, (4 acres), Canterwood Farm in North Salem (19.11 acres), 102 Titicus Road in North Salem (1.31 acres) and Mill Pond Farm in Bedford (24.79 acres).

Adding farms to the agricultural district allows the county to apply for state grants.

“This protects these parcels,” county Legislator Peter Hatckham said. The parcels are all in Harckham’s district.

Harckham said farming in Northern Westchester is becoming a big business, which is good for the county and the environment.

“Farms help lower obesity rates,” Harckham said. “We need to make more of an effort to harvest locally and give our kids fresh produce.”

Harckham said people in Westchester are beginning to realize how beneficial farms are, especially with tourism.

“In the fall people are always going up to farms picking apples, pumpkins and berries. It builds sales tax revenue,” Harckham said.

The properties are used mainly for farming crops, dairy production or raising horses. Agricultural land in Westchester, including family farms and homesteads passed from generation to generation, has been converted to other land uses in the past several decades. Therefore, agricultural property buyers might be interested in viewing these farms.

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Americans think New Yorkers are rude, Californians are hot but crazy: survey | Bedford Hills Real Estate

Americans think New Yorkers are rude but serve the best food and Louisiana has had a few too many, according to a recent survey.

Business Insider polled about 1,600 Americans about their views on the other states, asking them to identify the drunkest, dumbest and most overrated of the 50. The results were displayed in a series of amusing maps that tell you a lot about the reputations and stereotypes of different parts of the United States.

Not surprisingly, New York was deemed both the rudest and most arrogant state. People said the residents of Georgia and Minnesota were the nicest, but many states in the South received a large number of the votes.


Even though the rest of the country doesn’t think New Yorkers are the most hospitable folks, they do admit that great food comes out of the Empire State. New York earned nearly 20% of the votes in that category, while California and Louisiana were also lauded for their fine cuisine.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/americans-new-yorkers-rudest-survey-article-1.1431934#ixzz2czLAeTPv



Americans think New Yorkers are rude, Californians are hot but crazy: survey – NY Daily News.

How to Use Facebook Power Editor, a Detailed Guide | Bedford Realtor

Are you looking for a better way to manage your Facebook ads?

Do you want access to new Facebook advertising features as soon as they’re available?

Facebook offers a powerful and often overlooked way for marketers to do amazing things with ads.

In this article I’ll show you what Power Editor is, explore its benefits and show you how you can create campaigns using Power Editor.

What Is Power Editor?

The most powerful way to target your ideal audience on Facebook is with Facebook ads.

But clicking the “Boost Post” button and using the self-serve ad tool only scratches the surface. If you want to thrive and direct profits with your Facebook ads, you need to use Power Editor.

facebook power editor

Use Power Editor to have full control over your Facebook advertising.

Power Editor is a free browser plugin created by Facebook that lets you bulk-edit your ads. It was initially created as a Chrome plugin. Although it does sporadically work in other browsers, you’ll likely want to use the Chrome browser when working with Power Editor.

Go to Facebook.com/powereditor to test your browser or install the plugin.

But Power Editor is much more than just a bulk ad editor. It has many advantages over Facebook’s self-serve ad tool used by the vast majority of Facebook advertisers.

Here are the benefits of using Power Editor for your Facebook ads.

#1: Get Access to Latest Features

partner categories

Partner Categories is a feature available within Power Editor.

When Facebook rolls out new advanced features, they’re sent first to the Facebook ads API (which goes to third-party tools) and Power Editor. As a result, marketers using Power Editor tend to get these features well before those who use the self-serve ad tool exclusively.

Here are some examples of features you can currently find in Power Editor, but not in the self-serve ad tool:

Partner Categories: Facebook has partnered with three data-mining companies (Axciom, Datalogix and Epsilon) that collect mounds of data on users related to purchase history and lifestyle. Facebook uses this data to let advertisers do some powerful ad targeting with more than 500 categories.

Here’s a sampling of the targeting you can do with the help of Partner Categories:

  • Household size of 6 (8,842,800 users)
  • Upscale department store credit card user (34,618,400 users)
  • Home office supply purchases (2,638,300 users)
  • Aftermarket vehicle purchase over 48 months ago (11,952,800 users)
  • Baby food and products buyers (10,497,100 users)
  • Casino vacations (4,242,000 users)
  • Dog owner (12,643,500 users)
  • Fitness buyers—runners (5,950,600 users)
  • Teacher/educator (223,000 users)
  • Donate to veteran causes (7,016,400 users)

While Precise Interest and Broad Category targeting are dependent on users keeping their profiles updated, Partner Category targeting is based on a user’s actual buying history and completion of surveys.

Lookalike Audiences: Facebook’s recent rollout of Custom Audiences to the self-serve ad tool lets advertisers upload their customer lists into Facebook to target those users with ads.

Power Editor’s Lookalike Audiences builds a similar list of Facebook users based on your customer list.



How to Use Facebook Power Editor, a Detailed Guide | Social Media Examiner.

Outdoor Shakespeare Festival In Mount Kisco Starts Friday | Bedford Real Estate

You can spend a mid-summer’s evening watching Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Westmoreland Sanctuary this weekend.

The 60-minute, family-friendly adaptation will be performed four times: Friday, July 26 at 6:30pm; Saturday July 27 at 2:00pm and 6:30pm;  and Sunday July 27 at 1:00pm.

The grounds will open 90 minutes ahead of the performances for picnicking.  The evening performances will end with a marshmallow roast around a campfire.

Tickets are $17.50 for Westmoreland Sanctuary members and $20 for non-members.  Contact Michele Miller at MMiller@WestmorelandSanctuary.org for more information.


Outdoor Shakespeare Festival In Mount Kisco Starts Friday | The Bedford Daily Voice.

Solar energy gets boost with New York state funding | Bedford Real Estate

New York’s solar energy capacity is getting an upgrade with $54 million announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo for 79 solar projects across the state to help reduce stress on the electric grid.

The competitive funding is part of the governor’s NY-Sun initiative working to make the state a leader in solar energy by addressing climate change and boosting clean energy technologies.

“The investments we are making in solar power will help businesses around the state control and reduce their utility expenses, while increasing the amount of electricity the state gets from renewable energy and reducing demand on the electric grid,” saidFrancis Murray, CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

The Capital Region is expected to have 10 sites that will house solar energy projects including Raymour & Flanigan stores in Clifton Park and Niskayuna. The other eight sites are to be determined.

The awards were administered by NYSERDA to 20 recipients to finance the solar energy projects that will be located in 26 counties. The sites themselves would use the solar power to drop electricity usage.

The projects are expected to add up to 64 megawatts to the state’s solar capacity. One megawatt is equal to one million watts of power. Most of the projects should be finished by the first half of next year, Cuomo said.

“Not only will these projects benefit our environment by reducing dependence on fossil fuels and using renewable energy, but they are also creating well-paying jobs for New Yorkers,” Cuomo said in a statement.


Solar energy gets boost with New York state funding – The Business Review.