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Hi Everybody,

Great Kitchens Sell Homes!! This is so true. Here are a few tips from my company that I thought are great. Take a look and take away some pointers 🙂

Great Kitchens Sell Homes

The kitchen is the most important room to stage in your home. Potential home buyers will want to view it void of unnecessary countertop appliances and clutter. By showcasing your kitchen in the best possible light, you can potentially sell your home faster and increase the closing price.  Even in a slow real estate market, making your kitchen attractive to a buyer could make the difference.

Clean up the kitchen

Studies have shown that one of the dirtiest places in the home is the kitchen. Before you list, pull out those rubber gloves and give everything a good scrub so that the kitchen sparkles. Replace unsightly floor tiles, or in a worst-case scenario, consider a complete floor makeover. Pay special attention to the cabinetry; in older homes, it is common to see cracks in the beaded caulking between the ceiling and the trim above the cupboards. For less than $10, you can buy a pre-mixed tube of crack filler and make it look like new. Also, to give the kitchen an inexpensive facelift, consider replacing the fixturing – an affordable way to give doors and drawers a second wind.

Clutter is a kitchen killer

Kitchens are the focal point of almost every home. A great rule of thumb for the staging of a kitchen is to leave no more than two appliances on your counter. After you have uncluttered the kitchen counter, brighten and soften the space by adding some fresh fruit, new dishtowels, a cookbook, and plants or flowers.

Modernizing today will help you sell tomorrow

Modernizing your kitchen can help you sell your home for years to come. Renovating your kitchen now will let you enjoy new appliances while boosting the value of your home for the future. While you may want to take specific appliances with you, stainless steel can make almost any kitchen sing. Another way to add value to your kitchen is to install concealed appliances – hiding the dishwasher and fridge, for example, can really spice up your kitchen for buyers. Also popular are dual microwave/convection oven (prices can vary between $200 – $900 for higher-end stainless built-ins) – another appliance quickly becoming a staple in most modern kitchens.

If you can’t replace appliances, be sure to have them repaired and cleaned. It’s also a good idea to clean your fridge and stove, as buyers will almost always open oven and fridge doors.

Lighting

Take the time to make sure all the existing light fixtures have working light bulbs. Make sure the blinds are open on all the windows and, if required, add a small table lamp or two to accent a dark corner.

… And the kitchen sink

Another kitchen remodeling idea is to upgrade your “sinkware.” New faucets, soap dispensers and sinks (whether you are reglazing or replacing altogether) are affordable ways to give the kitchen an immediate facelift. Don’t forget, buyers love to turn on the kitchen faucet when touring a home.

The kitchen is the most important room and biggest selling feature in your house. Staging it properly can make every potential buyer say, “this could be my kitchen.”

Want more information on selling your home?  Shoot me an email…

I specialize in working with  Homebuyers & Sellers. You can contact me for information on  selling or purchasing property for sale in all of Rockland and Orange County.

Contact Information

Marilyn Malave
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty

50 S. Liberty Dr. Stony Point, NY 10980
Direct: (845)300-1741
Email: malavemarilyn@aol.com
Website: www.RandRealtor.com
Blog: http://www.RocklandBuzz.com

Hi Everybody,

Here are some community events for this week. Why don’t you go and check them out 🙂

ROCKLAND, ORANGE & SULLIVAN COUNTIES:

May 13, 5:30 PM, Middletown – The Middletown Business & Professional Women’s Club presents “Fashion through the Decades,” its annual fashion show to raise scholarship money for local young women. Fashions from Gert Walker Fashions, Style Council, Fashion Bug, and Foellers Men’s Shop. At the Kuhl’s Highland House. $45. (845) 342-3962. (845) 343-2665 http://www.bpwmiddletownny.org

May 13, 6 PM, Congers – Annual Benefit for American Red Cross – Enjoy a fine meal at Restaurant X and Bully Boy Bar while helping to support the Rockland County Chapter of the American Red Cross. (845) 358-0833. rocklandevents@nyredcross.org

May 15, 7:30 PM, Sugar Loaf – Air Pirates Radio Theater Presents Herb Marks Freelance “It Ain’t Over ‘till The Fat Lady Swings” – Old time radio melodramas with a modern twist, follow Herb Marks and his side kick smokestack as they crack another caper. Audience invited to participate by creating sound effects. $15 (845)258-5299. http://www.airpiratesradiotheater.com , http://www.lyciancentre.com

May 16, 1:30 PM, Warwick – Duck Derby – Join in the fun with this great community event! At 1:30 PM the plastic ducks will race in the Wawayanda Creek. This coincides with the opening of Warwick’s Farmers Market! Benefit the Center and local clubs and charities. (845) 986-6686. http://www.winslow.org

May 16, June 13, 10-5 PM, Suffern – Street Fair – Peruse the booths of more than 100 vendors while you enjoy wonderful food, live music and activities for the entire family. Free (845) 357-8424 http://www.wehealtogether.com/SuffernStFairs.html

May 16, 10-5 PM, Nyack – Nyack’s Famous Street Fair presented by: The Arts, Crafts & Antique Dealers Association featuring over 300 vendors and dealers showing fine crafts, jewelry, art, photography and ceramics. The fair includes live entertainment and more. Main Street & Broadway. Free. (201) 66-6-1340. http://www.pjspromotions.com

Thru May 16, Nyack – Stage Left Children’s Theater presents A Year with Frog and Toad The musical follows the woodland adventures of two amphibious friends, a worrywart toad and a perky frog, with their assorted colorful hopping, crawling and flying companions. Performances: Friday, May 7, 14, 7 PM, Saturday, May 8, 15, 1 PM & 7 PM, Sunday, May 9, 16, 1 PM. Adults $15, seniors and Kids $12. (845) 365-9000. Purchase tickets: http://www.Tix4u.com , http://www.stageleftchildrenstheater.org

Thru May 26, Spring Valley and throughout Rockland – The JCC Rockland presents the 7th Annual Rockland Jewish Film Festival, featuring over a dozen films at various venues in Rockland County, along with guest speakers and panel discussions. Full Schedule TBD (845)362-4400. http://www.jccyofrockland.org

May thru December, Live Jazz Friday Nights at Windsor Grille Restaurant & Lounge. Featuring a variety of jazz, funk, blues and ballads. Enjoy dinner before or during the show by our Culinary Institute trained chef. Daily Prix Fixe Menu for under $20. (845) 623-6000.

Current Mortgage Rates For Rockland County New York As Of August 15, 2009

Hi Everybody,

Here are today’s mortgage rates.  Still very low, but creeping up slowly.

Today’s Rates
    30-yr Fixed Conforming 5.375    
    30-yr Fixed Conforming Jumbo 6.125    
    15-yr Fixed Conforming 4.75    

See You Next Time 🙂

You can contact me to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in all of Rockland County.

Marilyn Malave Licensed Agent, Realtor®

Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty

(845) 300-1741

I am accepting referrals.

My real estate website is Marilyn Malave Rockland County NY Real Estate Website

Contact Information

Marilyn Malave
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty

Direct: (845)300-1741
Email: malavemarilyn@aol.com
Website: http://www.RandRealtor.com
Blog: http://www.RocklandBuzz.com

Hi everybody, Here’s an article on floor makeovers for all you Rockland County homeowners and homebuyers out there,  that I thought you might like. Let me know what you think 🙂

Don’t Just Walk on Your Floors Make Them Over | Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

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I specialize in working with First Time Homebuyers & Sellers. You can contact me for information on  selling or purchasing property for sale in all of Rockland and Orange County.

Contact Information

Marilyn Malave
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty

50 S. Liberty Dr. Stony Point, NY 10980
Direct: (845)300-1741
Email: malavemarilyn@aol.com
Website: www.RandRealtor.com
Blog: http://www.RocklandBuzz.com

I have to tell you this has been gnawing at me for so time now. There are some many great (and temporary) incentives to buying a home right now, that I really can’t believe the amount of renters that are still holding out on buying their first home (NYC and Rockland County renters I’m mainly talking to you).

There are the record low interest rates, the huge inventory of competitively priced homes, and the $8,000 you get from the government as a first time home buyer. Two out of three of these reasons are not going to last for very long and that’s the low interest rates and the $8000 credit.
Now, I know that buying your first home can be a little intimidating, so I’ve put together a few web links to help you search for your dream home and help you get it, here they are… 

Researching Your Future Neighborhood  (one of my previous blog posts)
 
Home Search       (search for homes in Rockland County & Orange)

First-Time Homebuyer Credit Information 

This is the time to act, so take a deep breath, do your research, and grab hold of that good ‘ol American Dream before it slips through your fingers. You don’t want to end up waiting to long and then wishing you had acted sooner. 

Happy Hunting 🙂

 

I specialize in working with First Time Homebuyers. You can contact me for information on  purchasing property for sale in all of Rockland and Orange County.

Contact Information

Marilyn Malave
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty

50 S. Liberty Dr. Stony Point, NY 10980
Direct: (845)300-1741
Email: malavemarilyn@aol.com
Website: www.RandRealtor.com
Blog: http://www.RocklandBuzz.com

                                                  

Prudential Rand Realty Is Now Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty…GO GREEN!!

Yes it true, our company has changed from Prudential Rand Realty to Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. The news was as much of a surprise to me as it probably is to you. You cannot believe how excited I am about this change. It feels like a breath of fresh air in a market that certainy needs a positive change.

For 12 years the top real estate company in Rockland County was Prudential Rand Realty, and now guess what?…  Now that Prudential Rand Realty is Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Rockland County is still RAND COUNTRY!  It’s still us. We’re the same people giving you the same great service, except now the service we provide will be much much better. The new internet technology alone is going to set us apart from everyone else.

I must admit that changing from Prudential Rand Realty to Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty had me a little worried, I had a lot of questions, but my main concern when I heard about the change was, How will this impact my clients?… How is this better for them?  Oh Boy did I get my answer. I’m a firm believer in using the internet’s full potential for my clients and this is exactly what Better Homes and Gardens Rand Real Estate is all about. I was shown all the new programs to market my Home seller’s properties and get them sold, and all the new programs that help my Home buyers find the home of their dreams, and all in an easy and stress-free way. I am not easily impressed, but I must say I was blown away. 

There are only good things in our future and I have no doubt that my clients will be completely satisfied with all we have to offer.  I’ve earned  your trust in the past and this change will help me keep your trust now and into the future.

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty…GO GREEN!!!!

 

See you all next time 🙂

 

You can contact me to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in all of Rockland County

Marilyn Malave
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Agent REALTOR®

Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty

 

Direct: (845)300-1741
Email: malavemarilyn@aol.com
Website: www.RandRealtor.com
Blog: http://www.RocklandBuzz.com

Hi everybody, here are the current mortgage rates as of April 20, 2009. The Springtime market is in full bloom. This is a great time to both buy and sell.

Today’s Rates
    30-yr Fixed Conforming 4.875%    
    30-yr Fixed Conforming Jumbo 5.75%    
    15-yr Fixed Conforming 4.625%    

See you next time 🙂

 

 

 

You can contact me to list your property for sale or to purchase a property in all of Rockland County.

Marilyn Malave Licensed Agent, Realtor®

Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty

(845) 300-1741

I am accepting referrals.

My real estate website is Marilyn Malave Rockland County NY Real Estate Website

Contact Information

Marilyn Malave
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty

Direct: (845)300-1741
Email: malavemarilyn@aol.com
Website: http://www.RandRealtor.com
Blog: http://www.RocklandBuzz.com

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