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Folks buying a home between now and New Year's typically get the very best deals. Many sellers really want to get out before winter fully sets in. Check out the most current selection on or call 845-750-6270 10am-8pm daily.

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I am offering a $1000 rebate to anyone who utilizes by real estate services to enter into a contract to buy or sell a home in the Greater New Paltz Area during December. The rebate will be paid at closing.

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You cannot buy this haunted home. But, the Historic Huguenot St. ghosts invite you their open house. See the former owner in this video who mysteriously disappeared on a past Halloween.

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This is a magnificent video highlighting the Mohonk Preserve- just 10 minutes from the Village of New Paltz. 

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If you're considering buying a home, this is probably your last chance to get a low interest mortgage before the fed raises rates. 3.75% on a 30 year fixed is still available and some banks are offering closing cost rebates up to $750. Delaying could mean hundreds of dollars in additional monthly payments for the same price home. Get your preapproval with a rate lock now, call me at 845-750-6270 and let's start looking.

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J.D. Powers announced that one real estate franchise again swept all the highest ratings. In case you are wondering-- yes- it's Century 21 again! 

An informative article from the National Association of Realtors


By: G. M. Filisko

By preparing for a real estate short sale, you can emerge with a great home at a favorable price.

When sellers need to sell their home for less than they owe on their mortgage, they’re shooting for a short sale. Short sale homes can sometimes be bargains, but only if you do your homework, stay patient, and remain unemotional during the sometimes lengthy and difficult short sale process.

Here are six tips for protecting yourself emotionally and financially when bidding on a short sale.

1. Get help from a short sale expert

A real estate agent experienced in short sales can identify which homes are being offered as short sales, help you determine a purchase price, and advise you on what to include in your offer to make the lender view it favorably. Ask agents how many buyers they've represented in short sales and, of those, how many successfully closed the transaction.

2. Build a team

Ask agents to recommend real estate attorneys knowledgeable in short sales and title experts. A title officer can do a title search to identify all the liens attached to a property you’re interested in. Because each lienholder must consent to a short sale, a property with multiple liens, like first and second mortgages, mechanic’s and condominium liens, or homeowners association liens, will be harder to purchase.

A title search may cost $250 to $300 up front, but it can help weed out less desirable properties requiring multiple approvals.

3. Know the home’s fair market value

By agreeing to a short sale, lenders are consenting to lose money on the loan they made to the sellers to purchase the home. Their goal is to keep those losses as low as possible. If your offer is dramatically less than the home’s fair market value, it may be rejected. Your agent can help you identify the price that’s good for you. The lender will determine whether approval is in its best interest.

4. Expect delays

There are two stages to a short sale. First, the sellers must consent to your purchase offer. Then they must submit it to their lender, along with documentation to convince the lender to agree to the sale.

The lender approval process can take weeks or months, even longer if the lender counteroffers. Expect bigger delays if several lienholders are involved; each can make a counteroffer or reject your offer.

5. Firm up your financing

Lenders will weigh your ability to close the transaction. If you're preapproved for a mortgage, have a large downpayment, and can close at any time, they’ll consider your offer stronger than that of a buyer whose financing is less secure.

6. Avoid contingencies

If you must sell your current home before you can close on the short-sale property, or you need to close by a firm deadline, your offer may present too many moving parts for a lender to approve it.

Also, consider ordering an inspection so you’re fully informed about the home. Keep in mind that lenders are unlikely to approve an offer seeking repairs or credits for such work. You’ll probably have to purchase the home “as is,” which means in its present condition.

This article includes general information about tax laws and consequences, but isn't intended to be relied upon by readers as tax or legal advice applicable to particular transactions or circumstances. Consult a tax professional for such advice; tax laws may vary by jurisdiction.

G.M. Filisko is an attorney and award-winning writer who luckily has avoided the need for a short sale on her properties. A frequent contributor to many national publications including, REALTOR® Magazine, and the American Bar Association Journal, she specializes in real estate, business, personal finance, and legal topics.

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Just Reduced- this distinctive home is now just $234,900 and is potentially offering an addition acre of property in the rear. Assessed for $258,800. 2+ bedrooms, private location on Shivertown Rd. See details below. 

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