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Considering Selling Your Home?
Low inventory across the country has been the real estate story since the start of 2017, and our area is not immune. Local buyers as well as those from NYC and surrounding areas are yearning to see more supply for their demand. You don’t know when an opportunity might present itself; therefore, it is certainly never too early to start prepping your home. Some of our suggestions to think about if a sale may be in your future:

  • Professional Exterior Photos: Exterior photos should be taken when the weather is nice. This avoids the risk, when listing last minute, of having to take photos in the middle of winter when trees are bare and snow is on the ground. We recommend taking exterior photos anytime from late April to October. Keep in mind that photos are the first impression when buyers looking online!  Joan O’Meara and Team offer complimentary professional photography and it isn’t too late in the year to book now…email us today at jomeara@houlihanlawrence.com to discuss photographing the exterior of your home.
  • Have a Plan/Punch List:
    • Discuss remodel/improvements with a stager and/or experienced agent to confirm return on those investments. Our team works with a number of stagers we are happy to recommend.
    • Declutter
  • Prepare for Inspections:
    • Have utilities serviced
    • Check for leaks
    • Schedule an energy audit
  • Get Informed:
    • Work with a knowledgeable agent to stay up-to-date on housing market and trends.
    • Ask an agent to set you up for automatic local market email updates such as the one below. You won’t miss a new listing!

Joan and team are available to work with you to assure a smooth and successful listing process whenever you might be ready.


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Fall Landscaping Checklist

It finally feels like fall today and as I look out my window I am reminded that it is time to start prepping my lawns and garden beds for the cooler weather. Whether you are a DIY or prefer to hire outside help, remember to make sure you do the following so your property looks its best next spring:

  • Aerate the Lawn
  • Feed the Grass (seed and fertilize)
  • Mow the Lawn (shorter is better in the fall)
  • Collect Leaves
  • Plant New Shrubs and Evergreens
  • Trim Dead Limbs and Cut Back Perennials
  • Mulch Young Plants

If you are thinking of listing your home for sale this spring…it is never too early to start prepping and preparing both inside and out. We would love to share our knowledge with you. Contact us today at jomeara@houlihanlawrence.com for a complimentary home evaluation.

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The Town of Rye was recognized as a New York “climate smart community” by the state Department of Environmental Conservation this month. Recently, the Rye Town Council adopted the Climate Smart Pledge which committed the town to reduce municipal greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020.

“Becoming a Climate Smart Community puts the Town of Rye in the company of other forward-thinking communities across the state who are seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and conserve resources while helping taxpayers to save money,” said Town of Rye Supervisor Gary J. Zuckerman.

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The O’Meara Team is hosting a special event at 14 Lake Road in Rye tonight. As our valued clients, we would like you to join us for cocktails poolside from 5:00-7:00pm and give you the opportunity to tour this fabulous waterfront home. Hope to see you soon!



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