Archive for the ‘Savvy Buyers’ Category

Looking to purchase a home in our area? Our team website (www.joanomeara.com) can be an invaluable source of information.

  1. The Community Tab provides information on Rye, Harrison, Rye Brook and Port Chester. Learn about the history of each town, the offerings and the recreational facilities. We also have links to the Houlihan Lawrence website where you can watch video and see specific market data for the individual communities.
  2. The Buyers Tab provides content regarding schools in our area as well as links to each school district.
  3. The Properties Tab highlights our team’s featured listings and gives you the option to search for a property.


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Houlihan Lawrence invites you to discover this Westchester gem with miles of coastline on Long Island Sound and a wealth of local shops and restaurants. View our town video here.

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Register for the School Tax Relief (STAR) Credit

If you own your home, if it is your primary residence and your total household income is less than $500,000 then your are eligible for STAR Credit. New STAR applicants receive a credit in the form of a check directly from NYS instead of receiving a school property tax exemption. New applicants must register with the NYS Tax Department to receive a STAR check. It is a quick and simple process and if you register by July 1st you will receive your check in September.

For more information and to register click here.

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Houlihan Lawrence’s Home Finder is an auto generated report accessed from the MLS. It uses your specific search criteria to alert you to changes in the market. When a new listing or a price reduction (within your personal parameters) takes place in the MLS, this HL system automatically generates a report and emails that listing information to you immediately. It is an extremely valuable tool in keeping up-to-date on the market. Here is what the alert looks like:

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If you would like to receive this report or if you have any questions please feel free to contact me at jomeara@houlihanlawrence.com

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Searching for a home has never been easier thanks to a brand new real estate app, recently launched by Houlihan Lawrence, the leading real estate firm serving New York City’s northern suburbs. Bringing cutting-edge technology to the fingertips of consumers and agents alike, the app is accessible (and free) on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. As the newest real estate app to hit the scene, it allows house hunters to search and to share and tour homes for sale while on the go.

The app features highly interactive map search functionality, GPS enabled searches, and the unique ability for users to draw customized search areas with the touch of their finger. Results yield full listing details and large photos, and allows users to save their favorite properties and receive notifications on price and status changes in real time. Saved searches are accessible on the user’s mobile device as well as Houlihan Lawrence’s website, so the user will not have to begin the process from scratch when switching between devices.


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As an added value of purchasing through Houlihan Lawrence, buyers can now team up with our partner Matthew Kelley of Thoroughbred Title Services to net 10-26% savings on title insurance. At an average savings of $1,000, this one is hard to pass up!

For example, if a client mortgaged $1,600,000 on a $2,000,000 home, a standard competitor’s rate for title insurance would be $11,132 whereas Thoroughbred would charge a Houlihan Lawrence client $9,553 – nearly 15% in savings!

To claim your savings, contact Matthew Kelley:
mkelley@tbtitle.com • (914) 644 – 6100 office • (203) 722-7224 cell

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Parents – never underestimate the quality-of-life upgrade brought about by the purchase of a home close to a school. Considering that the local public schools offer Kindergarten through 12th grade, that’s a total of 14 years that you won’t need to wake up early to catch the bus or drive the kids to school. That’s a lot of gas and time saved! In addition to the healthy results of walking/biking to school every day, your morning routine will also become less hectic and micro-managed. It might even afford you some well deserved shut-eye – imagine sleeping in and still getting the kids to school on time!

There are numerous social advantages as well. Neighborhoods with schools attract families – and chances are your kids will go to school with the neighbors’ kids. Playdates are easier and more frequent when your kids’ friends live in the neighborhood, and you’ll be more familiar with their parents. And despite the kids’ begging, who would ever build a soccer field in their back yard? When you live near a school, it’s just like having one!

There’s no research to support this claim, but I suspect that having school so close to home creates a special bond and feeling of connection with the kids – it’s a part of their physical world and a source of pride. What a great gift to give to your kids!

Want to learn more about the Rye school district? Tune in tomorrow for insights from guest blogger Kerri Winderman, who is not only a great client but my son’s fourth grade teacher and the mom of a Midland school kindergartner.

Visit my website to search for the schools in the area of your home search.

Here are some great homes in Rye that are walkable to schools – let me know if you’d like a tour!

1 Fairlawn Court, Rye

This fabulous, spacious Milton Point Split features a large living room, formal dining room, family room with fireplace, new kitchen with doors to deck, four bedrooms including a master suite. The home has plenty of storage, great walk-in closets and is in walking distance to elementary school, beach and marina.

70 Bradford Avenue, Rye

Carefully designed by a well-established & successful Rye builder – this 5-bedroom Colonial will exceed your expectations. Superb craftsmanship, attention to details and top of the line amenities all contribute to a spectacular home. Features hardwood floors, 2 fireplaces, high ceilings, bathrooms designed w/natural stone, spacious rooms and much more. Please request features sheet for a full list of amenities. Level, park-like property is fully landscaped and boasts a large flagstone patio.

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