It’s been two months, and the casino is settling in. The anticipation, and now reality, of having a full scale gambling and extended entertainment venue in Sullivan County, NY is beginning to take shape along many fronts. Read the extended article and listen to the podcast for a fuller understanding of the what Resorts World Catskills is doing and how it is effecting the local economy and infrastructure.
The Chapin Estate and Bethel Town officials are considering plans for the development of a 50-100 million dollar resort destination. Proposed details.
OPENING DATE: FEBRUARY 8, 2018
Click on above link for full information on this brand new Destination Resort. Graphic contained in this post is the property of Resorts World Catskills.
For those with children, the neighborhood’s school district may be at the top of your priority list. Check out the public-school ratings, or if you plan on sending your kids to private school, look at the pricing and make sure it’s something you can afford.
It’s also a good idea to look at nearby parks and community centers to check out what type of recreational activities are available for children. Most kids are going to want to play a sport or be involved in an extracurricular activity, so make sure that your potential community offers them.
Are you someone who can’t survive without their daily Starbucks coffee or are you an organic shopper who has a certain store they must shop at? Check your GPS to see how far your favorite locations are from the potential home. While you’re at it, look at local restaurants and read the reviews on Yelp to see where you might be getting that Friday night pizza or where to go for a romantic night out.
Don’t forget to look at how far your new home will be from work and where the nearest public transportation is located if you need that option. And as for train stations, make sure they offer parking spaces—many places are so crowded there is a waiting list. If you do drive, you’ll want to understand the traffic patterns to and from your job. You won’t want to waste half your day in traffic.
Take a gander at the living conditions of the neighborhood. Do you see a lot of fences and “Keep Out” signs? Are there many kids on the block? Do people walk their dogs on the street? Are there posted neighborhood events? Visit on a weekend day to say hello to some of the residents and ask about the neighborhood before putting in an offer.
You’ll also need to learn if your potential new home is part of a neighborhood association and if your community has lawn or construction restrictions. If so, what fees are involved? The last thing you want is to find out you can’t put those holiday decorations up because of a strict town ordinance.
Some people may want to live in a historic neighborhood with a lot of character, while others may want a newer development with more modern features. Everyone is different and you need to make sure that your perfect house is in a neighborhood that meets your needs.
No, we didn’t lose her. She didn’t just wander off down a side road and never come back home. Our short haired, always cold, snuggling min-pin was reaching the end of her breed life expectancy. At almost 13, she was just about 91 in human age terms and not doing well.
Millie, our sleek black with brown markings little lady had contracted Lyme, displayed a rather large benign tumor attached to her throat, was struggling with lameness, and probably had Cushings which we self diagnosed as a plausible reason for her excessive water intake and waking me up at 5 am every morning for her breakfast.
Sleeping almost constantly, I mean more than the normal 18 hours a day, and sometimes wandering around in a daze made it apparent the time was nearing for a serious conversation about putting her down. We were pretty sure Millie was having mini-strokes in her sleep and life just wasn’t going well for her.
I think we love our pets unconditionally as they seem to love us. Having your dog reach out with a paw, rolling over for a belly rub, playing or going on those crazy blitzes – running around in those wild circles and getting out of breath—well it’s just hard to have to face Millie not being here anymore.
With very heavy hearts, we drove out to the vet’s office. Our fee paid, our goodbyes tearfully whispered, off Millie went. We buried her in the back yard and decided we just can’t bury one more close family friend with 4 legs.
Sellers “hope” their house will sell. They want a quick purchase, at the highest price. Delayed maintenance shouldn’t impede negotiations and a comparative market analysis doesn’t mean pricing at current market value. As in” “I want to net out at this number, can’t or will not lose money, will not cut the grass, paint, or complete any fixes that will help sell my home.”
Buyers “hope” they can buy a home of their dreams, that it’s truly affordable, the school system is perfect, the local park is a few blocks away, and the taxes are “reasonable”. “I need a seller’s concession to help with closing costs, a fire place, and finished basement. “If you can’t find that for me Mr. Broker or Agent, I’ll find someone who can.”
Broker’s “hope” their seller understands proper pricing is the number one reason why one home sells more quickly than another similar one down the block. The CMA, Comparative Market Analysis, pinpoints recently sold properties within a short distance of the one to be sold, adjusts some for positive features like an in ground pool, special or extraordinary interior or exterior features (water front-100 acres included-rentable chalet, and so on) or a negative adjustment for substantial delayed maintenance, mold, no landscaping, buried oil tank, etc..
Broker’s “hope” their buyer clients understand you can really only accomplish two primary goals regarding home ownership within a budget-LOCATION AND PRICE or PRICE AND LOCATION. Any additional factor like more acreage, great school district, pool, deck, finished basement, wine cellar, high end appliances are a true bonus.
No one should ever lose hope. But-Sellers and Buyers need to realistically evaluate a broker’s guidance on how best to sell or buy real estate. This advice isn’t about inflating your broker or agent’s ego. It’s about your money and how best to use your real estate professional’s years of experience to get what you want.
These buyer/seller/broker hopes are somewhat stereotypical snap shots. Individual sellers, buyers, and broker/agents vary in great degree. Putting people in boxes does little to forward the real estate process.
If you, the seller or buyer develop the trust and confidence in your real estate professional, stick with that person and listen critically. Then, ask the needed questions, get the answers, and get on with moving in a positive direction toward closing.
I retired from a law enforcement job in April of 2007 after 25 years of service and became a Licensed New York State Salesperson the same month. Realizing my pension and Social Security wouldn’t be enough to see me through into my eighties or longer, I embarked on a real estate career at the worst possible time imaginable.
The world was going into the “The Great Recession”, “Too Big to Fail” was a phrase just coming into public awareness, business and bank failures would soon bring the general economy to a crawl. In short, my decision to try real estate seemed an outrageous business model to pursue.
Being somewhat ambitious by nature and also a part time house painter, I decided to book paint jobs while learning real estate basics. Seemed like a reasonable way to acclimate and break into an unfamiliar business world while still paying the monthly bills.
I interviewed with a local broker, we shook hands, and I went to work answering the phones, learning a new business vocabulary, and having frequent tutoring sessions.
Warren turned out to be a great teacher and mentor. I am grateful for the many lessons he provided and his ability to impart valuable information that made good sense.
Not much real estate business was being conducted anywhere in the country, let alone Sullivan County, NY., but I stuck with it picking up a few sales and began to understand the real estate business in a more process driven way.
After working with my first broker more than several years, I struck out on my own in November of 2012. I took the required courses to achieve Broker status, said thank you to Warren, and opened up my own firm.
The transition from NYS Licensed Salesperson, to Associate Broker, to Broker/Owner wasn’t smooth or without missteps. The school of hard knocks provided some eye opening experiences which prepared me to shoulder the very responsible position of handling untold sums of other people’s money.
It is now Thanksgiving and Holiday Time 2017. I have a basketful of items for which to be truly humbled and grateful. Ten years of real estate experience has given me some perspective and tools to serve an ever increasing clientele during a much better economic climate as measured against April of 2007.
I give thanks to: (BTW–not an all inclusive list)
My creator for keeping me alive and useful at 66 years of age
My wife who has more than filled her role and cherished me for more than 4 decades
My Family Tree for bringing a history, time table, and genetic understanding forward
My children and grandchildren who continue to grow and mature
My pet dogs who have loved me unconditionally, each in their own way and time
My guitars, microphones, bass, equipment rendering untold hours of personal enjoyment
My musical experiences with partners, band members, and the general public
My ability to read and comprehend
My clients who have provided me the ability to buy beer and pizza every time I want a beer or pizza pie
My clients who have chosen to review my services on Zillow and Trulia–Heading towards 100 Five Star Reviews
My customers who aren’t quite sure yet if they will become clients
My agents Amanda Ferrantello-Scott Cortright-Lisa Miller-Lonnie Smith & Andrew Lorenc who continue to build their own business while allowing me to supervise
My recommended providers including attorneys, mortgage brokers, lenders, banks, home inspectors, title companies, plumbers, electricians, surveyors, chimney sweeps, wood suppliers, general contractors, builders, pest control specialists, and more
My attorney’s legal assistants at law firms we do business with
Realtors®, The National Association of Realtors®, The New York State Association of Realtors®, The Sullivan County Multiple Listing Service. Hudson Gateway MLS, Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors®, and many more
In short, were it not for a wide ranging cast of supportive individuals, circumstances, and timing, my gratitude would have no meaning. Thanks to all and everything that has contributed to my development, well being, and perspective.
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To save both time and money, some people avoid getting building permits. But most cities require them. Besides ensuring safety during construction—housing inspectors sometimes stop by to check on the progress of projects at key points—they are also a source of revenue.
Cities charge a fee when a building permit is issued. Also, work done with a building permit can result in an increase in the homeowners’ property taxes because, in general, a home improvement increases the assessed value of the property.
Permits are usually required when any structural work is planned or the basic living space of a home is altered. They generally cover new construction, repairs, alterations, demolition, and additions to a structure. Some jurisdictions require the permit to be posted in a visible spot on the premises while the work is being done.
Besides structural changes, permits also may be needed to cover the installation of foundations for tanks and equipment, as well as the construction or demolition of ducts, sprinkler systems or standpipe systems.
By law, all buildings must have a building permit and a certificate of occupancy before they can be used.
First-time homebuyers are shifting housing industry standards when it comes to home design preferences—and, according to the latest Home Design Trends Survey by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), one of the most significant changes is the end of the era of expansive property and square footage.
Small, simply, is the new big.
“With younger households that are increasingly entering the market looking for more affordable options, home sizes appear to have peaked for this economic cycle,” said Kermit Baker, chief economist of the AIA, in a statement on the survey.
Smaller homes are generally more affordable, which is key for many first-time homebuyers squeezed by high home prices and student debt. Small homes, however, are scarce in most housing markets.
Aside from less living space, the architecture professionals surveyed see the following trends taking shape:
- In-Home Accessibility
- Single-Floor Plans
- Open-Concept Layout
- Informal Spaces
Source: American Institute of Architects (AIA)