2Q16: Orange County NY Real Estate Results

The Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty second quarter 2016 Hudson Valley NY real estate market report is now available! In Orange County, all second quarter indicators were “green” with strong sales results and a slight uptick in median sale prices.
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Why appointments need to be planned

I received a call at 7:30pm the other night from a lady I had spoken to a few times on the phone but hadn’t met yet. She was standing in front of a vacant and foreclosed home with a relative, and they needed to see the house RIGHT NOW.  I attempted to get them to agree to set up an appointment during one of the following days and they refused. Instead, they strongly requested that I just give them the combination to the lock and when I said no, they again insisted on seeing the home ASAP. Because I wasn’t being accommodating, they decided to call other agents to get access, so we decided we would not meet in the future after all. I wasn’t saying “no” to be a pain in the butt. Here are the reasons why appointments, especially the first appointment, need to be planned: Continue reading

Things to do in the Hudson Valley – Summer 2016

The Better Homes & Gardens Event Guide for Summer 2016 is available! If you are looking for something to do during the next few months, you might find it here. This issue includes events such as fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July, fairs, carnivals, outdoor movies and more.  Continue reading

Another real estate role – entomology

Real estate professionals have many roles, including appointment scheduler, contract guide, process explainer, house preparer, open house director, map reader, data analyst, negotiation guru, and on and on. I can now add a new function, that of an entomologist! An entomologist is one who studies bugs, and yesterday, I had to demonstrate my skill (or lack thereof). Continue reading