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Wednesday, July 15, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Is your backyard deck a dangerous place to be this summer?

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
Summer is deck-time, as our outdoor decks are a popular recreational area to eat, chat and socially distance among friends. Could yours be hiding potential problems that make it a dangerous place to be?
Around 6,000 people are injured annually from collapsing decks in the United States. The reason is that some decks were either built wrong in the first place, or they have deteriorated over time.
If a deck was built prior to 1980, it very likely wasn't made with termite-resistent treated wood. Although some decks can last 30 to 40 years, the average life expectancy for a wooden deck is around 15 years. If your deck is older than 15 years, you should have it checked out by a home inspector or a builder who is familiar with construction code regulations.
Check your deck
You can check your deck yourself if you suspect it may not be in tip-top shape. Take some time to look for obvious damage - cracked ...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Three things sellers can do to start a bidding war on their house.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.

We wrote yesterday about how Hudson Valley real estate is currently a strong buyers market. Even with a full-blown recession going on, we are seeing bidding wars between buyers for desirable homes breaking out everywhere.
If you're a Hudson Valley home owner who is interested in selling your home for as much as possible, here are three simple things you can do that will at the very least help your home sell, and hopefully spark a bidding war between multiple buyers to drive its price skyward.
1. Price it a little below market.
Your Realtor will be able to find the correct value for your property. A Comparative Market Analysis is the best method available to home sellers to learn their home's current value. This in-depth analysis ascertains a home's worth in today's market based on recent sales and pricing trends. Setting your price slightly below market value will increase the visibility of yo ...

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Monday, July 13, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

How to win in a bidding war without raising your price.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
As people anticipate an economic recovery this summer, more home buyers are actively entering the Hudson Valley housing market. What some buyers will be surprised to discover in this seller's market is that unlike the last recession, prices are rising, not falling. The difference this time is the severe shortage of homes for sale. Buyers should expect and be prepared for getting into bidding wars when they make an offer on a property. As bidding wars go, there are going to be more losers than winners. As a buyer, you should be prepared for the battle. Here are some ways to get an edge over other buyers that do not involve upping your price.
Be ready with your pre-approval paperwork.
Sellers want strong offers from strong buyers, buyers who are prepared to see a contract through to closing. Show you are serious by having a pre-approval letter from your lender. (Not just "pre-qualified." There is a h ...

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Thursday, July 9, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Pandemic responsible for mass migration in America.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
Roughly one fifth of all Americans have moved or know someone who did during the Covid-19 pandemic so far. That tidbit comes from a recent survey by the Pew Research Center that revealed 22 percent of us - literally millions of people - have relocated to a more quarantine-friendly residence or know someone who has. The data is based on a survey Pew conducted in early June with nearly 10,000 people.
Reported in Inman News on July 8, the survey results show that 3 percent of the survey respondents themselves moved, either permanently or temporarily. Another 6 percent said someone moved into their home. And an additional 14 percent said that they know someone who has moved as a result of Covid-19.
The findings suggest that in addition to major health and economic disruption, the pandemic has had huge migratory impacts on Americans’ lives. Most affected were young adults - ages 18 to 29. Young Am ...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Tell us how your post-Covid-19 home will change

[caption id="attachment_27569" align="aligncenter" width="960"] What's your post-Covid home like? A solar powered Jetson's home in the clouds with his'n hers Zoom rooms? Tell us!
By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems Real Estate.
We'd like to know how your housing needs have changed recently and what you plan on doing about it. The lifestyles of many many people have been altered significantly by pandemic rules. The home you own may not be as accommodating as it once was - its size, layout and location may no longer "fit."
Think about how the the Covid-19 pandemic has changed your idea of a functional home. For example, are you struggling with school aged kids and find yourself needing extra room for your suddenly always-at-home family? Are you trying to figure out a place to home-school the kids in your existing home?
Have you discovered that working from home is more productive than you thought? Can a different home setup allow you to somehow keep ...

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