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TEN HIDDEN SECRETS OF NEW CANAAN 

with Susan O’Rourke and Bettina Hegel, Licensed in Connecticut in our New Canaan office

Susan: The first time I drove into the Town of New Canaan over 28 years ago it just seemed too beautiful and perfect to be real. But, after living and working here since my mid-twenties and raising two (now grown) sons, I have learned that it is as real as it gets. What attracted me to New Canaan was both the history and beauty of the downtown area as well as its natural surroundings, but what has kept me here are the people. It is a town of very sophisticated people who enjoy culture yet are grounded and have that true New England sense of community. 

Bettina: I also fell in love with New Canaan the first time I visited. I was taken by the town’s charm and quaintness. I would have to agree with Susan that there is a great sense of community and pride in New Canaan. Above all, New Canaan is very family-orientated, which is important to me in raising my three children.

Here are our top 10 best kept secrets of New Canaan:

1. We both love to walk or run the trails through beautiful Waveny Town Park (677 South Avenue), which is set on 250 acres of woods and open fields. There are baseball and soccer fields, a dog park and a town pool. Some of our favorite memories and events include sledding down the hillside in wintertime and attending Wednesday night concerts at Waveny House (a stately 1912 Tudor home located in the park) in the summertime.

2. Susan: You can also enjoy natural wonders and hiking trails at The New Canaan Nature Center (144 Oenoke Ridge). My boys went to many birthday parties here and learned about endangered native animals and plants. They even petted their first and only bald eagle here! NCNC also hosts a Harvest Festival every October and other autumn community events like Cider Saturday and a Fall Fair.

3. Bettina: In warmer months, downtown transforms into the weekend New Canaan Pop Up Park  with umbrella topped tables, potted plants and a portable fountain to create a relaxing, open public space. There is always an array of fun activities for the kids ranging from mini golf to badminton.

4. We agree that there is a wonderful selection of restaurants in New Canaan. For the best breakfast in town head to Rosie at 27 Elm Street. Rosie bakes the absolute best muffins—it seems as though they put nearly a pint of blueberries in each one! Al fresco dining along Forest Street is very reminiscent of Paris. Cava Wine Bar & Restaurant (2 Forest Street) is perfect for meeting up with friends, while long-standing Gates Restaurant & Bar(10 Forest Street)is best for family gatherings.

5. Tonight is the fourth annual Taste of The Town Stroll, in which restaurants in downtown New Canaan will open their doors to treat locals to light bites, drinks and music. A number of stores usually stay open later and offer special discounts. This is always a fun, social event. For more details visit the New Canaan Chamber of Commerce website.

6. The Phillip Johnson Glass House stands out among the bevy of colonial and Victorian New England-style homes. You can tour, visit art exhibitions and host private parties on the grounds of this impressive, modern home (199 Elm Street). The renowned architect lived in the house from 1949 until he died in 2005. Not so long ago fellow New Canaan residents could catch Mr. Johnson in his signature black-rimmed glasses walking along Elm Street.

7. Susan: The New Canaan YMCA is a community all on its own, and boasts a newly renovated gym. I met my first friend here at the prenatal swim class over 28 years ago.  My children attended many programs here throughout the years including the summer camp and an incredible youth basketball league, which they played on from kindergarten through 12th grade!

8. The Silvermine area outside of downtown is rich in history and art. This quaint neighborhood along the Silvermine River includes the Silvermine Art Center (1037 Silvermine Road) and the off-the-beaten-path Silvermine Market (1032 Silvermine Road). The market is like a neighborhood clubhouse that also holds a well-kept secret: on Friday and Saturday nights it transforms into a candlelit restaurant serving Italian-American and American cuisine.

9. Bettina: Mead Memorial Park (241 Park Street) is always bustling with activity with its large playground, baseball fields, tennis courts and a fantastic concession stand. The Apple Cart Food Company serves up fresh salads, wraps, great sandwiches and lots of delicious healthy fare. As the mother of two young baseball players, I share many fun experiences here!

10. Newcomers don’t always know about the highly intellectual New Canaan Library Speakers and Lecture Series (151 Main Street). Guests include world-renowned and prize-winning authors including upcoming speaker Vijay Seshadri—winner of the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for 2014. Go to the library’s website for further information.

To connect with Susan and Bettina visit their agent websites.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Susan O’Rourke and Bettina Hegel and do not reflect the official opinions or endorsements from Halstead Property, LLC. 

DO YOU KNOW THIS BUILDING? 

By: Deborah Zavon, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, Park Avenue Office. 

Tortoise and the Hare at 1040 Park Avenue and 86th Street, Upper Eastside, Manhattan.

I have shared my enjoyment of the rats climbing the Graybar building, and here is other architectural fauna that I glance at whenever I pass, more appealing in theme, though not less frenetic.

Above the third floor windows at 1040 Park Avenue and 86th Street on Manhattan’s Upper Eastside, the tortoise and the hare have been chasing each other around the building’s façade for almost a century.

Design legends Delano & Aldrich are architects known for building upper-class town houses and clubs, were employed by developer Joseph L. B. Mayer in 1923 to design this residential building at a time when apartment development above 86th Street on Park avenue was just taking off. The architects gave it a chaste limestone base of three floors and they happily included some whimsy in the design with an amusing third-story frieze of tortoise-and-hare figures.

In 1991, former New York City Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern founded the American Association for the Advancement and Appreciation of Animals in Art & Architecture which conducts safaris to view the most beautiful local examples of animal sculpture in architecture, and have adopted the well-known frieze as their official logo.

There are many surprising architectural finds in the city that are intriguing and interesting to come across. Share your own “Do You Know This Building?” photo with me in the comments below, or over email.

Visit my agent website to learn more and for all of your New York City real estate needs. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Deborah Zavon and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

TOP HALSTEAD PROPERTY EXECUTIVES TAKE THE #ICEBUCKETCHALLENGE

Two of Halstead Property’s Top Executives, CEO Diane Ramirez and President Jim Gricar, yesterday proudly accepted the nomination by Director of Web Marketing and Social Media Matthew Leone to take the ALS #IceBucketChallenge. Both stood atop Halstead’s Park Avenue Flagship Office Building rooftop flanked by their Executive Team who had front row seats to the ice filled plunge. 

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE

Ramirez and Gricar agreed to also join other Halstead agents and executives and donate to the ALS Association to do their part to help #StrikeOutALS. The success of the #IceBucketChallenge social phenomenon has been staggering over the course of the last two weeks with $14M being raised for ALS Association coffers, compared with $1.7 million during the same period last year. To donate to an incredible cause or to become better educated on ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease, we invite you to click here. 

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Special thanks to the Oxford Café for providing the large amounts of ice as well as the 499 Park Security Detail and Property Management Team for their help in the event.

 

TEN HIDDEN SECRETS OF THE WEST VILLAGE

with Brian Lewis, Licensed Associate R.E. Broker in our Westside Office 

My first place in Manhattan was on a sofa in someone’s apartment on Bank Street in the West Village. It was 1991, and I was on a straight-out-of-college budget. Eventually, I found a roommate and moved into an apartment on Horatio Street where my initial portion of rent was only $500 a month! The Horatio Street apartment was a true gem. It overlooked the High Line (where I would often hang out), which at the time was full of weeds prior to its current incarnation as a beautiful park. My last apartment in the West Village was on Charlton Street off of 6th Avenue. In 1998 I moved to the Upper West Side for more space, and have stayed ever since. However, my heart and soul remains in the West Village. Over the years I have done a lot of business in my old stomping ground, and I like to think that I sell with a little more love when my exclusives are located there. Here are my top 10 best kept secrets of the West Village:

1. The gardens at The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields (487 Hudson St.) are my own secret getaway in the West Village. In fact, whenever I’m there I feel as though I’m back home in the South specifically in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The verdant, public gardens are home to a rare array of berries and American flora. Stop by the South Lawn in April to see the cherry trees in-bloom, or wander the pathways through lawns and gardens year-round.

2. Inside The Center (short for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center at 208 West 13th St.) is the fascinating Keith Haring Bathroom—a former men’s restroom whose walls are filled with a mural of black and white graffiti by the late artist. Haring completed “Once Upon a Time” in 1989 as part of an on-site art program.The mural was restored in 2012, and today the space is used as a conference room.

3. Hands down the best bar in the neighborhood is at an Italian restaurant called I Sodi(105 Christopher St.). As someone who judges a good Manhattan by the cherry, I Sodi’s Rye Manhattan is ridiculous. Aside from their cocktails, the restaurant makes an excellent cacio e pepe (cheese and black pepper) pasta dish.

4. Speaking of pasta, you’ll find classic dishes like spaghetti pomodoro and rigatoni Bolognese at an unlikely spot: a coffeehouse. Café Minerva (302 West 4th St.) has the vibe of an old-school luncheonette with its welcoming countertop service and bistro tables. Swing by in the morning for an espresso, or zone-in with your laptop and stay for lunch, dinner and a glass of wine.

5. HB Studio at 120 Bank St. is near and dear to my heart. I trained at the acting studio in my 20’s by the invitation of the late and great, Uta Hagen. For information on workshops and performances, go to HB Studio’s website.

6. I love the quirky barbed wire collection at West Village stalwart, Cowgirl(519 Hudson St.) The kitschy, Wild West restaurant was inspired by the Cowgirl Hall of Fame Museum in Hereford, Texas.

7.  The neighborhood has strong ties to the American Revolution and the early days of the Federal government. The Charlton-King-Vandam Historic Districtwas once the location of Richmond Hill—a colonial estate that George Washington used as his headquarters and later became the Vice President’s official home. The historic district boasts structures in the Federal, Queen Anne and Greek Revival styles within a four-block radius.

8. Whenever I’m at the White Horse Tavern (567 Hudson St.) I like to raise a pint to my fellow Welshman, Dylan Thomas, who was a regular (his portrait is also on display here). The famous tavern was a usual haunt for writers and sailors.

9. McNulty’s Tea & Coffee Co.at 109 Christopher St. has been brewing blends since 1895. They often sell a coffee blend called the William & Mary, which contrary to my initial thought it was named after two people who worked there, not my alma mater. Don’t expect to leave with a piping hot cup of joe—McNaulty’s only sells bags of tea leaves and coffee beans.

10. Abingdon Square Parkat West 12th and Hudson Streets is reminiscent of the tiny, tranquil parks in Paris that I would frequent when I lived in there as an exchange student. 

To connect with Brian, visit his website or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of  Brian Lewis and do not reflect the official opinions or endorsements from Halstead Property, LLC.

HALSTEAD PRESIDENT JIM GRICAR DEBATES HOME AFFORDABILITY ON FOX BUSINESS NEWS 

Halstead Property President Jim Gricar recently sat down for a video segment with Fox Business to discuss a new report on home affordability. While numbers show that homes are becoming less affordable for families across the country, Halstead Property President Jim Gricar explains the context in which these numbers should be interpreted in is crucial. In New York City, for example, affordability is especially challenging due to unique variables such as shear infrastructure, and the acquisition of land which is a lengthy and time consuming process in Manhattan. In addition, Gricar touches on the fact that in New York City, developers are catering to a hyper-luxury product that is the average Manhattan buyer, which gives the impression that there is nothing affordable for family buyers, and in defense of New York City Mayor de Blasio’s new initiative, Gricar says that “adding housing units to our city is something that we desperately need, it’s a growing city.” He reminds us that the product of housing for middle income does exist in Manhattan, and Mayor De Blasio’s plan seeks a balance of middle income housing in Manhattan which is a priority that all in the real estate industry can agree on. 

Click here to watch the full video segment on Fox Business, and to learn more about Halstead Property President Jim Gricar, visit his webpage

Stress Free Moving Tips For The New Yorker

By: Ross EllisLicensed Real Estate Salesperson, East Side office. 

According to the U. S. Census Bureau, out of a population of 282,556,000 people, 40,093,000 moved. That’s an overall percentage of 14.19 percent annually.

Congratulations, you’ve finally closed on your new home! You’re excited but now it’s time to call the movers, pack and get rid of clutter that you won’t need in your new home.

With everyone so busy these days, moving can be an organizational challenge.

Moving is one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do, with most feeling the stress build from the moment the decision is made. It’s a daunting task with a myriad of to-dos. There are so many pieces to the moving puzzle and you need to make sure you don’t leave any part of that puzzle out.

Whether you’re one person or an entire family, consider what will help you make your move in and out — the most comfortable and hassle-free experience.

Professional Organizer Donna David recommends:

  • Start the moving prep 8-12 weeks prior to moving
  • Do your homework on finding a reputable mover- ask for recommendations etc. Hire your mover weeks in advance….really good ones, especially in peak seasons are booked months in advance. Get an on-site estimate.
  •  Decide who will be doing the packing.
  • Make piles for Selling, Donating, giveaway to family and friends or tossing if damaged.
  • Make a To Do List of all the tasks that need to be performed before move day. Examples include: contacting utility companies, government offices, subscriptions, school; post office for mail forwarding; credit card companies etc.
  • Do keep an itemized list of contents per box. Number each box and designate the room where contents will be going on side of box- easily seen for the movers to unload and appropriately place. Label boxes too- fragile etc.
  • Have a last out, first in box- the box you want off the truck first. Clothing, towels, toiletries, coffee maker etc.
  • Hand carry jewelry, important documents and medications
  • If the thought of moving is just overwhelming or you don’t have the time, hire a Professional Organizer. From inception to completion, they will make your move a pleasurable experience.
  • Your real estate agent or broker can likely recommend someone they work with. 

As a real estate agent, I depend on Donna David & Co for my clients moves. Donna and her company have moved many of my clients and I am delighted for the thanks I receive for the recommendation because everything went perfectly.

Once you’re settled in – enjoy your new home!

For a no-charge consultation feel free to contact Ross Ellis over email and feel free to follow her on Twitter at @NY_RealEstate 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Ross Ellis and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

FARM TO TABLE ABOUNDS IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CONNECTICUT 

By: L.J. Wilks, Licensed, Associate Real Estate Broker, Halstead Property Westport Office.

Fairfield County, Connecticut is bursting with Farmers’ Markets.  Locally grown food has superior quality, pretty much guaranteed freshness and is good for you!  And while you’re feeling good about what you’re eating, you’re supporting local business, smaller-scale farmers and might even learn about how our food is grown!   Here is an introduction to a sample of local farms and farmers’ markets: 

Ambler Farm, Wilton – Ambler Farm is a year round working farm with Farm Stands, Historic Buildings, Animals and Facility Rentals and dates back to 1794 when Josiah Raymond and his son purchased 300 acres.  In 1999, with taxpayers support this working farm was purchased by the Town of Wilton. Two of their most popular events of the year are:

Ambler Farm Day 2014Sunday, September 28th, 12:00-4:00pm. This is an iconic fall festival!  Enjoy the Apple Slingshot, Farm Animals, Make-Your-Own-Scarecrow, Hay Rides, Trebuchet (aka “Punkin’ Chucker”), and Children’s Crafts, Pumpkin Patch + more!

Fright NightFriday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th from 6-8pm. Drop off the kids (grades 3-5) for haunted activities and frightful (and not so frightful) storytelling. Past attendees still talk about the ghost dog that frequents the Farm! Additional activities include a Moonlight Hay Ride, Guessing jar to win the Farm’s largest pumpkin, and games, if you dare to play. For more info, click here. 

Wakeman Town Farm, Westport - The Wakeman Town Farm Sustainability Center is an organic demonstration homestead open to the public. Activities include educational workshops, student internships, hosting after school environmental clubs, children’s summer camp programs, growing fruits and vegetables, animal husbandry, providing a farm stand and CSA pickup location.  Special Events include:

Fall Harvest Dinner & FundraiserSaturday on September 13, 2014, Sukkot onSunday, October 5, 2014, Holiday Tree Lighting and Tree Sale on Saturday, December 6, 2014. 

Millstone Farm, Wilton - This working farm uses sustainable agriculture to cultivate local, regional and global communities. The Millstone Experience includes Farm-to-Fork onSeptember 7, 2014 – 7 pm. Workshops held at Millstone Farm include: 

Canning & Preserving Tomatoes on September 27, 2014, Family Day/Farm Sunday on September 28, 2014, and Pickles and Preserving on October 18, 2014.                          

Silverman’s Farm, Easton  Silverman’s Farm was founded by Ben Silverman in the early 1920’s.  Throughout the years, Silverman’s farm has grown into a fruit farm featuring ” A Widespread Orchard, Scenic Tractor Rides and a Petting Farm with Farm Animals” and hosts many events throughout the year such as pick your own pumpkin from September through Thanksgiving where you can enjoy the decorated pumpkin patch full of twenty different varieties of colorful squashes, gourds, straw bales, cornstalks, scarecrows for all your decorating need and weekend tractor rides through the orchards in October where you can enjoy the beautiful New England view and you can even see Long Island Sound on a clear day. The winter Holiday season from November through December features Hot cider, Fresh precut Christmas Trees, poinsettias, wreaths and gifts. 

Farmers Markets:

Darien Farmers Market -Wednesdays, 11am-4pm until Christmas 2014.

Fairfield- Greenfield Hill Farmers Market, May 17- End of October on Saturdays from 11 p.m. – 4 p.m.  

Greenwich Farmers Market - Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. through the Saturday before Thanksgiving. 

Old Greenwich Farmers’ Market Wednesdays from 2:30-6 pm.

New Canaan Farmers’ Market - Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through November 22, 2014.  

Stamford Farmers’ Market (French Market) -  Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. – through October 25, 2014. 

Stamford Museum & Nature Center Farmers Market - Sunday from 10-2 pm through October 5, 2014.  

Westport Farmers’ Market – Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – through November 6, 2014. 

Wilton Farmers’ Market - Wednesdays, 12:30-5:00 – through October 1, 2014.

You can connect with me over email, or visit my agent website to learn more about Westport and for all of your Connecticut real estate needs.

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of LJ Wilks and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

QUOTE OF THE DAY - BAN LEOW TO THE NEW YORK POST 

August 5, 2014

Our very own Ban Leow of our Bedford Stuyvesant Office was interviewed by the New York Post last week on the recent surge in bidding wars and home prices in Bed-Stuy—a Brooklyn neighborhood populated with stunning limestone and brownstone homes. Ban also spoke about how brokers are introducing a new wave of buyers from Manhattan, New Jersey and Connecticut who can afford the historic townhomes in the once crime-ridden neighborhood. Two of his clients can attest to this growing trend: a former Vogue editor and restaurateur sold their Park Avenue penthouse and moved into a $1.8M townhome in Bed-Stuy, according to Leow. Our Quote of the Day perfectly captures Ban’s interview on Bed-Stuy’s real estate upswing. 

Read the full article here.

Connect with Ban over email and click here to view his current listings in Bed-Stuy and other sought-after Brooklyn neighborhoods. 

VONNIE’S VIEW –LET’S GET FIT!

By: Ivonne Velasquez, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Halstead Property Harlem Office. 

Fitness is a Tool! Every so often I like to take inventory of what I’ve dubbed “my toolbox.” This toolbox consists of traits, behavior, skills, and beliefs.  I recently made time to peek for maintenance sake.  Does anything need to be sharpened, magnified, and/or tucked away?  The one tool I utilize often is  fitness. I can unabashedly admit that fitness has been integral in keeping all my other tools properly functioning. Who wouldn’t feel better with extra energy, a clearer mind, and a tighter body?

NYC (as well as most cities and towns) has a vast amount of outlets for everyone’s fitness level, interest and budget. Living and working in the village of Harlem, I am lucky to have the best in their respective practice as friends and instructors. 

My preferred workout is high-intensity and strength training. I’ve become very clear that this type of training, although effective in terms of results, has to be managed correctly. It should not be done in the evening unless you sleep during the day. After an 8pm boot camp class my adrenaline will be at full throttle until at least 1am. It’s important we learn to incorporate opposite workout practices to keep our body strong, flexible and fatigue and injury free. In my two-part blog I’ll feature four of my fave local industry experts.

This week I’m sharing high-impact, cardio, strength programs from two of the most fun, interesting and results-oriented instructors I’ve experienced:

One4AllBootCamp: Not everyone likes the gym. Anxiety grips them at the thought of it. Alternative: Be challenged and have fun in the beautiful Morningside Park located at 114th St. Whether you want to lose weight, gain lean muscle or tone-up, One4All BootCamp can help you achieve your goals. Sessions focus on fat burning, endurance, agility and strength. It includes calisthenics, plyometrics, interval and aerobic training to keep the body guessing. Along with using your own body weight and the park surroundings, master trainer Leatress Tice- TICE incorporates resistance bands, jump ropes, obstacle courses and TRX (suspension) training to keep workouts challenging and fun.

Ambitious One Fitness: Have you ever had a situation where you love to hate someone? That sums up my relationship with Sereco Campbell- Reggae Workout Queen and known to me as Crazy Trainer who stays Turned Up until she breaks you down! Sereco’s dynamic energy and candor is all natural and unwavering. Along with being a top-notch trainer she also is the creator of Sereggae Core Aerobics. Keeping true to her Jamaican roots Sereco infuses Caribbean moves into a fat-burning, hip-thrusting core work-out. If all this isn’t enough she is training for her pro-card as an NPC (National Physique Committee) figure competitor. Her discipline is warrior like and she expects the same of her clients.

If you prefer private sessions rather than group settings both Sereco & Tice are available for individual training at NYSC.

Next week we’ll take down the intensity but keep the sweat!

You can connect with me on Twitter and on my Facebook Page to stay in the know of what’s trending Uptown, or contact me over email or on my agent website to learn more. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this post are those of Ivonne Velasquez and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

Jeff Tanenbaum on Arise Xchange News

Halstead Property West side agent and respected housing and mortgage expert, Jeffrey Tanenbaum, sits down in an exclusive video interview for Arise Xchange to discuss recent news that Bank of America has agreed to pay a $16-17 Billion settlement over stale mortgages, and what that means for consumers. 

A seasoned financial contributor and expert, Tanenbaum reminds us that it is first and foremost important to note the government previously penalized institutions like JP Morgan and CitiBank for a markedly less amount of money with the intent that [they] should be required to share a brunt of the financial crisis and real estate crash of 2008. Arise Xchange Host, Akhtar Khan proposes in response what a lot of others might be thinking, which is why should Bank of America have to pick up the debt for Merrill [Lynch]? Jeff’s rebuttal explains that BofA is part of Merrill’s conglomerate thus some accountability remains, and further states that both contributed significantly to the overfunding, and says “there was never a real control on loans before the crisis, you could get a loan on 150% of the property, and the appraisers were sent out by the banks; Now, consumers who want a loan are required to call a clearing house that arranges for an independent appraisal on the property.” According to Jeff, 

“This creates a check and balance on the mortgage situation, as does the credit.There is certain levels of credit that have to be met for a purchaser to afford to get a loan, [and] these were never in place before the crisis, which left many in a foreclosure or short sale situation, or more importantly - their credit was adversely effected and they wound up with nothing – no home, bad credit, and they can’t do anything now.”

What is surely on every consumers mind is exactly how the money is going to be funded, and while it is still too soon to declare with certainty, Tanenbaum forges ahead hopeful that the settlement deal is in fact the end of the road, and will remain confident so long as the money is used to repair the credit situation and is allocated properly to those who lost their homes. He goes on to say that “eventually like everything else, there is a component to that funding that will impact consumers of today and our society as  a whole” and perhaps a resolve lies in allocation of fees that will no longer go to the bank, but toward the general population of those who were adversely effected demonstrating the significant uniqueness of the current state of the economy, wherein “one population of consumers will be paying for another population of consumers who unfortunately have gone through the worst situation of their lives - which is losing their home.” 

Click here to watch more interviews containing Jeff’s expert insight on the state of the market, and find more featured videos on Halstead ProperTV

Share your thoughts and connect with Jeff on Twitter or over email, and visit his agent website to learn more and for all of your real estate needs. 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this video are those of Jeffrey Tanenbaum and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: MODERN IN MIDHAMPTON

In the quaint Hamptons Village of Quogue is this five bedroom post modern home with beautifully landscaped grounds that feature an outdoor playground of epic proportions from the expansive deck, to an inground heated pool, hot tub, and outdoor shower. As you enter the spacious foyer you are greeted by a large great room with an impressive 18 ft. tall ceiling, fireplace and dining area adorned with glass sliders that leads onto a stunning deck as you perch over the backyard oasis pictured above.

This wonderful deck is also directly accessible through sliding doors in the first floor master bedroom complete with a fireplace and en-suite bath, while the home’s four additional bedrooms are located throughout both the first and second floors.

Click here to learn more about this fine Hamptons property.

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BARAK’S THOUGHTS ON IT’S NOT PERSONAL, IT’S BUSINESS

In the 6th installment of regular Halstead Blog series from Halstead Property’s Barak Dunayer, we bring you Webisode 6 “Pricing to Win – It’s Not Personal, It’s Business”

Barak discusses the importance of improving your home’s curb appeal as a means to attract potential buyers. No need to undergo a renovation, says Barak, but freshening up your space or rearranging furniture could make a dramatic difference. He insists that this is not a criticism of your taste and lifestyle.

“But, from years of experience and hundreds of homes sold, I’ve learned that in order to get the biggest bang for your buck it’s better to transform it from being your home to looking like the most marketable property.”

Click here to watch the most recent Webisode 5 – “Selling is a Process, Not an Event” and for the entire collection of videos from Barak’s Thoughts series, click here.

Share your thoughts and connect with Barak on Twitter or over email, and visit his agent website to learn more and for all of your real estate needs 

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Thoughts and opinions presented in this video series are those of Barak Dunayer and do not reflect the official opinions of Halstead Property, LLC.

YOUR PROPERTV TOUR OF HARLEM 

Let Halstead Property’s Executive Directors of Sales Sandy Wilson along with Gus Perry guide you through the historic and cultural highlights of the Harlem section of Manhattan, a place seemingly fit for Mr. Rogers as Sandy professes it is “one of the only few neighborhoods in the city where people will graciously wish you a good morning, and a great day!” First we stop by Sylvan Terrace — a small street that is part of the Morris Jumel historic area and is currently featured in HBO’s hit series Boardwalk Empire.  Gus points out that it’s hard not to look up and notice the expansive wide open blue skies that can be seen from any vantage point in Harlem thanks to the areas unique architectural makeup of brownstone buildings that typically range no more than 4-5 stories high, versus the towering hi-rise structures that dot the skyline in Midtown Manhattan. Some impressive Pre-War structures in the area include The Grinnell and Graham Court with its notable arched Venetian entryway.  Aside from stunning architecture, the neighborhood has the most parks in Manhattan and boasts foodie-approved restaurants that represent a myriad of cultures, as evident in the annual Summer Sizzles Sidewalk Café Crawl along Lenox Avenue.

We hope you enjoyed the tour and invite you to visit our website to connect with Halstead Property’s Harlem Neighborhood Expert agents to learn more about this amazing section of New York City.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: CALMING AND CONTEMPORARY 

There is more than enough space to spread out in this airy and sleek living room. Recline in front of the fireplace or relax in the attached sunroom and family room. The contemporary décor smartly juxtaposes the home’s vintage 1925 clapboard exterior. In fact, this charming three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence is located just steps away from a private beach in Rowayton, Connecticut. Residents will also have access to a boat house perfect for kayak storage. As an additional perk, the home comes with a large studio-turned-office complete with a wet bar and private entrance.  After a long day of lounging on the sands, return home for al fresco dining on the deck located right off the kitchen. The beach house is also in walking distance to restaurants and shopping—guaranteeing easy, breezy living in Rowayton.

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YOUR EYE CANDY OF THE DAY: PENTHOUSE PERFECTION 

Experience luxury loft-living in Tribeca. Step inside this expansive living-dining space, which boasts oak floors and ample sunlight from an entire wall of windows. Have your pick from two seating areas. Lounge in front of the TV on the leather sectional or curl up with a book on the white loveseat. Aside from an impressive living-dining space, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom penthouse comes with a private rooftop garden complete with lounge chairs and outdoor sofas. To access the rooftop, climb a winding staircase in the art gallery-inspired entryway. Both bedrooms prove to be stylish sanctuaries—one with tree branches as accent pieces and the other with two-toned striped walls. Better yet, the loft is situated in a building with a 24-hour doorman on sought-after North Moore Street.

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