January 25, 2013 rummy

The pace of residential real estate sales picked up considerably in 2012 in the fourcounties of the lower Hudson region – Westchester, by the Real Estate Experts (Realtor) firms The Realtors reported a regional sales aggregate of 11,481 residential units consistingof single-family houses, condominiums, cooperatives, and in the case of Westchester,2-4 family buildings as well. This was a 15% increase over 2011’s total of 9,973 sales,and it arrested the steady decrease in annual sales that commenced in 2004 andcontinued through most of the subsequent period to date. Westchester, the most populous of the counties, and historically accounting for abouttwo-thirds of…

January 12, 2013 rummy

Following last week’s burst of major economic headlines, which were mostly negative for mortgage rates, there was very little market moving news this week. Mortgage rates reversed a portion of last week’s increases, ending the week a little lower. After last week’s fiscal cliff deal, Fed meeting, and Employment data, this week’s news had little impact on mortgage rates. Very little economic data came out this week, and the results for the Treasury auctions were close to average. A meeting of the European Central Bank (ECB) produced no surprises. In short, after weeks of high volatility, daily mortgage rate movements…

December 24, 2012 rummy

Today’s Monday Morning Mojo is going to be short and sweet. First, we hope that you and your family have an amazing Christmas tomorrow and that your day is filled with love and lots of fun. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, please enjoy the day off. We also know that there are people in your life that may not be able to be with you because they are far away or have passed away. Be sure to take a minute to remember them tomorrow. Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

December 20, 2012 rummy

Why You Shouldn’t Give Presents to Tenants Give a Holiday Gift Voucher Instead I know lots of landlords who like to deliver a turkey, a bottle or cookies for the Holidays to their tenants. It’s a nice gesture. I’ve done it too, but please don’t get me wrong. I learned a long time ago that it is not a good idea to get in the habit of giving gifts to tenants. Many of you know what I mean. Tenants normally think they deserve the gifts you give them. Then they expect them each year. What if you don’t give a…

December 17, 2012 rummy

As taken from www.coolestholidayparties.com A Letter to Santa from Mom: Dear Santa, I’ve been a good mom all year. I’ve fed, cleaned and cuddled my two children on demand, visited the doctor’s office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school playground and figured out how to attach nine patches onto my daughter’s girl scout sash with staples and a glue gun. I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since I had to write this letter with my son’s red crayon, on…

December 12, 2012 rummy

With the holiday season in full swing, there always seems to be more to do and less time in which to get it done. One of those things that we all want to do, but dread doing because it’s a huge time vampire is sending out holiday cards. Wouldn’t it be nice to find a place where you could create, customize and print your Christmas cards in the comfort of your own home and have them done “lickety split”; in no time at all? Well, the good news is that there is such a place – make that many places…

December 10, 2012 rummy

Here are the 10 Things You Need to Know About the 3.8% Tax according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR): 1.) When you add up all of your income from every possible source, and that total is less than $200,000 ($250,000 on a joint tax return), you will NOT be subject to this tax. 2.) The 3.8% tax will NEVER be collected as a transfer tax on real estate of any type, so you’ll NEVER pay this tax at the time that you purchase a home or other investment property. 3.) You’ll NEVER pay this tax at settlement when…

December 4, 2012 rummy

Most of us alive today either were not around to remember Pearl Harbor or have a faint memory of the impact it had on the United States that dreadful day in 1941 – 71 years ago this week. The base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was attacked by the Imperial Japanese Navy during surprise military strike. 353 Japanese fighters, bombers and torpedo planes damaged or destroyed eight U.S. Navy battleships, three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and one mine layer. In addition to that, 188 U.S. aircraft were demolished and 2,042 Americans lost their lives. This attack resulted in…