Buying your first home can be a learning experience under normal circumstances. Add rising interest rates and low inventory into the mix, and first-time buyers are facing some unprecedented challenges in the market.
However, despite the market volatility, our REALTORS® are helping clients land their first home every day. It just requires a bit of planning and patience. If you're planning to buy your first home this year, have a few suggestions to help you prepare:
Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you have to stay indoors. If you're already getting cabin fever from the chilly winter weather, it's time to gather up the family and head on out to a fun seasonal activity around Westchester County. From holiday lights to snowy hikes, there are tons of fun things to do this time of year.
If you're looking to see some great holiday lights and decorations or just want to get out and enjoy the fresh air, here are some great winter activity recommendations from our REALTORS®.
When closing on a home, the home inspection is one of the most important parts of the process. Since most shoppers only get to do one or two brief visits before making an offer, it can be challenging to catch major issues. The home inspection gives you the opportunity to have a professional evaluate the state of the home before you move forward with the closing. Home inspections can't catch everything; however, they can help to manage the risk.
If you have an upcoming home inspection, our REALTORS® always encourage clients to attend, so you have the chance to ask the inspector questions. Here are some things you should be sure to ask:
The rise of craft beer has had a huge impact on communities all over the country, as new breweries are starting up all the time. However, breweries offer so much more than beer! They provide a unique atmosphere often filled with local art, great food, games, and entertainment.
It just so happens we have some of New York's best breweries right here in Westchester County. If you're looking for a laid-back atmosphere and delicious beer, and want to support local businesses, our REALTORS® recommend a visit to one of these fantastic local breweries:
We all strive for a fresh, clean-smelling interior, but odors inside the home are difficult to prevent. Many homeowners assume the odors in their homes are simply "an old house smell," but the truth is, all odors have a source or an underlying cause. Most smells are caused by mold or mildew, high levels of humidity, or a lack of ventilation.
To help your home smell fresh, Our REALTORS® always recommend eliminating the source of the smell first. There are some simple things you can do around the house on a regular basis to keep foul odors at bay. Here are some of our recommendations:
Finding the right home can spark feelings of relief, excitement, and anxiety all at once. Once you know a home is the right fit, many of our clients want to act fast. However, first-time homebuyers are often unfamiliar with the process and don't know how to go about making an offer. Luckily, our REALTORS® are here to help.
There are lots of steps to making an offer, many of which you should start prior to home shopping. If you just discovered your perfect home, here is how to approach crafting the right offer:
If you're like our REALTORS®, deciding what to have for dinner can be a big challenge. Plus, all of the amazing restaurants around Westchester County do not make the situation any easier, either. However, you can never go wrong with a savory bowl of fried rice. The combination of rice, eggs, vegetables, meat, and spices always hits the spot! Fried rice is so versatile, you can order it mild, spicy, Chinese-style, Thai-style, and with any choice of meat.
If you're trying to figure out what to have for dinner, order some fried rice from a good local Chinese, Japanese, or Thai restaurant. Here are some of our favorite options around Westchester County.