Sep 16, 2013
Main Street White Plains
Whether you are relocating from out of town and want to rent before buying, are downsizing from a home and want to stay in the area, or have always been a renter, White Plains has a wide range of choices.
You can rent a condo, coop, house, or apartment building. The price range is varied. Prices vary depending on how new the building is, how many amenities and whether it has parking. Parking can be a challenge for many of the “train accessible non-doorman buildings”, but there are several municipal lots that tenants take advantage of. You can pay daily or get a monthly parking permit.
One bedrooms can start around $1300 for the non-doorman buildings along North Broadway, to $2200 for a one bedroom at a building like The Seasons on Martine, and up to a whopping $5,000 a month for an apartment at The Ritz. Two bedrooms generally start around $1800 and up. Homes that are listed currently range from $1700 for a small older home up to $5,000 for a 3400 square foot more modern home.
If looking at the upscale apartment buildings like The Avalon or
Bank Street Commons you are looking at one bedrooms starting at $2300 and 2 bedrooms starting at $3,000/month. Additional cost for parking!
Whether you are renting an apartment, condo, coop or home, be prepared to furnish W-2’s, credit reports, employer information and references and in some cases bank statements with proof of funds. In the case of renting a coop, you will also have to go before a coop board for approval.
Currently there are about 344 various rentals available in the White Plains area.
If you are considering renting in White Plains, feel free to text or call me at 914-523-5087 or email me at email@example.com for further information.
Aug 16, 2013
I am going on two years since my HR Search business of 20 years in NYC (BLB Consulting Inc), finally disappeared into space. I thought I would share the stages of feelings I went through in it’s last year when I knew it would not survive the investment banking crash and the ways that corporations, financial and investment firms were viewing the use of search firms and personnel agencies.
It boiled down to:
Fear - In some cases that stands for false events that appear real, but in the case of losing your job or business, this is a true feeling. You fear what you are going to do if it does not survive and you fear how people will perceive you after owning your firm for so many years.
Denial – No. It can’t be happening to you. It’s just a temporary set-back. Companies will come around and see your true value. You’ve been doing this for over 25 years and have a strong following with over 10,000 names in your database. People will support you. After all, you’ve advised people for free for years. It will come back. Wrong.
Disappointment – So, what happened to all of those folks you’ve helped over the years? Where are they now? Why did I work my butt off with 70 hour weeks trying to find jobs for people who cried in my office that they needed to put food on the table during our last recession, or they don’t want to move home with the family, you have to help me. Or, can you redo my resume for free. Its not attracting any attention. And, I did.
Realization – You try to keep things afloat, give up your office and your recruiter, scale back on expenses, lower fees and work with some small accounts who say they need your help. Obviously the large investment firms, law firms, that were 90% of your business don’t need you. There are millions of HR people flooding the streets finding jobs through the internet. They now have vendor management firms they’ve outsourced to, and admin staff reviewing keywords internally to put in their Taleo or Peopleclick systems. They do not need the personal touch anymore.
But, in the end, no matter what job order you took on in 2011, and worked on like you always did, if it came down to your candidate and a free referral..guess who won. So, after working on 15 job orders and making two placements, it finally sunk it.
Forgiveness and Acceptance - I put them together because you have to. You have to lose the disappointment in people you felt did not help you. They were just business people who used you for your services and when they no longer needed you, or were in fear of losing their own jobs, disappeared. Your true friends made through the business are still your friends. Acceptance of that helps you move on.
Once you make peace with that, you can find your new path by evaluating your skills, talking to others who have made transitions into new careers and setting a new direction.
I found a new direction September 2011, albeit not a lucrative one yet, but one that utilizes my advising, matching, negotiating, and ability to really make a difference in someone’s life. I get joy out of seeing a family buy their first house, or helping relocating executives see all that Westchester County has to offer. I look back at my HR Search firm, BLB Consulting Inc., as an accomplishment in life and one that I am now proud of, rather than angry about losing.
Have you ever lost a job? What feelings did you go through. I’d like to hear.
Aug 16, 2013
Finding the right Pet Sitting Service or Pet sitter is crucial to a happy pet when you return from vacation.
But, if you are just relocating from out of town, or even if you’ve lost your pet sitter you’ve had for years, its can be stressful
I’ve been through this several times over the last 20 years owning pure breed cats, so have had experience determining what makes a good pet sitting service and also what questions are really important to ask.
Pet sitting is a really growing field. There are numerous sites online you can go to first find your local pet sitter, but I prefer to first ask friends, second go to all of your local veterinary clinics and ask if they have any vet techs or staff that pet sit in the neighborhood. Most of these will be just individuals who do it as extra income, and are not bonded and insured, but with enough references, finding out where they live (some may have a local phone #, but have actually moved 20 miles away!), you should be fine. You also know where you can find them!
If going the internet route, there are several sites you can use. Paid sites include Angie’s List, www.sittercity.com and www.care.com . I did not have any luck with care.com or sittercity.com. I found that they they just had anyone who wanted to sign up list there. There were actually people who have never pet sit, just looking for extra income.
There is a free site that I recommend called www.petsitting.com This site is paid by their advertising and, not sure, by the petsitters who sign up for it. Their website claims that the are not a directory, but have insured and bonded petsitters who are verifiable references. That is what you are really looking for.
Always having two pet sitters available I found has been key, in case one is on vacation. One of my cat sitters is a front desk person at a local veterinary clinic, and the other I found on www.petsitting.com. I am using Susan Pfeiffer’s service called FetchPetCare. She has 9 pet sitters in lower Westchester and is insured and bonded. Fetch Pet Care is a national franchise and align with good pet sitting principals. She personally comes over to meet with your pets (and has a really good petside manner) and introduces you to your pet sitter. She has excellent follow-up when calling, texting or emailing her.
Wherever you are getting your in-home pet sitter, its important to do the following:
1) Call them, email or text them. If they don’t get back to you in a timely manner, on to the next. If there is emergency while I’m gone, I don’t want someone who isn’t communicative.
2) Ask how long they’ve been petsitting, what hours and days they are available, and where they live. Many have other jobs, so if you don’t want someone who comes at 5:00 a.m. and 8:00 pm. Also, their telephone # many not reflect where they live. In a snowstorm, you want someone local.
3) Ask for references. These are key. I do them before meeting someone. I’ve had some references where person just cat sit once 3 years ago for one reference!
4) Have them meet your pet. It is almost more important that your pet likes them than you and that they really like animals. Don’t laugh. I had two woman come over one day, and one admitted she really only liked dogs!
5) Ask how long do they spend with your pet and what do they charge? This can really vary. In Lower Westchester the average is $17-$22 per visit.
6) Have all of your information about taking care of your home typed out. Should include feeding, litter (if cat), mail, watering plants, lights on in different parts of house at night, music, to important things like who your vet is and where, alarm directions, where your fuse box is in case lights go out, neighbors who may have a spare key or they have emergency, to of course, where you can be reached!
For those of you who have dogs, cats, or whatever your pet preference, finding the right pet sitter should be taken seriously. You want your pet to be a happy when you return home!
If you are looking for that home in Lower Westchester County, don’t hesitate to call/text me at 914-523-5087 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 14, 2013
Excerpts from Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc. 1st Quarter 2013 Report:
The fast pace of the region’s recovering real estate market continued into the first quarter of 2013 as Realtors participating in the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc., a subsidiary of HGAR, reported significantly more closings of residential transactions throughout the four-county region served by the MLS. There were 2,263 closed transactions during the recent first quarter, constituting a large 8% increase over the 2,090 transactions reported in the first three months of 2012. The closed transactions were largely of properties that had been listed and marketed during the winter and early spring months.
The factors that support the release of pent-up demand have also attracted first-time buyers as well as others who see an unparalleled opportunity to acquire affordably priced housing in whatis well known to be an expensive region. The bulk of the market has strongly shifted to the moderate and lower priced properties; there are more such sales relative to the high end, and that has the effect of pulling down the averages. In Westchester, for example, the proportion of first-quarter single family transactions for $1 million or more was about 16%, the same as last year at this time, but well below the level of 20% or higher that prevailed in prior years.
Some interesting facts from the Hudson Gateway First Quarter Report on comparison of 1st quarter 2012 to first quarter 2013 include:
Median Sales Prices:
Single Family Homes +1.9%
2-4 Family + 4.5%
End of Quarter Inventory:
Single Family Homes -20%
2-4 Family -18.4%
Barbara’s comment: If selling a home, and it is priced fairly and in good condition, this is a great market for you to list your home. Open houses draw numerous couples who we’ve seen multiple bids on one weekend. For buyers, this is why its important to have a real estate agent you trust keeping their eyes open for new listings as they come out on the MLS before that open house occurs!
Spring is prime time for house buyers wanting to get situated and closed in the summer before the school season begins. You should also have a solid pre-approval letter and necessary financial paperwork ready in case you run into a multi-bid situation. The early bird catches the worm!