Downsizing to a COOP or CONDO? What you need to know.

Buying a Coop or Condo Advice

In this blog, you can read a recent Q & A with Joe Houlihan about moving from a home to a Condo or COOP and what differences you might want to know about before hand.

Q: What are the benefits of owning a condominium vs. a house? Drawbacks?
A: Probably the most popular benefit of owning a condominium is that you are typically not responsible for any outside maintenance. The condo association takes care of shoveling, snowplowing, landscaping, roofs, painting the exterior, paving, and more – all of those things that can drain your budget and your time when you own a house. Additionally, condos often come with a variety of amenities, like a clubhouse, pool, playground, basketball and tennis courts, and community center.

There are certain drawbacks to a condo, however. You lose a level of privacy, and have a lot of neighbors in very close proximity, which can be noisy. Parking can also be a challenge, depending on the development. Also, with a house, you have free reign to do what you like to the exterior and your yard. As an owner of a condo, you will belong to a homeowner’s association, and there are certain rules that must be followed, including items such as specified hours that workers can come to your home, exterior paint colors, and facade maintenance regulations regarding fences and plantings. Also, homeowner associations can raise fees if a huge maintenance issue comes up (e.g., windows need to be replaced).

Q: What is the difference between a condo and a co-op? What’s a better bargain in this market?
A: When you purchase a condo, you are purchasing actual real property. Co-ops are owned by a corporation, and when you purchase a co-op, you are buying shares of stock in that corporation, so you are more like an investor. Co-ops are run by boards, and have a monthly maintenance fee to cover building expenses and upkeep. Additionally, the approval process to purchase a co-op is much more onerous and time-consuming than with a condo. Finally, co-op boards often do not allow subletting at all and, if they do, the rules are very restrictive, as co-op boards want most of the building to be owner-occupied. It is much easier to purchase a condominium, and the rules are generally more relaxed. The problem buyers run into is that condos are hard to come by in certain marketplaces such as southern Westchester where Co-ops are most common.

Q: Are there any specific professions/people that seem to do better in condos?
A: People who like condos want to relieve themselves of the responsibilities of house maintenance, such as cleaning the gutters, mowing the lawn, and fixing the roof. Condos are especially suited to people who have second homes. That way they can go away for three days, or even three months, and not have to worry about such home maintenance issues as shoveling the walkway after a snowstorm.  Condos are also great for working couples, who are both so busy with their jobs that they don’t have time for maintenance issues, as well as seniors, who may not want to or physically be able to take care of their homes anymore.

HOULIHAN & O’MALLEY REAL ESTATE – JUNE ‘22 ACTIVITY

We are half way through 2022 and it’s been a very busy year for the agents at Houlihan & O’Malley.  The Westchester County real estate market continues to be strong and we have enjoyed helping so many clients find a home, sell a home or rent a home.  Contact us to help you and see why our clients’ love working our agents!

SOLD:

537 N. Midland Avenue, Nyack (5 Bed/3 Bath/1 Half Bath)
Sold for $1,062,020
Enjoy the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley in this beautiful home in Upper Nyack.  Set beautifully on a half-acre just blocks from many hiking/biking trails, shopping & award-winning restaurants. Located just minutes from Nyack Elementary & the Village of Nyack with access to Clarkstown parks & pools. Easy access to the NYS thruway; 10 minutes to the Tarrytown train station. And only 40 mins from NYC.

Westchester County Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

12 Billingsley Trail, Goldens Bridge (3 Bed/2 Bath/1 Half Bath)
Sold for $901,220
Bi-level Ranch set on a quiet cul-de-sac in the charming hamlet of Goldens Bridge. Just moments to the Metro North Train, schools & I684. Sited on park-like grounds. Convenient to all Town amenities including pool, parks, tennis & camp.

Westchester County Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

103 Lockwood Avenue, Bronxville PO/Eastchester (3 Bed/1 Bath/1 Half Bath)
Sold for $680,000
Chester Heights Colonial on a cul-de-sac. Lower level has great additional space-use your imagination. Lake Isle membership eligibility & Cottle Schools. Walking distance to restaurants, shops and Metro North. Close to all major highways.

Yonkers Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

949 Palmer Road #6G, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (1 Bed/1 Bath COOP)
Sold for $265,000
Beautifully redesigned, top-floor apartment — Open floor plan. Full-service doorman building. Fully wired for ethernet, surround sound, wifi & cable-with recessed lighting throughout. One block from Bronxville Village.

COOP For Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Westchester Avenue #1Q, White Plains (1 Bed/1 Bath COOP)
Sold for $243,000
Beautiful sun-drenched corner apartment in lovely Pre-war Dutch Tudor Building. Fully renovated. Laundry in building. Pet friendly. Close to park, shopping and public transportation.

Bronxville Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

949 Palmer Road #6E, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (1 Bed/1 Bath COOP)
Sold for $240,000
Beautiful over-sized sun-filled apartment. Hardwood floors through-out, high ceilings and matching wood built-ins. Walk to everything in Bronxville –train, shops and restaurants.

PENDING:

Bronxville Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

1 Bolton Gardens, Bronxville (4 Bed/2 Bath Townhouse)
Listed for $1,315,000
On the market for the first time in 30 years. Townhouse is located in the heart of the Bronxville Village and is one of the few coveted corner units with a large private patio. Open Chef’s kitchen and glass doors to a lovely flagstone patio. HOA includes one assigned on-site parking space, heat, snow removal and outside maintenance.

Eastchester Single Family Home

 

 

 

 

 

8 Myrtle Place, Eastchester (4 Bed/3 Bath)
Listed for $915,000
Located in the highly sought-after Oakridge neighborhood of Eastchester. 8 Myrtle Place has great curb appeal and much to offer — beautiful open chef’s kitchen, a formal dining room and an inviting living room with fireplace. The large & level backyard features a blue stone patio accessible through French doors in the kitchen. Walk to all that Eastchester that has to offer. Eligible for Lake Isle Country Club membership too.

Westchester County Single Family Home

 

 

 

 

 

19 Scenic Lane, Yonkers (3 Bed/3 Bath/1 Half Bath Townhome)
Listed for $850,000
Winchester Village-spacious townhome in a gated community. Absolutely beautiful home. Two car garage.

Lower level boasts an amazing family room with fireplace and a fully renovated bath, laundry room and storage.

Enjoy all of the amenities Winchester Village has to offer including pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, playground, and fitness center. Close proximity to shopping, restaurants, and all major highways. Just move in.

Bronxville PO/Yonkers Condo

 

 

 

 

 

134 Texas Avenue, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/1 Bath/1 Half Bath CONDO)Listed for $499,000
Bright and sunny Townhouse style end unit at the Greentree Condominium complex. Sit back, relax and enjoy nature at its finest from your second-floor balcony. Crown molding throughout. Central Air Conditioning.

Open floor plan. Washer/dryer. Park around the corner. Pet friendly. And a commuter’s dream close to both Fleetwood and Bronxville Metro North train stations.

Yonkers Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

43 Agnola Street, Tuckahoe PO/Yonkers (2 Bed/1 Bath)
Listed for $499,000
Great opportunity to create your own slice of heaven in the much desired neighborhood of Crestwood. This quaint single family became available for the first time in 50 years. Bring your renovation ideas to this sweet home with great curb appeal, large stone patio, side-yard and driveway parking for multiple cars. And low taxes!

Bronxville PO/Yonkers COOP

 

 

 

 

 

9 Brooklands #2C, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (2 Bed/1 Bath COOP)
Listed for $339,000
Welcome to the highly regarded Brooklands complex built in 1927. Meticulously manicured park like grounds. This spacious and light-filled unit has hardwood floors throughout with a floor-to-ceiling French door in the living room that opens onto a Juliet balcony. Immediate parking on the grounds. Laundry and storage in the basement. Community garden. Five-minute walk to Bronxville and the Metro North Station.

Bronxville COOP

 

 

 

 

 

900 Palmer Road #2L, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (2 Bed/2 Bath COOP)
Listed for $289,000
Small town living with a big city feel…..welcome to The Winchester. This bright and sunny corner unit has parquet floors throughout, open large living room with spacious dining area and walk-through kitchen with French doors. Great storage. Sizeable closets. Minutes to Bronxville Village and Metro North Station. The Winchester has a Door Person and the Superintendent lives on site as an additional convenience.

Bronxville COOP for Sale

 

 

 

 

 

1430 Midland Avenue #5E, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (2 Bed/1Bath COOP)
Listed for $ 265,000
Welcome to Oxford Gardens- Beautiful large apartment in excellent condition with new sound resistant windows. This unit has large entry foyer, tons of natural light and gorgeous hardwood floors throughout.

 

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20 William Street #2A, Mt. Vernon (1Bed/1 Bath)
Listed for $149,000
Melissa Court is a charming brick Tudor building with a lovely court yard and a large communal rear lawn.

Apartment has tree top views. Renovated kitchen. Hardwood floors. Crown and floor moldings. Modern light fixtures. Cedar closet. Live in Super. Bike room. Doorbell w/ video app available for phone. 20 minute Uber ride to NYC. Fleetwood Metro North  Station is 1/3 of a mile from the unit.

NEW LISTINGS:

Mt. Vernon Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

141 Main Street Unit A, Tuckahoe (3 Bed/3 Bath/1 Half Bath Townhouse)
Listed for $1,175,000
A Townhouse like no other! Room to spare in this bright and sunny corner unit with 11′ ceilings

Steps to nearby playground, tennis, basketball, and all that Tuckahoe, Crestwood and Bronxville have to offer. Commuter’s dream…2 blocks to the Tuckahoe Metro North Station with 30 minutes service to Grand Central. Convenient to shops, restaurants, fitness centers…..Enjoy Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway and biking, walking, and jogging on the Pathway all year long. Eligible for membership to Lake Isle Country Club.

 

Houlihan & O’Malley has experience in every area of real estate — Buying, Selling, Renting — Houses, Condos, COOPS, etc. Call us.

 

HOULIHAN & O’MALLEY RE DECEMBER ‘21/JANUARY ‘22 ACTIVITY

mount vernon real estate

Houlihan & O’Malley ended 2021 on a high note and we are looking forward to a great 2022.  Like 2021 we expect the year to be an interesting one in the Westchester County area.  And, our highly experienced agents are here to help you navigate the real estate market whether you are looking to buy or sell.

SOLD:

Yonkers COOP for Sale

 

 

 

 

 

25 Parkview Avenue Unit 3L, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (1 Bed/1 Bath COOP)
Sold for $305,000
This oversized apartment features a recently updated kitchen-quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a marble backsplash. Open floorplan, custom woodwork, abundant storage, formal dining area, hardwood floors, and a working fireplace make this apartment perfect for the today’s buyer. Move right in. Minutes to Bronxville train and shopping.

99-101 Hawthorne Avenue, Yonkers (Land)
Sold for $700,000
These lots are located on the corner of Hawthorne Avenue and Vark Street — 11,599 SF combined. They are in a Medium Density Urban Residential District, UR-MD. Permitted Uses include: 5 story apartment building, town houses and 2 family homes.

Bronxville real estate

 

 

 

 

 

23 Gard Avenue, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/2 Bath/1 Half Bath)
Sold for $790,000
Classic 1930’s colonial is in move-in condition with many upgrades throughout. There is a gracious entry foyer, a large living room with fireplace, a den, an office, a formal dining room, an eat-in kitchen and powder room. The second floor has a primary bedroom suite with full bath and a private terrace, two additional bedrooms, a nursery and hall bath. The walk up third floor is bonus space. Short 10 minute walk to the Village of Bronxville and its Metro North Train station.

mount vernon real estate

 

 

 

 

 

134 Rich Avenue, Mount Vernon (3 Bed/2 Bath)
Sold for $565,000
Two -family with Central A/C, hardwood floors throughout, 2 electric and 2 gas meters, a level lot with mature plantings featuring a 2-car detached garage and parking for at least 8 cars! Large lower level with access to the covered patio and backyard.

PENDING:

1085 Boston Post Road Unit #3, Rye (2 Bed/1 Bath COOP)
Listed for $320,000
Stylish Co-op in downtown Rye, convenient to everything. Former School House with lots of charm. Near Train Station, Library, shops and all that Rye has to offer. NO FEE laundry, bike storage, and personal storage. Move right in and enjoy!

30 Greenridge Avenue #2D, White Plains (2 Bed/2 Bath Condo)
Listed for $449,000
This Doorman building is close to all that White Plains has to offer yet lives like the suburbs. This spacious and well laid out space has much to offer — large rooms, ample closet space and amazing natural light. Includes a private terrace perfect for entertaining or just winding down with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. And pet friendly too.

Bronxville PO/Yonkers COOP

 

 

 

 

 

26 Pondfield Road West Unit A/B, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/2 Bath COOP)
Listed for $489,000
This is the new home you have been waiting for! A fully renovated unit with your own FRONT DOOR! This UBER chic apartment home is the result of a full high-quality renovation. The pictures say it all.

Walk to everything Bronxville has to offer.

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3 Stoneleigh Plaza Unit #3B, Bronxville (2 Bed/2 Bath COOP)
Listed – $599,900
Stoneleigh is the premier co-op in the Village of Bronxville. This apartment has both southern and eastern exposures and receives abundant natural light. The classic layout provides a large dining area, kitchen and an over-sized living room. Unit has its own terrace too!

Eastchester Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

72 Pondfield Road W. #5F, Bronxville (2 Bed/2 Bath COOP)
Listed – $755,000
Enjoy a turnkey lifestyle and the amenities of a full-service building right in the heart of Bronxville. This spacious sun filled apartment offers a wonderful open floor plan including a wood burning fireplace and a sunroom with floor to ceiling windows. Assigned parking. Electricity included in the monthly maintenance. Easy stroll to shopping, restaurants, and Metro North.

Eastchester Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

27 Hathaway Road, Bronxville PO/Eastchester (4 Bed/2 Bath/1 Half Bath)
Listed – $1,495,000
Hathaway Road is tucked into a quiet neighborhood adjacent to Siwanoy Country Club. The house has been renovated with an open floor plan and even has a putting green! The entry foyer greets your guests and leads them into an impressive living room with vaulted ceilings and continues to the open dining room and fully renovated eat-in kitchen. The lower level has a wood burning fireplace, a wet bar and has access to the backyard and patio offering the perfect place for family and friends to unwind. The bonus basement space is currently a full-service gym.

NEW LISTING:

Bronxville Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

949 Palmer Road #6E, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (1 Bed/1 Bath COOP)
Listed at $249,0000
Move-in Ready! Gorgeous over-sized sun-filled apartment in a lovely pre-war building.  Hardwood floors, high ceilings and matching wood built-ins complement this apartment.  Quick walk to everything in Bronxville — train, shops and restaurants. A must see!!

When you decide to buy or sell a home, or if you hear that any of your family and friends are looking to buy or sell, be sure to take advantage of the knowledge, experience and professionalism that we offer at Houlihan & O’Malley. It will be our privilege to be your Realtor®.

 

Buying a Condominium, Pros & Cons – [Q & A WITH JOE HOULIHAN]

Buying a Coop or Condo Advice

Amout Villa Magazine recently conducted a Q&A with Joe Houlihan about buying a condo for a home, read what he had to say in this post.  And, remember to call Houlihan & O’Malley to speak with one of our expert agents about your real estate needs; buying, selling, renting, we’re here for you!

Q: What are the benefits of owning a condominium vs. a house? Drawbacks?
A: Probably the most popular benefit of owning a condominium is that you are not responsible for any outside maintenance. The condo association takes care of shoveling, snowplowing, landscaping, roofs, painting the exterior, paving, and more – all of those things that can drain your budget and your time when you own a house. Additionally, condos often come with a variety of amenities, like a clubhouse, pool, playground, basketball and tennis courts, and community center.

There are certain drawbacks to a condo, however. You lose a level of privacy, and have a lot of neighbors in very close proximity, which can be noisy. Parking can also be a challenge, depending on the development. Also, with a house, you have free reign to do what you like to the exterior and your yard. As an owner of a condo, you will belong to a homeowners association, and there are certain rules that must be followed, including items such as specified hours that workers can come to your home, exterior paint colors, and facade maintenance regulations regarding fences and plantings. Also, homeowner associations can raise fees if a huge maintenance issue comes up (e.g., windows need to be replaced).

Q: What is the difference between a condo and a co-op? What’s a better bargain in this market?
A: When you purchase a condo, you are purchasing actual real property. Co-ops are owned by a corporation, and when you purchase a co-op you are buying shares of that corporation, so you are more like an investor. Co-ops are run by boards, and have a monthly maintenance fee to cover building expenses and upkeep. Additionally, the approval process to purchase a co-op is much more onerous and time-consuming than with a condo. Finally, co-op boards often do not allow subletting at all and, if they do, the rules are very restrictive, as co-op boards want most of the building to be owner-occupied. It is much easier to purchase a condominium, and the rules are generally more relaxed. The problem buyers run into is that condos are hard to come by in certain marketplaces such as southern Westchester where Co-ops are most common.

Q: Are there any specific professions/people that seem to do better in condos?
A: People who like condos want to relieve themselves of the responsibilities of house maintenance, such as cleaning the gutters, mowing the lawn, and fixing the roof. Condos are especially suited to people who have second homes. That way they can go away for three days, or even three months, and not have to worry about such home maintenance issues as shoveling the walkway after a snowstorm.  Condos are also great for working couples, who are both so busy with their jobs that they don’t have time for maintenance issues, as well as seniors, who may not want to or physically be able to take care of their homes anymore.

2021-Westchester Real Estate-One for the Record Books

Buying a Coop or Condo Advice

Unprecedented Times – 2021

The global pandemic remains in full swing as we bring the year to a close. There have been ebbs and flows as we seem to conquer one variant and then succumb to another. The residential real estate market has had quite a ride this year as well. In the early part of the year, as vaccination rates increased, the market was ‘jubilant’ with buyers scrambling for almost every property that became available. Bidding wars dominated and first-time buyers were frustrated even if they had more than a 20% down payment.

As we got to the summer months, things got less hectic but contracts continued to get signed. In terms of the numbers — here they are hot off the press. This information is for the single-family home market in five (5) specific areas in lower Westchester.

Bronxville, Bronxville PO and Crestwood did not have a huge difference in sales volume, although the median price went up substantially. As you can see the larger impact was felt in Eastchester with a substantial increase in both volume & sales price. Tuckahoe showed a nice increase in the number of sales but the median price went down a bit.

Looking ahead-2022 should be another interesting year in real estate.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HOULIHAN & O’MALLEY NOVEMBER ‘21 ACTIVITY

Yonkers Real Estate

It’s hard to believe that we are in the holiday season and 2021 is getting ready to close out!  We hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving with their friends and family.  Houlihan & O’Malley is truly thankful for our wonderful clients and being able to help them find that perfect home or find a perfect buyer for their home.  Below, you can see November was another busy month for us!

NEW

Yonkers Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

900 Palmer Road #10-D, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (2 Bed/1 Bath COOP)
Listed at $265,000
Here is the apartment you have been waiting for – top floor with no one above you! One of the very few doorman buildings in the area. The apartment has abundant sunlight and expansive views. Large eat-in kitchen and numerous closets throughout. Metro North and Bronxville Village shopping and dining are less than a half mile away.

Yonkers Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

12 Brooklands #3L, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (1 Bed/1 Bath COOP)
Listed at $225,000
Classic Pre-War unit is located in the highly regarded Brooklands complex. This spacious and light-filled apartment has been freshly painted and the handsome hardwood floors refinished. The floor-to-ceiling French door windows in both the living room and bedroom overlook part of the beautiful grounds. Less than a five minute walk to Bronxville Village and the Metro North Station makes this a sought after location.

IN CONTRACT

Bronxville/PO Yonkers Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

8 Cassilis Avenue, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (5 Bed/3 Bath)
Listed at $849,000
Welcome to Armour Villa. This unique single-family house offers an accessory apartment “In-Law Suite” that was completely renovated in 2016. The first floor includes two bedrooms, a full bathroom, kitchen, large living room, and storage. The second floor offers three bedrooms, two full baths, large living room, dining room, kitchen, big garage, lots of storage and access to large private deck/patio. Clean and well maintained — each unit has its own private entrance and private driveway. Just a short walk to the village of Bronxville and all that it has to offer including Metro North Station. Great opportunity.

Yonkers Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

246 Bronxville Road #J4, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (1 Bed/1 Bath COOP)
Listed at $199,900
This sun-drenched apartment is located on the top floor of this lovely pre-war building. This unit offers a renovated eat-in kitchen, high ceilings, handsome moldings, beautifully finished hardwood floors and ample closet space. Building has a Live-in super and a state-of-the-art video intercom system. Less than a five-minute walk to Bronxville Village and Metro North station makes this a super convenient and desirable location. Washer/dryer units are permitted with board approval. Dog friendly too.

SOLD

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4 Hathaway Road, Bronxville (5 Bed/5 Full Baths/1 Half Bath)
Sold for $2,200,000
This house has been completely rebuilt and expanded by well-known local builder Cathal Maguire who has masterfully designed the home selecting all of the finishes with his sharp eye for quality and design. The result is a sophisticated layout with quality craftsmanship that is evident throughout. The lush private grounds with natural stone retaining walls provide ample room to install a pool. Hathaway Road is tucked into a quiet neighborhood adjacent to Siwanoy Country Club.

Eastchester Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

10 Greystone Circle, Bronxville (5 Bed/6 Full Baths/1 Half Bath)
Sold for $1,450,000
Never leave home — enjoy your very own country club lifestyle! Billiard room with TV area, a Bar/Pool room, Gym and Office, heated In-Ground Pool, Basketball Court, Stone Patio and Pergola! This home was custom built by a builder for himself and his family. Absolutely beautiful!

11 Wildway, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/4 Bath)
Sold for $995,000
1930’s Classic Colonial located on a quiet dead-end street within walking distance to Bronxville Village. Home offers many special features including an in-ground swimming pool & pool house which could be office space, gym space, entertainment space-use your imagination. Mature plantings surround the property maximizing privacy. Spacious floor plan provides lots of formal & informal space. Tons of closets. Walk-up attic provides even more storage. Lovely home.

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173 Burkewood Road, Mount Vernon (3 Bed/2 full Baths/1 Half Bath)
Sold for $820,000
Located on a cul-de-sac in the Hunt Woods area of Mt. Vernon. This modern renovated home is in move-in condition & awaits its new owner!  Upon entry, you step up to a formal living rm w/gas fireplace, a formal dining rm w/sliders to a scenic deck offering a place to unwind or entertain, and a modern eat-in kitchen. The lower level offers a spacious family.

Scarsdale Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

235 Garth Road #B5A, Scarsdale (2 Bed/1 Bath COOP)
Sold for $330,000
Beautifully updated large unit in a well-maintained doorman building. The apartment features an updated kitchen. Ample closet space. Garth Woods is wired for both cable and FIOS and all utilities (electric, gas, heat, hot water) are included in the maintenance! Short walk to the Scarsdale Metro North Train station and Scarsdale village. Join Lake Isle CC and enjoy all it has to offer and the Bronx River Trail – walking or biking practically at your front door.

The holidays are here already — take time to enjoy family and friends. And if your thoughts stray toward real estate in the new year, think of calling Houlihan & O’Malley. We are here for you and because of you.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all!

 

Making Your Home Enticing to Buyers – Part One

Buying a Coop or Condo Advice

As a Realtor®, I get lots of questions about what to do or what not to do when getting your home ready to sell. In brief, you can sell it 1) “as is” and do absolutely nothing, 2) you can make minor fixes, not spend a lot of money and get a decent market price or #3) or you can do some renovations that will definitely enhance the value of your home thereby enhancing the asking price. In order to answer this question, I am going to write the response in a series of three blogs. Here is #1

Making Your Home More Enticing to Buyers

First impressions count! Buyers begin judging your home the moment they see it. They prefer to see homes that are well-maintained, clean, and clutter-free. Home improvements should be high on your list – keeping up with needed repairs, upgrading kitchens & bathrooms (if possible), and doing even minor renovations work. All of these actions will make a big difference in the selling price.

Renovations – Which ones are market-smart?

Sometimes homeowners resist renovation work because they fear they won’t recoup the cost.
But in many cases, minor renovations will more than pay for themselves.

Here are a few “market-smart makeovers” you might consider:

  • Kitchens — consider putting in new flooring, counter tops, appliances and lighting, as buyers typically look for updated kitchens. You’ll recover a large percentage of your expenses upon resale.
  • Bathrooms — opt for good lighting, large mirrors, attractive fixtures and materials, plenty of storage, and paint using neutral colors.
  • Energy-Efficient Improvement’s – Think “green”! Energy saving upgrades and repairs that reduce fuel bills can be a real selling point.

When considering renovations in anticipation of selling, there are two important rules: don’t over renovate, and be careful not to make renovations which please you personally. Remember your prepping your house to sell. This is where working with the right Real estate professional pays off. They can advise you on what’s trending with new buyers and where best to spend your money.

Joe
Broker/Owner
Houlihan & O’Malley Real Estate Services

Next month – SMALL UPGRADES AND REPAIRS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE

HOULIHAN & O’MALLEY JULY/AUGUST ‘21 ACTIVITY

Yonkers Real Estate

The Summer continued to be a busy time for real estate in Westchester County.  The agents at Houlihan & O’Malley helped several clients successfully buy, sell or rent homes during the months of July and August.  We’re ready to help you too!  Find out why our clients’ love to work with us, give us a call.

SOLD/RENTED:

Yonkers Single Family Home

 

 

 

 

 

25 Wilbur Place, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (5 Bed/4 Bath/1 Half Bath)
Sold for $1,103,500
Walking distance to the Village of Bronxville. First floor includes a private sunlit office and an over-sized kitchen with center island, a large eat-in area and adjacent mud room (a must see). All the bathrooms are amazing! The finished basement has great additional living space. The outside space includes a beautiful patio.

Bronxville Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

56 Pondfield Road West #4C, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/2 Bath)
Sold for $530,000
Great location! This spacious unit has it all – lots of natural light, a wood burning fireplace, hardwood floors, and just a short walk to Bronxville Village with a 30-minute commute to NYC. Unpack and exhale…

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234 Westchester Avenue, Tuckahoe PO/Yonkers (4 Bed/1 Bath/1 Half Bath)
Sold for $632,250
Located in the heart of Crestwood, this house has just finished undergoing some major upgrades and is ready for you to move right in. It’s less than a ten-minute walk to the Crestwood Metro North Station and nearby parks, shopping, and major highways.

90 Ogden Avenue, White Plains (4 Bed/2 Bath)
Sold for $699,000
Spacious & inviting colonial sits on a gracious tree lined street, in the heart of the upper Highlands! Inviting screened porch, Verdant lawn and wood burning fireplace make this charming house a home to enjoy every season of the year.

68 E. Hartsdale Avenue #1M, Hartsdale (1 Bed/1 Bath)
Sold for $175,000
Welcome to Country Club Apartments — beautiful pre-war building! This unit boasts attractive hardwood floors, a walk-in closet, a fireplace and golf course views! Enjoy many amenities too — Live-in super, in-house laundromat, fitness center, and storage units just to name a few. Easy access to all that Hartsdale Avenue has to offer with only a 40-minute commute to NYC via Metro-North.

Hartsdale Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

68 E. Hartsdale Avenue Unit S3, Hartsdale (2 Bed/2 Bath)
Sold for $440,000
Two units combined into one grand home that lives like a house with none of the work! Primary BR w/bath, 2 WI closets, bonus room & separate entrance. Foyer converts to private guestroom w/Murphy bed & bath. Loft overlooks the Living Room with its over-sized windows bordering a 16′ stone fireplace.  Live-in Super, 24-hr laundry & gym, bike room & storage.

157 Chatfield Road, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/1 Bath/1 Half Bath) Single Family
Sold for 714,000
Feels like Cottage-style living in this 1925 Colonial located in the Armour Villa section of Yonkers. Home sits among Birches, Cherry tree’s and handsome Hollies. This lovely home is proximate to RR, Shops & Schools.

79 Locust Avenue, Cortlandt Manor (2 Bed/1 Bath/1 Half Bath) Single Family
Sold for $449,000
Excellent location! This perfectly pristine home lives large. The basement is an excellent bonus with laundry, storage and a half bath. Step outside to your own peaceful retreat.   A unique parcel-convenient and affordable.

 105 Garth Road #2G, Scarsdale (2 Bed/1 Bath) COOP
Sold for $395,000
Spacious apartment in a beautiful prewar building. Walk to Scarsdale village, shops and metro North Train with a 35 minutes ride to Grand Central Terminal. Eligible to join the Town’s Lake Isle Park.

Bronxville Real Estate Agency

 

 

 

 

 

94 Kensington Road, Bronxville (4 Bed/2 Bath/2 Half Bath Rental)
Rented for $8,050/month
Your choice-Bronxville or Tuckahoe Schools! This rental is unique in that it offers two buildings on the same lot- a 1,863sf home and a separate 360sf studio with bathroom. Enjoy a walking lifestyle with steps to both Bronxville and Tuckahoe Villages.

Mt. Vernon Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

10 Alden Place Unit 4B, Bronxville PO/Mt. Vernon (2 Bed/1 Bath Rental)
Rented for $2,900/month
Fabulous Alden Place apartment with tree top views. This Bronxville PO/Mt. Vernon School District, is on the top floor of a walk-up building. Lovely renovated apartment. Quick walk to everything in Bronxville.

35 S. Broadway Unit G5, Irvington (1 Bed/1 Bath Rental)
Rented for $2,000/month
Spacious apartment in well cared for complex. Beautiful hardwood floors. Updated kitchen and bathroom. Laundry room in complex. Plenty of parking at no extra charge. A nice garden community close to the river on a private cul-de-sac.  Short walk to train and downtown Irvington.

PENDING:

Eastchester Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

10 Greystone Circle, Bronxville PO/Eastchester (5 Bed/6 Bath/1 Half Bath)
Listed for $1,550,000
Enjoy your very own country club life style. Your mini estate sits on a manicured lot, with over 4,000sf of living space and an additional 1,756sf more on the lower level which includes a Billiard room with TV area, a Bar/Pool room, Gym, and Office. Heated In-Ground Pool, Basketball Court, Heated Garage, and Pergola are just some of the many perks this home has to offer.

Imt. vernon single family home 

 

 

 

 

173 Burkewood Road, Mount Vernon (3 Bed/2 Bath)
Listed for $809,000
Lovely home located on a cul-de-sac in the Hunt Woods Park section of Fleetwood. Modern renovated home is in move-in condition & awaits its new owner! Upon entry, you step up to a formal living room with gas fireplace, a formal dining room with access to scenic deck. This home has much to offer.

Scarsdale Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

235 Garth Road #B5A, Scarsdale (2 Bed/1 Bath)
Listed for $335,000
Beautiful updated unit in a well maintained, doorman building. Electric, gas, heat, and hot water are included in the maintenance! Short walk to all that Scarsdale Village has to offer. As a resident, you are entitled to join the Lake Isle CC.

Bronxville single family home

 

 

 

 

 

5 Bogert Place, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/1 Bath/1 Half Bath)
Listed for $799,000
This house has just been updated and is ready for the next family. Upgrades include a complete interior paint job, a new kitchen and refurbished floors. Third floor has amazing bonus space. Delightful slate patio and yard. Basement has a rec room, laundry, utilities. All of this within an easy walk to the Village of Bronxville.

35 Weaver Street, Scarsdale (3 Bed/3 Bath)
Listed for $799,000
Well maintained Center Hall Colonial. Close to school, shopping center, parkways, etc. Hardwood floors throughout plus a wood-burning fireplace. Cozy den/office and French door to the dining room. Eat-in kitchen with door to level, fenced-in yard. Walkout basement has large bonus room with a full bath. Move in ready!

Westchester Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

25 Stebbins Avenue, Eastchester (3 Bed/2 Bath/1 Half Bath) Single Family
List for $1,250,000
Welcome to the heart of Bronxville Manor. This sun-lit Colonial has been fully renovated offering a fantastic open floor plan. Home has been meticulously maintained and everything has been upgraded. Close your eyes – you’re home!

11 Wildway, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/4 Bath)
Listed for $959,000
Classic 1930’s Colonial is located on a quiet dead-end street within walking distance to Bronxville Village. Home offers many special features including an IN-GROUND SWIMMING and POOL HOUSE which can be made into a home office or guest space. Mature plantings surround the property maximizing privacy. Short commute to NYC.

Yonkers Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

15 Alden Avenue, Yonkers (3 Bed/1 Bath) Single Family
Listed for $679,000
You just found the house you’ve been looking for. This well-maintained Colonial offers many modern upgrades yet sill provides its original 1921 charm. Everything has been upgraded. Move right in!

NEW LISTINGS:

tuckahoe real estate

 

 

 

 

 

1 Elm Street #4D, Tuckahoe (3 Bed/1 Bath CONDO)
Listed for $524,000
Commuter’s dream-just one block from Metro North. MOVE-IN CONDITION. This unit is bright and cheerful. Convenient to shops, restaurants, fitness centers.  Enjoy Bicycle Sundays on the BRP and walking/jogging on the BRP Path year-round. Option to join Lake Isle CC.

312 Main Street #4A, White Plains [1Bed/1 Bath CONDO (Jr. 4)]
Listed for $285,500
Gorgeous Pre-war CONDO in prime location in White Plains on a beautiful residential street. Corner unit with lots of natural light throughout. Walking distance to downtown WP and The Westchester Mall. Common laundry in basement. Great investment opportunity as you can rent it out.

Bronxville real estate

 

 

 

 

 

23 Gard Avenue, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/2 Bath/1 Half Bath)
Listed for $812,000
This classic 1930’s colonial is in move-in condition with many upgrades throughout. You will find wonderful privacy and spectacular views from the slate patio. Walk to all that Bronxville has to offer.

931 Palmer Road Unit O, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (1 Bed/1 Bath Rental)
Rented for $1900/month

Let one of our experienced agents help make your next real estate experience a great one!

 

 

Joe’s Corner – Houlihan & O’Malley Real Estate Services

Buying a Coop or Condo Advice

How We Sometimes Operate like a Concierge Service

Concierge Services aren’t just for hotels. This is a white-glove level of service designed to prompt next-level customer loyalty. And that’s how Houlihan & O’Malley operates on many occasions. Primarily, clients view a concierge as a trusted advisor — even in Real Estate, someone who can make recommendations or suggestions about who to use for new windows, plumbing issues, getting a dumpster, or just something as simple as who to call for a small paint job.

A Real Estate Concierge assists clients by performing various tasks such as:

  • Picking up mail for the owners while out of town
  • Turning the lights on and off (before & after showings)
  • Turning the alarm off and on (before & after showings)
  • Commissioning handyman services
  • Coordinating repairs with the appropriate service people; Locating hard-to-find trades people — Locksmiths, Stain Glass Repair, etc.
  • House Cleaning Services
  • Landscapers/Lawn Services
  • Organization/De-cluttering
  • Decorating Help
  • Staging

These services are extremely invaluable to a homeowner.

Even something as simple as getting your house documents that are on file in your town building department. Before we meet our clients, we go to the building department to obtain all the paperwork on the house — checking for closed & open permits, Certificate of Occupancy (CO), etc.  We have great relationships with many of the local building departments, whereas most individuals do not even know where to go.

That is what concierge services are all about. If we can’t do it, we’ll find someone who can.

Houlihan & O’Malley Real Estate Services has been around for 30+ years-we are a small boutique agency, family owned and operated with local talent and commitment to all!

HOULIHAN & O’MALLEY MAY ‘21 ACTIVITY

Eastchester Real Estate

The May Real Estate Market was very busy for Houlihan & O’Malley!  Our experienced agents helped several clients buy and sell homes in the area. We strive to make sure every real estate transaction for our clients is seamless for them and our years of work in Westchester County and the NY area help us do this for them.

SOLD:

Yonkers Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

538 Kimball Avenue, Yonkers (2 Bed/1 Bath) Single Family
Sold for $480,000
‘Home Sweet Home’ on Kimball Avenue. This gem of a house has been lovingly cared for by the same family for the past 29 years. Great ‘starter’ house or ‘downsizing’ house.

Bronxville Apartment for Sale

 

 

 

 

 

280 Bronxville Road Unit 8-O, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (1 Bed/1 Bath) COOP
Sold for $237,000
Lovely apartment with its own outside space and walking distance to all that Bronxville has to offer. Truly unique and very special – this oversized one bedroom is perched on the 8th floor of the building with expansive eastern views from its very own terrace.

100 E. Hartsdale Avenue Unit 4FE, Hartsdale (1 Bed/1 Bath) COOP
Sold for $187,000
Commuter’s dream. Plenty of room to work from home. Close to all major highways, transportation, restaurants, shops, etc.

10 Arlington Road Unit 1A, Yonkers (1 Bed/1 Bath) COOP
Sold for $112,500
Bryn Mawr Ridge is a well-maintained complex with manicured grounds. Close to NYC Express, shopping at Ridge Hill and all Central Avenue has to offer.

PENDING:

157 Chatfield Road, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/1 Bath/1 Half Bath) Single Family
List Price $714,000
Cottage style living in this 1925 Colonial in Armour Villa. Lovely home surrounded by lots of trees. Close to everything-RR, Shops & Schools.

Hartsdale Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

68 E. Hartsdale Avenue Unit S3, Hartsdale (2 Bed/2 Bath) COOP
List Price $449,000
RARE OPPORTUNITY! Spacious Duplex with private yard/patio in an ideal walking location. Close to everything -Metro North train, shopping & restaurants. Two units combined into one grand home that lives like a house without the work! Gorgeous 16’ fireplace.

68 E. Hartsdale Avenue Unit 1M, Hartsdale (1 Bed/1 Bath) COOP
List Price $179,975
Welcome to Country Club Apartments-a pet friendly, pre-war building!  Enjoy many amenities, including in-building laundromat, fitness center, storage units, garage parking, and a live-in super. Easy access to everything including Metro North Train with a 30-minute commute to NYC.

80 E. Hartsdale Avenue Unit 301, Hartsdale (Studio) COOP
List Price $109,000
Spacious Studio! Move right in!

ACTIVE:

Eastchester Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

10 Greystone Circle, Bronxville PO/Eastchester (5 Bed/6 Bath/1 Half Bath) Single Family
List Price $1,800,000
Never leave home — enjoy YOUR VERY OWN COUNTRY CLUB LIFESTYLE! Billiard room with TV area, a Bar/Pool room, Gym and Office, heated In-Ground Pool, Basketball Court, Stone Patio and Pergola! This home was custom built by a builder for himself and his family. A must see!

Tuckahoe PO/Yonkers Single Family Home

 

 

 

 

 

234 Westchester Avenue, Tuckahoe PO/Yonkers (4 Bed/1 Bath/1 Half Bath) Single Family
List Price $599,000
Welcome to the heart of Crestwood. This house has just finished undergoing some major upgrades including a new roof, new driveway, refinished hardwood floors, and freshly painted inside and out. Move in ready! Ten-minute walk to the Crestwood Metro North Station and nearby parks, shopping, and major highways.

Bronxville PO/Yonkers COOP

 

 

 

 

 

26 Pondfield Road West Unit A/B, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/2 Bath) COOP
List Price $529,000
This is the new home you have been waiting for! A fully renovated unit with your own FRONT DOOR! This UBER chic apartment home is the result of a full high-quality renovation. The pictures say it all.

Walk to everything Bronxville has to offer. A must see!

Bronxville COOP

 

 

 

 

 

1 Stoneleigh Unit 1S, Bronxville (1 Bed/1 Bath) COOP
List Price $250,000
Bronxville has often been described as the prettiest Village in Westchester. Stoneleigh is located at the Village’s heart. Walk to everything. Outdoor parking is immediately available; short waitlist for garage. On-site super.

Mt. Vernon Real Estate

 

 

 

 

 

10 Alden Place Unit 4B, Bronxville PO/Mt. Vernon (2 Bed/1 Bath) Rental
List Price $3,100/month
Fabulous Alden Place apartment with tree top views. This Bronxville PO/Mt. Vernon School District apartment is on the top floor of a walk-up building. Freshly painted with beautifully finished hardwood floors. Best of all it is a five-minute walk to Bronxville. Building has its own laundry facility on site.

Houlihan & O’Malley is Bronxville’s Boutique Real Estate Agency! Try our unique services-we’ve got you covered from the beginning of your real estate transaction to the end!