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By Donald Mituzas | Agent in Katonah, NY
  • Serene Country Hideaway with Pool & Guest House on 11+ Acres

    Posted Under: General Area in Brewster, Home Buying in Brewster  |  September 15, 2012 8:38 AM  |  960 views  |  No comments

    Serene Country Hideaway

    Wonderful country hideaway with pool and guest house on 11+ acres. Located off a quiet country lane this property offers the serenity sought after by those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life. Extremely private. Main house is approximately 1800 sf and the one bedroom guest house includes a open living room w/cathedral ceilings and sleeping loft. 2 Separate tax lots of 5+ a. Each. Large, private in-ground pool w/bluestone patio. $675k.
  • Just Listed - Sophisticated Contemporary w/Pool, Spa & Koi Pond w/Waterfall

    Posted Under: General Area in Brewster, Home Buying in Brewster, Home Selling in Brewster  |  July 9, 2011 5:33 AM  |  945 views  |  No comments


    Sophisticated custom contemporary on almost an acre of beautifully landscaped property w/very private, heated Gunite pool w/spa & waterfall. A true contemporary w/soaring ceilings & walls of windows. New kitchen w/top line stainless appliances. Wonderful master suite w/FP. Livingroom w/cathedral ceilings & marble fireplace. Light & bright lower level family room with fireplace walks out to very private pool w/spa. Well designed gardens w/specimen plantings everywhere and a waterfall that empties into Koi Pond. Indoor and outdoor stereo system. Truly your own paradise. Minutes to train. $750k


  • Home Sellers: Cut to the Chase in Home Repairs and Upgrades

    Posted Under: General Area, Home Buying, Home Selling  |  January 29, 2011 9:39 AM  |  284 views  |  No comments

        2011 opens as a strong buyer’s market so home sellers must be on their toes to give their homes maximum appeal. Not only should sellers complete the home repairs they know must be made, they should also hire a certified home inspector to thoroughly and impartially evaluate their properties.

    If this inspection results in a fix-it list, review the list with your real estate professional to establish necessities and priorities. Depending on your budget and objectives, you may want to repair only items that could cause significant deterioration to your property, such as a leaky roof. Ideally, the closer you can get your home to “move-in-ready” status, the more likely you are to attract today’s cautious and discerning buyers.    

    Among the most common repairs and enhancements yielding immediate buyer appeal include:

    ·     Paint inside and outside in neutral colors

    ·     Steam clean or replace carpets

    ·     Polish or replace hardwood floors

    ·     Clean or re-grout kitchen and bathrooms

    ·     Replace light fixtures

    ·     Change light bulbs throughout and replace wall-switch covers

    ·     Repair dripping faucets

    ·     Fix sticking doors

    ·     Repair broken fencing

    Home sellers wanting to do more should consider the findings of Remodeling magazine’s 2010-’11 Cost vs. Value Report, released in December 2010. The survey used input from REALTORS in 80 cities to rank home remodeling projects according to those that bring the greatest cost recovered at sale.

    Many of the top projects focus on exterior replacements, as replacements are generally less expensive than other types of projects and they add all-important curb appeal – essential for today’s competitive market or any other.

    The Top Five projects in the Cost vs. Value Report include:

    No. 1 – Entry door replacement (steel)

    No. 2 – Garage door replacement (four-section door, reuse existing motorized opener)

    No. 3 – Siding replacement (fiber-cement siding)

    No. 4 – Kitchen remodel (minor: new cabinet doors, drawers and hardware, plus new energy-efficient appliances, flooring, counters, sink and faucet)

    No. 5 – Deck addition (wood)

    When the dust clears and projects are complete, be sure that you and your real estate professional document your repairs and enhancements, and share the report with prospective buyers. Walk prospects through the enhancements and include their costs.

    A home in good condition demonstrates pride of ownership. Taking the time to make enhancements helps ensure your home is presented in its best-possible light, primed  for sale.
  • I'm now officially an Associate Broker with Prudential Douglas Elliman

    Posted Under: General Area in Katonah, Home Buying in Katonah, Home Selling in Katonah  |  January 19, 2011 8:14 PM  |  477 views  |  1 comment
    It's official! My license has been switched over at the Department of State. My MLS membership has been changed. Yesterday I started moving in to my new office. 

    What an exciting time! Moving to a great company, Prudential Douglas Elliman just as they're completing their acquisition of another great company, Prudential Holmes and Kennedy. Ever get that great feeling that you're just in the right place at the right time. I feel that way all day long. It's such a perfect fit as so many people from all parts of NYC buy homes in Westchester. With the tremendous presence Prudential Douglas Elliman has in the NYC area it will truly be a marketing asset for those in Westchester looking to sell a home and will provide the service Elliman customers in Manhattan expect when looking for a home north of the city. The best of both worlds.

    What a great day!


  • Joining Prudential Douglas Elliman

    Posted Under: General Area in Katonah, Home Buying in Katonah, Home Selling in Katonah  |  January 7, 2011 12:47 PM  |  422 views  |  1 comment

    I am pleased to announce that shortly I will be joining Prudential Douglas Elliman in their Katonah office. Prudential Douglas Elliman is New York's largest broker and possesses both a great management team and great marketing team.

    Recently Prudential Douglas Elliman purchased the five offices of Prudential Holmes & Kennedy located in Katonah, Bedford, Armonk, Chappaqua and Somers. The client base of both companies made this a natural acquisition for PDE. There is also a great fit as many of the home buyers in these areas are moving north from NYC and the networking connections between PDE agents in NYC those agents in Westchester will result in great service for their clients.


  • Where to go on Halloween

    Posted Under: General Area in Brewster, Home Buying in Brewster, In My Neighborhood in Brewster  |  October 31, 2010 5:31 AM  |  673 views  |  No comments
    Where do you go on Halloween? One of the favorite places around here is Brewster Village and the Yard Haunt. They deck this place out every year and the kids love it. They also ask for donations of food which they give to a local food pantry. They gather hundreds of pounds of food every year. The surrounding area is also very festive for Halloween

    Above is Dr. Demento's lab where he operates.

    Above is the entrance and one of the grave yards. Some of the grave stones have names like "Paul Barer" etc.

    You can see more at their web site below.
  • Foreclosure Filings Drop in Westchester & Putnam Counties

    Forclosure Filings Drop in Westchester & Putnam Counties
    Forclosure filings have dropped 25% in Putnam County and 23% in Westchester County in August over August of 2009. This was after a 29.8% and 21.8% drop in July. Prices have stablilized in many towns in the area and are showing increases in others. It seems the worst is over and a recovery has begun in the area. Although on a national level job growth has been a sore spot in the economy, the local area seems to be in better shape.
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