Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn New York home’

Save Money, Save Energy, Save the Earth at Your Brooklyn Home

Monday, September 19th, 2011


Save Money,Save Energy,Save The Earth


Saving money and saving the planet go hand-in-hand. It’s all about being thoughtful, creative, and into DIY – doing it yourself. Here are some ways you can save money, Save Money, Save Energy, Save the Earth at Your Brooklyn Home

  • Be seasonal. Dress, cook and eat according to the weather. If it’s hot outside, dress accordingly, and keep the thermostat in the high 70s. Don’t use the oven in summertime; eat and drink cold fare. When it’s cold, wear a sweater, and keep the temperature in your Brooklyn home in the high 60s. Winter is the time to bake and to eat warm, hearty food.
  • Use a clothesline. The clothes dryer is an energy hog. Let the sun and wind do it instead. Go ahead and fluff the wet laundry briefly in the dryer on the air fluff cycle before hanging it. You’ll be surprised how fast your sheets will dry, and how smooth your clothes come out, compared to the rumpled look they get from the dryer. And the truly fresh scent beats the cloying smell of fabric sheets any day.
  • Keep air filters clean. Professionals recommend that you check the filters on the air conditioner and furnace in your Brooklyn home once a month, and clean or replace when needed. This will keep your heating and cooling systems working efficiently and extend their life.
  • Grow your own. Farmer’s markets are great, but there’s nothing like going right outside the door of your own  home to get the freshest ingredients for your meals. Even if you’re an apartment dweller, you can grow fresh herbs (and more) in pots.
  • Use cloth diapers. If you don’t want your child to live next to the disposable diaper landfill in 20 years, don’t create it today.
  • Get rid of the gas-hog. Still driving an SUV or truck? Don’t be fuelish. Trade it in for a used car that gets over 30 mpg.

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Brooklyn Real Estate Deals of the Week!

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Three Bedroom Condo Price Reduced!

Price Adjusted Today!

Located in one of Brooklyn’s finest neighborhoods, Marine Park. A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit with deeded parking.  A short walk to Marine Park as well as shopping, banking and transportation. The asking price was just reduced to make a good deal. For more information and a private showing call  718/253-9600 EXT 206 or email me at [email protected]

Prime Marine Park location

Price Reduced by $40,000

Prime Marine Park Brooklyn location! Detached 40 x 100 Lot, 3 Bedroom Duplex, with large living room, dining room, kitchen, sun room, over semi-finished basement.

Private driveway, garage and large rear yard. Come see and Compare! For more information and a private showing call  718/253-9600 EXT 206 or email me at [email protected]

Great Kensington/Boro Park location

Kensington Location! Close to All!

Walk to F  train-Subway – Great Kensington/Boro Park location on quiet tree lined block. Detached side hall entrance 4 bedroom, 1 family with 2 room hospitality suite in basement, new modern kitchen with oak flooring throughout main floor. New 2nd floor bath, new gas, new heat. Full finished attic storage. Great for growing family! For more information and a private showing call  718/253-9600 EXT 206 or email me at [email protected]

Nestled in The Brooklyn Community of Bergen Beach!

Attention Land Lovers! Trees Do Grow In Brooklyn!

Your fantasy can become realty in this brick Mini Mansion fully detached on huge 80 x 100 landscaped property, located in the heart of Bergen Beach Brooklyn. This home offers every amenity possible, central air, in ground pool, state of the art kitchen and baths. This amazing home must be Seen!!! For more information and a private showing call  718/253-9600 EXT 206 or email me at [email protected]

Like Brooklyn? Land? and Income? Check this out!

Brooklyn’s Best Real Estate Deal!

Spacious Detached two family home with  a walk in apartment private driveway and garage ,throw in the basement and the over 7000 square ft. property and what a deal! For more information and a private showing call  718/253-9600 EXT 206 or email me at [email protected]

One Family Detached in Brooklyn's Midwood Community

Pristine Midwood Home!

Price adjusted as of today ! A real must see if !

If you are looking for a beautiful detached 1 family in a great location, call me today 718/253-9600 ext. 206  or email me for details on this prime Brooklyn Property!

Whether you have questions about the above Brooklyn New York  home for sale, or looking for something else I can help.  Please give Charles D’Alessandro Your Brooklyn Realtor® with Fillmore Real Estate a call today at 718/253-9600 ext 206 or email me at [email protected].  I’ll give you a free home price  analysis to determine how much your home is worth in today’s market.

5 Steps to Selling Your Brooklyn New York as a Home Short Sale

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Short Sale vs. Foreclosure on your Brooklyn Home

Although selling your Brooklyn New York home as a short sale probably isn’t what you’d prefer, it may be the best option for you.  The good news is that short sales are becoming the preferred option for lenders hampered by the huge number of  Brooklyn foreclosures.

To get you started on your short sale journey, here’s the condensed version of how to sell your Brooklyn home as a short sale:

  1. Hire an experienced real estate professional. Find a real estate attorney and/or agent who have successfully closed a lot of short sales.  Additionally, REALTORS® with the Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation have a thorough understanding of how to assist their clients in foreclosure avoidance options. Having experienced professionals guide you through the process is crucial to your success.  You want them working for you as soon as possible because they’ll be communicating and negotiating with your lender.
  2. Start now. As soon as you know you can no longer afford your home, hire your real estate professionals and get started.  The longer you wait to get the short sale process started, the harder it’s going to be.  Like everything in life, the more options you have the better off you are.  Don’t wait until foreclosure is your only option.
  3. Prove to your lender that you’re truly a financial hardship case. If you just want to stop paying your mortgage, you won’t be able to sell your home as a short sale.  You must prove you honestly cannot afford your home by giving your lender a:
    1. Detailed financial worksheet documenting your expenses and income.
    2. Copy of your income tax returns for at least the last two years.
    3. Hardship letter providing details about why you cannot pay your mortgage.
  4. Submit Letter of Authorization.  Write a letter to your lender giving him permission to talk with your real estate professionals about your loan.  Include the names of all the borrowers and their social security numbers, your real estate professionals’ names and contact information, your home’s address and loan reference number.
  5. Take the advice of your real estate professionals. You hired them for their expertise.  Now, take their advice and allow the pros to guide you the rest of the way through this process.

Whether you have questions about short sales, foreclosures or traditional Brooklyn New York  home sales, I can help.  Please give Charles D’Alessandro Your Brooklyn Realtor® with Fillmore Real Estate a call today at (718) 253-9600 ext 206 or email me at [email protected].  I’ll give you a free home price  analysis to determine how much your home is worth in today’s market.

4 Ways to De-clutter your Brooklyn Home Without Having a Garage Sale

Friday, June 10th, 2011

De Clutter your Brooklyn Home!

You’re not a hoarder, but you definitely need to get rid of items cluttering your Brooklyn New York home.  If the thought of having a garage sale makes you run screaming, never fear.   Here are four websites that will help you clear out unwanted items, without having a garage sale or throwing them in the trash.

  1. Craigslist.  No matter what you think of Craigslist, it works for getting rid of unwanted items.  Just be sure to stay safe by having a friend or family member with you at your Brooklyn home when someone comes to pick up the items.  Here are a few more tips to help move your stuff fast using Craigslist:
    1. Include a photo. Buyers want to know what the item looks like.
    2. Add as much detail as possible.  Include dimensions and sizes and be honest about wear and tear.
  2. Freecycle.  Post things you want to give away. Even broken items such as TVs, lawnmowers, tools and bikes are happily taken.  Be sure a friend or family member is home with you when people pick up their items.
  3. Donate Games. They sell used games, including board games and video games.  The money raised is used to fund medical research for children with rare diseases.
  4. Sports Gift. Whether it’s a tennis racket you no longer use or a baseball uniform you’ve outgrown, Sports Gift will help your discarded sports gear find its way to needy children in the USA and abroad.  All you have to do is box them up and pay to ship them.

If you’re toying with the idea of putting your Brooklyn  New York home on the market, please give me a call Charles D’Alessandro Your Brooklyn Realtor® with Fillmore Real Estate a call today at (718) 253-9600 ext 206 or email me at [email protected].  I’ll give you a free analysis to determine how much your home is worth in today’s market.

Turn A Brooklyn New York Home into Pot of Gold with Just a Little Green

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Turn A Brooklyn New York Home into Pot of Gold with Just a Little Green

As houses continue to sit on the market without the slightest sign of interested buyers, sellers are lowering prices and pouring more money into upgrades and remodels. While these updates might help increase sales, you could achieve the same results with your Brooklyn New York home by spending less cash and adding more green.

With the growing demand for green features, buyers like the idea of purchasing an energy efficient Brooklyn  house that already contains a few eco-conscious elements. From environmentally sound materials to energy efficient windows and doors, just adding one green upgrade could be the ticket to spark interest and sell your Brooklyn New York home.

6 eco-features buyers love:

  1. Water-saving appliances – Install low-flow toilets and aerators on showers to reduce your water usage and see a surprising reduction in your bills.
  2. High-efficiency filters and air purifiers – Remove even the smallest dust particles and kill bacteria that could be floating throughout your house.
  3. Paving stones – Use paving stones for your driveway in place of concrete. It looks quaint and allows rainwater to seep into the ground, instead of flooding the storm water system.
  4. A sealed garage – Properly seal your garage to ensure poisonous fumes and outdoor contaminates don’t accidentally seep into your living areas.
  5. Solar power – Decrease your energy bill by incorporating these sun soakers into your grid. Just make sure they’re positioned discretely, so they don’t become an eyesore.
  6. Efficient windows – Help regulate your home’s temperature by limiting air leakage.

If you don’t have the cash to turn your house completely green, just update one or two features and be sure to highlight them when marketing your home. By providing your potential buyer with energy savings, you may also save yourself time and money when your home sells faster and for more money.

Don’t endure another day of waiting for someone to buy your Brooklyn New York home. With the right updates and marketing, I can help you turn your house green and cash in on your pot of gold.  Call me Charles D’Alessandro your Brooklyn Realtor® with Fillmore Real Estate at (718) 253-9600 ext 206 or email me at [email protected] for more information.

How to Clean a Brooklyn New York Home with a Pet

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

If you have a pet, you know how difficult it is to keep your Brooklyn New York  home clean with a pet (or two or three) living with you.  There’s the ever present pet hair that clings to everything.   And, the pet food, water, toys and treats that are scattered from room to room.

We love our pets and wouldn’t live without them.  But, life would be much more pleasant without the pet mess.  Here are a few ideas to help tame the pet mess in your Brooklyn New York  home:

1.      Brush your pet outside. This will drastically cut down on the amount of pet hair in your home.

2.      Brush your pet regularly. Since pets shed frequently, try to brush them at least once a week.  Some people recommend daily brushing.  If you have time for daily brushing, it’d be great, but I don’t know anyone who has that kind of time.

3. Pick a pet that doesn’t shed and is hypoallergenic. Put this on your “How to Choose My Next Pet” checklist.

4.      Invest in good lint rollers. You can get these at most big retail stores.  Use them in your house to remove pet hair from your furniture and clothing, and also have one in your car for those times you see stray pet hair on your clothes.

5.      Vacuum, sweep and/or mop frequently. Pet fur will get worse if you don’t vacuum frequently.  It winds itself around the carpet fibers and becomes difficult to remove.  If you don’t remove the pet hair from the environment often, it will float into the air and land who knows where, including on your food.

6.      Get rid of the carpet. Pet hair and bodily fluids from pets are much easier to remove from tile and wood floors than from carpet.  Keep your pets out of rooms, such as bedrooms, where you really want to keep the carpet.

If you establish a schedule to brush your pet and vacuum your carpets, you’ll find keeping your Brooklyn New York home clean, even with a messy pet, becomes as simple as any other weekly routine.

Want to buy a home that’s pet friendly?  I can help.  Give me Charles D’Alessandro with Fillmore Real Estate your Brooklyn Realtor® a call today at (718) 253-9600 ext 206 or email me at [email protected]

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

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3 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Brooklyn Home for Sale

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Here are a few tips to help your Brooklyn home for sale show better and sell faster.

1.      Get rid of the excess: Eliminate as much as possible, and then do it again.  Remember when staging your Brooklyn home for sale, less is best.  Swap out personal photos for framed art.  The main idea is to remove as much as possible and replace personal items with neutral objects so that people can imagine their things in the home.

2.      Repair and paint: Before painting, fix all those minor dings that don’t really bother you.  Buyers notice everything.  A missing piece of baseboard, an outlet that doesn’t work, or a closet door that won’t stay on track all seem minor, but they can have a huge affect on how a buyer views your home.  The next step is to apply a fresh coat of paint in a neutral color.  Freshly painted walls make a room look cleaner and larger.

3.      Improve the curb appeal: You have to get people in the door before they’ll buy your Brooklyn home for sale.  If your house looks bad on the outside, buyers won’t waste their time taking a look at the inside.  Improving your curb appeal doesn’t mean you need to hire a landscaper.  It can be as basic as trimming your hedges and trees, especially those closest to your house.  Repair or replace loose porch railings and make sure the exterior paint is not chipping.  If needed, scrape and paint; peeling paint is a real turnoff to buyers.  Keep the lawn mowed.  Put away bikes, toys and garden tools.

Following these simple steps will go a long way to getting your Brooklyn New York home sold quickly.

Ready to sell your home?  I can help. Call your Brooklyn Realtor®, Charles D’Alessandro of Fillmore Real Estate today at (718) 253-9600 ext.206 or email me at [email protected]

9 Tips for First-time Brooklyn New York Home Buyers

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Are you a first-time home buyer?  There are a lot of things you’ll want to learn before making that first purchase.  Here are 9 tips to help you get a Brooklyn New York home you’ll love and be prepared for additional costs you may not have considered:

1. Ask yourself if you’re ready. Are you financially ready to buy a Brooklyn New York home?  Do you have a steady job and income?  Do you have money for the down payment?

2.      Get pre-approved. When you get pre-approved for a mortgage loan, your lender checks your credit and lets you know the amount of mortgage for which you qualify.  Having a pre-approved loan will put you at the top of the list when presenting an offer.

3.      Identify closing costs. The cost of closing on the sale of your Brooklyn New York home shouldn’t be overlooked. Closing costs include origination fees, title and settlement fees, taxes and prepaid items such as homeowner’s insurance or homeowner’s association fees.

4.      Calculate your total monthly housing cost. Include taxes and homeowners insurance.  In some areas, what you’ll pay for your taxes and insurance escrow almost doubles your mortgage payment.

5.      Include home maintenance expenses in your budget. Maintaining your investment can be labor-intensive and expensive. Unexpected costs for new appliances, roof repairs and plumbing problems can drain your bank account.

6.      Find a Brooklyn home. Identify the neighborhood, you want to live in.  Hire a full-time REALTOR® who specializes in that neighborhood to help you find and negotiate the purchase of the home.

7.      Get a home inspection. Make sure your agent includes a home inspection contingency in your offer to buy a home. If you’re unsatisfied with anything found in the home inspection, have your agent negotiate with the seller to make repairs, pay for repairs or lower the price.

8.      Make it to closing. You have your financing, your offer has been accepted, and you’re anxiously awaiting the day you close on your home.  Now, you just have to make sure you don’t do anything to jeopardize your credit.  Do not change jobs, buy a new car or apply for credit cards.

9.      Celebrate. Congratulations!  You’re now the proud owner of your first home.

Buying your first home can be exciting, especially if you’re knowledgeable about the process and prepared. Follow me for more Questions &  Answers About Buying a New Brooklyn Home .

If your goal for this year is to be a first-time homeowner, let me guide you through the process of finding and buying a home. For a FREE copy if Michael Reinhardts book “Buying Real Estate does Not Have To Be Stressful, call Charles D’alessandro your Brooklyn Realtor® of Fillmore Real Estate today at (718) 253-9600 ext 206 or email me at [email protected] for more information.

Add a Little Romance to Your Brooklyn New York Home

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to add some romance to your Brooklyn home.  No need to spend a lot of money.  Here are some simple tips to create your own inexpensive, yet romantic, Valentine evening:

Romantic Dinner for Two

A delicious meal is a great way to start off the evening. Many Brooklyn restaurants are over booked and raise their prices on Valentine’s Day, so forego the expensive dinner out. Instead, create a special dinner at your Brooklyn New York home. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cook Pecan Chicken with Mustard Sauce – Don’t like to cook?  Buy an already prepared meal from your local grocery store; it’s fairly inexpensive these days.  Just be sure to remove it from the containers and put it on pretty plates.

  • Add Music – Turn the radio to your favorite station and enjoy. Or, download some romantic music to your MP3 player.

  • Use candlesticks and cloth napkins – Candles are always romantic, and, when lit, eliminate the need to clean your Brooklyn home thoroughly. Your sweetie won’t be able to see the dirt in the glow of candlelight.

After Dinner

Valentine’s Day is about spending time with the one you love.  Instead of going out, rent a romantic movie and stay in.  Wine (or sparkling juice), a movie and snuggling on the couch can do wonders for your love life!

  • Wine or sparkling grape juice – Call for your favorite take out!
  • Movie – Rent a Netflix Movie .

The Bedroom

Go on vacation – in your own bedroom!  Get that “new room” feeling by washing your bed linens, fluffing up the pillows, and spraying the pillowcases with lavender essential oil. Put one rich chocolate wrapped in foil on each pillow.

Wishing you and your loved one a sweet Valentine’s Day!