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|Whether you fell in love with a larger house than you planned or might move after a few years, we have the answer to your budgeting questions. An adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM).|
|An ARM provides flexibility that fixed-rate mortgages do not. With an adjustable-rate mortgage, your introductory interest rate is typically lower than a conventional loan. And, since the rate will adjust after the introductory period, your rate could go down if market rates lower.|
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|We are always available any time to chat more about ARMs and answer any questions you may have about your homebuying process.|
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I hope you all have a safe and relaxing time during your vacation this summer. It’s crucial that we all have time to recharge and recognize what’s important in life. We only go around once, so it’s important to savor what we have.
Before you leave town, I thought you might be interested in a few precautionary safety tips to keep your home and your possessions safe while you’re gone. Often in the run-up to a vacation, people neglect to take simple steps to protect themselves from becoming a victim of theft or vandalism.
You’ve probably covered your bases, but just in case, here are 10 basic precautions you can take:
1. Have someone collect your mail and newspaper daily.
2. Leave shades and blinds in normal positions.
3. Put at least two lights and a radio on automatic timers.
4. Have someone leave trash at your curb on garbage collection day.
5. Have someone park a car in your driveway occasionally. If you leave your car outside, arrange to have it moved every so often.
6. Leave a key with a trusted neighbor in case of an emergency. Let the neighbor know where you are going and when you are expect to return, also leave them a way to get in contact with you in case of an emergency.
7. Lock all windows and doors before you go. Do not forget to double-check basement and garage doors.
8. On extended trips have someone to maintain your landscaping, (grass mowed, leaves raked, etc.)
9. Consider turning off your home’s water main to prevent damage from a burst pipe.
10. Be careful how much you check-in on social media while on vacation. If your privacy settings are incorrect you might reveal to strangers your home is vacant!
Be safe and have a blast...
For those looking for a showstopper, Tavern Island offers a private island retreat that is rich in history as well as its share of celebrity. Inhabitants of the island date back to 1651 with the arrival of European settlers. The 3 ½-acre island later weathered the British invasion of Norwalk, CT, during the Revolutionary War. In later years, its positioning served as a key point for harbor pilots to guide vessels to land, and once safely arrived, they would invite captains and crew to imbibe in celebratory spirits, hence the re-christening as Tavern Island.
The Tudor style main house dates back to 1900 and features native stone and other construction materials that were brought to the property by oxcart over frozen waters. Totaling more than 6,100 square feet, the stunning home, surrounding grounds and island infrastructure have been meticulously maintained by its current owners. The main floor features coffered ceilings in the living room, stone fire place and an updated kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances. The second floor showcases luxurious sleeping quarters: two bedrooms with en-suites and a master bedroom with a large dressing area and two offices, exercise room, changing rooms and steam room—all with direct outdoor access so family and friends can enjoy the pool and beach without tracking sand or dirt through the main house. The third floor showcases an additional three bedrooms and bathroom.
Over the years, the spacious home has hosted luminaries of stage and screen, many of which visited by invitation from theatrical impresario Billy Rose. Throughout the 1920s and 30s, Rose wrote lyrics for songs that have become ingrained in the American Songbook, including “ Me and My Shadow” and “It’s Only a Paper Moon.” Rose’s parties attracted Hollywood and New York elite in the 1950s and 60s, including the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Maureen O’Sullivan.
But Tavern Island’s colorful past boasts more than free-flowing champagne and visits from high society. Writer Lillian Hellman is rumored to have rented the caretaker’s cottage, which originally served as lodging for the harbor pilot. The two bedroom, two-bathroom cottage imbues creativity, for it is at this locale that Hellman is said to have completed The Little Foxes in the late 1930s. For years, Tavern Island was also home to the Falconer family, where author, illustrator and set designer Ian Falconer grew up, traveling by boat to school. One can imagine how his adventurous island childhood may have impacted the creation of his famed illustrated character Olivia, from the children’s book series.
The current owners of Tavern Island have resided year-round on the property for more than 30 years and have preserved the island’s integrity through structural upgrades and meticulous care. Mainland city water and electricity as well as an on-site generator and 8,000 – gallon fuel oil tank service the island. In addition to the main house and caretaker’s cottage, the island’s new owners will also discover a boathouse and teahouse on the grounds. The boathouse was rebuilt in the 1990s and features a workshop with workbench and saws, while the upstairs includes a bedroom and bathroom as well as game room with a ping-pong table for the occasional rainy day activity.
With eastern views of the Norwalk Islands of the National Wildlife Refuge and only an hour from midtown Manhattan, Tavern Island at its best is for the adventurer who still wants to maintain easy access to everyday conveniences. Island life can include windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing or a dip in the Olympic-length pool that overlooks one of four private beaches. On the mainland, a half-acre property is deeded that includes a large dock for year round access, a small garage/cottage, two enclosed heated launches and parking for over a dozen vehicles.
Tavern Island awaits its next great chapter. And if history is any indication, it will be one worthy of a standing ovation.
The key to a successful transaction is pricing your property correctly. Buyers will not overpay to purchase a home when a similar property for less money is listed down the street. In fact the truth is that you make money when you buy, not when you sell.
What does that mean? The buyer controls the price of the stock, the house, or the item. If the buyer makes a mistake, and purchases something at too high of a price, she can’t “make it back” by selling at an above-market price. This concept applies if you pay too much for anything: a house, a car, a backyard grill that you've never used.
The buyer doesn’t care how much you paid. The buyer only cares about how good of a deal you’re offering, relative to other deals on the market.
One of the hippest casual Thai places to enjoy…is right in Scarsdale! RATING 4 out of 5 smiles!
The Little Thai Kitchen located at 13 Popham Road caters to mostly locals, from singles to groups of friends and families. The kitchen also does a brisk takeout business.
Ok so the chairs are plastic and the place is cozy (code for small) but that is ok because the moment you meet Bill Rung, the owner, you know you are in for a taste bud experience.
The sauces are the mainstay of Thai cuisine and these will not disappointment, our favorite dishes included the sesame chicken, fried tofu, curry puffs, and the drunken noodles!
Stop in and enjoy or order takeout