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Dec. 13, 2022




An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.

Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.

Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.

Practice your plan. Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It’ll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!

Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets. No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.

Posted in Local News
Dec. 13, 2022



For most people, retirement feels like a long way off. But, if you don’t start preparing as early as possible, you may find yourself in a place of financial insecurity when the time does come. To avoid this, consider implementing the following tips.

  1. Calculate your target savings. In general, it’s recommended that you save between 10 to 15 percent of your income for retirement. However, you can always use an online savings calculator to determine the amount you need to save for your specific needs and goals.
  2. Contribute to your employer’s retirement savings plan. Does your job offer a 401(k), traditional IRA, or Roth IRA? Sign up and start saving as soon as they allow you to. It’s recommended to set up automatic paycheck deductions and, once the money is in your retirement fund, don’t touch it.
  3. Take advantage of employee benefits. Many employers offer matching which generally requires you contribute a certain percentage of each paycheck and your company will then contribute a matching amount with funds of their own. They might also offer health savings or flexible savings account. By contributing to these accounts, you reduce your amount of taxable income, allowing you to save more money.
  4. Pay off your debts. Start by paying off any high-interest credit card debt first. Then look at other debts, such as student loans and car payments, and make a plan for paying those off incrementally.
  5. Reduce daily spending. Although this feels like a no-brainer, spending your money thoughtfully now can make a big impact later. Seek out areas of your life where you can

Posted in Local News
Dec. 12, 2022




Although currently dimly lit and a little rough on the eyes, your unfinished basement still has a lot of potentials. With just a little love and the help of the following ideas, you can spice it up in no time and get some great use out of the space.

  1. Add a pop of color. Give your basement a whole different look without a big renovation by adding some color to space. Consider painting and sealing the floors, opening up the room by painting the rafters white or a light color, or creating a bold accent wall.
  2. Divide the space. Want to make your basement a multi-use room? Partition out the area by installing an inexpensive curtain system. This can be done either with a curtain track or a simple wire, some hooks, and curtains will suffice.
  3. Add foam mats. Whether you’d like to use the basement as a home gym to get a quick workout in or a place for the kids to play and rough house, adding some foam mats into the mix is a great and easy solution. They come in various colors and can quickly be picked up and tucked away if need be.
  4. Use a large rug. As an alternative to adding mats, find a large, eye-catching rug to be used as a focal point, and furnish the area around it.
  5. Add lighting. Basements often offer very little built-in lighting and few outlets around the room. Consider stringing café lighting across space from the rafters to give a nice ambiance and glow without any difficult electrical work.


Posted in Real Estate News
Oct. 4, 2022

Its Fall, how to set the stage for selling your house!

Today’s housing market is different than it was just a few months ago. And if you’re thinking about selling your house, that may leave you wondering what you need to do differently as a result. The answer is simple. Taking the time upfront to prep your house appropriately and create a solid plan can help bring in the greatest return on your investment.

Here are a few simple tips to make sure you maximize the sale of your house this fall.

1. Price It Right

One of the first things buyers will notice is the price of your house. That’s because the price sends a message to home shoppers. Pricing your house too high to begin with could put you at a disadvantage by discouraging buyers from making an offer. On the flip side, pricing your house too low may make buyers worry there’s some underlying issue or something wrong with the home.

Your goal in pricing your house is to gain the attention of prospective buyers and get them to make an offer. And with price growth and buyer demand moderating, as well as a greater supply of homes available for sale, pricing your home appropriately for where the market is today has become more important than ever before.

But how do you know that perfect number? Pricing your house isn’t a guessing game. It takes skill and expertise. Work with a trusted real estate advisor to determine the current market value for your home.

2. Keep It Clean

It may sound simple but keeping your house clean is another key to making sure it gets the attention it deserves. As says in the Home Selling Checklist:

When selling your home, it’s important to keep everything tidy for buyers, and you never know when a buyer is going to want to schedule a last-minute tour.”

Before each buyer visits, assess your space and determine what needs your attention. Wash the dishes, make the beds, and put away any clutter. Doing these simple things can reduce potential distractions for buyers.

For more tips, check out this checklist for preparing your house for sale. Ultimately an agent is your best resource for tailored advice, but this list can help get you started.

3. Help Buyers Feel at Home

Finally, it’s important for buyers to see all the possible ways they can make your house their next home. An easy first step to create this blank canvas is removing personal items, like pictures, awards, and sentimental belongings. It’s also a good idea to remove any excess furniture to help the rooms feel bigger and make sure there’s ample space for touring buyers to stand and look at the layout.

If you’re unsure what should be packed away and what can stay, consult your trusted real estate advisor. Spending the time on this step can pay off in the long run. As a recent article from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) explains:

Staging is the art of preparing a home to appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers in your market. The right arrangements can move you into a higher price-point and help buyers fall in love the moment they walk through the door.”

Bottom Line

Selling a house requires prep work and expertise. If you’re looking to sell your house this season, lean on a trusted real estate professional for advice on how to get it ready to list, how to help it stand out in today’s shifting market, and more.

Posted in Real Estate News
Oct. 4, 2022

Using a Adjustable Rate Mortage (ARM)

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.
Benefits of an ARM
Lower initial interest rate
Lower starting monthly payment
Opportunity to purchase home with more square footage
We are always available any time to chat more about ARMs and answer any questions you may have about your homebuying process.

Think an ARM will give you the buying power you need? 

Real Estate Made Simple... Five Corners Properties

Posted in Real Estate News
June 10, 2021

Top 5 Home Amenities in Demand for 2021

Potential buyers entering the market have an updated wish list this year.  After almost a year of spending more time at home, the priorities for homeowners have dramatically shifted. Amenities that focus on space, health, and general well being, outdoor areas, and technology are in high demand for buyers.

Local builders that we work with are listening and plan to meet these requests. New construction and development are looking to stay robust throughout the year.

According to Dodge Data, a 6 percent increase for residential starts is expected. Senior economist Robert Dietz, of the National Home Builders, also expects to see slight gains for single-family construction. Builder confidence climbed to record highs for three consecutive months towards the end of 2020. In December, it dropped to 86 from the previous 90 in November, still making it the second-highest number in history with a strong outlook for 2021. New home sales may slow while builders catch up, but potential buyers will be eager for new inventory with new, and necessary, features.

Five Corners Properties annual Builder / Homeowner survey was just completed and here are the most popular amenities expected to surge this year and 2022.


Home Office and “Zoom Rooms”

With the majority of employed Americans now enjoying their work office, and remote work becoming more sought-after, office spaces have become the number one priority in a home. Many have already created a workspace while others are preparing for long-term remote working environments. With multiple people working from home, it became apparent that a functioning working area was required.

The pandemic has also brought on the trend of “Zoom Rooms”. These rooms may be a bit different than a typical office. It’s defined as a ‘picture perfect’ corner of the house that can provide a solid background for attendees signing on to virtual meetings. Students need to focus during their virtual schooling, while parents need productivity, privacy, and limited interruption during virtual work meetings. According to an article published by Brad Inman, Zoom has developed a package that provides uses with a professional, high-quality camera, bright lighting, a noise-canceling microphone, and quality speakers. While not everyone is in need, having a quiet space without distractions for the homeowner or the other Zoom attendees quickly became essential.

To have a dedicated area that is for work and video meetings is most likely to stick well past 2021.

Extra Living Areas and Closed Floor plans
Following the trend of rooms for Zoom, comes more room for…everything else! The quarantine and stay-at-home days showed the world that a home was more than just a house. The home functioned as a variety of elements: the bedroom, the gym, the restaurant, the entertainment, the office, and the school. As employees began to work remotely full-time, the availability to work from anywhere became more common. People migrated from congested metro areas to a more the suburbs for a more fitting, affordable home that could suit the whole family.

Unemployment compelled many young professionals to move back home with their parents. Generations United reported, “Multi-generational households reached an all-time high as Millennials and Gen Zer’s took their belongings and left their rentals.” With more people at home, families started to reimagine the usage of space in their house.

Westchester builders notice that the open floor plan – a popular architectural trend since the late 1980's – is now less appealing. The design for large common areas lacking privacy and even noise control became non-functional. The ability to close a door and have “peace and quiet” became necessary in today’s domestic lifestyle.

Homes with extra bedrooms, loft or office areas, finished basements, and additional bathrooms are to be included in new construction this year.

Outdoor Area
State requirements for stay-at-home orders make outdoor space even more important. Homeowners and families got creative with renovations in making at-home entertainment more accessible. Yards and patios became an additional dining room or the main play area for kids. Adding outdoor kitchen appliances and grills became popular as people started cooked more often.

Online home search platforms like Houzz saw almost three times the search activity for entertainment elements like fire pits, pools, outdoor kitchens, and resort-like features. Zillow reported that buyers were also willing to pay almost five percent over the asking price to secure their new amenity-filled home.

Without the luxury of having a private, outdoor area because of living in the city or a rental, people can feel confined. The need for fresh air, sun, and a change in the environment without leaving your home is pertinent, not to mention critical for ones overall well-being and health.

Technology and Touch-Less Features

Technology has been an ever-evolving attraction in modern homes. Smart home devices for lighting, heating, and cooling, and security can be expected these days. Now, families have become more cautious about spreading germs. Homeowners are adding features that can help fight off and avoid viruses and bacteria. Jamie Gold, a Wellness Design Consultant, introduced the following point back when the pandemic first hit: “When this pandemic has passed, many homeowners will be considering how well their residence served them during this period. What could have been better, easier, lower maintenance, and less nerve-jangling? One of the changes likely to be pondered is implementing touch-free surfaces.”

Products such as touch-less faucets and soap dispensers, motion-activated refrigerators, kitchen cabinets and drawers, voice-controlled lights, heating, and entertainment amenities are all ways to create a more efficient, convenient, and health-conscious home.

Moving into the New Year, buyers and homeowners will focus on their overall quality of life. Avoiding the spread of a virus is now routine, but preventative health has also become a priority. Consumer items like UV Lighting, purified air filtration, and aromatherapy enhance the living experience while providing a healthier way of life starting at home. Leonard Steinberg, chief evangelist and broker at Compass, shares: “I do think anything related to health is a long-term trend. The luxury consumer has a great appreciation for luxury that isn’t just cosmetics and fluff. They’re looking for substance and authenticity, and health is the ultimate substance and authenticity.”

Home Gyms

With large gyms and fitness studios closed, working out at home has become all the rage. Even gyms that are staying open under certain restrictions, their members feel more comfortable working out in the security of their own home.

Companies like Peloton and Mirror products are mainstay in most Scarsdale homes.   Online-streaming services have catered to the fitness community. Homeowners have repurposed guest bedrooms, garages, and yards into personal home gyms. The convenience to work out on-demand without leaving the house is a motivating factor for people to continue working out at home.

 Before 2020 a lot of these in-demand amenities were considered luxurious. Today, health-centered, safe, and spacious amenities are definite. With a newfound idea for home, creating a comforting and diverse atmosphere for everyone is essential. Trends and new features will come and go, but the value in a home is forever. Reach out today. We can help you find a home that fits you and your wish list.

Posted in Real Estate News
Jan. 10, 2017

10 Tips for Protecting Your Home During Vacations


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...

Posted in Real Estate News
June 11, 2015

You Can Own Your Own Island in CT

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.

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.

Posted in Real Estate News
Oct. 24, 2014

You Make Money Buying A Home, Not Selling A House!

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. 


 Couple making money

Posted in Real Estate News
Oct. 13, 2014

The Little Thai Kitchen - Mini Review

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!

 Little Thai Kitchen


Stop in and enjoy or order takeout

Posted in Restaurants