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There's This House I Think Would Make An Interesting Buy (Not My Listing)

My girlfriend Kathy wrote this awesome post about us helping each other out that you can read here. It got me to thinking that I could select a listing to showcase, inventory not from my large firm, but from a small boutique that could use a little link love and help in these tight economic times.

I'm going to babysit this listing from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM today, Saturday Match 7, 2009 with the little minions in tow so I will not be bored (LOL). It belongs to a very good friend of mine with a small realty corporation and she is also a new member of Active Rain...

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2009

It's a small, two bedroom home with a kitchen, dining room, living room and full bath upstairs. The lower level has a family room with a Spanking-A gas fireplace, another bathroom with a sink and a toilet, a bonus room, a laundry room and an outside entrance to the backyard adjacent to a detached garage. The owner wants $299,000 for it and the price is negotiable. It's a nice neighborhood on a very quiet block. I know because I have another friend who lives one block down from this property.

The home owners patrol the area and have locked off the access streets to the rear alleys so only the residents with keys can access the side street leading to the garage lane (unless they leave the gates open). It's a corner property with windows on three sides.

It's not my listing, but I'm going to go pick up the keys and hang out here for a little while because although it needs a little bit of work, it is vacant and a very nice house. I figure I'll keep blogging while I'm there. Dontcha just love laptops with air cards? (LOL) ;-)

If you are a buyer thinking about buying but still sitting on the fence, come on over to 115-85 227th Street in Cambria Heights, Queens County, New York. This home was constructed in the 1930s, so it needs a little work on the inside. You can move in after you paint the place and figure out what you want to do to put your unique personality stamp on it. There's a lot of natural wood downstairs and the living room upstairs has a nice Tudor touch (the ceiling beams).

Did I mention one wall is full of mirrors? Hmm... don't know how you feel about that, but it does reflect the light lovely (LOL). The hardwood floors could use a good sanding and coat of satin gloss stain. I mention this because I'm personally biased. I have a thing for hardwood floors. I think they make a house look sexy. I'm just sayin' (LOL) :-)  

If you haven't finished your taxes yet, you may want to consider the fact that there is an $8,000 tax credit available for first time buyers who make home purchases right now. Imagine squeezing that puppy in on a tax return line item. Bring your checkbooks people, I'm bringing plenty of binders. The seller is looking to make a deal and will consider all offers. :-)

Come on over and remember to bring your Realtor if you have one representing you. You really should never shop for a home without one. If you are not represented by a Realtor, I will be more than happy to accept you as a Buyer's Brokerage Client and assist you with your property purchasing needs. Whether it is this home, or some other to your liking, a home that makes you happy is the ultimate goal and I aim to please. I believe this home will make someone very happy, which is why I've decided to listen to Kathy and help a fellow Rainer out. I'm on my way to pick up the keys so go get ready, run out the door, Mapquest, TomTom and Garmin your way over there before 1:30 PM. I'll see a few of you later. 12:30 to 1:30 PM is your window of opportunity to come to the first Open House for this brand new listing. If you can't make it today, I'm sure we can make arrangements for you to see the place another time.

For a piece of NYC at $299,000, it's a beautiful deal. Some investors might even consider it a steal. There are a lot of college students renting rooms in the area. :-)

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2009






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Comment balloon 11 commentsC Tann-Starr • March 07 2009 10:27AM


Carolyn - This is an interesting idea!  You never know where a magical connection will be made and ... it only takes one!  I have featured other agent's listings on my web page and in my ad - with their consent of course!

Sometimes people find me or find my listings in the most unusual places, (these things tend to crawl around in cyberspace as it is)! 

Posted by Lisa Wetzel, CDPE, SFR carsonvalleyland.com (RE/MAX Realty Affiliates) almost 12 years ago

Hey, Carolyn. That is exactly what we need to do. Pull together and help get this market moving. KUDOS to you, Jim

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) almost 12 years ago

It does look like a very nice place. We have a community in down town Columbia known as Rosewood, that has very similar houses to ones I see in the pictures. Best of luck out there.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 12 years ago

Just checking in on you, fingers crossed that you found the perfect buyer.  The property is adorable, looks like a pretty good deal too.  cheryl

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) almost 12 years ago

Lisa, very true. I got a call requesting pictures of the inside, so I will be updating this post shortly.

Thank you, Jim and Maria. I'm glad Kathy wrote what she did. I was going to take the kids to the park but figured since the place was empty and had a nice yard in the front and back they could just as easily play there. They had a blast (LOL). They threw snow, knocked rocks, tossed twigs, chased each other screaming at the top of their lungs, goggled most of the afternoon and scribbled in the dirt. It was a fun open house. We got a few visitors and other Realtors have already made appointments for tomorrow so my girlfriend let me hang onto the keys since I'm showing it again tomorrow morning got round two. One of my buyers is coming back with her family members to discuss the possibility of making a purchase. The mortgage broker promised to stand by for me just in case he needs to issue their pre-approval letter (another great AR member). I would rather share a multiple commission split to receive a piece of something than get 100% of nothing, so I hope more people will try to do what they feel comfortable doing for their friends. We can turn the market around if we work within our sphere of influence and cooperate with our trusted blogging buddies. :-)

Thank you, JL. It's a nice little home. If I wasn't moving to FL I'd be dragging my hubby in there (LOL).

Thank you, Cheryl W. I'm hoping for the very best for the owner. A quick sale would make him very happy. I've met him twice and he is a very nice man who has already relocated and needs to sell his former home.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

C. Looks like a cute house. Hope the open house went well.

Posted by Robin Scott, Broker, CRS, ABR, SRS, REALTOR® - Austin Texas (Robin Scott, REALTOR®) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Robin. It went well. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Carolyn, I was in Cambria Heights recently, it is a lovely area and I love the different home styles all over Queens.  This house looks very nice and is certainly a great price....I loved Kathy's idea too and how nice that you found a way to help someone else already, good luck to both of you with the listing!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 12 years ago

Thank you, Carole. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

Hi C, This is a nice idea. I've always liked the look of cut stone combined with rich colored brick! It's a cutie.

Posted by Marian Gregor-Ann, Arbor area Real Estate (Keller Williams) almost 12 years ago

Marian, I hope I get to find a buyer for it. It's located near the highway and public transportation. One could walk to shopping. It's a nice spot.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 12 years ago

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