Ulster County Real Estate Blog

Ok, you’ve moved in, now let’s Party!

Buying a home can be the single largest purchase of a lifetime. What better way to celebrate this big achievement than to throw a housewarming party? Celebrating a new home has always been a great excuse for a party, and it also gives you the opportunity to present your new home to your friends and family.  Questions can arise as to what are the proper procedures and etiquette regarding a housewarming party. Are gifts mandatory? When should the party happen?  Can renters throw a housewarming party? This sounds like more work, why should I even throw a party?


Experts in the housewarming party field say that you should wait awhile after moving in and are completely settled. You don’t want people tripping over unpacked

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So the leaves are going from green to crimson (and yellow . . . and orange . . . and red, and . . . .) and the wind suddenly packs a bit of a bite. It may be the heavy-hearted end of the season at the beach, but up here in the country things are just getting going.  And after this summer’s record heat, sweater weather and all the brisk fun it brings is being celebrated in Ulster County with even more gusto.

Hudson Valley Apple Picking

A traditional autumn pastime in Ulster, apple picking, is a prime way both to get out in the bracing weather and to enjoy the crisp and luscious harvest. Several local growers offer plump apples and an invigorating environment. Route 213 is home to a pair of beautiful orchards—Mr. Apples in High Falls (www.mrapples.com )

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New York City residents may yawn or scowl when they see yet another film crew setting up in their neighborhood—closing streets and sidewalks, crowding curbs with huge service trailers, and generally disrupting the natives’ busy routines. But up here in Ulster County, we look at things a little differently. And we’ve recently been able to show that difference to a record number of visiting crews. The welcome mats were out all over.            

This summer especially was filled with film crew sightings. It appeared as though around every corner was a camper idling on the curb, or a crowd of young people milling around in funky retro clothes filming a 60’s scene. And though the abrupt descent into a small community of a 100-plus-person film crew can be

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Are you planning to build a new Ulster County home? If so, you might want to consider implementing a few “green” ideas throughout the construction process. Not only will this reduce your carbon footprint as well as your energy bill, but it will also increase the resale value of your home if you decide to put it on the market someday. While there are plenty of “green” construction strategies that you can put to use when building a new home, keeping these three strategies in mind will certainly get you rolling in the right direction.

Ulster Green Construction Strategy #1: Use Recycled and Renewable Materials

One of the easiest ways to make the construction process more eco-friendly is to simply use materials that are either recycled or renewable. While

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Each month, the government issues a stipend to active duty military personnel stationed in the United States to alleviate the cost of housing. This stipend is known as Basic Allowance for Housing, or BAH, and is dictated by a service member's rank, geography, and number of dependents.

How Does the Government Determine BAH?

The greatest determinate of Basic Allowance for Housing is location. The government carefully reviews data sources and rental listings, and even interviews real estate agents to calculate the proper Basic Allowance of Housing for service members. The government's releases BAH rates once a year, usually in January, and even if a service member who is currently receiving BAH notices that their rank's BAH has decreased, their current

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When it comes to selling a home, it is essential to do everything possible to make it stand out as much as possible. After all, the more your Hudson Valley home reaches out and grabs a potential buyer, the more likely he or she is to make an offer on the property. While making necessary repairs is certainly one aspect of giving a home the best chance of getting sold, prepping a home for sale requires more than just replacing broken appliances and painting dull, worn out walls. Rather, it requires giving the home a warm and inviting feel with the help of a few home staging ideas.

There are several steps you can take stage your home for sale, ranging from simply cleaning up clutter to adding the finishing touches that really make a house feel like a home.

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For those who missed out on the Home Buyer Tax Credit, there is good news: the credit has once again received an extension. Enacted on July 2, the U.S. Home buyer Assistance and Improvement Act of 2010, which was largely backed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, extends the closing deadline from June 30 to September 30 for buyers who had entered into a binding contract by the original April 30 deadline. Therefore, while it is still too late for those who didn’t get the ball rolling before the April deadline, those who had trouble with closing on the deal in time can still take advantage of the $8,000 maximum credit for first time buyers as well as the $6,500 credit for longtime homeowners who decided to purchase a new home.

In order to qualify for the

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The French Huguenots planted the first grape vines on the hillsides of the Hudson Highlands in 1677, and started the tradition of growing grapes and winemaking that continues today. Over 330 years later, the vintners and wineries of the Hudson Valley have taken measures to present this historic wine regions historic contributions to the growing and cultivating of fine grapes and the ancient art of winemaking, and to introduce the natural beauty, the outdoor recreation opportunities, historic sites, and all of the culinary treasures that goes along with everything that makes Hudson Valley real estate great.  Its communities, farms, lodging, restaurants and other contributions it makes to our lifestyle. The Hudson Valley Wine region, and the hudson valley

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There is a backlog of hundreds of thousands of mortgage modifications and thousands more get submitted each day. Along with those applications, for thousands of honest and hard-working Americans go the best hopes of keeping their homes. So, getting the applications done right is a very important matter. Still, many...maybe even most of applicants who review their application with me before they submit it make mistakes in that section of the application. They get their own income wrong!

1. Include the correct income. Include the income from the folks signed on the loan. All other household income need only be included if you choose. Even if your spouse or partner or parents or kids contribute to the household income...just include their income if you need it…
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What is a VA Loan?

The VA Home Loan Guaranty Program, better known as a VA Loan, is offered through lenders and backed by the Department of Veteran Affairs. Most veterans and active military men and women can get one, and the loan can be used to purchase, build or improve a home.

Some of the most recognized benefits of the loan include no down payment, no private mortgage insurance and easier qualification standards.

Who is Eligible?


You are eligible if you have served:


  • For at least 181 days during peacetime (active duty)
  • For at least 90 days during war time (active duty)
  • In the National Guard or Reserves for at least 6 years
  • You are also eligible if your spouse died while serving in the line of duty


There are other

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