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Dutchess County Fair --- August 23 - 28, 2016

For six days each August, the bucolic fairgrounds on Route 9 in Rhinebeck plays host to nearly half a million patrons. The second largest county fair in New York State is the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County. Over 160 acres of finely manicured gardens and grass create the beautiful setting for thousands of farm animals, agricultural exhibits and horticultural displays.

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The fairgrounds becomes an entertainment destination where big name talent can be enjoyed, "thrill a minute" excitement can be experienced at one of the finest carnivals in the entire country, free shows and attractions can be viewed almost constantly from the time you arrive to the time you leave. The tradition of excellence that has been the Dutchess County Fair for over 160 years offers something for everyone and creates memorable moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.

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Posted by Harvey Brown on August 1st, 2016 4:09 PM

Why you should have bought a home last year
Diana Olick
Thursday, 24 Mar 2016
CNBC.com

Anyone shopping for a home today has probably had at least one encounter with sticker shock.

No matter the neighborhood, home prices are generally rising, and bidding wars are often the rule rather than the exception. That means fewer neighborhoods are now considered affordable — a lot fewer. Read More---

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Posted by Harvey Brown on April 27th, 2016 12:02 PM
This Problem Is Shutting the Door on Many Would-Be Home Buyers
By STEVEN RUSSOLILLO
March 20, 2016 
WSJ  
Tighter inventory is helping drive home prices higher, making the housing market less appealing for buyers and potentially making it tougher for sales to keep growing at a rapid clip.
 
 The U.S. housing market has a supply issue.
 Between low interest rates, a steady job market and rising rents, economic fundamentals suggest lots of houses should be selling. Simultaneously, though, tight inventory levels are playing a role in driving prices higher, making the market less appealing for buyers and potentially making it tougher for sales to keep growing at a rapid clip.
 

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Posted by Harvey Brown on March 23rd, 2016 5:18 PM

Your new neighbor in the 'burbs? A millennial. Yes, really
Diana Olick
Wednesday, 9 Mar 2016
CNBC.com

It was only a matter of time. Literally. As millennials grow older, get married, have children, they are seeking out bigger houses and better schools. That means the suburbs. They are also getting tired of paying higher urban rents and watching those rents rise.

Home prices have been rising more aggressively in the last six months. Bank of America just upped its forecast for prices this year, citing, "recent momentum, low interest rates and lean housing supply." Rents have also been rising, but they have steadied of late at near record highs.

The supply of homes for sale, especially in urban areas, is also a problem, and it is particularly critical at the low end, where millennials are likely to be buying. Homebuilders are not focused on first-time buyers and smaller homes because it is harder to make a profit in that segment.
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Posted by Harvey Brown on March 17th, 2016 3:15 PM
When a Dream House Becomes a Money Pit
By JOHN SCHWARTZ 
FEB. 19, 2016
New York Times
Any buyer knows that a dream home can become a nightmare. But most people don’t expect it to happen to them.

The previous owner, Carol Royal, said that when she left the house, "everything was fine, as far as I was concerned." She said she has bought many homes in need of repair, and said, "first-time home buyers, they expect everything to be perfect. But it’s not."
The Hicks had paid for an inspection, but many of the problems were hidden behind the redone walls. Mr. Hicks said he wished that he had picked up on subtle signals the inspector may have been sending. "He was a little bit more apologetic than he should have been," he said. In the basement, the inspector noticed that the beams supporting the kitchen had been notched to run wiring and pipes, reducing the load-bearing capacity. "You are not supposed to do that," he told them, “but are you going to have 40 people in the kitchen?"
They had fallen in love with the house, and the broker’s account of how the previous owner had rescued it. "We got kind of fed this story about how this woman was a hero," Mr. Hicks said.
 They estimate the total cost of repairs and the expansion at about half the purchase price.
 Were the Hickses to offer advice to home buyers, Mr. Hicks said, "you should forge and manage your own relationship with your inspector,” and make clear you want to hear the bad news. In houses that have undergone extensive renovation, he urges that buyers ensure all the necessary permits were obtained. "I don’t know how I’ll ever buy a house again," Ms. Hicks said. "I can’t imagine trusting anyone."
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Posted by Harvey Brown on February 26th, 2016 3:38 PM

When the Kids Help Mom and Dad With the Mortgage
Some lenders—but not all—will allow adult children to co-sign for their parents on jumbo loans. It might help keep grandma and grandpa closer to the grandkids.
By ANYA MARTIN
Feb. 24, 2016
WSJ


After years of getting help from mom and dad, some adult children are returning the favor and buying their parents a house.
Not all lenders will allow adult children to co-sign for their parents on jumbo loans—those that exceed $417,000 in most areas and $625,500 in some high-priced places, says John Walsh, CEO of Milford, Conn.-based Total Mortgage. However, enough lenders allow it that most children who want to help home-buying parents, whether working or retired, should be able to co-borrow, Mr. Walsh says. For example, he has seen New York-based children assist parents with limited retirement income to purchase a home in Florida that has enough space for the entire family to visit.
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Posted by Harvey Brown on February 26th, 2016 3:02 PM

Under one roof: Multigenerational housing big for builders
Diana Olick
Monday, 8 Feb 2016
CNBC.com

In a recent survey by Burns Consulting of 20,000 home shoppers, 44 percent said they would like to accommodate their elderly parents in their next home. Forty-two percent said they plan to accommodate their adult children. The numbers are increasing for several reasons: The recent recession and resulting unemployment hit young workers hardest. An abnormally high number of them therefore never moved out of their parents' homes. Millennials are also marrying later in life, keeping them with their parents longer.

Immigration is another driver. In Asian and Hispanic cultures, multigenerational living is usually the rule. As these immigrants move to the U.S. in greater numbers, they bring the trend along with them.

Then there are retiring baby boomers. The largest generation is downsizing. Some are choosing active adult communities,
but a significant number are choosing to move in with their adult children. With more dual income households, help from live-in grandparents is often a necessity.
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Posted by Harvey Brown on February 24th, 2016 5:04 PM

Owners cautiously taking cash out of homes
Diana Olick
Monday, 1 Feb 2016
CNBC.com

Home values are rising and homeowners are taking advantage of that, finally tapping into that equity again in the form of cash–out mortgage refinances. They are doing so, however, by pulling the most conservative amounts in history.


If you are interested in home values specifically in relationship to the Rhinebeck real estate market ask Harvey.
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Posted by Harvey Brown on February 8th, 2016 3:57 PM


The Eagle Has Landed! 

Teatown’s 12th Annual Hudson River EagleFest

                           Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Croton Point Park 
Did you know more than 150 bald eagles, once an endangered species, spend the winter along Hudson Valley waterways?  Teatown Lake Reservation, a not-for-profit environmental education center and 1,000 acre nature preserve, will hold their 12th Annual Hudson River EagleFest on February 6, 2016. The highly anticipated celebration of the resurgence of the U.S.A.’s national bird is expected to attract more than 3,000 attendees.  The event promises:  fun and unique educational opportunities with eagles and other majestic birds; guided and independent eagle viewing; live raptor shows; bus tours and bird walks; musical entertainment-Tom Chapman; food & beverage offerings; kids activities; displays from 25 local environmental organizations and more!
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Posted by Harvey Brown on February 5th, 2016 2:04 PM

New Homes Get Bigger and Pricier
WSJ Videos
1/25/2016   
New U.S. houses are getting bigger in size and more expensive, but larger new homes do not necessarily mean strength in the housing market. Here's why. 


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Posted by Harvey Brown on January 28th, 2016 2:37 PM

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