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Sellers, don’t wait for the garden to bloom before putting your house on the market. While many may believe spring is the best time to sell a house, the selling season really starts in mid-January, as Joe Houlihan sees it.

“The cold heart of winter is when serious buyers – those who have made up their mind to move are out hunting,” says Houlihan, managing partner of Houlihan & O'Malley Real Estate Services in Bronxville. He notes that’s especially true in school-driven markets, where families that are relocating plan to enroll their children for the next year.

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We've got good news to report ­– at least if you're a local home seller! The median price of a single-family home went up 12 percent in Bronxville Village in 2015, rising from $2,190,000 in 2014 to $2,455,000 this past year, according to Houlihan & O'Malley market analysis. Our office research, based on sales data supplied by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, also shows that the median home sale in the Bronxville P.O. area of Yonkers remained almost unchanged, with the price dipping from $805,000 in 2014 to $801,750 in 2015, less... Read more.

A fee for checking your credit score? A loan origination fee? Pest inspection fee?

It used to be that home buyers found themselves overwhelmed with unexpected costs when they went to close on their home. But now, new regulations have been implemented to respond to the consumer's need to better understand their loan options. Called Know Before You Owe, the federal mortgage disclosure rule was implemented by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on October 3 of this year.

According to Joe Houlihan, managing partner of Houlihan & O'Malley Real Estate Services, "Closing... Read more.