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Last month we discussed selling, this month it’s about buying.  And the first step again-working with the right Real Estate Agent.

If you are like most people, buying a home represents your single biggest investment. So, it is not surprising that the buying process can be one of the most exhilarating but sometimes stressful experiences you undergo. This may be true whether you have bought many homes or you are looking to buy your first.

There are many factors to consider and many decisions to make.  That is why, when buying, it is crucial for you to have all the available resources necessary to make a well-informed decision.

To get started:

Contact a Houlihan & O’Malley Real Estate professional

Define your goals/research options/make your plans

Do a search-the key to the home search process is to know what you are looking for.  That means distinguishing between “must-have” and “would-like-to-have.”

Get pre-approved for a loan-generally, it is recommended that you get pre-approved for a loan before you start viewing homes.  The pre-approval process involves meeting with a lender and authorizing them to examine your current financial situation and credit history.  On the basis of these findings, the lender will provide you with a document that details how much you can borrow to buy your home.  There are great benefits to getting a pre-approval such as knowing how much you can afford so you can plan accordingly and being taken more seriously as a qualified, motivated buyer when you make an offer on a home.

Found a house you love-make an offer and start negotiating

An offer consists of four components – The price, preferred closing date, how you’ll finance the purchase & contingencies.  Contingencies are usually inspections (home, termite, radon  & oil tank testing-if applicable) & mortgage approvals.

Once the terms of the contract have been negotiated, including any inspection items, the contract is ready to be signed and you are on your way to home ownership.  But don’t get too excited, the closing can take 60-90 days.

In summary, your agent should be helping you at every step along the way. They should be mindful of your budget and understanding of what options are available while looking at the long-term investment. They should be on top of the recent market trends and keep you updated on all new inventory on a daily basis.  They should also be available to answer any questions that you may have to ensure the process goes as seamlessly as possible.  When you enlist the help of one of Houlihan & O’Malley’s trusted real estate professionals, you can feel confident that you will receive the right advice during each step of the buying process.

There is much more to discuss here-part two coming in April…

February 2019 Real Estate Activity

Bronxville Real Estate

Here’s a sampling of Houlihan & O’Malley’s Real Estate transactions in February


17 Meadow Avenue, Bronxville (6 Bed/2 Bath/1 Half Bath) $1,649,000

In the heart of Bronxville, this Victorian gem offers an ideal location that is literally steps from everything your family will want including Bronxville School, Metro North and an array of shops, restaurants and entertainment. A welcoming front porch greets you with the original oak Dutch door. Enter into a gracious foyer with bay window, living room, dining room with fireplace, powder room and an eat in kitchen. Walk in closets, oversized bathrooms, plenty of storage space-what more could you ask for?  Bronxville is a unique village offering a walking lifestyle that is the perfect choice following life in the City. There are great restaurant options from casual to full service, Soul Cycle, Pure Barre, Starbucks and all the services that you expect including a European style patisserie!.


151 Pennsylvania Avenue, Tuckahoe PO/Yonkers (5 Bed/2 Bath/1 Half Bath) $680,000

Ideally located Crestwood home is on the market for the first time in over 50 years.  Over 3,100 square feet of living area, there is room for everyone. Only 3 blocks to the Crestwood station of Metro North and one block to the Crestwood Library. There is an impressive entry foyer that opens to a large living room with herringbone floors and a fireplace; there are French doors to a formal dining room. A beautiful waiting for its next long term family!



5620 Netherland Avenue #3G, Riverdale (2 Bed/1 Bath) $225,000

Move right in to this bright, freshly painted two bedroom coop located in North Riverdale. Newly finished hardwood floors and Eat-in-Kitchen. Located just minutes from shops, restaurants, and the Riverdale Neighborhood House pool. One block from the city bus, and a 15 minute walk to the Riverdale Metro North train station; just 30 minutes to Grand Central.

31 Pondfield Road West #64, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (1 Bed/1 Bath) $325,000

Spacious Tudor Arms Co-op ideally located on the top floor of this classic prewar elevator building. There is a gracious entry, a large living room, an updated eat in kitchen, two generously sized bedrooms, and an updated bath. The apartment has 9 foot ceilings, picture moldings, cedar lined closets, french doors in the living room, and oak hardwood floors with mahogany trim. An on-site gym for residents and a recently renovated inner courtyard, add to the reasons why you will love living at the Tudor Arms. You are just a five minute walk to the shops and restaurants in Bronxville Village as well as the Bronxville Metro North station.



6 Studio Arcade #2H, Bronxville (2 Bed/1 Bath) $3500/month

651 N. Terrace Avenue #6C, Mount Vernon (1 Bed/1 Bath) $1750/month

Let one of our knowledgeable agents help you buy or sell your next home-be it a House, a Condo or a Co-op!  Houlihan & O’Malley works with you through it all.


Ready to sell your home? The first step – working with the right Real Estate Agent.

Sell Your Home with Houlihan & O'Malley

Selling your home can be an overwhelming process. It is important to have a trusted team by your side to help guide you through the process.  When you enlist the help of one of Houlihan & O’Malley’s trusted real estate agents, you will receive the right advice during each step of the selling process.

We will:

  • Help you determine the best asking price
  • Extensively market your home in order to maximize the number of buyers who know about it
  • Regularly communicate with you to keep you fully informed of everything we are doing to sell your home
  • Update you on both real estate and market changes that could affect your property’s sale
  • Offer our proven advice on how to prepare and show your property so you get the best possible price
  • Provide feedback from all showings and open houses
  • Be available to help pre-qualify potential buyers
  • Promptly present and evaluate each offer with you
  • Negotiate the highest possible price and best terms for you
  • Manage all contractual, title and transaction details together with your attorney, and keep you informed at all times

Houlihan & O’Malley Real Estate Services is committed to a tradition of real estate excellence combined with new approaches that take advantage of the latest technology, offering clients professional expertise, personalized service, and unwavering focus.  The firm’s agents–true extensions of the Houlihan family, are knowledgeable, involved, and dedicated.  Let us help you sell your home!

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2019-New Year/New Beginnings and lots of closings!

Eastchester Real Estate

Here’s What Happened in January at Houlihan & O’Malley


10 Alden Place #4B Bronxville PO/Mt. Vernon (2 Bed/1 Bath) $3000/month

Newly renovated Alden Place apartment. This Bronxville PO, Mount Vernon unit, has a brand-new kitchen with stainless steel appliances and stone counter tops as well as a new bathroom. There is an entry foyer, a large and gracious living room with treetop views overlooking a park and the new kitchen has a separate dining area. The apartment comes with a parking sticker for one unassigned parking space in the circle in front of the building and has its own storage bin in the basement. It’s just a five-minute walk to Bronxville shops, dining and the Metro North Station. Be the first to live in this wonderful newly renovated apartment.

3850 Hudson Manor Terrace Unit LE, Riverdale (1Bed/1 Bath) $185,000

Welcome to 3850 Hudson Manor Terrace, this unit is nestled on the first floor of a well-maintained building in the heart of Riverdale. The apartment has hardwood floors throughout, oversized windows and offers higher than usual ceilings over 9 1/2 feet. Large foyer, four closets, living room, open floor plan extending into an eat-in-kitchen. Long hall leads to a full bath and spacious bedroom. This building offers a fully equipped gym, community room, laundry room and an 18-hour doorman. Walk Score 74.


766 Palmer Road #3D, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (1 Bed/1 Bath) $235,000 list price

Penthouse living. You’ll enjoy this quiet and peaceful unit. Come home to relax in your large living room which offers access to your very own private 630 square foot outdoor rooftop terrace. This unit includes all built in California closets, a custom dresser in the bedroom, as well as a built-in cabinet in the bathroom. Just a short walk to the Bronxville Metro-North train station, shops and many restaurants. Sunnybrook Gardens has a Walk Score of 72.

62 Rockledge Unit 2A, Hartsdale (2 Bed/2 Bath) $295,000 list price

Beautiful sunny garden style co-op short walk to downtown Hartsdale shops & train! The perfect commuter location-in the city in just over 30 min! Unit has been beautifully maintained with hardwood floors throughout, beautiful oversized windows & open flow living/dining. Kitchen with ample storage right off main hallway w/ additional storage in 3 hall closets. Foyer opens to large dining area and spacious living room with separate home office or possible 3rd bed. Updated hall bath sits between oversized 2nd bedroom and master with en suite, each bedroom with 2 closets. Complex includes all the amenities you could ask for- community pool, free storage and bike racks at basement level, community laundry room, children’s playgrounds and gardening areas. Front of building common areas maintained by professional landscaper and allow space for your BBQ, patio table and lounge chairs perfect for outdoor entertaining.

1 Hutchinson Avenue, Scarsdale (3 Bed/2 Bath) $641,900 list price

Sprawling ranch on nearly 3/4-acre level lot. Enjoy huge sunlit rooms with vaulted ceiling. Beautiful dark hardwood floors throughout. Fireplace in the living room. Large windows throughout the home to bring in the natural light. Chef’s kitchen, with ample cabinet, counter space, and granite countertops. Large Bedrooms with lots of cabinet space. Remodeled bathrooms. Stunning back yard. Walking distance to Quaker Ridge Elementary, and short drive to Golf club, lakes, parks, shopping, etc…


Single Family/Multi-Family:

712 Locksley Road, Yorktown Heights (4 Bed/2 Bath) $505,000

366 Hayward Avenue, Mount Vernon (3 Bed/1 Full Bath/2 Half Bath) $559,000

 9 Pasadena Road, Bronxville PO/Eastchester (4 Bed/2 Full Bath/2 Half Bath) $596,000

 Eastchester Real Estate

276 Read Avenue, Tuckahoe PO/Yonkers (7 Bed/5 Bath) $1,050,000

 Houlihan & O'Malley Real Estate

11 Lee Place, Bronxville (3 Bed/3 Bath/1 Half Bath) $1,500,000

Bronxville Real Estate


10 Franklin Avenue #1B, White Plains (2 Bed/2 Bath) $299,000


1465 Midland Avenue #4B, Bronxville PO/Yonkers (1Bed/1 Bath) $2,700/month

 10 Alden Place #2B (2 Bed/1 Bath) $2,800/month

 10 Alden Place #3B (2 Bed/1 Bath) $2,850/month

Let Houlihan & O’Malley help you with your next (or first) real estate transaction. We’ll provide you with OUR brand of service!

TUCKAHOE-a charming village with much to offer, including many delightful & diverse eateries.



If Tuckahoe is not on your radar yet, it is time to make a visit! Tuckahoe is located in lower, central Westchester County. The walking village is centrally located between Manhattan and White Plains and serves commuters with two train stations on Metro North’s Harlem line: Tuckahoe and Crestwood. The population is just under 7,000.

There are two distinct shopping areas around the two train stations that offer local services and a very wide variety of dining options.  The rush hour trips to and from Grand Central are an average of 35 minutes. The Village offers a distinct relief from the hustle and bustle of City life. Median prices in Tuckahoe for 2018 were:

Single family homes: $595,000

Co-ops:      $215,000

Condos:  $450,000

Residents (and visitors) have numerous activities and events they can enjoy year-round such as the Tuckahoe Farmers Market every Sunday in Depot Square during the season, a full calendar of events at both the Tuckahoe Library and the Tuckahoe Community Center. On the second Sunday of September there is the Tuckahoe Challenge Road Race which is a 5K run to raise funds for the Tuckahoe Library and the Tuckahoe Beautification Committee.

Since Tuckahoe is a Village in the Town of Eastchester, residents can make use of the Eastchester recreation facility called Lake Isle Country Club which has an 18 hole golf course, 5 swimming pools and tennis courts as well as dining facilities.

There is a huge sense of community which can be felt throughout the village. Due to the quaint size of Tuckahoe, residents are able to enjoy walking to most of the businesses and excellent restaurant options such as The Quarry, Spice Village, Mamma Assunta, Stephens Green, The Tap House, Martine’s Fine Bake Shop and the latest addition Rio Bravo,  just to name a few.

Tuckahoe’s award-winning Main Street Streetscape and Development has created a safe and inviting stroll to Depot Square. You can see the growth of this town from a 1800s Marble Quarry Town to a vibrant 21st century community.  Feel free to visit the Tuckahoe website to view wonderful photos charting some the history of Tuckahoe,

Growth is definitely on the horizon for Tuckahoe, so now is the time to ask if this is the right location for you?

Contact the Houlihan & O’Malley team to learn more about this lovely village.


2018 has drawn to a close and…

Westchester County

Here’s What Happened in December at Houlihan & O’Malley


61 Rockwood Place, New Rochelle (3 Bed/2 Full Baths/1 Half Bath) $599,000

Great opportunity in sought after Maplewood Park. This classic three bedroom split level sits on almost a half acre of level property. The main level has a large living room, a formal dining room and an eat in kitchen. Upstairs is a master bedroom with an ensuite bath, two additional bedrooms and a hall bath. An oversized two car garage.  The expansive backyard can be your relaxing outdoor oasis.  Don’t miss your chance to live in Maplewood Park and make this house your own!


151 Pennsylvania Avenue, Tuckahoe PO/Yonkers (5 Bed/2 Full Baths/1 Half Bath) $680,000

This ideally located Crestwood home is on the market for the first time in over 50 years with over 3,100 square feet of living area. Only 3 blocks to the CRESTWOOD station of Metro North and one block to the Crestwood Library. There is an impressive entry foyer that opens to a large living room with herringbone floors and a fireplace; there are French doors to a formal dining room. A large kitchen (with a butler’s pantry) opens to a sunlit breakfast room.  There is also a detached one car garage needing some TLC.

235 Read Avenue, Tuckahoe PO/Yonkers (5 Bed/1 Full Bath/1 Half Bath) $710,000

A COMMUTER’S DREAM, steps from the CRESTWOOD station with express service to Grand Central Station in 30 minutes! This Victorian home offers a picture perfect front porch and over 2500 SF of living area. The first level features a Grand Entrance Foyer, large Formal Living Room w/ wood burning Fireplace; Formal Dining Room with pantry for storage, Renovated Eat-In-Kitchen with granite counters, SS appliances, and conveniently located Laundry room. Easy access to the back patio, back yard, lower level (1242 SF) and a back staircase to the second floor. Attic has full ceiling height offering 779 SF of finishable space.  Just one block to the Crestwood Library, easy access to Bronx River Pathways & Shultz Field!


8 Rhynas Drive, Mount Vernon (4 Bed/3 Bath) $1,050,000

Beautiful Rhynas Drive-named for the famed architect who built each distinguished home on this delightful block. #8 is his only stone front home in the remarkable collection. With its original slate roof, this home sits prominently on the bend in the road. Enter into a roomy foyer with wide planked floors, a large living room including a wood burning fireplace, a classic paneled office and a lovely screened in porch. The foyer also opens to a formal dining room and provides entrance to the renovated kitchen with family room, bedroom and full bathroom. The second floor has a large master suite with renovated master bath. There is a walk up attic for storage and a partially finished basement with a 2 car garage. The quality of this home is evident everywhere you turn!


712 Locksley Road, Yorktown Heights (4 Bed/2 Bath) $499,999

Picture Perfect Cape Cod style home has been expanded and fully dormered.  Beautiful home is move in ready with welcoming curb appeal including a stone wall and flagstone walkway. The living space is an airy, light-filled open floorplan. The gourmet kitchen offers stainless steel appliances, a double oven, induction cooktop, quartz countertops, and a center island.  What else could you ask for?  The deck overlooks a level yard.  A prime location-close to shops, schools, restaurants, & parkways!


1484 Washington Street, Cortlandt Manor (4 Bed/2Bath/1 Half Bath) $635,000

This warm and welcoming home has been exquisitely updated to perfection both inside and out. This impeccable home is set on a 1 private wooded acre. Truly spectacular and only a few minutes to Metro North Station-60 minutes to NYC!

177 East Hartsdale Avenue 2A, Hartsdale (1 Bedroom/1 Bath COOP) $171,000

Let Houlihan & O’Malley Real Estate Services help you with your next Westchester County real estate transaction.  We would love to provide you with OUR brand of service!

Bronxville & Vicinity Arts & Entertainment


Bronxville Area Events

Bronxville has a unique energy all its own.  But there is no doubt that this small village and its surrounding areas have lots to offer when it comes to the Arts & Entertainment.

Here’s just a sampling of what’s happening…

Sarah Lawrence College, a private liberal arts college located in Bronxville (Yonkers), offers many great events that are open to the public. The college is known for its low student-to-faculty ratio and highly individualized courses of study. Whether it is a visual arts lecture or a basketball game, there is something for everyone. Be sure to check into their events page

Concordia College-New York – includes an amazing art gallery and fantastic Conservatory.  The OSilas Gallery integrates visual arts into the cultural and educational life on campus and community by providing quality exhibitions and programs that are diverse in style, content, and media. Keep an eye out for their student exhibits and receptions

The Reformed Church of Bronxville has a Hand Bell Concert in December

A bit further north, we have The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. This complex hosts four theaters and is located on the campus of SUNY Purchase. This Arts Center is considered a major professional, non-profit arts presenter in Southeast New York and Southwest Connecticut. The Center presents a broad range of performances that truly engage audiences through music, dance, theatre, family programming, comedy and film – there is truly something for everyone

And another great place is the Tarrytown Music Hall.  This is grand old 843-seat Music Hall that is owned by a nonprofit educational and cultural organization established in 1979 and managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. This theater is bursting with energy and traffic as many people seek out their great programming

Lastly and locally, the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce is another great organization that sponsors numerous happenings in the village. As we head into the holidays, there are events that are fun for everyone – ranging from the town tree lighting, to the merchant ugly sweater party or small business Saturday – they list it all

It is clear that Bronxville and vicinity boast a lot of action and engaging events for all to enjoy.   There is certainly something for everyone!


Westchester County Real Estate Sales Q3 Stats

Westchester County Real Estate

Quarterly Indicators Westchester County

Some economy observers are pointing to 2018 as the final period in a long string of sentences touting several happy years of buyer demand and sales excitement for the housing industry. Although residential real estate should continue along a mostly positive line for the rest of the year, rising prices and interest rates coupled with salary stagnation and a generational trend toward home purchase delay or even disinterest could create an environment of declining sales.

• Single-Family Closed Sales were down 4.1 percent to 1,916.

• Condos Closed Sales were down 1.2 percent to 401. • Co-ops Closed Sales were down 7.8 percent to 544.

• Single-Family Median Sales Price decreased 0.2 percent to $678,750.

• Condos Median Sales Price increased 1.8 percent to $392,000.

• Co-ops Median Sales Price increased 3.0 percent to $170,000.

Tracking reputable news sources for housing market predictions makes good sense, as does observing trends based on meaningful statistics. By the numbers, we continue to see pockets of unprecedented price heights combined with low days on market and an economic backdrop conducive to consistent demand. We were reminded by Hurricane Florence of how quickly a situation can change. Rather than dwelling on predictions of a somber future, it is worth the effort to manage the fundamentals that will lead to an ongoing display of healthy balance.

To view detailed market data, click on link below.
2018 Third Qtr Residential Saled Rpt.hgar

At Houlihan & O’Malley, our team is constantly monitoring the market and keeping our clients up-to-date in order to help them make informed real estate decisions.  We also bring over 30 years of experience in the Westchester County real estate market to the table.

Contact us to help with all of your real estate needs!

What Happened in October at Houlihan & O’Malley-FIRST MONTH OF Q4/2018!

Houlihan & O'Malley Real Estate

Our Featured Listing in October!

Tuckahoe Real Estate

276 Read Avenue, Tuckahoe PO/Yonkers (7 Bed/5 Bath) $989,000

Extremely rare and unusually large two family home just two blocks from the Crestwood Metro North station. First floor-2 Bedroom/1 Bathroom; second & third floor Duplex with 4 Bedrooms/3 Bathrooms!  You will be amazed at all the space.  And it is extremely well maintained with good mechanicals: 200 amps of electric service, instant hot water and a high tech heating system. Central A/C and Central Vac on each floor.   What else could you ask for?

New Rental Listings

9 Alden Place #4D, Bronxville PO/Mount Vernon (3 Bed/2 Full Bath/1 Half Bath) Rental with Washer/Dryer $4,900/month

10 Alden Place #3B, Bronxville PO/Mount Vernon (2 Bed/1 Bath) Rental $3,000/month

10 Alden Place #2B, Bronxville PO/Mount Vernon (2 Bed/1 Bath) Rental $3,000/month

10 Alden Place #1B, Bronxville PO/Mount Vernon (2 Bed/1 Bath) Rental $3,000/month

71 Stoneleigh Road, Scarsdale PO/Yonkers, Single Family (4 Bed/3 Bath) $4,975/month


11 Lee Place, Bronxville (3 Bed/3Full Bath/1 Half Bath) $1,665,000

Picture Perfect In A Premier Bronxville Village Location! This classic 1925 Center Hall Colonial is located at the end of a peaceful cul-de-sac and has been lovingly maintained and tastefully updated. Fabulous outdoor space in the front and rear yards are perfect for outdoor entertaining and relaxing. Walk to Bronxville Village schools, shops, restaurants and the Metro North station.

Bronxville Real Estate

9 Pasadena Road, Bronxville PO/Eastchester (3 Bed/2 Full Bath/2 Half Bath) $569,000

Location, location, location! A classic split level located in the Bronxville PO/Tuckahoe School District. This three bedroom house sits on a large level property with mature plantings and a private backyard.  While the house is in need of some updating, the potential is there. It’s a great value in a great location!

Eastchester Real Estate

366 Hayward Avenue, Mount Vernon (3 Bed/1 Full Bath/1 Half Bath) $549,000

Charm at every turn in this brick Colonial with high ceilings on a quiet street in Fleetwood a short walk to the train, school and shops.   Open and airy with a lovely front porch for relaxing, reading, dining and socializing. Walls have been opened to bring in light and add to the already spacious feeling. Convenience with everything you need!

  378 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/3 Bath) $667,000

Picture perfect Crestwood Tudor built in 1931 and completely updated for 21st century living. You will fall in love with the uber chic style and easy living of this lovely home. Open concept dining room/kitchen, living room featuring a beautiful stone fireplace with French door to slate patio and sliders to awesome deck overlooking the oversized back yard.  Perfect for entertaining!

Scarsdale NY Real Estate

222 Read Avenue, Tuckahoe PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/2 Full Bath/1 Half Bath) $699,000

Commuter’s dream in Crestwood! This beautiful center hall colonial is just .2 miles from the train and 28 minutes to GCT. With hardwood floors and crown moldings, the first floor boasts an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, living room, family room/sun room, and powder room.   The unfinished basement has ample ceiling height to provide great additional living space.

  1484 Washington Street, Cortlandt Manor (4 Bed/2 Full Bath/1Half Bath) $650,000

Exquisitely updated to perfection both inside & out. You will fall in love with this warm & welcoming home. The incredible gourmet kitchen w/expansive island is the heart of the home. The kitchen is highlighted w/custom cabinets, SS appliances, granite counter tops, china closet & custom lighting.  This impeccable home is set on 1.0 private wooded acres. Truly a spectacular home. A few minutes to Metro North w/60 minutes to NYC.


10 Franklin Avenue, Unit 1B, White Plains (2 Bed/2 Bath) $299,999

Welcome to the Westbrook! This desirable CO-OP apartment is located in the heart of downtown White Plains where you are walking distance to the vibrant City Center shops, eateries, nightlife, train & parks. This building offers an Elevator, Parking Garage & Laundry Room. Fifteen minute walk to train/35 minute commute to Manhattan. A Commuter’s Dream!

177 E. Hartsdale Avenue, Hartsdale (1 Bed/1 Bath) $175,950

Only three minutes to Hartsdale’s Metro North station.  This is a large one bedroom unit with a designer queen size Murphy bed for guests. Doorman building! Walk to bus/ train (30 minutes to NYC), hike & bike trail in minutes. Village restaurants galore.


494 Westchester Avenue, Tuckahoe PO/Yonkers (3 Bed/2 Bath) $630,000


110 Livingston Avenue Unit 1, Yonkers (3 Bed/1 Bath) $1925/month

182 Kimball Avenue, Yonkers (3 Bed/1 Full Bath/1 Half Bath) $2,500/month

Let Houlihan & O’Malley Real Estate Services help you with your next real estate transaction.  We would love to provide you with OUR brand of service!