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Global Citizens: Giving Back Locally and Globally

In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 15 – 21), Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty is committed to making a lasting humanitarian difference in communities, locally and globally. The firm holds annual fundraisers to support local arts education programs in the Hudson Valley as well as home construction in Haiti. Owner Richard Ellis said a key priority in 2018 and beyond is “giving back.”

Partnership with New Story

“Public-private partnerships continue to offer solutions for achieving common goals,” he said. Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty recently raised over $6,000 to build a hurricane-resistant house for a family in Haiti through its partnership with New Story, a nonprofit whose mission is to transform dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes.

“Giving Sales Associates an avenue to give back is important to morale and builds a collaborative and inspired team,” he said. “Teaming up with New Story allowed us to extend the services we provide daily: to help people discover homes that allow them to build better lives.”


Preserving the Arts in Hudson Valley Public Schools

Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty partners with Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center in Nyack to host annual fundraisers benefiting arts education in local public schools, raising over $45,000 since the partnership was forged two years ago. Hopper is widely acknowledged as the most important realist painter of 20th century America.

“Funding for arts education has unfortunately been cut back,” said Ellis, who believes this curriculum is critical in creating a well-rounded individual. “The Hudson Valley has a rich history of nurturing great artists. We are committed to continuing that tradition for the next generation of residents as well as instilling confidence and building self esteem in children and adolescents through art.”



Preparing Your Home For Sale: Insider Tips for Today’s Sellers

96 Washington Spring Rd, Snedens Landing

Putting your home on the market? Sellers need the professional advice of REALTORS® who not only know the marketplace well, but have the ability to market properties successfully. Just a few small investments can go a long way to increase your home’s perceived value by seeing your home through the eyes of the buyer.

Consider the following recommendations to ensure prospective buyers gain a great first impression:

18 Conklin Lane, Rockleigh, NJ

  • According to HGTV, landscaping can add as much as 10 percent in value to your home. Keep the grass cut and free of clutter. A few hearty, potted plants and inviting seasonal flowers or shrubs around the walkway will go a long way.
  • A freshly painted door will create a welcoming first impression.
  • Besides letting outside light in to brighten spaces, change your light bulbs from “soft white” to “clear” to maximize brightness.
  • Hide the critters: conceal pets and pet food from all common areas.

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  • Repurpose an unused room into an office or craft room.
  • Remove extra clothes from the closets and dishes from the cabinets.
  • Paint with calming hues.
  • Power wash surfaces, including pavers, fences, as well as brick and vinyl siding.

Best Farmers’ Markets and Farm Stores in the Lower Hudson Valley

With the snow still falling in the Hudson Valley, it’s hard to believe the spring season is upon us let alone that summer is right around the corner. The Lower Hudson Valley features a bounty of farmers’ markets and farm stands that offer locally sourced produce, baked goods, flowers and local crafts. Many of the markets are open year-round, while others open in April and run through the fall. Here is our list of the best farmers’ markets and farm stores in the area. See you at the farm!

Photo: Nyack Farmer’s Market via Facebook

Nyack Farmers’ Market, Nyack Center

April 5 – November 29, 2018 | Thursdays, 8am to 2pm

Join some of the greatest vendors in the region who come together to offer locally produced food, featuring fresh, delicious produce, baked goods, sweet treats and other great items. Local artists and craftsmen sell unique gifts and collectables.

Down to Earth Farmers’ Market, Piermont

April 22 – November 18, 2018 | Sundays, 9:30am to 3:00pm

Down to Earth Markets bring together local farmers and area food makers who source locally, expanding upon the traditional farmers’ market. Down to Earth Piermont includes vendors from Deep Roots Farm, Mcgrath Cheese Company and Sunset View Farm, to name a few.

Photo: Tuxedo Farmers’ Market via Facebook

Tuxedo Farmers’ Market, Tuxedo Train Station

Mid-June – October, 2018 | Saturdays, 9am to 2pm

Tuxedo Farmers’ Market brings locally grown, raised or produced fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats, eggs baked goods and gourmet specialty foods to our local community. Shop the market and get to know the vendors—knowing where your food comes from is important.

The Orchards of Concklin, Pomona

March – December | Daily, 8am to 6pm

The Orchards of Concklin has been a prominent fixture in Rockland County for over ten generations. The family-owned business features pick-your-own, locally grown produce, farm stand, bakery and farm-fresh eggs.

Photo: Von Houten Farms

Von Houten Farms, Orangeburg

Year-round | Daily, 8:30am to 6pm

Von Houten Farms is a local neighborhood garden center that has been in operation for over 60 years. The farm grows produce, flowers, plants, trees and shrubs, and offers a variety of gardening and lawn care supplies.

Auntie El’s Farm Market, Sloatsburg

Year-round | Daily, 8am – 6pm

Auntie El’s Farm Market and Bakery is a local-favorite and offers seasonal fruits and vegetables, chocolates, local honey, jams/jellies, baked goods, farm-fresh milk and eggs, and homemade dog biscuits.