Blog… What’s Brewing

Real Estate and The Crazy Busy Summer with COVID!

By Elisa Bruno-Midili | August 18, 2020 |
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How does a pandemic, economic crisis and psychological meltdown define the housing hustle and bustle this summer? Approximately half of the offers that home buyers have placed on homes were in a multiple offer situation in the past 3 monthsInterest rates are low and may be under 3% for some qualified buyersBuyers are exiting cities and dense areas in record numbers In search of space and privacyWork at home and outdoor space is trending as a...

Is it a good time to SELL? to BUY?

By Elisa Bruno-Midili | May 22, 2020 |
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Is it a good time?

We had momentum going into 2020 and it was like a rushing river about to overflow its banks! The virus has interrupted this flow…but only temporarily. So is it a good time to sell? Is it a good time to buy?  The short answer is, it is always a good time if you are ready. There will always be interrupters in real estate and sellers/buyers must be aware and not overly concerned with them too deeply....

What one indie company is doing to thrive in a covid19 world .

By Elisa Bruno-Midili | May 5, 2020 |
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Let’s begin by establishing the fact that pre-covid Café Realty was running at full speed in an extremely active market in the Hudson Valley serving sellers, buyers and investors’ real estate needs.  On March 22 the real estate industry was put on pause along with the world as we needed to protect ourselves from this invisible killer. The safety of our families and clients is always in mind, this is our top priority. In person contact...

Cafe Realty Action Plan (CRAP Happens): Your Actions

By Elisa Bruno-Midili | April 14, 2020 |
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Self Reliance

Yes, CRAP is happening right now. The Cafe Realty Action Plan is for shifting, pivoting and finding the new normal. Business practices will be different as we have now learned how to work remotely. The efficiency of it will improve as we understand the why of work and the how of time management. Technology is a huge resource helping us to adapt. One thing is for sure we need to stop thinking about going back to...


By Elisa Bruno-Midili | April 8, 2020 |
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CRAP happens and information is fluid! COVID is real and we apart now to be together later. This simple set of actions will help to guide you. CRAP is the Cafe Realty Action Plan for Disaster Relief and Economic Injury Recovery. What we do in times like these will prove who we are and what we are capable of! 1. Shift your mindset – it will be a long haul, it will be OK. It’s normal and acceptable to feel anxious and...

Effect of Coronavirus/COVID-19 on Real Estate in NY: 1 week after Executive Order

By Elisa Bruno-Midili | April 6, 2020 |
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This article was originally written on March 29 and things have changed again! Stay tuned for additional updates. Re-inventing roles as we embark on week 2 of the executive order to reduce workforce by 100%. This is the second article in the series about the effect of coronavirus on real estate. Updates are coming in fast and furious! Real estate is not an essential business in New York! To stay safe and healthy and to stop the spread...

The Effect of Coronavirus has on Real Estate: A Realtor’s View

By Elisa Bruno-Midili | March 28, 2020 |
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We move you

The effect of the coronavirus on real estate has many facets. We are learning to adapt to a new way of doing business. Any disruption will cause change and to be ready, mindset is the first thing to focus on to have a clear focus on how to adapt quickly and effectively. This is the first in a series of articles on what to expect during this time of social distancing. The ability to interact with people in...

Now Serving! Cafe Realty Your Realtor and Local Guide

By Elisa Bruno-Midili | December 9, 2019 |
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Community brings us together

Ever since 2013 Cafe Realty has served up real estate services plus community involvement. Community is who we are and we serve you with our local expertise. We guide you through the often daunting real estate process. Firstly, what is Cafe Realty and how is an independent brokerage different? Next, how are we involved with the community? Finally, why should you choose an independent brokerage business model and what is expected from this type of real...

Where do I go from here? Event Summary

By Elisa Bruno-Midili | November 9, 2019 |
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Making a Move

September 12 was Café Realty’s first panel helping consumers navigate through the daunting process of preparing to make a move. We spoke about how preparation is a threefold process, step 1 preparing your mind and establish a detached mindset, step 2  get your financial and legal house in order and step 3  prepare the home. This event provided resources for all the steps but most importantly addressed the question where do I go from here? Start...

Making a move? Where do you go from here?

By Elisa Bruno-Midili | September 5, 2019 |
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Making a Move

It was a personal Journey that led me to these questions: Making a move? Where do I go from here? I am a baby boomer, my children have moved on and are settled with their lives in a different state, my taxes are high, my property is a maintenance nightmare, privacy is an issue, so where do I go from here? Things that may affect my decision to make a move are my children my health...

Late Spring Update & The Unofficial Start of Summer

By Elisa Bruno-Midili | May 31, 2019 |
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Memorial Day was the unofficial start of summer, and peak season to sell or buy a home…however there are some challenges. An experienced, knowledgeable real estate professional is an advocate for you. A guide who is with you every step of the way. INVENTORY – still low in most markets even though inventory rose slightly pent up demand absorbed it. Learn what’s happening in your market. EXPECTATIONS – when all parties to the transaction respond expeditiously...

Guide to a Stress-Free Moving Experience: 10 Tips from a Real Estate Pro 

By Elisa Bruno-Midili | January 27, 2019 |
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Your home is your castle, your abode, your domicile, the place you go to when you seek shelter, comfort and solitude. You may be thinking of selling because it’s too much maintenance, the taxes are too high, your lifestyle has changed, your kids have moved out? “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” When getting ready an important thing to realize is that the only good time to put...