Getting ready for the weekend!​

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It’s almost the weekend! If you’re like us the next few days are no doubt filled with open houses and scoping the latest and the greatest in your soon-to-be neighborhoods. So what else is going on?

 Is subprime lending coming back? Banks are beginning to lower their FICO score requirements, dipping below the typical 640. Carrington Mortgage Services, for example, will go as low as 550 now.

What you need to know about home appraisals, including what to do if yours comes back lower than anticipated.

Not only will rates be higher down the road, but fixed-rate mortgages could be  a thing of the past in the future.

Lastly, while you’re out exploring, bring your favorite four-legged friend! Here’s some great dog parks across Westchester, Long Island, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

It’s not a dog park, but a dog BEACH in Larchmont. The Doggie Beach at New  Smyrna has no restrictions and is 100% off-leash during low tide.

 The Brookdale Dog Parkin Montclair has a separate large and small dog run, dedicated doggie drinking fountains and even obstacles for your pooch to play on. And there’s tons of well-shaded seating for you!

Check out Spencer’s Run at Waveny Park in New Canaan if you’re heading up to CT. The fenced-in dog area is great for dogs of all sizes, and is set in a gorgeous New England park.

For the Long Island-bound, Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn Estates is where it’s at! In addition to a 9-hole golf course and community pool, the park has a large fenced-in run for dogs, completed with picnic tables, seating and more.

   Enjoy the weekend and have fun scouting those soon-to-be neighborhoods!

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