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Date Archives: July 2020

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Buy a home | 24 Posts
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Long Island, NY | 55 Posts
Nassau County | 1 Posts
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Sell a home | 18 Posts
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July
27

How to Turn Your Basement Into the Ultimate Rec Room

Ultimate Rec Room - Homeowners - Coach Realtors

Our REALTORS® have seen many home trends come and go over the years, but one thing that always appeals to prospective buyers and new homeowners is extra space for leisure activities.

Having a recreation space in the basement is an excellent option for kids and adults alike. Recreational activities help banish stress, promote relaxation, allow for some quality family time, and help keep the kids busy. Not only will your family enjoy using it, but it can increase the value of your home. If you have unfinished or unused space in your basement, here are some ideas to make the most of it.

  • Declutter first
    Always start here. You'll get a better idea of the size and be able to envision the possibilities. If you're currently using it for storage, you may have to relocate some of those items.

  • Decide how to use the space
    If you have a large space, you can divide the space, either visually or physically, for multiple uses. Depending on what you want to do, the size or shape of the space, positioning of pipes, HVAC vents or equipment, and access to electrical outlets or water may be considerations, so it pays to have a plan first. Here are a few popular ideas that families enjoy.

    • TV and living area
    • Home theater
    • Gaming area
    • Traditional rec room activities like a pool table, foosball, ping pong, air hockey, or even a retro arcade game.
    • Children's activity area
    • Reading nook
  • Consider your family's activities and style
    Since you'll want a space the whole family will enjoy, you may want to get everyone's input. You'll also want everyone to feel comfortable in the space. Here are some considerations you may find useful for a family area.

    • Add a child-sized table and chairs or an upholstered chair
    • When storing children's items make sure they can reach them easily.
    • If you'll be spending lots of time there, add a half bathroom for convenience.
  • Repaint
    Light or bright colors on the walls are best since basements are short on natural light. A different color or a painted stripe can serve to visually divide the space for multiple uses.

  • Update or add flooring
    Many basements simply have a concrete floor and some older homes may even have flooring tiles that contain asbestos and would need to be professionally removed. Adding flooring will help keep the area warmer in the winter too. Make sure whatever you choose is suitable for the below-grade installation. You could use different flooring to visually divide the space as well.

  • Make sure there's enough space to move around
    It's especially important for traditional gaming tables like a pool table or if you plan to do VR gaming. Depending on the length of the cues, pool tables will need a minimum of 4-1/2 feet clearance on all sides. VR games require at least enough room to stretch out and move your arms and legs in all directions without hitting anyone else or knocking anything over (usually around 5-6 feet). For other uses, just make sure your family members can move through the area easily.

Coach Realtors can help with your home search in Nassau County, Suffolk County, and the surrounding areas. Contact us today to get started finding the right home for your family.

July
20

New Homeowners: Furniture Shopping on Long Island

Furniture Stores - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Whether you're buying a new home you need to completely furnish or would like to replace some of your current pieces, you'll find many unique furniture shops around Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.

Our REALTORS® suggest stopping by the following shops in Nassau and Suffolk counties:

  • Timbre & Rye - 800 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11797
    Timbre & Rye specializes in modern, rustic, and industrial furniture, with each piece contributing to your home's overall aesthetic. You'll find many pieces for your living room, dining room, bedroom, and home office and can look for inspiration in the store's online idea book or visit the shop, which is located near Huntington homes for sale. Whether you're in the market for large pieces such as a sofa or accent pieces such as an ottoman or chest, you'll find a wide variety of unique furniture at Timbre & Rye.

  • France & Son - 916 Old Country Rd., Garden City, NY 11530
    Providing good design in the pieces you need has been the mission of France & Son, located near Garden City homes for sale, since its founding. It aims to bring luxury goods to your home to create an amazing interior that elevates your style while adding function. The store has its own line of furniture that's inspired by the classic designs of modernism to offer its interpretation of iconic pieces of the 20th century. You'll also find furniture products by other companies — including Four Hands and ED by Ellen Degeneres — at France & Son.

  • Dinette & Lighting Plaza - 6227 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
    Since 1983, Dinette & Lighting Plaza has offered high-quality products for the home. The shop, located just around the corner from Commack homes for sale, can also custom-make tables, chairs, and cabinets in any size, color, and design you'd like. The furniture is considered to be heirloom pieces you'll be able to pass down to your children someday. In fact, if you have an issue with a piece from Dinette & Lighting Plaza, you're welcome to bring it back so the shop can fix the issue.

  • Leonardo Furniture - 500 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Center, NY 11570
    Since 1988, Leonardo Furniture has offered a wide selection of furniture and accessories near Rockville Centre homes for sale. You'll be able to choose from over 30,000 square feet of products for your bedrooms, dining room, living room, and kids' rooms. Product names to look for include Ashley, Vaughan-Bassett, American Drew, and more. Sales are frequent, so look for these opportunities to save when you're shopping.

  • Laura's Home and Patio, 2027 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731
    When you're decorating your new home, don't neglect your outdoor furniture and decor. Laura's Home and Patio, located near East Northport homes for sale, has a large selection of products available to enhance your outdoor living space, including dining tables, deep seating, and lounge options. You can also let store personnel customize a collection to suit your style and needs and choose from finishing touches such as fire pits.

Contact us for more information about the furniture shops and other stores that help make Nassau and Suffolk counties a special place to work, play, shop, and live! 

July
13

Don't Buy Into These 6 Real Estate Myths

Real Estate Myths - Coach Realtors

Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, there's one thing you can count on: Our REALTORS® are there to make the whole process easier for you. We'll guide you every step of the way so you can make informed choices.

Unfortunately, even savvy buyers often believe some real estate myths.

It's no surprise certain real estate myths are so common. They've been around a long time and it's easy to pick them up through word of mouth. Some real estate myths were truths once upon a time. However, real estate changes quickly – and it's important to move with the times.

To make things even more complicated, the coronavirus pandemic has changed real estate in a very short time. Buyers and sellers around Long Island need to be aware of how COVID-19 has shaped the local market, but it's also crucial not to overcorrect.

Here are the biggest real estate myths to bust in 2020:

  1. Myth: There Are Fewer Buyers Out There Today
    While March and April saw fewer buyers than in recent years, activity on the real estate market has rebounded. Both buyers and sellers should be aware that the market is vigorous, spurred on by low interest rates and other opportunities. You should prepare for today's market just as you would in past years, but expect longer transaction times and a few extra steps in the process.

  2. Myth: Home Prices Are Poised to Fall Dramatically
    Home prices have generally remained steady throughout the pandemic. Although there is some regional variation, the basics remain the same: People will always need a place to live, so there'll always be healthy demand. With that in mind, buyers shouldn't sit tight and assume that a much better market is around the corner. Taking a proactive stance is best.

  3. Myth: You Can't Buy Without an In-Person Visit
    The best real estate agents have adapted quickly to the needs of clients in the age of coronavirus. Video showings and virtual tours of homes for sale are becoming much more common. With help from your own agent, you can do the proper due diligence, including getting plenty of photos. "Drive-by closings" and other new innovations make the process easier.

  4. Myth: You Don't Need an Agent to Buy a Home
    While it's technically true you can buy a home without your own agent, it's best to think twice. Your real estate agent is there to represent your interests at every turn. That's more vital now than ever before, and it makes a difference: Buyers with their own agents have the opportunity to spend less time on the market, get a better deal, and find a home they'll truly love.

  5. Myth: You'll Need a 20% Down Payment
    A 20% down payment can open doors, and will save money in the long run by helping you cut the amount you'll need to finance. However, there are many alternatives – especially for first-time homebuyers. Federally backed home mortgage programs such as the FHA home loan provide for much smaller down payments, from zero to about 3.5%.

  6. Myth: Preapproval Harms Your Credit Score
    Preapproval accelerates the buying process and gives greater confidence in your buying budget. It enables you to see the nuts and bolts of the finance package you are eligible for and makes the bidding process much faster, too. These benefits come with few drawbacks: Your credit is unaffected unless you place several mortgage applications at one time.

When it's time to buy your next Long Island home, Coach Realtors is here to help. Contact us for personalized advice.

July
6

Explore These Bike Trails Around Long Island

Bike Trails - Long Island - Coach Realtors

One great way to enjoy the outdoors around Long Island is to seek out the local bike trails. Our REALTORS® have several great suggestions for enjoying the amenities in our area, which are a real asset to the Long Island lifestyle.

Here are six unique bike trails, located close to some of our Nassau County or Suffolk County homes for sale. Please note social distancing and mask requirements before biking the trails.

  1. Heckscher State Park- Heckscher Parkway Field 1, East Islip, NY 11730
    Cycle the 4.5-mile flat trail for a panoramic view of Great South Bay. Watch for the nests of ospreys, a sea hawk, that tower over the park campground, and over the trail near Field 7. This 1600-acre former 19th-century estate also shelters white-tail deer and a variety of other birds. The park, originally opposed by local residents, represented public official Robert Moses's toughest fight to ensure the availability of public lands on Long Island. East Islip homes for sale are conveniently located near the trail and other amenities of Heckscher.

  2. Eisenhower Park - Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East MeadowNY 11554 
    This 930-acre oasis in Nassau County is one of the largest public spaces in the New York metro area. Larger than Central Park, it comprises property owned by Salisbury Country Club plus adjoining properties the county acquired. There's an easy, 5-mile loop trail, accessible all year round, near Meadowbrook Parkway. Check out Garden City homes for sale, just a few minutes away from the biking trails and everything else Eisenhower Park has to offer. 

  3. Belmont Lake State Park - Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon, NY 11703
    Located in Suffolk County, Belmont Lake State Park offers lots of activities, including picnicking, pedal boat and kayak rental, fishing, game courts, and also trails for walking and biking. Cyclists can enjoy a flat, easy 2.5-mile trail that runs through pretty woods, by a small waterfall, and over a stone bridge. Interested in Commack homes for sale? You won't be far from this picturesque park. 

  4. Valley Stream State Park - Valley Stream State Park Road, Valley Stream, NY 11580
    It's a short, rolling 2.7-mile loop trail around a lake, but you can pack a lunch, bike a bit, and choose one of the many picnic tables along the route in this shady park to set up the eats while the kids play. Picture yourself in one of our Hewlett homes for sale, where you'll be just minutes away from this gorgeous setting. 

  5. Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve - 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, NY 11743 
    Twenty-seven miles of trails traverse this flat to hilly park, a former estate on a Gold Coast peninsula that reaches into Long Island Sound. Caumsett comprises salt marsh, woodland, meadows and rock shoreline. Developed by Marshall Field III, the estate was acquired by New York State in the early '60s. In addition to biking, the park offers walking, bridle paths, hiking, nature trails and cross-country skiing. Have a look at Huntington homes for sale, and you could be in close proximity to this Long Island gem.

  6. Hempstead Lake State Park - Lakeside Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552
    The flat, easy, 2.4-mile trail winding around McDonald Pond isn't the only draw for this shady park. Enjoy boating, horseback riding, picnicking, playgrounds, playing fields, tennis, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and fishing. There's also a historic merry-go-round. Imagine your family biking the trails around McDonald Pond, just minutes from Rockville Centre homes for sale.  

Our real estate agents can help you find that special home close to biking trails and other amenities in our Long Island parks. Contact us today.

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