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Date Archives: September 2020

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September
28

Where to See Changing Leaves Around Long Island

Changing Leaves - Long Island - Coach Realtors

There's nothing quite like Long Island in Autumn. Cool breezes off the sound, apple orchards ripe for the picking, spectacular foliage—it's really something. Our REALTORS® are excited to share some of their favorite spots to catch the changing leaves on Long Island. 

  • Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve - 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd, Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743
    Nestled on a rugged peninsula extending into Long Island Sound, Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is always a reliable place to catch some vibrant fall colors. The park's many acres of woodlands and meadows are crisscrossed by hiking and horseback riding trails, and offer some truly spectacular views. The park is just minutes from these Suffolk County homes for sale, and offers one of Long Island's most picturesque landscapes in any season.

  • Bethpage State Park - 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd, Farmingdale, NY 11735
    Bethpage State Park is most famous for its golf course, and fall is a mighty good time to spend a day on the links. But that's not all Bethpage State Park has to offer. Located a stone's throw from these Nassau County homes for sale, the park is home to shady picnic areas and several miles of secluded nature trails that meander through a varied forest with an abundance of fall color. 

  • West Hills County Park - Sweet Hollow Rd, Huntington Station, NY 11747
    Bridle trails and a fenced-in dog run make West Hills County Park a perennial favorite, especially during the colorful fall months. The park is also home to many well manicured nature trails, including the historic Walt Whitman Trail, which leads to Long Island's highest point (400-foot Jayne's Hill). With many Huntington homes for sale nearby, this is one of the most popular Suffolk County parks, so it's usually a good idea to visit on a weekday to beat the crowds. 

  • Caleb Smith State Park Preserve - 581 W Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787
    Leaf peeping and bird watching are always popular at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve. Spanning over 540 acres of mixed forests and wetlands, the park offers splendid scenery and views that change with the seasons. A nature museum spotlights local flora and fauna, and nature programs for kids of all ages are offered year-round. Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is located near the North Shore of Long Island with many Smithtown homes for sale nearby.

  • Planting Fields Arboretum - 1395 Planting Fields Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
    Planting Fields Arboretum is a spectacular landscape of woods and well-groomed gardens, which spring to life in vivid color in autumn. The gardens surround a spectacular Gilded Age mansion, and the arboretum hosts an incredible diversity of plant life. Whether you book a mansion tour or simply explore the grounds, be sure to check out these Oyster Bay homes for sale in the area. 

  • Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail - Merrick Rd, Massapequa, NY 11758
    As its name suggests, the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail traverses both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, connecting Long Island's North and South Shores. Stretching 20 miles end-to-end, the trail offers endless fall scenery, with numerous access points all along its length. The southern end of the trail near these Massapequa homes for sale is a great place to start, with a clearly marked trailhead and plenty of parking.

Peak foliage usually arrives on Long Island toward the end of October, and watching as the colors gradually transform over the next month is one of the great joys of the year. Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and talk to our team about finding your dream home on Long Island today!

September
21

Buyers: 5 Reasons to Consider Waterfront Living

Waterfront Living - Buy a Home - Coach Realtors

Our REALTORS® know that one of the biggest draws of Long Island is the chance to live by the shore!

Seaside property is always in demand in Long Island. Whether you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, you shouldn't pass up the opportunity to visit some coastal homes.

Many people have never considered that they might be able to find the ideal coastal property for them. If you haven't thought about it before, now is the perfect time to give coastal living a much closer look. It is more attainable than you think!

When you buy a waterfront property, you're not just getting a new home. The truth is, you're signing on to a whole new lifestyle that can be deeply rewarding. For the right buyer, the benefits are undeniable.

Let's look at the top reasons waterfront living can't be beat:

  1. Convenient Frontage and Water Access
    With your waterfront property, you'll also receive something that any boater covets: The chance to get out on the water any time of the day or night from the convenience of your own ramp or other access point. And whether you're on the boat or relaxing onshore, the tranquility will ease your mind.

  2. High Potential to Accumulate Value
    Waterfront properties typically see the highest appreciation among homes of similar size. When it comes to amenities, few other things compare to living right on the water. That makes them a terrific medium- or long-term investment. When the time comes to sell, you'll be well taken care of!

  3. The Ideal Self-Rental Property
    When vacationers visit Long Island, they're just as eager to hit the shore as locals. Waterfront property is an enticing prospect for a platform like Airbnb. Maintained and marketed correctly, you can parlay your waterfront home into a profitable vacation rental venture and pay your mortgage costs at the same time.

  4. Permanent Views for Your Enjoyment
    When you buy a home in an area under development, you never know what the view will look like next year – let alone in 10 or 15. Most waterfront areas have strict regulations about development, so the value of the view you fell in love with is protected for the long haul.

  5. Feel More Connected to Nature Than Ever
    In today's modern, busy world, it can be difficult to make the time you need to spend a few hours out in nature. A waterfront property has a built-in solution: With the wealth of sea birds, plant life, fish, and small animals that make a waterfront their home, you will always have your own little natural oasis.

When you want to buy a waterfront home, it's crucial to work with an expert in these unique properties. Your real estate agent can help you find one that offers the beauty and privacy you want, all while helping you make sure that your dreams for the property can be realized.

Contact us to learn more. We look forward to helping you.

September
14

I Love New York: 5 Historical Places to See Around Long Island

Historical Places - Long Island - Coach Realtors

When most people envision New York City's iconic places, many of Manhattan's landmarks come to mind, but there are so many other wonderful sites just across the East River. If you love New York then our REALTORS® believe you'll love visiting these historical sites on Long Island.

  1. Sands Point Preserve – 127 Middle Neck Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Sands Point Preserve
    is also known as the Gould-Guggenheim Estate as well as the Hempstead House. No matter what you refer to it as, the Sands Point Preserve is a truly impressive sight to behold. The preserve takes up 216-acres on the Guggenheim Estate, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor activities, educational programs, cultural events, and a perfect backdrop for anyone who loves a walk in the park. Close to many of our Port Washington homes for sale, we always recommend visitors to the area tour the mansion and stroll the Sands Point Preserve to gain insight into the rich history of the famed "East Egg" as described in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

  2. Oheka Castle – 135 W. Gate Dr. Cold Spring Hills, Huntington, NY 11743
    If you're planning on purchasing one of our Huntington homes for sale, it's only a matter of time until you discover Long Island's iconic castle. Oheka Castle is an astounding Gold Coast Mansion that sits atop the highest point on the island. A popular destination for weddings, celebrations, and other events, Oheka Castle is one of the most remarkable sites on Long Island. When you're house hunting in the area, consider visiting Oheka Castle for a historic tour, grab a bite to eat at their OHK Bar & Restaurant, or even stay the night in one of their hotel suites.

  3. Stony Brook Grist Mill – 100 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Part of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, the Stony Brook Grist Mill is still a fully-equipped and operation mill on Long Island. Located in the Mill Pond, it was once the center of the community where residents would gather and gossip. Today, you can take a guided tour during the weekend to learn more about the Mill's history. As you tour Stony Brook homes for sale, be sure to visit the other historical places listed with the Ward Melville Heritage Organization.

  4. Queens County Farm Museum – 7350 Little Neck Pwky, Floral Park, NY 11004
    Also known as Queens Farm, this site dates back to 1697 and is still New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. As a major metropolitan city, it's easy to forget how much of NYC was once home to miles of farming communities. The Queens County Farm Museum is open daily for visitation and offers an opportunity to grab a breath of fresh air in between Floral Park homes for sale appointments.

  5. Northport Historical Society and Museum – 215 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
    The Northport Historical Society Museum and Shop is a wonderful destination where you can learn about the history of the area. Their museum and research library displays a collection of artifacts and the society hosts education programs for visitors of all ages. As you consider Northport homes for sale, make a stop at this historical building to discover just how rich with heritage the Northport area is.

Would you like to call Long Island home? We can help. Contact us today.

September
8

Should You Buy a Vacation Home in 2020?

Vacation Home Pros & Cons - Coach Realtors

Like many people, you've probably dreamt of owning a vacation property. But is 2020 the right year to take the plunge on a second home? After all, mortgage rates are at a historical low. But this is a time of economic uncertainty. And we don't know when the economy will fully recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. There's a lot to consider before you invest, which is why Our REALTORS® give you this rundown of the pros and cons of buying a vacation home in 2020.

  • Pro: Mortgage Interest Rates Are Hitting Record Lows
    If you have the income stability, buying a vacation home in 2020 may make a lot of sense. Mortgage interest rates at a historical low and it's predicted that this will continue into 2021. According to Freddie Mac, the average interest rates in August 2020 dropped below 3% for the first time ever.

  • Con: Being Approved for a Mortgage is Trickier
    With the coronavirus pandemic, all lenders are concerned with the continuity of income. Pre-COVID-19, only a few employment verifications were needed to approve a new loan. Now there are more stringent requirements and processes to prove that a homebuyer is financially stable and will be able to pay a mortgage.

  • Pro: You Can Earn Extra Income
    If the vacation home you plan to buy is in one of the most in-demand cities, you could tap into a new source of income by renting it out. Rental property websites like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO have changed how people vacation. Over the last few months, travelers have been staying at hotels much less and instead opting for vacation rentals because they can easily social distance. And don't forget about tax deductions. If the home is rented out for more than 14 days, it can be considered a business, which means you can deduct any business-related expenses.

  • Con: There are a Couple of Risks
    While real estate is usually one of the best investments you can make, there are several risks associated with owning a vacation property, especially during these uncertain times. To begin with, vacation homes tend to be more susceptible to the effects of economic downturns. 

    What's more, the area where you're planning to buy might take more time to recover from the pandemic. With this in mind, you should consider how the social distancing measures or the closure of attractions and restaurants will affect the appeal.

  • Pro: Buying a Vacation Property is More Feasible Than you Think
    You probably know that vacation homes have long been the playground for the rich. In 2020, however, you don't have to be a multimillionaire to afford a second home. The barriers have come crashing down and there are loads of opportunities for potential buyers like you and at lower price points. If you're willing to dig deep or take on a few renovation projects, it can be possible to make your vacation home dream a reality, at a fraction of the cost.

  • Con: The Upkeep Can Be Time-Consuming and Expensive
    A vacation home is one of the most hands-on investments you can get yourself into. There's a lot of upkeep involved with it and at the very least, you'll have to prep, clean, and restock the property between every guest's stay. There will also be the marketing aspect and unplanned costs for repairs and maintenance.

Before you start looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, talk to our REALTORS® to get an insight into the current real estate market conditions and find out if this is the time to take the shot. Contact us today.

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