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Date Archives: May 2021

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May
26

What Goes Up - Goes Up Further | A Letter from our London Office

Nick Churton of Coach Realtor's London office looks to a genius to make some sense of the current international real estate market and offer some pointers for the future.

What Isaac Newton, who formulated the laws of gravity in the middle of the 17th century, would have made of the current gravity-defying real estate market is anyone's guess. But, no doubt, like most people he would have been flummoxed.

Even a genius like Newton, who worked from home during the plague of 1665/66, would have had difficulty making any sense of this market. Despite a global killer pandemic, tens of millions of people out of work, nations in lockdown, travel halted and national treasuries handing out trillions in support of businesses, jobs and mortgages, the real estate market booms. It should, by any calculation, have plummeted like an apple from a tree. Instead, the market didn't fall; it held itself in suspended animation for a while before surging upwards.

By any estimation the market should at least have mirrored the slowdown experienced after the great recession of 2008. But from the Antipodes to the Americas, and from Europe to the Far East, residential property prices in many countries are soaring. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), it's the fastest year-on- year growth in the past two decades.

But perhaps we can learn something from Newton, whose third law stated that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Covid made homeowners and homebuyers react by moving from cities and buying larger homes in less crowded areas where they could work from home. At the same time interest rate cuts kept mortgage repayments manageable and vaccines have generated confidence.

It wasn't long ago that real estate professionals were preparing for the worst. Now the market, which is experiencing low inventory levels, is seeing increasing values with selling prices often well exceeding their asking prices.

Whilst most pandemic market activity has been in domestic markets, the international market has also been defying gravity. Despite travel restrictions, international buyers have been buying property sight unseen. Many homebuyers have been re-evaluating their lives or bringing forward plans to buy an overseas bolthole or permanent home. But this is just the tip of the iceberg; once travel opens up the signs are that there will be a super-surge of demand and activity from international buyers.

Growing numbers of sight-unseen global sales, ultra-competitive bidding on most listings and incidence of gazumping are all sure signs of a property market in boom mode. But let's give Newton the last word in trying to make sense of what is going on. He said, "I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people".

May
24

Where to Set a New Course Around Long Island

Discover New Trails Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

When you live in an area, having a deep understanding of its geography will help you navigate it and acquire a profound appreciation for its culture and history. Map Reading Week is the perfect opportunity to explore your community, so get out your print maps May 24th and refresh your map-reading skills.

As you get to discover the gorgeous properties and the rich history of Long Island, here are some places our REALTORS® have compiled that are definitely worth a stop.

  • Muttontown Preserve - 6191 NY-25A, East Norwich, NY 11732
    With its woodlands, ponds, and estate grounds, Muttontown Preserve is Nassau's County's largest nature preserve. For history lovers, Muttontown Preserve is cobbled from three separate estates dating back hundreds of years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    So whether you want to explore miles of marked nature trails or explore these East Norwich homes for sale located in the vibrant community that's the Village of Muttontown, you should give this place a visit.

  • Centennial Gardens - 251 Floral Pkwy., Floral Park, NY 11001
    Centennial Gardens is possibly one of the most serene places on Long Island. The Gardens were custom-made by volunteers and the Floral Park Conservation Society, transforming what was once a formerly debris-strewn storm basin into a scenic garden featuring scores of flowers and trees, as well as a magnificent bird sanctuary.

    Conveniently located near these Floral Park homes for sale on the western edge of Nassau County, Centennial Gardens is a great place to learn a thing or two about flowers, birds, and gardening.

  • Old Westbury Gardens - 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, NY 11568
    Old Westbury Gardens is an elegant estate with formal gardens sprawling over 200 acres. It's a spectacular estate that has been featured in dozen of movies and TV shows. You're welcome to explore the gardens and the English manor house furnished with priceless antiques and decorative artwork.

    Like these other Garden City homes for sale, the Old Westbury gardens feature some of the most serene and beautiful gardens in the world. What's more, their Café in the woods is reopening just in time for Map Reading Week.

  • Blydenburgh County Park - Veteran's Memorial Hwy., Smithtown, NY 11788
    With its richly forested hills at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River, Blydenburgh County Park is great for hiking, trail running, picnicking, camping, and freshwater fishing for pumpkinseed sunfish and large-mouth bass.

    Horseback riders can trailer their mounts on the extensive bridle path system or take them to the practice ring. Located in Smithtown, just a few miles from these Smithtown homes for sale, there's no better place to relax on a lovely warm summer afternoon.

  • Cedar Beach nature Center - Harbor Beach Rd., Mt Sinai, 11766
    Located within the town of Brookhaven, Cedar Beach Nature Center provides residents with a place to experience and enjoy the natural environment. You can take a walk along the 700-foot boardwalk within the dune system that's a critical habitat for marine plants and animals.

    The nature center has living displays, including aquariums and an outdoor touch tank. You can also experience an animated view of marine life through interactive interior displays. The walking trail and fishing pier will draw you in, whereas the wildlife will leave you enamored. Located in the hamlet of Mount Sinai close to these Mount Sinai homes for sale, the Cedar Beach Nature Preserve is a great place to visit for hikers and nature enthusiasts.

  • Avalon Nature Preserve - Harbor Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Avalon Nature preserve is home to some of the most enchanting nature trails in New York. By taking a walk through the preserve, you'll be able to discover scenic spaces that will leave you in absolute awe. Avalon's breath-taking meadows and woodlands provide essential habitats protecting the local watershed and plant plus wildlife species.

    In the town of Stony Brook, natural wonders and beauty are in abundance. With so much to explore, including these Stony Brook homes for sale, this little slice of Suffolk County is a wonderful place to explore and call home.

Making Long Island Home

Contact us today to learn more about life and home in Long Island. Our team is always on call to help you find the perfect Suffolk County homes for sale or Nassau County homes for sale.

May
17

Homeowners: How Old Is Your Deck?

Deck Maintenance - Homeowners - Coach Realtors

A deck equipped with comfy outdoor furniture, some colorful plants, and a fire pit can be a glorious place to relax and enjoy some great views. And if you decide to sell your home, this outside addition can add value and make your home appealing to buyers. Without proper maintenance, however, your deck and its railings could collapse, fall apart, or fail in some other way. May is National Deck Safety Month and our REALTORS® want to remind you that you need to maintain or replace your deck to make it a safe haven for your family before the high deck traffic of summer. Here are some tips to get you started.

  • Regularly Inspect the Deck
    Regular inspection is one of the keys to good wood deck maintenance. Inspect your deck for loose nails and other hardware, splintered or soft spots, and rotten or split planks. Be sure to check the wood where the stairs contact the ground and where the ledger boards connect to the side of your home.


  • Promptly Fix Any Damage
    If you encounter raised or exposed nails, remove them and replace them with a wood screw that's longer than the nail. Replace any other hardware that looks rusted and fill in holes with exterior wood filler. Occasionally, it may be necessary to replace damaged or broken deck boards.


  • Clean the Deck Thoroughly Once a Year
    Your deck needs to be exfoliated once a year to remove dirt buildup and ensure sealants can seep deeper into the wood. Remove any items and sweep away debris before cleaning. When it's dry and moderately warm, spray a biodegradable deck-cleaning solution to remove mold, mildew, and bacteria. Scrub with a stiff bristle brush and then rinse with a garden hose or a pressure washer at a low setting.


  • Stain or Seal the Deck
    If your boards need new protective coating, consider staining or sealing them. This will guard against the elements and improve your deck's appearance. Once your deck is fully dry, lightly sand the surface to remove fuzzy or splintery patches. Put down tarps to protect plants and apply painter's tape around the area where the deck meets the siding. Then stain or seal the deck, preferably with a synthetic formula, to protect from warping, cupping, and cracking. A good quality sealant should be waterproof and contain UV sunlight protection.

Signs That Your Deck Needs to Be Replaced

Many homeowners are able to restore their older decks through new hardware, boards, and finishes, but sometimes a deck is beyond saving. How do you know it's time to scrap the deck and get a new one? Here are some tell-tale signs:

  • Extensive Damage: If you notice significant damage such as sagging, split boards, rot, soft and crumbling woods, excessive cracks, widespread termite activity, large holes, and excessive cracks, the deck likely needs to be replaced.

  • Loose Railings: Unstable railings are not always an indicator that your deck needs to be replaced, but if they couple with other problems, you may need to replace the entire structure.

  • Wood Rot: if wood rot has weakened the structure of your deck, you're better off rebuilding the entire deck because it poses a serious safety risk.

  • Deteriorating Ledger Boards: When ledger boards become compromised, the entire structure may lean away from the house. You may need to replace your deck because the structure could collapse, a person could trip on the gap, and the gaps between the house and the deck could allow water to seep into the support framework.

  • Questionable Posts: If you notice rot damage, large cracks, or advanced erosion around the posts, you may need to replace the entire structure. Damaged posts can break without warning.

  • Old Age: A typical wood deck has a lifespan of 15 to 40 years, depending on the materials used, exposure to the elements, and the quality of routine maintenance. If your deck is over 20 years old or the costs of repairs start to get close to the cost of replacement, getting a new deck is definitely worthwhile.

Are you searching for a new home with an eye-catching and well-maintained deck? We can help. Contact us today to tour our beautiful Nassau Country homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale.

May
10

Order the Burger Off the Menu at These Long Island Restaurants

Long Island Restaurants for a Burger - Coach Realtors

Burgers are the mainstay of many restaurants, and whether you prefer a simple, classic patty or a burger made with prime meats and garnished with upscale toppings, you'll find what you love at a local restaurant. And with the entire month of May designated as Burger Month, you'll have plenty of time to scope out Long Island burger destinations and add some to your list of favorites.
  
Our REALTORS® suggest ordering a burger off the menu of some of these Long Island restaurants during Burger Month:  

  • The Burger Spot – 150 7th St., Garden City, NY 11530
    The Burger Spot, located near Garden City homes for sale, serves made-to-order gourmet burgers in a casual, comfortable setting. They're made using the finest quality grass-fed USDA Angus beef that's fresh and never frozen. Even the brioche and ciabatta buns are baked daily at a local artisan bakery. Classic and creative signature burgers are available, with selections like the Athenian, topped with feta, lettuce, red onion, tomato, cucumber, extra-virgin olive oil, and herbs.

  • The Rex Burger & Lobster – 524 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501  
    You might find the menu at The Rex Burger & Lobster, located near Nassau County homes for sale, to be more limited than your typical burger restaurant. That's because their goal is to make their food extraordinarily delicious and judging by the awards, their burgers and lobster dishes have received, that's just what they're doing. Treat yourself to The Rex Burger, made with all-natural angus beef and topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, and Rex sauce. 
      
  • Black Label Burgers – 683 Old Country Rd., Westbury, NY 11590
    It all starts with the beef at Black Label Burgers, and they don't just use any ordinary type. It's USDA prime beef from a farm in Washington state that's known for its responsible practices and superior beef. As good as it is, you can upgrade to aged beef, which is even more tender and flavorful. Try a burger and its beer recommendation paired with truffle fries or sweet potato fries and a side of the restaurant's marshmallow sauce. 
      
  • Gourmet Burger Bistro – 5 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson, NY 11777  
    Gourmet Burger Bistro
    , located just around the corner from Port Jefferson homes for sale, aims for the feel of an upscale bistro that offers traditional and new-world burgers. The selection of gourmet burgers is long, and you'll be able to choose from a brioche, sesame, 7-grain, or pretzel bun. Each burger comes with fried onion strings, but you can substitute roasted fingerling potatoes or mixed vegetables. 
      
  • Go Burger – 271 Route 25A Mount Sinai, NY 11766  
    Located near Mount Sinai homes for sale, Go Burger keeps their burgers simple and tasty. Try a single burger with a 5-ounce patty, or double it up with two patties. Garden burgers are also available if you'd like to avoid meat. Sides included sweet potato fries and loaded chili cheese fries, and you can finish off your meal with an egg cream. 

  • Prime Burger Bar – 6092 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725  
    Prime Burger Bar, located near Commack homes for sale, is a popular neighborhood spot that's comfortable and welcoming. You'll be able to build your own burger with the restaurant's proprietary blend of USDA Prime chuck, short rib, and ribeye steaks. If you'd prefer to skip the beef, you can choose turkey, ahi tuna, lamb, or vegan Beyond burgers.

Contact us to see Nassau and Suffolk County homes for sale. Our agents know the area well and can help your transaction proceed smoothly so you can buy your dream home as quickly as possible.

May
3

How to Find the Perfect Paint Color the First Time

Getting Paint Right the First Time - Coach Realtors

Giving your home's interior a fresh coat of paint is a quick, affordable way to update design style, even when you have a limited budget. Our REALTORS® know that new paint can quickly transform a drab, outdated room into a room with spectacular ambiance and style that appeals to homebuyers.

Choosing the right paint color is essential for a well-designed space, but it can be a difficult task. With thousands of colors that range from pale neutrals to bright bold hues, finding the perfect paint color is often a frustrating and costly experience that leads to repainting. To get it right the first time, interior design pros recommend these important design tips.

  • Don't Start With the Paint
    Choosing your paint color first may seem like an easy way to get things started, but it's not a good idea unless your room is completely empty. Most people have existing furnishings and accessories they plan to keep, so paint must coordinate with existing items. Unless you're starting with an empty house, it's much easier to choose a paint color that complements your existing décor, rather than choosing new décor that works with your paint color.

  • Work With Testers
    Working with testers helps you choose the right color the first time, so you don't waste time and money on repainting. Most paint brands now have small test cans of paint available for only a few bucks. You can paint tester strips directly on the wall or on separate pieces of poster board that can be moved around the room. Whichever method you choose, leave the test areas up for a week to see how colors change at different times of day and in different light.

  • Consider Undertones
    All paints have undertones that reflect different tints and shades, depending on how they are mixed. White paint comes in at least 100 different shades with undertones of yellow, orange, red, green, blue, and violet. A white paint with red undertones may appear pink on the wall, while green undertones may give white paint a hint of mint or lime. Dark colors may also have undertones that impact light and density.

  • Consider the Light
    When choosing a paint color, it's essential to consider the amount of natural light the room gets during the day. If your room has several windows for sunlight, dark bold colors will be easier to live with, because the natural light will make them feel a little softer. If your room has no windows or minimal sunlight, you must rely on interior lighting, which can change paint colors due to incandescent, fluorescent, or halogen light bulbs.

  • Choose the Right Finish
    Paint finish is important because any sheen in the paint will accent flaws in the wall. When choosing a paint color, make sure you get the right finish for areas you are painting:
    • Flat Paint – Matte finishes are good for walls and ceilings because they have no sheen at all. They are recommended for stucco and textured walls and ceilings with uneven surfaces where paint colors can look distorted due to a build-up of paint.

    • Enamel Paint – These come in flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finishes. Eggshell and satin finishes have a little sheen, while semi-gloss and high-gloss finishes have a lot. While sheen helps with cleaning, it also reflects light and highlights flaws.

If you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can help you find your dream home. Contact us for opportunities in those areas.

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