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Date Archives: August 2021

Live, Love, Long Island Blog Home

Buy a home | 24 Posts
Homeownership | 25 Posts
Long Island, NY | 55 Posts
Nassau County | 1 Posts
Relocating | 1 Posts
Sell a home | 18 Posts
Uncategorized | 1 Posts
August
30

Yes, You Can Make Your Offer Stand Out From the Rest

Make an Offer Stand Out - Buy a Home - Coach Realtors

The time has finally arrived when you're ready to purchase a home. You found the perfect property, your finances are in order, and you're ready to make an offer. There's only one problem, so is every other buyer that's looking for their dream home. In a seller's market, our REALTORS® can help you move to the front of the line.

In a seller's market, buyers outnumber available homes for sale. Buyers often face bidding wars and full-price offers for Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale that don't sit on the market very long. You need to make your offer stand out so sellers will take notice!

  • Make a Clean Offer
    A clean offer means that it shouldn't be contingent on the sale of another property, have financial constraints, or ask for seller concessions like discounts or paid closing costs. In a competitive market, sellers don't need to make contingency sales or offer discounts. They want well-qualified buyers with pre-approved loans and few risks that may jeopardize the sale.

  • Offer Above-Asking Price
    When buyers outnumber available homes, it's not the time to make low offers. If you want the house, you may have to go above the asking price. Even an offer of $3,000 - $5,000 more will show the seller that you're a serious buyer. A reasonable offer above the asking price won't change your mortgage payment much, but it may get you into your dream home.

  • Put Down More Earnest Money
    When buying a home, earnest money deposits (EMDs) prove that you're a good-faith buyer. On average, EMDs are 1-3% of the purchase price, but you can make a larger deposit. Your agent will hold on to your deposit, which will go toward your down payment and closing costs. However, if you sign the contract and don't buy the home, the seller can keep your deposit.

  • Make a Larger Down Payment
    Making a larger down payment than required by your lender will send a message of good faith to the seller. By putting more money down, you're showing the seller that you're a serious buyer who is capable of meeting all financial obligations. A larger down payment assures the seller that the loan is not at risk and the sale won't fall through.

  • Pay with Cash
    Cash offers are very appealing to eager sellers because they aren't subject to loan approvals, financing contingencies, and lending procedures by banks. Lenders require property inspections and appraisal contingencies prior to loan approvals to protect their interests. Cash offers keep the sale between the buyer and the seller, so the deal moves quickly without a long process.

  • Get a Pre-Approved Mortgage
    In a tight seller's market, multiple offers are often entered on the same home within just a few hours. This can lead to a bidding war where the seller will have to choose the most qualified buyer. A pre-approval letter from a lender that states the amount of money you can borrow for a mortgage will significantly increase your chances of moving to the front of the line.

  • Add an Escalation Clause
    An escalation clause means that your offer will outbid other offers up to a maximum price. Keep in mind, even with an escalation clause the seller can still make a counteroffer. Instead of accepting your escalation clause, the seller can raise the listing price. At that point, you can decide the best way to close the deal.

If you're thinking about buying or selling on Long Island, contact us for information and prices on available properties that meet your needs.

August
23

Relocating to Long Island? Tips for Out-of-State Buyers

Relocating to Long Island - Coach Realtors

Moving from state to state is exciting. It's an opportunity to enjoy new foods and places. It's an opportunity to make new friends and memories. As you get ready to make your move to Long Island, Our REALTORS® have some tips that will help you cross state lines and settle into your new home with minimal effort.

  • Work with a local agent.
    Working with a local agent gives you a significant advantage when perusing Suffolk County homes for sale. They know the real estate market, regional trends, best schools, most popular neighborhoods, etc. A local real estate agent can help make the process faster and makes it easier to find the perfect home for your family. This also gives you significant protection against online scams and deals that are "too good to be true."

  • Get financing locally.
    It's always best to secure financing from a local bank, but this can be difficult unless you visit in person. However, if you have an account with a national bank with a branch in the city/town you want to move into, this can make it easier.

  • Give yourself time...and make a trip!
    Before you make your move, take some time to visit the city/town you want to move into. This will help you "get the lay of the land." It will also give you an opportunity to meet with real estate agents, lenders, your peers at a new job, etc. These contacts can all make it easier to settle in once you arrive. As a general rule, you should start your pre-move planning and preparation about 3-6 months before you intend to move.

  • Secure title insurance from a national company. 
    Securing a title from a national title company can make it easier to secure the loan. It will also make it easier to find a local office to visit when it comes time to sign the papers and get everything notarized.

  • Close on your current home before closing on your new home.
    Give yourself a few days at least between the closing on your current home and the closing on your new home. This gives some time for the papers to get processed and gives you a cushion if there are any hiccups that need to be addressed.

  • Contact utilities, schools, post office, etc.
    Before you leave your current home, make sure to contact the utility providers so that the heat, lights, and water will be on when you arrive. You will also want to get ahold of the school district and get your children registered. Finally, don't forget to put in the change of address form with the post office.

  • Plan the logistics.
    Whether you're renting a van and moving yourself, or hiring a moving company, make sure that you have everything in order on the date of your move. This means making sure the vehicle is available, everything is packed up, and you're ready to hit the road at a certain time.

  • Let it go and lighten the load.
    When you're moving from another state into any of the fabulous Nassau County homes for sale, the last thing you want to do is haul your "old junk" with you. Moving is a fabulous opportunity to declutter and free yourself from the bonds of old high school trophies, clothes that no longer fit, and knick-knacks that won't match the new decor.

Contact us for more information about our services. It's our pleasure to help you make Long Island your new home!

August
16

On the Menu: Where to Order Fajitas Around Long Island

Order Fajitas Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

National Fajita Day is coming up on August 18th. How are you planning to celebrate? Our REALTORS® highly recommend stopping by one of these Mexican restaurants on Long Island and ordering yourself some delicious fajitas. Throw in some margaritas and a few friends, and you'll have a real party! Here are some of the top restaurants to visit on National Fajita Day.

  • Oaxaca Mexican Food Treasure: 385 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
    Oaxaca Mexican Food Treasure is near many great Huntington homes for sale. This authentic Mexican restaurant was named one of the Top 10 Restaurants on Long Island by Newsday.

    Fajitas Rio Bravo is well worth ordering here. You can get it with beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp. The peppers and onions are always tasty and well-seasoned. If you save room for dessert, the free flan is incredible.

  • Pico Tequila Grill: 1930 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731
    If you're looking at East Northport homes for sale, stop by Pico Tequila Grill for some fajitas. Everything on the menu is made fresh, and they offer Happy Hour specials daily.

    The Fajitas Platter here is a popular order. You can order it with vegetables, chicken, steak, or shrimp. The fajitas come with lime rice and black beans, and you can choose between corn and flour tortillas.

  • Gracia's Taqueria & More: 285 Commack Rd., Commack, NY 11725
    They may have named themselves after tacos, but Gracia's Taqueria & More has some amazing fajitas, too. You can order Fajitas de Pollo, Fajitas de Carne, or Fajitas de Camaron. Or, you can get a combo platter and enjoy one of each.

    Gracia's is near Commack homes for sale. They also have a lot of sharable appetizers, like the Andale Queso Fundito and Fiesta Nachos Cheese.

  • El Guapo Tacos & Tequila: 52 Old Country Rd., Mineola, NY 11501
    El Guapo Tacos & Tequila is just minutes from many Garden City homes for sale. They offer takeout, so you can order your fajitas to-go if you're in a hurry.

    In addition to fajitas, El Guapo has excellent chips and salsa, so make sure you enjoy them while waiting for your order. Their guacamole is also exceptional.

  • Habanero Mexican Grill: 465 Atlantic Ave., East Rockway, NY 11518
    This modern Mexican restaurant is near Hewlett homes for sale. They're open for lunch and dinner, so you can enjoy your fajitas whenever it is convenient. 

    Habanero Mexican Grill hasn't always offered fajitas, but they recently added them to the menu. The chicken and shrimp fajitas are a fan favorite! If you want to round out your meal, you can add a side of cilantro rice or cheese fries to your order. The 3-milk cake is the perfect dessert!

  • Margarita's Cafe: 97 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050
    If you're looking at Port Washington homes for sale, then this is a great place to get your fajita fix. Margarita's Cafe even offers salmon fajitas, which are unique and delicious. Their vegetarian fajitas, made with seasonal veggies and squash, are also popular.

    As the name would suggest, this restaurant has a great selection of margaritas. The Mar Azul, made with blue agave tequila, will really please your taste buds. The coconut margaritas are delicious, too. Don't forget a round of guacamole for the table, either! It's made fresh to order.

Whether you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, stopping to celebrate National Fajita Day is sure to add to the fun. Enjoy your meal, and don't forget to contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent on Long Island.

August
9

Order Your Coffee Iced Around Long Island

Iced Coffee - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

Are you looking for a home in the Long Island area? Our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect home. Long Island is also home to some great coffee shops, with roasters setting up cozy cafes to serve residents well-brewed, fresh cups of coffee.

Here are some Long Island coffee shops you must try.

  • The French Workshop, 191 7th St., Garden City, NY
    The French Workshop holds your attention from the moment you walk in. It's one of the more beautiful Long Island coffee shops that boasts some of the best pastries, this side of the Atlantic.

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    unday morning at this popular French café offers eye-catching specialty espresso drinks. It's a throwback to old-school café culture where writers, poets, and artists alike would spend their days waiting for their muse strike. Located just up the road from these Garden City homes for sale, the French Workshop is a great place to spend the day or grab a quick coffee.

  • Toast Coffeehouse,  242 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, NY
    If you enjoy sitting in a cosy coffee shop enjoying a book while sipping on hot chocolate or an impeccably brewed latte, you'll find Toast Coffeehouse to be the perfect spot.

    Toast Coffeehouse opened its doors in Port Jefferson in 2002 and has become an integral part of the community. Located near these Port Jefferson homes for sale, this café is a perfect place to get your next coffee fix.

  • For Five Coffee, 292 Plandome Rd., Manhasset, NY
    If you're a coffee-lover, you probably want to buy coffee from people who appreciate the bean as much as you do. For Five Coffee believes that every good coffee starts when the green bean is picked, fresh off the coffee trees. You'll be hardpressed to find a coffee shop that values the coffee harvesting, roasting, and brewing processes as much as For Five Coffee.

    With its bright, modern design reminiscent of these Manhasset homes for sale, For Five Coffee always strives to deliver the finest coffee in every cup.

  • Dortoni Bakery and Café, 11 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Commack, NY
    With the tagline "If you can dream it, we can create it," there's no better place to get heavenly pastries and a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Its homey, warm and welcoming interior will draw you in. And the fresh food and good coffee will keep you coming back for more.

    Come and experience the results of endless research at Dortoni bakery and pass by these Commack homes for sale for a feel of what this great town has to offer

  • Kookaburra Coffee Co., 69 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre, NY
    There's nothing quite like a cup of coffee brewed by baristas with a sincere love of good coffee. From its owner to the roasters, Kookaburra Coffee is dedicated to delivering expertly curated beans. Depending on your preferences, this warm, cozy café can whip up delicious lavender lattes, iced coffee, and even lemonade.

    Located a few blocks from these Rockville Centre homes for sale, Kookaburra Coffee Co. is renowned for its fabulous services and enjoyable atmosphere.

Long Island Runs on Coffee

Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, you're guaranteed to find excellent coffee in the neighborhood. Contact us to help you find a home in a neighborhood with everything you need.

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