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May
9

6 Destinations for Craft Beer on Long Island

Craft Beer Week - Long Island - Coach Realtors

There's no better time to sample a new local brew than National American Craft Beer Week. That's why our REALTORS® have put together a list of our favorite breweries in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

  1. Oyster Bay Brewing Company — 36 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, NY 11771
    In the past, Oyster Bay Brewing Company has been recognized as the best craft beer brewery on Long Island, and it's easy to see why. This amazing brewery has tons of tasty selections, with their famous honey ale and Barn Rocker session ale topping the list. They take great pride in Long Island's nautical history and are dedicated to producing the highest quality beer available. Their wonderful selection also includes a summer brew, pumpkin ale, hard seltzers, and more.

  2. Barrage Brewing Company — 32 Allen Blvd. Unit E, Farmingdale, NY 11735
    The Barrage Brewing Company has perhaps the most unique history in all of Long Island. What started with just two taps in a family room has transformed into over two dozen beers. They continue to test recipes with hops, yeasts, and other ingredients to create more varieties. Some of the best include a porter made with cappuccino and tiramisu milk, salted caramel and fudge porter, and their infamous brown ale known as the Yada Yada Yada. 

  3. Lost Farmer Brewing Company — 63 E. 2nd St. A, Mineola, NY 11501
    Locals just can't decide whether they prefer the Lost Farmer Brewing Company's delicious beer, tasty pizzas, or steaming hot Bavarian pretzels. Oh, who are we kidding? Of course, it's the beer! Not only that, but the place is dripping with '80s and '90s music that will keep everyone entertained. There's only one large table inside if you have a big group, but there's plenty of indoor and outdoor seating for friends and family.

  4. Blue Point Brewing Company — 225 W. Main St., Patchogue, NY 11772
    This unique brewing company has developed a cult following thanks to their amazing selection of tasty craft beers that feature local ingredients such as seaweed, oysters, and beach plums. Many locals and visitors swing by the Blue Point Brewing Company to try their flagship beer known as the Toasted Lager, the proud winner of two World Beer Cup medals. And for the past few years, customers have enjoyed their new facility down the street that includes a restaurant and has a 60,000-barrel capacity.

  5. Montauk Brewing Co. — 62 S. Erie Ave., Montauk NY 11954
    Take a quick jaunt to the local beaches during the summer, and you'll be sure to see people guzzling down the signature blue cans of Montauk Summer Ale. Although the Montauk Brewing Company hasn't been around as long as others on this list, it's quickly become one of the favorites of many locals and travelers. Their taproom may be small, but you'll find a relaxing outdoor patio and picnic tables that project the area's mellow vibe.

  6. Sand City Brewing Company — 60 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
    The Sand City Brewing Company, near these Northport homes for sale, is another brewer who's only been around for a few years but has enjoyed great success with residents and tourists. Many people in the area feel that their IPAs are the best on Long Island, so feel free to try a few and tell us what you think. When you arrive, you'll be greeted with a welcoming sign hung up between two buildings that will lead you to the tasting room, where you'll always find pints, flights, and growlers ready to be enjoyed.

If you're searching for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, our agents can help. Contact us to find your dream home.

April
25

5 Tips for Finally Organizing Your Garage

Garage Organization - Homeowners - Coach Realtors

Spring is here, and that means it's time to break out the dust mops, clear away the cobwebs, and most importantly, get your garage organized. Of all the spring cleaning chores you will tackle, our REALTORS® know that cleaning the garage is one of the most challenging because it's typically the least organized space. Fortunately, with a little planning and a touch of elbow grease, you can use the following tips to finally get it organized!

  1. Make a Plan, Stan
    Start by determining where you want to put everything. Bicycles, gardening gear, sports equipment, tools, etc. should be well organized by category and zone. You will want to determine how much of each category you need space for, and determine the best way to maximize the use of your garage space by dedicating sufficient space for each required zone.

  2. Tackle it in Stages
    You don't have to do it all at once. Dividing it into stages can make the task less daunting. When we show Nassau County homes for sale we can always tell which homeowners took the time to clean out the garage in stages and do the job right. For example:
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    • Clean out the clutter
    • Organize items into their appropriate categories.
    • Clean the freed spaces of dust, debris, cobwebs, etc.
    • Install storage systems (i.e. pegboard, shelving, cabinets, etc.)
    • Put things in their proper place

  3. Detach Yourself and Declutter
    Do you really need to keep it? Is it something you've used once and never again? Is it something you've never used and may never need? One of the biggest problems with garage cleanouts is that garages become a storage closet for all the things we think we'll need, and all the things our heartstrings won't let us let go of. The reality is that most of the things in your garage can go and you will never miss them. If it's old, damaged, broken, outdated, or a specialty item you are not likely to use again, then get rid of it. Sell it on eBay, put it on Craigslist, or simply donate it to Goodwill. 

  4. Invest in Quality Storage Solutions
    We show many Suffolk County homes for sale, and we can't stress enough just how important it is to invest in high-quality storage solutions. Not only do these look better during a showing, but they add real value to the home. Homebuyers love to see well-organized cabinets, shelves, pegboards, etc. It helps keep the space cleaner and more open, but more importantly, it shows that the homeowner cared about details and thus the rest of the home is also likely to be well taken care of. Organizing systems made of steel, wood, and other durable materials are well worth the investment in this regard.

  5. Don't Be Afraid to Look Up
    Overhead storage systems are fantastic inclusions during any garage organization project. They are ideal for holiday decor, seasonal sports equipment, and other items you rarely use. Installing ceiling systems can free up the rest of the garage and give you enough space for a workbench, additional car, etc. 

We're happy to give you more ideas on ways you can organize your garage this spring. Contact us and we will be happy to tell you about some of the features and systems we see installed in homes throughout the area. 

April
4

Long Island: Where to Go for an Acai Bowl

Acai Bowls - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Sweet, savory, filling, and satisfying, acai bowls are a favorite breakfast choice for some of our REALTORS®Not only are acai bowls tasty, they have loads of health benefits. Acai berries have strong antioxidant properties, and when adding extra fruit, oatmeal, or peanut butter, you can also get some extra protein, fiber, and Vitamin C in your diet.

Because acai bowls often have many ingredients, making them at home isn't always convenient. However, if you're lucky enough to live in an urban area like Long Island, you can easily find several great local smoothie shops that make some fantastic acai bowls. Here are some of our favorites.

  • Bare Naked Bowl - 2565 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
    One of the top Long Island destinations for acai bowls, Bare Naked Bowl uses fresh, organic ingredients and gives you the option to customize your bowl any way you like it. They offer six bases, four types of granola, and 23 superfood toppings. If you don't feel like customizing, you can easily choose from one of their six signature bowls. The menu also features smoothies, snacks, and coffee. On your way home, make sure to check out these Nassau County homes for sale.

  • Food For Thought - 154 7th St., Garden City, NY 11530
    This health food cafe is just down the street from some beautiful Garden City homes for sale and also happens to serve some of the best acai bowls around. Try the Original AB, The Dynamic Duo, Mango Madness, or create your own acai bowl. There are tons of toppings to choose from. Looking for something different? The menu at Food For Thought also features tons of other healthy eats.

  • Acai Beach Bowls - 917 W. Beech St., Long Beach, NY 11561
    Acai Beach Bowls is a great spot on Long Island for a healthy snack. Choose from organic acai, banana, or apple juice for the base of your acai bowl and add in your favorite toppings. There are five pre-made variations on the menu if you need some inspiration. You'll also find some great Rockville Centre homes for sale not too far away.

  • Brekky - 2 Sound Rd., Wading River, NY 11792
    Brekky
    is a small cafe with a large number of healthy food options. Choose from 13 acai bowls or create your own. We recommend the Yoga Bowl, acai, Greek yogurt, granola, coconut, honey, and any three toppings. 

  • Bango Bowls - 199 Main St., Setauket-East Setauket, NY 11733
    You can find some of the tastiest acai bowls on Long Island at Bango Bowls. Choose from an acai, pitaya, or green base, add in oats & honey, vanilla nut, or chocolate granola, and choose from over 25 toppings. The menu also features poke bowls, warm bowls, and salads. If you like the area, there are some beautiful Stony Brook homes for sale nearby.

  • Sarikopa Coffee and Tea - 226 Riverleigh Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901
    Sarikopa Coffee and Tea might be known for their brewed beverages, but they make a great acai bowl as well. Top your both with strawberries, blueberries, banana, coconut flakes, and granola. They also have a fantastic breakfast menu. Afterward, be sure to swing by these amazing Suffolk County homes for sale.

Acai is known as the superfood of superfoods, so it's not surprising these delicious bowls have become so popular in recent years. Luckily, they're easy to find around Long Island. Contact us today for more local recommendations.

March
28

Where to Take a Walk in the Park Around Long Island

Walk in the Park - Long Island - Coach Realtors

March 30 is Take a Walk in the Park Day, and with winter's ice grip finally beginning to loosen, our REALTORS® are excited to do just that. Luckily, we have a lot of great places to go for a hike here on Long Island. 

Walk in the Park in Nassau County

Located just a short drive from New York City, Nassau County offers some lovely parks and trails on western Long Island. These great hiking spots are also convenient to many Nassau County homes for sale.

  • Hempstead Harbor Shoreline Park - Port Washington, New York
    Overlooking the southwest side of Hempstead Harbor, Hempstead Harbor Shoreline Park is a great place for a hike on a crisp spring day. The park features a 2-mile trail with easy terrain and great views of the water, with benches and gazebos along the way where you can stop and enjoy the scenery. It's just minutes from these Port Washington homes for sale

  • Manhasset Valley Park - 461 Maple St., Manhasset, NY 11030
    A picturesque park that spans the valley separating the Great Neck and Cow Neck peninsulas, Manhasset Valley Park is a beautiful green space within walking distance of many Manhasset homes for sale. The park spans 26 acres and includes well-manicured walking paths that wind among woods, meadows, ponds, and streams. 

  • Hempstead Lake State Park - Eagle Avenue, West Hempstead, NY 11552
    Hempstead Lake State Park is one of the largest parks in Nassau County and a hub for all kinds of outdoor recreation. This 737-acre park includes 8 miles of hiking trails, including a picturesque 3-mile path that encircles Hempstead Lake. The park is also popular for fishing, kayaking, and horseback riding and is only a short drive from these Rockville Centre homes for sale

Walk in the Park in Suffolk County

Suffolk County encompasses the eastern two-thirds of Long Island. In addition to these lovely Suffolk County homes for sale, you'll find some truly perfect places for a leisurely stroll or an energetic hike in Suffolk County. 

  • Blydenburgh County Park - Veteran's Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11788
    Encompassing 627 acres of wooded hills and valleys surrounding Stump Pond, Blydenburgh County Park is one of Long Island's best-kept secrets. A 5.7-mile loop trail traverses the pond's shoreline, and the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference often offers guided hikes. The park is just minutes from numerous Smithtown homes for sale and also offers camping from April through November. 

  • West Meadow Wetlands Reserve - 44 W. Meadow Ln., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Featuring a mile-long beach and 88 acres of tidal marshes, wetlands, and maritime forests, West Meadow Wetlands Reserve is a perfect place to enjoy the scenery overlooking Long Island Sound. The reserve is walkable from many of these Stony Brook homes for sale and is a great place to spot dozens of native shorebird and songbird species that frequent the area. 

  • West Hills County Park - Sweet Hollow Road, Huntington Station, NY 11747
    West Hills County Park is a beautiful park spanning 800-plus acres, with well-groomed hiking trails that meander among dense woodlands. It's one of the best places on Long Island to immerse yourself in nature, despite being near many Huntington Station homes for sale. A highlight of the Park is the Walk Whitman Trail, which crosses the highest point on the island. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties. When you're ready to find your dream home on Long Island, our agents are here to help every step of the way. 

March
21

New Puppy? How to Get Your Home Ready

Prepare a Home for a Puppy - Coach Realtors

Getting a new puppy is exciting for everyone in the family, but it's also a big responsibility everyone needs to tackle. To celebrate National Puppy Day on March 23rd, let's talk about how to puppy-proof your house from your newest addition to the family! Here are a few tips from our REALTORS® for keeping your puppy safe and your home chaos-free.

  • Keep your trash secured. Trash is one of the number one puppy magnets in your house. Not only does it smell good (to your pup), but it's like a huge toy box full of things to explore and smell and eat! Trash cans that tuck away into drawers are popular in Nassau County homes for sale, but if you don't have one, you can invest in a heavy-duty trash can with a lid. Smaller trash cans with lids and foot pedals can also be purchased for bathrooms and bedrooms.

  • Tape up or cover up your cords. Cords are perfect for chewing, or at least so thinks a teething puppy! You can prevent your pup from a dangerous situation by making electrical cords inaccessible. While it's not possible to put most cords out of your puppy's reach, you can cover them with heavy-duty cord protectors or tape them to the baseboards.

  • Store drugs and chemicals out of reach. Unless you have small children (the two-legged variety) and still have child locks installed on the cupboard doors, your best bet for keeping your pup safe is to store medications and dangerous chemicals up high. Utilize upper cupboards and medicine cabinets, even if it's something you'd normally keep under the sink. Don't keep hazardous drugs and chemicals on top of countertops, even if that seems high enough to keep out of the puppy's reach, as bottles can get knocked over and roll onto the floor where the puppy would have access.

  • Keep things off the floor and out of reach. It's time to start training everyone in the house not to keep anything on the floor, as anything within the puppy's reach could quickly be carried off or chewed up. This includes shoes, laundry, and even kids' toys. Many Suffolk County homes for sale have plenty of cupboards and closet space for organizing things that shouldn't be on the floor, but be sure to discuss with your children how important it is to put things away properly after using them.

  • Use baby gates to limit movement. It's difficult to puppy-proof the entire house, but fortunately, you can utilize baby gates to keep the pup confined to a safe area when you're too busy or distracted to supervise. For instance, if the kids' bedrooms aren't puppy-proofed, a baby gate on the stairs can keep pup downstairs with you during the day. A puppy playpen is also great for keeping the pup on hard floor for easy cleanup or to keep him away from hazards elsewhere in the room.

  • Provide plenty of toys. Puppies have a legitimate need to chew as their adult teeth come in, so providing dedicated dog toys can protect your possessions from damage by giving your pup something he's allowed to chew. If you catch him chewing something he shouldn't be, firmly tell him "no," and then give him one of his own toys to chew on instead.

Like with raising kids, puppies need lots of space to burn off excess energy. Has your little family outgrown your current home? Contact us today to start searching for your (and your pup's) dream home.

February
28

Long Island: Find the Perfect Dress for Your Big Day

Bridal Shops - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

National Wedding Planning Day is March 1, so if you're a bride-to-be, it's the perfect time to start planning the wedding of your dreams. One of the most important elements to decide on is your bridal gown, and you'll find many shops in Nassau and Suffolk counties that can help you turn your dreams into a reality.

Our REALTORS®  suggest visiting one of the following Long Island shops to find the perfect dress for your Big Day.

Nassau County

  • The Wedding Plaza - 216 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
    If you're looking for a designer wedding gown, stop by The Wedding Plaza, located near Floral Park homes for sale. The shop, serving area brides since 1988, has a large selection of dresses from designers including Kitty Chen, Pronovias, and Justin Alexander. And if you have a specific designer you love, schedule a visit during one of the shop's frequent trunk shows that highlight their collection. 

  • Blossom Brides - 230 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    You'll find the latest in bridal looks and accessories at Blossom Brides, located just around the corner from Rockville Centre homes for sale. And when you find a gown to love, you can have the shop employ some of their original and unique customization options to create a one-of-a-kind look. Custom tailoring and design work are offered, and after your big day, the shop can even clean and preserve your gown for you.

  • Karen Sabag New York - 1685-87 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, NY 11030
    If you're a bride-to-be who will be in the area looking at Manhasset homes for sale, schedule an appointment with Karen Sabag New York to discuss the vision you have for your gown. The atelier will work closely with you from design conception to completion to take your gown from sketch to reality, reflecting hundreds of hours of work as various artisans create your dress.

Suffolk County

  • Angel Bridals - 39 W. Main St., East Islip NY 11730
    For over 30 years, Angel Bridals, located just around the corner from East Islip homes for sale, has helped brides get ready for their big day. Couture bridal gowns are available from sizes 2 to 32, and you'll also be able to find everything you might need to accessorize your gown, including custom headpieces, jewelry collections, and undergarments. The shop also offers expert alterations, gown restoration, and customizing, which is their forte. 

  • Blu Rayne Bridal Boutique - 3 Crooked Hill Rd., Commack, NY 11725
    No matter your style, you're likely to find the right bridal gown at Blu Rayne Bridal Boutique. Located near Commack homes for sale, the boutique carries traditional gowns as well as those in styles such as boho chic. For a fun experience, gather friends and family to accompany you on Princess Package at the shop, including champagne, stylists, light snacks, and a credit toward a bridal gown purchase.

  • Bridal Salon of Dix Hills - 1870 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743
    Bridal Salon of Dix Hills, a full-service bridal boutique located near Huntington homes for sale, aims to make your fairytale wedding a dream come true. The shop carries dresses in sizes 2-32W and specializes in figure-flattering gowns for any bride. Their experienced staff will guide you through the process of finding the perfect gown for you.

Contact us to see Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. Since 1954, our brokerage has helped clients who have been drawn to live on Long Island find their dream homes, and we'd love to help you as well! 

February
21

Home Hacks: Who Knew Vinegar Could Do All This?

Cleaning with Vinegar - Home Maintenance - Coach Realtors

If you're ready to give your home a thorough cleaning, our REALTORS® suggest you start with a bottle of distilled white vinegar. It's an affordable, natural cleaner that easily cuts through grime, bacteria, and mildew, and it's perfectly safe to use on a variety of household surfaces throughout your home.

  • Make Your Kitchen Sparkle
    Your kitchen is a busy place. In addition to a buildup of grease, grime, and bacteria on appliances and surfaces, your kitchen may have lingering odors from your stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, disposal, and trash cans. Cleaning your dirty kitchen with white vinegar is easy and fast with these cleaning tips.
    • Stove and OvenVinegar's acidity cuts right through grease and grime. Mix ½ vinegar and ½ water in a spray bottle, spray your stovetop and the inside of your oven and let the mixture sit for 10 minutes, then remove with soapy water.

    • MicrowaveClean your microwave by placing ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup water in a glass bowl. Heat the liquid for 2-3 minutes until it boils, then wipe away food spatters.

    • RefrigeratorThrow out the toxic chemical cleaners around food. Use equal parts vinegar and water on a dampened cloth to clean your refrigerator shelves, racks, and crisper drawers.

    • Dishwasher Vinegar dissolves food debris and mineral deposits. Pour 1 cup of vinegar on the dishwasher floor (beneath the racks), then run the dishwasher through one cycle while empty.

    • DisposalPour vinegar onto a small scrub brush. Sprinkle baking soda on the brush and into the disposal, then scrub to remove built-up grime and stinky odors.

    • Trash CansBefore adding a new trash bag, spritz the can and lid with a vinegar and water mixture, then wipe clean. This routine will get rid of smelly trash can odors for good.

You can even clean stainless steel and enamel pots and pans with equal parts vinegar and water. Pour the mixture in, bring it to a boil, and old stains will disappear.

  • Disinfect Your Bathroom
    When cleaning your bathroom, full-strength vinegar or slightly diluted vinegar will eliminate bacteria around toilets, tub and shower drains, and fixtures.
    • ToiletsPour 1 cup vinegar in the bowl and let sit overnight. The next morning, sprinkle the toilet bowl with baking soda or Borax powder, scrub the bowl, then flush.

    • Tub and Shower DrainsTo kill bacteria, pour ½ cup distilled white vinegar down the drain and let sit for several hours. Pour hot water down the drain and clean the area with soapy water.

    • Showerheads and FaucetsIf you have sediment buildup on showerheads and faucets, pour white vinegar into a plastic bag, then secure the bag to showerheads and faucets with a twist-tie or rubber band. Ensure the vinegar covers the fixture opening and leave the bag on overnight.
  • Refresh Your Floors and Rugs
    Vinegar provides a natural, chemical-free solution that removes dirt, grime, and pet odors from floors and rugs.
    • Wood and Tile Floors – Add ½ cup vinegar to 1 gallon of water to clean wood, laminated, and ceramic tile floors. Vinegar should be avoided on natural stone floors and countertops due to high acidity, which will etch into the stone. 

    • Rugs and Carpets – To remove unpleasant pet odors from rugs and carpets, mix ½ cup vinegar to 1 gallon of water, spray the rug/carpet, then sprinkle it with baking soda. Let it dry overnight, then vacuum.

If you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, contact us to help you find the perfect fit.

February
14

Don't Let Home Emergencies Take You by Surprise

Be Prepared for Home Emergencies - Coach Realtors

Owning a home means taking care of minor problems before they become major difficulties. When you buy a new home, however, getting to know everything about it can lead to a few surprises. Our REALTORS® offer the following tips to help you handle some of the more common emergencies you may find yourself dealing with.

  • Know Where Your Shut-off Valves
    When you find a home you like out of the many Nassau County homes for sale, one of the first things you will want to do is find shut-off valves. These will include the main shut-off valve for water, as well as the gas line if your home has one. If the home is all-electric, know where the fuse box is located. In many situations, especially with broken pipes, knowing where the main shut-off valve is the best way to stop the water so damage will be kept to a minimum.

  • Keep a List of Professional Technicians/Contractors Close at Hand
    Every agent has a list of professional technicians or contractors to repair the different features in your home. When you're thinking of buying one of these Suffolk County homes for sale, ask your agent for repair techs and contractors they recommend. Having a plumber, roofer, electrician, and an HVAC repairman on speed dial is the best way to get repairs underway before too much damage can be done.

  • Make Sure to Keep a Well-Stocked Tool Box
    Many people prefer not to work on the things in their homes. Some, however, love to tinker around and are quite capable of making small repairs on their own. Always have a fully stocked toolbox on hand with a hammer, mallet, screwdrivers, pliers, and any other useful tool you can think of. They will come in handy if you ever have to put something together or try to make a few quick repairs until a professional can make it out to your home.

  • Teach Your Family Safety First
    Whenever you move, the first thing you should do is talk to your family about safety. Discuss the best exit routes from various areas of the house and designate a safe space to meet outside your home. Have a list of phone numbers ready if they would ever have to call a technician or repairman. Always teach your family safety first.

  • Know When to Call for Help
    There are times when emergencies take place that are simply outside of our capabilities to fix. Know when to call for help. Usually, a quick glance will tell you whether or not you should even attempt the job. Calling in a repairman isn't admitting defeat. It's simply deferring the job to someone who has had more training.

When you are ready to find the house of your dreams, call the realty agency that will always put you and your family first. Contact us so we can get the process started!

February
7

Where to Celebrate Pizza Day Around Long Island

Pizza Day - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

It's crunchy. It's chewy. It's cheesy! What could be better than pizza? Many people share our opinion of pizza because there's a national holiday dedicated to this food. National Pizza Day is February 9th, 2022, and our REALTORS® have some awesome pizza restaurants to recommend in honor of the occasion. 

  • Rustica Brick Oven Cafe: 1 Nassau Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530
    Rustica Brick Oven Cafe is a great place to grab a pizza when you're looking at Garden City homes for sale. Offerings include 8" personal pizzas, along with 12" and 17"pizzas for sharing.

    A favorite here is the Rustica pizza, which comes topped with tomato basil sauce, roasted red peppers, pepperoni, tomatoes, olives, and house-made mozzarella. The BLT pizza is also awesome if you're in the mood for something more creative.

  • Village Pizzeria: 169 Tulip Ave., Floral Park, NY 11001
    If you're in the area looking at Floral Park homes for sale, stop by Village Pizzeria for a traditional Italian experience. The restaurant uses top-quality ingredients and old family recipes to create fantastic pizza.

    Top menu items here include the Neapolitan, Sicilian, and Margherita pizzas. Most are sold by the pie and by the slice.

  • Gino's Pizzeria: 48 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Gino's Pizzeria is a great place to celebrate National Pizza Day. It's a family-owned restaurant that uses recipes directly from Southern Italy. Pizzas are made with real San Marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella for a truly indulgent experience.

    If you're looking at Port Washington homes for sale, Gino's is just minutes away. The Marinara and Pizza Bianca are local favorites, and the Mac-n-Cheese pizza is a creation everyone deserves to try at least once. 

  • Giovanni's Pizza: 149 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Commack, NY 11725
    Giovanni's Pizza
    is known for its friendly service and great food. The pizza offerings are creative, including the BBQ Chicken and Buffalo Chicken pizzas. The restaurant also has a good selection of calzones for those who prefer their pizzas in pocket form.

    Giovanni's would be a convenient place to stop if you're looking at Commack homes for sale. With plenty of soups, salads, heroes, and pasta dishes on the menu, it's a great choice for families, too.

  • Emilio's: 2201 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
    If you prefer to dine in a high-energy atmosphere, Emilio's is a good place to grab a pizza. The destination features a full bar, televisions on the wall, and upbeat servers. 

    While Emilio's does offer some incredible seafood dishes, you have to try the pizza on National Pizza Day. The Old World Pies are made on classic, thin Italian crusts. There's also a delicious baked cheese calzone, along with a delightful roasted cauliflower pizza.

  • Nina's Pizzeria: 487 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
    Nina's Pizza is a cozy restaurant located in what used to be a private home. When the weather is nice, you can dine on the front patio. Nina's is known for its Caprese Salad, which can round out your pizza order.

    One of the top pies to order here is the Spicy Thai Chicken pizza. The sweet and spicy sauce is incredible. Make sure you allow some time to look at East Northport homes for sale after your meal. 

National Pizza Day could not be easier to celebrate. Grab yourself a slice at one of the above restaurants and enjoy. If you'd like help viewing Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we're ready to help. Contact us to learn more about our real estate services. 

January
31

Get Help in the Kitchen with These Small Appliances

Small Appliance Kitchen Updates - Coach Realtors

Who doesn't love gadgets? From the electric can opener to the microwave oven, we've been obsessed with small appliances for decades. With so many options to choose from, we can easily overwhelm the storage space in our kitchens. To maximize the space in cabinets and on counters, our REALTORS® suggest selecting appliances that do double duty. Here are their top picks:

  • Multicooker
    Hands down, this gem beats all the competition for versatility. Far from that sickly avocado-green crockpot that used to reside in the little cabinet above grandma's refrigerator, this appliance allows you to brown meat, cook quickly with pressure, slow-cook while you're at work, cook perfect rice, ferment cheeses and yogurt, and even hard-boil eggs. If the most sophisticated model is a little more expensive than a less adaptable version, consider the number of appliances it will replace. Be sure to retain the recipe book that will likely come in the package for ideas you may not even have considered.

  • Immersion blender
    Perfect for entertaining, this handy tool allows you to go from yuletide eggnog to summer margaritas without that bulky blender taking up counter space for the six months in between. It's perfect for quick healthy smoothies for breakfast on the go. Most regular blenders don't incorporate enough air to whip cream or beat egg whites. The immersion blender will make that process quick and easy with a fraction of the cleanup efforts. Add a simple attachment, and it will even chop herbs. It's happy hiding in a drawer instead of taking up the corner of the counter. You can even get a cordless model!

  • Toaster oven/air fryer combination
    You can make your toast for breakfast, heat up last night's pizza for lunch, and roast a chicken with vegetables all in this unique oven without heating up the house like a conventional oven. It's also much friendlier to your energy bill. It's perfect for cooking meals for one or two people and can serve as additional cooking space for large gatherings. You can enjoy air-fried foods in a fraction of the time and with a fraction of the calories. Healthier fried snacks? Who wouldn't appreciate that?

  • Indoor grill
    Imagine grilled meat and veggies on a cold New York Sunday afternoon. You might be too engrossed in that football game to appreciate the delicious grill marks on your panini, but you'll definitely taste the difference. Switch between a griddle for eggs and pancakes to a grill for greasy meats. From full breakfasts to steaks or pork chops for dinner, the indoor grill can handle it all, and without creating a pile of dirty pots and pans. Its relatively small size makes it easy to store.

  • Stand mixer
    Bulkier than some of our other options, the stand mixer can be excused for its size because it's such an important asset for anyone who bakes. A high-end model will have a generous array of attachments designed to process specific foods, from a dough hook for kneading heavy bread doughs to a wire whip meant for high air incorporation. Some models include pasta makers and meat grinders. An added bonus is that it will likely be available in a variety of colors to compliment the kitchen decor, letting it grace the countertop beautifully.

Whether you are considering one of the lovely Nassau County homes for sale or one of the Suffolk County homes for sale, these appliances will all be welcome additions to the perfect kitchen. Contact us when you're ready to find the perfect place to install these and other handy new devices. 

January
24

Reserve an Igloo for Dinner Around Long Island

Outside Igloo Dining - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Our REALTORS® will give you a tour of open houses if you're visiting Long Island in search of a home. But if you want a real taste of Long Island hospitality, make sure to reserve an igloo for dinner.

An igloo dining experience allows you to curl up in a cozy bubble as you dine and stave off the winter weather for a few hours. Igloo dinners are perfect for a family outing or a winter date. Our REALTORS® suggest coming out of the cold and enjoying the unique dining experience that the following places have to offer.

  1. Uncle Bacala's – 2370 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park, NY 11040
    Located in the vicinity of our Garden City homes for sale, this restaurant offers excellent views afforded from its picturesque outdoor deck. Whether you're looking for a quiet sunset date or an unforgettable experience with family and friends, Uncle Bacala's is the place to be. The Igloos come in various sizes, so you can bring the whole family to enjoy hearty Italian meals or a date for a romantic dinner.

  2. 317 Main Street – 317 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
    East Norwich is a charming place to call home, as proved by its array of neighborhood parks, entertainment centers, and restaurants. One such restaurant is 317 Main Street in Farmingdale, located just a few minutes from these stunning East Norwich homes for sale. Their restaurant offers live entertainment, distinctive cocktails, and an unbeatable menu.

    Moreover, you can find several igloos lining the sidewalk that are heated and equipped with Bluetooth speakers. Nothing beats the view, and the fact that you can bring your own music makes for a magical night.

  3. Smuggler Jack's – 157 Forest Ave., Massapequa, NY 11758
    Smuggler Jack's is a waterfront restaurant and bar that offers an unmatched dining experience that's bound to make you forget the crisp chill of winter. You can experience waterside dining all year round in the clear domed structures that come complete with comfortable furniture and a fireplace that keeps the space toasty even in the depths of winter.

  4. Maxwell's - 501 Main St., Islip, NY 11751 Islip
    Get cozy in the heart of Islip just a few minutes from these East Islip homes for sale at Maxwell's. It's a casual dining spot that offers the best of everything from an innovative menu to an outdoor igloo outfitted with twinkling lights, fur blankets, and cozy seating. These igloos sit up to eight people, making them perfect for a get-together or a family outing.

  5. Wave Seafood & Steak Restaurant – 25 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    After a day taking in some Port Jefferson homes for sale, you can spend your evening indulging in a delectable dinner at Wave Seafood & Steak Restaurant. The restaurant offers seasonal menu items ranging from fresh salads to delicious seafood. Perched along the Port Jefferson harbor, an igloo dinner at Wave is accompanied by a breathtaking water view—especially at sunset—and a cozy fireplace.

Ready to Make Long Island Home?

Long Island is one of the best places to live in America—it's home to friendly neighborhoods, great schools, and has some of the best recreational centers this side of the Atlantic. If you're ready to find your forever home in Long Island, have a look at our Nassau County and Suffolk County homes for sale. Contact us today so we can set up a house tour and get you started on your home-purchasing journey.

January
17

Homeowners: How to Store Holiday Decorations

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Putting up your Christmas tree and lights was fun, but the fun stops, and stress kicks in when it's time to take them down. Storing holiday decorations can easily go from full-blown fun to frustrating. However, Our REALTORS® have compiled five simple and practical tips to help you correctly store your holiday decorations.

  • Buy an Ornament Chest for Your Christmas Ornaments
    An ornament chest is the best way to store your Christmas tree decorations and ornaments since it contains several layers that allow you to categorize each item. These layers offer easy access to the ornaments when needed.

    Before putting your decorations in, consider placing a cloth on the chest to prevent the movement of the ornaments. You can also use padding or tissue paper to prevent the decorations from brushing against the chest surface and scratching.


  • Get a Box for Artificial Christmas Trees
    If you bought your artificial Christmas tree during the holidays, the highest chances are that the tree came packed in a box. Since the box is already a correct fit for your tree, you can use it to store the tree.

    When packing the tree, you will be using opposite steps as you did when unpacking it. Bundle up each branch and ensure the tree remains straight as you pack it in. Alternatively, you can use ceiling hooks to hang your tree in the garage.


  • Storing Ceramic Houses and Figurines
    Undoubtedly festive ceramic houses and figurines add a gorgeous display during the holidays. However, they can be challenging to pack. Similar to ornaments, they are fragile and are sometimes attached to lights. Therefore, packing them needs you to pay attention to detail to avoid damage or breakage.

    Ceramic houses, figurines, and other glass ornaments should be handled and stored as fragile items. Get bubble wraps, carefully wrap them in, and keep them in a box. Seal the box tightly and if possible, remember to label it as fragile and store the box on other bulky boxes.


  • Ensure Your Lights Are Tangle Free
    Christmas lights can be hard to store since they are long and contain little garlands. No matter how carefully you roll them up, they will end up tangled. When storing them, you should ensure they are tangle-free to prevent interfering with the wiring or making ends. You can use delivery boxes to keep your lights.

    Cut your box or cardboard into rectangular shapes. Hang the rectangular pieces and wind your lights around the craps. Otherwise, you can use water bottles as storage for beaded garlands. You can also try using a pill organizer to store any spare light bulbs you have.


  • Storing Wrapping Paper and Other Supplies
    Did you know that those garment bags you use to store wreaths can have a different use? Use a garment bag to hang up your wrapping paper and other supplies. Besides making them easy to access, they will remain dust-free during the year. 

    When it comes to storing supplies like ribbons and tapes, you can use a shoebox to keep everything organized and in one location. A shoe box makes it easy to color organize ribbons and notice when the tape supply runs low. 

Ready to own your home in Long Island? Go through Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to find an ideal home for you. Contact us once you do and get started with the buying process. 

January
10

5 Destinations for Heritage Treasures Day Around Long Island

Heritage Treasures Day - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Heritage Treasures Day was established in 2017 in the UK as a way to explore and preserve historical sites. It takes place every year on January 11 and has grown in popularity worldwide. There are many great places to celebrate this unique day near Suffolk County homes for sale and Nassau County homes for sale, with museums and preserved historical sites dating back to American history's earliest days. Our REALTORS® have all the details on five fascinating destinations for Heritage Treasures Day around Long Island.

  1. Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate – 135 West Gate Dr., Huntington, NY 11743
    The Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate is one of Long Island's most famous historical treasures and is conveniently located near Huntington homes for sale. Oheka Castle is a slice of historic Europe in the heart of Long Island, serving today as a luxury hotel, wedding venue, dining destination, and event space. Enjoy a luxurious overnight stay at the amazing hotel, grab a meal at the OHK Bar & Restaurant, or stop by for a tour to experience all that the estate has to offer.

  2. Country House Restaurant – 1175 N. Country Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    The Country House Restaurant was built circa 1710 near Stony Brook homes for sale, and it's still in operation today. Sit down for an amazing meal in a beautifully preserved historic home, and experience Long Island history in the present day. The menu changes monthly with new things to try, and there are also special menus available for many of the year's biggest holidays.

  3. Cradle of Aviation Museum – Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530
    Located near Garden City homes for sale, the Cradle of Aviation Museum tells the story of how humanity took to the skies and beyond. It's a great place to learn all about the history of flight in the United States and features some excellent space travel exhibits. The museum features eight galleries with more than 75 air and spacecraft, along with fun exhibits on retro games and a state-of-the-art planetarium that has unique shows all day long.

  4. Stony Brook Grist Mill – 100 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    The Stony Brook Grist Mill was built in 1751 and served as an active mill for local farmers until the 1950s. Today, it has been converted into a historical site where you can learn about the mill's history and discover how wheat was processed in the past. It's open every Sunday for guided tours, with a miller on-site and a gift shop where you can find fun souvenirs.

  5. Long Island Traditions – 382 Main St. #G02, Port Washington, NY 11050
    If you're interested in getting involved with preserving local heritage sites yourself, then Long Island Traditions is the perfect organization to help you pursue your passions. Located near Port Washington homes for sale, Long Island Traditions works to preserve historic architecture, historic sites, and structures that tell the story of Long Island, as well as amplifying the voices of local artists who create works about historical sites. Long Island Traditions also has the Honoring Traditions program, which focuses on the music, dance, crafts, and art of cultures that have called Long Island home.

Are you searching for a home that makes it easy to explore all of the fascinating historical and cultural destinations around Long Island? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in your favorite Long Island communities.

December
27

Winter Is the Perfect Time for These Home Improvement Projects

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You may think that once the snow begins to fall, it's too late to start on home improvements, but our REALTORS® would advise you otherwise. You may not be able to do much outdoors, but inside is another story. In fact, if the work you need requires a contractor, you may be able to find one offering lower rates as available jobs dwindle. Whether you have just purchased your home or are getting the house ready for sale in the spring, several projects will make you more comfortable now and increase your profits later. 

  • Insulating the Attic
    You may not even need to hire a contractor to make your home more comfortable, decrease energy costs and get a great return on your investment. The ROI comes in at a whopping 116.9 percent. Add to that a tax credit of up to $500. If you thought this project was too pricy, you might be surprised that it could cost under $400 to purchase and install. With numbers like that, you are looking at a project that literally pays for itself.

  • Update the Thermostat
    This is a project that works for any budget. Prices for programmable thermostats range anywhere from $30 to $300 but will save you from $10 to $20 a month. There are plenty of options available, some even offering remote control. You can reduce energy consumption when no one is home and adjust the temperature to your comfort level so that you walk into pre-programmed comfort. A seasoned do-it-yourselfer may be able to install one, but most homeowners will need the services of an electrician. The good news is that the cost will be minimal as the process takes minutes to complete. 

  • Stop Air Leaks
    You can reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home by simply sealing air leaks with caulking or weatherstripping. For just a few dollars, you can eliminate most drafts. You'll want to caulk spaces around doors and window frames, paying attention to pipes and vents as well. Add or update the weather stripping to seal moveable components such as sliding glass doors and windows. This project takes a little time but doesn't require particular skills or experience. For less than $30, you can dramatically affect the comfort and energy efficiency of your home.

  • Repaint the Interior
    If you are selling soon, this is a great time to inspect the walls and fill in any dings or holes. Choose white or another neutral color that will work with any color scheme, so potential buyers can readily picture their own belongings in the house. You may find this easier if you declutter the rooms first, putting collections and other personal items you are not using in storage. This will give you a good jump start on your own move, too. The size of the house and the quality of paint will dictate the cost, but on average, you can paint for under $500 and make the home look larger and cleaner to potential buyers.

  • Give Doors a Facelift
    What's the first thing a buyer will see when entering the house? Inside and out, doors take a beating. Fingerprints and scuff marks make them look old and tired. A fresh coat of paint, new hardware, or even just cleaning up aging brass can make the entire home look more inviting. This cost-effective project will cost between $30 and $200.

If you're thinking of adding your house to the Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, contact us for more ways to boost your profits.

December
13

Visit These Music Shops Around Long Island

Music Shops - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Monday, December 13th is an important day, especially for music lovers. It's Violin Day! Invented in the 1500s, the violin has since become an important instrument across various genres of music, from classical to hard rock. What better way to honor it than by visiting one of the great music shops on Long Island. Here are some top music shops our REALTORS® recommend.

  • Lewis Music: 278 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501
    Lewis Music is a locally owned music store not far from many Garden City homes for sale. They sell string instruments, including violins. Some are new, and others are used on consignment. The store also sells bows and offers bow repair services.

    Lewis Music also sells guitars and band instruments, and they offer both in-person and virtual music lessons. If you're not quite ready to buy your own instrument, ask about their rental program.

  • Laconia Music Center: 410 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
    Laconia Music Center is a music store just minutes from Floral Park homes for sale. They opened in 1960 and have been serving the Long Island community ever since.

    This store offers violins and other orchestra string instruments with straightforward pricing. They're also known for their selection of less-common instruments, including tubas, bassoons, and contrabasses. Aspiring musicians of all ages can take lessons at their modern studio.

  • Poppa's Music Music: 168 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501
    Take a break from looking at Nassau County homes for sale, and stop by Poppa's Music Music to look at the instruments. They have an impressive selection of guitars, pianos, and woodwinds.

    Poppa's Music Music also offers rentals, including violins and larger string instruments like cellos. They have some smaller instruments to suit school children, too. If you already own a violin or other instrument and need it fixed, visit their repair center.

  • Munro Music: 416 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, NY 11731
    Munro Music is within easy reach of East Northport homes for sale. They offer violin and viola lessons for all ages. You could even learn how to play the cello, the bass version of the violin. Their one-on-one, private teaching style makes it easier to learn at your own pace.

    Munro Music also sells sheet music, and they rent band and orchestra instruments for the school year and summer. 

  • The Instrument Store: 81H E. Jeftyn Blvd., Deer Park, NY 11729
    If you're looking at Dix Hills homes for sale, then The Instrument Store is a good place to celebrate Violin Day. They've been in business since 1991, and they carry a great selection of instruments, from saxophones to guitars.

    The Instrument Store often offers open box deals, which are a good way to save when buying an instrument. If they have to order an instrument for you, they always offer free shipping. 

  • The Music Zoo: 123 Smith St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
    The Music Zoo has such a creative name, and its employees are just as creative and lovely. Open since 1994, this is a great music shop to visit if you're looking at West Islip homes for sale.

    The Music Zoo sells some of the best brands, from Gibson to Taylor. They're also a great place to pick up amps and various musical accessories. 

Whether you play the violin, have always wanted to learn, or just like admiring the art behind these gorgeous string instruments, stopping at one of these music shops is sure to be enjoyable. Contact us if you need help finding homes for sale nearby.

December
6

Where to Suit Up Around Long Island

Menswear Shops - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Nothing makes a man look and feel better than a well-fitted suit and tie. Since December is National Tie Month, why not take some inspiration from it to upgrade your wardrobe? To help you get started, our REALTORS® have rounded up six of the best menswear shops around Long Island in the list below. 

  • Bertalia - 15 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570 
    Bertalia
    has been helping men around our Rockville Centre homes for sale dress to impress since 2002. Their suit department is extensive and includes a multitude of tie options in both colorful and subdued designs. Their expert staff is always on hand to provide fashion advice to shoppers who need it, and they even offer in-house tailoring services upon request.

  • Joseph & Joseph - 132 7th St., Garden City, NY 11530 
    If you're looking for one-on-one guidance while shopping for your suits and ties, Joseph & Joseph is the place to go. This small menswear shop doesn't even have their own website, but they get more than enough business through word-of-mouth to sustain themselves. The shop is owned and operated by the same two Josephs for whom the business is named. They are known for their excellent, knowledgeable service and a willingness to go above and beyond for their customers.

  • Giorgenti New York - 1325 Franklin Ave., Suite 255, Garden City, NY 11530 
    Giorgenti New York
    is an independent menswear retailer located near many of our Garden City homes for sale. From shirts and dress pants to sports coats, overcoats, vests, tuxedos, and (of course) ties, you'll find everything you need to look your best all in one place.  Notably, this goes for women as well as men – Giorgenti is happy to provide tailoring services for women's suits and menswear-inspired items as well. All of the business's pricing is listed on their website, making this an excellent place to find bespoke menswear on a budget. 

  • Milano Men's Attire - 245 W. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11746 
    Milano Men's Attire
    caters to men who prefer the slim and stylish fit of Italian suits over the boxier American style. Run by an experienced tailor with over 20 years in the business, this shop offers suits and ties from popular Italian brands like Ferrante and Dolce Punta and is frequented by high-profile clients like David Ortiz. Located just minutes away from many of our Huntington homes for sale, it's a great place to add a little European flair to your wardrobe with a piece of clothing made just for you.  

  • Edward Alan Big and Tall - 10-2020 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725 
    Shopping for clothes can frustrating for people who rarely fit into the standard range of menswear sizes but don't have the budget for custom clothing. Luckily, there's a solution located close to our Commack homes for sale. Edward Alan Big and Tall carries both casual and formal menswear in larger sizes than you'll find on the rack at most other retailers. If you still can't find the right fit, this shop offers free alterations with any purchase to help you look your best.

  • Thomas Mitchell Clothiers - 24 Gerard St., Huntington, NY 11743 
    Instead of trying to keep up with fast-changing modern fashions, Thomas Mitchell Clothiers has taken a different approach to menswear. Their shop is designed to mimic the look of a British haberdashery, and their clothing emphasizes that same old-fashioned appeal. The shop stocks a variety of slim-fitting traditional British menswear in luxurious fabrics like wool, cashmere, tweed, and more. They offer custom sizing to ensure optimal fit, but if you prefer to shop off the rack, they also employ a full-time tailor who can alter their pre-made garments to better conform to your measurements.  

A new suit can make you feel like a whole new you, and it's never hard to get one on Long Island. There are so many quality clothing retailers around our Nassau County homes for sale and our Suffolk County homes for sale that you'll always have a place to shop for any occasion. If you've been thinking about making this area your home, contact us today; we'll be happy to help you find a local property that meets your needs.

November
29

Sellers: These Upgraded Appliances Bring Better ROI

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Upgrading your appliances will make everything from cooking to cleaning a little easier and a little more energy-efficient. There's no question that when it comes to appliances, some are worth their weight in gold. And, some will add a little gold to your bank account when you sell your home. As you consider your options, our REALTORS® recommend closely looking at the following appliances that will give you a significant return on your investment. 

  • Air Conditioner
    Hot and muggy summer days are not a good time to find out the AC isn't up to the task of keeping you cool and comfortable. Across generations, Millennials, Gen X, and Baby Boomers alike all agree that a high-efficiency air conditioner is a premium selling point. Installing a new air conditioner will enhance your comfort, lower your utility bills, and attract buyers when you put the home on the market.

  • Energy-Efficient Furnace
    Most furnaces last between 10-15 years. Over time, they lose efficiency and require increasingly frequent (and costly) repairs. Upgrading your furnace before you sell your home puts a prospective buyer's mind at ease. It also shows that you care about the home's condition and have invested in systems that enhance comfort and reduce utility costs.

  • Built-In Stove
    Standalone stoves are so 1990. As homes and technology have evolved, so too have the ways we use the kitchen. Built-in stoves are designed to minimize the mess and streamline the kitchen. When the stove is not in use, it blends into the background and becomes out of sight, out of mind. 

  • Energy-Efficient Washers and Dryers
    Washing machines and dryers are the hardest-working appliances in your family's home. They're also the two machines that suck up the most energy. Upgrading to a high-efficiency washing machine and dryer isn't cheap, but it's worth it. Not only will you save money on your monthly utility bills, but they will also do a better job of keeping your clothes clean and in good condition, thus keeping your wardrobe nice and sharp.

  • Modern, High-Efficiency Refrigerator
    Water and ice dispensers are nice, but almost every refrigerator has these. If you want your refrigerator to stand out, you'll want to select one that has French doors and an Energy Star rating. As with washers and dryers, refrigerators consume significant quantities of energy each day. Every little bit you can trim pays off in the long run.

Are you noticing a trend? That's because there is an overarching trend that relates to all appliances. Whatever you choose to install, pay close attention to the energy efficiency of the system. As utility rates continue to rise and eco-consciousness grows, the desire for increasingly efficient appliances is a trend that is guaranteed to gain steam in the future.  

Are you considering which appliances to bring into your life? Contact us, and we will be happy to tell you what our clients are eager to see and the trends we see emerging within Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.

November
8

Where to Make a (5K) Run for It This Holiday Season

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We can all use a little help staying in shape when the holidays roll around. It's hard to motivate yourself to go for a run when it's cold outside, and who can turn down all that stuffing and pumpkin pie? Our REALTORS® understand the struggle.

Luckily, the holiday season also brings plenty of opportunities to hit the pavement on Long Island. Check out these fun 5K runs and walks in Nassau and Suffolk Counties this season! They all offer an opportunity to stay active and support a worthy cause.

  • Nassau County Turkey Trot - 1899 Park Blvd., Westbury, NY 11590
    On Sunday, November 14th, the annual Nassau County Turkey Trot returns to Westbury, NY. This event includes both 5K and 10K races, and the 5K is stroller-friendly. All participants are encouraged to bring food donations for those in need, either to the race site or pre-race check-ins. The run takes place in beautiful Eisenhower Park, convenient to many Nassau County homes for sale.

  • Smithtown Kickers Turkey Trot - 51 Lawrence Ave., Smithtown, NY 11787
    With all proceeds going to Angela's House and Smithtown Children Foundation, the Smithtown Kickers Turkey Trot has become a beloved annual tradition. This year's race takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th. It's a 5K run/walk that begins at Smithtown Elementary School and follows a course through the heart of the city, near many Smithtown homes for sale. The event also includes a 1-mile kids' fun run, with prizes for top finishers in various age groups. 

  • Port Washington Thanksgiving Day Run - Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050
    A 5-mile race through the rolling hills of Nassau County, the Port Washington Thanksgiving Day Run has been going strong for over 40 years now. After being held as a virtual event in 2020, the race is back in its true form this year. Expect some great views across the bay as you near the finish line in Manorhaven Park, a stone's throw from these Port Washington homes for sale.

  • Conquer the Hills 5K - 501 Horseblock Rd., Farmingville, NY 11738
    Farmingville's Conquer the Hills 5K takes place on November 26th this year, better known as Black Friday! The race begins and ends in Farmingville Hills County Park, a beautiful green space just minutes from many Suffolk County homes for sale. In addition to the 5K race, this event also includes a 2.6K hike, which is a great option for participants who want to experience the park at their own pace. 

  • Santa's 5K Toy Trot - 49 Smith St, Patchogue, NY 11772
    Like many races, Santa's 5K Toy Trot had to be a virtual event last year. But this venerable tradition is back for 2021, returning to Patchogue's Shorefront Park on December 5th. Santa's 5K Toy Trot is a run/walk that offers great views of Great South Bay and a chance to support a great cause. Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Foundation, and participants are asked to bring one unwrapped toy for their annual community toy drive.

  • Jingle Bell Run - 1000 Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, NY 11549
    On Saturday, December 11th, lace up your shoes and put on your most festive holiday costume to participate in the annual Jingle Bell Run. The race takes place at Hofstra University in the Nassau County community of Hempstead, and 100% of the proceeds go toward the Arthritis Foundation and its goal of fighting arthritis. It's a fun, festive 5K that helps support a great cause. 

Looking for more information on life on Long Island? Contact us today, and be sure to ask our agents about finding your dream home in Nassau and Suffolk counties. 

November
1

Long Island: Get in the Holiday Spirit with These 5 Events

Holiday Events - Long Island - Coach Realtors

The holidays will be here before you know it, and this year there are plenty of great ways to get into the holiday spirit! This time of year, our REALTORS® love visiting local craft fairs, watching holiday performances, and more. They also enjoy sharing all the best upcoming events with new residents. 

To make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun, we've gathered a list of five local holiday events you won't want to miss. So mark your calendars, gather up your family and friends, and head out to enjoy all the great things Long Island has to offer!

  1. East Islip Craft Fair: East Islip High School - 1 Redmen St. Islip Terrace, NY 11752 
    If you've been checking out Nassau County homes for sale, you might already be familiar with East Islip High School. Not only is it a great place to send your kids, but it's also the location of the East Islip Craft Fair. This is one of the best places to shop local for your holiday gifts. 

    The event will be held on Saturday, November 13th from 10 am to 4 pm and will feature many exhibitors with handmade items. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

  2. The Great All Nighter: Bizarre Bazaar: Cradle of Aviation Museum - Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY 11530
    A unique spin on the traditional craft fair, the Bizarre Bazaar features a curated collection of items from some of Long Island's most talented makers. Here you'll find antiques, art, records, handmade goods, and more. 

    This event is scheduled for Friday, November 26th from 7 pm to midnight and Saturday, the 27th from 10 am to 5 pm. While you're in the area, we recommend taking a drive around so you can get a look at some of the great Garden City homes for sale
  3. 42nd Annual Holiday Festival: Stony Brook Village Center - 111 Main St., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    If you've been thinking about buying one of the beautiful Stony Brook homes for sale, you'll want to pay a visit to the city's 42nd Annual Holiday Festival. There will be a Legends & Spies Puppet Procession, holiday train display, carolers and live music, a tree decorating contest, a chance to sit and chat with Santa, and more.

    The event will be held on Sunday, December 5th from noon to 6 pm. There will also be a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 pm on the Village Green.

  4. A Christmas Carol: Theatre Three - 412 Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Theatre Three is located just a short drive away from some of the best Port Jefferson homes for sale. On Sunday, December 5th, you can head over to the theater to see a live performance of Charles Dickons' A Christmas Carol. This production is in its 36th year, and it was chosen as Newsday's number-one holiday theatrical event.

    Performances are scheduled for select weekend dates beginning on November 13th and continuing through December 26th.

  5. Port Jefferson Santa Parade: Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    There's tons of holiday fun in Port Jefferson this year! Their 2021 Santa Parade is scheduled for Sunday, November 28th from 3 pm to 4 pm. This free event will feature a variety of floats, vintage cars, and, of course, an appearance by the Big Guy himself. If you have kids or are a kid at heart, this is an event you won't want to miss. 

Is a gorgeous new home on your holiday wish list this year? The experts at Coach Realtors can help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

October
25

Bathroom Remodel: How to Choose the Right Bathtub

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Soaking in a warm, relaxing bath is something everyone looks forward to after a long day. When showing properties, our REALTORS® are always asked about bathroom upgrades with spa-like features seen in many of these Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.

If you're considering a bathroom remodel, you have many bathtub styles to choose from for your space. Before you make your final selection, consider the size of your bathroom, your personal needs, and the finished look you want to achieve.

  • Drop-In Tubs
    Drop-in tubs are the most common type found in homes. The tub shell is fitted inside a framed enclosure that may be surrounded by sheetrock walls or tiles. With drop-in rectangular tubs, three sides are sealed in and one long side is open so you can step into the tub.

    Undermount drop-in tubs are installed where the top of the tub sits at floor level creating a very modern bathroom. Most drop-in tubs are made of porcelain, acrylic, or fiberglass, the least expensive options.

  • Corner Tubs
    Corner tubs are similar to drop-ins, but they're much larger and wider. Their large, square proportions make them great for dual bathing. To accommodate the size and shape, you need a large corner area in your bathroom for installation. If you have an area near a large window, this may be the perfect place for a relaxing bath while enjoying a beautiful view of the garden.

  • Freestanding Tubs
    Freestanding tubs feature solid bases or cradles and sculpted bathing bowls. They come in many shapes including rectangular, square, oval, and round. One advantage of freestanding tubs is they can sit anywhere in the bathroom and don't have to be connected to walls for stability. However, you need a larger bathroom because the tub will take up open floor space. Freestanding tubs are most popular in porcelain and acrylic, but they also come in copper, stainless steel, and colors for a higher price.

  • Clawfoot Tubs
    Although clawfoot tubs made out of cast iron date back to the Victorian era, they are still very popular with homeowners today. Their freestanding style, oval shape, and brass or chrome claw feet create a reminiscent eclectic style that works in both traditional and contemporary homes. Most clawfoot tubs are especially deep, so they're perfect for those long bubble bath soaks.
  • Special Features
    Most bathtub manufacturers offer a variety of options for special features, especially for their top-of-the-line products. If you want ultimate relaxation and health benefits, you don't have to look far for a lot of great options:

    • Whirlpool Jets – By choosing a tub with whirlpool jets, you can relax in water with various heat settings, foot massage jets, multi-speed bubbles, and silent motor technology.

    • Chromatherapy – Whether you prefer peaceful pink or soothing blue, chromatherapy includes underwater LED lights that change color to suit your mood.

    • Music – With resonant speaker panels that attach to the tub and send sound through the water, you can relax to your favorite playlist while soaking.

    • Digital Controls – A built-in digital touchpad lets you easily control water temperature, jet direction, water color, and your favorite tunes.

If you're planning to buy or sell a home, contact us for information and real estate advice from our professionals.

October
11

Shift10 Day: Where to Shop Local Around Long Island

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Shopping local isn't always easy. Our REALTORS® certainly understand the convenience of big box stores and online mega-retailers, but there's something about buying locally-made goods from a locally-owned business that just feels better. 

Shift10 Day is a great reminder to support local businesses, and, in honor of the occasion, we're sharing some of our favorite places to shop local on Long Island!

  • Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market - 307-369 National Blvd., Long Beach, NY 11561
    One of the best places to get fresh, local produce on Long Island, the Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May through November. In addition to locally grown fruits and veggies, you'll find an amazing variety of local, handmade goods ranging from soaps and candles to baked goods and preserves. The market is located in Long Beach, convenient to many Nassau County homes for sale

  • Aldo's Coffee Company - 103-105 Front St., Greenport, NY 11944
    Aldo Maiorana has been roasting coffee and baking biscotti at Aldo's Coffee Company since 1987. It's become a staple of the Greenport Community, and one of Long Island's truly great coffee shops. To this day, every cup of coffee you get at Aldo's is made using beans roasted in-house in small batches. They make a perfect cappuccino too, and the shop is located near many beautiful Suffolk County homes for sale.

  • The Giftologist - 37 S. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    You never know what you'll find at The Giftologist, but if you're looking for a unique gift for someone special, something is bound to catch your eye. Carrying a wide and ever-changing selection of gifts, this shop is carefully curated and well-stocked with locally made products. Located a stone's throw from many Rockville Centre homes for sale, The Giftologist also offers monogrammed and customized gifts, along with complimentary wrapping. 

  • Hengstenberg's Florist - 39 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
    Serving the North Shore of Long Island for more than 70 years, the folks at Hengstenberg's Florist have the skills that can only come from decades of experience, handed down through generations. Located within walking distance of many Northport homes for sale, Hengstenberg's Florist is the perfect place to get a unique flower arrangement for a special occasion or any old day. 

  • Port Jeff Brewing Company - 22 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Why drink the same old beer when you could be sipping craft ales, lagers, and stouts brewed right here on Long Island? Port Jeff Brewing Company has been one of Long Island's best local microbrewers since they opened their doors in 2011, serving expertly crafted beers in their cozy taproom by the waterside. With a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a location convenient to many Port Jefferson homes for sale, this is a place you're definitely going to want to visit again and again. 

  • The Dolphin Bookshop - 299 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Big chain booksellers can never match the charm and personal attention you get at a local store like The Dolphin Bookshop. They've been in business since 1946, and you don't get to that point without offering the best selection and customer service around! With an on-site cafe and a great section of books by local authors, The Dolphin Bookshop is one of the best places to find your next great read near these Port Washington homes for sale

Long Island is an amazing place to live if you like to shop local! Contact us today to learn more about life in Suffolk and Nassau counties and talk to our agents about finding your dream home on Long Island.

October
4

Order a Custom Cake Around Long Island

Custom-Decorated Cakes - Long Island - Coach Realtors

National Cake Decorating Day is celebrated on October 10 to recognize the skill and creativity of those who can turn a cake into an artistic masterpiece. Long Island is home to some excellent cake decorators, so why not celebrate the day by ordering a custom cake at a local bakery?

Our REALTORS® suggest dropping by one of the following Long Island bakeries that offer custom cakes.

Nassau County 

  • Buttercooky Bakery - 217 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
    Buttercooky Bakery, located near Floral Park homes for sale, has helped Long Island make sweet memories for over 50 years. The third generation of owners is still supplying fresh cookies, pastries, and custom cakes for every day as well as special occasions. Use their on-the-menu options like Banana Vanilla or Silk and Satan (chocolate mousse and New York cheesecake as inspiration), or go with a unique idea.

  • The Sweet Peace Specialty Cakes & Boutique Bakery 26A Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook, NY 11563  
    Located near Nassau County homes for sale, The Sweet Peace Specialty Bakes & Boutique Bakery creates custom cakes as well as other delicious treats. The chef and her trained staff will work with you to make sure you get the custom cake you'll love. And while you're placing your order, make sure to take a look at the bakery counter and treat yourself to some mini cupcakes, truffles, or doughnuts.

  • Dortoni Bakery and Pastry Shoppe 3264 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11756 
    Dortoni Bakery and Pastry Shoppe 
    opened its doors in 1976, starting with a nod to the traditional yet simple pastry shops in Naples, Italy. Today, it has expanded to use the highest quality ingredients to bake delicious European tortes, Italian pastries, cakes, and more. Their custom cakes are beautifully designed and created using your choice of over 30 flavors of fillings made of the fresh, highest quality ingredients. Whatever type of cake you can imagine, Dortoni's takes pride in making it a delicious reality.

Suffolk County

  • Alpine Pastry - Shoppe 59 Route 111, Smithtown, NY 11787  
    Whether you're planning a celebration for your child's sports team or an elaborate upscale wedding, you're in good hands with Alpine Pastry Shoppe. Open for over 30 years, the bakery has been continuously owned and operated by the Cuccia family. It's conveniently located just around the corner from Smithtown homes for sale and offers a long list of cake and filling flavors you can choose from. 
      
  • Fanny Cakes Custom Cakes & Gourmet Desserts - 127 Smithtown Blvd., Suite 10, Nesconset, NY 11767 
    Fanny Cakes Custom Cakes & Gourmet Desserts
    was named in honor of the owner/baker's grandmother, who nurtured her love of baking. She creates sweets using the finest all-natural ingredients like Madagascar bourbon vanilla, fresh fruits, and sweet creamery butter. And if you're feeling inspired to create your own at a later date, the bakery offers baking and decorating classes for every age group.

  • Rustik Cake Studios - 39 Tuckahoe Rd., Southampton, NY 11968
    Rustik Cake Studios
    is known for its artistry as well as its tasty creations, having won prizes at competitions such as The Ithaca New York Cake Competition and the Atlantic Bakery Expo. Check out the studio's website to see their online portfolio for inspiration as well as a list of flavors and fillings. You'll find the shop conveniently located just around the corner from Suffolk County homes for sale.

Contact us if you'd like to buy or sell a home in Nassau and Suffolk counties and to find out about the bakeries and other small businesses that help make the area unique. 

September
27

Homeowners: Try These Pest-Proofing Measures

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Your home is your castle. When it's invaded by an uninvited pest that won't leave, our REALTORS® understand how frustrating that can be and how much of a disruption it can cause. Many pests are difficult to dislodge, and since changing the locks isn't an option, we strongly recommend taking preventative measures that will work.

Whether you buy Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for saleone of the first things you want to consider is pest control. The more effort you put into keeping pests out, the less effort you'll need to spend kicking them out down the road.

  • Start by sealing any holes or cracks in the siding or masonry. Pay close attention to door jams and window frames where small cracks can form as the foundation settles. If you discover any cracks, apply the appropriate caulk, weatherstripping, or sealant to the surface. This will have the added advantage of improving the energy envelope around your home.

  • It's also advisable to clean up your attic, garage, and crawlspace. These three areas are breeding grounds for ants, mosquitos, flies, mice, and other pests. The cleaner these three spaces, the less attractive they are for uninvited houseguests with wings or fur.

  • Make sure to clean up the kitchen and pantry. It's best to secure food in airtight containers to help minimize the odors that can attract pests. You'll also want to make sure to keep these areas free of crumbs and other food debris that pests can munch on as they scout new places to move into.

  • Skip the pet door and making sure Fido is regularly groomed. Pet doors create easy access for mice, roaches, raccoons, and other pests; removing the door denies them a potential point of entry. And, while you're removing the pet door, be sure to securely install the bug screen on the windows and patio doors. This will help keep bugs of all shapes and sizes from moving in. 

  • Stay on top of your landscaping. Keep trees properly trimmed, mow the grass, and ensure that piles of leaves and other yard waste don't grow into small mountains. Left unattended, these piles will rot and attract all manner of pests that can easily multiply and move in when you're not looking.

  • Speed up the process. Once you remove the breeding grounds and food sources, it can take a while for pests to disappear. Place traps and poison for them to nibble on, but be sure to put these traps and substances in locations where pets and children can't access them.

  • Hire an exterminator. If you've tried all these pest-proofing measures, and the rats, mice, flies, and other pests still haven't taken the hint, hire the professionals to deliver a permanent eviction notice. Exterminators are highly effective at eliminating pests. But remember: If you don't solve the infestation's root cause(s), you can expect the pests to return in the future.

Are you looking for a new home? We can help. Contact usand we'll do our best to give you the information you need.

September
20

Long Island: Have Dinner with Friends at These 5 Places

Restaurants for Dinner with Friends - Long Island - Coach Realtors

There are few things better than enjoying dinner out with friends. After all, when you combine amazing food, a great atmosphere, and a handful of your favorite people, you're sure to have a great time.

If you've just moved to the area, you might feel overwhelmed by your choices and wonder how to find the best area restaurants to take your friends. No worries! Our REALTORS® love showing new residents around and helping them discover all the best local hot spots. Here's a quick round-up of five places that are perfect for a night out with friends.

  1. Waterzooi: 850 Franklin Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
    Located not far from some of the best Garden City homes for sale, Belgian restaurant Waterzooi is always a great place to meet up with friends. Whether you want to grab a quick lunch, enjoy a more formal dinner, or head out for weekend brunch, you're going to love the menu! They offer seating in the dining room or more casual spots in the lounge or on the patio.  

    This sophisticated bistro has an incredible menu that features oysters, shellfish, lobster, crab, shrimp, and more. We recommend the Moules Pots, Wellington Burger, and the Truffle Lobster Mac & Cheese.

  2. Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas: 1002 Old Country Rd., Garden City, NY 11530
    If you enjoy sharing small plates with friends, you'll love Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. This trendy restaurant features authentic Italian small plates, and everything they make here is focused on fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. They also work closely with several small area farms for many of their supplies.

    Wine lovers rejoice! Spuntino also has more than 55 wines by the glass, four on tap, and more than 350 wines by the bottle. They also offer three wine flights every day!

    On the menu, you'll find a wide selection of small plates as well as pasta, pizza, seven different types of bruschetta, and meat and seafood entrees. There's truly something for everyone here, making this the perfect place to bring a group of friends. 
     
  3. Mesita: 212 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    What's more fun than heading out with friends to an authentic Mexican restaurant? Mesita serves authentic, modern Mexican cuisine in a fun atmosphere that everyone in your group is sure to love. If you can't decide what to eat, we recommend fajitas, tacos, or burritos. If you're feeling adventurous, you may also want to try their signature 54-oz. Mega Margarita. 

    There are some great neighborhoods nearby, so plan to take a drive around after dinner to check out some of the beautiful Rockville Centre homes for sale.

  4. Crabtree's Restaurant: 226 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
    If you're ever in the area checking out Floral Park homes for sale, consider asking some friends to meet you at Crabtree's Restaurant. It was named one of the most beautiful restaurants in New York and is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch.

    You'll love this Mediterranian/American restaurants' diverse menu and great wine list. It includes items like grilled octopus, white truffle ravioli, and half roast duck a l'orange. If you can, plan to sit outside on the patio where you can enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful view.

  5. Burgerology RVC: 226 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    If you're looking for something a bit more casual but still delicious, you can't go wrong with Burgerology RVC. This place serves amazing burgers, fries, shakes, and craft beers in a trendy warehouse setting. Don't miss their Bacon Mac, Cookie Dougnut Milkshake, or the Einstein Burger with braised short rib, caramelized onion, swiss cheese, and cabernet gravy. We promise you won't be disappointed! 

    Finding the perfect home can be a challenge, but it's much easier when you have a great agent by your side! The experts at Coach Realtors are here to help. We specialize in homes in both Nassau County and Suffolk County and would love to help you find exactly what you're looking for. Contact us today to get started. 

    September
    13

    Enjoy the Convenience of This Smart Home Tech

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    These days, many of us are busy and pressed for time. When we do finally get the chance to be home and relax with family, we don't want to be burdened by chores and extra housework. Thankfully, the latest smart home technology is helping to address this issue. Our REALTORS® recommend considering the following devices to help simplify your at-home routine.

    • Smart Speakers
      Adding a smart speaker to your living room or great room can make it so much easier to listen to the music and podcasts you love. When you're getting ready to do the dishes or tackle that email inbox, you can simply talk to the speaker and tell it what to play. Or, you can scroll through options via the speaker-coordinated app on your smartphone. You won't have to worry about losing the remote or getting up to adjust the volume.

    • Smart Light Bulbs
      Isn't it annoying to be all settled in on your couch, and then realize you need to get up and adjust the lights? Smart light bulbs can fix this dilemma. You can use voice commands to turn the lights on and off or to dim the lights. Some smart light bulbs even light up different colors on command! Switching to smart light bulbs can save money on energy, too, since you're more likely to actually turn the lights off when you don't need them. 

    • Smart Vacuums
      Robot vacuums have been around for a while, but more recently, smart vacuums have become an even more convenient way to keep your home clean. The vacuum will keep humming along and cleaning your carpet, regardless of whether or not you're home. It will send you a message on your smartphone if it gets stuck, if it finishes cleaning, or if it needs any other input from you. There are even smart vacuums made specifically for people with pets and those with hard floors.

    • Pet Cameras
      When you're gone for long periods during the day, you might worry about your pet. Having to run home every few hours and check on them can become a burden. But a pet camera can allow you to check in on them from the convenience of your smartphone. Some smart pet cameras even let you talk to your pet remotely. This can help you calm your pet down during a storm or make them feel less lonely while you're away.

    • Smart Coffee Maker
      Do you ever wish you could wake up to coffee, already made in your own kitchen? Maybe you could even sleep a little longer if you didn't have to spend 10 minutes making coffee every morning. A smart coffee maker can solve all of these problems. You can program it to make coffee for you at a certain time of day. If you're at work and know you'll want another cup as soon as you get home, you can use your smartphone app to tell the coffee maker to get working. Imagine how much you'll save on visits to the coffee shop!

    • Smart TV
      The latest smart TVs let you change channels, turn up the volume, pause the show, and more — all with your voice. Of course, you can use an app on your phone for control, too, if that's what you prefer.  Your TV experience will be that much more relaxing.

    What do you think of these smart home innovations for your Long Island home? If you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk county homes for sale, our agents can help. Contact us to learn more about our services.

    September
    7

    Visit These 6 Bakeries During Sourdough Bread Month

    Long Island Bakeries for Sourdough Bread - Coach Realtors

    If you love bread, then September is your month! Sourdough September is the perfect opportunity to slice into a loaf, spread it with butter, and dig in. Making your own sourdough is fun, but there are also plenty of great Long Island bakeries that sell this style of bread. Here are a few that our REALTORS® recommend visiting.

    1. Marie Blachere: 550 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, NY 11023
      If you're looking at homes for sale in Manhasset, this French bakery is a short drive away. While pastries are their main focus, they also make traditional breads, including an artisan sourdough that sells for $5.50 a loaf.

      Marie Blachere has a cozy dining room, so consider enjoying a meal on-site. They have a whole menu of sandwiches, some of which can be enjoyed on a sourdough roll. Their raspberry mint lemonade is also a fan favorite.

    2. Roast Sandwich House: 100 Main St., Mineola, NY 11501
      Roast Sandwich House is a great place to visit if you prefer your sourdough in sandwich form. It's near homes for sale in Garden City, too. 

      The BBQ turkey grilled cheese is popular. It's made on fresh sourdough and stuffed with NY cheddar, pickled jalapenos, crispy onions, and southwest ranch. Consider pairing your sandwich with a side of the tomato bisque soup or loaded potato soup.

    3. Flour Shoppe Cafe: 486 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      With a name like Flour Shoppe Cafe, they have to serve great sourdough! If you visit for breakfast, the Croque Madame sandwich is a good choice. It's made with incredible ham and aged cheddar. For lunch, try the Dewey, a sandwich consisting of turkey, avocado, maple pepper bacon, cheddar, Sriracha, and tomatoes on sourdough.

      This cafe is near plenty of homes for sale in Rockville Centre, and they have a nice, outdoor patio where guests can dine.

    4. Duck Island Bread Company: 201-C East Main St., Huntington, NY 11743
      Duck Island Bread Company was founded by a baker who studied in France and Germany. They make their bread in small batches, so every loaf is special. Most of the breads here are naturally leavened, which means they're classified as sourdough.

      Bring home a baguette, some sandwich rolls, and maybe even some pastries. This bakery is conveniently located near homes for sale in Huntington.

    5. Blondie's Bake Shop: 90 A Washington St. Ste. A, Centerport, NY 11721
      Blondie's Bake Shop is just a short drive from homes for sale in Northport. This classic bakery relies on traditional recipes and techniques to make some incredible creations. The sourdough boule is a popular choice. It's wonderful spread with butter or made into a sandwich.

      While you're visiting to celebrate Sourdough September, consider also trying the black pepper Romano biscuits or the apple pie sticky buns. The scones are also incredible. 

    6. Park Bake Shop: 112 Main St., Kings Park, NY 11754
      Park Bake Shop is just north of many homes for sale in Commack. It's a small and inviting shop that makes a bit of everything, from bread to donuts. Their sourdough is crusty and tender — perfect for sandwiches.

      If you're stopping by for bread, you might as well try some cookies or donuts, too. The chocolate-covered pretzels are a great snack that you can take home for later.

    If you're planning to look at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, feel free to contact us. Our real estate agents are ready to help.

    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.

      S
      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.

    July
    26

    Tips Before Buying an Older Home

    Buying an Older Home - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    For some people, there's something alluring and almost whimsical about living in an old house. It's the history, the craftsmanship, and the nostalgic factor that you can't find in a newer build. If you're looking for a home whose walls are filled with history, our REALTORS® can help you find the home of your dreams.

    It's no secret that old houses carry a lot of charm and character. They just don't build them like they used to anymore. But for all their charms, buying an older house is a complicated affair. You must be prepared to spend more money long-term than your initial listing price. Even then, you might run into some issues.

    Here are a few things you need to look out for when buying an old house.

    What Counts As an Older Home?

    Age is subjective when it comes to houses. As a general rule of thumb, an old house is one that's fifty years or older, and one built before 1920 is considered antique. But again, housing age is subjective – it's a condition based on numerous factors, including location, architectural style, and even local climate and geology.

    For instance, houses in urban cores across the country, such as New York and Massachusetts, tend to be older, averaging over 50 years old.

    To help you do your due diligence, here are the factors you need to consider when buying an older home.

    • Construction Style
      In most cases, the construction style of a home is an indicator of its quality. Prefabricated homes are generally constructed to lower quality standards than custom-built new homes. Homes constructed in the Tudor, Craftsman, Victorian, or Queen Anne styles are usually solidly built, more durable, and can handle several rounds of repairs and renovations.

    • Climate and Geology
      Certain climates can age a home. Houses in desert areas and places that experience extreme weather conditions tend to age faster. A house in Chicago will need repairs sooner than one in milder climates. Geological factors such as earthquakes, sinkholes, and high water tables can also accelerate the aging process. Homes in geologically active areas will require more repair and maintenance over their lifetime as such activities can lead to structural damage.

    Things to Pay Attention to When Buying an Old House

    If the age of a home is subjective, what are the factors you should pay attention to more? Here's a breakdown.

    • Foundation Issues
      When buying an old home, two inspections are better than one. A structural inspection can reveal the extent of foundation issues if any. These issues could range from small settlement cracks to damaged support footings. Look out for wall cracks, windows that won't open, and doors that won't latch. Such minor issues could indicate a larger, more inherent problem.

    • Lead and Asbestos
      Lead and asbestos are neurotoxic materials that were used in piping systems and insulations until relatively very recently. Lead is common in many pre-World War II plumbing systems and in paints made before 1978. Asbestos wasn't banned in residential applications until the late 1980s. In addition, you have to look out for toxic gases, such as Radon, that could severely impact air quality. These issues also necessitate a rigorous inspection process.

    • Previous Renovations
      Old homes have likely changed hands many times over. An inspection could highlight recent renovations and ensure that the house is up to code and industry standards. Some old and antique houses have been updated so many times that it's difficult to determine their age. Sometimes the only remaining original components are the foundation and exterior of the house.

    Looking for Some Old School Charm?

    Buying an old house has its challenges. With smart planning and the right realtor by your side, you can find a property that's well worth the hassle. Check out our Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to find vintage homes with some of that old-school charm. Contact us, and we can help you navigate the hurdles that come with buying an older home.

    July
    19

    Try Lunch or Dinner at These Long Island Food Trucks

    Food Trucks - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

    Grabbing lunch or dinner at a food truck is such a great way to get out there and experience a new cuisine. Or, of course, you can enjoy a tried-and-true favorite. The Long Island area has quite a bustling food truck scene. You could try a new truck every day for a month, but here are some top trucks our REALTORS® recommend visiting first.

    • Better Burger: 473 CR 111, Manorville NY, 11949
      If you're looking at Suffolk County homes for sale, stop by Better Burger for a delicious pick-me-up. They offer a great selection of signature burgers and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. The breakfast grilled cheese is a fan favorite.

      Better Burger has plenty of picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy your meal around the food truck. Their shakes are a delicious way to end the evening.

    • Good Eats Grill: 110 W. 9th St., Huntington NY, 11746
      Good Eats Grill is a food truck that conveniently operates near Huntington homes for sale. They update their location often on their social media pages, so they're easy to track down.

      This food truck is known for its macaroni and cheese balls, which are gooey and delicious. They rotate through tons of other delicious options, from lobster tails, to grilled steaks, to egg rolls. 

    • Katie's Food Truck: 145 W. Main St., Smithtown NY, 11787
      If you're looking at Stony Brook homes for sale, stop by Katie's Food Truck for lunch or dinner. The focus here is on California cuisine, and tacos are a fan favorite. The macaroni and cheese cones are also a hit.

      Katie's updates their location often on social media. They often serve outside their main location, but you'll sometimes find the truck at the Riverheads Outlets or the Walt Whitman Mall.

    • Island Empanada: 314 Commack Rd., Commack NY, 11725
      For something a little different, stop by Island Empanada, a food truck operating near Commack homes for sale. You'll see their truck at a lot of local carnivals and car shows, too.

      In addition to empanadas, this truck serves other Mexican and Latin American favorites like tostones and fried plantains. They even offer plant-based empanadas, a vegetarian-friendly option. 

    • Picante Tex Mex: 5507 Nesconet Hyw. Ste 16, Mount Sinai NY, 11766
      If you're out looking at Mount Sanai homes for sale and find yourself in the mood for Tex-Mex cuisine, Picante Tex Mex is the place to go. They travel all over Long Island, bringing delicious food along for the ride.

      A favorite at Picante Tex Med is the nachos. You can have them topped with your choice of protein, along with lettuce, jalapeno peppers, sour cream, guac, and pico de gallo. Their chimichangas and chalupas are also to die for. 

    • Taste Buddyz: 226 Westbury Ave., Carle Place NY, 11514
      Taste Buddyz is a food truck worth visiting after a long day of looking at Nassau County homes for sale. They consider themselves to be street food specialists, and it certainly tastes like it!

      Favorites at Taste Buddyz include the chopped cheese empanada and the barbecue pulled pork sandwich. They also serve jalapeno poppers, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and an array of other treats. The apple caramel empanadas are the perfect way to end a meal.

    Stopping by a food truck is the perfect option after a long day of house hunting. Plus, it allows you to explore the area a bit more and dive into the local cuisine. If you are searching for homes on Long Island and are looking for a real estate agent, don't hesitate to contact us.

    July
    12

    Homeowners: Pet Fire Safety Planning

    Pet Safety Planning - Homeowners - Coach Realtors

    As pet owners, the last thing we want to think about is our furry family members getting hurt in a fire. Sadly, over half a million pets are affected by house fires each year, and over 1,000 of those house fire incidents are started by pets. Having a pet fire safety plan is an invaluable and essential way to save your home and your pet. July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day, and our REALTORS® have put together these tips to inspire you to develop a fire safety plan that includes your pets.

    Preventing Your Pet from Starting a Fire

    • Extinguish Open Flames
      Never leave pets unattended around open flames on candles and fireplaces. Candles are great for a relaxed evening, but with a curious furry pal or a wagging tail, they can be quite the danger. You may want to switch to a battery-operated flameless candle to save your pet and property from needless harm. If your pet loves to cozy up near the fireplace, consider an enclosed gas fireplace or pet gate to ensure they keep a safe distance.


    • Remove Stove Knob
      A stove or cooktop is a major cause of fires started by pets. A curious pet who climbs around the kitchen can hit a stove knob, turning up a flame or turning on the gas. Be sure to remove knobs or use knob covers before leaving the house. Secure young or untrained pets in crates or behind baby gates to keep them away from potential hazards when you're away from home.


    • Secure Electrical Cords
      Electrical cords can be tempting to a playful kitty or pup. And sometimes, pets think that the cords are chew toys. Of course, your best bet would be training them to stay away, but securing the wires and cords will ensure they'll have no chance of sparking a fire or electrocuting your pet. Use ties to bundle cords or enclose them in a conduit. Also, dispose of or repair damaged cords.

    Prepare in Case of Fire

    • Upgrade Your Smoke Detectors
      While it's obviously important to ensure your home has functional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, you may want to think about using monitored smoke detectors for pet fire safety. These devices are connected to a monitoring center. In a situation where a fire breaks out when you're not at home, emergency responders would be alerted and dispatched immediately to rescue your furry companion.


    • Make an Emergency Plan
      If a fire starts, you may have as little as two minutes to evacuate your home. As such, it's important to create and practice a fire evacuation plan with your pet. Identify all the exits for your escape route, place one family member in charge of the pets, and have leashes and pet emergency items stored near an exit. Run a scenario where you find your pet and get them out of the house and also practice exit open access drills. This will help them get used to coming outside when their name is called out.


    • ID Your Pet
      It's important to microchip your pet or get them a collar with an ID tag. Proper and updated information can help ensure your pet is found and returned home safely if they flee because of the noise and danger of house fire.


    • Keep Your Pet Near an Exit
      You may enjoy giving your pet a free run of the house, but keeping them in a designated area close to the exit provides a better chance of getting out in case of fire. You can achieve this by crating your pet or creating a space in the foyer. If you don't crate, you need to know where your pet likes to nap or hide when stressed or scared.


    • Get Pet Fire Safety Stickers
      Place pet fire stickers on the front and back windows of your home. These will let the firefighters know how many and what kind of pets are in the house.

    If you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we understand that you'll be making your pet part of the home-buying process. Our REALTORS® love animals and can help you find a home that's perfect for all family members, including four-legged ones. Contact us today to learn more.

    July
    5

    5 Places to Celebrate Chocolate Day on Long Island

    Chocolate Shops Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Wednesday, July 7th, is World Chocolate Day! You should celebrate with a trip to a chocolate shop, to get some good, high-quality chocolate. Our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect home for you, but where can you find delicious chocolate in the Long Island area? Here are our picks for the best candy shops and chocolatiers to help you celebrate Chocolate Day the right way.

    • Kilwins Chocolates - 109D Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      Kilwins
      prides itself on both high-quality chocolate and great customer care. With locations all around the country, there's one in Port Jefferson that features both in-store shopping and DoorDash delivery. Their selection includes delicious, hand-paddled fudge (buy two slices, get one free), their signature rich, creamy ice cream, and of course, a variety of chocolates and truffles of all types. Their products are all lovingly made on-site and a treat for anyone who stops by.

    • Chocolate Works - 160 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, NY 11746
      With several locations around Long Island, including one in Walt Whitman Shops mall in Huntington Station, Chocolate Works has something for every taste and price range. That includes gourmet, Belgian chocolate truffles, hand-dipped, chocolate-covered cinnamon bun pretzels, and a variety of delicious sugar-free options, from vanilla caramels to cognac cherries. You can even special order a chocolate pizza for parties and events. Plus, they offer chocolate workshops, where you and your family can learn to make sweet treats of your own!

    • Sugared Up - 522 Main St., Islip, NY 11751. This Islip gem has both a candy shop and a cafe, which provide a plethora of amazing chocolate products. The candy shop features fresh truffles, chocolate-covered pretzels, and much more, all lovingly handmade. They also do beautiful gift baskets for every occasion. The cafe includes a wide assortment of hand-dipped milkshakes, in every flavor you can imagine, from birthday cake to cookie butter to Nutella and more. So whether you go to the shop, the cafe, or both, Sugared Up is the perfect place to get your chocolate fix.

    • Jacques Torres Chocolate - 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, NY 11530
      Widely known as Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres is one of the best chocolatiers anywhere. You may have seen him as the head judge on Netflix's Nailed It! He has several Jacques Torres Chocolate shops around New York, including one in the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City. There are chocolate chip cookies, macarons, a bonbon counter, and of course, Jacques Torres's signature hot chocolate.

    • Minty's Candies and Treats - 33 S. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815
      Minty's Candies and Treats
      is a wonderful, locally-owned candy shop in Norwich. Open Tuesday through Saturday, they sell a variety of chocolates and truffles, as well as four different types of fudge: chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, and chocolate nut. They also sell several different types of chocolate pizza, both whole and by the slice - and don't forget the chocolate wings! Minty's even sells a selection of retro candies that many customers may remember from their youth, such as Mallo Cups and Charleston Chew bars. Whatever you're looking for, Minty's has just about everything you need to celebrate World Chocolate Day.

    Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, there's guaranteed to be some excellent chocolate nearby. Contact us to help you find a home in the area that's convenient to everything you need.

    June
    28

    Where to Tour Long Island on Horseback

    Horseback Riding - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

    Finding a new home is always a difficult proposition, not just for the home itself but for the neighborhood. There are plenty of Nassau County homes for sale, but when you move in, will you be able to go horseback riding regularly, like you used to? Don't worry. Here are just a few amazing horseback riding trails and facilities in and around Nassau County, Suffolk County, and the Long Island area.

    • Nassau Equestrian Center - 62 Route 106, Jericho, NY 11753
      The Nassau Equestrian Center is a great place for both beginner and expert riders. They have a variety of beautiful paths to ride, plus lessons for all skill levels, in either English or Western saddle style, beginning at 6 years old. Nassau Equestrian Center prides itself on happy horses and clean, comfortable facilities. They also offer riding parties for children, providing horses, riding assistants, and more to make your child's birthday or other event one to remember.

    • Big River Barn Rescue - 1864 Muttontown Rd., Syosset, NY 11791
      The trails at Big River Barn Rescue are by appointment only, but they're well worth the extra effort. Their riding trails feature beautiful woods and meadows, and other amazing scenery. As their name implies, they also function as a horse rescue, helping rehabilitate racehorses and other types of horses from injuries. Any horse you ride at Big River Barn will be a rescue. Rides can range from just over an hour to over four hours and are available to riders of all skill levels.

    • Bethpage Equestrian Center - 499 Winding Rd., Old Bethpage, NY 11804
      While Big River Barn rehabilitates horses, Bethpage Equestrian Center uses horses as therapy for people. Their therapeutic riding program teaches both children and adults how to ride, to provide physical exercise, as well as social and emotional well-being. The beautiful park also offers regular lessons in English and Western styles, as well as camps, birthday parties, and more. It's a beautiful and relaxing place to come and bring your kids or just yourself.

    • Babylon Riding Center - 1500 Peconic Ave., West Babylon, NY 11704
      Available by appointment only, Babylon Riding Center is a great spot for beginners, providing lessons in either 30- or 60-minute blocks. They also have beautiful trail rides – either guided tours or on your own. The guided tours also include riding instruction, plus a photo of you in front of the lake.

    • Suffolk Equestrian Academy - 188 Bellport Ave., Medford, NY 11756
      Suffolk Equestrian Academy
      is a gorgeous, 10-acre facility, perfect for both experienced and beginning riders alike. They provide lessons for children as well as adults and have horse leasing programs for students to get more riding time on their own. They also offer summer camps and other seasonal camp programs, plus party services.

    • Knoll Farm - 849 Suffolk Ave., Brentwood, NY 11717
      In addition to great trails, Knoll Farm has top-notch boarding services for people looking for a place for their own horse. Horses are turned out every day and can be given grooming, bathing, tacking, and whatever else they may need. Or, if you don't have your own horse, Knoll Farm has them available for lease. They have both indoor and outdoor facilities and offer lessons for all skill levels. You can learn basic riding, or competition riding, jumping, and more.

    Whether you're looking for Nassau or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can provide you with just what you need, with great options for horseback riding and other activities, right at your fingertips. Contact us to find a home that's right for you.

    June
    21

    When Does an Early Offer Make Sense?

    When to Make an Early Offer - Buy a Home - Coach Realtors

    With mortgage rates at historic lows, 2021 is a great time to buy a home. If you fall in love with a property, you should definitely consider making an early offer, or you might lose out, considering the market is a strong seller's market. Our REALTORS® can help you craft the perfect proposal, one that couples financial details with the nuances of negotiations to help you close on the house of your dreams.

    Currently, the housing market remains open, and the demand to buy is high. But housing inventory is low, and it's easy to find yourself in a bidding war with other homebuyers. The offer of purchase opens the communication channels that lead to the final deal.

    Making an offer is not a choice you should make lightly. But just how long should you wait before you make an offer?

    Here's everything you need to know about making an early offer.

    The Early Bid Gets the Worm

    When you're in the market for a new home, you shouldn't wait too long after finding a house that's a good fit before making an offer. You should submit a bid as soon as you're sure you want to buy it.

    Typically in a seller's market, sellers prefer to keep their houses longer on the open market to give buyers plenty of time to visit and bid on the home. Knowing this, many buyers hesitate to make an early offer thinking they're at a disadvantage. However, in a fast-moving market, a pre-emptive offer may get you the house that you want. Remember, good homes get snatched up pretty quickly.

    When is an early offer your best bet? If you have preapproval and have done your research, then you should make an early bid. There's no point in waiting if you have everything in order. You never know who else is interested.

    A popular saying in real estate is: the first offer is the best offer. There's no other point when a house is most attractive than when it's first listed. And this works in favor of those who make early offers.

    House-hunting tip: To make your offer attractive, shorten the contingency period to a week or so. This way, you won't constrain the seller's marketing time if the deal fails to go through.

    Use Caution with Early Offers

    While an early offer may get you the house, you're unlikely to make a bargain in the process. For pre-emptive offers to be considered, they must be high to garner attention. You must be willing to pay a higher price when you make an early offer so you can't have any doubts about the house.

    It's clear that your bid will have to stand out when competing against other buyers. You'll need to be strategic, and a personal touch could give you the edge you need.

    • Write a personal letter. Most people have a special attachment to their homes, and a heartfelt letter could make your offer more attractive.

    • If you can, offer to absorb a few of the closing cost fees. This will stick in the seller's mind and can sometimes be the difference between you and other buyers.

    • Submit a clean, fair proposal and back it up with the required documentation such as preapproval letters and proof of funds.

    Make an Offer on a House the Right Way

    Don't shy away from making an offer on a house you love just because the market is competitive. It doesn't cost a thing to make an offer. The right real estate agent will guide you through the process and work to find you the right home for you.

    Ready to make an offer on a new home? We can help. Contact us today and tour our beautiful Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.

    June
    14

    Where to Capture Nature Shots on Long Island

    Photograph Nature Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Are you a nature lover or a photography buff? If so, you're going to love exploring the Long Island area! Nature Photography Day is June 15th, making now the perfect time to experiment with this fun hobby. Whether you've got a ton of fancy equipment or just your smartphone, there are plenty of opportunities to get some great shots. 

    While showing new residents around the area, Our REALTORS® often point out some of their favorite places to capture incredible nature photos. Here are a few you'll want to check out. 

    • Sands Point Preserve: 127 Middle Neck Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050
      A historic site where you'll find plenty of walking trails and gorgeous views, Sands Point Preserve is the perfect place to spend a few peaceful hours practicing your photography skills. In addition to wildlife, there are also plenty of spots to get some beautiful waterfront snapshots as well as old and interesting buildings to photograph.

      If you're considering purchasing one of the beautiful Port Washington homes for sale, you're going to want to make this a regular stop. They often host learning adventures for children and families, cultural events, and more!

    • Muttontown Preserve: 25A west of Jericho-Oyster Bay Rd., Muttontown Lane East Norwich, NY 11732
      The 550-acre Muttontown Preserve is the largest nature preserve in Nassau County. This beautiful setting features ponds, woodlands, and fields where you're bound to come across plenty of animals in their natural habitat.

      Next time you're in the area looking at East Norwich homes for sale, take a break and wander the preserve's miles of marked trails. This is a great spot to capture stunning shots of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and other animals, as well as beautiful trees and wildflowers. 
    • Centennial Gardens: 251 Floral Pkwy., Floral Park, NY 11001
      If you've been looking at Floral Park homes for sale, you're going to love living near Centennial Gardens. This is an incredible location for capturing images of flowers, shrubs, and trees, as well as various wildlife. Take some time to visit the well-maintained gardens or head out to explore the walking trails and see what kinds of things you might come across.

    • South Shore Nature Center: 130 Bayview Ave, East Islip, NY 11730
      The South Shore Nature Center is a 200-acre preserve that features freshwater wetlands, mature forests, and an extensive salt marsh. Try exploring the network of trails and taking some photographs from the boardwalks. 

      If you're nearby looking at East Islip homes for sale, this is the perfect spot to relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

    • Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve: 25 Lloyd Harbor Road Huntington, NY 11743
      Ideal for capturing beautiful photos of a wide variety of birds, flowers, and small wildlife, Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is a popular destination for both locals and visitors. You'll enjoy the beautiful gardens as well as the rest of these impressive grounds. 

      After you're done with your photography session, we highly recommend taking a drive around so you can get a look at some of the wonderful Huntington homes for sale nearby.

    • Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve: 200 New Hwy, Commack, NY 11725
      When we're showing Commack homes for sale to our clients, we always like to tell them about Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve. Not only is this an excellent destination for nature photography, but it also features a museum, playground, water park, and more. The preserve is also home to a concert series, education programs, and other exciting events. 

    If you're interested in exploring Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we're here to help! We've assisted many clients in finding their dream homes, and we can do the same for you. Contact us today to get started. 

    June
    7

    Retirees: Why Downsizing Could Be a Great Decision

    Should You Downsize? - Homeowners - Coach Realtors

    If you're a baby boomer who's close to retirement or already retired, it may be time to sell your home. With current home prices at an all-time high and multiple buyers competing for properties, our REALTORS® are witnessing a seller's market that's booming. Downsizing right now may be a great decision for your golden years.

    In Nassau and Suffolk counties, home sales are competitive. Buyers are flooding the market looking for properties that suit their lifestyle and finances. According to the National Association of Realtors, the median price for all types of homes has jumped 14.6% from prices just one year ago, especially in the suburbs where low inventory is pushing prices up even higher. If retirement is on the horizon, selling your home could provide many benefits.

    Selling Your Home

    Selling your home in such a competitive market can actually save you money. With so many buyers looking for homes, you may save money on home repairs and upgrades. You don't need to do a major renovation to attract interested buyers, just concentrate on necessities.

    • Check the Roof
      The roof is an important home feature that protects against inclement weather conditions and interior damages. Before listing your home, inspect your roof for damages such as cracked or missing shingles, water leaks, sun damage, rusted gutters, and signs of tree and insect damages. There's no need to replace your roof just because it's old.

    • Check Mechanical Systems
      It's important to make sure major mechanical systems are working properly. This includes your heating and air conditioning system (HVAC), hot water heater, and all major appliances. Homebuyers are often hesitant to purchase a home with mechanical problems because repairs can be quite costly. If you have mechanical issues, some buyers will accept a home warranty at closing that covers the first year.

    • Invest in Minor Upgrades
      Homebuyers place a lot of emphasis on a home's upkeep. If a home looks run down, buyers may assume the home has major unseen problems, as well as visible cosmetic problems. Before you list your home, spend some time and money on minor repairs and upgrades that buyers will notice. Waxing floors, shampooing carpets, painting walls and trim, and re-caulking sinks and tubs can make a big difference.

    • Declutter Your House
      If you're approaching retirement, you may have lived in your current home for 20 or 30 years. You've likely accumulated a variety of household items that are filling your cabinets, closets, and storage areas. Homes that feel cluttered and unorganized can send potential buyers right out the door. To make sure your home feels comfortable and appealing, get rid of unwanted items, clean out cabinets and closets, replace worn-out rugs and window treatments, and give your home a good cleaning before you put it on the market.

      Selling your home may be a good way to fund your lifestyle during retirement. Downsizing to a smaller home may allow you to pay cash for the property and put some money aside for things you want to do such as decorating a new home, buying a new car or boat, visiting family and friends, exploring new hobbies, and traveling to favorite destinations.

    If you're interested in Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can help you find available properties that fit your lifestyle and finances. Contact us to see how downsizing can create an easier, less stressful, and more enjoyable retirement.

    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
    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.

    April
    26

    Long Island: 5 Nature Preserves & Gardens to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

    Nature Preserves Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

    A short getaway to experience nature can help you feel refreshed while also allowing you to get in a bit of exercise along the way. Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island have several spots that serve as an oasis where you can get away in gardens and nature preserves that are conveniently close by.
      
    Our REALTORS® suggest visiting the following destinations to help you enjoy the great outdoors in Long Island.    

    1. Centennial Gardens – 251 Floral Pkwy., Floral Park, NY 11001  
      Centennial Gardens contains eight different gardens, allowing you to experience several types within the same location. Situated near Floral Park homes for sale, the gardens range from formal planted settings to individual plantings and gardens in a more natural setting. And since walking paths include ones that are hilly and provide a good workout, and those that can easily be navigated with strollers or wheelchairs, you can choose the ones that best suits you. As you explore the gardens, you can also enjoy a waterfall as well as a beautiful wooden walking bridge.
        
    2. Champlin Creek Nature Preserve – 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY 11730   
      Champlin Creek Nature Preserve flows between Islip and East Islip and is home to a fish and wildlife habitat that's about 3.5 miles long. Located near East Islip homes for sale, the creek is a free-flowing freshwater stream bordered by wet forest land in some areas. It's known for having conditions favorable to brook trout, and brown and rainbow trout are also stocked in the stream.
        
    3. Elderfields – 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset NY 11030  
      Elderfields is not only a nature preserve but also a historic museum and farm, so it has plenty to see and do. It comprises four acres and is located near Manhasset homes for sale. You'll find a walled garden on the property, which is also home to the Hewlett-Munson-Williams House from the 17th century, making it one of the oldest existing homes in the area. Elderfields also houses an arts center with a museum of antique decorative arts, studio space, arts classrooms, and more. Art shows are regularly scheduled at the center.
        
    4. Muttontown Preserve – 25A West of Jericho-Oyster Bay Road, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY 11732  
      Nassau County's largest nature preserve, Muttontown Preserve has marked trails that stretch for miles and is located near East Norwich homes for sale. Before you start, pick up a map and brochure that include descriptions of the areas along the trails. You'll be able to see wildflowers, trees, and birds along the way and may also spot some mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
        
    5. Islip Meadows County Nature Preserve – 350 Bayview Ave., East Islip, NY 11730  
      If you're looking for a bit of untouched nature, head to Islip Meadows County Nature Preserve, which comprises over 87 acres. It includes tall grasses, wetlands, and a small beach to enjoy. You can also walk 1.75 miles of trails and see wildlife, including waterfowl, along the way at this preserve.

    Contact us if you'd like to see Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. We can help you find one that's near the destinations you'll most enjoy. 

    April
    19

    Hiring a Moving Company? 5 Things You Still Need to Do

    Moving Day Chores - Coach Realtors

    Moving your home isn't as easy as hiring professional movers, and voila, everything is done. No matter how competent the movers are, there are still several tasks to take care of before the crew makes an appearance on the scheduled moving day. Our REALTORS® know that starting the moving preparations well in advance can give your moving adventure considerable momentum and make for a pleasant experience. Following are the top five things you still need to do before the moving company arrives.

    1. Declutter, Clean, and Organize
      Let's not drag dust, dirt, and unused items from your old home to your new one. Before moving day, unplug and clean electrical appliances, remove batteries from devices, empty drawers, bookshelves, and cupboards, wash and dry clothes and linens, throw out garbage and wash trash cans, drain the fuel out of any-fuel powered tools, and wipe surfaces clean. Pre-pack small and valuable items to ensure they don't go missing during the move. Also, go through your things and set aside items you haven't used in the past year. Give some to close friends and family members, have a yard sale, donate to charity organizations, or get rid of worthless stuff. This will lighten the load and cut your moving costs considerably.


    2. Establish a No-Pack Zone
      Before movers arrive, take all the items that you don't want your movers to pack or load on the truck into a separate room. These items include valuables of all kinds, essentials boxes, personal documents, and small electronic devices of crucial importance. Just to be safe, mark that room as a no-pack or no-entry zone and consider locking it. If you can't afford to spare an entire room for such items, cordon off one section of a room and make it identifiable as a no-pack zone. Also, be sure to mark any household items that won't be relocated to your new home.


    3. Plan for Kids and Pets
      As movers march in and out of your house, carrying furniture and heavy boxes, the conditions in your home will be downright dangerous for your pets and kids. They could be trapped, stepped on, injured, or crushed in the commotion. Their routine will be disturbed, and they may get scared or upset by the activities and new faces. Your furry family members could also slip out through an open door. As such, it's important to leave your pets and small kids with a relative, close friend, or a sitter. That way, you won't have to constantly keep an eye on your curious toddler or snoopy dog and will be able to focus on the urgent matters at hand.


    4. Prepare Your Home for the Movers
      You want to make sure the movers can easily maneuver your items around and leave your home in good condition. Cover floors, carpets, stairs, and walls with protective materials, place doormats in front of entrances, take decorations from the wall, add foam padding to your door frames, and use corner guards to prevent denting or chipping. You should also check your rugs and floors for anything that could be hazardous during the move, like slack or bunched carpeting or loose floorboards. Also, measure all doorways and hallways that your appliances, furniture, and other large items will pass through to ensure they will fit. You may have to remove trim or take doors off of their hinges to make spaces wider.


    5. Inventory All Your Possessions
      Keep an itemized checklist of everything you're moving. This will serve as proof of the contents of your household shipment if something goes missing or gets damaged during the move. It's a good idea to take photos of expensive items to prove their condition before they're loaded on the moving truck. After packing, make sure to label each box based on its corresponding room in your new home. This will make unpacking easier.

    Ready to put your house on the market among Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale? We encourage you to contact us and find out how we can help.

    April
    12

    Don't Hire a Contractor Until You Ask These Questions

    Ask These Contractor Questions - Remodeling - Coach Realtors

    You've probably heard this before, but a contractor can make or break your remodeling or home addition project. Finding the right contractor will determine the timeliness and quality of work, and the amount of financial and emotional stress you'll have to deal with. Before paying thousands of dollars for the job, you'll want to carefully screen potential contractors and make sure they know what they're doing. Our REALTORS® have collated a list of questions to ask before you hire a contractor.

    • How Long Have You Been Working in This Town?
      When hiring a contractor, you want to know how much experience they have and how long they've been working in your local area. A contractor who has been around the block for a few years is more likely to have a proven track record. They're a safer bet than a contractor planning to commute to your home from 50 miles away.


    • Are You a Licensed Contractor?
      Licensing is an important element in the construction industry. A licensed contractor will have extensive knowledge about local building laws, follow proper safety guidelines, and complete your work on time. If you hire an unlicensed contractor, they may disappear after doing half the work, and you'll be on your own when it comes to resolving the issue. And it's not just important to have a license; you want to make sure it's applicable to the types of project you're looking to have completed.


    • Are You Insured?
      In response to this question, you want to hear that the contractor has general liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance. The last thing you need is to pay for repairs when a worker hits a water line and floods your house or pay for the medical expenses of a worker who got injured while working on your property. Ask to see a copy of the contractor's insurance policy to ascertain that they have insurance, and it's enough to cover your home if things go sour.


    • How Long Will the Remodeling Take?
      An experienced contractor should give you a projected timeline for the completion of the project. But it's also worth noting that construction isn't always cut and dry. Behind existing walls or floors might be hidden damage or problems that call for additional work. Ask your contractor about the possibility of delays and how necessary changes to the timeline will be addressed.


    • Would You Itemize Your Bid?
      There are so many things to keep track of during a remodel. Some contractors will give you a bottom-line quote for your project, but this will leave you in the dark about payment breakdown for each aspect of the job. You'll stay saner and more secure if you're given an itemized bid that shows the cost for all elements of the job. Also, make sure you discuss the payment terms before the work begins. Do not pay a large sum of money upfront.


    • Got References?
      Speaking to past clients and gathering their input is one of the best ways to find out about a contractor's work. Call and ask questions about the contractor's quality of work, adherence to budget and timeline, ease of communication, willingness to fix projects after the project is completed, and how they keep the work area clean.


    • Who Will be Doing the Work?
      Ideally, the contractor should handle the entire project with just their own crew. You'll want to know if the same team will be working on your home each day and whether the contractor works with subcontractors. Find out if they've had their background checked and covered by the contractor's workers' comp and liability insurance. Don't forget to ask about site-management and the point of contact between you and the company.

    This is not an all-encompassing list, but it will help you get the conversation started. Remodeling your home or building an addition can make your home a more enjoyable place to live. And if you decide to add your home to the pool of Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk homes for sale, the right improvements can really separate your home in the market. Contact us today to learn more.

    April
    5

    Long Island: See What's New During Library Week

    Visit Long Island Libraries - Nassau and Suffolk Counties - Coach Realtors

    What's the best thing to do when you settle into a new house? If you are like our REALTORS®, you will fall into your favorite chair and pick up a book to relax. With National Library Week scheduled for April 4-10, there is plenty of time to browse the local libraries' shelves for the perfect book to read. 

    Suffolk County Libraries

    • Commack Public Library - 18 Hauppauge Rd., Commack, NY 11725
      Located in the heart of Huntington near Commack homes for sale, the Commack Public Library is a great place to kick up your heels and dig into a delicious book. It's the perfect place to find books about decorating, how-to-repairs, and much more.

    • Huntington Public Library - 338 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743
      Hunting for the perfect book is easy at the Huntington Public Library, conveniently located near these Huntington homes for sale. The library holds a vast selection of children's books, classics, how-to books, and so much more. All you have to do is decide which ones pique your interest the most.

    • Port Jefferson Free Library - 100 Thompson St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777-1897
      After buying any of the fabulous Suffolk County homes for sale, the favorite word of most new homeowners is "free!" At the Port Jefferson Free Library, you'll find plenty of books and other media that won't cost you a dime. Well, unless you bring them back late. 

    Nassau County Libraries

    • Floral Park Public Library - 17 Caroline Pl., Floral Park, NY 11001
      The Floral Park Library is ideal for finding a book and enjoying some beautiful scenery when you're done looking at Floral Park homes for sale. The library features a broad selection of children's books, how-to books, teen books, and books for every interest and desire.

    • Hewlett - Woodmere Public Library - 1125 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557
      The Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library is a regional favorite. Their vast collection of books is one of the best in the region. The library also offers a busy social calendar packed with classes and activities, and it's easy to see why so many families enjoy spending time here after they find the perfect Hewlett homes for sale to move into.

    • Manhasset Public Library - 30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset, NY 11030
      Searching for Nassau County homes for sale can be exhausting. When you want to catch your breath, stop by the stately Manhasset Public Library. You will find friendly service and helpful librarians who can cater to every interest you can imagine. 

    Notes About Library Visits

    Pandemic protocols are in place at every library in Suffolk and Nassau counties. This means libraries may close, may limit access, and may request visitors limit the duration of their visits. For the time being, it's advisable to call ahead to make sure the library is open. And, what if you don't feel like driving in? No problem, because most are offering home delivery services! 

    It is also tax season, and many libraries are offering community tax clinics from now through mid-April. This may increase foot traffic and limit access. However, it's also a great opportunity to ask those last-minute tax questions you may have. 

    We invite you to contact us when you are ready to learn more about the homes we have for sale. It's our pleasure to tell you more about the communities we serve and help you find the perfect home for you and your family.

    March
    22

    Explore These 6 One-of-a-Kind Museums Around Long Island

    One-of-a-Kind Museums - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Communities across Long Island have always held a deep love for history, culture, the arts, and scientific discovery, so it's no surprise that our area is home to a wide variety of fascinating museums for all ages. Exploring museums near Suffolk County homes for sale is a great way to discover new things, and many Long Island museums are currently open with online reservations for timed entry. Our REALTORS® have the exciting details on six one-of-a-kind museums that you definitely won't want to miss around Long Island.

    1. Science Museum of Long Island – 1526 N. Plandome Rd., Manhasset, NY 11030
      Located on the beautiful Leeds Pond Preserve near Manhasset homes for sale, you'll find the Science Museum of Long Island. Programs at the Science Museum of Long Island are designed to help children discover and fall in love with science through interactive learning. There are after-school workshops every weekday, and the museum is also open for fun events like birthday parties.

    2. Cradle of Aviation Museum – Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530
      Conveniently located near Garden City homes for sale, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is a must-see for anyone who's interested in aviation. Visitors of all ages will love exploring the more than 75 air and spacecraft on display at the museum, as well as fun displays like the Back to the Future exhibit. This museum is also home to a state-of-the-art planetarium, where you can take a journey to the stars.

    3. Long Island Children's Museum – 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
      Kids near Nassau County homes for sale are sure to love a trip to the Long Island Children's Museum, where they can learn, play, and discover through exciting, interactive exhibits. There are 14 unique exhibits for kids to explore, along with live theater, arts programs, play spaces, and special events throughout the year.

    4. Long Island Museum – 1200 NY-25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790
      Commonly shortened to the Long Island Museum, the Long Island Museum of Art, History, and Carriages is a great place to learn about local history near Stony Brook homes for sale. The Long Island Museum is located on a large, scenic estate, with living history exhibits like a historic schoolhouse, blacksmith, and carriage shed. There's also an art museum on-site, and beautiful gardens to explore as you move from one exhibit to the next.

    5. Hecksher Museum of Art – 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      There are a variety of art museums close to Huntington homes for sale, and the Hecksher Museum of Art is one of the best. With exhibits displaying a mix of emerging, contemporary artists and famed artists from throughout history, the Hecksher Museum of Art offers something for every art lover. There are also a variety of art classes available, including programs for kids.

    6. Long Island Explorium – 101 E Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      If you're looking for a fun, educational way to entertain the kids around Port Jefferson homes for sale, your whole family will love visiting the Long Island Explorium. With programs built on a detailed curriculum that's crafted to inspire learning, creativity, and problem-solving, the Long Island Explorium strives to make learning a fun, engaging experience for children. There are also 19 interactive exhibits, designed for hands-on learning.

    Searching for a home that makes it easy to explore all that Long Island has to offer? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    March
    15

    Rooms in Your Home That Can Do Double Duty

    Rooms That Can Do Double Duty - Sellers - Coach Realtors

    If you're planning to put your Long Island home on the market, you'll want to highlight available space to potential buyers. Our REALTORS® are familiar with ways to squeeze every last bit of utility out of any space. In fact, there are many rooms in your house that can do double-duty to appeal to buyers.

    • Double Down in the Dining Room
      The dining room gets used for special events and holidays. The rest of the year it sits fairly empty. Adding book cabinets and a secretary desk can turn it into a cozy library or office space that buyers will appreciate when you decide to sell.

    • Craft Away in the Laundry Room
      Like the dining room, the laundry room can be so much more. It is the perfect space to transform into a craft area, workshop, or even an ad hoc home office. Cabinets, counters, built-in desks, and good lighting are the keys to making this double-duty transformation work.

    • Disappearing Guest Rooms
      If you have an extra bedroom dedicated as a guest bedroom, it is probably not a room you use all too often. While friends and family may come to visit from time to time, the rest of the time, the room goes unused. An easy fix is to transform it into a home office with a murphy bed inset within the walls. This allows you to use it as a comfortable home office throughout the year and convert it into a guest bedroom for that handful of days when family and friends are in town.

    • Fully Functional Family Rooms
      Kids need a place to play but not quite ready to sacrifice the living room? You can have both by building a play center in the corner of your family room. This allows the kids to swing, slide, climb, and more while you watch your favorite programs, spend time together, and more.

    • Home Gyms Double-up as Children's Daycare
      If you install mats, good lighting, a television, and a decent sound system, you can get twice the bang out of your home gym. Add in some cubbies for toys and books, a fold-down table, tiny chairs, etc., and you can get your workout before work, and the kids can take over the space while you are away for the day. Indeed, you will see this in many Nassau County homes for sale.

    • Build the Sunroom You Desire
      Sunrooms are the ultimate fun rooms buyers love. They can be used as an ad hoc library, TV room, breakfast room, family room, craft space, tea room, greenhouse, and anything you desire. These are some of the easiest additions to build, right on top of existing patio space.

    Looking to put your house on the market among Suffolk County homes for sale? Contact us, and it will be our pleasure to help.

    March
    1

    Kitchen Makeover: These Trends Are Making Waves

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    The kitchen is the heart of the home, and sometimes it's good to give in to your heart's desires. Remodeling your kitchen is a tried and tested way to breathe fresh life into your home. It's a project that our REALTORS® guarantee will go a long way toward enhancing your comfort and adding to your home's resale value. As you consider all the options, be certain to note the following kitchen trends for 2021.

    • Marble Beats Granite
      Granite was the go-to stone of the '90s and the start of the new millennium. However, as tastes have evolved, marble has emerged as the trendiest stone for kitchens and bathrooms. Heavily veined marble is the epitome of luxury and will give a durable finish to your counters, backsplashes, and more.

    • Wood is Back in Style
      Wood is undergoing a revival, and while cherry and oak have held the title of most popular in the past, modern homes are opting for the inclusion of subtle-grained ash and other lighter woods. When choosing wood, choose one with a well-defined grain and light finish that will add an airy, sophisticated ambiance to your remodeled kitchen.

    • Enjoy the Lush Luxury of Dark Walls
      Dark-colored walls create a sharp contrast against light-grained woods and white marble countertops. Black or brown paint, or dark-colored tiles, can create a luxurious backdrop for family gatherings and everyday living.

    • Islands Emerge From the Floor
      If you have a larger kitchen, islands are fabulous to create a focal point for gatherings in the kitchen. If you have a large kitchen, double islands are a feature worth exploring. However, be careful not to try and put an island or a double island in a small kitchen as this can make the room feel closed in and cluttered.

    • The Jetson's Meet the Jones'
      The inclusion of technology in the kitchen is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Installing smart screens, smart appliances, and other smart home technology will make it easier to listen to your favorite music while you cook, pull up recipes, and even manage your pantry and shopping lists.

    • Storage Takes Center Stage
      Storage space is always at a premium in the kitchen. That will never change. What has changed is that many older kitchens have plenty of wasted space that is now being converted into usable storage for appliances, spices, foodstuffs, linens, etc. In fact, you will see many Nassau County homes for sale where interior designers have found some creative ways to add shelves and cabinets to the kitchen to open the space up while providing ample storage in the process.

    • Pantry Space is at a Premium
      One thing the pandemic has done is change the way we shop. Many families have prioritized having a ready supply of food on hand "just in case." Of course, more food requires more space, which is why you will see plenty of Suffolk County homes for sale where the owners have converted closets and other spaces into walk-in pantries. Not only does this create ample space for storage, but it also makes it easier to organize your foodstuffs.

    We invite you to contact us to learn more about the kitchen trends we recommend our clients incorporate in their properties. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and help you find the best kitchen design team to create the kitchen of your dreams. 

    February
    22

    Say Thanks to a Barista at These 6 Coffee Shops

    Coffee Shops for Thanks a Barista Day - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Alright, who wants coffee? Our REALTORS® count themselves lucky to live on Long Island, a place with more great coffee shops than just about anywhere. 

    In honor of National Barista Day—coming right up on March 1st—we thought we'd give a shout-out to some of our favorite places to get a cup of Joe in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. While you're there, be sure to thank your barista for helping you make it through the day!

    • Kookaburra Coffee Co. - 69 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      Founded in 2007, Kookaburra Coffee Co. offers an expertly curated selection of fine coffees from all around the world. Their baristas can always be counted on for a vibrant, flavorful pour-over or a rich, frothy espresso. In addition to their main location near these Rockville Centre homes for sale, Kookaburra Coffee Co. also has a second shop in Malverne, NY.

    • Cafe Revue - 313 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      Equal parts bookstore, coffee shop, and lunch hangout, Cafe Revue is a one-of-a-kind spot, to say the least. This cozy, welcoming space is one of Long Island's best destinations to relax with a cup of coffee and a good book. Cafe Revue brews locally-roasted coffee from Southdown Coffee Roasters, located just up the road from many Huntington homes for sale. They also serve a variety of gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts. 

    • Rivers Cafe USA - 304 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
      Family-owned Rivers Cafe USA serves authentic Central American coffees, sourced from the Chinchontepec mountain range in El Salvador. Every cup is perfectly balanced. Their espresso is next-level too, and you'd have a hard time finding a better latte, macchiato, or cappuccino. With their convenient location near these Floral Park homes for sale, Rivers Cafe offers some truly unique and original coffee flavors. 

    • Pipeline Coffee Co. - 1887 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, NY 11793
      With a focus on fresh, local, sustainable coffee roasted right here on Long Island, Pipeline Coffee Co. is one of the best places around to get a freshly brewed cup of joe from a skilled barista. All their coffee beans are roasted in-house. You can order a cup for takeout, or have freshly roasted beans shipped right to your doorstep. Pipeline Coffee Co. is located in the community of Wantagh, with a second location in Rockville Center. 

    • Village Coffee Market - 131 Main St., Stony Brook, NY 11790
      For coffee lovers, browsing the Village Coffee Market is like being a kid in a candy store. In addition to serving top-shelf coffees and lattes, they also offer an amazing selection of coffee beans, K-cups, snacks, and coffee-related gifts. Village Coffee Market is located a stone's throw from these Stony Brook homes for sale, but you can also order beans to be shipped right to your door.

    • Tend Coffee - 924 Montauk Hwy., Shirley, NY 11967
      Offering an amazing variety of house-roasted certified organic coffees, Tend Coffee opened its doors in 2011, and quickly earned a reputation as one of Suffolk County's best coffee shops. This is a great place to not only sip a cup of coffee but learn more about the flavors you're enjoying. They make some of the best coffee around, including flavorful blends and complex single-origin coffees. The folks at Tend Coffee also ship their coffee anywhere in the USA. 

    Contact us today to learn more about life on Long Island. If you're looking for the perfect Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, our team is here to help every step of the way. 

    February
    15

    How to Make Music the Center of Your Home This Year

    Make Music the Center of Your Home - Coach Realtors

    When it comes to setting the mood, our REALTORS® know that good lighting, good friends, and good music are the best ways to enjoy your new home. Whether you are hosting a party or relaxing after a long day at work, installing a solid sound system will go a long way toward making your home more comfortable. The more music, the merrier, and the following are some steps you can take to enjoy great sound throughout your home.

    • Get Ready to Rock the 21st Century!
      Whether you enjoy classical, jazz, country, or modern rock, the best sound systems are built around modern home automation. Upgrading the wiring and WiFi in your home will allow you to enjoy the security and comfort home automation systems offer. Whether you choose a wired or wireless sound system, you will want to establish a central hub to control each speaker. It would be best if you chose a hub that works with all the devices you want to utilize, including the lighting, security, audio, systems you want to install.

    • Choose Your Speakers Carefully
      Different rooms have different acoustic properties. One speaker might work great in a large living room with vaulted ceilings, but it will be overpowering in a smaller room such as a bedroom or bathroom. Thus, choose speakers built for the size of the room. Not only will they fit in better with the decor, but they will also sound better as your favorite tunes waft through the space.

      A variety of manufacturers offer a solid range of speakers that you can add to every room in your home. While many home automation recommendations suggest purchasing speakers from the same manufacturer, that's not necessary. What's more important is making sure that each speaker is compatible with your primary home automation system.

    • Create a Steady Stream of Music
      A variety of streaming services have massive libraries of music you can stream into every room in your house. For a nominal fee, you can enjoy the benefit of having a vast array of music at your disposal without having to fill wall upon wall with CDs. 

      Of course, you are likely to have some old CDs or MP3s lurking about. Compiling these and uploading them into a streaming service can make it easy to access these without ever having to touch a CD player. 

      And, if you're a music purist, there's no doubt you have an old vinyl collection you love to show off to your friends. When it comes to vinyl, better is always best. Don't skip on purchasing a high-quality record player. Choosing one with a carbon fiber tonearm, heavy plinth, and steel or acrylic platter will give you the best sound. A high-quality record player will cost you about twice as much as a low-end option, but it's worth every penny for the sound quality you will enjoy.

    There are some amazing Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale that are wired for incredible sound. We encourage you to contact us to learn more about these fabulous properties and the many amenities they have to offer.  

    February
    8

    6 Places for the Perfect Valentine's Day Takeout

    Valentine's Day Takeout - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Valentine's Day might be a bit different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a romantic evening with your special someone. Our REALTORS® love re-creating the intimate atmosphere of a fine restaurant at home, and they say it's easier than you might think!

    Just set the table, dim the lights, put on some soft music, and light a few candles. Then, order take-out from one of the area's best restaurants and let them handle the rest! Here are a few of your best options for an unforgettable Valentine's Day feast. 

    1. Gatsby's Landing: 1362 Old Northern Blvd. Roslyn, NY 11576
      If you've been thinking about buying one of the beautiful Nassau County homes for sale, you'll definitely want to get to know Gatsby's Landing. This trendy restaurant and bar offers both indoor and outdoor dining with heaters and plexiglass walls. You'll love the stunning view and elegant ambiance!

      If you're planning on avoiding the crowds this Valentine's Day, you'll be glad to know that they also offer takeout and delivery so you can enjoy the globally-inspired menu from the comfort of your home. During the entire Valentine's weekend (Thursday through Sunday), they're offering an al la carte dinner menu all day and chef specials.

    2. Waterzooi: 850 Franklin Ave. Garden City, NY 11530
      If you and your love enjoy seafood, you'll definitely want to consider ordering takeout or delivery from Waterzooi. This Belgian bistro and oyster bar offers an innovative, seafood-focused menu.

      Choose from a wide selection of oysters, shellfish, mussels pots, and more! They also have excellent items from the land. Some of our favorites are the Steak Au Poivre and the Wellington Burger made with USDA prime beef and truffled mushrooms sauteed in foie gras mousse.

    3. Crabtree's Restaurant: 226 Jericho Turnpike Floral Park, NY 11001
      The award-winning Crarbtree's Restaurant is another Nassau County favorite. Many would argue that it's one of the best restaurants in New York.

      They offer both pickup and delivery. The menu features items like a Grilled Baby Quail Appetizer, Escargots Bourgogne, Half Roast Duck a L'Orange, and Grilled Medallions of Lamb.
        
    4. Tellers Chophouse: 605 Main St. Islip, NY 11751
      Meat lovers, rejoice! You're going to love Teller's Chophouse. This refined steakhouse offers the finest quality you'll find outside of Manhattan. We recommend starting with the Duck Fat Fries and Waygo Beef Carpaccio. For dinner, consider the Filet Mignon Wellington with Brie Fondue or the 21-Day-Dry-Aged Porterhouse for Two. No matter what you choose, you won't be disappointed.

      Tellers Chophouse is also located not far from some of the best Suffolk County homes for sale. You may want to take the scenic route home so you can get to know some of the great neighborhoods nearby. 
    1. Le Soir: 825 Montauk Hwy Bayport, NY 11705
      Nothing says romance quite like fine French cuisine. Le Soir Restaurant offers all the classic items you would expect to see at a high-end French restaurant, including hors d'oeuvers like Pâté de Campagne, Saumon Fumé Escargots Bourguignonne. For dinner, you'll have a choice of entrees like Jumbo Shrimp Risotto with asparagus, sun-dried tomato, and vermouth sauce, Sauteed Lobster, or a Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin stuffed with apples and topped with cider sauce. 

    2. Orto: 90 N. County Rd. Miller Place, NY 11764
      Fans of Italian food will love ordering takeout or delivery from Orto. This rustic restaurant was ranked among the "10 Best Italian Restaurants on Long Island" and has been praised in many local and national publications.

      Choose from a selection of delicious appetizers and entrees, or select the two-course prix fixe menu. Some of the most popular menu items include the Tomato-Braised Pork Braciola with creamy polenta and greens, Ricotta Gnocchi with braised chicken and tomato, and the Monkfish with cranberry beans, chorizo, and calamari a la plancha. Don't forget to add their incredible New York Style Cheesecake or House-Made Doughnuts with chocolate sauce for dessert!

    Love is in the air, and there's no time like the present to fall in love with your dream home. We're here to help! Contact us today to discuss your goals. We'll start showing you some of the area's best properties right away. 

    February
    1

    Ready for a Pet? How to Determine the Best One for Your Home

    Best Pet for Your Home - Coach Realtors

    Pet ownership has mushroomed over the last year, as many homeowners working remotely or overseeing school-age children's online studies acquire pets for an enriched home experience. Single people in particular may find a pet takes the place of some of the lost social life that sheltering in place has required. At the same time, couples and families discover that a pet may strengthen the bonds between them.

    If you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, and you have a pet or are looking to acquire one, you may want to talk to our REALTORS® about their recommendations for homes that will fit the requirements of your pet.

    Following are some things to think about before you launch into pet ownership.

    The Best Pet for You

    1. Dogs
      Dogs are generally regarded as the most popular pet choice. They are great companions, and their need for exercise will keep you moving. But do your research if you don't know much about dogs. Some have more rigorous exercise needs than others, and some will need a backyard to run around in. (Do not plan to leave your dog in the backyard for long periods alone — that's a prescription for excessive barking that will annoy your neighbors.) If you're satisfied with a small dog, you won't need to worry much about space. If you have children, be sure to check out the temperament of the dog and how well it does around small people. Canines, depending on the breed, can live from 10-12 years (large breeds), and 15-18 years (small breeds). Make sure you're up to that commitment.

    2. Cats
      Cats are compact animals that fit well in apartments, condos, townhomes, or spacious homes. You may choose between long-haired and short-haired breeds. The long-haired breeds will need brushing to avoid matting. Cats are generally fine being left alone all day, but even they need companionship at times. Cats can live on average from 12-18 years. Again, don't acquire one unless you're in it for the long haul. 

    3. Birds
      Birds are nice companion animals, but some have stronger social needs than others. Canaries, for instance, are generally fine in a cage alone. Parrots don't generally like being left alone for long periods; if you have to be away all day, you might consider getting two. Finches like to be paired, as do love birds. Regardless of the species you get, be aware there will be a mess that needs to be cleaned frequently to keep the bird in good health. They will throw seed on the floor, and you'll need to change the cage liners and clean the perches frequently. The cages should be large enough so the birds can move about. Canaries in particular need room to fly around.

    4. All the Rest
      It's wise to do your research about the needs of all these types of creatures. For instance, hamsters are nocturnal and need low light and quiet in the day so they can rest properly. Make sure that you can provide your pet with as much room as you can, feed it a veterinarian-recommended food, as well as offer chances for stimulation through toys and play. 

    Our real estate agents can advise you about choosing homes that meet your pets' needs and yours. Contact us today.

    January
    25

    Sellers: Winter Is a Great Time To Declutter

    Wintertime Decluttering Tips for Sellers - Coach Realtors

    With the chilly winter temperatures and short days, winter is a fantastic time to organize your home. If you're ready to put your home on the market, our REALTORS® recommend decluttering your spaces so that your home is more appealing to potential buyers. Here are a few tasks to add to your to-do list so that your home looks its best. 

    1. Go Through Your Seasonal Stuff
      Start by going through your seasonal items, like holiday decor, yard tools, and weather-specific clothing. If you haven't used an item in the past year, consider if it's contributing to the life you want to live. Once you've pared down your seasonal belongings, store them in plastic storage boxes so that they'll be protected from the elements when not in use. Make sure to label what's in each box so you don't have to open several boxes to locate an item. Seldom-used seasonal items can take up a lot of space in your home and even make it appear smaller. If possible, transport the items to another location, like a storage unit or storage shed, when it's time to sell your home.
    1. Downsize Your Bedding and Bath Linens
      If you've been hanging onto all your old mismatched sheets and worn towels, it's time to downsize your collection. It's reasonable to keep three sets of bedding for each bed; this ensures that you have sheets and a backup set of bedding when one set is in the wash. Some individuals change their pillowcases more frequently than the rest of their bedding; if so, hold onto a few extra pillowcases. For your towels, aim to have three towels per person in your household. If someone likes to use a separate towel to dry their hair, it's reasonable to add two to three towels for this individual. Have three hand towels for each bathroom, and aim for five washcloths per person in your home. 
    1. Empty Out Your Kitchen Cabinets and Pantry
      Take everything out of your kitchen cabinets and pantry so that you can see exactly what you have. Get rid of anything that you haven't used in a year, anything that's worn out, or any item that you clearly have too many of. Tupperware or cookware that's missing a lid should also be tossed. For the remaining items, consider investing in cabinet shelves to better organize your belongings. This will make it easier to find what you're looking for and allow you to maximize the space in your cabinets. 
    1. Clear Our Your Toiletries and Cosmetics
      Don't let a surplus of makeup, lotions, and soaps overrun your bathroom. Instead, go through your personal care items and keep only the items that you love and regularly use. Check the expiration dates for your makeup to ensure that it isn't expired. Store what's left in a dedicated case or bag to keep your counter space clear. 

    Ready to add your home to the list of Nassau County homes for sale? Interested in a home with more space? Contact us today to get started and start exploring Suffolk County homes for sale!

    January
    18

    Where to Stock Up for Cheese Lovers Day Around Long Island

    Cheese Shops Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Mark your calendars and don't spoil your appetite. Wednesday, January 20th is National Cheese Lovers Day, and we're ready to celebrate. 

    Our REALTORS® happen to believe that just about anything is better if you put a little cheese on it. Or a lot of cheese. If you agree, you might want to check out some of these amazing Long Island specialty cheese shops.

    • Village Cheese Merchant - 28 S. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      Offering an amazing selection of gourmet cheeses and charcuterie from all corners of the globe, Village Cheese Merchant is one of Long Island's great cheese shops. Whether you're looking for buttery truffle gouda from Holland, six-month aged Manchego from Spain, or goat's milk cheese from a farm in Upstate New York, you'll find it here. The shop is conveniently located less than a mile from many Rockville Centre Homes for Sale, and the knowledgeable shopkeepers are always happy to make recommendations for the perfect cheese in any situation.

    • Brew Cheese - 127 Main St., Stony Brook, NY 11790
      It's no secret that beer and cheese are a match made in Heaven. That match is the secret to success at Brew Cheese, a Stony Brook staple that offers an incredible cheese-centric menu and ever-changing selection of craft beers and ales on tap. A stone's throw from these Stony Brook Homes for Sale, Brew Cheese offers cheese boards, fondues, and some seriously next-level grilled cheese sandwiches. Be sure to ask for their weekly pairing recommendations and featured grilled cheese. 

    • Cavaniola Gourmet Cheese - 89 Division St., Sag Harbor, NY 11963
      Whether you're on the hunt for something special for a party or gathering, or simply looking for an opportunity to satisfy your own craving, Cavaniola Gourmet Cheese in Suffolk County is a great resource. The store is staffed by friendly experts who can help you create the perfect pairing with any cheese. Choose among a varied selection of domestic and imported cheeses, or ask them to put together a cheese board, charcuterie assortment, or gift basket together for you. They have a great wine cellar too!

    • Cheese Store of Cedarhurst - 532 Central Ave., Cedarhurst, NY 11516
      Ever since it opened its doors in 1977, Cheese Store of Cedarhurst has been one of Long Island's go-to specialty food stores. And while their focus is, and has always been, on offering gourmet cheeses of exceptional quality, they also have an amazing selection of other goods worth checking out. Be sure to browse their selection of specialty coffees, fruit and nuts, candy, and desserts. The Cheese Store's cheesecake is some of the best you're ever likely to taste, and they create spectacular cheese platters and gourmet food baskets for all occasions. 

    • Babylon Cheese Cellar - 51 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, NY 11702
      A specialty food and artisan cheese boutique located in the heart of the charming Babylon Village, Babylon Cheese Cellar can always be counted on to offer something special and unique. Their cheese platters and specialty gift baskets are great for any occasion, and the shop is overstuffed with a dizzying selection of fine cheeses from across the country and around the world. You'll also find just about anything you could want to serve with your favorite cheese, from crackers, jams, and pates to balsamic glazes, olives, and chocolate.

    Contact us today to learn more about life on Long Island. If you're looking for more information on Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, our team is here to help.

    January
    11

    How to Make Your Home Smarter in 2021

    Smarter Home in 2021 - Coach Realtors

    They say you shouldn't work hard; you should work smarter. We believe it's a suggestion that equally applies to daily life. When you are ready to work less and live smarter, our REALTORS® recommend giving your home a smart upgrade. Installing smart home systems is a smart way to start the new year off on the right foot. If you're wondering how to start and what to look for, the following tips and suggestions will help you take the first steps to a more convenient lifestyle.

    Consider the Features and Functions

    Do you want to listen to the radio, control the thermostat, or enhance your home security? Smart home systems can perform these functions, and much more. Some of the most popular smart home functions we see in Nassau County homes for sale include:

    • Smart Home Assistants
    • Smart Speakers
    • Smart Home Security Systems
    • Smart Thermostats
    • Smart Lighting
    • Smart Doorbells & Door Locks
    • Smart Vacuum Cleaners

    Getting started requires first identifying the level of convenience, comfort, and security you want to enjoy. Smart home technology can help you trim your monthly utility bills and reduce your environmental footprint. They can make it easier to entertain guests and enjoy "downtime." They can improve your home security and give you total control over your home even when you're thousands of miles away.

    Set a Budget & Choose a Brand

    Always buy quality when purchasing a smart home system. Further, choose brands with a solid track record of growth and innovation. This will help ensure the system you choose will still be serviceable in the future. 

    Remember, smart home technology is an investment. When you invest in high-quality smart thermostats and home security systems, you're investing in both comfort and safety. Moreover, smart home systems will enhance your home's curb appeal. When you decide to put it on the market, these systems can give you an advantage over a competing property.

    Finally, make sure to choose devices that are compatible with one another. This helps maximize the convenience and functionality you can enjoy. It also eliminates the need to learn multiple controls.

    Install What You can and Hire the Best for the Rest

    Many smart home systems are ready to use right out of the box. However, more advanced systems require customized installation and set up. Thus, you should set up the devices you can (i.e., Amazon or Google speakers) and hire a professional to install and program your Nest thermostat, Nexx garage door opener, home security system, etc. When hiring a contractor to perform these services, make sure that they have specific experience with your system.

    Start Small Before You Buy it All

    Most homeowners we encounter when showing Suffolk County homes for sale start with one or two systems before adding more smart devices to their home. Most start with speakers and smart lighting as these are easy to install and can help familiarize the family with the best ways to integrate smart home technology into daily life. Once everyone is comfortable, gradually introduce additional systems. 

    We recommend staying up-to-date with smart home technology. It's a rapidly evolving field, and the features and functions are rapidly expanding. If you can dream it, you can bet it's on the horizon.

    Are you in the market for a new home where you can live smarter and more comfortably in 2021? Contact us, and we will be happy to show you some of the properties we have available. It is our pleasure to help you and your family find the perfect home for a fabulous future.

    January
    4

    Tempura Day: Where to Order Some Jan. 7

    Tempura Day: Where to Order Some Jan. 7 - Coach Realtors

    National Tempura Day is January 7, which means there couldn't be a better time to try one of Long Island's many Japanese dining establishments. Tempura is a popular Japanese cooking style that involves lightly frying with a batter made from soft wheat and cold water. Whether you prefer tempura with shrimp, scallops, crab, or vegetables, almost everyone can agree that food tastes a little bit better when made Tempura style.

    Take the time to celebrate National Tempura Day by trying one of these fantastic Long Island Japanese restaurants recommended by our REALTORS®.

    • Inatome Japanese Steak + Sushi - 6 5th St, Valley Stream, NY 11581
      A short drive away from some beautiful Hewlett homes for sale is Inatome Japanese Steak + Sushi. This classic Japanese staple has been serving delicious tempura in Long Island since 1975. Their menu features various tempuras, including shrimp, vegetable, calamari, scallop, and soft shell crab. They also have fantastic sushi and hibachi, along with a great selection of beer and sake. Dine-in or order online for takeout.

    • Watawa - 164 Hicksville Rd, Bethpage, NY 11714
      This awesome contemporary Japanese-fusion restaurant serves up some fantastic vegetable and shrimp tempura made with fresh ingredients. Watawa offers a fun and friendly atmosphere with a contemporary vibe. They serve a variety of classic Japanese dishes and also have a delicious sushi bar. Beers, wines, and sake are available to drink. Best of all, Watawa is just a short drive from some of these fantastic Nassau County homes for sale.

    • Kumo Japanese of Stony Brook - 2548 Nesconset Hwy, Stony Brook, NY 11790
      Signature sushi rolls, hibachi, and mouth-watering tempura can all be had at Kumo Japanese of Stony Brook. This trendy Japanese steakhouse and bar offers delicious light and crispy tempura, and you can choose between chicken & vegetables, shrimp and vegetables, or vegetarian. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm., and you can enjoy a refreshing glass of beer or wine at Kumo's neon-lit bar. Best of all, the restaurant is conveniently located near these Stony Brook homes for sale.

    • Kaiyo - 92 Main St, Mineola, NY 11501
      A great place to get your tempura fix near these Garden City homes for sale is Kaiyo, a small Japanese restaurant offering high-quality sushi, crispy tempura dishes, and fresh kitchen entrees. This place is definitely a local favorite. Dine-in or order takeout online—either way, you won't be disappointed.

    • Izumi Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse - 5745 Sunrise Hwy, Holbrook, NY 11741
      After you visit these Suffolk County homes for sale, stop by Izumi Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse for some of the best shrimp tempura on Long Island. Open for lunch and dinner, Izumi serves high-quality sushi, lightly breaded tempura, hibachi, and a variety of kitchen entrees in a vibrant dining room.

    • Midori Sushi & Steakhouse - 271-6 NY-25A, Mt Sinai, NY 11766
      For one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in Suffolk County, try Midori Sushi & Steakhouse. Midori's has a sleek, trendy dine-in experience and a large menu of traditional Japanese favorites. If you're looking for a classic date night location, Midori's is a lot of fun. If you'd prefer takeout, you can also order online. Check out these Mount Sinai homes for sale on your way to pick up your order.

    One of the best parts about living in Long Island is easy access to world-class cuisine. There's always a new restaurant to try! For more recommendations on local businesses, contact us today.

    December
    29

    What Buyers Will Notice Most During a Home Tour

    What Buyers Will Notice Most During a Home Tour - Coach Realtors

    You're ready to list your home among Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. Naturally, you're eager to present the best face possible for potential buyers. You've read a lot of online tips for getting your home ready, and you've talked to real estate agents about what to do. But now that you've made your decision, it's time to get serious about your presentation. You may be surprised to find some challenges to what you think would appeal to or turn off potential buyers. Here's what you should know.

    What Buyers Will Like or Dislike About Your Home

    1. Clutter
      You already know this. Clutter and dirt are real turn-offs for potential buyers. Be prepared to either clean your home to the max or hire to have it done. And keep it pristine; potential buyers will not appreciate that "lived in" look you're used to.

    2. Clean Oven
      The kitchen can be the deal-breaker when it comes to selling your home, so pay particular attention to the details. And yes, potential buyers are attracted to stainless steel appliances (we'll get to these in a minute), but more important is how clean your oven is. It should be spotless. If it's too well used to clean up nicely, you might have to consider replacing it. Dirty stoves and ovens really turn off home shoppers.

    3. Stainless Steel Appliances
      They really do appeal if they are maintained with maximum gleam and shine. It turns out their reflective quality helps make the room look bigger, and that's always a plus when showing your home.

    4. Clear Countertops
      Crowded countertops are often necessary as we go about our daily lives, but bite the bullet and eliminate as much clutter, be it appliances, cereal boxes, or cooking utensils, as possible while showing your home. Gather them up in a basket or container or put them away.

    5. Converted Rooms
      Converted rooms, such as a garage that became a workshop or a dining room that became an office or playroom, typically don't present well with potential buyers. Experts say shoppers can't imagine the spaces as intended when they're not being used for their original purposes. Much as it may pain you, clear out the furnishings for the repurposed space and make it look like what it was designed for. When it comes to garage spaces, many home shoppers are looking for a space to park their car, so be advised.

    6. Outdoor Accessibility
      Homebuyers will be drawn to outdoor accessibility. Make sure your outdoor spaces are inviting, and the doors leading to them are clean and appealing. Polish up the glass windows and keep them shiny.

    7. No Collection Zone
      You may be proud of your personal collections of firearms, tchotchkes, or Hummel figurines, but collections or personal interests are distracting and have no place when you're trying to sell your home. Pack them up and store them till you move, sell them or give them away, but make sure they're out of sight when potential buyers tour.

    8. Keep It Impersonal
      A home shopper does not need to know about your personal life. Take down your gallery of family photos and anything that indicates your personal business. This is not only to help buyers focus on your home and how they can imagine themselves living there but for your own security. Besides photos, clean up and put away business papers and remove anything that reveals political or religious affiliations.

    Our REALTORS® can share more tips on the dos and don'ts for selling your home. Contact us today. 

    December
    14

    Long Island: Find Unique Gifts at These 6 Shops

    Unique Holiday Gifts - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

    After a one-of-a-kind year, treat family and loved ones to a one-of-kind gift this holiday season. Join our REALTORS® in supporting local businesses by patronizing these amazing shops around Long Island. 

    1. What a Girl Wants - 3490 Merrick Rd., Seaford, NY 11783
      Any female on your list will be delighted with a gift from What a Girl Wants. With their extensive selection of clothing and accessories, jewelry, and home decor, the family-owned shop offers something to suit every personal taste. They even have an assortment of gift items for the man in your life. What a Girl Wants provides free shipping for orders over $100. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    2. Wrapping It Up - 180 Park Ave., Amityville, NY 11701
      Do you have that one person you just don't know how to shop for? Problem solved with a unique gift from Wrapping It Up. The shop features more than 350 kinds of candy, nuts, and chocolate along with gift items from Crabtree & Evelyn, Melissa & Doug, and other top brand names. Shop "a la carte" or have the cheerful staff package your selections in a delightful gift basket. Visit the website or call 631.598.4400 to order.

    3. Oodles of Doodles - 2322 Merrick Rd., Merrick, NY 11566 
      Honestly, Oodles of Doodles is just plain fun to say. But this charming shop is a great source for personalized, hand-painted kids' gifts that will remain keepsakes forever. Choose from a wide range of products such as rocking chairs, toy boxes, and doll furniture that will put a smile on any child's face. Oodles of Doodles is open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 3 Sunday.

    4. Long Island Country Life - 237 Middle Country Rd., Selden, NY 11784
      Long Island Country Life
      is dedicated to the idea that a home should be an oasis. Their wide array of home decor products, from ornaments and wall hangings to Adirondack chairs and beer-barrel tables, create a cozy, rustic ambiance in any home. Hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    5. Wit & Whim - 6 Carlton Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050
      The term "retail therapy" takes on added depth at Wit & Whim. The chic, boutique-style shop carries vintage, modern, and handmade goods created by local artists around Port Washington homes for sale. In addition, part of the profits are donated to charitable community organizations. Wit & Whim is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    6. Willy Nilly Trading Company - 153 W. Main St., Bay Shore, NY 11706
      When Willy Nilly Trading Company opened in 2000, the downtown area was beginning a major turnaround. The shop's quirky selection of clothing, home decor and gifts proved so popular that the shop eventually expanded by 2,000 square feet. Co-owner Marilyn Schulman incorporated her family's home and lighting business into the mix as Willy Nilly @ Home. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

    Shopping Nassau County homes for sale? Maybe you want to market your house among Suffolk County homes for sale. Whatever your Long Island real estate needs, contact us at Coach Realtors for cheerful and experienced help.

    December
    7

    Put a Holiday Home Sale on Your Wish List

    Holiday Home Sale - Coach Realtors

    Cold winter weather combined with holiday distractions typically makes this the slowest time of the year for the housing market. However, current market conditions point to this winter's "slow" season being super hot! 

    Our REALTORS® have been busy helping buyers who are anxious to find the perfect Nassau County homes for sale while interest rates are low. Other factors, like pent-up demand and low inventory, have made this a great time to put your home on the market. Here's a closer look at the reasons why this holiday season may be the best time to list your home.

    1. Low Housing Inventory
      In September of 2020, the total inventory of homes hit a record low of just 2.7 months of supply. At the same time, sales of existing homes were up 9.4%. Projections show that if sales continue at this rate, there's a possibility we could actually run out of homes for sale. 

      While this might not be great news for buyers, it makes now a very attractive time to put your home on the market.

    2. Pent-Up Demand 
      Spring is usually the best time to list your home since that's when buyer demand spikes. However, in 2020, spring marked the beginning of pandemic lock-downs that caused the real estate market to grind to a halt. Now that things are starting to open back up, buyers are eager to jump back into their home search.

    3. A Need to Upsize 
      The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot about the way we live. Many people are working and schooling at home. Almost everyone is spending more of their free time at home as well. This has resulted in a large group of buyers who are fed up with their current spaces and ready to make a move.

      Each day, we talk to buyers who are looking for Suffolk County homes for sale with features like large back yards and extra space for a home office. 
    1. Low Interest Rates
      Mortgage interest rates also recently hit the 12th record low of the year. This puts them at the lowest they've been in over 50 years! Many buyers who realize they can save tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of their mortgage by buying now are out on the prowl for a suitable home.

    2. Bidding Wars 
      All of these factors have combined to create the best seller's market we've experienced in quite some time. Not only are many sellers getting top dollar for their homes, but bidding wars sometimes result in offers climbing well above the asking price. In fact, according to Realtor.com, in September of 2020, the median home price was up 11.1% compared to the previous year. The price per square foot was also up by 13.9% year-over-year.

    3. Delayed Economic Consequences 
      It's possible that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will cause a sharp decline in the economy. However, it's unlikely that this will impact the real estate market at least for a few months. If you've been thinking about selling, doing it now before more uncertainty strikes again could be your best bet. 

    If a home sale is on your holiday wish list, Coach Realtors can help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

    November
    23

    Long Island: Where to Order a Dozen Cookies Dec. 4th

    Bakeries for Cookies - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    With more than 2 billion cookies consumed in the United States each year, it might seem that every day is Cookie Day. But Friday, December 4 is as good an occasion as any to join our REALTORS® in celebrating with a dozen or two of your favorite cookies from these great bakeries around Long Island.

    • Buttercooky Bakery - 495 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      The name of Buttercooky Bakery gives you a hint about their slogan: "Baked with Butter, Makes It Better." Owner Ben Borgognone's European-style baked goods are so highly regarded that he was asked to be the star of a pastry chef reality show. The bakery, located minutes from Huntington homes for sale, offers so many different types of cookies that it takes four categories to list them all. Buttercooky Bakery is open daily from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    • Fehn's Cake & Cookie Shop - 3649 Merrick Rd., Seaford, NY 11783
      At Fehn's Cake & Cookie Shop, baking is truly a family affair. Current owners Kathy and Heidi are continuing the tradition of their parents, William and Gussie, who opened the shop more than 50 years ago. Fehn's cookies are so popular that they now offer shipping of 1.5- and 3-pound assortments in tins for any occasion. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

    • Dortoni Bakery and Pastry Shoppe - 11 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Commack, NY 11725
      Brighten your day with a colorful rainbow cookie from Dortoni Bakery and Pastry, considered by many to be the best version of this classic favorite in Nassau County. Dortoni serves the area near Commack homes for sale, but it's reminiscent of traditional pastry shops in Naples, Italy, with its menu of simple but flavorful cookies such as biscotti and hand-decorated shortbread. Dortoni is open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week.

    • Tate's Bake Shop - 43 N. Sea Rd., Southampton, NY 11968
      Located in a charming pistachio-colored house, Tate's Bake Shop is a longstanding part of the community around Southampton homes for sale. But thanks to high-profile fans such as Rachael Ray and Gwyneth Paltrow, Tate's chocolate chip cookies have been acclaimed as tops in the nation. The shop's trademark thin, crispy cookies also come in oatmeal raisin, butter crunch and other delicious flavors. Hours are 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily.

    • The Sweet Escape Bakery - 771 Montauk Hwy., Suite 11, Bayport, NY 11705
      Enjoy cookies with a Continental flair at the Sweet Escape Bakery, not far from Bayport homes for sale. The Sweet Escape specializes in macarons, a classic French candy-colored sandwich cookie with a delicate exterior and luscious filling. Choose from 20 flavors, including Fruity Pebbles, Strawberry Cheesecake and Salted Caramel. Hours are 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday and Friday, 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

    • Alpine Pastry Shoppe - 59 Route 111, Smithtown, NY 11787
      For more than 30 years, Alpine Pastry Shoppe has been delighting the community around Smithtown homes for sale with a variety of traditional Italian cookies. The Cuccia family uses recipes handed down through generations to create their butter cookies, biscotti, pignoli and other authentic treats. Alpine Pastry Shoppe is open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

    From Nassau County homes for sale to Suffolk County homes for sale, we've got Long Island covered. Contact us at Coach Realtors for more information.

    November
    16

    Home Inspection How-To for Sellers

    Home Inspection How-To - Sellers - Coach Realtors

    After preparing your home to add to the inventory of Nassau County homes for sale, you've accepted an offer. While it may feel like the hard work is over, you still have to make it through the home inspection. Unfortunately, it's common for real estate deals to fall through due to a poor home inspection. Here are a few tips home sellers should follow throughout the home inspection process. 

    1. Leave Your Property During the Home Inspection
      While it's common for homebuyers to attend a portion or even all of a home inspection, our REALTORS® recommend that the home seller leave their home during the inspection. You're only going to be nervous and anxious watching someone spend hours combing your home looking for problems.

      Your presence may also be awkward for the buyer. Pack up your family (including your pets) and vacate your home during the inspection.

    2. Declutter and Move Large Items Before the Inspection
      See that you move any clutter or large items that may be obscuring items or areas that the inspector will want to examine. For example, if your electrical panel is usually behind a large set of shelving, move the shelving unit so that the inspector has easy access. 

      The inspector can't move your belongings during the inspection. If the inspector can't inspect an area, the buyer may be leery of continuing with the deal.

    3. Decide if a Pre-Inspection is Right for Your Home
      Before they list their home with the Suffolk County homes for sale, some sellers arrange a pre-inspection. As the name suggests, a pre-inspection is a home inspection that occurs before the house is put on the market. 

      The idea behind a pre-inspection is that it gives you a chance to fix any issues that might pop up during a home inspection (or at least informs you of potential problems). Aren't sure whether your home is impacted by a specific type of issue, such as an outdated electrical system? In that case, the pre-inspection will let you know if it's an issue. 

      An argument against a pre-inspection is that it might uncover a lot of minor issues that won't be a big concern with homebuyers. You're unlikely to recoup all of the money that you spend making repairs for any issues detected by the pre-inspection.

    4. Understand What Is and Isn't an Issue
      Every home inspection reports problems with a home, even if the property has been well-maintained. You need to know what issues are high-level problems; these are the items that are likely to be potential dealbreakers if you can't come to a resolution with the buyer about how to handle them. Any problems that involve code violations or a health issue will likely require your attention before your deal can close. The issues include:
    • Water damage
    • Problems with the home's structural integrity (like foundation issues)
    • Plumbing problems
    • Unreliable HVAC systems
    • Roof damage
    • Damage to the electrical system
    • Problems with the subflooring 
    1. See That Your Utilities are All Turned On
      If you're still living in the home, this tip might not be necessary, but if you've already moved, make sure that all your utilities (like your water, electricity, and gas) are turned on. The inspector needs these items to work to test your home's major systems. 

    Have more questions about selling your home? Contact us today for assistance!

    November
    9

    5 Tips to Make a Splash in Your Kitchen

    Update Kitchen Backsplash - Coach Realtors

    Whether you're fully remodeling your kitchen or just giving it a bit of a facelift, choosing the right backsplash is one of the most important decisions in the design process. When showing homes, our real estate agents find that a kitchen's backsplash can have a make-it-or-break-it effect. It might not be a large space we're talking about, but it puts the finishing touches on your new look and ties everything together.

    Here are five tips to help you pick the right backsplash for your kitchen.

    1. Try Before You Buy
      How materials and paint colors look in the store, under harsh fluorescent lighting, is one thing; how they'll look in your home is quite another. Never commit to anything before taking samples home with you. Prop the backsplash samples up against your existing backsplash, along with other samples you are considering, and just live with them for a few days. Notice how they look as the lighting in your kitchen changes throughout the day, and how they coordinate with other samples such as paint chips.

    2. Be Practical
      It's natural to want your kitchen to look the best your money can buy, but don't forget to be practical, too. Make choices that will help you stay within budget and also think about your purchases as an investment. What materials will wear the best over time, stay in fashion the longest, be the easiest to clean, and require the least maintenance? For example, some tile is very porous and may be difficult to clean, especially over the stove where grease from cooking is likely to find all the nooks and crannies. And marble, while very attractive, will need to be sealed with special chemicals once a year to maintain its look long term.

    3. Coordinate, Don't Match
      Your backsplash may be an extension of your countertops, but don't make the common mistake of trying to match the two perfectly to one another. Matching makes them blend together, rather than drawing the eye, the way you want to do. Instead, look for something that coordinates with your countertops and other design elements of your kitchen, but stands out a little from the rest.

    4. Choose a Great Grout
      Don't underestimate the importance of grout! Grout does more than just fill the spaces between the tile. A well-chosen grout sets the tile off, showing it to its best advantage. A quality grout is important for a long-lasting quality renovation, of course, but the color of your grout and how well it coordinates with the tile is also important.

    5. Make a Splash
      Most kitchen updates are fairly straightforward. There's not a lot you can do with a kitchen, other than picking out countertops and cabinet colors. Your backsplash is your chance to make a statement! It's a small space, so you can afford to take some risks, especially over the sink and stove, two important focal points in most kitchens. Spring for the better tile or do something a little different, like turning square tile on the diagonal.

    The Importance of Kitchen Updates

    Most real estate agents agree that the kitchen is one of the top areas of the home to invest in. It's the heart of every home, and everyone loves one that is attractive and well-appointed. If you're interested in listing your house among other Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can help! Contact us today to start the process.

    November
    2

    Long Island: 6 Restaurants for Fine Dining on Thanksgiving

    Long Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner - Coach Realtors

    We know preparing Thanksgiving dinner requires time and effort. Long Island has many fine dining establishments with special Thanksgiving menus for those who prefer to enjoy the holiday without the stress of cooking. While the COVID-19 pandemic may limit dine-in availability, many of these restaurants are offering takeout options this year. Below are some Thanksgiving dining recommendations from our REALTORS®.

    • The Capital Grille - 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, NY 11530
      The Capital Grille is a great option for Thanksgiving dinner in Garden City, and their dining room's comfortable elegance can serve as a perfect backdrop for your family meal. They offer a special Thanksgiving day menu, which features slow-roasted turkey and brioche stuffing. However, if you're in the mood for one of their famous dry-aged steaks, you can order off the regular menu as well. After dinner, check out some of these Garden City homes for sale.

    • Jonathan's Ristorante - 15 Wall St., Huntington, NY 11743
      A Huntington staple since the mid-'90s, Jonathan's Ristorante is the perfect place to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family. In addition to their regular menu, Jonathan's typically offers Thanksgiving specials such as traditional roasted turkey, butternut squash soup, and pumpkin pie. Dinner is served from 2 to 8 pm., and takeout options are available. Swing by some of these Huntington homes for sale on your way home.

    • Mirabelle Restaurant - 150 Main St., Stony Brook, NY 11790
      One of the finest restaurants in all of Long Island, Mirabelle Restaurant at the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook offers fresh farm-to-table dishes across a French bistro-inspired menu. While Mirabelle's serves a dine-in Thanksgiving dinner most years, this year they are offering Thanksgiving meals to go. The meal package serves between 10-12 people and includes roasted turkey, all the trimmings, and freshly baked pie. After you pick-up your delicious dinner, take a look at these Stony Brook homes for sale.

    • Thyme - 8 Tower Pl., Roslyn, NY 11576
      Thyme's "harmonious" approach to food, fresh ingredients, and plate presentation makes them a great fine dining choice in Roslyn, not far from these Nassau County homes for sale. This year, Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 1 to 8 pm. For those who would prefer to eat at home, Thyme is offering curbside pickup and heating instructions to help you prepare your meal yourself.

    • Brasserie Americana Bar, Lounge & Restaurant - 30 Cutter Mill Rd., Great Neck, NY 11021
      This French/American restaurant is located inside The Inn at Great Neck in Nassau County. This year, Brasserie Americana is offering a Thanksgiving to-go feast for $259. The meal serves 8-10 people and includes turkey with your choice of brisket or honey glazed ham, two starters, three sides, and one pie.

    • Cooperage Inn - 2218 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow, NY 11933
      Cooperage Inn is a classic Long Island restaurant offering a large special Thanksgiving dinner menu this year with a variety of classic holiday dishes. The full menu is also available for takeout, so you can pick-up dinner after visiting these Suffolk County homes for sale

    With so many great options, providing a delicious Thanksgiving feast for your family can be easy this year. Contact us for more local restaurant recommendations.

    October
    26

    Long Island: Celebrate World Vegan Day With Dinner

    Vegan Restaurants - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    November 1st is World Vegan Day and also marks the start of World Vegan Month. This is a perfect time to recognize how far the vegan movement has come, promote the undeniable benefits of vegan living, and share vegan meals with friends and family. Whether you're a long-time vegan, a budding flexitarian, or a proud omnivore, our REALTORS® are excited to share some of the best places to enjoy vegan dinner around Long Island.

    • Tiger Lily Café - 156 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      Tiger Lily Café is an alternative vegetarian eatery with a '60s retro look. Meals are served in a funky setting with psychedelic art and eclectic music in the background. Known for their salads and wraps, Tiger Lily complements their food with a complete Juice Bar, featuring nutritious choices of protein shakes, wheatgrass shots, soy smoothies, fresh juices, and more. If you need a caffeine fix, you'll find Mocha Blanca, Black & Tan, Red Bull Chai, and Tahitian Vanilla Chai at the Java Bar. Their vegetarian specialties are tempeh, tofu, soy, fresh vegetables, and whole grains. After Port Jefferson homes for sale appointments, be sure to take a break from the ordinary and enjoy the comfy lounge chairs, colorful atmosphere, and great alternative cuisine at Tiger Lily Café.
    • The Purple Elephant - 81B Fort Salonga Rd. W, Northport, NY 11768
      Overlooking Northport Harbor, The Purple Elephant serves healthy and sustainable vegan dishes and drinks in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Their menu covers robust flavors of Latin and Central American cuisine. A portfolio of nonalcoholic drinks may entice you away from the booze behind the bar. Just a stone's throw away from many Northport homes for sale, this purple pachyderm is a perfect place to bring your vegan or non-vegan friends and family to celebrate World Vegan Day.

    • Plant Wise - 15 E Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills, NY 11746
      There isn't a lick of dairy or meat inside Plant Wise, a 100-percent plant-based eatery in a Dix Hills shopping center. This eatery serves delicious and nutritious meals to spread the joy and positive health benefits of eating at least one fully plant-based meal per day. Founders Alex and Pamela are focused on creating healthy, meat-free meals. After touring Dix Hills homes for sale, stop by this extra-ordinary café-style eatery for salads, bowls, smoothies, and custom juices.

    • 3 Brothers Vegan Café - 1038 Montauk Hwy., Copiague, NY 11726
      World Vegan Day is the perfect time to try 3 Brothers Vegan Café. Chef Jay Astafa menu features delicious vegan twists of classic Italian pastas, appetizers, sandwiches, salads, entrées, house-made desserts, and wood-fire pizzas. What sets this fantastic eatery apart from all others is that they have an in-house vegan cheese program. Their pizzas and dishes feature their own house-made cheeses, ranging from cashew milk mozzarella to macadamia feta. The vegan hot spot also caters to dietary needs by offering a lot of allergy-friendly and gluten-free options. The delicious and unique food will make you forget you're swapping out your Italian favorites.

    • True Food Kitchen - 630 Old Country Rd Suite 1040B, Garden City, NY 11530
      Created by a passionate team of visionary restaurateurs, accomplished chefs, and a renowned doctor of integrative medicine, True Food Kitchen is rooted in a belief that conscious nutrition can work without sacrificing creativity, flavor, and indulgence. Located near beautiful Garden City homes for sale, this award-winning restaurant is guided by a simple and researched principle called the anti-inflammatory diet. They select and prepare food to counteract chronic inflammation and help people achieve optimum health over their lifetime. The health-driven menu of natural, hand-crafted beverages and seasonal dishes caters to a range of food preferences, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and naturally organic.

    Are you searching for Nassau County home for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale? Please contact us today to learn more about life on Long Island and begin touring our best properties in the area.

    October
    19

    Seller Etiquette: Tips for a Thoughtful House Sale

    Seller Etiquette - Coach Realtors

    Did you know that your behavior and actions can affect the sale of your home? That's right. No matter how much effort you've put into cleaning, scrutinizing, and staging your home, one wrong move can easily put off potential buyers. Our REALTORS® have laid out seven etiquette rules that every seller needs to know to nail the deal.

    • Leave the House
      Of course, you're dying to see how potential buyers will react to your kitchen upgrade, but most REALTORS® agree that sellers should not be at home during a showing or open house. Buyers will feel uncomfortable when the owner is around and watching their every move. Leaving the house during those times gives buyers the space they need to visualize living there instead of being spied on. And don't be tempted to drop in to see how your open house is going or to pose as a buyer.

    • Take Your Pets With You
      Aside from you and your family leaving the house, it's also important to have a plan for pets. A playful kitten or barking dog running around the house during an open house or showing can be quite distracting. Not everyone is a pet person, and potential buyers could be allergic. Plus, your pet might be anxious and hostile with all the foot traffic and new faces. Provide a comfortable, stress-free environment for everyone by putting away any paraphernalia and taking your pet for a long walk, to the park, or for a drive.

    • Provide Parking
      Make it easy for prospective buyers to park and view the home. Parking issues are frustrating and a sure way to get a showing off to a bad start. If a potential buyer has to park far away and then walk to your home, they may just skip the home tour altogether. Or if they just decide to take the hike, they may be a little nervous or in a lousy mood. Leaving your car in the driveway also sends the message that there isn't enough parking space. Vehicles should be parked inside the garage with the door closed or somewhere down the street.

    • Provide Important Documents
      Buyers are more willing to put in an offer if they can find information about the home quickly and in writing. It is good selling etiquette to leave copies of necessary documents in an easy-to-find spot. Put out home warranty, home inspection report, monthly bill information, appraisal, and proof of any major repairs for buyers to peruse. Be sure to put away originals and any sensitive personal documents.

    • Respond Quickly to Offers
      When a buyer makes an offer, do your best to respond to it quickly, preferably within 24-48 hours. Take the time to go through the offer and think about it. While making a quick decision is a good gesture, this isn't a matter to be taken lightly either. If you want more time, inform your listing agent so they can try to negotiate an extension. Also, don't be insulted if you get a low-ball offer. Respond with a counteroffer and be willing to negotiate.

    • Listen to the Professionals
      You've done a great job of hiring a real estate agent you trust, but don't shoot the messenger. If your agent provides feedback or some suggestions for improvements that may help sell your home faster, listen to them, and don't allow your emotions to get in the way. This is a business transaction, and you need professional guidance to reach your goal of selling your property. Take criticism positively and move on.

    Whether you're adding your home to the list of Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, our pros at Coach Realtors can help you show it off to its best advantage. Contact us to get started.

    October
    12

    Long Island: Get Lost in Family Fun at These Corn Mazes

    Fall Family Fun - Corn Mazes - Coach Realtors

    Fall is the perfect time to plan a family outing to get lost in a corn maze around Long Island. You'll also be able to enjoy other seasonal activities at most of the maze venues, including pumpkin picking and hayrides.

    Our REALTORS® recommend the following corn mazes in the Long Island area:

    1. F&W Schmitt's Family Farm – 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747 
      F&W Schmitt's Family Farm has a corn maze that's open on weekends and holidays and has an "Arabian Nights: Legend of the Lamp" theme. Take your time navigating the 7-acre maze or challenge your friends or family to a race to see who can finish first. A haunted corn trail is also available for daytime or scarier nighttime walks, which feature "ghouls."
        
    2. Hank's Pumpkintown – 240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, NY 11976
      The traditional corn maze is taken up a notch at Hank's Pumpkintown, which has interactive activities like a farm scene investigation game and finger foods along the way. You can also take a narrated hayride through the maze that provides information about the farm. And you may want to plan to spend several hours at Hank's, since there's plenty of other activities, including a 70-foot jump pad, 50-foot tube slide, and farm fun like pig races and calf milking.

    3. Stakey's Pumpkin Farm – 270 West Lane, Aquebogue, NY 11931  
      Pit your wits against the twists and turns of a 3-acre corn maze at Stakey's Pumpkin Farm, but make sure to pick up your Corn Maze Trivia game before you start the puzzle. If you answer correctly, you'll be headed in the right direction, but wrong answers will lead you to wrong turns. And if you'd like to pick out some pumpkins, you'll find 26 acres to choose from.

    4. Fink's Country Farm – 6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River, NY 11792
      Family owned and operated for over 50 years, Fink's Country Farm offers a corn maze and plenty of other family fun. Pick your own pumpkin, take a hayride, treat yourself to roasted corn and hot cider, and more while you're at the farm. And on Halloween, grab a flashlight and wind your way through the maze as you enjoy musical entertainment.

    5. Fairview Farm at Mecox – 19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932  
      This year marks the 20th anniversary of the corn maze at Fairview Farm at Mecox, which winds through about two miles of paths. As you go through the maze, you'll pass over two bridges that provide amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as Mecox Bay.

    6. Harbes Family Farm – 1223 Route 25, Jamesport, NY 11952
      Try out a newly themed Robin Hood maze at Harbes Family Farm this fall. You can test your knowledge of the famous character as you work your way through the maze and also help him via an interactive video mission. While you're at the farm, pick out a pumpkin to buy and take time out for a relaxing hayride.

    Contact us if you're interested in Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale.

    October
    5

    Buyers: Ask These 6 Crucial Questions During a Video Tour

    Video Tour Questions - Homebuyers - Coach Realtors

    There are six crucial questions that our REALTORS® recommend asking during a video tour. The answers you receive will let you know whether it's the right property for you, or whether it's time to move on down the road to the next house. 

    1. Do You Have Any Concerns?
      This is a broad question, but it is very important to ask when the video tour comes to an end. This allows your Realtor to tell you what they think about the property. Maybe the storage space is inadequate, or perhaps the windows don't allow sufficient light into the home. There may be structural flaws, high utility bills, or an unsavory history of neighborhood problems. Asking this one question allows your realtor to tell you all the flaws and problems they see.

    2. Can You Show Me a Close Up of the Cabinets/Appliances/Fixtures?
      A little polish and a touch of wax can make any cabinet or stainless steel finish look fabulous from afar. However, dings, dents, and blemishes become clear as day the closer you get. So, don't hesitate to ask Mr. Demille to give these the close up they deserve. If there is nothing to hide, the homeowner will happily oblige your request.

    3. How Silent is the Home?
      If you have children or work from home, then you know a silent space is worth its weight in gold. Ask the homeowner how well the home is soundproofed and whether there is additional insulation between walls and floors. It's also a good idea to ask them when the home was last insulated and what R-Value products were used. This is a bonus that can clue you into the home's energy-efficiency and whether or not the furnace is adequate to heat the home in winter effectively.

    4. How Long Has the Home Been on the Market?
      Most Nassau County and Suffolk County homes aren't on the market for long. If the home has been on and off the market for a long time, it could be because the home is overpriced for the neighborhood, has structural defects, or has a negative history attached to it. Whatever the reason, it's not likely you want to try and tackle a problem that can leave you with a poorly performing investment.

    5. What Do You Like (and Not Like) About the Home?
      Homeowners will gladly tell you about the many things they like about their home. They may even wax nostalgic over holiday parties on the patio, birthday celebrations in the dining room, and family gatherings in the yard. Listen to how they answer these questions because they may just hide a few details they don't want you to know; like the fact the neighbors constantly complain about noise, the HOA's rules prevent gatherings, or the water heater doesn't supply enough hot water when guests come to visit.

    6. Are There Any Structural Issues with the Home?
      Listen to the sounds of carpets and flooring as your hosts walk around. Please pay attention to the way hot water heaters, faucets, stoves, and other elements sound when they are in operation. If it sounds over the video, you can bet it sounds worse in person.

    We're open for business, and it is always our pleasure to schedule video home tours for Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for saleWe encourage you to contact us to schedule a video tour of the homes you want to see in the region.

    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.

    August
    31

    Home for Sale: The Art of Staging a Home to Sell

    Using Art in Staging a Home - Coach Realtors

    Our REALTORS® can tell you that properly staged homes frequently end up on must-see lists and spend substantially less time on the market. Sometimes, the real estate industry has a perception paradox that a neutral minimalist home provides the perfect space for potential buyers to envision themselves living there.

    While home staging is all about de-personalizing the space, using eye-catching artwork can help your buyers create an emotional connection with your home. The imagery found in pictures and paintings adds another layer of meaning to your staging efforts. Here's how to use staging artwork.

    • Identify Your Target Audience
      While you may never know the particular tastes of prospective homebuyers, it's wise to err on the side of caution when staging your home. Steer away from images of people, family photographs, religious and political artwork, and inappropriate artwork. Your main goal is to help potential buyers envision themselves living in your house. If they see images of people or religious and politically-charged artwork, they will be reminded that they are strangers in the home. To appeal to a wider set of buyers, choose nature images, abstract artwork, figurative renderings, geometric shape, still life subjects, or figurative silhouettes.

    • Complement the Overall Style of Your Home
      You're not just selling your property, you're also selling the lifestyle that comes with it. A complete mishmash of décor can be very off-putting to potential buyers. Consider the mood for each room when hanging your artwork. Is it a bright and busy kitchen or an inviting and relaxed living area? Color is very important in artwork and home staging, with neutrals being the most popular option. But why not add pops of brightness to a room by complementing colors found around your rooms in accessories and pillows?

    • Fit the Scale of the Space
      The shape and size of the art should be scaled to the height and width of your walls. We can agree that the bigger a room looks the more appealing it is to homebuyers. So, putting a large piece of art in a small room is going to make it feel cramped. On the other hand, large rooms can appear uninviting and cavernous if they have blank walls. As such, you might consider using a large scenic piece or clustering several pieces together to make the room cozier.

    • Avoid Art That is Too Busy or Eye-Catching
      What emotions do you want to evoke with your artwork? While buyers will be evaluating many aspects of your home, it's likely that a particular subset of buyers will be more interested. Want to show off a classic wine cellar? An abstract artwork pointing to it will let the eye travel to the adjacent beautiful space. Have an outdoor infinity pool that you want to draw attention to? Complement it with pale blue pieces or art in the rooms leading up to it or with striking outdoor sculpture. Just make sure your art won't distract buyers from focusing on the home itself.

    • Create Balance
      Have you ever walked into a living room with pieces of art or pictures that were hung too far apart from each other, in no particular pattern, or with mismatched colors, styles, and frames? This is a common staging problem, especially with art that was received as a gift or bought without giving a thought to its color or size. In some cases, homeowners with high ceilings will place the art halfway up the wall, which can mean people pass right by it because it was placed higher than their heads. You want to make sure your wall art is hung correctly and the room is balanced. If you're hanging art over furniture, it should be at about 25% the width of the furniture.

    Feeling overwhelmed at the thought your home stand out from other Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale? Our realtors can help you choose the best art, highlight your home's best features, and create an inviting vibe that will appeal to the right buyers. Contact us to learn more.

    August
    24

    National Golf Month: Tee Up Around Long Island

    Golf Courses - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    August is National Golf Month, and if you're anything like the rest of us, then you've probably been itching to get out and hit the links all summer. Well, it's finally time. 

    Golf is a fun way to enjoy some time in the great outdoors while still maintaining social distancing. Our REALTORS® are excited to enjoy National Golf Month to its fullest, so we thought we'd share some of our favorite places to tee up around Long Island!

    • Bay Park Golf Course - 1 1st Ave., East Rockaway, NY 11518
      Bounded on two sides by the East Rockaway Channel and Hewlett Bay, Bay Park Golf Course is nestled among the rolling terrain of 96-acre Bay Park. It's a splendid executive-level 9-hole, par-30 golf course, just minutes from many Nassau County homes for sale. The facilities are clean and well-kept and great for a quick afternoon game.

    • Timber Point Golf Course - 398 Great River Rd., Great River, NY 11739
      Some new rules are in effect at Timber Point Golf Course (golf is by reservation only, masks must be worn when sharing a golf cart) but the links are open, and that's the important thing! Choose between 9- and 18-hole courses, both of which are picturesque and, at times, challenging. Discounted tee times are available to Suffolk County residents, so keep that in mind as you're browsing Suffolk County homes for sale!

    • Harbor Links Golf Course - 1 W. Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
      With an 18-hole course, a 9-hole course, practice area, driving range and mini-golf, Harbor Links Golf Course is a perfect destination for golfers of every age and skill level. A stone's throw from countless beautiful Port Washington homes for sale, Harbor Links currently requiring golfers to pay for their group over the phone by credit card no less than 20 minutes prior to tee time. Face masks are required in areas where social distancing is not possible. 

    • Crab Meadow Golf Course - 220 Waterside Rd., Northport, NY 11768
      Few golf courses can match the impressive scenery at Crab Meadow Golf Course. Practically every shot on the 18-hole course offers a sweeping view of Long Island Sound. Located a short drive from these Northport homes for sale, Crab Meadow Golf Course is currently offering golf carts on a first-come, first-served basis due to the pandemic, and you'll find the newly updated rules for claiming and returning your cart on their website. 

    • Rockville Links Club - 600 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      Rockville Links Club offers one of Nassau County's most lovely golf courses, with meandering, beautifully manicured fairways lined by magnificent mature trees. The 18-hole course is just minutes from these Rockville Centre homes for sale, and always provides a perfect place to play a relaxing round of golf in a beautiful setting. 

    • Smithtown Landing Golf Course - 495 Landing Ave., Smithtown, NY 11787
      With an 18-hole municipal course that is open to the public, Smithtown Landing Country Club also offers a pro shop, driving range, and two practice greens. Golfers are asked to keep 6 feet apart and refrain from shaking hands to help stop the spread of coronavirus, but Smithtown Landing is still one of the most fun, relaxing courses near Smithtown homes for sale

    Whether you're looking to enjoy a round of golf, or you're just ready to finally get outside and enjoy the fresh air, Long Island is a great place to be. Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and talk to our team about finding your Long Island dream home. 

    August
    17

    Elevate Cooking at Home with an Herb Garden

    Grow and Herb Garden - Homeowners - Coach Realtors

    Did you know gardening is a great way to relieve stress? This is one of the reasons why it's becoming extremely popular. In fact, many potential homebuyers tell our REALTORS® that a yard large enough for a garden is one of the features they really want in their new home. 

    If you're not ready to plant a large backyard garden just yet, consider starting with a simple herb garden. You can easily grow herbs either outdoors or indoors in pots. If you've been considering buying a new home, starting a container garden is a great idea. This way, you can start now and take it with you when you move. 

    To get your herb garden started, follow these simple tips.

    Choose the Perfect Location

    The most important part of starting an herb garden is choosing the right location. Most herbs do well in an area that gets full sun. Before you plant your herbs, watch the area for a few days to ensure that it gets at least 4hours of full sun each day.

    If you're going to plant your herbs outdoors, make sure you leave enough distance between the plants so they have room to grow. Generally, you'll need 1 to 4 feet of space between each plant depending on the type of herb you're growing.

    For a container garden, you'll want to choose large pots and place them in a warm spot that gets at least 4 hours of full sun each day. A deck, patio, or a corner of your yard are all great options, as long as they get enough sun. 

    Prepare the Soil

    If you're planting your herbs in the yard, you'll want to remove the grass, turn the soil, and use a large garden fork to loosen it up. This is an important step because loose dirt is better able to drain water and will make it easier for the plant's roots to grow. You should also consider adding compost to the soil. This will help with water drainage and act as a fertilizer. 

    To start your container garden, you'll need a high-quality potting soil and fertilizer. Once you've added both to the pot, simply add some water until the soil feels moist and you're ready to plant your herbs. 

    Choose Your Herbs

    The last step is to choose which herbs you want to grow. Think about the types of foods you enjoy cooking and the herbs that will compliment them the best. 

    Some of the best herbs for beginner gardeners include:

    • Sage
    • Parsley
    • Oregano
    • Mint
    • Corriander
    • Basil
    • Chives

    Make sure you choose plants that look strong and healthy. Then simply plant them in the dirt and wait for them to grow. 

    Water and Maintain

    You'll want to keep an eye on your herb garden and water it whenever the dirt a few inches below the plant feels dry. Make sure you actually check the soil before you water because over-watering can cause the plants to rot.

    When the plants grow to about 6 to 8 inches, you can start to harvest them. Don't cut more than 1/3 of the branches and try to cut them close to a leaf intersection. This will help the plant grow back faster. 

    It's a Great Time to Make a Move! 

    Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? Now is a great time to make a move! There are many beautiful Suffolk County homes for sale and amazing properties in other nearby areas. We would love to show you around and help you find the perfect home. Contact us today to get started. 

    August
    10

    Long Island: 5 Shops to Visit for National Vinyl Record Day

    Record Stores - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    The vinyl renaissance has been in full swing for a decade now, and music lovers love to browse local record shops in hopes of snapping up coveted limited-release albums. 

    Whether you're a dedicated vinyl aficionado, or just want to see what all the fuss is about, our REALTORS® are excited to recommend some of our favorite Long Island record stores, just in time for National Vinyl Record Day on Aug. 12th!

    1. Record Reserve - 698 NY-25A, Northport, NY 11768
      One of the top destinations for new and used records on the North Shore, Record Reserve is always a fun place to browse, with bins filled with records in every conceivable genre (check their website for a listing of the newest arrivals). They've also got a great selection of CDs, t-shirts, and tapes. Check them out in the heart of downtown Northport, just around the corner from some of the most beautiful Northport homes for sale.

    2. Infinity Records - 510 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, NY 11762
      Offering everything from records and CDs to turntables and musical instruments, Infinity Records is a true Long Island music lover's paradise. If vinyl is what you're after, you'll find a huge variety of new releases and reissues, along with a deep selection of vintage LPs and 45s spanning every era and genre. They've been in business for more than 30 years and have the selection to back it up. Infinity Records is a perfect place to find something rare or unusual near Nassau County homes for sale.

    3. Mr. Cheapo CD and Record Exchange - 2020 Jericho Turnpike #46, Commack, NY 11725
      For more than 35 years, Mr. Cheapo CD and Record Exchange has been one of the top spots on Long Island to turn your old CDs and vinyl into cash. As a result, they're also one of the best places to find old records, with tens of thousands on file and more rolling in every day. You could easily get lost browsing through their vast collection of vinyl records (and CDs, DVDs, cassettes, laserdiscs, and just about every other media) near these Commack homes for sale

    4. Needle & Groove Records - 73 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook, NY 11563
      With a focus on rare and hard-to-find classic rock LPs in near-mint condition, there's always treasure waiting to be found at Needle & Groove Records. Their hand-picked collection also includes a lot of great blues, jazz, R&B, pop and funk records, as well as new, sealed reissues.

    5. Record Stop - 30 Railroad Ave., Patchogue, NY 11772
      Established in 1974, Record Stop has always been one of Long Island's great family-owned record stores. Anyone looking for the latest vinyl releases near Suffolk County Homes for Sale would do well to make this their first stop, but they also have a great selection of vintage vinyl, along with top of the line turntables and accessories.

    Indie record stores are still alive and well on Long Island! Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and talk to our team about finding your Long Island dream home. 

    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

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    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.

    June
    22

    Where You Should Put Your Remodeling Dollars?

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    Everyone wants to live in a beautiful home. Warm weather means that most homeowners are making their way into the home improvement stores and dialing up contractors for those special projects around the house. Whether you plan to spend a little or a lot, our REALTORS® want you to get the most for your investment. Some remodeling projects are worth their weight in gold, while others will return pennies on the dollar. It's important to know which is which before you make your plans.

    Golden Opportunities

    You'll never get every penny you spend on remodeling back when you put the home on the market. However, the following will give you between 60-70% return. Where these investments are most valuable is in the foot traffic they'll generate from the listing.

    • Update the Kitchen. The kitchen is the heart and hearth of the home. It's a place to gather and relax, to entertain and enjoy the company of family and friends. Thus, it should be comfortable, open, and updated to reflect modern design tastes. Farm sinks, plenty of storage, and stainless steel will go a long way toward attracting the attention of prospective buyers.

    • Give the Master Bedroom a Facelift. The master bedroom is a retreat from work, family, and all the pressures on the other side of the door. Repainting and redecorating can give the bedroom a comfortable, relaxing ambiance.
           
    • Polish the Bathroom. No one wants to take a bath in a dingy, dark, cramped bathroom. updating your bathroom with new tile, updated fixtures, comfortable lighting, and a fresh coat of paint is an investment in your comfort and the home's appeal to prospective buyers.

    • Trim up the Landscape. Landscaping is often overlooked, but the fact is it's the first thing prospective buyers notice. Make sure that your grass is green, your trees are trimmed, and the flower beds look their best. If you don't have a green thumb, hire a professional landscaper to design an easy-to-maintain yard that blends into the neighborhood.

    Money Pits to Avoid

    • Swimming Pools and Hot Tubs. These flashy amenities are fun. However, they're expensive to install and costly to maintain. Further, most people don't use them as much as they think they will. Most sellers only recoup a fraction of the installation costs when they sell their home.

    • Special-Purpose Rooms. It's great to have a nursery for your kids, a woodworking room for hobbies, and other special-purpose rooms. However, prospective buyers whose needs/interests don't match yours won't be willing to spend a premium for it; in fact, they'll likely ask for a price reduction so they can renovate it for their own special interests.

    • More Garage Space. Unless you have none or extremely limited garage space, most people are content with a one or two-car garage. At most, you'll get 60% of your investment back when you sell the home.

    The Final Rule of Thumb

    Whether you plan to spend $1,000 or $50,000 on renovations, one thing every homeowner needs to keep an eye on is the value of real estate in the area. There is no limit to how much you can spend, but there is a limit on what buyers will pay. One of the first things they'll look at is home values in the neighborhood. If your home is $100,000 more than a comparable home for sale down the street, they'll get the contract.

    Contact us for more information about remodeling projects we recommend to our clients. It's our pleasure to help you choose upgrades and features that will stand out in the market. 

    June
    15

    Homeowners: Safely Enjoy a Backyard Fire Pit

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    Our REALTORS® are seeing more homeowners enjoy the benefits of a backyard fire pit.  Gathering around a warm fire with your family is an excellent way to spend an evening. When using a fire pit, safety should always be your priority. 

    Backyard Fire Pit Safety

    Whether you already own a fire pit or getting ready to install one, precautionary measures are necessary for your safety.  

    • Permanent or Portable: When installing a fire pit, you must choose the best option for your backyard. You can easily customize a permanent fire pit to match the rest of your landscape theme. Installing a permanent fire pit ensures you are following all the safety measures with each use. Generally, steel or cast iron, a portable fire pit, is convenient for moving from one location to another. The downside is continuously checking your surroundings to ensure a proper area for using the fire pit.

    • Location: Place the fire pit at least 10 feet away from your home, any other buildings, fencing, and your neighbor's yard. For the best safety measure, consider placing your fire pit 25 feet from any structures. Also, do not place the fire pit under your covered porch, awning, or tree branches.

    • Patio Blocks: When positioning your fire pit, surround the area with patio blocks, concrete, or other non-flammable surfaces for extra protection. Keep the fire pit away from any type of wooden deck or porch.

    • Clear the Area: When setting up your fire pit, clear the surrounding area of any vegetation, branches, or other flammable materials. Consider packing stones or dirt around the fi pit to contain the fire.

    • Dig Down: When digging out the area for your fire pit, go down at least six inches and two feet across. Following these guidelines will help keep the fire and embers in a centralized location. If you do not dig down, the fire could quickly jump over the outer edge and create damage.

    • Position Chairs:  Keep your chairs or benches back away from the fire pit. You want enough legroom to quickly get up and move about without getting too close to the fire.

    • Watch Children and Pets: When sitting around the fire pit, always watch your children and pets. Do not leave them unsupervised by the fire. Following the 3 feet, away rule is always a good measure.

    • Be a Weather Watcher: The weather can change quickly. Know the direction of the wind before you light the fire. Keep your smartphone around to check any weather updates.

    • Fire Prevention: From the change in weather to a hot burning flame, keeping the fire under control is essential. Prepare for emergencies every time you light a fire. Keep a bucket of water on hand, invest in a fire extinguisher, or purchase a fire blanket to cover the entire pit immediately.

    • Extinguish Your Fire: Before heading indoors for the night, make sure the fire is completely out. Use a bucket of water, spray with the garden hose, or cover with dirt.

    Roasting marshmallows or cooking hot dogs, fire pits provide hours of fun for you and your family. When you follow all the safety guidelines, you don't need to worry about the flames getting away from you. If you are looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale with a large backyard for a fire pit, contact us.

    June
    8

    Where to Find Farm-Fresh Produce Around Long Island

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    Summer's almost here, and it's prime time for farmer's markets. Even though COVID-19 has changed the way some vendors do business, many Long Island farmer's markets are open for business. Whether you're looking for fresh flowers, produce, meat, or other hand-crafted local goodies, you'll find at some of our REALTORS® favorite farmer's markets.  

    • Rockville Centre Farmers Market - Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre, NY 11570 | Sundays, 7 am - 12 pmJune 7 - November 22
      Organized by the Long Island Growers Market, LLC, you'll find plenty of fresh, local fruits and veggies, warm-from-the-oven artisan breads, bagels, rolls and pastries, pickles, jams and jellies, empanadas, and so much more at this fun, friendly farmer's market. While you're at it, explore the area's diverse, walkable downtown, which is filled with restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues just steps from a multitude of Rockville Centre Homes for Sale.

    • Islip Farmers Market - Islip Town Hall Parking Lot, Montauk Highway, Route 27A 655 Main St., Islip | Saturdays, 7 am –-12 pm, June 6 - November 21
      Also supported by the Long Island Grower's Market, Islip Farmer's Market is a great place to pick up local fare and get a feel for this quaint little town. So take a break from checking out Suffolk County homes for sale and give it a try. If you're concerned about safety, all vendors take pre-orders that can be picked up at the market.

    • Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market - 307-369 National Blvd., Long Beach, NY 11561 | Saturdays & Wednesdays, June - November9 am - 2 pm
      Here you'll find shellfish and regional fish, tasty vegan baked goods, ice cream, locally-raised meat, and so much more. Or maybe you're in the mood for some local honey or maple syrup? Make a day of it when you go looking at Nassau County homes for sale and stop by Kennedy Plaza Farmer's Market for some scrumptious treats, and of course, fresh, healthy produce.

    • Three Village Farmers Market - 93 N. Country Road, Setauket, NY 11733 | Fridays, June 12 - Oct 4, 3 pm - 7 pm
      If you're ready for a different kind of date night, Three Village fits the bill. Located on the North Shore of Long Island, this fun Friday night farmer's market is one of the best places to find local cheeses, eggs, and all types of hand-crafted artisanal products. Choose from a variety of unique hot sauces that span the full range of spicy, and then cool it down with some homemade fudge.

    • Havens Farmers Market, 16 S. Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964 | Saturdays, 9 am - 12:30 pm
      From locally-crafted wine to a plethora of treats like homemade nut butters, pickles, fruit, vegetables, and cheese, this Shelter Island farmer's market is a can't-miss spot. The 10-minute ferry ride from the Greenport North Ferry Station gives you a breathtaking view of this gorgeous area nestled between the North and South Forks of Long Island.

    Ready to learn more about Long Beach and its rich history and culture? Our experienced real estate professionals can help you find the home you've been looking for. Contact us today to get started.

    June
    1

    Time to Buy the Doughnuts: National Doughnut Day is June 5

    Doughnut Shops - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    The first Friday in June means one thing – it's time to eat the doughnuts! Believe it or not, National Doughnut Day has important historical significance. The Salvation Army Lassies served doughnuts to our troops on the front lines in Europe during WWI. The doughnuts were actually cooked inside of the troops' helmets, giving these infantrymen the nickname of "doughboys." Today, we celebrate their commitment to feeding our country's soldiers by enjoying these delicious baked goods.

    National Doughnut Day falls on Friday, June 5th, this year and our REALTORS® are ready to dive into a box of delicious doughnuts. Whether you spell it "doughnut" or "donut", you do not want to miss out on tasty treats from these Long Island bakeries.

    • East Main & Main – 250 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      What does East Main & Main Donuts do? They crush doughnuts unlike anyone else on Long Island. Their offerings are outrageous. The Homer is a classic Simpsons-inspired doughnut with strawberry frosting and rainbow sprinkles. The Big Daddy is a huge Boston cream dipped in chocolate, while the Cereal Killer has milk frosting and fruity pebbles cereal. From the Holy Cannoli to the Rainbow Cookie and Reese's Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, we suggest you just order one of each so you can sample them all! Better yet, celebrate National Doughnut Day every weekend and stop in for a new doughnut every weekend that you tour Port Jefferson homes for sale.

    • Stella Blue – 188 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      Make National Doughnut Day extra groovy with a few sweet treats from Stella Blue. This Grateful Dead-themed bistro, just across the road from the best Huntington homes for sale, is known as a foodie paradise. Order a few of their homemade doughnuts, available in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar varieties accompanying chocolate and vanilla dipping sauces. Thankfully, their only sizes are a dozen or a half-dozen, which means no judgment if you order by the boxful.

    • Wall's Bake Shop – 1336 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557
      Are you going to surprise your coworkers with boxes upon boxes of doughnuts? Let Wall's Bake Shop help you out. Just a quick drive on your way to work from beautiful neighborhoods with Hewlett homes for sale, Wall's is churning out baked goods of every variety, including scrumptious doughnuts. Sneak an extra box for yourself and make National Doughnut Day an all-day affair.

    • Hummel Hummel Bakery – 572 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, NY 11731
      If you've moved into one of our East Northport homes for sale, you've certainly heard of the world-famous "Pizza Crumbs" from Hummel Hummel Bakery. What you may not know is that they also whip up fantastic doughnuts. They've got you covered with all of the classics: Boston cream, jelly, French crullers, glazed twists, and Sunday doughnuts. They also have a selection of danishes if you're looking for a little variety.

    • Bagel Chalet – 36 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY 11725
      Don't let their name fool you! Bagel Chalet knows how to make a tasty doughnut, especially if you're searching for something other than the basic glazed. Not far from Commack homes for sale, head over to Bagel Chalet for a bear claw or a danish. If you just so happen to grab a bagel and a smear on National Doughnut Day, we won't tell as long as you bring us one too!

    Do you want to grab a box of doughnuts and cruise around Long Island looking for Suffolk County homes for sale? We're here to help! Contact us today to schedule virtual tours or private showings of Suffolk and Nassau County homes for sale.

    May
    26

    Long Island: Create a Time Capsule With Your Family

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    Has your family run out of words for Scrabble? Maybe you've binged everything in your Netflix queue. Our REALTORS® understand the difficulty of finding new and entertaining ways to pass the time at your home on Long Island.

    Creating a time capsule is an absorbing and rewarding activity that pays dividends now and later. Use these helpful suggestions to start a creative project involving the whole family.

    1. Make It Personal
      Traditional time capsules tend to focus on historical context, with documents and artifacts that objectively depict events of the time. While such items can certainly be part of your time capsule, the primary purpose is to relate each family member's personal experience during the COVID-19 quarantine.

    2. Limit Technology
      It's tempting to use the convenience of flash drives, DVDs, and other digital storage. While improvements in technology are largely a good thing, they come so quickly that storage forms can be outdated by the time you're ready to open the capsule. Stick to hard copies of photos and writings wherever possible.

    3. Document Your Surroundings
      Our world has temporarily shrunk to include only our immediate surroundings, which is your home, and what you can see from the windows. Draw a diagram of your neighborhood or print a picture off Google Maps. Add as much as you can about who lives where and what your interaction is with them. Also include detailed photos of your home, both exterior and interior.

    4. Make Lists
      There's a reason "listicles" are so popular in online media. They're easy to read while still imparting a lot of information. Stay-at-home provides almost an endless selection of topics to build lists around. Possible choices include TV shows and movies you've watched, games you've played, new recipes you've tried, and books you've read.

    5. Include Meaningful Mementos
      Newspapers and magazines are great inclusions to give a global perspective of events, but be sure to include items that are relevant to you and your family. Consider options such as a toilet paper roll (empty, of course), face mask, wrappers from favorite snack foods, and locks of hair from each family member (including pets!).

    6. H Is for Homework 
      Homeschooling has become the rule instead of the exception. Include copies of reports, math problems, spelling quizzes, and other examples of schoolwork your kids have done so they can recognize their accomplishments. 

    7. Say It in a Letter
      Are you or your kids unsure where to start? Writing thoughts down in the form of a letter makes it easier to maintain a casual, conversational tone. Address the letter to a friend, another family member, or your future self.

    8. Look Ahead
      What do you see happening one year, five years, or 10 years down the road? Have each family member write down their predictions for the future. Everybody can have fun giving their imaginations free rein, and you can look forward to finding out whether any of the dreams become reality.

    9. Set an Opening Date
      Think carefully about when you plan to open the time capsule. A certain amount of distance, at least 10 years, makes the opening more meaningful. You may want to coordinate the opening with a milestone birthday, anniversary, or other significant family occasion.

    Do your future plans include a new home? Contact us at Coach Realtors for up-to-the-minute information on Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.

    May
    18

    How to Make Your Home a Sanctuary

    Create a Sanctuary - Homeowners - Coach Realtors

    While a vacation or retreat are excellent ways to de-stress and reconnect with your family, sometimes it's not possible to get away. Ensure that your time at home is at pleasant as possible by turning your home into a sanctuary. Our REALTORS® also find that peaceful properties are attractive to potential homebuyers. Check out a few simple tricks to make your home your own personal sanctuary.

    1. Use Music to Add Ambiance
      Add ambiance to your home in minutes with music. A catchy tune can quickly lift your mood or give you a surge of energy. Make it as convenient as possible to turn your music on and off by using your home assistant to control your playlist.

    2. Create a Nook for Your Hobbies
      Your home should feel like a safe haven after a stressful day. Carving out a chunk of time for one of your hobbies is a fantastic way to relax and recharge. However, don't waste time gathering supplies and finding a clear spot at your kitchen table.

      Instead, set up a permanent nook to enjoy your hobby. Use a spare corner or closet to set up a desk if your hobby involves crafting or writing, or position a cozy chair and storage basket close to a window if you like to knit or read. Or, if you need a little more space for woodworking or painting, set up a studio in your basement or garage.

    3. Remove Items That Don't Enrich Your Life 
      If your home feels stressful and you can't figure out why, start by getting rid of all your clutter and any items that don't enrich your life. Decluttering may feel overwhelming if you have a lot of overflowing spaces. Break the decluttering process into sections and start with one room or category of items (like clothing or paperwork) at a time. 

      Trash anything you don't use, that you don't wear, or that you just don't enjoy seeing. Make sure that every remaining item has a home, and see that your family understands where items are supposed to go.

    4. Get Rid of Stressful Reminders
      In many households, it's common to stick a bill or appointment reminder to your fridge or display board so you don't forget about it. However, seeing these items every time you walk into the room will make the space feel like anything but a sanctuary.

      File these items away in your planner or household binder. Replace them with photos or charming magnets that make you happy.

    5. Embrace Natural Light
      Give any room a quick pick-me-up by bathing it in natural light. Open the blinds or drapes and move any furniture that is blocking the light. The room will instantly feel more peaceful.

    6. Give Your Home a Signature Scent
      A pleasant spot has to have a delightful scent. Use candles, essential oils, or a diffuser to give your home a scent that welcomes you the moment you step through the door. When you smell that signature scent, this signals that you've arrived at your sanctuary. 

    Concerned that your home isn't right for your needs? Contact us to explore other properties!

    May
    11

    Get a Jump on Summer Home Maintenance

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    Practicing social distancing presents the perfect opportunity for a clean and happy home by tackling home maintenance projects. While prepping your home for summer can be tedious, our REALTORS® know that it helps you take back control of your home and give yourself the chance to beat the heat.

    Check these summer home maintenance to-dos off your list to keep your home in prime working condition.

    • Wash Windows and Screens
      One obvious sign of a neglected home is dirty and ripped screens and windows. Start by vacuuming window screens that have dust and a small amount of dirt. You want to use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment. Then scrub each one with some dish soap and brush to remove lingering debris. You can then set them outside to dry before putting them back in place. Then, get some type of window cleaning solution to tackle the window from the inside out. Clean windows can make a huge difference with the amount of light that passes through them.
    • Freshen up Your Home's Exterior
      Your home's exterior should shine in summer. So, walk around your home to see if there are any signs of rot or damage from the winter – those spots should be repaired first. If your home's paint needs a refresh, you can do that on a day when you have nice weather. Brighten up the shutter and replace any weathering siding to maintain the best summer curb appeal.
    • Focus on Your Garden
      Summer is also a great time to boost curb appeal. That includes tackling things such as mulching to create a clean and crisp appearance, keep weeds out of your gardens, and lock in moisture to help your plants thrive through the hot summer months. If you haven't already, get a few flowers to decorate the front of your home. Remove any dead plants, mow your lawn, and trim shrubs, bushes, and trees, ensuring they are kept away from your home AC unit and roof. And don't forget to test your irrigation systems at the beginning of the season for any cracks or worn-out sections.
    • Prep the Deck and Porch
      Summer is a great time for hanging out on the deck or porch and watching the world go by. Now is time to get your porch ready by cleaning the floor, front door, windows, and windowsill. Use a long-handled duster to remove cobwebs from high corners, light fixtures, and ceiling. Examine your deck to make sure there is no structural damage and hammer any nails that are loose. If needed, sand and reseal the surface. If you have deck or porch furniture, wipe it down and wash the cushions.
    • Clean Your Grill
      Make sure your grill is ready for backyard barbecues by deep-cleaning it. If you have a charcoal grill, empty it and wipe away any residue or dust. With hot water, soap, and a scrub brush, clean both the outside and inside of the grill and let it dry before use. For a gas grill, turn the heat up and let it cook for about 30 minutes. Allow it to cool and use a brush to clean the grates and interior. Wash the exterior with a sponger dipped in warm, soapy water.

    • Inspect Cooling Units
      The summer heat means it's time to prep your cooling units for their busiest time of the year. You may want to let a pro handle your HVAC unit to make sure everything works properly all season long, but you can remove, clean, or replace filters to boost performance and cut energy bills. Use a damp rag to clean all ceiling and house fans, including vents.
    • Check Safety Devices
      Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and any home timers should be checked at least once a month. Test the detectors by pressing the test button and replace old batteries to make sure they are in working order. Also, check the expiration date on fire extinguishers and replace them if needed.

    Ready to put your home on the market among Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale? Our team would be happy to help get your home sold quickly and for the right price. Contact us today to speak to an agent.

    May
    4

    What's That Noise? Help for First-Time Homeowners

    House Noises and Solutions - Coach Realtors

    Creaks, groans, bumps in the night. Houses make all kinds of strange sounds, some of which can be downright unnerving if you're a first-time homeowner. 

    Our REALTORS® have heard them all. Some really are "the house settling," just like your parents always told you. Some are common (but often irritating) noises that you can get rid of with little more than a few turns of a wrench. But a few household noises might represent a serious issue that needs professional attention.

    • Whistling Windows
      Few household sounds are more unsettling than the wind whistling through leaky windows at night. Luckily, this is generally an easy problem to fix. Just use caulk or weather stripping to seal up the gaps around leaky windows. You'll put an end to the ghostly whining, and probably make your home a bit more energy-efficient in the process.

    • Running Water
      It's normal to hear running water in your pipes when someone runs the shower, flushes the toilet, or turns on a water-using appliance like the dishwasher or washing machine. But you should never hear water running if nobody's using anything. If you do, turn off the main water valve and see if the sound stops. If it does, you have a leak somewhere.

    • Scratching in the Walls
      This is one you don't want to ignore. If you hear a sound inside your walls or roof that sounds like scratching or scurrying, there's a very good chance you have one or more uninvited guests. Mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons are often to blame. If you suspect a pest problem, it's best to call an animal control expert before it gets worse. They're not just annoying; they can chew through insulation, siding and even electrical wires.

    • Banging Pipes
      Chances are you've been in a house with a steam radiator that makes those incessant banging and clanging sounds when the heat turns on. As frustrating as those noises are, they're usually easy to fix. Banging in your radiator is usually caused by the water not draining properly, in which case you can fix the problem by putting wooden shims under one side to level it out.

    • Water Heater Sounds
      The strange sounds that sometimes come from an old water heater (usually described as bubbling, popping or crackling) are usually the result of sediment buildup. A lot of sediment can accumulate in water heaters over time, and you may hear it bubbling or cracking when the cycle starts. This sound isn't a death sentence for your water heater, but it often means it's nearing the end of its lifespan. Ideally, the best way to prevent this sediment buildup is to drain and flush the tank a couple of times a year.

    • Mysterious Hissing Sounds
      Hissing sounds could have many possible sources, but a gas leak is one possible cause. It can be hard to pinpoint the exact source of a mysterious hissing sound, especially if it's coming from a hard-to-reach place, so it's usually best to err on the side of caution and contact a professional.

    • Furnace Noises
      Furnaces all have their quirks, but if yours starts making a new and persistent sound, it's usually best to contact an HVAC professional. Squeaking, squealing, banging, popping, clanking, and whistling could all indicate potential issues, and it's always best to nip problems in the bud before they become more serious. Furnaces are expensive to replace, and it's wise to have it serviced every six months or so to keep it healthy and avoid potentially costly repairs. 

    Contact us today to learn more about the ins and outs of homeownership. We can help you find the right place to call home among the many Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale on Long Island.

    April
    27

    Sellers: Which Landscaping Trends to Try—And What to Skip

    Landscaping Trends - Coach Realtors

    Now is a great time to start planning your landscaping projects. As you ponder the plethora of options you can add to your landscape, the following are some that our REALTORS®  recommend and some that you should leave for someone else's lawn. 

    Trends to Follow

    • Trend #1 - Kept It Low-Maintenance
      21st-century life is moving faster and faster. With more to do, that means less time to take care of the landscape. If there's one overarching trend, low-maintenance is the bedrock you want to build your landscape upon. Think simple, classy, and minimal maintenance with your decorative elements, plants, grass, etc.

    • Trend #2 - What Was Inside, Is Now Outside, too
      Outdoor living areas are growing in popularity. Outdoor sitting areas complete with fully automated surround sound audio and video systems are ideal for entertaining. Better still, upgrade the backyard grill to a backyard kitchen outfitted with refrigerators, sinks, cutting tables, and everything you need to host a backyard bash that will have the neighbors begging for an invite. 

    • Trend #3 - Lay Porcelain Tile
      Concrete, wood, and other outdoor building elements tend to suffer the effects of weather as time passes. Porcelain flooring does not. It is resilient and designed to last. Most importantly, it won't absorb moisture (thus, it won't expand and crack), plus it's highly resistant to scratches and damage, so it will look new for many years to come.

    • Trend #4 - Light It Up
      Homeowners want to enjoy their landscape long after the sun goes down for the day. The right combination of downlight, bullet, garden, well, and wash light can create a stunning ambiance for you to enjoy. When you get the mix just right, you'll see just how fast the lights attract interested buyers to your door. 

    • Trend #5 - Xeriscaping is Still in Vogue
      Xeriscaping is geared toward creating the most eco-friendly landscape possible. Its primary purpose is to minimize water consumption. As a bonus, it also reduces maintenance. While there's typically plenty of moisture in New York, it never hurts to shave a few more dollars off the water bill.

    • Trend #6 - Climb the Walls with Your Garden
      Vertical gardening is ideal for small landscapes where space is at a premium. However, it's also popular in larger landscapes because it frees up space for more substantial patios, outdoor seating areas, swimming pools, etc. A well-positioned vertical garden can also create privacy or be used to create an aromatic backdrop when filled with herbs and spices. 

    Things to Skip

    • #1 - Don't Make It Too Eclectic
      Ornate designs look great in photographs, but not so much in real-life. When in doubt, opt for simple elegance rather than a creative pattern that may not match the home.

    • #2 - Don't Mismatch the Front and Backyard
      What you have upfront for the neighbors to see, should match what you have in the back for your enjoyment. Make sure the front yard and backyard have a cohesive design and layout.

    • #3 - Planting Any Tree
      The right trees add value to a property; the wrong trees do just the opposite. Pick low-maintenance, hearty growth trees that do well in New York's climate as opposed to exotic species that may wither and die. 

    Contact us for more information about the landscaping ideas we recommend to clients preparing to settle into their new home or preparing to sell their current home soon. It's our pleasure to answer your questions and tell you more about what we see in Nassau County and Suffolk County homes for sale. 

    April
    20

    Prep Your Home for a Virtual Tour

    Virtual Tour - Home Prep - Coach Realtors

    In-person interactions and onsite tours are a huge part of the process of buying and selling homes. But in the era of the coronavirus, it's about staying home and taking preventative measures for decreasing the risk of the virus. It's not clear how long the social distancing mandates will stay in place, but so much like all interactions in this time, home selling and buying is moving online.

    If you're selling your home this spring, you can rely on virtual tours to show the house to all of your potential buyers at once without them having to be physically present. Our REALTORS® have experience in staging virtual tours and can give you tips to get your home ready to create that oh-so-important first impression.

    Virtual Tours for Real Estate

    A virtual tour is an interactive tool that gives a 360° image of the interior and exterior of a building. It's created by stitching together a sequence of 360 photos to form a completely immersive visual experience for viewers. 

    A virtual tour can also take place via a video chat app such as Google Duo, Zoom, or WhatsApp. In this scenario, the interested buyer requests a tour time online, and the agent uses the buyer's preferred app to show the home in real time.

    Virtual Tour Preparedness Checklist

    Keep in mind that a virtual tour will be similar to a live open house, but a camera can capture more than the eye can see. Make sure that the entire area is prepped ahead of the day you plan on recording the tour.

    Outdoors

    • Spruce up your garden and lawn. Trim dead limbs and shrubbery around the home if necessary and remove empty planters
    • Mow the lawn and weed the garden. Make sure the entryway and driveway are free of clutter
    • Remove cars from the driveway and park them away from the property
    • Place trash cans, hockey nets, bikes, toys, boats, basketball poles, trailers, garden tools and supplies, and other distractions out of sight
    • Sweep walkways and pick up sticks, leaves, and branches
    • Make sure your yard and patio neat and straighten up any outdoor furniture and items
    • Clean pool area and remove all hoses

    Living/Common Areas

    • Clean the rooms from top to bottom
    • Remove personal items, family photos, and religious artifacts
    • Open shades and blinds and make sure they are equally angled open
    • Move excess furniture out of rooms and re-arrange remaining furniture to make the room appear larger
    • Make sure the house is spotless by removing clutter, vacuuming the carpet, cleaning countertops, tidying up shelves, moping hard floors, and cleaning windows
    • Put away toys, pet bowls, beds, etc.

    Kitchen

    • Clear off the kitchen counter
    • Stow small appliances and everyday items like toasters, kitchen utensils, soaps, cleaning items, dish towels, sponges, etc.
    • Empty the garbage can
    • Put away draining rack
    • Clear the sink of dishes
    • Store food in cabinets
    • Remove magnets and other items from the refrigerator door
    • Organize items on open shelves

    Bathrooms

    • Ensure the bathroom is clean- mirrors, floors, counters, toilet, and all surfaces
    • Ensure toilet seat is down
    • Remove floor mats
    • Remove all items from shower and tub
    • Clear counters of toiletries and store away essential items used daily
    • Hang fresh towels neatly

    Bedrooms

    • Make all beds
    • Keep end tables and all surfaces free of clutter
    • Arrange decorative pillows
    • Replace linens with modern, clean, crisp linens
    • Put away shoes and clothing

    Putting in the extra effort to prepare and stage your house for a virtual tour will produce better images and hopefully create a faster sale. Consider working with the team at Coach Realtors to ensure that the tour shows off your home in its finest characteristics. Contact us to get started.

    April
    13

    7 Deep Cleaning Chores You Never Have Time to Do

    Deep Cleaning Tips - Coach Realtors

    With everyone spending more time at home, we're all looking for productive ways to use our time. Many of our REALTORS® are using their extra time to tackle those deep cleaning chores that they never seem to have time to get to. Here are a few of their best tips.

    1. Freshen Up Your Bed
      You probably wash your sheets regularly, but when was the last time you cleaned your bed? Start by stripping off all the bedding and laundering it. This includes comforters, duvet covers, bed skirts, shams, and pillows.

      Using an extra spin cycle can help lower your drying times. Hang synthetic items outdoors and dry the rest in the dryer on low. Adding a few tennis balls to the dryer will help keep pillows from clumping. If thick comforters are too large for your home washing machine, you may need to make a trip to the laundromat.

      Next, spread a thin layer of baking soda over your mattress. Let it sit for about two hours, and then vacuum it off. This will help get rid of any odor-causing bacteria. Now is also a good time to flip the mattress. 
    1. Polish the Kitchen Cabinets
      Wipe the dust off any exposed cabinet tops first. Then, clean and polish your cabinet doors using wood cleaner (for wood cabinets) or warm water mixed with a drop of dish soap (for painted or laminate cabinets). Also clean the door pulls so they're grime-free and shiny. 
    1. Clean Ceiling Fans and AC Vents
      Your AC vents and ceiling fans collect an amazing amount of dust. Start by pulling off the vent covers and wash them in warm soapy water. Then, turn to your ceiling fans.

      A flexible static duster or specialized ceiling fan brush will make this job much easier. If you don't have one handy, use a pillowcase to remove the majority of the dust from each blade then finish cleaning them with a damp cloth. 
    1. Refresh Trash Cans and Cleaning Tools
      People rarely think about cleaning their trash cans and cleaning tools, but they're probably some of the dirtiest things in your home. Use a solution of bleach and warm water to clean and sanitize your trash cans, recycle bins, and wastebaskets.

      Also wash reusable mop heads in the washing machine. Soak non-removable ones in hot water and detergent for at least 15 minutes then hang them up to dry. Do the same with your brooms, dustpans, and scrub brushes. Throw away any used sponges and replace them with new ones.  
    1. Clean Windows and Window Treatments
      Clean your windows inside and out. Also clean the window sill and window tracks. Make sure to remove any gunk that has built up in the corners of the window frames.

      Take down any drapes and wash them or put them in the dryer for a few minutes to fluff them up. Wipe down the rods and rings and then hang them back up. Save yourself the hassle of taking down blinds. Instead, simply vacuum them with a brush attachment. If they're very dirty, wipe them down with a vinegar and water solution. 
    1. Deep Clean Your Kitchen Appliances
      Wipe down the fridge, stove, microwave, and dishwasher from top to bottom. Remove everything from the fridge and defrost the freezer. Use the vacuum to clean out the refrigerator coils and vent.  
    1. Clean the Floors and Floorboards
      Lastly, clean all of your floors and dust the floorboards. Start by vacuuming the floorboards to remove dust, then wipe them down with a solution of warm water, dish soap, and vinegar. When it's time to clean your floors, take the time to learn the best cleaning methods for each flooring type. You may also want to consider having your carpets and area rugs professionally cleaned. 

    Were you thinking about buying or selling a home this year? There's no need to wait! We're using online resources and virtual tours to help our clients meet their real estate goals. Contact us today to learn more!

    April
    6

    Long Island: Pay a Virtual Visit to These Libraries

    Online Library Resources - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    With businesses and public facilities shut down all across the state, many people are looking for new ways to entertain themselves from home. Thanks to the incredible online resources offered by our local libraries, we all have plenty of options!

    All of the libraries around Nassau and Suffolk counties are currently allowing residents to apply for a digital library card so you can access their digital materials from your home even if you're not already a member. Take a look at some of the other special services that are currently available.

    • Floral Park Public Library: 17 Caroline Place Floral Park, NY 11001
      The Floral Park Public Library, near these Floral Park homes for sale, has an impressive catalog of digital books and materials available to anyone who has a library card. While you're on the library's website, make sure to scroll through the home page where you'll find links to all kinds of digital resources. This includes a link to the Teen BookCloud website designed especially for teens in grades 7 through 12, a  "Kidz Bop Dance-Along Video," and more. Follow their Facebook page where you'll find online storytimes, virtual Family Trivia Night and more! 
    • Garden City Public Library: 60 7th St. Garden City, NY 11530
      Located not far from some of the best Garden City homes for sale, the Garden City Public Library has a great selection of ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, and resources like live tutoring, test prep, and language courses. The library also hopes to launch more links to virtual programming in the coming days. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook page so you can stay on top of their latest announcements. 
    • Rockville Centre Public Library: 221 N. Village Ave. Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      If you've been thinking about moving into one of the beautiful Rockville Centre homes for sale, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the Rockville Centre Public Library. Browse their collection of ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video, digital magazines, and resources including live tutoring. They're also offering a variety of virtual programs including children's Storytime Circle, "Music for Aardvarks," and a Mother/Daughter Book Discussion that's appropriate for fifth through seventh graders. Follow their Facebook page for more information and updates.  
    • Port Washington Public Library: 1 Library Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050
      Port Washington Public Library has many options for digital downloads and streaming, including music, video, and comic books. Through their website, you can also access online courses, learn languages, download interactive animated talking storybooks for kids, and more! This great library is just one of the reasons why Port Washington homes for sale are so popular. Check out their list of upcoming events like virtual storytime, family yoga, book clubs, and more. You can keep up with all of their events and updates by following their Facebook page.  
    • Huntington Public Library: 338 Main St. Huntington, NY 11743
      Once you apply for your temporary library card, you'll have access to all of Huntington Public Library's ebooks, digital magazines, streaming movies and music, and more. You can also access Ancestry.com right through the library's website. Children will enjoy the huge array of educational resources, including Brainfuse, Sesame Street ebooks, National Geographic Kids, and more! When the library opens back up, we suggest stopping in and taking a look around. It's near some best Huntington homes for sale, so it will be easy to visit when you're in the area. 

    Times have certainly changed, but at Coach Realtors, we're still helping people buy and sell their homes! We're offering virtual open houses and making other accommodations to maintain safe social distancing during the entire process. Don't put your dreams on hold! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

    March
    30

    Office Space: 5 Places Around the House to Add Workspace

    Home Office Space - Coach Realtors

    Need a space for a home office but aren't sure where it should go? If you've got a spare room, then it's a no brainer. But if all your rooms already have a function, it may be a little trickier. Your office location may also hinge on whether you're working remotely and need a place to work fulltime, or you just need a place to pay bills.

    Regardless of where you decide to set up, creating a dedicated office space can be fun. And as our REALTORS® around Long Island will tell you, it can also be a selling point that will make your home a stand out among other Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. Here are five possibilities for your home office.

    Choosing a Home Office Space

    1. Spare room. That spare room where you're stowing your unused stuff is the most obvious choice for your home office. Even if you've got a bed and chest of drawers in there for guests, you can still make room for a desk, some shelves, and a file cabinet. With today's computer equipment being so compact, you probably won't need that much space, but arrange things so you're not cramped. Get rid of stored items so it feels more like a serious workspace.

      Think light and airy when decorating. The days of dark wood and dim lighting are done. Choose simple, contemporary furniture with modern lines in grays, shades of white and black, but liven things up with a splash of color from pillows, a painting or framed photograph, or bold-colored drapes. Make your space comfortable so it's not like a prison and you dread going there.

    2. Garage, basement or attic. If your garage, basement or attic is unfinished, consider renovating it for office space. You'll need drywall and insulation, carpeting or rugs over concrete floors, and some kind of heating — maybe a ductless mini-split, which can heat and cool and doesn't require ductwork. Just make sure it's warm and cozy, or you won't want to work there. Section your garage space off from tools and car with partitions.

    3. Outdoor office. Manufactured sheds and outdoor buildings are being used these days for myriad purposes, including offices and studios, and can be finished out so that they're warm and habitable with ceramic heaters or mini-splits. Think carefully about windows and lighting if you have one of these built. 

      Another desirable feature about an outdoor office is you can close the door for privacy, or invite clients to come inside — which can be awkward inside your home.

    4. Dining room table. This isn't the optimal choice but if space is at a premium, it may be your only choice. Use the dining room table or a kitchen counter for your laptop, and move your filing cabinet into a storage space or closet when you're not using it. It's really not advisable to work in a bedroom or any room where you usually relax, as you'll be drawn to think about finishing your work rather than sleeping or chilling out.

    5. Closet. You may be blessed with a huge walk-in closet that you don't need for clothing and shoes. It can be ideal for a small office, with a work table, filing cabinet and even shelves and pegboard. Keep it neat and simple; paint the facing wall a calming color such as coral, light blue, or mint.

    Our agents have other hints for creating an office space in your new or renovated Suffolk or Nassau County home for sale. Contact us today. 

    March
    16

    Best Places to Train for Your Next 5K

    Running Trails - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Spring is in the air, and our REALTORS® are excited about the return of warm weather and prime running conditions! Nassau and Suffolk counties host countless 5K runs and walks throughout the spring and summer months, and we have an equally wide range of great places to train for your next race. When you're ready to hit the trail, be sure to check out these great running destinations!

    • West Hills County Park - Sweet Hollow Road, Huntington, NY 11747
      Considered by those in the know to be a hidden gem among Suffolk County parks, the charming landscape of West Hills County Park is a perfect place to run this spring. Located close to these Huntington homes for sale, the park includes miles of scenic and well-groomed nature trails in a mixed deciduous forest. The highlight of the park is the Walt Whitman Trail, which crosses the highest point on Long Island, the 400-foot "peak" of Jayne's Hill.

    • Trail View State Park - 8101 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
      One of the great hiking and running destinations on Long Island, Trail View State Park is a 7.4-mile linear park that passes through of the most picturesque forests, marshlands and fields in the region. The trail is beautifully maintained and serves as a link in the Nassau/Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, which extends from the north shore of Suffolk County all the way to the south shore of Nassau County.  There are numerous locations where you can access the trail, including the primary trailhead in Woodbury, just minutes from many Nassau County homes for sale

    • Setauket-Port Jefferson Station Greenway Trail - Main Street, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
      Offering a clean asphalt surface for running, walking and cycling, the Setauket-Port Jefferson Station Greenway Trail is a great resource for Suffolk County runners. The trail was built in two sections in 2009 and 2014 and now stretches 3.4 miles through forests, farmlands, and meadows between Setauket and Port Jefferson Station. Plans are currently underway to extend the trail a further 10 miles along a future rails-to-trails route. You'll find the Port Jefferson trailhead near the intersection of Main Street and Hallock Avenue, just near these Port Jefferson homes for sale

    • Sans Souci County Park - Broadway Ave., Sayville, NY 11782
      With a name that means "without worry" in French, Sans Souci County Park lives up to its moniker, offering more than 300 acres of shady woods and picturesque ponds. Surrounded by Suffolk County homes for sale, the park is also a nature preserve, harboring a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Two trails, the 1.3-mile White Loop and the 2-mile Orange Loop provide ample ground for runners to get in shape among some of Long Island's most serene scenery. 

    • Heckscher State Park - 1 Heckscher State Parkway, East Islip, NY 11730
      With five trails ranging from 1.5 to over 13 miles in length, Heckscher State Park is a great destination for runners and hikers of all skill and fitness levels. Opened in 1922, this long-standing favorite preserves 1,600 acres of woods and wetlands, including a long stretch of beach along Long Island's south shore. Just minutes from numerous East Islip homes for sale, the park also includes a section of the 31-mile Long Island Greenbelt Trail, one of our all-time favorite running routes. 

    With spring on the horizon, we're excited to be able to hit the trails once again here on Long Island! Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

    March
    9

    Spring Listings: How to Make Your Home Stand Out

    Spring Stand Out - Sell a Home - Coach Realtors

    Spring is often the busiest period of real estate activity in the year. And it makes sense because of the warm weather and the number of buyers actively searching for a new home during the season. But with all that comes competition, and the fact that you'll need to put in a bit of extra effort to showcase your property in the best light. Our REALTORS® share these spring selling tips to make your stand out in a crowded market

    • Create Curb Appeal
      Since the walkway, lawn, shrubs, and front are seen first, you want to put some extra effort into making these areas look as good as you can. Keeping the outside tidy, well-kept, and inviting will make buyers want to see the inside of your home. It's important to tidy your yard, fix dead or bald patches in the grass, keep the grass cut, maintain flowers and shrubs, clean up plants' pots, and edge along sidewalks. If you don't have any plants or flowers, it would be nice to get some because almost everyone likes flowers.

      Also, touch up or completely repaint your house to give it a new, fresh look. If you're feeling creative, get some exterior furniture to fill your visitors' minds with endless possibilities for garden parties and relaxation. Remember to freshen the shutters and improve the mailbox.

    • Declutter
      With the outdoor are of your home looking lively and well-maintained, you can focus on maximizing the property's interior and making it look livable. Nothing says "unappealing" like a property full of clutter. Help prospects focus on your home instead of the pile of coats and shoes by the entryway. Move things you no longer use and keep your home organized. Getting started is the most difficult part of decluttering, so take one room or part of a room at a time and get the work done.

      Some of the areas to declutter include entryways, bedrooms, kitchen, cabinets, closets, pantry, furniture, and electronic equipment. If you need to get rid of clutter, sell items online, have a garage sale, or donate anything you don't need.

    • Spring Clean
      Spring brings with it the feeling of renewal and a fresh start. Take advantage of the longer days and better weather to make your house sparkling clean. Polishing your floors, windows, mirrors, chrome fittings, light fixtures, walls, and furniture will make your home dazzle as the light stream in through the windows. Pull back all of your drapes and curtains and open windows to air it out and get rid of residual stuffiness. If you have pets, wash their toys, beds, and blankets. If cleaning is not your thing, get professionals to help you create a great impression on buyers.

    • Keep Things Neutral
      If you decide to put a fresh cost of paint on your walls, use neutral colors, along the lines of grey, beige with no extravagant elements that steal the show. It may sound counterintuitive to go neutral while trying to stand out. But neutral colors don't distract potential buyers. Instead, they allow buyers to picture their own lives unfolding in your home. If you're concerned about looking too bland, use accent colors for pillows or pretty flower vases around the house.

    • Do Pre-Inspection Repairs
      The need for repairs can cut back on your profits if the seller's inspector finds something wrong in your home. It usually costs less to make appropriate repairs before a home inspection. If you haven't maintained your home, consider hiring your own home inspector to conduct pre-inspection repairs before your home goes on the market. Among the things you would look at include HVAC, plumbing, structure and foundation, deck, electrical, presence of mold, deteriorated roofs, interior appliances, basements, crawlspaces, and attics.

    These simple tips will make your home stand out from the crowd and maximize the impact it has on potential buyers. Our team can help you achieve your selling goals and develop a solid marketing strategy for your property. Contact us today to get started.

    March
    2

    Read Across America Day: Visit These Bookstores and Libraries

    Long Island Bookstores - Coach Realtors

    It's no surprise that the man who said, "Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living" gave us How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Cat in the Hat, and Yertle the Turtle. On Monday, March 2, take a break from touring Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to honor Dr. Seuss's birthday. Celebrate Read Across America Day with a trip to one of these wonderful local bookstores and libraries.

    • The Dolphin Bookshop & Café - 299 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050
      While they have a wonderful selection of books, The Dolphin Bookshop & Café is more than just a place to find reading material. With events and activities including live music, art exhibits, and PTA meetings, The Dolphin serves as a vibrant gathering place for the community around Port Washington homes for sale. Bookshop hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    • Book Revue - 313 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      At 17,500 square feet of space, Book Revue is the largest independent bookstore in Long Island. Despite the size, the family-owned shop maintains a unique character and personality not found in big-box national chains near Huntington homes for sale. Register your book club with Book Revue and members are eligible for discounts and other perks. Authors who have visited Book Revue include fascinating and diverse personalities such as Run-DMC, Hillary Clinton, Mariano Rivera, and J.K. Rowling. Book Revue is open from 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

    • Friends of the Library Used Book Shop - 150 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      Buying books to support a good cause is a win-win. Proceeds from sales at Friends of the Library Used Book Shop help fund facilities, materials, and programs of the Port Jefferson Free Library. All books are tagged with a suggested price, but sales are by donation so you can pay whatever you deem appropriate. Inventory constantly turns over, so you'll find something new on every visit. Stop by during a day of viewing Port Jefferson homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    • Smithtown Library - 1 North Country Road, Smithtown, NY 11787
      From its modest beginning with a few books stored in a law office, the Smithtown Library has grown to become the largest library system on Long Island. Learn more about the history and tradition of the area surrounding Smithtown homes for sale through the exhibits, programs, and collections in the Long Island Room. The library showcases other visual media with art exhibits and Friday movie screenings. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    • Manhasset Public Library - 30 Onderdonk Ave., Manhasset, NY 11030
      The beautiful, spacious three-story building housing the Manhasset Public Library, right down the street from Manhasset homes for sale, accommodates a number of functions. There are separate areas for kids, teens, and adults along with quiet reading nooks, study rooms, and a vending machine "café." Exercise your body as well as your mind with on-site Zumba, yoga, stretching, and meditation classes. The library is open weekdays from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (later opening at 11 a.m. Tuesday), 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Turn fantasy into reality with the home of your dreams. Contact us at Coach Realtors to get started.

    February
    24

    5 Ways to Make Better Use of Your Basement

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    Our REALTORS® around Long Island know it's those finishing touches that help sell a home. You may have everything going for you — great location, reasonable price, and good southern or eastern light — but a glimpse of the basement could be sending potential buyers elsewhere.

    While the current state of your basement may turn off potential buyers, the good news is that it's not that hard to transform it from an eyesore to a major selling point. Even if your home's not on the market and you just want to enjoy some extra space in your basement, it probably won't take that much effort to make things livable and lovable downstairs. 

    Here are some tips to start you thinking about your basement as a blank canvas where you can make your artistic vision take form.

    1. Clean and Organize
      If you use your basement for storage, that's fine — but just make sure everything looks spic and span. Remove clutter, getting rid of everything you don't need. Organize tools, supplies, whatever, in plastic bins and stack and store on shelves against the wall.

      Take steps to remove any dank or pet odors. A hint of mold can make your basement tough to hang out in, no matter how you pretty it up. Fix leaks or other conditions leading to dampness, then scrub away. You may have to add a portable dehumidifier to dry things out, or a fan to circulate the air. Some kind of exhaust ventilation may be called for. A word of caution: Go easy on the air fresheners. Strong fragrances used to cover up pet or other odors are usually a red flag to buyers.

    2. Let There Be Light
      Lack of lighting and limited electrical outlets can present one of the greatest challenges in an unfinished basement. Lighten things up with several strands of industrial string lights — just one outlet needed.

      You can also clean out window wells, washing those basement windows thoroughly! Take curtains down to let in natural light.

      If there are no windows, try brightening up the space with strategically placed lamps, or you may even want to spring for recessed lighting. Light blue hues in the decor can help compensate for low lighting; light-colored window treatments and walls can also chase away the dark.

    3. New Perspective on Flooring
      Get a new perspective by changing up your basement's floor. If you have concrete floors, consider painting them in a pleasing, light-reflective color. Want to turn your basement into an exercise room? Try adding square-cut foam floor mats, mixing and matching colors and patterns. Colorful rugs or even carpeting the floors can go a long way in helping to make the space more inviting.

    4. Multipurpose the Basement
      Although your basement may be dedicated to storage and utility purposes, you can still use the rest of the space for other fun purposes. A curtain or partition can block off the appliances (be careful not to interrupt airflow), so you can consider these uses:

      • Wet bar
      • Playroom
      • Entertainment center
      • Workout room
      • Workshop
      • Guest room
      • Art studio

    5. Finishing Touches
      Even if your basement is mostly utilitarian, you can add little touches that make it warmer and cozier. A rug in front of the washer and dryer, painted rafters or cinder block walls, or new liner paper on the shelves show love and care, inviting others into the space.

    Our agents can advise you on all the right moves to stage your home, including sprucing up the basement. Contact us today.

    February
    17

    Taste the Greats Long Island 2020

    Taste the Greats Long Island 2020 - Coach Realtors

    Fantastic food and luxurious accommodations are simply a fact of life around Long Island, but haven't you ever wished that you could simply try all of the greats in one place? Taste the Greats Long Island, held annually at the gorgeous Oheka Castle Hotel, is the perfect event for you to do just that. The event features food from more than a dozen of the top chefs on Long Island, along with an extensive, curated wine list, a diverse selection of local craft beers, and live entertainment all evening long. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on how to enjoy this one-of-a-kind Long Island event in 2020.

    Elegance at Taste the Greats

    Date: March 14, 2020 – 8 to 11 pm

    Location: Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate – 135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY 11743

    • An Elegant Evening at the Oheka Castle Hotel and Estate
      While there are many storied event venues located close to Huntington homes for sale, few can match the history and elegance of the Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate where Taste the Greats Long Island is held every year. Home to many of the island's biggest weddings, bar mitzvahs, galas, and corporate events, Oheka Castle is one of those rare places that transports you back to another era when you step on the grounds. The entire hotel and estate bring to mind the decadence and gorgeous mansions of the Roaring '20s, with picturesque views, elegant design, and unmatched atmosphere. It's the perfect place to experience the best dining and drinks that Long Island has to offer.

    • Taste the Greats with 13 of Long Island's Best Restaurants
      Many of Long Island's best restaurants are overseen by world-class executive chefs, who pour their passion into creating unique meals that you won't find anywhere else. Taste the greats brings 13 of those chefs and restaurants together, to share the special dishes that made them famous. Sample signature dishes from Frank Monahan of Oheka Castle, Guy Reuge of Mirabelle Tavern, Tom Shaudel of Kingfish, Marco Pellegrini from Osteria Umbra, and many more. There will also be delightful desserts available from Linda Johnson, who operates Chocology, and Rob McCue of Granny's Ice Cream. Your admission includes tastings from every chef, along with unlimited drinks.

    • Enjoy Live Entertainment while You Sample Local Brews and World-Class Wine
      While the food is a central attraction, Long Island's best wouldn't serve a great meal without a perfect drink to pair with your plate. Take advantage of the open bar at Taste the Greats Long Island to enjoy a selection of local craft beers, wines from around the world, and craft cocktails that pair perfectly with your favorite food. There will be live entertainment throughout the evening, with classic jazz tunes setting the mood at Oheka Castle.

    • Upgrade to a VIP Package for Extra Food, Drink, and Music
      Looking to extend your evening at Taste the Greats? Opt for a VIP package, and you gain access to the exclusive after-party following the main event. The after-party features another hour of tastings, including special items that aren't available at the earlier tastings. Put on your dancing shoes while the DJ spins your favorite tunes, or sit back and enjoy a glass of the best wine that Long Island has to offer.

    If you love world-class dining, then Long Island is truly a place where you can taste the greats every day of the year close to home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Huntington, NY area.

    February
    10

    Organizational Advantages for Sellers

    Organizing to Sell - Coach Realtors

    Whether you're organizing a home to sell or to live in, the principles and methods are the same. The difference lies in the ultimate goal. Lived-in homes revolve around the ease of daily functionality, while homes for sale should strike a balance between cluttered and homey vs. empty and cold.

    As a bonus, careful organization makes the move-out much easier. Our REALTORS® share their favorite organizing tips along with some great local sources for storage solutions.

    • Have a Game Plan
      During the selling process, your timetable takes a back seat to buyers' convenience. They're not going to care that you were too busy to clean. Create a specific to-do list and block out time in your schedule to get it done.

    • Edit Closets, Shelves, and Cabinets
      While stuffing things out of sight may work when you're expecting dinner guests, cluttered cabinets and closets give buyers the impression that the home lacks adequate storage space. Experts recommend removing half of the items in closets and cabinets and two-thirds of the items on shelves.

    • De-Personalize
      Family photos, sports memorabilia, and other personal items serve as constant reminders to buyers that they're touring another family's home. Pack them away and use neutral artwork and accessories to add style that's discreet, not distracting.

    • Keep the Move in Mind
      As you declutter, don't simply store the items away. From clothing and kitchen utensils to linens and toys, use this opportunity to get rid of any items you don't want or need in the new home. Sell, donate, or toss appropriately.

    • Don't Forget the Basement and Garage
      Has your two-car garage evolved into a one-car garage/workroom? Do old toys go to the basement to die? Don't assume a buyer will have the same usage for these areas. Clear out and organize basements and garages so they appear spacious and functional.

    • Phone a Friend
      Emotions and sentiment can blur the best intentions. Enlist an honest friend to walk with you room-by-room and use a buyer's eye to point out areas for improvement.

    Need some direction? Get inspiration at these top organizing and space management stores.

    • The Container Store - 902 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY 11530
      Are you looking for DIY storage accessories or seeking professional advice on a total closet remodel? The Container Store has a wide range of solutions for organizing Garden City homes for sale. The store is open 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. daily except 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

    • California Closets - 25 Northern Blvd. Suite #3, Greenvale, NY 11548
      When it comes to home storage solutions, more than 30 years of success has turned California Closets into a household name. Visit their showroom among Nassau County homes for sale and interact directly with their life-size displays to get ideas and find the system that works best for your home. California Closets is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday.

    Feeling overwhelmed at the thought of selling your Nassau County home? Put your mind to rest and contact us so we can handle the tough stuff.

    February
    3

    National Drink Wine Day: Wine Bars Around Nassau County

    Wine Bars Around Nassau County - Coach Realtors

    A glass of wine at the end of a long day is a popular stress reducer, but studies show moderate wine drinking has a number of physical benefits ranging from stronger bones to a healthier heart. Our REALTORS® suggest you treat yourself by celebrating National Drink Wine Day on Tuesday, February 18 at one of these marvelous wine bars around Nassau County homes for sale.

    • The Vine Wine Bar - 2259 Merrick Road, Merrick, NY 11566
      Think you have to be an expert to enjoy wine? The Vine Wine Bar takes an unpretentious approach that's equally accommodating to newbies and aficionados. With a dimly-lit, relaxing ambiance and a menu of small bites, shareables, and decadent desserts, The Vine is perfect for date night or a fun evening with friends. Doors open at 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

    • City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill - 1080 Corporate Drive, Westbury, NY 11590
      In case you're unsure what City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill is all about, the stunning glass-fronted, floor-to-ceiling wine cellar will leave no doubt. Wine flights include a trio of three-ounce pours for only $30, while blackberry, peach, and watermelon "zangrias" put an Italian spin on the classic Spanish drink. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. - 11 p.m Saturday, and 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday. 

    • Michaelangelo's Wine Bar - 119 Front St., Massapequa Park, NY 11762
      The name of Michaelangelo's Wine Bar combined with its traditional menu conjures up romantic visions of sipping wine in the Italian countryside. Pair a glass of Sangiovese or Prosecco with an antipasti, Caprese flatbread, or cheese and charcuterie board. Follow Michaelangelo's on Facebook for notice about specials such as Sunday brunch and $5 sangria nights. Michaelangelo's is open from 5 p.m. - midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.

    • Winston's Whiskey & Wine Bar - 14 S. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      Brick walls, distressed wood beams, and sconce lighting give Winston's Whiskey & Wine Bar a rustic yet elegant atmosphere well-suited to enjoying both of their signature beverages. Six types of house wine are available for only $8 a glass, with dozens of other choices offered by the glass or bottle. The menu includes gastropub favorites such as shrimp tacos, steak frites, and lobster mac & cheese. Hours at Winston's are 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday. 

    • Meritage Wine Bar - 90 School St., Glen Cove, NY 11542
      Meritage Wine Bar follows a farm-to-table philosophy for maximum freshness and flavor in their Mediterranean-inspired tapas menu. The 25-page wine list features varieties sourced from growers who follow organic and sustainable practices. Don't miss their special tasting events spotlighting six wines and six dishes from a particular country. Meritage is open 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

    Pop a bottle of red to celebrate buying or selling your Nassau County home with our dedicated and experienced help. Contact us at Coach Realtors for more information.

    January
    27

    Learn How to Knit at These Long Island Shops

    Long Island Knitting Shops - Coach Realtors

    Did you know knitting is becoming a super-trendy hobby? It's true! Although this pastime was once relegated to the older generation, it has enjoyed quite a renaissance over the past few years. In fact, several of Our REALTORS® have taken up the hobby and agree that it's a fun and relaxing way to unwind. 

    If you've been thinking about taking up a new skill that's easy to learn, knitting is a great option. And, there are plenty of local shops that can help you get started. Here are a few of our favorites. 

    1. Knitting on the Lamb: 456 E Jericho Turnpike S. Huntington, NY 11746
      Are you thinking about moving into one of the beautiful Huntington homes for sale? If so, then you'll definitely want to pay a visit to Knitting on the Lamb. The owner of the store offers knitting lessons and teaches in a fun way that's easy to understand. You can also get all the supplies you need here, including a gorgeous selection of yarns.

    2. The Knitting Garden: 49 Green St. Huntington, NY 11743
      The Knitting Garden carries a large selection of knitting supplies, including needles, yarn, patterns, and more. They offer classes and are happy to provide advice and one-on-one instruction. They also carry plenty of samples and will help you pick out exactly what you need to get started on your first project!

    3. The Knitting Place: 191 Main St. Port Washington, NY 11050
      If you're looking for a friendly and welcoming store that carries beautiful and unusual yarns, The Knitting Place is it! Check out their list of classes and calendar of events or just stop in and enjoy working on your projects in their cozy space.

      Before you head home, take a drive around the area and get a look at some of the beautiful Port Washington homes for sale.

    4. Sew What's New and Yarn Too! 400 Main St, Islip, NY 11751
      Not far from some of the best East Islip homes for sale, popular craft store Sew What's New and Yarn Too! offers a wide variety of classes perfect for anyone who wants to get started with knitting, crocheting, or sewing. You can also come by on Thursday evenings to get professional advice about all of your knitting projects.

    Knitting is a hobby you can enjoy by yourself or with the company of others, making it the perfect pastime for just about everyone. Try it out, and you're sure to get hooked! Whether you're thinking about buying or selling a home, the professionals at Coach REALTORS® can show you just how easy it can be. Don't let your real estate journey stress you out—let us help! Contact us today to get started. 

    January
    20

    Get Ready for Long Island Winterfest 2020

    Long Island Winterfest 2020 - Coach Realtors

    Bundle up and bring the family to Long Island Winterfest 2020. The annual event returns to the East End for its thirteenth year of magic in the winter. Our REALTORS® love this five-week celebration of local culture, and we're sure you will too! We've gathered everything you need to know about prior events and how to prepare for Winterfest 2020.

    Winterfest 2020

    • Date: February 7th – March 8th, 2020
    • Where: Venues throughout the East End of Long Island

    The East End hosts festivals and events throughout the year, and if you haven't checked out any of their previous Winterfest celebrations, you've been missing out! Offering authentic experiences of Riverhead, the North Fork, and the South Fork, last year 30 unique venues in the North Fork and Hamptons hosted Winterfest events. People from all over the state came to meet the local farmers, bakers, makers, performers, artists, musicians, and chefs that make Long Island such a unique part of New York.

    New this year is the Winterfest VIP Founders Club and its corresponding VIP Passport Card. Join the club and receive a card and lanyard holder qualifying you for substantial savings on participating festival restaurants, hotels, and entertainment. With your VIP Passport Card, gain access to the After Hours Party following the Winterfest Kick Off Party (a $20 value), a $20 Bistro 72 gift card, and 10 percent off overnight bookings at Hotel Indigo Riverhead. Purchase your VIP Passport Card here.

    Last year's events included trivia nights, live concerts, theatrical performances, and family-friendly activities for kids and adults. This year will be no different, with a variety of events to enjoy, including:

    • 13th Annual Winterfest Kick Off Party at Hotel Indigo Long Island East End - 1830 W. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901 | Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 7 - 10 pm
      Winter may be in full swing, but Winterfest is just heating up with the 13th Annual Winterfest Kick Off Party. Celebrate the night with live music, food, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle, and plenty of other fun surprises. Overnight packages including a ticket and lodging at the Hotel Indigo will also be available if you'd like to make it a weekend getaway. Presale tickets are $55 until Feb. 7, and tickets at the door are $65.

    • Pints, Flights, & Trivia Night at Jamesport Farm Brewery - 5873 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901 | Feb. 7, 6:30  - 7:30 pm
      Test your knowledge and enjoy great craft beer at Jamesport Farm Brewery in Riverhead, NY. Prizes include free beer, so this is one event you (and your trivia-loving friends) won't want to miss.

    • Smoked Craft Cocktail Demonstration at Long Island Spirits - 2182 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow, NY 11933 | Feb. 8, 3 - 5 p.m.
      In addition to live demonstrations of how these impressive cocktails are made, attendees can see how the art of torching barrel staves is achieved. All this and live music, too!

    • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at The Suffolk Theater - 118 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901 | Feb. 8, 8 pm
      Get ready to rock out to the "Godfathers of the Jersey Sound"! In addition to having collaborated with big names in the industry like Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny is also a member of the NJ Hall of Fame.

    ​​​​​​​We invite you to join us at Winterfest 2020! As always, contact us if you'd like help buying or selling our warm and welcoming homes around Long Island.

    January
    13

    Open House Prep: Don't Overlook These Rooms

    Sell a House - Prep These Rooms - Coach Realtors

    Between 20 and 30 percent of homebuyers report that they attend open houses to assist with their homebuying efforts. Our REALTORS® can help you prepare your home to sell and arrange an open house to showcase your home.

    When preparing for an open house, it's easy to focus only on the main spaces in your home. However, to ensure buyers see everything your home has to offer, you need to make sure that every room is ready for scrutiny. Check out some of the rooms commonly overlooked by homeowners preparing to sell their homes.

    • The Foyer
      As potential homebuyers enter your home, the foyer is one of the first spaces to greet them. Make a good first impression by staging your foyer so that it appears like an integral part of your house. Remove clutter and overly personal items and store them out of view.

      Consider installing coat hooks and adding a storage system to the space to house outerwear and other necessities. Create an inviting atmosphere by adding fresh flowers or a potted plant.
       
    • The Laundry Room
      Since most homes have a laundry room, it can feel like an irrelevant space. However, an aesthetically pleasing laundry room is a huge appeal to potential homebuyers. It gives them hope that even basic tasks, like sorting dirty clothes, will be pleasant in your home. 

      Set the scene by giving the room a fresh coat of paint. Then, add shelves that will showcase and organize all your laundry supplies. Get rid of the overflowing laundry basket; instead, place a stack of neatly folded towels or blankets in the room.
       
    • The Mudroom
      Despite the name, it's important to make sure that your mudroom has no visible mud or dirt. Even though a mudroom is a storage area for many families, you want the room to appear clean, organized, and bright for your open house.

      Thoroughly declutter the room so that it only has the bare essentials. Add closed storage to hide tools or other seldom-used items. A few cubies and bench seating give prospective buyers a better idea of how they can use the room.

      Be stingy with any mudroom accessories, as you don't want them to hide the functionality of the room. An interesting doormat or a piece of wall decor are a couple of options suitable for this room.

    • The Pantry
      It's important to organize and declutter every space in your home, even if it's hidden from view. Your pantry is one space that likely requires your attention.

      Though you don't need to overhaul its contents to appeal to buyers, you do need to make sure it's organized. Try arranging like items together; for example, you might devote one shelf to canned goods and another one to boxed foods. If your pantry is small, you might add bins, shelves, and food organizers to show buyers how efficient the space actually is.

    • Unfinished Basement Space
      An unfinished basement adds valuable square footage to your home. Even though the space isn't glamorous, it's usable. Give this space a meticulous cleaning and complete any necessary repairs. Remove blinds and drapes so that natural light can enter your basement. After decluttering and organizing its contents, add a couple of decorative items to lend a cozy atmosphere to the space. 

    If you're ready to sell your home, but have concerns that your spaces won't show well, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our agents. We'll help you figure out what changes you need to make to ensure your home looks its best.

    January
    6

    These 5 Smart Home Updates Can Help Sell Your House

    Smart Home Upgrades - Coach Realtors

    Television used to tell us what a smart home would look like: talking assistants, automatic stoves, voice-operated music, and motion-sensing lighting. While our current homes may not be quite how Hollywood envisioned, many of these items are actually available today to upgrade your smart home environment—and buyers want them.

    Our REALTORS® are here to help you discover five smart home updates that can help your home sell in 2020.

    • Video Doorbells
      There are multiple brands of video doorbells on the market now, and these tiny powerhouses of security can often be found on sale or special promotion. These digital doorbell/security systems are in-demand for homebuyers and even considered standard in many markets. A good video doorbell will allow a homeowner to remotely interact with a package person, record and sense motion near your entry day and night, and allow you to view and upload suspicious videos to a cloud community or police report.

    • Smart Light Bulbs
      Smart light bulbs can be installed in most standard lighting around your home and then connected to a phone app or smart assistants like Alexa or Siri. Smart bulbs are in demand for energy savings. Potential homeowners want to program their lighting when away from home or in rooms when they sleep. These high-tech bulbs can change hue for softer or brighter lighting depending on the weather, and many have mood or color settings too.

    • Motorized Blinds or Shades
      This is one of those purchases that can definitely help your home stand out from the crowd. A high tech feel, smart sun protection will definitely create a modern vibe—and this option is energy-saving too. Block the damaging sun from your windows during peak times for high heat or add privacy and insulation during the cold winter evenings. Sometimes smart technology can be both fun and functional.

    • Intelligent Alarms
      Home safety is always a huge selling point. Not only will your potential buyers feel more at ease when making a purchase, but you can showcase the savings they might get in a home insurance policy. Protection systems can link together multiple smart smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to better pinpoint danger situations in your home. Get alerts on your phone even when you aren't around and avoid chirps from low batteries with more courteous digital reminders.

    • Smart Ceiling Fans
      Imagine a ceiling fan that knows when you're sleeping. That's exactly how high-tech some of these devices are, helping to cool your room to optimum white noise or sleeping temperature in your bedroom. A smart ceiling fan will know to increase it's speed if the afternoon heat is affecting things or reduce use without movement for that spare guest room. Your buyers will be wowed by the tech and wooed by the comfort.

    If you are looking to make smart home upgrades before selling, then contact us today to let your area expert agents help you find the best value. We're here to help sell your home.

    December
    30

    Winter Listing Photography Done Right

    Winter Listing Photography - Coach REALTORS

    When you're selling your home, photographs play a large part in attracting potential buyers. Winter can be a difficult time to take appealing photos as everything can look darker and drearier. Instead of colorful spring flowers, you may have piles of snow in your yard.

    Our agents have experience selling homes in the winter and suggest the following tips for doing winter listing photography right:

    • Use winter decorations wisely
      Winter decorations can brighten up the inside and outside of your home for photographs. Keep things understated and attractive, since potential buyers will want to be able to imagine themselves in your home. Don't have too much personal décor inside, and tone things down a bit outside. A wreath on the door, garland on the mantle, and twinkling clear lights on the roof or shrubbery can add festive yet tasteful touches. Think Martha Stewart, not Clark Griswold!

    • Prevent snow build-up
      Keep your walkways, driveway, porch, and deck clear of snow. Instead of just shoveling it onto your lawn, cart it away in a wheelbarrow. Piles of snow not only don't photograph well, but they also pose a hazard to people who come to look at your home. Gutters should be cleared of icicles so they can't cause damage, and you may also need to salt down areas that become icy.

    • Spruce up your home's exterior
      Bare trees and bushes will leave the exterior of your home more exposed than it is in the springtime. Use a pressure washer or hire a professional to thoroughly clean your home's exterior, including the windows. Depending on the weather, this may need to be done periodically so your house stays looking its best. And if your home's exterior has faded or chipped paint, arrange to have a fresh coat applied.

    • Make your front porch look inviting
      Your front porch will show up prominently in outdoor photos of your home, so it's worth your time and effort to make it look inviting. The porch can also be a good spot to introduce some color if your winter landscaping is lacking it. Refresh the paint on your door and porch while adding touches like new house numbers, a door handle, and a pretty doormat. You should also install new lighting. Finally, choose some colorful planters and fill them with plants that add additional winter colors, such as winterberry holly. This shrub puts on an abundant and showy winter display of brightly colored berries.

    • Let the sunshine in
      Winter homes can look dark and gloomy, so open the blinds and draperies to let natural light inside. Your home will look brighter, and photos also usually look better if they're taken in natural light. If you have a fireplace, turn it on while your photos are being taken and when you have an open house or showing. This can create a warm atmosphere while also providing more light.

    • Calm the clutter
      Clutter distracts potential buyers from seeing your home's positive attributes and gets in the way of them seeing themselves in your home. Purge distracting items that make your house look cluttered, even if you have to temporarily rent a storage facility to do so. Otherwise, photos will mask your home's positive attributes and make it look stuffed and overcrowded.

    Contact us to learn more about how you can make sure your winter listing photography is done right. We know what buyers are looking for in Long Island homes and can advise you on any changes you can make to show your home off to its best advantage.

    December
    16

    New Hobbies for a New Year Around Long Island

    New Year New Hobbies - Long Island, NY - Coach REALTORS

    Do you think you're too busy to take up a hobby? Scientific studies show having a hobby provides personal and professional benefits, making you healthier and more productive.

    Bring in the new year with a new and improved you. Our real estate agents share some of their favorite hobbies around Long Island. Which one will you try?

    • Find Your Om at Om Sweet Om Yoga - 12 Irma Ave., Port Washington 11050
      Yoga focuses on the mind-body connection for better overall health. Start the year stress-free at Om Sweet Om Yoga, just minutes from Port Washington homes for sale. Classes are available for all skill levels, abilities, and ages, including YoGuy classes targeted specifically for the male body. New students can participate in two weeks of unlimited sessions for only $39. Classes are offered seven days a week. Visit the website for the full schedule.

    • Learn to Cook at The Well-Seasoned Chef - 45 New Hyde Park Road #A, Garden City 11530
      Growing tired of fast-food and deli counter take-out? Resolve to eat healthier and save money in 2020 with cooking lessons at The Well-Seasoned Chef. With a formal culinary education and a rich family tradition of cooking, Chef Sophia makes creating fresh, tasty dishes accessible to all. The Well-Seasoned Chef maintains a nut-free facility near Garden City homes for sale, with other food allergies and sensitivities accommodated as well. Visit the website for schedule and pricing.

    • Paint a Masterpiece at The Art Studio - 221 N. Long Beach Road, Rockville Centre 11570
      Dress up the walls of Rockville Centre homes for sale with a DIY masterpiece created at The Art Studio. Instead of guiding you step-by-step to copy an existing work, instructors at The Art Studio teach a full range of methods including drawing, painting, clay, and mixed media. Classes focus on helping each student develop skills and reach their full creative potential. Looking for a unique theme for a children's party? "Paint on the Gogh" with The Art Studio's fully-equipped bus seating up to 20 kids. Visit the website for schedule and pricing, including multi-class packages.

    • Knit a Scarf at Rumpelstiltskin Yarns - 269 Main St., Huntington 11743
      Stay warm during chilly winter weather around Huntington homes for sale by learning to knit colorful scarves, sweaters, and blankets at Rumpelstiltskin Yarns. Classes run two to five weeks and beginner projects are clearly designated. There are also several once-a-month classes focused on different versions of specific crafts such as Fair Isle, lace, and granny squares. If you hit a rough spot, the "Yarn Doctor" has periodic open sessions when you can receive help. Visit the website for schedule and pricing.

    • Dig Up Family History at the Port Jefferson Free Library - 100 Thompson St., Port Jefferson 11777
      The late writer and poet Maya Angelou once said, "If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going." Explore your roots at Port Jefferson Free Library, which offers appointments for one-on-one time with a librarian to start your genealogy research. Want to take a deeper dive into the past? Monthly genealogy research group meetings are open to the public at Patchogue-Medford Library, about 20 miles from Port Jefferson homes for sale. PJFL is open 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Do your plans for 2020 include buying or selling a home? Contact us at Coach Realtors for friendly and experienced help with your real estate needs at any time of the year.

    December
    9

    Yes, You Can Sell Your Home Over the Holidays

    It's a common misperception that the real estate market comes to a halt when the holidays come to town. The reality is that many people are looking to put the keys to a new home under the tree. Our REALTORS® are experts at selling homes throughout the holiday season and the following are some tips that can help your home stand out among the bright lights and inflatable Santas in the neighborhood. 

    1. Be Delicate when Decking the Halls. You don't want to go overboard with your decorations. Choose a few neutral wreaths, a handful of candles, your tree, and a smattering of the ever-popular poinsettia. Leave the inflatable reindeer and extravagant decorations in the box for next year's celebrations in your new home.

    2. Create a Cozy Ambiance. The smell of hot cocoa, Christmas carols coming through Alexa, and some warm cookies are always a welcome touch. These accents create a comfortable ambiance that is soothing and inviting. This encourages prospective buyers to rest and relax as they look around your home.

    3. Coordinate Schedules with Your Real Estate Agent. You'll want to make sure that your real estate agent doesn't have any long trips planned over the holidays. You will also want to let your real estate agent know your schedule so they know when the home will be available for showings, open houses, etc.

    4. Coordinate with the Title Company, Lawyer, and Bank. As with your real estate agent, you will need to know the availability of these individuals and entities. This information can make closing easier and less stressful for you and the buyer.
        
    5. Create a Virtual Tour. Creating a virtual tour of your home allows prospective buyers to view the property when they have time to take a look. It's an invaluable marketing tool that gives buyers the ability to look around while they're shopping, traveling, or waiting for family to arrive from the airport.

    6. Include Year Round Photos. Including photos from spring and summer in your listing shows prospective buyers how the home looks throughout the year. It adds a sense of warmth that can melt hearts and warm buyers up to thoughts of spring picnics and summer BBQs.
         
    7. Price the Home Properly. You want to position the home so that it's a good deal that stands out in the marketplace. If your price is too high, buyers will pass it by. If it's too low, buyers will think there's either a problem with the property or that you are in a vulnerable position. Neither is good, and your real estate agent can help you set a price that is attractive and in line with similar properties on the market over the holiday season.

    8. Target Your Marketing. You want to narrow your marketing down to the most motivated buyers in your region. Depending on your area, this could mean focusing on military personnel, real estate investors, buyers looking to take advantage of tax breaks, recent college graduates, or new/relocating employees of companies that are expanding at the start of the year.

    9. Spruce up the Landscaping. While snow may cover the landscaping some of the time, you can't count on it to cover every blemish. Make sure that your trees are trimmed, leaves are raked, and any dead plants, etc. are removed from the yard. 

    Contact us for more information about selling your home over the holidays. Our team will answer your questions and help you develop a solid marketing strategy for your property. 

    December
    2

    Long Island: Where to Order Cookies for Holiday Parties

    Holiday Cookies - Long Island Bakeries - Coach REALTORS

    Our REALTORS® know that the neighborhood really matters when choosing your new home. Long Island is full of wonderful neighborhoods ready for you to call home. Throwing a party is a fun way to celebrate the holidays in your new home with family and friends. And no holiday celebration is complete without some holiday cookies. Let's face it, everyone loves cookies! They're perfect to round out the food choices at your own celebration, bring to someone else's party, or to give as a gift for the host or hostess. Here are some of the best places on Long Island to get cookies for your holiday party.

    • Cookies by Design - 1969 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731.
      After you're done looking at East Northport homes for sale make sure to stop at Cookies by Design for a dessert everyone at the party will love. Whether you're looking for a gift box with a variety of flavors, a giant cookie to share, or an arrangement of custom-decorated cookies, you'll find what you need here. Hosts and guests alike will be impressed. 

    • Butter Crust Bakery - 36 Laurel Road, East Northport, NY 11731.
      Butter Crust Bakery is a family-owned bakery that has been serving East Northport for over 50 years, so you know your holiday cookie order will be delightful. Their elegant and tasty cookies make every party a special occasion.

    • Butter Street Sweets - 256 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
      Butter Street Sweets provides photo-worthy cookies to Northport homes for sale that are perfect for your holiday party. Whether you prefer custom-decorated cookies or a platter of classic holiday favorites, your guests and your taste buds will be impressed! 

    • Chip 'n Dipped - 342 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      Chip 'n Dipped offers a unique take on holiday cookies, with all your favorites dipped in delectable chocolate. After you're done checking out Huntington homes for sale stop by and watch them create homemade treats, you'll love to eat. If your holiday parties are taking place out of town, don't worry. Chip 'n Dipped can ship nationwide.   

    • Buttercooky Bakery - Locations in Floral Park, Huntington, and Manhasset
      With three locations around Long Island, including one near Manhasset homes for saleButtercooky Bakery can meet all your holiday cookie needs. Traditional butter cookies in a wide variety of flavors, your favorite Italian cookies, and specialty cookies can take any holiday celebration you're having to the next level.

    No matter what holidays you celebrate this season, your get together is always better with cookies! Local businesses are just one of the many features that make Long Island a great place to live. And our agents at Coach REALTORS® can help you find the right home you'll love. Contact us today to get started.

    November
    25

    Selling to Millennials: Unnecessary Upgrades and Welcome Features

    Selling to Millennials - Coach REALTORS

    Every seller wants their home to be the one buyers can't wait to make an offer on. Often that means making some improvements before you sell. Some upgrades and features are better than others, and ideally, you'll want to focus on the ones that will actually help sell your home.

    According to the National Association of REALTORS® millennials now comprise 37% of buyers, the largest segment of the market for any generation. So it makes sense that some or all of the home improvements you make before selling should appeal to them. Our REALTORS® can offer some advice about what today's buyers really want.

    In-Demand Home Features

    • Green building materials and energy efficiency
      This feature is important, so when making home improvements, materials like low VOC paint, sustainably sourced flooring, energy-efficient windows, and programmable thermostats are all appreciated.

    • Move-in ready and low maintenance
      Millennials aren't big on buying fixer-uppers or home maintenance. They want move-in ready. Low maintenance is a necessity for today's busy lifestyles. The reality is many buyers want to spend as little time as possible on home maintenance. Making sure your home looks well cared for, immaculately clean, and in good enough shape that major repairs aren't looming on the horizon will go a long way with buyers.

    • Greenspace
      A yard seems to top everyone's list of most-wanted home features. That goes double for millennials since many of them are pet owners, and they're raising families. Some green space for pets and kids to play and entertaining guests is a must.

    • Smart home features
      Smart thermostats, automated blinds, doorbell cams, security systems, and smart light bulbs are just a few of the possibilities. Hubs that can control a whole home automation system and monitor indoor conditions are popular features too.

    Unpopular Upgrades

    • Over the top landscaping
      While millennials appreciate having some greenspace, they don't want excessively landscaped areas that require lots of maintenance. Maximize your lawn space and make sure to use plants that require little upkeep.

    • Formal dining rooms
      Formal dining rooms aren't seen as a necessity, even for families. More informal dining options are popular, such as a kitchen island with bar stools, a breakfast nook, or an eat-in area in the kitchen.

    • Closed off rooms with designated uses
      Open spaces with multi-function rooms offer lots of flexibility that can apply to many different lifestyles, making your home as appealing as possible to as many buyers as possible.

    • New carpet
      It can be fine in bedrooms, but in general, today's buyers prefer other types of flooring. Lower maintenance and more pet-friendly options such as engineered hardwood, laminate, and even some types of tile are great choices if you're looking to replace flooring before you sell.

    Getting your home sold is much easier when you willing to pay attention to the features buyers really want. And things are even easier when you have the right real estate agent on your side. Coach REALTORS® can answer your questions and help get you with selling your home or buying your next one. Contact us today to get started.  

    November
    18

    Pros and Cons of Jumping on the Airbnb Bandwagon

    Airbnb Hosting - Long Island - Coach REALTORS

    Are you thinking about capitalizing on the Airbnb trend and purchasing a rental property? You're certainly not alone! Millions of homeowners around the world have embraced Airbnb as a second or even primary source of income, but success isn't as simple as shopping for a Suffolk County home for sale and setting up a mattress in a spare room. Prepping your home to become part of the hospitality industry isn't for everyone, and it takes work to turn your home into an Airbnb earner. Our REALTORS® are here to help you make an informed decision, with a look at the pros and cons of jumping on the Airbnb bandwagon.

    Should You Consider Airbnb?

    • Turn a Second Home or Spare Room into Extra Income
      Let's start with the biggest pro, and the reason you're probably interested in Airbnb in the first place. If your home has a good location and you prep it properly, you can turn your Airbnb property into a significant source of income. It takes work to excel with Airbnb, but if you stick with it, the payoff can be significant. You can rent out unused space in your own home, or purchase a property specifically as an Airbnb investment. Either way, you can generate extra income without Airbnb being your main job.

    • Prepping a Home for Airbnb Can Be Costly
      While you can certainly generate significant income with an Airbnb property, the eventual payoff often comes with a substantial upfront cost. If you're renting out a home through Airbnb, your customers will expect a home that's ready to host guests. That may require significant renovations to create a comfortable, inviting space. You'll also need to think about the costs of utilities, cleaning, landscaping, and anything else required for your property to look its best.

    • Competition Is Fierce
      Part of the reason that prepping a home for Airbnb can be costly is that the level of competition can be quite high. There are millions of Airbnb properties around the world, and you'll also be competing with local hotels for business. While competition is far from a dealbreaker, it's important to recognize that an Airbnb home isn't a turnkey investment.

    • Show Your Love for Your Community
      Do you love the place that you call home, and enjoy helping people discover all that your community has to offer? As an Airbnb host, you put yourself in a perfect position to promote your community and draw new business to the area.

    • Local Regulations Can Make Things Complicated
      Before making the leap with Airbnb, it's critical to check out the local regulations for rental and hospitality properties. There may be limits on how long you can rent out the property, and taxes can vary significantly based on location. You'll also want to check whether your mortgage lender allows you to sublet the property and look at how renting the property out will impact your homeowners insurance.

    • Becoming Part of the Hospitality Industry
      Behind every Airbnb success story, there's usually an enthusiastic host who loves making guests feel at home. If you love helping guests feel comfortable and pointing them toward the best local attractions, then Airbnb may be for you. If you don't like the hospitality side of things, then a traditional rental property may be a better fit.

    Whether you're looking for a home that allows you to become part of the sharing economy with Airbnb or simply searching for the perfect place to call home, we can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Suffolk County.

    November
    11

    Holiday Shop Local at These Long Island Craft Fairs

    Long Island Holiday Craft Fairs - Coach REALTORS

    It's hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner, but yes, it's true! Finding the perfect gift for that special someone can be challenging, but one of the great things about living on Long Island are the fun, quirky arts and crafts fairs.  Our REALTORS® love checking out what local artisans have to offer—here's a sampling of some of their fave fairs to hit for holiday gifts.

    • Walt Whitman Fine Art & Crafts Fair -  Walt Whitman High School, 301 W. Hills Road, Huntington Station | Saturday, November 23rd
      With more than 100 vendors offering handcrafted items only, this fun festival is the perfect place for holiday shopping while checking out beautiful  Huntington homes for sale. Admission is $2.00 for those over 12 years old—proceeds go to building a beautiful art gallery for Walt Whitman students.

    • East Islip Craft & Gift Fair - East Islip High School, 1 Redmen St., Islip Terrace, NY  | Saturday & Sunday,  November 23rd & 24th
      This free fair offers a wide array of handmade crafts, art, and all types of unique gift ideas. Enjoy food provided by the East Islip High School PTSA—their famous meatball sub is a can't-miss local favorite. You can also find local authors signing books. While you're in the area, get even more of a feel for the community by checking out East Islip homes for sale.

    • Deepwells Holiday Boutique -  Deepwells Farm Historical Society, 2 Taylor Lane, St James, NY | Saturday & Sunday,  December 7th & 8th
      This special holiday-themed event showcases handcrafted items like ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, handmade dolls, ornaments, fiber arts, photographs, paintings, and much more. This historical property is also home to Deepwells Mansion, which hosts a haunted house, concerts, and other events throughout the year. So take a break from looking at Smithtown homes for sale, learn a little local history, and find the ideal gift for that special someone.

    • Northport Craft Fair - Northport High School, 154 Laurel Hill Road, Northport, NY | Saturday & Sunday,  December 7th & 8th
      Long Island's largest indoor craft fair features more than 200 exhibitors selling original photography, art, jewelry, textiles, and more. Looking for gifts for foodie friends? Choose from a selection of organic olive oils, jellies, chocolates, baked goods, teas, and local honey. Refreshments served by the Northport Hight School DECA Club.

    • Art League of Long Island's Holiday Fine Art and Craft Fair - 107 E Deer Park Rd, Dix Hills, NY | Saturday & Sunday,  December 7th & 8th
      There's no shortage of arts and crafts fairs the weekend of December 7th, so get in the car and check out a few while you're searching for Dix Hills homes for sale! Now in its 56th year, this annual juried fine art and craft fair features original pieces in all mediums from Long Island artists and crafters. Shop local, support Long Island artists and find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones!

    • St. James-Smithtown Craft Fair - Smithtown East High School, 1 School St., Saint James, NY | Saturday & Sunday,  December 14th & 15th
      Check out handcrafted new and vintage jewelry, homemade candy, wreaths, holiday decorations and décor, and handcrafted organic soaps and body products, and so much more at this much-loved local craft fair. Refreshments served by the Smithtown College Scholarship Committee.

    Ready to begin your search for a beautiful Long Island home? Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to get started today.

    November
    4

    Celebrate National Hiking Day Around Long Island

    Long Island Parks for Hiking Day - Coach REALTORS

    Lace up your hiking boots! November 17 is National Hiking Day, and if ever there was a great time to hit the trail, this is it. Here on Long Island, we're blessed to be surrounded by some of the most picturesque hiking trails in the Northeast, and our REALTORS® are excited to share some of their favorites!

    • Trail View State Park - 8101 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
      The name says it all. Trail View State Park is a 400-acre, 7.4-mile linear park that offers sweeping views of Long Island's hardwood forests, wide-open fields, and rich marshlands. The trail straddles the line between Suffolk and Nassau counties, and offers some of the best hiking opportunities in both, just minutes from many Nassau County homes for sale. The park's wealth of wildlife habitat also makes it a top spot for bird watching in the region. 

    • Muttontown Preserve - Jericho Oyster Bay Road, East Norwich, NY 11732
      Muttontown Preserve is Nassau County's largest preserve, encompassing 550 acres of woodlands, fields, ponds, and estate grounds. Right around the corner from these East Norwich homes for sale, the preserve includes 20 miles of trails that are great for spotting spring wildflowers as well as brilliant fall foliage. 

    • Cold Spring Harbor State Park - Cold Spring Harbor State Park
      A quiet park spanning 40 miles of rolling hills, Cold Spring Harbor State Park is a lovely place for an afternoon hike, with well-groomed trails lined with towering oaks and thickets of mountain laurel. The park is a stone's throw from these Suffolk County homes for sale, and marks the northernmost trailhead of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, which extends well beyond the park's boundaries all the way to the south shore of Nassau County. 

    • Walt Whitman Trail - 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
      Few authors captured the beauty of the American wilderness quite like Walt Whitman, and the Walt Whitman Trail truly does his work justice. It's an 8-mile loop hike that starts and ends at the Walt Whitman Home in Huntington Station before circling through West Hills County Park and crossing Jayne's Hill, the highest point on Long Island. Be sure to check out the Walt Whitman Home while you're there, along with these lovely Huntington homes for sale.

    • Avalon Park & Preserve - Harbor Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790
      Encompassing five distinct plant and animal habitats, Avalon Park & Preserve offers an opportunity to step rich landscape that feels miles away from modern life. Once a residential site in the early 1900s, the area has been allowed to revert to its natural state over the past century. Home to a wealth of birds, butterflies, and other wild creatures, Avalon Park & Preserve is convenient to many Stony Brook homes for sale, and is open to hikers from dawn to dusk every day. Leashed pets are permitted as well. 

    • Caleb Smith State Park Preserve - 581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787
      Nestled in the cozy community of Smithtown, 543-acre Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is one of the best places on Long Island to reconnect with nature. With many miles of hiking trails meandering through secluded woodlands and along the banks of the Nissequogue River, the park is home to rare plants and endangered birds, and is just minutes from Smithtown homes for sale.

    We love life on Long Island, and we think you will too! With all the amenities of the big city and wide-open spaces of the country, it's a truly unique place to call home. Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your new home.

    October
    28

    6 Tips for Veteran & Military Homebuyers

    VA Loan Tips - Coach REALTORS

    Owning your own home remains a crucial part of the American dream, but it isn't always easy. From growing debt problems to an ever-changing real estate market, there are plenty of potential roadblocks to homeownership. For veteran and military home buyers, there are some options well worth considering. 

    Our REALTORS® are proud to have helped countless veterans and active servicemen and women buy homes—in many cases, their first homes. We're grateful for the opportunity to help. If you're a veteran or military homebuyer, keep these tips in mind as you start the homebuying process. 

    1. Know Your VA Loan Options
      One of the biggest advantages active military and veterans have when purchasing a home is the ability to secure a VA loan. These home loans are backed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and are much more flexible than ordinary loans. In most cases, they cover 100 percent of a home's cost, require no down payment, and allow you to buy a home without having to pay for private mortgage insurance. 

    2. Communicate With Your Lender
      Veterans have a tremendous advantage when it comes to buying a home, but not everyone knows about it. Unfortunately, studies have shown that as many as one-third of all veterans don't know they  can get a VA loan to buy a home. So when you go shopping for a home loan, be sure to communicate your military status to your lender and discuss all your potential benefits. 

    3. Know Your Credit Score
      VA loans aren't quite as contingent on credit scores as a traditional home loan, but it's important to understand that your credit history still matters. Most VA lenders look for a credit score of 620 or above. Obtain a copy of your credit report, and work to improve your credit score if possible before attempting to secure a loan. 

    4. Understand Occupancy Requirements
      VA loans are designed to give veterans, as well as active service members, the opportunity to buy a home intended for use as a primary residence. This applies to anything from a single-family home to a modular home or condominium, but it's not available for purchasing a vacation home or investment property. VA loans also come with occupancy requirements, which includes the expectation that you and/or your spouse will be living in the home as your primary residence within 60 days of closing.

    5. Be Prepared for Closing Costs
      Being able to get a VA loan with no down payment is an incredible incentive when buying a house. But just because you don't need to save for a down payment doesn't mean there won't be any up-front costs. The other closing costs and fees associated with buying a home may still apply. Talk to your agent before closing to make sure you fully understand how much you'll need to pay upfront on closing day. 

    6. Work With a VA-Savvy Agent
      One of the biggest mistakes we see veterans make is not working with a real estate agent with VA loan experience. Look for an agent who understands the VA loan system and process. Your agent should be able to help you with crucial details like the VA appraisal process, property requirements, loan limits, and debt-to-income ratios. 

    Our team of dedicated REALTORS® has years of experience helping troops and veterans buy their first homes. If you're ready to learn more, contact us today to explore the ways we can help you become a homeowner. 

    October
    21

    Living the Long Island Dream | Gold Coast Mansions

    Long Island Gold Coast Mansions - Coach REALTORS

    Who hasn't dreamed of living in a mansion of their own? Our REALTORS® know that Long Island is the perfect place to indulge in your fantasies and gaze longingly upon the many Gold Coast Mansions dotting the landscape. Although Long Island was home to more than 500 of these grand estates erected in the early 1900s, there are less than 200 still standing today. Take a relaxing drive and discover the wonder of these seven Gold Coast Mansions and envision what life in the Roaring '20s would have been like with a home this marvelous.

    1. Sands Point Park and Preserve — 127 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington, NY 11050
      Known as the Guggenheim Estate after the family who called it home, Sands Point Preserve is a sprawling park that invites residents and visitors to spend the day enjoying the outdoors. Now owned by a conservancy group, the grounds host educational, cultural, fitness and seasonal activities throughout the year for children and adults alike. The Port Washington homes for sale nearby are within walking distance from this welcoming estate.

    2. Nassau County Museum of Art — 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
      Owned by Henry Clay Frick, the Nassau County Museum of Art has an impressive collection of works from the 19th century through the present day. Stroll through the galleries of the brilliantly designed interior and you'll have trouble distinguishing art pieces from the elaborate décor.

    3. Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve — 25 Loyd Harbor Road, Huntington, NY 11743
      As you browse Huntington homes for sale, be sure to stop by and feast your eyes on the extravagant 1,500-acre estate known as Caumsett. Both the Caumsett Foundation and State of New York sponsor events throughout the year geared towards outdoor education. With hiking programs and guided walks, bird-watching groups, family scavenger hunts, maple syrup making classes and more, a visit to Caumsett is worth the trip.

    4. Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium — 180 Little Neck Road, Centerpoint, NY 11721
      This Gold Coast Mansion has been transformed into a museum and planetarium which features William K. Vanderbilt's artifacts he collected while traveling the world in the late 1800s. If you're lucky, you'll be in town to catch one of the many spectacular performances that take place within the museum.

    5. OHEKA Castle — 135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY 11743
      Of the many castles on Long Island, the OHEKA Castle estate is settled amongst other dazzling Huntington homes for sale. This magnificent mansion has to be seen to be believed. You can book a tour of the castle, book a table at their OHK Bar & Restaurant or even book a room for the night and truly experience luxury living in a Gold Coast Mansion.

    6. Chelsea Mansion — 34 Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY 11732
      The gorgeous Chelsea Mansion enjoys a secluded space on Nassau County's largest nature preserve, Muttontown Preserve. Find serene solitude as you guide yourself through the many trails along the grounds. Now a venue for weddings, private events, and other celebrations, the Chelsea Mansion's charm is one of the reasons the Muttonwood Preserve was named the Best Nature Walk of Long Island. Be sure to stroll by next time you're looking at East Norwich homes for sale.

    7. Old Westbury Gardens — 71 Old Westbury Road, Westbury, NY 11590
      No list of Gold Coast Mansions would be complete without one of Long Island's best-preserved buildings, Old Westbury Gardens. Open to the public, you're free to roam the grounds yourself or go on an interesting guided tour. Other educational programs and classes are also open for the public to attend, as are the many outdoor concerts and festivals that breathe new life into the grounds.

    Dreaming of living the good life on Long Island? We can help! Contact us today to tour the best Long Island homes for sale!

    October
    15

    Buying a House: Does Commute Time Matter?

    Commute Time - Coach REALTORS

    When you're buying a house, many intangible factors come into play. Is it in a safe neighborhood? How is the school system? Does it have a great view? Our REALTORS® find that for many people, job commute is one of the top criteria for evaluating homes.

    Today's job landscape has gone beyond the traditional nine-to-five workday, so commute time isn't such a cut-and-dried issue. Here are some expert tips for putting job commute in perspective when choosing a home to buy.

    • How Far Is "Too Far?"
      According to the Census Bureau, the average commuter travels just over 25 minutes each way, which is the equivalent of adding an extra half-day to your work week. Times are even higher in congested metropolitan areas. If you're considering a certain home, take a test run of your potential commute under actual traffic conditions so you have an accurate picture.

    • Hidden Costs of Commuting
      Obviously, longer commutes will affect your finances through costs of maintaining a car, which include wear and tear as well as gas, oil and other specific charges. If you choose a home further away from work because it's more affordable, higher commuting costs can actually nullify the savings. 

    • Commuting and Your Health
      Commuting is largely unproductive time. As a result, people often find themselves becoming frustrated or dwelling on problems and other unpleasant topics. Scientific studies indicate people with longer commutes are more susceptible to high blood pressure, muscle and joint pain, stress, anxiety and lower levels of life satisfaction in general. On the other hand, commute time can be a benefit if you enjoy listening to audiobooks, podcasts or other forms of passive entertainment.

    • Availability of Public Transportation
      Longer commutes can be more palatable if you have ready access to public transportation. In addition to saving on vehicle expenses, you can put the travel time to good use working, reading or even catching up on sleep.

    • Consider Your Lifestyle
      Single adults and people with more active lifestyles may be willing to accept a longer commute because they're spending less time at home. Married couples and people with kids usually don't want to sacrifice precious family time to hours spent on the road.

    • Can Commute Time Affect Your Mortgage?
      Owner-occupied homes are considered the least risky scenario for mortgages. If your one-way commute is longer than one hour, a lender may suspect you're purchasing the home as a secondary residence or investment property, both of which carry greater risk and higher rates. Be prepared to answer questions and provide documentation supporting your purpose.

    • Creative Job Structure
      Telecommuting is a trend that continues to grow. The New York Times cites recent Gallup poll findings that 43 percent of Americans spend at least some time working remotely. More companies are also offering options such as flex-time that allow workers to commute during non-peak hours.

    Whether you're buying or selling a home on Long Island, our experienced REALTORS® have the know-how to help you find the solution you're looking for. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® today and get started.

    October
    7

    Having a Scary Good Time Around Long Island

    Long Island Halloween Events - Coach REALTORS

    Looking to have a scary good time around Long Island this October? Our REALTORS® love exploring Long Island from end to end, searching for awesome Halloween activities for friends and families. Trust us — there are tons of ghoulishly great events happening throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties all month long! Here are five frighteningly fun activities to put on your spooky schedule.

    • Halloween Family Fun Fest at The Madison Theatre at Molloy College — 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570 | Oct. 26
      The annual Halloween Family Fun Fest outside of the Madison Theatre at Molloy College is a great place to celebrate Halloween with your little ones. An entire afternoon is dedicated to pumpkin picking and decorating, mask making, trick or treating, and more! With a bounce house, haunted house, petting zoo, games, and other fun activities, this event is one of the best on Long Island. Be sure to bring a costume to wear after you've checked out our Rockville Centre homes for sale.

    • A Kooky Spooky Halloween at Theatre Three —2 Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777 | Oct. 5-26
      Interested in a hauntingly fun trip to the theater? Then be sure to buy tickets to A Kooky Spooky Halloween at Theatre Three this October! This family-friendly musical tells the tale of a ghost who — believe it or not — is afraid of the dark! Abner Perkins is a spirit who is easily scared. Join him and his friends as they learn the power of helping others in this fun play. There is also a special Sensory Sensitive Performance on Oct 6! Take a break from visiting Port Jefferson homes for sale and sit back for a fun show!

    • Elwood Pumpkin Farm — 1500 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743 | Sept. 21 – Oct. 31
      Nothing says Halloween quite like a visit to the pumpkin patch. Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm is the most western pumpkin farm on Long Island, offering visitors and residents alike the chance to come and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Grown right there on the farm, your children can pick a pumpkin straight from the vine, run through a corn maze, and enjoy a hayride. Open from September 21, be sure to schedule a visit next time you're considering looking at Huntington homes for sale.

    • Sleepy Hollow and the Great Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Blaze with Long Island Museum — 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790 | Oct. 16
      Here's a fun Halloween event that is educational and exciting. The Fall Bus Trip hosted by the Long Island Museum heads to Sleepy Hollow and the Great Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Blaze. Attendees will first tour Sunnyside, the home of famous writer Washington Irving who penned The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The tour will also travel to The Great Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Blaze at Van Cortland Manor, where you'll see dozens of artfully carved pumpkins lighting up the night. This is a full day trip so consider scheduling viewings of Stony Brook homes for sale the day prior or after.

    • Hoyt Farm Monster Mash — 200 New Highway, Commack, NY 11725 | Oct. 19-20
      Are you looking for an exclusive Halloween treat that's great for the whole family? Then get ready to do the mash at Hoyt Farm! The Hoyt Farm Monster Mash is open to Smithtown residents only and limits tickets to no more than four family members. This exciting children's Halloween festival is a must-do for families of all ages. Crafts, face painting, pony rides, games, pumpkin picking, hayrides, haunted houses, and more are included in your ticket price. The Hoyt Farm Monster Mash is a creative way to spend the afternoon after visiting new Commack homes for sale.

    Trick or treating for more great homes throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties? Contact us today, and we'll make sure you get a sweet treat without the tricks!

    September
    23

    Long Island's Consignment Shops Can't Be Beat

    Long Island Consignment Shops - Coach REALTORS®

    Everything old is new again, which is why consignment shops benefit buyers and sellers alike. Offering your used but well-cared-for items on consignment provide an eco-friendly option for pre-move decluttering as well as a creative way to pick up extra cash for your down payment.

    Join our REALTORS® in celebrating National Consignment Day on Monday, October 7 with a visit to one of these unique consignment shops around Long Island.

    1. Lucky Finds Boutique - 7A N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre 11570
      How can you go wrong with a shop called Lucky Finds Boutique? Readers of Long Island Express voted Lucky Finds, located nearby Rockville Centre homes for sale, "Best Thrift/Consignment Store in Long Island" four years in a row. Thanks to owner Shannon McComb's discerning eye and knowledge of her clientele, racks at Lucky Finds display an ever-changing assortment of chic and trendy designer clothes and accessories. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Review of consignment items is by appointment.

    2. Act II Consignment Boutique - 11 Hewitt Square, East Northport 11731
      Gently-used designer clothes and accessories get new life at Act II Consignment Boutique, just minutes from East Northport homes for sale. Name brands such as Calvin Klein, DKNY, and Anthropologie are available at a fraction of retail price. Act II accepts freshly-cleaned items no more than two years old, and consignors receive 50 percent of the sale price. Act II is open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday with consignments taken by appointment.

    3. Helga's Choice Consignment - 139 Main St., Northport 11768
      Moving into one of the great Huntington homes for sale? Lighten your load by taking your unused men's women's and children's clothing along with art and housewares to Helga's Choice Consignment. Helga's is always on the lookout for top-quality items to provide variety for her clientele. Drop off your items from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Call first to make sure they're currently accepting consignments.

    4. Plato's Closet - 6153 Jericho Turnpike - Commack 11725
      Do your kids have more clothes than they could wear? Plato's Closet pays cash on the spot for teen- and young adult-style clothing and accessories in good condition. Pack up their used Forever 21, H&M, Lululemon and Under Armour items and stop in on your way to view Commack homes for sale. Hours at Plato's Closet are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. every day but Sunday.

    5. The Kids Kloset - Various locations
      Children grow out of clothes before they even get a chance to wear out. The Kids Kloset is a three-day mega-consignment sale event held each fall and spring in locations convenient to Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale. In addition to kids' clothes, you can clear out almost any type of infant- or child-related products, including toys, video games, nursery furniture, and educational materials. Stuck with maternity clothes? Bring those along too!  Just register online, drop off your items, and collect a check. Visit the website for dates, times, and locations.

    Ready for a fresh start at a beautiful Long Island home? Contact us at Coach REALTORS® and get started on your new journey.

    September
    16

    Relocation 101: Tips for Buying a Home in a Different State

    Relocation 101 - Coach REALTORS

    Buying a house is a big deal, whether you're moving across town or across the country. Of course, a long-distance move to a different state comes with its own unique challenges, starting with how to shop for the right home across state lines. How do you shop, when you can't readily visit target homes and neighborhoods? Our REALTORS® love helping buyers find the right home no matter their location, and we've put together key tips to help you buy a home in a different state.

    • Start By Contacting Your Coach Real Estate AgentMoving to a new state means you'll have a harder time doing extensive research in person, so contacting a local expert takes on added importance. You can learn plenty about the local real estate market from your Coach agent. They have access to more than 130,000 real estate professionals in over 70 countries Let a local expert start scouting homes that may match your needs. In addition to checking listings in your target destination, they can provide current market trends and analysis on your future destinations. Choosing the right neighborhood plays a huge role in long-term happiness with a home, and with a little digging, you can get the scoop on even small-town neighborhoods.

    • ...But Don't Take Everything at Face Value
      While online information is easily accessible, it also has limitations. Online listings can be outdated, and photos can provide a poor representation of what the home is really like, Be cautious about falling in love with a home based on listing photos alone. Virtual tours can provide a more realistic representation of what a home has to offer, but not every listing will have a virtual tour available.

    • Take a Trip to Scout the Community If Possible
      You may not be able to stop by whenever there's an open house that catches your eye, but it's worth arranging a scouting trip to your new community if possible. So, let our relocation team help you arrange area tours. Visiting a community in person can confirm what you learn online and will provide the type of impressions that can only be formed first-hand. Plan ahead for your visit, so that you'll have time to scout homes while your there.

    • Get A Home Inspection
      Once you get serious about making an offer on a specific home, it pays to have a home inspection. It's required in many cases, but even when not required an inspection can tell you so much about a home. A home inspection provides peace of mind that the home won't have any hidden issues, which is especially important when you're shopping in a different state. Your local expert can get you a first-hand recommendation to a reputable home inspector.

    • Contact Local Utilities and Research Property Restrictions
      Save time and headaches by researching local utilities ahead of time, including power, water, internet, phone service, and garbage collection. You'll also want to check out property restrictions in the area, so you have an idea of what you'll be able to do with your new home.

    • The Right Real Estate Agent and Resources Make All the Difference
      When you're shopping across state lines, the right real estate agent makes all the difference in making it a smooth process. Our team at Coach REALTORS® is a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, aka LeadingRE, a robust international network that helps buyers shop for homes no matter their location. Wherever you're shopping from and moving to, you can find a local real estate expert by contacting your home Coach agent.

    Ready to make your own move to Long Island? No matter where you're shopping from, our team is here to help you find the right local home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island area and the World.

    September
    2

    Buying a House | 9 Tips to Make Your New City Feel Like Home

    Buying a Home in a New City

    Moving to a new city is an exciting time.  A whole new place to explore, new friends to make, and new experiences to have.  But it can also feel scary and a lot out of your comfort zone.  Where will your new favorite pizza place be?  Who will you go to yoga class with on Tuesday nights?  It will take a little planning and a willingness to explore, but these tips will have your new city feeling like home in no time.  Our REALTORS® are experts in the area and can help you to make the transition as simple as possible.

    1. Walk Around Town
      Play tourist in your new city.  Head downtown, pick a street and get lost.  The best way to truly learn the ins and outs of a city is to explore it on foot.  You might find places that you would love to visit (like that favorite new pizza place) but would ordinarily miss as you zoom past on your way to work.  Grab your walking shoes and see what you can find.
    2. No Second Chances
      At least for a little while.  If you find a great coffee shop, keep it on the list, but try another café the next time you are out.  This will give you the chance to explore more of your new city and provide you with more options for meeting new neighbors.  And speaking of your neighbors…
    3. Look for Community Announcements
      Check online or in local newspapers to see if there are announcements about events happening around town that might be of interest.  Local Facebook groups can be a wonderful source about staying in the loop of what's going on.  This is the perfect way to find out about that annual jazz festival or pie-eating contest that you can't wait to enter.
    4. Cheer for the Home Team
      Becoming a fan of the local sports team is an awesome way to build camaraderie with your new neighbors.  It also provides a built-in schedule of events for you to attend or watch with new friends.  Hopefully, they aren't your previous city's rivals.
    5. Unpack
      While this may seem obvious, it can often take us much longer to get everything in its place that originally planned.  Once you have all your favorite pictures on the wall and your knickknacks on the shelves, it will automatically start to feel more like home.
    6. Volunteer Your Time
      Volunteering can be a great way to get to know more about your community, support a good cause, and get you out of the house.  Rather than being nervous about your new surroundings, you can feel good knowing that you are giving back and helping others.
    7. Ask Your Friends
      Even if most of your friends are in your old hometown, they may know something about where you live now or have friends that they can connect you with. They may be able to help you to explore things like the best places to shop or hangout.  You might even be able to convince someone to give you a tour.
    8. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
      As you get to know new people and start hanging out, you may start to receive invitations to do things that you may not have tried before.  Just say yes.  You'll get to know your city a little better and you may just find yourself doing a new activity that you love.
    9. Give Yourself a Grace Period
      No matter how excited you are about your new city, there will likely be moments where you may feel lonely and homesick.  Don't be too hard on yourself.  It takes time to get completely comfortable after unpacking your bags.  Just know that it does get better.

    Make the most of your first few weeks and months in your new city.  Trying just a few of these tips can help you feel like a local before you know it.

    If you have any questions about things to do in your new town or you would like to learn more about homes for sale in your area, contact us for more information.

    August
    26

    Welcome September at these Long Island Fall Festivals

    Long Island Fall Festivals in September
    September is doubtless one of the best months of the year on Long Island, with beautiful weather, end-of-summer fun, and tons of great events for residents of all ages. Whether you're looking for a family outing, a local festival, live entertainment, or even an event where you can sample Long Island's best hard cider, you'll find it during September. Our REALTORS® are ready to enjoy the final days of summer, and we've put together a guide to six great events where you can celebrate September around Long Island.

    1. East Northport Festival – September 6 to 8 – 190 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, NY 11731
      Looking for family fun close to East Northport homes for sale? Then be sure to visit the East Northport Festival, which is returning for its 24th year in 2019. The East Northport Festival is considered one of Long Island's top festivals.  It features fun and game for the whole family, including games and rides, live entertainment, an international food court, sidewalk sales, exhibits, and customed characters. Connect with the East Northport community on September 6 - 8 at John Walsh Memorial Park.

    2. Pour the Core – September 28 – 1 Heckscher State Parkway, East Islip, NY 11730
      East Islip homes for sale make it easy to attend Pour the Core, Long Island's biggest and best hard cider festival. Whether you're a hard cider fan or simply want to try something new, this unique festival is sure to have something for you. Sample some of the area's best hard cider, enjoy some delicious food, and soak up the sun at Heckscher State Park. There are over 75 ciders to sample, along with a donut eating contest and local food trucks.

    3. Italian Festival – September 5 to 8 – 175 W Shore Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050
      If you're searching for a great, local event close to Port Washington homes for sale, set aside some time for the annual Italian Festival in North Hempstead Beach Park. This is one of the largest Italian heritage festivals on Long Island, with fantastic food an so much more. Enjoy live entertainment, carnival games, educational opportunities, and a celebration of Italian culture throughout the weekend.

    4. Village Cup Regatta – September 7 – 1 Surf Ave., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      Located just a short drive from Port Jefferson homes for sale you'll find the Port Jefferson Yacht Club, which hosts the annual Village Cup Regatta. Settle in to watch Port Jefferson's annual boat race, with all proceeds going toward cancer research. Attend the reception, reserve a seat on a spectator boat, and take in a race for the ages.

    5. Commack Day – September 28 – 200 New Highway, Commack, NY 11725
      Shopping for Commack homes for sale? Get a taste of what makes the community special at the second annual Commack Day, a community event for all ages. This local event is filled with food, drink, vendors, and fun games for kids. All proceeds go toward charity, so you can support a good cause while having a great time.

    6. Cow Harbor Day Weekend – September 20 to 22 – 54 Woodbine Ave., Northport, NY 11768
      Want to know what makes Northport homes for sale so popular? Start by visiting the annual Great Cow Harbor Day Weekend festival, one of the biggest local events of the year. The festival features a concert, 10k run, a lighted boat display, a boat parade, great food, and plenty of fun around the docks.

    Searching for a home close to all of the action on Long Island during every season? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    August
    19

    Buying a House: How Do I Raise My Credit Score?

    Long Island Home Buying Credit Score

    Our REALTORS® get plenty of questions about credit score and how it relates to buying a house.

    Many people are intimidated by the idea of being judged by their credit score. They may have had financial difficulties in the past that impacted their ability to maintain the average score.

    Here's some good news: No credit score is perfect – most experts claim that attaining the highest possible score is nearly impossible. Lenders aren't actually looking for "the magic 850," either.

    The other thing to know is this: Even if your credit score is lower than you'd like, you still have the chance to change it. Starting even a few months in advance can improve your credit score.

    In recent years, lenders have generally relaxed their credit score requirements. Still, improving your score can result in a better loan with a lower APR. That may save you thousands of dollars.

    Here's what you can do to raise your credit score:

    1. Don't Close Any Accounts
      Some people are tempted to start closing old credit accounts as soon as they begin a house hunt, but this is counterproductive. Older credit accounts demonstrate a longer account history, which can increase your score. Don't close accounts, even if they are fully paid off and unused.

    2. Don't Open Any Accounts
      Lenders will look at recent credit history to get an idea of your overall spending habits. Don't be tempted to sign up for a new credit card, open a car note, or make any other type of major buy. All your financial clout should be focused on finding and bidding on your new home.

    3. Start Saving
      Gone are the days when a 20% down payment was an absolute requirement for buying a house. Still, savings can move you into a different category in lenders' estimation. If you can drum up a 10% or even 5% down payment, it may mean paying off your mortgage loan much sooner.

    4. Set Up a Budget
      As a home buyer, you'll need a new budget sooner or later. The sooner you can set one up, the easier it will be to meet your savings goals. Sometimes, you can even use your budget to show lenders you've given due thought to the financial obligations of homeownership.

    5. Attack High-Interest Balances
      Your credit score is affected by the percentage of your total credit that's in use at any one time. You can reduce this amount the fastest by paying off balances with the highest APR. Paying off a single credit account can sometimes have an outsized effect on your ability to save.

    6. Improve Your Cash Flow
      Naturally, one of the best ways to save money is to make more money. It may be a good idea to look for opportunities to make a few extra dollars online. The sooner you get started, the further you can go, even if you only increase your income by a small amount. Just don't burn yourself out!

    7. Examine Your Credit Report
      Credit information is reported (and collected) by many different sources that can make mistakes. If you happen to have inaccurate negative information on your credit report, you can dispute it and have it removed. The official, government-mandated website to get your report is Annual Credit Report.

    8. Relax. Really!
      It's easy to overestimate the importance of credit. The fact is, your credit score is only one part of your total financial picture. If you have steady employment and income, most lenders will be more interested in where you stand now than where you were 18 months ago.

    Contact us today for personalized advice to help you with your situation.

    August
    12

    5 Things That Influence a Home's Value

     

    What Influences Home Value

    One of the biggest challenges home sellers face is determining how to properly price their home. There are many things that impact the value of a home, and some are more obvious than others. 

    To help you out,  our REALTORS® have created their list of the five things that can influence your home's value.

    1. Location
      It's no secret that when it comes to real estate, location is key. When evaluating your home's value, the three primary concerns are the quality of the nearby schools, nearby employment opportunities, and proximity to entertainment, shopping, and recreational facilities. Convenient access to major highways and public transportation can also have an impact. 

    2. Size and Usable Space
      The square footage of your home will also impact its value. Larger homes are generally worth more. However, the amount of usable space is also an important factor. To determine your usable space, subtract the square footage of spaces like the unfinished basement, attic, and garage.

      Homes with more bedrooms and bathrooms are also usually considered more valuable. If you have extra space and can turn it into additional bedrooms and bathrooms, this may help increase your home's resale value. 
    1. Neighborhood Comps
      One of the most important things appraisers and realtors look at when determining the value of your home is the recent sale price of similar homes in your neighborhood. This is known as "Neighborhood comps." 

      When checking "comps" they'll look for homes as similar as possible and as close in location as possible to your home. The sale price of these homes serves as a benchmark. Note that if there has been a foreclosure or short sale in your neighborhood this can complicate things and could even pull down the value of your home. 
    1. Condition and Age
      The age and condition of your home will also have a significant impact on its value. In general, newer homes are worth more. If you have an older home with recent upgrades to important features like the electrical, plumbing, roof, or appliances, this will help to increase its value.

      Homes that are move-in ready will also pull in a much higher price than those that need significant work. Make sure to wrap up any unfinished projects before putting your home on the market. Taking care of simple home maintenance tasks and making your house as presentable as possible is well worth the effort when you're getting ready to sell. 
    1. Updates and Upgrades
      If your home is older and has outdated features, doing some updating will usually boost your home's value. A new garage door and updated kitchen and bathrooms are high up on buyers' wish lists.

      Before you jump into a remodel, however, make sure what you're considering will actually yield a decent return on your investment. It's a good idea to consult with a real estate professional before diving into any remodeling projects. Remember, also, that any updates you do must be up to code or you can end up doing more harm than good. 

    Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals 

    Determining the true value of a home is a complicated process, and it's not recommended that you try to do it on your own. Pricing your home correctly is one of the key factors to a successful home sale, so it's not something you want to leave up to chance. 

    If you're selling your Long Island home, our pros at Coach REALTORS® are here for you. Contact us to get started! 

    July
    22

    7 Secrets of Successful Homebuyers

    Long Island Home Buying Secrets

    Our real estate agents are here to help you through every aspect of buying a home. From planning out your approach to finding your dream property, making a bid, and getting to closing day, we'll be there. And we know getting the right home begins months in advance.

    The better a buyer is prepared, the easier it is to get through the process smoothly.

    Any major goal has to be broken down into concrete steps you can take action on. The sooner you do this, the easier it is to clarify and navigate the journey ahead. It's essential to recognize and institute "good habits" related to home buying as soon as you can.

    Which habits are the most important? These will get you on the right track:

    1. Start Saving as Soon as You Can
      Gone are the days when you had to have a 20% down payment just to be considered for a home. Even so, the more you save the better off you'll be. Establishing a budget is a vital first step that will pave your way to additional monthly savings. Try to put aside a little bit every month.
    2. Get a Real Estate Agent Early
      The sooner you meet your real estate agent, the better. He or she can keep you moving forward on each phase of the process. You may need to talk to more than one expert before you find the right one for you. Years of experience and insight into the local market are both essential.
    3. Attend Open Houses Regularly
      It's a great idea to start going to open houses even before you're ready to bid. By attending one each week, you'll learn what you can expect – in terms of amenities, size, layout, and price – from the homes in the area, you plan to move into. Plus, one of them might turn out to be "The One."
    4. Fine-Tune Your Finances
      Saving is crucial, but not the only step you'll need to take financially. Your credit report and total indebtedness are also key factors in your loan package. Be sure to pay monthly bills on time, pay off (but don't close) credit accounts, and review your credit report for errors.
    5. Get Going on Loan Preapproval
      Once you have your finances in order, you can start the loan preapproval process right away. When you become preapproved, your loan gets into your hands sooner, so you can act fast on the home you want. Remember, you'll have to submit plenty of documentation to get your loan package started.
    6. Get Used to Shopping Around
      Future homeowners should get used to looking for the best buy – not only in price but value. Compare lenders to get superior APR and payment terms, compare real estate agents to find one you feel comfortable with, compare homes, and compare contractors for any renovations.
    7. Equip Yourself with Reminders
      From beginning to end, buying a home is a marathon. You'll have all kinds of things you need to do, recall, and keep track of. Make it easier on yourself by writing things down or setting up app reminders. Save all relevant correspondence, including with your lender and real estate pro.

      Buying a home leaves you with a lot to do--especially when it's your first home. Break things down into bite-sized chunks and you'll find yourself moving forward faster than you imagined.

    A good real estate agent is the concierge who can guide and advise you from start to finish. With our team, you get exceptional customer service along with deep local insight.

    Contact us when you're ready to start your Long Island home search.

    July
    15

    Long Island Golf: 6 Must-Play Courses

    Long Island Golf Courses
    The waterfront destinations, rolling meadows, and conserved natural sites of Long Island provide a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun, including some of the best golf in the region. Whether you're looking for an affordable, public course, an elegant, private club, or anything in between, you'll have no trouble finding what you seek on Long Island. Our REALTORS® know Long Island golf, and we're here to share 6 of the best local golf courses in Long Island communities.

    1. Harbor Links Golf Course – One Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
      Located a short drive from Port Washington homes for sale, you'll find the top-rated Harbor Links Golf Course. Ranked as one of Long Island's top public courses, Harbor Links features both an 18-hole championship course, and a 9-hole executive course that's perfect for fitting in a quick round. With a scenic North Shore location, you'll have beautiful views no matter which course you play.

    2. Crab Meadow Golf Course – 220 Waterside Rd., Northport, NY 11768
      Northport homes for sale make it easy to reach the popular Crab Meadow Golf Course, one of the newest courses on our list. The scenery here is phenomenal, with nearly every shot providing a view of the Long Island Sound. Of course, the golf is great, too, with a course that measures 6213 yards from the white tees, providing a fair, challenging layout for golfers of all experience levels.

    3. Dix Hills Park Golf Course – 575 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills, NY 11746
      Looking for a quick, fun golf outing near Dix Hills homes for sale? Stop by the 9-hole Dix Hills Park Golf Course, where you can enjoy a round in a casual, family-friendly setting. Dix Hills Park Golf Course is a par 31 layout perfect for a family golf outing, with generous fairways and large greens to target.

    4. Garden City Country Club – 206 Stewart Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
      If you're searching for great golf close to Garden City homes for sale, make time to visit the historic Garden City Country Club. Founded in 1916, GCCC has been providing one of Long Island's premiere country club experiences for more than 100 years. The facility also features racquet sports, along with extensive event spaces.

    5. Port Jefferson Country Club – 44 Fairway Dr., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      With 18 holes overlooking the Long Island Sound and a location close to Port Jefferson homes for sale, the acclaimed Port Jefferson Country Club offers so much more than excellent golf. Port Jefferson Country Club is an excellent place to enjoy racquet sports, take lessons from a pro, or host a social event. There's also a busy schedule of special events at the club, especially on weekends.

    6. Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club – 2000 Raynors Way, Smithtown, NY 11787
      You won't have any trouble finding a place to play 18 holes when you shop for Smithtown homes for sale, thanks to highly rated local courses like the Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club. The tree-lined course at Stone Bridge Golf Links features rolling fairways, water features, and beautiful landscaping everywhere you turn. Stonebridge also offer junior golf programs, along with lessons for players of all experience levels.

    Still searching for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the great golf and outdoor fun in Long Island communities? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    July
    8

    You Can Buy a Home with Student Loan Debt

    Buy a Home Student Debt
    Higher learning comes at a price. Student loans, not credit cards or auto loans, make up the bulk of debt in the United States to the tune of nearly $1.5 trillion. Surveys show approximately 43 percent of student loan holders put off buying a home.

    If you want to buy a Long Island home for sale, don't let student debt keep you from achieving your dream. Our REALTORS® share seven tips for buying a home while you're paying off student loans.

    1. Polish Your Credit Rating
      Lenders will not turn you down for a mortgage specifically because of student loans. They're more interested in your overall financial picture and whether you're a suitable risk. Keep tabs on your credit score, correct any mistakes, and manage existing debt responsibly.
    2. Apply for Pre-Approval
      When you're pre-approved for a mortgage, you know what your buying power is so you can budget accordingly. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you're able to afford. Pre-approval also signals to sellers that you're a serious buyer with available financing.
    3. Minimize Debt-to-Income Ratio
      Debt-to-income ratio (DTI) is a yardstick lenders use to determine acceptable risk. Based on a standard rule of thumb, your total obligations (including housing) should equal no more than 36 percent of your income. If you don't meet this qualification, you have two options: pay down your debt or increase your income.
    4. Automate Payments
      Your payment record impacts your credit score, and chronic late payments are a red flag that you may be overextended. Set up autopay wherever possible to ensure prompt payments and prevent expensive late fees. 
    5. Explore Financial Assistance Programs
      There are a number of programs and grants available for first-time home buyers to make down payments and closing costs more manageable. For example, an FHA loan allows for a down payment as low as 3.5 percent rather than the traditional 20 percent.
    6. Refinance Student Loans
      Some lenders will refinance student debt at interest rates much lower than the loans originally carried. Possibilities include graduated repayment, where monthly payments start low and increase every two years as income is likely to rise, and income-driven plans that cap monthly payments at a percentage of your income.
    7. Consolidate Credit Card Debt
      ​​​​​​​If you have multiple sources of credit card debt, consolidate by taking out a personal loan to pay them off. In addition to saving money with a lower interest rate, installment loans with fixed repayment times look better than open revolving loans on your credit report. 

    Buying a home can be an intimidating process. Contact us and let our friendly and experienced REALTORS® guide you along every step of the journey.

    July
    1

    5 Long Island Locations to Keep Your Kids Busy

    Long Island Kid-Friendly Events

    Long Island Celebrates National Anti-Boredom Month

    Do your kids wait anxiously for the start of summer vacation only to start complaining about boredom by July? That was the inspiration for designating July as National Anti-Boredom Month. Celebrate with your kids at these great family-friendly events and activities around Long Island recommended by our REALTORS®.

    1. Long Island Children's Museum - 11 Davis Ave., Garden City 11530
      Want to keep the kids entertained and sneak a little learning in on the side? The Long Island Children's Museum, just minutes away from Garden City homes for sale, is full of interactive exhibits to promote exploration and skill development for all ages. Learning spaces include 14 exhibit galleries, a 140-seat theater, and four classroom-size studios. In addition, "Our Garden" is the summer-only backyard exhibit that includes a water play area. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except for July and August, when the museum is open seven days a week. General admission is $14.
    2. Theatre Three - 412 Main St., Port Jefferson 11777
      Take a break from screens of all types and let your kids discover the joys of live theater at Theatre Three, conveniently located near Port Jefferson homes for sale. Theatre Three has an entire program dedicated to staging works for children. This summer's schedule includes one-hour performances of classic stories Cinderella in July and Pinocchio in August. On July 7, the 11 a.m. performance of Cinderella is sensory-free for anyone with sensitivities to lights, noise, and other stimuli. Reserved seats for all ages are $10.
    3. AR Workshop - 273 Main St., Port Washington 11050
      Arts and crafts are classic summer activities. AR Workshop offers kids and family events where you can create one-of-a-kind decor items such as pillows, wall hangings, and tote bags to dress up Port Washington homes for sale. Fees include all materials, tools, and instruction. You can also bring your favorite munchies and small appetizers to enjoy during the session.
    4. Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve - 200 New Hwy., Commack 11725
      One of the benefits of Smithtown homes for sale is access to Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve. The grounds feature an apple orchard, wooded areas, and a pond as well as open fields. Bring along a bird-watching guide and let the kids see how many species they can find. Afterward, they can burn off some energy at the baseball fields, playground, and water park. Pack a picnic lunch and make an entire day of it. Hoyt Farm is open 9 a.m. until dusk year-round. 
    5. Caumsett State Historic Park - 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Huntington 11743
      Caumsett State Historic Park is devoted to the enjoyment of nature found not far from Huntington homes for sale, but it has a colorful past as part of Long Island's famed Gold Coast. In the 1920s, the 1,500-acre grounds were the estate of Marshall Field III, heir to the department store fortune. Now four miles of trails wind through woods and across meadows to Long Island Sound. The park's summer calendar includes several kid-centric events such as "clown college," magic shows and guided hikes. Park hours are sunrise until sunset seven days a week year-round and the vehicle entrance fee is $8.

    Learn why Long Island is a wonderful place to raise a family. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® for help from one of our friendly Long Island real estate professionals.

    June
    24

    Celebrating July 4 on Long Island

    Long Island July 4
    It's almost time to enjoy one of Long Island's most popular holidays with July 4 fireworks, cruises, and celebrations throughout our local communities.

    Long Island hosts some of the country's most spectacular fireworks displays on Independence Day. Whether you're looking to explore local history, settle in with the family for a night of fun, or hit the water for an evening of dining, drinks, and spectacular fireworks shows, you'll find a Long Island event right for you. Our REALTORS® have the details about how you can celebrate America this July 4 on Long Island.

    1. Stars Over Montauk - Umbrella Beach, Old Montauk Highway, Montauk 11954
      Suffolk County homes for sale offer easy access to the Stars Over Montauk July 4 celebration, which always ranks as one of the biggest on Long Island. Presented by the acclaimed Grucci Fireworks team, Stars Over Montauk is a spectacular show that only seems to get bigger and better every year. The fireworks begin at 9:30 pm and are visible from a variety of beachfront locations.

    2. Long Island Ducks Fireworks - 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip 11722
      Head out for an evening of baseball, fireworks, and family fun when the Long Island Ducks take on the Sugarland Skeeters.  The Long Island Ducks Fireworks Spectacular is easy to reach from East Islip homes for sale, and games are popular local gathering places throughout the summer. The fireworks don't start until after the game ends, so this event provides a full evening of fun.

    3. Jones Beach Fireworks Spectacular - 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh 11793
      Nassau County homes for sale make it easy to watch the Jones Beach Fireworks Spectacular, which features some of the most creative pyrotechnics that you'll find anywhere on July 4. Watch a brilliant display of fireworks, set to an array of patriotic songs, surrounded by the beautiful setting of Jones Beach.

    4. Viking Fleet Fireworks Cruise - 412 W Lake Dr., Montauk 11954
      If you want to experience Stars Over Montauk from a unique point of view, be sure to reserve your spot on the Viking Fleet Fireworks Cruise. The cruise features a buffet, drinks, music, dancing, and unmatched views of the fireworks.

    5. Jones Beach Fireworks Cruise - 31 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport 11520
      Heading to Jones Beach, instead? There's a fireworks cruise there, too! The Jones Beach Fireworks Cruise has a live DJ, cash bar, snacks, and a smooth ride to the best seats in the house for the fireworks show.

    6. Parade of American Flags  – 633 Mt. Sinai Coram Rd., Mt. Sinai 11766
      Looking for something fun and educational to do before all of the great fireworks start? Head to the Avenue of America for the Parade of American Flags, located close to Mount Sinai homes for sale. Here you'll find a collection of 100 national, state, and territorial flags spanning the history of America. Learn about the history of each flag and discover the symbols that make each flag special. This free event is open to all ages and is a great way to experience some patriotic pride on Independence Day.

    Are you searching for a home of your own, close to all of the great holiday events on Long Island throughout the year? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    June
    10

    How to Celebrate Long Island Dads on Father's Day

    Long Island Fathers Day

    Father's Day is June 16th, and our REALTORS® want to take a moment to thank the many father-figures that have made our lives amazing. Whether a father works long hours at the office or spends day and night caring for his children, being a dad is no easy job. In appreciation of the hard work and sacrifices our fathers have made, celebrate of Father's Day by grabbing your dad or grandfather and treating them to a delicious meal, cold beverage or fun activity around Long Island.

    1. Rothmann's Steakhouse – 6319 Northern Blvd., East Norwich, NY 11732
      Treat your dad to a dinner fit for a king at Rothmann's Steakhouse. Not far from East Norwich homes for sale, Rothmann's has been attracting diners from far and wide for over a century — including famous faces like President Theodore Roosevelt and Elizabeth Taylor. One of New York's premier steakhouses, Rothmann's is known for their 38-day dry aged prime beef steaks, live Maine lobsters and special sushi rolls. Bring dad for a dinner of steaks and scotch or get an early start with a brunch buffet of omelets, seafood and more!

    2. Harbor Links – 1 Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
      Spend the afternoon on the links with dad at Long Island's premier public golf course. Harbor Links, close to Port Washington homes for sale, features the award-winning 18-hole Championship Course and a par-31 9-hole Executive Course.  We're sure every dad will agree — a rough day on the putting green is better than a good day at work!

    3. Huntington Humidor – 8 New St., Huntington, NY 11743
      Does your dad love the taste of a smooth cigar? Then take him to the Huntington Humidor for the finest quality cigars near Huntington homes for sale. Specializing in the best tobacco selections from around the world, you and your father can hang out in the public lounge and enjoy a quiet smoke. Looking for a more exclusive gift? Rent a private lounge for the two of you which includes Wi-Fi, multiple televisions, coffee service and so much more!

    4. Port Jeff Brewing Company – 22 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      Trust us — your dad deserves a cold beer and there's no better place in Port Jefferson to find a delicious craft beer than the Port Jeff Brewing Company. Located just a few minutes from Port Jefferson homes for sale, Port Jeff Brewing Company is a craft brewery that has a tasting room perfect for sampling their small-batch beers. Their year-round selection includes the Trippel H Belgian style ale, the Party Boat IPA and the powerful Porter. They also release special beers throughout the year so you never know what tasty brew on tap might become your dad's new favorite beer.

    5. Angler Fishing Fleet – 405 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050
      Every dad deserves an adventure at sea, and The Angler Fleet fishing charter will give your father an amazing half-day trip on the Long Island Sound. Set sail from Inspiration Warf near Port Washington homes for sale and head into the Sound to catch striped bass, blackfish, flounder and porgy. These calm waters are perfect for casting a line and kicking back for a relaxing afternoon with your dad!

    6. Bowlero Commack – 2183 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
      Bowling plus beer and bite-sized snacks equal the perfect Father's Day afternoon! Iron your dad's old bowling shirt and bring him to Bowlero for a few frames of fun. Just down the street from Commack homes for sale, Bowlero has 40 lanes, an arcade, sports bar and lounge area where you two can spend the day trying to conquer the dreaded 7-10 split. If you're looking for a budget-friendly activity after dinner, be sure to stop by after 6 pm for reduced game prices and arcade card deals.

    Would you like to treat your dad to more Father's Day fun? Contact us today and let us help you make this Father's Day special by finding Dad the perfect Long Island home for sale.

    June
    3

    Long Island Outdoors: Favorite Spots to Go Running

    Long Island Running Trails

    Long Island — are you ready for a run? June 5th is National Running Day, and our REALTORS® are ready to lace up our running shoes and get our hearts pumping! Whether you run 5Ks like there's no tomorrow or can only fit in a good jog when work calms down, any time spent running is a great way to clear the mind and strengthen the body. We hope you'll join us in celebrating National Running Day at some favorite Long Island spots for running.

    1. Avalon Park & Preserve – 200 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
      Run away from it all — or at least for a little while — with a trip to Avalon Park & Preserve. Just across from Stony Brook homes for sale, this natural conservation area is home to jogging trails that will you across five different types of habitats. You can create a running route of any length around this 8-acre preserve as the various trails intersect and loop at different points. Pavement, crushed stone and boardwalk paths will give your feet a change of pace as you get lost in the labyrinth located in the center of the park.

    2. Blydenburgh County Park – 100 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Smithtown, NY 11787
      Surrounding Smithtown homes for sale are several parks including Blydenburgh County Park. Run their trail from the entrance to Stump Pond or follow the trail as it connects you to Forestwood Park and Caleb Smith State Park. Blydenburgh County Park is also a perfect place to get your run in with your furry friend. Let them off the leash at the Blydenburgh Dog Park and run around together in celebration of National Running Day!

    3. Heckscher State Park – 1 Heckscher State Parkway, East Islip, NY 1730
      Not far from East Islip homes for sale is Heckscher State Park, a perfect spot for tons of outdoor activities including a great run. This 1,600-acre park has four miles of paved trails. Jog along the Great South Bay and keep your eye out for deer, birds and other wildlife that you may encounter on the trails.

    4. RVC Athletic Complex/Hempstead Lake – Peninsula Blvd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      Do you prefer track or trail? What about indoor or outdoor? At the RVC Athletic Complex, you can run whichever route you desire! Located just across the street from Rockville Centre homes for sale, the RVC Athletic Complex is home to Malloy College's sports teams. Run on their indoor track or soak up some sun on the outdoor track. For those who want to go the distance, you can run the trail around Hempstead Lake.  

    5. Northport Nautical Mile – From Laurel Ave School (158 Laurel Ave) to Northport Village Dock (1 Main St.), Northport, NY 11768
      The Northport Nautical Mile is a June 15th race organized by the Northport Running Club, however, you can run this route any day of the year! Explore the village as you run passed Northport homes for sale down to the Northport Bay. If you extend your run, continue north beside Northport Park or south near Cow Harbor Park and enjoy the refreshing breeze along the bayside.

    Looking for Suffolk and Nassau County homes for sale?  Our REALTORS® are ready to help you get the race started toward homeownership in one of our nearby communities.

    May
    28

    Summer Camps for Long Island Kids

    Long Island Summer Camps
    This summer, our REALTORS® want to help you find the perfect summer camp for your children. From half-day camps to overnight trips, these six facilities create unforgettable summers for kids of all ages.

    1. Saint Patrick's Teen Travel Camp – 280 East Main St., Smithtown, NY 11787 
      Looking for a way to get your teen to put their phone in their pocket and get engaged with the world around them? Consider enrolling them in Saint Patrick's Teen Travel Camp. These overnight travel groups offer kids 13-15 unforgettable trips to places like Hershey Park and Disney. Saint Pat's has other fun and immersive summer camps for kids aged 3-5 and 6-12. Lunches will be served and each child will get a camp t-shirt to wear during trip days. This great summer camp experience is only steps away from Smithtown homes for sale but it will take your children on supervised adventures around the East Coast.

    2. American Theatre Dance Workshop – 500 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501 
      Families looking at Garden City homes for sale are always interested in learning about the cultural and arts programs offered around town for children. The American Theatre Dance Workshop offers three amazing summer camps for kids of all ages. The general dance camp features creative dancing, ballet, tap or theatre dancing while the intensive camps increase the skill level with the addition of pointe, hip hop and modern dance along with vocal and acting work. For the most magical experience, girls can attend Princess Dance Camp where they will dance to their favorite songs, complete arts and crafts, and even get a surprise visit from some Princesses!

    3. Buckley Day Camp – 2 I.U. Willets Rd., Roslyn, NY 11576 
      Buckley Day Camp hosts six different camps in the village of Roslyn, just a small drive from Manhasset homes for sale. Junior Camp is perfect for the little ones that haven't yet entered grade school while the Intermediate Camp facilitates activities for grades 1-4. The Senior Camp, Teen Camp and CIT Camp each offer hours of fun for kids in grades 5-7, 8-9 and 10-11, respectively. Mom and dad can join the fun too with Parent & Child Camp for 18-30 month children. View Buckley's camp calendar and give your child memories that will last a lifetime.

    4. Camp W – 121 Wolf Hill Rd., Melville, NY 11747 
      Athletics mixed with academics and every activity in between — the day camps at Camp W are filled with a diverse schedule that will pique the interest of any aged child. Kids take to the field for football and softball then can learn magic, martial arts, website design and so much more. If you're planning on moving into Huntington homes for sale this summer, Camp W is a wonderful neighbor to have.

    5. Garvies Point Museum & Preserve Summer Day Camps – 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY 11542 
      Keep your children's minds active with hands-on activities at summer day camps provided by Garvies Point Museum & Preserve. These themed weeks cover topics like nature, geology and Native American history. They'll learn about animals, plants, astronomy and more while making new friends in these educational workshops. The Garvies Point Museum & Preserve is located along Barry Drive surrounded by beautiful Nassau County homes for sale.

    6. New York Musician's Center – 701 Bedford Ave., Bellmore, NY 11710 
      Make summer vacation rock with the camps at New York Musician's Center. This national award-winning music school has been voted the best place for music lessons on Long Island near Rockville Centre homes for sale. Guitar, piano, singing, drum and string instrument lessons are available during these 20-hour camps. Let this summer camp take your 4th-9th graders on a musical journey!

    For more information about summer camps or homes for sale on Long Island, contact us today.

    May
    13

    6 Spots on Long Island for the Perfect Selfie

    LONG ISLAND SPOTS FOR SELFIES
    Did you know that May 21st is National Selfie Day? It's true, so now is the time to start planning your Instagram exploits for this unique holiday. Fortunately, Long Island is the perfect place to celebrate National Selfie Day, no matter what type of background you like for your favorite photos. From scenic shorelines to quaint downtowns, historic farms, parks, and sprawling natural beauty, there are so many great places on Long Island to snap the perfect selfie. Our REALTORS® know every corner of Long Island, and we've got six great, Instagram-worthy spots where you can snap the perfect selfie this year.

    1. Stony Brook University Sculpture Garden – 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook 11794
      Looking to show off your artistic side in a selfie? Stony Brook homes for sale make it easy to reach the scenic Stony Brook University campus and its unique sculpture garden. Snap a selfie in this beautiful, outdoor setting, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a thriving college campus.

    2. Montauk Lighthouse – 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk 11954
      Capture Long Island's nautical vibe with a selfie at the historic Montauk Lighthouse, with beautiful views of the sea, rocky shore, and of course the lighthouse itself. Stopping by during the sunset can make for an awe-inspiring shot of one of Long Island's iconic photo spots. There's also a museum on-site, where you can learn more about the Montauk Lighthouse.

    3. Oheka Castle – 135 West Gate Dr., Huntington 11743
      The Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate, located in Huntington, is one of the most beautiful properties in all of Long Island. Huntington homes for sale are just a quick trip from this gorgeous Gold Coast mansion, where you will find the ideal backdrop for a stately selfie.

    4. Adventureland – 2245 Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale 11735
      One of Long Island's favorite spots for family fun is also a great place to snap a selfie, with bright lights, big rides, and families having the time of their lives. With its convenient location in Farmingdale, Adventureland is easily accessible from a wide variety of Nassau County homes for sale.

    5. Long Island Aquarium – 431 E Main St., Riverhead 11901
      With both indoor and outdoor exhibits along with a vast collection of aquatic life, the Long Island Aquarium is a fun destination for nature-lovers of all ages. It's also a perfect spot for a selfie, with thousands of fish and aquatic animals that provide a truly unique background for your photo.

    6. Avalon Park and Preserve – 200 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook 11790
      Return to scenic Stony Brook to visit Avalon Park and Preserve, which regularly ranks as one of the most beautiful spots on Long Island. This park showcases the rich natural history of the area and inspires wonder in all who visit. Doesn't that sound like a great place for a selfie? Best of all, you can come back during each season to grab another stunning shot of yourself at the park.

    Still searching for the perfect home close to all of the beautiful scenery and Instagram-worthy vistas of Long Island? Contact us to buy, sell, and learn about real estate throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    May
    6

    6 Sip-Worthy Wineries on Long Island

    Long Island Wineries
    Did you know that it's almost time to celebrate one of the most delicious holidays of the year? We're talking, of course, about National Wine Day! Celebrated every year on May 25th, National Wine Day is an opportunity to pay homage to everything you love about your favorite glass of wine.

    Naturally, a wine goes best with a good meal and even better people, so National Wine Day also presents the perfect chance to explore Long Island's wine scene with friends and family. No matter what corner of Long Island you call home, there's a great winery, vineyard, retailer, or tasting room close to home. Our REALTORS® are here with a guide to six Long Island destinations for celebrating National Wine Day this year.

    1. Del Vino Vineyards – 29 Norwood Rd., Northport 11768
      Located just a quick trip from East Northport homes for sale, Del Vino Vineyards is the first stop on the popular North Shore Wine Trail. This family-owned and operated vineyard has a history dating back more than 100 years, and today is known for creating some of the best wine on Long Island. It's also a great spot for weddings, parties, and other big events.

    2. Testa Wines of the World – 1035 Oyster Bay Rd., East Norwich 11732
      Finished shopping for Huntington homes for sale, and looking to celebrate National Wine Day in your new dwelling? Testa Wines of the World is one of Long Island's best-known wine importers, with a bottle to match every taste, and offers a convenient location just west of Huntington. Stop by, tell the friendly, knowledgeable staff about your favorite types of wine, and pick the perfect bottle to go with your National Wine Day meal.

    3. Harmony Vineyards – 169 Harbor Rd., Head of the Harbor 11780
      Stony Brook homes for sale make it easy to reach the delightful Harmony Vineyards, a perfect destination for celebrating National Wine Day this year. Stop by for a National Wine Day brunch, or hang out late into the night with other wine enthusiasts.

    4. The Wine Cellar on Main – 70 Main St., Northport 11768
      Looking for great food and even better wine located close to Northport homes for sale? Look no farther than the Wine Cellar on Main, where music, wine, and food are always on the menu. The Wine Cellar features live music most nights, and plenty of great food to pair with your glass.

    5. La Parma – 415 Main St., Port Washington 11050
      What could go better with a fine glass of wine than a big, traditional Italian dinner? La Parma, located around the corner from Port Washington homes for sale, offers an ideal mix of fantastic food, fabulous wine, and friendly, personal service – perfect for celebrating National Wine Day with your favorite people.

    6. Whisper Vineyards – 485 Edgewood Ave., St. James 11780
      Smithtown homes for sale make it easy to reach the popular Whisper Vineyards, where there's never a bad time to celebrate with a great glass of wine. This award-winning vineyard, established in 2004, has quickly grown into one of Long Island's premier destinations for fine wine and great times. In addition to wines created on-site, Whisper Vineyards offers spirits from a variety of local producers.

    Still searching for the perfect home close to all of the excellent food and drink available on Long Island? Contact us to buy, sell, and learn about real estate throughout the Long Island area.

    April
    29

    What to Expect Your First Year Owning a Home

    First Year Owning a Home
    Buying your first house is an exciting time and often filled with thoughts of new furniture, gallons of paint, and hardwood floors. It is wise to prepare for unexpected issues that can occur during the first year of homeownership.

    That's especially true if you're used to the renter's life. There are plenty of things to consider when you--instead of a landlord--are responsible for maintenance of your new digs.

    Don't panic. It just takes planning, and a willingness to embrace the inevitable surprises that come with owning a home. Our REALTORS® are here to help you make a seamless transition into your first year of owning a home.;

    • Shopping with the Future in Mind
      One of the best things about moving from renting to owning is that your stuff now has a long-term home, too. For many first-time homeowners, that presents the opportunity to upgrade from the thrifty furnishings of an apartment to something more permanent for your own home. It's essential to keep an eye on finances during your first year, but that doesn't mean you can't pick up some new furnishings or decorative items for your home.

    • Maintenance Takes Time and Money
      In the past, you may have called your landlord when there was an issue with your rental property. Now, you're responsible for maintaining your home. There are plenty of minor maintenance issues you can tackle DIY or contract out for a reasonable fee, but eventually, there will be bigger issues that may carry a more significant cost and require the help of an expert.

    • An Emergency Fund Is Your Friend
      Since you can't always predict when a significant maintenance issue will pop up, it's crucial to have an emergency fund. Set aside some extra cash whenever you can, so that when something big arises – like roof or plumbing issues – you'll be able to cover it without breaking your budget. If there's a maintenance emergency, you'll be happy that you have some funds ready to address it quickly.

    • Renovations May Have to Wait
      It's perfectly normal to dream about the upgrades that you'll make to your new home, but the first year isn't always the best time to tackle big renovation projects. Take some time to get used to owning a home, get comfortable with your budget, and decide which renovation projects are right for the home.

    • Prepare for the Cost of Utilities
      Heating and cooling an apartment may not cost a ton, but some utility costs may increase when you make the upgrade to owning. Be prepared for extra monthly expenses, especially when it comes to heating and cooling.

    • Setting Priorities Is Crucial
      Whether we're talking maintenance, renovation projects, or anything else around the house, setting priorities makes life much easier when owning a home. Make the most of your budget by prioritizing maintenance issues and projects. The to-do list never really ends, but for many, that is part of the joy of owning a home.

    Are you a renter, and still searching for the right home to call your own? Our team is here to help. Contact us to learn more about how we help both new and experienced buyers find their ideal home.

    April
    22

    Celebrate Long Island Living at the Montauk Music Festival

    Montauk Music Festival
    Montauk residents and music lovers from across the state are anxiously awaiting the 10th annual Montauk Music Festival (MMF). This year, the four-day event will feature over 400 up-and-coming musical artists from a variety of genres including rock, alternative, pop, hip-hop, folk, jazz, reggae, blues, country, and more!

    Our real estate agents rank MMF as one of their favorite events of the year, and once you check it out, you'll understand why. Here's everything you need to know so you and your family can get the most out of this not-to-be-missed event.

    4 Days of Entertainment at Montauk Music Festival

    MMF kicks off on Thursday, May 16th with an opening party at The Montauk Yacht Club from 7 p.m. to midnight. For the next three days, visitors will be able to choose from a variety of free concerts at over 40 different venues throughout the city.

    On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., there will also be open-air concerts at the Montauk Lighthouse. Grab a blanket, some chairs, and your family and friends, and plan to spend the day there. There will be food, soda, and alcoholic beverage