If you're adopting a puppy, congratulations! They're a big responsibility, but they're also well worth it. Spring is perfect for welcoming a new addition to your Long Island home. Our REALTORS® recommend the following tips for homeowners welcoming a puppy into their family.
Contact us today if you're looking for a home on Long Island. Our agents would be happy to show you Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.
If you're unfamiliar with color therapy and color psychology, interior designers can assure you that both are used in home design to improve mental health and mood. Our REALTORS® also know how color choices impact a home's interior design appeal.
Color psychology indicates that colors can generate physiological changes like boosting your heart rate, hormone levels, and mood. It's pretty impressive that you can actually change body and mind functions as well as design appeal just by choosing the right room colors. The trick is to blend the colors you like into a pleasing combination for all the elements in your room.
Warmer colors make a strong visual statement, so they're great choices for homeowners who aren't afraid to do something different and take a few risks.
Red – Red, the most intense color in the spectrum, can increase your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. It stimulates the mind and evokes feelings of love, passion, and power. Red is a great color choice for living rooms, dining rooms, and family rooms where people gather.
Orange – Orange promotes activity and creates feelings of enthusiasm and excitement. It's an energetic color that works great in exercise rooms, kitchens, and playrooms. Paired with shades of brown, tan, celery, and brick red, your room will feel more relaxing.
Yellow – Yellow is a bright color that stimulates happiness and joy. This color works for any room in the house. To create depth and sophistication, add shades of brown, mustard, and gold in rugs, furnishings, and accessories.
Cooler colors are relaxing because they remind us of things in nature, like blue oceans and skies, green grass and trees, and soft colors in flowers. Blues and greens are considered the most relaxing colors for home interiors.
Blue – Shades of blue, even deeper shades, are calming and soothing. In contrast to red, they lower your heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing. Soft blues in pastel shades, as well as dark blues like navy, are lovely mixed with textured and plaid upholstery and oyster or white paint.
Green – Green is a color that most people like, and it's also the most relaxing color. Light shades like celery and seafoam create fresh spaces, while dark shades like emerald, hunter, and olive create intensity, but they can be toned down with white accents.
Purple – As a cool color, shades of purple are relaxing but much more sophisticated. If you want a relaxing bedroom, think lavender or periwinkle. For depth and drama, think eggplant, mauve, or mulberry mixed with shades of pink, off-white, and gold or silver accents.
Grey – Grey is warm, timeless, and versatile. It's more contemporary than brown and works well in almost any room in the house. Lighter shades like cloud and pearl create relaxing, classic spaces, while darker shades like charcoal and slate create edgy, modern spaces. Gray mixes well with warm and cool colors.
White – You can't get more timeless and sophisticated than white. Not only is it clean and calming, but it makes any room feel more open and spacious. There are over 100 shades of white paint that pair beautifully with brown and beige, as well as brighter colors. Accessories in gold, silver, or black make great accents.
If you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, color psychology can help you create a stunning interior. Contact us so we can help you find your dream home.
Buying a home is similar to writing a novel with many possible endings. Our REALTORS® will guide you through making an offer so that you are prepared for everything from the seller accepting your offer, to the seller making a counteroffer, to the seller requesting conditions that aren't in your best interests. With proper planning and execution, you'll end up owning the home you want, at the price you want to pay, and with conditions that are acceptable to all parties.
When the Seller Accepts Your Offer
When you find the right property within the Nassau County homes for sale and make a reasonable offer, the seller may accept the offer right away. However, this doesn't equate to a contract. That only occurs when the seller accepts all of the terms in the offer and puts it in writing with their signature and yours attached. This creates a binding contract for you to purchase the property at the agreed-upon price.
When the Seller Counteroffers
It's rare for sellers in any market, including Suffolk County homes for sale, to accept an offer outright. More often than not, sellers will make a counteroffer. They may request a higher price than your offer or a change to the closing or occupancy dates. Often, they will request changes to any purchase contract contingencies. When a seller counteroffers, a series of negotiations will begin.
It's important to stay patient and optimistic during this process and to remember that a counteroffer isn't a rejection but rather an opportunity to find a middle ground where both buyer and seller are satisfied with the conditions of the sale. Negotiations can be swift, but they can also take a while. Market conditions, seller motivation, buyer interest, and other factors can influence whether the process moves quickly or gets bogged down. With proper planning and patience, the buyer will accept your offer, and you'll reach a contractual agreement to purchase the property.
When the Seller Rejects the Offer
There are many reasons a seller may reject your offer outright. The most common reason is that the offer is far lower than the seller wants to accept. When this happens, your real estate agent can reach out to the seller's agent to determine the reason for the rejection. At this point, you can submit a more attractive offer or move on to the next house. If the seller is fishing for a price that isn't supported by the market, or if the seller's wants would put you at a significant disadvantage were you to try and meet them (such as foregoing contingencies), it's usually best to move on down the road.
Don't Forget the Escape Route
Any offer should give you reasonable protection against significant problems with the property. As a buyer, you should never accept a deal that would put you at a disadvantage and potentially leave you with an expensive headache after the sale. Your offer should always include inspection contingencies and other protections that allow you to walk away should problems arise, such as structural problems with the roof or foundation, or legal problems, such as liens and property line disputes.
We encourage you to contact us to learn more about the offer process and the steps we take to help our clients navigate their way into the home they want. We are happy to answer your questions and help you develop the best strategy for your needs.
Once our REALTORS® have helped you find the right home for your needs, you may have a few projects in mind to make the house feel more like your own. Some simple tasks can be done yourself with a few tools and a free weekend. Others you might not be as comfortable with unless you're more experienced. And a few will require a professional's expertise.
The problem is that some tasks that look simple are more difficult than they seem, and while some jobs seem daunting, you could probably handle them on your own. How do you know the difference? Here are five common home projects and the skill level you need to undertake them.
Whether you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, there are plenty of home projects of all skill levels that can help you make it your own. Contact us if you're ready to find your dream home.
Do you love starting your day with a rich creamy latte? This popular drink originated in Italy and is the perfect blend of espresso and steamed milk. You can order them hot or iced—either way, this delicious beverage can help to jump-start your morning.
Lattes are also the drink of choice for many of our REALTORS® you may run into at a local Long Island coffee shop on your way to work. If it's been a while since you've treated yourself to a delicious latte, now is the time to do it. Here are our five favorite coffee shops around Long Island:
Having some of the best local coffee in your own backyard is just another great benefit of living on Long Island. Contact us today to schedule a tour of one of our amazing local listings.
Your home is likely your most valuable asset, so it's important to keep up with regular maintenance and repairs. To stay ahead of problems and keep your home safe, our REALTORS® recommend making a 2023 maintenance checklist organized by the month of the year.
Are you interested in Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale? Contact us to find your dream home.
Hosting a wine and cheese party can be a great way to bring friends or family together. You don't have to cook, and it's easy to have guests contribute. You can stand or sit around while you nibble, sip, and catch up on the latest events. A wine and cheese party works well for a housewarming party or even just a casual event. Below, our REALTORS® will share tips to help you plan a lovely, memorable gathering.
Hosting a wine and cheese party is a great way to enjoy your new home. If you're still looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, please contact us. Our agents will be happy to guide you through the house-hunting process.
People often think of New Year's Eve as a reason to go out and party. But you might rather have a quiet celebration at home if you have kids. There's nothing wrong with this, and celebrating New Year's at home with family can be very enjoyable. In honor of 2022, our REALTORS® are excited to share some ideas for a memorable New Year's house party below.
Allow yourself to be inspired by the ideas above, and enjoy a lovely New Year's Eve at home with your family. If you're still looking at Suffolk County homes for sale or Nassau County homes for sale, we welcome you to contact us. We'll help you find the perfect house for the New Year.
Moving is a lot of work any time of the year, but it becomes especially complicated around the holidays when you're juggling activities with moving prep. Here are a few tips from our REALTORS® for making your holiday-season move as easy as possible.
If you are shopping for a new home for the holidays, contact us as soon as possible to start your search. With many beautiful Suffolk County homes for sale, you're sure to find your dream home. Even if it's too late to move in before the holidays, you can give yourself the best present this holiday season.
We love our homes. Each is a place of safety, warmth, and comfort. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking it's the best place for us. Maybe it was once, but is it still? If you're not certain, it may be time to consider selling and finding a new home. But how do you decide? Where should you begin? Our REALTORS® have some ideas for you to consider.
Ultimately, only you can decide whether or not it's the time to sell. But having a licensed professional on your side to help you with the details can help you make the best choices. Contact us when you are ready to get started.
Big-box retailers have become popular places to shop, but that doesn't mean we should forget our local small businesses. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is designated as Small Business Saturday each year, and it falls on November 26 this year. It's a great reminder to support small businesses, many of which have been negatively affected by the pandemic. You'll be supporting your local economy and helping preserve unique businesses. And they're the perfect spots to pick up interesting holiday gifts or a treat for yourself.
Our REALTORS® recommend shopping small this holiday season at the following Nassau and Suffolk counties businesses:
If you're looking for a home to buy in the area, contact us to see Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. For over 65 years, our business has helped countless homeowners achieve their dreams, and we look forward to serving you as well.
If you have a big family or family out of town, the holidays probably mean that you're either traveling or hosting. Unless you host frequently, you'll most likely need to do a little prep work to prepare your home for house guests. Here are five tips from our REALTORS® on how to win at hosting for the holidays.
There's nothing like a cozily crowded house around the holidays, but if it feels too crowded, it may be time for an upgrade. Contact us today if you're ready to start your search for a new home, and you could be hosting in style next holiday season.
When you're selling a home, you may face challenges that have a big impact on your finances and profit. To protect your investment, our REALTORS® want to make you aware of some hidden costs that can take you by surprise.
Your home is likely the largest single investment you will make during your lifetime. Before you decide to list your home on the market or invest in a new home, you should be aware of fees and expenses that can reduce your bottom-line profits.
Loan processing fees
Title insurance fees
Mortgage insurance costs
Pro-rated property taxes
Property deed recording costs
Closing costs are often split between the buyer and seller and deducted from the money received at closing when final documents are signed.
If you're a homeowner, you probably have at least one title lien recorded against your property deed. Liens may include loans owed to banks for a home mortgage, loans owed to banks or other financial institutions for lines of credit, loans owed to private lenders for personal loans, and mechanics liens owed to licensed contractors. It's a good idea to check with your real estate agent or loan officer about title liens on your property.
Vacant House Costs
If your home is for sale, but you move before you sell it, you will probably encounter some vacant house costs. These are fees charged by a real estate company or a private party to keep your home in tip-top shape and protect it from vandalism and property damages. Vacant house fees usually include electricity and water bills to keep services on and property maintenance bills for yard work and winter snow removal in Suffolk County homes for sale.
If your home doesn't show well empty, you may need to invest in professional home staging services that run between $250 and $600 per room per month, but a staged house sells 88% faster than an empty one.
Selling your home will require home inspections to check for various safety problems, including roof and plumbing leaks, faulty wiring, mold, and termites. If you're selling, you can get a pre-inspection so necessary repairs can be done before you list your home. In most areas, professional home inspections range from $250 to $650, but prices vary based on property location and unforeseen damages.
Repairs and Upgrades
Banks and mortgage lenders will not approve home loans for buyers unless the investment is sound. When repairs and upgrades are needed based on home inspections, real estate contracts often split the costs between the buyer and the seller up to a predetermined amount. If repair costs are higher, the buyer and seller can renegotiate, one party can pay the total cost, or either party can back out of the real estate deal.
Interested in Nassau County homes for sale? Contact us for information on available properties and prices.
Halloween is here, and we couldn't be more excited! Of course, with all the little kids running around the neighborhood, nothing is more important than safety. That's why our REALTORS® have put together some tips to help you keep trick-or-treaters safe.
Halloween is a wonderful holiday that gives everyone a chance to embrace their inner child while also enjoying some spooky fun times. If you're looking for the perfect home to bring the holiday to life, there are plenty of Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale. Contact us, and we'll set you up with some property tours.
What's better than a sweet, moist, perfectly frosted chocolate cupcake? An excuse to eat one, of course! October 18 is National Chocolate Cupcake Day, an occasion to celebrate with one of the most well-loved desserts of all time.
Our REALTORS® love cupcakes just as much as you do, and today they'll be sharing some of their favorite places to get them around Long Island. Make sure to head out and get one before the big day!
Want easy access to all of these mouthwatering goodies all year long? If you move into one of our Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, you'll never be more than a few miles away. Contact us today to book a viewing appointment for any home in our Long Island roster and start looking for the perfect place to call your own.
Just because summer is over doesn't mean the real estate market season is over. Fall is a favorite season for many and provides ample opportunity to stage a cozy, inviting atmosphere that will appeal to homebuyers. Here are a few tips from our REALTORS® to help you make the most of listing in the fall.
Summer may be a popular time to list, but that doesn't mean you've missed your opportunity. Fall is a popular season for many homebuyers, creating an easy, natural way to make a property seem cozier. If you're ready to take advantage of the season and list your home this fall, contact us today, and ask us how to make your home more inviting to buyers.
If you started working from home during the pandemic, you probably had a lot of "making do" with your home setup, especially if it wasn't already set up for you to work from home. If you're still working from home today, you may or may not have ever gotten around to upgrading your home office setup. It's hard to remember that we're no longer "making do" and it's time to upgrade to something that just works. Here are five easy home office upgrades our REALTORS® recommend, and some of them may even help you sell your home.
You spend the majority of your waking hours working, so even if you're working from home, it's important to ensure you'll be able to work comfortably. Tricking out your home office may even add to your home's appeal with buyers. For more information, contact us today.
Fall has officially arrived in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and runners all over Long Island look forward to this season. It's the perfect time of year to hit the pavement, and there are some great races coming up.
Our REALTORS® are excited to share some of their favorite upcoming fall events on Long Island. So lace up your running shoes, and get ready for these races in Nassau and Suffolk counties!
Contact us today to learn more about upcoming fall events in New York's Suffolk and Nassau counties. If you're looking for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it on Long Island.
When looking for a new home, it's always a major selling point if there's space for your hobbies. Whether it's painting, crafting, music, fixing old cars, or something else, it's important to have an area of the house specifically outfitted for the activities that relax and engage you. Our REALTORS® can help you find a house with the perfect space for your hobby. Outfitting it for your specific needs is up to you. Here are a few tips.
Your home is your sanctuary, and with a little work, you can turn it into everything you've ever dreamed of. Contact us if you're ready to find Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. We'll help you find the best home to meet your needs.
One of the most lovely things about autumn is the color-changing leaves. Just something about those gold, orange, and red tones makes you feel comfortable. The leaves in Long Island typically start changing in early September, and they grow more beautiful as the month goes on. Our REALTORS® know the area well and recommend visiting one of these top spots for fall leaf peeping.
We hope you have a lovely time admiring fall leaves at these destinations. The Long Island area has so much to offer when it comes to natural beauty. Contact us if you're looking for a place to call home.
Craft beer has never been more popular, and it seems like great new breweries are often popping up around Long Island. It doesn't matter what style of beer you prefer; breweries provide an opportunity to try different types of beer in a fun environment. Plus, many of them have great food too!
Our REALTORS® are always on the lookout for new local breweries. With National Beer Lover's Day coming up September 7, we recommend you honor the date by visiting one of our favorite Long Island beer destinations.
Head on out and celebrate National Beer Lover's Day on Long Island. You might just discover your new favorite brew. Contact us today for more brewery recommendations or to tour one of our local listings.
Everybody needs a break now and then, and you will as you settle into your home from among Suffolk County homes for sale or Nassau County homes for sale. One great way to get ready for a day of relaxing is to update your outdoor furniture.
Maybe your outdoor furniture has seen better days and is way overdue for an upgrade, or maybe you've planned to have something better as you get your new home in shape. Our REALTORS® are here to help you choose the right replacements.
You have several materials to choose from, so consider carefully how much exposure to the elements there will be, how durable you need the furniture to be, and of course, affordability.
Will you need just enough pieces for family get-togethers, or are you planning on extensive entertaining? How well will the number of pieces you have in mind fit in a particular space? Maybe you like the idea of a matched group of pieces or prefer a more casual look, where only some or no pieces match the others. Some pieces you will be looking at include chairs, a settee or loveseat, a bench, patio sectional, chaise lounge, and tables. Avoid crowding furniture; you want to keep your outdoor area aesthetically pleasing. You can buy plenty of extra inexpensive chairs to bring out when needed.
Think about how your furniture choices will look in your space, but also how they might complement your bar, the outdoor kitchen, or the various pieces that make up your outdoor entertainment, dining, or garden area: pergola; umbrella and table and chairs; trellises; or patio walls of wood, stone, or brick.
Have fun with your outdoor furniture upgrade. Go whimsical or sedate, sleekly modern or comfortably traditional. And remember, if you have questions about buying or selling a home in Suffolk or Nassau counties, our real estate staff is ready with answers. Contact us today.
It's no secret that paint is one of the best ways to increase the value of your home, bringing a return on investment averaging 107%. But what you may not know is how a few simple tricks can elevate the interior of your home to exciting new levels. Our REALTORS® would like to share a few of those tricks with you:
Whether upgrading your house to sell or looking for a new home, our real estate professionals look forward to helping you. Contact us when you are ready to move forward.
To fish, you need the right supplies. From bait to line, your equipment makes a difference in the fish you catch. Luckily, there are several excellent bait and tackle shops on Long Island. Our REALTORS® recommend stopping by one of the following shops before your next fishing adventure.
Long Island is a great place to live if you enjoy fishing and spending time on the water. Not only are there many bait & tackle shops, but also lots of awesome fishing spots. If you're considering moving to the area, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll tell you more about our real estate services, and we can help you navigate the local market.
Summer is a wonderful time for adults and kids to enjoy the great outdoors, but what happens when the sun goes away and rain clouds are all you see? While many of us might retreat to our computer screens and streaming services, you should consider visiting one of the many indoor facilities on Long Island and the nearby areas.
To get you started, our REALTORS® have zeroed in on some of our favorites.
These are only a few amazing places to enjoy yourself on Long Island and nearby areas. Searching for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale that your family will love? Contact us today to find your ultimate dream home.
Spending a day with family is a great way to bond and re-focus on what's most important in life. If you're looking for something fun to do as a family, consider heading off to see wildlife on Long Island. From petting zoos to nature preserves, our REALTORS® can recommend some awesome places for a wildlife-focused family day.
Long Island has a lot to offer when it comes to wildlife experiences and family day activities in general. If you like it here and are looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll help you find the perfect place to call home.
Do you know that your home's indoor air quality greatly impacts your health? For home safety, our REALTORS® recommend regularly testing your indoor air quality and taking steps to reduce harmful pollutants in your home that can make you sick.
Taking steps to boost indoor air quality can help you lower your risk of developing serious health conditions and improve your quality of life. If you're considering buying Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, testing the air quality can ensure a healthy indoor environment. Here are some steps you can take to keep your family safe.
Cleaning products like glass cleaners, air fresheners, and bleach that contain toxic chemicals
Carbon monoxide, a colorless and odorless gas emitted by gas furnaces, space heaters, and stoves
Formaldehyde found in household items and composite wood products
Radon, a radioactive gas that seeps through cracks in floors and walls
Secondhand smoke from cigarettes and cigars
It's common to find a host of allergens and irritants in the home that impact air quality. The major culprits include household dust, dust mites, mold, and pet dander. These allergens can cause a range of respiratory problems like coughing, runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, and watery eyes, as well as skin rashes and hives. Take these steps to reduce indoor allergens:
Dust furniture and vacuum rugs weekly
Wash bedding in hot water twice per month to eliminate dust mites
Buy mattress covers and hypoallergenic bed pillows
Bathe and brush pets regularly
Remove mold from sinks, tubs, and showers
Check attics, basements, and leaky pipes for moisture, mildew, and mold
Control Moisture and Humidity
Moist and humid indoor conditions breed mold and mildew. Using dehumidifiers during rainy weather and hot, humid summer weather can reduce the amount of moisture in the air and prevent the growth of mold and mildew. In bathrooms, installing ceiling fans and heat lamps will have the same effect.
Good airflow in your home will help to prevent a buildup of air pollutants. On a nice day when pollen counts aren't high, open the windows to bring fresh air inside. You can also improve ventilation and air quality by:
Using an air purifier with a HEPA filter
Changing heating and air filters every month
Changing appliance filters regularly
Installing cooking vents in the kitchen
Ensuring air vents and chimneys are not obstructed
If you're interested in moving to the Long Island area, contact us for information or to schedule a tour of available homes that suit your lifestyle.
It's so exciting to move into your first home! For many new homeowners, it's also your first opportunity to get a pet. Our REALTORS® understand, and to make that experience a little easier for you, they have assembled a few tips for bringing home a new kitten.
If you're looking into Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, contact us. We'll help you find the perfect house for both you and your cat!
If you have a small yard or a hilly landscape, you can still enjoy container gardening year-round. Growing potted plants is a little harder than growing plants in the ground, but our REALTORS® have some gardening tips to help you develop a green thumb in no time. Are you ready to grab your gardening gloves and start planting?
Make a List of Plants You Like
Before you head to the nursery, think about how you want your container garden to look. Do you want drought-tolerant succulents, leafy green ferns, colorful blooms, or a variety of different plants? If you're a beginning gardener, go online to get ideas of plants you like, then make a list or take pictures with you to the nursery.
Evaluate Your Light
Light is important for healthy plants. The amount of light needed varies between types of plants, but all plants require some amount of sunlight to thrive. To determine the amount of sunlight you get during the day in Nassau County homes for sale, choose a spot in the yard and watch for morning sun, afternoon sun, or full sun most of the day.
Choose Your Plants
When choosing your plants, it's important to read the tag on the plant that shows growth requirements for best results. The tag will note requirements for sunlight (full-sun, partial-sun, or shade), watering (keep moist, allow to dry out), and soil (clay, loam, peat, sandy). Different soils have different pH levels that impact plant growth.
Save Your Plant Tags
Plant tags are critical, so save them. They tell you how much light, water, and food your plant needs, how big your plant will grow, and how to care for your plant. Tags also tell you if plants are annuals or perennials which relates to planting and blooming seasons. You can check the planting zones for Suffolk County homes for sale.
Choose Containers With Drainage
Since you're planting in pots rather than the ground, your containers need good drainage. Whether you choose clay, ceramic, plastic, or wooden pots, drainage holes on the bottom need to be 1/2-inch to 1-inch in diameter. If you choose pots without drainage holes, you'll need to drill them. Good drainage means life or death to potted plants.
Don't Skimp on Potting Soil
Healthy plants need good, rich potting soil to thrive. Don't be fooled by tricks like adding peanuts, pebbles, and food scraps to increase plant moisture and nutrition. The more potting soil you use in your pots, the more water your plants will retain in their roots. When the potting soil in containers gets low or dries out, add a fresh supply to make sure plants stay moist and healthy.
Feed Your Plants
Most types of potting soil don't contain plant nutrients, so you need to add fertilizer to your potted plants. A slow-release organic fertilizer can be added into the potting mix. It's best to empty a big batch of potting soil into a bucket, mix the fertilizer into the soil, then fill your container for planting. After the initial planting, you should fertilize weekly or bi-weekly with a good liquid fertilizer.
Plant Good Neighbors
When planting container gardens, make sure all of the plants in the garden have similar growth requirements. Don't plant succulents that need full sunlight and little water in the same area with plants that need shade and moist soil. For a healthy, thriving garden, always combine plants with similar care and growth requirements.
If you're interested in Long Island real estate, contact us for information on available properties and prices that fit your lifestyle.
When George Gershwin wrote "Summertime, and the livin' is easy," he wasn't thinking about homeowners. But the sooner you get summer maintenance out of the way, the sooner your summertime blues will fly away, and you can finally relax. Our REALTORS® have compiled a list of things to tackle in the early part of the season to help you keep your home looking its best and save you money in the long run by resolving issues while they're still small.
Summer home maintenance may not be a lot of fun, but the results are worth it. Just look at all the gorgeous Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to see what we mean. If you'd like a closer look, contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Father's Day will be here on June 19th, and there are many different places in Nassau County and Suffolk County where you can take dear ol' dad for a wonderful meal. There are hundreds of great restaurants out there, and our REALTORS® have nailed down a few of their favorites:
Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can find you your dream home. Contact us today to get started!
Paddlesports are not only great exercise, but they're also a great way to relax, connect with nature, and enjoy all the outdoor beauty Long Island has to offer. Living in an area surrounded by water means ample opportunity for kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Paddlesports happen to be some of our REALTORS® favorite summer hobbies. Here are some of our favorite places to kayak around Long Island:
Kayaking around Long Island gives you a unique perspective on all the local wonders and beauty. Looking for more summertime activities? Contact us today for more local recommendations.
After listing your house with our REALTORS®, you've found a buyer and are closing soon. You're finally ready to finish up with your old home as you prepare to move on. The selling process involves a lot of emotions, and it can be stressful wondering how to clean the house one final time after selling. While the temptation to skip out on the remaining cleaning chores can be strong, cleaning after selling your home is important. Here are some tips on what to clean.
Are you still looking for the ideal home to move into after selling? Go through our Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to find a new house today. You can contact us today with specifics of what you need in a home to make your home-buying process easier.
You've decided to buy your dream home. The real estate market is exciting with numerous options to choose from and marks the beginning of realizing your dream. However, navigating through the market and finding a home you wish to purchase can be difficult. Sometimes, the buying process takes longer than expected. Our REALTORS® have put together these five tips to help you remain positive during the buying process.
Buying a home is an exciting milestone that can attract immense pressure with so much to do. Being patient with yourself can make the entire process more bearable. Go through our Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale. Contact us if you find a home matching your needs and wants.
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.
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.
May 6th is National Space Day. What better way to celebrate than by checking out the tremendous innovations in space exploration we've made over the years? Or by experiencing the beauty of space for yourself? There are great options to do both right in your new neighborhood. If you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale, you can pay a visit to the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Or if you're looking at Suffolk County homes for sale, you'll want to see the Vanderbilt Planetarium.
Wherever you're looking to move to, our REALTORS® can help you find a house that meets your needs and show you some of the fun and interesting things to do around the neighborhood. Contact us today and let us get you into your dream home.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pi Day is observed on March 14, but instead of trying to remember exactly what pi stands for, it's a great excuse to stop by a local bakery for some pie. The Long Island area is home to many bakeries worth visiting on Pi Day or any other.
Our REALTORS® suggest taking a tasty trip to one of the bakeries around Long Island to enjoy pie on Pi Day.
Contact us to see Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. We've served Long Island's real estate needs for 65 years, earning a reputation for experience, finesse, and a deep commitment to our agents, community, and people who are drawn to live on Long Island.
Planting a butterfly garden has many rewards. Chief among them, of course, are visitations by these extravagantly beautiful fluttering insects that all of us, from children and upwards, delight in. But there's also the enjoyment you'll feel at creating an attractively landscaped garden with interesting plants and eye-catching colors and foliage.
Perhaps the biggest reward, however, is that you'll be helping butterflies in the area of Nassau county homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale by way of countering some of the hardships that are besetting these fascinating insects nationwide: principally, loss of habitat.
Before launching your butterfly garden, visit some local nurseries and talk to a staff member knowledgeable in local butterflies and their needs. You might also go to a local public butterfly garden such as Floral Park Centennial Garden, where an expert can advise you on local plants for your garden.
When you visit a nursery, you'll see a wide variety of plants labeled "butterfly attractor" or "butterfly plant." Many of these plants, such as members of the Buddleia genus, are great butterfly-attracting plants. The problem with some of them is that they are non-native and have become invasive since being introduced to the United States. So if at all possible, concentrate on acquiring native plants. These are plants that butterflies from this region evolved with and find most nourishing.
Then, there's the matter of choosing pollen-bearing plants for energy and planting other species for caterpillar food. Flowers are, of course, the main source of nectar, which helps migratory butterflies such as monarchs make their way to warmer climates in the winter. But the flowering nectar plants will be different from the plants you plant for caterpillar food. The latter are plants that will attract the butterfly when seeking to lay eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the caterpillars eat the leaves, then turn into a chrysalis and, eventually, a butterfly. Both types of plants are recommended for creating a well-balanced butterfly garden.
Of course, the plants you choose will also depend on the conditions in your yard. Choose a sunny, open spot (dappled shade in part of the garden is OK) for best results. Among the plants you might try:
A word about milkweed: there are several milkweed species, but it's best if you plant those native to our area. Milkweed is an important plant for migratory monarch butterflies in particular, whose decline has been partially attributed to destruction of milkweed in fields and due to development.
Some non-native plants that are butterfly attractors and do well in our area are alyssum, lantana, petunias, and zinnias.
You can plant such herbs as parsley and dill and fennel and sage for caterpillar food.
Vary your plantings, including annuals and perennials, as well as bushes, shrubs, and vines. Butterflies and caterpillars need protection from predators, such as birds. Yes, we love birds, but they do eat insects, so give your butterflies a break by planting your garden near a bush or tree where they can shelter. A shallow pan with damp gravel or rocks will be helpful to provide moisture and minerals.
Need tips on what sells when improving your property? Our REALTORS® can help. Contact us today.
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.
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!
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.
Stove and Oven – Vinegar'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.
Microwave – Clean 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.
Refrigerator – Throw 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.
Disposal – Pour 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 Cans – Before 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.
Toilets – Pour 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 Drains – To 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Buying a home is a tried and trusted way to put down roots for your family and build wealth. However, it's a significant investment, and before it's down, you may be surprised by all the fees, points, and other funds you have to pour into that investment. Our REALTORS® know that last-minute surprises are never pleasant, which is why first-time homebuyers should thoroughly understand what closing costs to expect and who is expected to pay them. This is crucial because it is the buyer's responsibility to pay for many of the expenses.
Closing Costs for Sellers
Prorated property taxes owed, as well as any transfer taxes, are the seller's responsibility. Likewise, the seller is responsible for paying the agent commission, which is usually anywhere from 5% to 8% of the sales price, title insurance, any HOA fees owed, their attorney fees, closing credits, and any escrow money they owe to the buyer.
Closing Costs for Buyers
Buyers will have to shell out money for originating and processing the loan. Origination fees are typically 1% of the total amount of the loan. The bank will also add an application fee, which is usually around $300.
A potentially very advantageous fee that is optional is to buy points which allow buyers to reduce the long-term interest rate and thus the total amount they will pay for the loan. Points usually go for about 1% of the total loan value and allow buyers to receive a .25% reduction in the rate for every point they buy.
Buyers will also have to pay for the appraisal fee, which is usually between $300-500 dollars, $20-30 for a credit report, tax service fees, mortgage insurance, homeowner's insurance, property tax, and HOA dues. With the inclusion of HOA dues and mortgage insurance, these additional costs can easily add several thousand dollars to the home's purchase price.
It's Not Nailed Down Until It's Nailed Down
It's not nailed down and determined who's going to pay what costs until it is spelled out in the contract. Buyers should always make sure that the responsibility for payment is clearly defined and assigned in the contract. Buyers should always work closely with their real estate agent, attorney, and lender to confirm that everything is lined up and that everyone knows who's paying what and how much they're paying. The more open the communication, the less likely surprises will pop up and risk sinking the deal.
Ways to Save a Buck
Where there's a will, there's always a way to save money. It's possible to find mortgage lenders that don't charge origination fees. You can also find down-payment assistance programs and grants to cover closing costs. And, it's almost always possible to include the closing costs into the loan and pay these off over time. However, the disadvantage to this strategy is that you will end up paying them back with interest; thus, they will cost you more if you don't pay them off right away.
We know you have lots of questions about buying a home. We invite you to contact us to learn more about the closing costs associated with the Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale you have your eye on. We will be happy to give you the answers you need to make the best decision for your goals.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you live in a large country estate or a chic city condo, adequate storage is a necessity. Most homeowners feel they never have enough storage regardless of their home's size. With help from our REALTORS®, you can discover some creative storage solutions for your home.
Your living room serves as an entryway into your home and a gathering area for entertaining. While many Nassau County homes for sale feature large, inviting living rooms, they may lack sufficient storage space for your needs. Take a look at easy ways to add storage to your living room.
If you're interested in buying or selling a home in the New York area, contact us for information on available homes and prices that fit your lifestyle.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 sale, one 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.
Are you looking for a new home? We can help. Contact us, and we'll do our best to give you the information you need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If you're thinking about buying or selling on Long Island, contact us for information and prices on available properties that meet your needs.
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.
Contact us for more information about our services. It's our pleasure to help you make Long Island your new home!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If the age of a home is subjective, what are the factors you should pay attention to more? Here's a breakdown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking to put your house on the market among Suffolk County homes for sale? Contact us, and it will be our pleasure to help.
When searching for a house among Suffolk County homes for sale, "walkability" is often an important factor. Whether you want to live in the suburbs and have close access to walkable areas or you prefer to reside right in the middle of the action, there are plenty of excellent options in the Long Island area.
Our REALTORS® love showing homes in these vibrant cities since there are so many exciting things to do. Here are a few of our favorite nearby towns with walkable main streets.
If you're ready to find the home you've been dreaming of among Nassau County homes for sale, the professionals at Coach Realtors are here to help! Contact us today to discuss your homebuying goals.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our real estate agents can advise you about choosing homes that meet your pets' needs and yours. Contact us today.
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.
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.
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.
If a home sale is on your holiday wish list, Coach Realtors can help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.