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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are six crucial questions that our REALTORS® recommend asking during a video tour. The answers you receive will let you know whether it's the right property for you, or whether it's time to move on down the road to the next house.
We're open for business, and it is always our pleasure to schedule video home tours for Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale. We encourage you to contact us to schedule a video tour of the homes you want to see in the region.
Our REALTORS® know that one of the biggest draws of Long Island is the chance to live by the shore!
Seaside property is always in demand in Long Island. Whether you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, you shouldn't pass up the opportunity to visit some coastal homes.
Many people have never considered that they might be able to find the ideal coastal property for them. If you haven't thought about it before, now is the perfect time to give coastal living a much closer look. It is more attainable than you think!
When you buy a waterfront property, you're not just getting a new home. The truth is, you're signing on to a whole new lifestyle that can be deeply rewarding. For the right buyer, the benefits are undeniable.
Let's look at the top reasons waterfront living can't be beat:
When you want to buy a waterfront home, it's crucial to work with an expert in these unique properties. Your real estate agent can help you find one that offers the beauty and privacy you want, all while helping you make sure that your dreams for the property can be realized.
Contact us to learn more. We look forward to helping you.
Like many people, you've probably dreamt of owning a vacation property. But is 2020 the right year to take the plunge on a second home? After all, mortgage rates are at a historical low. But this is a time of economic uncertainty. And we don't know when the economy will fully recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. There's a lot to consider before you invest, which is why Our REALTORS® give you this rundown of the pros and cons of buying a vacation home in 2020.
Before you start looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, talk to our REALTORS® to get an insight into the current real estate market conditions and find out if this is the time to take the shot. Contact us today.
Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, there's one thing you can count on: Our REALTORS® are there to make the whole process easier for you. We'll guide you every step of the way so you can make informed choices.
Unfortunately, even savvy buyers often believe some real estate myths.
It's no surprise certain real estate myths are so common. They've been around a long time and it's easy to pick them up through word of mouth. Some real estate myths were truths once upon a time. However, real estate changes quickly – and it's important to move with the times.
To make things even more complicated, the coronavirus pandemic has changed real estate in a very short time. Buyers and sellers around Long Island need to be aware of how COVID-19 has shaped the local market, but it's also crucial not to overcorrect.
Here are the biggest real estate myths to bust in 2020:
When it's time to buy your next Long Island home, Coach Realtors is here to help. Contact us for personalized advice.
Are you thinking about capitalizing on the Airbnb trend and purchasing a rental property? You're certainly not alone! Millions of homeowners around the world have embraced Airbnb as a second or even primary source of income, but success isn't as simple as shopping for a Suffolk County home for sale and setting up a mattress in a spare room. Prepping your home to become part of the hospitality industry isn't for everyone, and it takes work to turn your home into an Airbnb earner. Our REALTORS® are here to help you make an informed decision, with a look at the pros and cons of jumping on the Airbnb bandwagon.
Turn a Second Home or Spare Room into Extra Income
Let's start with the biggest pro, and the reason you're probably interested in Airbnb in the first place. If your home has a good location and you prep it properly, you can turn your Airbnb property into a significant source of income. It takes work to excel with Airbnb, but if you stick with it, the payoff can be significant. You can rent out unused space in your own home, or purchase a property specifically as an Airbnb investment. Either way, you can generate extra income without Airbnb being your main job.
Prepping a Home for Airbnb Can Be Costly
While you can certainly generate significant income with an Airbnb property, the eventual payoff often comes with a substantial upfront cost. If you're renting out a home through Airbnb, your customers will expect a home that's ready to host guests. That may require significant renovations to create a comfortable, inviting space. You'll also need to think about the costs of utilities, cleaning, landscaping, and anything else required for your property to look its best.
Competition Is Fierce
Part of the reason that prepping a home for Airbnb can be costly is that the level of competition can be quite high. There are millions of Airbnb properties around the world, and you'll also be competing with local hotels for business. While competition is far from a dealbreaker, it's important to recognize that an Airbnb home isn't a turnkey investment.
Show Your Love for Your Community
Do you love the place that you call home, and enjoy helping people discover all that your community has to offer? As an Airbnb host, you put yourself in a perfect position to promote your community and draw new business to the area.
Local Regulations Can Make Things Complicated
Before making the leap with Airbnb, it's critical to check out the local regulations for rental and hospitality properties. There may be limits on how long you can rent out the property, and taxes can vary significantly based on location. You'll also want to check whether your mortgage lender allows you to sublet the property and look at how renting the property out will impact your homeowners insurance.
Becoming Part of the Hospitality Industry
Behind every Airbnb success story, there's usually an enthusiastic host who loves making guests feel at home. If you love helping guests feel comfortable and pointing them toward the best local attractions, then Airbnb may be for you. If you don't like the hospitality side of things, then a traditional rental property may be a better fit.
Whether you're looking for a home that allows you to become part of the sharing economy with Airbnb or simply searching for the perfect place to call home, we can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Suffolk County.
Owning your own home remains a crucial part of the American dream, but it isn't always easy. From growing debt problems to an ever-changing real estate market, there are plenty of potential roadblocks to homeownership. For veteran and military home buyers, there are some options well worth considering.
Our REALTORS® are proud to have helped countless veterans and active servicemen and women buy homes—in many cases, their first homes. We're grateful for the opportunity to help. If you're a veteran or military homebuyer, keep these tips in mind as you start the homebuying process.
Our team of dedicated REALTORS® has years of experience helping troops and veterans buy their first homes. If you're ready to learn more, contact us today to explore the ways we can help you become a homeowner.
When you're buying a house, many intangible factors come into play. Is it in a safe neighborhood? How is the school system? Does it have a great view? Our REALTORS® find that for many people, job commute is one of the top criteria for evaluating homes.
Today's job landscape has gone beyond the traditional nine-to-five workday, so commute time isn't such a cut-and-dried issue. Here are some expert tips for putting job commute in perspective when choosing a home to buy.
Whether you're buying or selling a home on Long Island, our experienced REALTORS® have the know-how to help you find the solution you're looking for. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® today and get started.
Buying a house is a big deal, whether you're moving across town or across the country. Of course, a long-distance move to a different state comes with its own unique challenges, starting with how to shop for the right home across state lines. How do you shop, when you can't readily visit target homes and neighborhoods? Our REALTORS® love helping buyers find the right home no matter their location, and we've put together key tips to help you buy a home in a different state.
Start By Contacting Your Coach Real Estate AgentMoving to a new state means you'll have a harder time doing extensive research in person, so contacting a local expert takes on added importance. You can learn plenty about the local real estate market from your Coach agent. They have access to more than 130,000 real estate professionals in over 70 countries Let a local expert start scouting homes that may match your needs. In addition to checking listings in your target destination, they can provide current market trends and analysis on your future destinations. Choosing the right neighborhood plays a huge role in long-term happiness with a home, and with a little digging, you can get the scoop on even small-town neighborhoods.
...But Don't Take Everything at Face Value
While online information is easily accessible, it also has limitations. Online listings can be outdated, and photos can provide a poor representation of what the home is really like, Be cautious about falling in love with a home based on listing photos alone. Virtual tours can provide a more realistic representation of what a home has to offer, but not every listing will have a virtual tour available.
Take a Trip to Scout the Community If Possible
You may not be able to stop by whenever there's an open house that catches your eye, but it's worth arranging a scouting trip to your new community if possible. So, let our relocation team help you arrange area tours. Visiting a community in person can confirm what you learn online and will provide the type of impressions that can only be formed first-hand. Plan ahead for your visit, so that you'll have time to scout homes while your there.
Get A Home Inspection
Once you get serious about making an offer on a specific home, it pays to have a home inspection. It's required in many cases, but even when not required an inspection can tell you so much about a home. A home inspection provides peace of mind that the home won't have any hidden issues, which is especially important when you're shopping in a different state. Your local expert can get you a first-hand recommendation to a reputable home inspector.
Contact Local Utilities and Research Property Restrictions
Save time and headaches by researching local utilities ahead of time, including power, water, internet, phone service, and garbage collection. You'll also want to check out property restrictions in the area, so you have an idea of what you'll be able to do with your new home.
The Right Real Estate Agent and Resources Make All the Difference
When you're shopping across state lines, the right real estate agent makes all the difference in making it a smooth process. Our team at Coach REALTORS® is a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, aka LeadingRE, a robust international network that helps buyers shop for homes no matter their location. Wherever you're shopping from and moving to, you can find a local real estate expert by contacting your home Coach agent.
Ready to make your own move to Long Island? No matter where you're shopping from, our team is here to help you find the right local home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island area and the World.
Moving to a new city is an exciting time. A whole new place to explore, new friends to make, and new experiences to have. But it can also feel scary and a lot out of your comfort zone. Where will your new favorite pizza place be? Who will you go to yoga class with on Tuesday nights? It will take a little planning and a willingness to explore, but these tips will have your new city feeling like home in no time. Our REALTORS® are experts in the area and can help you to make the transition as simple as possible.
Make the most of your first few weeks and months in your new city. Trying just a few of these tips can help you feel like a local before you know it.
If you have any questions about things to do in your new town or you would like to learn more about homes for sale in your area, contact us for more information.
Our REALTORS® get plenty of questions about credit score and how it relates to buying a house.
Many people are intimidated by the idea of being judged by their credit score. They may have had financial difficulties in the past that impacted their ability to maintain the average score.
Here's some good news: No credit score is perfect – most experts claim that attaining the highest possible score is nearly impossible. Lenders aren't actually looking for "the magic 850," either.
The other thing to know is this: Even if your credit score is lower than you'd like, you still have the chance to change it. Starting even a few months in advance can improve your credit score.
In recent years, lenders have generally relaxed their credit score requirements. Still, improving your score can result in a better loan with a lower APR. That may save you thousands of dollars.
Here's what you can do to raise your credit score:
Contact us today for personalized advice to help you with your situation.
Our real estate agents are here to help you through every aspect of buying a home. From planning out your approach to finding your dream property, making a bid, and getting to closing day, we'll be there. And we know getting the right home begins months in advance.
The better a buyer is prepared, the easier it is to get through the process smoothly.
Any major goal has to be broken down into concrete steps you can take action on. The sooner you do this, the easier it is to clarify and navigate the journey ahead. It's essential to recognize and institute "good habits" related to home buying as soon as you can.
Which habits are the most important? These will get you on the right track:
A good real estate agent is the concierge who can guide and advise you from start to finish. With our team, you get exceptional customer service along with deep local insight.
Contact us when you're ready to start your Long Island home search.
Higher learning comes at a price. Student loans, not credit cards or auto loans, make up the bulk of debt in the United States to the tune of nearly $1.5 trillion. Surveys show approximately 43 percent of student loan holders put off buying a home.
If you want to buy a Long Island home for sale, don't let student debt keep you from achieving your dream. Our REALTORS® share seven tips for buying a home while you're paying off student loans.
Buying a home can be an intimidating process. Contact us and let our friendly and experienced REALTORS® guide you along every step of the journey.
Buying your first house is an exciting time and often filled with thoughts of new furniture, gallons of paint, and hardwood floors. It is wise to prepare for unexpected issues that can occur during the first year of homeownership.
That's especially true if you're used to the renter's life. There are plenty of things to consider when you--instead of a landlord--are responsible for maintenance of your new digs.
Don't panic. It just takes planning, and a willingness to embrace the inevitable surprises that come with owning a home. Our REALTORS® are here to help you make a seamless transition into your first year of owning a home.;
Shopping with the Future in Mind
One of the best things about moving from renting to owning is that your stuff now has a long-term home, too. For many first-time homeowners, that presents the opportunity to upgrade from the thrifty furnishings of an apartment to something more permanent for your own home. It's essential to keep an eye on finances during your first year, but that doesn't mean you can't pick up some new furnishings or decorative items for your home.
Maintenance Takes Time and Money
In the past, you may have called your landlord when there was an issue with your rental property. Now, you're responsible for maintaining your home. There are plenty of minor maintenance issues you can tackle DIY or contract out for a reasonable fee, but eventually, there will be bigger issues that may carry a more significant cost and require the help of an expert.
An Emergency Fund Is Your Friend
Since you can't always predict when a significant maintenance issue will pop up, it's crucial to have an emergency fund. Set aside some extra cash whenever you can, so that when something big arises – like roof or plumbing issues – you'll be able to cover it without breaking your budget. If there's a maintenance emergency, you'll be happy that you have some funds ready to address it quickly.
Renovations May Have to Wait
It's perfectly normal to dream about the upgrades that you'll make to your new home, but the first year isn't always the best time to tackle big renovation projects. Take some time to get used to owning a home, get comfortable with your budget, and decide which renovation projects are right for the home.
Prepare for the Cost of Utilities
Heating and cooling an apartment may not cost a ton, but some utility costs may increase when you make the upgrade to owning. Be prepared for extra monthly expenses, especially when it comes to heating and cooling.
Setting Priorities Is Crucial
Whether we're talking maintenance, renovation projects, or anything else around the house, setting priorities makes life much easier when owning a home. Make the most of your budget by prioritizing maintenance issues and projects. The to-do list never really ends, but for many, that is part of the joy of owning a home.
Are you a renter, and still searching for the right home to call your own? Our team is here to help. Contact us to learn more about how we help both new and experienced buyers find their ideal home.
Buying a house isn't always as simple as just finding a house you want to buy and submitting a bid. There's always the chance that the home of your dreams also happens to be the home of someone else's dreams. If there's another buyer that's submitting a competing bid, then there are ways to make your bid more attractive to the seller. However, this can be a bigger challenge if your competition is offering to pay in cash.
Cash offers are difficult to compete against because cash is a sure thing to a seller. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that you can counter a cash offer. These are a few potentially effective methods that can help you get your bid accepted despite the fact that you can't make a cash offer yourself. If you're looking to buy or sell a Long Island home, then be sure to contact us at Coach REALTORS® to speak with one of our real estate agents today.
If you have recently purchased a Long Island home or are working with our real estate agents to find one, you should know about the Long Island home and garden shows coming to our area sure to satisfy the HGTV fan in all of us.
America loves these shows, and with good reason. They are a one-stop shop for inspiration on all aspects of home decorating, landscaping and renovation, offering inspiration, ideas and expert advice for most any project homeowners could have in mind. You'll be able to discover new trends, get the lowdown on products, materials, and fixtures, and consult with a wide variety of home improvement professionals to help turn the dream-home image you have in your head into a reality. Here's the where and when of upcoming Long Island Home & Garden Shows:
Long Island Spring Home Show - February 22 - 24, 2019
Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood
This event has a lot to offer, so prepare to be inspired. It is designed to be a fun, interactive environment for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, decorating and landscaping their homes, featuring loads of exhibits to stimulate creative ideas and lots of expert advice to help bring them to fruition.
The Kitchen Showcase is a special feature of this show that is a can't miss for people planning kitchen remodeling projects for Brentwood homes. No matter what type of space or budget you are working with, there will be local contractors and other vendors available to answer your questions, display, explain and install all the latest trends in cabinetry and fixtures, and provide you with deep discounts to help you get your project underway. Another feature you won't want to miss is the Hot Tub Blowout Sale, which is the place to find the best prices on the best hot tubs and swim spas.
Admission and parking are free, and hours for this Long Island Spring Home & Garden show are as follows:
Friday, February 22, 4 pm - 8 pm
Saturday, February 23, 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday, February 24, 10 am - 6 pm
Long Island Spring Home Show - March 30 & 31, 2019
NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale
This Home & Garden show aims to inspire, motivate and excite homeowners who plan to improve their Uniondale homes, whether those projects are minor renovations, major remodels or landscaping projects of any size. You'll find a long list of trusted local contractors and expert exhibitors from virtually all home improvement categories to guide and inspire.
You'll also find features that focus on specific areas of your home, including a comprehensive Kitchen Showcase and a Landscape & Outdoor Showcase that is a "show within a show." Special show-only discounts are also featured by many vendors. You can take advantage of many opportunities to make planning your project, comparing contractors and materials, shopping and saving easy and convenient by attending this show.
There is no fee for admission to the show, and the hours are as follows:
Saturday, March 30, 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday, March 31, 10 am - 6 pm
When you're ready to buy or sell your Long Island home, contact us at Coach REALTORS® to get started.
If you are considering a move to Long Island, as our real estate agents would surely tell you, getting a feel for the local culture is a great way to find out if this community is one you'd be happy to call home. Long Island's upcoming Winterfest 2019 event provides a golden opportunity to do just that. This mid-winter festival offers five weeks of local living on Long Island, giving locals, visitors and potential new residents a chance to immerse themselves in the unique culture of this community.
Winterfest 2019 is the 12th annual presentation of this award-winning event, which is held each year all across the East End of Long Island. It is a celebration of Long Island's culture, including local wine, craft beer, foods, arts, music, and entertainment. A variety of businesses and venues participate in Winterfest each year, including local wineries, breweries, restaurants, theaters, art galleries, hotels and B&Bs, farmer's markets and retailers, among many others. This 5-week long event kicks off on Friday, February 22 and runs through Sunday, March 24. It offers a taste of authentic Long Island/East End living to all who attend, whether they come for a day, a weekend, a week or stay throughout the entire five weeks Winterfest 2019 events.
Winterfest 2019 starts on Friday, February 22 and runs through March 24. The Kickoff Party is one definitely one of the highlights of Winterfest and is an event you won't want to miss. It will be happening on the opening day of Winterfest, from 7-10 pm and will be hosted by the Hotel Indigo. You'll need a ticket to attend, and purchasing yours in advance is wise to ensure your spot for this celebration.
The Harborfrost celebration is another popular highlight of Winterfest 2019. It's happening at Sag Harbor, Long Island on February 23, from 1- 6 pm. Fire and ice is the theme of the event, and attractions include live ice carving demonstrations, ice sculptures, live music, children's activities, a Culinary Stroll, fire jugglers and dancers, shopping, dining and fireworks over the harbor.
Other highlights of this event include wine tasting events, an array of live music performances, specialty cocktail gatherings, and craft cocktail seminars, American Country nights, art exhibitions and much, much more. For a full list of everything going on this year, visit the Long Island Winterfest 2019 website. You'll find a complete calendar of Winterfest events on the site, as well as information on how to book pre-packaged or customized tours for the ultimate Winterfest experience.
Contact us at Coach REALTORS® when you're ready to start your search for Long Island homes for sale.
With the holiday season waiting just around the corner, why not consider purchasing yourself the greatest gift of them all? The holidays are a busy time for buyers and sellers alike, but this time of year also happens to offer some of the best opportunities to shop for homes in Long Island.
Since other buyers may sit out the holiday market, this is an ideal time to shop with less competition, find the best deals, and invest some of your vacation time into shopping for the home of your dreams. Our real estate agents know what it takes to land the right house at the right time during every season, and we've put together five key reasons to buy a home during the holidays.
Is finding the perfect Long Island home at the top of your priority list for the holidays this year? Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.
The cool, crisp air of autumn, beautiful foliage and vibrant downtowns of Suffolk County serve as the backdrop to one of our area's most anticipated marathons each year. The 2018 Suffolk County Marathon is coming up on October 28, providing the perfect opportunity to put your running skills to the test and support a great cause in the process. In addition to the full marathon, there are shorter runs designed for runners of every experience level and background. Our real estate agents have all the details on this year's edition of the Suffolk County Marathon.
Whether you've been training for a marathon or simply want to do your part to support a good cause, there's a race during Suffolk County Marathon festivities with your name on it. In addition to the full marathon (26.2 miles), there will be a half-marathon (13.1 miles), 5k run/walk, kids fun run, and a four-person relay marathon. There will also be wheelchair races for the marathon, half-marathon, and 5k, along with virtual races for every race length. Each race will have a special start time for active-duty military members and veterans.
The course for the Suffolk County Marathon starts and ends in Patchogue while winding through a number of great Suffolk County communities in between. There will be water, Gatorade, energy gel, and restroom stops spaced out along the route, as well as plenty of supporters along the way. Explore the downtown areas of Suffolk County communities, enjoy a great workout, and maybe even shop for Suffolk County homes for sale along your race route.
The Catholic Health Services of Long Island along with other local supporters sponsors the Suffolk County Marathon.The races wouldn't be possible without the work of countless local volunteers, who give their time to make the marathon a memorable experience for all in attendance. Proceeds from the Suffolk County Marathon go directly toward improving services for military veterans in the Suffolk County area, so supporting the race is also a great way to say "thank you" to those who have served.
In addition to raising money for a good cause, the Suffolk County Marathon is an opportunity to find out what makes communities in the area so special. Every race will give you a chance to explore the natural scenery and historical, downtown neighborhoods of local communities from a truly unique perspective.
The fun at the Suffolk County Marathon doesn't stop when the races end – it's just getting started! After a day of running, walking, or cheering on participants, be sure to make time to visit the Freedom Fest celebration. Freedom Fest is a fun chance to enjoy local dining, drinks, and shopping from Suffolk County's small businesses. The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce arranges Freedom Fest, and it's the perfect way to relax after a busy day at the races.
Whether you're ready to lace up your running shoes or you're looking for the perfect place to call home, our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Suffolk County, NY area.
As a busy, thriving metropolis, one of the most important aspects of New York City and its surrounding areas is the local metro systems. Taxis, buses, subways, and trains - NYC has them all. Our real estate agents recommend that anyone living in or interested in moving to the Long Island area be well-acquainted with the various metro services NYC has to offer. These services include the main intercity railroad station in NYC, Penn Station.
For residents and potential future residents of Long Island, Pennsylvania Station - or Penn Station, as most know it - stands as one of the critical transportation locations with which to become familiar. Penn Station represents the busiest transportation hub in the entirety of the Western Hemisphere.
With 21 railway tracks fed by seven tunnels and three concourses for travel, Penn Station is one of the go-to options for both intercity and interstate travel. There are individual concourses for Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road (often abbreviated to LIRR), and New Jersey Transit services. Penn Station also connects New York to Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and several intermediate points.
In 2017, Penn Station opened its West End Concourse as well, allowing passengers to enter the station and board their trains using the historic James A. Farley Post Office on 8th Avenue. This is part of a larger plan, overseen by New York Governor Cuomo, to modernize and renovate Penn Station - a change that would be greatly appreciated by modern commuters.
With more than 650,000 daily commuters flowing in and out of Penn Station, it's important to know a few things about the station. For one, the station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The general consensus on the best way to reach the station is to take the closest subway or bus - avoid driving or taking a cab (but then, most NYC natives do that already!).
If you need to grab a bite to eat while you're at the station, top recommendations seem to be that the Shake Shack is the best place to grab some grub inside Penn Station. There's also The Pennsy, a thriving food hall on the corner outside the station, as well as Rose's Pizza at Penn Plaza.
Our best tip is to take the time to stop by Penn Station as soon as possible. Familiarizing yourself with the rails, you might be using may save you some time (and confusion) on down the line! Of course, Penn Station offers maps throughout its three concourses and plenty of signage to point the way. Aside from rubbing shoulders with the other commuters, you shouldn't have too many problems figuring out where you need to go when the time comes.
New York City stands as one of the largest, thriving metropolitan areas in the world - a crossroads for people from all walks of life, and the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world. For those of us drawn to the hustle and bustle of urban life, NYC stands as the best representative of city life.
If you're a homeowner or prospective buyer interested in the Long Island area, then be sure to contact us and see what we can do for you! Our professionals at Coach Realtors are always happy to help a new client meet their real estate goals!
Living on Long Island certainly has its share of perks. Aside from its array of stylish and beautiful homes, Long Island offers a variety of activities for your entire family to enjoy. While finding the perfect Long Island home for you is our priority at Coach REALTORS®, we also want you to discover all that the area has to offer. For a fun-filled day, our REALTORS® leave your cares behind and head out to Coney Island and Luna Park where adventure awaits in this iconic amusement venue which was inspired by the original 1903 park.
Coney Island is legendary, in part because of its history as the place to go for a day of fun, food, and thrills. With the original Luna Park being one of three amusement parks established in the early twentieth century on Coney Island, its newer namesake embodies all the excitement of years gone by with modern touches and attractions. Although the original park was devastated by fire in 1944, visitors will find that today's Luna Park and Coney Island are reminiscent of its glorious past. The Parachute Jump ride--once nearly everyone's favorite--is no longer in service, but the attraction still stands, now covered in thousands of LED lights. The new Thunderbolt coaster pays homage to the classic wooden coaster that served up thrills to park guests for decades, and visitors of all ages will delight in riding the beautifully restored B & B Carousell.
For guests who are looking for over-the-top thrills, Luna Park makes the grade with rides like the Coney Island Cyclone, Zenobio, and the Sling Shot. Feel the wind in your face as you take a ride on the Steeplechase, another of the park's classic thrill rides with ties to its past, and get your adrenaline pumping as you climb aboard the Coney Clipper. If less intense attractions are more your taste, rides like the Circus Coaster and Lynn's Trapeze are sure to please. Younger riders will love the Mermaid Parade and Speed Boat rides. At Luna Park, you'll also find plenty of midway type games that bring back the nostalgia of a summer carnival. Try your luck at one or all, and bring back a fun prize as a souvenir.
All the excitement you'll find at Coney Island's Luna Park might cause you to work up an appetite. You'll find plenty of mouthwatering treats throughout the park from savory and satisfying to refreshingly sweet. Enjoy delicious seafood offerings at Place to Beach, and don't miss the original Feltman's of Coney Island for the ultimate hot dog experience. Cool down with a creamy scoop from Coney's Cones or indulge with a treat from Fried Delights. You'll make so many great memories when you spend the day at Luna Park, and Thunderbolt Retail captures them in photos that you can take with you. Purchase souvenirs and trinkets at the Cyclone Shop and Last Stop Coney Island to remember your day.
Treat yourself and your family to a day of fun that you'll long remember. Coney Island and Luna Park are sure to become a favorite destination on Long Island. Our real estate agents are ready to help you find the home of your dreams, and we're excited to work with you. Contact Coach REALTORS® to get your home search started.
Buying a waterfront home in Long Island is an exciting choice, and you'll find plenty of great options throughout the island. As you start your search, it's important to consider the unique factors that go into purchasing a waterfront home and make sure that you're prepared for the process. Our real estate agents know Long Island waterfront properties, and we've got six proven tips to help you land the waterfront home of your dreams.
Are you ready to start shopping for Long Island homes, with the help of an experienced team that knows what it takes to find you the perfect waterfront location? Contact us to learn more about buying and selling waterfront homes on Long Island.
Some people move to Oyster Bay for the quiet. Some move here to be near the seashore. And others for the history. In fact, historic homes for sale in Oyster Bay are popular. And often disappear from the local housing market as quickly as they enter. However, one historic home sure to remain an icon in the Oyster Bay community is Sagamore Hill, the former home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.
Sagamore Hill is a national treasure waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Congress established it as the Sagamore National Historic Site to preserve the house as a part of the National Park Service. It was soon after listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The house is a must-see for Nassau County residents and visitors and is a source of pride for the community.
Our REALTORS® are excited to tell you about the history of Sagamore Hill and Oyster Bay and can't wait to show you homes for sale in Long Island.
History Unfolds at Sagamore Hill
When you step onto the grounds of Sagamore Hill, it's easy to leave your everyday life behind as history begins to unfold around you. The home itself is the centerpiece of the estate, having been the residence of Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 until the former President's death in 1919. While he was in office, Roosevelt's "Summer White House" was the site of several peace talks and visits from foreign dignitaries.
An Inside Look at Roosevelt's Legacy
Touring Sagamore Hill gives you a glimpse into the life of Theodore Roosevelt, the acclaimed political figure and the charismatic man. One of the highlights of the tour, the North Room showcases many of Roosevelt's prized trophy heads, animal skin rugs and gifts presented to him by various heads of state. You'll also find a collection of thousands of books and a diverse assortment of art acquired by Roosevelt throughout the home. The Queen Anne style home still has original furnishings and decor in its 23 rooms and underwent a meticulous renovation a few short years ago. Guided tours of Sagamore Hill are available for a small admission fee; you'll want to stop by the visitor center and bookstore during your visit.
Explore the Grounds
Sagamore Hill Historic Site includes not only the home but 83 acres of countryside once enjoyed by the Roosevelt family. Take advantage of the property's trails and picnic areas to relax and explore the salt marsh, beach, forest and meadows with your family. Part of the National Park Service, Sagamore Hill provides a tranquil setting for the outdoor enthusiast combined with the rich history of one of our country's most celebrated leaders. You can visit the park year round from sunrise to sunset.
The Oyster Bay area of Long Island is both charming and steeped in history, and Sagamore Hill is a shining example of both. You can visit President Roosevelt's Sagamore Hills home at 12 Sagamore Hill Road in Oyster Bay, New York.
Buying a luxury home is a unique process. It's different in many ways from buying an ordinary house, and our real estate agents have helped countless buyers find their luxury dream homes on Long Island. Along the way, we've discovered that these are six of the things today's luxury buyers look for the most.
The word "luxury" means something different to everybody. It could be an estate in the Hamptons or a loft in Manhattan. It's important to remember that luxury is subjective, but there is one constant--the process of buying a luxury home is a bit different from a typical home search. Whatever your definition of luxury may be, our luxury home REALTORS® offer these tips before buying your Long Island dream home.
Contact our real estate experts at Coach Realtors to learn more about purchasing one of Long Island's luxury properties. Our team is here to help you every step of the way!