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Museums are fun and informative. Here are the top Long Island museums to spend a day at.

Ready to learn or be inspired this weekend? A trip to one of Long Island's world-class museums can be the perfect escape. Long Island is home to over 100 museums, so if you want to immerse yourself in art, history, or science, there is a local museum with programming and exhibits for everyone. Museums are also a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family. Here are six Long Island museums that our real estate agents love to visit:

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Homes come in different shapes and sizes, as well as ages. Here's how to figure out if you should buy a new or old home.

Brand new construction or an old classic house — which is best for you? The thought of being the first to live in a new home can be enough to sway many towards the first option, but there are also many who believe they simply don't make homes like they used to.

The truth is, there isn't a right or wrong answer. Both new homes and old homes can be perfectly viable options and solid investments. However, our real estate agents believe it's important to consider the pros and cons of both before you make your decision. Here are some important factors to consider:

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Your living room is a social hub, so it needs to be functional and appealing. Here are layout plans you can implement.

Perfecting the optimal layout for your living room is an iterative process that can take place over several months of years. Our real estate agents are always tinkering with new living room designs in an attempt to maximize comfort and interior aesthetic. It just so happens that we've become quite the pros when it comes to living room layouts.

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It's hard to top a perfectly prepared cheeseburger. Here's where you can find the best across Long Island.

Who doesn't love a good burger? In honor of National Cheeseburger Day on September 18, we decided it was a wonderful time to appreciate the many awesome burger destinations around Long Island. 

Many people think of burgers as the quintessential American meal; however, some people believe they actually originated in Hamburg, Germany. Regardless of where they come from, our real estate agents always love trying new burgers around town. While everyone has their favorite toppings and variations, these Long Island eateries are well-known for serving some of the tastiest burgers:

  • Boxcar Burgers - 90 Railroad Ave, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
    Many patrons of Boxcar Burgers will claim this old-school restaurant in Ronkonkoma serves up the best burgers on Long Island. You can order a single or double patty and choose from over a dozen toppings. Prices are very reasonable (a single cheeseburger is only $5). There are also plenty of sides and sweets to accompany your meal.

  • Better Burger Long Island - 473 County Rd 111, Manorville, NY 11949
    Enjoy a delicious burger from this food truck in Manorville. Better Burger Long Island serves up seven unique burgers, including their signature "The Better Burger" — a delicious beef patty, lettuce, tomato, better sauce, cheddar cheese, hickory smoked bacon, and fries. This food truck is usually parked across from the CVS and has a nice shaded patio area.

  • Prime Burger Bar - 6092 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
    What was formerly a classic neighborhood bar is now one of the best burger joints in town. Prime Burger Bar makes burgers with a proprietary blend of USDA Prime Ribeye, short rib, and chuck. Choose from 17 specialty burgers or create your own. With an extensive draft list, you might want to pair your burger with a good beer.

  • Wayback Burgers - 1964 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731
    The Big Easy is a popular choice at Wayback Burgers. This burger consists of two beef patties topped with bacon, pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and Creole Remoulade. Or, you can also create your own single or double burger. Just be sure to order a delicious hand-dipped milkshake to go with it!

  • Local Burger Co. - 76 W Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772
    Indulge in a delicious burger and a tasty shake at Local Burger Co, where you'll find a fun atmosphere, affordable prices, and great service. Choose from 10 grass-fed signature burgers. With options like the PB&B burger (cheese, bacon, and peanut butter) and the Atomic (bacon, jalapenos, onion, and sriracha mayo), it's a great place to try something new.

  • All American Drive-In - 4286 Merrick Rd, Massapequa, NY 11758
    For an awesome burger and a classic diner experience, visit All American Drive-In. This old-school Massapequa favorite is famous for their burgers, which won the Best of Long Island "Best Burger" award in 2016. Service is quick and counter-style. A regular cheeseburger costs just $2.05 and comes with pickles, onions, and ketchup. Fries, onion rings, and shakes are also available.

You don't have to travel far to find great food around Long Island. Contact us today for more information on our wonderful local businesses.


Selling your home can come with a lot of uncertainty. Here are the questions you need to ask your real estate agent.

If you've decided it's time to sell your home, you're likely excited about the idea of unlocking the home equity you've built up over the years. You'll want to do everything in your power to drive the highest possible return. The key to success here is finding a quality, experienced real estate agent to support your home sale.

 Our real estate agents are experts in market trends, negotiation, marketing listings, and home staging. We have all the tools needed to make your home sale a success. For clients looking to determine if an agent is a good fit, we recommend asking the following questions:

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Long Island is full of stunning views that are perfect for snapping photos. Here are the spots you don't want to pass up.

Photography is a popular hobby among our real estate agents, who seem to be always out snapping pictures around Long Island. When you're surrounded by beaches, parks, historic mansions, and lighthouses — there is no shortage of photo opportunities! It's fun to take beautiful local pictures and share them with friends and family on social media.

Becoming really good at photography takes a lot of practice, but your scenery has a big role to play. Here are some of the best places around Long Island where you can take stunning pictures and hone your photography skills.

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Not all renovation projects are created equal. Here's where you should focus your time and money.

Fixing up your home before and investing in renovations can often generate a nice return when it comes time to sell. However, not all upgrades generate a strong ROI. Home improvement projects are expensive, and their perceived value is heavily influenced by what buyers want. In some cases, you might be throwing money away.

Before investing in a new project, it's important to consult with your agent about the estimated return, especially if you're planning to sell in the next five years. Here are some home renovation projects our real estate agents believe have the best and worst ROI:

Renovations With The Best ROI

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Looking for a sizzling and savory dining experience? Check out these Long Island restaurants for great Fajitas.

Guess what's sizzling across Long Island this month? Fajitas! In honor of National Fajita Day, our local Mexican and Tex Mex restaurants are busy cooking-up batches of their best fajitas. With juicy marinated steak, chicken, or shrimp, bell peppers and onions, and a warm batch of tortillas, you really can't go wrong. Fajitas are not only delicious, but they're also make for some healthy eating.

It was tough to narrow it down to just five, but our real estate agents came up with a list of our favorite Long Island Mexican restaurants where you can find the best fajitas this week:

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