Looking for some summer fun? Long Island communities host many great family-friendly events, so it's easy to get out of the house and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. If you're searching for a fun place to take the kids on the weekends, there are so many wonderful options! Whether it's exploring new parks or checking out a local farm, our real estate agents have lots of recommendations for you. Here is a quick list of top Long Island events that are fun for the whole family:
Great DIY landscaping takes some practice, but getting it right is well worth the effort. Your landscaping has a major impact on how your home is perceived from the street. A well-maintained lawn, healthy shrubs, and blooming flowers can make a tremendous difference, especially when it comes time to sell your home.
Our real estate agents are busy doing yard work most weekends, so we thought it'd be a great opportunity to share some tips. Here is a quick list of common landscaping tips we often see homeowners make:
Putting in the time and effort to prepare your home for the real estate market is one of the most important things you can do before you sell. While staging your home while living in it can certainly be inconvenient, remember that a well-staged home can earn a significantly higher purchase price and is more likely to sell in a fraction of the time.
In many cases, getting your home ready to sell means disassociating yourself from the property and keeping things neutral. We're confident that if you follow these home-selling tips from our real estate agents, you'll have an offer in no time.
Enjoying a delicious meal at an upscale restaurant is one of the best ways to celebrate a special event or simply spend quality time with family. Indulging in a high-quality steak or seafood entree paired with a glass of fine wine has a way of making things seem even more memorable.
No place does fine dining quite like Long Island. Thanks to our highly diverse population, our communities are home to some of the best restaurants in the country. You'll find outstanding food, great wine, classy atmospheres, and more. If you're looking for a new place to try, our real estate agents recommend grabbing a reservation at one of these upscale Long Island restaurants:
Now that summer is in full swing, our real estate agents are busy exploring all of the fantastic parks, beaches, lakes, trails, and attractions around Long Island. It doesn't matter what outdoor activity you like to do, you can easily find it on Long Island. With so much to do, it's actually hard to have a boring weekend.
Your home is likely your largest investment, and when it comes time to sell, both you, the buyer, and the buyer's lender will all want to know exactly what it's worth.
As a result, a home appraisal is an important part of a real estate transaction. You can have your home appraised in order to determine a good listing price; however, if your buyer is financing their purchase, their lender will require an appraisal as part of the process. In either scenario, it's in your best interest to do everything you can to earn the highest possible appraisal.
Our real estate agents often recommend putting in a little time, effort, and research ahead of your appraisal to help ensure the best possible outcome. Here are a few easy tips we usually share with our clients:
Preparing for your home appraisal can really pay off. Planning to put your home on the market this year? We can help, contact us today!
Buying a home is one of life's largest expenses. If you're a first-time buyer, it can be challenging to determine exactly how much you need to save before making a purchase. Closing on a home involves many different payments, fees, and taxes. Keeping it all straight, let alone coming up with accurate estimates, can be difficult, to say the least.
Outdoor home improvement season is finally here, and if you're like our real estate agents, you're probably trying to prioritize a whole slew of DIY projects. May is the perfect time to refresh your outdoor space and ensure your home is in good shape before the heat of summer sets in. Doing both will help provide you maintain a comfortable home throughout the warm weather months and also go a long way towards boosting your home value.
If you're having trouble deciding or are simply limited on time, here is a quick list of super-easy home improvement projects to tackle this May:
When it comes to selling your home, first impressions are a big deal. The best way to create a great first impression is by staging your home.
Home staging is the process of preparing your home for the real estate market by styling and furnishing it in a way that increases its appeal to as many home shoppers as possible. Home staging can help you sell your home faster, and it is also one of the most effective ways to increase your sale price.
Nothing is more relaxing than kicking back on the beach with a good book. Whether you enjoy reading a classic novel or a mystery page-turner, getting lost in a book is one of the best ways to unwind. Finding a great read isn't difficult when you live on Long Island. Long Island is actually known for having some of the best independent bookstores in the country.
Buying your first home is a major milestone, but in today's market, it can often feel like the cards are stacked against you. Rising interest rates, high prices, and low inventory can make purchasing your first home a challenge. But if you're planning to hit the real estate market this year, don't be discouraged. According to our real estate agents, patience and preparation are the keys to successfully buying your first home in 2022. Here are some tips we often share with our clients:
Thanks to its diverse culture and rich history, Long Island is home to some spectacular local attractions you truly can't find anywhere else in the world. From museums to historic buildings, there is so much to explore and an endless amount of activities to fill your weekends.
Our real estate agents are always quick to recommend Long Island's local attractions to our clients, tourists, and visitors. Here are some of our favorite destinations that truly make Long Island unique.
Your home isn't just a place to live, it's also a major asset that can help you grow wealth. For the most part, home values naturally appreciate over the years; however, continuing to invest through upgrades and additions can help drive a higher sale price down the road.
Our real estate agents know firsthand what buyers are looking for and what they're willing to pay for it. If you're considering what home upgrades to invest in this year, here are some that will undoubtedly raise your sale price:
Smart home technology is revolutionizing our lives, and adding new gadgets into your home can be a lot of fun. But one of the best parts about smart home technology is many of these new devices actually save you money. Most smart technology helps to keep your home and appliances operating efficiently, and by using them, you can drastically decrease your utility bills.
Our real estate agents are always reading up on the latest devices, so we've become experts on how you can integrate the best smart tech into your home. Here is a quick list of some of our favorite smart home tech:
Top of the morning to you! St. Patrick's Day is a favorite holiday of our real estate agents, and we're already pulling out our green clothes in preparation for the holiday. They say everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day, so it's the right time to celebrate with a glass of green beer or Guinness and some great Irish tunes. Luckily, you can find that and more at some of our awesome Long Island Irish pubs.
If you're looking to do St. Patrick's Day right this year, here are six places we recommend you check out:
Home renovations and upgrades have many benefits, especially if they're DIY projects. They help you to learn new skills, save money, increase the comfort of your home, and even increase your home value. But large home projects such as a bathroom or kitchen remodel involve many moving parts and can take a lot of time.
Many of us associate wintertime with relaxing in a warm, toasty living room while watching our favorite movie or TV series. Sometimes a cozy living room is sometimes all we really need to ride out the cold winter weather.
Since we spend more time in the living room during the winter months, it's easy to get a bit of cabin fever. This is why our real estate agents always recommend changing things up a bit and trying to make the space as comfortable and cozy as possible. Here are some tips to help you do the same:
Fresh, warm salty tortilla chips are the cornerstone of any Mexican meal and since National Tortilla Chip Day was this month, it's the perfect chance to celebrate by heading out to your favorite Long Island Mexican restaurant.
Whether you enjoy your chips with salsa, queso, or fresh guacamole, crispy tortilla chips make for the perfect appetizer. Our real estate agents have been raving about all of the great places to eat around Long island these days, so in celebration of National Tortilla Day, we pulled together a quick list of our favorite Mexican restaurants:
If you have just moved to the Long Island area or if you are planning to buy a home there, you will want to find a few good soup places to warm you up on those cold winter mornings. Soups are also a great way to end the day any time of the year, especially if you are trying to eat healthy. Our real estate agents can help you find some of the best restaurants and bistros in the area that offer freshly made soups and sandwiches. Most restaurants have signature soups that they take great pride in offering their customers.
Great flooring can really improve your home interior but can also have a significant impact when it comes time to sell your home. Our real estate agents frequently recommend new flooring as a top home renovation project, especially when our clients are thinking about selling in the next couple of years.
Looking for new ways to enhance your cooking skills this year? Try working some seasonal ingredients into your recipes. Fruits and vegetables taste so much better when they're in season, as you can really notice the additional flavor and freshness. You should be able to find the best produce at local markets, like the Long Island Farmers Markets.
If you're still searching for the perfect Valentine's Day gift, you can never go wrong with some sweet treats. Chocolates and candy coupled with some nice flowers is always a romantic way to show the special person in your life you care.
Valentine's Day has always been a favorite holiday of our real estate agents, and we've scoped out all the best chocolate destinations in Brooklyn. Here are six great shops with special Valentine's Day offerings this year:
A new year means new interior design trends. If you're considering a home makeover, it might be worth reading up on some new styles that are sure to be a hit in 2022. Many designers continue to observe the pandemic's impact on interior trends. From enhancing comfort to bringing nature indoors, many of this year's design choices directly reflect the lifestyle changes of the last 24 months. Our real estate agents are always reading up on the latest design trends every year, so we wanted to share a list of this year's biggest trends:
If you're developing cabin fever this winter, getting out of the house and experiencing nature is a great way to enhance your mood. Our real estate agents have been out enjoying beautiful winter weather around Long Island and Brooklyn. Nothing helps you feel better than some crisp fresh air.
While we've been out, we've discovered many scenic spots around Long Island that make for perfect photo ops or Instagram shots. If you're looking to enjoy the outdoors this winter, here are some top destination recommendations:
Your home is your most important asset. Keeping it in good shape helps you maintain a nice place to live, but it's also essential for growing your home value. January is always such a great time to think about self-improvement, but our real estate agents also encourage clients to think about home improvement as well. Major home improvement projects can have a positive ROI when it comes time to sell your home and are a great way to improve your home's condition and your overall wealth.
If you're drafting your New Year resolutions, make sure home improvements are at the top of the list. If you're not sure where to start, here are some ideas to help:
Home improvement projects can improve your living space and make you feel good about yourself. For more tips on how to make the most out of your home in 2022, contact us today.
An interior redesign is often a New Years Resolution, and January is the perfect time to begin making your plans. If you need a little bit of inspiration, our real estate agents always recommend checking out the 2022 colors of the year.
Every winter, paint manufacturers announce their picks for colors of the year. These tones often reflect current trends as well as the overall state of the world. They're always beautiful and can really help drive new ideas for creative design in your home. If you're looking to make your interior stand out like these Brooklyn homes for sale, here are some of our favorite picks for the 2022 colors of the year.
Our real estate agents love all the possibilities that come with the new year: new design trends, new movies and shows, but best of all, new events in the neighborhood. Long Island is a bustling and diverse community that's unlike any other, so you can be sure there's always something fun to do locally. Before you make any resolutions — and between viewing Brooklyn homes for sale — take some time to relax and recharge with a winter event! Here are just a handful of the fun events you can expect this January.