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July
4

Long Island has plenty to do for the whole family this summer. Look forward to these July events.

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:

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June
27

Landscaping is a major component of your home's curb appeal. Here's how you can assure it stands out for the right reasons.

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:

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June
15

If you're thinking about selling your home soon, we have the tips to help you hit the ground running. Here's where you should start.

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.

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June
13

On Long Island, you're just a phone call away from an unforgettable dining experience. Here are the restaurants to make a reservation.

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:

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June
1

There's always something to do on Long Island. Here are just a handful of the attractions you should visit this year.

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.

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May
23

The home appraisal is an important step in the selling process. Here's how you can get ready for it.

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:

  • Start With Some Local Research
    One of the best ways to gather data points about your home's value is by checking out your neighbor's recent home sales. Do a quick search of recent home sales involving similar size homes within a 1-mile radius of your home. Browse some of the listing photos and see how the home compares to yours. If it's fairly close in terms of size, age, and location — the recent sale price can give you a frame of reference on your own home that you can share with your appraiser. Don't forget to mention any new local amenities such as schools, libraries, restaurants, or shops to your appraiser.

  • Do Your Own Walkthrough
    If you've been turning a blind eye to minor issues around the home, now is the time to fix them! Put yourself in the shoes of an appraisal and do a walkthrough of your own home. Take note of anything that is outdated, broken, or needs repairs. Pay special attention to floors, doors, appliances, the attic, water in the basement, cracks in the foundation, or other problems. Remember, minor damage usually results in about a $500 deduction on your appraisal, so it can be cheaper to fix the issue upfront.

  • Point Out Your Upgrades
    If you recently made any significant upgrades, such as a roof replacement, new flooring, or new appliances, be sure to point them out to your appraiser to ensure your investment is reflected in your home's value.

  • Clean, Clean, and Clean Some More
    We're not talking about the usual Saturday morning tidy-up. Before your appraisal, you'll want to clean like you've never cleaned before. Make sure to go top to bottom in every room and clean floors, ceilings, walls, baseboards, surfaces, windows, appliances — you name it. Dirt and grime can really cast a bad impression on your appraiser and potential buyers.

  • Boost Your Curb Appeal
    First impressions are everything, so you want to be sure to wow your appraiser as soon as they pull into your driveway. Tend to your landscaping, paint the front door, power wash your facade, plant new flowers, or add a new mailbox — these are all things you can do to improve how your home looks from the street. Just take a look at the great curb appeal on these Queens homes for sale.

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!

May
9

Saving up to buy a home? Here's how much you'll need to secure your dream home.

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.

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May
2

With the weather warming up, it's time to start thinking about home improvement projects again. Here are some you can complete easily.

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:

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April
28

Selling homes is a big task, especially if you've never done it before. Here's how you can ensure your home will wow buyers.

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.

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April
25

Long Island is home to some really special bookstores. If you're looking for something new to read, stop by these local shops.

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.

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April
11

If you're buying your first home, you definitely want to avoid any holdups. Here's how you can make your buying journey go smoothly.

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:

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April
4

Moving to Long Island is an easy decision when you consider all the great things to do and see locally. Here are some of the top attractions you don't want to miss.

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.

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March
30

Do you have your eye on a Long Island house for sale? Here are the top reasons why you should make Long Island your new home.

Location is everything when choosing a new home. Our real estate agents know some people prefer big city living, while others like a relaxed small-town vibe. One of the best things about living on Long Island is that the area has something for everyone.

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March
28

If you ever want to sell your home in the future, you want to make sure it's been worth the investment all this time. Here's how you can boost your home value.

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:

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March
16

Smart tech is an investment because it can monitor your home in ways you can't in person. Here is the tech you should consider in your home.

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:

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March
14

Having a great St. Patty's Day experience is easy with these great local Pubs around Long Island.

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:

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March
7

Home improvement projects and renovations can end in disaster if you're unorganized. Here's how you can manage them like a pro.

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.

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March
2

Still feeling chills in your home? Here's how you can make it more comfortable until the season changes.

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:

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February
28

Local Mexican restaurants are a staple in any community. Here's where you can find stellar Mexican Cuisine on Long Island.

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:

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February
21

A hot, homemade bowl of soup may be just what you need to shake off this winter weather. Here are the local restaurants you should try.

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.

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February
16

Your flooring can have a big impact on the atmosphere of a home. Here's how you can choose the right flooring if you're renovating.

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.

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February
14

Taking your cooking to the next level can be as simple as buying the right ingredients. Here's how you can cook seasonally this winter.

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.

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February
7

Finding the perfect Valentine's Day gift can be easy, you just need to know where to look! Here are the best Brooklyn chocolate and candy shops for a gift this year.

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:

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January
27

Staying on top of the latest trends doesn't have to be a chore! Here's how you can shake up the look and feel of your home in 2022.

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:

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January
24

If your Instagram's been a little light recently, try visiting these scenic spots across Long Island!

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:

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January
17

If you want to make a big impact in 2022, consider these practical and worthwhile home improvement resolutions.

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:

  • Boost Your Curb Appeal
    Never underestimate the impact curb appeal can have on your home value. Curb appeal is a term that describes how your property is perceived from street reviews. When it's time to sell your home, curb appeal will have a big impact on buyer first impressions and your listing photos.

    There are many easy ways to improve your facade. Give your front door a fresh coat of paint, add some nice LED lighting to your walkway, upgrade your mailbox, or refresh your front yard landscaping. Even updating the address numbers on your facade can have an impact.

  • Upgrade The Bathroom
    High-end bathroom fixtures are an increasingly important selling point in today's housing market. Update your flooring, tile, or backsplash. Consider some stylish new countertops, and install a new tub if yours is looking a bit dated. If your bathroom is ready for an upgrade, make it happen in 2022.

  • Is it Time For A Roof Replacement?
    If you've been putting off that roof replacement for the last couple of years, you may want to put it at the top of your list. An old or damaged roof can lead to significant water damage and old growth in other areas of the home and can quickly have a compounding negative effect that can lead to major repair bills. While a roof replacement isn't cheap, it's best to take care of the problem before it becomes larger. Plus roof replacements can increase energy efficiency and cut down on utility bills.

  • Create A Home Office
    Regardless of whether you're working from home, a dedicated home office is an important feature. Some of our favorite Brooklyn homes for sale have big beautiful rooms that make for great home offices. If you have an extra bedroom, you may want to consider transforming it into a nice workspace. If you don't have an extra room, look for any unused space in the living room, basement, or hallway. A nice office just needs space for a desk and a chair. A home office is a must-have for many young home shoppers, so it'll pay off nicely when it's time to sell.

  • Focus On Green Living
    There are so many easy ways to improve your home's energy efficiency without draining your savings. Investing in double-pane windows, reapplying caulking and sealant, or adding new insulation are all easy and cheap things you can do to cut down on energy use. Invest in a programmable thermostat that automatically adjusts temperature based on your daily activities. A new ceiling fan is also a good way to increase air circulation and decrease cooling costs.

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.

January
10

A new color can completely transform a space. Luckily for you, the top paint manufacturers just announced their favorite colors for 2022.

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.

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January
4

Looking for something fun to do on Long Island this January? Here are just a few of the many things you can expect this new 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.

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