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September
21

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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September
21

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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September
19

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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September
12

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.

September
5

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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September
1

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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August
24

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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August
24

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:

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August
22

See what local Long Island artisans have been working on with these fun events.

Looking for something new to do on the weekends? You're in luck because Long Island hosts dozens of festivals, expos, and events all summer long. Local events are great because you can try new food, browse art, shop, and socialize with like-minded people. Attending events and festivals is also a good way to immerse yourself in a new culture and learn something new. Plus, they're fun for the whole family!

Our real estate agents are always on the lookout for unique events across Long Island, and there are several coming up in August. Here are five events that are sure to be a lot of fun:

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August
8

Buying a home is exciting, but you want to make sure you choose the best one for you. Here's what you should do before making any offers.

When you finally find the perfect home, it can be hard to hold back your excitement. Shoppers often want to act fast and submit an offer as soon as possible. However, before rushing into things, remember buying a home is a big decision and one of the largest purchases you'll ever make. It's important to take a step back, do your research, and evaluate all the property facts.

When our clients finally find the right home, our real estate agents always encourage them to take these steps before submitting an offer:

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July
27

Learn to love Long Island through these exciting tours.

If you're looking to become acquainted with all the amazing things Long Island has to offer, guided tours are the way to go. They're a great way to experience our local communities and meet new people, and they're also a fun weekend activity to do with friends and family.

There are so many fascinating ways to experience Long Island culture. You can tour some of our communities by land or sea! Here is a quick list of some Long Island summer tour recommendations from our real estate agents:

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July
25

Looking for reliable lawn care advice that delivers results? Start with these tips.

Maintaining a green, healthy lawn can be a lot of work, especially in the middle of a hot, dry summer. We'd all rather spend our weekends doing fun outdoor activities or relaxing by the pool instead of lawn work, but there are actually many ways to make lawn care a breeze. Our real estate agents are always looking for new tips and tricks to make lawn easy and efficient.

If you're looking to keep your lawn healthy all summer long with as little effort as possible, here are some DIY lawn care tips that actually work:

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July
19

The best home improvement projects are the ones that save you money in the long run. Here's what you should focus on this summer.

While summer is a favorite time of year for many homeowners, it's also a season that requires a significant amount of home maintenance. Lawncare, cooling, and regular gutter cleaning costs can add up fast, and keeping up with all of the work can be challenging.

While we'd all rather be grilling or lying around on the beach this summer, home maintenance is a necessary part of homeownership. The good news is our real estate agents have become pros at saving money on summer maintenance costs. Here is a quick list of ways we save time and money every year:

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July
13

Long Island beaches are some of the most scenic. Here's where you can kick off your sandals and take a long walk on the sand.

Summer might be in full swing, but it's not too late to plan that last-minute beach vacation you've been dreaming about. Vacationing is easy when you live on Long Island. With over 1,100 miles of shoreline, there are warm sandy beaches within driving distance of almost any Long Island community. It's easy for our locals to get away, whether it be for a weekend day trip or a week-long beach vacation.

Our real estate agents can't get enough of the sun, sand, and water this summer, so we thought we'd create a quick guide to some of Long Island's best beaches:

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July
11

Looking to cool off this summer? Here are the local ice cream shops you don't want to pass up.

Nothing is better than an ice cream cone on a warm summer evening. Whether you're looking to cool off after a busy day outdoors or just looking for some tasty dessert after dinner, our local ice cream shops exist to satisfy your sweet tooth. Waffle cones, sundaes, milkshakes, and more — everyone has a favorite ice cream treat, and you don't have to travel far to find it on Long Island.

Gather your friends, family, and dogs and head out and grab a sweet treat this summer. You'll probably run into our real estate agents enjoying a cone at one of these awesome Long Island ice cream destinations:

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July
5

If you want to maximize your outdoor spaces this summer, they may need some upgrades. Here's what you can do.

Entertaining guests on the patio is a common weekend occurrence for our real estate agents, so we're always thinking about how to create the perfect outdoor oasis. Your outdoor living space is the perfect place to read, eat, or hang out with family in the summer, so you naturally want to make it as comfortable as possible.

There are so many ways you can upgrade your outdoor space this summer. If you're looking for some quick ideas, here are some tips: 

  • Upgrade Your Seating
    Seating is everything when it comes to the comfort of a patio or porch, so if you're looking for an easy way to enhance your space, upgraded seating is the way to go. A patio sofa, big comfy chairs, and a porch rocker are all good investments. Make sure your outdoor area has ample seating for guests. For inspiration, check out some of the beautifully staged patios at these Great Neck homes for sale.

  • Create Some Privacy
    Good fences make good neighbors. Even if you get along with your next-door neighbor, it's still nice to create a bit of privacy for your outdoor space. Bushes and trees are an effective and visually appealing way to create privacy, but you can also invest in a nice privacy fence or screen on the side of your patio.

  • Enhance Your Lighting
    New lighting is one of the best and most affordable ways to enhance your outdoor space. Spotlights in the yard, string lights over the patio, or LED lanterns along the sidewalk can all create a compelling look. The options are truly endless when it comes to lighting.

  • Find A Nice Patio Rug
    Patio rugs serve as a great focal point for any outdoor setup, and they give you the ability to add your personality to the space. They can also make your outdoor area seem more inviting. Choose a design and color scheme that matches your taste and decor.

  • Deep Clean Every Surface
    Your patio or porch isn't likely to stay clean for long, so periodic deep cleans throughout the summer are necessary. Temporarily remove your furniture, pull out the pressure washer and go to town. Make sure to also clean the cushions on your seating and wipe down any tables, surfaces, or windows.

  • Build A Fire Pit
    A fire pit is the ultimate summertime gathering spot. Sitting around a fire with friends is the perfect way to spend a cool summer evening. You can easily create your own fire pit or buy one at a local hardware store. Just be sure to include comfortable seating!

  • Add A Fountain
    Fountains are a key addition to any outdoor oasis. You can place one in the middle of your garden or even on your patio. They not only look great but can create a calming vibe. Fountains come in all kinds of shapes, designs, and sizes, so it's easy to find one that matches your home.

If you spend a lot of time outdoors, then making your space comfortable and welcoming is well worth the investment. Contact us today for more tips on how to improve your home's exterior.

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
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
6

If you're buying your first home, you want the process to go smoothly. Here's how you can ensure a trouble-free purchase.

Diving into the real estate market for the first time can be fraught with uncertainty. From deciding where to live to negotiating a contract, there are many big decisions to make, and it can be easy to make mistakes along the way.

According to our real estate agents, the best way to prevent mistakes is to do your research and work with a qualified expert. Here are some of the most common mistakes we see first-time home buyers make:

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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
16

Sip some wine and enjoy the scenery with some of Long Island's most gorgeous locations with these vineyards.

Did you know some of the country's finest wines are made right here on Long Island? Our real estate agents love the fact that Suffolk County is home to many beautiful vineyards and visiting them has become one of our favorite weekend activities.

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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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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
18

It's about time to show off your green thumb and wow the neighborhood with your gardening. Here's how you can get started early.

Our favorite time of year has finally arrived: gardening season. While many people wait around for warm weather before they get out and start preparing their gardens, our real estate agents like to get a head start. We do everything we can at the end of winter to ensure our spring gardens will be a success. We always plan and prepare well before spring, so we can plant our seeds as early as possible and make the most of those warm-weather weekends.

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April
14

With the weather warming up, it's the perfect time to start planning your golf outings at these Long Island courses.

Golf season is finally here, and many of us have been eagerly awaiting our first chance to hit the fairways this spring. A round of golf is one of the best ways to experience all the natural beauty Long Island has to offer while challenging your body and your mind. It's also a great way to catch up with friends, family, and clients.

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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
21

When was the last time you treated yourself to a sweet breakfast? Waffle Day is here, and we have the best places to celebrate this fun holiday.

Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and topped with sugar, syrup, butter, or chocolate — waffles are the quintessential brunch menu item. If it's been a while since you've had one of these sweet and savory treats, you may want to start making plans for Waffle Day on March 25.

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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
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
13

 If you've never tried vegan dining, January is the perfect month to do so! Here are Queens restaurants where you can find vegan cuisine.

February, also referred to as Veganuary, is the perfect time to stop and celebrate all the great things about a vegan diet and lifestyle. Veganism not only has so many wonderful health benefits, but it also helps to support a healthy planet.

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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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