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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
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
30

If you want to see more of Long Island and stay active, dust off your bike and hit these local trails.

Biking around Long Island is a great way to get to know the area, discover scenic views, and also fit in some exercise this summer! Long Island has tons of well-maintained bike trails that provide unique views of our area's natural beauty. Whether you're an experienced cyclist or just looking to get out of the house, here are some of our real estate agents  favorite places to bike:

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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
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
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
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
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
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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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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