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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.


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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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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Step through time and experience the rich history of Long Island through these locations.

If you're looking for something fun to do on the weekends, why not take a step back in time and explore Long Island's rich history this summer?

Visiting historical locations is a great learning experience and can also be a ton of fun. Long Island served as one of the early 17th-century European settlements, so there is so much history across all of our communities. Historical mansions, parks, and farms — you'll find it all. Here are some historic location recommendations from our real estate agents:

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