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October
31

Laffey Real Estate Releases Latest Edition of Terra Magazine
Magazine Available at all Branch Locations and in Digital Format

Greenvale, NY  (October 31, 2019)  –The latest edition of Terra Magazine, Laffey Real Estates Lifestyle and Property Magazine is now available online and in print.  This upscale publication has engaging content and feature articles like Homes with Notable Owners, the Benefits of Mindfulness, and LuxeTrends in living and technology alongside an interesting article on the growth of the luxury markets worldwide. 

Of note is the Featured Agents piece that recognizes the firm's NextGen Realtors for their impact on residential real estate and today's consumer expectations.  Collectively, this robust group of realtors demonstrates the importance of embracing the technology while focusing on their inter-personal skills in relationship building. 

Other features include properties available for sale, the showcase of luxury homes on the market and the exceptional properties sold recently. 

The magazine receives unprecedented exposure worldwide through its partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and the Relocation Director network.  Through the Laffey Real Estate Agent network, the magazine is locally placed at salons, car dealerships, medical offices, retail shops and many other distinguished businesses. 

Read the latest edition here à Terra Magazine Summer/Fall 2019 Edition

October
28

Inheriting a House - Laffey Real Estate

Inheriting a house often happens quickly and by surprise. You realize it will happen eventually, but many people are still unprepared when it does. Our real estate agents have worked with many people in this situation, and while it may be emotionally difficult, successfully navigating these circumstances is possible.

First Steps

Contact the homeowner's insurance and utilities to make any changes needed to continue coverage and service. While you may not want to pay utility bills for a house that isn't occupied, turning them off isn't practical. If you or others will be spending time in the house cleaning out personal belongings or making repairs, you will need electricity and water. During heating season, gas will need to stay on to prevent possible damage from frozen pipes. You'll also need the utilities on for a house inspection. You can discontinue anything that isn't essential such as TV, internet and phone services.

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October
25

Laffey Real Estate, Long Island's premier family owned residential real estate brokerage, is pleased to announce the promotion of Christos Tsouratakis to the role of Branch Manager of the Little Neck office.  The announcement was made jointly by principals, Mark T. Laffey and Philip C. Laffey, the Broker-Owners of the old firm. 

In 2015, Christos came to the firm as a licensed real estate sales person in our Jackson Heights office.  For more than four years, he maintained consistent top producer status. With his knowledge of real estate and coaching abilities, he stepped into the role of mentor for new agents joining the firm.  Mr. Tsouratakis took the helm of Little Neck Branch Manager from Arpi Candan, who stepped down from the management team after 18 successful years. 

Christos' extensive entrepreneurial background combined with his residential and commercial real estate experience brings a wealth of knowledge to the manager's position.  A 2007 recipient of The Queens Chamber of Commerce Business "Person of the Year Award",  Christos' customer-focused energy and attention to detail that led to his success in his prior 25 years of business.   

"We know that Christos will be an invaluable asset to the Little Neck office and the firm.  His strong presence in our Jackson Heights Office is an example of his professionalism and leadership capabilities," offered Shaheen Abdin, Branch Manager and Western Queens Board Director.  "I look forward to working closely with him in his new role."

Christos is Treasurer for the Long Island Board of Realtor's Western Queens Chapter and the President Elect for 2020.  He is a member of the Jamaica Rotary Club and a former member of the Flushing Rotary Club and the Community Advisory Board for New York Hospital Queens in Flushing. Christos is also fluent in Greek.

Pictured from L to R:  Mark T. Laffey/Broker Owner, Christos Tsouratakis/Licensed Associate RE Broker, Philip C. Laffey/Broker Owner

October
23

Laffey Real Estate #followstheorange but October is Pink in support of breast cancer awareness.  The firm recognizes Edith E. Katz, Nurse Educator and Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker, and the Lani Hopp Hadassah in this year's drive to encourage early detection and prevention. 

"We encourage family members and friends to unite in the fight against breast cancer not just now but all throughout the year", explained Katz.  "This event stresses the importance of good personal health through knowledge and action."  The event is for all women 18 years of age and older.  Share this information with your female contemporaries – daughters, wives, aunts, moms, sisters, friends, and co-workers.  . 

Breast cancer continues to be one of the leading health crises for women in the United States. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  Laffey Real Estate supports the efforts of Edie and the many volunteers who are helping spread the word about early detection.  Knowing that cancer touches the lives of all Americans, the focus on supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. to advocate attention both men's and women's breast cancer awareness is the firm's goal.

For more than 25 years, Mrs. Katz has shared her knowledge with school aged girls and young women, instructing them on how to self examine, recognize the early warning signs and learn about how to get help.  Come down to the Port Washington Library tonight and learn how you can help save a life. 

Tonight's program for Breast Cancer Awareness begins at 7:30 pm at the Port Washington Library, 1 Library Drive in Port Washington.  Join nurse educator Edie Katz and two Hadassah volunteers for a short film screening and presentation.

 

October
21

October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Laffey Real Estate stands with the country to encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying. The goal is end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children and adults of all ages.  Show your support with your Orange!!

Bullying doesn't only happen in the classroom.  It is a social issue with many different guises.  In particular, the rise of online or cyberbullying is becoming more prevalent.  The National Center for Education Statistics, a research center with the U.S. Education Department states that "twenty percent of students between the ages of 12 and 18 were bullied during the 2016-2017 school year."  While The Washington Post found that "Among those students who faced bullying, 15 percent said they were bullied online or by text, a 3.5 percentage point jump from the 2014-2015 school year."  Even more disturbing, the study found that, "In 2017, of students ages 12–18 who reported being bullied, about 41 percent reported that they thought the bullying would happen again."

Talk to children about the ways to diffuse aggression and resolve volatile situations.  Recognize and understand how this type of harassment affects children.  It is vitally important to determine what kinds of interventions are necessary.  Encourage dialogues and start with these five ideas. 

  1. Teach them safe, kind ways to intervene
  2. Have them comfort the child being bullied
  3. Tell them to report the bullying incident
  4. Practice empathy at home
  5. Let your child know that you support them unconditionally

For more details on how to put an end to bullying and protecting your children, visit www.StompOutBullying.org.  Get involved in your school and community. 

Make a difference with Laffey Real Estate.  Show your support on October 22nd.  Wear your brightest orange!  Share your support on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter!  Use the #NoBullysHere 

About Laffey Real Estate
Laffey Real Estate is one of the largest privately held independent family-owned residential real estate firms on Long Island with a network of over 500 agents in 13 offices throughout Nassau, Western Suffolk and Queens Counties. Their global partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Luxury Portfolio® and Who's Who In Luxury Real Estate® extends their reach to more than 70 countries worldwide. The firm is a full-service provider offering expertise in sales, rentals, relocation, mortgage, new development marketing, mortgage and title insurance to the Long Island marketplace. Their pioneering sales management platforms, worldwide brand identity and industry-leading training curriculum embody best in class standards throughout the industry. Consumers trust in Laffey Real Estate name to represent their home buying and selling interests locally and globally.  Consistently ranked by the two of the industry's leading consulting and research firms, REALTrends and T3 Sixty, Laffey Real Estate has an exceptional record of success proudly recognized in the largest independent brokers, total sales volume, largest brokers nationwide and network partner Leading RE affiliates. 

October
21

Long Island Fall Hiking - Laffey Real Estate

Fall is officially here on Long Island. For some, that means a welcome return of pumpkin spice lattes and hot apple cider. For our real estate agents, it means perfect weather to head outdoors and do some exploring. 

Long Island is blessed with some of the most splendid hiking trails in the Northeast, with quiet forests and peaceful gardens that give hikers throughout the region ample opportunity to explore. Be sure to check out some of these favorite fall hiking spots around Long Island this season. 

  • Trail View State Park - 8101 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY
    This 400-acre, 7.4-mile linear park is a fantastic hiking destination that creates a link between Cold Spring Harbor State Park on the north shore to Bethpage State Park on the south shore. Trail View State Park offers rolling terrain and serene views, with opportunities for hiking, jogging, and cycling. The southern section is open to pets as well, and the park's location under the Atlantic Flyway makes it a favorite spot for bird watching. You can access the park at several points, including along the Jericho Turnpike near these Woodbury homes for sale

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October
15

5 Things Before Unpacking - Laffey Real Estate

Moving can be nerve-wracking and exhausting. You have to do so many things in one day just to make sure that you move your stuff without any major hiccups. Now that you have safely reached your new home, you have every reason be proud of yourself. But there's a score of immediate tasks to complete before you start unpacking and organizing your home. Our real estate agents share a list of 5 things to do immediately after you move into your new house.

  1. Turn on the Utilities
    You should have arranged the connection of utilities before the move, but if you didn't, now is the time to do so without delay. The utilities may have been shut off, especially if the house has been vacant for a long time. Typically, the first utility companies to call are the water, power, and gas providers. You don't want to find out that you don't have electricity or water after a long day of unpacking. Next, you should consider making arrangements to gain access to other utilities and have them put in your name.

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October
7

Long Island Halloween Events - Laffey Real Estate

Long Island celebrates Halloween like no other area of New York. Our real estate agents invite you to join us at one of these great spooktacular events around Long Island.

  • Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns — 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568 | Oct 4-6, 11-13, 17-20, 24-28
    We guarantee you've never seen many pumpkins as are on display at the Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns event. Over 30,000 carved pumpkins will be on display at this family-friendly fall fathering. One of the coolest and most iconic events in the country, Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns cannot be missed! Be sure to buy tickets and plan a visit when you come to check out Old Westbury homes for sale.

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