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September
2

The purpose of showing your home is to hook a buyer. You want the buyers to come through your house and be impressed - so impressed in fact, that they're ready to make an offer! You'll have one chance to make a great first impression on the potential buyers, so make sure to follow these five helpful tips to really make it count!

  1. Focus on the outside. Make sure that you don't neglect the outside of your home. Curb appeal can make or break the odds of someone even bothering to get out of the car to come in. If they pull up and see a home with a lawn that obviously needs edging and has an unkempt flower bed, they're going to wonder what else hasn't been cared for properly. You want the outside of your home to be spotless. Clean the siding, the windows, and the doors. Make sure there are no dirt smudges, no cobwebs and that anything that needs painting has been spiffed up. 

  1. Take yourself out of the house. That means that you want to take out all the personal stuff. Remove the family photos from the wall or tables. You want the home to look neutral so that the potential buyers can look at your house and picture it as themselves living there. Everything should be as neutral as possible in terms of personal items. 

  1. Remove all the extra clutter you see at first glance. If you look around, it'll amaze you at how much stuff you've accumulated over the years. Some of it might very well be important, but that doesn't mean that your potential buyers should see it. When you have a lot of clutter, it shrinks the living space of the house. It makes it look and feel cramped and smaller. Many homeowners get something called house blindness. They've lived in the home for so long with the same clutter that they don't even really see it anymore. But a stranger will always notice. So clean out your house and make the space as big as possible.

  1. If you have a pet, no one that walks through your house should be able to notice it exists. That means no cat litter box, no dog to jump on anyone, no food sitting around in a dish. Your home should not have any pet odors. Having a clean house that's odor free is a big selling point. You don't want to lose a possible deal just because they can smell your pet's presence or your pet makes a bad impression.

  1. Stage your home! You can hire a professional or you can do it yourself. Stage your living areas in a way that shows off your home. You can rent furniture to make your home furnishings look good if you don't use a stager. Someone who knows how to stage a house knows how to play up the best features of your home and knows what to bring in or get rid of to make the entire house appeal to a buyer. 

First impressions are HUGE when showing you home to potential buyers, but by following the simple tips above you will be well on your way to making a great impression and, hopefully, receiving multiple offers!  (And if you are at all anxious about this important step, just reach out to a trusted real estate agent in your area who can help guide you through this process!)

November
18

Long Island Charities - Giving Tuesday - Laffey Real Estate

Does it seem as though the meaning of the holidays has come down to Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Tuesday, December 3 has been designated National Day of Giving to spread seasonal cheer through charitable acts and donations. Join our real estate agents in observing #GivingTuesday by supporting one or more of these worthy Long Island charities.

  1. Birthday Wishes of Long Island - 15 Cantiague Rock Road, Hicksville 11801
    Birthdays are special events for all kids near Hicksville homes for sale, and Birthday Wishes of Long Island wants to make sure everyone gets celebrated in style. The organization brings joy to homeless children and their families with onsite parties and their "Birthday-in-a-Box" program for those living in shelters. In addition to money, Birthday Wishes accepts donations of birthday gifts and party supplies. The website also has instructions on creating your own Birthday-in-a-Box for contribution. Office hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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November
1

Agents Challenged to Raise 500 lbs of Donations

Greenvale, NY – Laffey Real Estate, a leading residential real estate broker and  Island Harvest, Long Island's largest hunger relief organization, have partnered to help combat hunger in our communities.  Through Food drives, local outreach and the support of community leaders and business owners, Island Harvest will once again spearhead efforts to help supply Thanksgiving meals to more than 300,000 of our neighbors, young children and elderly persons. 

Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 69% of the food distributed by pantries, 39% of the food distributed by kitchens and 45% of the food distributed by shelters.

According to the national study, Hunger in America 2010, approximately 283,700 people on Long Island receive emergency food each year – that's 64,900 people every week; 39 percent of Long Islanders who receive emergency food are children under 18 years old; The elderly make up 4 percent of Long Island's hungry; 6 percent of Long Islanders receiving food assistance are homeless and are made up of individuals who are the victims of abuse or have been forced out of closed institutions.

Laffey Real Estate is committed to making this Thanksgiving holiday a memorable and pleasant time for food insecure families.  The company goal is 500+ lbs of food.  With 13 locations, the benchmark is easily attainable at almost 40 lbs per branch.  Every office has a donation container marked Island Harvest.  Donors are encouraged to drop of non-perishable food items liked canned beans, whole grain pastas, peanut butter, rolled oats and dried fruits.  For a more comprehensive list, click on the link here àHealth Food Drive Items.  In addition, non food items such as soap, detergent and other cleaning items are also appreciated.  The deadline for food and monetary donations is Saturday, November 30, 2019.  

Here are three ways to help Long Island Families:

  • Food Drive: Non-perishable items such as canned beans, dried beans, peanut butter or other nut butters, low sodium soups, dried fruits, etc.
  • Monetary donations: cash or check - made payable to Island Harvest.
  • Turkey Drive. $25 purchases a turkey for a family.

Visit any of our locations to make your donation today!  Go to Office Locations on Laffey.com

 

 

About Island Harvest
Island Harvest Food Bank has been leading hunger relief on Long Island since 1992.
Founded in 1992, the Island Harvest Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. We distribute fresh produce, meat and non-perishables throughout Long Island and assist thousands of Long Islanders daily through our innovative programming and network of community partners.

February
18

Oyster Bay Polar Bear Plunge
Feel like chillin' out, but don't want to have to go far to have a great time? To find fun with friends and family, all you have to do is head on to TOBAY Beach on Ocean Parkway on the morning of March 16th. That's when polar bears from throughout New York will descend on Oyster Bay to splish and splash their way through a day of unforgettable memories.

Polar Bear Plunge - 15 Years of Support for Special Olympics

Special Olympics New York is one of the largest athletic organizations in the country. There are currently just under 69,000 athletes and partners training with the organization. Each year they support area athletes who are eager to show off their skills at competitions around the world. Since 1968, the organization has made it possible for hundreds of thousands of athletes to compete in everything from track-and-field events to basketball games and Alpine skiing. With 22 Olympic-styled sports to choose from, there are plenty of opportunities for athletes to shine.

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