Ready or not, the holiday season is just around the corner, and it's the most wonderful time of the year. It's not too early to start getting yourself into the holiday spirit. Our real estate agents love kicking off the holidays by attending a local event. From immersive light displays to holiday markets, there is a lot to do around Long Island, so you'll need to plan ahead. Here are some top events you'll want to add to your calendar this year.
The holiday season always brings plenty of opportunities to run on Long Island! With lots of great holiday 5k walks and runs coming up, our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorites.
And if you're looking for someplace to get in shape for your next big race, then you're in luck. Long Island is also home to some great trails and greenways where you can practice. So lace up your shoes, and get ready to hit the pavement in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
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!
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!)
There are so many good reasons to shop at farmers markets. First, it's just fun to walk around and see all the local goods for sale. You also support the local economy, meet the people who grow your food, and purchase fresh produce to enjoy at home. Our real estate agents know the local farmer's market scene and recommend stopping by the following markets on Long Island.
Laffey Real Estate, a leading residential real estate broker on Long Island, launched their Virtual Showing Platform in early April to much acclaim. The demand for virtual viewings is still strong. Visit Laffey.com/OpenHouse page to participate. Interested buyers can find homes to preview every Wednesday from noon to 1:00 pm via Facebook Premier and Laffey.com.
This is simple and safe home showings. Go to Laffey.com/OpenHouse page. Choose the property. Click on the Facebook Live button under the listing address. The open houses are scheduled in advance so the date and time is shown on the listing page as well. Visitors will be notified when they are registered and will receive a notification that their Virtual Open House is beginning. It is easy to explore open houses from a desktop, laptop and smart device.
The market is very robust. Nationwide, there was a 20.7 percent increase in existing-home sales — which includes single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops — between May and June of this year, according to the National Association of Realtors.
On Long Island, the number of pending sales spiked by 60.6% in Nassau County and by 55.6% in Suffolk last month, compared with a year earlier, OneKey MLS, the multiple listing service that includes Long Island, reported Thursday.
Prices increased in both counties. In Nassau, closed sale prices ticked up 1.1% annually, to a median $551,250, and pending sale prices rose by 6.4%, to a median $580,000. Suffolk County median closed sale prices jumped by 5.8% to $439,000 and pending sale prices rose by 8.4% to $450,000, the listing service reported.
In July 2020, the median list price of single family homes in Queens County, NY was $750K, and media sale price was $650,000; condos median list price was $638,000 and media sold was $530,000. Homes in Queens County, NY sold for 3.5% below asking price on average in July 2020
Combined with record-low interest rates and high rents, City dwellers are adding another element to the frenzied pace of available home buyers. The average interest rate was 2.96% last week, down 0.64 percentage points from a year ago, mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported Thursday.
"This method of engaging our customers have proven fruitful for everyone", explained Donnamarie Chaimanis, President Laffey Real Estate. "With Zoom, WhatsApp, Google Meets live streaming and showing appointments, the overwhelming number of buyers coming to our website requesting virtual showings and meetings has been awe-inspiring."
Since mid-April, during the height of the pandemic and beyond, Laffey Real Estate débuted more than 500 Virtual Open Houses reaching thousands of potential buyers across Laffey.com, Agent Websites and Facebook.
Laffey Real Estate is proud to be featured in the July 2020 Delta Media Group's industry publication, Real Estate Marketing and Technology Magazine, titled In A Town Full of Apples, Be the Orange. How Long Island's Laffey Real Estate Stands Out from the Competition.
An orange you might say? Well, frankly, yes! In terms of standing out, the metaphor works. Laffey Real Estate has made it their mission to be unique in both brand and business model.
if this pandemic has taught us anything, as a brokerage and as a society, it is that we have to learn to adapt. And, adapt quickly! Once the senior management team realized that the world as they knew it was coming to a screeching halt, they jumped in and, using Delta's Virtual Business Platform, began the training program that gave agents the tools to keep focused and help buyers and sellers once the world reset.
Laffey Real Estate is proud of the team that orchestrated the single most daunting responsibility in recent memory. How could they maintain a safe environment for the agents and employees while keeping the doors open for the clients and customers? Embracing the virtual platform was the answer. Using Facebook Premiere, Zoom, Google Meet and a great technology partner, the months following the shutdown were certainly difficult but the Laffey Real Estate agents didn't miss out on being able to 'get in front of' their sellers and work with buyers and renters alike.
Kudos Team Laffey!
Read the full article here --> In a Town Full of Apples...
The world health community continues to monitor closely the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, named "coronavirus disease 2019" (COVID-19). At this time, no one knows how severe this outbreak will be. Given this uncertainty, and the fact that the seasonal influenza (flu) virus is also widespread, we are taking proactive steps to address a number of business concerns.
First and foremost, we want to continue to maintain a safe workplace, encourage our valued community residents to utilize practices that protect the health of family members and friends. We also want to ensure the continuity of business operations. To that end, the company has contracted with a professional cleaning service to perform an extensive two step deep cleaning. Within the last 24 hours, all Laffey Real Estate offices have undergone this essential service. While we cannot eradicate every germ, we are confident that this activity will help reduce the unintentional spread of the virus.
We ask that everyone cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases.
We are reminding you of the following:
Of note, our senior management team has made a collective, albeit difficult, decision to temporarily close our branch locations in an effort to protect our employees, agents and of course the members of the communities we serve. To that end, we have instructed our IT department to install remote software on all essential office personnel computers so as to continue with the business at hand.
Currently, Open Houses are being scheduled at the behest of the Seller. However, company initiated meetings where close proximity may put someone in danger of contracting the virus have been postponed.
We are moving to a virtual platform to remotely schedule Closings, Lease Signings and other events deemed time sensitive or essential. We are heeding the instructions from the CDC and other health care experts, taking every step possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
We know this is a difficult time. Be mindful of the elderly and those with pulmonary or compromised health situations. Check in (by phone) on older neighbors, family members and friends. Use your common sense and discretion as you go about your everyday life.
Laffey Real Estates wishes you safety and health.
Whether you have a deep Irish ancestry or you're Irish for the day, our real estate agents know that there's nothing quite like celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Long Island. The first St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the United States took place in Boston in 1737, and St. Patrick's Day has long been a national holiday in Ireland. Along with celebrating Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick's Day in America has grown into a celebration of Irish culture. Plan for a full day of St. Patrick's Day family fun, with our guide to celebrating the luck of the Irish around Long Island.
Ready to roll into the Roaring 2020s? Then join our real estate agents and get ready to ring in the New Year at one of these exciting NYE parties around Long Island.
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:
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.
Agents Take Their Role in Helping Senior Community Very Seriously
Oyster Bay, NY – Marianne Conroy and Regina Ciardullo, North Shore Realtors with the Laffey Real Estate Brookville Office were recognized for their contributions at the 2019 Senior Expo Event held on October 11, 2019 at the Glen Cove YMCA.
Both Realtors were part of a discussion panel of professionals offering their guidance and expertise on subjects like downsizing, living alternatives, healthy living, and financial planning. The theme at their booth was Senior Concierge Moving in Today's Real Estate market.
In the past ten years, the number of New Yorkers ages 65 and over increased by 26 percent, making up a larger share of the state's population than ever before. There are now more residents aged 65 and older in New York State—3.2 million—than the entire population of 21 states. Today, nearly one in six New Yorkers is 65 and above (16 percent). These statistics make a solid case for focusing on the needs of the 65+ community as they remain a significant part of the fabric of the North Shore with solid purchasing power and influence on household decisions in today's multi-generational households.
"We found that this expo gave us the opportunity to provide a solid frame of reference for community members to learn more about their own personal moving options," explained Regina Ciardullo. "We were encouraged when many of the visitors we spoke to were eagerly engaged upon hearing the ways Regina and I are able to easily orchestrate the entire home selling process", offered Marianne Conroy. "Most visitors wanted to know if we could provide assistance in how to handle minor repairs, prepping for sale, determining their home's market value and alternative living arrangements", added Ciardullo. With more than 200 people in attendance, the opportunity to meet and greet members of the North Shore community was most gratifying for both experienced real estate professionals.
Visitors were treated to good bags filled with coupon books for local deals. Guest speakers included a who's who of notable public figures including Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Glen Cove May Timothy Tenke and Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine.
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 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.
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.
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.
Oktoberfest always ranks among the liveliest holidays of the year around Long Island, with a ton of festivals and events taking place in the area. There will be drink specials at your favorite watering holes, family-friendly events organized by local communities, and celebrations of all things German throughout the early fall on Long Island. Sample authentic German dishes, enjoy the best Bavarian beers, then get ready to hit the dance floor at Oktoberfest celebrations this year. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 fun Oktoberfest events on Long Island in 2019.
Oktoberfest at Black Forest Brew Haus – 2015 New Hwy, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Stop by Black Forest Brew Haus, located close to Farmingdale homes for sale, to enjoy Oktoberfest specials and celebrations from late September through October. Visit Long Island's authentic German restaurant and brewery for the true Oktoberfest experience, complete with local craft beer inspired by the best Bavarian brews. Black Forest Brew Haus offers a taste of Oktoberfest any time of the year and really kicks thing into high gear during the annual celebration in October.
With so many current military members and veterans living on Long Island, it's no surprise that Memorial Day holds a special place in the hearts of our residents. Our real estate agents are humbled by the sacrifices the brave women and men of our armed forces have made and plan on honoring their bravery throughout the weekend. You and your family can celebrate this important annual holiday as well by attending one of these Memorial Day events.
Our REALTORS® want to invite you to celebrate the beauty of the natural world in Oyster Bay. Arbor Day is coming, and it's the perfect time to appreciate the outdoors.
Oyster Bay homes for sale are situated within a beautiful landscape that incorporates green spaces making full use of gorgeous its surrounding Long Island real estate. Although Oyster Bay is home to more than 294,000 people, its many trees give it a relaxed air.
Not surprisingly, the Oyster By community recognizes and protects its natural heritage. When Arbor Day arrives on April 27, people come out to celebrate and to plant trees for the next generation.
It's the Arbor Day Family Festival, and it's an event you won't want to miss.
There's nothing like a walk in the park to clear your mind and enjoy the beauty of nature. Our real estate agents along with many clients want to live near the outdoor spaces Long Island real estate offers.
Although Long Island is renowned for its breathtaking shoreline, there are many different types of parks. You'll see them situated around hilly plains, forested areas, and, yes, seaside cliffs from one end of the Island to the other. There's always something to see and do.
National Take a Walk in the Park Day is celebrated on Saturday, March 30 this year. There has never been a better time to get outside and appreciate all that makes Long Island unique.
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.
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.
The holiday season is an enchanting time of year for kids of all ages and enjoying a performance of The Nutcracker is a cherished tradition for many families. Whether The Nutcracker is a well-loved annual family outing or you want to start a new family tradition, there's no shortage of opportunities to take in this magical theatrical performance on Long Island. Our real estate agents are here with four performances for you and your family to experience.
The holiday season is right around the corner, and before long, the sights and sounds of Christmas will be everywhere. During this time of year, there are always plenty of great activities in the Long Island area. Our real estate agents picked out a few of our favorites we're certain your family will enjoy.
Long Island's Rockville Centre is a close-knit, family-friendly community sure to top your list of possible new hometowns when you're searching for homes for sale in Rockville Centre.
As our real estate agents will attest, there are plenty of things going on in this community for everyone from seniors to young families with children. One of the most popular of these is happening soon: Rockville Centre's Spooky Fest.
Spooky Fest is an annual tradition in Rockville Centre, presented each October by the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL), a non-profit organization based in the community. The event takes place for seven days in October, during which the Tanglewood Preserve becomes 16 acres of family-friendly, spooky Halloween fun – complete with wooded paths, special effects, eerie lighting and plenty of characters and creatures.
For those seeking affluent, exclusive, and gorgeous places to reside in New York and Nassau County, Old Westbury homes for sale sit at the absolute pinnacle. With accolades like New York's most expensive suburb, awarded by Business Week, and having one of the three best public gardens in the world according to Four Seasons Magazine, Old Westbury earns its place as one of the most iconic and luxurious places to live in the nation.
At Laffey Real Estate our real estate agents put a focus on helping locals and prospective homebuyers to stay up to date with all of the great reasons to buy a home in Old Westbury and the surrounding areas. With art, excellent dining, and events on the regular, there's a lot to love! In keeping with the upcoming season, our spotlight now turns to RISE of the Jack O' Lanterns—an iconic staple among local Nassau County fall event lovers.
RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns has been entertaining visitors for seven years running now, offering an exciting range of attractions that has evolved and grown exponentially throughout the years. The event's mainstay includes an impressive array of multi-pumpkin structures—literally dozens upon dozens of jack o'lanterns configured into sculptures of fire trucks, spooky beasts, and the ever-impressive 40-foot jack o'lantern dragon. And new and exclusive to this year, you'll be able to enjoy moving, talking lantern sculptures along the path!
The quintessential suburban community, Uniondale is known for its diversity, business, entertainment, charitable events, and community spirit. Charitable events are an integral part of any strong community, and Uniondale sits at the very heart of one of Long Island's iconic fundraisers: Canstruction Long Island.
For decades, competitors have gathered from all over to participate in this inspiring food drive, and the cost for admission is hardly steep -- a single can of food.