It's never a bad time for ice cream. However, some days seem made for it. June 7th is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, so why not celebrate with a cup or a cone? If you're new to the area, our real estate agents can help you find your way around and get what you need. Here are our picks for the best places to get chocolate ice cream on Long Island.
Bike riding is one of the best ways to spend time outdoors and keep your physical activity levels high. Our real estate agents swear by it, especially in the right setting. Whether you're bringing family members or going it alone, these stellar bike trails are some of the best places to enjoy a ride on Long Island.
Mmmmm, what smells better than something in the oven? Our real estate agents will assure you that many potential buyers have been attracted by the aroma of freshly baked cookies in the kitchen. Why not enjoy that same sensation while spending some quality time with your loved ones to celebrate National Bake for Family Fun Month? Here are a few tasty treats that everyone can enjoy:
If you've been known to have a sweet tooth, then June is your month. That's right, June is Candy Month, which gives you all the reason you need to indulge in some extra chocolate or a bag of your favorite sour gummies. Luckily for you, the Long Island area is home to many wonderful candy stores. Our real estate agents recommend visiting one of these top shops to indulge your sweet tooth this June.
Long Island is rich with history, with several sites that make ideal destinations for trips that are fun and educational. Theodore Roosevelt, as well as the Guggenheim and Vanderbilt families are part of the area's history, so you'll be able to visit their former homes as well as other interesting locations.
Our real estate agents suggest making a trip to visit the past at these historic Long Island destinations and making sure of any restricted hours due to COVID-19 before your visit:
The holiday season has always represented a time to connect with family and friends, celebrate annual traditions, and reflect on the year that has been. While we've had an unusual year that has changed how we interact with loved ones, you can still enjoy all the season has to offer – even if you're staying home all day. Our real estate agents have gathered some of the best Christmas activities that will keep your kids entertained and help you create lasting memories.
Are you ready for another holiday season of spectacular light displays in communities across Long Island? There are drive-thru lights shows happening all over Long Island this year, allowing you to enjoy a festive family tradition from the warmth and comfort of your own vehicle. Many of your favorite annual light displays will be returning this year, and there are a wide variety of displays available to suit every taste. Our real estate agents have all the delightful details about 5 of the best holiday light displays around Long Island this year.
Bright Lights at the Vanderbilt Museum – 180 Littleneck Rd., Centerport, NY 11721
Long a favorite destination for educational family fun close to Centerport homes for sale, the Vanderbilt Museum also happens to be a great place to celebrate the holidays. During the outdoor Bright Lights at the Vanderbilt Museum event, the entire grounds of the museum are turned into a holiday wonderland. This event will be open every day throughout the holiday season.
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...
Long Island is home to several museums that offer a wide array of fine art, history, education, and community programs. Our real estate agents love exploring the rich culture and history of this beautiful area. Here they share some of their faves that feature virtual exhibitions and information you can check out online.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whether you're looking to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 21 or simply searching for a sweet treat to cool off on any summer day, Long Island is a fantastic place to enjoy some ice cream. It's only fitting since the first ice cream parlor in America opened its doors in New York City in 1790.
Residents of the city have been enjoying the fabulous flavors of local ice cream shops ever since, and today Long Island is home to a wealth of options for satisfying your sweet tooth. Our REALTORS® offer this list for some of the best spots for ice cream on Long Island.
Fireworks, food, family fun, and a celebration of all that makes the country special... it's almost time once again to celebrate July 4 on Long Island. This year, you'll have the opportunity to visit fireworks shows across Long Island, take in concerts, visit local festivals, and spend some quality time in the communities that you call home. Whether you're looking for a family outing, a date night, or anything in between, Long Island has something for you on July 4 this year. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare for summer fun, with our guide to celebrating July 4 on Long Island for 2019.
Oyster Bay Salute to America Concert – July 9 – 4990 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park 11762
Oyster Bay homes for sale put you in a community that loves to celebrate local heroes, and the Salute to America Concert is a fun, patriotic event around July 4 each year. Enjoy an evening of music, food, and outdoor fun at John J. Burns Park. Organizers of the Oyster Bay Salute to America Concert set aside plenty of time to honor local veterans and those who serve the community. It's a great opportunity to support those who support the community and enjoy a night of family fun on July 4th weekend.
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 real estate agents are enjoying spring, and we hope you are, too!
Warm weather means a whole lot more fun you can have both indoors and out. That's especially important for kids, many of whom are getting ready to greet summer vacation.
When school is out, giving kids something exciting to do is key to managing their energy level. One great solution is to teach the young ones how to swim.
Long Island kids and teens can get a lot out of learning to swim. After all, swimming is the first step toward safety at sea, and boating is one of Long Island's top hobbies.
But swimming can also be a blast on its own. At the right swim school, kids will meet new friends and build skills they can use to be more active throughout life.
Here are some places to learn to swim on Long Island:
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.
When it's time to sell your Long Island home, you know you need to get it shaped up and ready to shine. Your first concern should be curb appeal, or how appealing your home is to a potential buyer driving by. Some experts even say good curb appeal can help you get 10% more in the final price.
You might think of asking a friend to give you an assessment of how your home looks. Make sure you get the honest friend; not the one who tells says you look great after that awful haircut.
Our REALTORS® offer these six tips of where to start to make your curb appeal pop:
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.
National Love Your Pet day is coming up on Wednesday, February 20th. Just like you, our real estate agents at Laffey Real Estate love their pets. Whether you're a dog person, a cat person, or anything else, there's one thing we all agree on: Pets are part of the family!
With that in mind, it's vital to take steps to keep them safe and comfortable while you move.
Moving day is an exciting time, but it can be stressful – to pets as well as people. The noise, confusion, and movement can lead to unexpected behavior from overstimulated animal friends. By taking a few quick steps early on, you can make the process more peaceful for your pets.
Let's look at seven quick tips for moving with your pets:
Your family is changing so fast. Your daughter is about to have her 16th birthday and your youngest is about to make her First Communion. That's not even accounting for capturing the moments in the extended family. Now is the perfect time to capture some of these special family memories. Whether you want a photographer for an extended family event or a more private session, our real estate agents can direct you to our favorite family photographers in the Long Island area.