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June
20

Features to Consider When Downsizing - Laffey Real Estate

Downsizing can simplify life, whether you're an empty nester or looking to get into the tiny home trend. A smaller house means less upkeep, lower bills, and more time and money to do the things you love.

Our real estate agents can smoothen your transition to a smaller space by helping you find a home that's perfect for you.

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June
13

Landscaping Supplies - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

With the temperatures finally getting warm consistently, there's no better time to plan a project in your yard or garden. You may want to add some plants, install a pond, add a retaining wall, or make another type of improvement. To get the supplies you'll need and some help and advice, stop by a landscaping supply business around Long Island.

Our real estate agents recommend visiting the following destinations to find the landscaping supplies you need.

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June
6

Chocolate Ice Cream Day - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

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.

  • Itgen's Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlour - 211 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580
    This gem is a great place for lunch, but an even better place for ice cream. Itgen's serves up sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and other typical diner food. They also have a variety of ice cream flavors, including chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, vanilla fudge, and more. And they have an even wider variety of toppings, from hot fudge and butterscotch to pineapple syrup and candied walnuts. You'll definitely want to try their Death by Chocolate sundae: double chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, and chocolate sprinkles.

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May
31

Bidding War Buyer's Guide - Laffey Real Estate

Bidding wars occur when housing inventory is low in a popular location. It occurs when two or more buyers are interested in the property. As a buyer, it's not advisable to rely solely on the seller's agent when you find yourself in a bidding war; you should have your own home-buying pro. Our real estate agents are ready to negotiate on your behalf to help you navigate this tricky process.

In today's competitive market, houses in all locations and price ranges are receiving multiple offers, and bidding wars are becoming a lot more frequent. Sometimes, a listing can be purposely underpriced to trigger a bidding war. One of the primary reasons longtime home searchers find it difficult to close on a home is because they end up outbid repeatedly.

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May
23

Summer Outdoor Entertaining - Homeowners - Laffey Real Estate

As we approach the warmest time of the year, adjust your outdoor space to match the summer. Your outdoor space is more valuable during summer, and you need to get it ready in anticipation of entertaining your friends and family. Hosting a festive outdoor party filled with fun and laughter involves more than moving your indoor party to your patio. Our real estate agents recommend these tips to get your outdoor space ready for summer entertaining.

  1. Up the Ambience by Adding Outdoor Lighting
    Most outdoor events begin in the evening and transition into the night. Therefore, it's important to have adequate lighting. Create some ambiance by adding outdoor lighting like garden stake lights to light up pathways. Backyard uplighting or pool lighting will light up the night and add a beautiful aesthetic. You can choose to add the tiki torches, a summer classic, or the battery-operated candles. Light some citronella candles around the seating area to keep bugs away.

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May
16

Hamburger Month Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Director Quentin Tarantino once declared that hamburgers are the cornerstone of a nutritious breakfast. There's no wrong time for a burger, especially in May during National Hamburger Month. Join our real estate agents in exploring the range of unique burgers at these restaurants around Long Island. 

  1. American Burger Co. - 80 E. Main St., Smithtown, NY 11787
    A certain fast-food chain urged us to "Have it your way," and American Burger Co. takes personalization to a whole new level. Their 1/3-pound patties blend chuck, sirloin, and ground beef, cooked to your preferred doneness. Choose your favorite bun, cheese, and toppings, or try one of their specialty options, such as the Philly Cheesesteak. Feeling adventurous after a day viewing Smithtown homes for sale? Go with a Wagyu truffle, bison chipotle, or lamb harissa patty. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

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May
9

Books Shops - Long Island, NY - Laffey Real Estate

Whether you love fiction, nonfiction, fairytales, or romance novels, May is the month for you. It's Get Caught Reading Month. Even if nobody catches you, this is the perfect occasion to curl up with a good book and let your mind explore. Our real estate agents recommend visiting one of these Long Island book stores to find the perfect book.

April
25

Biking Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

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. 

  • The Bethpage Bikeway – Woodbury, NY 11797 
    The Bethpage Bikeway is one of the most well-known bike paths in the Long Island area. The path offers a full 13.4 miles of asphalt-paved track that travels across several parks in Nassau County: Trail View State Park, Bethpage State Park, and Massapequa Preserve.

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April
18

Home Equity - Homeowners - Laffey Real Estate

At Laffey Real Estate, our real estate agents want to help you make informed decisions about homeownership. One of the biggest ones is whether to tap into your home's equity.

Equity is the value that builds up over time as you pay off more of your mortgage. Every cent you pay on the principal, the initial mortgage amount, becomes equity. On the other hand, money that pays for loan interest provides no benefit to the homeowner; it is pure profit for the mortgage lender.

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April
11

Grilled Cheese - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Sometimes our real estate agents crave a good grilled cheese sandwich, especially on a cool, rainy day. With National Grilled Cheese Day coming up April 12, we started thinking about how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

Not all grilled cheese is created equal. Our favorite version has slightly toasted golden bread, a good blend of melted cheese, and just enough butter. Of course, everyone has their own version, including many of the great restaurants on Long Island.

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April
4

Update a Galley Kitchen - Laffey Real Estate

A galley kitchen can seem small and dark if not utilized properly. In reality, it's actually one of the most functional designs for a kitchen since everything you need while you cook is at most a few steps away, if not right in arm's reach. How, then, to make this design look more welcoming? The difference is all in the details, as our real estate agents will show you.

  • Clear the Way
    Having a lot of stuff in the way as you traverse the kitchen will make it feel more cramped. Avoid a lot of clutter, such as too many rugs, and for reaching upper cabinets, invest in footstools that will fold up and stow neatly out of the way. If you have a bar, make sure that bar stools can tuck neatly under it when not in use. Galley kitchens look best without a lot of visual interruptions.

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March
21

Bourbon Bars - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Nothing warms the soul quite like a nice glass of bourbon. Trying different types of bourbon can be a lot of fun—there are many subtle differences in flavor.

Our real estate agents love gathering with friends and trying new varieties, and there are quite a few popular bourbon destinations around Long Island. If you're thinking about a bourbon tour around Long Island, make sure to stop by some of our favorites.

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March
14

Decorating Style - Sell a Home - Laffey Real Estate

Home decorating trends are constantly changing, and staying up to date with home designs is essential for anyone looking to sell. The last two years have brought substantial changes to how we live. As life eases back to normalcy, new home trends are popping up while designers retire other designs. Our real estate agents have the exclusive scoop on the hottest trends to refresh your decorating style below.

What's In?

2022 is an exciting year for home designs, thanks to trends like the following.

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February
28

Peanut Butter Treats Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

You may not realize it, but National Peanut Butter Lover's Day is right around the corner. On March 1st, feel free to indulge in your favorite snack, whether it's a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a high-calorie candy. There are plenty of places where you can pick up something special, so our real estate agents have picked out their favorite spots and treats. 

  1. Doughnut Plant — 31-00 47th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
    From standard and sourdough donuts to vegan and gluten-free selections, Doughnut Plant has it all. To celebrate this special day, we'd suggest that you pick up one or two of the peanut butter and jam donuts along with a yummy cup of coffee. If you're looking for something unique, however, you must also take home one of their ripple donuts, which is a huge, three-ring yeast donut that you design yourself. Be sure to stop by after looking at Long Island City homes for sale.

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February
21

Kitchen Pantry Tips - Laffey Real Estate

For many families, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. That's why it's imperative to prioritize the kitchen when purchasing a home and choose one that suits your family's needs and lifestyle. Inform our real estate agents what you're looking for in a kitchen and which features are non-negotiable, so they can find you houses that are up to your standards.

One of the key features you should consider is storage and workspace; there's no such thing as too much kitchen storage space. Even when you have enough space, your kitchen pantry can quickly become overrun with all the canned goods, cereal boxes, and miscellaneous cooking ingredients that tend to pile up.

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February
14

Family Baking Month - Laffey Real Estate

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:

  • Red Hot Baked Apples
    Not only are they quick and easy, but these delectable desserts offer a healthy, gluten-free alternative to traditional baked goods.

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February
7

Galentine's Day Brunch - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Female friendships deserve to be celebrated, and February 13th is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Over the past few years, this date has become known as Galentine's Day. Celebrating is easy: Grab your girlfriends, dress up, and go out for a nice brunch together, perhaps with a few drinks. Our real estate agents can recommend some great spots to celebrate Galentine's Day on Long Island. 

  • Rustic Root: 7927 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
    Rustic Root is a chic, tavern-style restaurant that serves an incredible, hearty brunch on the weekends. There's truly something for everyone on the menu. If any of your gals are vegetarian, the Roasted Beets are an excellent choice. They come topped with candied pistachios, feta cheese, and mandarin oranges. You can't go wrong with the Lox and Everything Pizza either.

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January
31

Outdoor Dining in an Igloo - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

During winter, outdoor dining is now an option on Long Island, with some of the best local restaurants adding heated igloos that allow you to dine outdoors during any season. This dining trend has quickly become very popular, with outdoor igloos/greenhouses becoming some of the hottest tables at your favorite dining destinations. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 6 of the best places to have dinner in an igloo on Long Island.

  • Vista Sky Lounge – 27-05 39th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
    For a view from above in your own personal igloo near Long Island City homes for sale, try a trip to Vista Sky Lounge. A classic rooftop bar, Vista Sky Lounge offers unmatched views of the Manhattan skyline with a menu of fine dining and craft cocktails to match. It's a great place to start or cap off your next night on the town.

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January
24

Painting Classes - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Have you ever looked at a beautiful painting and wished you could create something similar? While some people do have a natural knack for painting, it is a skill that can be learned and practiced. A great way to get started with painting is to take a class or two at a local studio. Our real estate agents recommend these great art schools and teaching studios offering painting classes on Long Island.

January
17

Considering the Garage - Laffey Real Estate

Home garages are not what they used to be. Homebuyers expect the garage to have adequate space for parking one or two cars, storing tools and household items, building home projects, and pursuing hobbies. According to our real estate agents, buyers expect the garage to be a livable space in the home that serves multiple purposes.

In most newer home developments, the garage is attached to the house. This provides easy access to the house and added safety when parking the car, especially at night. The garage has become an important home feature that prompts home buyers to ask a lot of questions before making an offer on a property.

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January
11

Houseplant Help - Homeowners - Laffey Real Estate

Do you laugh when people tell you it's National Houseplant Appreciation Day because you're a notorious plant killer? If, like most of us, you enjoy the beauty houseplants bring to a home but have a brown thumb, have no fear. Our real estate agents have some nearly bullet-proof suggestions that will let you join the ranks of houseplant aficionados whose homes proudly display elegant living decor. Your first step will be assessing the light levels in the spaces where you want to place your plants. 

  •  Albuca Spiralis
    This unique sun lover will be an instant conversation piece when given a prominent position in a window. Its deep green tendrils spiral wildly, like curling ribbon on a package. A healthy plant will welcome spring with stalks of yellow-green flowers that give off a pleasant vanilla-like scent. But harvest the blossoms, or your plant will lose its signature curls. The leaves will also tell you whether your plant is over or underwatered. If they start turning yellow, slow down on the watering. If they droop and the tips turn brown, your plant is thirsty. Be sure to select a pot with good drainage.

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July
12

Ceiling Fans - Homeowners - Laffey Real Estate

When you're decorating your new home, it can seem like there are so many style choices and decorating rules to follow. One choice that everyone seems to have an opinion about is ceiling fans. Even though some people feel they're outdated, ceiling fans do serve an important function, and our real estate agents can affirm that plenty of buyers and homeowners appreciate having them. There are plenty of on-trend designs and updated finishes available so ceiling fans can look great in any style of home. 

Benefits of ceiling fans

If you don't have ceiling fans, here's why you might want to add them, even if you're selling soon. And if you already have them, you may want to update them rather than removing them completely. 

  • All-year temperature control. In warm weather, run the fan to circulate the air and create a breeze to cool down the room. In cold weather, when the heat is on, running the fan in reverse helps push the warmer air down, making the room temperature more comfortable and allowing the heating system to operate more efficiently. They're also a great addition in places like Long Island, where you'll get a few unseasonably warm days before you really want to switch on the air conditioner for the season. It's much easier just to switch on a fan for a few hours.

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June
21

Yoga Studios - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21, so grab a mat and a bottle of water and head to a local Long Island yoga studio. You'll be practicing one of the oldest and best ways to relax your mind and body, and who doesn't need to release some tension after COVID-19 quarantines?
  
Our real estate agents suggest finding your om at these yoga studios on Long Island. 

  • Long Island Center for Yoga – 107 E. Main St., Babylon, NY 11702  
    Long Island Center for Yoga specializes in gentle yoga, meditation, and tai chi. The center, which is located just around the corner from Babylon homes for sale, has classes, memberships, and class times to suit just about every need and interest. Over 25 classes are offered throughout the week, with morning, day, and evening times to suit your schedule. Yoga classes, which are taught by instructors who have at least five years of experience in teaching the practice, range from gentle to Vinyasa. And finally, if you'd like to become a member, you'll have a plan to suit your needs whether you want to attend class twice a week or are a frequent practitioner.

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June
14

Early Offer - Buy a Home - Laffey Real Estate

Real estate markets across the country are booming, with more buyers shopping than there are homes available in many markets. With homes selling so quickly, it's important to consider all options for landing the top choices on your list of potential homes. For buyers in a competitive market, an early offer can be an appealing option for trying to land a home before more buyers get the opportunity to make a bid. There are both positives and potential pitfalls to making an early offer, and our real estate agents are here to help you decide on the best options for purchasing your next home.

  • What Qualifies as an Early Offer?
    In many cases, agents like to list homes on Friday because it's typically the best day of the week for posting new listings. The open house will then usually occur a few days later, so there is a small gap between when the listing is posted and when most buyers will see the home in person. So an early offer will typically come in shortly after the house has been listed, but before most buyers will see the home. Some sellers will be more interested in considering an early offer than others, with their own circumstances and the local real estate market trends playing an important role in their decision.

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June
7

Candy Month Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

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. 

  • Roe Roe's Sweet Street: 68 W. Main St., Babylon NY, 11702
    Roe Roe's Sweet Street is a family-owned chocolate shop near plenty of homes for sale in Babylon. The shop has a nostalgic feel and will remind you of childhood. They even have a Candy Museum inside, where you can admire the candy of yesteryear while listening to music from the '50s and '60s.

    Roe Roe's has a little bit of everything chocolate – from fudge to gourmet truffles to chocolate-dipped strawberries. Their chocolate-covered popcorn is a crowd favorite and a perfect choice if you love crunchy treats. They even sell dipped apples and cherries.

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May
24

Sun Mapping Before Planting - Laffey Real Estate

Our real estate agents can tell you that no matter how green-thumbed you are, the success of your garden still depends on a higher power. Before you design your garden, buy seeds, or get into the weeds with a new vegetable patch or flower bed, it's important to consult one of the top arbiters of horticultural success: the sun. Just like choosing plants for your climate zone, you also have to pick the right spot for your garden. This means determining how much sun exposure your garden will get, especially in areas where tall buildings and trees cast shifting patterns of shade. The method you'll use to choose the best area for your plants is called sun mapping.

Why Map Sun Exposure in Your Garden?

Solar energy is fuel for plants, but this doesn't mean that all plants require the same amount of sun exposure. Some plants need full sun, which means 6-8 hours of direct sunlight a day. Plants labeled as part sun and part shade require 3-6 of sunlight each day, while those labeled as shade need 3 hours or less of sunlight a day.  A sun map can give a clear picture of where and when the sun hits throughout the day. This can help you plan the landscape around your home and determine the best area for certain crops. Tracking sun exposure and shade patterns on clear days during different months of the growing season will give you a guideline for planting a healthy garden.

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May
3

Juice Bars Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Whether you're trying to get rid of the "Quarantine 15" or you just want a healthy boost, fresh-made juices are all the rage! After a full morning of helping clients find their dream home, our real estate agents love stopping by one of the great local juice bars for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. 

Unique Beverage Day is coming up on May 6th, so now is a great time to venture out and try a new juice cocktail for yourself. Here's a round-up of our favorite healthy hot spots. 

  • Fusion Juice Bar: 34-02 36th Ave., Astoria, NY 11106
    One of the top choices in the Queens area, Fusion Juice Bar offers a great selection of cold-pressed juices, fresh juices, acai bowls, energy shots, superfood smoothies, and more. Their huge menu means you can visit almost every day and never get bored! We love stopping by any time we're in the area showing Astoria homes for sale.

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April
19

Visit the Past Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

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:

  • Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium – 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY 11721   
    Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium is located near Centerport homes for sale and is on a 43-acre estate, the centerpiece of which is a spectacular Spanish-Revival mansion of William Vanderbilt II. Take a tour of the mansion's living quarters and then visit its Marine Museum to see wild-animal habitat, dioramas, and more. Then head to the planetarium to watch a show, complete with a full-dome view and surround sound. Finally, finish your visit at the observatory, where you can look at the evening sky through telescopes that provide amazingly detailed views.

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April
12

Front Yard Spring Makeover - Laffey Real Estate

Is it time for a spring makeover for your front yard? It is the "face" of your home, and to passersby, it is an indication of what the inside of your home looks like. An unkempt yard gives the impression of a home that is just as messy and disordered, while a well-maintained one builds the expectation of an orderly, tidy home.

Along with spring cleaning your home, consider doing a spring makeover for your front yard. The weather is perfect for it, and so are the bright, uplifting plants and flowers that come with the season. The following guide will take you through how to do your makeover:

  • Take stock of what you need
    When you get started, you want to keep going without stopping to get supplies. You can do that by taking stock of what you need and getting everything before starting. Start from one corner of your yard and work toward the other, working from the top down. Start with the exterior walls of the front of your house and decide what you would like to do here: Would you like to plant climbing plants or vines, and would you like them to be flowered or not? Perhaps the exterior walls could do with a fresh coat of paint.

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April
5

Craft Beer for Beer Day Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Our real estate agents love introducing new residents to the area. This includes helping them find the best local restaurants and watering holes. When we learned that Beer Day was coming up soon, we knew now was a great time to take a closer look at some of the excellent craft breweries nearby. 

Whether you're a beer connoisseur or just open to trying something new, we recommend visiting one (or more!) of the following local breweries. You never know what awesome new beverage you're going to discover. 

  1. South Shore Craft Brewery: 3505 Hampton Rd., Oceanside, NY 11572
    Nassau County's newest craft brewery is already making a name for itself. South Shore Craft Brewery is a farm brewery, meaning they source most of their supplies from New York State growers and suppliers. They brew up a variety of beers and cider and also stock NYS wine and mead. Stop by their tasting room to enjoy a pint or a flight. While you're there, you can also grab a bite from their food truck and engage in a riveting game of Jenga. On your way home, we suggest taking a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Oceanside homes for sale in the neighborhoods nearby.

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March
22

Why Pre-Approval Should Come First - Buy a Home - Laffey Real Estate

Pre-approval. It's the first step every homeowner should take before shopping for a new home. Our real estate agents recommend starting with this step because it helps narrow your search to homes within your price range. It also gives your offer added weight when you find the home you want to purchase. Whether you have excellent credit or a significant down-payment, getting pre-approved for a mortgage is a step you don't want to skip.

The Many Advantages of Pre-Approval

We are in a low inventory market, which means that sellers receive multiple offers for their homes. Many times the offers are above the listing price. As sellers consider their options, the knowledge you're serious about and can close the deal gives you an advantage. It also helps you know how high you can go if a bidding war erupts.

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March
15

Walk-Worthy Parks - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

With a unique blend of natural scenery, history, art, and recreation, the parks of Long Island offer endless entertainment for local residents. The many walk-worthy parks of Long Island are ideal for enjoying some natural beauty as winter turns to spring and learning about the history of local communities in the process. From inspiring one of the most popular novels in history to hosting major golf tournaments, Long Island's parks have done it all. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on five of the best walk-worthy parks to explore around Long Island.

Where to Go for a Walk Around Long Island

  1. Sands Point Preserve Conservancy – 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, NY 11050
    Ever wonder what it would be like to live in the world of F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel The Great Gatsby? Then a walk at Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, located on Long Island's Gold Coast near Sands Point homes for sale, is sure to get the imagination flowing. Experience a walk on any of six marked hiking trails that stretch over 200 acres, amble through a rose garden that features more than 1,500 roses, and stick around to enjoy a sunset with stunning waterfront views.

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March
8

Spring Cleaning Supply List - Homeowners - Laffey Real Estate

With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to prepare for spring cleaning. Spring is a fantastic time to tend to all those projects you've been meaning to do, and our real estate agents know a sparkling house is more appealing to potential buyers. 

Nothing is worse than settling in for a few hours of cleaning, only to discover you don't have everything you need for the job. Here are some items to add to your cleaning supply list to ensure you're prepared for any mess you encounter. 

  1. A Vacuum with an Extension Wand and Attachments
    A vacuum cleaner is a must-have for any cleaning job. Before you start wiping things down, use your vacuum cleaner to remove dirt, dust, and grime. Remember, when dirt gets wet, it makes mud, which can make it even more cumbersome to clean your home. Vacuum as much of it away to expedite your cleaning. If possible, select a vacuum cleaner with an extension wand and a few attachments. A round horsehair attachment is a versatile option that works well on multiple surfaces: upholstered furniture, baseboards, and hard floors. A roller-head attachment is a great addition if you have pets that shed a lot; it will help remove hair from your furniture, bedding, and rugs.

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February
22

Determining Home Value - Laffey Real Estate

At Laffey Real Estate, our real estate agents work hard to get you to closing quickly and easily. If you're getting ready to sell your home, one of the most important parts of that process is also one of the earliest: Setting an asking price. What does it really mean if a home is "priced to sell?" It means you are getting the best deal possible aligned with your local market – and thus, attracting highly qualified buyers.

Ideally, a home is on the market for 30 days or less. Warning lights flash as it climbs toward 60 days. Pricing a property correctly is essential to that timeframe. It protects you against leaving money on the table but also against the wasted time and aggravation of a listing that lingers. If a home cannot be sold in 90 days, it often has to be relisted later. This spells disaster for sellers!

It's fair to ask: How does a real estate agent price a home?

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February
8

Valentine's Day Carryout - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Valentine's Day is one of our favorite holidays of the year because it's a great opportunity to show your love for the special person in your life. We know that planning a Valentine's Day date is going to be a little bit more complicated this year due to health and safety restrictions. However, a nice date night in your own dining room can be just as romantic as a night out on the town. With so many fantastic local restaurants, it's easy to enjoy your favorite dinner at home. Our real estate agents compiled a list of some of our favorite Long Island restaurants offering takeout this Valentine's Day.

  • Vespa Italian Kitchen - 282 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
    This classy restaurant has a modern flair and always makes for a great Valentine's Day date night spot. This year, you can order online and enjoy Vespa Italian Kitchen's authentic Italian cuisine from home. The large menu features pasta, sandwiches, and stone-fired pizzas, so you'll be sure to find something you enjoy. Best of all, this restaurant is just a few minutes away from these Farmingdale homes for sale.

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February
1

Fill Your House With Music in 2021 - Laffey Real Estate

Music may not make the world go round, but it sure does round out your world. Whether you're working from home or resting after a long day at the office, setting your home up for sound is a great way to enjoy the day. Day in and day out, our real estate agents will tell you that an increasing number of homes in the area incorporate systems that make it easy to enjoy music while taking a bath, working in the kitchen, or relaxing on the patio. 

  • Create a Foundation You Can Build Upon
    Smart home systems create a solid foundation that you can use to create a connection between your favorite music in every room in the house. Google and Amazon are the leaders in smart home systems that allow you to connect every speaker in your home through one centralized system. You can install these devices in every room and set your system to operate these speakers individually or as part of a whole-home group.

    At the heart of your home, make sure that you install solid and reliable WiFi. The stronger the signal, the better. If you plan to connect other smart home devices to your system, make sure your system has enough bandwidth to support all of your devices; otherwise, you can end up with a less than desirable sound quality and reliability.

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January
25

Smart Home in 2021 - Laffey Real Estate

Want to upgrade your home in 2021? Whether you're thinking about buying, selling, or staying put, adding some smart home features is a great idea! Our real estate agents are always talking to potential buyers who are interested in homes with smart upgrades, making this an excellent investment. It's also easy to get started! Follow these simple tips and you'll have your upgrades done in no time. 

  1. Consider Your Unique Needs
    The right smart home upgrades for you will depend on your unique needs, lifestyle, and personal preferences. For example, if you work from home, a smart doorbell might be a great idea. This will allow you to see who's at the door so you can decide whether to open it or not. On the other hand, if you spend most of your days away from home, then devices like smart locks, a smart garage door opener, and a programmable thermostat might earn top spots on your wish list.

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January
18

Italian Food Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

When you're craving comfort food, few things satisfy the stomach and soul like a hearty plate of pasta. Our real estate agents head to these top restaurants around Long Island for delicious and authentic Italian cooking with a modern twist.

  • Scarpetta Beach - 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, NY 11954
    Go for the spectacular views and stay for the upscale Italian classics at Scarpetta Beach. Every table at this waterfront restaurant, just minutes from Montauk homes for sale, looks out over the ocean. Customer favorites include polenta and short rib and bone marrow agnolotti. Enjoy patio seating anytime thanks to the cozy heat lamps. Scarpetta Beach is open daily from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

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January
11

Staging Dining Room - Laffey Real Estate

Sometimes yesterday's design trends just don't seem to fit with today's lifestyles. If you're selling your home, you'll want to appeal to as many buyers as possible, and that may seem difficult if there are spaces that might go unused or just aren't very functional. The good news is you don't have to keep the space for its intended use.

Staging your Long Island home for sale is a good idea, and it can help you use that tricky space as a plus that will add a little extra appeal for buyers.  One space you might want to look at changing is a formal dining room. If there is eating space in the kitchen, why not showcase the dining room as extra space buyers will use every day. Of course, you'll want to consider your space and the types of buyers you'll see, but our real estate agents recommend considering one of these spaces that will catch their attention.

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January
4

Winter Weather Activities Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Just because it's winter is no reason to give up on the more strenuous walking regimens we developed in warmer weather. It's all a matter of having the proper gear: down outerwear; layers underneath, starting with thin, long-sleeved, wicking baselayer; warm, wicking socks; sturdy footwear; a face covering for windy days; and good gloves to keep hands warm. The next step is targeting the right destinations for your hikes. Are you bringing the kids? The dog? Do a little research, and be sure to check the weather, so you don't dress too warm or not warm enough for the temperature.

If you're looking for a home with outdoor adventuring destinations nearby, our real estate agents can help. While you're taking a break from house-hunting, how about checking out these places for some inspiration?

  1. Blydenburgh County Park - Veteran's Memorial Highway, Smithtown
    This richly forested, 627-acre park at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River offers year-round delights for explorers. Hike around 100-acre Stump Pond on a hike led by the Greenbelt Trail Conference guides. Year-round horseback riding is offered. Dog owners can also bring their canine friends for a romp in the dog park. Enter at the northern entrance by following Route 347 to Brooksite Drive North; turn left on New Mill Road and follow to the park entrance at the end. The park is open year-round to Suffolk County residents and their guests, so if you're looking for a house among Smithtown homes for sale, put this gem at the top of your list of places to visit.

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December
29

Kitchen Lighting - Homeownership - Laffey Real Estate

Ask any of our real estate agents, and they'll tell you the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. If you want to enhance your kitchen space, adding some under-cabinet lighting is one of the best ways to do it. This easy and relatively inexpensive project can completely transform your kitchen! Here are a few tips to help you get started.

  • Evaluate Your Space
    Before you begin your lighting project, you need to get a feel for how much space you have under your cabinets. You'll also want to consider the type of lighting you'll use and the location of your workspace. Make sure you think everything through and take careful measurements. Armed with this information, you can start planning out your project.

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December
14

Holiday Home Safety - Laffey Real Estate

Seems we hardly get a break these days, trying to stay a step ahead and maintain safety in our homes, on the job, or traveling around. While we can't control everything, we can take measures to ensure our homes are relatively safe during the frantic holiday season. So as you go about your holiday preparations, take some time to consolidate your safety procedures. Be sure to ask our real estate agents in the Long Island area for more advice on how to keep your home safe in the coming weeks.

  1. Traveling
    Going away for the holidays? Makes sure you ask a friend to check on your home every day, taking in the mail and receiving packages. You can also go an extra step to ensure home security by installing a camera at the front door so you can monitor what's happening in real-time. In addition, install timers so that lights come on and go off as if you were at home. Don't have lights blazing inside and outside all night long. That's a signal to burglars that no one's home.

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December
7

Holiday Light Displays - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

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.

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November
23

Home in Retirement - Laffey Real Estate

At Laffey Real Estate, our real estate agents have helped thousands of clients make the right real estate moves to support their retirement lifestyle. For many, that means downsizing to a smaller, more manageable home.

But if you already own your home, deciding what to do next is a little bit more complicated.

For decades, people have used their homes as a durable vessel to create financial value. About 75% of the average America's wealth is stored as equity value in the home. Selling a home may empower you with a substantial infusion of cash, but it is not the right move for everybody.

Current homeowners can generate income with their home or even access equity without selling. So, how do you know whether you should sell or stay? Keep these factors in mind as you plan your decision.

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November
16

Home Inspection Hints - Laffey Real Estate

If you've got a home inspection coming up, it's completely normal to feel a bit nervous. After all, nobody enjoys having strangers poke and prod around their home, looking for problems. Even if you think you know your home inside and out, you never know what they might find. 

Our real estate agents talk to nervous sellers about this all the time. The best advice they give is to remain calm and make sure you're prepared. This will give you the best chance of having a successful inspection. Here are a few things you'll want to consider doing.

  1. Decide How to Deal with Known Issues
    If you're aware of your home's problems, you cannot conceal them from the potential buyer. You'll need to decide whether you want to fix them before your inspection or disclose them. Your real estate agent can help you weigh the pros and cons and make a decision. It's also a good idea to have a game plan for how you'll handle any additional issues that may come up during your inspection.

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November
9

Coffee Shops - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

It's no secret that New York City runs on coffee, but you don't need to go to Manhattan to get a great cup of joe. There are hundreds of cafes around Long Island that will get you fueled up and ready to go! Our real estate agents encourage you to celebrate National Espresso Day on Monday, November 23rd, at one of these local coffee shops around Long Island.

  • Flux Coffee – 211 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
    Roasted, bagged, and brewed around the corner from the coziest Farmingdale homes for sale, Flux Coffee relocated from the West Coast to bring the East Coast a transparent coffee experience. Visit to learn more about their ethical sourcing and manual brewing to create their amazing blends. Bring home a bag of beans from Burundi, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, or Peru so you can continue enjoying National Espresso Day at home.

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October
26

Condo or House - Homebuyers - Laffey Real Estate

Real estate is a financial investment, but it's also an investment in the type of lifestyle you want to enjoy. There are advantages to purchasing a home, and there are advantages to buying a condo. Carefully weighing your options is the key to making the right choice for your future.

Comparing the Costs of Fees and Maintenance

A house is more than just four walls and a roof that encloses a large space. It is also a yard, fence, and landscaping that you will need to maintain. And, unlike a condo, all of the maintenance is your responsibility. Unless you have an HOA, the advantage is that as the sole owner, you have full decision-making authority over how to maintain it and what you want to include in the landscaping. In general, you can expect to spend approximately 1 to 2% of the home's purchase price each year on maintenance. Further, if an HOA governs you, you will also need to pay HOA fees to maintain landscaping, parks, pools, etc. within the community.

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November
2

Long Island Vegan Restaurants - Laffey Real Estate

World Vegan Day may have been Nov. 1, but our real estate agents are still celebrating with a hearty, wholesome vegan dish this week. The annual event highlights the dietary and environmental benefits of veganism. No matter if you're strictly vegetarian, pescatarian, or someone who likes a good meal with or without meat, you'll love the offerings at these Long Island vegan restaurants.

  1. 3 Brothers of Rockville Centre – 285 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    3 Brothers of Rockville Centre is the home of quality vegan and traditional pizza. Every item on their menu has a vegan alternative. For example, you could get a sausage pizza with two cheeses or its vegan partner, made with cashew mozzarella, cashew parmesan, and house-made seitan sausage. 3 Brothers of RVC is a perfect place to stop by a vegan slice after you've finished touring Rockville Centre homes for sale.

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October
19

Multiple Offers - Sell a Home - Laffey Real Estate

While it's true that two offers are better than none, that doesn't make it any easier to make the right decision. There are many factors to consider, and you will want to weigh each offer carefully as you decide which one to accept. Our real estate agents understand the challenges in front of you and recommend the following to help guide you to the right choice.

Price Vs Terms

This is only part of the equation you need to consider. If it's an all-cash offer that comes in at or above your asking price, it's an easy decision to make. In fact, most sellers will accept this offer without a second thought. While a generous offer is certain to catch your attention, the bottom line is that you should always pay close attention to the offer's terms and conditions. For example, suppose a high bid is contingent on the buyer selling another property or securing financing. In that case, it can be riskier than accepting a lower offer with no strings attached from a buyer with secured financing.

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October
12

Dessert Around Long Island- Laffey Real Estate

What could be better than Dessert Day? Celebrating that special day on Long Island, of course! There are so many legendary, local bakeries throughout Long Island communities, many of which have been serving the region for decades. Whether you're looking for a traditional treat or a fresh, new custom creation, Long Island's bakeries have it all. Our real estate agents are saving room for dessert, and we have all the delectable details on 5 of the best bakeries on Long Island.

  • Copenhagen Bakery – 75 Woodbine Ave., Northport, NY 11768
    You won't ever have to travel far from Northport homes for sale to enjoy a delicious dessert, thanks to legendary local bakeries like Copenhagen Bakery. Enjoy a meal from the extensive breakfast/lunch menu, and be sure to save room for dessert! Copenhagen Bakery offers a little bit of everything to satisfy your sweet tooth, including cookies, danish, pastries, cakes, and fresh breads. Grab a fresh cake from the shop to celebrate Dessert Day with your family, or call ahead to have a special cake custom made.

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September
28

Sell a Home - Square Footage - Laffey Real Estate

Of all the home design trends that can shape your effort to buy or sell a home, house size is one of the most inflexible. You can remove crown molding or install a kitchen island, but adding or removing square footage is a serious undertaking. However, if you have a larger home, our real estate agents would like to talk with you, as after the tiny home trend, big homes are back in a big way. 

Home trends can lean toward greater square footage for a number of reasons, including suburban areas increasing in popularity and technological advances making large homes easier to maintain. But in 2020, the lockdowns and quarantines have left some homebuyers feeling cramped in homes that now must be ready to accommodate multiple functions. Millennials have expressed significant interest in larger homes and are moving out of apartments and starter homes for something ready to accommodate their next steps. Help potential homebuyers see their future in your home by staging and showing the best uses for the space you have.

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September
21

Antique Shopping - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Searching for antiques and vintage pieces can be a fun treasure hunt, and fortunately, the Long Island, NY area—including Nassau, Sussex, and Queens counties—has plenty of shops you can explore. Each has their own special feel and history, and you'll have fun browsing for additions to your home.

Our real estate agents recommend stopping at the following five shops to go antiquing near Long Island:

  • The Vintage Living Antiques & Collectibles - 2863 Long Beach Road, Oceanside, NY 11572
    When you make a trip to The Vintage Living, located around the corner from Oceanside homes for sale, you never know what you'll find, but odds are high that you'll come back with something you didn't know you needed. From antique furniture to vintage advertising collectibles, this friendly and affordable shop is packed with items large and small.

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September
14

Cleaning Services - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Need some motivation for deep cleaning? According to Psychology Today, household clutter causes stress, lack of focus, and poor quality of sleep.

Sept. 17 is designated as Professional House Cleaners Day, and our real estate agents suggest getting a helping hand from these great Nassau County cleaning services.

  • Tri-County Carpet Cleaning - 55 Hawk Lane, Levittown, NY 11756
    Dirty carpets look and smell bad, but cleaning them yourself is such a hassle. Tri-County Carpet Cleaning earns high marks from clients for their quality service and reasonable prices. Staff members use eco-friendly, pet-safe products with a pleasant hint of citrus aroma. Have a leaky basement? Tri-County specializes in flood damage restoration. While the company is headquartered near Levittown homes for sale, as the name implies, they serve an extensive part of the NY area. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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September
8

Wine & Cheese Shops - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

The pairing of wine and cheese has been practiced for centuries—in France, of course, but also in Britain. In both countries, it was recognized that cheese just seemed to bring out the best of the wine, and vice versa.

Turns out, it's all about chemistry. The astringency of wine is caused by a substance known as tannins, the acidity of which makes your mouth pucker. Cheese, on the other hand, is creamy and fatty and coats your mouth. Your mouth reacts pleasurably to the creamy coating at first, but then needs the wine to cut through it, cleansing your palate. Wine and cheese truly do complement each, causing you to crave the opposite whenever you consume one or the other.

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September
2

Laffey Real Estate Welcomes Gavilla to Huntington Office

Greenvale, NY – Laffey Real Estate recently announced the hiring of veteran real estate broker, Hector Gavilla to the position of Branch Manager of the Huntington Office, Laffey Real Estate's easternmost location.  Gavilla is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker.  He is responsible for the office's recruitment, productivity, and daily management of agent success and staff workload. 

Gavilla comes to the firm with an extensive background in real estate.  As a training instructor and realtor, Hector brings a valuable combination of mentor and agent into his management skill set.  His hands-on coaching style and experience in the field has already produced results in the office he leads. 

Upon introducing Gavilla to the management team, Donnamarie Chaimanis, President offered this about the appointment, "Hector is a great find and perfect fit for the team in Huntington.  His almost two decades of real estate experience, local knowledge and marketing savvy is the trifecta of traits we are looking for in our branch leaders."  She added, "We know Hector will be a valuable part of our team." 

Gavilla owned and managed his own brokerage for nine years until selling to a competitor in 2019, where he stayed until making the leap to head up the Huntington Branch for Laffey Real Estate.

A resident of Huntington, Gavilla is active in Huntington politics.  He serves on the Town of Huntington Affordable Housing Advisory Board, a committee of non-paid Huntington Residents appointed by the Huntington Town Board to make recommendations with respect to the administration of the Affordable Housing Trust and Agency Fund.

August
31

Houseplants - Homeowners - Laffey Real Estate

Adding plants to a room is a fantastic way to add color and express the decor scheme. They make a room feel more welcoming and can be a relatively low-maintenance focal point for any room. Our real estate agents appreciate it when they see that each decor element in a home has been chosen with care. If your family includes pets, you'll want to make sure that the plants you choose will be as kind to them as you are. Some plants can pose a serious risk to animals, and you'll want to be cautious when shopping at your local nursery. 

  • Consider The Lilies 
    Calla lilies are striking and graceful in appearance but can be toxic to animals and humans. These are normally grown outdoors, but you may receive an arrangement, including lilies. If you grow them outside, keep them well away from pets and children. If you receive a bouquet or wreath, including lilies, keep it out of reach until it's time to dispose of it.

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August
19

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. 

August
12

Who Are Long Island's Top Realtors?

Laffey Real Estate's James Gavin!!!

Long Island Press recently named Manhasset's own James Gavin to the 2020 Top Realtors of Long Island.  We are proud to recognize James Gavin, a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, as a true professional in the Residential Real Estate industry.  He is a Luxury Home Marketing Expert with a very successful and impressive portfolio of representing notable and distinct North Shore homes.   

Gavin's accolades include being named "Rookie of the Year" at his Manhasset firm in 2015, earning the title of "Rising Star Residential Agent Of The Year" by Long Island Business News in 2017, and being named to Zillow's Best of the Best list in 2019. He sells homes all along the North Shore Corridor from Great Neck to Cutchogue with a specialty in the Manhasset-Port Washington-Sands Point Markets. 

To preview his historic legacy transactions and read more about his beginnings, visit his website Jamesgavin.laffey.com.  A lifelong resident of the North Shore, Jim resides with his wife and daughters in Manhasset.  

Laffey Real Estate congratulates all of the recipients named to the 2020 Long Island Press Top Realtors List. 

 

 

August
14

Iconic Melville Estate Rich in History and Design Excellence

Greenvale, NY – Laffey Real Estate is proud to represent the sellers of this mid-century modern masterpiece by the famed Architect of Rockefeller Center, the United Nations Headquarters, the master plan for Lincoln Center, the Perisphere and Trylon at the 1939 World's Fair and many other high profile historically significant structures in New York City. 

Located in Melville at a very desirable address, the Harrison House imbues architectural excellence.  This 3.6 acre private and masterfully restored estate is just as much a home as it is a work of art that celebrates form, material and the architect's penchant for circular spaces. 

Harrison House was the place for the lively social and artistic "who's who of the time" hosting everyone from Alvar Aalto and Marc Chagall to Robert Moses and French Painter Fernand Leger. 

In 1975 the house was sold to art dealer Harold Diamond and his wife. If the name doesn't spark a memory, the Diamonds are parents to Mike D of Beastie Boys fame.  During their ownership, the Diamonds were instrumental in getting the house designated on the National Register of Historic Places though it offered no protection from demolition. 

Fast forward, the current owners, while admittedly knowing very little about modernist architecture, recognized that the house was special and vowed to restore to its original luster.  Together with the guidance of Steve Schappacher and his partner Renee White, SchappacherWhite DPC and the new owners embarked on a 2-year odyssey to restore, rework and repair the once magnificent estate where it remains today as a testament to the memory of Harrison's remarkable vision. 

Three original circular rooms are the center design elements of this mid-century modern home. The circular living room with the original terrazzo/wood dance floor was the model for NYCs Rainbow Room. Grand rooms include the Gourmet kitchen with clerestory windows, upper and lower family rooms and library. Design features include 5 fireplaces, custom millwork and cabinetry throughout the house by Dune, walnut flooring and walls of glass which allows abundant light and landscaped grounds into the fabric of the home. An expanded lower level boats a multimedia theatre, wine cellar and gym and a convenient walkout to the rear grounds.

The grounds are a private resort with a stunning circular saltwater pool, new Turf Tek surface tennis court, slate patio, 8 hole mini-golf, waterfall and rolling hills of lush mature landscaping complete this architectural showcase.

Offered at $5,999,000 by Broker Owner Philip C. Laffey  516.359.1489 plaffey@laffeyre.com

 

About
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 575 agents in 11 offices throughout Nassau, Western Suffolk and Queens Counties. Their global partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio® 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. 

August
13

Laffey Real Estate announced the appointment of Donnamarie Chaimanis, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, to the position of President of the brokerage effective immediately

In this newly created role, Chaimanis is tasked with maximizing branch productivity; supervise the daily sales operations, branch services, recruiting platforms and growth strategies in the markets served including Long Island and the five boroughs.  She will continue in the role of overseeing the team of branch managers and career leaders.

The announcement was made by Philip C. Laffey, Broker Owner via a senior management Zoom meeting.  "We are very pleased to have Donnamarie work alongside us.  Since joining the firm in 2005, she has been a proven leader, innovator and team player," explained Laffey.  "This offers both Mark and me the opportunity to continue to focus on more strategic initiatives while ensuring that our company is moving forward as we have envisioned." 

Chaimanis, a 15-year residential real estate veteran, has previously served in leadership positions including Branch Manager Brookville Office, Regional Vice President and Luxury Marketing Division Manager.  Before her promotion, she led the company's Luxury Marketing Division instituting training strategy, marketing initiatives and agent mentoring. 

Donnamarie has a real penchant for luxury real estate, as the market on the Gold Coast certainly warrants.  Overall, these legacy sales include the $36.5 Million Searingtown Road, Manhasset land; $20 Million Easton Estate, Muttontown; $19.88 Million Alan King Waterfront Estate, Kings Point; the $9.035 Million, Oyster Bay Cove Cassini residence and many other notable estates.  

In commenting on Donnamarie's appointment, Mark T. Laffey, Broker Owner added that "we've been grooming her for this position for a few years.  She stepped up naturally and efficiently. With her professionalism and knowledge, we are confident that Donnamarie will be an integral part of the strategic growth of Laffey Real Estate for years to come."

With her extensive experience and background in residential real estate, she will continue to work closely with the Broker Owners.  As the firm enters another chapter in their storied and well-regarded history, the vision for expansion will be well served under her guidance.  

August
10

Golf Courses - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

August is National Golf Month, and it's hard to imagine a better time to be out on the links. Considering how much time we've all spent in self-quarantine this spring, getting out and playing a round of golf sounds better than ever. 

Here on Long Island, our real estate agents are always grateful to live in a place with some of the best golf courses in the Northeast. Golf is also a great activity when you want to get outside and have fun while still practicing safe social distancing. Be sure to check out these amazing Long Island golf courses this month:

  • Harbor Links Golf Course - 1 W Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Nestled among the rolling hills of Nassau County, Harbor Links Golf Course offers well-groomed greens and fairways that challenge players of all skill levels. Harbor Links includes an 18-hole championship course as well as a 9-hole course and driving range. There are great views to be had from practically every hole. Harbor Links Golf Course is convenient to many beautiful Port Washington homes for sale and is routinely ranked among the very best of Long Island's public courses.

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July
27

AC Maintenance - Homeownership - Laffey Real Estate

As temperatures get hotter, the demands on your home's air conditioner are greater. To keep your air conditioning unit functioning well for as long as possible, it pays to have it regularly maintained and serviced as soon as possible when you notice any issues.

Our real estate agents suggest keeping an eye out for the following issues that indicate your air conditioner needs to be serviced:

  • Your air isn't cool enough
    When your air conditioner isn't blowing cool air or it isn't cool enough, that's a definite sign of a problem. It could be caused by several issues, such as a compressor that isn't cooling the air correctly, a shortage of freon, or a duct problem that pulls air from the outside or the attic rather than from the compressor.

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July
21

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!  

 

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July
20

Grow an Herb Garden - Owning a Home - Laffey Real Estate

Tired of buying fresh herbs at the supermarket and after snipping a few leaves, you find them withered in the fridge, unusable? What if you had your very own herb garden, where you could pinch off just as much as you needed and no more, leaving the plant to grow on and keep producing? If you've thought about an herb garden but weren't sure how to get started, take heart. Many herbs are easy-peasy to grow. 

While you can grow herbs handily indoors in a sunny window or with a grow lamp, you can also create garden magic with herbs outdoors. Your herbs will be more profuse with plenty of sunlight and fresh air, so it's worth a try. What's more, if you take some care to ensure it's well designed and lovely to look at, your herb garden can be a selling point when you put your Long Island home on the market. Just ask our real estate agents about this and other tips for selling your home.

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July
13

Farmers Markets - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

The only thing better than loading up your plate with crisp, fresh produce is picking it yourself from a local produce stand. Farmers markets, produce markets, and specialty shops throughout Long Island have the best greens from around the state. Our real estate agents encourage you to order a bag of fresh, seasonal produce for pickup or delivery from one of these area produce stands.

  • Roslyn Farmers Market – Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searington Rd., Roslyn, NY 11576
    All of the wonderful local vendors at The Roslyn Farmers Market now accept preorders for pickup, giving you a convenient and safe way to get your weekly produce box. Part of the Long Island Growers Market, you can also shop the market in person if you're in town viewing our Roslyn homes for sale and would like to get to know their 25 vendors before you make your selections.

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July
6

Cooking Classes - Long Island, NY - Laffey Real Estate

If you're anything like our real estate agents, you've been spending a lot of your stay-at-home time in the kitchen. Take the next step in developing your culinary repertoire with these great cooking and baking classes around Long Island.

  • Baking Coach - 320 Broadway-Greenlawn Rd., Huntington, NY 11743
    For Lisa Basini, founder of Baking Coach, culinary skills are more than just a means of preparing food. As a child, Lisa used her passion for cooking to learn reading and math. As she grew older, food gave her an education and appreciation for other cultures. Baking Coach is currently offering virtual workshops via Zoom, with summer workshops for kids near Huntington homes for sale expected to begin in late July. Visit the website for dates and registration info.

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June
15

Landscape Edging - Sell a Home - Laffey Real Estate

Warmer weather is here, and we're entering the height of landscaping season. We're also in the midst of the biggest real estate season of the year, and our REALTORS® have learned that those two things go hand in hand. 

Now is the time to get your landscaping in shape, especially if you're selling your house. When you're getting ready to sell, you need every advantage you can get, and preparing your landscape is just as important as staging the inside of your home. For anyone out there who's listing their Long Island home this season, use these tips to edge your landscaping like a pro!

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June
8

Home Features Buyers Want - Laffey Real Estate

Our real estate agents are here to help sellers in New York adapt to a challenging and uncertain time. The real estate market is just one of countless things changing fast as a result of COVID-19—but that doesn't mean you need to put off your sale.

Many buyers are still moving forward with their plans. Online open houses, digital home tours, and easier closings are just a few of the methods keeping sellers and buyers safer. That said, the amenities that buyers are looking for now have changed almost overnight.

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June
1

Virtual Tour Prep - Laffey Real Estate

Deciding to place your home on the market is a major decision. Many people downsize once children leave home. Others look for a larger home to accommodate growing families. In today's high-tech world, setting your home up for a virtual tour increases the potential number of buyers.  

When you get your home ready for a virtual tour, enticing the buyer is the primary goal. You want to show the potential new homeowner the possibilities of owning your home. If you need help, our real estate agents can provide suggestions. Here are general areas to consider when preparing your home for a virtual tour.

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May
26

Online Listings - Laffey Real Estate

Online listings have long been a crucial element in selling a home since most buyers start their search for a property online, and your listing is the first chance to make them fall in love. With so many communities sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 outbreak, online listings have taken on even greater importance. Buyers are forced to shop from a distance, but that hasn't stopped them from wanting to find the right home! As our real estate agents can tell you, there are many reasons why your online house listing is even more important than ever before.

  • More Buyers Than Ever Start Their Search Online
    Even before COVID-19, buyers from nearly every age and demographic flocked to online listings when trying to find their dream home. Whether shopping from across town or across the country, online listings provide an easy way to form a solid first impression of a home ... and maybe even fall in love. Buyers can easily filter search results to hone in on exactly the type of home they want, making it even more likely that your home catches their eye if it matches their needs. If you want to maximize the market for your home and reach the largest number of potential buyers, then an online listing is a must.

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May
18

Home WiFi Tips - Laffey Real Estate

Working from home has become the new normal for so many people in these uncertain times, and making the transition can be a big adjustment. You may not have had to worry much about your home WiFi network when it was used for browsing, streaming, or gaming, but working from home makes strong WiFi performance a necessity. Our real estate agents have had to adapt along with everyone else, with virtual open houses and videoconferencing becoming the norm in our industry. So let's take a look at some tips to get the most out of your home WiFi, to make the work from home transition as smooth as possible.

  • Is Your WiFi Network in Need of an Upgrade?
    There are a wide variety of tech tools available to improve your WiFi network, and while the cost is rarely prohibitive it can add up quickly. So it's worth considering whether your home network truly needs an upgrade, especially if you've purchased new WiFi equipment relatively recently. If you do need an upgrade, then it's important to decide whether you need to improve speed, coverage, reliability, or all of the above. Once you know exactly what you need to fix, it's easier to find the right tools for the job.

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May
11

Gardening Tips - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

With the weather warming up, it's a great time to experiment with gardening. Not sure you have a green thumb? Don't worry, it's easier than you think! Even some of our real estate agents who have never gardened before are excited to start this new hobby. Here are some of the best tips to help you get started.

  1. Decide What You Want to Grow
    First, it's helpful to think about what you want to grow. Do you want a full vegetable garden with a variety of foods? Would you prefer to plant some pretty flowers? Or maybe a small herb garden is more your speed.

    Don't over-think it! There's no right or wrong answer to this question and, remember, you can always change your mind next year.

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May
4

Online Classes - Laffey Real Estate

Even if you're stuck at home, your family can still travel the world virtually with Airbnb. This popular app that lets homeowners host guests from around the globe now offers the opportunity for guests to digitally embark on experiences hosted by talented men and women. Our real estate agents encourage you to grab the family and join one of these entertaining Airbnb experiences from the comfort of your own home.

  • The Medici Escape Room
    We bet you didn't know that you could play an escape room challenge in which you didn't leave the room! Travel to Florence, Italy, for The Medici Escape Room. This experience is half an escape room, half a trivia game, and 100 percent fun. In this challenge, you'll learn about the history of the Medici Family while solving puzzles and riddles that take you around Renaissance-era Florence. All you need is a pen, paper, and some quick thinking to enjoy this fun game!

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April
27

Prep for Landscaping - Laffey Real Estate

Spring has sprung, and many homeowners will soon be updating their landscaping to make the most of it. Our real estate agents at Laffey Real Estate are all about curb appeal, and there are few things that can refresh a home's exterior like all-new landscaping.

Apart from that, landscaping gives you the opportunity for more fun around the home. Whether you are planting a tree or setting up a garden, there's nothing else quite like watching things grow. And getting ready for a new outdoor adventure isn't all that hard.

In just a few steps, you can have your home ready for fresh landscaping. Here's how you do it all the right way.

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April
20

Choosing a Floorplan - Buy a Home - Laffey Real Estate

When shopping for a new home, most buyers tend to think first about the location and maybe the size. But the layout of a home is one of the most significant parts of the homebuying process. From the shape and size of the home to the number of stairs and the distance between the living room and kitchen, the flow and layout of the home will impact your daily life. Choosing the perfect home layout requires careful consideration because you don't want to regret your choice or outgrow your living situation a few years down the road. To help determine which layout will work best for your family currently and in the future, here are some pro tips from our real estate agents.

  • Lifestyle Needs
    It may sound obvious but when shopping for a home, you need to envision your family actually living in the home. Some of the important things to consider include pet ownership, how many children you have and whether you'll have more in the future, whether an older family member may need to move in with you at some point in time, and general lifestyle needs. If you have kids, you may want to look into the number of bedrooms, a larger dining area, and kids' playroom. If you entertain often, you may require a gourmet kitchen, plenty of living and dining space, and a fantastic outdoor leisure area.

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April
13

Long Island Restaurant Takeout - Laffey Real Estate

Are you looking for a way to skip a few trips to the grocery store and enjoy one night without a sink full of dishes? Then let these Long Island restaurants and cafes keep your family fed throughout the week. Our real estate agents have identified six restaurants around Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties that offer convenient take-out and delivery options.

  1. Ben's — 211-37 26th Ave., Bayside, NY 11360
    Ben's
    knows that there's nothing quite like a classic New York deli sandwich to remind us of simpler times. Thankfully, their overstuffed sandwiches, paninis, burgers, salads, and other menu items are available to-go. Hot entrees and cold entrees, including their family-style dinners, are all available for pick-up. Close to Bayside homes for sale, Ben's is closed for Passover, but you can still purchase gift cards online to use once the restaurant reopens April 17 for takeout orders.

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April
6

Long Island Museums Online - Laffey Real Estate

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.

  • Nassau County Museum Of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn, NY
    Located on the former Frick Clayton Estate in the heart of Long Island's Gold Coast, the Nassau County Museum of Art, located near Roslyn homes for sale, features a range of rotating exhibitions and a permanent collection of more than 600 pieces that includes works by Roy Lichtenstein, Auguste Rodin, and other 19th- and 20th-century artists. Take a sneak peek online at the museum's current exhibit called Blue, which features works by Picasso, Matisse, Klee, and others, as well as the impressive sculpture garden.

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March
30

Create Home Workspace - Laffey Real Estate

If you've suddenly found yourself among the many remote workers around the country, you can easily create brilliant work-friendly spaces from a spare corner, a few feet of wall, or even in your basement. To help you create a dedicated workspace that is welcoming, smart, and functional, our real estate agents recommend the following tips:

  1. Ensure Comfortable Seating
    Comfortable seating doesn't mean bringing in a sofa, beanbag chair, or other furniture that can make you dose off. Simply get a decent office chair that you can comfortably sit on for a few hours. An ergonomically designed chair with back support will help promote good posture and keep you comfortable and fully alert.

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March
17

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:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze, and discard used tissues in the trash.
  • Avoid people who are sick with respiratory symptoms.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces.

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. 

March
16

Bonus Room - Sell a Home - Laffey Real Estate

With homebuyers placing a high premium on space and flexibility, a bonus room can be a definite advantage if you're selling your home. But rather than leaving them virtually empty or using them for storage, sellers should stage bonus rooms to show them off to their maximum advantage.

Our real estate agents suggest the following ways to help prospective buyers feel inspired when they see your bonus room:

  • Consider your likely buyer
    Tailor your bonus room to the type of buyer who is likely to be interested in your home. If it's likely to appeal to a family with young children, consider making your bonus room into a nursery, playroom, or extra bedroom. But if your neighborhood attracts a lot of young professionals, your bonus room may be more appealing if it's transformed into a home office.

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March
9

Stand-Out Spring Home Listing - Laffey Real Estate

Springtime is almost here and that means prime real estate season is right around the corner. If you're thinking about selling your home, you're in good company. Our real estate agents are already working with many sellers who are preparing to list their homes in the coming months.

Want to make sure your house stands out from the crowd? You'll need to put in a bit of extra effort. Start with these six tips. 

  1. Update Your Curb Appeal
    After a long, hard winter the outside of your home is sure to need a bit of TLC. Make sure you put your best foot forward by sprucing up your landscaping and adding some extra touches to make your outdoor space more appealing. This includes:

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March
2

Open House - Sell a Home - Laffey Real Estate

Will an open house sell my home? This question is one of the most common that our real estate agents field from clients. As with many questions, the answer isn't always "yes" or "no." Often, the value of an open house depends on market conditions and location. Thus, it is essential to work closely with your real estate agent to determine the best way to leverage an open house to achieve the sale you desire.

Open Houses Generate Interest (& Potentially Higher Profit)

The primary benefit of an open house is that it generates interest in your home. Like a beacon in the night, it attracts prospective buyers and real estate agents. It is a quick way to grow the pool of interested buyers and spread the word that your home is available for sale. While it may not seem beneficial on the surface, the fact is that real estate agents who attend open houses are doing so in the search for the perfect property for their clients. For each real estate agent who visits your home, they may recommend your home to 5, 10, or 20 clients eager to make an offer on your property.

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February
24

St. Patrick's Day Events - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

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.

February
17

Bakeries for Paczki - Laffey Real Estate

Did you know that one of the sweetest holidays of the year happens on the day before Lent? For people of Polish heritage and anyone who loves Polish cuisine, Fat Tuesday is better known as National Paczki Day! Whether you're trying paczki for the first time or you've been looking forward to this unique holiday all year long, Nassau County has tons of great bakeries and Polish delis where you can celebrate in style. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on where to celebrate National Paczki Day around Nassau County this year.

Order Paczki at These 5 Places

  1. Polish Kitchen and Deli – 602 Glen Cove Ave., Sea Cliff, NY 11579
    With a convenient location close to Sea Cliff homes for sale, the Polish Kitchen and Deli is the perfect place to pick up paczki and so much more. If you're looking for a full meal before you enjoy your sweet treat, this is the place to be. The Polish Kitchen and Deli features a full hot lunch buffet, with all of your favorite Polish specialties in one place.

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February
10

Moving Organizational Tips - Laffey Real Estate

Regardless if you're buying a home or selling a home, moving from one house to another is a stressful task. The complexity of the real estate transaction, coupled with the challenges associated with such a significant lifestyle adjustment, is enough to give even the most easy-going of homeowners plenty of stress. How can you maintain your sanity during a move? Our real estate agents believe that the answer lies in proper preparation before, during, and after the home sale is finalized.

What to Do Before You Move

Although you may not know exactly when you'll close on your home sale, you should prepare for relocation the minute you put in your first offer.

  • Get Organized
    Organization will save you hassle, money, and time. Organize all of your important documents and keep them in a secure location. This includes all licenses, birth certificates, passports, medical documents, and academic paperwork.

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February
3

Flower Shops - Nassau County - Laffey Real Estate

The New Year has arrived and Valentine's Day will be here before we know it! This romantic holiday is an excellent opportunity to tell those who love just how much you care about them and appreciate their place in your life. If you want to express your gratitude and compassion for your partner, friends, or family members, our real estate agents think that you should say it with flowers from these fantastic florists around Nassau County.

  • Westbury Florist — 53 Post Ave., Westbury, NY 11590
    Do you want to make Valentine's Day truly special? Westbury Florist knows that sending flowers always delivers smiles! Along with their vast array of flowers, they also carry a variety of plants and gourmet fruit baskets so you can give your loved one exactly what they want for Valentine's Day. Pop in and let them create a custom basket for you after you've finished browsing Westbury homes for sale.  

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January
27

Open House Prep - Laffey Real Estate

Preparing your home for an open house can be overwhelming, but with a little planning and a lot of elbow grease, it's not so bad. Our real estate agents have helped many clients successfully stage their homes for viewing. Here they share some tips about prepping some often overlooked spaces that will wow buyers with the right look.

  • Laundry Room
    It's easy to forget about one of the most utilitarian rooms in the house. After all, who loves spending time doing laundry? Believe it or not, lots of people. A clean, organized laundry room with space to stash products and fold clothing is a major draw for buyers. Putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls, giving it a thorough cleaning, and placing detergent and clothes on shelves and in bins will make your laundry room shine.

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December
30

Home Loan Pre-Approval Timing - Laffey Real Estate

Start off your new year with a new home by getting your loan pre-approval and preparing to purchase. A new year means a new start, and a sparkling home awaits.

Our real estate agents understand that the pre-approval process can be rather confusing. To start off your new year right, we're here to help guide you through this first stage of the home purchase process.

Know Your Credit

Knowing your credit score is a great place to start when deciding if you are ready for a pre-approval. Lenders will have varying minimum credit scores, but for the most part, you'll need a score of at least 620 to ensure you are approved for a loan.

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December
16

Long Island New Year's Celebrations - Laffey Real Estate

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.

  • Jericho Terrace New Year's Eve Gala — Jericho Terrace 249 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501
    Toast to a new year full of happiness and health at the New Years' Eve Gala on the Jericho Terrace. Bring your finest attire when shopping Mineola homes for sale and enjoy an evening of unlimited fun and entertainment. Cocktail hour will feature dozens of appetizers, which will roll right into a delicious dinner of salad, pasta, and a surf and turf dish. Savor a dessert trio of cupcakes, cheesecake, and cannolis before a champagne toast at midnight.

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December
9

Living Room Staging - Laffey Real Estate

Our real estate agents often get asked for their best tips to help sell a home. Staging a home to sell is an important step, and one that will pay off in the end. If you have to stage one room in your home make that your living room. It's normally one of the first things people see when they enter the home, so it's your chance to make a great first impression.

  • Get rid of the extra stuff. This should be going on throughout your home. In the living room remove extra, unmatching, or furniture that is the wrong size for the room. Rearrange what's left or replace with something more appropriate. Remove and store collectibles, family photos, and any extreme décor choices. Reducing the amount of stuff in a room immediately looks better, allows more light to shine, and helps buyers imagine how their own stuff will look in the room.

  • Patch and Paint. You should already have been at least thinking about repainting everywhere, but if not, do the living room before you stage it.  Fresh paint will make the room cleaner and brighter, a must for staging success.

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December
2