The purpose of showing your home is to hook a buyer. You want the buyers to come through your house and be impressed - so impressed in fact, that they're ready to make an offer! You'll have one chance to make a great first impression on the potential buyers, so make sure to follow these five helpful tips to really make it count!
First impressions are HUGE when showing you home to potential buyers, but by following the simple tips above you will be well on your way to making a great impression and, hopefully, receiving multiple offers! (And if you are at all anxious about this important step, just reach out to a trusted real estate agent in your area who can help guide you through this process!)
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.
Laffey Real Estate, a leading residential real estate broker on Long Island, launched their Virtual Showing Platform in early April to much acclaim. The demand for virtual viewings is still strong. Visit Laffey.com/OpenHouse page to participate. Interested buyers can find homes to preview every Wednesday from noon to 1:00 pm via Facebook Premier and Laffey.com.
This is simple and safe home showings. Go to Laffey.com/OpenHouse page. Choose the property. Click on the Facebook Live button under the listing address. The open houses are scheduled in advance so the date and time is shown on the listing page as well. Visitors will be notified when they are registered and will receive a notification that their Virtual Open House is beginning. It is easy to explore open houses from a desktop, laptop and smart device.
The market is very robust. Nationwide, there was a 20.7 percent increase in existing-home sales — which includes single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops — between May and June of this year, according to the National Association of Realtors.
On Long Island, the number of pending sales spiked by 60.6% in Nassau County and by 55.6% in Suffolk last month, compared with a year earlier, OneKey MLS, the multiple listing service that includes Long Island, reported Thursday.
Prices increased in both counties. In Nassau, closed sale prices ticked up 1.1% annually, to a median $551,250, and pending sale prices rose by 6.4%, to a median $580,000. Suffolk County median closed sale prices jumped by 5.8% to $439,000 and pending sale prices rose by 8.4% to $450,000, the listing service reported.
In July 2020, the median list price of single family homes in Queens County, NY was $750K, and media sale price was $650,000; condos median list price was $638,000 and media sold was $530,000. Homes in Queens County, NY sold for 3.5% below asking price on average in July 2020
Combined with record-low interest rates and high rents, City dwellers are adding another element to the frenzied pace of available home buyers. The average interest rate was 2.96% last week, down 0.64 percentage points from a year ago, mortgage giant Freddie Mac reported Thursday.
"This method of engaging our customers have proven fruitful for everyone", explained Donnamarie Chaimanis, President Laffey Real Estate. "With Zoom, WhatsApp, Google Meets live streaming and showing appointments, the overwhelming number of buyers coming to our website requesting virtual showings and meetings has been awe-inspiring."
Since mid-April, during the height of the pandemic and beyond, Laffey Real Estate débuted more than 500 Virtual Open Houses reaching thousands of potential buyers across Laffey.com, Agent Websites and Facebook.
Laffey Real Estate'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.
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.
Guest Speakers Address Benefits of Merger with Hudson Gateway & MLSLI
Brookville, NY (October xx, 2019) –The 2019 Laffey Real Estate Summit celebrated their top producers with a Halloween-themed conference at the popular event venue, deSeversky Mansion. Over 150 of the firm's Realtors joined in the spirit of the celebration by coming in costume. Prizes were awarded for best costume and most creative centerpiece.
The Summit is a companywide awards event recognizing individual agent success. The ceremony acknowledged realtors in six separate categories including the top producer in an Office, Luxury Sale, and within the County in addition to Rookie (under one year in business) and Shining Star. The award winners are as follows:
Top Producers Second Quarter & Third Quarter award winners are:Kerri Potestio, Kay Kwak, Ira Gross, Tim Lau, Michelle Cohen, Louie Remigo, Vivi Rosen, Janet Kashani, Janet Berookhim, Katy Anastasio, Somnath Ghosh, Eugene Gong, Carol Chang, James Gavin, Ann Marie Macdonald, Michael Maloney, Hemant Shah, Marcella Zack, Nelly Menendez, Christina Carter, Kathleen Myers, Wesley Shands
Top Luxury Sales recognized:
Rosemary Barrett and Brian Barrett, 26 The Terrace, Manhasset
Paula Handler, 42 Central Drive, Manhasset
Angela Chaman, 35 Longfellow, Great Neck
James Gavin, 16A Forest Drive, Sands Point
Janet Berookhim, 31 Rock Hollow Road, Manhasset
Irene Sarraf and Maria Dilmanian, 36 Martin Ct, Kings Point
Top County Sales recognized:
Yanko Pena, Elizabeth Rizzo, Diurny Rizzo (Queens), 96-04 Northern Blvd., Corona
Frank Foronjy (Suffolk), 10 Mallard Lane, Remsenberg
Neil Gortler (Nassau) 252-42 Brattle Avenue, Little Neck
Shining Star Award: Michael Maloney, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the New Hyde Park Office has been a rising star in the firm. His grasp of social media, technology, and more important, the unique ability to connect with his audience both on line and in person has skyrocketed his sales.
Rookie of the Year Award: Louie Remigio, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the Little Neck Office has been with the company for under a year. He has adopted many of the tools and resources needed to become a top producing realtor and the firm applauds his drive and determination.
The Quarterly Summit is also a forum to provide an enhanced education platform for all agents at the firm. The company regularly brings in renowned experts and trainers from all parts of the country to share their knowledge. The firm acknowledges and appreciates their attendance and participation at our event.
Dana Nowick, Marketing Manager MLS was back to reacquaint the audience with powerful marketing tools and data mining from Remine, RPR and Homesnap. In addition, Realtors were especially honored to hear from Tessa Hultz, newly appointed CEO Long Island Board of Realtors. Hultz spoke enthusiastically about the importance of the realtors' voice as members of the community and as homeowners.
The firm congratulates all award winners, costumed agents and guest speakers. Pictured L to R: Costume Contest Winners; Centerpiece Winner; #FollowTheOrange Socks; Dana Nowick; Tessa Hultz
Agents Take Their Role in Helping Senior Community Very Seriously
Oyster Bay, NY – Marianne Conroy and Regina Ciardullo, North Shore Realtors with the Laffey Real Estate Brookville Office were recognized for their contributions at the 2019 Senior Expo Event held on October 11, 2019 at the Glen Cove YMCA.
Both Realtors were part of a discussion panel of professionals offering their guidance and expertise on subjects like downsizing, living alternatives, healthy living, and financial planning. The theme at their booth was Senior Concierge Moving in Today's Real Estate market.
In the past ten years, the number of New Yorkers ages 65 and over increased by 26 percent, making up a larger share of the state's population than ever before. There are now more residents aged 65 and older in New York State—3.2 million—than the entire population of 21 states. Today, nearly one in six New Yorkers is 65 and above (16 percent). These statistics make a solid case for focusing on the needs of the 65+ community as they remain a significant part of the fabric of the North Shore with solid purchasing power and influence on household decisions in today's multi-generational households.
"We found that this expo gave us the opportunity to provide a solid frame of reference for community members to learn more about their own personal moving options," explained Regina Ciardullo. "We were encouraged when many of the visitors we spoke to were eagerly engaged upon hearing the ways Regina and I are able to easily orchestrate the entire home selling process", offered Marianne Conroy. "Most visitors wanted to know if we could provide assistance in how to handle minor repairs, prepping for sale, determining their home's market value and alternative living arrangements", added Ciardullo. With more than 200 people in attendance, the opportunity to meet and greet members of the North Shore community was most gratifying for both experienced real estate professionals.
Visitors were treated to good bags filled with coupon books for local deals. Guest speakers included a who's who of notable public figures including Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Glen Cove May Timothy Tenke and Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine.
Laffey Real Estate, Long Island's premier family owned residential real estate brokerage, is pleased to announce the promotion of Christos Tsouratakis to the role of Branch Manager of the Little Neck office. The announcement was made jointly by principals, Mark T. Laffey and Philip C. Laffey, the Broker-Owners of the old firm.
In 2015, Christos came to the firm as a licensed real estate sales person in our Jackson Heights office. For more than four years, he maintained consistent top producer status. With his knowledge of real estate and coaching abilities, he stepped into the role of mentor for new agents joining the firm. Mr. Tsouratakis took the helm of Little Neck Branch Manager from Arpi Candan, who stepped down from the management team after 18 successful years.
Christos' extensive entrepreneurial background combined with his residential and commercial real estate experience brings a wealth of knowledge to the manager's position. A 2007 recipient of The Queens Chamber of Commerce Business "Person of the Year Award", Christos' customer-focused energy and attention to detail that led to his success in his prior 25 years of business.
"We know that Christos will be an invaluable asset to the Little Neck office and the firm. His strong presence in our Jackson Heights Office is an example of his professionalism and leadership capabilities," offered Shaheen Abdin, Branch Manager and Western Queens Board Director. "I look forward to working closely with him in his new role."
Christos is Treasurer for the Long Island Board of Realtor's Western Queens Chapter and the President Elect for 2020. He is a member of the Jamaica Rotary Club and a former member of the Flushing Rotary Club and the Community Advisory Board for New York Hospital Queens in Flushing. Christos is also fluent in Greek.
Pictured from L to R: Mark T. Laffey/Broker Owner, Christos Tsouratakis/Licensed Associate RE Broker, Philip C. Laffey/Broker Owner
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Laffey Real Estate stands with the country to encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying. The goal is end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children and adults of all ages. Show your support with your Orange!!
Bullying doesn't only happen in the classroom. It is a social issue with many different guises. In particular, the rise of online or cyberbullying is becoming more prevalent. The National Center for Education Statistics, a research center with the U.S. Education Department states that "twenty percent of students between the ages of 12 and 18 were bullied during the 2016-2017 school year." While The Washington Post found that "Among those students who faced bullying, 15 percent said they were bullied online or by text, a 3.5 percentage point jump from the 2014-2015 school year." Even more disturbing, the study found that, "In 2017, of students ages 12–18 who reported being bullied, about 41 percent reported that they thought the bullying would happen again."
Talk to children about the ways to diffuse aggression and resolve volatile situations. Recognize and understand how this type of harassment affects children. It is vitally important to determine what kinds of interventions are necessary. Encourage dialogues and start with these five ideas.
For more details on how to put an end to bullying and protecting your children, visit www.StompOutBullying.org. Get involved in your school and community.
Make a difference with Laffey Real Estate. Show your support on October 22nd. Wear your brightest orange! Share your support on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter! Use the #NoBullysHere
About Laffey Real Estate
Laffey Real Estate is one of the largest privately held independent family-owned residential real estate firms on Long Island with a network of over 500 agents in 13 offices throughout Nassau, Western Suffolk and Queens Counties. Their global partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Luxury Portfolio® and Who's Who In Luxury Real Estate® extends their reach to more than 70 countries worldwide. The firm is a full-service provider offering expertise in sales, rentals, relocation, mortgage, new development marketing, mortgage and title insurance to the Long Island marketplace. Their pioneering sales management platforms, worldwide brand identity and industry-leading training curriculum embody best in class standards throughout the industry. Consumers trust in Laffey Real Estate name to represent their home buying and selling interests locally and globally. Consistently ranked by the two of the industry's leading consulting and research firms, REALTrends and T3 Sixty, Laffey Real Estate has an exceptional record of success proudly recognized in the largest independent brokers, total sales volume, largest brokers nationwide and network partner Leading RE affiliates.
Our real estate agents have helped clients just like you tackle the challenge involved in buying a home in a different state. Although this adds some complexity to the buying process, you can navigate it with help from an expert.
Let's look at some of the secrets to finding your dream home in another state: