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August
24

Outdoor Kitchen Tips - Luxury Living - Laffey Real Estate

Pools, spas, and meticulously manicured lawns are lovely but few backyard amenities are as exceptional as an outdoor kitchen. An outdoor kitchen is a staple of luxury living. Whether it's poolside, atop a patio, or used to create the transitional indoor-outdoor space that so many homeowners desire, the outdoor kitchen is a fantastic feature. Unfortunately, it's also one of the easiest luxe renovations to botch.

When you're transforming your outdoor space with luxurious upgrades, it's important to make sure your investment is protected before, during, and after the project is completed. Our real estate agents have identified five of the most common mistakes homeowners make when installing an outdoor kitchen and how you can avoid them.

  1. Mistake: Not Planning the Project Professionally
    Solution: Hire A Consultant

    How do you turn the outdoor kitchen of your dreams into a reality? You're going to need some help. Even if you plan on completing most aspects of the project yourself, you should still consult a team of professionals before you begin. This project will involve the installation of ventilation, electrical, gas, and water lines, all of which aren't elements an amateur should attempt to handle alone. Bringing in a professional consultant to help you detail the logistics of your vision will help you avoid mistakes.

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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.  

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!  

 

Read the full article here -->  In a Town Full of Apples...

November
6

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

 

August
29

Greenvale, NY  (August 29, 2019)  – Laffey Real Estate is pleased to announce the sale of the late Oleg Cassini's sprawling 43 acre estate in Oyster Bay Cove.  This is the highest recorded price for a home in Nassau County year to date 2019. Located at 313 McCouns in Oyster Bay Cove, the estate sold for $9,035,000 million in less than 260 days.  Philip C. Laffey and Mark T. Laffey, Broker Owners, handled both sides of the transaction.  . 

"We have listed some amazing properties but this one was truly remarkable," explained Philip Laffey.  "The history and celebrity of Cassini and his impact on the fashion world was found throughout the estate.  Of course, the property itself really captivated the uniqueness and opulence of the Gold Coast age."  According to a 1918 piece in Architecture Magazine, John Chandler Moore, Chairman of Tiffany & Company c. 1915 built the Oyster Bay Cove property that bears his name.  'Moorelands' was designed by architect, Charles Berg, in the Italian Renaissance style of the day. 

Purchased by Oleg Cassini, the late designer lived there until his death in 2006.  The estate remains a pristine reminder of early 1900s affluence and social standing. A testament to superb construction standards, the main residence was one of the few remaining inhabited Gold Coast estates. 

Surrounded by private estates, the natural deciduous and coniferous plantings that border the hilly property provide ample sound and privacy buffers.  Year round views of Oyster Bay Harbor add to the tranquility of the visual landscape.  The winding tree-lined drive, flanked by canopy of mature deciduous trees and multi-hued hydrangeas, opens to the massive (appx) 12,000 sq ft. brick 14-bedroom, 8.5 Bath three level main house.  In addition to the resort like pool and cabana on the grounds, the property has a pond, tennis court, two barns, and a large Carriage House with 4 apartments encompassing 8 bedrooms, 5 baths and 4 kitchens.

Philip and Mark, co-owners of Laffey Real Estate, have a history of working with the affluent and celebrated sellers including the late Alan King's Estate on the bluff in Kings Point.  Their curated brand of marketing homes pales in comparison to the vast network of affluent buyers and investors of premier homes on the North Shore and beyond.

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. 

Media Contact:  Cathy M. Poturny  Laffey Real Estate  516.626.1500 x390  cpoturny@laffeyre.com

April
16

Laffey Real Estate is pleased to announce that Irene Sarraf, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker in the Great Neck Office, represented the buyer of acclaimed 'Villa Verdi',  the 8,600 sq ft waterfront estate on Gatsby Lane for a record $9.6 million.  This represents the highest priced residential home sale in Nassau County for all of the year 2018 as per MLS data. 

Situated on the northeast side of the Kings Point peninsula, Villa Verdi's captivating views of the Long Island Sound remains nature's opulent canvas.   This prominent estate surrounded by a copse of lush landscaped greenery and architectural excellence sits atop the raised bluff showcasing the expanse of outdoor entertaining and luxurious lifestyle.  With 14 rooms including a Grand Ballroom, Formal Dining Room and Master Suite, the craftsmanship is evident in the superb millwork and finest masonry. 

Most notable, this sale represents the highest priced residential property sold in Nassau County in 2018.  Alone this is perhaps not as remarkable as it sounds  But consider that Kings Point, a mainstay for luxury large property estates, is located on the legendary shoreline of the Gold Coast of Nassau County, Long Island.  Therefore, the record sale is most notable as the Gatsby Lane estate sits amongst the sprawling privet hedged homes of Sands Point, Old Westbury, Muttontown, Mill Neck and a host of distinguished private enclaves.  These are all similar types of exclusive residences with comparable acreage, square footage, amenities and price points.

For the year ending 2018, there were 12 properties that sold for $5 Million or greater.  For the 12 months ending 2017, there were 11 properties that sold for over $5 Million.  In fact, at the time of this writing, the Kings Point residence remains the top sale residential property sold through January 2019. 

Sarraf, a veteran in the Gold Coast real estate market, closed 27 transactions totaling over $23 Million in 2018.  As a consistent top producer at Laffey Real Estate, Sarraf continues to embody the best in her peer group. 

December
17

Long Island Wineries
There's no doubt Long Island is an exciting place to live. If you're a wine enthusiast moving to one of our communities, all the better. Throughout the Long Island real estate area, you'll find plenty of places to relax with a glass of your favorite Bordeaux or chardonnay. Our real estate agents compiled a list of five favorite vineyards and wineries so you can get a "taste" of what it means to live here.

  1. Vinizzo - 343 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff
    Producing quality wine is part of the Izzo family tradition, and at Vinizzo, you'll experience the results of generations-old knowledge of winemaking perfected through modern techniques. Each vintage is a unique presentation of flavor and history, delighting the palate and warming the heart. While you're looking at Sea Cliff homes for sale, make some time to visit Vinizzo, and taste what makes this winery so unique.

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November
13

Long Island Restaurants Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving foodies have a great reason to love living on Long Island. Some of Long Island's favorite restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day serving traditional turkey dinners, while others allow you to order off an a la carte menu.

This year, instead of cooking and cleaning for days, why don't you let someone else do the hard work? Our real estate agents recommend dining at one of these six Long Island restaurants on Thanksgiving Day.

  1. Brasserie Americana Bar, Lounge & Restaurant - 30 Cutter Mill Road, Great Neck, New York 11021
    The Brasserie Americana Bar, Lounge & Restaurant hosts a Thanksgiving buffet beginning at noon.  The meal includes a carving station and sides, such as pumpkin ravioli, candied sweet potatoes, and cornbread stuffing. It also features desserts including a chocolate fondue station. It costs $42.95, with children 10 and under half price. 

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October
3

Old Westbury Halloween
For those seeking affluent, exclusive, and gorgeous places to reside in New York and Nassau County, Old Westbury homes for sale sit at the absolute pinnacle. With accolades like New York's most expensive suburb, awarded by Business Week, and having one of the three best public gardens in the world according to Four Seasons Magazine, Old Westbury earns its place as one of the most iconic and luxurious places to live in the nation.

At Laffey Real Estate our real estate agents put a focus on helping locals and prospective homebuyers to stay up to date with all of the great reasons to buy a home in Old Westbury and the surrounding areas. With art, excellent dining, and events on the regular, there's a lot to love! In keeping with the upcoming season, our spotlight now turns to RISE of the Jack O' Lanterns—an iconic staple among local Nassau County fall event lovers.

RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns - 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY

RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns has been entertaining visitors for seven years running now, offering an exciting range of attractions that has evolved and grown exponentially throughout the years. The event's mainstay includes an impressive array of multi-pumpkin structures—literally dozens upon dozens of jack o'lanterns configured into sculptures of fire trucks, spooky beasts, and the ever-impressive 40-foot jack o'lantern dragon. And new and exclusive to this year, you'll be able to enjoy moving, talking lantern sculptures along the path!

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August
7

Huntington Oheka Castle

Huntington homes for sale are attracting plenty of acclaim these days, and our real estate agents are ready to handle the increased demand. But, naturally, even the most dedicated house-hunters don't spend all of their time looking for homes – they also want to get acclimated to Long Island's Gold Coast and all its amenities and sights. And what sights they are!

The Gold Coast is known for both its natural and man-made wonders.  In addition to the Gold Coast's beach and historic lighthouses, it has a collection of gorgeous mansions. Some modern, some historical, all of these fabulous constructions are impressive in their own way. There are even mansion tours so you can see all of them in a whirlwind tour that will leave you breathless.

If you only have time to see one magnificent mansion, though, we have the pick for you.  It's the Oheka Castle, also known as the Otto Kahn Estate.

And it stands out as truly unique in an area that's replete with architectural wonders. 

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July
19

Long Island Old Westbury Mansion

Our real estate agents are forever on the lookout for the very best properties throughout Long Island. Not surprisingly, it's the place to find some of the most striking modern homes anywhere in the region – and many of them even find their way on the market. 

Naturally, living in an older historic property has some interesting challenges. Maintenance and even cleaning can be more complex. But there's simply nothing like knowing that your very own home is a part of the Long Island story. Laffey Real Estate can help you get there.

The most unforgettable historic estate to hit the market in ages is the Old Westbury Estate.

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June
19

Luxury Living Long Island
Planning to sell a luxury property on Long Island in the near future? Then it's important to understand exactly what luxury buyers are looking for in their next home. While every buyer is unique, there are certain things that every luxury buyer wants to see. Marketing a luxury home comes down to traditional factors like location and amenities, along with an understanding of the latest trends in the world of luxury real estate. Our real estate agents are here to help, with a guide to what luxury shoppers are looking for on Long Island.

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