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Real Estate Agent - Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103
Long Island Real Estate and Relocation. Selling properties all over Long Island's Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens.
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Some days I just wish I were younger and had miles of road ahead of me to accomplish all the things that flit around in my brain.  The plan from the start was for a relatively full day today, writing up a new listing, getting in to the office to clean up a lot of left over paperwork and heading b...
01/20/2014
I popped a pod in my Keurig the other day, expecting a rich and aromatic cup of coffee.  It was Green Mountain Hazelnut Decaf, a blend I've had many times before.  Even before the mug touches my lip, I look forward to the warm and buttery scent of roasted hazelnuts.  What I got instead was almost...
01/19/2014
One of the restaurants I visit with some regularity is a litle place in Seaford called Il Felice.  With an unassuming ediface, you could easily pass it by, heading east or west on Merrick Road.  The cuisine is Northern Italian, the menu varied.  They offer a price fixe lunch with a number of tas...
01/19/2014
Some people are just born with an organizing gene.  They can't function if anything is out of place.  Something sitting on a surface on which it doesn't belong makes them twitch. Clutter is not a word in their lexicon.  They're the ones who pick up the mail, sort it over a trash bin, disposing in...
01/18/2014
A buyer recently asked me, "why would I offer more than they're asking for the house?  I never pay full price for anything."  In the world of real estate on Long Island, there are several ways to price listings.  Sometimes an agent will purposely market a home at a price lower than market value i...
01/17/2014
Gwen Banta's post, "Drop By For Launch" is the best medicine for whatever ails you.  Just in case you missed it the first time around, here's my contribution to your best laughs of the day.  When I read it, my dogs came running to see what on earth was wrong with me.  Have fun! Hi friends, and Ha...
01/17/2014
It's time to put your parent's home on the market, despite their emotional need to hold on to the past, however tenuous that hold is.  You've already spoken to them about the need to sell a property they can no longer live in and one that is now little more than a financial and emotional burden. ...
01/17/2014
The decision has been made.  You have a father or mother who can no longer live in the home they've been in for years.  Perhaps they've fallen a number of times and the two story structure just isn't safe anymore.  Perhaps dementia plays a role in the need for them to be in a safer environment.  ...
01/16/2014
It's hard enough getting rid of clutter in our own homes, whether or not we're preparing to sell the house, but the task of decluttering a parent's home is rife with emotion and difficult under the best of circumstances.  If mom is still alive and wants to have some control over a life she feels ...
01/15/2014
What seems like a small thing to a seller getting his/her home ready for the marketplace can turn out to be an incredibly costly mistake.  A couple of years ago I was reluctantly contacted by a waterfront homeowner considering selling.  Leaving was anything but her first choice, but life was sugg...
01/14/2014
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