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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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Helping an aging parent decide whether and where to move, when their current home is no longer a viable option is fraught with difficulty. Scenario: Your parent or parents are getting older and you are discomforted by the things you see changing, almost on a daily basis.  The home, once immaculat...
01/14/2014
If you find yourself in the unenviable position of having to sell your parents' home, whether they are at a time in their lives when it is no longer safe or reasonable for them to be living totally on their own, or they have recently passed away and it is left to you to tie up all the loose ends ...
01/13/2014
I'm in the middle of re-purposing a small guest room into a home office.  Since I do so much of my business from the house, I want a dedicated space to work in.  It is all part of my greater plan of organizing my life and my house in an effort to have a clutter free world. In the greater scheme o...
01/12/2014
Getting a group of family members to agree on anything is often an exercise in futility.  The greater the number, the more opportunity for failure.  Add to that the stress of having to deal with the passing of a loved one, or transitioning them to a protected environment and you create an atmosph...
01/11/2014
It amazes me just how often I'm told by a potential home seller that they have a friend, neighbor, second cousin once removed or the mailman's daughter who has expressed an interest in buying the house.  Sometimes they want to delay putting the property on the market to see if the love affair lea...
01/10/2014
Looking at the statistics for sold properties (single family residences, co-op and condos) in Bellmore for year end 2013, we see a similar picture to that of the town just to the west of it on the south shore of Long Island, Merrick.   Sales are up, closing 283 properties in 2013, vs. 243 in the ...
01/10/2014
For all intents and purposes, Long Island is in the shadow of The Great White Way, otherwise known as Broadway.  For anyone who has had the privilege of experiencing a live broadway show, with the attendant electricity that fills the theater from behind the footlights, there is magic there.  I, p...
01/09/2014
You have an appointment to show a house.  It was scheduled far enough in advance for the homeowner to do all the little things that make the home look its best.  They turn on the lights, open window treatments to let in daylight and show off the view (when it is attractive), put away extraneous t...
01/08/2014
I always caution consumers not to read more into the numbers than there actually is.  When looking at sold properties in all of zip code 11566, Merrick, N. Merrick and S. Merrick, one has to remember to factor in the unusual circumstances as we began the year and were in the rebuilding process af...
01/08/2014
To say it's freezing on Long Island doesn't begin to describe the temperatures that chill you to the bone and threaten frostbite right through those gloves you were positive would keep your hands warm.  I had to be out for a good part of the day today.  A couple of stops in Merrick, to check on a...
01/07/2014
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