The ? Holiday Season is upon us. If you are searching for a home and plan on buying one in the next year or so now is a good time to explore different neighborhoods and see that they are offering during the holiday season. There are many different avenues to do this and still take in all of the enjoyment the season has to offer. Here are some ideas you may want to spend some time exploring.
Amityville Holiday Homes Tour
“Sea it to Believe It” ⬅️ Click on Link for info! Saturday, December 2nd 11 am. The Junior League of Amityville along with the Women’s Club of Amityville and some very gracious homeowners open their houses for the time honored tradition of the holiday homes tour. Enjoy the tour and the decorations and end the day with some tea and cookies at St. Mary’s church and explore the Lauder Museum all included in your admission.
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❄️Winter on The Bay Festival❄️
A unique south shore winter festival located at Tanner Park, complete with ice skating, DJ’s, beer and wine tent, make your own ornament tent, ugly sweater jingle and mingle, hot chocolate and so much more! Check out the link for more information, tickets and pricing. Winter on the Bay – Tanner Park
There are also the comforting good times spent ice skating and in front of the roaring fire at Marjorie Post Park. Click here for the link for session times and pricing: Marjorie Post Park Ice Skating Rink Sessions.
Shopping, Dining ? and More:
This Thursday, November 29th is the 2018 Shop Tails from some of our favorites in the Village! Dining discounts from Vittorios, Park Avenue Grill, pick up some amazing chocolate and treats at Wrapping It Up and purchase some breakfast/lunch discount cards at Geralds’ Market. Treat someone special to some wonderful gifts from the beautiful Bella Maison which is the storefront of interior designer Mary D’Andrea of MDA designs, so while you are shopping inquire what other improvements she can help you with during the new year! Even more shopping at Flip Flop O Gram and the Amityville Men’s Shop and check out the newest addition to the block of Amityville Apothecary which had its grand opening just last week! Looking for a higher level of healing, stop in Amityville Wellness and talk to Dr. Erin Hurme of the benefits acupuncture can bring to your life! While you are at it, stop in Self Image & Nail Image to get your loved ones their gift certificates!
And don’t forget while you are out enjoying all of these beautiful festivities check out the different neighborhoods so you can figure out where you may or may not want to live! Explore wonderful stores, great events and enjoy the holiday season! If you are thinking about moving in the next year you should give me a call or reach out to me in any of the social media outlets! There are real buyers out looking for homes right now and waiting until the spring market may not be the best plan of action. Speak with a qualified realtor® today!
Be Safe and Merry!
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Happy Mother’s Day to all my family, friends and clients and most importantly to my own Mom and Mother in Law who mean the world to me!
The Spring market is well upon us and this year instead of having an overflow of houses hitting the market there is a lack of inventory. Houses that are properly priced are getting accepted offers before the “For Sale” sign hits the ground. They are also being sold for over asking prices with bidding wars with multiple buyers. It is a complex market and one that should not be left for the inexperienced.
You may consider that since it is such a “hot” market you can sell your home yourself…well think twice because it may cost you more in the end than hiring a professional agent. A pricing strategy is more than what your neighbors house sold for, it includes similar homes, a valuation of taxes and insurances as well to come to that number that is ultimately your sale price.
Another note of advice if you are thinking about selling your home, make sure your agent is doing his or her due diligence and allowing all other agents to show your home. As a seller you want to make sure you are presented with the highest and best offer for your home with the best possible terms. Because of the lack of inventory not all agents are working in the sellers best interest. Be careful and make sure your agent is trustworthy and honest and working for you, that is why you are hiring them.
If you are thinking about moving to our friendly bay village this weekend is a great way to find out what we are all about!
On Saturday, December 3rd 2016 several gracious home owners open their houses to the public and the Woman’s League and Junior League of Amityville host the annual Holiday Homes Tour. The houses are decorated and there are small items available to purchase such asmation on their website at ornaments or baked goods. Tickets are $20 each and you can find
The Kiwanis and the Amityville Fire/Rescue Department will have trees and wreaths for sale on the corner of Bennett Place and Merrick Road on Saturday from 9 am to noon as well. You can find out more about the Kiwanis on their Amityville Kiwanis Facebook Page.
Saturday night at 5 pm the village hosts is Annual Christmas Tree Lighting. The village gathers around the heart of our village by the gazebo on Park Avenue and Broadway. Santa pays us a visit and many of our local children participate either by singing in the choir or showing off their dancing as part of the Great South Bay Dance Company. You can learn more about this event on the Amityville Village website.
The excitement continues on Sunday when St. Martin of Tours School located at 30 Union Avenue hosts their annual Christmas Fair and Wreath Sale from 9 am to 3 pm in the Parish Center. More information about St. Martin of Tours School can be found here St. Martin of Tours School. Please note non of the other events listed on the school website are open to the public except for the Christmas Fair.
Once again the Amityville Police Department is collecting new, unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots. The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
A new, unwrapped gift can be dropped off to Village Hall at 21 Ireland Place between the hours of 8am and 4pm. The collection box is located on the 1st floor outside of the elevator bank. The collection runs through December 18th.
Come and participate in any of these wonderful events and see what our town is really about, the giving and grateful spirit of a small friendly bay village. And if you are thinking about buying a home here I am happy to help as a local real estate expert I can help you find the home of your dreams! Enjoy the holidays!
I recently earned my SRS designation with the National Association of Realtors (NAR). A SRS designation means that I have taken the courses and provided enough past history of client relationships to earn the title of a “Seller Representative Specialist” or SRS in short. There are many reasons that a seller should list their home with an agent that not only cares about their best interest but has the knowledge to implement that in the current market conditions. Here are some bullet points;
- members of an elite group of trained seller advocates
- concentrate our efforts to ensure you the seller are at the center of the sale
- understand that negotiation skills are critical to the success of your transaction
- adhere to the highest level of professional ethics and business practices
- uniquely qualified to exceed your expectations and yield your trust
- have an advanced level of understanding on how to collaborate with a variety of cooperating agents of all skill levels to ensure that the ‘best’ buyer has an opportunity to purchase your home.
There are several ways to hire an agent to represent you in the sale of your house. The most common is an Exclusive Right to Sell which can be marketed in two ways;
- First the listing is held as and “office exclusive” where they do not invite cooperating brokers and the exposure is limited to the listing agents marketing efforts.
- In the second scenario the listing is shared through the Multiple Listing Service where the listing agent invites cooperating agents from all the MLS offices to participate in the efforts to find a buyer for your home. In this case the listing agent communicates with the cooperating agents while you deal directly and only with your agent. The listing agent has a fiduciary responsibility to work in the best interest of the seller.
If you are selling your house, it is beneficial to have your home marketed and exposed to every potential buyer. The best possible outcome for a seller when presenting their home for sale is to have multiple offers from which to choose. They should then utilize the skill of their Realtor® to help review which is the best and highest terms for you. This is why you hire a professional Realtor ®, it definitely makes a difference.
Give me a call when you are ready to sell your home. I have my E-Pro Certification AND my SRS Designation and I have your best interest at heart.