8 Practical Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar –

September 2019

September in our area usually means back to school. So I will play on the back to school theme “apple for the teacher” as well as take into account the organic benefits of apple cider as well to keep your home free of toxins and get it “show ready” for potential buyers to walk through.

You’ve probably heard about all the benefits of apple cider vinegar in the beauty department – it can be used as a toner, a deodorant, and even a conditioning hair rinse. But did you know ACV can be used as a cleaning product? If you’ve been thinking of going non-toxic, replacing your current cleaners with apple cider vinegar is the affordable, easy way to do just that. Here are some of the household items you can replace and how to do so! 

1. Fabric Softener

ACV is a great way to condition your laundry if you have sensitive skin. Just add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar in place of your fabric softener and stop all the itching caused by harsh chemicals.

2. Household Cleaner

Apple cider vinegar has a great deal of antibacterial properties so it works extremely well as an every day household cleaner. Mix equal parts water and ACV in a spray bottle and you’re ready to clean! While the vinegar smell will fade, you can add a few drops of citrus essential oil to leave a great smell once it dries.

3. Drain Cleaner

Instead of buying drain cleaner filled with dangerous chemicals, use safe items you probably already have! Mix 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of baking soda and pour that down your clogged drain. Then, pour 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar. Let the products react for 1-2 hours and then rinse with warm water.

4. Window Cleaner

Using the same combination as the everyday household cleaner, mixing equal parts apple cider vinegar and water to create a smear-free window spray. 

5. Stainless Steel Cleaner

Your typical stainless steel cleaner can get pricey. Instead, use apple cider vinegar straight out of the bottle to clean your stainless steel.

6. Sticker Remover

Sticker removal can be a giant pain. Soak the area where the sticker won’t budge with apple cider vinegar for about 20 minutes, and then scrape it off!

7. Weed Killer

We’ve all read the warning labels on weed killer found at local hardware stores, so it isn’t a surprise that we can be hesitant when it comes to using those products in the yard where our children or pets spend a great deal of time. Avoid those harsh chemicals and create an alternative, effective weed killer. Mix 1/2 gallon of ACV, 1/4 cup of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap in a large spray bottle. Be sure to spray on each set of weeds individually and avoid spraying any plants you want to keep.

8. Mildew Remover

If you’re trying to get rid of mildew in your bathroom, use apple cider vinegar! For heavy mildew, use ACV on its own. For lighter stains, use equal parts ACV and water. You can add essential oils to this mix as well for a scent booster.

How Do Agents Get Paid? Do you know?

Photo taken from Inman News. Read the full article here. https://www.inman.com/2019/08/29/redfin-to-publicly-display-buyers-agent-commissions-on-its-listings/?utm_source=inbriefnonselect&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=inbrief&utm_content=751043_textlink_0_20190829

I do believe that there are changes coming to the real estate industry here on Long Island and in the near future. Buyers are becoming more educated in the home buying process due to the availability of information. With some education they are realizing that there are different types of agents. Buyers can choose an agent to represent their interests specifically as a buyers agent with no additional costs to them. So why wouldn’t you?

I believe the days of people trying to get deals by going to listing agents are starting to fade away as buyers are looking for trusted guidance while making one of the largest purchases of their life. I am a firm believer in transparency. It is becoming a frequent and underlying theme in our world today.

If you are looking for an explanation of the process or want to learn more get in touch today. I am both a SRS®️ (Sellers Representative Specialist) and a CBR (Certified Buyers Representative). I can certainly explain how the system works to ensure that my clients (either sellers or buyers) are appropriately represented in their transaction.

~Jenn

Long Island Housing Data for July 2019

The Long Island Data for home prices includes Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. It is a little unusual as the Queens market is so very very different than that of Suffolk County.

The July 2019 closed median home price for Long Island was $490,000 which represents a 3.2% increase over last July.

Based on closed home sales, Suffolk County reported an average price of $416,000 which is a 6.7% increase since the figures as of last July in 2018. The Nassau County average was $546,400 which reflects a 1.7% increase since the past year.

According to our market reports (source: the Long Island Board of Realtors) the total inventory in Long Island was up with an 8.1% increase in available residential real estate.

A quick snapshot of today’s Massapequa Park market shows 68 available residential homes according to the multiple listing service. These homes are located in the Massapequa school district (#23). There was only one home less than $400,000 in this market area. The available homes range all the way up to $1,249,000.

State of the Spring Market

The Spring selling season is now upon us. Traditionally sellers believe this to be the best time to showcase their home. The housing market is still experiencing a shortage of inventory and buyers are frustrated with the multiple offer situations they are encountering which, more often than not, end in a bidding war.

The experts at the National Association of Realtors have predicted an even and increasing growth in home sale values while at the same time confirming: “All indications are that we have a housing shortage. If you look at population growth and job growth, it is clear that we are not producing enough houses. Read the full article here: https://www.nar.realtor/newsroom/2019-forecast-existing-home-sales-to-stabilize-and-price-growth-to-continue

In the traditional market waiting until the Spring may have been the right move, however with the low selection of homes and the recent drop in interest rates buyers are acting quickly and ready to pounce on their dream home. Buyers today are making moves to lock into these historically low rates.

My advice is to list your home as soon as you are ready. Don’t wait for more inventory, a warm sunny day or the grass to be green. Buyers are out and ready to make offers. The lack of inventory is working in the sellers best interest as there are fewer homes to choose. Buyers are anxious to lock into a low mortgage rate and make the move.

Get in touch with me today and I am happy to sit down with you to strategize your best move to get top dollar for your home.

~Jenn

Buy-in To the South Shore Lifestyle

Photo courtesy of Tracey Gronbach,
Unqua Corinthian Yatch Club 2019

So many people think that the Spring is the perfect time to put their home on the market. Maybe because the grass is greener or some may have some spring bulbs reaching for the sun. The truth is, putting your home on the market now, is a strategic move. There is less inventory for buyers to choose from and the buyers that are out when there is snow on the ground or the early darkness has set in, those are the serious buyers that you want to attract by listing your home at this time of year.

The truth is most buyers have already decided on where they want to purchase. It may include a search area of a few varied towns but most have already picked the location of where they want to be. They are watching and waiting for the right house and if that house comes out on Christmas Eve or the middle of April it will not make a difference to them if they are a serious buyer they will find a way to make it work for themselves.

Part of the enjoyment of living on the South Shore of Long Island is the proximity to our ocean beaches and bay beaches. There are waterfront homes that take full advantage of this opportunity as well as many homes and restaurants that simply hold a view of the serenity of the water or bay. Some may just want to walk down the end of one of our many piers to take a breath and enjoy the beauty of a winter sunset in February.

So take the opportunity now to put your home on the market, buyers will be grateful that you did so that they can enjoy the full amenities of our location during the upcoming summer months. Moving in the summer isn’t fun. Summertime is truly the time to enjoy the beach, take a kayak or paddle board cruise on the bay, throw a fish hook off the dock and see what the catch of the day may be.

Call, email or inbox me and I am happy to walk you through why this is one of the strongest markets yet to get top dollar for your house. The bay may be frozen but the home market is 🔥.

~Jenn

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Holiday Happenings!

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.

 

?Tree Lighting Schedules?

❄️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

 

Ice Skating:

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!

 

 

 

Low Inventory This Spring

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.