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

Real Estate and Copiague Harbor – from your favorite local Realtor®️

There are approximately 264 homes located in the Hamlet of Copiague Harbor. This unique community is one of Long Island’s best kept secrets located on the South Shore. These homes are part of a homeowners association known as the Great South Bay Estates Homeowners Association (GSBEHA). The elected board members of this association are responsible for maintaining the private beach and marina facility. They also spear head recreational activities such as holiday parties for the benefit of the community.

The local beach is accessible to residents only by coded gate and has a swing set and benches.

Copiague Harbor can also be sometimes referred to as the Estates of Great Neck Landing and was created in the late 1960’s. There were two main developers known as Roundtree Estates, Inc and Harry Firester and their intent was to sell single family homes in an exclusive community with a private beach and marina for the homeowners to enjoy.

There is a private marina exclusively available for members of the community. There is an additional cost but a fantastic convenience to have this available in your community

One of the more significant differences in Copiague Harbor vs. some of the other local hamlets here in Long Island is the underground burial of the utilities. In other words there are no telephone poles with wires impacting any of the views form the homes. Most of the buildable lots are oversized and are usually 80 feet wide or greater. As a real estate professional it is my opinion that the rooms tend to be oversized in most of the homes and the needs of current buyers are usually satisfied with master bedroom suites, closet sizes and kitchen layouts.

I would ♥️ to help you find your dream home in this development. Get in touch today! Click here for a link to the video on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72DqPITi68A&t=30s

~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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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.