Staten Island, NY Real Estate News

By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -)
When do you put the "SOLD" sign up? Do you wait till the new owners get the keys, sign the contract or put in the accepted offer?   Some will say that if you put the sold sign up too quickly, you will not get more sign calls. But what will the neighbors think?  Wow, that house sold quickly, That's the Realtor to hire when I sell my house. That's the reaction I want, that's the reaction I get. What about you?  When do you put the "SOLD" sign up?
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By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -)
Who wants to see clutter? Among other things, like toilet seat up, blurry pictures, furniture, dishes on the counter, etc?  Why do folks even take pictures like this?  To me it says; 1- Agent really doesn't care about giving best service to their client. 2- Agent too busy or too lazy to make unit look it's best. 3- Agent doesn't know how to take pictures or uses old cell phone to take them. 4- If were looking for an agent to sell my place, as a consumer, I would not even call them. Pictures are so important, bad pictures and customers click on the next unit.  How can you sell a place with lousy photos?   Suggestions;  Come back after the cleaning crew has finished cleaning, take photos of the yard after the lawn is cut, look at the sun, if it's in your face when you take the photo of th...
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Many Staten Island home buyers wonder whether they really need to have their own buyer agent rather than just work through the listing agent.  What buyers are not understanding is that the listing agent is hired by the seller to protect them and their interests.  The listing agent, also know as the seller agent, owes loyalty, obedience, disclosure, confidentiality, diligence, and accounting to the seller. But what about the buyer?  Who's protecting your interests? Nobody. Unless you get yourself a buyer agent.  A buyer agent is a broker who specifically looks out for the best interests of the buyer.  What does that really mean for the buyer?    Let me give you an example. Loyalty.  Obedience.  Disclosure.  Confidentiality.  Diligence.  Accounting. Buyer agents must tell their buyers ev...
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By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -)
Vacation Watering tip #1 Going on vacation?  Have a problem with some potted plants?  Do they need water every other day?  Why not use my simple drip water method? Simply save a few gallon water jugs, poke a pin hole on the bottom side, fill with water and replace the cap.  Replacing the cap makes the drip last longer.  Now water your plants generously, place the gallon jug on top and you're good for 4 or 5 days.  Any longer, just give me a call and I'll come over to water for you. See mine below.
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By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -)
Check Road Conditions Before You Travel A handy little app for your cell phone, or on your home computer, Sigalert,  tells you what to expect when you travel.  Just click on you area, anywhere in the USA, and you can see what the conditions are.  You may want to leave a little later, if traffic is very heavy, or take a different route.  Check out the site, there is much more information you can use.  Sample page below.
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By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -)
Market Watch for Staten Island, N.Y, 10312 zip code How long are houses on the market before they sell? How big are they? What are the listing prices? How many beds, baths, etc? How many units are listed in a certain price range? These are all great questions for both home sellers and buyers.  Both need to know about the competition so they can be savvy players in this very complex field of Real Estate. Take a look at the sample report below, and if you're in the market for a Staten Island property, please visit my website and take advantage of the information I have for you.  You can always call me if you need any help with the market watch report. Call 917-696-0275 Market Watch Snapshot : Zip 10312 - Staten Island     Current06/20/13 Change Since06/13/1305/23/13   Last Week06/13/13   ...
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By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -)
Fireworks on Staten Island 4th of July Update: Friday June 28th.  The fireworks on June 29th have been moved to Midland Beach, Turtle Circle. Rain date June 30th. See my video of past years fireworks.   Always a crowd pleas-er, the fireworks at Wolfe's Pond Park this year, 2013 will be on Saturday June 29th, with a rain date scheduled for the next day June 30th.  It is recommended that you get there early, parking can be a problem, because when it gets dark at 9 PM the fireworks will start.  If the past years are any indication of the attendance, there will be plenty of people.  You can bring blankets or chairs, the park has been restored after Hurricane Sandy.  Past years had a band playing music before the fireworks go off.  Usually a good nature d crowd mostly families attend.  You c...
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By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -)
Widow Makers Sometimes a lumberjack will cut down a tree in the forest and a branch will hang up on an adjacent tree.  It will come down, and when it does, it can kill.  That's why they call them "widow makers". Now is a good time to check the trees on your property and see if you have any dead branches, or widow makers.  If the branch doesn't have any leaves on it, it's a good chance it's dead.  Take a look at the photo below to see what I'm talking about.
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By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -)
Estimated Taxes are due June 17th, 2013 Normally due on the 15th, but this year June 15th is on a Saturday and so we have 2 extra days to pay our Estimated taxes. Let me keep this post positive, if I didn't have taxable income, I wouldn't have to pay any taxes, so I'm thankful for the income.  Now it's time to share. You can download the Federal forms for the year, 1040-ES vouchers, here; or you can click on the link http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040es.pdf for the PDF forms. Scroll down to pages 10 & 11 for the forms. BTW, a very good way to get the most for your money is to own a 2 family house, you will get a lot of tax benefits from this, not only from the real estate taxes but also from the interest on your mortgage. See a beautiful unit, 116 Highland Road, in the Dent Road area ...
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By Deborah Bracco, NYS Licensed Realtor, Staten Island New York Home
(Robert Defalco Realty)
Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general. Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends MAY - 2013 Newsletter http://deborahbracco.housingtrendsenewsletter.com The Housing Trends eNewsletter contains the latest information from the National Association of REALTORS®, the U.S. Census Bureau, Realtor.org reports and other sources. Housing Trends eNewsletter is filled with local and national real estate sales and price activity provided by MLSs and the National Association of Realtors, U.S. Census Bureau key market indicators, con...
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By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -)
Got a problem with the city budget?  Just raise taxes, that will fix it right? O wait, didn't they try that a while ago?  It seems that it's never enough.  I can remember when New York City didn't have an income tax or a sales tax.  That was sold to "FIX" the problem.  So if it was the grand fixer, why is John Liu, who is running for Mayor of our beautiful city, advocating for an increase in income taxes so as to give city workers and extra raise?  Aren't they already getting a 3% raise yearly? But let's put that aside for the time being.  Mr. Liu only wants to raise taxes on those making over $500,000 yearly.  Not to worry, we don't make that kind of money right?  OK, if that doesn't fix the problem will he lower the threshold  to those making over $250,000?  If that doesn't fix the pr...
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By Rosemarie Rivicci, First time homebuyers, luxury homes, commercial!
(Barbara Corregano Real Estate)
This elegant and sophisticated four bedroom, three bath center hall colonial is located in the exclusive Johanna Lane Estates, Princes Bay, Staten island. Exquisitely designed custom home complemented by a grand two story foyer, crown moldings,custom window treatments, french doors, jacuzzi, stone fireplace, maids quarters and so much more.  Stay nice and cozy in the sunken family room with radiant heating, two wood burning fireplaces and three skylights! Gourmet kitchen equipped with six burner Wolf stove, custom cabinetry, top of the line stainless appliances, granite counters, tumbled marble flooring and sliders to resort style backyard! Inground heated pool, pavers, and lush gardens make this the perfect place to relax quietly or entertain a large crowd! Gracious and beautiful descr...
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By Robert DeFalco, Robert DeFalco Realty
(Robert DeFalco Realty)
 Spotlight on Rosebank Staten Island Homes for Sale Spotlight on Rosebank Staten Island Homes for Sale Rosebank has it all – beaches, waterfront parks, incredible views of Manhattan and classic homes. This north shore Staten Island neighborhood is a diverse and friendly area, with deep roots and a rich history. This quiet enclave is a haven but still close to transportation to make it accessible! Since the late 1800’s, Rosebank has welcomed hard-working immigrants, who settled in and built up this residential haven. Rosebank has been home to several famous residents, whose lives are immortalized in various buildings. Pioneering female photographer Alice Austen's home is a museum and home to many cultural events. The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum recognizes the contributions of Italian patriot...
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By Robert DeFalco, Robert DeFalco Realty
(Robert DeFalco Realty)
 Spotlight on Charleston Staten Island Homes for Sale   Spotlight on Charleston Staten Island Homes for Sale Parkland and potential are the hallmarks of this South Shore neighborhood! Charleston Staten Island is a quiet community, perfect for those seeking privacy and plenty of greenery as a home base. Affordable homes in a safe community – Charleston is a must see destination. Charleston was settled by the Androvette family in 1699, and farmed the land for several generations. Eventually industry came to Charleston and over the years, expanded to increase the amenities in the area. More recently, several malls and outlet centers have sprung up, making Charleston a great destination for shopping and dining. Homes for sale in Charleston are a collection of classic charming houses, many o...
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By Robert DeFalco, Robert DeFalco Realty
(Robert DeFalco Realty)
 Spotlight on New Springville Homes for Sale Spotlight on New Springville Staten Island Homes for Sale New Springville is a mid-island conclave featuring spacious homes on tree-lined streets. It’s a major transportation hub – making it a great choice for commuters – and the home to some of the best shopping on Staten Island thanks to the Staten Island Mall! New Springville is a bustling and diverse neighborhood in a great location. Largely rural until the mid-1960’s, a real estate boom following the construction of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge created a large selection of well-built single family homes in New Springville. The more recent expansion includes apartment and condominium complexes as well as new school buildings to accommodate growth. Homes for sale in New Springville range f...
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By Robert DeFalco, Robert DeFalco Realty
(Robert DeFalco Realty)
 Spotlight on Old Town Staten Island Homes for Sale   Spotlight on Old Town Staten Island Homes for Sale The East Shore of Staten Island is the location of Old Town – aptly named as it was the first permanent European settlement on Staten Island back in 1661! A suburban setting with quality homes and easy access for commuters, Old Town is a charming community that’s close to everything you need. Modestly priced houses for sale include Broadside Ranches, Cape Cods and new construction town houses – all neatly tucked on tree-lined streets and close to excellent schools. Ideally located near the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, commuting is a breeze into Manhattan or Brooklyn. Old Town has its own Staten Island Railway station, as well as numerous local and express buses. Close to shopping, dinin...
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By Robert DeFalco, Robert DeFalco Realty
(Robert DeFalco Realty)
  Spotlight on Shore Acres Staten Island Homes for Sale Luxury, privacy and a small town feel come together in the neighborhood of Shore Acres Staten Island. Located along the Upper New York Bay, Shore Acres is a distinctive community, filled with gorgeous quality homes, tons of amenities and oak tree lined streets. Originally a community of upscale homes built in the 1930s, Shore Acres is still a secluded and charming neighborhood. Plentiful shopping and diverse restaurants add to the quality of Shore Acres. With the Staten Island ferry just a few miles away, it is also an excellent choice for commuters. Homes for sale in Shore Acres include classic homes as well as new construction. Center hall colonials, luxury condominiums and one-of-a-kind homes are available in this luxury communi...
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By Robert DeFalco, Robert DeFalco Realty
(Robert DeFalco Realty)
 Spotlight on Silver Lake Staten Island Homes for Sale Spotlight on Silver Lake Staten Island Homes for Sale The North Shore of Staten Island is the location of Silver Lake, a former resort community that enjoys life on the largest body of fresh water on the island. Numerous recreational activities, a charming small town feel and amenities make Silver Lake a unique neighborhood to call home. The reservoir was created in 1917, and Silver Lake Park is the first established on Staten Island. Residents can enjoy tennis courts, a baseball field, dog runs, a children’s park and an 18-hole golf course, as well as numerous trails for running and hiking. During the summer, the community comes together for summer concerts and events in the park. Silver Lake homes for sale are amongst some of the ...
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By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -)
Almost A Secret Place in Staten Island New York Coming very soon now, a beautiful 2 family house for sale in an almost secret place here in Staten Island, New York. It's called the "Dent Road" area of Great Kills.  Many folks don't even know about, and don't drive through it.  In the video below, I'll take you on a short drive by.  If you work in the "City" but love the country, this might be a place for you.  Now if you like the drive by, you'll love the house, coming on-line this Thursday.  
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By Kenneth Cole, NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(Weichert Realtors Appleseed Group, 2043 Richmond Ave. S.I.N.Y. 10314. office phone 718-698-9797, Appleseedhomes.com -)
When is the best time to check for termites? If you live in the New York City area, the answer is NOW!  Take a look around the the outside of your house.  Turn over any rocks, tree limbs or planters in pots and take a look at what's underneath.  If you see anything like the photo below, you have termites outside. Take a good look at the guy with the wings bottom right.  That's what you will see when they swarm.  May is the month for this. Now don't get upset, as long as they don't get inside your house you're OK.  For the inside inspection, best to call an expert. Every spring I sprinkle this insect killer around my house. Folks, other insects like carpenter ants also can do a lot of damage.  Always best to get a pro to look at your investment.
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