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For more information on featured cover please see page 5 *THE COMPLETE OFFERING TERMS ARE IN AN OFFERING PLAN AVAILABLE FROM THE SPONSOR. | 110 WALT WHITMAN ROAD, HUNTINGTON STATION, NY, 11746. 631.549.7401 | © 2014 DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE. ALL MATERIAL PRESENTED HEREIN IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. WHILE, THIS INFORMATION IS BELIEVED TO BE CORRECT, IT IS REPRESENTED SUBJECT TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, CHANGES OR WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT NOTICE. ALL PROPERTY INFORMATION, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO SQUARE FOOTAGE, ROOM COUNT, NUMBER OF BEDROOMS AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PROPERTY LISTINGS ARE DEEMED RELIABLE, BUT SHOULD BE VERIFIED BY YOUR OWN ATTORNEY, ARCHITECT OR ZONING EXPERT. PHOTOS SHOWN MAY HAVE BEEN MANIPULATED.  EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY.


GENER AL’S ROW

Nestled within the Avalon Garden City Community are 19 Classic Brick Colonial Homes. “General’s Row”

325 Ellington Avenue, Garden City

Conveniently located at the center of it all, Garden City, these beautiful 1940’s homes have been updated to

Models Open Sat. & Sun. 12-3pm

and contemporary cabinetry and central air conditioning. Each home has glowing hardwood with bright and

Catherine Gerspach 516.238.2771 Katarzyna Kamer 917.548.7106 www.elliman.com/generalsrow

include features and amenities such as gourmet kitchens with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances

spacious floor-plans. Having a homeowners association in place, this community has been designed with a maintenance-free, simplified lifestyle in mind. As Homeowners you have the exclusive use of the Avalon Garden City Clubhouse and can spend your leisure time in the sparkling swimming pool or state of the art fitness center, and take advantage of the children’s play area, outdoor grilling terrace and club room with its billiards table and flat screen TV’s. Sophisticated, Simplified Lifestyle.

© 2014 DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE. ALL MATERIAL PRESENTED HEREIN IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. WHILE, THIS INFORMATION IS BELIEVED TO BE CORRECT, IT IS REPRESENTED SUBJECT TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, CHANGES OR WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT NOTICE. ALL PROPERTY INFORMATION, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO SQUARE FOOTAGE, ROOM COUNT, NUMBER OF BEDROOMS AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PROPERTY LISTINGS ARE DEEMED RELIABLE, BUT SHOULD BE VERIFIED BY YOUR OWN ATTORNEY, ARCHITECT OR ZONING EXPERT.  EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY.


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Landscape Design: Creating Curb Appeal

BY DANIEL RICHARDS

editorial@antonnews.com

One of the most commonly asked questions of a Landscape Designer is ‘how can I create curb appeal?’. This question is often asked by clients looking to maximize the appeal of their property to potential buyers or by home owners that are looking to make a small but high impact change to their home. My advice is always ‘keep it simple’. There are three elements that are easily and inexpensively changed that can dramatically change the curb appeal of your home: garden, masonry and house color. Front foundation plantings are what you notice each night as you arrive home, or what purchasers will notice as they pull up. When looking at the design of the softscape consider all four seasons. Start with an evergreen framework and then add layers of color. Typically I suggest mid-height evergreens to window sill height, mid-layer of seasonal color such as hydrangeas or roses and finish with a low evergreen hedge of boxwood to keep everything looking neat.

A combination like this will have year-round appeal even in the dead of winter. Little lime hydrangeas or knockout roses, have long bloom times and are

considered low maintenance. Remember less is more — have fewer species, but more of each. Mass out the color in one or two complementary shades.

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Simple changes to a home’s masonry can have a high visual impact. Consider some of the following. Add a new front path in bluestone — for a small investment it will yield a high visual return. Tidy up your driveway by introducing a cobble apron; this will help create a sense of entry. The simplest trick of all is to add a border to your garden beds. This can either be a steel edge (readily available through most hardware and landscape suppliers) or, even better, a brick border to complement any existing brickwork in your home. Finally, consider the color of your home and in particular your front door. Freshening up the color can change a house from bland to exciting. If you are nervous choosing colors, remember — keep it simple. Go conservative on the house color but be more adventurous on the door or window trims. That way you’re minimizing your risk, but adding much needed pep to your curb appeal. People will take notice. Daniel Richards is the general manager of design at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury.

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sands Point | $3,750,000 | Great floor plan and highest quality with 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths on 2 gorgeous acres with pool and pond. Private beach with dues. Web# 2615313. Maggie Keats o: 516.944.2879

Manhasset | $2,950,000 | Stately custom built Colonial situated on 1.41 pristine and expertly landscaped acres. Heated gunite pool, jacuzzi, waterfalls, built in bbq, and tennis/sports court. Web# 2622062. irene (Renee) Rallis, esq o: 516.241.9848

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Manhasset Bay estates

Woodmere | $1,150,000 | Lovely Exp Ranch, 6 bedrooms, 4 baths, living room with fireplace, large dining room, den, office, granite kit, wood floors, SD# 15 and much more. Web#2642561. terry Zegans o: 516.354.6500

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Roslyn heights | $579,000 | Spacious 3-4 bedroom, 4 baths Townhouse unit in White Oak development with attached garage and low maintenance. Web# 2639469. Maureen Polye’ o: 646.239.0769

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sands Point | $2,880,000 | 6 bedroom, 4.55 baths Brick Colonial incl. luxe master ste w/new bath. Graciously scaled rooms. All new systems. Pool, pool house. 1.36 lavish, private acres. Prime location. Web# 2643671. Maggie Keats, o: 516.944.2879 | denise silverstein, o: 516.944.2928

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Port Washington | $919,000 | Currier and Ives 3 br Tudor set among mature trees & plantings. Formal living & dining rooms, sun-filled den, kitchen w/nook, HW floors, fireplace. Beach/mooring rights. Web# 2655757. Florence lohen, o: 516.944.2918 | Robert Campbell, o: 516.353.9051

Port Washington | $799,000 | Mint four bedrooms Colonial in the Park section. Spacious living room with cathedral ceiling and gleaming hard wood floors. Den adjacent to state of the art kitchen. New baths. A Gem. Web# 2648124. Jill Berman o: 516.944.2852

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Mattituck | $529,000 | Colonial with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, close to beach, features large master bedroom, w/bath en-suite, central air conditioner, spacious family room, hardwood floors, room for pool & garage on 1.5 acre site. Web# 2574230. Peter Kren o: 631.298.6139

Mineola | $449,000 | Brick Colonial with 4 bedroom, 2 baths, front patio, great rear extension, master suite on the 1st floor. Eat-in-kitchen, formal dining room, central air, garage and much more. Web#2651015. Clara valderrama o: 516.746.0440 | c: 516.967.5048

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The Regency | Open hOuse | sundays 11 am - 3 pm | 260 cenTRal avenue, lawRence This is the pinnacle of living, let yourself indulge. You’ll experience luxury from the very moment you pull up to the valet and your 24‑hour doorman. The Regency achieves every buyer’s ideal by seamlessly coupling the benefits of a luxury hotel, with the warmth and comfort of home. Enjoy family and friends at any of the community meeting rooms from fitness to relaxation or extraordinary indoor/outdoor heated pool and spa tub. This glamorous retreat is an oasis of relaxation where our residents enjoy the finest things life has to offer. Just steps from all of the Five Towns and the Village of Lawrence, this incredible location has it all: beautiful parks, shops, fine dining and more. Built with extensive quality and care, our diligently created homes are designed with only the finest brands: Jenn‑Air, Bosch and Kohler, to name a few. Armed with an accommodating staff, the doorman, concierge and valet orchestrate your living experience to be one of utmost pleasure and leisure. Choose from several models that best suit your lifestyle and needs from one to three bedrooms. All available with exquisite wood trim, wood flooring, granite countertops, marble, stainless steel appliances (including two sinks and two dishwashers) and so much more. Near to NYC for work or play, village shopping, dining and entertainment. This is luxury that you have been dreaming of… luxury that you deserve. Price Upon Request Open Sunday through Friday Call On-Site Sales Office 516.592.5670 www.theregencyatlawrence.com *THE COMPLETE OFFERING TERMS ARE IN AN OFFERING PLAN AVAILABLE FROM THE SPONSOR. | 110 WALT WHITMAN ROAD, HUNTINGTON STATION, NY, 11746. 631.549.7401 | © 2014 DOUGLAS ELLIMAN REAL ESTATE. ALL MATERIAL PRESENTED HEREIN IS INTENDED FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. WHILE, THIS INFORMATION IS BELIEVED TO BE CORRECT, IT IS REPRESENTED SUBJECT TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, CHANGES OR WITHDRAWAL WITHOUT NOTICE. ALL PROPERTY INFORMATION, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO SQUARE FOOTAGE, ROOM COUNT, NUMBER OF BEDROOMS AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PROPERTY LISTINGS ARE DEEMED RELIABLE, BUT SHOULD BE VERIFIED BY YOUR OWN ATTORNEY, ARCHITECT OR ZONING EXPERT. PHOTOS SHOWN MAY HAVE BEEN MANIPULATED.  EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY.

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It’s Your Move Tips for choosing a moving company BY CHRISTY HINKO

chinko@antonnews.com

Whether you are moving across town or cross-country, choosing a moving company doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Choose the kind of moving company you need, such as a relocation service, interstate moving company, local, or trucking service. John Beyer owns the three regional locations of Men On The Move. He said, “You should hire a company that has a brick and mortar presence; do not put your life’s possessions on the truck of some guy who you hired off the internet, who doesn’t even have an address on the website; people do this,” said Beyer, “Cheap is expensive.” estimates.” Talk to friends, neighbors and co-workers for personal recommendations and warnings. Call several companies. Find out how long the company has been in business, how much experience their packers and drivers have, if they offer storage and whether they are licensed for interstate transport. Beyer said movers should be licensed by the New York Department of Transportation. Verify that the mover is licensed and regulated. You can inquire from state agencies that regulate transportation services. Check with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or Consumer Affairs to see whether any complaints have been filed against the company. Interstate moves (across state lines) are subject to federal regulations. You

can use the search tool on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) website to check whether an interstate mover is properly registered with the U.S Department of Transportation. And ask if the mover is a member of a trade organziation. This will be helpful if you have to resolve a dispute. Narrow your choices down to a few companies and ask for estimates. Beyer said that if an estimate is too low and not relative to the other estimates, it is likely that the mover is either not properly licensed, that the staff is not properly paid, or that the proper equipment will be used to move your things. Once you get your moving quotes from various movers, you’ll need to make a decision on who will actually be entrusted to move your possessions. Beyer said, “Moving has a lot of moving parts; it is not an exact science,” He also added that very few people actually estimate correctly how much stuff they have. He recommends thinning out, donating, throwing out things that you do not want to take with your, or that will not be needed in your new location. This saves time, space and money, especially if you have not moved in more than five years. The movers you hire will have a direct bearing on your moving experience. In the end, you should feel comfortable about the moving company that you choose, and about how it fits your needs and your budget.


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Home Improvements: What Pays At Resale BY RACHEL STULTS

editorial@antonnews.com

If you’re looking to do some home improvement projects this year, sprucing up the outside of your home is going to give you the biggest bang for your buck when you sell, according to the 2014 Remodeling Cost vs. Value report. An annual collaboration between Remodeling magazine and Realtor magazine, the report compares the average cost for 35 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 101 U.S. cities. Eight of the top 10 most cost-effective projects nationally, in terms of value recouped, are exterior projects. With many factors to consider such as cost and time, deciding what remodeling projects to undertake can be a difficult decision for homeowners, said National Association of Realtors President Steve Brown. A home’s curb appeal is always critical since it’s the first impression for potential buyers. A steel entry door replacement was deemed the project expected to have the biggest return on investment, with an estimated 96.6 percent of costs recouped upon resale. This particular

remodel project is consistently the least expensive in the annual Cost vs. Value Report, at around $1,100 on average. Here are the top 10 cost-effective improvements from this year’s report: 1. Replace your front door: 97 percent return on investment (ROI) 2. Add a deck or patio: 87 percent ROI

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3. Add space/attic bedroom: 84 percent ROI 4. Replace your garage door: 83 percent ROI 5. Remodel your kitchen: 82 percent ROI on a minor remodel; 74 percent ROI on a major remodel 6. Replace your windows: 79 percent ROI 7. Replace your siding: 78 percent ROI for replacing vinyl siding; 87 percent ROI to replace siding with a fiber-cement mix 8. Basement remodel: 78 percent ROI

9. Update your bathroom: 73 percent ROI 10. Two-story addition: 72 percent ROI See more about the top 10 home improvement projects to tackle this year, or visit NAR’s consumer website, HouseLogic.com, to explore theBest Bets for Remodeling Your Home in 2014 slideshow. The site also provides information and advice on various home improvement projects, including a guide to kitchen remodeling with the best payback and dozens of exterior replacement projects.

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GOLD COAST 2013 MARKET REPORT (1/1/13 - 12/31/13)

THE BROOKVILLES

76

HOMES SOLD

170

$2,056,467

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AVERAGE SALES PRICE

$8,750,000 HIGHEST SALES PRICE

$855,000 LOWEST SALES PRICE

OYSTER BAY COVE

37

HOMES SOLD

162

$1,282,297

AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET

AVERAGE SALES PRICE

$2,800,000 HIGHEST SALES PRICE

$670,000 LOWEST SALES PRICE

MUTTONTOWN

37

HOMES SOLD

106

$1,595,459

AVERAGE DAYS ON MARKET

AVERAGE SALES PRICE

$4,760,000 HIGHEST SALES PRICE

$860,000 LOWEST SALES PRICE

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Hewlett Neck

Spectacular young custom built English Manor home boasts magnificent architectural details for luxurious living along with special features maximizing entertainment possibilities both indoors and out, including a movie theater, bar, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, a tennis court and in-ground pool.

$5,400,000

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Garden City

All the modern amenities are offered in this one-of-a-kind piece of Garden City history built in a time gone by. Featuring over 6,200 square feet of living space, this 9-bedroom home is set on over 1 acre of beautifully landscaped and meticulously maintained grounds with a circular drive and 3-car garage with a loft.

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$2,399,000

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Grand sun‐filled Tudor in the Estates Section of the Village of Garden City. This magnificent turreted 5‐bedroom home with exquisite architectural detailing throughout offers a living room, family room, and basement, each with a fireplace, along with a solarium and study. Outstanding home for family living and formal entertaining.

$1,975,000

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Syosset

Premiere North Shore location! Rich in history, former home of August Belmont IV, this manor home is set on 1.46 level acres wth in-ground pool. Boasting more than 5,000sf of living space with large rooms and high ceilings.

$1,799,000

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Massapequa Park

This fabulous home on the water has everything you need to entertain family and friends. Designer decorated, gorgeous master suite, patio and in-ground pool overlooking canal. 2 docks!

$1,060,000

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Manhasset

Elegant traditional brick colonial with a two-story grand entrance foyer, exquisite mahogany woodwork, gourmet designer kitchen, marble and granite baths, and wine cellar. The meticulously landscaped grounds boast a pool, spa, waterfall and koi pond.

$5,200,000

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Coach Realtors can guarantee your fine home will be marketed around Long Island and around the globe to a large selection of elite buyers through all of these exclusive real estate networks. • Christie’s International Real Estate • Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate • Luxury Portfolio International • Mayfair International Realty

Oyster Bay Cove

Set on one of the Cove’s prettiest streets, this custom built colonial offers landscaped grounds with a gunite pool. The interior features entry foyer, eatin kitchen with granite counter tops, huge den, wood burning fireplace, large master suite, new central AC and so much more!

$1,200,000

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$699,000

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While making the decision to foreclose on a home should not be taken lightly, the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA) has compiled information to help educate a homeowner about their choices. Gale D. Berg, director of pro bono attorney activities with NCBA said, “Lots of people on Long Island are facing foreclosure because of a catastrophic illness, or too many kids in college, or a job loss.” She said she has seen more cases of foreclosure for homeowners later in life who face the struggle of trying to find another job. “Many people have been struggling to stay in their homes; Hurricane Sandy just pushed them over the edge,” said Berg. She added that many of the Sandy victims were just making ends meet, but after Sandy they were forced to pay for two residences, the one destroyed and their temporary living arrangement. And although the foreclosure rates have been high for a long time, Berg said the problem is not abating. If foreclosure is right for you, here are some of the general steps of the process: • Notice of Default/Notice of Delinquency A letter stating how far behind you are in making payments and how to restore your mortgage loan to a current status from your lender. These letters should be treated with urgency. • Notice of Acceleration A letter received from the lender, giving you the opportunity to satisfy the loan balance in full to prevent foreclosure. It is the official notice from the lender declaring that it wants to terminate the mortgage loan and that it intends to take ownership of your home unless you can pay the entire loan balance in full. • Foreclosure Case Initiated The lender files a summons and complaint with the court. The summons and complaint are served on the borrower and the borrower. • Answer A written response to the complaint must be submitted by the borrower to the lender’s attorney, and filed with the court. It is due 20 calendar days from the date of service if the borrower

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is served in person, or 30 days if he is served by mail. The answer contains defenses to the foreclosure and may include counterclaims. • Mandatory Settlement Conferences This is the last step at which volunteer clinic and conference attorneys offer assistance. The court must hold a settlement conference within 60 days of when proof of service of the foreclosure action is filed with the county clerk. Allowing your home to go into foreclosure is not always the best solution. Even if your home does not sell immediately, there are ways to resolve the situation. Berg said, “Here at NCBA, we are able to give free legal advice to homeowners,” and provide counseling for modification solutions. Here are some options to avoid foreclosure: • Loan Modifications Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) (new or old mortgages). Email support@hmpadmin. com or call 866-939-4469. • Deed in lieu of foreclosure Allows the borrower to voluntarily turn over the property deed to the lender. In exchange, the borrower can walk away from the property without a deficiency judgment and without a foreclosure sale on his credit report. The owner will not owe any additional debt. • Short sale The lender may agree to this if the amount due on the loan is more than the value of the property. The homeowner sells the property to a third party at a fair market value and the lender agrees to accept less than the full balance due in satisfaction of a loan. (This option may have tax consequences.) • Bankruptcy To qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you must earn less than a certain amount of money per year. Filing this petition will automatically suspend all existing legal actions and can forestall foreclosure. Once a court declares a party bankrupt, that party cannot file for bankruptcy again for 8 years from the date the bankruptcy petition is filed. If you need legal representation, contact the Nassau County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at 516-747-4832.


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Traditional Colonial with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Living room with fireplace, formal dining room, updated eat-in kitchen. SD #18. MLS# 2654425. $1,075,000. Donna O’Reilly-Einemann, 516.248.6655 ext. 216 Daureen Hausser, 516.248.6655 ext.217

Spacious, Tudor Colonial boasting living room with fireplace, eat-in kitchen, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, finished basement and entertainers yard. SD #26. MLS# P1186528. $798,000. Irene Gringuz, 516.677.0030 ext.324 c.917.335.3950

Expanded Raised Ranch on oversized property complete with in-ground pool. Space for extended family, one-of-a-kind, updated to perfection. SD #5. MLS# 2642379. $619,000. MaryAnn I. Clara, 516.677.0030 ext.335 c.516.314.4322

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Charming Williamsburg Center Hall Colonial built in 1982 with 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, living room with 18th century mantel, den with built-ins and a new furnace. SD #3. MLS# 2620865. $659,000. Aleta Heisig, 516.759.4800 ext.152 Charles A. Brisbane, 516.759.4800 ext.123

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Diamond Center Hall Colonial with 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Windows, heating system, CAC, siding, kitchen and master bath all renovated. SD #18. MLS# 2653689. $1,250,000. Claudia Galvin, 516.248.665 ext.214 c.516.972.8389

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Classic 3-bedroom 2.5-bath Strathmore Vanderbilt Tudor with huge family room. Living room with fireplace, formal dining room and eatin kitchen. SD #6. MLS# 2645638. $1,499,000. Deirdre O’Connell, 516.627.4440 ext.360 c.516.532.9736

Custom 2-story Center Hall Colonial on 2 acres. 2 bowling lanes, state-of-the-art home theatre and gym. Caribbean setting with pool and waterfall. SD #1. MLS# 2605882. $2,998,000. Ronit Berman, 516.484.1800 ext.225 Richard Orent, 516.484.1800 ext.209

Natural light fills this sprawling Contemporary Ranch on 1.45 acres with pool and tennis. #3. MLS# 2647231. $2,388,000. Ellen Zipes, LAB, 516.626.7600 ext.15 Alice Walsh, LSP, 516.677.0300 ext.329

4-bedroom, 3-bath Center Hall Colonial set on landscaped property across from Strathmore Vanderbilt Country Club. Living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen with breakfast room and den. SD #6. MLS# 2644014. $1,399,000. Ann Carlucci, 516.627.4440 ext.243

Stately Center Hall Colonial on oversized property in private waterfront community. Amenities: tennis, pool, dock and mooring (assoc. fee.) SD #4. MLS# 2581586. $1,569,000. Julie R. Safran, 516.883.2900 ext.139 Fred Abatemarco, 516.627.4440 ext.385

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This 4-bedroom Center Hall brick Colonial is located in the heart of Strathmore Village and has been beautifully updated and impeccably maintained. SD #6. MLS# 2639877. $2,100,000. Eileen J.C. Krach, 516.627.4440 ext.221 c.917.270.3737

Custom-built Center Hall Colonial offers 6 large bedrooms, 5.55 marble baths, Chef 's kitchen, gym and playrooms plus inviting professionally landscaped gardens. SD #3. MLS# P1187230. $2,748,888. Linda Wohl, 516.484.1800 ext.201

Turn-key elegant 4-bedroom Center Hall Colonial on 1+acre of professionally landscaped private property with in-ground pool. SD #2. MLS# 2643323. $1,429,000. Beth Catrone, 516.883.2900 ext.152 c.516.647.1729

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Clean Out: Don’t Let Clutter Kill The Sale

BY GARY SIMEONE AND CHRISTY HINKO editorial@antonnews.com Many people and businesses could use the help of a clean out company and Jack Shanley of Jack’s Junk Removal company has been helping Long Islanders do this for more than 10 years. “Many families today live in clutter; many businesses store unnecessary inventory taking up valuable real estate,” said Shanley. He said he gives the homeowner an estimate of the cleanout, in addition to helping them make a decision whether to also hold a tag sale. He will help them contact a tag sale specialist or antique dealer to help keep the costs of a home cleanout lower. “Seniors who are downsizing, children faced with the loss of their parents and dealing with estates, people moving out of state, as well as people who face town code violations can utilize a reputable cleanout company,” said Shanley. Many people call junk removal companies to remove hot tubs, swing sets, above ground pools, pianos, and sheds. Everything and anything can be removed from the property and disposed of according to state waste management regulations.

“People facing decluttering their home can be extremely overwhelming; most do not know where to start and can cause anxiety of how to do it, and what to do with the clutter being removed,” said Shanley. Home staging companies can also be called in after a cleanout to show a property better.

Once in a while the findings at a home cleanout are shocking. Shanley, along with an associate carting company, has helped a homeowner learn through an appraisal that a garage full of artist supplies and paintings were really worth millions of dollars. If you are looking to get your house

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people’s belongings, we let homebuyers visualize themselves in an open, cleaned out space.” Ward said that clean-outs are more thorough than typical tag or estate sales. “Tag sales might get rid of people’s junk but not everything,” said Ward. “With clean-outs there is no

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or weirdest thing a homeowner has thrown out, Vicari said her team was once removing cases of old books from a person’s home when money started to fall from pages of the books. “We were taking these old Encyclopedia Britannicas out of this person’s home by the crate load when $20 bills started falling out from between the pages. Apparently the homeowner’s father had stored the money in the encyclopedias for years and they didn’t realize it.” Teresa’s Family Cleaning Service charges $89.50 an hour for their trained professional service. Rocco Donatelli, spokesman for Mario Brothers Carting, said that his company provides dumpsters to people looking to clean out their homes or workplaces. He said that the price range for his service depends upon the size of the dumpster and the amount of debris that needs to be removed. “All garbage on Long Island that is placed in dumpsters is weighed on scales and the cost is dependent on the removal process at landfills,” said Donatelli. His company usually charges $60 per 2,000 pounds of debris. Some of the items that cleanout companies will not handle or remove include: hazardous materials, chemicals, asbestos, and illegal paraphanalia. Jack Shanley said he has been asked to remove ammunition, swords and firearms before. His procedure for these types of things is to turn the items over to the police department for proper disposal if the family chooses not to keep the potentially dangerous items.


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Selling Advice: Local Experts Share Tips BY ANDY NEWMAN

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It’s the first impression that really counts when a homeowner is about to market his or her property, so say Kathy Christie of Port Washington’s Laffey Fine Homes and Elinore West of Great Neck’s Douglas Elliman. Christie, a licensed associate broker and manager of the Port office, who’s been in residential sales for almost 30 years and West, who’s been a licensed salesperson for 27 years, have loads of advice for sellers who want to make their homes as inviting as possible to so that a buyer can be found as fast as possible. They both say that those small repairs and adjustments that a typical homeowner might normally ignore, or put off for a later time, should be taken care of immediately. “The front entry should be in top-notch condition,” says Christie. “You want that first impression to be spot on. If your front door is falling apart, you want to replace it. If the storm door needs a new screen, put it on.” “You should sit down with your listing agent before the house goes

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Some home repairs may be a dirty job now, but they can pay off big when it comes time to sell. Christie agrees with West in regard to clutter and cleanliness. “You have to make sure your house is de-cluttered and thoroughly cleaned,” she added. “A thorough cleaning is absolutely a must. It doesn’t cost a lot of money and you can often do it yourself. ‘Clean’ is very appealing to people.” “If your house is dated and has old carpeting,” Christie continued, “I’d take the old rugs out and expose the nice wood floors. Have them refinished if necessary.” “Give things inside a paint job,” she recommended. “If you have a limited budget, I’d certainly paint the trim. I’d make sure the stairs leading to the second floor are cleaned or painted. That’s what catches your eye as you go up the stairs.” When asked for more suggestions, West replied, “It’s also about little things that might be overlooked. Spackle and paint any holes or cracks on the walls and ceilings, make sure all your kitchen cabinets open and close properly and that all of your interior doors work smoothly, too. I’d also look closely at your bathrooms and patch up or repair any damaged grout. You should also realize that customers love to open closets and cabinets. So make sure they’re neat and organized.”


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Insurance: How To Cut Costs, Not Corners BY JUSTIN HOPPER

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What you pay for your homeowners insurance can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending on the insurance company you buy your policy from and the coverage you get. Here are a few ways to save money without compromising coverage: 1. Raise your deductible. The deductible is the amount you have to pay toward a loss before your insurance company starts to pay a claim, according to the terms of your policy. The higher your deductible, the more money you can save on your premiums. Most insurance companies recommend a deductible of at least $500. If you can afford to raise your deductible to $1,000, you may save as much as 25 percent. Remember, your insurance policy may have a separate deductible for certain kinds of damage, such as windstorms and hail storms. Also, flood damage is not covered by a standard homeowners policy. If your house is in a flood-prone area, buy a flood insurance policy. It can cost as little as $400 a year. The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides useful information on flood insurance at www.FloodSmart.gov.

2. Buy your home and auto policies from the same insurer. Some companies that sell homeowners, auto and liability coverage will take five to 15 percent off your premium if you buy two or more policies from them. But make certain this combined price is lower than buying the different coverages from different companies.

3. Improve your home security. You usually can get discounts of at least five percent for a smoke detector, burglar alarm or dead-bolt locks. Some companies cut your premium by as much as 15 or 20 percent if you install a sophisticated sprinkler system and a fire and burglar alarm that rings at the police, fire or other monitoring stations.

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Believe In The Power Of Organizing Cleaning up: The most effective home improvement Before

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results in selling homes more quickly or at a better price, but de-cluttering is a simple, inexpensive way to improve your home’s salability. So let’s get started. What do we mean by cleaning and de-cluttering? Here are some simple activities to undertake if you are considering selling your home: 1. Remove personal items — Keeping a few items on furniture is appropriate and personal but overcrowding dozens of pictures frames, trophies or other personal items just overwhelms and makes the room appear disorderly. Properly store personal memorabilia and select a few key pieces that truly add to the décor of the room. 2. Wash and clean all areas inside and outside of your home — Yes, your toilet should sparkle! So should sinks, tubs and appliances. Your home should give the impression of being exceptionally clean and tidy. Remember to mind details such as curtains, windowsills, baseboards and screens. Doors should also be oiled to avoid squeakiness. Polish woodwork and mirrors. If necessary, exterminate any insect problems. Using a cleaning service regularly while the house is on the market is also a good idea. 3. Freshen the air — Many realtors suggest baking cookies or bread before an open house. Many sellers will light a candle to offer a lovely scent. But before using air fresheners, remember to address the causes of bad odor: exposed pet food, leftover meals, dirty trash cans, full recycling bins and moldy shower curtains.

4. Remove clutter — Walk around your home with a critical eye for “mess” especially in the entryway where buyers get their first impression of your home. Also avoid clutter build-up in tight spaces like stairways and hallways. Remove excess from overstuffed bookshelves and donate to your local library. Try to keep kitchen counters clear. Clutter makes spaces seem smaller and that could turn off an interested buyer. 5. Organize closets and cabinets — In a home sale there are not a lot of places to hide clutter. Prospective buyers are opening up closets, drawers and cabinets to get a sense of space. Shoving your bric-a-brac into the hall closet is not going to help. You need to go through your home, purge the excess and leave closets and cabinets neatly organized. Clothes should be hung neatly and shoes collected in an orderly fashion. Drawers should open without any blockage. While not impossible, sometimes this is a job that requires assistance from a professional organizer to be completed in a timely manner. This could also mean more long-term planning such as storage units or a garage sale. Have a friend or your realtor walk through the house with you and point out areas that may need to be re-organized. Sometimes we cannot see our trouble spots. Be open to the idea of making changes. In the end, you could expedite the selling process and even add value to the sale of your home. And who knows, maybe you’ll find a few treasures along the way. Email stowandbehold@yahoo.com to contact Cristina T. Lopez-O’Keeffe of Stow and Behold.


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Behind The Scenes Of An Estate Or Tag Sale Pros stage your unwanted items to maximize your profit BY MARILOU GIAMMONA

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Planning to sell your home and cannot take all of your treasures with you? Settling the estate of a departed loved one? Experts agree that hosting a tag sale when you plan to downsize your home or an estate sale to settle the possessions of a deceased family member is the most efficient and profitable way to liquidate unwanted items. “You will make much, much more money [hosting a professionally run estate sale as opposed to a do-ityourself yard sale] because I know how to price things,” said Madeline Winn, owner of Full of Surprizes, a Long Island-based tag sale service. “I have my finger on the pulse of the market.” Andrew Pruitt and Tony Randazzo, owners of Tags to Riches, concur. “We understand how to secure things properly and how to bundle those things and what to price things at,” Randazzo said. “We subscribe to a lot of databases [and consult with experts] … to figure out what the fair market value is,” Pruitt added.

Staging plays a crucial role in tag and estate sales. Pruitt and Randazzo bring tables, display cases and clothing racks to organize all of the items. Winn advises clients to remove all items that

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are not for sale and leave everything else as is. She goes in and displays items so that the home “looks like a boutique … We’re staging the house so we can maximize their profit,” she said. Tag and estate sales typically last one to two days. If you have a lot of furniture to sell, Winn suggests having your sale on a weekend. Any time of year is suitable, except for December, she said. Sales tend to get the best response March through October, with July through September yielding the highest sales, the experts agreed. If you hire a service to run your sale, your biggest responsibility is to pack up and put away all of the items you do not want to sell, “except for large furniture, which will be covered up and protected for you,” Winn said. Randazzo agrees that while he takes reasonable care for security, he advises clients to place all items that are not for sale in a secure location in the home or to remove them from the premises. “The mindset of the folks who go to tag sales is inquisitive … they’re looking for stuff, so if things aren’t secured properly, something can get sold that should not have been,” Randazzo said. Homeowners do not need to be present at their tag sale. In fact, some experts suggest the homeowners not be there. “We actually suggest that the homeowner take the day and relax,” Randazzo said. “We’re professionals at what we do, and one of the most important things from a sales standpoint is that when buyers are faced with homeowners there, the level of

intimidation can impede the sale. Success is definitely more prevalent in situations in which the homeowner is not there or not participating.” Homeowners’ emotional attachment to items can have a negative impact. In their mind, how they feel about an item warrants a higher than reasonable asking price. “People who come to a sale … are interested in getting the item as cheap as possible,” Pruitt said. “A homeowner, on the other hand, wants to get as much as possible and that is not an equation for success. We’re professionals, and we know how to set pricing and set the room.” There are no upfront costs to clients, but they typically are responsible to pay for advertising, which runs around $275 and is settled on the back end of the sale. Winn advertises her clients’ sales in local print newspapers, on her own website (www. fullofsurprizes.com) and via e-mail blasts to thousands of customers, and on popular sites such as estatesales. net, estatesales.com and estatesales. org. Randazzo and Pruitt follow a similar business model in terms of fees and advertising, using their own site (www.tagstoriches.com) as well as the popular tag sales portals. Commission typically ranges from 20 percent to 35 percent. On average, homeowners can expect to earn anywhere from $8,000 to $40,000, Winn said.


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to stay put on Long Island. “There is a pent up demand for new construction; the lack of new construction has created this,” said Douglas Elliman’s Executive Vice President (EVP) of New Development Edward D’Ambrosio. “Buyers are attracted to new construction because they can customize their ‘dream’, instead of fitting into someone else’s vision.” It is commonly known that redevelopment is a slow process, particularly on the western side of Long Island. “We are on an island, so naturally, land is scarce,” said Coach Realtors’ Chief Operating Officer L.P. Finn. “New development is great for the community, providing new housing, which is desired by buyers.” Finn is very impressed with the work done at Avalon in Garden City, providing rentals while preserving the historical value of the Michel Field property. Vice President and Managing Director of New Development for Douglas Elliman Jack O’Donnell said, “In Suffolk County, there is a bigger ‘bang for the buck’, potentially more land, and lower taxes; although there is a strong demand for 55+ housing development across the island.” Brian Jata, Elliman’s EVP of New Development on Long Island said, “Development of homes on Long Island has always been challenging, from land division to putting shovel to dirt, local municipalities make the process long and tedious, slowing down the process.” He added that in many cases there is resident opposition, and overcrowding and environmental issues.

Finn of Coach Realtors said new development comes down to finding the right parcels of land; developing something new is not always inexpensive. “It has been proven that developing communities can bring revenue in tenfold,” said Jata. New properties are trending on Long Island, despite some of the issues that Jata mentioned. The economy is improving and mortgage financing is becoming more attractive again, although that is always cyclical. D’Ambrosio, a lifelong Long Islander, said, “New construction is energy efficient, which saves buyers a significant amount of money over time.” He added that absorption of the newly developed inventory is increasing. New developments on Long Island range from 1,100 sq.ft to 10,000 sq.ft. with prices starting at approximately $300,000, depending on the location and the size of the home. Jata said that some of the things that homeowners are looking for with new development are: quality construction, reputation of the developer, tax considerations and financing. O’Donnell added, “While homeowners are trying to hang onto some of the traditional amenities like wood floors, granite countertops, fireplaces and basements, we are seeing a demand for newer amenities such as outdoor living space, open floor plans, ample closet space, stainless steel appliances, master suite on main level. Homeowners want a layout conducive to social settings and family gatherings.”


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Your Roof Can Save You Money And Help Sell Your Home BY CHRISTY HINKO

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Looking to add value to your home and make it more sellable in the future? While little fixes here and there can help a bit, there is one single upgrade that can make a huge impact, a new roof. To get the best return on your investment possible, experts say there are a few things to take into consideration. “One of the major reasons roofing is important is because it saves a lot of money, energy-wise,” said Jerry Maroto, owner of TopLine Gutters and Exterior of Nassau County. “Homeowners don’t realize how important it is to maintain a good roof until there is water damage, sometimes from just one single shingle being blown off in a storm.” He explained that once water seeps in it can cause a problem, especially if the water damage freezes, expands and then cracks. “Water is one of the most powerful elements,” said Maroto. “A roof that will add to the curb appeal of your home, as well as withstand wear and tear, is always an instant winner with potential homebuyers,” he added. With that in mind, he offered insider insights into what to look for in a roof:

• Durability Think back on the past several years. What trials has your current roof faced? Protect your home by opting for roofing that is resistant to the natural disasters and everyday weather to which your home is most susceptible. With an impact- and fire-resistant roof that is virtually maintenance-free, you won’t need to fret when you watch the weather report. Pair those features with a long-term warranty

and you even may be eligible for a significant rate break on your insurance premium. • Curb Appeal When it comes to form versus function, form often wins out when it comes to potential homebuyers. After all, the power of first impressions cannot be overstated, and a roof is one of the first things people see when they look at your home. Luckily, a high-quality roof can also make a big visual impact.

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Ask Your Home Inspector BY CHRISTY HINKO

Zambelli said, “Buyers should call for a home inspection when they the offer has been accepted by the seller; sellers Before you buy a home, one of the should call for a home inspection about a things you should do is to have the month before deciding to put a house up home checked out by a professional for sale because they are almost always home inspector. Buying a home is unresolved issues when selling a house.” expensive enough as it is, so you might • How much will it cost? wonder why you should spend more Costs vary dramatically, depending money if you are not required to. Here on the region, size and age of the house, are 10 questions you should ask when scope of services and other factors. A considering hiring a home inspector. typical range might be $300 to $500, but • What does your inspection cover? consider the value of the home inspecThe inspector should ensure that their tion in terms of the investment being inspection and inspection report will meet made. Cost does not necessarily reflect all applicable requirements in your state if quality. HUD does not regulate home applicable and will comply with a well-rec- inspection fees. ognized standard of practice and code • What type of inspection report do of ethics. Electrical, plumbing, heating, you provide and how long will it take air conditioning, safet concerns, roofing, to receive the report? siding, and foundations are some of the Ask to see samples and determine things that Joe Zambelli, owner of Expert whether or not you can understand Home Inspections, Inc. in Deer Park said the inspector’s reporting style and if that his company routinely coevrs when the time parameters fulfill your needs. executing a home inspection. You should Most inspectors provide their full report be able to request and see a copy of these items ahead of time and ask any questions within 24 hours of the inspection. “Our inspection reports are comyou may have. If there are any areas you puter-generated and available within want to make sure are inspected, be sure about 24 hours, but a hard copy fo the to identify them upfront. • How long have you been practicing report is available within five days of the inspection, as required [by state law],” in the home inspection profession said Zambelli. and how many inspections have you • Will I be able to attend the completed? inspection? The inspector should be able to This is a valuable educational opporprovide his or her history in the profestunity, and an inspector’s refusal to allow sion and perhaps even a few names as this should raise a red flag. Never pass up referrals. Newer inspectors can be very this opportunity to see your prospective qualified, and many work with a partner home through the eyes of an expert. or have access to more experienced in“If the inspection is for the buyer, I spectors to assist them in the inspection. always request that they be there for the Zambelli said he has been practicing inspection, makes it easier for the buyer in the profession for more than 25 years, to see the issues for themselves and starting when he was younger with his fathen better understand the report,” said ther who owned a construction business. • Are you specifically experienced in Zambelli. • Do you maintain membership residential inspection? Related experience in construction or in a professional home inspector association? engineering is helpful, but is no substiThere are many state and national tute for training and experience in the unique discipline of home inspection. If associations for home inspectors. the inspection is for a commercial prop- Request to see their membership ID, and perform whatever due diligence erty, then this should be asked about as well. The inspector should be able to tell you deem appropriate. One of the you what their limitations are, what they most common associations is the International Association of Certified are licensed to do or not do. Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). • Do you offer to do repairs or im• Do you participate in continuing provements based on the inspection? education programs to keep your Some inspector associations and expertise up to date? state regulations allow the inspector One can never know it all, and the to perform repair work on problems inspector’s commitment to continuing uncovered in the inspection. Other education is a good measure of his or associations and regulations strictly her professionalism and service to the forbid this as a conflict of interest. • How long will the inspection take? consumer. This is especially important The average on-site inspection time for in cases where the home is much older a single inspector is two to three hours for or includes unique elements requiring additional or updated training. Zambelli a typical single-family house; anything said that in order to maintain the inspecsignificantly less may not be enough time to perform a thorough inspection. tor certification and licensing, profesAdditional inspectors may be brought in sionals are required to obtain continuing for very large properties and buildings. education hours every two years. chinko@antonnews.com

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Buying Or Selling A Home?

Planning ahead can save a lot of aggravation and avoid delays BY ANTHONY S. DIPROPERZIO editorial@antonnews.com Anyone who has purchased or sold a home knows the frustrations that can be associated with that experience. Establishing your budget, finding the right house or buyer, negotiating fees with the real estate and attorney, closing costs and taxes can be an exhausting endeavor. What most people fail to understand are the potential inherent building code or zoning issues that may come to light prior to closing which can substantially delay the process or, in some cases, break the deal. There comes a time where every homeowner contemplates a seemingly simple project such as a window replacement, building a patio or deck or installing one of those prefabricated storage sheds. While these types of projects may appear to be minor in nature, they can have serious impacts if the owner fails to check with the local municipality to verify if a building permit is required or if there are any zoning issues that must be addressed. There has never been a time when so many closings have been delayed

or there is a serious risk of a buyer losing a mortgage commitment as there has been over the past several years due to work performed without the proper permits and, in some cases, constructed in violation of either a building code or zoning requirements, all of which could have been avoided with a call or visit to the local building department or a consultation with a registered architect.

While many violations are committed innocently, the repercussions may be severe. All construction performed within New York State, with the exception of the five boroughs within New York City, must comply with state building codes and zoning ordinances adopted by local municipalities. Typically the building code controls the manner in which the structure is built while zoning regulations control

the use of the land. The area, height, fire ratings of materials, exits, requirements for natural light and ventilation, structural systems, plumbing, mechanical and electrical systems are some of the areas controlled by the building code. The area, height, use, size, bulk, height, setbacks to property lines, floor area, open space and parking are typical zoning issues. Due to the complexity of these regulations, most projects require construction plans, prepared by either a registered architect or a professional engineer, to be filed with the local building department to insure compliance with applicable codes. So while that weekend project to construct a small deck may appear to be simple, it can become a nightmare if you don’t follow applicable regulations. The most common violations are decks, finished basements and the enclosure of open porches to create additional living area. Generally these projects, when performed without the proper plans, permits and inspections are constructed with various code deficiencies.

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The NY Rising Housing Recovery Program was established to provide assistance to eligible homeowners’ property that was damaged as a result of Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. Assistance provided includes home repair, rehabilitation, mitigation, elevation, reimbursement and buyouts. Receipt of funding under this program may not duplicate disaster-related assistance you have already received or may be eligible for from other federal, state, local, and/or private sources of disaster-related assistance, including, but not limited to, homeowners and flood insurance proceeds. The following property types may be eligible for assistance: single-family residences, condominiums, co-ops, mobile and manufactured homes. Applicants who are deemed eligible for participation in the NY Rising Housing Recovery Program

will work with an assigned customer representative to determine the best and most cost-effective assistance package for your property. Property owners will need to provide documentation along with their full and complete application for assistance. Deadline for application submission is April 11. After completing and submitting an application, homeowners will be contacted by a housing recovery customer representative who will work closely with them throughout the rest of the application process to determine the best package of assistance to address individual needs and will work alongside the homeowners until all the work they are eligible for is completed. The funds were made available through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program. For eligibility information, program details and to apply online go to stormrecovery.ny.gov or call 855697-7263, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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fill out a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to review the records that are on file for that particular property. Once the files are made available to you, you can review them to determine the complete history including approved architectural plans, permits issued, any special conditions which may apply to the property, etc. Request copies of all important documents such as approved plans, surveys, certificates, etc. so that you can perform an inspection of the property to insure that the actual conditions of the home and property agree with the municipal records. If you find this task is beyond your capability you may retain a registered architect to perform those services on your behalf. Once a thorough investigation is performed and potential problems identified your architect can perform a code study to determine what actions, if any, are necessary to overcome those issues. A little due diligence far enough in advance will insure that your purchase or sale will proceed without unnecessary delays. For more information about the services of a registered architect, contact the Long Island chapter of the American Institute of Architects by email at alomo3535@aol.com or call 516-294-0971.

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Stone Hill at Muttontown | Grand debut – JuSt releaSed – tHe reGal & Crown ColleCtionS Stone Hill at Muttontown is a gated, luxury, single family estate home neighborhood. Located in a premier Nassau County Gold Coast location, in the heart of Muttontown. The Enclave of 80 Single Family Homes, formerly the 148‑Acre Wooded Estate, once belonged to a prominent financier of yesteryear. Estate homes range from 5,500 ‑ 8,735 square feet, 5 ‑7 bedrooms, 4.5 ‑7.5 baths on 1.05 ‑2.67 acre sites. It blends the opulence of a bygone era with the high definition lifestyle of today. This community defines the lifestyle that you deserve, complete with a 24‑hour manned gatehouse, a clubhouse with gathering rooms, a fitness center and an indoor heated pool with outdoor patio lounge and tennis court. Landscaping and snow removal maintenance are included as part of the homeowner’s association. The premier of our most extraordinary estate homes, the Crown and Regal collections, are now ready for viewing. The home designs feature old‑world European‑inspired elevations, open to flowing family living and entertaining spaces designed with state‑of‑the‑art conveniences and technology, as well as master craftsmanship and architectural appointments to suit your most discriminating desires. Customizations are always welcomed and accommodated. Set picturesquely in small cul‑de‑sacs, the mature specimens and wooded sites ensure the ultimate privacy that defines Stone Hill at Muttontown, as well as lend a classic, sophisticated flavor to the neighborhood. Multi‑lingual appointments accommodated. Estates priced from $2,898,000. Land parcels also available upon request.

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