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Preserving Roslyn’s History For Future Generations By Ronald Scaglia here is a saying, “You can’t go home again.� Don’t tell that to Peter Crifo. After growing up in Roslyn, the real estate professional who works in the Port Washington office of Prudential Douglas Elliman, moved to California and had a successful career creating advertising for movies and television. However, Crifo never lost touch with his Roslyn roots, and the charming town that he grew up in. While working in Hollywood, he would still read books about the history of Roslyn. Eventually, he would find his way back to Long Island, proving that you can indeed go home again. “There are very few places in the world as special as Roslyn,� Crifo says emphatically. And Crifo wants to preserve the Roslyn that he grew up in and is so proud to call his hometown. To do this, he is a board member of the Roslyn Landmark Society, which was created in 1961 by Dr. Roger Gerry and his wife, Peggy, and works to preserve and promote the rich history of Roslyn. According to Crifo, more than 100 homes located in


The Wilkey House, which was preserved through the efforts of the Roslyn Landmark Society, features classic examples of French Second Empire architecture. Photo by Peter Crifo

Roslyn Village and Roslyn Heights have been preserved under the direction of the Roslyn Landmark Society during the past half-century. “Long Island is such an important, historic and architecturally rich thread in the fabric of our country. In terms of preserving homes, whether it be the grand estates, or the more modest cottages, it is really a way of crystallizing in time a moment that’s long gone by,� says Crifo of the work done by the society. Crifo says that the homes built during the late 19th and early 20th century are unique for their craftsmanship and design, and homes just aren’t built that way anymore. It is for this reason that both he and the other members of his society are working so hard to preserve historical homes in Roslyn. The homes built during this time period commonly feature attractive architectural details and craftsmanship, and the labor to build these homes was mostly done by hand. By contrast, homes built today are often constructed with computer assisted drawings, pre-crafted construction materials, and electrical equipment such as drills and saws. continued on page 8

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Daniel Gale’s Great Granddaughter Joins Firm By Ronald Scaglia t’s easy to understand why Katherine Gale is a real estate professional. Her greatgrandfather, Daniel Gale, founded the famous realty in 1922. Her grandfather, known as Kent, worked for the company until he retired, and her father, Stan, is chairman and managing partner of Gale International, one of the largest private real estate development and investment firms in the world. So it would seem destined that Katherine would join the family business, which she just recently did. However, according to Katherine, that wasn’t the case. “I didn’t know if I wanted to go into real estate,” says Katherine, who joined Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty as a salesperson and will be working in the realty’s Cold Spring Harbor office. “My family never pushed me into it. I cherish what I do because my family never expected me to go into it.” However, while they may not have pushed her into it, they undoubtedly had an influence. Gale recalls being out and about with her family and counting all of the Daniel Gale signs with the whale logo. She would hear clients say so many wonderful things about Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. Real estate would inevitably become a topic of conversation among family members, and Katherine would listen to these discussions. In addition, and perhaps most importantly, she would see all of the friendships that her family established and are still continuing to do business with, and she wanted to have that same experience in her career, whatever that would be. So, eventually, real estate would become a logical choice. However, Gale says that she wanted to bring more to the company that just her name. So, she obtained both a bachelor’s degree as well as a MBA. She also worked for another real estate firm in Manhattan, which she describes as a great experience. Additionally, she worked in the hospitality industry, which helped her to enhance her


Katherine Gale, the great-granddaughter of Daniel Gale, has joined the Cold Spring Harbor office of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty.

skills working with people. All of these experiences prepared her to become a member of the Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. “I wanted to bring something more to the table,” she says of her decision to not seek employment with Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty immediately after graduating from college. “[With] Daniel Gale having such a fabulous reputation, I wanted to bring experience and not just my name.” While Gale says that as she was growing up, she was not sure that she wanted to work in real estate, those who listen to her speak about her career will find it quite obvious that she has found her calling. She lights up when she speaks of the relationships she has been build-

ing. She finds working in real estate quite fascinating and loves to help buyers purchase homes, which is likely the most expensive and most emotional purchase they will make in their lives. And although she works long hours as an agent, which includes working nights, weekends and holidays, Gale says that the passion that she has for her career makes the effort worthwhile. “You have to love what you do,” she says. “It’s all day, every day. With something you love, the success will come. Just the passion for it that runs in the blood is so great. I don’t know how people do something that they don’t love.” While Gale says that she works so many hours because she loves what she does and the hours are necessary for success in real estate, she also says that she does so to live up to her family legacy. Therefore she is emphatic about maintaining honesty and integrity. She says that she strives to live up to the standards that here great-grandfather established. “It’s not about the money, it’s about what you produce [and] the services you provide,” she says. She adds that it takes years to establish a fine reputation and only a few minutes to tarnish one, something that she keeps in the back of her mind as she works. According to Gale, because the company is so well-established, all of its employees, including her, work not only to continue the company’s fine reputation, but also enhance it. However, because of her family, Gale knows that this is expected of her. “Part of the reason that I wanted to bring something to the table - whether I like it or not people are going to be watching me more,” she says. “I keep a low profile but at the end of the day, I am a Gale. I need to prove myself worthy of the name.” It is quite a legacy to love up to. However, with the enthusiasm, passion, and dedication that Gale is bringing to her new position, she should definitely live up to the name and enhance her family’s legacy.

Sprucing Up For Autumn Sales Advice on staging a home for fall showings By Ronald Scaglia he beginning of autumn means shorter days and chillier nights. It also means that there is an increase in real estate activity. Now that summer vacations have passed, and other summer activities are also finished, the real estate market gets more active. According to Marilyn Jenney, Daniel Gale, director of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sea Cliff office, there will be new buyers who begin their search in the fall. Jenney says that even though extremely low interest rates kept the real estate mar-


Marilyn Jenney, Daniel Gale, director of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sea Cliff Office, says that homeowners should stage their homes to maximize curb appeal and attract autumn buyers.

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ket quite active through the summer months, there still will be new home shoppers during the autumn months. “There’s a flood of new buyers that come out in the fall,” says Jenney. “Their goal is to try to get in before the end of the year.” With buyers looking to purchase a home and move in before the holiday season, homeowners will find that there are opportunities to market their home. However, in order to entice buyers, Jenney says that there are four details that home sellers should be attentive to. The first of these is a home’s curb appeal. “Outdoor is the first thing people see when they pull up,” she says.

“You want it to be attractive and welcoming. You want it to look like it says, ‘Hello, come on in.’ This is a home not just a house.” To maintain curb appeal, Jenney says that homeowners should keep the outside looking fresh. She explains that as the summer wears on, many plants may be overgrown. This gives an impression that the home is not well maintained nor well taken care of. Jenney suggests trimming or cutting shrubbery that needs maintenance, and replacing tired, wilted summer plants with fresh autumn selections that will bring a bright, lively, and fresh look to a home. continued on page 6

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“Get rid of those things that have been there all summer and get in new things with fresh fall colors,” she advises. However, while Jenney suggests that homeowners make sure to usher in the new season’s plants and shrubbery, she says to hold off on closing up the pool. While the autumn winds may not be conducive to a dip in the pool, Jenney says that closing up a pool makes it less appealing, and therefore it will not help the sales effort. She adds that if a pool is covered up, buyers are less likely to envision themselves enjoying it. Conversely, if the pool is open, buyers are more likely to imagine themselves taking a refreshing dive into the cool water on a warm, summer day. “You would think that a lot of buyers have vision and they don’t,” says Jenney. “You’re trying to project them into this space.” Keeping the pool open is especially important if the pool is heated. By showcasing this, it allows the potential buyers to see that the pool, and consequentially, the backyard may be a place for entertaining throughout the year, and not just during the warm weather of summer, The same technique works for those with a fire pit in their backyard. Even though it is there, and can make a chilly fall evening quite warm and cozy, buyers often will not realize this, as most people connect backyards with summer activities. To adjust for this, Jenney recommends that homeowners position their outdoor furniture around the fire pit. This will

Positioning outdoor furniture around a fire pit, can entice buyers as it presents the backyard as being functional throughout the year.

emphasize the furniture and send a message that the backyard may be enjoyed throughout the year and not just during the summer. “If you can make your seating arrangement around it, it makes the backyard look like it’s useful for more than the summer,” says Jenney. Lastly, Jenney says that even though the homeowners are planning on leaving, the home should still be decorated as if the fall season will be enjoyed in the home. Therefore, any wreaths that are hung on the door, which have a summery theme, should be replaced by fall items. In addition, as Halloween approaches, holiday decorations may be hung to add to a home’s appeal.

Holiday decorations, which are not over the top, help to create that warm and welcoming feeling which Jenney says will attract buyers and help them envision themselves living there. The same is true of Thanksgiving decorations, and for late autumn sellers, Christmas lights. “Decorations are fine,” says Jenney. “It looks like it’s a home. A home never looks as nice as when it’s decorated for Christmas.” The fall is a time for hay rides, apple picking, and football games. For those who stage their homes properly and pay attention to small but important details, it can also be the perfect time to sell.


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“Houses are not built the same way anymore,” comments Crifo. “There’s a connection when you see something of that age with obviously, so much thought put into design, construction, materials, setting and landscaping. I get a visceral attachment to a home upon my first sight and I think what was this like back in the day.” A home does not have to be a grand estate or mansion for the Roslyn Landmark Society to work for its preservation. Simple homes that preserve the charming look and feel of Roslyn can be just as special. “A beautiful center hall colonial or a cottage overlooking Roslyn Harbor or the North Shore can take your breath away,” says Crifo. One home that the society preserved is the Wilkey House, which is now a well-recognized feature of the Roslyn landscape. According to Crifo, the home had been divided into small apartments and eventually had deteriorated over the years because of neglect. Yet, it still had many unique features that would have made it a shame if such an exemplary example of architecture had been lost. Crifo points out that the home has overhanging eaves underneath the dormer window that have decorative brackets. In addition, it also has a central tower, which Crifo says is an iconic element of French Second Empire architectural style. “All of these things combined give you this monumental, dignified and ornate structure,” Crifo says of the home. “[It has] classical architectural elements. [The home] still had great bones [and is] an imposing kind of structure. It was important from all of those perspectives to preserve for the Roslyn Village. It became one of the more important homes in Roslyn.” “We are so proud to reside in the Wilkey House, and every time we walk through the door, we take a breath, sneak a quick peak at our surroundings, marvel, and cannot believe we’re so fortunate to live in such a historic and fabulous property,” says Jeff Rowe, the home’s current owner and treasurer of the Roslyn Landmark Society. For Crifo, the home also has a connection to his youth as well as other kids who grew up in Roslyn. He recalls that as the house deteriorated, its appearance became that

Peter Crifo, real estate agent with Douglas Elliman’s Port Washington office, grew up in Roslyn and is working to preserve the village’s history.

of a run-down haunted house and that neighborhood kids referred to it as, “The Adams Family house.” Some of the older kids would play pranks on their unsuspecting younger counterparts by hiding in the tower and scaring the daylights of the younger kids who were lured into what once was a creepy looking home. Yet, if you ask Crifo, he wouldn’t trade a minute of his youth in Roslyn, even if he did fall victim to that prank. Not only does he treasure the memories from a Roslyn childhood, he wants to preserve the look and spirit of the village for future generations. He adds that doing so not only preserves Roslyn but also a piece of Americana and allows the current generation to own homes with unique histories. “It’s not just Roslyn’s past, it’s what our country looked like,” he says. “There are a great number of people who come to Long Island with a sense of history and an appreciation for it. These homes are preserved. Not only are we capturing that moment in time, we’re also providing people who enjoy this aspect of home ownership with a place where they can revel.” As time move forwards, the Roslyn Landmark Society hopes that, in a way, it will stand still to preserve the quaintness and charm of the area. This way, the next generation of Roslyn residents can experience everything that is special about the village as it was and, hopefully, will be. This way, Roslyn residents will always be able to go home again. Anton Community Newspapers



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OCEANFRONT OASIS | QUOGUE | $8,499,000 | Endless possibilities with 2+ acre parcel, almost 150 feet of ocean frontage and plans completed for 10,000 square foot estate with tennis, pool and endless bay and ocean views. Web# 2514916. Traci Conway Clinton, LSA 516.857.0987





SOPHISTICATED ELEGANCE | FLOWER HILL | $5,250,000 | Stately 5-bedroom stone Center Hall Colonial sits majestically on 1-acre with in-ground pool and cabana. One of the most prestigious streets on the North Shore. Web# 2510891. Traci Conway Clinton, LSA 516.857.0987

LUXURY AND PERFECTION | SANDS POINT | $6,450,000 | No stone left unturned in this impeccably renovated 6-bedroom, 7-bath designer showcase. Dramatic floating staircase anchors grand entertaining spaces, intimate family gathering places and every imaginable luxury for today’s discerning buyer. Unsurpassed 2-acres with new pool and cabana. State-of-the-art technology. Web# 2505451. Jill Berman, LSA 516.944.2852

GRAND MANOR MASTERPIECE | FLOWER HILL | $4,275,000 | Stunning 6-bedroom showcase combines Old World elegance with state-of-the-art amenities on 1-acre. Grand entertaining rooms and 4 fireplaces make this the perfect choice. Web# 2509471. Traci Conway Clinton, LSA 516.857.0987

FABULOUS COLONIAL | STONE HILL MANHASSET | $3,175,000 | Expansive driveway, living room/dining room, eat-in kitchen, library and family room. Large master suite, 4 bedrooms, 2 full and 2 half baths. Home theatre, sauna. Mary Ann Jacobi, LAB 516.883.5200 | 516.993.0674

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ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE | SANDS POINT | $2,589,000 | 5,000+ sq. foot Colonial on 2 acres with soaring ceilings and gourmet chef’s kitchen. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths include master en-suite with Jacuzzi and spa-style shower. Web# 2481996. Maggie Keats, LAB 516.449.7598 | Jennifer Lo, LAB 516.376.9212

STONE HILL AT MUTTONTOWN | $2,495,000 | Gated community at Stone Hill. Grand 5,800 square foot statement of today’s elegance and fine design. New ultimate kitchen, Euro baths and all en-suite bedrooms. Web# 2508525. Roberta Feuerstein, LSA 516.364.2159

SERENE SETTING | PLANDOME | $2,350,000 | Quaint waterfront neighborhood setting offers a 4-bedroom brick & shingled jewel on .33 acre with winter waterviews and sunsets to enjoy. Spacious principal rooms for entertaining. Web# 2511229. Traci Conway Clinton, LSA 516.857.0987

AWAITING YOUR ARRIVAL | SANDS POINT | $2,225,000 | For those who appreciate the ease of an open floorplan and the privacy of a landscaped acre on a cul-de-sac. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Completely updated with many extras. Web# 2518077. Maggie Keats, LAB 516.449.7598

THE ESSENCE OF LUXURY LIVING | SANDS POINT | $1,939,000 Elegantly updated 5-bedroom, 4.5-bath home promises its owners a pampered lifestyle. Sited on 1.61 acres with pool: perfect as entertainer’s paradise or hideaway. Web# 2507336. Maggie Keats, LAB 516.449.7598


SHOWCASE IN SANDS POINT | SANDS POINT | $2,600,000 | Perfect confluence of Old World charm and millenium amenities. New 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath Colonial. Chef’s kitchen, great room, theatre, gym, and solarium. 36 minutes to NYC. Web# 2492344. Maria Rovegno, LAB 516.729.2413

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STUNNING CONTEMPORARY COLONIAL | MANHASSET | $1,800,000 5 bedrooms include 2-story Master Suite. Chef’s kitchen, den, living room with fireplace, formal dining room. Private cul-de-sac. Easy access to major roads. Web# 2517935. Maggie Keats 516.449.7598 | Jennifer Lo 516.376.9212

GRANDE DAME OF PW HEIGHTS | PORT WASHINGTON | $1,799,000 6 bedrooms, 4.55 baths, 4 fireplaces, covered porches and superb architectural detail. Lush .55-acre property. 2-car garage with apartment. 38 Minutes to NYC. Web# 2497994. Maggie Keats 516.449.7598 | Maria Rovegno 516.729.2413

HORIZON AT JERICHO – THE LAST ONE! | JERICHO | $1,675,000 To be built on .5 acre plus, is this magnificent 6-bedroom, 4.5-bath Colonial, the crown jewel of The Horizon gated enclave of 29 homes. Web# 2500263. Roberta Feuerstein, LSA 516.364.2159

FLOODED WITH SUNSHINE | SANDS POINT | $1,599,000 | Sprawling single-level home with modern open floorplan on 2 flat acres. Master Suite with cathedral ceiling and spa bath plus 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. Many updates, endless possibilities. Web# 2433984. Maggie Keats, LAB 516.449.7598

NEW CONSTRUCTION | OYSTER BAY COVE | $1,449,000 | Still time to customize. Charming Craftsman-style Ranch designed for retreat lifestyle surrounded by serene 2-acres and just minutes from private beach. Web# 2517148. Roberta Feuerstein, LSA 516.364.2159

HAMLET ESTATES | JERICHO | $1,349,000 | Welcome to this bright and spacious Judson Model Farm Ranch featuring an open floor plan, master suite on the main level, gourmet kitchen and den with gas fireplace. Web# 2517160. Annalisa Bossio, LSA 516.364.2039 | Yvonne Masino, LAB 516.364.2242

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5-STAR HOTEL STYLE OASIS TO CALL HOME | MANHASSET | $1,195,000 Luxury and elegance are the hallmarks of this 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath home. Open floor plan. Coveted private location within gated community. Many upgrades and extras. Web# 2438626. Maggie Keats, LAB 516.449.7598

EXCEPTIONAL COLONIAL | PORT WASHINGTON | $1,149,000 | Enchanting 5-bedroom front porch Center Hall Colonial. Oversized principal rooms, den with fireplace, walls of glass overlooking private property with gardens and mature trees. Web# 2469303. Cynthia Magazine, LAB 516.944.2848

SUPER PRICE | LATTINGTOWN | $996,000 | Terrific location, access to beaches. Private setting. Sunny Ranch completely updated on 2 acres. Open kitchen with vaulted great room and large dining room. Just move in! Web# 2511767. Ludmilla Stanco, LAB 516.426.9536

HIDDEN TREASURE | WOODBURY | $859,000 | Meticulously maintained 5-bedroom, 3-bath expanded Ranch in a private cul-de-sac on 1 acre of manicured property. One-of-a-kind detailing throughout. Web# 2509487. Kathy Haas, LAB 516.238.5063 | Roberta Weinberg, LSA 516.384.2262

CAREFREE NORTH FORK LIVING | CUTCHOGUE | $464,999 | 3-bedroom, 2-bath Ranch. Open floor plan, living room with fireplace and vaulted ceilings on 1 acre of park-like property. Minutes from vineyards and beach. Web# 2516256. Roberta Weinberg, LSA 516.384.2262 | Ed D’Ambrosio, LAB 516.225.7253


PRISTINE AND SPACIOUS | GLEN COVE | $1,280,000 | Built in 2009, this impressive Colonial has it all for executive living: 4,500 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths and super finished basement. Private beach access. Great value. Web# 2514942. Ludmilla Stanco, LAB 516.426.9536

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Apartments for Rent MINEOLA- 3Bdrm $2000 plus utilities. Mineola2Bdrm $1700 heat included. 1Bdrm $1350 plus utilities. For Review visit: or call 516-526-9499. OYSTER BAY Bright Immaculate, 1BR, LR, Kitchen, F/Bath, Hi Ceilings, Hrdwdflrs, w/Heat. $1335. Garage, Laundr y, Walk: Beach,Town, RR. Convenient Hwys, NO: Pets /Smoking. Owner. 516-671-8122.

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By Ronald Scaglia here is good news in the data released by the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island (MLSLI) regarding July real estate activity on Long Island. According to the statistics for the region, which includes Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens, the closed median home price for July was $370,000. This is a 2.8 percent increase from July 2011 and also a 4.2 percent increase from the prior month of June. This is the highest closed median home price for the region that MLSLI has reported since August 2010. Although the closed median home price for July in Nassau County of $407,000 is a slight decrease of 1.7 percent from a year ago, real estate professionals are hoping that the numbers for the region as a whole indicate that the housing market is emerging from its downturn. “If there’s no major problems, I think we’re probably on an upswing,” said Bettie Meinel, vicepresident of career development with Laffey Fine Homes, who also serves as vice-president of Nassau County for the Long Island Board of Realtors. “Unless there’s some major setback, I think we are definitely in a good place.” According to Meinel, several factors are contributing to the improvement in the housing market, with one very significant factor being extremely low interest

rates. She’s says that buyers considering purchasing a home are realizing that it’s a good time to take advantage of low rates while they are at these levels. Those who wait too long might miss the opportunity and then will incur a greater interest expense if rates go higher. “I personally think that they need to buy a house,” Meinel advises buyers. “Sales are happening. If interest rates go up, the money is going to go to interest instead of equity. These are unbelievable low interest rates and the loans are available.” Meinel adds that as more buyers take advantage of low interest rates, the inventory of available homes has declined, and this has also motivated buyers to purchase as they’ve seen their options dwindle. According to the MLSLI data, the available residential inventory for Long Island during July was 29,160. This is a decline of 15.2 percent from one year ago. Meanwhile, the data shows that sales increased from one year ago. MLSLI reports that there were 2,524 closed sales this past July, which is an increase of 7.4 percent from July 2011. “Buyers are realizing that it’s time to buy,” Meinel comments. “The buyers are serious. They seem to be more serious about buying a home. There’s less inventory. They see that homes are selling.” continued on page 20

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Incredible designers traditional Georgian Colonial situated on lovely private one-quarter acre. LR w/fpl, FDR, beautiful Family Room. Spacious modern kitchen with breakfast area. Four bedrooms, three full baths. Full basement playroom. Attached garage. Stone and brick exterior. More! $2,299,000

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Built in 2007, this beautiful Colonial offers Living Room w/fpl, huge FDR, up-to-the-minute granite EIK opening to Family Room. Four bedrooms, 2.5 baths. Full finished basement. Large private property with patio. Just beautiful! $899,000

Luxurious 4 bedroom 3.5 bath brick colonial built with the finest materials! No detail left undone in the classic floor plan. Granite kitchen with huge center island, extraordinary moldings and ceiling heights. Brazilian Cherry floors throughout. CAC, gas heat! Beautiful one-third acre. $2,095,000

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Improvement In Housing Market continued from page 16

“A SENIOR MOMENT L.I.” Seniors and Downsizing There are financial reasons and quality of life issues that lead Seniors to sell the family home. Some of the economical reasons are lower mortgage payments, lower taxes, lower home insurance and home maintenance costs. There are “quality-of-life” issues and opportunities that are just as important. One major factor is freedom from isolation and increased socialization. Moving closer to children and grandchildren is a much valued benefit that Seniors cherish. Declining health or physical limitations may often lead Seniors to move to a more climate-friendly location or a universally designed living facility. Many Seniors want to be free from the burden of the home care and have more leisure time with friends and family. One often ignored factor is the missing out on years of enjoyment of a new phase of life due to procrastinaton and a “fear of change”, even when the change is good. Most Seniors are nostalgic about their homes and even have much of their identity wrapped up in those four walls. Many simply do not know how to go about it, as it has probably been decades since the last time they have been involved in moving. The first step is to contact a “Seniors Real Estate Specialist” who is qualified to address the needs of Senior buyers and sellers age 50+.

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Low interest rates make it more affordable for buyers to purchase homes.

One possible setback for the housing market is the number of foreclosures and short sales that are still coming on to the market. Meinel says that the prices of these homes are used as part of the appraisal process, and if more of these hit the market, it could negatively impact prices. She also says that an increase in interest rates might also cause a decrease in activity, as higher rates make it more expensive for buyers to purchase. Meinel says the results of the upcoming election could have an impact on whether interest rates remain at low levels, or trend higher. However, for the moment, the data indicates that the housing market is okay and is rebounding from its decline. Both buyers and sellers are realizing that those who wait might miss out on the improved market conditions.

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Meinel says that housing market activity is also increasing because sellers are becoming more realistic about the value of their home. When the housing market declined, many sellers were not willing to price their homes lower to keep up with market conditions. Instead, they kept their homes priced higher, hoping that a buyer would pay the previous value or that the market would eventually recover and home values would return to their previous levels. This created a stalemate as buyers were not willing to pay above market value, and the housing market stalled. However, after a few years, homeowners are becoming more realistic about the values of their homes. As more buyers enter the market, homeowners have become more accepting of the current market levels. “Sellers weren’t reducing prices and buyers always thought something else was coming in,” Meinel says. However, that has changed, according to Meinel. She says that buyers are realizing that the market is not going to go up drastically. Therefore, she says it does not make sense for homeowners considering selling their homes to hold off thinking that they may reap more if they wait. In fact, she says that those who do hold off could be missing an opportunity, as there are currently buyers out there who are able to purchase homes because of low interest rates. If interest rates go up, there will likely be fewer buyers and homes could be more difficult to sell.

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A Dream Home In Your Home he economy is still in a state of limbo. Many homeowners who might otherwise consider upgrading to a larger home, are delaying their move until the economy is better. Because they’re not selling, homeowners are looking at remodeling rooms, changing out decorating schemes and in some cases, even adding on to the home. By doing so, in a sense they are upgrading to a new home, without making the financial commitment of purchasing a larger and more expensive home. Incorporating a new look into the home - whether it’s in the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom - can really change the feel of the house. Upgrading a bathroom is a great place to start, because it’s a smaller room and is used by both occupants and guests. A remodel can also help you save money on your utility bills. With a new bathroom adding a spa-like feel to your home, homeowners may even decide not to look for an upgraded home, if the economy strengthens.


Some homeowners are deciding to improve their current homes instead of upgrading to a new one. A new bathroom can add a spa-like feel to a home.

A new vanity and a new faucet can significantly improve the look of the whole bathroom.

Because of the uncertainty in the economy, some homeowners are opting to renovate their current homes instead of purchasing larger, more expensive houses.

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Here are some tips to changing the bathroom of your home into a beautiful and comfortable space: * Vanity: Used for hand washing, preening in the mirror and brushing teeth, the vanity is one item in the bathroom that is the center of activity. Add an artistic - and economical - touch to your vanity with a sharp looking faucet that will also conserve water, saving money on that utility bill. In addition to the faucet, consider upgrading your mirror with a model that combines beauty and elegance in the room. * Walls: A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in changing the look and feel of a room. Don’t forget about the ceiling. Even if you only give it a new white coat, the fresh look can make all the difference. Choose a paint that handles high humidity well to give your upgrade a longer lifespan. * Toilet: The toilet tends to be the largest water consumption appliance in homes. But replacing your older toilet with an ultra high-efficiency toilet can really affect your utility bills. As you upgrade your toilet, in addition to high efficiency, also consider a self-cleansing unit, for added convenience. * Flooring: High humidity often found in bathrooms can quickly age the flooring, causing peeling and even cracking of dated linoleum. Plus, modern flooring products are much higher quality, and are built to withstand more traffic and high humidity environments. Consider using ceramic, clay or stone tiles, or laminate in stone or wood styles to modernize the look of your bathroom. Upgrading a bathroom will transform your entire house with a new look and feel. And if you love the change enough, you might decide to continue the upgrade to another room, like the kitchen or master bedroom, turning your home into the beautiful house of your dreams. (ARA) Anton Community Newspapers


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Preparing Financially For Buying A Home

Fight back against tough economic times

or those considering buying a home, the current real estate market presents some unique opportunities. One of the side effects of the economic roller coaster ride of the past few years is that home prices have gone down and more homes have gone on the market. In addition, interest rates remaining amazingly low. For buyers, that means more choices and better deals. However, those same tumultuous years also can also teach buyers a lesson: make smart buying decisions and be wise with your finances. Impulsive buying is Those who want to purchase a new home never a good idea should be saving so they have enough monwhen it comes to a ey for a down payment. purchase as significant to review your credit score and do as a home, but it was something of what you can to either maintain it or a trend at the height of the midwork toward healthier credit. Both 2000s. Now, with banks lending of these tasks will help make the far more cautiously, you need to be home-buying process better for you. absolutely certain that your fiYour credit is an important facnances are in order - and healthy tor in determining the terms under to be able to get the best deal on which you can get a mortgage. your purchase. Broadly speaking, the better your There are a number of steps you credit is, the more positively you’ll can take to get ready to buy a home, be viewed by lenders - and that can and you might need to work on lead to better interest rates. And them simultaneously. Consider that you’ll need to start saving, if you continued on next page haven’t already, but you’ll also need


A sound defense against market fluctuations can start with an advisor who’s invested in your individual financial goals. Throughout changes in the markets and in your life, we’re on your side. Call today for a second opinion on any of your investments.

Estate Investment Planning is not Just for the Rich and Famous If you’re like most people, you think estate investment planning is only for the wealthy. The truth is that everyone — regardless of how much money they have — needs an estate investment plan. Here are a few frequently asked questions about estate investment planning, along with the answers that may help you better understand this subject:

What is an estate plan? An estate investment plan is a program for the management and distribution of your assets upon your death, as well as instructions for handling your affairs should you become unable to do so while you are still alive. Your estate investment plan should include a will and/or a revocable living trust as well as updated beneficiary designations for your 401(k), Individual Retirement Account, savings bonds and life insurance policies. Both a durable power of attorney and a health care power of attorney should also be created. Your Financial Advisor can help you work out the details of your plan and can also help keep it up-to-date.

Why do you need an estate investment plan? An estate investment plan cannot only potentially reduce the taxes your heirs must pay on assets they receive from your estate, but can also ensure that your accumulated wealth will go to the individuals that you intend to receive it. In addition, an estate investment plan can help avoid probate proceedings, an often long and expensive process that can open your financial matters to the public.

What is the difference between a will and a revocable living trust? Basically, a will is a legal document that directs how your assets will be distributed among family members, charities or others upon your death. It is important to update a will periodically to reflect any material or personal changes in your life. A revocable living trust (RLT) is an entity, like a corporation, that holds and owns your assets, while you are alive and continues to hold your assets after your death. Like a will, the RLT directs how your assets will be distributed at your death, but because ownership does not change at your death, it can do so without the expense, delay or publicity of probate court. A revocable living trust gives a trustee the right to make decisions for you if you become incapacitated while a will has no effect until your death.

What is a durable power of attorney? Whether you create a simple will or a revocable living trust, it is important to have a durable power of attorney. A durable power of attorney is a document that designates a person who can sign on your behalf and handle your financial matters in the event of your incapacity. A durable power of attorney becomes void at death. Having a basic estate investment plan can help ease stresses on your family, especially during a difficult time. Your Financial Advisor, with the help of your tax and legal advisors, can help you take necessary steps today to ensure that your wishes are carried out and that you and your loved ones have the peace of mind you would want them to have.


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because you’ll be paying off your home for years to come, it’s important to get the best rate possible. Start by checking your credit report. You’re entitled to one free check of your report, from TransUnion and other credit reporting agencies every year. As much as you need to check your report to find out what shape your credit is in, it’s also essential to review it for inaccuracies or fraudulent activity, both of which can have a negative impact on your score. If your credit health needs some work, start taking action immediately. Paying bills on time, reducing your overall debt and limiting new credit inquiries can all help to build your credit - but be patient as it can take time for your positive actions to take effect. Nevertheless, the sooner you make the effort, the sooner you’ll see results. Making a prudent decision about buying a house comes down to an honest assessment of what you can afford. Keep in mind that you might be approved for a loan that’s larger than what is practical for you to afford. While it may be tempting to buy a pricier house, the stress of struggling to make payments could diminish your en-

Because of extremely low interest rates, buyers can get a great deal on purchasing a new home if their finances are in order.

joyment of your new home and even put you at financial risk. One rule of thumb is that most borrowers can afford a home loan that

runs about two and a half times their annual salary. Buying a home is a complex process, but one that is ultimately

very rewarding when done right. By organizing your finances well in advance, you’ll help set yourself up for success. (ARA)



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Office: (516)676-2548 Cell: (516) 351-6336

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Five Steps To Buying A Home


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wning a home remains a key element of the American Dream. While it is exciting, home buying can be overwhelming and complicated if you don’t have a general knowledge of the process. Equipping yourself with the right tools will allow you to navigate the complexities of the home-buying process. Buyers should assess their financial situaHere are five helpful tion and know what they afford so they avoid steps to follow on your the disappointment of finding their “dream way to homeownership. home,” and not being able to purchase it. Step 1: Learn the method of payment for those who home-buying ABCs: Build your intend to own a home. With the vahomeownership knowledge by parriety of mortgage products that exticipating in a first-time homebuyists today, it’s essential you choose er class at a local non-profit the right one for your needs. How agency in your community to anlong do you plan on living in this swer any questions you may have. house? Do you plan on making Staying well-informed will help improvements to the home? Anyou feel confident and in control swering these types of questions of this major financial decision. will help you hone in on your fiStep 2: Get out your calculator: nancial strategy. Owning a home requires a large Step 5: Sign on the dotted line: investment of time, energy and Once your home has been inspectmoney, so make sure you are careed, your contingencies have been ful when making the decision to met and your mortgage has been buy. Staying within budget is a top approved, it’s time to close the deal. consideration. It is important to In most cases, a closing officer and determine how much you can afyour attorney will be present during ford - you don’t want to fall in closing. As the buyer, you should love with a house out of your make sure to bring a binder for reach. When applying for a morthomeowner’s insurance (document gage, the bank will assess your proving you have adequate homedebt to income ratio. By looking at owner’s insurance), a paid receipt your income and current monthly for the first year’s premium and a debts, you can determine your idecertified or cashier’s check for your al monthly payment. From there, down payment and closing costs. you’ll be able to narrow the focus Before the closing begins, review of your house search to homes in your mortgage, mortgage note and your price range. Be sure to insettlement statement documents to clude down payments and other ensure there are no errors or red upfront costs in your calculations. flags. Remember to ask questions A few free, helpful online tools during the closing, as the closing can help you determine just how officer is there to help. much you could potentially afford. After you’ve signed all docuStep 3: Shop wisely: Are you ments and paid your closing costs considering a condo, single-family and down payment, the closing is home, a fixer-upper, or new confinished. Soon, you may begin enstruction? Once you know how joying their new home. (ARA) much you can afford, determining Editor’s Note: The information your housing needs - and selecting provided in this article is for infora qualified real estate professional mational purposes only. It is not - before you start looking, will intended to provide specific finanhelp make finding your perfect cial, investment, tax, legal, achome much less time-consuming. counting, or other advice to you In addition to being able to answer and should not be acted or relied any questions that come up during upon in that manner without the the process, a real estate profesadvice of a professional. A professional will work on your behalf to sional advisor can help to ensure pre-screen houses and guide you that your personal circumstances through negotiations. have been properly considered and Step 4: Pick your perfect match: any action is taken on the most reAcquiring a mortgage and making a down payment is a common cent available information. Anton Community Newspapers


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