• Halloween Decor Dos and Don'ts When Selling Your Home Halloween Decor Dos and Don'ts When Selling Your Home

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    Halloween Decor Dos and Don'ts When Selling Your Home

    Halloween begins the holiday season when home decorations, both outdoor and indoor are on display through the new year. If you home is on the market now, you can still bring out the decorations, but with some cautions.
     
    Curb appeal is the first step to entice buyers through the front door. First impressions alone can sell your home. Little goblins and ghosts are accompanied with parents who are in the home buying frame of mind. Be prepared to make the most of your curb appeal by toning down the decorations, especially for Halloween, so that potential buyers can actually see the beauty of your home.
     
    Safety first. Always. Keep the walk in front of and to your home clean and debris-free. Make sure the walkway is well lighted to avoid accidents. This Halloween, go more for the fall look with pumpkins and flowers rather than a collection of screeching bats and frantic witches. You’re selling a home and it should always feel warm and inviting, not frightening.
     
    Be sure that all your windows are nice and clean and let the sunshine in. This year, avoid taping paper decorations to your windows. Turn the lights on and create a warm autumn atmosphere inside your living room. This coziness will help buyers see themselves sitting by the fire.
     
    Take down the decorations the day after Halloween except for the Thanksgiving fall type décor. It’s back to staging the best curb appeal possible. Sellers who leave decorations up long...
    Halloween begins the holiday season when home decorations, both outdoor and indoor are on display through the new year. If you home is on the market now, you can still bring out the decorations, but with some cautions.
     
    Curb appeal is the first step to entice buyers through the front door. First impressions alone can sell your home. Little goblins and ghosts are accompanied with parents who are in the home buying frame of mind. Be prepared to make the most of your curb appeal by toning down the decorations, especially for Halloween, so that potential buyers can actually see the beauty of your home.
     
    Safety first. Always. Keep the walk in front of and to your home clean and debris-free. Make sure the walkway is well lighted to avoid accidents. This Halloween, go more for the fall look with pumpkins and flowers rather than a collection of screeching bats and frantic witches. You’re selling a home and it should always feel warm and inviting, not frightening.
     
    Be sure that all your windows are nice and clean and let the sunshine in. This year, avoid taping paper decorations to your windows. Turn the lights on and create a warm autumn atmosphere inside your living room. This coziness will help buyers see themselves sitting by the fire.
     
    Take down the decorations the day after Halloween except for the Thanksgiving fall type décor. It’s back to staging the best curb appeal possible. Sellers who leave decorations up long...

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  • Living in New York City Living in New York City

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    Living in New York City

    There are pros and cons to every decision in life, and choosing a place to live is no different. No matter where you live, there’s likely to be some sort of compromise to be made, whether it’s the tradeoff of a smaller apartment for a better location, or dealing with cold winters in a city you love. If you’re thinking about living in New York City (or if you currently live there are you’re considering moving away), here are some of the pros and cons to consider before making your decision.

    Living in NYC affords incomparable access to culture. From the lights of Broadway to the Museum of Natural History, the city has hundreds of world-renowned cultural institutions.

    New York is THE place to be for unlimited career opportunities. The busting industries range from media to medicine, architecture to advertising, construction to corporate law. Some of the biggest companies in the world are headquartered in New York and they look to attract top talent.

    Diversity, diversity, diversity….. If you like living among people from all walks of life or you simply love the culture that diversity cultivates, New York is the place for you. According to Census Bureau data, the population of the city overall is 33% white, 28% hispanic or latino, 25% African American, and 12% Asian, and 37 % of the population if foreign-born. There is also a thriving LGBTQ community, 49% of people speak a language outside of English at home, and the city is 52% women.

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    There are pros and cons to every decision in life, and choosing a place to live is no different. No matter where you live, there’s likely to be some sort of compromise to be made, whether it’s the tradeoff of a smaller apartment for a better location, or dealing with cold winters in a city you love. If you’re thinking about living in New York City (or if you currently live there are you’re considering moving away), here are some of the pros and cons to consider before making your decision.

    Living in NYC affords incomparable access to culture. From the lights of Broadway to the Museum of Natural History, the city has hundreds of world-renowned cultural institutions.

    New York is THE place to be for unlimited career opportunities. The busting industries range from media to medicine, architecture to advertising, construction to corporate law. Some of the biggest companies in the world are headquartered in New York and they look to attract top talent.

    Diversity, diversity, diversity….. If you like living among people from all walks of life or you simply love the culture that diversity cultivates, New York is the place for you. According to Census Bureau data, the population of the city overall is 33% white, 28% hispanic or latino, 25% African American, and 12% Asian, and 37 % of the population if foreign-born. There is also a thriving LGBTQ community, 49% of people speak a language outside of English at home, and the city is 52% women.

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  • Why You Need to Prioritize Buying a Home Now Why You Need to Prioritize Buying a Home Now

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    Why You Need to Prioritize Buying a Home Now

    Homeownership can be considered one of the key life achievements in one’s life. In our society, buying a home symbolizes that a person has achieved a certain economic status. Given the social and economic benefits often attributed to homeownership, positive impact towards one’s personal life and residential satisfaction is expected.

    However, housing inventory has not been the same as it was five years ago when there were more homes for sale and the prices were much lower than today. If you are considering buying a new home today, the following reasons might convince you why you may not want to put off that aspiration of yours to become a new homeowner.

     

    1. Lack of Inventory

    According to the Redfin Data center, (https://www.redfin.com/blog/data-center), based on the latest available data and zooming in on Suffolk County NY, home inventory or homes for sale in the month of April 2018 is at 5,388 has reduced by 18.7% from a year ago (6,624 home inventory in April 2017) and looking back one more year, it has reduced by 26.8% (7,964 home inventory in April 2016). Buying a home is, therefore, made all the more difficult when there are less homes to buy in your price range.

    It’s a sad truth, but a reality nonetheless: inventory is probably going to get worse before it gets better. That said, if you are considering buying a home, the sooner you can do so, the better. As days pass by, inventory will...

    Homeownership can be considered one of the key life achievements in one’s life. In our society, buying a home symbolizes that a person has achieved a certain economic status. Given the social and economic benefits often attributed to homeownership, positive impact towards one’s personal life and residential satisfaction is expected.

    However, housing inventory has not been the same as it was five years ago when there were more homes for sale and the prices were much lower than today. If you are considering buying a new home today, the following reasons might convince you why you may not want to put off that aspiration of yours to become a new homeowner.

     

    1. Lack of Inventory

    According to the Redfin Data center, (https://www.redfin.com/blog/data-center), based on the latest available data and zooming in on Suffolk County NY, home inventory or homes for sale in the month of April 2018 is at 5,388 has reduced by 18.7% from a year ago (6,624 home inventory in April 2017) and looking back one more year, it has reduced by 26.8% (7,964 home inventory in April 2016). Buying a home is, therefore, made all the more difficult when there are less homes to buy in your price range.

    It’s a sad truth, but a reality nonetheless: inventory is probably going to get worse before it gets better. That said, if you are considering buying a home, the sooner you can do so, the better. As days pass by, inventory will...

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