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Real Estate Agent - Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY

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2014 

Rest In Peace Beverly Carter...... Although we do not know the details just yet, Beverly Carter's body was found 25 miles North from the home she was showing to a buyer. I was really hoping for a better outcome. My heart is heavy and I am sure all of us in the real estate community are affected b...
09/30/2014
11 Reasons Why Real Estate Is Not Easy  Buyer's bank gave us a clear to close on a coop and the bank said, "oopsie" we didn't get the insurance certificate for the coop development although we requested it 16 days ago. Bank never followed up but I spent almost 7 hours getting the insurance certif...
09/29/2014
Will Updating Half of My Long Island NY Home Hurt the Other Half? It really depends upon which half you update and which half you leave alone. If you update the kitchen, freshly paint the other rooms, rip up carpeting and finish the hardwood floors underneath but leave the basement alone, then no...
09/29/2014
What Are Buyer Exclusions in a Long Island NY Listing Agreement? When buying a Long Island home, sometimes you will see the term: Buyer Exclusions. This means that the seller will take with them certain items that normally stay with the home. The list below will give you an idea of items that gen...
09/25/2014
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Is Zillow Accurate? This question was asked of me recently and I said, no, Zillow is not accurate and here are the reasons why: In order to obtain an accurate property values, someone has to see your house. They have to see any improvements you have done over the recent years. Tell me, did a Zill...
09/24/2014
The Kiss of Death for a House on the Market There are certain verbiage you see in house listings descriptions that make you go, "really?" "It won't last long" is the kiss of death for a house on the market. Every time I see it, I bookmark it and sure enough these homes are still on the market inc...
09/24/2014
Will Installing Solar Panels on My Long Island Home Raise its Value? I received a call from a homeowner yesterday who asked me this question. Installing solar panels on your home will not raise the market value. It could be more saleable but solar panels are too new yet to determine that fact. In...
09/22/2014
The Agent with the Highest Listing Price Wins! Picture it, you sit down with a real estate agent because you want to know what your 3 bedroom, 1 bath with tiny property, home is worth. Agent #1 says your home will sell at $350,000. That reality doesn't sit well with you so you call another agent....
09/21/2014
Can I Have a Basement Apartment in the Town of Babylon? You can never have a basement apartment in the Town of Babylon and the same goes for most towns across Long Island. If you want living space in the basement you have to have egress windows installed so people have an escape route just in cas...
09/18/2014
Plan Your Home Sale like You Would Plan Your Vacation It's the calls that real estate agents dread. "I want to sell my house. How much is it worth and what do you charge"? These questions are asked over the phone mostly in part because they do not have the time to sit down for a few hours with an...
09/17/2014