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Long Island Real Estate and Relocation. Selling properties all over Long Island's Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens.
Writing about the five people who have most influenced my life is like walking through dimly lit, dusty aisles of an ancient library to extract tidbits from time.  It is, in the end, easy of course.  It starts in my early years, at the knee of my father whose mantra and life path was "Do unto oth...
Just in case any of you missed this one the first go around, I had to bring it to you again.  Leave it to Gwen Banta to offer us side splitting humor with her off the cuff commentary on this week's MLS bloopers.  What ever happened to spell check???   It's time for Blooper fun, my friends. The ML...
It was the gloomiest of days here on the south shore of Long Island, taking back any promise of spring we'd witnessed in recent weeks.  But, on the agenda, weather not withstanding, was a long awaited closing that had magic written all over it from the first phone call.  The seller was referred t...
Back up, back up, back up!  Those words haunt me, but will become part of my lexicon and daily routine from this day forward.  But, I digress.  I had never been to the store in Manhasset before so I Googled it to see exactly where to turn off Northern Blvd. to get there.  What I hadn't counted on...
Just before the weekend, Thursday night to be exact, I found myself living one of my worst nightmares.  My Mac Book Pro died. Just like that!  Little warning. No flares went off.  Short of a message when I tried to open a photo editing app, telling me it was damaged and I needed to dump it and re...
In keeping with Dick Greenberg's Sensei/Grasshopper challenge, I'm going to make the following offer.   I will give you some easy to use tools to get your home's unseen spaces in order.  You'll find yourself opening that closet door, or kitchen cabinet or pantry even when you don't have to, just ...
Something William Johnson said on Margaret Rome's blog post resonated with me enough to write this today.  So often, in the years I've been selling real estate on Long Island I've watched newbies to the profession come in, guns a-blazing, ready to dominate the planet.  They dig in, with both heel...
I still remember the day, over forty years ago when I had an epiphany while stopped at a red light on Lakeville Road in New Hyde Park.  The impact it had on me was so profound as to record it in my memory bank in the most infinite detail.  I found myself uttering, barely above a whisper and to no...
When I officially entered the fray as a Licensed Real Estate agent in January of 1987 I worked part time for an office in Plainview.  After working diligently at my job in hospital administration all week, I spent my weekends "learning" the business as I sat with a few other stalwart souls, waiti...
It can't be April tomorrow, I found myself thinking yesterday as I awoke to snowflakes the size of New Jersey falling on my finally re-emerging lawn.  "Will winter never cease this year," I found myself saying as I reached for my cell phone camera to record the unbelievable scene. Thankfully, Mot...

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