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By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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  What's My Value Proposition? Even NYSAR is Asking!   Organizations all over, and not just in our real estate industry, are taking a moment to reflect and asking, "What's my value proposition?" With all the competition that exists,  companies are looking for a way to differenti...
By Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
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5 Bedroom Ranch House Available For Sale In Merrick Woods   Click Here to view current inventory of similar homes for sale in Merrick Open House June 13th - 12:00 - 2:00PM   Listing Details Home For Sale In Merrick Woods 81 Ripplewater Ave., Merrick,  NY 11758 ML#2684599 Price Just Reduced From $...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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AN OPEN LETTER REGARDING PREDATORY PRACTICES   Dear Prospective HomeBuyer,   Yesterday, you learned that the elderly owners of the Queens house you toured were prematurely forced to move out of their home. A chronic illness has stolen some of their independence and they were faced with the diffic...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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HOUSE BEAUTIFUL The Internet has no shortage of material regarding the origins of deep cleaning aka spring cleaning. As a matter of fact, in most parts of the world, this ritual is practiced in one form or another. Oftentimes, it will coincide with the New Year or the eve of an important holiday....
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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AT HOME WITH DIVERSITY AWARENESS   C'MON MAMA, BABY NEEDS A NEW PAIR OF SHOES In the movies, this famous line is often uttered by the actor as he prepares to throw the dice at the Craps table. The game is played like this:  A throw of 7 or 11 wins; a 2, 3, or 12 lose. #5, as well as other pre...
By Richard & Beth Witt, Broker/Owner RE/MAX Wittney Estates Long Island NY
(RE/MAX Wittney Estates 516-795-6900 www.longislandrealestatesearch.com)
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Open House "Just Price Reduced" Totally Updated Colonial - Merrick, NY 6/14/14 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM RE/MAX Wittney Estates  View this "Just Price Reduced Charmer" In The Prime "Wenshaw Park Area" Driving direction to 1310 Whittier Ave., Merrick, NY 11566   If you have ...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Swim When You're Ready - The Video Challenge   Exactly 2 years ago, I attempted my first video profile and wrote about its challenges here: Smile - You're on Candid Camera! Video Blogs "Insecurities that we may have already addressed some 25 years ago and which we aren't anxious ...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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  "I'd Like to Encourage You to Fail..."   Graduation season is upon us. Commencements will be held at every educational institution across the nation and countless inspirational speeches will be heard by graduates and guests, alike.    Last weekend, my son graduated from the Univer...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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The Secret Gardens of Long Island   The Secret Garden is an all-time favorite novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett in 1911. Many decades later, it came to life in the form of a movie, a musical and a ballet. A recent Newsday article (5/2/2014) entitled Garden Conservancy's Open Days: Rare...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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A Woman's Place Is In The Home (Her New One) Best Days and Time to Hold an Open House Although I tried mightily to explain, I couldn't get the homeowner to imagine it could be done any other way. She was adament that open houses were meant to be held on consecutive Saturdays and Sundays a...
By Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103)
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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 referr...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Your Forever Home - Is It Love At First Sight? With zero interest in moving and even less interest in becoming a landlord, I never saw it coming, but I was captivated by this house. It wasn't the biggest, the fanciest or even in the most elegant part of the neighborhood, but none of that matt...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Is Your Town Pedestrian Friendly or Are You Just Spinning Your Wheels? Food for Thought Walking has terrific health benefits. It is good for the environment and it makes financial sense as real estate with a high walkability score commands a premium on the market. A newly upgraded and very handy ...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Long Island South Shore,  Merrick Open House  No Worries. Grandfathered Flood Insurance Premium $500/Year!! South Merrick Comfortable, Spacious Split, Quiet Street W/ Little Traffic, Room To Spread Out - Tons Of Upgrades - New Ss Kitchen Appliances, New W & D, New Hw Heater, Gas Heat, Upgrade...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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FIRST REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE   It was 45 minutes past the appointed hour. I really wanted to leave so what was I still doing there? It was a particularly run down part of town. Most homes vacant - boarded up. I felt anxious. Then the family showed up. The nicest people you could possibly imagine ...
By Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert
(Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103)
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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...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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No Post Code Envy? Just Give it a Little Time!  Part III   Flood-insurance-101-what-you-need-to-know-Part-i Where-have-south-shore-buyers-gone-Part-ii   In a recent conversation with a senior acquaintance, I was describing the difficulties of our local real estate market. Her two-word response of...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Where Have South Shore Buyers Gone?  Part II   Where have South Shore Buyers gone? Long time passing Where have South Shore Buyers gone? Long time ago Where have South Shore Buyers gone? They've overlooked us, every one! When will they all return? With knowledge they'll discern.   (R.I.P....
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Is Saintly Intervention Necessary to Sell Your House? Recently, a friend, from my neck of the woods, asked me if people were starting to forget. He was referring, of course, to homeowners, situated south of Montauk, who were badly hurt during recent storms. Amid widespread uncertainly regarding f...
By Jill Sackler, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!")
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Flood Insurance 101 - What You Need to Know   If you live or work in a coastal community, then, no doubt, you've been personally affected by the widespread uncertainty surrounding increases in flood insurance premiums.     President Obama Signs Flood Bill Into Law   On March 21, 2014, Preside...

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