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How First Time Buyers can Start Saving for a Home

Posted by Collin McGorty on Oct 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Once renters decide to make the jump towards owning a home of their own, they must figure out if they could actually afford a down payment. There’s no point in even looking at homes until you know what you can afford! So, to help expedite owning your dream home someday, check out these tips that will assist you in saving for a home.

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, buying your first home, buying commercial real estate, buying a house

Is a Starter Home Worth it for First Time Buyers?

Posted by Collin McGorty on Sep 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

When young professionals are looking to transition from monthly rentals to owning a property of their own, they usually buy small-scale, affordable properties, rather than a “forever home.” However, a beginner home or condo isn’t exactly a minor expense by any stretch of the imagination. That’s why it’s extremely essential to sift through the facts and dispel every myth before deciding that a starter home is the best decision for you.

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, buying a house, starter home

What to Ask a Mortgage Broker before Buying a New Home

Posted by Collin McGorty on Aug 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Whether or not a buyer receives a mortgage is ultimately what can make or break the purchase of a new home. Without one, an individual may not be able to afford loan payments, taxes and insurance. To receive a loan in the first place, one must meet with a mortgage broker to find the right plan for them. There are also a few important questions to ask to help ensure the home buyer’s financial well-being.

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, Mortgage, mortgage points, interest rate

Extravagant Long Island Mansions that are Worth a Visit

Posted by Collin McGorty on Aug 9, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Since becoming a hub of American affluence in the 1920s, Long Island has attracted some of the richest, most successful individuals in the entire world. And really, with everything our area has to offer, who can blame them? The estates of these millionaires and billionaires have since become well-known Long Island mansions, each contributing to New York history in their own unique way.

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Topics: residential real estate, Long Island Real Estate, Long Island mansions, Mansions

What are Tiny Houses? Behind the Latest Real Estate Craze

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jul 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

As the years go by, we see so many different fads and trends in real estate. Some stick, others fall by the wayside. Some are huge, market-shifting breakthroughs; others are small-scale concepts. Perhaps none smaller than tiny houses, America’s most recent real estate fascination. If you aren’t familiar with how this viral sensation came to be, then perhaps you need to catch an episode of HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters” to see what it’s all about.

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, buying a house, tiny houses

Are Home Additions Really Worth the Time and Effort?

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jul 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Whether or not to build an addition to your home is one of the most important decisions that you’ll face as a home owner. If you have a growing family or an urgent need for more space, home additions could be exactly what you need. However, big money renovations have their obvious downsides. Here are a few ways to determine if this is the right option for you.

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Topics: residential real estate, Selling, investment property, home additions

Summer Savings Tips to Reduce Energy Consumption at Home

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jul 5, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Sometimes air conditioning can be an absolute necessity for combatting the sweltering summer heat. That’s why a home typically consumes a greater amount of energy between June and September than it does throughout the rest of the year. Electric bills rise to astronomical highs during these months as a result. To reduce energy consumption and preserve some funds in the process, check out these summer savings that should do the trick if executed correctly.

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Topics: residential real estate, Summer, home maintenance, home improvement

Where to Find the Best Long Island Vacation Homes

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jun 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Every year, when the summer rolls around, many people wonder whether or not they should look into possibly owning or leasing a vacation home. However, a large part of the process is determining the perfect location. In our area, there are so many interesting, scenic towns to choose from. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of neighborhoods where you’ll be sure to find the best Long Island vacation homes.

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Topics: residential real estate, long island, vacation rental property, vacation rentals, vacation homes

Is it a Buyer’s or Seller's Market? What Each Means for You

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jun 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, it is essential that you are aware of the latest trends in the real estate market. That means you should generally know whether or not it’s a buyer’s or seller's market. Check out these easy ways to tell which is which and discover what market we’re in right now.

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, Selling, seller's market

Rising Real Estate Values and other Housing Trends to Watch

Posted by Collin McGorty on May 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM

The real estate industry relies on many different factors to influence the latest developments in housing trends. The economy and any legislation that affects it is always going to be a significant reason that the housing market fluctuates or remains stable, especially on Long Island. Therefore, you always have to pay attention to rising real estate values and any other relevant trends that may affect you and your housing situation.  

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Topics: Buying, residential real estate, Selling, home value

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