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

Staycation Ideas for Embracing the Comforts of your Home

Posted by Collin McGorty on Sep 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Destination vacations are overrated. Planning a trip away from home can be expensive, time-consuming, and stressful. Instead, why not turn your next vacation into a staycation by transforming your home into a relaxing paradise. All you need are a few DIY touch-ups, some creativity and a renewed outlook. Use some of these staycation ideas and your home will be vacation-ready in no time.

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Topics: Tips, residential real estate, design, Summer

The Hottest Places to Buy a Vacation Home on Long Island

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jul 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If you’re in the market to buy a vacation home, it’s important to fully weigh your options; a great place isn’t always easy to come by. Think about which locations best fits your needs. During the summer, you may want to be somewhere under the sun, perhaps poolside, ideally close to the beach, relaxing and enjoying the perfect weather. Here on Long Island, you’ll find all of that and more. It’s the ultimate summer getaway. There’s the beach, the city, and a ton of amazing neighborhoods, what more can you ask for? Here are a few spots on Long Island that would be perfect for your vacation home.

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Topics: Buying, Summer, Renting, Real Estate LI, residential real estate, investment property

Easy Ways to Cut Expenses when Owning Rental Property

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jul 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Owning rental property is usually a sound financial investment. Besides all the money you’ll save by becoming your own landlord, there are still costs and expenses that people never even think of when they take on this responsibility. But if you have the right knowledge to make informed financial decisions, it won’t be difficult to yield a lucrative return on interest. When it comes to owning rental property, just follow these tips and you’ll be saving money in no time.

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Topics: Finance, Renting, Mortgage, investment property, rental property, Summer

Simple Summer Landscaping Tips for Your Home

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jul 6, 2016 9:30:00 AM

In the dead heat of summer, it might be tempting to just board up the house, fire up the air conditioner, set the sprinklers on a timer, and only mow your lawn when it’s absolutely necessary. What many people don’t realize is that their lawns and all their plants are affected by the seasonal warmth, too. If you want your lawn and garden to be the best on the block, there’s so much more summer landscaping that needs to be done. Just follow these tips. You’ll be able to pass them on to all your neighbors when they inevitably ask how you got your lawn to look so good.  

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Topics: residential real estate, Tips, Summer, landscaping

A Summer Home Maintenance Checklist for Property Owners

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jun 29, 2016 9:30:00 AM

With the season changing from spring to summer, a whole new set of chores and tasks for your home presents itself. For those who rent out their house during the summer months, these touch-ups are even more essential, as you want to make sure your guest has the best possible experience. If your home is properly equipped to sustain this seasonal weather, your guests are more likely to give you favorable reviews and, in turn, you will gain more income. In order to make sure your vacation home is summer-ready, check out our complete home maintenance checklist.

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Topics: Long Island Real Estate, Tips, Renting, Summer, home maintenance

How to Optimize your Vacation Rental Property Listing

Posted by Collin McGorty on Jun 15, 2016 10:50:54 AM

The vacation rental property market has transformed. You can no longer throw up any old listing and still get swamped with responses. Due to increased popularity in vacation rentals and subsequent industry growth, the number of competitors has also risen sharply. With so many new options and a wider pool of prospects, it is imperative that your listing stands out in a crowd where there are so many similar alternatives. Follow these few tips and you’ll be reeling in offers in no time!

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Topics: Renting, vacation rental property, vacation rentals, Summer

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