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Being a real life real estate agent is nothing like what you see on HGTV or NBC Open House NY. In real life these are the shoes we wear to show our listings. 

I took a walk at lunch to enjoy the bay and last of the snow for now before it thaws out later today and tomorrow!  Of course my girl was with me!

Houses are selling even in this icy weather. If you are thinking of making a move call me and don’t wait for the spring market. Sellers are getting top dollar. 

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This is rapidly becoming a sellers market.  If you are a first time home buyer you need to educate yourself in order to be competitive with your peers in seeking your first home.  This article in which I am quoted gives you some helpful tips.  Better yet, hire “Buyers Agent” to help you navigate these unchartered waters.

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View from Amityville - Great South Bay, October 29, 2014 Photo Courtesy of Loretta Del Vecchio WeberPhoto courtesy of Loretta Del Vecchio Weber, 10/29/2014

As a realtor in an area devastated by Superstorm Sandy everyone asks the same questions, “So how’s the market? Are houses selling?” and the truth is that it is a tricky and ever changing market to be involved in. Emotions are raw and for every one household that is home and put back together we hear 10 other horror stories of people unable to get the funds to fix their homes. The media coverage is showing empathy for the Sandy Survivors but little is actually being done to speed up the process of the rebuilding of the South Shore.

Home values here in the 100 year flood plain remain depressed. Statistics from the National Association of Realtors show slight increases in sale prices but this really is not so for our local real estate. Zillow “Zestimates” are so far off for our area, the system simply averages sale prices of homes that have sold over a period of time while not taking into account the homes that have sold “as is” meaning storm damaged.

Many people filed a form with their towns stating that they were 50% damaged. The form was filed with the intent to get some tax relief for the time a home spent vacant and inhabitable or to secure a $30,000 ICC grant to get additional money to lift a house for the short period of time it was offered. Unfortunately, if people have filed this piece of paper they are now red flagged and must bring their home to current codes in order to get a Certificate of Occupancy. This means they must lift or demolish and/or build new. There is such a lack of continuity in the NY Rising Program and the SBA program. Homeowners are buried under paperwork and are signing papers that may have serious repercussions later in time, everyone should read what is written in the small print.

Facebook groups have formed to support people that just can’t get answers and are still struggling. Without these groups a majority of the information would still remain unclear. Sandy Support,Massapequa Style and Adopt A House have had and continue to have a tremendous impact on sharing and getting the correct information out to the public. Beth Ann Huff Henry and Michelle Insignia volunteer to moderate and help so many people.  Without their services, and those that support their sites along with their own support staff, many people would have questions still unanswered.

So, to answer the question of how today’s market is doing two years after Sandy I give you the following example.   I took a listing 2 weeks ago. The home is located in Copiague Harbor. The home is “as is”. The funds offered for repair of the home are not enough to repair it. The family, a mom, dad and a young girl and their dog have been living in a one bedroom apartment for over two years while they fought to get the money to return home. 2 weeks ago the decision was made to move on and give up the fight. The home is now listed “as is” and will be a short sale as well.  Let’s turn to the opposite end, to people that have knocked down and built new.  Many quite possibly were at the top end of their budget when purchasing the home that was previously destroyed.  Now, forced with being homeless or securing any funding possibly they have managed to rebuild their homes.  We will now have higher accessed taxes on these homes.  Will the family now be able to financially support the old mortgage, new loans, and higher taxes?  Will these homes eventually have to be sold or be lost to foreclosure because people made emotional financial decisions under duress? There is no simple, accurate answer.  Each case is individual but the after effects of Sandy and what it is doing to our real estate market will be consistently changing.

Realtors are struggling to pay bills as homes are not moving quickly. The extended education and increased knowledge of flood plain levels, flood premiums, and the increased complexity of obtaining CO’s have made an already tuff market even more difficult to work in. The storm was two years ago and the after effects are sure to go on for quite some time. As I walk my boys to their bus stop in the morning I see tyvek wrap flapping in the breeze and houses that are vacant and dilapidated in my 2 block trek. There is an awesome video done by a young girl that shows her journey and is representative of what is going on now, 2 years later. Her name is Caity Donnely and this is her video  Be careful, tissues will be required!

If you are thinking about moving or buying or just have general questions please make sure you speak with a Realtor that knows about what is going on. All of the rules stay with the house and a new homeowner may be required to bring the house into compliance even if you did not own it at the time of the storm! My advice is to be knowledgable in what and where you plan to purchase or sell.  My advice for those that were not affected by the storm, please be compassionate. It is not over for so many.

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Resort Style Living in Amityville

There are very few homes that boast this amount of custom beautiful woodwork!  Call me today to schedule an appointment to see this unique and stunning home!

MLS #  2684687

Click Here for the MLS Listing

http://www.mlsli.com/homes-for-sale/NY/Amityville/11701/82-Bayside-Pl-125160362

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http://www.realestateshows.com/735380

160 feet of top notch composite bulk heading  and one of a kind cedar boat house!

160 feet of top notch composite bulk heading and one of a kind cedar boat house!

Custom molding through out this stunning home!

Custom molding through out this stunning home!

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This is a constantly changing market.  If you live anywhere near the water or are thinking about purchasing or selling and live near the water then you need to be aware of the current requirements put in place by FEMA.  Many homes will be required to have elevation certificates before an insurance quote can be given to place the flood insurance premium cost.

This video explains who, what, when and why in a simple and easy to understand manner.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/rct6xganj44qgfq/Allstate%20Video%20File%20%28YouTube%29%20%281%29.mp4

If you have any further questions or need some additional information on your own property or one you are thinking of purchasing please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help you further as well as provide some references for obtaining an elevation certificate.

As always thanks for reading!

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Jenn

http://www.TodayByTheBay.com

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I am a firm believer in practicing what I preach!  On that note, I thought I would share with you what we accomplished yesterday, on Mothers Day!  I know, most women spend time being pampered.  Time is limited for us these days so I chose to spend my day working hard with my family.  We ripped down the wooden fence that was damaged during Superstorm Sandy and we also removed the kids huge wooden swing set that had also seen better days since Sandy.  We still have a ton left to do, power washing, deck finishing, landscaping, grass seed as well as some remaining construction but we are well on our way.  It is a work in progress for us, it always has been, but at least we are progressing forward these days and not regressing!

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Power Washed DeckIt is amazing what the simple act of cleaning up outdoors can add to your selling value.  Buyers make snap judgements all the time.  They  look at how a home is maintained inside as well as outside.  Keep your outside well maintained this Spring to make sure all the potential buyers that do a “drive by” first see your home at it’s best.  Keep in mind that a drive by in our neck of the woods may also be by boat, not just by car in the front of your house…make sure your decks are well maintained.  There are fantastic stains available at your local hardware stores.  Keep it simple and neutral when picking your color choice.  Grab a power washer and clean off the walkways, your siding, and anything else that has the grime from the past seasons laying on it!  After it is cleaned up, treat your wooden decks with a one coat sealant available in so many different options.  Buyers will believe that your home is just as immaculately maintained inside as well as outside and we can’t sell your house unless we get the potential buyer to step inside….

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