Monthly Archives: October 2013

    • Treat Yourself to Halloween Fun in the Port Jefferson Area

      It’s a boo-tiful time of the year to enjoy family fun around Port Jefferson! Here are a few hand-picked events for a safe and happy Halloween! 10/26/13 – Family Halloween Party, Mount Sinai. Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. Pot luck dinner, live music and dancing at the Mount Sinai Congregational Church, 233 North Country Road. Event open to the public; $5.00 donation requested. Costumes encouraged but not required. Please bring a dish to pass!
      Written by Amanda Eckart
    • 5 Steps Smart Sellers Take to Generate Multiple Offers

      Home sales (and values) have been on a strong uptick nationwide thanks to low interest rates, freer lending standards and a drop in the foreclosure rate. Sellers everywhere are breathing a giant, collective sigh of relief! But for all of the buyer activity, it seems like most houses sit on one end of two extremes: they either get snatched up the moment they hit the market (with multiple offers and an above-asking sale price) or seem to languish on the market without an offer in sight.
      Written by Amanda Eckart
    • 6 Signs A Home Might Be “The One”

      You might have heard that saying about the number of fish there are in the sea – the sea of prospective dates and mates. The same goes for homes on the market. Even when the market heats up as it’s doing now, it’s not uncommon for a buyer to visit 10, 20 or even more homes before finding the property they want to make their home.
      Written by Amanda Eckart
    • 5 Secret Sources of Down Payment Money

      Whether you are planning to put down a full 20 percent or pulling together the cash for a 3.5 percent down payment for an FHA loan, your down payment might be the biggest single cash expenditure you ever make. Some scrimp and save for years, while others can ready the cash with less difficulty, but no buyer in the history of home buying has ever said they have too much down payment money.
      Written by Amanda Eckart
    • The 5 Top Home Buyer Turn-Offs of 2013

      Selling a home in today’s market can be a bit frustrating. There’s all sorts of home staging and property preparation advice out there, and some of it seems daunting or impossible to follow unless you already live in a haute home or have a serious bankroll set aside to whip your place into shape.
      Written by Amanda Eckart