Merrick, NY Real Estate News

By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
  INSIDE MERRICK, JUNE 2013 ISSUE, MULTI-GENERATIONAL LIVING'S COMEBACK Inside Merrick is a community magazine that welcomes contributions from local residents. It's terrific hometown exposure, with a circulation of 5000, distributed the old-fashioned way - by U.S. Postal Service!     Look for me in Inside Merrick. I'll be sharing information on what I'm most passionate and knowledgeable about - the trials and tribulations of moving!
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
INSIDE MERRICK, MAY 2013 ISSUE,  REAL ESTATE ADVICE - WALKABILITY   Inside Merrick is a community magazine that welcomes contributions from local residents. It's terrific hometown exposure distributed the old-fashioned way - by U.S. Postal Service!          Look for me in Inside Merrick. I'll be sharing information on what I'm most passionate and knowledgeable about - the trials and tribulations of moving!
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
MARKET REPORT MERRICK, NY 11566 APRIL, 2013 RESIDENTIAL/CO-OP   HOW'S MERRICK DOING? Check out the # of sales and median price in APRIL, 2013.    This chart depicts residential and condo/co-op sales for the month of April in years 2011, 2012 and 2013. Year over year, there were more homes sold in April, 2013 with 23 home sales. There was 1 co-op sold in April, 2013. Available inventory is still low at 163, and the current median list price is around $549,990. We'll revisit each month to see how Merrick is faring.    
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
WHEN TO REGISTER A TRADEMARK FOR YOUR BUSINESS So you've decided on a business name. Maybe, you've even been using it for a couple of years and you intend to be around for at least a decade. Should you trademark the name and what are the advantages of doing so?  Many people are convinced that there is only one perfect name for their business, but that is rarely the case. If you truly want to make it yours, however, you may want to do so legally with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. To begin with, you should know that even a do-it-yourself type of Internet application, with built-in legal fees, will run you around $500.00 (including government fees) and it takes a year or so to complete a search for potential conflicts in the database. Until such time, you may not use the r...
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
  WHAT I KNOW NOW ABOUT REAL ESTATE THAT I DIDN'T KNOW THEN   As a little girl, I never dreamed of big, beautiful houses. I never appreciated architecture nor interior design. I never accompanied anyone to an Open House out of sheer curiosity or even boredom. Until just a few years ago, I couldn't tell you the difference between a Hi-Ranch and a Split. I never thought, "When I grow up, I want to be a Real Estate Agent."   Funny, how the paths we're meant to take in life find us, even when we're oblivious. I was searching for employment. I looked high and low but I wasn't finding anything. It was a bad time. Unemployment numbers were high and women d'un certain age were not in great demand. Completely out of character, I answered a somewhat cryptic ad in the local paper. It turned out to...
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
TENANT ISSUES - Like Rolling the Dice? Mona Gersky wrote an empathetic but straight-forward post the other day entitled:  Please Don't Sell My House! Bad Karma Has No Place in Real Estate. "We get the message loud and clear when we find out how difficult it is to schedule the appointment for the renter's convenience," she lamented.   As real estate agents, it's not uncommon for us to see remarks in the appropriate section to the effect of - house can only be viewed from outside, tenants are not to be bothered, property is available to be seen 1 hour a week, etc. It's not meant to be convenient and, believe me, it isn't. Not long ago, I had a good laugh when some enterprising young associate posted a sign to the front of his listed property - "try your luck, knock the door." I couldn't h...
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
INSIDE MERRICK - APRIL 2013 ISSUE   REAL ESTATE ADVICE - SELLER'S DILEMMA: SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO?    Merrick has a brand new magazine that's put out by Yellow Pages. Hyper local content is contributed by neighborhood residents and the monthly issues are mailed to every home in the community. If you're looking for hometown exposure, this is a terrific way to get it.   April's issue is the beginning of my Silver Lining Chronicles column. The editing department is two months ahead so my May and June submissions are already in. July's will be done by the end of the week.   I've written for online newspapers before, but I especially love that this is hard copy sent the old-fashioned way to local recipients. Some may find it hard to believe, but a portion of the population still prefer...
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
Commercial Office Space For Rent in Merrick, NY 11566     I have 2 suites available for rent in a 2-story commercial building in Merrick.   Features:      Next to Long Island Railroad  Adjacent to shopping area Ample off-street parking  Large storage space for each tenant 3-5 minutes to parkways Elevator building Conference room available for use   Flexible lease terms.   Suite 1 - 316 sq. ft. - small spaces like this are hard to find and are great for solo practitioners. Suite 2 - 735 sq. ft.    
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
MARKET REPORT MERRICK, NY 11566 MARCH, 2013 RESIDENTIAL/CO-OP   HOW'S MERRICK DOING? Check out the # of sales and median price in March, 2013.    This chart depicts residential and condo/co-op sales for the month of March in years 2011, 2012 and 2013. Year over year, there were more homes sold in March, 2013 with 20 home sales. There was 1 co-op sold in March, 2013. Available inventory is very low at 159, and the current median list price is around $539,000. We'll revisit each month to see how Merrick is faring.    
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
Why Visual Direction is Important in Your Web Design    Whether your website has a static landing page or an ever-changing blog post, you may still want to consider Visual Direction in Web Design a key component of its success. Once consumers stumble upon your site, it's important they find it sufficiently easy to read, understand and navigate to spend at least a little time discovering what you're all about and what service you offering.  Apparently, not paying attention to visual direction is a mistake that many people make. It was never even on my radar until I read the above article which states that "by arranging the composition elements in a certain way, a designer can control and force the movement of the viewer’s eyes in and around the layout of the design." Ideally, you'd like ...
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
IN NEED OF AN HONEST AND RELIABLE PLUMBER ON LONG ISLAND, NY?   We all know how hard it can be to find an honest and reliable tradesman. They never seem to be around when you need them. Here's my recommendation:  John Dwyer @516.448.0559  He handles all types of plumbing and heating. Free estimates.   I met him when he was called in to do work for a house I'm selling and I was sufficiently impressed to ask him to do work on my own house. A little job turned into a bigger job, but he got it done in a timely fashion with a minimal amount of inconvenience.                
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
Do You Want An Open Kitchen Floor Plan?   In theory, I love an open floor plan. It's so light, spacious, connected - oh, just so modern! But in practice, I don't think I'd like it very much at all and here's why. Here and there, I like to entertain. It's not unusual for me to invite 25 guests to dinner. That's quite a few more people than would normally fit around my dining room table and I have to resort to hauling in the folding table and chairs. Nobody really minds. It's always a good time - good food, great company and a wonderful ambiance overall.                              I love an open kitchen floor plan. I fantasize about knocking down walls and reconfiguring the first floor space in my 1950's split-level home. The only thing that stops me from doing this is the inherent loss...
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
MARKET REPORT MERRICK, NY 11566 FEBRUARY, 2013 RESIDENTIAL/CO-OP   HOW'S MERRICK DOING? Check out the # of sales and median price in February, 2013.    This chart depicts residential and condo/co-op sales for the month of February in years 2011, 2012 and 2013. Year over year, there were less homes sold in February, 2013 with only 14 home sales. There was 1 co-op sold in February, 2013. Available inventory is still low at 153, but the current median list price is up around $559,000. We'll revisit each month to see how Merrick is faring.    
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
The Second Annual "Be The Star Of Your Own Movie" Contest... With a Twist! ********************   Here's my entry. I took creative license and made it "Be the Star of My Own Sitcom" contest.   Huge fan of The Big Bang Theory from the very first episode!!  I never get tired of watching.   Their socially awkward interactions and dialogue make me laugh and laughter has healing powers.   In the Real Estate Theory, I sum up what I feel are the key components to a successful transaction: Motivation, Price, Condition, Location, and a great Marketing Plan.   They are all important. If anyone of them is missing, the sale will not take place.   Enjoy!       
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
MARKET REPORT MERRICK, NY 11566 JANUARY, 2013 RESIDENTIAL/CO-OP HOW'S MERRICK DOING? Check out the # of sales and median price in January, 2013.    This chart depicts residential and condo/co-op sales for the month of January in years 2011, 2012 and 2013. Year over year, there were more homes sold in January, 2013 with 22 home sales. There was 1 co-op sold in January, 2013. Available inventory is still low at 159 (slightly up from last month) but the current median list price has remained around $539,000. We'll revisit each month to see how Merrick is faring.    
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
LEGAL APARTMENT FOR RENT, 1 BEDROOM, SOUTH MERRICK 11566, AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY   Legal one bedroom apartment for rent in South Merrick, Main floor is light and airy, with exclusive use of beautiful backyard and patio.  $1,550.00 monthly includes air conditioning, washing machine and dryer, dishwasher and free utilities. No Pets/smoking.  Ample curb parking.     Reach me @ 516.395.8376                                       
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
BUYING TWITTER FOLLOWERS - GOOD IDEA OR BAD?   Although much appreciated by moi, in a world where significance is defined by your number of Twitter followers, I'm embarrassed to admit I have a paltry 50. And by 50, let it be understood that I'm rounding up - I actually have 49.   Now, I receive an email message saying that for $120.00, I can buy 60,000 followers. My first reaction was Seriously?? Is there anything that can't be bought in this world? But upon consideration, I realized that it's not really so different from buying a targeted direct marketing list.    So my question is this: Does anyone have any experience with buying Twitter followers and would you recommend doing so?   For sure, it's a more attractive idea to make progress in leaps and bounds, but it's conflicting a litt...
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
MARKET REPORT MERRICK, NY 11566 DECEMBER, 2012 RESIDENTIAL/CO-OP This chart depicts residential and condo/co-op sales for the month of December in years 2010, 2011 and 2012. Year over year, there were more homes sold in December, 2012 with 28 home sales. There were no co-ops sold in December, 2012. Available inventory was rather low at 146 (down seasonally) but the current median list price has remained the same at  $549,000. We'll revisit each month to see how Merrick is faring.  
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
Calhoun Choral Program Winter Concert 2012   Thursday, December 13, 2012: Calhoun Winter Concert; Auditorium, 7:00pm. (Note time change from past years.)    SANFORD H. CALHOUN HIGH SCHOOL MUSIC DEPARTMENT   Winter Concert  2012                       Calhoun H.S., one of Merrick's three, is famous for its award-winning music department. Several times a year, the students get to showcase their talent at various music festivals and other local neighborhood concerts.   This year's winter performance will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2012 and I am proud to attend to watch my daughter and her friends participate in this outstanding school event.   The show consists of numbers from Chorale, Concert and Symphonic Bands, Show Choir "Crescendo," Jazz Band, Concert Choir, and Wind Ensemble. T...
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By Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate
(Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500)
  We Care Blankets - non-profit organization based in Merrick, NY  11566   An evening of kindness and Chanukah fun! 12/13/12  7:30 p.m. Merrick Park and Golf Course We're planning a really enjoyable night out for you...complete with latkes, dreidels and Chanukah fun!  You will also get to hear from Tamara Baker, founder of 'We Care Blankets'. She will be showing us how to knit the blankets that the volunteers make for the pediatric cancer patients. A hand-made blanket is an appreciated pick-me-up for the little ones confined to a hospital over the holidays.   We Care Blankets - Non-Profit Organization Dedicated to Easing the Trauma of Pediatric Hospital Stays FOR WARMTH AND COMFORT, NOTHING BEATS A SNUGGLY On three occasions, I was given the rewarding opportunity to help out a very fine...
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