Senior year is the time to relax and develop senioritis, right? Wrong. Not for me anyway. Every day when I leave the teenage world of socializing, calculus, and schoolwork, I enter the real world here at the Energized Realty Group.
When I first started working here, I wasn’t really sure what it was going to be like. There were no tests or homework; there wasn’t a next class. I didn’t know everything. I felt like school didn’t fully prepare me for what the real world was like or even for a real job for that matter. I was completely lost. Luckily for me, Judy and Jenna took me under their wings. They’ve taught me so much, both in the real estate world and the real world. In these last four months I’ve learned so much and I feel as if everyone here has made me part of the team.
When I went back to school in September for the beginning of my senior year, I had a busy schedule ahead of me. I was going to school in my work clothes, going to work after school, handling various different transactions at a time, working with co-workers, talking to clients, and then at the end of the day coming home to do my homework and doing it all over again the next day. I absolutely loved it. All my friends thought that I was so professional and so lucky to be working for such a well-known real estate company. My teachers see that I have become a mature young lady. Judy and Jenna have been very helpful to me when it came time to go back to school. If I ever have to come in late or miss a day of work due to a school related situation, they are more than happy to accommodate me. I feel like I am so fortunate that at even at the young age of 16, Judy hired me to work for the Energized Realty Group.
The Energized Realty Group feels like a part of me I never want to leave behind. This experience has been life changing. Although some days may be hectic for me, I am able to work through it all. Working at the Energized Realty Group has taught me how to manage stress, organize my life, feel more confident, and work in the real world as an adult. Hey, maybe even one day you’ll see my name on a business card; Sydney Marino Real Estate Agent with the Energized Realty Group.
Get into the Autumn spirit! We did the searching for you and found great innovative and easy ways to decorate you home for the fall. Enjoy!
Letter Perfect Leaves
Mark your front door with a leafy monogram. Paint a papier-mache letter and let dry. Hot-glue dried or silk leaves to the front. Shape a piece of wire into a hanging loop, and hot-glue it to the back of the letter.
Pumpkins & Candles
Transform miniature pumpkins into beautiful candle holders, perfect for the autumn season. Drill or cut out a hole in the top of the pumpkin the same size as a candle’s tapered base. Hot-glue miniature pinecones, berries, and dried moss around the hole. Insert a candle and light it to add a little glow to your harvest nights.
Lush potted mums add color to this front stoop, as do paper lanterns hung from the portico. White pumpkins add contrast and a harvest wreath defines the solid wood door.
Tie a grouping of Indian corn ears together and hang from a cabinet door. Display jars filled with dried corn and seeds behind glass-front cabinet doors.
When cold weather arrives, gourds, winter squash, Indian corn, and small pumpkins can fill the planters that once overflowed with flowering annuals; tuck some colorful leaves into any gaps. There’s no better way to capture the spirit of the fall harvest season.
Fall Foliage Wreath
Long after the last leaves on the lawn have been raked away, this autumnal wreath will hold on to its crispness and color.
Cut from kraft paper, the faux foliage is accented with additional leaves cut from shimmering metallic paper.
The decoration can be hung year after year. When the season changes, store the wreath in a covered cardboard box until next year.
Tools and Materials
Kraft paper, from hardware or art-supply stores
Similar shimmering metallic paper in Gold (P_L32222) and Antique Gold (P_L32227), $13.50 per 50 sheets, from Paper Presentation
Paper Wreath How-To
1. Cut several long, 1 1/2-inch-wide strips of kraft paper. Wrap around a wreath form (ours was 20 inches in diameter) to cover; staple.
2. Cut several 5-by-10-inch rectangles from kraft paper; fold accordion-style. Cut out multiple leaves.
3. Cut more 2 1/2-by-4 1/2-inch rectangles from metallic papers; fold on the diagonal, at a slight curve.
4. Cut out single leaves; gently pinch to create a curved shape. Staple all leaves to wreath form, overlapping. Embellish with a brown satin bow.
Pinecone Lamp Finial
Bring a bit of the forest indoors by decorating a lamp finial with a pinecone, plain or spray-painted silver. If your lamp doesn’t already have a basic finial — the small piece that screws onto the top of a lamp’s harp — you can buy one at the hardware store.
Lamp Finial How-To
1. Sand the bottom of the pinecone to create a smooth surface.2. Dab a bit of hot glue onto the flattened area, and press the pinecone onto the top of the finial.
On the last night of my dear brother’s stay here in the US, he craved great Italian food. So Gary and I took him to NEO Trattoria and Wine Bar. I had never been but Gary had dined there once. All I can say is that the food was the best I had eaten EVER in the Whitestone area. Service lovely. Inviting room which by the way, the owner, Antoinette, proudly exclaimed is kid-friendly, and the food…well the food was amazing!
I had something very unique and delicious; an artichoke and pistachio swarm sautéed over mâché which is a lovely light green salad with parmigiano reggiano cheese and a lemon wine sauce. I just loved it. It was like a delicious pasta without the carbs. Have it, period. My brother had a gorgeous rich but not heavy fettucine(homemade) bolognese. Gary loved his fettucine with a creamy prosciutto sauce.
If you like Italian cheesecake, order this for dessert. It was worth the calories! But if not, no prob, you will be served complimentary biscotti, just like you will be served a complimentary amuse bouch at the start of your meal.
I really felt like I had missed something by not going to NEO sooner. But now that I have, I probably will be there a lot, and at other Italian restaurants not do much.
Thank you to my adorable and gracious waiter, I don’t know your name, and to Antoinette who loves to serve and will give you and your date, or you and your family and guests a very warm welcome. Tell then Judy sent you. They may not remember me, but if they do, they will know that you expect the best, in any case, if you love great food, you will absolutely get it. It gets my energized X5 rating!!
It’s not everyday we see a spaceship fly by our North Queens area, however, on Friday, around 9:45AM, if you were looking up at the sky, it wasn’t a bird, or a plane, it was the Shuttle Enterprise on top of a jumbo jet flying into JFK airport. It will eventually be transported by barge to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, which is located at Pier 86 in Manhattan.
Originally published: March 14, 2012 4:22 PM
Updated: March 15, 2012 1:27 PM
By KRISTIN TAVEIRA Special to Newsday
Denial is like a shiny, seductive bubble — it offers psychological shelter from unpleasant realities until you’re ready to come to grips with them. But, if you are selling your home, it can be your worst enemy, and you could be in for a long stay on the market. But someone else’s wishful thinking can work to your advantage — if you can wake up and face the facts before your competition does, and do what it takes to sell your home in the real world.
“The delusion is that the market is getting better,” says Linda Bonarelli Lugo of Realty Executives North Shore in Huntington. That’s only partly true, she says. “We are having more sales, but the pricing has not increased.”
That is true in Nassau County, where in February the median home sales price of $380,000 represented a 3.8 percent decrease from the prior year. Suffolk County reported a slight increase for February — the median home sales price was $304,250 compared to $300,000 the prior year, representing a 1.4 percent uptick.
Sellers want to believe their homes will be the exception; experts say good luck with that. “There’s a certain kind of schizophrenia,” says Diane Saatchi, senior vice president with Saunders & Associates Real Estate. “Why is it the house you no longer want is worth more than market value, while the house you’re dying to have should be had at a discount? It’s not that I want to be rude, it’s just that it’s not going to happen.”
With the coming of the spring market, it’s time to burst your own bubble. Here are five things shrewd homeowners should do if they want to sell their homes this year:
1. BREAK UP WITH YOUR HOUSE
Delusion: Everyone will love my home as much as I do.
Reality: “The buyer sees all the other houses in the same neighborhood with the same amenity list — the seller only sees one,” says Saatchi. Tame your emotions and your ego. Feeling attached, ambivalent, proud or defensive about your home will cloud your judgment. “You want the buyer to be emotional, not you,” she says.
So before you list, break up — including the part where you take your stuff back.
Removing personal items will clear the way for buyers to picture themselves there, and it will also help you make the mental transition from owner to seller. The home should remain decorated enough to look inviting, but devoid of personal items such as family photos. That detachment is key — it will give you the distance and perspective to make good decisions. While other sellers are still struggling to accept the realities of the market — and making time-consuming mistakes — you’ll be able to make an accurate comparison and make yours the most attractive deal on the first try.
2. BE THE BOSS OF YOUR LISTING
Delusion: I can leave everything up to my broker.
Reality: It’s tempting to seek out a professional who will tell you what you want to hear — or one who promises to take over the process and wake you when it’s over. You’ll have to be more proactive than that if you want good results, says Saatchi. “You have to realize you’re making a business transaction,” says Saatchi. “You don’t want the broker who says your house is wonderful and gives you a high price. You want the one who has sold houses and can be businesslike.”
Listening to professional advice is key, but “the seller has to be participating in the discussion,” says Bonarelli Lugo. Speak up, do your homework and work with your agent to make informed decisions.
3. DITCH THE DEDUCTIONS
Delusion: I don’t have to do the work — buyers will see the potential.
Reality: House hunters will mentally chip away at your asking price for each flaw they spot — so declare war on the warts. Not everything has to be brand-new, but any big-ticket items that still have life left in them should be restored to their best possible condition so they don’t falsely announce themselves as needing immediate replacement or repair. Why let buyers argue that they’ll need a $3,000 discount to install new carpets if a professional cleaning could make yours look great for $300?
“Fix it if it’s fixable,” says Saatchi. But no faking it — if there’s a problem you won’t be repairing, disclose it, she says. Use attention and elbow grease to create an overall impression of cleanliness and care. But don’t go crazy; a major kitchen remodel isn’t necessarily worth it because you can’t predict buyers’ tastes, says Saatchi.
4. CASH IN ON OTHERS’ MISTAKES
Delusion: My home is worth my asking price, and my price is worth waiting for.
Reality: A house is worth what a buyer is willing to pay for it. Sellers are notorious for overestimating their homes’ values — then finding out the hard way that they’ve misjudged. Skip the long learning curve. Look at the prices of homes similar to yours that are languishing on the market and then at the prices of those that have sold. Ask yourself which group you want to be in — then price it that way.
“Sold properties in the area represent the reality of what’s going on,” says Don Scanlon, Long Island Board of Realtors president. “Not what people are asking, but sold properties. Those are the facts.”
There’s more at stake here than just taking a while to sell. While you’re waiting, a low sale or foreclosure in the neighborhood could strike a major blow to your home’s value.
5. MAKE THEM SWOON
Delusion: It will either feel like home to a buyer or it won’t, and it’s out of my hands.
Reality: Certain homes meet all the criteria but only make the “maybe” list. Others have that special something that give buyers the butterflies — that warm, fuzzy and slightly panicky sensation that walking out the door without making an offer could be the biggest mistake of their lives. It feels magical, but it’s not — it’s physical, and you can copy it.
The best way to understand the effect is to visit competing open houses, or pay attention during your own house hunt. When you find a home that makes your heart sing, dissect your feelings and impressions step by step — then try to identify the physical things that evoked them. “All our senses kick in,” says Bonarelli Lugo. “Buying a house is an emotional purchase, and you have to appeal to the purchasers’ emotions.”
The source of that “homey” feeling might be carefully constructed curb appeal that can be broken down into parts — a freshly painted front door, neatly trimmed shrubs, a clean-swept walk. The “cheery” kitchen may boil down to squeaky-clean windows that let the sun shine in and a bouquet of yellow flowers. If you can put your finger on the details that really pushed your buttons and try to replicate them, you just might be able to elicit the type of emotional response in a buyer that can translate into an offer.
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