Posts Tagged ‘Energized Realty Group’

Thank You Minute Man Press – Auburndale, NY 11358

Thank you Julianne from Minute Man Press.  We are very pleased with your printing productions.
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Home prices up for fifth straight month – NBC News Economy Watch

 

Home prices up for fifth straight month.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

A “for sale” sign is seen outside a home in New York in this June 19, 2012 file photo. U.S. home prices have risen for the fifth straight month, according to a new survey.

By Reuters

Home prices rose more than expected in June, the fifth month in a row of gains in a fresh sign of improvement in the housing market, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday.

The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas gained 0.9 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, topping economists’ forecasts for 0.5 percent, according to a Reuters poll.

On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, prices were even stronger, up 2.3 percent.

“We seem to be witnessing exactly what we needed for a sustained recovery; monthly increases coupled with improving annual rates of change,” David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at Standard & Poor’s, said in a statement.

“The market may have finally turned around.”

Prices in the 20 cities rose 0.5 percent compared to the year before. Atlanta fared the worst, tumbling 12.1 percent from a year ago. Phoenix continued to bounce back from poor conditions and was up nearly 14 percent.

Although prices in June likely got a boost from the traditionally strong summer buying season, the gains on both a monthly and yearly basis boded well for the housing market, said Blitzer.

The report affirmed “that the overall market is healing, albeit at a frustratingly slow pace,” said Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow.

Humphries said he expects to see prices weaken in the latter half of the year, though the period of sustained declines are likely in the past.

For the second quarter, seasonally adjusted national prices jumped 2.2 percent compared to the 1.4 percent gain that was seen in the first quarter.

Financial markets saw little reaction to the data as investors had their attention turned to a highly anticipated speech from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke at the end of the week.

Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

A “for sale” sign is seen outside a home in New York in this June 19, 2012 file photo. U.S. home prices have risen for the fifth straight month, according to a new survey.

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A Fine Dining Experience in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center

Whenever a new business opens in our area, I want to be there to check it out.

So two days ago I visited the new deli at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center, Kuzina Kabaret.  I was unsure at first because with my Weight Watchers diet limiting the quantity of my intake, the quality has got to be the best.  And I, in the mood for an amazing salad made just the way I want it.

Jimmy, one of the owners of this new establishment who h just opened last Tuesday, did not disappoint me: he had me pick my favorite variety of fresh greens and then offered me my choice of up to 5 add ons from a huge selection. Then he chopped those delicious fresh ingredients up to perfection and added just enough dressing to satisfy my appetite and still stay within my points for all you Weight Watchers.

I recommend this place very highly. The place I amazingly clean, sparkling even, and the meats and prepared salads looked as good as everything else. Let me know what you think. As for me, this place gets 4 full charges!!

Saint Luke’s Carnival – June 6th – June 10th

The Energized Realty Group works hard, therefore, we need to play hard too.  We are always looking for fun things to do in the neighborhood.

Check out St. Luke’s Carnival, 16-34 Clintonville Street, Whitestone, NY 11357  from June 6th – June 10th.  The weather calls for lots of sun and warm temperatures, so get out there and enjoy a little fun with the entire family!

The Results are In… Tim Ho is a 30 Under 30 Honoree

The results are in… 

Tim Ho is one of the 30 Under 30 honorees for 2012.  
Congratulations Tim!
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Bringing in the Buyers

You may recognize Timothy Ho, SRES, as the “30 Under 30” Readers’ Choice winner who brought in an astounding 250,000 online votes. In addition to having his own brisk sales business, Ho, 26, had a hand in almost every one of the Energized Realty Group’s 170 sales transactions in 2011. As a four-year veteran of the business and manager of the team’s buyer specialists, Ho coaches team members in time management, strategic thinking, and productivity. “I have the ability to step out of the transaction and look at it from a different perspective,” says Ho, a former accountant with Deloitte Touche in New York. To accommodate the team’s varying levels of comfort with technology, Ho devised a prospecting database system that’s both simple to use and sophisticated enough to handle the 200 to 300 calls his office receives each month.

Tip: “Be honest, work hard, keep learning and success will follow.”

Salesperson | Energized Realty Group | Whitestone, NY | www.energizedrealtygroup.com

Age: 26 | 2011 Individual Sales Volume: $10.5 million | 2011 Individual Sides: 20

Make the Move from Walking to Running – Couch to 5K Program App

Spring is here!  If you’re ready to make the move from walking to running why not take advantage by going to the best parks in Queens, NY.  Still not motivated?  Why not download the app called Couch to 5K.  This app is your own little personal trainer, you can take a stroll around Bowne, Crocheron, Fort Totten, or Kissena Park, listen to your music, and the app will interrupt and remind you to move faster, and keep you moving throughout the workout.

  • Couch to 5K program allows anyone to get started as a runner
  • App is simple to navigate, set up, and use
  • Customizable settings (e.g., turn audio alerts on or off)
  • Allows users to play their own music (up to 100 songs)
  • Record and share workouts if desired; compatible with Nike+

This 9-week program helps running beginners.  Each workout is 30 to 40 minutes long (which includes a warm up and cool down).  It tracks your workout history, and you can listen to your music while you run.  You’ll be running a 5K in little as 9 weeks.  And when you do, please run past our office (27-04 Francis Lewis Blvd.) and let us know you did it!

The Psychology of Selling Your House Successfully

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.