Marilyn Monroe hugged a tree here!

Marilyn Monroe Hugged a tree here


Location: Claverack, N.Y.
Price: $440,000
The Skinny: Built in 1848 as a wedding present, the Catherine Bushnell Mansion had become a prominent bed-and-breakfast by the mid-20th century. Guests at the inn, nicknamed a “Pension for the Elite,” included First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, actress Helen Hayes, and midcentury icon Marilyn Monroe. The latter was 
photographed embracing a tree on the property during her stay, clad in her famouswhite dress.

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More Parents Buying Apartments For Their Children

Buying a co-op for children seems to be one of the best way to help your kids get started.


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Pricing Your Home Right

Pricing your home correctly from the onset of the listing is extremely important, especially in today’s market.

Your goal is not to have your home be used to sell your competition. Homes in Nassau County are selling and even in this market buyers are actually bidding against each other when the value is perceived. The real estate agent you select will be key in your home sale success.

This video, although comical, is how some sellers view the way to price their home.

Unrealistic Seller video.

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Why Isn't My House Selling?

When a home sits on the market for weeks and months, many homeowners get frustrated and rightfully so and either say “it’s the market”, it’s the winter, it’s the agent, the lenders guidelines are too tough, it’s the lack of open houses, it’s the football games on the weekend, the buyers aren’t buying, etc. When in reality, the real reason homes don’t sell is for one reason and one reason only, it’s THE PRICE. The buyers are out there, interest rates are ridiculously low. Yes, the competition is great, and they have the pick of the litter. You need to become the shiney penny of the bunch.  Statistically, the average buyer views 12-16 homes before making a buying decision (although I find that number to be much higher-20-40)

When a home comes on the market, it’s showtime!  You are no longer selling your home, you are selling your house, a product. You need to be competitive. If your house doesn’t have a new kitchen or baths, that’s ok, but your price needs to reflect that.

If you are on a busy or main road, near commercial, backing a parking lot, etc,. that’s ok, but your price needs to reflect that.
Hiring a professional Stager may be a good idea to get your home in tip top shape. If you put your house on the market and do not have at least 10 shows and one offer in the first 30 days, guess what, you need to re-evaluate your position in the market (if you want to sell).

Many homewoners say “Buyers can make an offer”. Yes, they can, but probably won’t, they’ll just move on to the next home. Buyers are savvy and know the market better than you think. They study the internet, sometimes 3-6 months before actually beginning their search. They know when they walk through the door if your home is priced competitively.

By putting a unrealistic price on a home, you are helping to sell your competition and become the “pinball listing”.  Agents may show your house to prove the next home is worth the asking price.

There is no second chance to make a first impression and the first question a buyer asks is “How long is this house on the market”. You don’t want the agents to say 4, 5 or 6 months because the first thing a buyer thinks is “What’s wrong with the house?”

Your goal is to create a sense of urgency and demand from the onset of the listing in an effort to generate immediate traffic and multiple offers.


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Fun Things To Do With The Kids Presidents Week

If you are not going on vacation next week, there are plenty of things to do in Nassau County  to keep the kids entertained.

 Nassau County Museum of Art

Photo © The Nassau County Museum of ArtPhoto © The Nassau County Museum of Art

The Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY. 2/22/11 through 2/25/11. The winter school vacation week feature hands-on art making for children of all ages and their adult companions. Inspired by the shapes and colors to be seen in the museum’s current exhibition of works by painter Milton Avery, museum docents will be in the galleries to assist young visitors to develop their own creative responses to what they are seeing in the galleries.

Free with museum admission, no reservations are needed. This event is in the main building.

Afterwards,  stroll around the museum’s lovely sculpture garden if the weather (hopefully) gets warmer.

Fire Island Lighthouse

Photo © Linda TagliaferroPhoto © Linda Tagliaferro

 Reduced fees for tower tours for children under 12. Kids must be at least 42″ tall to climb the tower. There will be different activity statios and a scavenger hunt from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. for the kids.  For more details, visit Fire Island Lighthouse.


Long Island Children’s Museum

Long Island Children's Museum - Indoor slidesPhoto © Linda Tagliaferro

There’s always plenty of fun for kids at the Long Island Children’s Museum. Go to the LICM website to see the full calendar. The Long Island Children’s Museum is located at 11 Davis Avenue in Garden City. For more information, please go to Long Island Children’s Museum or call (516) 224-5800.

Watch a video about the Long Island Children’s Museum.


Atlantis Marine World

Photo © Christopher Paparo, Atlantis Marine World AquariumPhoto © Christopher Paparo, Atlantis Marine World Aquarium

There’s always lots of fishy fun at Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, including areas where they can pet an actual sting ray, see a living coral reef, watch sharks circle and much more.

Atlantis Marine World is located at 431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY. For more information, please go to their website at Atlantis Marine World or phone (631) 208-9200.

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Photo © Linda TagliaferroPhoto © Linda Tagliaferro

The Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., East Garden City, celebrates Green Energy Week. Wind Workshop – February 21-25, 12-4 p.m. These half-hour family workshops explore different sized propeller blades to see how they effect wind power. Then kids go on scavenger hunts. Workshops every 30 minutes. Free with museum admission. Sign up when you enter.

February 21-25, 12 – 4 p.m. Explore the “Climate Change and You” exhibit & Renewable Energy, an educator-led station with hands-on activities & demos.

Family Craft Activity – Sat, 1/19 through Sun, 2/27, 112-4 p.m. Make Koi Fish Windsocks, Catch the Breeze Spinners and Working Windmills

More details at The Cradle of Aviation Museum or (516)572-4066.

WMHO Educational & Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization Education &Y Cultural Center, Stony Brook Village Center, Main Street on the Harbor, Stony Brook, offers a Children’s Series through March 10,2011, each Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for ages 3 ro 5. A children’s author will read from their book and hot cocoa and marshmallows will follow. $3 pp.

More info: please call (631) 689-5988.

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Merrick Open House • Sunday Feb 12th • 12-1:30


Move-in condtion 4 Bdrm 2 Bth Hi-Ranch On A Quiet Dead End Street  in Merrick, NY, Nassau County! Updates Include: Siding, Roof, Windows, Cac, 2 Zone  Heat, Igs. Possible Mother/Daughter With Proper Permit. Open House  Sunday, February 12th 12-1:30
Don’t Miss!

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