January 2015

Found 11 blog entries for January 2015.

If you haven't heard already, Tom Crimmins Realty now has a commercial spot on cable! Some channels that you'll be able to see us include TLC, ESPN, Bravo, E! Network, HGTV and so many more. 

The filming and editing process was exciting and we could not be more happier with the results. We have received so many texts and calls from those who have seen it and have heard only great things. 

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Tom DeleseAt Tom Crimmins Realty, we pride ourselves in being tight-knit and extremely family oriented. When it becomes news that one of our agents is being honored, or even featured in independant articles - we like to celebrate. 

Tonight, January 22nd, Tom Delese will be installed into the MLS Board of Directors. He has been in the real estate industry for 3 years making a name for himself and continues to move to the top.

Tom Delese started to work at Tom Crimmins Realty in December 2011 after 34 years at working for the Staten Island Advance as a retail advertising account executive. It may seem the shift from Delese's previous title to real estate are two opposite ends of each other, Delese's experience at the Advance had helped him in his career as a

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Handing over keysSelling a home is not an easy thing to do. Many steps have to be taken to assure your home sells quickly and for a seller friendly price. Preparation of the home's condition and marketing the home are two very key early steps in the process.  

Some people feel they can sell their home on their own, they fail to realize a professional will advertise the home using the realtor's state of the art marketing, negotiate the best price, and make the process as stress free as possible for the seller.

Photos, Photos And More Photos!

Buyers want to see photos. They lure people and get their curiosity up. Consider hiring a professional photographer and include a virtual tour of your beautiful home! If you are selling your home in the winter, you should…
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Another year over and we have the numbers to prove that it's only been getting better!

2014 Real Estate Market Sale Sides

Year Sale Sides Annual Volume Avg Sale $ Median Sold $ Avg DOM
2014 3783 $1,501,243,653 $396,839 $380,000 130

Staten Island's 2014 real estate market ended with a phenominal 3,782 sale sides. As we've showed you before, there have been a few months where the market was slow, but compared to 2013 - the market has improved immensely with selling an additional 50+ homes.

2014 Real Estate Market Sales

Year Sale Sides  Annual Volume Avg Sale $ Median Sold $ Avg DOM
2013 3731 $1,465,065,671 $392,779 $380,000 158

We can not stress it any more than we already have BUT - we are still in a seller's market! This is

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Be Aware that You Can Save Money by Choosing Your Own Title Insurance Service 

What is Title Insurance?

Title insurance is usually required by the lender to protect against loss resulting from claims by others against your new home. In some states, attorneys offer title insurance as part of their services in examining title and providing a title opinion. In other states, a title insurance company or title agent directly provides the title insurance. 

To save money on title insurance, compare rates among various title insurance companies. Under RESPA, the seller may not require you, as a condition of the sale, to purchase title insurance from any particular title company. Generally, your lender will require title insurance from a company that is

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winter house tipsAfter all of the excitement of the holidays, the rest of winter can seem lackluster. It is time to take down the "exterior illuminations" that donned your house. (Bonus points to the person who comments where the phrase "exterior illumination" came from.) Don’t let your home add to the dreariness of the season. Spruce up your curb appeal with the tips below and inspire your neighbors to create well-groomed street!

Tend The Plants

If you’re experiencing a winter wonderland and have a green thumb - dig up all dead plants and replace them with winter friendly flowers, such as snowberry or lambs ear. In warmer climates, this is the time for any landscaping changes you’d like to make. It will give your plants a chance to flourish by spring and have solid

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House and keysThings are moving in the right direction, regarding real estate, because the economy has gotten much stronger! If you are already a homeowner and you are looking to make a sound investment don't look any further. Real estate investment property is your answer providing you have good credit and income as well as a substantial down payment.

Buying a two family or multi-family home is one of the best investments you can make. There is no better time because prices of homes are down and mortgage rates have bargain opportunities. With a minimual monetary investment you can own a home and your tenants can pay your mortgage, repairs and improvements in many cases.

Second homes that are tenant occupied are allowed to be depreciated or written off for a

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break insIt seems we are constantly reading about burglaries and break ins. Burglars don’t just steal your stuff; they steal your peace of mind. While this is the sort of thing you think will never happen to you, it’s worth the time and effort to make sure you’re not a target. Below are five strategies to help secure your home against a break-in.

1. Use Landscaping As A Barrier

Purposefully place plants in spots that create a natural barrier to your home. Plant thorny rose bushes in front of bedroom windows and remove overgrown shrubs that provide coverage for creepers. Also, trim back any tree branches that might make an open upstairs window accessible.

2. Put In A Security Alarm

While a loud alarm might not stop a burglar from quickly grabbing the

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HouseBuying a home can be long drawn out and stressful process. It is important to surround yourself with true professionals. Among these professionals are a real estate broker, an attorney, a home inspector and a mortgage broker.

Your first stop aside from maybe sitting with a real estate broker to make sure you feel comfortable and "hit it off" is to contact a mortgage broker to learn or verify your true buying power. Many naive buyers look at homes first and then worry about buying power. Wrong! Aside from not wasting your time, seller's time and real estate agents time - a buyer needs to pre qual from a reputable banking institution for various reasons:

  • You need to know true buying power
  • You need to know the monthly cost or expected budget
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It can be difficult finding the perfect gift to give someone no matter the occasion. You want to buy something original so they don't end up with the same ol' tool set.

the home owner's manual dan ramseyThe Home Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on System Maintenance by Dan Ramsey

The best piece of advice for buying a house warming gift - "think of a housewarming present as a lesser wedding present. You're giving something your friend will be using in their new home, but you shouldn't be shelling out the big bucks."

The Home Owner's Manual - The typical "how to own a home for dummies" manuscript. The Home Owner's Manual includes basic facts every home owning newbie should know, as well as tips to help with everyday repairs.

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