In the past year, there has been a surge of Staten Island new construction homes. If you are deciding to join the trend - know that the decision to build a home might be one of the biggest you make in your life. You’ve found the perfect plot of land and have a vision of your dream home, but you need someone to make it a reality. It’s time to interview architects.

You’ll want to ensure you choose a professional that understands your design aesthetic, communicates well, can design on budget and has an upstanding reputation. Below are a few key questions to ask when deciding whom to hire.

Do You Have A Specific Design Style?

When interviewing architects, be sure to ask each one if they have a specific aesthetic and if you can see a portfolio…

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Getting ready for Spring and want to add some color to your house? Keep in mind there is a fine line between adding color to your home décor and using too much. A little bit of color will add a lot of fun and interest to your Staten Island home design, but too much color can be overwhelming. How can you achieve that perfect balance?

Use Color Schemes

Before choosing the colors for your décor, do a little bit of research into color schemes and how they work, so you know how to combine colors harmoniously.

For example, you can choose a complementary color scheme with shades that are across each other on the color wheel – such as blue and orange or purple and yellow. On the other hand, you could try an analogous color scheme, which is a scheme where…

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177 Chesterton Avenue is a beautiful split level home in Oakwood. This home features five bedrooms and two full baths. Located near buses, trains and shopping. Newly renovated with gorgeous hardwood floors and attached garage. Includes a large family room with sliders to patio and bedroom, eat in kitchen with cathedral ceilings and skylights in both living room and dining room! This gorgeous home is a must see!

Call listing agent Rosanne Fischer at 718-619-7613 or the Office at 718-370- 3200

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2016 SIBOR Top Producer Breakfast

(l. to r.) Sallyanne Malfi (BRONZE TEAM), Dale Taranto (SILVER), Suzanne & Tom Crimmins

With much pride and gratitude, Suzanne and I would like to sincerely thank the following Top Producer:

Kawing Chiu (GOLD)

Dale Taranto & Mahabubul (Rashid) Bhuiyan (SILVER)

Tony Vega, Rosanne Fischer & Renee Bocignone (BRONZE)

Tom Delese and Sallyanne Malfi (BRONZE TEAM)

Along with these Top Producers we would also like to thank all our hardworking professional agents for their loyalty and success. The team effort is noticed and appreciated!

Check out more pictures from a great morning at the SIBOR Top Producers Breakfast gallery.

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220 Prospect Avenue is a gorgeous five bedroom home located in the heart of Snug Harbor. This beautiful large colonial has a eat in kitchen, formal dining room, formal living room with a wood burning fireplace, along with a sun room and office. This home has so much to offer and is just a few minutes to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and the Staten Island Ferry!

Contact listing agent, Steve Licursi at 917-572-3357 or call the office at 718-370-3200

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1633 Victory Blvd is a magnificent brick colonial single family home located in Castleton Corners, Staten Island. This single family home can also be used as professional space and a three bedroom apartment. It has gorgeous hardwood floors throughout and a two car detached garage with a second level with plenty of storage. Also, conveniently located to schools, highways, transportation and shopping!

Contact listing agent, Gloria Craven at 646-265-2727 or call the office at 718-370-3200

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307 Sharon Avenue, Silver Lakes, Staten Island307 Sharon Avenue is a one family 3 stories Colonial home is located in Silver Lakes, Staten Island - conveniently off of Forest Avenue. A quaint 3 bedroom home on a beautiful tree - lined street. Lots of kitchen cabinets, newer windows and roof. Access to large manicured yard from dining room. Plenty of storage in detached shed. Short distance to schools, transportation, close to Staten Island Zoo and Silver Lakes Park.

Contact listing agent, Abe Aruch, for more information or call the office at (718) 370-3200.

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Victoria Droumbakis is gala Chairperson for the Staten Island Mental Health Society (SIMHS). This Friday, March 18th, the Mental Health Society held a gala at Above to honor Melissa Rabinovich and Fern Aaron Zagor.


By: Carol Ann Benanti | 

The Staten Island Mental Health Society's 2016 Gala attracted an enthusiastic crowd Friday in the Above Ballroom at the Hilton Garden Inn, which abounded with elaborate raffle prizes and dancing galore.

Entertainment at the Bloomfield venue was provided by members of the SIMHS Children's Theatre Association Performing Arts Company, led by award-winning artistic director Rosemarie Callahan, with DJ entertainment by Sound Explosion.

Honored during the evening were NY1 News…

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Event Leaders

Finish the Fight Against Cancer Coordinators (l. to r.), Francine Gilberto, Suzanne Crimmins, Bonnie Licursi, Sallyanne Malfi.

Our American Cancer Fundraiser at The Stone House Restaurant on Friday, March 18th, was a huge success. The room was filled with over 150 great caring people and we raised over $13,000 for a great cause!

My wife, Suzanne, and Fran Gilberto did an amazing job chairing the event. I would also like to thank Marion Alameda, Sallyanne Malfi, Bonnie Licursi, my daughter Alexandra, my sons Billy & Ryan, Samantha Wong and Louis Giacalone for all their help especially with the raffles. Peter Botros once again outdid himself. The food and service was phenomenal. I would also like to thank the following sponsors for their…

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Staten Island real estate market is still going strong in the seller's market. Here are the statistics for February 2016 & 2015:

February 2016 Monthly Sale Sides

In 2015, 227 properties were sold in the month of February. This February, 313 homes were sold. The 86 sale side difference proves that although there has been more inventory, competition is still among buyers.


This chart shows that the average sale price of a house in Staten Island also had a healthy increase: from $442,895 in February of 2015 to $499,480 in February of 2016. There was also less days on the market for those sellers and buyers who are looking for a quick closing.

  Month     Year     Monthly Sales     Monthly Volume     Avg Sale     Median Sold     Avg DOM  
February 2015

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