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Home sales have substantially increased on Staten Island due to various factors. Buyer confidence is back, sellers are in acceptance for realistic asking prices, and historically low interest rates wrap up the formula of strengthened sales. 

"The key to real estate success in Staten Island, aside from having a seasonal professional staff," said Tom and Suzanne Crimmins, owners of Tom Crimmins Realty LTD.. "Is a well managed and maintained Internet website, aggressive Internet advertising, social media and good old school sale marketing."

Tom Crimmins Realty experienced a phenomenal year. Personal sales increased from 218 sale sides in 2012 to 386 in 2013. These numbers do not include their rentals or Brooklyn sales.

According to Tom Crimmins,

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When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal refers to the “first impression” that your house gives when a buyer approaches it from the driveway or the street. First impressions are important and even if the inside of the home is perfect, the outer appearance can really affect a buyer’s perception.

If you are trying to sell your property, look out for these common curb appeal mistakes:

Garden Decorations

You might think that your decorative lawn ornaments are cute, but your potential buyers don’t necessarily have the same taste. If you have a few gnomes living in your garden, you might want to hide them away for a while when your home goes on the market.

Dying Flowers

Adding flowers to your front yard can improve your curb appeal, until

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Veterans Park is the oldest park on Staten Island. First mapped in 1836; thirty years later, the town became known as Port Richmond. In 1898, this open area was named Port Richmond Park.

In the 1920s, a police booth was built in the park courtesy of the Police Department and Parks. In 1949, the park was renamed by local law as a tribute to American veterans. Once an iron fenced property, it is now open for the public.

A granite water fountain stands in the Park as a monument honoring Eugene G. Putnam in 1915. Putnam was the school principal of P.S. 20 for over 15 years. 

The Park has a second monument; a bolder with a plaque comemorating  John Sullivan is located on the Park Avenue side. In the summer of 1777, he was an American Revolutionary War

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Have you made it your New Year’s resolution to find that perfect home for you and your family? You might have thought that you needed to wait until spring to start house shopping, but the fact is that January is a great time to begin.

House hunting in January offers a number of advantages that will work in your favour. Here are some of the main reasons:

Desperate Seller

If the home is on the market at this time of year, there is a chance that the home sale is somewhat urgent. If they were not desperate, they might pull their home out of the market and wait until spring to try again. With a motivated seller you are more likely to get a better price.

A Dedicated Realtor

Your realtor will have more time on their hands at this time of the year,

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Our staff are experts in the real estate market; the seasoned staff are also leaders in sales and have an immense knowledge in the prestigious high end luxury market. 

High end homes are located all throughout Staten Island. There are many unique styles of homes at vast price ranges, which makes the high end luxury market on Staten Island is a must see! 

The market is looking up, so let us help you find the luxury home you have been dreaming of.  Browse all of Staten Island's luxury homes now.

Here are a few of our homes:

65 Wieland Avenue

65 Wieland Avenue

Located in Huguenot, listed at $1,2000,000. This contemporary home has 3 bedroom and baths. Rare find where the word custom still does not describe

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Staten Island Historical Society is an independent nonprofit cultural organization. The purpose of the Staten Island Historical Society is to provide the public exhibits of the American experience, referring to the colonial period to today.

The Society accomplished this by opening and operating Historic Richmond Town; Staten Island Historical Society's headquarters and offices are located in the heart of Historic RIchmond Town. Original Staten Island homes and buildings, like the Voorlezer's House, were moved and preserved to the area. Historic Richmond Town is a remarkable living history village and museum complex that evokes 350 years of the history and culture of New York City.

The Society also supports numerous publications, exhibitions,

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Interest rates fluctuate frequently, often depending on the news. If you are considering refinancing your home, your loan officer may suggest locking in the interest rate on your loan. There are some valid reasons why this is a good idea including:

Saving Money Over The Long-term

Over the life of a loan, an increase of as little as one-quarter of a percent can cost thousands of extra dollars. Spending a small amount of money now to lock in a rate can save money over the life of the loan. Your loan officer will explain the difference in rate increases initially, over a year and over the life of the loan.

You May Not Qualify At Higher Rates 

Whether you are considering refinancing your property or you are buying a new home, you may discover your

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The opening of the Sailor's Snug Harbor kicked off Staten Island in the 1830s. This decade was developmental for the Island and paved way for the establishments we know today.

July 1837 - Richmond Co. Mirror is published.

Numerous other newspaper companies existed on the Island before the Advance; the first newspaper was the Richmond County Mirror in 1837. The paper covered topics in Manhattan and Staten Island. The founder was Francis L. Hagadorn, who was a son of a New York newspaper editor and an active General in the state militia.

Its slogan was: "a weekly paper printed on Staten Island, devoted to science, literature & news."

New Brighton housed the original offices until 1839, when it was decided to move to Stapleton. The last issue was

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Like White Playground, Von Briesen Park is located in Shore Acres near Fort Wadsworth. The park is on the property of Arthur Von Briesen, a German immigrant who later served in the Civil War. 

Von Briesen purchased this land in 1901; he named it “Gernda”, translating to “wishing to be there” in German. The property was originally an orchard and greenhouse and Von Briesen maintained it during his residency.

Dog-friendly park  

Von Briesen passed away in 1920 but his property wasn't donated to the Parks Department until 1949.  It was then that the home was demolished by the Parks Comissioner.  The park wasn't open to the public until 1949, no recreational facilities were added, City of New York Parks &

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Last year, the Island was struck by Hurricane Sandy; unfortunately many of our friends and families lost their homes and belongings. CYO hosted the "Christmas Toy Drive" for those affected and Tom Crimmins Realty, with many of our friends, helped support. This year makes no difference. 

On behalf of the Director of Catholic Charities of Staten Island, Joe Panepinto, his assistant Michael spoke about this year's drive.

The drive produced over 500 toys and were distributed mainly to the community. Majority of the toys were given to an afterschool program, Physical Fitness and Wellness Program, and children in Port Richmond.

"People are especially generous this time of year," said Michael. "We counted a lot of our donations from Continental

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