Tom Crimmins Realty Blog

Eight years ago we gathered around our kitchen table with what was for the last time with my Mom.   My Mom was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and we were made aware that these were her final days.  We were all feeling there was nothing anyone could do to lighten the weight of our heavy hearts.  We were hopeless.  The woman who gave us this news was from the American Cancer Society.  Along with this she sat with us and she proceeded to talk with us about HOPE.  Knowing that nothing would ever be the same again she helped us to trust that we weren’t alone. This is just one of the many ways the American Cancer Society gives strength for us to FIGHT.  Saving lives from cancer starts with one team, one participant and one dollar at a time.  Together we can

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On Saturday June 13, 2015 from Noon to Midnight at Michael J. Petrides School 715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island, NY Tom & Sue Crimmins are sponsoring our team “TOM’S TOP PICKS” for the American Cancer Society's Staten Island Community Relay for Life.

Cancer patients receive the full value of the money raised in their area if they take advantage of the American Cancer Society's offerings.  The society provides many services to cancer patients, including help with transportation and lodging and equipment such as hospital beds or walkers.  For those going through chemotherapy, the group provides wigs, cosmetology products, moisturizers and makeup to help them feel better and look better. Trained volunteers also come and help those who are going through

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When preparing to sell your home you may be staging the interior so that it is more inviting for a potential purchase. You may want to stage your yard and entryway as well.

During the spring months many yards look vibrant but may also need some extra care for curbside appeal. Pulling weeds and adding a fresh layer of mulch where needed can give your yard a fresh well-maintained look.

Your entryway can be visible from the street and will be seen up close when buyers tour your home.  You can update the front door hardware and entry mat if they are dated or worn.  A real estate agent can generally be of value with more tips when listing your home to make a great impression on buyers. 

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SIBOR says "if ever there was a year to list or purchase a home, wider economic factors seem to indicate that this is the one." With the change in weather and other factors - this can't be any more true.

New Listings in Staten Island increased 2.9%, pending Sales were up 33.8%. Inventory levels fell 22.5%.

Spring is here and the real estate market is blossoming. Below are inventory reports for March 2014 and March 2015, as well as comparisons. 

March Staten Island Real Estate Market Sale Sides

Month Year Monthly Sales Monthly Volume Avg Sale $ Median Sold $
March 2015 297 $122,308,459 $411,812 $390,000

Comparing March 2015 to last year's month, Staten Island's real estate market had a healthy increase in sale sides from 243 to 297.

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Tom Delese and SallyAnne MalfiA few weeks ago was the SIBOR's Agent Breakfast where we had many Top Producers from our office. Tom Delese and SallyAnne Malfi were both awarded Top Producer Bronze, but were also recognized as SIBOR's Number One Team on Staten Island. The team is made up of two of the most dedicated and hardworking people and Associate Brokers in real estate.

As most of you may know, Tom Delese has made a name for himself in 2014 as the first honoree as SIBOR's Rising Star, one of Zillow's top Real Estate Agents, became a MLS Director and 2013 Top Producer Bronze.

Sally Malfi has a list of accomplishments as an Associate Broker in our office, SRS (Seller's Representative Specialist) and ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative) Certified and more.

Sally has made

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Have you ever passed by a house that was in need of a lot of repairs? Did you see the potential of this property, and could see it turning into your dream home? 

If only you could afford to fix the place up! If this is something you have found yourself thinking of, a 203(k) home loan may be the loan for you. 

A 203(k) loan is an all-in-one home loan endorsed by the FHA, under the Department of HUD.

This loan includes not only purchase costs, repair expenses and home improvement costs it also allows for a low down payment of 3.5 percent of the purchase price plus construction costs!

What are your options? Well, there are two types of 203(k) loans:

Regular 203(k): For homes that require structural rehabilitation and

Streamlined 203(k): For

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When it comes to painting the walls of a house, sometimes subtle is best. You want to add design, color, and texture to the walls, but you don't want it jarring to the eyes. Here are three subtle painting techniques you can try on your home walls.

Tissue Paper Texture

One easy way to add texture to walls is to use tissue paper. You apply the tissue paper to the walls and it stays there until you want something new. Crumple up a piece of tissue paper into a tight ball and then open it up and smooth it out. Small textured lines will appear on the paper. Those lines will remain when you use the paper on the walls.

Use the colored wall paint as glue to adhere the tissue paper to the wall. Paint an area of the wall that's a little bit bigger than the

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Rich Mohr of SIBOR conducted a very instructional seminar for our new FLEX- MLS system solely for our office. I am proud to say that well over 50 Tom Crimmins Realty agents attended the seminar which was held at SIBOR Headquarters. Every agent walked out smarter because of the professional training by expert Rich Mohr. A social mixer was held following the seminar at the Manor House Restaurant. the event was sponsored by Larry Ambrosino of CHL Mortgage.

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We have had a crazy winter this year and Staten Island real estate market shows that too! Below are inventory reports for February 2014 and February 2015, as well as comparisons. 

February Staten Island Real Estate Market Sale Sides

Month Year Monthly Sales Monthly Volume Avg Sale $ Median Sold $
February 2015 263 $100,588,338 $4382,465 $360,000

Comparing February 2015 to last year's month, Staten Island's real estate market had a healthy increase in sale sides from 237 to 263.

Month Year Monthly Sales Monthly Volume Avg Sale $ Median Sold $
February 2014 237 $92,547,224 $390,494 $365,650

February 2015 hit over $100,000,000 monthly volume - more evidence that Staten Island real estate market is picking up! 

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SIBOR celebrates 100 years and hosts their annual Agent's Breakfast and Agent Trade Show on Thursday, March 19th. We are proud of all our agents for their hard work and dedication this past year.

There was over 300 members who attended the Breakfast and over 90 vendors in the Agent Trade Show.

Click here to read the SIBOR press release.

The full list of honorees from our office include:

Top Producer Gold:

Kawing Chiu  

Top Producer Silver:

Dale Taranto Nina Timpone  

Top Producer Bronze:

Gloria Craven Tom Delese Francine Gilberto Sally Malfi Tony Vega
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