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Tom Crimmins is the broker/owner of Tom Crimmins Realty. This St. John’s University graduate and native Staten Islander’s past careers include Assistant Dean of Students at SJU, NYPD Sergeant, Director of the Carnesseca-Sarachek Basketball Camp, and investor, speculator, and buy-fix-flip real estate expert. His real estate experience, which spans 30 years, is second-to-none.

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What happens if you find the dream Staten Island property that you want to buy, before you have made the sale on your old property? Ideally you would have sold your current home before you buy your new property. However, sometimes the transition doesn’t work out that way. You don’t want to give up the sale if you have found a bargain on your dream house, so is it possible to buy the property before you have made the sale?

The answer is yes, it is possible. You will need to find a financing option that will allow you to secure your next home before you have sold your existing property.

Getting a Bridge Loan

One option is a bridge loan. This is designed to wrap your payments for your current home and your future home into one loan, which can last

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Online images and local advertisements are usually the first impressions that buyers get of Staten Island real estate — so why not present your home at its best? After buyers decide their price range, square footage needs and the number of bedrooms they want, the next step is to look at photographs to determine if a home is worth visiting in person.

When enlisting the services of a REALTOR to help sell your home, you should inquire how they plan to visually promote it. You want buyers to view your home in its best light, so it’s okay to ask your REALTOR to hire a professional photographer. Below are strategies for getting the best shot, posting images online and selling your Staten Island real estate fast.

Set The Stage

The photographs should

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Is it the right time for you? Maybe you have been thinking of buying a Staten Island property, but you are not sure if you are ready yet to make the commitment. Buying your first home is a major life decision and it will require a lot of thought before you proceed.

How do you know when you are ready to make your home purchase? Here are a few things to keep in mind that will help you determine whether it’s time to buy your first home.

Do You Have Control Over Your Finances?

You keep a budget and you responsibly spend less than you earn. You pay off your credit card in full every month. You know where your money is coming from and where it goes. If you feel like you have a handle on your financial life and you have strong money management skills,

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When you find a Staten Island home with a good resale value, it will be easier to sell when the time comes. However, many homebuyers forget to consider resale value when they buy, and they only consider whether the house meets their needs at that moment. This can come back to haunt them years later when they are struggling to sell the home for a good price.

It might seem odd to be thinking about selling a home that you don’t even own yet. However, chances are good that you will need to sell the home at some point, so you will want to own a property that will increase in value and will appeal to a wide range of buyers.

Choose The Best Location

The old real estate cliché goes that you should look for “location, location, location” but it’s

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If you are looking to renovate your Staten Island home before selling, what are some of the luxurious home features you can add that will really make the home special? These features will not only make your home more impressive, they will also improve your quality of life as you spend time in the home. Another advantage of having these special features in your home is that they will make the property more attractive to buyers when you eventually resell.

Walk In Closet

A walk in closet is a dream-come-true for any fashionista, with enough space for clothing, accessories and dozens of pairs of shoes. This luxurious home feature can give you much more space to organize your belongings and make your home feel much more spacious. When you are selling the

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When you buy a Staten Island home, it is your space to live in and enjoy and you can renovate and redecorate in order to improve your surroundings in any way that you choose. One of the ways that you can enhance your enjoyment of the property as well as add to the value of the home is to create an outdoor dining space. On a beautiful summer day, what could be nicer than having a place where friends and family can gather and enjoy a few drinks, barbecue up some tasty food and breathe the fresh air?

Here are some tips to keep in mind when you are adding an outdoor dining space to your home:

  • Choose the right location. You want your backyard dining area to be peaceful, quiet and private, so find the best spot on your yard that will be screened from
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Most men, and even handy women, dream of a perfectly organized work space where their tools are orderly and they can tackle that list of home DIY projects. However, renovations can get put on hold because there’s not a designated place to work. Tools are usually scattered throughout closets and the kitchen table serves as a workbench.

Create a space for all of your improvement projects by turning a section of your garage into a construction-friendly, wonderfully organized haven for your tools and home makeover endeavors. Below are four easy steps to building the perfect garage workshop.

Make Sure You Have Adequate Space

Ideally, you’d still like to be able to get your cars in their designated space, so look for a vacant area at the back of the

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Getting a mortgage for your Staten Island home can be a complicated process and sometimes things can go wrong. There are certain mistakes that many homebuyers make when applying for their mortgages that can seriously damage their chances of being approved.

If you are aware of the most common mortgage issues, you will be better able to prevent them when applying for your own mortgage. Make sure that you keep the following tips in mind when applying for a mortgage:

Making Large Purchases Before Closing On The Mortgage

Many homebuyers think that they are in the clear once the mortgage deal is lined up and they go ahead and make another large purchase such as a car or home furnishings. However, it is best to hold off on all major purchases until the

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When it comes to buying a Staten Island house, should you be looking toward a brand new recently built property or considering an older historic home?

There are many advantages to either option and the best choice for you will depend on what you are looking for in a home. If you are wondering whether buying an older property is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself:

Are You Willing to Invest in Renovations?

A historic home will be more likely to need upgrades when it comes to electrical wiring, plumbing and central heat or air. When you are making your choice whether to purchase the home, don’t forget to factor in the costs of the upgrades that need to be made.

Do You Have the Time for Maintenance?

Buying an older home

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Many Staten Island home owners dream of having a home theatre – an entire room of the home dedicated to enjoying television and film. These rooms are usually equipped with a large flat screen television or projector, comfortable seats, mood lighting and perhaps even a bar or a snack fridge. They are very comfortable and the perfect place to relax after a hard day. They are also lots of fun for entertaining, as you will be able to watch the big game or the hottest new release with your friends in style.

However, will spending the money on renovating your home to create a theatre room be a smart investment? Does this type of home improvement add a lot of value to the property, or will it turn off potential buyers?

Buyers Interested in Tech-Equipped

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