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How Has My Team Found Success?


How is my team so successful in our industry? Well, it all comes down to the behind-the-scenes work my team members do each day.

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Today, I want to talk a little bit about how we sell so many homes. Most of all, I want to talk about the efforts of my team. The work they do behind the scenes is truly to thank for our success. 

The work my team does behind the scenes is truly to thank for our success.

My team members are averaging 30 sales a piece, when the average agent in our area tends to average just seven or eight homes. 

While I absolutely appreciate the credit I receive for my team’s success, I want to make it known that each and every one of my team members plays a huge role in what we do. 

In 2016, we were named the No. 3 team in the state of New York in terms of sales. 

Our team makes it a priority to take care of buyers and sellers in today’s market. For example, if you are a buyer and are unhappy with your home within your first year of residing there, I will sell that property for free. 

Don’t just take my word for it. You can hear a testimonial from one of our past clients, Nicole Cohen, in the video above.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Could There Be Carbon Monoxide in Your Home This Winter?


Our furnaces may keep us warm during the winter months, but did you know they may also be kicking off carbon monoxide? Here’s what you need to know to stay safe.

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Before I delve into today’s topic, I’d like to begin with a special message. Thanksgiving is upon us and I want to take a moment to say thank you. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate your support, which has made us the No. 3 real estate team in New York state. Your experience and satisfaction is of the utmost importance to me. 

Speaking of Thanksgiving, we’ve reached the time of year when people are beginning to turn on their heating systems. Furnaces may keep us warm, but they can also pose a hazard related to today’s subject: carbon monoxide. If a system is malfunctioning, it could be spewing carbon monoxide into your home.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas that can be put off by gas stoves, furnaces, or any other appliances in your home that use gas or oil. 

It seems like there isn’t a year that goes by that I don’t hear about an injury or death having occurred as a result of just this. 

So, if you don’t already have a carbon monoxide detector, get one. They cost just about $29 and you can find them at Home Depot, Walmart, and any other similar stores. This small expense is well worth it. 

If you don’t already have a carbon monoxide detector, get one.

You cannot detect carbon monoxide without a detector, and breathing in high levels can kill you or cause you to become seriously ill. 

I believe in the importance of this so strongly that if you can’t afford a carbon monoxide detector, reach out to me and I will buy one for you. 

I hope you have a safe and happy holiday season. 

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

How Serious Is the Presence of Mold?


Mold is huge issue for both the buyer’s and seller’s side, but it may not as pervasive an issue as you think.

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Before we begin today’s topic, I’d like to mention that we are having our annual Thanksgiving giveaway on Tuesday, November 21st, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

We’ll be giving away apple pies from Lakeside Farms. If you’re a client, please watch your mail for your invitation. You will need to RSVP so we can make sure that we have enough pies on hand. Last year we gave out over 200 pies. This is just our way of saying thanks and showing our appreciation to our clients.

The topic I wanted to discuss with you today is something that’s on the forefront of my mind: mold.

Mold is one of the biggest issues we’re facing on both the buyers’ and sellers’ side. 

Mold is one of the biggest issues we’re facing on both the buyer’s and seller’s side.

Two years ago in New York, lobbyists pushed for legislation requiring both assessors and mold remediation companies to come into your home under certain circumstances, which ultimately passed. This could add a tremendous cost to you as a seller.

In New York, if you have more than 10 square feet of mold, it must be addressed. If you’re a seller, check your basement and attic for the black or gray patches that indicate mold growth.

Mold is fairly cheap to remediate but buyers are really scared of it. If you’re a buyer, just be aware that mold is probably in 40% of the homes that you’re going to look at. It’s not a deal-killer; don’t be scared by what you read on the internet. Mold can be removed easily with a 30-year warranty by the company, and that should be the end of the problem.

This is how widespread the fear of mold has become. 

I had a home under contract about six months ago. The garage door had one-foot squares on it, like the old ones used to. Two of those squares on the door had what I would call mildew, but the buyers called it mold.

The buyers wanted $1,500 to remove that mold, when I could have put a brand-new, single-bay, insulated aluminium door in for just $800. 

I believe that it's paranoia and absurdity, but it is something to be aware of on both sides.

If you have mold in your home, treat the area with a chemical product. After that, find the source. It will likely be an issue of moisture intrusion or a problem with ventilation.

If you have any questions at all about mold, call me. Mold is an issue we will deal with ahead of the curve before we list your home. For buyers, we will inform you of the risks and reality of mold in your home.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any real estate questions you might have. I look forward to hearing from you!