Friday, December 19, 2008

Selling Your Home in The Winter

In many parts of the country, selling a home during the winter months can be a challenge. Dreary, cold weather and the end-of-the-year holidays can keep buyers away and than there are the heighten fears of your home staying on the market longer than expected.
However, there are a few things you can do to enhance “curb appeal.” And when that happens, buyers will take notice.
For example, if your home has been on the market for more than six months, its probably time to change the sales approach. There are several factors that could be reviewed with your real estate agent to determine improvements that can be made. Ask for a reassessment of the sales price; it may be too high for the current market. Also, ask the agent for a new or updated marketing plan and ask for a specific explanation of each activity. Marketing your home goes beyond a few ads in the newspaper and a listing on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS); a good agent will do more to get your home sold.
If your current agent doesn’t respond to your satisfaction, you should contact the real estate broker (the owner of the office) and ask for a different sales agent – or, if you’re no longer under any contractual obligation to the firm, it might be time to change real estate offices entirely.
When setting the asking price through a comparative marketing analysis, compare similar homes sold in the winter months. Many owners set their asking price too high because of comparisons with sales prices during peak seasons. Always try to compare like properties sold at the same time of year.
Once you’ve settled on an asking price, its time to spruce up the interior and exterior of your home. Many real estate agents recommend opening as many curtains as possible to add light and color to rooms. Also, it’s suggested that you keep spring and summer pictures of your home out on tables and in clear view. Photos of your front yard flowers or the backyard shade tree in full summer bloom can help swing many buyers in favor of a purchase.
Staying on top of winter maintenance and chores is another sure-fire way of adding value to your home. A neatly shoveled driveway and cleared walkway can add a nice touch. Make sure the furnace is in good working condition and that the room temperature is kept at a comfortable level. Also, check to see that the basement if dry and sealed from any drafts.
Take yourself on a tour of your home. Start in the basement and work you way through the house. More than likely you’ll see many previously undiscovered cluttered spaces and needed repairs that can turn off potential buyers.
Don’t overload your home with holiday decorations, either. The buyer should have a chance to see you home in its everyday condition.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Photos of Plainview Slide Show

Americans Know A Bargain When They See One

Here is an interesting post from my in house mortgage consultant.

THE GOOD NEWS Strange as it may seem, the one segment of the economy that gives us cheer is housing. Housing has been the weakest sector of the economy for some time. However, mortgage applications rose 112% last week --the biggest percentage gain in history. Refinancing also leaped upwardby some 203%. With some trepidation, we are inclined to say that the worst may be over for housing.

Moreover, the stock market seems to agree with us. With stocks likeMasco (MAS), a Growth Portfolio pick leveraged to the home-building industry, leading the market higher, housing seems to be emerging from the doldrums. We also note that October's figures showed houses to be more affordable than any time in the last 20 years. Today, with the Federal Reserve buying up mortgage-backed agency securities and forcing mortgage rates lower, we expect affordability has reached a record high. Housing prices have also come down a huge amount. Americans know a bargain when they see one, and will surely increase their buying thanks to record high liquidity. Housing was a significant catalyst for the downturn in the stock market, and we believe a turnaround in housing is a needed catalyst for an upturn in the economy. We are not about to stand on a soapbox and shout that the worst is over. However, the improved figures from the housing sector are certainly a positive sign.

Christine Dawson Mortgage Consultant,
Retail Mortgage Sales Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
M6575-0112350A Merrick Rd
Bellmore, NY 11710
(516) 409-2880 Tel
516-445-0521 Cell
1-866-892-7154 Fax
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**posted with her permission**

Monday, December 1, 2008

Plainview New York Home Sales for November 2008

60 Floral Drive $960,000 Colonial
33 Birch Dr. $450,000 Exp Cape
16 Island St. $355,000 Exp. Ranch
17 N Irene Ln. $600,000 Farm Ranch
34 Pleasant Ave. $538,125 Hi Ranch
200 Main Parkway $370,000 Ranch
23 Jamaica Ave. $300,000 Ranch
46 Charlotte Pl. $425,000 Ranch
87 Victor St. $480,000 Ranch
168 Gerhard Rd $412,000 Split
134 Lincoln Road $449,000 Split
11 Meryll Pl $480.000 Split
5 Nautilus $465,000 Split
39 Gainsville Dr. $530,000 Split
42 Burton Ave. $540,000 Split
17 Wayland Rd $622,500 Split
996 Old Country Rd. $525,000 Split

*source: MLS of Long Island

Sunday, November 23, 2008

POB Library and Mark Schreier Licensed Sales Associate Century 21 Prevete Real Estate Hoilday Food Drive

Mark Schreier will be collecting food for the Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank
All non-perisable items needed including:
Stuffing Mixes
Canned Sweet Potatoes
Boxed Instant Mashed Potatoes
Turkey Gravy
Canned Corn
Canned Green Beans
Canned Carrots
Canned Fruit Cocktail
Canned Peaches
Canned Mandarin Oranges
Disposable Roasting Pans
Frozen Turkey’s
To Donate Contact,
Mark Schreier, LSA

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Certain Expectations When Selling A Home

Selling a home puts you in a unique position. You are parting with what is likely your greatest asset. Some people are sad to sell, while others are ready to move on. No matter what your circumstances, your buyer will have certain expectations of you.
First, you are expected to be courteous and professional. If you can put some emotional distance between yourself and the property it is helpful. For instance, if you are selling the family home it is likely to be an emotional transaction. However, your buyer probably does not want to walk down memory lane each time you meet.
Next, you are expected to have an understanding of the current real estate marketplace. You need to know what a reasonable asking price is and have realistic expectations for the terms and conditions of the sale. Expecting to sell for twice what you paid is not helpful if the marketplace does not support that type of transaction. Your real estate professional will be instrumental in helping you gauge the temperature of the market.
When possible, buyers will expect you to be fair and flexible. You should certainly feel empowered to stand up for your best interests, but if you can accommodate certain requests, it can make for a smoother transaction.
Buyers expect you to be honest and up front about the condition of your property. A home inspection and seller disclosure documents help ensure that potential defects are identified, but a buyer also expects that you will not purposefully hide areas of concern.
Finally, buyers expect you to leave the home in a respectable condition. Moving day is certainly a hectic one, but it is no reason to leave behind unwanted items for the buyer to deal with. You are expected to leave the home broom swept and cleared of all items except those identified in the contract as transferring with the property.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008



Charming Manetto Hill aera Califorina Ranch, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, 75'x100' property, large back yard, quiet mid block location , Plainview Schools (#4 ) K-Center, Parkway Elementary, Mattlin Middle, & JFK High School , walk to all .

Contact Mark Schreier Licensed Sales Associate Century 21 Prevete Real Estate for details. (516) 263-9094


Saturday, November 8, 2008

Fairway Market Thanksgiving Food Drive

Fairway Market , Mark Schreier, & Century 21 Prevete Real Estate have teamed up to collect food for the Long Island Cares Harry Chapin Food Bank. A collection bin has been placed in the front exit hallway. Please donate any non-perisable food item as well as roasting pans, aluminum foil, and can openers.

To donate a turkey,
Please call Mark Schreier @ 516 263-9094 to arrange for a pick-up.

Monday, November 3, 2008

A Few Ways To Take The Headach Out Of Moving

Moving from one house to another is always a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Here are some simple tips on how to get it done with minimal stress and strain.
· Look at all the alternatives: hiring a moving company, for example, versus renting a truck and doing it yourself. Whichever alternative makes most sense for you, get bids from more than one vendor.
· A few days before the moving company is scheduled to arrive or you’re supposed to pick up your rental truck, call to confirm that everything is on track to happen when it’s supposed to .
· Prepare your change of address cards in advance and send them out as soon as it’s appropriate to do so. The post office, utilities, companies and people you do business with, city hall, friends, relatives – all should be notified of your move.
· Get an early start on packing by concentrating on seldom-used items first. Each box should have its contents and the room those contents belong in written on it clearly.
· Take a hard look at things you seldom or never use and throw away as many of them as you can. The more you throw away, the less you’ll have to move. Every item you throw away is one less item to clutter up you new home.
· Use your extra towels and linens to protect breakables. When your supply of these things is exhausted, crumpled newspaper makes an excellent substitute. Write “Fragile” on all appropriate boxes.
· Put your valuables (such as jewelry) and important documents (birth certificates, car titles, etc.) aside in some safe place where they won’t be misplaced.
· When the house is empty, go back for a thorough final inspection. Check closets, crawl spaces, basement, attic, out-of-the-way nooks and crannies of all kinds. Have a second person make the same inspection separately.
· Clean your new home thoroughly before moving in. It’s infinitely easier that way.
· Decide in advance where you want the heavy furniture. Changing your mind after the movers have departed is no fun – especially for your back!
· Locate all fuses, circuit breakers, and water/gas and electrical valves. Record the meter readings and check the smoke detectors.
· List the phone numbers of the local police and fire stations, doctors, nearby hospitals, etc. Put a copy of your list near each phone.

Above all, plan, plan, plan and plan some more. Make a schedule you can live with, and then stick to it. Preparation and forethought will help you to keep everything under control and finish the move with your sanity and your nervous system intact.

Plainview House Closings For October 2008

Listed below are the closings for the month of October 2008*

46 Jamaica Ave., Exp Cape, $365,000
14 Wendell St., Exp Ranch, $340,000
10 Nassau Ave., Exp Cape $400,000
39 Charlotte Pl., Ranch, $420,000
4 Bayberry Dr., Cape, $425,000
5 Alan Ct., Split, $470,000
15 Pasadena, Dr., Split, $500,000
24 Kenneth St., Ranch, $518,000
85 Lincoln Rd., Split, $565,000
46 Stauber Dr., Split, $575,000
13 Melony Ave., Colonial, $577,500
101 Plymouth Rd., Split, $565,000
1 Meredith Ct., Hi Ranch, $622,000
76 Richfield St., Ranch, $622,500
31 Southwick Ct., Ranch $700,000
8 Salem Ct., Colonial, $690,000

*source Long Island MLS

Saturday, October 4, 2008

**First Time Home Buyers Tax Credit**

On July 30th 2008 The Housing and Economic Recovery Act was passed which includes a new temporary tax credit of up to $7,500 as an incentive for first time home buyers.

Log onto the National Association of Realtors info link below for all the details:$FILE/chart_homebuyer_tax_credit_.pdf

Friday, October 3, 2008

How To Spot A Good Buy

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, particularly when it comes to buying a home. Features that attract one home-buyer may repel another.
However, the one feature of interest to every home-buyer is price. Getting the most home for your money is paramount. The real problem is figuring out whether that fixer-upper on one street is a better buy than the home in next-to-new condition two blocks away. That’s why knowing what to look for before you buy can save you time, energy and money down the line.
The first step is figuring out what kind of house you need. A good buy is only a good buy if it meets your current and future living requirements. Before shopping for a home, decide how much space you and your family require. How many bedrooms, bathrooms? Is a family room necessary? Do you need a layout that will accommodate a lot of entertaining? Do you prefer a spacious or compact work space in the kitchen? If you have small children, can the house easily be childproofed?
Evaluate the front and back yards. Is there enough space to accommodate your children? Do you want a park-like or garden setting? Do you enjoy yard work and gardening, or do you want a low-maintenance yard? Take into consideration the cost of extensive landscaping and upkeep.
Next, determine how much work is required to make the house you are considering livable. Make an honest assessment of your fix-it abilities. How much work are you willing to do or pay someone else to do? Do you have basic decorating, carpentry and plumbing skills? If you plan to learn as you go, make sure you have accurately determined what you are getting into. Ask an experienced friend, family member or your real estate agent for their opinion, and be sure to consider how much remodeling inconvenience the rest of the family can handle.
Unless you are ready and able to tackle a major remodel, look for a house or condominium that needs only cosmetic improvements. These include painting, wallpapering and replacing items like flooring, window treatments, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, light fixtures, cabinet and interior door hardware and appliances. Remember that even these simple changes can be costly if you have to make many of them.
Beware of improvements that seem easy enough at first glance buy may turn into major headaches and require a lot of money once you’ve moved in. Remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, changes to the floor plan, room additions and redesigned landscaping are examples of seemingly minor changes that can easily eat away the money you thought you saved by selecting a so-called “bargain priced” home. Of course, you may be perfectly willing to spend whatever money is needed to customize the house to match your tastes and needs.
Make sure major systems in the house are in good working condition. The furnace, air-conditioning and plumbing should be up to date, since repairs can be costly. Your agent can arrange to have a professional inspector determine whether the electrical wiring and any room additions are to code. Local utilities often offer free or low-cost inspections to tell you if the house is energy-efficient.
Look for a house with universally popular selling points. If you’re impressed, the next buyer down the line is bound to be, too. For example, a roomy, modern easy-to-clean kitchen is the best selling point a home can have. A house with only one bathroom is less desirable than a house with two or more. Many buyers expect at least three bedrooms, with a master bedroom that offers a feeling of privacy. Lots of storage space and closets, especially walk-in closets, will be a real selling point. Family rooms or “great rooms” also are desirable. On closer examination, a house that looks like a bargain may lack some of these key features.
Don’t forget the old adage: location, location, location. Unless you’re looking for a fixer-upper, the house should be in a condition that is comparable to other homes in the neighborhood. Avoid buying the biggest or fanciest home on the block. Consider the amount of traffic or noise. Homes located in a quiet area away from a busy street will command a higher price. Make sure the schools in your district have a reputation for quality education and safety. Nearby supermarkets, gas stations, restaurants and theaters also will make a location more desirable.
Good community facilities also add appeal; pools, athletic fields, community centers, libraries and hospitals all add to a neighborhood’s value and desirability. Transportation needs also should be considered. Is local public transit available? How long are typical commutes to places of current and potential employment? Are there several alternate route? How close is a major airport? All of these can affect a home’s pricing.
Consider the cost of living in a home. It’s important to consider not only purchase price but the monthly cost of living in a home. Estimate your utility and maintenance costs. For example, will the house need to be painted on a regular basis and will you need to spend money maintaining a swimming pool? Ask your agent about the property tax rate and whether increases are anticipated. Will you have to pay special assessments for a homeowner’s association? Consider the point in the life cycle of major household systems, such as the furnace, air conditioning, roof and kitchen appliances.
You can find a bargain! Your first step should be to seek out a knowledgeable real estate agent with experience in the market areas where you wish to purchase a home. Your agent can help you locate those properties that truly are “bargains” and help find the home that most closely matches your desires and needs.

Plainview House Closings For September 2008

Plainview Closings For September 2008

1) 5 Amby Ave Cape $390,000
2) 56 Briarwood Ln Split $445,000
3) 10 S Oaks Blvd Split $402,000
4) 48 Stratford Rd Split $468,500
5) 16 Nautilus Ave Split $460,000
6) 103 Farmers Ave Split $430,000
7) 36 Audley Cir Split $490,000
8)108 Grace St Ranch $465,000
9)29 Meryll Pl Split $500,000
10)15 Beaument Dr Ranch $533,000
11)14 Gilbert Ln Split $535,000
12)73 Richfeld St Ranch $550,000
13)10 Dartmouth Dr. Split $584,000
14)16 Netto Ln. Hi Ranch $565,000
15)163 Morton Blvd Colonial $580,000
16)67 Winthrop Rd Split $604,000
17)16 Sunnyside Blvd Colonial $750,000

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Century 21 Prevete Has Added Two New Locations,

Steve Prevete owner of Century 21 Prevete Real Estate announced that he will soon be opening the doors to a new office in Elmont during the Syosset grand opening celebration this past Friday. When the market gets tough, the strong get stronger and the weak sell or go under. Our aggressive agents, and powerful leadership team are the key to Prevete's success


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Understanding Real Estate Terminology


Purchasing a home can be a complicated and confusing process, especially for first-time buyers. Throughout the process, first-time home buyers will encounter a variety of unfamiliar real state terms. There are several key terms associates with purchasing real estate that are helpful to learn.
For example, many buyers confuse the terms broker and salesperson. A broker is a properly licensed individual, or corporation, who serves as a special agent in the purchase and sale of real estate, a salesperson is an individual employed or associated by written agreement by the broker as an independent contractor. The salesperson facilitates the purchase or sale of real estate.
Once you decide to purchase, a salesperson will prepare a sales contract to present to the seller along with your earnest money deposit. The sales contract is the document through which the seller agrees to give possession and title of property to the buyer upon full payment of the purchase price and performance of agreed-upon conditions. The earnest money is a buyer’s partial payment, as a show of good faith, to make the contract binding. Often, the earnest money is held in an escrow account. Escrow is the process by which money is held by a disinterested party until the terms of the escrow instructions are fulfilled.
After the buyer and seller have signed the contract, the buyer must obtain a mortgage note by presenting the contract to a mortgage lender. The note is the buyer’s promise to pay the purchase price of the real estate in addition to a stated interest rate over a specified period of time. A mortgage lender places a lien on the property, or mortgage, and this secures the mortgage note.
The buyer pays interest money to the lender exchange for the use of money borrowed. Interest is usually referred to as APR or annual percentage rate. Interest is paid on the principle, the capital sum the buyer owes. Interest payments may be disguised in the form of points. Points are an up-front cost which may be paid by either the buyer or seller or both in conventional loans.
In general, there are two types of conventional loans that a buyer can obtain. A fixed rate loan has the same rate of interest for the life of the loan, usually 14 to 30 years. An adjustable rate loan or adjustable rate mortgage (ARM) provides a discounted initial rate, which changes after a set period of time. The rate can’t exceed the interest rate cap or ceiling allowed on such loans for any one adjustment period. Some ARMs have a lifetime cap on interest. The buyer makes the loan and interest payments to the lender through amortization, the systematic payment and retirement of debt over a set period of time.
Once the contract has been signed and a mortgage note obtained, the buyer and seller must legally close the real estate transaction. The closing is a meeting where the buyer, seller and their attorneys review, sign and exchange the final documents. At the closing, the buyer receives the appraisal report, an estimate of the property’s value with the appraiser’s signature, certification and sporting documents. The buyer also receives the title and the deed. The title shows evidence of the buyer’s ownership of the property while the deed legally transfers the title from the seller to the buyer. The final document the buyer receives at closing is a title insurance policy, insurance against the loss of the title if it’s found to be imperfect.
Buyers should plan on a least four to twelve weeks for a typical real estate transaction. The process is difficult and at times, intimidating. A general understanding of real estate terminology and chronology of the transaction, however, will help any real estate novice to confidently buy his or her first home.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Who Said Houses Aren't Selling?? Plainview Real Estate Closings For August 2008

Mark Schreier Licensed Sales Person

1 ) 60 Nassau Ave $368,000 Cape
2) 14 Nautilus Ave $400,000 Split
3) 25 Washington Ave $415,000 Split
4) 11 Gates Ave $450,000 Split
5) 6 Cranford Rd $473,000 Colonial
6) 27 Myron Rd $460,000 Split
7) 54 Mitchell Ave $510,000 Split
8) 82 Virginia Ave $490,000 Cape
9) 35 Sylvia Ln $495,000 Split
10) 11 Sunrise St $500,000 Colonial
11) 9 Bayberry Dr $500,000 Split
12) 39 Acorn Ln $480,000 Hi Ranch
13)27 Steven St $518,000 Farm Ranch
14) 12 Linda Ln $560,000 Split
15) 14 Pleasant Ave $525,000 Split
16) 34 Wensley Rd $550,000 Exp Ranch
17) 11 Theodore Dr $538,500 Split
18) 33 Hollywood Dr $563,000 Split
19) 9 Rosalie Dr $618,000 Colonial
20) 2Roxbury Ave $642,000 Split
21) 12 N Irene Ln $622,500 Split
22) 21 Donna Dr $635,000 Ranch
23) 36 Glenwood Rd $632,500 Split
24) 16 Peter Ln $650,000 Colonial
25 ) 6 Lillian Ln $850,000 Colonial
26) 6 Colgate Dr $886,000 Colonial
27 ) 19 Mitchell Ave $910,000 Colonial

*info supplied by stratus

Saturday, August 23, 2008

As a Realtor In this town I have been asked many real estate related questions. The most common being , Are our houses selling? My response is that any house marketed properly will sell. When I meet with a client for the first time I explain how the real estate market works. I believe every homeowner needs to know how to secure the most value for their house. Most people have a basic idea of what their house is worth and for the most part, they are not to far off the mark. They need an understanding of how to get the most value out of their home in the current market. Selling your house is more than listing it on the Long Island Multiple Listing Service (MLSLI) and placing an ad in Newsday.

  • We are in a buyers market.

  • There are currently 159 houses on the market in Plainview.
    Ask yourself this question.
    Why should someone buy your home?

  • You must maximize your homes exposure from the start. This process involves marketing at what I call a Full Spectrum Approach.

  • Not marketing your home properly is short changing yourself.

  • You deserve the most value your home can bring you in the current market.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

"HASSLE-FREE HOMEBUYING 101" Mark Schreier LSA, Century 21 Prevete Real Estate (516)263-9094

Perhaps you’d like to take advantage of today’s great buyer’s market in housing but feel a little intimidated by everything that’s involved.
You know the routine: finding the right locale and the right house; negotiating an agreement; putting together a down payment; and selecting the best mortgage available.
There are two things you can do to make every step run smoothly. The first is to select a really professional agent who knows the real estate business, knows your local market, has both a solid reputation for integrity and a solid record of success, and clearly is eager to respond to your needs.
The second is to make your agent your teammate in the literal sense of the word, using teamwork to be sure that the house you ultimately buy is the house you’ve always wanted.
Making your agent your teammate requires choosing an agent you feel able to trust both as a person and as a professional. And that’s no small matter. In real estate as in all areas of business – as in all aspects of life, actually – trust can make all the difference in the world.
True teamwork is nearly impossible to achieve unless you stick with one agent throughout the buying process. Buy all means you should shop around – and shop around carefully – when you’re still deciding which agent to work with. Once you’ve made that decision, however, don’t reverse it unless (and this rarely happens to people who are careful in the first place) something specific happens to make it clear that your choice was unwise.
Teammate status is all the motivation a first-rate agent needs to go all-out in finding houses that suit your needs. And if you’re concerned about what it is you’re looking for and how much house you think you can afford, your agent can save you huge amounts to time and effort.
If you’re not sure how much you can afford, be candid with your agent about that, too. He or she can provide you with some helpful preliminary guidelines and can put you in touch with mortgage lenders who know how to get you focused on an appropriate price range.
It’s always a good idea, as you look at listed homes, to give your agent a lot of feedback on what you’ve seen. Good feedback will refine and sharpen the agent’s understanding of your likes and dislikes, which in turn will make it easier to find the house of your dreams.
The ultimate payoff, once again, is that you get to your goal more quickly, expending less time and less effort along the way.
Anyone who have ever done it this way will assure you of one thing: it pays off.

Call Today!!
Mark Schreier
Licensed Sales Person

The Plainview Housing Market Never Sleeps. **20 Houses Transfered Ownership This July 2008** Looking To Sell ? Call Me Today!!

Address ,Selling Price, Style

1) 17 Charlotte Pl $420,250 Ranch
2) 10 Sydney St $445,000 Exp Ranch
3) 6 Sydney St $430,000 Ranch
4) 39 Spector Ln $439,000 Split
5) 26 Garnet Ln $455,000 Split
6) 10 David Rd $463,000 Cape
7) 30 Knowles St $460,000 Split
8) 30 Burton Ave $465,000 Split
9) 26 Edi Ct $475,000 Exp Ranch
10) 1 Sylvia Rd $485,000 Split
11) 89 Morton Blvd $509,000 Ranch
12) 8 John St $518,000 Hi Ranch
13) 37 Brook Path $518,000 Split
14) 17 Radnor Rd $490,000 Split
15) 31 Mitchell Ave $530,000 Exp Ranch
16) 86 Nassau Ave $528,000 Split
17) 8 Nora Ln $545,000 Exp Ranch
18) 19 Elaine Pl $615,000 Split
19) 64 Hope Dr $850,000 Colonial
20) 4 Colonial Gat $867,500 Exp Ranch

Mark Schreier Licensed Sales Person Century 21 Prevete Real estate (516)263-9094
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Thursday, July 3, 2008



1) 17 Charlotte Pl $420,250 Ranch
2) 10 Sydney St $445,000 Exp Ranch
3) 6 Sydney St $430,000 Ranch
4) 39 Spector Ln $439,000 Split
5) 10 David Rd $463,000 Cape
6) 30 Knowles St $460,000 Split
7 )26 Edi Ct $475,000 Exp Ranch
8 )1 Sylvia Rd 11803 $485,000 Split
9 )89 Morton Blvd $509,000 Ranch
10) 8 John St Plainview $518,000 Hi Ranch
11) 37 Brook Path $518,000 Split
12) 17 Radnor Rd $490,000 Split
13) 31 Mitchell Ave $530,000 Exp Ranch
14) 86 Nassau Ave $528,000 Split
15) 8 Nora Ln $545,000 Exp Ranch
16) 19 Elaine Pl $615,000 Split
17) 64 Hope Dr $850,000 Colonial
18) 4 Colonial Gat $867,500 Exp Ranch

Friday, June 13, 2008

The Smart Way To Look At Home Improvements By: Mark Schreier LSA, (516)263-9094

What home improvements really pay off when the time comes to sell your house?
That’s an important question for any homeowner contemplating moving or remodeling. And the only possible answer is a somewhat complicated one.
That answer starts with the fact that really major improvements – room additions, total replacements of kitchens and baths, etc., -- rarely pay off fully in the near term. It ends with the fact that small and relatively inexpensive changes can pay off in a big way in making your home attractive to buyers if your decision is to move now.
It’s a simple fact, consistently confirmed across America over a very long period of time, that even the most appropriate major improvements are unlikely to return their full cost if a house is sold within two or three years.
Does that mean that major home improvements are always a bad idea? Absolutely not. It does mean, though, that if your present house falls seriously short of meeting your family’s needs you need to think twice – and think carefully – before deciding to undertake a major renovation. Viewed strictly in investment terms, major improvements rarely make as much sense as selling your present home and buying one that’s carefully selected to provide you with what you want.
Even if you have a special and strong attachment to the house you’re in and feel certain that you could be happy in it for a long time if only it had more bedrooms and baths, for example, there are a few basic rules that you ought to keep in mind.
Probably the most basic rule of all, in this regard, is the one that says you should never –unless you absolutely don’t care at all about eventual resale value – improve a house to the point where its desired sales price would be more than 20 percent higher than the most expensive of the other houses in the immediate neighborhood.
Try to raise the value of your house too high, that is, and surrounding properties will pull it down.
Here are some other rules worth remembering:
Never rearrange the interior of your house in a way that reduces the total number of bedrooms to less than three.
Never add a third bathroom to a two-bath house unless you don’t care about ever recouping your investment.
Swimming pools rarely return what you spend to install them. Ditto for sun rooms – and finished basements.
If you decide to do what’s usually the smart thing and move rather than improve, it’s often the smaller, relatively inexpensive improvements that turn out to be most worth doing.
The cost of replacing a discolored toilet bowl, making sure all the windows work or getting rid of dead trees and shrubs in trivial compared with adding a bathroom, but such things can have a big and very positive impact on prospective buyers. A good broker can help you decide which expenditures make sense and which don’t, and can save you a lot of money in the process.

For more information on this topic call me (Mark Schreier, LSA) 516 263-9094

Monday, June 9, 2008


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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Plainview Real Estate Sales For May "08"

Houses are selling in Plainview. There were 12 closings for the month of May.

Address, Style, Sold Price

15 Island St. Ranch $310,000

18 Gerhard Rd. Ranch $420,000
165 Floral Ave. Cape $387,500
28 Ontario Ave. Cape $438,000
16 Janet Dr. Ranch $459,000
22 Ontario Ave. Cape $500,000
7 Ruby Ln. Split $495,000
53 Stewart St. Split $515,500
64 Sunrise St. Split $545,000
1 Ruth Split $555,000
126 Lincoln East Rd. Split $565.000
24 Hugh Ridge Rd. Ranch $695,000

Saturday, May 10, 2008


One of the great challenges to selling a home can be showing all of its space, decor and natural light potential. For example, every home has crowded closets and dead space. Sellers should be aware that areas such as these are easy to spruce-up with a little elbow grease and old-fashioned innovation.

Begin by evaluating your closet/storage space, determine which areas can cut-down in clutter. Go through old clothes, shoes, etc., and get rid of anything that will not be used and in turn create more space. Consider organizing shelves and other areas to make better use of your storage space, including your garage and basement. Also, try to throw out or give away any old furniture that is no longer of use. All of the discarded items can be given to Good Will, Salvation Army or even sold at a yard sale.

Once you've eliminated the unwanted items and furniture, begin the 'renovation' process. For non-storage spaces that could use a little more decor, consider adding a small bookshelf complemented with a cozy reading chair. Always be sure you're filtering as much light into your property as possible. Open or replace curtains. For example, light from a window overlooking the backyard offers a room more color, a great view and the illusion of more space.

Always maximize the potential of existing decor; wash old curtains, re-stain old wood casings, anything that refreshes and emphasizes all the potential of the space and decor of the home.

Prospective buyers are often more drawn to homes with features that they don't have, those with clutter-free closets, open sunny rooms, and cozy little corners. To ensure you've realized all of the above characteristics the last step should be to bring in a friend and observe their reaction. Make sure it's an honest friend, who will offer suggestions as well as notice the improvements. Seeing your own home through someone else's eyes is a great way to make a home optimally attractive and more sellable to prospective buyers.

Be diligent in your efforts and be sure the renovations improve the aesthetic appeal of the home. All the hard work will be worth the reward of a successful sale.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Plainview Home Sales For April

20 Gordon Ave. Exp Ranch $426,000
20 Beaumont Dr . Ranch $455,000
17 Mitchell Ave. Exp Ranch. $455,000
74E Main Pky. Split $433,000
96 Jamaica Ave. Split $470,000
3 Lutz Rd. Split $455,000
101 Southern Pky. Hi Ranch. $420,000
11 Radnor Rd. Split $490,000
43 Lent Dr. Split $635,000
149 Grace St. Split $645,000

Friday, April 4, 2008


1) 74 Audrey Ave $370.000 Cape

2) 41 Keswick Ln $425.000 Split

3) 239 Central Park Rd. $470.00 Split

4) 7 Wayland Rd $590.000 Split

5) 51 Marilyn Blvd $600.000 Split

6) 8 Netto Ln $619.000 Split

7) 14 Vista Rd $730.000 Split

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Plainview Spacious Split , Location, Location, Location!!!

ID#: 2055456
PRICE: $ 529,000
Spacious Expanded Split Level On Quiet Mid Block Location, Sd#4, Exp Den/Family Rm (17X18), New Bth, Laundry, Hrdwd Floors, 150Amp, Fios Conn. Best Value In The Plainview Market!!
Bedrooms: 3
1 Full Bath +
1 Half Bath
Kitchens: 1
Approx Sq Ft: N/A
Style: Split
Taxes: $ 11,182
Year Built: 1956

New Listing Won't Last Call Now To Preview: 516 433-5921

ID#: 2056925 PRICE: $ 439,000
Perfectly Maintained Updated Ranch In Prime Sd#4 Location. New: Cac, Alarm, Siding, Landscaping, Carpet, Window Treatment.Just Bring Your Toothbrush!!!
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 1 Full Bath
Kitchens: 1
Approx Sq Ft: N/A
Style: Ranch
Taxes: $ 9,328
Year Built: 1953

Find Out What Your Home Is Worth In Today's Market. Call For Your "Free CMA"

Why is it that some homes sit on the market for a year while others sell like hot cakes? Frustrated sellers will blame a bad market, while a good real estate professional will tell you that many times, a slow sale is often attributed to the listing price.
If a home is overpriced, buyers will stay away. But, if the price is competitive with similar homes in the area and “shows” better than the competition, it will have a better chance of being sold quickly.
The secret is perfecting a technique that’s as American as apple pie: comparative shopping.
Although comparing houses with different styles, square-footages and locations is challenging, real estate professionals still feel it’s one of the best methods to use when determining a home’s market value.
A responsible real estate agent will effectively evaluate a home’s worth through a process known as Comparative Marketing Analysis (CMA). Taking a look at assets, such as a swimming pool, bigger than normal living spaces, a fantastic view, adjacent city parks and other attractions, the agent will begin to compare your home with similar properties, called “comparables,” that have sold in the area within the last six months. Typically, the agent is able to recommend a realistic price range that will ensure you top dollar and a reasonably
However, factors such as the amount of time needed to sell your home can alter the agent’s price recommendation dramatically.
Typically, people should check with real estate offices in the community to determine the typical duration that listings are on the market. Sales associates will explain that the marketing “norms” vary with prices and properties. Based on these criteria, the agent feels confident that he or she will be able to sell it for a price that both you and the buyer will be happy with. However, if you’re under time constraints because of unexpected job changes or moving agreements you’ve made on another property, this will narrow your chances of selling the home for top dollar in the market.
Assuming you have sufficient time to market the home, here are a few small steps you and your agent can take to finding the right price for your property.
The best comparisons can be made with similar homes that have been sold within the last 45 days as opposed to the standard six months. Any longer and other factors, such as the economy, could cloud your view of how much your home is really worth.
Another good benchmark is to review the selling prices of homes that have just been sold and are pending closes. Most MLS services provide information on deals pending that most real estate agents should be able to shore with you.
A good rule of thumb before setting a price is to make 20 comparisons of comparable properties within a one-mile radius of your house. Once completed you can feel comfortable that the price you’ve picked is a good gauge of the home’s worth and won’t discourage qualified buyers.
Being open and honest about what you see as the home’s greatest strengths and biggest weaknesses will also help an agent get a better feel for how to best evaluate (or assess) and market your home. Think of your home as if you were the buyer. If your home is listed at the right price, you’re well on your way to a speedy and fruitful sale.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Plainview Homes Are Selling, Call Mark Schreier LSA, (516) 263-9094, To Find Out How To Sell Yours

Houses that closed for the month of February

1) 6 Lillian Ln Plainview $380,000 Ranch

2) 165 Floral Ave Plainview $350,000 Cape

3) 66 Helen Ave Plainview $477,000 Exp Ranch

4) 8 Myron Rd Plainview $487,500 Split

5) 1 Debora Dr Plainview $519,500 Split

6) 5 Algiers St Plainview $520,000 Split

7) 100 W Cherry Dr Plainview $540,000 Hi Ranch

8) 10 Radnor Rd Plainview $618,500 Split

9) 39 S Oaks Blvd Plainview $680,000 Split

Monday, February 11, 2008

Short Sale & Foreclosure Helpful Tips

Homeownership isn’t always a happily ever after story. There are times when owners can no longer meet their mortgage obligations. In this case, there are several options.

One is foreclosure. In this scenario, buyers have a grace period where they can stay in the home and try to make good on their outstanding debts. Eventually, if they are unable to reverse their current course, the bank or lender will evict the owner, reclaim the home and place it on the market for sale.

A second, lesser-known option is called a short sale. Here the lender agrees to take a loss on the home in exchange for recouping most of what is owed to them. In other words, if you owe $90,000 on your mortgage, your bank may agree to take $80,000 and consider the debt paid. The benefit for the lender is that the case is expedited and closed without the added expense of a foreclosure proceeding. Of course the seller would not see any profit from the sale.
If you find yourself in such a position, research the short sale option further. Start by using online resources to learn about the agreement. If you think it is feasible for you, consult with your lender and a real estate attorney who is familiar with this arrangement

When you closed on your home, you surely did not envision yourself in this situation. Unforeseen circumstances, such as a job loss, can put you in a position you never imagined. It is imperative that you look at all options, including bankruptcy, foreclosure and the short sale before you select the one that will work best for you.

Mortgage Forgiveness Dept Relife Act of 2007

On Thursday December 20th President Bush signed into law a bill passed by Congress HR:3648. This bill is also know as the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007. The bill can be a huge help for people considering a "Short Sale" in that unpaid mortgage debt is not considered taxable income. eg: Your home has a current market value of $350,000 and your mortgage balance is $400,000 under the old law if the bank forgave the difference on a the sale you would have to declare the $50,000 as a taxable income. The new law eliminates this "Phantom Tax". Refer to HR3648 for all the details.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

They Buy to Own

Mark Schreier
Licensed Sales Person
Century 21 Prevete Real Estate

A desire to own a home of their own and to establish a household are the reasons homeowners most often cite for purchasing a home, according to a recent consumer survey.

Thirty-three percent of all buyers, and a whopping 70 percent of first-time buyers, express these as prime motivators in their quest for a home purchase, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2007 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers.

A wish for a larger home, a job-related move, a change in family situation, a desire for a home in a better area and an interest in being closer to jobs, relatives, school or transit are also high on the list of reasons for purchasing a home.

Interestingly enough, taking advantage of perfect market conditions was not mentioned – not this year, not last year – not in NAR’s 26-year history of surveying buyers and sellers.

“The bottom line is that housing is a good long-term investment with both financial and non-financial rewards. While the financial gains have been significant for most owners, it’s the social and personal benefits that really influence consumers to buy a home,” explained Joseph Mottola, President Long Island Board of Realtors.
“Most people buy homes to become homeowners, to live in those homes, and to be part of the communities in which those homes are located. People don’t just buy a house or a condo – they buy a home,” he said.

Reasons for a home purchase vary quite substantially among different age groups. Three-quarters of home buyers between ages 18 and 24 report purchasing a home because they want to own a home of their own or establish a household. In fact, for all buyers 64 or younger, this is the most frequently cited primary reason for purchasing a home.

Home buyers 65 years and older reported that their primary reason for purchasing a home was to downsize to a smaller home (19 percent), retire (18 percent) or to be closer to family, friends, and relatives (18 percent).

Mottola noted that for the most part speculators have left the housing market, leaving serious buyers with a wide variety of inventory to choose from.

Because market conditions vary by location and because there are many factors to consider in finding the right home and the right financing, it’s important for consumers to work with a real estate professional as they consider one of the most significant transactions of a lifetime, he added.

“By the end of 2007, one of every 16 Americans will have purchased a home,” Mottola said. “Those who hang on to their home for five to 10 years can expect a healthy return on their investment in addition to the priceless benefits of living in a home of their own,” he added].

NAR’s 2007 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers is available for sale at


Thursday, January 31, 2008

January 08 Home Sales

24 Midwood Dr $955,000 Victorian

4 Country Dr $640,000 Exp Ranch

95 Parkway Dr $487,500 Ranch

546 D Plainview Rd $510,000 Colonial

2 Holly Ln $440,000 Split

28 Knickerbocke Rd $459,000 Ranch

23 Birch Ln $495,000 Exp Ranch

9 Jamaica Ave $405,000 Cape

39 Hope Dr Plainview 11803 $379,900 Ranch

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Mortgage Problems? Tips That Can Help. Contact: Mark Schreier Licensed Sales Person Century 21 Prevete Real Estate For More Info (516) 263-9094

Homeownership isn’t always a happily ever after story. There are times when owners can no longer meet their mortgage obligations. In this case, there are several options.

One is foreclosure. In this scenario, buyers have a grace period where they can stay in the home and try to make good on their outstanding debts. Eventually, if they are unable to reverse their current course, the bank or lender will evict the owner, reclaim the home and place it on the market for sale.

A second, lesser-known option is called a short sale. Here the lender agrees to take a loss on the home in exchange for recouping most of what is owed to them. In other words, if you owe $90,000 on your mortgage, your bank may agree to take $80,000 and consider the debt paid. The benefit for the lender is that the case is expedited and closed without the added expense of a foreclosure proceeding. Of course the seller would not see any profit from the sale.
If you find yourself in such a position, research the short sale option further. Start by using online resources to learn about the agreement. If you think it is feasible for you, consult with your lender and a real estate attorney who is familiar with this arrangement

When you closed on your home, you surely did not envision yourself in this situation. Unforeseen circumstances, such as a job loss, can put you in a position you never imagined. It is imperative that you look at all options, including bankruptcy, foreclosure and the short sale before you select the one that will work best for you.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Plainview Charming Morton Ranch Call Mark Schreier for Info (516)263-9094

ID#: 2001143 PRICE: $ 479,000

Charming Morton Ranch In Prime Sd#4 Location. 3Br, 2 Updated Baths, Move In Condition!
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 Full Baths Kitchens: 1Approx Sq Ft: N/A Style: RanchTaxes: $ 9,300 Year Built: 1954

Plainview Real Estate Call Now For Info: Mark Schreier Lic Sales Person Century 21 Prevete Real Estate (516) 263-9094

ID#: 1997459 PRICE: $ 599,000

Wideline Exp Cape, Numerous Updates Inc: 40K Kitchen, 30K Yard, Ig Pool, Jacuzzi, Pond, Cust Landscape, Cust Bth, Main Level New Roof, Mostly Anderson Windows, 200Amp Svc.
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2 Full Baths Kitchens: 1Approx Sq Ft: N/A Style: Exp CapeTaxes: $ 10,466 Year Built: 1955

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

December 2008 Plainview Home Sales

52 Gerhard Rd Plainview 11803 $340,000 Ranch
16 Lex Ave Plainview 11803 $400,000 Split
20 Diamond Dr Plainview 11803 $450,000 Exp Ranch
9 Wilshire Ln Plainview 11803 $516,000 Ranch
14 Sherwood Dr Plainview 11803 $546,000 Split
35 Maplewood Dr Plainview 11803 $580,000 Split
30 Stauber Dr Plainview 11803 $585,000 Split
156 Sagamore Dr Plainview 11803 $1,210,000 Colonial

average days on market for December was 86

Free Energy Efficiency Analysis for Morton Ranch Owners

LI Green Begins Energy Efficiency Study of Plainview New York

Plainview, NY - LI Green is looking for a few good houses, sixteen actually, located within a specific neighborhood in Plainview New York. Engineers at LI Green, a not for profit organization affiliated with the Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center at Stony Brook University, has built community methods to greatly reduce the use of energy by homes on Long Island. The organization looks for help from homeowners in Plainview to assist in this effort.

“Long Island’s homeowners face tremendous economic pressure due to out of control energy costs,” stated Richard Turan, one of the founders of LI Green. “LI Green has action plans to finally do something about this. The Plainview Energy Efficiency Study is one of the first steps.”

Chuck Schwartz, the second founder of the LI Green organization said, “LI Green is studying homes in the Plainview neighborhood south of Old Country Road bordered by the Seaford Oyster Bay Expressway, Plainview Road and Haypath Road. This neighborhood is being analyzed to determine strategies for economical ways to achieve significant reductions of energy use and pollution within Long Island communities.”
Participating homes will receive a no cost energy analysis of their home. This study will include a survey for energy efficiency improvements, infrared thermo graphic study and utility bill analysis. Information collected in these studies will be utilized in community wide efforts.
More information about this project and a signup form is available at

“Every homeowner on Long Island understands the value of making their residence more energy efficient,” continued Mr. Turan. “The challenge is implementation, getting the work done. The LI Green plan being fine tuned in Plainview will significantly impact this entire region.”

Contact for More Information: Chuck Schwartz
LI Green