Saturday, December 19, 2009

First Time Home Buyer Tax Credit at a Glance

FIRST TIME BUYERS Credit: Equal to 10 percent of the home's purchase price, up to $8,000 Who Qualifies?
Those who haven't owned property in the last three years
Those with income up to $225,000 for couples or $125,000 for individuals (credit phases out for people who make more than these amounts)
Must be at least 18 years of age to claim credit
Purchase price must be $800,000 or less
Have until April 30, 2010, to enter into a contract for a home purchase
Have until June 30, 2010, to close on the purchase
CURRENT HOMEOWNERSCredit: Equal to 10 percent of the home's purchase price, up to $6,500 Who Qualifies?
Those who have owned and lived in their principal residence for at least five consecutive years during the past eight years
Those with income up to $225,000 for couples or $125,000 for individuals (credit phases out for people who make more than these amounts)
Must be at least 18 years of age to claim credit
Purchase price must be $800,000 or less
Have until April 30, 2010, to enter into contract for a home purchase
Have until June 30, 2010, to close on the purchase

PLEASE NOTE: The tax credit does not have to be repaid provided you live in the new home for a minimum of three years. Military families are exempt from this stipulation.

Consult with a tax professional for individual eligibility and implications of the Homebuyer Tax Credit.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

House Sales for Plainview and Old-Bethpage, New York November 2009

1) 20 Eleanor Rd Plainview 11803 $360,000 Split
2) 7 Nassau Ave Plainview 11803 $375,000 Exp Cape
3) 9 Arthur Ct Plainview 11803 $382,000 Ranch
4) 44 Sally Ln Plainview 11803 $405,000 Hi Ranch
5) 11 Diamond Dr Plainview 11803 $408,999 Ranch
6) 14 Park Ct Plainview 11803 $410,000 Exp Ranch
7) 1259 Round Swamp Rd Old Bethpage 11804 $424,000 Colonial
8) 69 Cherry Dr Plainview 11803 $425,000 Hi Ranch
9) 7 Stone Rd Plainview 11803 $432,500 Split
10) 27 Richfield St Plainview 11803 $439,000 Colonial
11) 36 Debora Dr Plainview 11803 $440,000 Split
12) 63 Eileen Ave Plainview 11803 $465,000 Split
13 ) 25 Wensley Rd Plainview 11803 $465,000 Exp Ranch
14) 37 Peter Ln Plainview 11803 $500,000 Exp Ranch
15) 63A Barnum Ave Plainview 11803 $520,000 Hi Ranch
16) 11 Shelart St Plainview 11803 $554,000 Hi Ranch
17) 3 Lenmore Dr Old Bethpage 11804 $555,000 Colonial
18) 12 Melissa Ln Old Bethpage 11804 $560,000 Splanch
19) 32 Westbury Ave Plainview 11803 $565,000 Colonial
20) 6 Eton Ct Plainview 11803 $704,000 Colonial
21) 1020 Private Rd Plainview 11803 $930,000

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

1st Time Home Buyer Tax Credit. Yes They Extended it!!!

1st Time Home Owner Tax Credit. Yes They Extended it!!! (edit/delete)
Great News For Home Buyers!!
The answer is yes. The U.S. government extended the 8,000 first time home buyer tax cerdit last Friday November 6th. You must be under contract by April 30th 2010 and close by June 30th of the same year. They have also increased the maximum income limits from 75k to125k individual and 150k to 225k couples. They also added a 6,500 credit for current home owners who want to buy another home.
For more info go to:

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Plainview/Old-Bethpage, NY Real Estate Home Sales For October, 2009

Closings For October, 2009

1 ) 19 Sheli Dr Old Bethpage 11804 $410,000 Ranch
2) 19 Prescott Pl Old Bethpage 11804 $630,000 Exp Ranch
3) 79 Briarwood Ln Plainview 11803 $350,000 Split
4) 614 Woodbury Rd Plainview 11803 $335,000 Colonial
5) 26 Southern Pky Plainview 11803 $425,000 Ranch
6) 37 Charlotte Pl Plainview 11803 $389,000 Ranch
7) 260 Central Park Rd Plainview 11803 $395,000 Ranch
8) 19 Marilyn Blvd Plainview 11803 $420,000 Split
9) 11 Wendell St Plainview11803 $410,000 Ranch
10) 68 Diamond Dr Plainview 11803 $442,00 Ranch
11) 106 Knickerbocke Rd Plainview 11803 $447,500 Exp Ranch
12) 70 Victor St Plainview11803 $460,000 Ranch
13) 7 Ramsey Rd Plainview 11803 $375,000 Colonial
14) 58 Diamond Dr Plainview 11803 $475,000 Exp Ranch
15) 2 Cynthia Dr Plainview 11803 $485,000 Split
16) 47 Blanche St Plainview 11803 $522,500 Split
17) 30 Woodwaye Rd Plainview 11803 $525,000 Colonial
18) 50 Sagamore St Plainview 11803 $525,000 Split
19) 22 Newcastle Ave Plainview 11803 $495,000 Split
20) 7 Milben Ct Plainview 11803 $530,000 Hi Ranch
21) 75 Farmers Ave Plainview 11803 $538,000 Split
22) 61 Shelter Hill Rd Plainview 11803 $580,000 Split
23) 44 Maplewood Dr Plainview 11803 $675,000 Split
24) 78 Hofstra Dr Plainview 11803 $675,000 Colonial
25) 78 Hofstra Dr Plainview 11803 $675,000 Colonial
26) 8 Winters Ct Plainview 11803 $811,000 Colonial
27 ) 33 Sagamore St Plainview 11803 $765,000 Colonial

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Things To Consider When Searching For A Home

Before deciding which house to buy, think about your lifestyle, your current and anticipated housing needs, and your budget. It’s a good idea to create a prioritized list of features you want in your next home – you'll soon discover finding the right house involves striking a balance between your "must-haves" and your "nice-to-haves." To start, consider your lifestyle. If you love to cook, you'll want a well-equipped kitchen. If you're into gardening, you'll want a yard. If you're planning your office at home, you may want a room for a separate library or work space. If you have several cars, you may require a larger garage. Use this list as your search guide. Next, think about what you might need in the future. As you consider your housing needs, it's important to consider how long you may live in your home. If you're newly married, you might not be concerned with a school district right now, but you could be in a few years. If you have aging parents, you may want to look at homes that offer living arrangements for them as well as you. It’s important to think about your new home’s location just as carefully as you do about a house’s features. Location is a huge part of any move. In addition to considering the distance to work, you need to evaluate the availability of shopping, police and fire protection, medical facilities, school and day-care, traffic and parking, trash and garbage collection, even recreational facilities. Perhaps the most important decision is deciding on the type of home you want. Do you want a condominium or a co-op? A town house or a detached single-family home? Do you want brick, stone, stucco, wood, vinyl siding, or something else? Do you prefer a new home or an older one? Through all of this, make sure to talk to your real estate professional about where you want to live. While more buyers now use the Internet to gain access to listings, or available properties for sale, it is still a good idea to use an agent. The agent brings value to the entire process: he or she is available to analyze data, answer questions, share their professional expertise, and handle all the paperwork and legwork that is involved in the real estate transaction.

Plainview, Old-Bethpage Real Estate Closings for Sept. 2009

1) 4 Sherman Rd Old Bethpage $440,000 Exp Ranch
2) 44 Schoolhouse Rd Old Bethpage $475,000 2 Story
3) 38 Janet Dr Plainview $336,000 Ranch
4) 20 Heather Ln Plainview $335,000 Ranch
5) 12 Wendell St Plainview $380,000 Ranch
6) 138 Main Pkwy We Plainview $340,000 Hi Ranch
7 ) 84 Briarwood Ln Plainview $379,000 Ranch
8) 26 Kalda Ln Plainview $390,000 Ranch
9) 11 Maxine Ave Plainview $413,888 Split
10 ) 157 Floral Ave Plainview $415,000 Cape
11) 122 Manor St Plainview $410,000 Split
12) 23 Acorn Ln Plainview $465,000 Splanch
13) 58 Lincoln Rd Plainview $435,000 Cape
14) 19 Pearl Dr Plainview $465,000 Split
15) 19 Pearl Dr Plainview $465,000 Split
16) 3 Glen Dr Plainview $495,000 Split
17 ) 39 Melony Ave Plainview $480,000 Exp Ranch
18 ) 16 Harold Rd Plainview $475,000 Split
19) 117 Northern Pky Plainview $525,000 Split
20 ) 54 Shelter Hill Rd Plainview $590,000 Split
21) 35 Roxton Rd Plainview $650,000 Split
22) 17 Charlotte Pl Plainview $810,000 Colonial
23) 41 Midwood Dr Plainview $925,000 Colonial
24)640 Washington Ave Plainview $975,000 Colonial

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Why Are You Paying Realtors To Work Against You In A Real Estate Transaction

When you walk into an open house you are dealing with a sales agent who is working for the seller and their best interest. If you buy that house from the listing agent you have paid them a commission to work against you. WHY???

$$$$$$ The Benefits of Buyer Agency $$$$$$

*No extra cost to the buyer*

· They represent your interests, not that of the seller’s.

· They point out the weaknesses and strengths of a property.

· They tell you if they think the house is overpriced.

· They analyze market data to determine an appropriate offering price.

· They apply their negotiating skills for your benefit to get you the lowest price.

· They keep your negotiating strategy in strict confidence.

· They prepare the sales documents with your best interest in mind.

Mark Schreier Certified Buy Representative

· My goal is to develop an on going professional relationship with you based on successfully representing your best interest.

· My role is not to “sell” you a house; my job is to provide advice, expertise, and counseling, to assist you in your selection of a house.

I will be happy to explain how you can get your money working for you.

Contact me now for more info!!
(516 ) 263-9094

Monday, September 7, 2009

Plainview and Old-Bethpage Home Sales for August 2009

1) 5 Piper Pl Old Bethpage $360,000
2) 38 Crescent Dr Old Bethpage $457,000
3) 32 Lark Ct Old Bethpage $460,000
4 ) 15 Mahan Rd Old Bethpage $535,000
5) 62 Barry Ln Old Bethpage $585,000
6) 584 Plainview Rd Plainview $362,500
7 ) 20 Eileen Ave Plainview $366,500
8) 10 David Ct Plainview $365,000
9) 5 Sunrise St Plainview $405,000
10) 26 Park Rd Plainview $410,000
11) 30 Relda St Plainview $425,000
12) 99 Grohmans Ln Plainview $390,000
13) 174 Roxton Rd Plainview $380,000
14) 72 Lincoln Rd Plainview $437,999
15) 5 Stauber Dr Plainview $500,000
16) 8 Barbara Ln Plainview $500,888
17) 53 Amby Ave Plainview $520,000
18) 5 Relda St Plainview $520,000
19) 25 Roxton Rd Plainview $590,000
20 ) 26 Alma Ln Plainview $630,000

Friday, August 14, 2009

Local REALTOR® completes CBR®-Certified Buyer Representative Program

Local REALTOR® completes CBR®-Certified Buyer Representative Program

Mark Schreier was recently certified by the State of New York, the Long Island Board of Realtors, as a CBR®-Certified Buyer Representative.

Mark is a Licensed Sales Associate with Century 21 Prevete in Plainview, NY and is now trained in the professional representation of home purchasers.

Buyer Representation is rapidly changing the face of real estate. Propelled by knowledgeable home purchasers, legislative action, and consumer watch dog groups, home buyer representation has gained momentum in the residential market in recent years and is now available nationwide. To find out even more visit the website:

Buyer Representative is a cooperating agent who legally represents the real estate buyer. They generally do so under a buyer representation agreement, much like a traditional real estate broker represents the seller under a listing agreement. The buyer agent’s role is to be the advocate for the purchaser in the real estate transaction. Each agent completes three days of extensive training (22.5 class room hours) to earn the CBR Designation.


For further information contact Mark Schreier, Century 21 Prevete Real Estate
(516) 263-9094

Monday, August 10, 2009

Nassau County Department of Assessment's Property Tax Exemption Outreach Forums

Nassau County will process property tax exemption applications such as Basic and Enhanced STAR, Veterans, Senior Citizen, Volunteer Firefighters, and Ambulance Workers, etc. on site with computer links to the county's database.

Schedule and locations as follows:

Jericho Public Library Thursday, August 27, 2009 2:00-4:00pm

Syosset " " Wednesday, September 30, 2009 2:00-4:00pm

Plainview " " Thursday, October 1, 2009 6:00- 8:00pm

Bethpage " " Thursday, October 15, 2009 2:00-4:00pm

For more info contact the Department of Assessment (516) 571-1500

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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 east-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.

By: Mark Schreier, Licensed Sales Associate, Certified Buyer Representative

Sunday, August 2, 2009

House Sales for Plainview and Old-Bethpage, New York July, 2009

St # - Street Name - Sfx -Town - Sold Price - Style
1)31 Park Dr Old Bethpage $350,000 Ranch
2)34 Park Dr Old Bethpage $430,000 Ranch
3)499Winding Rd Old Bethpage $850,000 Other
4)34 Nassau Ave Plainview $275000 Cape
5)12 Hollyberry Rd Plainview $315,000 Ranch
6)58 Amby Ave Plainview $363,000 Cape
7)14 Redwood Dr Plainview $390,000 Split
8)53 Nassau Ave Plainview $410,000 Cape
9)4 Hollyberry Rd Plainview $410,000 Ranch
10)32 Island St Plainview $405000 Exp Ranch
11)102 Knickerbocker Rd Plainview $465,000 Raised Ranch
12)66 Country Dr Plainview $485,000 Split
13)6 Bayberry Dr Plainview $485,000 Split
14)33 Wensley Rd Plainview $502,500 2 Story
15)9 Bradford Rd Plainview $497,500 Colonial
16)20 Sherman Ave Plainview $500,000 Split
17)14 Lombardi Pl Plainview $510000 Split
18)12 Edgewood Gate Plainview $525,000 Split
19)30 Laura Ln Plainview $530,000 20Split
20)52 Phipp Ln Plainview 505,000 Split
21)18 Bradford Rd Plainview 540,000 Colonial
22)19 Hollywood Dr Plainview $545,000 Split
23)12 Redwood Dr Plainview $545,000
24) 4 Sherman Ave Plainview $542,500 Split
25)10Edgewood Gate Plainview 615,000 Split
26)53 Glenwood Rd Plainview $583,000 Split
27)150 Harvard Dr Plainview $602,500 Colonial
28)1010 Washington Ave Plainview $670,000 Colonial
29)54 Robin Ln Plainview $710,000 Splnch
30)17 Newport Dr Plainview $850,000 Ranch
31)85 Sagamore Dr Plainview $1,270,000 Post Modern

Monday, July 13, 2009

Come To The St Pius Feast, Thursday July 23rd - Sunday July 26th

Come to the St Pius Feast,

Enjoy our Casino, Rides, Games, Food, Raffles, Face Painting and Balloons.

St Pius X Feast. The Feast runs from Thursday July 23 7-11 PM, Friday July 24 7-11 PM, Saturday July 25 6-11 PM, and Sunday July 26 2-10PM. Located on Washington Ave just past the Plainview Community Park

Monday, July 6, 2009

House Sales for Plainview and Old-Bethpage, New York June 2009

1) 19 Sheridan St Old Bethpage $460,000 Ranch
2) 19 Virginia Ave Plainview $355,000 Cape
3) 32 Gloria Pl Plainview $353,000 Hi Ranch
4) 25 Margaret Dr Plainview $325,000 Ranch
5) 4 Cynthia Ln Plainview $350,000 Ranch
6) 6 Sagamore St Plainview $365,000 Ranch
7) 19 Diamond Dr Plainview $380,000 Ranch
8) 28 Relda St Plainview $435,000 Ranch
9) 7 Jeremy Ave Plainview $445,000 Colonial
10) 74 Jamaica Ave Plainview $430,000 Split
11) 14 Abbey Ct Plainview $432,000 Ranch
12) 25 Sherwood Dr Plainview $450,0 00 Split
13) 48 Hope Dr Plainview $477,500 Exp Ranch
14) 20 Grohmans Ln Plainview $460,000 Split
15) 121 Cherry Dr Plainview $470,000 Exp Ranch
16) 5 Algiers St Plainview $400,000 Split
17 ) 48 Hope Dr Plainview $477,500 Exp Ranch
18) 11 Amby Ave Plainview $510,000 Colonial
19) 82 Phipps Ln Plainview $523,400 Split
20) 82 Wilson Pl Plainview $580,000 Split
21) 8 Laura Ln Plainview $635,000 Hi Ranch
22) 68 Richfield St Plainview $945,000 Colonial
23) 35 Hamlet Dr Plainview $1,040,000 Ranch

Thursday, June 4, 2009

House Sales for Plainview and Old-Bethpage, New York May 2009

Plainview old-bethpage closings for May-09

1)17 Adrienne Dr Old Bethpage $435,000 Split
2) 42 Pal Way Plainview $230,000 Colonial
3) 32 W Lane Dr Plainview $350,000 Hi Ranch
4) 56 Sunrise St Plainview $399,000 Cape
5) 12 Opal Dr Plainview $388,000 Split
6 ) 10 Jody Ln Plainview $431,500 Hi Ranch
7 ) 4 Karen Ave Plainview $400,000 Colonial
8 ) 22 Warren Pl Plainview $485,000 Split
9) 21 Oakwood Ln Plainview $479,000 Split
10) 28 Eleanor Ln Plainview $500,000 Split

Friday, May 8, 2009

What's Your Style?

A guide to America’s Most common Home Styles

Styles of houses vary across the country. From the New England Cape Cod to the Victorians of San Francisco, the choices are almost endless. Knowing which style you prefer is one of the basic elements in your hunt for the perfect home.
Following is a quick guide to help you recognize and use the professional terms for many of the most prevalent house styles:
· Ranch: these long, low houses rank among the most popular types in the country. The ranch, which developed from early homes in the West and Southwest, is one-story with a low pitched room. The raised ranch, which is also common is the U.S.. has two levels, each accessible from the home’s entry foyer, which features staircases to both upper and lower levels.
· Cape Cod: this compact story-and-a-half house is small and symmetrical with a central entrance and a step, gable roof. Brick, wood or aluminum siding are the materials most commonly seen.
· Georgian: Popular in New England, the Georgian has a very formal appearance with two or three stories and classic lines. Usually built of red brick, the rectangular house has thin columns alongside the entry, and multi-paned windows above the door and throughout the house. Two large chimneys rise high above the roof at each end.
· Tudor: modeled after the English country cottage. Tudor styling features trademark dark-wood timbering set against light-colored stucco that highlights the top half of the house and frames the numerous windows. The bottom half of the house is often made of brick.
· Queen Anne/Victorian: Developed from styles originated in Great Britain, these homes are usually two-story frame with large rooms, high ceilings and porches along the front and sometimes sides of the house. Peaked roofs and ornamental wood trim, many times referred to as “gingerbread,” decorate these elaborate homes.
· Pueblo/Santa Fe Style – Popular in the Southwest, these homes are either frame or adobe brick with a stucco exterior. The flat roof has protruding, rounded beams called vigas. One or two story, the homes feature covered/enclosed patios and an abundance of tile.
· Dutch Colonial – the Dutch Colonial has two or two-and-one-half stories covered by a gambrel roof (having two lopes on each side, with the lower slope steeper than the upper, flatter slope) and eaves that flare outward. This style is traditionally make of brick or shingles.
· New England Colonial – This two-and-one-half story early American style is box like with a gable roof. The traditional material is narrow clapboard siding and a shingle roof. The small-pane, double-hung windows usually have working wood shutters.
· Southern Colonial –this large, two-to-three-story frame house is world famous for its large front columns and wide porches.
· Split-levels: Split-level houses have one living level about half a floor above the other living level. When this type of home is built on three different levels, it is called a tri-level.

These are just a few of the many styles of homes available across the country – some are more prominent in different areas than others. Knowing home style terms will help you zero in on the type of house that will fill your needs and suit your taste.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

House Sales for Plainview and Old-Bethpage, New York April 2009

1) 1 Lois Ln Old Bethpage $415,000 Hi Ranch
2) 17 Sheridan St Old Bethpage $405,000 Ranch
3) 28 Pickwick Dr Old Bethpage $432,000 Ranch
4 ) 8 Weldon Ln Old Bethpage $654,000 Split

5) 42 Stewart St Plainview $310,000 Ranch
6) 5 Phipps Ln Plainview $341,126 Split
7) 9 Amby Ave Plainview $374,500 Cape
8) 27 Melony Ave Plainview $395,000 Exp Ranch
9) 48 Charlotte Pl Plainview $367,000 Ranch
10) 15 E Floral Dr Plainview $400,000 Hi Ranch
11 ) 20 Cranford Rd Plainview $465,000 Colonial
12 ) 8 Linda Ln Plainview $520,000 Split
13 ) 34 Sally Ln Plainview $540,000 Hi Ranch
14) 10 Hollywood Dr Plainview $555,000 Split
15) 6 Sydney St Plainview $827,500 Colonial
16) 74 Main Pky Plainview $875,750 Colonial
17) 130 Sagamore Dr Plainview $1,162,500 Colonial

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I Just Returned Form Washington D.C.

I just returned from Washington D.C. and had the opportunity to visit the National Association of Realtors office. I discussed the D.C. and Maryland housing market with some resident Realtors. D.C. is similar to the Manhattan market in that prices remain high. Maryland is starting to turn around and prices are slowly moving upward. The last time I was in D.C. I was to young to appreciate all it has to offer. The "History Comes Alive" when you walk around everywhere you look there is something spectacular. I took over two hundred pictures.

Thursday, April 2, 2009


711 S Oyster Bay $260,000 Colonial

51 Burton Ave $399,000 Split

2 Vera Ave $428,000 Exp Ranch

19 Stauber Dr $450,000 Split

11 Birch Dr $470,000 Hi Ranch

75 Mitchell Ave $514,500 Split

39 Winthrop Rd $640,000 Split

10 S Oaks Blvd $625,000 Split

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Attention Home Buyer’s Why Are You Paying For A Service You Aren't Getting??

Attention Home Buyer’s
Why Are You Paying For A Service You Aren’t Getting??

What are the benefits of the buyer broker agreement?

As Realtors our first responsibility is to represent the best interest of our client. With this in mind it is very important that all home buyers understand who the agent is contracted with. When an agent has a contract with the seller of a house they are considered to be a listing agent. That agent has a legal obligation to market and sell that house for the best terms and (highest) price possible.

When this listing agent sets his commission with the seller he figures in a certain percentage to offer any agent who brings a buyer for that property.

When a potential buyer makes an offer directly to the listing agent or any other agent that he doesn’t have a buyer brokerage agreement with. They end up paying a commission for a service they are not receiving.

The service is already paid for by the commission the seller agreed to pay at the time of the listing.

Why not even the playing field by having a Realtor look out for your best interest!

When you contract with a Realtor to be your buyer broker you have just hired a professional to help you with all phases of the transaction. For example: dealing with attorneys, appraisers, home inspectors, mortgage bankers, and other agents. They will aid in negotiation, do research and analyze market data.

If only I new this when I purchased my home.

For more information on this topic click the following link:

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mortgage Rates drop to the lowest they have been in 50 Years

The feds lowered interest rates again to the lowest they have been since world war two. This combined with already reduced housing prices and an $8,000 1st time home buyer tax credit make it a great time to get out there and buy that house you have been waiting for. I have designed a one stop real estate information website to help you start your search Check the current mortgage rates, watch free educational video's on all real estate related topics, and sign up for your very own FREE Listing book account. Listing book lets you search the MLS like a broker. Best of all I am only a shout away, if you have any questions or concerns.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Plainview, NY House Closings For February 2009

Plainview houses that closed for the month of February 2009

Address / type/ sale price

1) 18 Agatha Dr. Split, $422,000

2) 6 Milben Ct. Hi Ranch, $469,000

3) 4 Debra Dr. Split, $480,000

4) 68 Glenwood Rd. Split, $635,000

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

How To Determine The Price Of Your Home

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 this 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.

Home Sales For Plainview January 2009

Address Style Colsing Price
  1. 53 Nassau Ave, Cape, $286,140
  2. 60 Jamaica Ave, Exp Cape, $300,000
  3. 88 Jamaica Ave, Split, $330,000
  4. 8 Jano Pl, Hi Ranch, $ 385,000
  5. 68 Jamaica Ave, Split, $ 380,000
  6. 105 Knickerbocker Rd, Ranch, 420,000
  7. 48 Sunrise St, Cape, $416,500
  8. 10 Gates Ave, Split, $427,300
  9. 26 E Cedar Dr, Exp Cape, $440,000
  10. 14 Virgina Ave, Colonial, $440,000
  11. 23 Opal Dr, Split, $534,000
  12. 66 Joyce Rd, Split, $640,000
  13. 25 Southwick Ct, Ranch, $682,000
  14. 16 Ruth Pl, Colonial, $820,000

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Face Book I Need To Sell/Buy my House Real Estate Tips and Discussion Group

Just started a new Face Book group to help everyone that wants their real estate questions answered. Post a question, make a comment, or just check it out.

"I Need sell/Buy a House, Real Estate Tips and Discussion Group.

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Mark Schreier
Licensed Realtor

Monday, January 12, 2009

Are Nassau County Property Taxes Going Down?

Are Nassau County Property Taxes Going Down?

Nassau County finally got on the band wagon and agreed to reduce the assessed value on the majority of properties in the county for the years 2010/2011. However just because your assessed value goes down doesn't mean your yearly tax bill will be reduced. According to the Nassau County Department Of Assessment for the 2009 tax year county taxes only accounted for 17.3% of your tax burden. Town and village, city & special district taxes make up 20% and school taxes 62.7% The amount of taxes in dollars the local government collects from you is based on it's expenses, divided by your assessed value. So when local government expenses go up the burden is divided according to your assessed value. The higher your assessed value the more of the pie you will be responsible to pay. So yes even if your assessed value goes down your yearly tax bill can go up. If you would like to challenge the county market value of your home, your property tax classification or exemption status, you may file an application for correction of assessment at between January 2, 2009 and March 2, 2009 or by calling the assessment department at 516 571-1050.
Mark Schreier ,LSA

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Plainview New York Home Sales for December 2008

53 Nassau Ave Plainview $246,500 Cape

152 Central Park Rd Plainview $305,000 Ranch

30 Vernon St Plainview $355,000 Exp Ranch

27 Janet Dr Plainview $385,000 Ranch

27 Clearwater Dr Plainview $430,000 Exp Cape

26 Birch Ln Plainview $460,000 Split

104 S Lincoln Rd Plainview $475,000 Split

68 Country Dr Plainview $477,500 Split

59 Beaumont Dr Plainview $450,000 Hi Ranch

164 Morton Blvd Plainview $519,000 Exp Ranch

17 Alan Ct Plainview $475,000 Split

16 Laura Ln Plainview $542,500 Hi Ranch

11 Millford Dr Plainview $585,000 Ranch

Friday, January 2, 2009

Town of Oyster Bay Bethpage Community Park Indoor Ice Rink Grand Opening

The Town Of Oyster Bay Ice Rink just opened its doors last month. It is a great place to burn off those extra holiday calories.. The regulation size rink has lockers, pro shop, snack bar, and a lounge with a wood burning fire place. I went there with my 7 year old and had a blast. It is part of the Bethpage recreation center.