February 2018

Found 9 blog entries for February 2018.

Staten Island has around half a million residents. What is the island missing that would be a huge asset to those living here? Correspondent Hannah Jay and Co-Owner Anthony Licciardello discuss some ideas!

1. North Shore Railway, which once existed along the northern part of the island and could be revived from existing tracks. This would be a boon for North Shore commuters and for property values in the area.

2. Monorail to the city via Hylan Blvd that would sail above the Hudson River where the Staten Island Ferry and other boats travel. Alternatively, we could complete the ill-fated Brooklyn Subway Tunnel which began right before The Great Depression.   3. The Cheesecake Factory, a diverse and beloved restaurant across the…
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What are Staten Island's best kept secrets? We're here to let you in on them! On Staten Island's North, Mid-Island, and South Shore sections, Anthony Licciardello and Hannah Jay identify some of the most beautiful yet mysterious locations in Staten Island.

These neighborhoods are home to luxury Staten Island homes and are each charming in their own unique way. Yet, since they lie off the beaten path, these streets offer luxury homes for a great value. This is an depth discussion about the history, home styles, transportation, unique views and amenities each of these neighborhoods has to offer.

PLUS- a discussion about property taxes that may just save you lots of money! There are lots of ways to reduce the property taxes you pay each year, whether

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Early February, Wall Street plunges downward as the DOW Jones sends investors into a panic. How does this compare to other stock market dips of the past? Should we look for warning signs?

Not yet, exactly. This dip in the stock market (which has since recovered) does not represent a crash. The dip would have to be greater for it to be considered a crash, to at least 30%. At around 11%, this is more likely classified as a correction. If it fell further, it would be classified as a bear market.

The important thing to take away is that this may not be cause for panic, yet anyway. Stock market ebbs and flows are a normal part of the economy. We should be on the lookout for changes in the future and it is a fact that this upward spike could not sustain

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Many homeowners still fret over their homes inability to attract a decent offer, even in a seller's market. 

It's usually based on misunderstanding the process of selling your home, or just plain being sold the on ideas vs. the realities of it. 

Homeowners who need to sell can feel a sense of powerlessness over the entire home selling process, which manifests itself aggravation and even disgust. Some have even abandon using an agent all together and decided to place their home as for sale by owner. There are things you can do to possibly prevent your home from laying stagnant on the market, if you decide re-list your home. To avoid this fate, one needs to diagnose the reason for failure, and work with an agent who knows how to resolve them. Here are

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Our recently published article explored Mall 2.0 in America – or how malls can adapt by embracing change, not fearing it.

On the simplest level, malls will survive by focusing on alternatives to clothing stores that involve experience and entertainment, including stores for major purchases like furniture, and utilizing smart technology with integrated social media. Malls should also emphasize quality instead of expanding for the sake of it, and offer shoppers everyday staples like drug stores instead of just impulse items.

How can this be applied to the Staten Island retail sector? We have some ideas based on malls that are succeeding today.

High Priced Necessities, Not Luxuries

Retailers such as Cache and Bebe have shut their doors

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All over the country, we hear talk of the “retail apocalypse.” Brands that once thrived, from Wet Seal to Borders, have closed their doors for good. Generations-long Staples like Sears, Macy’s, Sam’s Club, and JC Penny continue to shutter stores nationwide to avoid bankruptcy.

These once powerful chains have buckled from competition against online retailers. In many cases it’s impossible to match the lower prices and convenience of Amazon and other online shops. 

The retail apocalypse officially reigned in during 2016 when major retailers closed thousands of stores across the country. But the seeds were sown long before that year. Brick and mortar stores have been feeling the pressure increasing for a long time along with the rising popularity

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Well here we are again- live and with a super important topic: Real Estate Video!

Live on Facebook, Anthony Licciardello and Hannah Jay discuss a passion: just why real estate video is so important today, and remains so in the advent of virtual tours. Though rising in popularity, virtual tours have a major downside, and we talk about why we believe they are not a good way to promote a home online.

We also talk about aerial drone video - a longtime passion of Anthony's. RealEstateSINY.com was one of the very first companies out there to recognize the importance of aerial video. It gives a sophisticated edge to property marketing that goes beyond just the flash and "wow" factor. We can actually show you the surrounding neighborhood this way. For a

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Best practices for getting your home seen by buyers - does this intimidate you? It doesn't have to be this way!

In the digital age, it is more important than ever to present your home in a nice light. The important of beautiful photos, social media, and well written descriptions should not be overlooked. Everything is out there for the public to see- friends, family, but most importantly, buyers who choose whether or not to bid on your home based on its presentation.

As part of a live Facebook segment, Broker and Co-Owner Anthony Licciardello is interviewed by PR Developer Hannah Jay on the best ways to market a home. You won't want to miss out on our many years of wisdom in this area, helping you avoid making the same mistakes we have seen so many

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When you see a home for sale, how did the seller arrive at that value? How can we go about pricing our homes well? The answer lies in a human element- not just a computer.

RealEstateSINY.com broker and co-owner Anthony Licciardello discusses with correspondant Hannah Jay the nitty gritty of our custom value platform SI-Dex. We talk about local values and how you must have an in-depth understanding for the right data. Most importantly, transparency from smart real estate agents who are there for your best interests.

A computer might be smart, but simply can't know as much as a realtor who dedicates their life to walking the streets they sell homes on, listening to client needs, and holding their hands throughout the years. Markets change,

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