Long Island Real Estate and Lifestyle

Working from home has certainly sparked some creativity when it comes to creating a Home Office Space.  Finding a quiet corner or a place to spread out can be challenging.  Looking at some of these beautiful office spaces is downright inspiring.  Which is your favorite?  I personally like #5!

Posted by Christine Geraghty on July 6th, 2020 11:15 AM
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20 Captains Walk

Bay Shore, NY 11706

Beds: 3 Rooms: 3
Full Baths: 2 Sq. Ft.: 2496
Garage: 0 Built: 1985

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Posted by Christine Geraghty on June 21st, 2019 8:47 PM

January is the month of "new beginnings" and "fresh starts!"  The article below has some great tips about all the things you can accomplish while trying to get through the winter chill!

If you are considering selling your home - this is the time to get started!  There are certain things that you can do to best prepare your home for being sold.  I would be more than happy to review them with you as well as developing a customized analysis of what your home would be worth today in comparison to what has sold.  If this is something you would be interested in more information about email me at mylihomesforsale@gmail.com and we can connect!

If you are in the market to buy a home - I am anticipating a surge of inventory coming up soon so let's set up a buyer's consultation soon so we can discuss your "must haves" and "definitely don't wants" so we can pin-point the perfect home!

Happy 2018!

~Christine Geraghty, LSA, CBR, E-Pro


Posted by Christine Geraghty on January 10th, 2018 2:41 PM
While some people shy away from putting their home on the market during the holiday season, this year we are planning for a jump start on the New Year.  With inventory being at an all time low, sellers are taking advantage of that fact and putting their home on the market sooner so that they can stand out in the real estate market.  We have been seeing a slightly higher list price that a few years ago would have left listings to sit stale and now are getting multiple offers and bidding wars.  

One of the questions I get as a real estate agent is whether or not to decorate the home during the holiday season.  I say YES!  Use the holidays as a unique way of showcasing areas and features in  your home that you would like to stand out.  This article that I've included speaks to that point and gives wonderful tips on how to do just that.  

If you are looking to put your home on the market on Long Island and are looking for a local real estate agent, please don't hesitate to email me at mylihomesforsale@gmail.com or call me directly for a consultation at 631-681-8820.

Chrisitne M. Geraghty
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Certified Buyer Representative
EPro Certified
Meg Smith and Associates Real Estate
Specialty Areas: Bay Shore Real Estate, East Islip Real Estate, Islip Terrace Real Estate, Brightwaters Real Estate, Islip Real Estate, Great River Real Estate, West Islip Real Estate, Long Island South Shore Real Estate.
Posted by Christine Geraghty on December 10th, 2016 8:09 AM
Being a Real Estate Agent allows me to enter into people's lives and guide them through one of the the biggest decisions, purchases or sales in their lifetime.  It is an honor when I am chosen to represent someone because I know that they are hiring me because of more than the numbers I present or my website.  It is because they feel a connection with me and know that they can trust me with this transition.  

One of the greatest things that I can do, is give back to the community that does so much to support me.  I am lucky enough to work for a Broker who believes in Community presence and paying it forward.  This year, following suit to the past 2 years, Meg Smith and Associates Real Estate is supporting the EJ Autism Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that provides supports and brings awareness to children and young adults on Long Island.  This foundation has supported my family, as I myself have a child with special needs, along with so many others.  

We are hosting a BOCKTOBERFEST on Saturday, October 15th at Changing Times in Bay Shore from 5pm-9pm.  It is going to be a fun event with a $20 Entry Fee getting you  a custom Bock Beer brewed  by our local brewer Spider Bite, a plate of German Fare courtesy of Bulls I BBQ, and an entry tick to win our door prize, a 43" Sharp TV donated by our friends Randy Ascher and Pat Marabella of Citizens Bank.

There is a pride that comes with knowing our organization gives back and is willing to do more than just sell homes.   We invite you to join us and be in the presence of our wonderful community while helping support a wonderful cause.  You can register online by clicking here, stop by Meg Smith and Associates Real Estate at 249 W. Main Street in Bay Shore or simply come to event and purchase your tickets at the door.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Posted by Christine Geraghty on October 7th, 2016 12:04 PM
So for those of you who know me but do not know what I do, I am a Licensed Real Estate Agent at Meg Smith and Associates Real Estate in Bay Shore, NY. I have been licensed for over 10 years now. After working in the field of marketing for real estate agents, deciding to become a Real Estate agent myself came very natural to me.

Being a Real Estate agent gives me multiple opportunities to not only meet new people and help them with one of the biggest transitions in their life, but it allows me to also not miss out on raising my two boys. I love that I don’t have to choose. I love that I can give my all to my career and to my family and never feel that I am neglecting either one.

So with all the Real Estate Agents out there, why should you choose to work with me? It’s simple. I want to work with people who want to work with me. I have a select client base that I choose to represent because they are “all in” with me. They want the same things I want and that is to have a working relationship built on communication and trust.

When you interview potential real estate agents to represent the sale of your home, all the “data” that you are shown should be the same. We all have the same numbers available to us, the same public resources. That shouldn’t change. What makes the difference is the connection with the agent you are sitting with and the dedication they have to providing the highest level of services to market your home.

This goes for my buyers out there too. YES you can hire a Realtor to represent YOU! Most people don’t even know that is an option. As a Certified Buyer Representative, I can speak with you 1:1 about the different level of service I can provide you while you are searching for a home.

I love what I do, and I am dedicated to working with people and guiding them through this transition. So now that summer is over and the kids are back in school I am looking to kick it into high gear and built my client profile. If you have any questions regarding selling or purchasing a home, please call me to discuss your real estate needs. If you are not at that time or place in your life, then please keep me in mind as a person to refer to your friends and family members who may be in need of real estate services.

Knowing that you have someone you can trust representing you allows you to continue your day to day life and focus on what is most important to you. Please “Like” my facebook page www.facebook.com/mylihomesforsale and call me with any questions (631) 681-8820.
Posted by Christine Geraghty on September 13th, 2016 4:38 PM
Painting is one of the most inexpensive ways to give your home a face-lift OR customize a room to fit your personality.  As a homeowner that gets bored with the "same old look" every so often, a new coat of paint can change the entire room without breaking the budget.  I have learned through trial and error throughout the years that picking out the right paint color can get tricky at times if you don't know HOW to test the color to get the full effect you want.  Today, I just so happened to stumble across this article that perfectly outlines all of the steps to make your next painting project a slam dunk!  If you just moved in to your new home and are looking to "make it your own" take a tip from the experts and have fun!
Posted by Christine Geraghty on June 7th, 2016 10:42 AM

The market is BUZZING and it is looking like a SELLERS MARKET!  This is a great time to list your home and I want to take a moment to share with you a KEY COMPONENT to working with the right Realtor.  One of the first things I tell my Sellers is that the most important part of selling or buying a home is COMMUNICATION!  I know this sounds simple and you know what… it is!  At the end of the day everyone wants the same thing.  Someone wants to sell and someone wants to buy.  Things only get complicated when expectations are not met and half the time it is due to lack of communication.

Sellers Communication Tip: As your Real Estate Agent, I NEVER want you to turn to me and say, “Why didn’t you tell me that?”  Here are two of my prime examples of conversations that are absolutely necessary to have when I list a home.

  1. It is not necessarily my job to tell you the number that you want to hear but it is my job to make sure that the numbers I tell you are accurate and base off of real information that I can back up. Bottom line – if it so happens to be that the buyer that purchases your home needs a mortgage, then the bank is going to have to give the final approval of the purchase price. If it is too high, then unfortunately it will not appraise. I open up this conversation when we first sit down to discuss where our figures are at. It may be that you decide to list your home at a higher price and that is okay, however, now you are aware that this may be a forecast of the future if it is too high for the market to bear and at that time we may need to re-open the negotiations.
  2. If you have made improvements to your home that you do not have paperwork filed for through your town, you may need to take some necessary steps to prepare your home for sale. If you have added a deck or converted a garage, or constructed an extension, then legally, you are to have permits in place with your town. Again, if a purchaser is obtaining a mortgage to purchase your home, these are things that will probably come up and better to know about them now rather than be surprised about it later.

So – if you are feeling the warmth of Spring and are reading the news about the market, and are curious to see what the market is like for your home, CALL ME!  I would be more than happy to speak with you and after answering a few questions about your home, I will comprise a thorough analysis of what your home is worth and how I can effectively market it for sale.  Additionally, I can discuss with you any necessary steps that may be needed to prepare your home for sale and provide you with the recommended resources to do so. 

Choosing the right Realtor is KEY – In today’s ever changing market, you need to know you can rely on a committed real estate agent so that you can continue to focus your attention on everyday life.  I pride myself on the wonderful relationships I have formed and continue to form in a business that I truly love.  

Posted by Christine Geraghty on April 18th, 2016 11:33 AM

It's Spring! So if you are anything like me – you have a brown thumb and the thought of the happy people that live for that first sign of spring so they can run out into their yard and start planting makes you feel completely defeated.  It is not that I don’t have interest – I just can’t foresee how things will grow and look together in time.  How close do I plant things next to each other?  More sun vs less sun?  UGH! 

Any good Real Estate agent will tell you how important curb appeal is when selling a home and working with buyers I can tell you first hand that it is the first impression when they pull up to the home that sets the whole tone to the showing.

So, although I personally am not equipped to express my opinion on what to do this spring to spruce up your curb appeal, I found a helpful article that can at least get you moving in the right direction.  It has great tips with useful steps that show you the right way of designing your garden to help it fit into your space and enhance your outdoor living.

If you are thinking that now is the time to sell, call me today to schedule a consultation (631) 681-8820 and I would be happy to sit and discuss your home with you.

Posted by Christine Geraghty on March 31st, 2016 12:19 PM

Being a Licensed Real Estate Agent in today’s market means so much more than sticking a sign in the ground and putting a pretty picture online for everyone to see.  When you are looking to retain a Real Estate professional, you should find out what services they offer as an agent. 

As a professional in the industry, I am big on “doing my homework.”  Prior to listing a home for sale, I will first and foremost research.  Research… Research…Research!!!  A real estate agent should value the home similar to how an appraiser will value the home.  It is not so much about what the seller wants, but rather what the market can bear. 

Rule #1 – Buyers determine market value!  A home is only worth what a buyer is willing to pay so the buyer will determine the market value of your home by what they are spending on the surrounding homes. 

Rule #2 – The bank will determine the home’s worth.  Even if the buyer wanted to overpay for the home, the bank will only lend what it determines the value to be.  So unless you are working with an all cash buyer, you have to play by the bank’s rules. 

So what does this mean for you?  As your Real Estate Agent it means that I am the professional that will help you to find the balance between the perfect price at which the buyers will be attracted to the home and enticed to make an offer, and where the bank will find the value to be within reason to develop the loan. 

Another part of research entails finding out if there are any reasons why a bank would not grant a loan.  Open permits, illegal structures on the property, and conversions of non-livable space to livable space all fall into the category of things can hold up the selling process if the buyer is trying to obtain a mortgage.  There may be steps necessary to get your home ready for sale that is beyond a fresh coat of paint and a new welcome mat.  The good news is, if you are working with the right Real Estate Agent, they should be able to advise you accordingly and may be able to recommend the professionals in the industry that can help expedite the process.

Bottom line is – you are not to take on the job of listing your home by yourself!  Hiring a professional in the industry is the best thing that you can do to get you the most money for your house in the shortest amount of time and avoid the headaches and the hassles that come along with the bumps you will encounter along the way. 

Not all agents work the same, so I can only speak for myself when I say that I pride myself on my due diligence that I take when preparing a home for sale.  If you have any questions about what your home may be worth, I would love the opportunity to sit down and speak with you.  As a Licensed Agent of over 10 years, I have a wealth of knowledge to share and would love the opportunity to continue growing my business by doing what I love and working with those who want to work with me.  

Posted by Christine Geraghty on March 28th, 2016 1:54 PM

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