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Buying and selling real estate in the communities of Long Island

'Call Me Maybe' helps sell Huntington house?

An unusual real estate sign for an eight-room

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Hey, we just saw this. And this is crazy, but here’s Matt’s number, so call him maybe!

Catchy right?

Well, Matt Coleman of Charles Rutenberg Realty thinks so. He borrowed the title from Carly Rae Jepsen's smash hit “Call Me Maybe” for a real estate sign advertising an eight-room Colonial in Huntington on the market for $729,000. He received an offer in four days, and the house is now...

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Rich Cribs: In Orient, two floors with plenty of stories, and more

$1,299,000 bayfront cottage in OrientBuilt in the 1800s,

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 Built in the 1800s, a 13-room bayfront cottage in Orient, on the market for $1.299 million, has gone through several incarnations. In the 1860s, it was a single-story general store selling groceries and dry goods. A couple of decades later, in the 1880s, the C.B. King General Store was renovated and converted into a two-story hotel. Edgewater Cottage, which was part of the Bay House Hotel...

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Rising FHA loan costs expected to spur home sales

Long Island real estate brokers and mortgage lenders

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Long Island real estate brokers and mortgage lenders are anticipating a rise in home sales this month and in March, as some buyers hurry to evade higher costs for certain loans.

The Federal Housing Administration will raise costs for mortgages it insures, starting with loan applications that get a case number on April 1 or later, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said this...

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Why you should buy their house in Huntington

Frank and Norma Gaeta in the family room

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Sellers. Frank and Norma Gaeta

Address. 3 Lilac Ct., Huntington

Asking price. $719,000

The competition. A three-bedroom, 2½-bath ranch on a 0.43 acre lot on Colonial Drive is listed for $589,000.

Recent sale in the area. A five-bedroom, five-bath Colonial next to the Cold Spring Country Club sold in September for $817,000.

Taxes. $17,152

Time on the market. On...

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Solar community under way in Middle Island

This rendering depicts a home style that could

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While it’s not unusual to hear about the construction of an environmentally friendly house, Art Wilson, owner of AJW Home Consultants in Ridge says he is trying to take green to the next level.

The builder is developing what he believes is Long Island’s first solar community, says Brenden Burns of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes & Estates, who will market the five-lot Middle Island subdivision.

Each...

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Disaster-aid grants urged for for Sandy-damaged LI co-ops, condos

An apartment patio is filled to the brim

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Sen. Charles Schumer is pressing federal housing officials to give disaster-aid grants to co-op and condominium complexes, to help them rebuild after superstorm Sandy.

The complexes cannot get grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to repair common property such as boilers, due to “inflexible bureaucratic rules,” Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a news release Wednesday.

“Forcing...

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Housing takes back seat in Obama's State of the Union

President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe

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Unlike in past years, when housing policy and the mortgage market were key issues in State of the Union addresses, the 2013 edition only mentioned them in passing and lacked any new proposals.

This year, President Barack Obama  repeated his call to loosen mortgage lending standards, which many industry advocates say became too strict in the backlash against the easy credit that fueled...

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News 12 clip: Romantic master bedroom suites

11 Dune Rd., Quogue; the master is one

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Newsday's LI Home editor Valerie Kellogg appeared on News 12 Long Island Tuesday, as she does every Tuesday around 7:15 p.m., to talk about three high-end homes on the market. Here's the clip, in case you missed it, with a list below of the agents representing each of the properties. To see past segments, click here.

RIVERHEAD HOUSE:

CeeCee Flanigan, Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes &...

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LI home sales, prices rise in January

The Long Island housing market got a boost

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Long Island’s housing market got a boost last month, with sales and prices on the rise in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The median price of a home in Nassau County was $400,000, up 3.8 percent compared to the previous January, the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island reported Tuesday. The number of sales rose by 0.8 percent year-over-year, to 635.

In Suffolk County, the past month’s...

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Rich Cribs: Water Mill home for $18.5M, and more

Water Mill's $18.5 million Longview estateThe 15,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom,

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The newly listed Longview, on the market for $18.5 million, is on the highest point in Water Mill, says listing agent Peter Hallock of The Corcoran Group. It’s said that on a clear day, you can see 30 miles to Montauk Point and 10 miles to Mecox Bay and the Atlantic beyond, he says.

The 15,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom, 9.5-bath home features a home theater, an artist’s studio, a tennis court...

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