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Valerie Kellogg

Valerie Kellogg fell in love with real estate when she bought her first home in 2004. Monitoring the real estate ads and checking out open houses soon became an addiction. The housing gods smiled down when she got offered the job of Newsday's shelter editor in early 2006, overseeing the real estate and home section. She had been at Newsday since 2000, editing the opinion pages, as well as the advice, faith and technology sections. Currently, she also edits the Long Island arts and kids sections and runs this blog.

A 1994 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Valerie has worked at CBS (where she helped launch cbsnewyork.com), the Long Island Voice and the Bridgewater (N.J.) Courier-News. She taught journalism part time at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University from 1999 to 2010. She attended the school on a full scholarship package, earning her bachelor's in art history with a minor in journalism. She grew up in East Northport.

Valerie lives in Huntington (in a house she bought in 2006) with her husband, Richard T. McKenna, and son, Harrison.

Open House Watch: See 12 Hicksville homes

Built in 1954, this updated four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at 216 Cottage Blvd. in Hicksville is on the market for $489,000. “It’s a totally renovated, dormered ranch with new framing, insulation, Sheetrock and wiring,” says co-listing agent Christopher Hubbard of ReMax Central Properties (516-731-2700). “It is a complete new exterior, with newer siding, windows and a new blacktop driveway with...

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Homes going green in Middle Island

Among the energy efficient houses in a new

(Credit: Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates)

Art Wilson, the owner of AJW Home Consultants in Ridge, has built what he calls Long Island’s first solar community. And it seems as though being green saves a lot of green.

The five-lot Middle Island subdivision comprises Gold Label Energy Star-rated ranches, four of which have sold. “Sales are excellent,” says listing agent Brenden Burns of Shawn Elliott Luxury Homes and Estates, noting...

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