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Maura McDermott

Maura McDermott writes about residential and commercial real estate at Newsday. Before coming to Newsday, she was a staff writer for five years at The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., where her most recent beat – redevelopment – included the Prudential Center hockey arena in downtown Newark, the new Giants and Jets stadium and a $2 billion megamall under construction at the Meadowlands. She has covered mutual fund governance for a Financial Times-owned publication, crime for the Herald News of Passaic County, N.J., and education for The Riverdale Press in the Bronx, where she also served as managing editor. She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, she lives with her husband, son and daughter in Queens, in an apartment overlooking the garden where her husband grows organic tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and lots and lots (and lots) of squash.

LIers facing foreclosure can get help from state agency

The center is run by the state Department

Long Island homeowners at risk of foreclosure can seek assistance on Friday in Baldwin.

The state Department of Financial Services will offer guidance to homeowners at Baldwin Public Library, 2385 Grand Ave. The agency’s van will be stationed there from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Homeowners should bring relevant documents, such as records of mortgage payments and correspondence with their lender....

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LI home sales fell in March, but prices up

Compared to the year-ago period, the number of

(Credit: AP)

Long Island's housing market slowed last month, as late-winter storms kept buyers at home.

In Nassau County, the number of closed sales fell by nearly 12 percent compared to the previous March, to 587, according to a report released Friday by the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island.

Suffolk County sales fell by almost 5 percent year over year, to 707. Those figures typically reflect...

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Homeowners to learn about security, tech at Melville expo

Mitch Pally, chief executive of the Long Island

(Credit: Barry Sloan)

Long Islanders can learn about home monitoring and security technology at an exposition on Wednesday in Melville.

More than 100 exhibitors will offer advice and information on products such as smartphone-based home monitoring and geo-fencing, a technology that allows parents to monitor their children’s locations. The expo also will include information on new homes, rentals, remodeling, commercial...

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