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September 2017 Newsletter


Welcome to the Fall season, though recently it seems we have been experiencing August in September!

As you may or may not know, the post Labor Day season is a big selling season here in New York City.  With potential buyers returning from being away for summer weekends, sellers like to put their homes on the market before the late November and December holidays distract everyone.

Last week we staged this formerly vacant but beautiful 3 bedroom/3 bathroom  apartment off Central Park West in a full -service prewar building just steps from the famous Dakota (there are tourists there every day still taking photos after all of these years!). 

See below for photos of this lovely apartment. 

Warm Regards, 

Donna M. Dazzo, President
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In This Issue
Testimonial of the Month
Featured Staging: $4M Perfect Prewar Condo on the UWS!!
Market Overview: New York, NY
Tips and Tricks of the Trade: Chic Diffusers You'll Want to Display in Your Home!!
Did You Know...? Things To Do in NYC Before Summer Ends!
Market Overview: The East End
FREE Closet Organization, Open House & Moving Checklists

We recently staged this $4 million 3 bedroom/3 bathroom  condo located at 27 West 72nd Street , a prewar building on the Upper West Side for Christine Miller Martin and Deanna Lloyd of Stribling and Associates. 

Located on the 15th floor, a long entry hallway leads in to an elegant, south facing and light-filled living room with impressive views. The open pass through kitchen features custom made Italian cabinetry, Caesar Stone counter tops, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Dacor range and Miele dishwasher. The bathrooms are equipped with Waterworks fixtures as well as radiant heated floors. The master bath features a separate soaking tub and stall shower. The third bedroom, with built-in book cases and pocket doors, is open on to the living room and is currently configured as a den. This can easily be closed off to the living room, and a doorway created for more direct access to the third bathroom.

 Living Room

Master Bedroom

Second Bedroom

Den/Third Bedroom

Guest Bathroom

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Tips and Tricks of the Trade: 
Chic Diffusers You'll Want to Display in Your Home!!

Form meets function with these style-focused picks highlighted by Domino contributor Anna Kocharian

La Promeneuse Cameo Diffuser with Tea Light


From its elegant design - inspired by a traditional lantern - to the sleek ceramic and color details, this diffuser is about as elevated as it gets. Its composition boasts a ribbed Italian glass element coupled with brass accents and even a tea light function. Plus, it also comes with four lush scents (leather, tobacco and Moroccan mint tea, anyone?).

Lily Travel Essential Oil Diffuser


This wirelessly powered diffuser means you can take it with you when you're on he go, and it even comes with a wall adapter. Plus, ambient LED lighting radiates seven vibrant shades of color, when turned on.  

Stone Diffuser


Hand-crafted of porcelain, Vitruvi's black stone diffuser embodies modern elegance at its finest. Featuring a run time of up to 7.5 hours, this understated piece will instantly become a decorative accent in its own right.  

House Aroma Diffuser

This compact diffuser functions via ultrasonic waves, meaning you can enjoy your scent of choice in its natural state, sans heat. Powered by a sleek USB cord (in a vibrant shade of red, nonetheless), this streamlined piece was made for the modern home.

Eastern Bloom Oil Diffuser


We love this oil diffuser for its whimsical charm - its stoneware composition, also a major plus. Paired with delicate flavors such as vanilla, coriander, or a floral mix, there are no shortage of soothing scents to try.  

For information on where to purchase these and to view more options, click  here!
Didyouknow    Did You Know.....? 
   Cleaning Myths That Could Be Wrecking Your House!!

Put aside the bleach. Step away from the coffee grounds. And read on to uncover some of the biggest cleaning myths that could be doing more harm than good in your house.  

    Bleach is the best cleaner for your bathroom. 

"Bleach does not clean anything," says   Leslie Reichert, cleaning coach and author of "The Joy of Green Cleaning."  "It does disinfect, but before you can disinfect a surface, you have to clean it with something that will lift off the dirt," she advises. (Imagine trying to clean muddy feet with hand sanitizer, and you get the idea.)

Washing machines clean themselves.
"This is a common misconception, because the purpose of a washing machine is to clean things, but  they do need to be cleaned, too," says  Debra Johnson, home cleaning expert at Merry Maids.
You should run a cleaning cycle every month to maintain your washer's functionality and keep it smelling fresh.   

Polish in the best way to care for wood.

Commercial polishes contain a host of different ingredients, from the recognizable (beeswax) to the huh-what's-that (polydimethylsiloxane). The good news: They shine up your wood. The bad: They can also leave a waxy buildup. All you really need is a damp microfiber cloth. Its tightly woven fibers trap dirt without the need for an additional cleaner.  

Too much vacuuming ruins your carpets.
"Dust and dirt that gets down into the base of a carpet can do more damage than a vacuum," Reichert says.  Of course, you will need to use care when vacuuming  delicate floor coverings  such as Oriental rugs and handmade carpets. And you should never leave  your vacuum  in one spot too long.  "The constant beating can heat up the fibers, cause them to melt, and leave a burn mark," Reichert says.

Coffee grounds are a great way to clean your garbage disposal.

Legend has it that coffee grounds can deodorize and clean unidentified gunk off the blades of your garbage disposal. Alas, you're better off using it as compost in your garden.  A better way to clean that's still natural: Place two to three small lemon, lime, or grapefruit slices in the garbage disposal, then turn it on and rinse with warm water, she advises. (Don't use the full fruit-just the peels.)  Fresh out of citrus? Run warm water in your sink while pouring a half-cup baking soda down the drain.

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The following is a comparison of August 2017 vs. August 2016 annualized, by town, according to  Suffolk Research, Inc.


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