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July 2017 Newsletter


This month we are featuring a few of our recently staged houses and apartments that need a buyer to make it a home.  All are beautifully staged (of course!) and are waiting for the right buyer to walk in and feel like this can be their home.  If you or anyone you know is looking for that dream apartment or house, please share this newsletter by clicking on the "Forward to a Friend" link at the bottom of this page. 

Try to stay cool this summer, and don't forget to hydrate.  This month we share some ways to do so without drinking water. 

Warm Regards, 

Donna M. Dazzo, President
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In This Issue
Testimonial of the Month:
Our Recent Stagings
Market Overview: New York, NY
Tips and Tricks of the Trade: The Hardware Store Item That Will Organize Your Entire Home!!
Did You Know...? Ways To Stay Hydrated This Summer Without Drinking Water!
Market Overview: The East End
FREE Closet Organization, Open House & Moving Checklists
  Testimonial of the MonthTestimonial

Christine Miller Martin                                                                    Deanna Lloyd
Engel & Volkers, New York, NY                         Engel & Volkers, New York, NY 

"To say that Donna and her team completely transformed the apartment would be the understatement of the year. She took an apartment  full of clutter and mismatched furniture, and in the space of a few days turned into a veritable showroom. We received multiple offers and our clients were delighted."

Living Room Before Staging

Living Room After Staging

Dining Room Before Staging

Dining Room After Staging
$2.825M - In Contract

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Tips and Tricks of the Trade: 
The Hardware Store Item That Will Organize Your Entire Home!!

When seeing this article by Apartment Therapy's Assistant Lifestyle Editor and contributor Brittany Morgan, our first thought was, "PVC pipe? Oh yes!! Of course!!" It  can work for any budget, and is so versatile! With a little whimsy and craftiness, you can transform this simple hardware item into a DIY helper for just about anything calling out for a little organization! Featured below are some clever suggestions compiled by Brittany, but I'm sure there are many more to be discovered!

Make a DIY Wine Rack

Organize All Your Desk Supplies

  Home Depot  

Keep Extra Toilet Paper Neatly On-Demand

Stop Hair Tools From Cluttering Your Vanity

                                      Never Lose Your Favorite Socks Again

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Didyouknow    Did You Know.....? 
   Ways To Stay Hydrated This Summer 
Without Drinking Water!
The heat is on as we're well into the prime time of summer with July almost behind us! The potential for dehydration rises with the temperatures, so knowing as many ways as possible to beat the heat's battle on your body's regulation system is crucial. What if you're not a big fan of drinking H2O? No sweat!! 

Eat your vegetables
Twenty percent of our daily water intake is derived from food, and fruit and vegetables are especially high in water content. Try focusing on those which contain 85% or more water such as lettuce (96%), cucumbers (95%), lettuce (96%) or tomatoes (94%).

    Take advantage of summer fruits
At the top of the list for fruit are strawberries and watermelon (92%), Cantaloupe (90%), and peaches (88%). Be sure not to overdo it with this summer treat. Although fruit is a great source of water, it is also high in natural sugar which can add unwanted calories to your plate.  

Grab an iced coffee
Despite popular belief, coffee isn't actually dehydrating. Some caffeinated drinks can cause a mild diuretic effect, coffee doesn't cause you to lose fluid. Instead your morning cup of coffee is 98% water, enough to leave you more hydrated than before ingesting. Everything is fine in moderation though. The side effects of too much caffeine can cause headaches, jitters, and insomnia.

Avoid excess amounts of alcohol
The more alcohol you ingest, the more your body will become dehydrated. This is because its intake can decrease the production of the anti-diuretic hormone which helps our bodies re-absorb water. For every glass of alcohol you consume, try combating the dehydration process by drinking a glass of water or a beverage high in electrolytes, such as coconut water.  

Make a cold soup
To implement soup as a combatant to dehydration, stick with broth-based varieties. Most broth-based soups are loaded with salt aiding in your body's ability to retain water. For increased intake, add veggies high in water content such as celery or tomatoes!

To read about more alternative ways to stay hydrated, click here!

According to George R. Simpson, President of Suffolk Research Service, Inc., the real estate market on the East End of Long Island shows a healthy increase. Median Price and Unit sales are up, as are Dollar Sales with comparison of 2nd Qtr 2017 vs 2nd Qtr 2016. And Median price has grown from about $500,000 to $700,000 over the same period.  

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

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