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12 Things You Didn’t Know Facebook Could Do

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — In order to serve home buyers and home sellers to the best of their ability, many of today’s Realtors spend a good deal of time becoming educated in the latest communications technologies. Realtors and consumer alike might appreciate the following article from the New York Times: The designers and engineers who build Facebook are anything but complacent about their success. They face a constant threat from the career-centric LinkedIn, specialized upstarts like Instagram’s mobile photo network and now Google’s fast-growing Google+, an attempt to improve on Facebook’s core design that has picked up tens of millions of users in its first few weeks. So Facebook has been adding features to make the reigning social network more useful and convenient. As the number of features grows, though, so does a corresponding problem: Most of Facebook’s 750 million users don’t know these features exist. Some don’t know how to find them, some don’t go hunting for them in Facebook’s ever-growing interface of controls and many don’t even think of them in the first place. A few minutes of exploration can uncover functions that make Facebook not just an addiction but a pleasure to use. READ MORE  …  About the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y. SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity...

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Zoo Animals, Radio Personality To Celebrate At Staten Island Realtors’ Fund-Raising Gala

                     Proceeds from holiday party will be used for renovation                           of children’s classroom at the Staten Island Zoo   STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  (Nov. 30, 2011) — In a season when traditional holiday parties are the norm, an upcoming celebration promises to be anything but traditional. Animals, courtesy of the Staten Island Zoo, and Elvis Duran of the  Z-100 “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” will add to the entertainment on Thursday evening as the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) celebrates its Winter Wonderland Holiday Gala. “This party promises to be over the top in style, music, entertainment and cuisine,” said Laird Klein, committee chairman of the Staten Island Board of Realtors’ Winter Wonderland Holiday Gala. “Despite a tough economy, Staten Island’s real estate professionals have continued throughout the year to support local causes in every way possible. Now, as the local real estate market appears to be strengthening, the SIBOR gala celebrates the holidays and the unrelenting contributions of Realtors within our community.” CHILDREN’S CLASSROOM Proceeds from the gala will assist with the renovation of the children’s classroom at the zoo. “This space has captured the attention and curiosities of the zoo’s attendees – particularly those of elementary school age,” said Ken Mitchell, executive director of the Staten Island Zoo. “In recognizing our attendees’ educational and comfort needs, the zoo needs to significantly upgrade the appropriate facilities to...

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Report: New York State October Home Sales Kept Pace With Same Period In 2010

New York State October home sales and the statewide median sales price kept pace with the 2010 October market, according to preliminary single-family sales data accumulated by the New York State Association of REALTORS®. The number of homes sold in October 2011 dropped from September 2011 indicating that the market still is finding its identity. The October data show that the market has not entered into a trend either positive or negative. The October year-to-year volume stability countered by month-to-month loss indicates a market subject to fluctuating consumer needs. NUMBERS STRONG ON STATEN ISLAND However, according to a report earlier in the November from the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR), home sales on Staten Island soared 13.8 percent over the combined months of August, September and October, as compared to the same period one year ago. In addition, home sales under contract for the same period have risen a whopping 21.2 percent, signaling optimism for continued growth within the Island’s real estate marketplace Despite continuing market fundamentals favoring affordability, such as historically low mortgage rates and available inventory, overly stringent lending standards for qualified buyers combined with concerns about the economy continue to hamper housing statewide market sales. Sustainable housing market recovery will not occur until consumer confidence in the economy returns and the recent gains in job growth become a long-term trend. Nationally, existing-home sales rose 1.4 percent...

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The Truth About Staten Island: You can Mosey In and Wet Your Whistle at Adobe Blues

People tend to quicken their pace when walking along Staten Island’s north shore, where a cold industrial landscape can make even the most stoic New Yorker feel bleak. For many on Lafayette Avenue, though, their destination is a cozy refuge with amber lights that hint at subtropical warmth: Adobe Blues Restaurant. Pull open the door and you are in a Southwestern cantina, with walls reminiscent of sun-dried clay, a glowing fireplace and memorabilia of the borough’s unlikely 1930s rodeo days.  The décor may be on the garish side — plastic cactuses, ristras of chili peppers, oversize dream catchers and paintings of cowboys — but it’s certainly inviting, as is the crowd of young professionals, artsy types and older barflies. Read more … About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)   is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y. SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property. Comprised of over 1,800 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.  SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on...

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Makes Great Financial Sense To Buy A Home Today

There is more and more research coming out showing that it makes great financial sense to purchase a home today . Whether it be rent vs. buy ratios, income-to-price ratios or income-to-mortgage payment ratios, purchasing a home right now is a bargain compared to historic norms. Now we want to look at the COST of a home today compared to pre-peak prices. According to the most recent S&P Case Shiller price index, residential real estate values have returned to 2003 1Q PRICEs. That, in itself, says something. However, when you factor in mortgage rates, the case for buying a home today becomes even more compelling. In 2003, 30 year mortgage rates stood at 5.88%. Today, they are 4%. How does that impact the actual COST of a home? On a home purchased for $250,000, here is the difference in monthly cost: That means you save $285.30 a month, $3,423.60 a year and $102,708 over the life of a 30 year mortgage! You buy the home for the same PRICE but the COST is over $100,000 less. Bottom Line This is why so many financial advisors are saying that this may be one of the greatest times in history to purchase a home. — Reposted with permission of Keeeping Current Matters   About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in...

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