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5 Holiday-Hosting Disasters: How to Avoid Them

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Imagine you’re preparing to host your annual holiday party, and you’re past the point of no return. The veggies and meats have been bought. Guests are already braving busy airports and crowded highways to get to your home—and then your oven won’t turn on. Your home-cooked meal has quickly turned into a microwave dinner. That’s just one of many hosting nightmares that can end your holiday party before it even begins. Thankfully, some of the most damaging mishaps easily can be avoided — and the Staten Island Board of Realtors wants to share the good news with you. The National Association of REALTORS’ “houselogic”  information resource has collected five of the most prevalent issues and offers the following preventative tips to keep your holiday party on track. Problem: The oven doesn’t heat For any holiday occasion, the oven is the most important appliance in your house. If it fails to work, the centerpiece of your meal could go from roasted beef, ham, duck, or Tofurky to Peking Duck from the local Chinese takeout joint. How to avoid: There are any number of reasons a stove can break, but one common cause of disaster is easy to prevent. Don’t self-clean your oven until AFTER the holidays. You risk blowing a fuse or a thermostat, and tracking down an oven technician around the holidays can be tough. Problem: The...

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You’re Invited To Party For A Cause With Realtors: The Creation Of SIBOR’s Kids Education Room At Staten Island Zoo

                                          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 properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year. All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and visited online at http://siborrealtors.com/. Media Inquiries: Relevant Public Relations, LLC Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509 Mobile: 917‑715‑8761 Email:...

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Americans Still Believe in the Value of Homeownership

Last week, Fannie Mae released their National Housing Survey for the third quarter of 2011. They survey the American public on a multitude of questions concerning today’s housing market. Each quarter, we like to pull out some of the findings we deem most interesting. Here they are for the most recent report: Most Important Reasons to Buy a Home The study shows that the four major reasons a person buys a home have nothing to do with money. The top four reasons, in order, are: It means having a good place to raise children and provide them with a good education You have a physical structure where you and your family feel safe It allows you to have more space for your family It gives you control of what you do with your living space (renovations and updates) When we talk about homeownership today, it seems that the financial aspects always jump to the front of the discussion. There is no doubt that families must justify a home purchase from a financial point of view today. However, the reasons they actually buy are the same reasons our parents and grandparents purchased their home – to create a better lifestyle for their families. The Home as an Investment Though most people purchase a home for non-financial reasons, everyone realizes there is a money component to homeownership. Here is what they said...

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Toll relief for Staten Islanders headed to N.J. could be on way, borough president says

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Relief from the steep toll hikes to cross spans into New Jersey is on the way, Borough President James P. Molinaro pledged today. And it could be coming soon. By the time the Port Authority meets again on the issue next week, there may be a workable proposal on the table for what Molinaro characterized as “relief for frequent commercial drivers over the bridge and for residents.”  Read entire story … 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 properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year. All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and visited...

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Belief In Homeownership Is Alive and Kicking

There have been a growing number of reports announcing the death of American homeownership over the last two years. Some have said we are evolving into a rental society and even challenge the long standing belief that homeownership should be a part of the American Dream. They look at the falling rate of homeownership as proof of their point. Others say that the younger generations no longer see the value in owning over renting. However, this past week, two news items might refute these points. First, DSNews reported the homeownership rate actually increased in the last quarter; the first quarterly increase in two years. “After falling to a 13-year low during the second quarter, the homeownership rate posted a highly unexpected rise in the third quarter, according to a Census Bureau report.” Then, Fannie Mae released their 2011 3rd Quarter National Housing Survey. We will cover this report in more detail on Wednesday. But we do want to mention a few findings the report highlighted. Both Generation Y (birth date mid-1970s to mid 1990s) and Generation X (birth date mid 1960s to mid 1970s) have stronger beliefs in the importance of homeownership than those of the general population. Here are the numbers for the three major reasons to buy (as per the survey) with the percentage who believe in each reason: 1. It is a good place to raise...

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