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Staten Island Realtors® Spread Holiday Joy With 19th Annual ‘Adopt-A-Senior’ Initiative

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) marked the 19th  chapter in its annual Adopt-A-Senior Program in December by bringing holiday joy to residents of local senior care facilities. In the days leading up to Christmas, over 600 presents were donated by SIBOR members and caring Islanders to senior center residents, ages 41 to 108! As in years past, the program provided personally requested holiday gifts to Island seniors who are alone, mainly without family, friends or loved ones to be with them. Two residents of Carmel Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Dongan Hills, front row...

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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The booming U.S. economy continues to prop up home sales and new listingsin much of the nation, although housing affordability remains a concern. Historically, housing is still relatively affordable. Although Freddie Mac recently reported that the 30-year fixed rate is at its highest average in seven years, reaching 4.94 percent, average rates were 5.97 percent 10 years ago, 6.78 percent 20 years ago, and 10.39 percent 30 years ago. Nevertheless, affordability concerns are causing a slowdown in home price growth in some markets, while price reductions are becoming more common. STATEN ISLAND MARKET New Listings...

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This Holiday Season Could Be the Right Time to Sell Your Staten Island Home

From Stapleton to Tottenville, Staten Island’s winter holiday season is a wonderful time of year for reflection, get-togethers with friends and family – and talking to a local real estate professional about selling your home. “There are number of reasons homeowners should consider listing their homes this winter,” said Sandy Krueger, CEO of the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR). “For example,” he said, “fewer homes are available during this time of year. For many homeowners, selling their home during the winter holidays seems like too much of a hassle, and they will either take their home off the...

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Staten Island’s Largest Professional Group Elects its Leaders for 2019

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Next year’s leaders of Staten Island’s largest professional organization have been determined. Recently held elections completed the selection of officers and directors of the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR) for 2019. The officers are: Scott Setaro, president; Sandy Krueger, CEO; Angelo Pappalardo, president-elect, and Frank J. Rizzo, secretary/treasurer. The following individuals were elected as SIBOR’s directors for 2019: Michael Blasi, immediate past president; Phyllis Cangro; Dawn M. Carpenter; Sandra Cascio; Ann Coppola; Christine DeHart; Georgianna Diaz; Michael Dukhovny; Laird Klein; Rosanne La Fata; Jessica Matute; Maurice Molcho; Erica Orlando;  Joyce A. Powers, and non-Realtor director Robert...

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Staten Island Realtors® Offer Voice-Enabled Searches for Homes

Consumers can now ask Alexa and Google Home to help them find their next house STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – If you are shopping for a home on Staten Island, your search has just gotten a bit easier thanks to a cutting-edge technology embraced by the Staten Island Board of Realtors® (SIBOR). The organization, provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), in October became the first Realtors association in New York City to offer Voiceter Pro’s voice-driven real estate listings search on Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant devices. Now, by saying “Alexa, Open Staten Island Real Estate”...

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