Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn New York’

Check your Brooklyn New York Home after Earthquake

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

Brooklyn New York Experiences Earthquake 2011

I was working in my office,( Fillmore Real Estate ) in Brooklyn New York when I felt my first earthquake!  News reports are still coming in, but the reports are the earthquake started in Virginia and has been felt up and down the East Coast.  News reporters are saying the magnitude of this earthquake is 5.8 which is very unusual for Brooklyn New York.

I asked myself ,what should I to do after an earthquake comes to your Brooklyn home.  Here are a few initial things you might want to to do after you make sure everyone in your household is safe:

•   Inspect gas lines
Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbor’s home.  If you turn off the gas yourself, it should be turned back on by a professional.

•  Look for electrical system damage
If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker.

•  Clean up
Make sure to clean up spilled medicines, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable or potentially toxic liquids immediately. Make sure to leave your home if you smell gas or fumes from other chemicals.

•  Inspect your chimney
Look at the entire length of chimneys for damage. Unnoticed damage could lead to a fire.  If you aren’t sure, get a licensed chimney sweep company out prior to using the chimney.

•  Check for sewage and water lines damage
If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, call a plumber and avoid using the toilets.  If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid using water from your tap.  Drink bottled water or melt ice cubes until you have a pro check it out .

•  Open cabinets cautiously Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.

Get additional tips from FEMA

If you need help determining if now is the best time to sell your Brooklyn home, call Charles D’Alessandro Your Brooklyn Realtor® with Fillmore Real Estate at 718/253-9600 ext 206 or email me at [email protected],

Brooklyn New York Spring 2011 Photo Contest

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

The winner receives a $100 gift card to The Burger Bistro. Thank you to The Burger Bistro of Brooklyn New York for partnering with Charles D’Alessandro  your Brooklyn  Realtor® of Fillmore Real Estate to sponsor this photo contest. Visit The Burger Bistro’s website to see the menu and discover all the delicious food you can purchase if you win the $100 gift card. Start By Clicking Here .

Brooklyn New York Real Estate as a Long-Term Investment

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

When buying or selling your Brooklyn  home, there are many long-term conditions you should take into consideration for future planning. Will you look back years from now and wish you had not sold? Will your new home be something that you’ll love long term?

In today’s chaotic Brooklyn New York real estate market, jumping from one home to another every few years may no longer be a financially viable option. When purchasing a home for the long term, here are a few questions you should ask yourself:

Questions for long-term Brooklyn new York real estate planning:

  • Death in the family – If you’re a couple, what would happen if one of you passed away? Would the home you currently live in still work? That property may not look as attractive, if you’re going to be the only one caring for it.
  • The option of renting – If you want to move, but you can’t get the money you need out of your house to justify a sale, will it make a good rental property? Renting your home may be a great way to maintain some cash flow while still downsizing your living space during your retirement years.
  • Location – If you’ve envisioned an activity-filled retirement, will your location allow you to fulfill that dream? Is there a college nearby to pursue that master’s degree you’ve always wanted … can you go to cooking school … what about volunteering at a community center?
  • Flexibility of home – Have you considered how your home will be able to adapt to your changing needs? Maybe an upstairs master bedroom was attractive when you had children, but if you happen to face limited mobility, those stairs might put a kink in your lifestyle. Before purchasing, use a floor-planning tool to determine the types of spaces that are important to you.

Don’t put yourself in a situation where you’re forced to sell your home because it doesn’t fit your future lifestyle. Make sure you invest in a Brooklyn New York home where you can create life-long memories.

If you need help with your long-term Brooklyn New York real estate planning, please call me Charles D’Alessandro your Brooklyn Realtor® of Fillmore Real Estate at (718)253-9600 ext.206 or email me at [email protected] ,or your Brooklyn real estate search can start HERE and NOW, with

The Most Important Questions to Ask Brooklyn Real Estate Agents

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

If you’re considering selling your  home in Brooklyn New York, you probably already know most of the questions you should ask Brooklyn real estate agents you’re thinking of hiring, such as:

  • How long have you been a Brooklyn real estate agent?
  • Are you a full-time REALTOR®?
  • Do you specialize in my Brooklyn neighborhood?
  • How would you market my home?

Unfortunately, most sellers forget one of the most important questions to ask  Brooklyn real estate agents:  How many of the homes you listed in the last 12 months actually sold?

The answer to this question gets to the heart of whether the agents are good at selling real estate. They’ll have very few sold homes in comparison to the number of homes they listed, if they:

  • Over-price homes
  • Under-market homes
  • Don’t know how to negotiate
  • Aren’t good at (or simply don’t do) the multitude of tasks knowledgeable real estate agents perform to get homes sold

If you discover that an agent has a higher percentage of listings that are withdrawn or expired and not renewed than other agents in the same area, keep looking.

Searching for an agent who gets homes sold?  Congratulations, you’ve just found one ! Charles D’Alessandro Your Brooklyn Realtor®. I’d be honored if you’d give me a chance to interview for the job of selling your Brooklyn home.  Please call me at (718)253-9600 ext.206 or email me at [email protected] to schedule an interview.