Archive for May, 2012

HAVE YOU READ THE NEWS???

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Unless you live under a gigantic rock, you've had to notice the press Real Estate has had recently. We have been BLOGGING and discussing how our little microcosm of the world has enjoyed a healthy uptick since this past winter. More inquiries, more appointments, more showings, more sales! Some said it was a mild winter, some said it was the interest rates, some said it was the stock market…I believe it was not only all of the above, but also the fact that we're off the bottom! You can only stand on the sideline so long, before you just have to jump in…and that's exactly what happened. It's actually been 7 years since the height of the market – over all sales activity – That's a long correctionary market.

HEADLINES NOW READ:
Money.CNN.com–5/22/12– Homes Sales Surge in April, Up 10%…that was a year over year statistic on new home sales
ABC News.go.com–5/22/12-Home Sales Jump 3.4% in April…that was compared to the prior month for existing home sales
NYTimes.com – 5/22/12-New Home Sales Climb in April…similar coverage to CNN
Newsday.com-5/24/12-East Hampton Home Sales Boost Green Fund..the Peconic Bay Regional Community Preservation Fund collected $6.1M in April 2012 22% more than 2011.

The reports just keep coming. Finally, the media has stopped it's Real Estate bashing, and guess what…that's right, buyers began feeling more comfortable with their decision to buy! Sometimes all it takes is reassurance to move a market-confidence the world isn't going to crack open and suck us all in. Enjoy the healthy market conditions!

National Geographic Names Cooper’s Beach as the No.2 Beach in the Entire Country

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

They say the combination of endless coastline on one side and historic mansions on the other makes it a family vacation hot spot. The Southampton local beats out beaches in Hawaii and California. Back in 2010, Coopers Beach was actually the No.1 beach in America.

GREENPORT TALL SHIPS 2012 – SEE HISTORY COME ALIVE IN THE MARITIME VILLAGE

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

 

This memorial Day Weekend (May26-27 and 28) the maritime village of Greenport is hosting the Tall Ships Challenge 2012! Although many ships van be viewed from adjoining docks and waterfront areas – the village sells tickets to truly participate in the event

The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race is a series of sailing races, cruises, crew rallies and maritime festivals organized by Tall Ships America in conjunction with US and Canadian ports on the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts of North America and in the Great Lakes.

Traditionally-rigged sailing vessels from Canada, the US and other countries are crewed by youth (either civilians or cadets) ages 13 – 25 who are engaged in sail training programs under the supervision of captains and professional crewmembers.
Maritime festivals in each host port give visitors a chance to board the tall ships and meet the crew and trainees and learn about the many varied opportunities to sail and travel on Tall Ships America member tall ships. (Source)

Peconic Landing and the Seaport Museum hold the Sea Captain’s Reception on may 26th 5-8 at Brecknock Hall

All law-abiding and loyal citizens are urged to be vigilant and alert to the presence on your coast of the weatherly, fast, and heavily armed Clipper Schooner Lynx. The 122-foot square top sail schooner Lynx will be sailing into Greenport and will be offering a one time opportunity to sail aboard Lynx on Friday, May 25th from 3 pm to 5 pm

For reservations please call 866-446-5969 (PST) or visit www.privateerlynx.org for online ticketing and donations.

ANNUAL RIVERHEAD COMMUNITY MOSAIC STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The 16th Annual Riverhead Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival will take place this year on Memorial Day weekend-Sunday May 27th only, from 12 noon to 5 pm! (rain date Monday May 28th).

Presented by the East End Arts Council, street painters 14 years of age and up commence upon East Main Street to create works of art on the sidewalks with colored chalks.  Street painting is a form of art that may date back to Italy in the 16th century.  Sizes of the artwork showcased will vary in mural size from 4×6' to 8×8', and are each sponsored by a local business.  Funds will benefit the East End Art School scholarships.

As this is a "Festival", the sidewalks will also be a buzz with artisan and craftsman booths, offering for sale fine art, crafts and woodwork, and homemade food items, all at reasonable prices.  An inspiring and fun event for all to kick off the traditional beginning of the summer season!

Southampton Town Gives the Okay to Bailey Motel Land Purchase

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

29 acres of mostly woodland in Westhampton has been acquired by the Town of Southampton. In addition to expanding the Westhampton Cemetery, the town and county plans to preserve the land. This could mean hiking and biking after a day at the beach!

LAND PRESERVATION SAVED, BUT THE RATE OF LAND PURCHASED IS SLOW

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Open space and farmland preservation on Long Island increased in the past two years, but not fast enough to meet conservationists goal set years ago from development before the Island is built out. Local governments protected more than 1,700 acres last year and 967 acres in 2010. The growth comes after preservation declines in 2008 and 2009 related to the recession and a lack of large tracts of available land, according to a report issued, last week by the Long Island Pine Barrens Society.

"The period of decline has stopped and changed direction, but the rate of land purchased is not sufficient to get us to the goal, by a long shot." society executive director Richard Amper said last week.

The Nature Conservancy of Long Island and 100 environmental, civic and business groups in 2006 set a goal to protect 25,000 acres of open space and 10,000 acres of farmland by 2020, the year they estimated every acre of Long Island would be designated for either development or preservation. With development slowed by the recession, the Pine Barrens Society estimates build out to occur in 2025.  Even with the delay, it's estimated local towns and counties will preserve a total of about 17,000 acres by 2025, Amper said.

Last year, Suffolk County and the towns of Brookhaven, Riverhead, Southampton, Southold, East Hampton and Shelter Island bought a total of 1,703 acres, up from 1,134 the year before.

Amper worries the number of acres preserved will not be sustained. "They are not expected to do that well in the next two years," he said.