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Bethenny Frankel Buys In Bridgehampton

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Reality television star, noted author, and business mogul Bethenny Frankel has gone beyond being one of “The Real Housewives of New York City” and jumped full steam into the world of luxury real estate.  With a new show “Keeping It Real Estate” co-starring fellow Bravolebrity Fredrik Eklund about to premier she’s laying down more roots in the Hamptons with the purchase of a 4,239 sq.ft. estate in Bridgehampton.  Frankel purchased her first Hamptons home in 2013, also in Bridgehampton.

Frankel closed on the 7-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom Hamptons spread listed exclusively with Kathleen Conway of Town & Country Real Estate in October.  According to Conway, “Bethenny was fabulous to work with and saw the property as a great investment.” 

Originally listed for $2,950,000 and built in 1910, the former bed and breakfast, known as the Morning Glory House, is situated on 0.60 well-manicured acres South of the Highway in the village near shopping, dining, and more. The home underwent a major renovation under the guidance of architect Brian O'Keefe of BOKA where he set out to update all elements of the home and seamlessly merge the old and the new.

Local builder Dennis Boyle made those plans materialize and the elegant finishings complete the look. The gracious formal entry hall sets the tone with dark, hardwood floors illuminated by a skylight, a hand-carved staircase, and board and batten details. An exercise room is perfect for early morning workouts while a large gunite swimming pool with sprawling bluestone patios are ideal for an afternoon swim.

For more details speak to Town & Country Real Estate’s Kathleen Conway, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, 631.537.3200, KConway@TownAndCountryHamptons.com.

 

LINK: http://www.townandcountryhamptons.com/html/projectDetails.php?innum=21958

Hamptons Real Estate News: Ammon Estate Sold

Monday, December 4th, 2017

 

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, we closed title on the Ammon Estate on Middle Lane in East Hampton Village.

 

The 59 Middle Lane East Hampton home, owned by siblings Greg and Alexa Ammon, listed exclusively with Judi Desiderio of Town & Country Real Estate in June 2017 who remarked on the sale, “I proudly represented the estate for over a dozen years of leasing and recently they decided the time was right to sell. I’m so pleased for Alexa & Greg Ammon. I’m sure it is bittersweet but when one door closes another one opens.”

 

For more information and photos contact exclusive listing broker

Judi Desiderio, JD@TownAndCountryHamptons.com631.324.8080.


Closing Cost Guidelines 2017

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

Town & Country provides this guide to estimate closing costs for you, for informational purposes only. Both Buyers and Sellers should receive Estimated Closing Costs from their respective attorneys prior to closing. Purchasers using a lending institution receive a Truth in Lending Statement from the lender. These are itemized lists of expenses. Request them as early as possible so that you can best prepare for closing.

One of the buyer’s greatest expense is the Peconic Transfer Tax. In November of 1998 voters overwhelmingly approved the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund or CPF. Later, in 2012, East End residents voted in all 5 towns, by a 2:1 vote, to extend the tax for an additional 10 years, thus extending the expiration date to 2022, with an additional extension to 2030. 

Since its inception in 1999 the Peconic Bay Region Community Preservation Fund has generated over $1Billion. These funds have enabled the 5 East End Towns to preserve open space, farmland, beaches, pine barrens, water recharge areas, wetlands, and even an island. In fact, some 10,000 acres through more than 600 acquisitions have been secured. An accomplishment we can all be proud of. The money collected is managed by the respective towns. In East Hampton and Southampton, the towns have borrowed against future fund revenue. While everyone agrees the objective of preserving the rural beauty and protect our natural resources should remain top priority, some have questioned the

fairness of existing property owners voting on taxes they don’t pay – a sensitive issue. Furthermore, the levels at which the Peconic Tax begins, have come under scrutiny. Back in 1998 you could possibly buy a starter home at $250,000 and a vacant lot at $100,000 on the South Fork and $150,000 and $75,000 respectively on the North Fork and Riverhead, but our values have come along way over the past 20 years. Yet this entry level has never been adjusted to reflect where markets have appreciated to.

2014 remains the year that the 5 East End Towns collected the greatest sum — $107.69M, eclipsing the previous high water mark set back in 2007 when $96.02M was received. Both were banner years for high end real estate sales according to Town & Country Home Sales Reports. Thank you to all the buyers who have footed the bill. The 5 East End Towns have preserved sensitive land and increased park lands for public enjoyment for generations to come. To view Home Sales Reports visit TownAndCountryHamptons.com/html/MarketReports.php.

On July 7, 2017, an exception was imposed for first time home buyers purchasing their primary residence. Eligible individuals must apply with Suffolk County. Your attorney can assist with this.

It is important to mention that there are some who confuse Peconic Land Trust with Peconic Bay Region Transfer Tax, referred to as Peconic Land Tax or CPF (Community Preservation Fund,) but they are vastly different. The Peconic Land Trust is 501 (c) (3) non profit organization established in 1983 by John v.H.Halsey and a group of East End residents with a focus on protecting Long Island’s heritage of farming. The trust does not share in the taxes collected. For more information visit PeconicLandTrust.org

Town & Country Hamptons 3rd Quarter 2017 Home Sales Report

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

The 3rd Quarter, Hamptons Homes Sales Report, was akin to watching a collection of super balls bouncing in all different directions simultaneously. That said, analyzing, the data for these 3 months in this year to year comparison, yields some important insights.

The most glaring of which is that the $10-$20M price range found its groove again — whew — with 133% year over year explosion from 3 in 2016 to 7 in 2017, 3rd quarter. The kicker is 6 of the 7 home sales $10-20M were in the Bridgehampton area (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) – 2 in Bridgehampton, 1 in Sagaponack and 3 in Water Mill. A dazzling statistical fact; Bridgehampton area (which includes Water

Mill and Sagaponack) accounted for over 26% of the Total Home Sales Volume for the entire region! $158M of the $596M posted for the 3rd Quarter.

Both of the 2 sales over $20M occurred in East Hampton Village — no surprise there, as East Hampton’s Estate section, historically, posts the high watermark most years. But 2017 won’t shatter the ceiling as these two sales were “only” $29M (11 Lily Pond Lane) and $25.925M (81 Briar Patch). A far cry from the prior ceilings of well over $100M.

East Hampton Village posted the highest Median Home Sales Price at $4,437,500. impressive, yet 15% less than last year’s at $5.25M. Leaps and bounds over the next highest Median Home Sales Price in Bridgehampton area (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) at $2.71M.

On the dark side, Sag Harbor area (which includes Noyack and North Haven) went out to sea for three months! The Number of Home Sales tanked by nearly 30% and the Total Home Sales Volume sank like an anchor at nearly 60%. Closer scrutiny over the 8 price categories monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY and clearly you see why…there were no sales $5M and up. None, zero, zip!

Collectively, we know why sales under $500K went down —there simply are few to none — but why the $5-10M price range dropped 56%, from 25 in 2016 to 11 in 2017, needs to be explored further. 

In closing, looking at All Hamptons Markets Combined and we see the 3rd Quarter was a healthy quarter for Hampton Home Sales. There were approximately 8% increases in all 3 criteria monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY — Number of Home Sales, Total Home Sales Volume and Median Home Sales Price.

To view all reports click here – http://www.townandcountryhamptons.com/html/marketReports.php

How Important Is Pricing?

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

QUINTESSENTIAL EAST HAMPTON ESTATE Web # 55470

East Hampton | $10,995,000 | Web# 55470


Those of us in the industry are witness to one of the oddest phenomenons I’ve seen in my 36 years.

We are seeing homes selling for HALF of their original list price. Clearly our markets are not collapsing by any means. We are not in a recession. This is not ’87 or ’08.

So, what is going on?

Is it a handful of sellers “testing the market for their crazy price” or are some brokers over-inflating prices just to have the press write about their newly listed “highest price in America” listing? Are agents desperately pricing to “asking price” vs. “selling price” just to secure the listing? Did one stratospheric sale attempt to set a new high water mark for the entire neighborhood?

Frankly, it’s the perfect storm of all the above.

Most of the steep discounts are at the uber high end. The unfortunate fall out lies with the sellers of homes over $10M who truly would like to sell and have priced to their appraised values only to languish on the market due to an excessive amount of competition. Historically, we have never had so much inventory.

StreetEasy, Trulia and Zillow give false impression on inventory and market status. This is primarily because the East End is not MLS nor is the market monitored by a totally encompassing real estate board.

So, what does this mean?

The bottom line:

For sellers — pricing today is more important than ever, yet even with proper pricing the length of time on the market will be longer than usual due to the scales of supply outweighing that of demand in a big way.

For buyers — it’s a great time to go shopping! You are in a position to get tremendous values.

For sellers and buyers — both benefit from choosing the right professional to assist in navigating current market trends.

To view all reports visit TownAndCountryHamptons.com/Reports.

Hamptons & North Fork Luxury Real Estate Specialists Celebrate Summer in East Hampton

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

“2017 Town & Country Summer Party was a grand success at East Hampton Point,” said Judi Desiderio, CEO and President of Town & Country Real Estate of the late-July 2017 event in East Hampton.  “It was wonderful to see our associates who work so hard take the time to simply enjoy each other’s company. #greatgroup!

The weather was picture perfect, classic cocktails flowed, and delish noshes provided the ideal setting to talk real estate of course.  Over 100 real estate agents from all eight offices -  Westhampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton & East Hampton Annex, Montauk, Southold, and Mattituck – dropped by the mid-summer soiree to mix, mingle, and discuss deals for Hamptons real estate and North Fork homes for sale in the works.

Photos by Charlie Grubb and Linda Kabot

Hamptons Real Estate Q2 Market Report: The High End Recovers

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The 2nd Quarter of 2017 was clearly the 3 months that the high end made a recovery rebound. The blue chips of Southampton Village, East Hampton Village and Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) all came roaring back from the tepid 2016.

All Hamptons Markets Combined for the 2nd Quarter of 2017 saw 4 closings over $20M, where there were none in 2016 same period. Two from Southampton:

 328 Gin Lane – $31,000,000

 1510 Meadow Lane – $24,600,000

One from East Hampton and Water Mill each:

 32 Middle Lane, East Hampton – $25,000,000

 1285 Flying Point Road, Water Mill – $20,500,000

In the $10-$19,99M price range 10 homes sold in 2017 compared to 4 in 2016, a 150% jump. And 6 of the 10 closed were from the Bridgehampton, Water Mill and Sagaponack region.

Seven of the 12 markets monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY saw increases in all 3 criteria – Number of Home Sales, Total Home Sales Volume and Median Home Sales Price.

The 2nd Quarter wasn’t all rosy for certain markets. Two popular niche markets, Montauk and Shelter Island,each experienced significant pull back in all 3 criteria. In fact, statistically, the greatest declines of all of the 12 hamlets both experienced solid red across the board.

In all, the 2nd Quarter of 2017 shows just how unique each of our Hamptons markets are and how they each move independent of one another.

Water Mill | $6,495,000 | IN # 15218


To view all reports visit http://www.townandcountryhamptons.com/html/marketReports.php

North Fork Q2 Market Report: T&C Real Estate Business Up 20%

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The second 3 months of 2017 were not so kind to North Fork home sales.

At our Mattituck and Southold Town & Country Real Estate offices business was up approximately 20%.

Obviously, that was not reflective of the overall market conditions. This is why statistics are so important.

Jamesport (which includes Aquebogue, Baiting Hollow and South Jamesport) was hit the hardest with 40% and 42% declines in Number of Home Sales and Total Home Sales Volume, yet the Median Home Sales Price rose a healthy 6.8%.

The greatest Number of Home Sales occurred in the Southold (which includes New Suffolk and Peconic) market with 32 closings… just 3 less than the 2nd Quarter 2016. The Total Home Sales Volume and Median Home Sales Price price rose 2.3 and 2.7% respectively.

Mattituck (which includes Laurel and Cutchogue) experienced a big bump up in Median Home Sales Price from $414,985 to $757,000 — an 82.4% jump. The only sale over $3.5M was 397 Marratooka Road, Mattituck which sold for $4,500,000.

Looking at All North Fork Markets Combined and you see a nearly 25% drop in Number of Home Sales yet the Median Home Sales Price rose 18%. This tells us inventory is way low and demand high which results in price increases.

Southold | $2,200,000 | IN# 28807

Southold | $2,200,000 | IN# 28807


 

To view all reports visit http://www.townandcountryhamptons.com/html/marketReports.php

Hamptons Real Estate – A Glass Half Full

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Maybe I’m the eternal optimist or maybe I’ve just been doing this too long – HA!

Either way, I believe it is important to address the grim snapshot of the state of Hamptons Real Estate as described by some of my contemporaries, all for whom I have tremendous respect.

I have been reporting on East End Home Sales for 25 of the 35 years of my real estate career. During my tenure, I have seen two crashes, a few recessionary markets, and several bull markets. As they say, “The only thing constant, is change.” And change it does.

For the most part, the homes we sell are vacation homes – which frankly, are luxury items to the buyer – few are primary residences. These buyers don’t have to have what we are selling, as they can always opt to rent. The majority of our buyers work in some area of the financial markets: stocks, bonds, hedge funds, banking, etc. These particular buyers, for the most part, buy at the top end of our markets.

Definitely, there has been a strenuous pull back on the high end over the past 12-18 months due to various factors. But as with all cycles, this one, too, will come to an end, and a shift from a buyers’ market to a seller’s market will take place. We are already experiencing an uptick in showings, contracts and sales. The stock market is strong, bank stocks have rallied due to dividends, the Federal Reserve has shown confidence in our overall economy, and lending regulations are easing. All are indicative of a strong selling season.

On the high end, price adjustments are yielding some incredible bargains. There are several examples where you couldn’t buy the land, build the house, landscape, and accessorize, and pay less than the asking. So, for those value-driven buyers, the time to pounce is now.

As for the mid markets, all eight Town & Country Real Estate offices have experienced heightened sales activity. Last week, there were 82 closings on the East End and $135 million changed hands. That is a respectable statistic!

While our markets may have faced some headwinds such as the presidential election, geopolitical concerns, heightened emotions, there is change in the air. After all, the only thing constant is change. 

This Letter to the Editor originally appeared in the July 6, 2017 edition of the East Hampton Star.

First Offering: Ammon Estate, East Hampton, NY

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

59 Middle Lane, Ammon estate

The 59 Middle Lane East Hampton home, owned by siblings Greg and Alexa Ammon, is up for sale for $12.7 million with Judi Desiderio of Town & Country Real Estate.

“Having been the broker for the Ammon family for nearly 15 years, we have rented the home to several families with children, all of whom have throughly enjoyed the beautiful home and outstanding sprawling grounds, for some two years running," said Desiderio. "A few tenants were interested in purchasing the property but the family wasn't ready to let it go."

"Alexa and I are now ready to sell our childhood home as we are both moving forward with exciting new ventures," said Greg Ammon. "We truly hope our family home finds the right buyer who can enjoy the many happy memories we had here and appreciate the true beauty that it has to offer."

Inspired by these memories, Greg founded Big Flower, a Hamptons lifestyle brand with a flagship in East Hampton and expansion plans in the fall. Alexa recently graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts and is currently pursuing a career in film and photography.

The family's decision to sell presents a very rare opportunity to own the famed East Hampton estate. With Katie Couric around the corner and Jerry Seinfeld a stone's throw away, the new owners will be in fabulous company.