December 2017: Happy Holidays!

It’s cold outside! With the holidays coming, and the New Year just around the corner, there’s a lot to keep you busy! And while we trek outside with red cheeks and noses, our hearts are warmed when we return to our cozy homes filled with holiday cheer. Read on for what’s going on in NYC and plenty of tips for how to brave the winter.

The Story: ’Tis the Season to Winterize

The Jump Off
Although we’re still days away from the official start of winter, the temperatures have plummeted here in New York City. While you tuck away your summer clothing and pull out all those cozy sweaters, scarves and socks, remember that your home, just as much as your wardrobe, needs winterizing. Readying your home for winter will not only help you and your family stay snug and warm, but it will also save you money on energy bills and may protect you from costly home repairs come spring.
The Process
If you are a homeowner in a self-managed building or townhouse, the onus is on you. Let’s start with the obvious: go to your local hardware store and invest in a good snow shovel and stock up on sidewalk salt. If you have a yard or rooftop garden, make sure to disconnect hoses from any outside faucets and turn off the water to avoid bursting pipes. Everyone should make sure their gutters and downspouts are clear of leaves to avoid basement flooding. And if you haven’t already, make sure your heating system is up and running before NY1 announces the next major winter blizzard. For a more detailed list of homeownership duties, click here and here. Want to go the extra step? Up your energy consciousness with a home energy audit… you might even be able to snag one for free! Short of that, if you’re worried about energy costs spiraling out of control, check out tips for how to prepare for winter and ensure energy savings so you can avoid costly assessments down the road. 
If you’re a renter, all these responsibilities fall on your landlord or management company — lucky you! But there are still ways you can stay warm this winter, not the least of which is splurging on that warm and stylish sweater and locating all those pesky drafts in your apartment. Even if you’re not a home mechanic, some winterizing design solutions may be within your reach.
The Wrap Up
After all that work winterizing your home, you’re probably beat. So check out this list of fun ways to enjoy the winter. Some of our favorites? Catching snowflakes on our tongues and cozying up with a mug of hot cider in front of a roaring fire. No WBFP? There’s an app for that!

Want to know how the market’s doing? Stay tuned for our January 2018 newsletter. Spoiler Alert: if you or anyone you know is in the market to buy, get in touch with us ASAP. No one likes to house hunt in the freezing cold or mid-blizzard, and sellers might be looking to get out before year’s end. Winter deals are heavily in favor of the buyer.

Iceland: It’s where a picture takes you

The Conversation Cheat Sheet

Fa la la la la… 
If you’re looking for a new way to deck the halls, no matter your politics you can get inspired by Melania or Michelle’s White House Holiday Decorations. Speaking of politics, the new tax legislation, aside from hurting many New Yorkers, might send home prices tumbling, increase our region’s tax burden and make it harder for local governments to pay for infrastructure. Read up, stay tuned. And ever walk home from work, guiltily sneaking a peek through a lit window to glimpse the decadent holiday decorations inside? Well, now’s your chance to make it past the Dakota’s “For Residents Only” sign. Some of NYC’s most glamourous apartments are on display.
What to say when you really need some rum in your eggnog…
Party time? Get your home holiday ready. Don’t have time to make everything from scratch? Here’s how to serve up some easy hors d’oeuvres in style. Remember, it’s the memories that matter. Don’t try to do it all. And if you happen to be making small talk with a designer, make sure you know the difference between modern and contemporary. And on the subject of design, consider rose gold. Good for your iPhone, good for your tree. Did anyone else go all-out Victorian in their holiday decorations?
And I said, what about, Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
Looking to take a break from holiday shopping? Treat yourself to Tiffany’s… with a meal at their new Blue Box Café. Or why not check out Industry City, the new Star Wars pop up or this free musical event? When New Year’s rolls around, avoid the crowds of Times Square and catch the action in Prospect Park. Still in the midst of shopping and trying to keep it local? Brooklyn is full of unique and amazing mom and pops. To start with, check out Diana Kane, Article &, Brooklyn Larder, Clay Pot and Norman and Jules. And if you’re visiting your favorite stylist this month and need to know just how much to tipfor the holidays, check out this guide on figuring out how much to give.

The Gabriele Moment

Here’s what I’ve been up to these past few weeks as I walk, bike and race between the bridges and the parks.

All I Want for Christmas…

No, this is not a wish list for Santa. Although, if I were making one today I’m sure “more time” would be at the top since this year has gone by so quickly! But really, all I want is to be here for you. I want to get you what you want out of your real estate transactions. Maybe this means giving you unsolicited advice (some of my clients know this first hand!) but it is always valuable information aimed to help you make an informed decision. For many of us, buying or selling a home is one of the largest financial transactions we’ll ever make in our personal lives, and I firmly believe that honest feedback and open communication is the only way to ensure the best outcome for everyone. With that in mind, I look forward to a wonderful 2018, and to helping you, your friends and family navigate the real estate market successfully and hassle free. Happy Holidays!

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