Yes, it is true. Moving my family from Manhattan to Queens was the best decision I’ve ever made. Quick backstory: I’m a native New Yorker. My father’s family arrived to NYC from Southern Italy in 1892 and my mother’s family in 1909. We’ve been here ever since… That is five generations. I was born in Brooklyn and raised in Lower Manhattan, in a neighborhood where my family had been for over a century. Out of dozens of cousins, uncles, aunts, siblings, etc., I can not think of a single family member that ever called Queens home in the history of our time in America —Read More →


Buying a home can be an anxiety-ridden process, and that potential anxiety gets amplified for anyone who’s embarking on homeownership for the very first time. There’s so much to do and so much you don’t know that “being overwhelmed” hardly seems like an appropriate description of how it feels. And even though you don’t want to scare yourself away from the entire process, you still need to be wary of falling into a few common traps that first-time buyers generally don’t avoid. If you’re aware of these five potential mistakes — and able to keep yourself from making them — then you’ll be saving yourselfRead More →

Get ready to sell your house? Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work! Selling a home, after all, entails a whole lot more than just planting a “For Sale” sign on your front lawn or uploading a few random photos of your place—especially if you’re angling for the most cash. (And, honestly, who isn’t?) So before you put your house on the market, peruse this checklist of things you must do in preparation. Some of these tips are surprisingly easy, while others might require a bit more elbow grease. But they’re bound to pay off once buyers start oohing and ahhing over your place—and hopefully ponying up aRead More →

Change of address checklist - Faruqi Team at Keller Williams

Preparing for a change of address? In addition to the obvious moving basics like acquiring boxes and packing supplies and renting a truck or hiring professional movers, you’ll also want to make sure you’re notifying the right people and places about your move. It’s better to do this earlier rather than later so that you don’t face potential hassles like missed bills or service lapses. Not sure where to start? This change of address checklist will fill you in on who you need to give a heads up to about your new home. The post office Start here, since notifying the post office of yourRead More →


If you’re buying a home, you’ll want to know how to negotiate repairs after a home inspection. After all, odds are even the dreamiest house will have problems, and sellers might be open to the notion of fixing a few flaws—with the right persuasion. So once your trusty home inspector scrutinizes this potential purchase and hands you his report, what should you say to the sellers from there? Look no further than this handy haggling guide for home buyers on how to negotiate repairs after a home inspection. Pick your battles While it’s tempting to start nickel-and-diming the sellers so that your new home can beRead More →