Sunday, May 27, 2018

Memorial Day 2018…A Time to Remember Our Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day is a time to remember all the men and women who lost their lives serving our country.  This year again, we are reminded of our lost heroes by the moving display of poppies on the lawn of the American Legion Hall in Southold. The wearing of poppies in honor of America’s war dead is traditionally done on Memorial Day. 
             The tradition goes back to one of nature’s phenomena that occurred in war-torn battlefields during World War I, where the red field poppy (papaver rhoeas) was one of the first plants to grow. Its seeds scattered in the wind and sat dormant in the ground, only germinating when the ground was disturbed—as it was by the brutal fighting.
             The practice of wearing of poppies was further inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” written in 1915 by Canadian soldier John McCrae when he saw the poppies in burials around his artillery position in Belgium.
Here is an excerpt from “In Flanders Fields,” by John McCrae, May 1915:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields...

The torch; be yours to hold it high...

            Today, poppies are both a symbol of loss of life and a symbol of recovery and new life, as we care for our servicemen damaged physically or emotionally. 
Please join us in thanking and honoring our service men and women, including our own Southold Veterans, and remembering those who have died in the service of our great Country.  If you would like to support the good work of our American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 803, you may send your donations to PO Box 591, Southold, NY 11971.

            Southold Town’s Memorial Day Parade begins at 10 AM, Monday , May 28th on Main Road and Boisseau Avenue. There is short a ceremony at the Gazebo at Main Road and Young’s Avenue.  After the parade, hot dogs and soda will be served at the Southold American Legion Hall – come one, come all!

Happy Birthday,’re our hero! We miss you ever so much...every day!!!

Sunday, May 20, 2018


Suffolk County home prices increased 7% in April, to a median price of $363,750 compared to $340,000 last year.  The number of sales transactions decreased 4.7% to 1,040 for the month and listings fell 13% .  Nassau County median price in April increased 4.2%  to $495,000, with a 3.2% increase in transactions and a 2.4% drop in inventory.   Southold Town’s annual median sale is higher than the county’s average at $565,000.

The higher prices and lower inventory for April, supports the competitive market for buyers, but also demonstrates that some sellers are considering options for using the strong seller’s market to their advantage sooner rather than later.  Newsday calls it a “HOT REAL ESTATE MARKET” where, “Long Island’s high home prices have prompted some sellers to come up with creative solutions.”  Some examples cited include an earlier than planned sale of a larger home and a move to a condo, thereby reducing maintenance and carrying costs.   Such a move, simplifies life as well as reduces expense.  A very creative couple, advanced their retirement plans without moving by selling their waterfront home and buying a “house” boat to live in locally at a marina until they are ready to retire and sail off into the sunset!

If you are thinking about selling and would like to discuss possibilities, now’s the time!  There is still time to get into this market and sell your home during the peak season.  Call us at 631 765 5333.  Visit our office at Main and Horton’s Lane in Southold, or email me at  We are here to help and I am happy to sit down with you to put together various short term and mid-term scenarios for your real estate investment.  At Beninati Associates, we listen, we care and we get results for you!

Source: Multiple Listing Service (MLS) of Long Island; Newsday, “Demand Hikes LI Home Prices,” May 15, 2018, pages A12-13.

Sunday, May 13, 2018


“High home prices and good economic conditions helped push the share of Americans who think it’s a good time to sell to a fresh record-high; however, the upward trend in the good-time-to-sell share seen since last spring has done little to release more for-sale inventory,” says Doug Duncan, chief economist and senior vice president at Fannie Mae.

We have been advising our clients and our readers that this is an ideal time to sell.  If you are planning to sell your home in the short term, don’t wait.  Take advantage of the low inventory and the high demand, especially in our North Fork marketplace, and especially during the next 2-3 months.  Remember it takes time to get your home in shape to sell.  Recently a client told me she did not realize how much had to be done and how much time needed to be invested to get the house ready for sale.
We have a team ready to help you get it done.  We will share our experienced and expert advice with you on how to get your home ready for sale AND we will help you do it! If that isn’t the best service you can get, I don’t know what is!

A word of caution... “the tightest supply in decades, combined with rising mortgage rates from historically low levels, will likely remain a hurdle for mobility and a persistent headwind for home sales,” says Duncan at Fannie Mae. 

We don’t know what next year will bring.  BUT we do know that in addition to rising prices due to low inventory and rising mortgage rates, the income tax changes will hit New Yorkers harder than most states,  the stock market is good today, but current volatility is unsettling for some.  With all this uncertainly, why not get in front of the curve, not behind the wave! Call us at 631 765 5333 or email me at, or even better, come in and sit down with us and let’s talk!

Sources: Fannie Mae’s National Housing Survey® (NHS); RISMedia e.News, May 9, 2018.

Sunday, May 6, 2018


“If you are considering listing this spring, now is the time.”  I have been suggesting this for the past few months, and I am happy to see the analysis below with statistics that back me up!

“May is the best bet for home sellers”, according to an analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions, which found that the average seller gains 5.9% more than market value—the highest of all months.

“June is profitable for sellers, as well, with an average 5.8% premium, with June 28, pointedly, reeling in 9.1%—the best day of the year. May 29 and May 31 are also high-returning, with an 8.2% premium and an 8.3% premium, respectively. Last year, May 1 through May 15 was found to be the ideal listing window. The difference now is that inventory is tighter—down 7.2% year-over-year—and, although homeowners are getting multiple offers, there is the burden of buying another home at the record prices they are today.”  In addition, even higher interest rates may be looming in the not too distant future.

For you, the homeowners, “timing is everything.”  The analysis suggests the listing advantage drops off sharply after June, with a 3.8% premium in July, 4.2% in August, and 3.2% in September.   For the North Fork, our busiest selling season peaking in August.  What we can learn from this study, is the sooner you put your home on the market in the spring, the more likely you will have a sale at a higher price.  It also suggests that your home should be priced right to sell, or you will miss the season.

If you’re ready to list your home – we are ready to assist you?  We will work harder than anyone to help you get your home ready and on the market in this prime listing time – call us at 631 765 5333, email me at  or come to our office at the corner of Horton’s and Main Road in Southold. We’re ready, when you are!!!!

Source: “Homeowners: May Is the Best Month to Sell.” RISMedia Suzanne DeVida,  April 26, 2018