More Than 15 Years of Real Estate Experience on Long Island
Who is Long Island Cash for Homes?
My business is a growing family business. We help people and make a living at the same time. I have the BEST minions, I mean employees, a company could ask for, one of which is my wife. She controls our social media accounts and mediates the website marketing side of my business. She also encourages and motivates me and most importantly, keeps me sane. I don’t know what I would do without her. (Yep, she wrote this 😉).
We are also blessed to have a support system of real estate agents that think of us when a homeowner cannot sell or does not want to list on the market.
We have a talented team that includes demo guys, construction crews, and a talented landscaper, to name just a few.
Everyone involved in our business is considered a friend.
We live by simple mantras:
- Work hard, play harder!
- What is life without having fun?
- Do what you love!
- Be your own success story!
We try to help our employees succeed and teach them to invest for their future. This carries over to our clients as well. Thus, we make a living by helping others.
Do what you love!! This is one of my mantra’s. Although saying that I have a mantra makes me sound like I meditate and practice yoga. I do neither. But I do what I love and I think everyone should make their living that surrounds an element of what they are passionate about.
I am fortunate to be able to make a living doing what I enjoy at the same time I help others out of situations.
I was once in a situation. I was a union metal worker and consistently was laid off from work. Sometimes for months at a time. Engaged to be married with the notion of starting a family, I began to get nervous. Being out of work frequently was not going to work for me. Not being able to pay my bills was not a good feeling. What kind of future would I be able to provide a family if I was not consistently working?
Therefore, I decided to take matters into my own hands and look for a new course of action. I took a real estate course and passed the tests. That was a triumph in of itself as I was never a “student” (It would have helped if I went to more classes and paid attention in high school but it is what it is) so having to take some tests was nerve-wracking. But this time I went to class and paid attention and actually studied. Yes, me! Study! And lo and behold, I passed. With flying colors! Why? How? I enjoyed the topics. I enjoyed …….
So, I began my career within the real estate industry. And I was good at it! I connected with people. I loved the fact that I could tell people to take their time…don’t rush into buying a house. Find what you want. This is important. Sure, I am going to make commission on the purchase but if the client did not really purchase what I knew they wanted or needed, it would never sit right with me. Over time I got to feel what people wanted or needed before they knew. Yup, I became psychic too! I never pushed people into a house, neighborhood, or situation. And if they were jumping into something that didn’t sit right, I would be real with them and tell them my thoughts. Eventually, I garnered a reputation. (Garnered? My wife is still writing this!)
My reputation grew amongst the industry and with Long Islanders as well. Homebuyers ready to upgrade their house came back to me. Buyers whose kids were now ready for a house came to me. Friends who were ready to buy came to me. I was enjoying what I did. I set myself apart from others in the industry because I am down to earth. I am never pushy. I am honest and sincere and develop relationships with my clients. I am genuinely candid and funny too. My customer service is top-notch and I commit myself to my clients. No matter the situation, I do my best to find the best possible solution and will work with you every step of the way. Each seller has a unique circumstance surrounding the sale of their home and I am sensitive to their needs.
A couple of years later, a vendor of mine needed to sell her Levittown home. She was a foster mother and needed to relocate. As the house was not in the best condition, it was not mortgageable. It would be hard to sell because only a cash offer could be accepted. She asked ME to buy the house.
I said yes. Completely on a whim.
I took my wife by to see the house. It was pretty bad. I was determined to make it work. My wife was apprehensive and our parents thought we were crazy. I had a vision of what the house could look like; I felt its potential. My wife encouraged me to move ahead with the project and so I did. The owner was able to walk away without any issues and I began construction. Well, not me physically. I do know how to swing a hammer but you’ll have to ask my wife where it is. Anyway, this part of the work I was doing was a piece of me that I didn’t know was missing. I started to love that I could flip Long Island houses (just look at some of our Before and Afters,) while helping others, and making a living for my family.
So that sums it up. I do what I enjoy. What do I enjoy? I enjoy a cold beer, a good meal, time with my family, fishing on the beach…and real estate. I love real estate and I love learning about the history of homes and Long Island neighborhoods. As a Long Islander myself, I am familiar with local house values and trends. I have a personal stake in the development of Long Island. Increasing home values is a win-win for all. I love knowing that I am helping people. The relief they feel when we find a solution that works best for them, the potential I see in a home that needs a lot of TLC, the expression on a young couple’s face when they find their forever home at a price they can afford. My work is my passion and my passion is my work.