Archive for December, 2011

Light up your House for Sale Sign

If you drive past 82 Pacific Ave. Eltingville, in the South Shore section, of Staten Island, you will see the for sale sign lighted.

If you would like this for your home, please give me a call.

 Kenneth Cole

 NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Working with Appleseed Homes

2943 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, N.Y. 10314

Cell 917.696.0275,  office 718.698.9797

On the web at



Year End Report Staten Island Real Estate Sales

Sales for the months of October 1, 2011 to December 26, 2011                       

Sales figures taken from the Staten Island Board of Realtors, as of December 27, 2011



                                                   Average          Average            Average

Type of Unit           Amount Sold                  List Price       Sale price                Days  on Market


One family Detached     225                               $519,189                    $483,483                           146

Two family Detached     100                              $549,307                  $519,335                            181

One family Semi                96                                 $398,317                   $378,148                           142

Two family Semi                 15                               $500,446                   $458,300                         131

One family Attached        91                                $319,908                    $302,447                         137

Two family Attached          8                                $329,991                    $306,418                           107

Condo                                     66                                $283,600                    $267,151                            171


While your home may differ from the “average”, this information is listed to give you an idea of property values in general.  If you have an extra bedroom, extra land, all new upgrades and renovations these will increase your value.  Appraisers compare properties that are similar and sold within a certain time period.  If you want to know what a certain property sold for, drop me an email or call me and I’ll let you know.  This can be useful when trying to determine your property value.



Sold Statistics for Entire MLS from 2011 vs 2010














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If you would like to know what your home would sell for in today’s market, please give me a call for a no cost evaluation.

 Kenneth Cole

 NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

2943 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, N.Y. 10314

Cell 917.696.0275,  office 718.698.9797

On the web at


New York City 2012 Property Tax Increase

The city has changed the way they assess the value of your property.  Instead of comparing your home to a similar property nearby that sold recently, they now say the process starts when the city’s assessors determine the market value of your property.  What they don’t tell you is how they do it.

I believe this change is just to increase the revenue the city takes in from homeowners, because most of the time, the value the city places on residential property is not the real market value.

Example,  In 2009 a home in Eltingville sold for $300,000, yet the city had it assessed for $451,000.  While prices have declined slightly in the last 2 years, the city still has it assessed for over $400,000.  That’s just one example, I can give you many more.  If you live in Staten Island, where I am a NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, I have the knowledge of the values in this area.

Here is how you can check what the city has for your property.

Log on to the city’s website for property taxes;  click on NYC Dept. of Finance.

Next scroll down to “Notice of property value”

Select your Borough, block and lot number, and click “view”

You can also surf the site to see if you qualify for any tax exemptions, such as Veterans, Enhanced Star for Seniors who have AGI, Adjusted Gross Income under $79,050, and other exemptions.

If you feel your taxes are too high, you can appeal.  But you must file before March 15th for the coming tax year.

If you need any help, please call me, while not an expert in the appeal process, I might be able to direct you to a site that might be more informational for you.

My phone is on from 9 A.M. till 5 P.M. unless I’m with a client, then just leave a message and I’ll return you call ASAP.

917-696-0275,  Just ask for Ken

82 Pacific Ave, Eltingville, Staten Island, Audio video

Area, area, area, see the video of this 3 bedroom 2 bath Raised Ranch, in Eltingville, Staten Island’s South Shore.  Priced at $439,000, listed by Appleseed Homes, and Kenneth Cole, a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson.  Call 917-696-0275 for a private viewing.

Staten Island house for sale, South Shore, Eltingville, $439,000

See an audio video on Youtube of this 3 bedroom, 2 bath Raised Ranch, in the heart of Eltingville.  Near all, parks, shopping, and transportation.  Over sized property, with a large sunny backyard.

82 Pacific Ave.  Staten Island, Youtube Audio Video, in the heart of Eltingville, near shopping, parks, and transportation.

Express buses to Manhattan and the Staten Island Mall, Express Train to the Staten Island Ferry only takes 12 minutes.

You can also check room sizes, lot size, taxes, and a mortgage calculator on my High Definition Virtual Tour.

Please visit my website for more information,

Are you looking in Eltingville, Great Kills, Staten Island for a new place to live?

Check out my picture slide show about this area and my newest listing, at 82 Pacific Ave, Eltingville, a 3 bedroom, 2 bath Raised Ranch.  Just click on the link or picture below, turn your speaker on, and sit back and view this prime area.

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