The Seller's Dilemma - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

012.jpg  "We don't know where we're going" may be an all too common concern but, it's especially true for mature homeowners who are thinking of selling the family home. A decision of this magnitude can be nerve wracking. There isn't the luxury of time or the energy and resources to fix a mistake. Camping out on the proverbial park bench is never on anyone's wish list and this is why it becomes so important to have all the details worked out beforehand.                      

The decision to move can require considerable thought and time to initiate. A past instructors relays to her students how three years from her initial conversation with homeowners, they finally called her back with the pronouncement, "We're ready." With experience, I came to see this as the norm rather than the exception.

It's no secret that, as we age, we'd prefer to stay in our homes and continue to live our current lifestyle. It can be a process to come to terms with the fact that the house is too large, and the upkeep of the property has become way more than we can comfortably handle, or that there are safety issues.

Homeowners have to fully come to terms with the decision to move or passive-aggressive stalling can pop up repeatedly throughout the transaction. This is especially true if the decision is being forced upon them by well-meaning family members or friends. 

Sellers: When the problem appears to be, "We don't know where we're going," the only option that makes sense is to take all the time you need to figure it out.


When the time comes for you to make your move, make sure you call an experienced real estate professional. 

Reach me at 516-395-8376 and get a free analysis of your home's current value. 



I'd like to welcome you to my comprehensive Long Island South Shore real estate website. No other site provides more detailed Nassau and Suffolk County real estate market information than you’ll find here. 

For buyers there is detailed area and neighborhood information.

For sellers I provide information and data to help you to ready your home for market and to list it so it sells.

The Long Island South Shore real estate market is made up of diverse and interesting neighborhoods. Many have newly constructed 55+ communities, as well. As I write about them, I hope to provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision and, if you'd like to tour them, don't hesitate to get in touch.

There is a huge demand for 55+ communities. Most are selling out as quickly as they are built but resale units are often available.Jill Sackler, SRES, Long Island's South Shore Real Estate Agent
Until now, new 55+ communities on Long Island tended to be farther east and north, making their proximity to Manhattan a bit of a commute.

Cathedral Gardens of Rockville Center   The Tudor style building is a newly constructed 32 unit condominium consisting of both one and two bedroom residences. Designer kitchens with granite counter tops and solid wood cabinets come complete with full whirlpool appliances, private laundry room and spacious tiled bathrooms. Each residence comes with a reserved on site parking space and a secured storage unit. Each residence is sprinklered, separately metered and smart wired for cable and fiber optics. The building has designer hallways and lobbies are warm and inviting. The building is serviced by a passenger and freight elevator. The building is ADA compliant and has a pet friendly policy.

Harborview in Port Washington   55+ Active Community, 18 hole golf course & clubhouse, Health Club, Indoor And Outdoor Pools, Large Community Center. Master Suite On Main Floor, Customized Kitchen, Large Living Room With Fireplace, Den, Laundry W/Utility Sink, Spacious 2nd Floor W/2Br, Full Bath, Large Loft And Storage.

The Seasons at East Meadow   Designed for active adults, Features 404 condominium homes, each with a private elevator, a 17,000 sq. ft. resort-style community building with indoor and outdoor pools, a cinema, fitness room, game room, library and social spaces for events

2,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, with outdoor heated pool     

Meadowbook Pointe  Stunning villas, townhomes and condominium suites boast gourmet kitchens that include 42″ cherry cabinets, quartz or granite countertops and a stainless steel KitchenAid appliance package.

There is also a 25,000 square foot clubhouse, an indoor and outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center, complete with personal trainers and nutritionists as well as the Cloud Casino Sports Bar and the Desert Orchid Spa.

Tiffany at Westbury   A 55 and over community located in Westbury, NY built in 1997; 3-story building with elevators to all floors. There are 1 and 2 bedroom condos in this community. Each unit has an efficiency kitchen, cac, and a terrace.  This active adult community offers amenities such as a heated outdoor pool, a gym, card room, party room with kitchen and storage and is pet friendly.

Snug Harbor Amityville New York is a waterview active 55 and over community in Suffolk County Long Island. Opened in 1970, 55+ retirement community with 176 attached residences overlooking South Shore waters.  The community is nestled by a lagoon with a private marina and boat slips.

It consists of attached duplex style and ranch style units.  There are no garages here, but there is ample parking throughout the complex.  Each unit has a backyard patio, and some have a balcony.  All units have central air conditioning and electric heat.  It includes a clubhouse, pool, tennis, card room, and get-togethers, and of course the marina where you pay by the foot for docking rights. Sales average $350k.

Narragansett Villas in Lindenhurst were built in 2004. There are eight buildings and 136 condo units. All the condos are attached. There is an outdoor heated pool, Boccie court, clubhouse. You can either live in an upstairs unit or a ground floor unit. There are no duplexes. Upstairs units have a balcony. Downstairs units have a patio and a backyard.

Narragansett Villas Condos all have two bedrooms, a full bath in the hallway and a full bath in the master bedroom. All units have central air/heat and there is also room for your own washer and dryer. Most have an open floor plan, spacious rooms & walk-in closets. Styles of kitchens will vary because some homeowners took the builder's upgrades while others did not.

Cambridge Court in Glen Cove  62 and over community. Opened in 1997, garden style Condo apartments on either the ground level or upper level.

There are no garages here, but there is an assigned parking space in front of the units. Each unit at Cambridge Ct has gas heat. These are mostly 2 bedroom 1 bath Condos, although there are a few with 2 bedroom 1.5 baths. The neighborhood is surrounded by Cambridge Court. There is a Recreation Room, extra storage space and a lovely Gazebo in the community.  The upper units have a terrace and the ground level Condos have a patio.  Low common charges and income restrictions. The lawns are maintained, snow is removed and trash is picked up.

A Superintendent lives in the community for emergencies. $200k - 230k 

Courthouse Commons by Timber Ridge Homes in Central Islip  2 bed/2 bath luxurious condos for 55+ and 1st time homeowners. 4,850 sq ft clubhouse with every amenity. Heated outdoor pool, walking trails, tennis courts.  

Willis Terrace in Albertson    This is a 62 and over 3-Story adult apartment condo.This is a North Shore senior retirement 3-story elevator condominium building, with 1 and 2 bedroom apartments.  Built in 1984, each unit has a terrace, washer and dryer, and electric heat. In the basement of the building, there is storage space for the homeowner’s use. 

All the condo apartments in this Nassau County complex, whether they are 1 or 2 bedrooms, have 905 sq feet.  The 2 bedroom is the same square footage, but the rooms are smaller.  There is a community meeting room and each owner has an indoor & outdoor parking space.  There is also ample parking for guests.  They sell for around 300k.

Bel Aire at East Meadow  • 95 spacious 2-bedroom apartments and 3 1-bedroom apartments• 125,000 sq ft building• Heated outdoor pool with deck• 3 acres• Fully equipped fitness center• 24-hour concierge

Oceanside Cove in Oceanside  Co-ops from the 1970's. Mid 200's. Senior gated Community with 24hr Security, Fitness Center, 3 Swimming Pools, Clubhouse, Tennis & Basketball Courts. Plenty Of Guest Parking. Private Dog Run. Horse shoe.


Contact Info
Jill Sackler


Charles Rutenberg Realty

255 Executive Drive
Plainview   NY 11803

516-395-8376 .Cell

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