And the days turn to Fall…

What an incredible two months its been! I can hardly believe that Frank and I hosted the 8th Annual Memorial Dinner in memory of our son Frankie, AND I performed at the Saint George Theater doing my One-Woman-Show to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.

Time to get back to the business of Real Estate, and my shoes!

But first, let me take a moment to say that even though the weather would have you thinking otherwise, my husband Frank, and the entire BHGRE Safari Family, is busy preparing for its 10th consecutive year partnering with the US Marine Corps Reserve for their annual Toys for Tots Drive!

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Stop by Safari at 1958 Victory Boulevard with your new, unwrapped toy, say hello to Frank and me, and have a hot cup of coffee on us. We love meeting our neighbors!

If you haven’t seen the shoes I wore at the Reali-ty of Breast Cancer Benefit Show, stay tuned! We’ve got lots of catching up to do!

And remember, its always a woman’s right to shoes!

 

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And There Goes Summer…

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Its been a working summer for Frank and me, doing a little traveling around the country to stay up-to-date not only for our clients, but our dedicated agents too.  We’ve managed to squeeze in a little fun on our Road Trip to Des Moines, Iowa, making several stops along the way.  There were some long weekend trips to the Jersey Shore, and some nice visits with my mother and sister in PA.

Labor Day weekend is upon us, and that means the Richmond County Fair! Bring your family to this one friends, its a great event, run by great people. Come on out and join your Staten Island neighbors!.

We’ve been preparing for Frankie’s Eighth Annual Memorial Dinner. “Protecting One Young Heart at a Time” will be honoring several terrific couples this year for our “Heart of a Champion” awards: Ralph and Susan Lamberti, Governor Forbes Irvine and Helene Irvine – Kiwanis International, Michael and Evelyn Kormenik – Staten Island’s Giving Circle, and Robert and Theresa Capolongo, Founders of Michael’s Cause. This year’s dinner theme, held at Li Greci’s Staaten, will be “From Our Family to Yours, Dinner Italian Style!”  Please join us on October 24, 2016 at 6:45 p.m., as we raise funds for Frankie’s Foundation, “Protecting One Young Heart at a Time.” Please visit the Foundation’s new website, and listen to what the school’s we’ve tested in have to say!

I’m headed to breakfast with my grandsons this morning, back from their time in Italy with their grandparents. Frank and me are so excited to hear all about their adventures! Ah, to be young…

With butterflies in my stomach (really tiny butterflies), I’m busy preparing for my One-Woman-Show at the Saint George Theater on October 27. I am so excited for this event, and since I spend all day talking anyway, I may as well raise money for Breast Cancer and Frankie’s Foundation while I’m at it.

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So there’s lots going on friends. I hope to have your support at these events. It won’t be the same without you!

And remember, its ALWAYS a Woman’s Right to Shoes!

 

 

My Breast Cancer Benefit Show

What a summer! While crazy busy with Real Estate, I’ve got several projects cookin!

Today, I’d like to share one that is near and dear to my heart, my One-Woman Breast Cancer Benefit Show at the Saint George Theater. Tickets go on sale this Friday morning, August 26, 2016.

Laughter and tears will be in abundance, as I take you through my journey from diagnosis to my most recent surgeries. If they say laughter is the best medicine, this show just might cure us all.

Please join me for an empowering night that is an absolute must for anyone surviving Breast Cancer, or supporting a surviving friend or family member.

And wait till you see my shoes!

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When Clutter Takes Over

I’ve been in hundreds, perhaps thousands of homes during my Real Estate career. When listing a home recently, I realized it was time to talk about clutter. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to tell a buyer to “look past the clutter,” and imagine their own things in a home that is spilling over with personal possessions. Homeowners, I urge you, before listing your home, try and look at your space through a buyer’s eyes. If you can’t, maybe its time to call in a professional.

Selling your family home is a life-changing decision, but sorting through your personal possessions and making decisions about what to bring to your new residence is often the hardest part of the process.

Thankfully, there are professionals that help make this easy. Whether you need to get that attic emptied, basement cleaned out, or are overwhelmed by an entire home full of possessions, Dave’s Kleen Outs will get the job done quickly and efficiently. Family owned and operated for more than twenty years, Dave personally handles each job with skill and care, understanding how difficult a task this may be for your family.

Ready to list your home but need to de-clutter? Dave can help with that too! Professional office and house cleaning services are also available.

Need more information?  Call Dave at 917-588-4282, and get started!20160818145027_00001

 

Being Everywhere, All the Time

I am often asked, “But Fran, how can you be in so many places at once?” Obviously that’s not possible. But Social Media absolutely makes it seem that way!  All day I’m reminded by my amazing Front Desk Staff, Lucy and Laurie, to update my Facebook status, send out birthday wishes, scour Twitter for relavant content, browse LinkedIn for interesting articles and groups… Its never-ending! It is also incredibly time-consuming.

A few days ago, I had the privilege of attending a seminar at the Staten Island Museum;  Social Media & Social Good: An Afternoon with Sree Sreenivasanon. Is it possible to advance social good by way of social media? Non-profits, social good and faith-based organizations, cultural groups, and small businesses were invited to attend this exclusive workshop hosted by the Staten Island Museum, so of course I was there!

I learned so much about using Social Media for Social Good. I also learned that it is incredibly difficult to be successful at Social Media while running a nearly  24/7 small business, a not-for profit Foundation, a community volunteer, a wife, mother, and grandmother, a breast cancer survivor, and just Fran!

I’m going to take a moment to consider all of this, while contemplating my pretty toes in my lovely shoes. I’ve got this!

Remember, its always a woman’s right to tweet, and send a status update, and most importantly, to shoes!

 

 

New homeowners — €”including all who pu

New homeowners — €”including all who purchased their primary residence after Aug. 1, 2015 — €”must register for STAR with New York State instead of applying with their assessor. Property owners who bought their home before May 1, 2014, will continue to receive the STAR exemption and don’t need to take any action. The Department of Finance says new applicants are eligible for the STAR credit rather than the STAR property tax exemption, which they may have received for previously owned properties. http://ow.ly/ZeIS301LCH8 Homeowners will receive a STAR check instead of an exemption on their school property tax bill. The eligibility rules are the same.

Boardwalk Days at South Beach, Staten Island that is…

 

SOUTH BEACH BOARDWALK – JULY 6, 2016
WATERFRONT DINING AND FIREWORKS

TO BENEFIT

THE FRANK REALI FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Vanderbilt at South Beach opens its doors to the general public every Wednesday this Summer from June 29 through August 31, inviting guests to enjoy affordable waterfront dining in the Grand Ballroom.The prix-­fixe dinner is $29.95 per adult,$14.95 for children under 10, excluding tax and gratuity.

*In support of Give­-Back Wednesdays, The Vanderbilt will donate a portion of the evening’s proceeds to that week’s featured non-­profits.

For menu information, or to make a reservation, visit: http://boardwalkdays.com/summer-wednesdays-menu

The Vanderbilt South Beach
Protecting One Young Heart At A Time Foundation

New Jersey? Which Exit?

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It must be summer, because my weekends are filled with Open Houses and listing appointments! This weekend, my focus was on a spectacular property owned by two of my favorite homeowners at the Regency at Monroe in Monroe Township, NJ. Gorgeous clubhouse, perfectly manicured golf course, bocce and shuffleboard courts, walking trails, enormous pool and sunbathing deck…this active adult community has it all!  Would you like a private showing? Call me at 718-442-5200. I’d love to show you what pre-retirement looks like.

We began with a Broker Open House, complete with Mimosas and brunch. Immediately following was the public open house, and the “oohs and ahhs” were in abundance! I’m very excited to follow up with the attendees so I can get this property sold.  I have the pleasure of knowing three generations of this family, (Laurie is one of my front desk assistants), and our relationship spans nearly twenty five years. What a joy is was to spend part of my weekend with them.

Though I’m not yet able to wear the new shoes I got on sale this week, I just had to show them to you. Aren’t they adorable? Remember everyone, Its Always a Woman’s Right to Shoes!