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As with plenty of other highly coveted products, real estate is a never-ending game of supply and demand. Over the past couple of years, the New York marketplace has experienced what is known as a Sellers’ Market, which is generally defined by a high demand for real estate with very limited inventory. Coupled with decreasing interest rates and an influx of overseas buyers, this type of scenario causes real estate prices to skyrocket.

 “A couple of months ago, Staten Island only had about 600 properties on the market,” said Michael Dukhovny, CEO of United National Realty. “My agents could not list homes quickly enough. We experienced plenty of multiple-offer situations on properties, and frequently closed homes at above asking price.”

 Lately,

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Michael Dukhovny, Broker and owner of United National Realty, acquires property on Victory Boulevard, transcending it into a state-of-the-art facility.

When Mr. Dukhovny first came across 1682 Victory Boulevard, it was practically a dilapidated shack in a prime area of Castleton Corner in Staten Island, NY. He had long been searching for a suitable building to purchase and relocate his thriving real estate empire from its location on Hylan Boulevard. While this building was far from the ideal choice in terms of structure and appearance, it was conveniently located on a very busy avenue, close to many other businesses. Mr. Dukhovny decided to take the plunge and make the purchase. Thus, began a grueling, year-long enterprise to take 1682 Victory

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            As of late, the housing market has been experiencing a slow influx of new properties resulting in a limited supply of inventory. Simply put, there are not enough houses, parcels of land, or commercial sites on the market to satisfy the growing demands of consumers. With less than three thousand properties available in Brooklyn and Staten Island combined, this is a challenge that Michael Dukhovny, Broker of United National Realty, is faced with daily.

            “Wherever I go, people are constantly approaching me and complaining that they are unable to find the kind of residential or commercial property that they are looking for,” says Mr. Dukhovny. “Inventory is very tight, and that is driving prices up drastically. Lately, almost every

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Michael Dukhovny of United National Realty is considered to be one of the most experienced brokers in Staten Island. With his extensive knowledge of the market, and the dedication given to his clientele, it is no wonder that many buyers, sellers, and builders alike go to Michael Dukhovny when in need of a top-notch broker. His listings can be found all throughout the island and the outer boroughs as well. Given his excellent reputation in the community, it is little wonder that he is also the exclusive broker of several high end new construction homes that are appearing in some of Staten Island's most prestigious areas. 

5299 Amboy Rd, MLS # 1104873 and 5303 Amboy Rd, MLS # 1104874 are located in the sought-after SE Annadale area. These homes are the

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Normally our blog posts offer buyers and sellers advice related to questions people ask me on a daily basis. Today however, I want to take a break from the routine and discuss some exciting news for United National Realty. I am excited to welcome four new members to our growing team: Giacomo Montuori, Suzette Wright, Dale Arant, and Slava Khan. I am confident that their unique backgrounds, professionalism and diverse set of skills will prove to be a great addition to United National Realty and will help us better serve our clients! Please feel free to contact our office anytime for all of your real estate needs.

As the Broker of United National Realty, I'm always striving to take my company to the next level. I put my heart and soul into this business,

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Our honest and ethical approach with clients has served us well over the years. We educate our clients so that they don’t make the same mistakes as other sellers.

  • Price your home too high and no one will come see it. Price it just right and you will get top dollar.
  • While it is seldom worthwhile to completely renovate your home before selling it, doing some minor repairs and touchups can often lead to an increased profits. They will also help the home inspection go smoother.
  • Another thing sellers have to take into consideration is the ease of scheduling appointments. The more people that view the home, the more offers the seller will likely receive.
  • Staging is crucial. You want the home to feel spacious and bright.
  • Do not sell your home
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Owning a home can be exciting, rewarding and can leave you with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and happiness. Homeownership also comes with its challenges, especially when it comes to preparing your house for the changing seasons. Now that winter is finally upon us, it is recommended to winterize your home to prevent damage.

While I always suggest that homeowners discuss these matters with their contractors,
there are some simple things that can be done:

  1.  Close and drain all outside spigots so they don’t freeze.
  2.  If you have a chimney, now is the time to have it inspected, especially if you have a wood stove or fireplace.
  3.  Clean your gutters before the snow begins to fall.
  4.  Put away your outdoor gear before temperatures drop and it’s
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            I've been in the real estate industry for over fifteen years and have observed innumerable patterns in the market during this time. For instance, it has been my experience that December is typically a slow period and there are not many transactions taking place. Children are on break from school, the weather is bad, and the pressures of the holidays preoccupy too much of people’s time. I find that sellers tend to get overwhelmed if they first list their homes during this period. However, if you are a buyer in the market, there are disadvantages as well as advantages to moving forward with your search for property.

           During December, there are typically fewer homes on the market as people are waiting until after the holidays to

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As a Real Estate Broker, people often ask me to explain the mortgage process to them as it is typically a fundamental part of the real estate buying process. This past month, several changes have taken place in the mortgage industry that have several people confused as to how these amendments affect their ability to obtain a loan. While I cannot explain the mortgage process as well as a mortgage broker, I would like to shed some light on the topic, and provide you with some insight on the subject.

The finance industry is as ever-changing as the real estate market. Mortgages, in particular, have undergone significant changes, better known as TRID (TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure), which have gone into effect as of October 3. These new rules pertain to

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When buying or selling a home, many people choose to work with a real estate professional to help guide them through the process. In most cases, this is undoubtedly a wise decision as the agent has been through this procedure before and will be one of the biggest assets you have. However, it is not always simple to choose an agent to work with on one of the largest purchases or sales in your life. To make this first step easier for you, here are five questions you should consider asking any real estate professional before hiring them.

1)  Ask the agent how much experience he or she has, but remember to not focus strictly on the number of years they have been working. A full time real estate agent, who has only been working for a year, may have more

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