By Anessa V. Cohen

I know, I know, it is the old cliché, “Summertime and the living is easy,” but the truth is that with this heat wave we’ve been having the last few weeks, it is hard to remember that we were crying only a month ago that there was so much rain it seemed as if we were going to have no summer.

Don’t get me wrong! There is nothing I like better than to relax in the pool–in my pool chair, with a book in my hand and a cold drink by my side in the built-in coasters of my pool chairs, just floating along as the hot day goes by. Sound good?

It sounds good to me too, but I am still dreaming of experiencing that day this summer as I wend my way around the Five Towns, showing and preparing houses for sale. The buying and selling season of the summer waits for no man, and so, unfortunately, work comes first.

For those of you able to live my dream of floating in that chair, I say, please have me in your thoughts.

Another week will find us already in the month of August, with only a month to go before we once again get ready for yom tov and school openings. The summer is flying by in the blink of an eye, and come September we will all be asking each other, “Where did it go?”

There have been and are lots of good values to be found in the real-estate market this year. Whether it is a new construction in a style you always wanted, a knockdown (which you will figure what to do with once what was there is no more), or some of the beautifully maintained fixed-up houses that were and are on display during this past spring and summer, there is something out there for every taste and pocketbook.

If you read some of the real-estate periodicals floating around, you will see that all of the beach communities nearby–whether Long Beach, Atlantic Beach, or Belle Harbor–are back in the groove again after the October storm, and their sandy beaches are being combed and dressed up even better than they were before.

Here in the Five Towns, where the wrecks from Sandy once stood, many have rebounded, their homes more beautiful and updated than pre-Sandy. Even streets on which the homes had looked a little tired and stressed before Sandy have had makeovers and now compete with some of the more favorite streets in town with their updated homes and landscaped gardens.

Everyone is nearly back! There are still a few more homeowners that need to catch up, and we hope to see them join real soon in celebrating the rebirth of all the “hit” homes and streets in town that have made a comeback. And for those of you who are finally finished and can now enjoy having your home back–laundry machines finally hooked up in-house instead of the laundry being sent out on a regular basis; sleeping late once in a while instead of getting up and out early every day to let the work crews in to start the day; listening to the sounds of quiet instead of the morning-to-night banging of the construction crews; going in bare feet when you please instead of walking all the time in shoes so you don’t get your feet dirty; and finally having your house back to normal and not having to think about any more paperwork, adjusters from the insurance companies, FEMA, or the SBA–I wish you the joy of the rest of the summer, just lazing around and enjoying the “good times.” v

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage broker with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential and commercial real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (First Meridian Mortgage) in the Five Towns and throughout the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to


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