Matt Levin Installed as Wantagh, NY Chamber of Commerce Vice President

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By Julie Mansmann of the Long Island Herald

Members of the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce celebrated at the annual installation ceremony at the Riviera in Massapequa on Feb. 16. The organization’s new leaders said that they are looking forward to planning events, meetings residents and business owners and engaging in community service projects in 2017.

Patrick L.Y. Benot, of SwiftLife Computer Services, was installed as the chamber’s new president. First Vice President Matt Levin (First Infinity Coverage Group, Inc.), Second Vice President Heidi Felix (NEFCU), Financial Secretary Mitchell J. Rich (attorney), Recording Secretary Laurie Erb (Mi Casa Laundromat), and trustees Floyd Earl, Marlena Schein, Ryan Koutsogiannis (TD Bank), Tom Splescia (The Nook), Ira Reiter (Merrick Dodge Chrysler Jeep) and Anthony Suppa (Oregano Joe’s) were also sworn into their positions.

As president, Benot said he would enhance the chamber’s Internet presence and technological communication. He aims to create an online membership database; make a registration and renewal form for members on the chamber website; allow business owners to maintain their own pages on; and create a WCC Instagram account.

Benot said he also plans to advertise the new events and programs that the chamber board will introduce this year. For instance, the organization will be hosting regular breakfast and lunch networking events so that business owners may get to know each other.

“We want to bring the chamber up to the 21st century,” he said of the new board. “I have a lot of new, innovative ideas about different methods to connect with everyone in the community.”

Chamber leaders also honored several merchants and community groups. Members of the Wantagh High School Key Club came to the ceremony to accept the Organization of the Year Award. The Beautification Award was presented to Koutsogiannis and Charles Godino, also of TD Bank.

Gregg Markin, of Andy’s Luggage and Leathergoods, was named the 2016 Business Person of the Year. Rich was the chamber’s citizen of the year.

Chamber officials also presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Charles J. O’Shea Funeral Home. General Manager James Bruno, President Louis Guerra and Vice President Louis Bruno accepted the honor.

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If your looking to buy…get to it! If you’re going to sell…don’t wait!

Long Island home prices are on the rise as supply is dwindling!

If you’re looking to buy, waiting until the real warmth of the spring weather may not be your best bet. Many buyers are under the impression that the Spring or Summer months are the best time to buy a home as “there’s always more on the market” to choose from. However, this is not always the case as we are currently seeing.

With a low inventory to choose from…and out of those, even less that may meet your specific needs or desires and ultimately those of other prospective buyers that may share them as well, it is truly a seller’s market. Prices are rising and inventory is dropping. With no guarantee that this will change, as a buyer the window of opportunity to nab that dream home is slowly closing. Getting out ahead of the rush can be quite advantageous. With less buyers out at this present moment, you have a better chance of getting that perfect home at the price you want rather than getting into a bidding war with other buyers vying for the same property.

For sellers, if you’re considering listing your property…now is most definitely a great time. With that lower availability of homes on the market, your listing price may end up being higher than your thought possible. Hesitation can sometimes be a real killer…don’t let it kill the possible sale of your home at a price you’ll be more than happy with! Coupled with interest rates still at a reasonable level, buyers can still buy easily and comfortably…and homes will get sold.

Check out this article from Newsday last month about the Long Island housing market!

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Proud Recipient of the 2016 Platinum Circle Award for Top Agents

2016 was a busy year for Matt and his team! Helping to sell many homes through Long Island and the Boroughs, and placing many of those sellers into new locations, we had our hands full at almost all times.

Through hard work and dedication, Matt has become the proud recipient of the 2106 Platinum Circle Award! This honor is awarded to only the TOP 3 AGENTS company-wide for the year!

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