Long Island has its share of brand-name areas, villages and towns. There’s Huntington, the Hamptons, Montauk, Fire Island and the Gold Coast. But in between, there’s plenty to write home about. Tiffany Pedone of Douglas Elliman, who specializes in middle-Island and Nassau County South Shore areas, talked about Long Island towns emerging where people would least expect them and how to find a home sweet home.
Can you tell me a little bit about your background and how you got into real estate?
I did sales in the fashion industry in New York. I worked for Steve Madden. After I had my first child, I wanted to be more local. I happened to get into real estate and fell in love with the industry. It was a blessing to be able to get into real estate, where I can still do sales and raise my kids.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
People. I love being able to help people. The money comes second, honestly. I’ve been successful and have had so much fun doing it because I’m a positive person. I like working with positive people and helping them achieve their dreams.
But sometimes the process of buying or selling a home can be frustrating. How do talk your clients through tough situations?
That’s my biggest forte. I have a mantra, “PMA. Positive Mental Attitude.” I treat them with respect and put myself in their shoes. I remember when I bought my first house and how stressful and exhausting it was mentally and physically. Also, from the get-go, I give all of my buyers a list of what’s going to happen throughout the process so they know how it’s going to happen.
What are some of the biggest mistakes people make when buying a home?
People rush into things. It’s more difficult for buyers because there’s not a lot of inventory but people feel desperate to buy something. I always tell my buyers not to feel desperate. At the end of the day, I’ve never had a buyer who lost that first house, got another one and came back to me and said they wish they had the first house.
What are some trending towns on Long Island?
Garden City is amazing for people who work in Manhattan. And if you don’t have the Garden City budget, there are so many small towns surrounding it that are amazing. Recently, I’ve done a lot of work in Lynbrook. It’s a medium-priced area and a lot of first-time buyers want to go that route because it’s close to the City and has lots of shopping, restaurants and things to do. Rockville Centre has great amenities. Another great one is Baldwin. It’s on an up-and-coming slope. A lot of people are selling in Baldwin because they are retiring and downsizing and first-time buyers are coming in.
Where do you like to go out to eat on Long Island?
My favorite spot for breakfast, brunch or lunch is the Flour Shoppe Cafe & Bakery in Rockville Centre. Everything is amazing. It’s homemade. Their breakfast sandwiches are to-die-for.
Where do you love to shop?
Madison’s Niche in Garden City. It’s a great little spot with handbags and gifts.
What makes fall special on Long Island.
All the farms. It’s so much fun to go pumpkin picking, apple picking and on hayrides. We always go to a different one in the Hampton Bays-Riverhead area. And we always stop at Briermere Farms on the way home.
What’s the best pie there?
They have this blueberry peach cream pie that is unbelievable.
What’s one item in your home you can’t live without?
Probably my new velvet couch.