Jane Babcook joins Brown Harris Stevens

Jane Babcook joins Brown Harris Stevens in Bridgehampton. 

imagereader.aspxJane Babcook a highly respected Real Estate Professional in the Hamptons real estate industry has joined the Bridgehampton brokerage office of Brown Harris Stevens.  Jane joined BHS early this year 2015 after a real estate career spanning almost two decades. Jane was previously with The Corcoran Group in Sag Harbor.

Throughout her career, Jane has consistently been a top producing agent and a leader in her community with an elite roster of national and international clients. Specializing in luxury properties, Jane has been nationally recognized as a top agent with an enviable history of successfully closing both high-end sales and rentals throughout the Hamptons.

Fluent in the complexities of land acquisitions, waterfront properties, new construction, both historic and modern homes, equestrian properties, and more, including the resolution of building, zoning, environmental, financing and title issues that arise within each of these property types, Jane has a proven command of the local market that allows her to render unparalleled service to her clients.
An avid equestrian, sailor and skier, and a full time resident of Sag Harbor for over 26 years, Jane is currently on the board of the Breakwater Yacht Club where she has served as Vice Commodore, is a long standing member of the Sag Harbor Yacht Club, and is a member of the Architectural Review Board for the neighboring Village of North Haven.

On a Personal Note, Jane is one of the most professional Real Estate Brokers that I have ever worked with in the Hamptons. Jane is honest, ethical, reliable, hard-working and patient and I wish her well at BHS.

Jane’s new contact information:

Jane Babcook
Licensed Associate Broker
Brown Harris Stevens of the Hamptons, LLC
c. 631.680.1001
f. 631.903.6391
email: jbabcook@bhshamptons.com        website: bhshamptons.com/agents/Jane-Babcook

Hamptons :DEC Temporarily Closes Shellfishing Areas in Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Hamptons :DEC Temporarily Closes Shellfishing Areas in Nassau and Suffolk Counties
Press Release 12/11/2014: NNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
Temporarily Closes Shellfishing Areas in Nassau and Suffolk Counties until the DEC deems it safe for the public to eat.
Closures Follow Widespread Heavy Rainfall
Shellfish harvesting areas in several Towns in Nassau and Suffolk Counties have been designated as uncertified (closed) for shellfish harvesting, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. These temporary closures were implemented following the extraordinarily heavy rainfall and stormwater runoff that affected Long Island. More than three inches of precipitation fell within 12 hours in all the affected areas; a daily record was set at Long Island MacArthur airport.
This action was taken to protect the public health. Excessive stormwater runoff caused by heavy rainfall carries bacteria and other pathogens into adjacent surface waters, adversely affecting water quality in the enclosed creeks, coves, harbors and bays and causing shellfish in those areas to have an increased potential to be hazardous for use as food.

The closures in Nassau County and the Town of Huntington went into effect at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 9. The closures in Southampton and East Hampton are effective Wednesday, December 10. All the closures will continue until a determination is made that conditions no longer exist that may make shellfish hazardous for use as food.

The following areas are designated as uncertified and the harvest of shellfish is temporarily prohibited:

Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay (south shore): All that area of Hempstead Bay, East Bay and South Oyster Bay and their tributaries in the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay.
Town of North Hempstead: All of Hempstead Harbor lying south of a line extending from Prospect Point to Matinecock Point.
Town of Oyster Bay (north shore): All of Oyster Bay Harbor and all of Cold Spring Harbor lying southerly of a line extending easterly from the stone house on Plum Point (Centre Island) to the northerly side of the beach pavilion at West Neck Beach (Town of Huntington) on the eastern shore of Cold Spring Harbor; and all of Hempstead Harbor lying south of a line extending from Prospect Point to Matinecock Point.
Towns of Babylon and Islip: All that area of Great South Bay and its tributaries lying westerly of the northbound span of the Robert Moses Causeway bridges.
Town of Huntington: All of Northport Bay, Duck Island Harbor, Centerport Harbor, Lloyd Harbor and Huntington Bay lying southerly of a line extending easterly from the southernmost point of East Beach to the southernmost point of West Beach (also known as Sand City Beach), and, Cold Spring Harbor.
Town of Southampton: All of Sag Harbor and its tributaries and a portion of outer Sag Harbor.
Town of East Hampton: All of Northwest Harbor lying easterly of a line extending northeasterly from the westernmost point of land at the entrance to Northwest Creek, to the foot of Mile Hill Road; all of Northwest Creek; and a portion of outer Sag Harbor.
DEC will re-open areas as soon as possible based on the results of water quality testing to be conducted on samples that will be collected from the affected areas over the next several days.

A recorded message that advises harvesters of the status of these shellfish areas may be heard at (631) 444-0480. The message will be updated during the course of the temporary closures. For a more detailed description of the closed areas please call DEC’s Marine Resources office during normal business hours at (631) 444-0492. Additionally, information about temporary shellfish closures will be available on DEC’s website.

Hamptons real-estate market is once again soaring….

edit3Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece Readers...could “happy days are here again” be the slogan for both the home sellers and the realtors in the Hamptons? In a recent article “Leading Indicator: In the Hamptons, “Deals are Gone”posted on CNBC it indicates that the real-estate market has not only recovered. It’s soaring past its pre-crisis peaks. Sales on homes are up and the demand is scarce. What does this mean for the home owners and more so for the buyers? More than 90 homes sold for more than $2.5 million in the Hamptons East End in the quarter. Was this just for the year 2012? Many sellers took advantage of lowering their price as part of the mansion cliff. Sellers were willing to take discounts if they could close the deal before January 1st when the tax rate on capital gains was scheduled to increase.

Is this the beginning of a new day in the Hamptons? Will sales continue to increase or will be see a drop now that the incentives are not there?

Will the Hamptons once again be occupied by only the wealthy? Will the year-round residents be able to afford to live here and use the services here in the Hamptons during the peak season?  With the surge of the home sales, who are these new buyers? Will these new buyers be seasonal owners or year-round residents? These are important questions that will affect different businesses year-round here in the Hamptons. What are your thoughts?

Are you Part of the 99 percent?

Are you Part of the 99 percent? How will the Trillion dollar Cut affect you? Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece readers…last week I watched a web program with Kurt on the state of the economy and I was instantly worried for my future, my children’s future , my family, my friends and most importantly for the 99% of Americans…Many people tend to focus on what is happening in the NOW and not care what is happening in the rest of the country or the world. They are only focused on how does this affect me now, I have a job, a place to live, food to eat, enough money to take a vacation and that is pretty much what they care about. Let me tell you, what happens in the rest of the world will eventually involve you and therefore it is important to know these things.  It’s interesting when I post things on Facebook or twitter like: Congress appointing a super committee to tackle the job of coming up with a plan to reduce the deficit and the due date is 11/23/2011 has  no response with any of my friends on Facebook, yet when I post more personal stories they have more traction.  This my friends is very serious, yesterday this super committee announced that they would not make the deadline to produce a plan to reduce the deficit by November 23rdand therefore according to US Law the $1.4 Trillion dollars must be cut from the budget. Two weeks ago 73.4% of the wall street big wigs predicted that the Super Committee would not make deadline and 83% predicted that even if  the Super Committee made deadline it would not pass in Congress…So what now…What does this mean to you?  To me it means a possible Economic Devastation, Social Tragedy and a possible Stock Market collapse…It means $492 Billion CUTS in Health, Education, Drug Enforcement, National Parks and Agriculture programs…It means a further devastation in the Housing market , higher Unemployment numbers, a possible dump of USA risky bonds and US stocks and worst possible scenario would be an Earth Shattering downgrade of the US credit rating. We saw what happened when the US credit rating was downgraded by S&P in August, the stock market went out of control….
I am worried…Could the housing market be worst than it is today? The Hamptons are often exempt from what happens because the 1% that have the disposable income tend to keep the Hampton afloat…but what about the 99% that live here full-time? Will people have the extra income to rent in the summer, many people rely heavily on those summer rentals to survive for the rest of the year.  It was announced  2 weeks ago that many on Wall Street would not be getting bonuses…How will this affect the summer rentals in the Hamptons? In my estimation I believe 1 in 4 people are either Real Estate Brokers, Builders, Plumbers, Electricians, Landscapers, Painters, Roofers, Home Furnishing store owners and Real Estate Lawyers…how will their business survive if Real Estate takes a bigger dive with the fallout of the Deficit not being passed…how will this affect the local Banks, the  people that work for these people and the list is endless…My objective is not to make anyone scared but to make you aware that these are the potential consequences that could occur and why it is important that we pay attention to what is happening in Washington and to put pressure on our Elected politicians…They need to be held accountable for their actions…
If they think Occupy Wall Street is dying down they are in for a rude awakening , it has only just begun….