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03/28/15 3:00pm
03/28/2015 3:00 PM
The United Methodist Church building in Southold, built in 1794, went on the market last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The United Methodist Church building in Southold, built in 1794, went on the market last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

As several local church properties have hit the real estate market, the town has adopted new zoning that would allow religious and other historic buildings to be repurposed. (more…)

03/26/15 9:56am
03/26/2015 9:56 AM
Members of the public ringed the Code Committee table at Wednesday night's meeting. The committee will move forward with a code change to address short-term rentals in the village.

Members of the public ringed the Code Committee table at Wednesday night’s meeting. The committee will move forward with a code change to address short-term rentals in the town.

The Southold Town Board seems satisfied with the basics of a proposed code change that would address short-term rentals in town, an issue that’s arisen with the proliferation of short-stay, person-to-person boarding sites like Airbnb.com.

All that remains before the new code can go before a public hearing is figuring out a number: how many days at minimum must short-term renters stay at a location for the deal to be considered legal.

At a packed code committee meeting Wednesday evening, assistant town attorney Stephen Kiely presented a rough draft of the legislation, which would define “transient rental properties” as  single- and two-family residences and townhouses that are up for rent. (more…)

03/10/15 3:44pm
03/10/2015 3:44 PM

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Imagine for a moment the endless possibility for living large in this 7 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom Cutchogue home.

Picture yourself enjoying a game of tennis with a view of the neighboring 20-acres of farm field or swimming in the heated infinity pool gazing at the waterfront. Featuring a high-end kitchen, fireplaces and plenty of outdoor living space, you may never want to leave this estate. (more…)

03/09/15 5:08pm
03/09/2015 5:08 PM
The Bissett estate was the eight-most expensive real estate transfer on The North Fork and Shelter Island in 2014. (Credit: The Corcoran Group courtesy photo)

The Bissett estate was the eight-most expensive real estate transfer on The North Fork and Shelter Island in 2014. (Credit: The Corcoran Group courtesy photo)

Two North Fork homes fetched prices north of $4 million last year, according to a list of the most expensive Shelter Island and North Fork real estate sales of 2014.

SEE THE ENTIRE LIST ON northforker.com

03/07/15 12:00pm
03/07/2015 12:00 PM
Long Island Board of Realtors president-elect Mary Alice Ruppert speaks at last week's meeting. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Long Island Board of Realtors president-elect Mary Alice Ruppert speaks at last week’s meeting. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Short-term rental regulations may have been the main topic at last week’s panel discussion at Greenport’s Townsend Manor Inn, but many realtors in attendance had questions about another issue: a new Suffolk County anti-discrimination law that prohibits them from asking prospective tenants about their finances.

Passed in January by the county Legislature, the law amends Chapter 526 of the Suffolk County code to “incorporate changes adopted by the state,” according to a copy of the legislation.  (more…)

03/06/15 5:00pm
03/06/2015 5:00 PM
Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell (center) speaks during a panel event Feb. 26 hosted by the Long Island Board of Realtors at Greenport's Townsend Manor Inn. He's flanked by Riverhead Town attorney Bob Kozakiewicz (left) and Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski. (Credit: Rachel Young)

Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell (center) speaks during a panel event Feb. 26 hosted by the Long Island Board of Realtors at Greenport’s Townsend Manor Inn. He’s flanked by Riverhead Town attorney Bob Kozakiewicz (left) and Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski. (Credit: Rachel Young)

For many North Fork residents, this winter’s proliferation of snow, ice and slush has made summer feel like a far-off, even illusory prospect. But local realtors say the area’s tourism season has already started — and they’re wondering how changing rental laws could affect the way they do their jobs.

To help clarify those regulations, the North Fork Chapter of the Long Island Board of Realtors hosted an event Feb. 26 featuring local politicians and insurance agents at Greenport’s Townsend Manor Inn.  (more…)