Central London sales market turning a corner, claims LonRes

first_imgLonRes, the London property market fee sharing and data firm, says the capital’s central prime sales market is turning a corner after over three years of dipping transactions and prices.The company’s latest market report shows that the number of sales in Prime central London increased by 3% during the first six months of the year compared to the same period last year.“Withdrawal rates are falling in central London and tentative signs are that prospective buyers and movers are beginning to get itchy feet again,” says Marcus Dixon, Head of Research at Lonres (pictured, left)He also says supply is increasing; the number of properties on the market across all areas of Prime London has risen compared with 2016.But LonRes Managing Director Anthony Payne (pictured, right) says London’s stucco-fronted prime property market still has a long way to go before it returns to the pre-Stamp Duty increases and pre-Brexit ‘normal’, and that many wealthy people looking to live in London are renting at the moment rather than buying.Anthony says a house that rents for £25,000 a week or £1.3 million a year in central London would cost £5,150,000 in Stamp Duty, twice that amount payable before the new duty rates were introduced, and that is why the central districts of the capital are so quiet for agents at the moment.Political shenanigans“Couple this with the political shenanigans that add to the difficulty in selling a house in this market and you can quickly see why revenue receipts are declining in London as uncertainty prevails,” he says.“The tax is such a burden that it makes sense to either rent or not move home at all.”But Lonres says the downward pressure on prices continues in central Prime London and, of the three key prime areas it examined, asking prices were 4.4% lower during the first six months of the year that in 2016, although achieved prices were only down 0.8% – suggesting vendors are being more realistic about what they can get.Read the full report.   Marcus Dixon LonRes August 3, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Central London sales market turning a corner, claims LonRes previous nextHousing MarketCentral London sales market turning a corner, claims LonResData firm says sales transactions starting to show signs of recovery in prime central postcodes.Nigel Lewis3rd August 201702,578 Viewslast_img read more

Redress scheme issues £3000 fine and a warning for estate and letting agents

first_imgHome » News » Redress scheme issues £3000 fine and a warning for estate and letting agents previous nextRegulation & LawRedress scheme issues £3000 fine and a warning for estate and letting agentsTribunal penalises letting agency for having inadequate cover for the full extent of its operation.Sheila Manchester25th July 20190770 Views Estate and letting agents in the UK – already besieged by new legislation – are being urged to check that they are signed up with an approved redress scheme that covers the full remit of their work. The warning follows a recent tribunal that penalised a business that was signed up to a redress scheme for its letting agency work but not for its property management work.In one of the first decisions of its kind, the Upper Tribunal upheld a fine of £3000 against the business for its failure to belong to an approved redress scheme for property management. Its membership of the Property Ombudsman Scheme covered it for residential sales and lettings, commercial sales and lettings and some property management, but not for residential leasehold management.The decision has prompted National Trading Standards to issue guidance to Estate and Letting Agents across the country, focusing on agents ensuring their redress scheme covers all areas of their work, whether it’s sales, lettings or property management work.James Munro, Head of National Trading Standards Estate and Letting Agency Team, said: “We’re urging all estate and letting agents to double-check their redress scheme to ensure it covers the full breadth of their work. If you’re already signed up to a redress scheme, you may think your business is covered, but you should check that this covers the full breadth of your company’s activities. The recent tribunal decision shows businesses that are signed up to redress schemes for one area of their work but not for others may face hefty penalties in the courts.”Failure to be a member of a redress scheme, when legally required to do so, could result in a penalty notice being issued against the business. The two approved redress schemes are:Property Redress Scheme www.theprs.co.uk  and The Property Ombudsman www.tpos.co.ukSean Hooker, Head of Redress at the Property Redress Scheme, said: “Whilst PRS membership covers most agents for all the work they do, they must tell us from the outset the areas they undertake work in so we can record this under their membership. Agents must also ensure that all their branches and offices are registered separately and the appropriate fee paid. If you are in any doubt whether you are fully compliant please contact us immediately.” Katrine Sporle, The Property Ombudsman, added:“TPO’s online membership and website provides detailed information about the categories of work TPO provides redress for, the options available, and clarity around the need to be registered for each category. Our membership team is on hand to give support and advice for new and existing members alike, so do please contact us if there is anything you are unsure about or need guidance on.”www.nationaltradingstandards.ukUpper Tribunal James Munro Sean Hooker Katrine Sporle redress Redress scheme Sheila Manchester July 25, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Trey Anastasio Trio Rocks Cleveland With TAB & Phish Favorites In Tour Opener [Videos]

first_imgThe Trey Anastasio Trio tour continues tonight in Grand Rapids, MI. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head to Trey’s website. You can watch a selection of crowd-shot video footage from Trey Anastasio’s tour opener below via YouTube:Trey Anastasio Trio – “Camel Walk”[Video: TheKamherst]Trey Anastasio Trio – “Dark And Down“[Video: TheKamherst]Trey Anastasio Trio – “Bounce“ Following nearly a month of fanfare surrounding his temporary band lineup change, Trey Anastasio opened his spring 2018 solo tour with the Trey Anastasio Trio on Tuesday night at Cleveland, OH’s House of Blues. The trio, comprised of Anastasio, drummer Russ Lawton, and bassist Tony Markellis, is a throwback to the earliest iteration of Trey’s solo band, which came together after the three musicians first played together at a Vermont performance under the moniker 8 Foot Fluorescent Tubes exactly 20 years ago.The tour-commencing festivities saw Trey, Tony, and Russ get their footing in their trio formation. As expected, the band played a number of the TAB favorites which the three men helped introduce on their first tour together in 1999, from the opening “Gotta Jibboo” to the encore-closing “First Tube”. In between, the trio worked through familiar Trey tunes of a newer vintage (including “Everything’s Right”, “Bounce”, and the first rendition of “Soul Planet” since it anchored Phish‘s 2017 New Year’s gag); a number of Phish staples (like “Camel Walk”, “46 Days”, “Steam”, a solo acoustic “Waste”, and the Trey solo debut of “No Men In No Man’s Land”); a well-worn live cover (Los Lobos‘ “When The Circus Comes”); and much more.While the trio will surely take some time to get used to playing in this configuration once again, the first show of the tour showed incredible promise. Tony and Russ’s rock-solid yet fluidly floating rhythm section provided Trey a supple canvas on which to paint his fuzzed-out riffs, a thrilling vessel for his and raw rock and roll guitar firepower. This sound is a far cry from the polished and precise stylings of the modern Trey Anastasio Band. It’s gritty and unrefined, loose and comfortable–the sound of three old friends and collaborators getting together and rocking out in the garage for old time’s sake. Thankfully for us, they’re taking that garage-rock excitement and energy and putting it onstage for all to witness. [Video: TheKamherst]Trey Anastasio Trio – “46 Days”[Video: iccuspunk]Trey Anastasio Trio – “Water In The Sky”[Video: iccuspunk]Trey Anastasio Trio – “Sand”[Video: TheKamherst]Trey Anastasio Trio – “Waste” (Trey Solo Acoustic)[Video: iccuspunk]Trey Anastasio Trio – “First Tube” [Video: iccuspunk]Setlist: Trey Anastasio Trio | House of Blues | Cleveland, OH | 4/17/18Set 1: Gotta Jibboo, Tuesday, Everything’s Right, Camel Walk, When the Circus Comes [1], No Men In No Man’s Land[1], Dark and Down, Drifting, Pigtail, BounceSet 2: Soul Planet > 46 Days, Farmhouse, Steam, Night Speaks to a Woman, Water in the Sky, SandEncore: Waste [2], Heavy Things, First Tube[1] TAB debut.[2] Trey solo acoustic.This show featured the TAB debuts of When the Circus Comes and No Men In No Man’s Land. Trey teased Streets of Cairo in Camel Walk, San-Ho-Zay in Bounce, and Oye Como Va in Soul Planet. Waste was performed by Trey solo acoustic.last_img read more

Tony Winners & Stage Favorites Earn 2016 Golden Globe Nominations

The nominations for the 2016 Golden Globes were announced on December 10, and a plethora of Tony winners and stage favorites received recognition for their screen performances. The 73rd annual ceremony, hosted by Ricky Gervais, will air on NBC on January 10.Tony winner Eddie Redmayne, who won a Golden Globe and Oscar last year for The Theory of Everything, picked up a nomination for The Danish Girl in Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama), as did Tony winner Bryan Cranston for Trumbo. Tony winners Maggie Smith, Lily Tomlin and Al Pacino (currently in China Doll on Broadway) were nominated for their leading performances in the comedies The Lady in the Van, Grandma and Danny Collins, respectively.In the Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture categories, Tony winner Helen Mirren received a nod for Trumbo, as did Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies. Saoirse Ronan, who will make her Broadway debut next year in The Crucible, earned a spot in Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) for Brooklyn.There was also a strong showing of Broadway names in the TV categories. Tony winner Viola Davis picked up a nod for her leading performance in How to Get Away with Murder (she also picked up an Emmy earlier this year). Additional Tony winners to pick up nods were Liev Schrieber for Ray Donovan, Tomlin, in her second nomination of the morning, for Grace and Frankie, Rylance (also in a second nomination) for Wolf Hall, Alan Cumming for The Good Wife and Judith Light for Transparent.Additional Broadway names to earn nominations for their small screen triumphs include Patrick Stewart for Blunt Talk, Felicity Huffman for American Crime, Patrick Wilson for Fargo and two performers who also won Emmys this year: Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent and Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black.The drama Spotlight, featuring Tony-nominated Something Rotten! star Brian d’Arcy James, was nominated for Best Motion Picture (Drama). The Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle, starring Bernadette Peters, is up for Best Television Series (Musical or Comedy); the show’s second season will be available on December 30.Click here for a complete list of nominees. View Comments read more

Usher, Sia, Queen Latifah & More Set for Hamilton Mixtape

first_imgLin-Manuel Miranda in ‘Hamilton'(Photos: Joan Marcus) Hamilton View Comments Hamilton headliner and maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda has tapped some of his super starry Hamilfans for his latest project: The Hamilton Mixtape. The Atlantic Records album, which is currently looking at a fall release, will feature Usher, Sia, Queen Latifah and more on variations of tunes from the hit musical.The Hamilton Mixtape, a somewhat post factum concept album, will feature both covers and remixes. “Half the songs are cover versions of songs in the show, and the others are interpolations—we’ll take some of this, some of that, and make something new out of it,” producer Questlove told Vanity Fair.Also on board are Chance the Rapper, Regina Spektor, Ben Folds and Busta Rhymes. If you search hard enough, you can find photos and love notes from almost all of their visits to the show.As for Miranda, the Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner will stay on the other side of the recording booth for this one. “I’m not going to be on it,” he said, “because for me, the goal is to keep this inspired by the original.”center_img Related Shows from $149.00last_img read more

Yuletide Camellias

first_imgThanks to retailers the Christmas season started sooner than ever, and as if wanting to join in the festivities, Georgia’s Yuletide camellias started blooming earlier than ever as well — giving a clear signal of the holiday season. I am most certainly not a Yuletide camellia expert. I have, however, been watching them for years, and this is the earliest I have seen them bloom. Yuletide is an award-winning favorite, bearing loads of red flowers coupled with bright yellow stamens. It is considered compact in form. Oddly, many that I see in landscapes want to develop naturally into a conical or Christmas tree shape. With a little selective hand pruning, this would not be hard to accomplish. However, if you prune harder, they develop a nice mounding shape. Most suppliers, even those nationally recognized, tag them as Camellia sasanquas, but according to the International Camellia Society Registry, it is a chance seedling of Hiryu — a Camellia vernalis hybrid. This is really a no brainer as Yuletide is an award-winning camellia that is perfect for the landscape or containers.Think about this as a Christmas plant that gives season after season. It is not like the poinsettia that we love and treasure for a month and then toss. Yuletide is a plant that will bloom every year just in time for the holidays. Shrubs like the Yuletide camellia can be the real bones or foundation of the landscape much like you would use a holly, viburnum or a ligustrum. They can lead us down a path or serve as the perfect backdrop for seasonal flowers. While we think of camellias for its high shade or filtered light garden, the Yuletide can tolerate quite a bit more sun. At the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden we have ours with a high canopy of pine and the picturesque castanopsis trees with almost white bark. It is a most magical setting. Like all camellias they require fertile well-drained acidic soil. Yuletide is cold tolerant to zone 7, but is also great in containers that can be moved as needed for cold protection. Fall is a great time to plant, and supplies of Yuletide and other camellias are normally at their highest now. Roots increase dramatically during the cool season allowing the plant to really get acclimated and take off once growth resumes in the spring. In the landscape put them in a bed rather than surrounding them with turf. Try clustering three together in front of Nelly R. Stevens or Fosters holly. For a truly exquisite look, use in combination with the smaller Red Holly hybrids like Festive, Robin or Little Red. A word of warning: This one is sure to cause neighbor envy. It won’t be long until you are going to the garden center to get a Christmas tree, poinsettia or some other holiday plant, why not pick up a couple of camellias? Better yet, just do it this weekend. Yuletide is an award-winning favorite, and I am sure you’ll love it, as much as I do.last_img read more

800response Selects Search Engine Marketing Firm

first_imgSearch engine marketing company @Web Site Publicity, announced today the signing of a new client, 800response, a leading provider of vanity 800 phone numbers and call tracking solutions based in Burlington, VT. @Web Site Publicity will support the 800response website with search engine marketing strategies, specifically search engine optimization consulting. The goal is to make 800response’s informative Web content and online services even more accessible to the businesses that use the major search engines to find the best resources to support their marketing initiatives.With offices in the United States and Canada, 800response offers a unique, custom 800 service that allows multiple businesses across the country to share a valuable vanity 800 number, each enjoying exclusive use of the number in its selected territory. For example, this allows a toll-free vanity 800 number like 1-800-NEW-VISION to be used by a different optometrist in each advertising market, with calls routed to the correct subscriber based on the location of the person dialing the number. The company also offers call tracking solutions that help businesses capture everything from a callers name, address and phone number to key data that proves which marketing efforts are most effective in generating response to advertising campaigns. For more information about 800response, visit the company’s website at www.800response.com(link is external)[email protected] Site Publicity is a leading search engine marketing company based in Peterborough, NH offering integrated services in the area of search engine optimization, paid search advertising and direct product feeds to shopping engines. Founded in 1998, it serves e-commerce companies, Business-to-Business marketers, educational institutions and non-profit organizations throughout the United States. For more information on @Web Site Publicity, call 800-450-2818, ext. 203, or visit www.websitepublicity.com(link is external).last_img read more

Landmark Realty: Experience our mountain lifestyle

first_imgWe invite you to experience our mountain lifestyle… You come for the cool summer temperatures, the hiking, the beautiful waterfalls, the shopping, fine dining…or just to escape the hurry and hassle of your busy life.  Every year thousands of locals and out-of-town visitors come to experience the seasons and events on the Plateau.Winter’s magic transforms the trees to crystal glistening in the sun, nearby slopes are ready for you to challenge the downhill or hop on a tube for a fun ride.  In Spring-time, varieties of wild flowers, Mountain laurel, Catawba rhododendron and Wild flame azalea tint the mountains in delicate hints of color.  Most of the land is home to deciduous trees, which before losing their leaves color the mountains in beautiful rays of crimson, gold burnt orange and magenta.Every fall, hundreds of cyclists line-up to compete in the Tour de Cashiers.  From training wheels to fast wheels, there is something for everyone. Mountain bike, hike, fish, canoe, water ski, white river raft or challenge yourself with a game of golf on one of the many area courses.  And, after a day of exercise, relax and enjoy a free concert on the Village Green, or quench your thirst at one of our craft breweries or unique dining options.Landmark Realty Group is a boutique, full service real estate firm founded on the Plateau in 2004.  In 2012 Landmark became part of Royal Shell, a regional independent boutique brokerage in Florida.  Landmark currently has four offices in Western North Carolina serving Cashiers, Highlands, Lake Glenville, Sapphire and Lake Toxaway.  Our Landmark Vacation Rental program offers approximately 100 homes for our clients.  The Park on Main Hotel in Highlands, North Carolina, is also a part of the Landmark and Royal Shell Family.Whether you experience it by the hearth of a rustic cabin, or from a porch with a view that stretches “into tomorrow”- it is profound.  It’s the place that nurtures you, restores you… and always calls you back, Home.We are coaches, mentors, hikers, fundraisers, relief workers and stewards of the lakes and land.  We sit on professional association boards, school boards and are animal rescue volunteers.  We are husbands, wives, parents, neighbors and friends.  We are the Brokers and staff of Landmark Real Estate Sales and Vacation Rentals.last_img read more

Briefs

first_img June 1, 2005 Regular News Briefs Briefscenter_img AFTER NEARLY 40 YEARS, Florida A&M once again bestowed law degrees when the university held its recent commencement. The last class of the FAMU College of Law graduated in 1968 after the state failed to provide funding for the then-accredited school in 1966. The state reestablished the historically black university’s law school in 2002, and the first students of the inaugural class received their degrees at a ceremony at the university’s main campus in Tallahassee. The graduates also were recognized at a hooding ceremony in Orlando, where the law school is located. Fifty-five students from the law school received their degrees. “The law school’s participation in this year’s graduation ceremony is not only of great historic significance to this university, but it is of even greater symbolic significance,” said Carlos Woody, president of the Student Bar Association. “As a member of the ‘second inaugural class,’ being able to participate in the graduation on the main campus will represent a continuation of a rich legacy that began some 56 years ago.” Robert J. Grey, Jr., president of the ABA, was the keynote speaker for the event: “Society has to reflect the texture, the culture, the diversity of its people in the most critical profession to the safeguarding of liberty that we have.”SECOND CIRCUIT JUDGE TOM BATEMAN addresses the jury pool in a special ceremony in the Leon County Commission Chambers last month as part of Juror Appreciation Month in Florida. Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente was also on hand, along with other Leon County public officials, to thank the jurors for their service and announce a new program giving free bus transportation to those who serve as jurors in Tallahassee’s Leon County Courthouse. Pariente said this cooperative effort between courts and other local government offices is an example that can be followed throughout Florida and will encourage people to show up for jury duty. Florida consistently has ranked behind the national average in the percentage of people who respond to jury summonses. “The real thanks for this new service,” said Pariente, “goes to Tallahassee Mayor John Marks and County Commission Chair Cliff Thaell. They listened to me after I became aware that local jurors were having to drive, find parking, and then walk to the courthouse. And they found one solution that makes everyone a winner, even as they are looking at other ways to make jury duty easier.” The Ninth Circuit has a similar transportation service for jurors. Since 2002 people summoned to appear for jury duty at the Orange County Courthouse can ride free on the LYNX bus. “My hope is that courts and local governments throughout Florida will see examples like these and will work together to help our jurors fulfill their duty,” Pariente said.THE GEORGE EDGCOMB BAR ASSOCIATIONrecently held its annual scholarship banquet. The GEBA has provided more than $100,000 over the years to African American students to pursue college educations. Pictured from the left are Lanse Scriven, president-elect of the Hillsborough County Bar; Bill Schifino, Jr., president, Hillsborough County Bar; former U.S. Rep. Rev. Walter Fauntroy; Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson; Benjamin Crump, president of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the National Bar Association; Barbra J. Pittman, president-elect of the Virgil Hawkins Florida Chapter of the NBA; Clinton Paris, president of the George Edgecomb Bar Association; F. Kemi Oguntebi, the banquet’s co-chair; and Monica J. Williams, first vice president of the George Edgcomb Bar Association.U.S. SUPREME COURT JUSTICE Anthony Kennedy attended the U.S. 11th Circuit’s recent judicial conference in Hollywood. Pictured from the left are U.S. Southern District of Florida Judge Pat Seitz, a former president of The Florida Bar; current Bar President Kelly Overstreet Johnson, Justice Kennedy; Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente; and Eileen Lynskey Parsons, chair of the Bar’s Federal Practice Committee.BAR PRESIDENT KELLY OVERSTREET JOHNSON was the keynote speaker for a Law Day event in Ft. Lauderdale presented by B’nai B’rith Justice Unit 5207, the Caribbean Bar Association, the Hispanic Bar Association of Broward County, the Puerto Rican Bar Association, the T.J. Reddick Bar Association, and the Attorneys Division and Community Relations Committee of the United Jewish Community of Broward County. Prior to the program, a judicial reception honored Broward Judge Martin Dishowitz. The event also included a memorial presentation to the family of Henry Latimer. Pictured from the left are Franklin Zemel; Jesse Diner, 17th Circuit Board of Governors member; Cynthia Guerra, president of the Broward Hispanic Bar; and Johnson.IN RECOGNITION OF Juror Appreciation Month, Palm Beach County officials made a presentation to its jurors along with comments from Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Pariente. Pictured from the left are Palm Beach County Bar Association President Stanley D. Klett, Jr.; 15th Circuit Public Defender Carey Haughwout; 15th Circuit Chief Judge Edward Fine; Chief Justice Barbara Pariente; West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel; Clerk & Comptroller for Palm Beach County Sharon Bock; Palm Beach County Commission Chair Tony Masilotti and 15th Circuit State Attorney Barry Krischer. The Palm Beach County Bar sponsored a free cup of coffee and bagel for jurors for the week of May 2 with contributions from its Young Lawyers Section; the Hispanic Bar Association; the Cunningham Bar Association and the Palm Beach County Trial Lawyers Association.last_img read more

NBC’s George to the Rescue Helps Massapequa Mom

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nicole Amesti of Massapequa reacts as she sees her daughter’s new bedroom renovated by NBC’s George to the Rescue starring George Oliphant, in background (Courtesy of NBC’s George to the Rescue)Nicole Amesti of Massapequa was starting a new chapter in life as the new mother of twins when her husband, Jim, lost his battle with colon cancer last year, months after she gave birth.The twins, Abigail and Jack—who turn 2 in October—had been sharing a nursery in the two-bedroom, two-story Cape-Cod-style house on Maple Street since their father’s passing shelved plans to turn the unfinished upstairs into a master bedroom for the parents. But as quickly as tragedy left the 35-year-old mother widowed and her children fatherless, an angel with a TV crew answered her prayers one sunny morning in July.“I know about the house, the twins…I’m here to rescue you,” George Oliphant, host of NBC’s hit home renovation show George to the Rescue, told Nicole when she opened a knock at the door to find the surprise news with the Long Island Press exclusively in tow.“You have no idea what this means,” replied a beaming Amesti, who was planning to move into the basement to allow the twins to each have their own room. “He’s going to give you your own room!” she excitedly told her son as she held him in her arms and the family’s brown puggle, Fred, barked at the camera crew.Oliphant, who’s has been rescuing people unable to afford home renovations for four seasons, similarly saved a widow in the Sept. 21 season premier whose house—the only one on the Nautical Mile in Freeport—was flooded in Superstorm Sandy a year ago.Three weeks after Amesti and her two tots moved back in with her parents to let the crew work, she returned Sept. 13 to find her house transformed, clouds parting just in time for her close-up during the reveal. Her two downstairs bedrooms converted into idealized childrens’ rooms—pink and doll-filled for Abby, brown and sports-themed for Jack. The upstairs “sanctuary” resembles a four-star hotel room—including an elegant full bathroom—with no signs of the rafters and bare floorboards, effectively doubling the living space of the house.“The selling point was the space up there,” Nicole recalls. “When we bought the house, it was our dream.”Despite much help from her mother, Rose, and Jim’s parents, Tony and Marie Amesti, the second-floor renovation required more work and money than could fit into the family’s budget.Roslyn Heights-based interior designer Deborah Baum, who says she relished the chance to “really get creative,” estimates she and a half dozen other companies donated a combined $150,000 worth of time and materials to renovate the four rooms.“We’re giving her a boutique hotel space…modern, everything she needs,” adds Baum.The remodeling team includes Rob Shapiro of Glen Cove-based Square One Construction, closet designer Jayne Hirshman of West Babylon’s A & G Designs, Jericho-based Fancy Fixtures, PR Painting of Oakdale, East Moriches-based MTS Plumbing & Heating, Workroom Creations of Port Washington, Hicksville-based Lunar Electric, Elegant Tile & Marble of Nebraska and North Carolina-based Angie’s Closets. Broadway Gourmet Deli in Massapequa catered the crew.Shapiro of Square One says he was glad to lend a helping hand, because Amesti is “someone who truly deserves it.”Nicole gasps when she walks into her daughter’s girly new room, the first she lays eyes on after the renovations. The sight of her late husband’s Yankees, Jets and Broncos caps hanging on the wall of her son’s room brings her to tears.“It’s alright to cry,” George tells her.She replies: “Does anybody not cry on this show?”After the crew finishes filming and friends and relatives fill the house to celebrate the renovations with champagne, Jim’s best friend, Ernie Weber, pauses to reflect on family photos hanging in the living room showing the couple on their wedding day, at Disney World and in Rockefeller Center.The 41-year-old Oyster Bay town worker from Massapequa recalls Jim’s last words to Nicole: “Are you going to be okay?” Jim had remained upbeat despite his diagnoses but worried about how his family would go on without him. “Now he’s smiling down ‘cause they’re gonna be alright,” Weber says.“I’ll have a great place of my own to start a new chapter in our lives,” says Amesti. “I’m excited, shocked, thrilled.”Oliphant adds that his show is about more than just ratings. It’s about family.“It’s not just the job, it’s the energy, it’s the people,” he says. “You could feel the energy, the excitement—you could feel Jim’s presence over the house…It’s sad the reason we’re here, but I’m glad we were able to turn it into something positive.”The episode featuring the Amesti family is schedule to air at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 on NBC.last_img read more