Best of luck to you. FYI you should have a buyer agency agreement when you choose a Realtor
Long Island has the most most Beautiful areas to raise a family and my advise to you is 3 words ..persistence, persistence, persistence!!!
Connect with an agent that is Market Savvy and will provide you with the tools and knowledge you need to meet your objectives in a timely fashion.
Melville is a strong market and has not been effected by the recession as much as other areas, hence the homes are retaining their value.
Tag the homes that match your criteria that have been on the market for 90 days or more as they are likely to be competitive with pricing. The right agent can set you up to receive this information on a daily basis so you are top or your game and see the price reductions as they occur so you can be the first one to call and make an offer.
Your patience and persistence will land you in the home of your dreams!
Good Luck & Don't Give Up!!!
Home Savings Bank of America
Certified Buyer Representative
Senior Real Estate Specialist
Century 21 Princeton Properties