Top Brokers Share Their Do's and Don'ts of Buying and Selling in the Hamptons

The real estate game is always changing in the Hamptons, but these brokers have their fingers on the pulse and are ready to share their knowledge. If you're thinking of buying or selling in the area soon, you may want to heed their insightful do's and don'ts. 


  • “Invest in three-bedroom homes that have a pool and are located close to town. They are most likely to increase in value.” —Augusto Bittencourt, Compass

  • “Purchase waterfront properties that come with a dock, especially since it has become more difficult to obtain permits for new docks.” —Tracy Annacone, Town & Country

  • “Buy a fixer-upper in a good location, and you’ll gain instant equity upon renovating it.” —Drew Green, Saunders & Associates

  • “Invest in rental properties in Sag Harbor Village, where homeowners aren’t required to pay permit fees and potential rental-related fines.”—Chris Chapin, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

  • “Rental inventory—which was largely static for two decades—grew 50 percent over the last five years, so update properties and consider renting short-term to stay relevant within the market.” —Ann Marie Horan, Halstead

  • “Look for a house with potential for expansion—a basement with high ceilings that can be turned into a finished lower level, or a garage that can be transformed into additional living space. And if the property doesn’t have a pool, make sure there’s room to add one.” —Romaine Gordon, Saunders & Associates




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45 South Beach Drive, Norwalk, CT
Exceptional and totally renovated luxury seaside residence. Inspired by its original c. 1900 farmhouse roots, the home, moments from beautiful/private Crescent Beach and abutting Bell Island’s private open space land trust, offers incomparable views from just about anywhere in the 5,000+ sq. ft. of beautifully appointed living space. Enjoy an open floor plan, anchored by a spacious and fully-equipped central kitchen which opens to a beautiful family room, wrap-around deck, living room, and that’s just the beginning.

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53 Myanos Road, New Canaan, CT
The Gratwick House was designed by Mid Century architect Victor Christ-Janer and further enhanced and improved by important architect/owner Harvey Kaufman. Built in 1953, this 3,696 SF 4-Bedroom, 2.5-Bath home sits on a rise with gorgeous views of a stunning oval swimming pool. Large entertaining spaces with floor to ceiling windows look out to a sweeping lawn in back and manicured courtyard to the side. This house is the perfect culmination of architectural significance & livability.

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11 Musket Ridge Road, Wilton CT
Perched at the top of a roaring Silvermine River waterfall on almost 4 acres, the property spreads out into Wilton and New Canaan. Every inch of this home has been perfected to capture the timeless appeal of the river while exuding ultimate refinement and good taste. The architect-designed home captures river views and sounds, and almost every room opens to one of the magnificent decks or to a private balcony. Call Ileana Barns Slavin Associates-William Raveis at (203) 246-7215.

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