cny: CNY 2008 Parade of Homes - 08/17/08 04:26 PM
The central New York 2008 Parade of Homes is just around the corner, September 6 through the 21.  The Parade represents many things to many people, and has become an anticipated event.
 
For the vast majority, it is an opportunity to dream a little.  They are beautiful houses, typically done up "full tilt", and are impressive to see and experience, even if you don't think you'll ever own one.  They also present some of the latest trends in decorating and, although less visible, latest technology in new construction.  For some, this is the chance to walk through a house that … (2 comments)

cny: Is the CNY Housing Market Good or Bad? - 08/17/08 03:10 PM
Making Sense Out of a Media Mess
 
Did you catch Tim Knauss' article in today's Home & Real Estate section of the Syracuse Post Standard?  Here's the link if you're interested in reading it: http://www.syracuse.com/poststandard/stories/index.ssf?/base/living-0/121870416692560.xml&coll=1
 
The article states NYSAR (New York Association of Realtors) as saying sales in Onondaga, Cayuga, Madison and Oswego counties as down 10.4% year to date.  Being the kind of person who questions statistics (statistics are only as good as the person interpreting them, right?), I naturally sought to data to confirm or refute this claim.
 
My first check was to cnyrealtor.com, our local board … (0 comments)

cny: Some Agents Really are Idiots - 08/13/08 05:38 AM
Some Agents Really are Idiots, present company excluded, of course!
 
Jack, an agent in my office, had his home listed for sale.  The expired listing showed up on my hotsheet this morning.  Naturally, that meant I had to ask him if he was looking for a new listing agent. ;-)
 
I was expecting Jack to say how he's already heard the same line from half the office, or even for him to say he's got a new listing agent (his wife, who is also licensed).  But no, Jack's response was not what I expected at all.
 
An agent … (16 comments)

cny: One Lucky Family in CNY Gets to Meet Ty! Winner Announced! - 08/06/08 05:43 AM
The winner was announced today!
 
Straight from Syracuse.com, one lucky family in central New York will be getting a new home for free, through the very popular ABC television show "Extreme Makeover:Home Edition".  The seven day project is set to begin August 18, and the winning family will be notified that day.
 
Naturally, the thoughts running through my head are pretty transparent:  Is it anyone I know?  Could it be in my neighborhood?  Where might I bump into Ty Pennington?  I understand volunteers are needed.  What are they looking for in volunteers?  Am I more likely to see Ty … (3 comments)

cny: The Truth About Open Houses - 08/06/08 04:13 AM
Open houses are either a lot of fun, or a complete pain in the backside, depending on your perspective.  For every pro, there is a con.  It's fun to go check out houses.  It's a nightmare to prepare for.  Open houses only sell 2 - 7% of all houses sold.  Your house might sell.  The weather is bad.  The weather is too nice!
 
As a seller in central New York, yes, you should probably have some open houses.  I say probably because they really don't work for all listings.  It depends on your neighborhood, the property itself, and who your target … (2 comments)

cny: Open House Sunday July 20 - 07/18/08 07:21 AM
4484 Vinegar Hill Road, Skaneateles, open from 2 - 4

 

 
Currently priced at $219,000 and situated 200' feet from the road on over 5 acres, this lovely home has a screened porch beckoning you to come read a book, visit with friends and family, or just sit and enjoy the peaceful setting.
 

 
 The bright and airy great room.
 

Aren't those cabinets gorgeous?
 
I hope you'll stop by this Sunday from 2 - 4.  Be patient if I'm running a little late - I'll just be on my way over from Limeledge!
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cny: Open House Sunday July 20 - 07/18/08 07:05 AM
5024 Limeledge Road in the Marcellus School District, open from 12 -2 
 
3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, formal dining room and informal dining area, built in bookcase/entertainment center, hidden walk-in pantry, fantastic mud room, very private setting not far from the villages of Marcellus, Skaneateles and Camillus. 
 

 

The entrance to the walk in pantry is this recessed bookcase!  On the left you can see the sliders.  The sellers have since put on a new deck!  To the right of the pantry is the door to the one of the best mud rooms I've ever seen (this … (0 comments)

cny: Nice Listing on Newbridge Street in Annesgrove - 07/18/08 06:39 AM
This is truly a lovely home that I was so impressed with, I actually asked the listing agent if I could blog about it for him!  Currently listed for $204,900, the home is a two bedroom bungalow with two full baths.
 

 
I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a front porch, and this one I really like!  There are two images that come to mind so readily for me - wicker chairs and iced tea in the summer, and handing out candy to kids piled on the porch Halloween night.

 
A view of the kitchen … (4 comments)

cny: Changes are Coming in the Town of Camillus - Hinsdale Rd. and More - 07/17/08 05:30 AM
Bill Davern, Camillus 3rd Ward Councilor, sent out an update to area residents.  I first met Bill almost 9 years ago after we moved into our present home, when he walked to my house to introduce himself.  I don't know if he remembers meeting me or not, but it doesn't matter.  I was impressed by his friendly nature and willingness to talk.  Over the years, I've been impressed even more by his open communication and work to keep residents informed.
 
On many people's mind:  what's happening with the section of land on Hinsdale Road?  I'm talking about the presently vacant … (2 comments)

cny: I'm Looking for a Green Builder - 06/30/08 09:21 AM
Turning our lives around and going greener is not going to happen overnight, although at times I wish it was going along a little more quickly. I saw a great blog a few weeks ago called A Place For Our Stuff on NYCO's blog about Central New York.  Its poignant insight into how we live, where we live, and the habits we keep, inspired me to think more seriously about a topic that has been dancing around in my head for several years.  I'd like to work with a builder who's interested in building greener homes, both within the city limits and in the suburbs.
 
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cny: Real Estate Activity in Camillus, NY - 03/13/08 04:00 PM
You don't want to call and bother an agent, you just want some basic information about what's available and how prices tend to run in an area.  Buyers might be weighing the pros and cons of several different neighborhoods.  Potential sellers are wondering what they might be able to sell their houses for.  Real estate addicts might just need a little "fix" to hold them over.  Whatever your reason, here's the lowdown on the town of Camillus real estate happenings.
 
As of this writing, there are 149 single family residential active listingsin the MLS, priced from $24,900 all the way up to $1,940,000.  They've been in the … (0 comments)

 

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