onondaga county: Shh!!! They Aren't Listed Yet, But.... - 09/08/08 04:17 AM
I've heard of several possible new listings in old Fairmount coming on in the future.  Just because it's not in the MLS yet doesn't mean the seller isn't willing to sell yet, though...
 
One is a real gem.  A four bedroom cape in top notch condition and honestly, probably over-improved.  Once it goes on the open market, it's sure to catch a lot of attention.  This might be a good one to try to pick up before it goes into the MLS.  I won't give you my exact price opinion on this one, but it'll be over $100k.
 
At … (2 comments)

onondaga county: 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)

onondaga county: Quite Possibly the World's Most Boring Video - 08/06/08 09:00 AM
I was checking things out online, when I stumbled across a link to this youtube video, NY5 - Camillus Bypass. I, like an idiot, actually sat and watched the whole thing. Driving. Just driving. Maybe I don't drive the bypass enough. Maybe I'm so bored that I couldn't think of anything better to do. Maybe I forgot to pay everyone to be my friend this week, have no life, and couldn't resist the temptation of possibly seeing their cars in the video (didn't happen). Now, there is a moment of humor when the type across the bottom of the screen questions … (4 comments)

onondaga county: 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)

onondaga county: 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)

onondaga county: 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)

onondaga county: Living in Camillus, Where Is What - 07/10/08 05:07 AM
When you don't know an area very well, you tend to discredit it as a place to live.  Or you frantically try to find out as much information about it as you can.  Well, I'm here to help you discover some of the ins and outs of living in Camillus.
 
Online map services and GPS systems can help you get from place to place, but they don't always tell you when you're driving out to Gillie Lake for the first time, you start to think you've gone wrong somewhere even if you haven't.  They also won't tell you that drving … (0 comments)

onondaga county: 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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onondaga county: Out On Tour of the West Side Today - 06/17/08 09:55 AM
I cruised out on tour today with Bill Bigelow and Brian Normoyle this morning.  We had a little bit of a late start, and had to end at 12:30 to accommodate appointments, so we didn't get to see much.  We also chose to skip several listings that we've already seen, or that were too far out from our offices.
 
Our first stop was Skyview Terrace in Camillus. Cute.  The wall between the kitchen and dining room has been opened up, which really helps add to the openness of the floor plan.  Our second stop was into the city to Strathmore … (0 comments)

onondaga county: What's Selling in Marcellus? - 06/11/08 04:15 AM
So what's selling in the town of Marcellus?  In the past 30 days, just five properties have been changed to a pending status (an accepted contract with contingencies removed).  South State Street, Patterson, Gray Ledge Terrace, Lot 15 Sage Meadows and lot 4 Abounding Way.  Sage Meadows and Abounding Way are both Pigliavento lots.  Listings changed over to a K status (offer accepted but with contingencies) in the past 30 days are East Maple, West Main, New Seneca Turnpike, Hillside and Deerpath.  Combining the two statuses for a total of 10, we have a low list price of $82,000 and high … (0 comments)

onondaga county: Broker's Opens and Why Do We Have Them? - 05/29/08 02:42 AM
While on vacation last week, someone asked me this.  So I decided to share :-)
 
A broker's open, quite simply, is an open house for real estate agents.  Agents are usually busy hosting open houses on Sundays, and can't get to the other public open houses.  Around the greater Syracuse area, the day and time of your neighborhood's broker's opens are generally determined by the board of Realtors.  That is to say, they've established a general schedule for agents to follow.  For example, on the west side, we have them on Tuesdays.  We start in the city, covering the west and … (0 comments)

onondaga county: Wheatfield Way, Camillus NY 13031 - SALE PENDING!!! - 05/13/08 08:14 AM
Simply stunning is the best way to describe my new listing on Wheatfield Way, Fox Chapel, in the town of Camillus.  Let me take you on a tour:
 
Located less than 5 minutes from the village and highways, this 5 year old colonial features 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths.
As the temperature goes up, so will the flowers and plantings!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As you enter the front door, the hardwood staircase is in front of you, the first floor office is to your right, and the formal living room are to your … (0 comments)

onondaga county: Black Bear Causes School Lockdown - 05/09/08 10:15 AM
What a day yesterday!  A black bear was spotted in a residential Fairmount neighborhood yesterday around 6:45 AM, and most of the day was uneventful.  This neighborhood, for those of you familiar with the Fairmount area, is pretty deep into civilization (and is split between the West Genesee and Westhill school districts).  My sophomore son did tell me a number of jokes floating around the high school about the bear, but that apparently was it for excitement until...
 
The West Genesee school district decided to lockdown all the middle and elementary schools at the end of the day, and not let … (1 comments)

onondaga county: Fair Housing and "Testers" - 05/08/08 04:17 AM
A couple weeks ago I took my required Fair Housing class.   I love taking this class.  For starters, it's always smart as a Realtor to be "up on" Fair Housing.  Second, the information never gets old, or becomes dull or uninteresting.  Third, it is a reminder that discrimination is still alive and kicking.  Yes, in this day and age.  
 
The instructor this time, Fran, made a statement to the class that if we think we haven't been tested - guess again.  It made me think back to two separate incidents that occurred to me when I was a new agent.  … (2 comments)

onondaga county: 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)

onondaga county: Is Blogging Really Helping Me? - 03/12/08 04:23 PM
WAIT WAIT WAIT - I don't get this...
 
The more I blog, the more I should be increasing my internet presence, right????
 
So, can someone, anyone, explain to me how it is that in the past couple weeks I've suddenly dropped backward on the proverbial Google radar?  Or better yet, if I do a Google image search, I don't show up at all???  I actually just put my name in quotation marks and did a Google image search, and not one image is mine.  There are pictures of other 'Rainers that show up.  For some of these, I guess it sort of makes sense … (7 comments)

 

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