I feel strongly that both buyers and sellers are best served when they establish a relationship with a real estate agent that they trust.

If you are looking for a home, I can help envision those fixer-uppers if you are the DIY type or find you a home you can start enjoying right away if you prefer to sit back and relax. 

If you are selling your home I can provide a path to get the best possible price for your home using my knowledge of the current market to price and sell your home seamlessly. I can also lend expert advice and assistance for staging your home to drive your listing on initial searches as well as providing an experience during the showing that will make the buyer feel right at home.

I am excited to be able to work with my clients from start to finish!

 

 

How things work in the upstate real estate market for buyers.

You may already know bus and train schedules and have studied up on real estate aggregator sites like Zillow or Trulia, and, of course, have scoured the pages of Upstater.

There are a few more things you should know.

Rely More on Your Realtor than You Do on Websites

Just because Zillow puts its price opinion in writing doesn’t make it so.  It’s a sore spot with upstate sellers and realtors, as price is carefully determined based on a comparative market analysis – comparing a house to others like it that are for sale or have recently sold.  Imagine if someone tried to tell you a 2 BR condo in Greenwich Village should cost the same as a 2 BR condo in Queens. That’s the challenge of the upstate market – even within one community, values can vary widely. And the market is changing by the day. Zillow can’t keep up. 

Find a realtor you like working with. Take those Zillow and Trulia listings to him or her and ask if the price estimates are realistic. If not, ask why. Let your realtor educate you about the communities you’re looking at – nobody knows a neighborhood better than the people who live and work in it.

If you’ve got a relationship with one realtor, you will get the benefit of everything and everyone they know in the area. Think you’ll save money by working only with listing agents when you’re buying? Nope. Unless you’re with a buyer broker, all commissions are paid by the seller. And each listing agent you work with also has a fiduciary responsibility to their seller. Don’t you want someone in your corner (particularly since you’re not paying for it?)

If you are thinking of buying a property for an investment or just want to get a little help covering your costs. Just take a look at statistics from 2019. Air BnB and other rental sites have changed the landscape of second homes. Each town has its own set of rules and regulations so do your homework if you are thinking of short term rentals.

"Thirty percent of vacation property owners and 32 percent of investment property owners plan to rent their homes as short-term rentals in 2019, according to two of its recent infographics. These numbers are up from 25 percent and 24 percent in 2017, respectively. Furthermore, an additional 10 percent of vacation owners and 7 percent of investment owners will try renting their homes as short-term rentals this year.

Additional statistics include 45 percent of investment buyers and 6 percent of vacation buyers bought their properties to generate income through renting. More than 7 in 10 owners in both groups believe now is a good time to buy. "