Staging Tips: Living Room

hereWhen you are preparing your home for sale, don’t overlook the Living Room. Many buyers place a lot of weight on the size and layout of a living room. Having this room staged properly can make or break a sale for you. It’s hard for many home buyers to picture their furniture in a bare room. Having too much furniture, or furniture that is too large, can make a room feel smaller. Read more tips here.

Village of Dundee Open House

Join us for an Open House on Sunday,

May 21 from 1:00-3:00 pm

27 Harpending Ave, Dundee, NY 14837

 

This spacious 4 bedroom colonial home has many possibilities with 13 rooms! The large kitchen has an abundance of cabinets, dumbwaiter, pantry and easy access to the deck and back yard. Formal dining room, office, homework station/breakfast bar,family room, living room, 1st floor laundry and 1.5 bathrooms complete the 1st floor. 2nd floor has spacious landing, 4 large bedrooms (fit for king sized furniture) and updated full bathroom with jetted tub. The finished basement has 3 bonus rooms, full bathroom, dry bar, fireplace and storage. Easy to access back yard & deck from the basement. The private back yard has a large deck and above ground pool. The professional landscaping includes a small pond. Swing set can be removed upon request and hardwood floors will be refinished prior to closing!

MLS Listing: 27 Harpending Ave, Dundee

More Homes for sale in and around Dundee: Dundee, NY Homes for Sale

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Open House ~ Sunday, April 23rd from 1:00-3:00 pm. This ranch is more spacious than it appears from the outside. Come see for yourself!

This 3348 County Rd 21 OPEN HOUSE 4-23This 2 bedroom ranch has been immaculately maintained by original owner! 1st floor radiant floor heat provided by either oil or electric water heaters, the finished basement  is heated with hot water baseboard heat, or heat the whole house w/ the pellet stove. Large, heated porch has a wall of windows offering amazing views of the surrounding hills & personal koi pond. Centrally located near amenities in Watkins Glen, Dundee and Hammondsport, and for nature lovers/adventure seekers near State Recreation Land, Lamoka, Waneta, Seneca & Keuka Lakes. 1/2 bath in basement can easily be converted to full bath. Custom woodwork throughout house includes collapsible breakfast bar, cabinets and more. Most furniture is negotiable.

MLS Listing: 3348 County Road 21

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Where to buy cool trunks and cases in Rochester, NY

As a realtor, I like to be connected to the community: the good restaurants, the parks, galleries, shops and all the new things. So, I met this business owner at the Rochester’s Top 100 Award Dinner and I was impressed with the quality and variety of his products. To top it off, his business is in the top 100 businesses in Rochester!

As the local Coordinator for Dogs on Deployment, I have a  lot of items for events and fundraisers stored here and there.  I’ve been looking for the right storage solution. When I saw Rhino Urban Wardrobe Trunks ,  I knew I had found a solution that can help me with that. They design and manufacture trunks and cases for government agencies, military installations, universities, businesses, wholesalers, retailers and ad agencies as well as many niche markets. No matter what type of trunk or case you’re looking for, Rhino has an option, from moving trunks, to wardrobes, to display trunks, trunks that can be shipped, they have it all.

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Get to know who they are, what they do and how they deliver these quality products by watching this video.

Check them out at 565 Blossom Road, Rochester, New York 14610. They’re open from 9 am – 5 pm EST Monday – Friday. Phone: 585-244-4553 Fax: 678-868-9924. Email: sales@rhinotrunkandcase.com


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Amy Merrill
Real Estate Salesperson

Keller Williams Realty GR West

550 Latona Rd., Bldg. C, Ste 301

Rochester, NY 14626

Contact Numbers:
Cell-585-662-3363
Office-585-758-8306
Mobile-585-758-8307

Three ways to ease your fears about making a move

With low inventory in many markets throughout the country, many homeowners are afraid to sell their homes because they’re concerned that they may not be able to find a new one. This can be a real problem, but if you are seeking to sell—whether to upgrade or find a new neighborhood—there are a few ways to combat the low inventory.

Look to buy first In most markets it is a real mistake to put your home up for sale before you start looking for your new property. Identify the geographic area where you are interested in buying. Even if you don’t see anything on Zillow, it doesn’t mean you can’t or won’t find the right home.

Think outside the box Be proactive! Keep in mind that there are probably many people like you who want to make a move but are afraid as well. Have your real estate agent send a letter to the neighborhoods in the geographic areas where you want to live. The letter should be heartfelt and personal while announcing that you are ready to buy a home in that neighborhood. You could find a home to buy that may not even be currently listed or for sale.

Protect yourself legally Each state varies in how the purchase process is conducted. Talk to your real estate professional about adding a clause in the purchase contract for the home you are selling that will enable you to not sell the home if you cannot find a suitable home to buy.

200 Year Historical Interest Rate Chart

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Thanks to our friends at GRB for providing us with this helpful presentation chart. For more information, feel free to drop us a line.

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Amy Merrill
Real Estate Salesperson

Keller Williams Realty GR West

550 Latona Rd., Bldg. C, Ste 301

Rochester, NY 14626

Contact Numbers:
Cell-585-662-3363
Office-585-758-8306
Mobile-585-758-8307
For more properties, please visit www.amymerrill.net.

Budget friendly projects with a big ROI

Not all home improvement projects are created equal. Some renovations may cost a lot but not add significant value to your home. This list goes in the opposite direction: Here are some inexpensive home improvement projects that will not only increase your enjoyment of your home, but will also increase the home’s value.

  1. High quality ceiling fans: In a recent National Association of Home Builders survey, ceiling fans ranked No. 1 as the most-wanted decorative item. If your ceiling fans are outdated, replace them with something in the $400 range—it’ll make a big difference when it’s time to sell.
  2. Trees: Mature trees can be worth as much as $10,000 toward the value of your home. Trees also protect your home from the elements and prevent erosion.
  3. Energy efficiency: Buyers are increasingly interested in saving energy, so any efficiency update is worthwhile. Switching from a wood to gas fireplace is a great start.
  4. Outdoor lighting: Exterior lighting is great for highlighting the accents of your home, and you can typically expect a 50 percent return on investment.
  5. Molding: You can finish a room with crown molding or railing for as little as $1.50 per foot if you take a DIY approach, and it’s extremely desirable among prospective buyers.
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Amy Merrill
Real Estate Salesperson

Keller Williams Realty GR West

550 Latona Rd., Bldg. C, Ste 301

Rochester, NY 14626

Contact Numbers:
Cell-585-662-3363
Office-585-758-8306
Mobile-585-758-8307
For more properties, please visit www.amymerrill.net.

The best tips and tools for cleaning some common household items

Sometimes you just can’t find the right tool for the job, even with all the usual cleaning tools at your disposal. Here are some tips for those items and places that are always a pain to keep squeaky clean.

microwave-29056_1280The microwave The solution for a clean microwave is in your refrigerator (or maybe in the produce section of the grocery store). Microwave a cup of water and a few lemon slices, and then use a sponge to clean the microwave with the warm water.

Grease stains This one works on clothes as well as surfaces. Rub white chalk on the grease stain, let it sit for five minutes, and then wipe it away with a wet rag.

monitor-155158_1280The television Screens on HDTVs are delicate, and you want to avoid liquid cleaners, especially on LCD screens. Instead, take a dryer sheet and use it to clean the screen. The sheet will pick up dust and reduce static, and won’t damage the TV.

Air vents It’s always tough to thoroughly clean air vents because the spaces are so small, but they attract a ton of dust. Wrap a small towel around a butter knife, and then use the knife to clean the openings in the vent.

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Amy Merrill
Real Estate Salesperson

Keller Williams Realty GR West

550 Latona Rd., Bldg. C, Ste 301

Rochester, NY 14626

Contact Numbers:
Cell-585-662-3363
Office-585-758-8306
Mobile-585-758-8307
For more properties, please visit www.amymerrill.net.

Improved price for this lovely country retreat!

3348 County Rd 21, Tyrone, NY 14891

New price: $250,000

This ranch has been well maintained by original owner! 1st flr radiant floor heat provided by either oil or electric water heaters, basement heated w/ hot water baseboard heat, or heat the whole house w/ the pellet stove. Large, heated porch has amazing views of the surrounding hills & personal koi pond. Centrally located near amenities in Watkins Glen and Hammondsport, and for nature lovers/adventure seekers near State Recreation Land, Lamoka, Waneta, Seneca & Keuka Lakes. 1/2 bath in bsmnt can easily be converted to full bath. Custom woodwork throughout house includes collapsible breakfast bar, cabinets and more. Most furniture is negotiable. Email request to receive aerial photos and drone footage, or check back after 10/5.

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Five tips for first-time buyers

No matter how much time you spend on researching and educating yourself about your home purchase, it’s hard to cover every detail. Here are a few tips for avoiding rookie mistakes with your first home purchase.

  1. Save as early as you can: Even if you think you’re years away from buying your first home, try to start saving for your down payment. It makes a huge difference in your monthly payments, and helps avoid paying Private Mortgage Insurance.
  2. Be thorough with mortgage shopping: There are countless resources out there that can help you get the best terms for your mortgage. It may seem like a lot of work to shave less than a point off your mortgage rate, but it’ll save you thousands in the long run.
  3. Consult a skeptic: You’re likely to fall in love with a home, and that can make it difficult to take problems seriously. Bring along a skeptical friend or family member who can give you an honest opinion.
  4. Be patient with getting settled: You’ll be anxious to make your new home your own, but take some time to see how your budget truly shakes out. In other words, hold off on big furniture purchases and remodeling projects.
  5. Make sure you’re happy with the neighborhood: The house may be perfect, but don’t discount the surroundings. You don’t want to end up in the suburbs if you’re going to miss walking to your favorite coffee shop, and you don’t want to settle for the city if you’re looking forward to some peace and quiet.
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Amy Merrill
Real Estate Salesperson

Keller Williams Realty GR West

550 Latona Rd., Bldg. C, Ste 301

Rochester, NY 14626

Contact Numbers:
Cell-585-662-3363
Office-585-758-8306
Mobile-585-758-8307
For more properties, please visit www.amymerrill.net.