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

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5 Stylish ways to redesign your kitchen

For buyers, this could be a potential deal breaker however, sellers rarely invest in their time and money for remodeling. Kitchen remodeling doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are 5 sure ways of putting style and could potentially increase the chances of getting it off the market as quickly as you can!

Countertop

Gives a dazzle to every kitchen indeed but you don’t have to buy those expensive, high end granite or marble. You can try covering tired laminated tops with RustOleum’s durable countertop transformation product or you may try using butcher-type block tops at IKEA.

Lighting

A very important element that must not be ignored. Good lighting can transform your kitchen and make it look larger and highlights it’s best feature. Perhaps you can install lighting under cabinets, over dining tables. Opt for light-emitting diode bulbs to conserve energy. If the bulb is compatible with dimmers, that would be a good extra bonus could be to show off.

Layout

Sellers should consider redoing the layout, where possible. Have fun in rearranging things that you think could work. Buyers nowadays opt for an open kitchen design, with lots of space. Get on your creative side and think how you would like your kitchen to be, they’d probably like it too.

Backsplash

Trust me, backsplashes can truly make a difference! There are a lot of self-adhesive tiles that are easy to install including modern patterns with different sizes, shapes and colors. Get some opinion on which pattern or color to use, and choose what you think would best compliment the house.

Cabinets

Go with the affordable ones. Opt for a pressed than the solid wood interiors. Saving costs in replacing the cabinets helps lower the budget tremendously, as it represents more or less half of the remodeling cost. But if possible, consider those with good quality. You can try check out IKEA or you can repaint it with Ace Hardware’s Cabinet, Door & Trim paint that yields out a finished result.

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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

House appreciation in top 20 Cities

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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.

Lakefront Open House Sunday April 9th

1988 W Shore OH

Join us this Sunday to see this newly remodeled year round cottage on Demons Lake!  Single floor living with 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Large kitchen opens to cozy gathering spot and family room. Picture windows look out over the spring-fed Lake from the family room. Sliding doors from the family/dining room lead to the wrap-around deck and outdoor entertaining space. Wood Pellet stove in the family room. Both bathrooms have been remodeled in addition to new drywall, floors, wall to wall carpet, insulation, sewer lines and joists. Floating dock for fishing, boating, kayaking and swimming. Nearby Finger Lakes Trail system and ATV Recreation area and campground.

Don’t let this affordable Lake Front living opportunity pass you by!

Five things that factor into comps

You may think that sale price is the only factor when you’re looking at comps and trying to set a price for your listing. But it’s actually a bit more complicated. Here are five things that affect comps that you might not be aware of.

  1. New construction nearby: Because of low prices for lots and varying prices in home building materials, new homes can actually be cheaper and cost less per square foot than existing homes. If there’s a lot of new construction nearby, that can affect the price for your own listing.
  2. Renovations: Recently renovated homes typically sell for more than homes that haven’t been updated in a while. If you’ve recently upgraded your home-especially sought-after upgrades like the kitchen or master bath-your home should be priced appropriately.
  3. Developable lots: Not all lots are created equal. Even if the square acreage is the same, a lot that’s easily developable will get a better price than a hilly or rocky lot that needs a lot of preparation.
  4. Listing price vs. sale price: Whether sellers actually get their asking price depends greatly on the market. When you’re pricing your home, it’s important to look at sales prices, not just listing prices. The listing price doesn’t always accurately reflect what a home will sell for.
  5. Location: Nearby amenities, safety, schools, and noise levels can vary greatly within a neighborhood. Homes in more desirable parts of the neighborhood will sell for a higher price, all else being equal.

 


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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

5 Natural ways to make your home smell amazing!

Lemon and Rosemary

rosemary-674505_1920Combining lemon, rosemary, water and vanilla extract will leave your house smelling fresh and clean. There’s even no need to buy a new container, just use your old container jar or a mason jar and you’re all set for this DIY natural freshness!lemon-756390_1280

 

 

Baking Soda

It is no surprise that baking soda has been a popular
household name when it comes to deodorizing. It has been used for years and it’s been proven and tested as an effective air freshener. You should try it!

Potpourri potpourri-20488_1920

Easy-to-make and customizable – potpourri definitely makes it in our top list. You can use ingredients of your liking and change it up as often as you can according to your mood. Who said potpourri is a thing in the past?

Reed Diffuser

A popular choice because of their eclectic design, a reel diffuser is very easy to make and can be as customizable as a potpourri too.

Fragrant Simmer Pot

Simmer select fragrant ingredients together in a pot and there you have it, a natural way of freshness in your home. It has been used for centuries and brings about wonderful smell all day long.

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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.

Home mortgage percentage 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.

Surviving Spouses Eligibile for VA Loans

A new law extends VA loan eligibility to more surviving spouses. This is the The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act (H.R. 1627). For the widow/widower to become eligible, the veterans death doesn’t have to be duty-related. This is a very significant change in this law since only those spouses of veterans who died of military-related causes were eligible for home loan benefits. Now, widows are eligible if the veterans is rated as totally disabled.

Surviving spouses are eligible for VA home loans and may obtain government-backed mortgages for up to $417,000. This makes it an affordable option when buying or refinancing.

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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.

New Listing -Lush home with a hillside view

9038 Millard Fillmore Rd, West Sparta, NY 14437

Property Details:

This is a 2,100 sq ft ranch style home with attached 2,400 square feet of garage/workshop/business space. This unique property has 2.4 acres with amazing views of the hillside.

The home features:

  • 4 large bedrooms
  • wide hallways and open living area that includes new carpets, remodeled kitchen, remodeled bathrooms, living room and dining room
  • sit out on the front deck and enjoy the hillside views or on the large back patio to enjoy the view of the woods and wildlife.

The attached 2,400 sq ft garage is prime for a business, workshop, car hobbyist, etc. Newer rolled roof on patio and metal roof on main structure.

Please contact me below for more information on this property.


Amy Photo 1
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.