Chairman’s Club!

We did it!  Julia and I just found out we are members of the RE/MAX Chairman’s Club this year!  The Chairman’s Club is a prestigious honor and is awarded to agents based on high-level performance.  In 2016, the Chairman’s Club Award was presented to less than one percent of all active RE/MAX agents.  This means we are doing a happy dance to celebrate our hard work and our awesome clients.

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Beyond the recognition,  the awards mean we have helped many of you both sell your homes and find your dream houses this year!Success-Maya-Angelou

It’s been said that when you like what you do and you work hard, success will follow.  Because of you and your referrals we were able to achieve this honor!  We are thrilled to to work with the best clients and hope that our love for our jobs is infectious.  Thanks for the opportunity and cheers to a great year!

Best, 

Amy and Julia

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My Fall Faves

Part of being a Real Estate Agent is getting to brag about my town.  Even though it might not feel like fall outside, the season has officially begun!  I thought I’d share a few of my favorite fall stops in and around Rochester.

  1.  Powers Farm Market.  This place is great for everyone but is a must for the kiddos!  They offer a family-friendly hayride that has become a tradition in our house.  Their teepees win world records!!  And their sea of orange pumpkins will just get you into the fall spirit in no time!!  POWERS
  2. Schutt’s Apple Mill in Webster.  Two words: Donuts. Cider.  The Schutt family opened their business in 1918!  There’s a reason they have been around so long!  Check out their Mill and take a tour.   Learn more about their fried cakes and their delicious cider.  If you could bottle a taste of autumn, for me, it would be Schutt’s Apple Mill!SCHUTTS
  3. Erie Canal – Confession:  I am kind of obsessed with the canal.  If you need a beautiful place to walk and look at the fall foliage I highly recommend seeking out your local canal trail.  There’s something about the water and the reflection of those magnificent colors that will really make you love living here!eriecanalfall
  4. Stokoe Farms – Ok, they made a corn maze to honor Susan B. Anthony this year! That alone should make you want to visit…but there’s so much more there and your family will love the beautiful surroundings!STOKOEFARMS
  5. Local Coffee Shops!  Pumpkin Lattes, Pumpkin Coffee, Pumpkin Chai Tea!  Some of my favorite local spots are Fingerlakes Coffee Roasters in Pittsford, Starry Nites Cafe on University Ave. and Leaf and Bean in Chili.  What’s your favorite place for a fall coffee beverage?!pumpkin-pie-latte
  6. High School Sports – I love watching sports.  My son plays high school soccer and it’s always so exciting to catch a game.  There is something extra special about watching those sports on a cool, crisp, Fall day with a coffee in hand!!  Hey, I know that guy below!  😉jakesoccer
  7. Rochester Public Market.  It’s great in the summer and it’s still great in the fall! You can find awesome deals on pumpkins, mums and fresh veggies for your fall soups and stews!rochesterpublicmarket
  8. Wineries and Craft Breweries.  There is no shortage of either venue!! Gather some friends and plan an outing!  The picture below features Dr. Konstantin Frank’s vineyard overlooking Keuka Lake.  You can’t beat this backdrop.  drfrank
  9. Letchworth State Park  According to their website they were voted Best In The Nation in 2015!  It’s about a half-hour drive from downtown Rochester and is worth the trek!  letchworth
  10. Fall Festivals!  If you are on my mailing list you probably received a large flyer listing some of the amazing festivals in our area.  (PS If you’d like to be included on my mailing list, email me here!)  The Hilton Apple Fest is this weekend (9/30-10/1)!Fall Festivals 2017 PC_Petrone

 

Happy fall y’all!

Cheers,

Amy

 

 

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Relocating to Rochester?

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I pride myself in being a relocation expert! I grew up in this town and know firsthand what it has to offer.  I also vividly remember what it was like when I moved back to Rochester after being away for a few years!  This great city of ours has something for everyone.  It’s just a matter of connecting with the right people and places!

I believe being a great listener is one of the reasons I’m so successful.  I make an effort to really listen to my clients and learn their needs.  I want every client and every family to have the best, smoothest transition possible.  Moving to a new area is a big leap but I promise I will help minimize your stress.

WHAT TO DO?

CALL ME.  If you are relocating to the area, call me and we can make a plan.  It’s helpful for me to hear what your hopes and concerns are as we start this process.callme

RESEARCH.  Start to read about the area.  I can help with this!  I have some great resources. Here’s a link from the University of Rochester website that will help provide a good starting point.   Generally my clients are most interested in schools, healthcare, property values, safety, arts and local culture.  But there are so many other pieces to relocation.  Perhaps your child is very active in a sports group or club and you want to find something locally.  I can help with all of this!

visitPLAN A VISIT.  As I mentioned, Rochester really has something for everyone.  Maybe you want a home with great schools and lots of land.  Or, maybe you’d prefer to be near your work and not have to spend hours taking care of a yard. Do you want to be able to walk to a town/village?  Do you like new-builds or historical treasures?  Once you’ve identified your hopes we can make a plan.  I always tailor my visits to the needs of my clients.

FIND YOUR DREAM HOME!  There is nothing that makes me happier than finding a client his/her dream home in my hometown!dreamhome1

 

THE FOLLOWING REVIEW WAS WRITTEN BY AN OUT-OF-TOWN CLIENT:

I cannot say enough great things about the experience we had with Amy Petrone as our real estate agent in our home search. She is amazing!! Due to the nature of my husband’s job, we knew for many months that we would be relocating to the Rochester area (from out of state) before we were able to actually move and get settled. Amy worked patiently and diligently with us as we determined what was best for our family (including spending several months in a rental before searching for a home to purchase, which Amy also helped us to secure), and made us feel very comfortable and confident in our decisions, which ultimately led to us purchasing a home in Pittsford.

Amy is a true professional who is extremely knowledgeable about the real estate market, and who was an excellent and trustworthy guide for us as we navigated our home search in the Rochester area over an extended period of time. When we were searching for our home, Amy was extremely knowledgeable, detail-oriented, hard-working, responsive, and always listened to what we had to say. In fact, after listening to us explain what was important to us in a home, Amy suggested a neighborhood that she thought would be a perfect fit for us, and she was right — that is where we ended up purchasing our home, and we could not be happier! In addition to her high-level of professional skills, Amy is personable, engaging and kind, and put us at ease during an otherwise stressful time for our family. We truly enjoyed the time that we got to spend with Amy throughout the whole process.

Once we decided to put in an offer, Amy was highly skilled in the negotiation process. She gave excellent advice and counsel and showed that she is truly a master of her trade as she helped us close on our purchase. Relocating here from out of state, we have also looked to Amy for countless recommendations — from contractors to painters to snow removal companies (and even a pediatrician for our kids!) — and her recommendations have always been spot-on.

I would highly recommend Amy to my friends, family, and anyone who asked me for a real estate agent in our area. We could not be happier with our experience of working with Amy to purchase our house!

 

Call me!  I can’t wait to welcome you to my amazing hometown!  Rochester is a wonderful place to live!

Cheers,

Amy

 

 

 

 

 

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BEST. FATHER’S. DAY. GIFT. EVER.

Father’s Day is this weekend!  This means children and spouses everywhere are scrambling to find the perfect gift.  Sound familiar?

DAD-ISM #31:  ALL I WANT FOR FATHER’S DAY IS PEACE AND QUIET.

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I know the ultimate gift for dad…it’s one of my newest listings!  14 Green Ridge Road in Pittsford will provide the peace, quiet, and space you’ve been looking for.

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This home is unique because it sits on .94 acres and is being sold with an additional 1.9 acres (that includes a pond) adjacent to the property.  This means your view is forever protected and so is your privacy.  Lots like this, so close to the Pittsford Village, are hard to come by…especially with this price tag.

The interior is just as awesome and will surely capture dear old dad’s heart!  The updated kitchen is fantastic for meal prep AND entertaining.

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Love the storage and this sweet entry!

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This home is move-in ready!  The room below is great for lounging around and watching sports.  Or cooking shows.  Or movies.  Just relax!

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The bedrooms look like they are straight out of a magazine.  Here’s a sampling:

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I’m obsessed with this nook.  I love the architectural detail and the natural light that floods in.   Also, those floors! How much would your dad love to set up his office here?!

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And finally, this porch that overlooks your own slice of heaven!  Just imagine bird watching (such a dad thing to do) with a nice cup of coffee and book nearby!

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So there you have it!  The perfect Father’s Day gift!  It will afford that special guy in your life the peace and quiet he has always longed for.  Nothing needed here…you can move right in to this gorgeous home!  For goodness’ sake, your dad deserves his own castle!

Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing dads out there!  If you’re interested in this home, please give me a call (585-218-6850)!

Or, stop by and see this showstopper in person!  Come to our open house this Saturday, June 17th, 1:00-2:30 PM!

Cheers,

Amy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What Makes A Great Realtor?

Recently I was about to head out-of-town when I received a call from a Realtor friend of mine (Kristin Vanden Brul) who I had just worked with on a transaction.

“Amy!” she said, “My clients just did the walk-through on the house and it’s still full of stuff.  They are preparing to close and move in and won’t be able to unless we do something about the items that were left behind.”

Oh no!  My clients had intended to clean out their home but there were some extenuating circumstances and they were now moved out-of-town.  We had to scramble to come up with a solution and make the home ready for its new owners.  Kristin told me since time was of the essence she was going to rent a dumpster and start clearing out the home.  I told her I’d meet her there!

Several hours later the home was cleared and ready to be moved into because of our efforts. Just another crazy day at the office, right? The day made me think about my job and the people I get to work with. I take pride in my job and I know Kristin does too!

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Great Realtors will:

  • Come together to find solutions to problems
  • Go above and beyond the call of duty–even if it means climbing in and out of dumpsters on a Sunday afternoon
  • Act swiftly to put out fires
  • Place the interests of their clients in the forefront of their minds
  • Respond with kindness
  • Be professional
  • Achieve success

When you are paying someone to assist you with the sale of your current home or the purchase of your next one, you should expect greatness!

Thanks to Kristin Vanden Brul for all your help!

Cheers,

Amy

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It’s All In The Details

I recently hosted a spectacular broker’s open at 80 Mahogany Run in Pittsford.  This house is just so stunning because of the attention to details.  The finishes in this home are luxurious…at every corner.  The floors, counters, lights, windows, appliances, moldings…it was easy to be a hostess! Sit back and check out some of the photos of this showstopper!

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The rain couldn’t dampen our spirits.  The acoustics in this home are fantastic and the live music just provided the perfect backdrop!  You could throw some awesome parties in this home!

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The marble island goes on for days and allows for easy entertaining.

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The kitchen really is a thing of beauty.  We loved the “hidden refrigerator” and stunning high end appliances.

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Interested in this magnificent estate?!  Give me a call!

Cheers,

Amy

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Spring Cleaning. Spring Staging.

It’s a hot market and if you’ve thought about listing your home, the time is NOW!  With that in mind it’s time to start your Spring cleaning and Spring staging.  Staged homes generally yield more money and sell quicker!

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So, what should you do?  Here are seven tips!

  1.  CLEAR THE CLUTTER – You’ve heard this before but it’s true.  Get rid of all the clutter and help buyers see past your personal belongings.  The goal is to appeal to as many buyers as possible.  Also, you want to highlight the features of your home not disguise them.   The kitchen is especially important to clean and clear!  kitchenwoodbine4kitchen
  2. SHOWCASE WHAT YOU’VE GOT! If you have outdated rugs or window treatments that are hiding wood floors or beautiful windows, remove them! woodbine5frwindows2lrwindowsliving room
  3. ADD AN AMERICAN FLAG. You know how I feel about this!  Flags not only show pride in our country but they also show pride in ownership.  When I see a bright new flag in front of a home, I’m intrigued by what is inside.  They are beautiful and have curb appeal!porchstepsexterior
  4. ADD FRESH TOWELS.  It’s a small investment and it’s worth it!  Fresh towels in your bathrooms keep things new and clean.  Nobody wants to view a bathroom with a musty, crumpled old towel.bathbath2
  5. WHITE LOOKS CRISP! Speaking of bathrooms…if you need to replace an outdated shower curtain, white always looks great!whiteshowercurtainbathbath2
  6. KEEP YOUR ANIMALS AWAY.  You know I’m a huge animal lover but it’s in your best interest to remove animals from listing pictures and viewings.  Also, it’s a good idea to remove toys, beds and other items.  You can pull them out later! Here’s a gratuitous shot of my beloved Otto. 🙂otto
  7. FRESH FLOWERS ARE A NICE TOUCH.  Fresh flowers–tulips in a nice vase, a potted orchid, or colorful blooms on the front steps can add a nice, neutral touch to your home.  They add warmth and bonus–they generally smell nice.  stepkitchen2tulips

 

Hope this inspires you!  Start cleaning.  Start staging.  And, give me a call!

xo,

AMY

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