Welcome, Laura!

laura2I am so happy to introduce our newest member of the team!  Laura Porzio will be working as our transaction coordinator!  In addition to having an eye for detail, Laura brings warmth, humor and drive!

Here’s a little more about Laura: 

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Rockland County NY, which is about a half an hour from New York City.

What schools did you attend?

I went to RIT for Graphic Design, which is also where I met my husband. We are proud Alumni!

What do you love most about being in Rochester?

We moved away after we graduated from college, and then moved back the instant we had kids. Rochester is a great place to raise a family, with amazing schools, fun festivals and activities, and lots of beautiful nature to explore!

Where would we likely find you on a weekend?

If we’re not at one of the kid’s activities, you will usually find us DIY-ing things around the house, gardening, or finding a new local spot to explore! I also love art and to paint, and when I have time, I will often choose to spend it creating something.

What are some of your favorite local places?

I have so many. For restaurants, I couldn’t pick a favorite even if I tried…we are lucky to have great food in this town! As for local attractions, we love Letchworth, Grimes Glenn, the Genesee Country Museum, and the Rochester Science Museum, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

What is a quote/mantra you follow?

My grandfather’s signature saying was always “Work Hard, Play Hard” and I’ve always held that close to my heart. But since then I’ve heard “Work Hard, Play Hard, and Be Kind to People,” and I feel like that just about sums it up.

What do you like most about working in real estate?              

I’m enjoying the fast pace, and that every day is just a little different. Truly, I love homes and architecture, so watching people find their own perfect fit is really satisfying.

What is something we would be surprised to know about you?

We love to explore, and this year the kids and I designed a waterfall challenge. Every free day we could find, we would research and then hike to a local waterfall, even scaling the ones we could safely do together. It was a great excuse to hike creek beds, find minnows and crayfish, collect beautiful stones, and take some amazing pictures!

Thanks, Laura and welcome!  I can’t wait for the rest of you to meet our newest team member!

Cheers, 

Amy

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Organizing Spaces

How many of us feel overwhelmed by the very thought of getting organized? Clutter, much like that Rochester lake-effect snow, has this funny way of accumulating. Whether you are hoping to list your home or you are just wanting to better utilize and appreciate the space you have, organization is key!

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So many of my clients tell me they don’t where to begin! My advice is to focus on one space at a time. And don’t be afraid to call in a friend or a professional for help.

Case in point…I knew I wanted to remodel our basement to make it more functional for our family.  I called in my beautiful, talented friend Amie Freling of Meme Hill Studio.  Amie is an amazing designer who is always ready for a challenge.

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Thanks KNYFive Photography!

Please check out her blog here for some awesome organization tips (BONUS: You can see my basement remodel and some handsome gentlemen too!). Some of her strategies include creating drop zones, maximizing square footage and sneaking in baskets and drawers where you can!

Happy organizing! 🙂

Cheers, 

Amy

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Welcome, Neely!

We have welcomed a new team member and I am thrilled to be able to introduce you to Neely Pusateri.  Neely will be working closely with me as a buyer’s agent!Neelyheadshot

A little more about Neely…

Where did you grow up?  I grew up right here in Rochester! More specifically, in several different houses in the Brighton area, as my parents enjoyed buying houses and renovating them!!! Luckily, I was able to stay in the same schools!

Where did you go to school?  I went to Brighton High School- Proud Brighton Barons softball pitcher!  I went to SUNY Cortland for undergrad and to Nazareth College to get my masters degree in Elementary and Special Education.

Family?  Husband Aaron and 2 busy children!

Pets?  Not yet, but the kids are begging for a dog. 🙂

Where would we find you on a weekend?  On Canandaigua Lake boating and learning to wake-surf in the summer! Canandaigua is also home to my favorite Mexican restaurant, Rio Tomatlan!  Otherwise, you can find me working or watching my kids play sports!!

Are you a sports fan?  What are your favorite teams?  Being the wife of a high school coach, I have been a long time fan of local high school sports! But I do enjoy watching college and professional football and basketball as well!

Favorite place to eat in Rochester?  I love sharing the variety of dishes with friends at Good Luck! I also enjoy going to Next Door Bar and Grill and getting take-out at the King and I!! I love eating out!!

Favorite gems of Rochester?  Of course Seabreeze… a small and manageable park with the kids! We also love going to Grimes Glen in Naples for hiking and the waterfalls!
Butcher Block Market in Brighton also has the best hamburger meat around!!

What’s something we’d be surprised to know about you?  I love going to all types of concerts… rock, country, whatever! I am a bit of a groupie!

What do you enjoy most about working in real estate?  The opportunity to be out in the community helping people!!

 

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Bagels and Bikes and Business…Oh My!

Have you heard of Bagel Bike?  Bagel Bike is a new, locally owned small business and is the brainchild of Brooke Fossey.  Brooke bakes the bagels herself and then delivers them throughout the village of Pittsford in her signature red bike.  We knew we had to try these bagels and meet the woman behind this delicious endeavor.

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Brooke, her handsome sidekick, and her trusty red bike

As agents, we are always looking to make new connections and get to know our communities.  We hired Bagel Bike to come to REMAX!

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Kate + Brooke & Co.  🙂

In the spirit of making connections, we hosted a carb-filled networking breakfast in our office.  We ate delicious homemade bagels, sipped hot coffee and discussed local market trends.  It’s always a good idea to connect with other Realtors in the office but it’s an even better idea to do it with food!

Thanks, Brooke, for peddling by!  Add Bagel Bike to the list of gems in our community!

Cheers,

Amy

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We Are Open For Business!

Hi guys!  I wanted to check in and thank you for your continued support.  It’s been a fun and busy spring so far!  With a fast-paced market, sometimes there can be misconceptions.  I’m here to reiterate our mission!

We sell it all!

One of the many things I love about my job is the variety.  Every day is different.  Every home is special.  Every buyer and seller has different needs.  It’s this job dynamic that makes me excited to tackle each new day.   I work with all sorts of properties.  Whether it’s a small fixer-upper or a larger estate, I love the challenge of customizing plans.  I sell all over the Greater Rochester area and surrounding counties!

We are never too busy to hear from you!

I’ve said it before but I have the best clients.  I’m a people person and part of that means I want my clients to be happy.  Please reach out to me if you have any questions about your home, the current market conditions or need a contractor referral. I frequently have past clients call me for a referral to qualified service people. I’ve spent over a decade putting together a list of the best in the business and would be happy to share! And just the other day I had a client who was looking for a particular style home and I knew of something coming to market! Call me to talk about your future plans.

It’s not too late to list your home!

The spring market started later this year due to our longer-than-normal winter. We are starting to see more and more inventory open up. It’s a fantastic time to list your home! I have the best team to help–stagers, photographers, marketing professionals, you name it! Stress be gone!

We will find you a new home–even in this market!

I will never leave you stranded! I’ve been known to find listings for clients BEFORE they come to market.   I recently had a client who was in search of a particular style home.  We weren’t having any luck with the existing listings.  I drove through multiple neighborhoods and wrote to homeowners. We were able to make an offer on a property that wasn’t even for sale!

Please give us a call if there is anything we can do for you. We will walk you through the process and we will make it fun!! Coffee is optional. 🙂

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Cheers,

Amy 

(and Julia and Kate)

 

 

 

 

 

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Why You Need An Agent Even In A Seller’s Market!

It’s no secret.  Housing inventory is low.  In fact it’s the lowest it’s been in Rochester since the 1990’s!  So it might be tempting to try and list your home independently.  Resist the temptation and save yourself from future disappointment!

Here are five reasons why you need an agent!

  1.  BEST PRICE – Statistics have proven that homeowners get more money when listing their properties with agents.  The difference is often enough to pay the commission and then some!  According to the National Association of Realtor®’s 2016 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, the average FSBO (for sale by owner) sales price was $185,000, while the average price for a home represented by an agent was $245,000. (over $60K difference!)top dollar
  2. NEUTRALITY – It pays to have an experienced third party handle your sale.  I’ve had clients who tried to sell to family members, or friends, or friends of friends and it became complicated.  As a seller you might feel shortchanged.  Or, you could underestimate the value of your home.  This is not the time when you want to feel vulnerable.  This is one of your biggest investments!  You need someone to show up for YOU, fight for you, negotiate for you!  youve_got_mail_20917_medium1
  3. SHOWINGS – Showing your home by yourself is the worst!  Home visits can be time consuming…scheduling, waiting, dealing with cancellations or casual lookers.  And newsflash: prospective buyers don’t always feel comfortable when looking at a home with its current owner.  They like to envision themselves in the space. I’ve done thousands of showings.  And I know how to read them!open-house-funny
  4. ALL THE PAPERWORK – I deal with paperwork and real estate processes every day!  Closing on a property can be overwhelming, stressful and frustrating.  I know the ins and outs.  I know what to expect.  And I will have it all organized for you.paperwork (1)
  5. MY CONNECTIONS – Often I have buyers waiting in the wings or know of buyers from my colleagues.  I have attorneys and mortgage brokers that I use regularly and successfully.  Did your home not pass inspection?  Do you need something repaired?  I likely have a person to do the job and do it quickly and properly.  I’ve amassed some amazing contacts in my career!   My network benefits you!Network graphic - crop

 

It’s always a better idea to use an agent even in a seller’s market.  You will save yourself money, time, aggravation and stress!  Leave it to me!

Cheers,

Amy

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Welcome, Kate!

This past year was our best year yet!  We achieved Platinum Salesmaster Status and became members of the RE/MAX Chairman’s Club!  We sold nearly $23 million in real estate thanks to you, our amazing clients, and your referrals.

Due to this remarkable growth, we have welcomed a new agent to our team!  I am thrilled to introduce you to Kate Burt!

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Kate is our new Buyer Specialist! I have always felt strongly that I want my clients to receive the BEST service.  Kate will add to our team to ensure your experience is top-notch, seamless, efficient and fun.  Yes, fun!

Speaking of fun…here are some “Get to Know Kate” questions!

WHERE DID YOU GROWN UP? – Webster!  I’m a proud Webster Schroeder grad!

WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL? – College was St. Bonaventure (Go Bonnies!). I received an MA in Integrated Marketing Communications and BA in Journalism and Mass Communication.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO EAT IN ROCHESTER? LOVE the Winfield, Gatehouse, and Village Bakery!

WHERE WOULD WE FIND YOU ON THE WEEKEND? Hanging out at my home, HomeGoods or Target, going for walks or bike rides on the canal with my boyfriend, playing with my new puppy, working with the Junior League of Rochester, and socializing with family and friends.

ANY PETS? Yes!  I have a new puppy named Moose and a Guinea Pig!

ARE YOU A SPORTS FAN?  I’m not a huge Sports fan even though I did work for the Bills for two seasons! I do think Hockey can be exciting and fun to watch in person but I especially love watching my niece and nephew play tee-ball and lax.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE HIDDEN GEMS OF ROCHESTER? AH I don’t know of HIDDEN gems but my favorite GEMS are Pittsford Dairy, Cafe Sasso, the lake/pier in Webster off Lake Road.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT WORKING IN REAL ESTATE? Helping people navigate the exciting but sometimes stressful process of buying a home. I love viewing homes and learning more about different areas and neighborhoods in Rochester.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SAYING?  You Are Enough.

Thanks, Kate!

 

 

 

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A Piece of the French Countryside in Brighton

My exclusive new listing is not on the MLS.  This sought-after home is situated on a private drive in the heart of Brighton, New York with over 1.1 acres!

Feast your eyes on 1470 Clover Street!

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This is the home you’ve always admired! The sweeping roof lines with cedar shingles and stone exterior offer unparalleled curb-appeal!

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This absolutely stunning estate has been upgraded to perfection by its current owners. No expense has been spared and over $175k has been invested in order to offer today’s amenities!

Once inside the front doors, you are welcomed by an impressive foyer with a grand staircase and a view into the regal living & dining rooms. The floor-to-ceiling windows, custom built-ins, gas fireplace and cathedral ceilings make the living room a fabulous entertaining space for guests!mc7b1830mc7b1842

A brand-new, white custom kitchen boasts high-end stainless appliances, quartz countertops, Thermador ovens, a classic subway tile backsplash, large center island and gleaming hardwood floors! A brick gas fireplace highlights the eat-in area and offers ambiance for your family dinners!

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Just outside of the kitchen, the sunken family room is shrouded in light coming from the (2) sets of French doors with access to the rear covered patio. A wet bar w/beverage refrigerator, beamed ceiling and gas fireplace with stone-surround complete this area!mc7b1936mc7b1947mc7b1954_0

No first-floor is complete without an office that offers cherry built-ins galore, a gas fireplace and a separate exit with French doors to the rear patio!

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This charming bath is one of two on the first floor!

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Once you take the grand staircase upstairs, you will find the Master bedroom with spa-like Master Bath.mc7b1984

mc7b1989mc7b2030mc7b2027_0mc7b2037mc7b2040mc7b2043The upstairs also includes two (2) additional LARGE bedrooms with recently remodeled full baths.

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And this fun nook is attached to the bedroom!

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The fourth bedroom can be found off of the back kitchen staircase. This suite has a newly remodeled full bath and is perfect as a teen suite, in-law or nanny’s quarters!

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And finally here are some more photos of the breathtaking exterior.  You’ll find a beautiful oasis in Brighton that allows privacy and tranquility but still affords convenience to downtown, the University of Rochester, Pittsford…you name it!  Location, location, location!

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Thanks for stopping by my blog and for touring this gorgeous home!  This stunning estate is being presented for $950,000.  If you’re interested, give me a call…+1 (585) 218-6850

Cheers,

Amy

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Looking For A Lake Home?

What does a Realtor do when she is dreaming of warmer weather?  Well this Realtor just took a course in Resort and Second-Home Properties (RSPS).  I am officially RSPS certified and looking forward to sunnier days ahead!RSPS

 

With the Finger Lakes in our backyard and so many clients exploring the idea of additional properties, I wanted to become an expert on second-home sales!  And with the new year upon us, it’s the perfect time for so many of you to start planning your summers “away.”

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Have you dreamed of buying a property in the Finger Lakes region?  Do you want to upgrade your existing vacation home?  I can help you!

Check out this Finger Lakes video:

As the video shows, our area offers:

  • Boating
  • Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Shopping
  • Fine Dining
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Wineries
  • Sporting Events
  • Casinos

The list goes on!!

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Cheers!

Amy

 

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Happy New Year!

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