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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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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