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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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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