Selling Your Home in 2017?

Happy New Year!  Are you thinking about selling your home in 2017?   Are you feeling overwhelmed?  I’ve put together a list to keep you sane.

  1. Breathe!  Selling your home and looking for a new residence should be a fun process. Focus on what your end goal is! I’m here to help!breathe
  2. Call me.  We can create an individualized plan to help you on this journey.  Every home is different.  Every client has different needs.  The sooner we meet, the better! Even if you don’t expect to move until the fall, it’s always good to make a plan. Also, it helps me keep an eye open for anything you might be interested in purchasing when new inventory crops up!                     call-me
  3. Take advantage of my contacts!  I have great relationships with contractors, mortgage brokers, inspectors, attorneys, stagers…you name it!  Once we create your plan, I will help you achieve it !                                                    contractors
  4. Make a Cleaning Checklist.  I don’t know about you, but I feel much more accomplished when I can check something off a list.  By making a list you will do a more thorough job and you can break down your efforts so that it’s not overwhelming.                                                                           checklist
  5. Stay positive.  It’s easy and normal to feel a number of emotions when selling or buying a home.  It all will work out and I will be there every step of the way.  What does Mary Poppins say? “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun…you find the fun and SNAP! The job’s a game!”  Let’s do this together!  marypoppins

Wishing you all a healthy, happy, peaceful and prosperous new year!

Best, 

Amy

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Historical Charm in Brighton

Have you caught an episode of HGTV’s show “Hunting Vintage“?  The show celebrates historical homes and all the charming details they offer.  It’s a similar format to “House Hunters” but with a nod to old homes!  I caught an episode recently and couldn’t help but think how lucky we are in Rochester.  We have so many beautiful old homes in this city…case in point, two of my current listings in Brighton (more on that below)!

If you know Brighton, you know that it abounds with character.  There’s a myriad of styles, and abundance of whimsy and a range of prices!

35 Buffard Drive in Brighton is brimming with historical details and is presented at $229,900.

Check out the beautiful windows and the shutters on this 1920 colonial:

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This entryway and staircase is just divine:

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And this nook.  Who doesn’t love a nook?!

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357 Cromwell Drive in Brighton is a BEAUTIFUL 1940 colonial presented at just $164,900! Check out the architectural detail in that little window front and center!

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Here’s a glimpse of the window inside:

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How about this arch?!:

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Or this little room:

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As you can see, we are lucky to live in a town that is rich with beautiful, historical homes. If you love details, you’ll love these two charmers!  Call me if you’re interested!  As the great designer Charles Eames once said:

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Cheers!

Amy

 

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Getting To Know Your Realtor

 

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NAME: Amy Petrone

HOW MANY PEOPLE/PETS ARE IN YOUR FAMILY: 6 including the dog! husband, Guy; sons, Jake, Ryan & Nolan; 4-year-old Golden Retriever named “Otto” after the SU Mascot of course!

WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL: St Louis School for elementary; Our Lady of Mercy HS and Syracuse University for undergraduate & graduate school.

WHERE WOULD WE MOST LIKELY FIND YOU WHEN YOU’RE NOT WORKING: on a soccer field ⚽️, at an SU game🍊 or traveling.

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM TO CHEER ON: Pittsford Sutherland HS/Calkins Rd MS Soccer & Syracuse Orange Basketball.

FAVORITE RESTAURANT: right now it’s Nosh.

FAVORITE STORE: Wegmans because I consider it my second home.

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Nashville.

WHAT WOULD YOU BE IF YOU WEREN’T A REALTOR? I would be a party planner!

FASHION TREND YOU CANNOT SUPPORT: lace up your leg shoes & nude hose.

ONE THING ON YOUR BUCKET LIST: To see Eric Church live in concert.

PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT: Building my business from the ground up and continuing to grow it through referrals!

PERSONAL MOTTO: something good will come out of everything you put your mind/passion/energy into!

AN INTERESTING TIDBIT: I’m teaching my 16-year-old son how to drive…gulp!

SOMETHING YOU LOVE ABOUT ROCHESTER: I love the fact that anywhere I go in Rochester I will run into people I know! Such a sense of community and when people come here they stay for a long time!

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Fly Your Flag

Today, June 14, is Flag Day.  When I was 12 years old I wrote an editorial piece for the Democrat and Chronicle about why everyone should fly an American flag.  Today, it’s still one of the things I tell sellers to do most when they list their homes.

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According to the PBS website, the colors of the flag have significant meaning:

Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor.
White symbolizes Purity and Innocence.
Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.

I would add that our flag demonstrates pride, history and unity.

I was thumbing through a copy of HGTV Magazine when I spotted this article:

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It’s titled, “If You Only Do One Thing This Month: Hang a Flag for Fourth of July.”  This article reminded me of the essay I wrote as a girl.  It still holds true today.

Take pride in your homes.  Take pride in this great country!   Fly your flags.  And forever in peace may they wave.

Amy

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Cost of Living: Upstate vs. Downstate

Recently I read an article by Ilyce Glink titled, “What It Costs To Live in the Top 10 School Districts in the US.” I was naturally intrigued since Pittsford, New York made the list at number 5! I’ve always said what an amazing quality of life we have here in Rochester.  When I tour with families relocating to our area, I love watching their reactions to all the great things our towns have to offer!  Often, my clients are pleasantly surprised by our affordability.

To highlight this point, I grabbed a few of my recent listings in the Pittsford School District.  I also grabbed a few recent listings from Rye, New York, which was listed at number 4 on the list of top school districts. Rye is located downstate outside of New York City (Westchester County).

Here’s what $500,000-$650,000 will get you in Rye, New York:

This home is 798 square feet and is listed at $555,000 in Rye (one of only a handful I could find in this price range).

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Here’s another current listing in Rye for $635,000. It has 3 bedrooms and 1900 square feet.  40 tyler circle rye

In case you were wondering, it’s not “move-in ready”…

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Now, here are a few of my listings in the same price range from our area!

8 Langley Rise in Pittsford, New York presented at $599,900 with 3,398 square feet (over 4x the square footage of that first home in Rye):

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Here is 20 Lancaster Rise in Pittsford presented at $499.900.  NOW SALE PENDING!

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And finally here is 3881 Elmwood Avenue in Pittsford presented at $524,900. NOW SALE PENDING!

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Just a little bit of a difference!  We are so lucky to live in Rochester with amazing schools, universities and hospitals.  We also have an active sports, theatre, art, music, festival and fine dining scene!  The people are awesome.  The homes are beautiful. The prices are right! What’s not to love?

 

AMY

 

 

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Something For Everyone

When people ask me what I like about being a real estate agent in Rochester, New York, I often respond with, “variety!”  Our region truly offers something for everyone.  Whatever your taste –whether you’re looking for an urban chic bungalow, a country farmhouse, a historical gem or carefree town home, we can find it!  And, whatever your budget dictates, we can work with your needs to find your dream home!

Nothing shows Rochester variety better than some of my current listings.  Take a look!

  1.  GORGEOUS TUDOR – ARCHITECTURAL WONDER BRIMMING WITH CHARM.  3881 Elmwood Avenue in Brighton, New York.  Listed at $524,900. This stunning home is filled with details at every turn.  4 Bedrooms / 4 Baths.  3788 square feet. Leaded glass, hardwood floors, w/b fireplaces, built-ins, gourmet cook’s kitchen with high end appliances, ceiling of windows.  And to top it all off, the outside boasts an in-ground pool, patio and kitchen area.   Did I mention this home has views of Country Club of Rochester (CCR)?  This is an entertainer’s dream! (CLICK HERE TO VIEW LISTING)exteriorentrykitchenpool
  2. CANAL CAPE.  219 Westmoreland Drive in Rochester is listed at $239,900. This beautiful cape cod has been completely renovated and is within walking distance of the University of Rochester, College town and Citygate Shopping area.  It’s an exciting time to live in this bustling location!  3 Bedrooms / 1 1/2 Baths. 1642 square feet.  Did I mention this home backs to the Erie Canal?!  This cape is in pristine condition and requires you only to move in! (CLICK HERE TO VIEW LISTING)Westmorelandwestmorelandkitchenwestmorelandback
  3. BAYSIDE RANCH.  131 Valley Circle in Irondequoit is listed at $199,900. This adorable ranch has the most beautiful views of Irondequoit Bay. For just under 200K you can sit in your kitchen, sip your coffee, gaze at the water and listen to the hum of the boats.  This view is PRICELESS!  3 Bedrooms / 1 1/2 Baths.  1443 square feet.  This home has also been updated!  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW LISTING)exteriorkitchenviewwater view
  4. SUBURBAN GEM WITH FLAT, FENCED-IN YARD! 75 Oakridge Drive in West Irondequoit is listed at $184,900. This totally remodeled cape is in a desirable neighborhood and offers a fantastic yard.  Maple/stainless/granite kitchen, hardwoods, new carpeting, 2 amazing new bathrooms!  4 Bedrooms / 2 Baths.  2,208 square feet!  Just in time for barbecue season–grill on your new trex deck in your private yard!  (CLICK HERE TO VIEW LISTING)exteriorkitchendeckThese great listings are just a sampling!  There are lots more to come!  It’s pretty great to live in an area that offers such a wide variety of homes.   If you are searching for your dream home or need to put your current residence on the market to start the process, call me!dreamhome

Cheers!

Amy

 

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Yoga Party!

Recently I read an article in Realtor magazine about the value of exercise in our daily routine.  Several different realtors across the country chimed in about their fitness habits.  One of their quotes stood out to me:

Exercise is that “little timeout where we can turn off our professional voices and escape into our inside voices, pushing that reset button and finding strength and confidence in a nice long run or new squat program. For me, its just a little reminder that I can do more than just write contracts and drive carpool. It is a palpable way to realize your capabilities are self-set, and the ability to grow comes with effort.”

Amen!

The article resonated with me and I knew my next client/friend/colleague party would involve exercise.  So, in an effort to usher in the new year I hosted a yoga party with my partners in crime…Julia Furano of ReMax and Lisa Merrick of Genesee Regional Bank.

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We had an OM-mazing time! Thanks to all who made our event such a success.

Feeling Peaceful and Reinvigorated!  Namaste!

-Amy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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