Relocating to Rochester?


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.


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



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!








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



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.




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.


Love the storage and this sweet entry!


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


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



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?!


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!


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!









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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!


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!



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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!


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!


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


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!



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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!


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!



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Living Near the University of Rochester

One of our city’s most notable gems is the University of Rochester (U of R).  The school is one of the nation’s top private universities.  According to its Wikipedia page, “The University of Rochester, across all of its schools and campuses, enrolls approximately 5,600 undergraduates and 4,600 graduate students. Its 158 buildings house over 200 academic majors. Additionally, Rochester (along with its affiliated Strong Health System) is the largest employer in the Greater Rochester area and the sixth largest employer in New York.”


In other words, nearly every Rochesterian knows someone who works at the University or studies there.  And all of us reap the benefits of this amazing place…whether we are enjoying music by Eastman musicians, witnessing innovative research or accessing the best healthcare.

In 2013, University officials along with local government leaders and members of the Mount Hope community, gathered to dedicate College Town.  College Town is a 100 million dollar commercial/residential district surrounding the University.  College Town has grown since 2013 and is now brimming with businesses, restaurants, bars and residential space (my favorite addition was Costco!!).


It’s a great time to live near the U of R!  I have a few listings coming up in the neighborhood and more on the way!  If you are interested or are relocating to the area, please give me a call!







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Welcome LeEllen!

I am thrilled to introduce LeEllen Despaw!  She has joined my team and will be working as a Transaction Coordinator.  LeEllen will help me ensure all real estate transactions are handled swiftly and with great attention to detail!img_7972-4

LeEllen recently moved back to Rochester after spending time in Charlotte, North Carolina.  She and her husband live in Fairport with their two little boys! She is happy to be back closer to family.  In her spare time (when she’s not chasing after a three year old or tending to an 8 month old) LeEllen loves to read and go on date nights with her husband!

Fun Fact: LeEllen has known Julia since she was 8 years old!  

Please join me in welcoming LeEllen! Bring on the transactions! 🙂


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Finishing What You Started

Have you ever started a project in your home but didn’t really complete it?  You get 90% finished with a renovation or an update when something steals you away.  You have every intention of tackling that last detail but life happens.  Days turn into weeks.  And then one day you look around and notice a bunch of projects have piled up (touch up that paint job, get a switch plate for the light, fix the shoe molding, patch up the holes in the wall, re-caulk the tub…etc).

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Recently I was talking to one of my family members about unfinished projects and how they have this ability to creep up on all of us (yes, even Realtors! :))  She was feeling overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start.  Sometimes home owners just get stuck. We decided to sit down together and make a plan.

It went like this:  START SMALL!! Pick a room and work through every detail in that space. Once one room has been finished give yourself permission to take on the next room and so on.

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The feeling of accomplishment to check even one room off your list will be so great, that you will be inspired to keep moving forward.

We added a fireplace to our home in 2007 but it never felt complete.  It was always nagging me.  Finally this year we trimmed out the fireplace and added some shelving to make it feel more homey.  It looks great but it feels even better!


I am on a mission now! This is the year I will finish those small projects and no longer put them off. I’ve made a to-do list and I’m going to take my own advice. Start small. And then keep moving forward.




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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!



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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:


This entryway and staircase is just divine:


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


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!


Here’s a glimpse of the window inside:


How about this arch?!:


Or this little room:


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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