Saturday Home Selling Tip

I get asked a lot, “what do I need to do to get my home ready to sell/show/market?”

I’ll share my best tip with you… kitchens and baths sell homes.  Those are the top two most expensive home renovations.  If you can update your kitchen or bath or both, you’ll do well when it comes to selling your home.

15dc9a40d7b16badf89d1d6e1d5d450eBuyer’s will pay for convenience; they don’t want to feel like they are paying top dollar for a home that they’ll have to drop more money into after purchase, to update kitchen and bath(s).    If you’ve got the time and/or money, two of the best investments you can make are with your kitchen and bath.

And it doesn’t {always} need to be a major remodel!   Some simple fixes are changing out the brass or outdated hardware and fixtures.  A simple framed mirror above a bathroom sink with new light fixtures and faucet can make a world of difference.

If you want to get the most out of your biggest investment when it comes time to sell, take the time and put a little love (and maybe TLC) into any (what may be perceived as) outdated items.  It will make a huge impact.

As always…


Up and Coming Interlaken!


The stats below are all residential, non-lake front for South Seneca School Dist in the towns of Interlaken, Covert, Lodi and Ovid.  The current SOLD YTD is on track to outperform last year’s average sold price.  The demand for this area is growing.   You can get a lot more for your money in this area.

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Trumansburg Tuesday! {june 20}

On the eve of summer solstice 2017 {also the last week of school for most} the Trumansburg market has calmed a bit due to it being the last week of school and folks gearing up for summer holiday travel.

However, there are still some incredible properties for sale, but very few new ones on the market.  Check out these great Trumansburg properties for sale…


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Saturday {home} Selling Tip

Why Should You Work With a REALTOR® ??

In the age of DIY and the Internet, why in the world would you need a REALTOR when you (think) you can easily sell your house by yourself?  Looks and sounds easy enough, right?   Ahhh, well, that’s the idea; we make it look easy because we deal with all the behind the scenes ‘stuff’ so that you don’t have to; we have knowledge, experience & expertise on how to handle the aspects of a sale and can take the stress out of it for you.  realtor-logo

Here are 8 amazingly good reasons why to work with a REALTOR®…

1. You’ll have an expert to guide you through the process. Buying or selling a home usually requires disclosure forms and lots of paperwork. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal. 

2. Get objective information and opinions. REALTORS® can provide local community information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They’ll also be able to provide objective information about each property.

3. Find the best property out there. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your REALTOR® to find all available properties.

4. Benefit from their negotiating experience. There are many negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession, and inclusion or exclusion of repairs, furnishings, or equipment. In addition, the purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your agent can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.

5.  Property marketing power. Real estate doesn’t sell due to advertising alone. In fact, a large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitioner’s contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends, and family. When a property is marketed with the help of a REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR® will prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.

6. Real estate has its own language. If you don’t know a CMA from a PUD, you can understand why it’s important to work with a professional who is immersed in the industry and knows the real estate language.

7. REALTORS® have done it before. Most people buy and sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each purchase. And even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS®, on the other hand, handle hundreds of real estate transactions over the course of their career. Having an expert on your side is critical.

8. Buying and selling is emotional. A home often symbolizes family, rest, and security — it’s not just four walls and a roof. Because of this, home selling (and buying) can be an emotional undertaking.  Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on both the emotional and financial issues most important to you.


The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict Code of Ethics.

It’s Tuesday! {trumansburg tuesday}

That means another edition of Trumansburg Tuesday!   We are half way through the year and the Trumansburg residential real estate market is robust this year.

There are currently 21 residential, non lake front properties listed for sale in the Ithaca Board of REALTORS multiple listing service.   The lowest listed price is $124,000 and the highest is $800,000.   The median list price as of today is $329,900.

There have been 28 sold residential, non lake front properties in the entire Trumansburg School District with a median sale price of $189,500.   The lowest sold price this year to date is $35,000 and the highest is $319,000.

And there are 27 properties that are awaiting a closing or what we call sale pending.  The median price out of those under contract (or sale pending) properties is $259,900.  The lowest being $79,528 and the highest at $695,000.

The conversation about lack of inventory and high demand is still prevalent; the emphasis being on affordable housing inventory.    If you are thinking about selling, this could be the year for you…. real estate has many components and timing is a big one.

If you are on the fence about buying because you’re not sure about your credit or what you can afford, I encourage you to talk to a local lender (free of obligation or charge).   Email me and I can refer you to a local lender who can help you find out what your buying potential is.



Featured Property Friday

This Friday features this gorgeous pastoral property in Ithaca!  One level living in this beautifully updated ranch with large living room with fireplace opening to back deck and a monumental master suite with sliders to hot tub, overlooking a picturesque and partially wooded 8 acres.  3 bedrooms and 2 full baths total with 2664 square feet of living space.  Don’t miss the circular drive, 2 car oversized garage, pool and separate cabin/pool house!

85 Hornbrook Rd, Ithaca     $290,000

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