Monday, September 24, 2018

Popular Neighborhoods in Rochester, NY

Rochester, NY is a city loved by its residents, but can sometimes fly under the radar to those outside of the area. The US News listed Rochester #13 on their list of best places to live for Quality of Life in 2018, a list which took into consideration “affordability, career opportunities...daily commute, access to quality education and healthcare, crime rates, and general well-being.” There are many reasons we love our city and why #WeLiveHere.

Park Avenue
The Park Avenue Neighborhood in Rochester is known for its pedestrian-friendly streets. Popular with young professionals, this neighborhood offers easy access to many of Rochester’s hotspots like East Avenue. Shops and cafes are plentiful in this neighborhood, with an abundance of outdoor seating, tree-lined streets, and cozy front porches. You are also just steps from popular Rochester landmarks like the George Eastman House, Memorial Art Gallery, and the Rochester Museum and Science Center.

19th Ward
This neighborhood’s motto is, “Urban by Choice” and is one of the city’s largest neighborhoods. An area that prides itself on the diversity of its residents, this up-and-coming neighborhood is primarily residential. But don’t fear: this neighborhood hosts the summer Westside Farmers Market, as well as a few local shops and cafes. The Brooks Landing Project connected the 19th Ward to the University of Rochester River Campus and Medical Center Campus. The pedestrian bridge arches over the Genesee River in the neighborhood’s southeastern corner.

Neighborhood of the Arts
Known as NOTA for short, this neighborhood offers turn-of-the-century single-family homes near restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, bakeries, art studios, and galleries. It’s known as a community of creative residents. In 2002, the Outdoor Artwalk was created, a project which widened sidewalks and showcased local public art. NOTA also has noteworthy architecture, including a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright: The E.E. Boynton House. Other points of interest in the neighborhood include the George Eastman Museum, The Village Gate (a trendy area with loft apartments, cafes, restaurants, shops and more) and the historic Dryden Theatre.

No matter where you end up in Rochester, you’re sure to love the energy of this city. Are you moving to the City of Rochester? Reach out to one of our knowledgeable real estate experts and find out why we love that #WeLiveHere!

9/22 Radio Show: Michelle Winer & Nancy Callari Frank

Guest Host, Susan Ballard, welcomes Michelle Winer & Nancy Callari Frank to the show.

Michelle Winer is one of our leading real estate professionals working out of our Williamsville Clarence office and Nancy Callari Frank is a Mortgage Consultant from HUNT Mortgage.

Together, Susan leads the discussion on the process of home-buying and working with professionals.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

Popular Neighborhoods In Albany

The Capital Region of New York is a great place to live. In fact, the City of Albany made the U.S. News’ list of 125 Best Places to Live, #39 overall! As a cultural melting pot, Albany is a lively city with eclectic bars and restaurants and a rich history. From the soaring brownstone homes to the Hudson River, there are many reasons we love our city, and why #WeLiveHere.

Here are some of our favorite neighborhoods in Albany, ones that are quickly gaining popularity with those who are new to the city:

Arbor Hill
The Arbor Hill neighborhood is located in the northeastern part of the City of Albany. It is an area
that is experiencing a lot of new development. The American Planning Association selected it as one of the 10 great neighborhoods in America, and it’s easy to see why. This area has made progress in recent years, with a project that revitalized the community. This pedestrian-friendly neighborhood has tree-lined streets and large parks, along with the city’s only community center. The historical Palace Theatre is also situated in the Arbor Hill area. Built in 1931, this theatre hosts a wide variety of events, including concerts, films, stand-up comedy, and more.

From the Albany County Historical Association (formerly the Ten Broeck Mansion) to the restoration of a noted stop along the Underground Railroad, the sense of history and community runs strong in this neighborhood.

Center Square
If you want to be surrounded by gorgeous brownstones and walk to some of the best nightlife that Albany offers, then Center Square is the neighborhood for you. Center Square has the oldest, continuously operating neighborhood association in the City of Albany. Just steps from all the activity of Lark Street, you’ll be right in the heart of the thriving bar and restaurant scene in downtown Albany. If you want fresh air, you can visit nearby Washington Park, an 84-acre park home to Albany’s Annual Tulip Festival. The park also has sculptures, a playground, tennis courts, a bike path, and an amphitheater. Interested in checking out museums, parks, or great shops? Visit Empire State Plaza, which is home to many state government buildings and convention centers, including “The Egg.”

Delaware Area
Image source: Delaware Area Neighborhood Asociation Facebook
The Delaware Area Neighborhood is on the outskirts of downtown Albany, but don’t let that fool you: there’s still plenty to do here. Friendly to residents of all ages, this neighborhood has everything from a Community Farmer’s Market, to unique and eclectic restaurants and boutiques. Described by as a “tight-knit and friendly community,” the neighborhood “residents say they can walk to almost anything - the hairdresser, ice cream parlor, bank, movies, etc.” With a great neighborhood association and opportunities to both live and run a business, the Delaware Area Neighborhood is great for everyone.

No matter where you end up in Albany, you’re sure to love the thriving and unique melting pot that is the Capital City of New York State. Curious about these or other neighborhoods? Reach out to one of our knowledgeable real estate experts and find out why we love that #WeLiveHere!

Monday, September 17, 2018

4 Reasons To Buy Your Home Off-Season

Traditionally, "peak season" for home buying has always been spring and summer: May, June, July, and August. Though the heaviest home-selling months are over, you can still look for your next home! In fact, the "off-season" is a great time to be a buyer. Here are a few reasons why buying off-season could work for you:

  • Less competition. There’s a lot of competition out there in the real estate market. It can sometimes be difficult for buyers to get their offers accepted. While there are still active buyers off-season, you will certainly face less competition when placing an offer in on a home.
  • Not just left-overs. There is a common misconception that all homes on the market off-season are the leftovers that couldn’t be sold. The truth is many beautiful homes go on the market off-season because the timing worked best for the sellers. This could be for different reasons: a new job, relocating out of state, or a new home construction is completed.
  • It can save you money. If you’re interested in adding a few final touches to your home, waiting until fall to buy could be beneficial. You end up snagging an end-of-season discount on everything from air conditioning units to appliances and furnishings.
  • Fall exposes exteriors. It can be easy to overlook flaws or issues with a home’s exterior because of well-executed seasonal landscaping. But once fall comes around, flowers are no longer in bloom and you can get a better look at landscaping beds and the home’s foundation.

Buying a home in the off-season can work to your advantage. If you’re looking to buy your home this fall or winter, reach out to one of our experienced sales professionals to see how you can get started.

9/15 Radio Show: Bill Maggio

Your host Peter Hunt, welcomes Bill Maggio to the show.

Bill is CEO of the Jacobs Institute and Managing Partner of Lorraine Capital.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on building on the momentum we are feeling in our community, which include attracting talent and capital investment.

To find out more, listen to this week's show.