Onondaga County, NY Real Estate News

By Bob McTague, Syracuse New York Real Estate
(RealtyUSA)
There is a new home buyers program now available in the Syracuse NY area. The best part is that you do not need to be a first time home buyer to participate!This new program is called the NHF Home Buyers Grant. It offers those that qualify a 5% non repayable grant. Unlike many other grants it is non repayable and does not attach a lien to the property.  "The home buying process can be very intimidating to both first-time and previous homeowners. In addition, there's also a fairly common misconception that a down payment of 10 or 20 percent is absolutely necessary in order to purchase a home. It is important that real estate and mortgage professionals are educated about available down payment assistance (DPA) programs and pass this information on to potential homebuyers. Many programs ar...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
One Person's Trash Is Another One's Treasure A friend and neighbor of mine found a treasure amongst items headed for the garbage at an estate sale last fall. The homeowner had passed away, and the deceased's daughter was throwing out a bunch of papers and things she considered junk. My friend found a stack of  promotional flyers describing our development,  Seneca Estates, as having “Incomparable Home Sites” and “Superb Recreational Facilities”. They were used to attract home buyers in the 1970’s (we think) who wanted to build their dream home in a dream neighborhood. The cover reads “Seneca Estates…..Where Land and Water Meet”, and the back shows its location in relation to Syracuse, major highways, and surrounding lakes. The piece unfolds to reveal a map on the opposite side (not show...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
Do You Live in a Friendly Town?A lot of towns are friendly, but only some are called "Friendly Towns" by The Fresh Air Fund. Friendly Town volunteer communities, or “Friendly Towns,” are where The Fresh Air Fund’s volunteer host families live, and everyone in these towns is excited to welcome Fresh Air kids to their neighborhoods!Every summer since 1877 The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has given New York City kids the chance for an unforgettable summer, and for some, the experience of a lifetime. Thousands of kids age 6 to 18 arrive at their host families' homes ready to laugh, play, and just spend time being a kid. Kids who are on their first visit to a Friendly Town stay with their host family one or two weeks. Families in the program are allowed to reinvite the same child...
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By Bob McTague, Syracuse New York Real Estate
(RealtyUSA)
If you represent buyers or sellers, you have probably heard your buyer or the buyers agent say - "The House Needs Too Much Work." The real question to ask is "Does It?"   From my experience, when a buyer tells you that the "house needs too much work",  they are really saying two things:   1) I am not interested in this house for many reasons, not just that it needs work.   2) I am interested in this house, but do not know how much it will take to fix this house, or I THINK that the cost to repair is so great, that it is not feasible to move forward.   When I hear this statement from other agents or buyers, I say the following:   To my buyer clients:   Me: I understand that and can appreciate that, as it does appear that the home needs work. What concerns you the most? If it needed no wo...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
What does the phrase "fresh air" mean to you? To me, it means a fun-filled week with our "Fresh Air Kid". When we moved to our home on the water nearly three years ago, we wanted to share it with as many friends and family as possible, and we decided to open our home to a kid from New York City through the Fresh Air Fund. The Fresh Air Fund matches NYC kids aged 6 to 18 with host families who welcome them into their homes for 1-2 weeks. What you do during that time is up to you. This will be our third summer with the same kid, and, now that we have all gotten to know eachother, we will have no trouble deciding what fun things we want to do every day. We didn't know what to expect when we first decided to take the plunge and sign up, but we are so glad we did! For us, the experience has ...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
Staging a Home in Camillus, NY Part 3: The Family RoomThis lovely property in Camillus, NY was completely staged top to bottom before it was listed. In Part 1 and Part 2 I showed off the master bedroom and kitchen before and after photos respectively, and shared the details of what was done to prepare it for sale. In Staging a Home in Camillus, NY Part 3: The Family Room, I will show what was done to help make buyers feel home and fall in love with this beautiful home in Camillus.The Family RoomThe family room is where the seller's family spent most of their time throughout the many years they lived there. It was cozy and comfortable, and the furnishings invited people to put their feet up, relax, and enjoy some time together. There were many positive aspects we wanted to emphasize when...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
Swans on the Seneca River There's Always Something to See on the Seneca River I never know what I will see out my window when I wake up each morning. Sometimes it's early morning fishermen casting their lines near our side of the Seneca River. Sometimes it's a huge yacht cruising on it's way to the ocean. Today I saw a beautiful sight: a family of five swans gently floating along in the morning light. I quickly grabbed my camera, crossed the dew-covered lawn and started snapping pictures. Although they did make some noise when they saw me coming and moved away from the shoreline to the middle of the channel, I was able to get a couple of good photos as they passed by.
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
Staging a Home in Camillus, NY Part 2: The KitchenThis lovely property in Camillus, NY was completely staged top to bottom before it was listed. In Part 1, I showed off the master bedroom before and after photos, and shared the details of what was done to prepare it for sale. In Staging a Home in Camillus, NY Part 2: The Kitchen, I will show what was done to help make buyers feel home and fall in love with this beautiful home in Camillus.The KitchenWhen developing the action plan for the kitchen, we needed to come up with ideas to get the biggest bang for the smallest buck. The cabinets were old, grimy, and worn out, the countertop and flooring were also badly in need of replacing, and most of the appliances were reaching the end of their useful life. A full kitchen remodel was not in t...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
Staging a Home in Camillus, NY Part 1: Master BedroomI just finished staging an entire home to sell in Camillus, NY. It was my largest home staging job to date, and the results were so amazing I want to share them piece by piece. First let's have a look at the master bedroom. The Master BedroomThe master bedroom was actually the last room I worked on over the course of the Camillus home staging job. The homeowner was downsizing and had many belongings to sort through and decide whether they should be kept, given away, or thrown out. We started in the "public" spaces of the home first to ease into the daunting task at hand, and left the most personal space of the master bedroom for last. That turned out to work very well because it gave the homeowner time to adjust to idea of purging, an...
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By Homes For Heroes
(Affiliates nationwide for Hero Rewards)
    “I am very proud to be affiliated with Home for Heroes and feel honored to serve and give back, whether on a local or national level.  Our heroes deserve my best!” Having served in Vietnam and the Gulf War, and coming from an extensive military influence on both sides of the family, I am comfortable relating to other military heroes.  Military personnel, teachers, firefighters, peace officers, and healthcare workers are heroes in our everyday life. Our heroes have served the community well.  Now it is time to get them into a home that will serve them well.  As your professional Realtor, I know the local real estate market and am always happy to share up to the minute statistics and market conditions with you.
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By Cynthia Freeney, Home Improvement & Building Performance Blogger
(Central Station Marketing)
Raising awareness about renewable energy and energy efficiency were one of the highlights of last week’s 25thAnnual Home and Garden Show in Dryden. The event, which took place between March 9 and 10, 2013 at the TC3 Community College, attracted area homeowners interested in all aspects of home improvement. With soaring energy prices, the recent governmental push toward reduction of U.S. dependency on foreign oil, and growing concerns regarding the effects of carbon emissions in the atmosphere, companies showcasing energy efficient and renewable energy products and services were bound to get some attention. One such company was Halco, a Phelps-based business that started out as a heating and plumbing contractor in 1984, expanded into home energy performance in 2007, and opened a renewabl...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
Last Minute Easter Egg Hunts in Syracuse and Central New York 2013 The last few weeks have been cold with snow on the ground, so if you haven't attended an Easter egg hunt yet, you're not alone. Fortunately, you can still get in on the action. There are several opportunities to find those eggs this Saturday March 30th in Syracuse and Central New York.   Egg Hunt in Minoa Who: Ages 10 and younger. Where: Lewis Park, Main and Hulbert streets. When: 10:00AM Price: Info not available Contact: villageofminoa.com Sp'Egg'Tacular Saturday at ShoppingTown Mall Who: Families Where: ShoppingTown Mall, 3649 Erie Boulevard East, Dewitt When: 10:30AM Price: Free Contact: Call Mrs. Fields (the store) at 315-449-4103 to reserve a spot. Easter Eggstravaganza at Liverpool Community Church Who: Ages 10 an...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
12 Things To Put in a Vase or Glass Jar If you have a large clear glass jar or vase, you can fill it with almost any small collection for an instant addition to your decor. In a matter of minutes, you can go from a fun theme to a more elegant look. Any clear vase will do, even colored ones look nice with vase filler. Many craft or department stores sell vase filler, but you can find a lot of interesting things around your home that will reflect your personality or interests. Here is a short list of 12 things to put in a vase or glass jar to get you started: Corks Rocks Buttons Pine cones Balls of yarn or twine Cranberries Lemons or limes Chess pieces, dice, poker chips Golf balls Shells or coral Billiards balls Plastic Easter eggs For these examples, I used a clear glass vase 6 1/2 inch...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
FAQs about Home Staging Consultations in SyracuseMore and more real estate agents and home sellers in Syracuse are seeking out the assistance of a professional home stager to increase the liklihood of a quick and more profitable sale. For those who are still on the fence about hiring a stager, here are some answers to some questions you may have.Q: What will happen during the home staging consultation?A: The home stager will typically begin with a discussion of your goals and expectations, and explain the staging process. He or she will then want to walk through the entire home with you gathering first impressions and taking notes, and possibly giving you a quick demonstration.Q: How long will the consultation take?A: For a consultation alone, when no actual staging is being done, you s...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
A Syracuse Home Stager's Top 10 Reasons to Call a Handyman Even if you consider yourself to be pretty handy around the house, there are times when you should just call a handyman to do the job. Here are a Syracuse Home Stager's top 10 reasons to call a handyman: When you have a lot of little jobs that keep piling up. When you are working 24-7 and you just don't have time to fix that leak. When the cabinet door falls off for the 3rd time, even after you've tried to fix it yourself. When you don't have the right tool(s) for the job. When your relatives are coming to visit and you have several unfinished repairs. When your back hurts and you don't want to strain it any further. Anytime you have electrical work that needs to be done and you're not an electrician. When you need something don...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
The CNY Home & Garden Show '13 at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse It's back again for four days this weekend! The CNY Home & Garden Show '13 is back at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse for four days this weekend. I always look forward to this event which showcases the best products and services available here in Central New York. It lasts for four days starting this Thursday, so plan ahead to be there! When: March 14 - 17, 2013Hours: Thu 5pm-8:30pm, Fri 2pm-8:30pm, Sat 10am-8:30pm, Sun 10am-5pmWhere: The Exhibit Center and The Center of Progress Building at the New York State Fairgrounds Who: For CNY homeowners who are building, remodeling, or improving their homes and gardensTickets: Adults $8/Seniors $7/Children under 16 FreeParking: Free including shuttle service to and from and betwe...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
Ten Things To Do In Central New York During The Month of March March is my least favorite month of the year: cold, windy, and dirty is how I would describe March in Central New York. Instead of sitting around waiting for Spring's late arrival, here are ten things to do in or around Syracuse during the month of March that will keep you from getting cabin fever. 1. Go out to dinner at one of the new restaurants at Destiny USA. The long anticipated wait for some of the most popular restaurants around is over! If you haven't tried any of them yet, then what are you waiting for? Gordon Biersch, P.F. Chang's, The Melting Pot, and Toby Keith's (among others) are all open now, and let me tell you--they are hopping. Go see what everyone is talking about. 2. Take in one of the local high school m...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
Window Treatments Q&A: Syracuse Home Stager's TipsWhen you are selling your home you are likely to be thinking about ways to spruce it up before you put it on the market. You might be considering things like new paint or new flooring. One area that many home sellers overlook, however, is the home's window treatments.What Type of Curtains Work Best When Selling My Home?Buyers prefer homes that are light and bright, and sellers should be aware that curtains have a big effect on those qualities. Make sure that the window coverings do not block light from entering the room. Plain white or off-white curtains work well in almost any room and look more up-to-date than dark or heavy draperies. If you are unsure about what to do, a home stager can guide you in your decision.Should I Leave The Cu...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
Baldwinsville, NY Demographics If you are considering a move to Baldwinsville, NY, or you live there already and you just want to know some facts, you can find a lot of interesting information at City-Data.com. Here are some highlights: In 2011 the population was 7,380, which is a 4.6% increase over the population in 2000. The Median age of Baldwinsville residents is 41.4 years-slightly lower than NY State's median age of 42.4 years. Median home value in 2009 was $120,934. In 2000, the median home value was $83,300. Median gross rent in 2009 was $659. Baldwinsville's population is primarily white: 94.8% of the population is white alone. Hispanics make up a mere 1.8% of the population, followed by 1.2% who identify with two or more races, 0.9% Asian, 0.8% Black, 0.5% American Indian, and...
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By Janelle Ancillotti, HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY
(Seneca Home Staging)
I Read The News Today Oh, Boy! I love Sunday mornings when I can sit down with a cup of coffee and my newspaper, The Post-Standard. The first section I look at is the HOMES section which always has a featured story about the house of the week with a lot of photos. Then I read the question and answer column known as "House Calls" by syndicated columnist Edith Lank. She always gives great advice, and I like to see how her answers compare with my opinion. Next I skim through "For The Record" which lists by town all the homes in the area that recently sold, and how much they sold for. Home Prices Are Up When I read the news today, I found some short articles in the HOMES section that caught my interest. One short article from The Associated Press said that home prices for December posted a ...
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