Schenectady County, NY Real Estate News

By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
It's a wrap... ! As is company tradition, we assembled this week to reflect on last year's business accomplishments.  This year's theme was fitting:  Regroup, Refocus & Recharge.  And we did so Zoom-style for obvious reasons.  While it would be easy to focus on the challenges that we all dealt with during 2020, there were far too many successes to fall into that "rabbit hole"...Miranda Real Estate Group can now say that it has helped over 10,000 homes change ownership and passed  the related $2 billion sales mark!  WOW!Miranda Real Estate Group remains the #1 Independent brokerage in the Capital Region.Miranda Real Estate Group continued it's support of Albany Medical Center's Children's Hospital and contributed another $10k to this special cause (not bad since we couldn't host the annu...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
BIG NEWS at Miranda Real Estate Group!Few people realize that Real Estate Agents are running their own business.  They're independent contractors who park their license within a brokerage, do NOT collect a salary, do NOT have one stich of benefits, and do NOT collect ONE DIME of compensation until the job is done.  And yes, if time is invested and nothing is purchased, well we hope the people we spent the time with were pleasant.  LOL     As agents running this business, we lean on our brokers for training and tools to help us grow in our skills and efficiencies so that we can best serve the clients who have enlisted us to make their real estate goals a reality.  Miranda Real Estate Group has been that broker for me since I got my license in 2009.  As the #1 independent Real Estate Comp...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Nearly daily, I seem to be having a conversation with people about the horrors of their home buying experience.  I think back on ours too (which happened long before my career started in real estate) and can only think of one word:  YIKES! I can't believe the risks we took and the "professionals" that we enlisted to help us reach our goal.  Luckily (& it WAS luck because the skill profile was lacking across the board!!!), it all worked out but... WOW!!!So fast forward to now...  Quite honestly, there are a lot of opportunities for frustration in the home buying (& selling!) process.  From finding properties that might work, to getting an offer accepted, and then the process to closing.   Specifically though, I see a trend lately and things are heating up within real estate transactions....
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By Dawn McCurdy - Real Estate Broker, Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga & Schen Counties
(McCurdy Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Make your offer on this home on Guilderland NY today!  Nestled on the cozy tree-lined Sunset Ln is a beautiful, well-cared for, Cape Cod style home that features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.This charming home in Guilderland offers a peaceful and serene haven just minutes away from the Capital District.  All conveniences are just minutes away Guilderland is a beautiful town which offers easy access to major interstates, so you can be in New York, Boston, Finger Lakes, or Adirondacks in a few hours. It also has some of the best schools in New York State. The Guilderland School District is a highly rated public school. Living near Lynwood Elementary School which is only three minutes away is great for your future home value.  You’ll find  plenty of shopping and dining options near this home...
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By Dawn McCurdy - Real Estate Broker, Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga & Schen Counties
(McCurdy Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Living is easy in this spacious home less than a mile away from I-88. Peaceful rural living is yours in this fabulous, 3 bedroom 1.5 bathroom Ranch style home with endless country views. Its 1,664 square feet of generous living space delivers comfortable and convenient living. Set on a corner lot of North Ave and Duanesburg Rd by a large field, wake up to stunning sunrises and end the day with awe-inspiring sunsets.If you long for the peacefulness of a rural lifestyle, this move-in ready home for sale in Duanesburg could be what you need.  Duanesburg is a friendly commuter town 24 miles southeast of Albany. This home is by Duanesburg Rd, making Interstate 88 less than a mile away. It makes commuting to work and the Capital Region easy.This Duanesburg home for sale features an open floor...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
It's that time again...  The time to update you on the wonderful listings that I was so good at telling you about when they hit the market but left you hanging re: what's happening with them since.  And while there are plenty of on-line resources to update you, there's nothing quite like hearing it from the agent who's handling it all.  This is such an exciting time for a lot of sellers out there (& the buyers who are anticipating their new address!). SO... without futher delay: 16 Arrow St.... UNDER CONTRACT in 52 Days!  Working toward a mid-May closing. 78 Bonner Av... UNDER CONTRACT in 41 days!  Working toward an early May closing.  1613 Santa Fe St... UNDER CONTRACT in 5 days!  Working toward a mid-April closing. 2811 Caroline Av... UNDER CONTRACT in 7 days!  Hoping for clear to clo...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
It's Valentine's Day and many are asking what I'm doing to celebrate.  The real answer is going on a listing appointment.  Yup!  I can't fabricate some romantic vision for you all.  That's it... while my husband and youngest head to their first love (softball practice), I'll be spreading the love in real estate.The very topic gives me pause though...  There is so much I genuinely love about Real Estate:* I love playing match maker...   Matching buyers with the right house; matching sellers with the right buyers.  Dreams becoming reality all around!* I love the variety that presents itself every day (even though, i'm not going to lie, this often requires me to remind myself that it IS a blessing as I'm often pulling plans B, C, and D out of my schedule).* I love the awesome people I get ...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Communication is Key... I have LONG recognized the value in good communication.  And I have long observed how "bad" communication is often the sole root of poor outcomes (great material for future posts!).  I recently finished the book, The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins which gave me an "aha moment" to finally put my long-pondered thoughts and observations about communication sicinctly into place:  Silence Causes Distance.That's it.  Period. Whether it's at home, at work; during celebrations or in the midst of challenges; between friends or family; silence causes distance.  I'll spare you my reflections on communication within the personal realm.  I think we all can recognize the value of direct, human to human interactions where tone is defined and not inferred, and where body language ...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
I can't believe that next week is Thanksgiving, let alone next month is Christmas!   The older I get, the more I realize that the real gifts in life aren't wrapped and under the tree.  And this year, I wanted to do something that, quite selfishly, I knew would make ME feel good.   SO... this year, I have the opportunity for us to assist 15 children in crisis.  I want to help remind them that there is good in the world and hope for tomorrow.  How?I'm supporting Things of My Very Own's holiday giving tree.    Their needs are basic: Food, deoderant, clothing, a blanket... Their wishes are everything we want to hear from children (toys! sparkly things!). Gifts should be unwrapped, non-perishable and delivered to me by Dec 14.  Contact me directly if you'd like to participate: call or text 5...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Happy Halloween!  One of my favorite Halloween traditions is the serving of cider & donuts by our local fire departments.  Here is tonight's schedule for Scotia:   Enjoy!  And be sure to thank our emergency responders for their role in our Halloween fun!! Have a safe day!  Scotia-Glenville is a great place to call home.Agent Brenda can help make your house hunt sweet, not scary!   Call her directly at 518-527-0800 or email agentbrenda@nycap.rr.com  
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
My husband recently asked me if I truly feel like I help people in my professional life.  I didn't have to even think about the answer.  MOST DEFINITELY!  As a Realtor®, each & every task I complete helps goals become reality.  Renters become homeowners;  small homeowners become big homeowners (& vice versa); life chapters start;  life chapters end.   Today underscored the awesome role that I, Agent Brenda, play in making dreams become reality when Riverside Maple Farms celebrated its Grand Opening. In March 2016, a 213 year old family farm on 13 acres along Rt 5 in Glenville NY hit the market.  I was the listing agent and appreciated the history & charm of the address.  Three months later, we sat at the closing table and heard about the buyers intentions to start a small maple business...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Munich on the Mohawk!! The 8th annual Glenville Oktoberfest will be held tomorrow, Sept 30, from 12 - 9 pm in Maalwyck Park. This event continues to grow from year to year and is a great opportunity to relax & catch up with your friends from Glenville & beyond.  This event offers TONS of fun for all ages.  Here are a few things that I'm going to be sure to catch:* The car show (be sure to see my friend, Kim, & his entry!).* The German American Club Biergarten (& more!) for beer & German food (you can catch my brother on the grill from 3 - 6pm!).* The Wolf's Hollow Beer Garden for our very local beer flavors. * The Dunk Tank (be sure to catch Mr. Ploss in the hot seat from 3:00 - 3:30 pm to benefit SG Friends of Music).* Helicopter tours (I hear they added a 3rd chopper this year!).* Ton...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
As I scrolled through my blog page this morning, I had a big "aha moment"...  I'm really good at telling you about my new listings but pretty inconsistent about keeping you posted about what happens to them.  What do I mean?  Well in Real Estate, there are a LOT of options which include:  connecting with the right buyer and transitioning to a "pending" (and then sold!) status, coming off the market due to a sellers' change in plans, and expiring because the right buyer wasn't found and the agent & seller decided not to extend the listing agreement.  SO... what's REALLY been happening on Agent Brenda's desk over the past few months? Here you go:                    246 Bradford Rd, Schenectady, SOLD, 2 days on market, 100% list price78 Baldwin Rd, Glenville, SOLD, 5 days on market, 99% li...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
I can't believe that June is nearly over! Our students are still getting into 'summer mode' since the last day of classes were last week  (I'm convinced we're the last ones in the nation to start summer break!) which also means that it's really & truly summer now.  With the Independence Day holiday looming upon us, many are planning where to watch fireworks.  For our family, the best fireworks displays are FAR, FAR away.  Yes they're pretty and it's amazing what designs can be pulled off but between loud noises & big crowds, we're better off contributing our "oooos & awwws" from a distance. Capital Region firework activities start in my home town this Friday night, June 30th, at Jumpin Jacks in Scotia.  The fireworks are preceeded by a waterski show featuring a number of my friends.  Ev...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
My ‘to do’ list today included the goal of getting a blog piece done. But what to write about? Well... I just got a phone call that helped answer that question! Searching for a new home is exciting and can be stressful. There are a few things you can do though to help reduce that stress and make your goal of becoming a new homeowner a reality. Here’s some of my two cents: • Turn off HGTV. These shows are great but this is NOT real, real estate life. • Get preapproved through a local, credible lender. KNOW what your financial limits are and what is going to be expected of your wallet during the process. • Hire (yes hire!) an agent that you can trust and enjoy being with throughout the transaction. Buying a house is a big deal. Hiring involves interviewing and you really should interview ...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
 As Memorial Day looms near, our attention is quickly turning toward summertime fun... and many turn to Scotia's Freedom Park for weekly fun with the FREE concerts!  Situated across from Collins Park & next to Jumpin Jacks on the banks on the Mohawk River, the Freedom Park amphitheater is a family-friendly site (no alcohol, no tabacco) and this year's schedule has something to keep everyone happy. Get the Full Schedule Here!  I'll see you there!  Just another reason to consider the Scotia-Glenville Community your home...  Ready for your move? Contact Agent Brenda for your professional, no hassle real estate consultation518-527-0800/agentbrenda@nycap.rr.com  
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Today’s the day! Yes – it’s my father’s birthday and that alone makes it an extra-special day. But for those of us in the Scotia-Glenville and surrounding areas, it’s also the unofficial start of summer.  Today we ignore the forecast for snow's arrival tomorrow and enjoy the tastes of summer that comes with the season opening of Jumpin Jacks! Anyone in this area probably has their own “Jumpin Jacks story”. I have a lot! It was one of the first places we visited as a family having just moved here from Maine (imagine being the 15 year old out with her family on a Friday night to this popular student hang out!); it was the place I met lifelong friends and my husband being part of the US Waterski Show Team that practices and performs on the neighboring river bank; it was the place where I a...
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By Dawn McCurdy - Real Estate Broker, Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga & Schen Counties
(McCurdy Real Estate Group, Inc.)
Grab this chance to own this charming city cottage in Schenectady This lovely cottage home is set on a corner lot on the tree-lined street of McDonald Ave. With three bedrooms and one bathroom, this Schenectady home for sale has an understated frontage but with a surprisingly stylish interior that you will love.If you are looking for a move-in ready home with all the modern amenities you want, plus the convenience of being close to parks, shops, and schools, this home checks all the boxes of your must-haves in a home. With its updated living room, family room, dining room and bathroom, this home has been properly maintained and taken care of. Live in the newly revitalized town of Schenectady Schenectady NY is beautiful place to live, and it is about 19 miles southeast of Albany, the sta...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
I scream! You scream!  We all scream with glee because Dairy Circus is rebuilding!!Anyone who's been a part of our community for any length of time can probably tell you exactly where they were on the evening of April 18, 2016 when fire took one of our beloved institutions.  Located directly across from the high school, it's been a popular spot since 1970.  When my family moved here in 1982, it was the place my brother and I rode our bikes to and had lunch (boy did we feel cool!).  Through the years I can admit that an ice cream sundae has been more than one dinner after softball games, that their sub platters have been enjoyed at many of our events, and I'll now make it public knowledge that their potato salad is the only recipe for that dish that I get excited for.It was terrific to h...
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By Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!
(Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.)
During February, we've been asked to identify what we love about our jobs. First and foremost, I love that it’s not a job.  It's a fulfilling career.Let's be honest here... Real Estate wasn't my first choice. For those of you who know me even a little bit, you know that my professional world began - & included nearly 2 decades - in healthcare. I worked with many incredible people & often did go home feeling good about the day. However, thinking back to my reaction when the weekday alarm went off, I can't say that I was in love with my "8 - 5"...Fast forward through two layoffs within two years.... salary gone, benefits gone and a cranky economy upon us. What's a girl to do? Get her Real Estate license! WHAT?! Sure! Why not right? (And if just by reading that you have a "is she crazy?" l...
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