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Outdoor Projects - Homeowners - CB Prime Properties

Some of us have a little more time on our hands than we know what to do with this summer. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as we think of ways to beautify, improve, or just make more interesting use of our landscapes. Summertime is the right time in our region to make the most of great weather and get things done before falls sets in.

Our real estate agents are experts at helping homeowners enhance their properties. They can answer your questions about how to make your home stand out among other Albany homes for sale

Have a look at these easy projects where you can channel your creativity while making your property more appealing.

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Years ago during our search for a new home, I connected with a Realtor who was about my age with children very close in age to ours. After school we looked at homes with our kids; she and I went to lunch at various Broker open houses weekly. This was such a great experience; however, looking back I realize how unusual it was. She made looking at homes fun. There was no pressure. We had become great friends. Eventually, we bought a lovely home. One step led to another and I decided I had to grasp the Real Estate career straw. I'm a people person and I found my people!

My real estate success has allowed our children to graduate from college student loan free. My husband and I have traveled to nearly every corner of the world. We are comfortable and very happy. Mid-way through my sales career I was offered a management position and I found my true calling. I truly enjoy watching agents experience their own adventures and grow to their full potential. It's easy to give advice – harder to give advice that will help someone grow and succeed. That's what I do.

A few years ago I wrote a book about real estate: It's Pretty Simple…but It's Never Easy. I think that pretty much describes this career – meeting people, showing homes, finding the solutions to problems, and changing lives. Yup, it is pretty simple…..but it's never easy.



Spend the Day in Roscoe, NY - CB Prime Properties

With five of America's top trout streams along with several fish-rich lakes and reservoirs, Roscoe has earned the famous designation of "Trout Town, USA." But you don't have to enjoy fishing to find a number of entertaining things to do around town. Spend a day exploring these activities around Roscoe homes for sale.

  • Prohibition Distillery - 10 Union St., Roscoe, NY 12776
    The days of speakeasies are long gone, but Prohibition Distillery pays tribute to that notable period in our country's history. Images of poppies are seen throughout the distillery as a throwback to the popular Art Nouveau style and remembrance of soldiers lost during war. A Florian cross adorns each bottle to honor firefighters who once worked out of the building that now houses Prohibition Distillery. During summer, visit Bootlegger's Alley Bar for hand-shaken cocktails and snacks. The tasting room is open daily year-round from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. except Friday and Saturday, when hours are extended to 7 p.m.

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The Power of Women in Real Estate - Melissa A. Paquette


My name is Melissa A. Paquette, Branch Manager/Associate Real Estate Broker at Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in their New Hartford Office. Living in the Mohawk Valley my whole life and currently still reside in Deerfield with my son, Joshua. My love for the Upstate NY Area has kept me here as it's a great location and offers four beautiful seasons of enjoyment.

Real estate has always been a career of interest to me throughout my life. I found that upon being a receptionist for a real estate office years ago brought me to see what a big decision homeownership was. I decided what better way to help my community build their dreams than becoming a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson allowing me to help them make the dream of homeownership possible! Working with people, helping them to buy or sell a home, is a unique and rewarding experience for all. With my 20 years' experience combined in being a Real Estate Professional, Mentor, and Manager I have covered most avenues of the home buying and selling process numerous times!

My involvement with local organizations helps keep me involved and active within the community. I have held a position for the last 3 years on the local MLS Board with the Mohawk Valley Association of Realtors with my current position as President. The past 16+ years I have been active in Scouting at both Cub and Boy Scout levels, Chaired the Boy Scout Mother's Day Breakfast each year at Deerfield Volunteer Fire Dept, active in the Autism Awareness Walk yearly along with several other community organizations events. Being active in the community is very important to me as we all live in a great community and should support each other to have continued success.

Most currently managing for the last 6+ years of my career has been most rewarding for me as I love helping and assisting all the agents within my office. I am committed to my job and agents whenever day or night they need me. I am always here for everyone!



Last-Minute Staging - Sell a Home - CB Prime Properties

If you're thinking about listing your home, you want to make sure you can sell it quickly and get a great price. While there are a lot of important factors that go into making this happen, one thing our real estate agents know for sure is that the little details make a huge difference. 

Most owners of Albany homes for sale have spent months getting their homes as close to perfect as possible. If you're looking to compete, you'll have to step up your game. These seven last-minute staging suggestions that can mean the difference between a lackluster showing whether in person or virtual — and one that ends with an excellent offer.

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Picnic in the Park - Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

We've all had a lot of time at home the past few months, and there's no better place for a change of scenery than the local park. Why not pack a picnic basket and make an afternoon of it? Head to one of these Capital Region parks recommended by our real estate agents.

  1. Indian Meadows – Jason Morris Way, Glenville, NY 12302
    This playground features an enormous structure, making it perfect for outdoor adventurers! You'll find other equipment suitable for younger children not yet ready for heights. Indian Meadows also has a spacious outdoor fitness area adjacent to the playground. Feel free to bring your furry friend as long as you remember to keep Fido on a leash at all times.

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The Power of Women in Real Estate - Jodi Leonard


Why did you get into real estate? 

​I started my career in real estate after selling my own home and encountering a few agents that I felt were trying to take advantage of a very sad circumstance of events. A single mom with 3 young children going through a terrible divorce. I made a decision to stay home and raise my children and did so for 11 years. When I decided that listing my home with a realtor was not an option for me, I discovered how very difficult selling your home on your own was. Once back on my feet, I decided that I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others by helping people through transitions in their lives. Some downsizing, some going through a divorce, some with expanding families. Others needing help finding a home in a new town due to relocating into the area and my favorites, the first time homebuyer. I absolutely love making a difference in their experience because buying and selling a home is not easy on your own and I wanted to offer an honest and smooth transaction especially during a stressful transition. 

Why do you enjoy real estate?

In my former life, I worked in the school district with children on the spectrum. I love to teach people and offer value. I love watching my clients exchange keys at the closing table and being able to begin a new chapter in their lives and I love knowing that I have been a small part of that new chapter. Nothing is ever the same and every home and client has a story to tell. I have met some amazing people in real estate and some wonderful agents I have worked with that have the same goal and mindset as me. Helping people is part of who I am and Real Estate offers so many opportunities and this is a career that you need to love to be good at what you do. 

What is your community involvement?

I try to give back to the communities I live in, work in and love to be a part of. I am part of a wonderful community-oriented organization within Coldwell Banker Prime Properties and giving back is in our blood. I have assisted in organizing Thanksgiving Dinners for Families in our School Districts, Food Drives, South High Marathon Dance Fundraisers, Children on the Spectrum Services in our Schools teaching them how to move on after High School, families in need and families in crisis. I love to organize anything that gives back to our communities in the Capital Region. I will always find a charitable event to be a part of and donate too, as do all of our fellow agents within our company. 


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