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Winter Hiking in the Catskills Region - CB Prime Properties

There's simply no bad time to visit the Catskill Mountains. Whether you're looking for the most vibrant fall foliage or want to see our waterfalls at full power in spring, there's always something spectacular waiting to be discovered. 

But winter is a particularly special and often-overlooked season in the Catskills. So strap on your crampons and join our real estate agents on these amazing winter hikes in the Catskills!

  • Overlook Mountain - Woodstock, NY 12498
    One of the Catskills' most famous peaks, the summit of Overlook is a challenging hike in winter. Nestled in the heart of the Overlook Mountain Wilderness, the summit is accessible via a 5-mile loop that includes some steep climbs but rewards intrepid hikers with truly amazing views. The mountain is topped by a historic fire tower, built in 1927. The tower is closed in winter, but the views are stunning nonetheless. Overlook Mountain is the southernmost peak of the Catskill Escarpment and is just minutes from many Woodstock homes for sale.

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Fireplace Tips for New Homeowners - CB Prime Properties

Your new home's fireplace may be the part of your home that you fell in love with first, but if you've not had a fireplace before, you've got a few things to learn about your new love. Fireplaces are beautiful for creating treasured memories but require care. Not all the Albany homes for sale have fireplaces, but if you have or are looking for a home with a fireplace, keep the needs of fireplaces in mind. 

  • First Look
    A home inspection should cover a fireplace, but if you didn't have your home inspected or if you've had your home for a while and this is your first time using your fireplace, a professional inspection can tell you what maintenance or repairs your fireplace may need. Your inspector should ensure that the masonry is intact, that the damper operates properly, and for any signs of deterioration before pronouncing your fireplace safe to use. The report will include any areas that require repair or maintenance.

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Cheese Shops Around Albany - CB Prime Properties

Cheese? Yes, please! January 20th is Cheese Lovers Day, and our real estate agents are ready to devour a cheese plate. Stinky, soft, blue, or brie, no matter how you like your cheese, make a visit to these cheese shops around Albany and get a little funky on Cheese Lovers Day.

  • The Cheese Traveler — 540 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY 11209
    Have you ever wanted to travel the globe in search of the finest cheeses? The folks at The Cheese Traveler do just that, and best of all, they bring them back to Albany for you to enjoy. This DelSo district shop has a healthy selection of domestic cheeses from states like Vermont and Wisconsin as well as imported wheels from Switzerland, France, and Italy. Pair their cheeses with a savory charcuterie from Essendorfer or crispy crackers and spreads.

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Make Your Home Smarter in 2021 - Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

Home technology seems to get smarter and smarter every year, and with some truly innovative products on the market, there couldn't be a better time to start creating your own smart home. Choosing the right devices can be confusing and ultimately comes down to your needs, lifestyle, and budget. 

Our real estate agents have become experts on smart home technology after seeing some of the convenient devices in these Albany homes for sale. In fact, adding a few smart devices is a great way to stage your home for potential buyers. If you're looking to add some convenience and automation to your life in 2021, our real estate agents have several tips for how you can get started with smart home technology.

  1. Start With a Smart Home Assistant
    Just getting started with smart home technology? The first thing you'll need is a smart home assistant. These products serve as the foundation of any smart home and allow you to verbally control other smart devices throughout your home. They can also do a multitude of other tasks such as set reminders,  play music, and answer questions. The two most common home assistants are Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and both are available with a speaker only or with a display.

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