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Buying a Flipped House - CB Prime Properties

You've seen all the shows where older, abandoned homes are turned into gorgeous, modern dwellings. Flipped houses are usually attractive, 100% move-in ready, and competitively priced. They can seem ideal in today's inventory-strapped real estate market. If you're thinking of buying a flipped house, however, you need to determine whether it is the treasure it appears to be or a dust-heap in disguise. Some developers will flip a house to make a quick buck, using cheap labor, going with cheap finishes, and taking shortcuts. Here are some ways to spot renovation problems in a flipped house for sale, according to our real estate agents.

  • Just Look Down
    If you want an immediate assessment of the overall quality of the renovation work, look at the flooring. Poor workmanship is a red flag that you shouldn't ignore. For instance, if they've got flooring butted up to doorjambs or base molding, that could be a hint at more serious flaws. Also, wall-to-wall carpeting can be used to conceal water-damaged hardwood floors. Cracked or bouncy tiles could indicate the subfloor was not laid correctly.

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Shake Month - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

September is on its way, and that means Shake Month is about to start once again. This American tradition began as a way to celebrate our cultural love for the milkshake, a blended drinkable treat made from milk, ice cream, and various syrups, sprinkles, and other garnishes. Our real estate agents have scoped out the best places to grab a milkshake in and around Albany, including both old favorites and up-and-coming establishments.

  1. Emack and Bolio's - 366 Delaware Ave., Albany, NY 12209
    Emack and Bolio's has been a popular local destination for ice cream treats since the Albany location first opened in 2008. This shop is known for their delicious frappe drinks, which is what they call milkshakes according to Boston tradition. They offer these in every flavor their hand-crafted ice cream comes in, including Beantown Buzz, Stoney's Dream, and Serious Chocolate Addiction. If you're looking for a very special shake for your Shake Month indulgence, this is the place to go!

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TV Placement - Buy a Home - CB Prime Properties

If you're browsing for a new home, one of the many questions you might ask yourself is, "Where will my TV go?" Our real estate agents know exactly how difficult it can be to find a house that meets both your functional and style needs.

For one, a television is a necessary living room fixture for many people, and knowing where to place the TV can be puzzling, especially in a room with several windows or a fireplace.

The size and structure of a living room are some of the most important features you'll have to consider when buying a house. Here are a few ideas on where to place a TV to help you create a setup that best suits your style and living room space.

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Classic Car Shows - Albany, NY - CB Prime Properties

With "Drive Your Studebaker Day" coming up Sept. 11, our real estate agents got to thinking about all of the awesome local car shows that take place in our community. If you're a classic car collector or spectator, there are ample opportunities in and around Albany to see some of the best antiques and vintage models. Even if cars aren't your thing, our local shows have lots of food, music, and prizes and can be fun for the whole family. 

  • TCM Tuesday and Saturday Cruise-Ins - 7 Old Mariaville Rd., Schenectady, NY 12306
    If you're a fan of old muscle classics, check out TriCity Muscle Cruise-in every Tuesday and Saturday night at Poppy's Ice Cream. The show is Tuesdays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 pm, and dates go until September 28. After the show, be sure to take a look at these gorgeous Schenectady homes for sale.

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