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Hamburger Month - Central NY - CB Prime Properties

Don't you just love biting into a juicy hamburger? The crunchy lettuce, the gooey cheese, the tender beef—everything just blends together so well. If this has you in the mood for a burger, then you're in luck. May is National Hamburger Month, and the very best way to celebrate is to go out for a burger. Our real estate agents have a few restaurants to recommend in the Central New York region.

  • LODED: 6393 Thompson Rd., Syracuse, NY 13206
    As the name suggests, the burgers at LODED are loaded. This restaurant makes smash burgers, flat patties cooked until the outsides are crisp and delicious.

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Day Trip to Skaneateles, NY - CB Prime Properties

Tucked away at the top of one of New York's Finger Lakes, you'll find the quaint, scenic village of Skaneateles. Located just 30 minutes from Syracuse homes for sale, Skaneateles is a historic community with local businesses that have been around for more than a century and natural beauty waiting for you around every corner. Our real estate agents have some tips on local attractions that you won't want to miss when you spend the day in Skaneateles.

  • Lockwood Lavender Farm – 1682 W. Lake Rd., Skaneateles, NY 13152
    Set on 120 acres overlooking Skaneateles Lake, Lockwood Lavender Farm has been owned by the same family for more than 150 years and has long been a favorite attraction near Skaneateles homes for sale. The farm is open to visitors from late spring through summer, but the best time to visit is during harvest season in July for some truly Instagram-worthy photo ops in the lavender fields.

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Mother's Day Brunch - Central New York - CB Prime Properties

Mother's Day brunch is the perfect way to show Mom your care. Our real estate agents think you'll enjoy the delicious options at these Central New York destinations:

  • The Marriott Syracuse Downtown - 100 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse, NY 13202
    When you want to honor Mom with more than a meal, why not make it a truly special event in the Grand Ballroom of this beautiful hotel? She'll enjoy her favorite culinary delights, be they seafood, pasta, or exquisite desserts. Three seating opportunities will be available between 9:30 AM and 1 PM. Tickets are $49/adults and $20 for children between 6 and 12 years old. Children under 6 are free of charge. With limited seating, this offer will likely sell out quickly.

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Central New York: Women In Business 

Real Estate and Women: A Perfect Pairing

Without a doubt, 2020 was a year that no one will ever forget – and for Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, that's not just because of the pandemic. Last year, we grew by double digits, expanded into new markets, and helped more than 6500 individuals find a place to call home. At the core of our surging success is our local leadership teams, which are made up of 22 individuals, 18 of whom are women.

As a top 2% Coldwell Banker affiliate, we are especially proud this year to celebrate Coldwell Banker's recent honor of the Women's Choice Award. The Women's Choice Award is the only award that recognizes and identifies brands that women recommend.

At Coldwell Banker, we value women in real estate. I am beyond proud to work for a brand that empowers women to take on leadership roles and strives to make the industry better. Through our work with our Inclusive Ownership program and What Moves Her initiative, we are continuously exploring new ways to support leadership development, promote shared values, and provide resources for enhancing leadership tools and capabilities for women in the industry." – Liz Gehringer, chief operating officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate.

Not only is Coldwell Banker recommended as a brand to work with, but as real estate leaders in customer experience and quality, Coldwell Banker Prime Properties is an incredible place to work for.

Want to BE PART OF THE COLDWELL BANKER BRAND? Contact one of our local branch offices today!


Mexican Restaurants Around Central NY - CB Prime Properties

Our real estate agents love visiting local restaurants. We're always looking for a reason to dine out, so imagine our excitement when we learned that National Tortilla Chip Day is right around the corner! 

We want to make sure you're prepared, so we've done the hard work for you. That's right; we've visited a bunch of local Mexican restaurants and created this round-up of our favorites so you can enjoy the best of the best.

  • Mesa Grande Taqueria: 100 Genesee St, Auburn, NY 13021
    Mesa Grande Taqueria serves fresh, authentic Mexican food, including huge burritos, freshly toasted nachos, tacos, quesadillas, salads, and more. All of their food is made in-house from scratch, and you can taste the difference.

    Located not far from the best Auburn homes for sale, this restaurant has some of the best barbacoa in the area and queso you're sure to fall in love with. When you're done with your meal, we recommend taking a drive around so you can get to know some of the great neighborhoods nearby.

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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.



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!



Yoga Studios - Central New York - CB Prime Properties

Few activities invigorate both mind and body as well as yoga. Find your physical and mental balance at these wonderful Central New York yoga studios recommended by our real estate agents.

  • Infinite Light Center for Yoga & Wellness - 6499 E. Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville 13078
    Infinite Light Center for Yoga & Wellness is a peaceful oasis near Jamesville homes for sale where you can fully refresh your body and spirit. The center offers massages, Reiki sessions, and a sauna room to complement the full selection of yoga classes. Studio hours are 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Saturday. Wellness services are by appointment.

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New York Running Paths
With summer weather right around the corner, many Central New Yorkers are excited to take their exercise routines out of the gym and into the great outdoors. Whether you're planning to sign up for a 5k race or prefer a casual stroll with the family, you'll never regret lacing up your sneakers and heading out for some outdoor fun.

In celebration of National Running Day on June 5th, our REALTORS® are here with a quick look at some of our area's favorite spots to go running in Central New York.

  • Green Lakes State Park: Syracuse, NY
    If you want to enjoy a gorgeous view any time of the year, you can't go wrong with a run through Green Lakes State Park in Syracuse. Here you'll find several beautifully-manicured trails around the lake and throughout the park. This is a popular running and walking spot for Syracuse locals. 

    Want to train for your next race in a fun setting? Join a group of other running enthusiasts the Fleet Feet Hot Feet Runs on Sunday mornings at 7:30 a.m. While you're there, make sure to ask the locals about their favorite neighborhoods so can scope out some of the best Syracuse homes for sale

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