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June
6

Nature Photography Destinations - Adirondacks Regions - CB Prime Properties

The Adirondacks have long been known for their distinctively gorgeous natural scenery—why not capture some of it in photographs for National Nature Photography Day? Many aspiring shutterbugs enjoy exploring this region to find the best spots to snap a shot. Some of our real estate agents are also photography enthusiasts who have spent a lot of time in the area. Here are some of their top picks for nature photography spots in this beautiful part of New York.

  • Pilot Knob Trail Head - 1195 Pilot Knob Road, Queensbury, NY
    The Pilot Knob trailhead is part of the short but incredibly scenic trail at the Schumann Preserve at Pilot Knob. At just 3.8 miles of easy-to-moderate terrain, this trail near our Queensbury homes for sale is perfect for beginner-level hikers. Along the way, you'll find plenty of breathtaking photo subjects, including a majestic waterfall at the trail's mid-point.

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May
9

Capital Region Book Shops - CB Prime Properties

Eager to settle down with a new read? You're in luck. May is Get Caught Reading Month, an occasion that asks participants to make a point of reading openly. Its goal is to encourage everyone to embrace the joy of literature.

Some of our real estate agents are true bookworms who are often on the hunt for a new read during their time in the Capital Region. Check out some of their favorite bookstores in the area to find yourself a new book this month.

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April
25

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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April
4

Spot Wildlife - Adirondack Region - CB Prime Properties

National Wildlife Week is a time of year that our real estate agents always look forward to because there's no better place in New York to see wildlife than the Adirondacks. 

Encompassing over 6 million acres, Adirondack Park is the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 states, and one of the oldest Forever Wild Forest Preserves in the nation. These spots in the Adirondacks are perfect places to see New York's native wildlife.

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December
27

Winter Carnivals and Events - Adirondack Region - CB Prime Properties

In the Adirondacks, every season is special in its own way. But the mountains really come alive in winter. It's one of our real estate agents' favorite times of year, as the whole region transforms into a winter sports haven and becomes a wonderland of twinkling holiday lights. 

This is also the season that welcomes some of the year's most enjoyable carnivals and events. Be sure to check out these amazing winter carnivals in the Adirondacks this season!

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August
24

You don't need a real estate license to find your dream home, but it does help to become familiar with the real estate jargon you might encounter during the process. When searching for a home or applying for a mortgage, you may hear your real estate agent or lender use any of the terms or acronyms below.

Keep this four-part guide handy — you'll be fluent in the language of home buying before you know it.

When you're searching for a home

  • Approved for short sale: A term that indicates that a homeowner's bank has approved a reduced listing price on a home, and the home is ready for resale.
  • Buyers market: Market conditions that exist when homes for sale outnumber buyers. Homes sit on the market a long time, and prices drop.
  • Comparative market analysis (CMA): An in-depth analysis, prepared by a real estate agent, that determines the estimated value of a home based on recently sold homes of similar condition, size, features and age that are located in the same area.
  • Comps: Or comparable sales, are homes in a given area that have sold within the past six months that a real estate agent uses to determine a home's value.
  • Days on market (DOM): The number of days a property listing is considered active.
  • Listing price: The price of a home, as set by the seller.
  • Multiple listing service (MLS): A database where real estate agents list properties for sale.
  • Sellers market: Market conditions that exist when buyers outnumber homes for sale. Bidding wars are common.
  • Short sale: The sale of a home by an owner who owes more on the home than it's worth. The owner's bank must approve a lower listing price before the home can be sold.

When you're applying for a mortgage

  • Back-end ratio: One of two debt-to-income ratios that a lender analyzes to determine a borrower's eligibility for a home loan. The ratio compares the borrower's monthly debt payments to gross income.
  • Depository institutions: Banks, savings and loans, and credit unions. These institutions underwrite as well as set home loan pricing in-house.
  • Debt-to-income ratio (DTI): A ratio that compares a home buyer's expenses to gross income.
  • Housing ratio: One of two debt-to-income ratios that a lender analyzes to determine a borrower's eligibility for a home loan. The ratio compares total housing cost (principal, homeowners insurance, taxes and private mortgage insurance) to gross income.
  • Loan estimate: A three-page document sent to an applicant three days after they apply for a home loan. The document includes loan terms, monthly payment and closing costs.
  • Loan-to-value ratio (LTV): The amount of the loan divided by the price of the house. Lenders reward lower LTV ratios.
  • Origination fee: A fee, charged by a broker or lender, to initiate and complete the home loan application process.
  • Pre-approval: A thorough assessment of a borrower's income, assets and other data to determine a loan amount they would qualify for. A real estate agent will request a pre-approval or pre-qualification letter before showing a buyer a home.
  • Pre-qualification: A basic assessment of income, assets and credit score to determine what, if any, loan programs a borrower might qualify for. A real estate agent will request a pre-approval or pre-qualification letter before showing a buyer a home.
  • Underwriting: A process a lender follows to assess a home loan applicant's income, assets and credit, and the risk involved in offering the applicant a mortgage.

When you're shopping for a mortgage

  • Conventional loan: A home loan not guaranteed by a government agency, such as the FHA or the VA.
  • Down payment: A certain portion of the home's purchase price that a buyer must pay. A minimum requirement is often dictated by the loan type.
  • Fannie Mae: A government-sponsored enterprise chartered in 1938 to help ensure a reliable and affordable supply of mortgage funds throughout the country.
  • Federal Housing Administration (FHA): A government agency created by the National Housing Act of 1934 that insures loans made by private lenders.
  • FHA 203(k): A rehabilitation loan backed by the federal government that permits homebuyers to finance money into a mortgage to repair, improve or upgrade a home.
  • Foreclosure: A property repossessed by a bank when the owner fails to make mortgage payments.
  • Freddie Mac: A government agency chartered by Congress in 1970 to provide a constant source of mortgage funding for the nation's housing markets.
  • Mortgage broker: A licensed professional who works on behalf of the buyer to secure financing through a bank or other lending institution.
  • Mortgage interest rate: The price of borrowing money. The base rate is set by the Federal Reserve and then customized per borrower, based on credit score, down payment, property type and points the buyer pays to lower the rate.
  • Piggyback loan: A combination of loans bundled to avoid private mortgage insurance. One loan covers 80% of the home's value, another loan covers 10% to 15% of the home's value, and the buyer contributes the remainder.
  • Principal, interest, property taxes and homeowners insurance (PITI): The components of a monthly mortgage payment.
  • Private mortgage insurance (PMI): A fee charged to borrowers who make a down payment that is less than 20% of the home's value. The fee, 0.3% to 1.5% of the yearly loan amount, can be canceled in certain circumstances when the borrower reaches 20% equity.
  • Points: Prepaid interest owed at closing, with one point representing 1% of the loan. Paying points, which are tax deductible, will lower the monthly mortgage payment.

When you've chosen a home

  • American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI): A not-for-profit professional association that sets and promotes standards for property inspections. Look for this accreditation or something similar when shopping for a home inspector.
  • Cash-value policy: A homeowners insurance policy that pays the replacement cost of a home, minus depreciation, should damage occur.
  • Closing costs: Fees associated with the purchase of a home that are due at the end of the sales transaction. Fees may include the appraisal, the home inspection, a title search, a pest inspection and more. Buyers should budget for an amount that is 1% to 3% of the home's purchase price.
  • Contingencies: Conditions written into a home purchase contract that protect the buyer should issue arise with financing, the home inspection, etc.
  • Earnest money: A security deposit made by the buyer to assure the seller of his or her intent to purchase.
  • Escrow account: An account required by a lender and funded by a buyer's mortgage payment to pay the buyer's homeowners insurance and property taxes.
  • Escrow state: A state in which an escrow agent is responsible for closing.
  • Home inspection: A non-destructive visual look at the systems in a building. Inspection occurs when the home is under contract or in escrow.
  • Homeowners insurance: A policy that protects the structure of the home, its contents, injury to others and living expenses should damage occur.
  • In escrow: A period of time (30 days or longer) after a buyer has made an offer on a home and a seller has accepted. During this time, the home is inspected and appraised, and the title searched for liens, etc.
  • Title insurance: Insurance that protects the buyer and lender should an individual or entity step forward with a claim that was attached to the property before the seller transferred legal ownership of the property or "title" to the buyer.
  • Transfer taxes: Fees imposed by the state, county or municipality on transfer of title.
  • Under contract: A period of time (30 days or longer) after a buyer has made an offer on a home and a seller has accepted. During this time, the home is inspected and appraised, and the title is searched for liens, etc.
  • Walkthrough: A buyer's final inspection of a home before closing.

When you own a home

  • Equity: A percentage of the home's value owned by the homeowner.
  • Homeowners Association (HOA): The governing body of a housing development, condo or townhome complex that sets rules and regulations. They charge dues used to maintain common areas.
  • Property tax exemption: A reduction in taxes based on specific criteria, such as installation of a renewable energy system or rehabilitation of a historic home.
  • Tax lien: The government's legal claim against property when the homeowner neglects or fails to pay a tax debt.

Find out what else you can do to prepare for buying a home here.


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August
23

Visiting Catskill Park in New York - CB Prime Properties

Few places in New York offer a chance to get off the beaten path and reconnect with nature quite like the Catskills. Established in 1885, Catskill Park encompasses an incredible 700,000 acres of land, much of it completely open and free for the public to use. 

Catskill Park represents a hub for hiking, camping, fishing, birdwatching, and outdoor pursuits of all kinds. Be sure to check out some of our real estate agents' favorite Catskills destinations as you're getting acquainted with the area!

  • Ashokan Rail Trail - 1285 NY-28, West Hurley, NY 12491
    If you're looking for great trails, you've come to the right place. And while the Ashokan Rail Trail is far from the most challenging trek in the Catskills, it is one of the region's most accessible trails and a great starting point for newcomers. The Ashokan Rail Trail stretches just over 11 miles, following the course of a former railroad line along the shore of Ashokan Reservoir. The trail is open to hiking, mountain biking, dog walking, and horseback riding, and provides stunning views of the mountains.

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March
8

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!

March
8

Capital Region 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!

December
14

Maple Syrup - Capital Region, NY - Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

Did you know New York produces more than 800,000 gallons of maple syrup each year? Show your pride in the Capital Region by celebrating Maple Syrup Day on Thursday, December 17. Enjoy some sweet treats from one of these great maple farms recommended by our real estate agents.

  • Sugar Oak Farms - 50 Atkins Rd., Malta, NY 12020
    While some fathers and sons spend time together playing catch, Erich and Paul bonded over creating maple syrup. Their mutual hobby eventually led to the opening of Sugar Oak Farms, just minutes from Malta homes for sale. The 100 percent pure syrup is also available in sugar form for cooking and as a cream to spread on toast and pastries. Don't leave without a bag of their best-selling maple-coated peanuts. The store is open every Thursday from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., or you can shop 24/7 on their website.

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October
26

Investing in an RV - Homeowners - CB Prime Properties

An RV is a big investment, but it can make a lot of sense for those who want to travel a lot. Traveling in an RV can save as much as two-thirds of the costs of regular travel since you'll be skipping everything from airfare and hotel to expensive restaurant meals all the time. Perhaps even more compelling right now, RV travel is a way to travel without exposing yourself to people and spaces out of your control.

That's not to say that owning an RV is completely carefree. There are a lot of expenses associated with an RV, not to mention a couple of questions you might want to bring up with our real estate agents while you're looking for the sticks-and-bricks home where you'll spend the rest of your time.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to invest in an RV.

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October
12

Fall Getaway - Adirondack Region - CB Prime Properties

There's just nothing quite like the Adirondacks in fall. The mountains roar to life with color this time of year, and the quiet mountain towns of the Adirondacks are prime for a fall getaway. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of our favorite destinations. Whether your idea of a vacation is leaf-peeping, mountain climbing, or sipping craft beer at a local brewery, these ADK towns are the place to be this fall.

September
21

Cheeseburgers in Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

In the classic Saturday Night Live sketch, John Belushi served his "cheeburgers" with Pepsi and chips only. But no matter what you pair yours with, you can't go wrong when you order this classic from one of these Capital area restaurants. Our real estate agents share their favorite destinations for a burger with cheese. 

  • Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern - 185 Old Loudon Rd., Latham, NY 12110
    While Tipsy Moose Tap & Tavern has the comfy ambiance of a cabin in the woods, the popular restaurant is just down the street from Latham homes for sale. The Tipsy Moose serves a casual gourmet menu that's a cut above traditional bar fare. Poutine comes in six different types, while build-your-own-mac-&-cheese includes options such as lobster, brisket, and chipotle chicken. The signature Moose Knuckle, an eight-ounce Angus beef patty topped with Swiss, American, and Cheddar, may be the ultimate cheeseburger. The Tipsy Moose is open daily, with outdoor dining, carry-out, and delivery available.

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September
8

Whitewater Rafting - Adirondack Region - CB Prime Properties

For anyone with a love of nature and a thirst for adventure, the Adirondack region offers one of America's great outdoor playgrounds. It's an extraordinary place for whitewater rafting, with hundreds of miles of prime water, including the headwaters of the mighty Hudson River. 

Our real estate agents in the Adirondacks are excited to share some of their favorite whitewater destinations in the mountains. Be sure to check out these amazing Adirondack whitewater guides and outfitters before planning your next adventure!

  • Beaver Brook Outfitters - 2349 NY-28, Wevertown, NY 12886
    Offering spectacular guided whitewater rafting expeditions on the Hudson River, Beaver Brook Outfitters is a great place to start when you're ready to experience the wild side of the Adirondacks. Of course, not every trip has to be an adrenaline-fueled thrill ride. They also lead flatwater kayak and canoe trips, so there are options for every skill and experience level. Beaver Brook Outfitters is headquartered in Wevertown, NY, just minutes from these Warren County homes for sale.

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August
10

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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July
13

Campgrounds - Catskill Region - CB Prime Properties

This year, many people are rethinking their summer plans, but, don't worry, you don't have to cancel your vacation altogether. With the safety of traveling by air and staying in hotels still in question, a "stay-cation" will be the solution for most families. Luckily, there are a ton of great campgrounds in the Catskill Region.

When they're not helping clients find the perfect property, our real estate agents often enjoy packing up their RVs or even heading out for a primitive tent camping adventure. Here are a few of the top local campgrounds that they like to frequent.

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June
22

Ice Cream Shops - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! 

Nothing says summer fun like a sweet treat from a local ice cream shop. When it comes to choosing flavors, do you prefer the standard chocolate and vanilla, or are you more of an adventurous type? The debate rages on among many of our real estate agents!

Those who like to live life on the edge have discovered some great local vendors who carry creative ice cream flavors. National Creative Flavors Ice Cream Day is coming up soon, so now is a great time to start exploring some of these local favorites.

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June
15

Fly Fishing - Catskill Region - CB Prime Properties

This month offers some of the greatest fishing opportunities of the year in the Catskills region. With dozens of clear mountain lakes and seemingly endless river and stream miles, the Catskills are a genuine paradise for New York fly fishermen. 

National Go Fishing Day is coming right up on June 18th, and New York's Free Fishing Weekend is just a week later on the 27th and 28th. The latter are some of the only dates of the year you can hit the water in New York without a fishing license. If you're in the mood for a fly fishing adventure this June, be sure to check out some of our real estate agents' favorite fishing destinations in the Catskill Mountains.

  • Beaverkill River - Roscoe, NY 12776
    The Catskills are often credited as the birthplace of North American fly fishing, and the Beaverkill River is one of the streams in this region that's been challenging anglers for centuries. To test your own fly-fishing skills, head to the tiny village of Roscoe, nicknamed "Trout Town, USA." This is where the Beaverkill and Willowemoc meet at a legendary confluence known to local fly fishers as Junction Pool. You'll find ample riverbank access in town, as well as several excellent fly shops and outfitters just footsteps from these lovely Roscoe homes for sale.

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June
1

Fire Pit Safety Tips - CB Prime Properties

Summer is just a few short days away. Our real estate agents understand that you are eager to get outside and enjoy some fresh air and relaxing evenings around the fire. We're right there with you, and we want you to have a fun, enjoyable, and safe time. While fire pits are pleasant additions to any backyard, it's essential to follow these safety tips to ensure that your relaxing evening doesn't end with a trip to an emergency room.

  • Watch what you burn. Don't burn pressure-treated wood, plastics, or garbage in the fire pit. These contain toxic chemicals that can lead to respiratory problems, cancers, and a host of unpleasant side effects.

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January
6

Capital Region Pizza Shops - CB Prime Properties

Who says you can't eat pizza for every meal? National Pizza Week 2020 runs from January 12th through the 18th, and you'd better believe that our real estate agents are going to order slice after slice of deliciousness as much as we can. Looking for the best pizza around the Capital Region? Check out these seven spots for the perfect pie!

  1. Sovrana's — 63 North Lake Ave., Albany, NY 11206
    Kick your National Pizza Week off with award-winning pies from Sovrana's. This pizzeria is also a bakery and deli, so you can rest assured that every roll of dough and piece of meat is as fresh as can be. Pop in for one of their "gooey slices of divine bliss" after you've worked up an appetite browsing Albany homes for sale.

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December
2

Holiday Light Displays - CB Prime Properties

There's no doubt that the holiday season is one of the most wonderful times of the year when you call Upstate New York home, and local light displays are a big reason why. The tradition of light shows in our area dates back decades, creating enchanting family memories and helping locals get into the holiday spirit. This year is no exception, with legendary holiday light shows taking place across a wide variety of local communities. Our real estate agents are ready to ring in the holidays, and we've got the details on the best holiday light displays to visit around Upstate New York.

Holiday Light Displays Around Upstate New York

  • Price Chopper/Market 32 Holiday Lights – Washington Park – State and Willet Streets, Albany, NY 12210
    With a history that includes more than 30 years of spectacular light shows, the Price Chopper/Market 32 Holiday Lights is the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit close to Albany homes for sale. Take a scenic drive through the park to see all of the lights, then visit the Washington Park Lakehouse to enjoy crafts, refreshments, and meetings with Santa.

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November
4

Fall Races - Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

Lace up your running shoes! Fall is upon us, which means it's a great time to participate in these fun Thanksgiving turkey trots in the Albany, NY area. We're always excited to get out and enjoy a brisk run in the crisp fall air, and our real estate agents look forward to hitting the pavement with you this season!

  • Girls on the Run Capital Region 5K - 1 Quay St., Albany, NY 12207
    On Saturday, November 23, the Capital Region's annual Girls on the Run 5K returns to Albany, benefiting a great non-profit organization that motivates and encourages girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles. Registration is now open for individuals and teams of all ages. The event gets started at Jennings Landing, just minutes from Albany homes for sale, and offers a great view of the city along its 3.1-mile course.

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September
30

Upstate New York Parks for Fall Hikes - CB Prime Properties

Fall is in the air, and that means fun for everyone—including our real estate agents. That's right: It's time for some of the most brilliant fall foliage anywhere in America!

Upstate New York has acres and acres of forest for leaf peepers to tromp through in search of the perfect fall foliage. From one corner of the state to the other, you'll find plenty of parks to choose from. That includes state, national, and even some wonderful city parks.

In upstate New York, the peak of the fall foliage season varies slightly:

  • Adirondack Mountains and Catskills: Last two weeks of September.
  • Allegheny Region: Last week of September and the first week of October.
  • Finger Lakes Area: First two weeks of October.

Exact dates can vary from year to year, but the best places to enjoy the show remain consistent.

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September
9

Adirondack Balloon Festival - Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

Get ready to look up in awe—the annual Adirondack Balloon Festival returns for its 47th year this fall. Taking place September 19 –22, hot air balloonists from all corners of the country will fly high and fill the skies across Glens Falls and Queensbury. Our real estate agents encourage you and your family to join us for this unbelievable event. 

47th Annual Adirondack Balloon Festival

Since the 1970s, Warren County has hosted a festival like no other in the region. The first few years of the festival took place at what is now SUNY Adirondack's campus before moving to the Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport. Named one of the Top 100 events in the country, this spectacular celebration draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. With four days of family-friendly activities, the Adirondack Balloon Festival is the can't-miss event of the fall.

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September
9

Fall Fun in Albany, NY - Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

Fall is a fantastic time to call Albany's Capital Region home, and the foliage is just the start! Whether you're searching for outdoor fun, delicious dining, or fun festivals, you'll find countless ways to enjoy the season in local communities. Our real estate agents have the details on eight ways to celebrate fall fun in Albany's Capital Region.

  1. Clifton Park Farm Fest – One Town Hall Plaza, Clifton Park 12065
    Looking for family fun close to Clifton Park homes for sale? Head to the annual Clifton Park Farm Fest, where you can explore local farms, learn about agriculture, and have a great time in the process. This is a free event, and a great chance to get to know the community.

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August
19

New York Labor Day Events
Our REALTORS®
know the importance of celebrating the last days of summer. Labor Day marks the changing of the seasons, but it doesn't have to be the end of fun!

Visit the Albany area, and you'll find plenty of enjoyable things to see and do on Labor Day weekend. Outdoor activities are especially popular as the weather is cool, but not yet chilly.

From exhibition games to hard-fought tournaments, cultural events to concerts under the stars, Albany has a little bit of everything this Labor Day season. With so many towns and cities around the region planning something special, it's bound to be another great year.

The only question is this: Which terrific events will you choose to attend?

Say goodbye to summer in style with some of these exciting happenings:

  1. Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys – 4 Clinton Square, Albany, NY 12207
    Albany homes for sale are near some of the best music venues in the Capital District, including McGeary's pub. Known for Irish "pub grub" and decor, McGeary's is also celebrated for weekly live music. This Labor Day, you're invited to enjoy Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys. This musical ensemble recalls the bluegrass sounds of Louisiana in the 1960s.

  2. Labor Day at Mountain Ridge Adventure – 300 Weatherwax Road, Schenectady, NY 12302
    Schenectady homes for sale aren't far from popular Mountain Ridge Adventure, the treetop challenge course and zip line park that's fun for all ages. The annual Labor Day get-together will include a mouth-watering barbecue along with access to zip lines and the adventure park. Young adventurers can cross a 500-foot gorge and zoom to a maximum height of 70 feet.

  3. Capital District Scottish Games – 129 Grand Street, Altamont, NY 12009
    Altamont homes for sale are within reach of the famous Capital District Scottish Games at the Altamont Fairgrounds. These classic highlands games will wow you with events such as caber tossing and the pipe band competition. Naturally, lavish Scottish cuisine will be served. This is the 42nd year of the Games, which draw about 12,000 visitors annually.

  4. BringIt and SwingIt Labor Day Tournament –  6363 Frenchs Mill Road, Guilderland Center, NY 12085
    The 77th Annual BringIt and SwingIt Labor Day Tournament, minutes from Guilderland homes for sale, is a kids' baseball tournament featuring a minimum four games. Held in Roger Keenholts Park, it showcases the talents of players aged eight and up. Each player will get a gift, free hot dog, and beverage. It's sure to be a memorable time for these young athletes!

  5. Tri-City Valley WildCats vs. Vermont Lake Monsters – 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY 12180
    Troy homes for sale are at the center of the action when the End of Summer Bash brings together Minor League Baseball rivals: The Tri-City Valley WildCats vs. Vermont Lake Monsters. You'll have the perfect way to spend your Labor Day starting at 3 p.m. on Monday, September 2. Located at the historic Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, it's sure to be a fun time for all!

Whether it's the height of summer or its waning days, CB Prime Properties is here for you.

We have helped home buyers find the perfect home here in the Capital District. Our years of experience and exceptional customer service make the process easier. 

Contact us today and discover everything Albany has to offer.

August
5

Albany Book Lovers Libraries, Bookstores, Groups

Libraries, Bookstores & Literacy Groups in Albany

What could be better than settling down in a shady spot on a warm, late-summer day with one of your favorite books? That is how many of our Albany residents will spend August 9--National Book Lovers Day

We're fortunate here in Albany because we have loads of libraries and bookstores to find the perfect read. We also have a variety of literacy groups working in the area to share your passion and help others discover a love of reading. Our real estate agents are here to help you enjoy this fun, educational holiday, with a guide to celebrating National Book Lovers Day around Albany.

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July
22

Upstate New York Food Trucks
Going mobile may be the best trend to hit the restaurant business in the last 20 years. Today, food trucks bring convenience and variety to diners all around the country. Expand your culinary horizons with the wide range of items served up at these great food trucks in upstate New York recommended by our real estate agents.

  1. Slidin' Dirty - 9 1st St., Troy, NY 12180
    Sliders date back to the 1920s with White Castle, but the new millennium ushered in a craze for these downsized burgers that shows no signs of letting up. Slidin' Dirty takes sliders to a new level with upscale versions like the Dirty Ninja with sautéed bok choy, shiitake mushrooms, scallions, and Asian mustard. In 2014 Slidin' Dirty opened their first brick-and-mortar restaurant near Troy homes for sale, but the popular truck continues to make appearances at streets and events around the Capital area.

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July
15

Ice Cream Shops Around Albany
Summer is here, and that means boating, swimming, and, of course, celebrating National Ice Cream Day on July 21 with a scoop or two of your favorite frozen treat!  If your craving for this cool concoction rests somewhere between hard ice cream and Italian ice, there is no need to worry when you move to Albany.  Your new hometown can fill the bill (or waffle cone) with some of the best ice cream shops in Upstate New York. Our real estate agents take a quick look at some of their favorite spots around the Albany.

  1. Emack & Bolios - 366 Delaware Ave, Albany, NY 12209 
    For over ten years, Emack & Bolio's has been delighting visitors with their "out of this world" ice cream. This combination ice cream parlor and coffee house is open year-round and often has live music both indoors and outdoors.

    When you're ready to take a break from exploring Albany homes for sale, this is the perfect spot to kick back and relax. Enjoy candy-covered waffle cones, frozen espresso, or an award-winning smoothie while chilling at one of the outdoor garden tables. The cozy indoor dining area also offers free WiFi, and there's a fireplace for those chilly nights. No matter what the season, you can feel comfortable settling in for hours at a time!
  1. Scoups - 566 Albany Shaker Rd, Loudonville, NY 12211
    Not far from some of the best Loudonville homes for sale, popular ice cream shop Scoups is always a great bet. From homemade hard ice cream and Italian ice to soft serve, Frogurt, and orange sherbert, this shop has something for everyone. Keep it simple or go all out with candy toppings, milkshakes, or a decadent specialty sundae. 

  2. Jims Tastee Freez - 58 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054
    Since it originally opened in 1963, classic ice cream and hot dog shop Jim's Tastee Freez has been a favorite among locals. Here you'll find ice cream, shakes, floats, sundaes, and slushies. Want something more substantial? Add a chili cheese dog and make it a meal!  Before you head home for the day, we recommend taking a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Delmar homes for sale
  1. Control Tower - 1050 Troy Schenectady Rd, Latham, NY 12110 
    Nothing says summer adventure like spending the day at Control Tower! Not only will you find 60 flavors of ice cream, sundaes, and more, you can also enjoy the batting cages, go-karts, and mini golf! This is the perfect place to take the entire family for a day of summer fun. While you're in the area, don't miss the opportunity to check out a few of the nearby Latham homes for sale, you won't regret it!  

  2. Plum Dandy Frozen Yogurt - 419 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
    Whenever our agents are in the area showing clients Saratoga Springs homes for sale, they love stopping by Plum Dandy Frozen Yogurt. Since their treats are a little bit healthier than regular ice cream, we can enjoy it often without guilt! Our favorite flavors are the cake batter and dutch chocolate.  You can't stop by Plum Dandy without picking up a cup of famous Utica Coffee to go with your treat. Not only is it delicious, but it'll give you a kick-start and help you power through your day! 

Not only is summer the perfect time to enjoy outdoor adventures, but it's also prime home buying time. Are you ready to find a sweet deal on the home of your dreams? Contact us today to get started

July
8

Upstate New York Golf Courses
Whether you're looking for an affordable, local course, a championship-quality layout, or anything in between, Upstate New York has something for every golfer.

Our area's beautiful, natural scenery provides the perfect backdrop for playing 18 holes, and the unique layout of the land makes for a rewarding, challenging experience on the links. Our real estate agents are here with five of our top choices for golf courses in our local communities.

  1. Western Turnpike Golf Course – 2350 Western Ave., Guilderland, NY 12084
    Looking for an excellent course close to Guilderland homes for sale? Be sure to visit Western Turnpike Golf Course, a popular local spot for more than 80 years. Western Turnpike is a 27-hole championship layout, suitable for players of all experience levels, with affordable rates and a full selection of practice facilities. The course was established in 1930 and is operated today by the Guilderland Department of Parks and Recreation.

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June
10

Albany Father's Day
Have you made plans for Father's Day yet? If not, don't worry! There are a ton of fun things for Dads to do in Albany. 

To help inspire you, our REALTORS® have created a list of their favorite ways to spend Father's Day. Choose a couple of activities from the list, and you'll be well on your way to planning a Father's Day weekend he won't soon forget. 

  1. Golfing at Capital Hills at Albany Golf Course: 65 O'Neil Rd, Albany, NY 12208
    What better way to start the morning than by getting out and enjoying a round of golf with Dad? Capital Hills at Albany golf course offers picturesque views and a challenging course that's appropriate for all skill levels. It's also home to the area's largest driving range. Spots will fill up fast on Father's Day, so make sure you reserve your tee time early. Plan to take the scenic route home so you can get a look at some of the gorgeous Albany homes for sale near the golf course. 

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May
27

Catskill Region Getaways

How do you want to spend your summer? Floating in the middle of a lake? Becoming one with nature during a trail hike? Casting a fishing line — and your worries — into the river? Our REALTORS® believe that the Catskill Mountain area of New York is the perfect place for an outdoor getaway that has enough attractions and activities to fill your summer with relaxation and adventure.

  1. Belleayre Mountain Ski Center – 181 Galli Curci Rd., Highmount, NY 12441 
    You don't need snow to have fun in the sun at Belleayre! The Belleayre Beach is your destination for swimming, fishing and playing from sunup to sundown. The surrounding trails are great for hiking, dog walking, mountain biking and filling your lungs with the fresh air you won't find in the city. Take a scenic gondola ride to the top and have a quiet picnic as you gaze at this astounding view of the Catskill Mountains. Summers at Belleayre will make you want to move into Fleischmanns homes for sale as soon as possible.

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May
20

New York Memorial Day Events

Memorial Day is a special holiday that honors the men and women who died while serving in the United States military. Although the federal holiday itself was not made official until the 1970s, the observance of a national Decoration Day on May 30th began in the 1880s to honor those who had lost their lives in the Civil War. Memorial Day was made a federal holiday in 1971 with its observance moved to the last Monday in the month of May.

This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 27th, and our REALTORS® encourage you to celebrate the weekend at one of the many events around Albany and Saratoga Springs.

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April
22

Albany Tulip Festival Returns
2019 Albany Tulip Festival Returns Mother's Day Weekend

The sweet smell of spring has finally returned to Albany! As the official flower of Albany, it comes as no surprise that our townspeople have been celebrating its delicate beauty for over seventy years. Our REALTORS® look forward to the Albany Tulip Festival and enjoy spending the weekend with our family, friends, and neighbors at the historic Washington Park. If you happen to be in the area looking at quaint Albany homes for sale, we encourage you to join us for a weekend of flowers, food, and fun.

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April
15

Kingston NY Rondout Lighthouse
Most of New York's lighthouses stand watch over rugged stretches of the Atlantic coast, but for sailors on their way back and forth from inland ports in the 19th century, the currents of the Hudson River could be equally treacherous. The Rondout Lighthouse has guided ships to safe harbor in the Kingston area for over a century, and our REALTORS® consider it to be one of the city's most treasured historic landmarks. 

Kingston's Guiding Light

The Rondout Lighthouse stands watch over the mouth of Rondout Creek on the Hudson River, a major deepwater port during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It's the third lighthouse to mark that particular spot. The first, a wooden lighthouse built in 1837, was severely damaged in a storm and later replaced by a sturdier stone lighthouse in 1867. This second lighthouse was later abandoned and torn down – only its foundation remains today – and replaced by the Rondout Lighthouse in 1915.

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April
1

Clifton Park New York Families
Home is where the heart is — a phrase our REALTORS® hold dearly. A home is where your family grows and where the precious moments of everyday life blossom into memories you'll cherish for the rest of your lives. Home truly is where your heart is and we believe that finding your dream home in the perfect neighborhood helps you raise a loving and caring family.

As you search for your next New York home, we encourage you to take a few days to tour some wonderful Clifton Park homes for sale. Slightly south of the Saratoga Springs area, Clifton Park is one of our favorite towns in the Capital Region. Our REALTORS® invite you to come and explore these charming neighborhoods and discover why Clifton Park is a great place to raise your family.

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