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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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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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October
11

Fall Motorcycle Rides - Adirondack Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

There are no bad seasons in the Adirondacks. You can ski in the winter, swim in the summer, and go for a hike just about any time. But fall is, without a doubt, our real estate agents' favorite time to take a scenic drive. 

With the leaves at peak color and the cool fall air on your face, the open road brings adventure and beauty to the mountains. There are our favorite routes in the Adirondacks for a fall motorcycle ride!

  • NY State Route 30 - Northville, NY 12134
    Beginning in the community of Northville at the southern edge of the Adirondacks, NY State Route 9 arcs northward through some of the most beautiful scenery in New York. The beginning of the route is convenient to many Northville homes for sale, and the road will carry you through dense forests, cozy mountain communities, and along the picturesque shoreline of Indian Lake. The route has been nicknamed the Adirondack Trail, and you can follow it to the Canadian border if you're so inclined.

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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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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!

March
8

Unique Museums - Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

Interested in learning about Irish American history, or perhaps seeing World War II ship that's the only one of its kind moored in U.S. waters? The Capital Region has plenty of unique museums that provide a great way to spend an afternoon having fun while learning about a wide variety of topics.

Our real estate agents suggest visiting some of the following museums around the Albany area:

  1. USS Slater – 1 Quay St., Albany, NY 12202
    The USS Slater is a restored Destroyer Escort, a type of ship that played an important role in World War II. Among other important duties, it protected convoys traveling across the Atlantic from U-boat attacks. It's the only one of these ships that remains afloat in the U.S. One-hour guided tours – which let you walk the decks and even aim weaponry – start every 30 minutes, so you won't have to wait long for the next one to start when you arrive.

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October
19

Scary Stories - Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

October is the ideal time to explore the settings of local ghost stories, and the Capital Region of NY has many spooky tales to discover. You can explore supposedly haunted places on your own or sign up for an organized tour to hear the stories of ghostly encounters.

Our real estate agents share these scary stories and ghostly tours around the Capital Region.

  1. The New York State Capitol Building – Albany, NY 12207
    The New York State Capitol Building, located near Albany homes for sale, looks like a gothic cathedral or castle, so it's not surprising that it's associated with many ghostly happenings. The capitol supposedly had a ghostly origin when a curse was put on the building by stone carvers. Legend has it that you can see a demon face across from room 174 and hear the jingling keys of a night watchman, who died in a fire in the building's library hallway in 1911. Capitol Hauntings Tours are held in October if you'd like to hear more tales and hope to spot a ghost.

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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
24

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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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
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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October
7

Haunted Houses & Ghost Stories -Upstate New York - CB Prime Properties

Our real estate agents at Coldwell Banker Prime Properties know loving your home goes beyond what's on the property. You want a community that offers exactly the environment you dream of living in. For many growing families, that includes kid-friendly holiday fun.

Halloween is one of those holidays that seem to start all over again as soon as they finish, and kids never tire of the spooky excitement. What you might not know is that upstate New York will give you the chance to enjoy Halloween like never before. Our area has plenty of haunted houses—both the fictional and real kind! Let's take a closer look at spine-chilling shenanigans for Halloween:

  1. Erie Canal Museum – 318 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse, NY 13202
    By day, the Erie Canal Museum remains one of the top museums focused on local history. As owners of Syracuse homes for sale may know, however, it transforms by night into a veritable hotbed of ghost sightings, complete with a range of guided tours.

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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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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.

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
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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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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May
6

New York State Wineries
Ladies and gentlemen, our REALTORS® would like to make a toast to National Wine Day! On May 25th, adults throughout the region will gather together and share their appreciation for the bold and balanced wines that help us truly unwind. We've gathered a list of seven local vineyards that will fill your National Wine Day with bliss. So raise a glass and celebrate National Wine Day with our REALTORS® at one of these wonderful wineries around the Albany/Saratoga Springs area!

  1. Altamont Vineyard & Winery – 3001 Furbeck Rd., Altamont, NY 12009
    Fine wine, food, and farming — the folks at Altamont Vineyard & Winery pride themselves on their hand-crafted tastes. Just a quick minute from spacious Altamont homes for sale, the Altamont Vineyard offers seasonal tours and tastings to make your National Wine Day amazing.

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April
29

Albany NY - The Egg

The Egg is a venue like no other. Nestled in the heart of Albany's Empire State Plaza, it's an architectural marvel, and one of the must-see attractions in the New York State Capital. If you're in the area looking for Albany homes for sale, be sure to check out this one-of-a-kind attraction. Once you've visited The Egg - Center for the Performing Arts, you won't find a more spectacular setting for a concert or event. 

The Egg - An Albany Landmark

Our REALTORS® often get asked about the best attractions in Albany, and while there is a lot to choose from, The Egg is always near the top of the list. Not only does its unique design make it an unmistakable focal point of the Albany landscape, but once you're inside one of The Egg's two performance spaces, you'll find a world-class venue with not a single bad seat in the house.

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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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