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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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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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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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Bourbon Bars - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

The Capital Region has become known for its dining and drinking culture over the past few years. If you're a bourbon lover, then you're in luck: There are several craft distillers and bourbon bars in and around Albany. While you're in the area looking at Albany homes for sale, we highly recommend stopping by one of these destinations for a drink, a tasting, and perhaps even a tour.

  1. Albany Distilling Company: 75 Livingston Ave., Albany, NY 12207
    Albany Distilling Company is a small craft distillery that creates spirits using a combination of traditional and modern methods. They make their own rum and vodka, but they're particularly well known for their bourbon whiskey. It's 43% ABV and aged for 48 months.

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Margarita Day Around Albany - CB Prime Properties

There's a reason why so many musicians have written songs about margaritas: They're fun and delicious! If their popularity in music and pop culture isn't enough reason to enjoy a margarita, then a holiday certainly is. February 22, 2022, is National Margarita Day. Whether you prefer yours on the rocks, frozen, or with a generous portion of strawberry syrup, there are plenty of places to order a margarita in the Albany area. Here are a few bars and restaurants our real estate agents recommend.

  • Margarita City: 1118 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12205
    Margarita City has the word "margarita" in its name, so you can bet their drinks are tasty. This locally owned restaurant has a lively vibe. The bar is always bustling, and the big game is usually playing on TV. Margarita City has a whole menu of so-called Famous Margaritas. The House Lime Margarita can be ordered frozen or on the rocks. Another good choice is the Jalapeno Margarita, which is made with jalapeno nectar. Pair your drink with an order of tacos or a dip to share, and you're in for a fun evening.

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Igloo Dining - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

As the threat of COVID continues to loom, outdoor dining is more popular than ever. There are plenty of Albany homes for sale near outdoor dining establishments. However, eating outside seems like a tricky proposition when the weather is cold. Fortunately, there's a rather ingenious solution: igloos. Several restaurants around Albany allow you to reserve a personal, heated igloo in which to dine. Here's where you can find them.

  • Fenimore's Pub - 88 Ridge St., Glens Falls, NY 12801
    Fenimore's Pub
    is attached to the Queensbury Hotel, which has stood near Glens Falls homes for sale for over a hundred years. Igloos have become a staple of their outdoor dining experience during the colder months. Reserve one for up to six people, with a $25 rental fee, and enjoy delicious food and cocktails. You can reserve igloo dining in the evening any day of the week or for lunch on weekends. Be sure to specify igloo dining when you call for your reservation.

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Dog Training - Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

January is National Train Your Dog Month, so why not start the new year with some Albany-area classes for you and your pup? Professional training can help puppies develop good habits and help adult dogs overcome behavioral issues.
Our real estate agents suggest taking your dog for training at one of these places around the Capital Region.

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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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Pastry Shops Around the Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

Pastry Day is December 9, so it's the perfect chance to indulge in our favorite tasty treats. Everyone has a favorite type of pastry, which is why they're such a good choice for any celebration. With the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to start ordering your favorites. Our real estate agents share five local bakeshops around the Capital Region.

  • Zachary's Pastry Shoppe - 54 State St., Albany, NY 12207
    For some of the best pastry trays in the Albany area, check out Zachary's Pastry Shoppe near downtown. Their famous trays include mini cannoli, cream puffs, eclairs, cheesecakes, mousse tarts, and more. They also serve a wide range of cakes, pies, and cupcakes. Zachary's is a great stop for a sweet treat or a holiday platter of pastries. Best of all, it's just down the road from these Albany homes for sale.

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Holiday Shop Local - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

This holiday season, shopping small is more important than ever! Our real estate agents love exploring local shops and sharing their finds with new residents.

Whether you decide to wait for Small Business Saturday or you're ready to start your shopping now, we recommend paying a visit to these nearby retailers. 

  • T&J Handcrafted Soap: 271 River St., Troy, NY 12180
    Handmade soaps make great stocking stuffers, gifts for coworkers, or additions to larger gift baskets. At T&J Handcrafted Soap, you'll find over 40 different varieties of soap. Some are made from local beer, wine, and tea! They also have a selection of other body products — like fizzies, soaks, lotions, and hand-poured soy candles.  

    This shop is located near some of the best Troy homes for sale, so we recommend taking a drive around after you're done shopping. You never know, you just might come across your dream home.

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Cappuccino Around Albany, NY - CB Prime Properties

Cappuccinos are one of the most popular coffee drinks and are well known for their combination of espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. They're comforting yet strong and can be enjoyed in many coffee shops, cafes, and restaurants in the area.
Our real estate agents suggest celebrating Cappuccino Day - which falls on November 8 - by visiting one of the following cafes or other venues in the Albany area:

  • Stacks Espresso Bar 260 Lark St., Albany, NY 12210 
    The owners of Stacks Espresso Bar take pride in creating a cafe and community space that's a friendly and accessible place to enjoy your cappuccino or other coffee drink. Located just around the corner from Albany homes for sale, it features coffee from diverse roasters to serve unique, delicious coffees. Order your 8- or 12-ounce richly-textured cappuccino with a soy or almond milk alternative if you'd prefer, and treat yourself to a tasty treat to enjoy alongside your drink.

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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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Capital Region Bakeries for Cinnamon Rolls - CB Prime Properties

October 4th is National Cinnamon Bun Day. What better excuse to indulge in a warm, gooey treat filled with rich spices and topped drizzled with melty glaze? You could go to the store and get a tube of pre-made cinnamon rolls to bake up. Or you could indulge yourself a little by going to a local bakery or cafe that sells them fresh, hot, and homemade. The only question is, where do you find one? You've just moved to the area and don't know where things are. There are plenty of Albany homes for sale, but where do you go for cinnamon rolls near those homes? We've got your back. Here are five local cinnamon rolls you need to try in the Capital Region.

  1. Rolly-Poly Buns & Stuff - 30 Davis Ave., Albany, NY 12203.
    Open from 4-10 pm on weekdays, and 11 am-10 pm on weekends, Rolly-Poly Buns & Stuff is a home bakery specializing in cinnamon buns and apple fritters, baked fresh in a cast-iron skillet. From simple flavors like classic cinnamon, maple pecan, and Ukrainian walnut to their "bougie buns" like lemon cardamom and pineapple upside-down, there's truly not a bad bun in the bunch. Buns are sold individually or in batches of five or 10 and must be ordered online, at least one day in advance.

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Shake Month - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

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

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

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Classic Car Shows - Albany, NY - CB Prime Properties

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

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

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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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Wood-Fired Pizza - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

Crispy crust, flavorful sauce, unique toppings – could anything be more delicious than wood-fired pizza? There's just something about baking it in a high-temp, wood-fired oven that makes pizza even more incredible. The Albany area is home to a few great restaurants that serve wood-fired pizza. Here are the ones our real estate agents recommend visiting for a tasty experience. 

  • Bacchus Wood-Fired: 33 2nd St., Troy, NY 12180
    Bacchus Wood-Fired
    is a great restaurant to stop by when you're looking at Troy homes for sale. Their slogan is "Antique Pizza in an Antique Town," and indeed, their food has a very traditional flair. Their pizza oven is shaped like a Bacchus sculpture and was created by artist Brian McCandless.

    A favorite at Bacchus is the Cheese Trigeminous, which comes topped with feta, mozzarella, and Romano cheeses. They do offer a "make your own" option, along with a selection of salads, wood-fired wings, and specialty pastas.

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Yoga Classes - Albany, NY - CB Prime Properties

Namaste! June 21st marks International Yoga Day – a day to celebrate the physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental prowess that yoga has brought to the world stage. Whether you do it to achieve inner peace, alleviate stress, or get in a great workout, yoga is a therapeutic activity for your body, mind, and soul. There are plenty of yoga studios in the Capital Region of New York, offering every conceivable style of yoga. The classes range from soothing to intense, so you're sure to find something for your skill level. Our real estate agents have rounded up the best yoga classes in the Capital Region, where you can stretch, bend, relax your mind, and find balance on International Yoga Day. Check out these yoga studios, grab your mat, and have a zen day.

  • Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts ­- 747 Madison Ave., Albany, NY 12208
    Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts is one of the most highly-regarded yoga studios in the Capital Region.  Opened in 1998, this Albany-based studio offers yoga, healing arts, and meditation classes from a broad range of traditions. They have a calm, relaxing, and tranquil setting to ensure everyone achieves mind-body balance in every class. Heartspace's yoga classes include Hath yoga, Ashtanga primary series practice, Jivamukti yoga, gentle flow, Vinyasa yoga, Kundalini yoga, and Kripalu yoga. These beautiful Albany homes for sale are just a short drive away.

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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!


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!


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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Takeout for Valentine's Day - CB Prime Properties

If it seems like there is a little bit of extra love in the air this week, it could be a sign that Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Whether you're planning to celebrate with a significant other or hangout with friends and family, Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to show your love for the important people in your life.

Health and safety restrictions might make it a little more challenging to plan a fun night out his year, but many of our favorite local restaurants are offering romantic Valentine's Day dinners to-go. If you haven't set your holiday plans, our real estate agents recommend a romantic candlelight dinner at home with takeout from one of these Albany restaurants.

  • Jack's Oyster House - 42 State St, Albany, NY 12207
    If you're near downtown Albany, Jack's Oyster House is offering takeout and curbside service this Valentine's Day. The takeout menu, which is posted every Monday, features a three-course meal with your choice of two appetizers, two entrees, and a dessert. Takeout orders are accepted until Thursday at noon and pickup times are from 5 to 7 pm Thursday through Sunday. After grabbing dinner, be sure to take a look at some of these Albany homes for sale nearby.

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Cheese Shops Around Albany - CB Prime Properties

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

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

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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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Coffee Shops Around Catskill Region - CB Prime Properties

The Catskill Region is famous for its wild mountain scenery, and we think those mountains look their best first thing in the morning as the fog is lifting, with a hot cup of coffee in your hand. It's perfect. 

National Espresso Day is coming right up on November 23. In honor of the occasion, our real estate agents are delighted to share some of their favorite coffee shops in the Catskills. 

  • Bluestone Coffee Roasting Company - 138 Partition St., Saugerties, NY 12477
    Bluestone Coffee Roasting Company offers a tremendous variety of coffees roasted to perfection in-house, as well as some of the best lattes in the Catskills.  The shop also has a warm, welcoming ambiance that makes you want to sit and sip a while. The baristas at Bluestone can always be counted on to deliver a rich, smooth espresso or an expertly-crafted cup of coffee. A stone's throw from these Saugerties homes for sale, Bluestone Roasters also have a great outdoor patio and a menu of tasty baked goods and brunch staples.

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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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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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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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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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Farmers Markets - Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is essential for good health. As we head into summer, shop the best selection of produce at these popular markets near Albany homes for sale.  

  • Troy Waterfront Farmers Market - Russell Sage College, 1st St. & Division St., Troy, NY 12180
    "Waterfront" may not be applicable right now, but Troy Waterfront Farmers Market is ready to continue serving customers. TWFM's temporary location in a parking lot at Russell Sage College, just minutes from Troy homes for sale, includes up to 25 of their top vendors of meat and seafood, produce, and specialty foods. Visit the website to sign up for a 20-minute slot on Saturdays between 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., with the first half-hour reserved for first responders and the elderly. Walk-ups will be permitted as time and space allow. If you prefer, order online for Sunday pickup at Carioto Produce.

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Wine Bars - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

If wine improves with age, do we improve with wine? Explore the answer to that question on Tuesday, February 18, National Drink Wine Day, with a visit to one of these delightful Capital Region wine bars recommended by our real estate agents.

  • The Shaker & Vine - 221 Harborside Drive, Schenectady 12305
    Self-serve wine bar—need we say more? The Shaker & Vine is the first establishment to bring this amazing concept to the Capital Region and Schenectady homes for sale. Sample any of the 50 wine varieties served from temperature-controlled, push-button dispensers as the convenient tasting card keeps your tab. If that's not enough to tempt you, how about luscious treats such as a chocolate fondue flight or caramel dip board? Shaker & Vine is open 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - midnight Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.

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Chocolate Shops & Florists - Capital Region - CB Prime Properties

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, many men and women will be faced with a decision — do you get the one you love flowers or chocolate? Our real estate agents have a simple solution: get them both! A fresh bouquet of flowers paired with a delectable box of chocolates creates an unforgettable gift that your special someone will love. Best of all, the variety of chocolate and bouquets available lets you customize each gift set for your family members, friends, and loved ones. Visit these Capital Region florists and chocolate shops to make Valentine's Day extraordinary.

Florists Around the Capital Region

  • The Posie Peddler — 92 West Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
    Schrades Posie Peddler has a history dating back to Schrades Flowers in 1910. The Posie Peddler, opened in 1974 as a continuation of Schrades' flower shop greenhouses, is located in the old red schoolhouse just feet from vintage Saratoga Springs homes for sale and has a stunning selection of flowers ready to send to your loved ones.

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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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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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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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New York Labor Day Events
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.


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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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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