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Choosing Outdoor Furniture - CB Prime Properties

Many of our Albany homes for sale boast spacious gardens and lovely back yards. When the bright blue skies and lush green lawns of Indian summer beckon you to heat the grill, you'll want to enjoy your feast on comfortable furniture. If yours is looking a little worse for wear, it may be a good time to replace it during the sales that typically take place in August and September. With so many options from which to choose, it makes sense to consider your lifestyle to determine what styles and materials are best suited to your needs. 

Vintage Patio Sets

If you're fortunate enough to find a garden set that is 50-70 years old, there are several repair shops in Albany that can breathe new life into it for a reasonable price. Or, if you prefer, you can refurbish it yourself with a little elbow grease and fresh paint. Don't hesitate to brighten up your pieces with new pillows. Can't find an authentic set? You can easily find newly manufactured furniture in mid-century styles thanks to recent trends.

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Mountain Day - Adirondack Region - CB Prime Properties

Mountain Day is observed on August 11 and has its origins in Japan. Why not celebrate it in the U.S. by getting out into nature?

Our real estate agents suggest the following five places to celebrate Mountain Day in the Adirondack Region.

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Island Camping - Adirondack Region - CB Prime Properties

Some of the wildest adventures in New York State await in the Adirondack Mountains, less than two hours from these Albany homes for sale. Adirondack Park spans more than 9,000 square miles, including hundreds of lakes, thousands of miles of hiking trails, and campsites beyond counting. 

It's not every day that you get a chance to camp on your own private island, but in the ADK, you can do just that. Our real estate agents are excited to share these amazing island camping opportunities in the Adirondacks!

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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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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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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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Butterfly Garden - Homeowners - CB Prime Properties

Butterfly gardens are popular additions to Albany homes for sale as they decorate backyard spaces and delight children. Not only are these insects beautiful to observe, but they are also an integral part of the ecosystem as they pollinate plants. Fortunately, butterflies are easy to attract with the proper setup. Our real estate agents have compiled a simple guide below to help you start a unique butterfly garden.

  1. Select the Right Location
    Choose a sunny site in your backyard as butterflies love to bask and most plants that attract them love the sun too. Ensure that the winged beauties will receive sunlight for half the day.

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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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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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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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Disc Golf Courses - Capital Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

Disc golf is such a fun, inviting summer activity. It requires less skill than golf and is approachable to family members of all ages. Once you figure out how to throw a disc, you're set! The Albany area has really embraced disc golf over the past few years. In fact, there are a few awesome disc golf courses our real estate agents recommend.

  • Central Park Disc Golf Course: 500 Iroquois Path, Schenectady, NY 12309
    If you're looking at Schenectady homes for sale, then the Central Park Disc Golf Course is just minutes away. The City of Schenectady owns this course, and its varied scenery makes for a fun afternoon. It's a full, 18-hole course with several holes in wooded areas, others near a creek, and still others on green fairways.

    The Central Park Disc Golf Course was upgraded to DisCatcher baskets in 2011. It's open to the public seven days a week, except for on Thursdays after 5:00 pm when league play is taking place.

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Hammock Camping - Catskill Region, NY - CB Prime Properties

New York's Catskill Mountains offer some of the most rugged country and spectacular scenery in the Northeast. Hammock camping is one of the greatest ways to explore this unique part of the world. 

Hammocks and hammock tents are perfect for camping. They're lightweight enough to take with you on backpacking trips, yet comfortable enough to replace more traditional tents. These are some of our real estate agents' favorite hammock camping spots in the Catskills.

  • Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest - Livingston Manor, NY 12758
    Spanning a little over 13,000 acres, Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest offers endless opportunities to enjoy the backcountry. The forest includes a labyrinth of hiking trails totaling over 22 miles, including a section of the 575-mile Finger Lakes Trail. Primitive backcountry camping is permitted throughout most of the forest, and there is also a rustic campground located at Balsam Pond. Despite its remoteness, much of the forest is easily accessible near these Livingston Manor homes for sale.

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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!


Winter Hiking in the Catskills Region - CB Prime Properties

There's simply no bad time to visit the Catskill Mountains. Whether you're looking for the most vibrant fall foliage or want to see our waterfalls at full power in spring, there's always something spectacular waiting to be discovered. 

But winter is a particularly special and often-overlooked season in the Catskills. So strap on your crampons and join our real estate agents on these amazing winter hikes in the Catskills!

  • Overlook Mountain - Woodstock, NY 12498
    One of the Catskills' most famous peaks, the summit of Overlook is a challenging hike in winter. Nestled in the heart of the Overlook Mountain Wilderness, the summit is accessible via a 5-mile loop that includes some steep climbs but rewards intrepid hikers with truly amazing views. The mountain is topped by a historic fire tower, built in 1927. The tower is closed in winter, but the views are stunning nonetheless. Overlook Mountain is the southernmost peak of the Catskill Escarpment and is just minutes from many Woodstock homes for sale.

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Outdoor Winter Fun - Adirondacks Region -  Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

Warm summer weather and vibrant fall foliage are well and good, but our real estate agents really love the Adirondacks in winter. When the snow flies and the ski lifts start lifting, there's simply no better place to be. 

The Adirondack Mountains offer an incredible wealth of winter activities, from sledding and ice fishing to snowshoeing and—of course—skiing. Check out these five amazing winter hot spots in the ADK this season!

  • Northville-Lake Placid Trail - Cedar River Rd., Indian Lake, NY 12842
    The Adirondacks are home to seemingly endless miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails, but the Northville-Lake Placid Trail is criminally underrated. This 136-mile pathway sticks to the valleys between the Adirondacks' tallest mountains, lined by dense stands of hemlock and pine. The views along the way are breathtaking, and it's a relatively easy trek by snowshoe or ski. There are dozens of access points along the way, but the southernmost trailhead is right on Main Street in the village of Northville, a stone's throw from these Northville homes for sale.

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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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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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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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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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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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Running Trails - Catskill Region - CB Prime Properties

Training for a 5k run is rewarding for so many reasons, especially when you call the Catskills home. In addition to working toward a worthy goal, training in the Catskills provides the perfect excuse to enjoy all of the outdoor beauty that the region has to offer close to Syracuse homes for sale.

As our real estate agents and so many residents know, the region is home to an endless collection of trails offering everything from relaxing, leisurely strolls to challenging uphill climbs with spectacular views. Find the ideal destination to train for your next 5k run, with our guide to five great parks and trails in the Catskills Region.

  • Andes Rail Trail – 266 Depot St., Andes, NY 13731
    Andes homes for sale put you in the heart of hiking country, with trails for every experience level including the popular Andes Rail Trail. The trail starts with a relatively flat 2-mile loop, with scenic views of the mountains and countryside. Around the halfway point of the loop, you can pick up the Bullet Hole Spur hiking trail, which will add another 2.2 miles round-trip. Bullet Hole Spur will take you up a gradual incline through ancient forests, with views getting more extensive as you climb.

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

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

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

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

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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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