Seneca Lake Open House – Sunday September 21st 2014




4594 Lakeview Rd Starkey NY 14837 on beautiful Seneca Lake




open houseThe air is getting crisp, the aroma of grapes, apples and other fruits wafts through the air and sweaters are quickly becoming a part of your daily attire.  This is the season for a change in colors, scents  and lifestyle.  Everyone is preparing for the cooler weather and trying to take advantage of the all of the great fall days that are in the offering.  Fall festivals, wine tasting and warming up by a dancing fire complete the day.

Another great activity is viewing lake homes.  Why now?  Considering it takes approximately 60 days to close on a property in New York State once you have an accepted offer.  This puts you in line to enjoy your new vacation home during the holidays enjoying a warming fire and taking in the beautiful quiet and calming views.  Then it is time to make the place yours.  The early winter allows you to think  ahead for spring.  What colors will I use, how and when will we entertain? Will you need more outdoor seating? How about the yard, what and where will you plant for easy gardening?  If the property will be put into a rental program and if so, this is the time to meet with them and finalize last minute details.

The next thing you know it will be Spring and time to open up the windows.  So let us prepare you with a perfect home for either private ownership or to be put into a rental program.  Stop by and visit us on Seneca Lake this Sunday to view an absolutely perfect property. Seneca Lake is of course one of the Finger Lakes and proudly sits in the middle of the Finger Lakes Wine Trail.

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You will find a year round vacation home with three separate floors of living.  On the main floor an open kitchen and dining area greets you off of the front door.  The dining area continues out to the spacious deck that overlooks both the yard and vastness of Seneca Lake.  Just off of the dining area you walk into a cozy living area complete with wood stove, the perfect touch to take the chill out of the autumn air.  And when the air is crisp, you can still take advantage of the endless views while relaxing on your enclosed porch. To the left of the front door you enter the master suite, also to beautiful views of Seneca Lake.  Light fills the room preparing you for a fun filled day on the lake. The master suite also includes an area that could be used for an office, a sitting area or even turned into a sizable walk in closet.

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Allow yourself to feel like a celebrity here with the privacy created on this spacious lot surrounded by trees.  There is plenty of room to store your vehicles in the 2 bay garage.  Plenty of storage room above in the loft.  Of course it is all about the lake.  You can enjoy the most wondrous views from the open porch of the home, the walk out basement patio, the brand new architect designed deck large enough for its own party or on the spacious dock complete with two covered boat hoists. With 152 feet of waterfront, you have room for all of your water toys and plenty of room to walk into the water to swim or take out the kayaks.  Since Seneca Lake is the deepest, widest and second longest, you can comfortably own the boat of your choice.  Or you can just sit back and watch for the various sailing vessels to pass by as you sip your favorite beverage.

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So stop by and see us Sunday 9/21/2014 from 1-3 at 4594 Lakeview Rd Starkey NY 14837 located on beautiful Seneca Lake.  We want to make Lakefront Living Your Reality.  This updated, spacious and private waterfront home is being offered for  $659,900 to serious buyers only exclusively by Mary St.George Associate Real Estate Broker, Nothnagle Realtors, 315-719-8377




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How To Maintain Control With Your Rental Management Company

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Rental management with vacation properties is quite popular in the Finger Lakes even though Home Away and Flip Key are quite popular.  Rental management companies reduce the stress for homeowners in the weekly rental market  Owners are relieved of finding cleaning help, landscaping work and regular maintenance.  But owner beware, it can lead to additional and unexpected charges.

After purchasing your new vacation home in the Finger Lakes and have decided to put it into a rental management company, take your time when working with the representative.  One of the most important things I tell my real estate clients, is to remember it is their property and that they are allowing the rental company to make an income on “their” property.  I can not tell you how many times my clients have told me:

“My rental company does not want us to use the house during that week.”

“They told us we can not have that type of furniture.  ”

” They told us to install that type of flooring.”

“We are not allowed to do our own cleaning or painting.”

All of the above statements are only true if you allow them to be true.  What do I mean?  Read the contract that is presented to you to sign.  If you do not agree with anything, ask to have it changed and then sign the agreement or if you are not sure what you should do contact your real estate agent, one that is not involved with the rental management company and ask them for their advice.  Working in the area and selling real estate in the area, they can usually give you sound advice.

One of the most unseemly things that I have seen precariously inserted into a contract states ” If you decide to sell your property while under contract with us, you have to used out real estate services.  If you use another agency you still be required to pay us six percent commission on the sale of your property.”  This statement is definitely unethical and may potentially be illegal.  This limits you to sell your property with them and then if they do not sell real estate at the time, you are still obligated to pay them a commission.  Of course this would be above and beyond what you have already agreed to pay the listing broker.  This statement was found inserted into a contract and not one person that came to me about it, had any idea it was there until they went to sell the property and found out their limitations from the rental agency.

Maintenance fees can be very confusing .  Be sure to find out what it covers, how much it costs and how it will be billed.  Many companies require a minimum of one deep cleaning each year.  Some companies will go in before the beginning of the season, inspect the property and determine if the cleaning was done properly, even if you did it. Some will just take it upon themselves to go in with their own crew, redo the deep clean and then charge you for it without any communication.  They will then refer to the contract as their defense.

What happens if a water pipe breaks or the furnace will not turn on?  I would recommend that you break down various large utility break downs and hire a specific company to make the repairs yourself.  For example if the air conditioning or heat will  not work, have your own company to call for repairs.  Most of the rental companies have employees that can repair minor issues, but are not really qualified for heating and air conditioning. Do not be afraid to list your preferences…again…this is “your” home.

If the rental company you are working with does not utilize electronic locks, I would recommend you install them.  This keeps a record of every time the door is open and the combination can be changed by you.

By keeping a communication going with your neighbors, you will know if there are issues with your rental property and can quickly call to negate.  The key to a good rental is that you can sit back and easily manage your property from afar either by yourself or through an agency.  Many home owners are testing the waters with and  It is inexpensive to list your property, the portal is advertised extensively and you can save anywhere from 15 to 20 % by taking bookings online.  There are also a few smaller agencies in the area that are offering very competitive pricing that should be on your list of agencies to talk to.

Before allowing anyone to tell you what to install or not install in your property, talk with your real estate agent.  If you decide down the road you want to sell, you want to insure that your property is saleable based on the updates you add to the property.

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The Top 2 Turnoffs For Buyers…


Pets are wonderful, sweet and most times a significant part of the family. But they can cause odors that make buyers wince and turn the other way.

Dog odors are usually easy to keep to a minimum unless the home is also the place that dogs are bred or wet dogs are allowed in  and out of the house.  If you are thinking about selling your home, there are a couple of things to do if owning a dog.  Insure that the dog is continually washed and groomed.  This will minimize any odors.  Brush  your dogs daily and try to keep the grooming process to a garage or outdoor area.  This will cut down on the hair balls that tend to take over the home overnight.  Check all of their bedding,  wash and clean as needed.  Some dog beds can be filled with cedar inserts to keep down the odors.  If possible remove your pets for showings or keep in a crate for the safety of both the pets and the viewers.

Cat odors can be overpowering and not easily detected by the owners.  If you have cats, ask your realtor for an honest feedback on cat odors.  In some cases, you may actually have to obtain the services of a professional to remove the odors.  This may even involve removing carpets and sometimes furniture.  If a potential buyer walks into a home and is hit with cat odors, they usually do not even want to continue the home tour.  From experience this is so true.  Cats are adorable fluffy creatures but can completely make a home unsellable.  Insure the litter boxes are clean and kept out of the way.  Cat dander is also something that keeps buyers away and the subject for another article.  So if you do not have a cat and are thinking about selling, try to hold off obtaining a cat until you move into your new property.

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Will Your Home Pass The First 60 Second Test ?

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It seems like a short amount of time, but researchers state that the first 60 seconds of viewing a home is when the buyer has made their decision.   That means the focus of your preparation and staging should start at the front door.  The rest of the home needs to be staged as well, but you want to “Wow” them at the entry. So take a little extra time to “stage your entry”.

For homes that have many entry ways like so many lake homes do, it is important to establish the desired entry for all buyers.  This is where you all viewings will start from.

  • Make sure the door is freshly painted
  • All windows in this area should be sparkling
  • A new welcome mat that is inviting
  • A great pot of flowers will add a punch of color
  • Insure that all trim around door is freshly painted
  • If there are any steps involved, insure they look nice and are safe
  • Stop in front of your door and look around to see what buyers will see
  • Make sure the hardware is clean and sparkly and definitely make sure it works well.  A door that does not open well is a huge turn off

These all seem like easy steps to follow and are.  Many people are just so used to their everyday routines, they just do not think about the image the front door gives to prospective buyers.

When you give viewing instructions to other agents, always insist on where the tour should start.  Use that first 60 seconds well to move your listing from “For Sale” to “Sold”.



For more information about preparing your home for sale, contact known waterfront specialist Mary St.George, Associate Real Estate Broker, Nothnagle Realtors,  315-719-8377

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4594 Lakeview Drive Seneca Lake NY Now Offered For Sale





Seneca Lake the deepest of the Finger Lakes exudes  beauty that is showcased along its varied shores in different forms. Located in the Starkey Point area, you will find a year round home that takes advantage of the beauty this lake has to offer.

Each floor of this  2183 square feet year round vacation home offers a separate comfortable and cozy bedroom suite that you can  retreat to. The lower level even offers a walk out to a private patio.  The main floor consists mostly of tile floors that allow for easy maintenance and flow. Since it is a year round vacation home, everyone likes to enjoy the views.  The enclosed porch brings the freshness of the outdoors but keeps you out of the elements and the expansive deck invites outdoor dining and relaxation.  The updated neutral and light filled kitchen is perfect for preparing the perfect meal and indoor dining is conveniently located just off the kitchen.  Access to the deck and enclosed porch is easy from the dining or living area. This home is just perfect for entertaining whether it is indoors or out.

But the icing on the cake is the new deck, stairs and dock the owner had designed and built.  The side panels on the deck do not obstruct the unbelievable views yet still offer safety for young ones and pets.  The deck was also built with entertaining in mind.  It becomes the perfect place for family and friends to gather after a long, fun day in the sun.  There is room for dining tables, loungers and chairs.  The sides of the property are lined with mature trees to allow for privacy and the 152 feet of shoreline allows room for the spacious deck with two covered boat hoists and an area to walk into the water and a place to launch your kayak or canoe. Visiting friends will even find plenty of room to dock their boats

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Because of it’s size and depth, Seneca Lake is perfect for sailing or as some prefer to say “yachting”. Of course motor boats and ski boats are welcome as well.   Just take in the beauty and calming affect of the water from boat or shore. It really is all about the water.

On the rear side of the one acre property you will find a 2 car garage with plenty of room for a workshop area and a sizeable loft upstairs.  The driveway is placed in a circular pattern to allow easy access and plenty of parking. The side and front yards offer plenty of room for lawn games or even gardening.

If you are looking for things to do other than boating and viewing the water once you purchase your home, you have so many options.  This property is after all in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine area and located just off of the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.  It is only minutes from Watkins Glen where you will find a variety of restaurants. shopping and the Watkins Glen State Park.  A little south from here is Corning NY with museums and Market Street known for its shopping and restaurants.  Heading North on the lake will bring you to Geneva another great place for restaurants and dining.  And believe it or not, many buyers ask to be in close proximity to the uber cool grocery store, Wegmans.

Beautiful New Spacious Dock with 2 covered boat hoists located on your private 152 feet of shoreline

Beautiful New Spacious Dock with 2 covered boat hoists located on your private 152 feet of shoreline

If you are interested in viewing this property priced at only $659,900 and would like to make an appointment, you can contact me at: 315-719-8377 For more photos visit  Seneca Lake Sensation Mary St.George, Associate Real Estate Broker, Nothnagle Realtors

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