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Missing Keuka Lake Info On Zillow

Many buyers and sellers have been using the “expertise” of Zillow for the last few years, so much so, that if it is on Zillow, then it must be.

I have previously been a member of the Zillow pro team, allowing me to use more photos on my listings, show up as the real estate pro for my area ( zip codes ) and even write and submit blogs.  I tried the program, actually several times.  I always thought if the other realtors are doing it, I should as well.

Then I started having issues.

  •  Listings that were not mine were showing up as mine.
  •  The listings that were actually mine had the wrong information ( sometimes the same listing would show up several times – all with different info ).  Usually these listings I could correct.
  • Owners of properties would call me up to ask why I had their property listed for sale, and of course I did not.  When I investigated, they usually did show as being for sale and my picture and name would be listed on the same page. Actually no one had the property listed, it just showed up on Zillow that way.
  • One of the times I had a pro membership, I was allowed to receive leads through an 800 number.  I would receive a call and it would start out ” Hello, you are receiving a customer inquiry through Zillow.”  I would answer and the person on the other end would say something like ” Hey how long will it take to get my payday advance? or ” You sent the wrong medical products.”  Completely taken back, I would contact my Zillow rep.  Of course they would turn it over to their tech support.  Needless to say, I do not have a pro account with Zillow anymore, but I still receive the occasional “Hello, this is a customer call from Zillow”, at which point I hang up.

Occasionally I still log into Zillow, to see what they are up to and what is new.  Today I received a phone call from one of my clients stating that a friend of hers saw her house for sale on Zillow for $935,000.  I had to look immediately because her house is listed at $1,099,000.  I could not find it on Zillow for sale.  Eventually I found it, but not for sale and it has two different prices listed as you can see in the photo below, actually three prices, one is not the sellers address ( 453 E Lake Rd $16,000 ) $1.15 mil and $1.16 million.  Both prices for her property are incorrect and it is listed as not being for sale.












So if you are a buyer looking to purchase property on  Keuka Lake, do not expect to see all available listings on Zillow.  If you are a seller, do not get nervous if your house is not listed or listed incorrectly.  For everyone out there in my selling area, please call me if you are looking for a property to purchase on Canandaigua Lake, Keuka Lake, or Seneca Lake.  I will be able to give you information on all properties available for the correct price and with the correct information. 

Zillow is a third-party service that offers real estate information and estimates.  I am sure they do not intentionally give out incorrect information, but I believe it just happens through the various programs they use to compile info.  The other issue affecting Zillow now, is that many of the Multiple Listing Services are not automatically giving Zillow the information any more, but information does show up through agents that are still paying for the Pro service. How they will succeed with just partial and or incorrect information, I am not sure.  But to my clients: Buyer and Seller beware on Zillow !

I have now educated one of my Keuka Lake clients and they in turn have educated  their friends.  It looks like in the future I will need to remind all clients about information obtained on Zillow or any other third-party site.

For the correct information for the above listing, you can find it on our website Wine Trail Properties.  It is a beautiful waterfront home and deserves to have the correct information available as well as all of the wonderful photos available. Contact me personally if you would like a viewing of this magnificent property.

And for the best information for all lakefront properties for sale on Keuka Lake, contact myself or anyone in the office.

Information brought to you by Mary St.George Realtor, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377,

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Keuka Studios – Your Source For Custom Cable Railings and More !

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Having a view to the lake is sometimes just as grand as having a property right on the lake.  Of course some railings can obscure the view, not with cable railings. Cable railings allow you to see out to the views as if nothing exists between you and lakes and hills and yet they still maintain the safety and security you desire.  And why not feel more as one with nature , especially so stylishly ?



I came across this company while writing a blog about the infamous “Mushroom House” in Bushnells Basin.  The name Keuka is very unique and I have only seen the word at and around Keuka Lake.  So when I saw that the designers of the railings and some metalwork were done by Keuka Studios, I had to find out more.  As I was perusing the internet looking for more samples of their work, I received an email from Dan White, the founder of the company offering any additional videos and photos I may like to use in my blogs.  (I really admire companies that reach out and acknowledge me and offer assistance .)

Besides constructing and designing some of the most beautiful railings for some very notable clients, they also make custom furniture utilizing their metalworking skills, and custom pieces for function and decor.  To see more about their business and view their photo gallery, visit Keuka Studios .

The family has a history with Keuka Lake and Studio gives the feeling of handcrafted, and that is how the name came about.  All I know, is that they create some beautiful pieces.

How about a custom door leading to your private wine cellar ?  I just love this door.  To me it says “Finger Lakes”.



For more information :

Keuka Studios, Inc.

1011 Rush Henrietta Town Line Rd.
Rush, NY 14543

Ph: (585) 487-6148
Fx: (585) 487-6150

or visit their website:


This information brought to you by Mary St.George Realtor, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377


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As you can see by the sidebar, you have numerous options to browse by.  My dentist and his wife used to decide on many components of  the lake view home they were building.  You can go to stores and walk up and down aisles, but to actually see a product being used, now that is the key to making a decision for the product.

So if you are thinking about updating or redesigning your lakefront property, think about  You will be pleasantly surprised.

You can create your personal design books.  They allow you to save ideas you like in one place and you can have several books, maybe one for each room.  Signing up is free, so what are you waiting for ?

If you are looking to purchase a  lakefront property in the Finger Lakes, contact me.  If you are looking for ideas, contact

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Are You Pre-Approved or Pre-Qualified To Purchase A Lake Home ?

The housing market is heating up, the buyers are out, mortgage rates still sit at record lows, housing prices are still grounded, but the market is moving from a buyers market to a seller’s market.  It seems like we went to sleep to a buyers benefit and woke up to a sellers dream, that is literally how fast the changeover occurred.

In the past you made a decision to purchase a property, then you started looking at all of the real estate ads.  Then realtors told you to have one leg up on another buyer, you needed to get pre-qualified.  This would at least give you an idea if you really can afford the home of your dreams. Now to bid on a home ( submit an offer to purchase ), you really should be pre-approved.  The difference ?

  • Pre-qualification – basically a mortgage broker asks simple questions of the buyers, such as income level and current loan commitments such as car loans and possibly a current mortgage.  This helps to determine how much of a home you can purchase ( the dollar amount )

*  Many times with just a prequal letter, the lender puts you at their mercy knowing that time is of the essence.  Basically once you sign the contract, you need to find a lender immediately to  meet contingency commitments of the contract

  • Pre-approval – this is where you actually submit proof of income and all financial obligations  and a credit report is pulled.  With rates still so low, many buyers also start here to move towards a commitment quicker, allowing the buyer to lock in to a specific rate.   With the change in times – this is the way to start.                                                                                                                   

* Pre-approval saves time spent looking at homes you can not afford

* Buyers can normally close quicker since most of the paperwork is done

* When multiple offers are placed on a home you like, a pre-approval letter just may give you the edge you need


As one attorney just told me ” The best offer on the table is not always the highest  offer.”  We were talking about a couple of offers that were presented on a property.  The first offer has a large down payment and the buyer already had secured a pre-approval on the balance.  The second offer  was cash for a couple thousand more.  ( I know you think the second offer was much better. ) The sellers attorney recommended that a stipulation with the second offer be presented.  Just because someone says they have funds available does not necessarily mean they are liquid ( available on short notice ). So instead of an acceptance of the offer from the second buyer, a counter was given that stated ” Buyer must have funds put into escrow within two business days.”   As things turned out, the first offer was the one that actually worked out. 

Many times cash buyers assume because they can put cash on the table, the seller will just turn over for them.  However, if the seller has a highly desirable property, it may be financially strategic for them to take a higher offer with a mortgage contingency.  the buyer is indeed pre-approved, the process between the two offers can be as little as two weeks in time. 

So for serious buyers, make sure that you are pre-approved or have qualified funds that can be withdrawn on a short notice. And when you are serious about purchasing your lake property, give me a call to start looking at the lake homes for sale on Keuka, Canandaigua or Seneca Lakes.

This information brought to you by Mary St. George Realtor, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377

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Choosing Your Keuka Lake Real Estate Agent To Find Your Lakefront Property

When looking for a realtor to find your vacation or year round home on Keuka Lake, there are a few things to think about.

  • Find a Realtor that will show you all of the listings that fit your wants and needs.  In New York, Realtors should work cooperatively with other brokers and agents
  • A Realtor that has their name all over, might just be too busy to work with buyers
  • It is best to find one Realtor versus just calling and looking by listing.  A Realtor that has signed on with you as a buyers agent, is the one that will best represent your interests.
  • Find a Realtor that is willing to work  around your schedule, because after all we will be working for you – if they are to busy, it might be  a sign to look for another agent.
  • When you find Realtor that you are comfortable with, sign a Buyer Agency Agreement with that agent – after all, they will be spending a lot of time with and for you.  They only get paid when they help you find a property and it closes.  The seller will then pay the commission, not you, unless you have made other arrangements. 
  • The Realtor should be very familiar with the area and can give you lists of stores, schools, restaurants and any other service you need .
  • The Number One or Best Producing Realtor may also not have enough time to spend with you, or at least quality time.
  • Ask your Realtor about the best ways to stay in contact.  Some folks like email or text messages, while some still like to use the telephone..  If you have a cell phone, make sure your Realtor has that number as well. Your Realtor should be willing to obtain information for you, run a list of comparative properties against any you are interested in, move information between parties engaged in the contract such as attorneys, listing agent, banks and surveyors.

If you are not sure who to call, the safe bet is to talk to myself or any of the other agents in our office. 

This information brought to you by Mary St. George Realtor, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377

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