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Current Mortgage Rates In The Finger Lakes

As Realtors, we keep thinking that the rates will start an uphill climb any day.  Just when they start to inch up, they fall right back down  again.  It makes my script real easy, no changes” If you are thinking about buying, now is the time while rates are low and prices are down.”live streaming movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 2017 online

So here my dear friends are some current rates from Fairport Mortgage provided by Aaron. Stop by and see my friends at Fairport when looking for your mortgage on your new vacation home in the Finger Lakes.

 

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

 

 

 

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How To Make Your Move Easier – The Wine Trail Properties Way

When you arrive to the point of actually knowing you will move, everything becomes chaotic in a bittersweet way.  You are thrilled about where you are going, mapping out the floor plan, thinking about all of the different rooms and what you may need.  And then there is the chore of what to do with everything at the old house (your current home) and where it  will be going in the new house.  I have supplied you with a moving list put together by a mortgage broker Aaron Lazemby of Fairort Mortgage ( his contact info is listed below).  I would take this list and enter all of the needed items into your calendar and if you have a phone calendar, even better.  Y0u may want to add or delete from the list as needed.

Now you need to move forward in a moving mode.  By this I mean, every time you move something,or pick up something, determine its need.  Start sorting things into groups:

1. Taking with

2. Donating

3. Garage sale

Start putting containers in all of the rooms to drop things into.  Now set a date for a moving sale and begin to stage the items where you will be displaying them such as a garage.   Make up an event on Facebook, make a large enough sign for in front of your home and place an ad in the local paper.  Then if you happen to be our clients,  let us know when you will be having your sale and we will let you borrow our A-frame signs to display your sale.

 

MOVING CHECKLIST:
AS SOON AS YOU KNOW YOUR NEW ADDRESS:

1)       Notify post office of move and fill out change of address cards – you can do this online now

2)       Notify magazines and newspapers of new address – do this as you receive them and can be done online

3)       Notify insurance company

4)       Change address on all charge accounts that you are going to keep, or close the ones you no longer need

 

30-15 DAYS BEFORE YOU MOVE:

1)       Call a mover and obtain an estimate

2)       Arrange for packing cartons if the mover does not supply them

3)       Prepare inventory of goods to be moved – take photos when possible

 

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For Sale The Top Properties On Keuka Lake The #1 Lake

 

These top 10 properties are in my opinion the best properties currently available for sale on Keuka Lake.   For more information about purchasing any of these lakefront properties, just email me or call me and I will work for you to acquire one of these  unbelievable Keuka Lake properties. There are currently 102 properties available on for sale.  Find out why Keuka Lake is considered the favorite lake to purchase and enjoy, in the Finger Lakes. Do you see your vacation home listed above ?

 

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

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The Newest Trend In Fishing Boats For The Finger Lakes

 

You have seen paddle boats in ponds and lakes.  They  usually consist of 2 seats, you get in and with leg power pedal around in circles enjoying the view and obtaining a little exercise at the same time.  Well the newest trend in fishing boats uses pedal power, looks like a kayak and the best part – it uses no gas !

I have thought about learning to kayak for a long time.  I have so many friends that paddle around the lake and it is a great relaxing form of exercise.  With Keuka Lake just outside my back door, I really should make this a priority.  Now with this pedal drive system, it makes owning a kayak a little more enticing. I could use it for a form of relaxation and exercise and Kirk can use it for fishing.

You would be limited to the amount of equipment to take with you, but you would never have to worry about the gas can.  I really like that part of the equation, especially with the price of gas.  This would be easily transported from one lake to another, or to take with you to another state when going on vacation, it can be used for more than just fishing, it takes no gasoline, you can quietly sneak up on the fish and it adds a healthy element to your lifestyle.

 

I have attached a neat video from Native Watercraft that makes this new trend in fishing boats –

This would be a great addition to your Lakefront Home .  For owners that have their homes in vacation rental programs, what a great asset this would be for potential renters.

 

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

 

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Gardening On Keuka Lake – The Natural Way

Living and working around the Finger Lakes, I am very aware of the importance of good watershed practices.  I try to minimize any chemicals in my yard, knowing that it all filters into the ground and eventually makes its way to the lake – not good. 

Here around Keuka Lake, we had quite the mild Winter and one of the first things I realized early on in the Spring, was the amount of ant mounds that were developing.  The ants apparently liked and fared quite well during the mild winter. 

Last Fall, I had dug up some perennials, put them in large buckets and put the buckets into the ground to be replanted this Spring.  Ouch, those buckets were filled with ants besides the once wonderful perennials. I received bites as well as Kirk. 

My initial solution was to get the hose out and wash out the root from any of the plants that still had a chance of survival and then replant.  This flooded most of the ants away.  I now see that I am finding new colonies.  Thanks to Facebook and my friend Colette, I came across the following information at Double Danger.  Here are some of the natural tips they suggest.

 

10 Ways To Kill Ants… Organically

1. Baking soda is poisonous to ants, sprinkle it around your plants to ensure ants will stay away.

2. Flour & Baby Powder will keep ants from reaching your plants, ants will not cross the powder – so circle your plants with it.

3. You can use coffee grounds, chili powder, cinnamon, peppermint or black pepper. All deter ants and if you pour coffee grounds directly on an anthill, they will eat the coffee grounds and implode.

4. Grits, instant rice & cream of wheat can be sprinkled around plants. The ant will eat a piece of whichever you sprinkle, drink water and the grain expands and kills the ant. :)

5. Fill a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water and spray on plants. The acid in vinegar will kill ants.

6. Mix together one-third cup of molasses, six tablespoons of sugar, and six tablespoons of active dry yeast into a smooth paste. Use the mixture to coat strips of cardboard. Keep out of reach of pets and small children. You can leave mixture on a saucer outside anthill and they’ll eat it and die!

7. Fold contact paper in half, with the sticky side out and make a circle around base of plant. The ants get stuck on the paper – problem solved.

8. Cut off the bottom of a paper cup and cut a slit up the side of the cup and coat outside with vaseline and place around base of plant. You can also use packing tape.

9. Mix one cup of borax, two-thirds a cup sugar and one cup water. Dip cotton balls in the solution and place in areas near your anthill Ants will leave the plants alone and ingest the sweet mixture. The borax kills the ants.

10. Diatomaceous Earth is a commonly sold organic pesticide that will destroy the insects outer skeletons, causing the pests to die from dehydration.

Read our update to this post – where we tried some of the methods: Organic Ant Control Update

Hopefully some of these ideas will help you solve your ant problems organically. Helping to keep our waters safe and clean !

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

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