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”.

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

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4594 Lakeview Drive Seneca Lake NY Now Offered For Sale

 

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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: lakefrontmary@gmail.com 315-719-8377 For more photos visit  Seneca Lake Sensation Mary St.George, Associate Real Estate Broker, Nothnagle Realtors

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Skaneateles Lake Update For May 2014

lmooreSkaneateles Lake is one of the most desired lake locations in Upstate New York, currently offering 28 properties for sale. Here you will find some of the most luxurious lakefront properties in the Finger Lakes.  The prices range from a mere $265,000 for a  contemporary home with 20 feet of lake access to $8,200,000 for a family size retreat complete with boat house, a guest house and main house all nestled on 4 gated acres.

The median house price is approximately $609,450 listed on the market for 78 days.  There is a selection for everyone from traditional style homes to very modern and contemporary.  The lower end prices offer a venue to build a new property that incorporates your personal style of lakefront living.

The higher end homes have been vacation spots for presidents and their families.  Many well known families have made Skaneateles Lake their second home.  The lake offers large private lots, a close proximity to great shops and restaurants.  Everyone has a  way of blending into the surroundings, no matter who they are.  Property owners choose Skaneateles Lake over the Hamptons so that they can enjoy their privacy both on the lakefront and in the village, not have to deal with the weekend congestion of the Hamptons and instead spend their time leisurely away from the hustle and bustle.

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The Sherwood Inn is one of the areas favorite restaurants.  It has a quaint small town, historic look and feel to it.  From the right seats you can look out over Skaneateles Lake while you enjoy a delicious meal.

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The Mirbeau Inn & Spa. 851 W Genesee Street Rd Skaneateles, NY 13152. (315) 685-5006 offer visitors and locals the perfect retreat.  Here you will be pampered beyond all expectations.

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If you are interested in a vacation home on Skaneateles Lake you can contact me at:  Mary St.George, Lic Associate Broker with Nothnagle Realtors.  315-719-8377 mstgeorge@nothnagle.com  Your connection to Lakefront Living in the Finger Lakes.

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Color Your World

 

Keuka Lake, Mary St.GeorgeAs real estate agents in the Finger Lakes, we always advise our clients to use neutral colors on the walls when preparing their homes for sale.

However, when you are the new owner – paint away.  The home is now yours and you need and want to put your personal touches on your new space, those touches that make it yours.  You can choose to make your home warm and cozy or bold and lively.  Or you may want to stick to a very conservative and neutral palette.  If you don’t like the color you chose, you can always redo with minimal costs.

A little information about colors:

Blue is great for bedrooms – it is a cool color that brings a calming effect.  Pale blue is a soothing color for a nursery. ( The blue waters of the Finger Lakes are a soothing attraction to visitors)

Purple is regal and royal with the use of deep colors. When lavender is used, it becomes playful.

Green is the color of our world and it creates a feeling of energy.   A great color to put in areas like family rooms.

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Canandaigua Lake View From the Lakefront

I came across this video I took ( a very short video ) from a listing that I had on Canandaigua Lake . The listing made it in the USA Today as a featured property and that article set the tone that allowed me to become known as a lakefront property specialist in the Finger Lakes.  I began to receive phone calls from all over the country asking about properties available on the lakes. This property is a luxury property design built with the finest of materials and a layout that allowed unbelievable views from almost every room in the house.

 

Canandaigua Lakefront – Luxury Lakefront

 

This spectacular home is available for rent by the current owners at a discounted price of $5500.00 per week in the month of June 2014.

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If you would like to purchase a vacation home property in the Finger Lakes or if you own a property that you are considering selling,  I would love to chat with you.  This really is a gem of an area and a treasure of a find.

 

 

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