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Over 90% of home buyers start their search on the internet.   If the photos of your home do not appeal to the visual sense of the buyer, they will most likely not want to set up an appointment, instead they move onto the next property for sale.  Your home is your castle, but to the buyer it has to become theirs.   Just in June of this year alone, Zillow reported that 270 Million homes were viewed on their site.  That is a whopping 104 homes per second.  So yes, pictures sell your home.



Many times buyers will call a real estate agent only after they have accumulated a list of properties that they have seen on the internet. Is your  For Sale property on their list.

To make sure you home shows the best on the internet, think about hiring a realtor that uses a professional photographer.   That extra money pays off  with more interested buyers and a quicker sale.


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

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The House On The Hill – Keuka Lake Style…

January 5th, 2013 categories: Keuka Lake, Real Estate News


5587 Dutch St in Barrington, NY 14837 offers 50 acres of four season fun allowing the owner to live a Keuka Lake lifestyle. 


 This gorgeous 3 bedroom homes with unbelievable views from every room includes a custom Gunite indoor pool and hot tub.  Yes even from the pool room you will view sweeping views of Keuka Lake.   The house has a 3 car attached garage and a remarkable barn that has combined the new with old. 

Many first time visitors to McGregors Winery just down the road, slow down and wonder if this location may actually be the winery. The view from the vineyards is just as spectacular as you can see from the following photo.

The Dutch Street home is one of those places that many have driven by only to stop their cars and gaze in wonderment at this custom-built home.  It is perfectly seated at the top of the knoll, allowing for the best views of Keuka Lake which includes a very large portion including the Bluff.  The 50 acres leave breathing room between the other properties situated on the road.  The owners have meticulously carved out paths through the woods on the property to enjoy many outdoor activities.  Located in the woods, you can enjoy the privacy of the sizable pond. 

The views from the kitchen and dining areas are to die for – these views can be yours…

The enclosed pool and hot tub room offer year round swimming for a healthy lifestlye – and the views are stunning !

In the summer enjoy entertaining on the spacious deck that runs the entire length of the house with built in gas grill.

Let us take a look back inside at the custom built stairway designed to take advantage of the Keuka Lake views.


For more information about MLS#: R197165 and to see how to make the Keuka Lake lifestyle yours, contact myself or Seth Olney.  For the right buyer $1.8 million will put you in this house.  This could be the perfect place for a winery, brewery or special event location.  With the size and location of the barn, the doors are open to the possiblities.

This information brought to you by Mary St.George, Associate Real Estate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living, 315-719-8377,[email protected]

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Top Two Reasons I Love My Finger Lakes Career In Real Estate…

January 5th, 2013 categories: Real Estate News


Al Mosher and I discussing lakefront options

The best reason that I love selling real estate in the Finger Lakes, is all about the great people I meet.  They come from all walks of life and come from all over the country and even the world.  Getting to know their motivations for coming to the area are also unique to each person.   I have become friends with many of them, even going on trips or just stopping by to enjoy a glass of Finger Lakes wine. 

Many are attracted to the area for its multitude of wineries, others for the pristine lakes, some for both reasons.  But for some it means the ability to get away from their busy lives and blend in with the locals. All of these folks have great stories to tell as they come from different cultures, different cities and different backgrounds. What is great about all of them, is that when it comes to looking for properties, they are all just regular people.

Since most of my clients are looking for the perfect vacation home, there usually is no urgency.  Because of the laid back approach to looking for a lake home, I have worked with some clients for a few years before finding the right property.  This really allows me to get to know the person that they are.

Some buyers have a specific lake in mind.  They want Keuka Lake, or Seneca Lake or even Skaneateles Lake.  Others are looking at some of the smaller and more affordable lakes. I just love picking up the phone to hear ” I am looking to purchase a home on Keuka Lake.” or any of the other lakes.

I love meeting new people and my career is just perfect for that reason.

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Reason # 2

The homes that I have been able to see whether via my sellers or the countless ones that I brought my buyers through, are just amazing.  I get to see new homes, old homes, refurbished home, cobblestone classics, vintage cottages, churches refurbished into residential homes, barns disguising very interesting living quarters and everything in between.  I live in my own Better Homes and Gardens.  I am able to see bare bunk houses and then compare them to the unique designs of some very creatively finished bunk houses.  Since many of these homes are high-end, I also enjoy seeing what their designers have come up with.  So to see the newest or trendiest styles in home design and decor, I need to go no further than the next home I will be showing.  Some of these homes have actually been featured in major magazines for the combination of their decor and location.


If you would like me to assist you in finding your perfect vacation home, just contact me.  I would love to meet you !

This information brought to you by Mary St.George, Associate Real Estate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living, 315-719-8377. [email protected]

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15 Straight Months Of Increases In Pending Homes Sales

August 29th, 2012 categories: Real Estate News

Positive reports continue to showcase the housing market.  This is great news for home sellers, especially those that needed to sell either for job changes in different locations or those that needed to sell for financial issues.  For buyers it is still unbelievable news because it rides on the back of historically low mortgage rates.  You can still obtain a 15 year mortgage for under 3%, just unimaginable.



According to the National Association of Realtors  pending home sales rose in July to the highest level since April 2010 when the home buyer tax credit was about to close. Currently there are no home buyer tax credits.

The association’s pending home sales index rose 2.4% to 101.7 in July from 99.3 and stands 12.4% above July 2011 when it was 90.5. The data reflect contracts but not closings.

NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun stated “While the month-to-month movement has been uneven, more importantly we now have 15 consecutive months of year-over-year gains in contract activity.” All regions saw monthly increases except for the West which is plagued with an inventory shortage.

Estimations by NAR have home prices increasing 10% over a period of two years cumulatively, with 8 to 9 % in 2012 and 7 to 8% in 2013.

These numbers run true in the Finger Lakes area, most notably Keuka Lake, as we are starting to see a renewed interest in lakefront properties again.  Buyers consist of both cash and conventional mortgages.  So a hearty welcome goes out to all of those great people who want to become vacation home owners in the Finger Lakes.


Brought to you by Mary St.George Lakefront Realtor and Associate Broker at Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377 [email protected]

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Keuka Lake Cottage For Sale – The Parsonage

August 12th, 2012 categories: Buyers, Keuka Lake, Real Estate News

The Parsonage has an accepted offer on it and should close in the near future. This change occurred on 12/29/2013


If you have ever taken a boat ride around Keuka Lake, then the Parsonage is most likely one of the cottages you remembered seeing,


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