December 2010

There are 9 blog entries for December 2010.

Ulster County Real Estate Home Staging Tips

Don’t Confuse The Buyer 

Ulster County Real Estate Home StagingA much needed yet often overlooked aspect of readying your home for market is the necessity to clearly identify the purpose of each room in the house. 

When we live in the home many times it works better for everyday living yet can be very confusing for a prospective buyer if the original intention of the room is altered.

Empty nesters or childless couples won’t relate well to toys scattered where a dining table should be located.  Nor will an elderly couple see the need for a room full of weight lifting equipment instead of a spare room for their adult children to be able to spend the upcoming holidays.

Ulster County Real Estate Home StagingEat in kitchens should allow for just that.  I have seen homes that either do not have…
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Upcoming Ulster County Events

Ulster County Calendar Of Events

With the New Year, comes a new calendar of events. Below is a list of some of the upcoming events throughout Ulster County for the month of January…..

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·        Saturday, January 8th - Gregg Allman Band Plays UPAC
   o   Gregg Allman, the lead singer/songwriter/organist/founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, brings his band to the Ulster Performing Arts Center, 601 Broadway, Kingston NY.  This will be the first appearance at UPAC for Allman and his band. Known for songs such as "Midnight Rider" and "Whipping Post," Gregg's distinctive singing and songwriting has earned him a place in the  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as a listing among the "100 Greatest …
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Ulster County Real Estate - Home Staging Tips: Curb Appeal

Ulster County Real EstateBefore a prospective buyer even enters the front door to your house, they view the outside.  As they pull up, your home comes into view and this first impression may be all it takes for them to continue inside or just ask the realtor to keep driving to the next listing. Talk about disappointing.  You, the seller have just spent time tidying up and staging the inside of your home. However, no one mentioned the need to dress up the outside. 

Before you list your home, take a walk directly across the street from your house.  This view is one that we, the owner, fail to see as we go about life. We get in our cars and drive to and fro and rarely look at how our homes look to passersby.  We become

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Winter is upon us, so what’s a body to do… Well quite frankly, a lot. If you are located in the Greater Ulster County Area, winter brings a host of activity and if I may say, adventure. For those individuals who reside in Metropolitan New York City, a weekend retreat in Ulster County will put you in the heart of an area that can supply you with endless hours of activity, or some quiet time curled up in front of a fire with a good book and a favorite drink. (You can substitute your beverage of choice.)

Just because the temperature has taken a dip on the old thermometer, by no means indicates that activity on the water has ceased for the year. Just the opposite is true, and activity increases once the freezing is sufficiently

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There aren’t too many homeowners who don’t at least consider giving themselves a chance at selling their own property;  putting up a “For Sale by Owner” sign on the front lawn, placing a couple of photos and a description of the property on the internet and possibly saving a whole lot of money on a commission.  Especially in this difficult real estate market, saving some money can appeal to a good many people.  But there is always more than meets the eye to any situation, so, if you’re seriously thinking of going it alone without a qualified real estate agent, here are a few things to consider and even some tips for you.

First consider your time.  Will you be able to leave work to show your property at any given time to a stranger?  If your work schedule

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Ulster County Real Estate - West Saugerties NY

West Saugerties, New York: An Area For Peace, Tranquility and Relaxation

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I just emailed a potential buyer information on a custom built log home that an associate and I have listed. It's located on Blue Mountain Church Road in West Saugerties, New York (click to view the Ulster County MLS listing). To me West Saugerties is one the most beautiful areas in Ulster County, just minutes away from Woodstock, the Village of Saugerties, the New York State Thruway, Hunter Mountain Skiing and a two hour drive from New York City.

You can see some of the most breathtaking views of Overlook, Catskill and the Berkshire Mountains. You can enjoy the many swimming and fishing holes along the Plattekill Creek and relax to the…
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Tis the season to buy a real live Christmas Tree that you trudged out into the cold, snow and icy wind to find and cut down yourself!  Sounds great, right?  Well, it is, trust me.  Bring your own axe or cross cut saw, climb and point and climb some more until your icy feet and hands feel as if they’re going to fall off and there it will be, right in front of you, the perfect tree!  It can be a ton of fun and quite an adventure to cut down your own tree at one of Ulster Counties very own tree farms.  The kids really enjoy it but I see many adult couples there as well (probably in love, you know the type).  Many farms provide hot cocoa, possibly a bon fire, a lot of ambience and a large variety of trees.  Most provide the saws and sleds you’ll need to cut

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Whether you consider yourself a Scrooge, a Grinch or a Clark Griswald, chances are you’ll find yourself in the holiday spirit at some point this season.  Cutting down your own Christmas tree, taking a photo with Santa or attending a performance of the Nutcracker may be your family tradition or yearly ritual.  Ulster County with its wide variety of hamlets and towns, provides plenty of holiday events to choose from.  Here is a sampling of some of the events and a list of places you can cut down your own one-of-a-kind Christmas tree:


Take a Train Ride with Santa on the Catskill Mountain Railroad, Westbrook Lane, Kingston on December 11-12, 18-19, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM & 4PM, other holiday train rides available as well.

Catskill Ballet Performs the

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Ulster County Real Estate - About Saugerties NY

 In 2009, Saugerties was named one of the 10 Coolest Small Towns in America. As a resident of this cool town, I can attest to the uniqueness of this community. Not only is the quality of life remarkably good because of the friendly nature of its citizens, but there is a great cross current of the arts, a well established restaurant scene, and most importantly, the physical location of Saugerties, between the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains which makes this a very enjoyable place to live, while offering great opportunities to experience the area. Located just 100 miles north of NYC, Saugerties continues to add pieces to the puzzle to keep this community, “cool”.

The Village of Saugerties is

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