March 2011

There are 5 blog entries for March 2011.

Ulster County Real Estate: Home Staging Tips

Remove Wallpaper and Take Up The Carpet


Ulster County Real EstateMost buyers today are looking for homes that are move in ready. This is why it is a wise decision for home sellers to remove their dated wallpaper and either lift the wall to wall carpet to show off existing hardwood floors or replace it with fresh carpeting.

If you have ever tried to remove wallpaper, you know that it can be a daunting task depending on whether the wall had been sized properly before the paper application. Sizing is applied to the wall as a glaze to seal the porous surfaces.  Unfortunately, if this step was skipped in the paper hanging process, to remove the old wallpaper can be a tedious chore.  Not many buyers relish the thought of spending a lot

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Tips for Buyers

Are you thinking of purchasing a home in Ulster County?
Here are a few tips for getting started that will guide you through the process.

 1)      Ownership compared to renting – Taking the step from renting to home ownership is a whole different experience.  You should have worked out a household budget, because as a homeowner, in addition to the monthly mortgage payment with taxes and insurance, you will have expenses for improvements and unexpected repairs.
 
 2)      Getting your finances in order – You will need a steady source of income with a consistent flow of cash each month, as well as savings to put toward a down payment.  It is also important to get your debts under control, by paying down larger debts.  Check your credit report. …
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Tips for Sellers


Ulster County Real EstateSpring is fast approaching.  This is the time of year homeowners begin to think about selling their homes after a long winter.  There will be more homes on the market, and hopefully more buyers, so your goal should be to make yours stand out and sell quickly at the best possible price.  Here are some helpful tips to consider in preparing your home for sale.

 

1)      Curb Appeal – the first impression as a buyer approaches your home. After you have completed your Spring yard cleanup, decide if shrubs need to be trimmed, then plant flowers that will bloom throughout the summer.  Remember to keep the lawn manicured and driveway clean.   

 

2)       Exterior of the House – power wash the siding, porches and decks,

    if necessary,

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Saugerties NY Real EstateSaugerties NY was named one of the 10 coolest small towns in America by Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine, with the quote “Saugerties can feel so much like home for weekenders that some have made it official.”, and Saugerties is is also known for hosting Woodstock '94, which was the 25th year celebration of the original Woodstock Music Festival.

Saugerties is again reinventing itself without loosing the charm. The locals love to point out that Saugerties is located between the Hudson River and the Catskill mountains, which gives the residents the benefit of nature’s visual beauty and a wealth of recreational opportunities. As a resident, there is a little something for everyone in Saugerties. Currently there are a number of unique properties being…
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In our last installment we examined the Median Sale Price for residentially listed properties in certain areas of Ulster County, namely the City of Kingston, the Town of Saugerties and the Town of Woodstock.  We learned that not all Ulster County Real Estate reacted the same way last year.  Sale prices went up in the Town of Saugerties, went down in the Town of Woodstock and remained virtually unchanged in the City of Kingston.  All three areas saw a decrease in the number of units sold.  In this installment we’ll look at the Town of Lloyd, the Town of Marbletown and the Town of New Paltz.

The Town of Lloyd had a Median Sale Price of $211,000 last year compared to $214,125 in 2009, a decrease of less than 2%.  In the Town of Marbletown the Median Sale

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