Saratoga Springs One of the Best College Towns for Food

The daily meal has named Saratoga Springs number 7 out of 20 for the best college towns for food. Our town has so many great restaurants, it’s hard to choose where to go! You’ll also never get bored with the food here, you can always try something new.

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Greek Revival Feature

One of our properties, 2 Creek Bend, in Stillwater, New York, was featured in an article about Greek Revival Architecture in our area.

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“The distinctive columns of Greek Revival architecture may bring to mind a Southern plantation, but that’s a misconception. During the second decade of the 19th century, American builders fell in love with Greek style and, because the infatuation corresponded with a population boom, Greek Revivals popped up all around the country between 1825 and 1860. Even now, a century and a half after the popularity of the style waned, New York has the largest number of residential examples, writes Virginia Savage McAlester in “A Field Guide to American Houses.”

Grand antebellum throwbacks are found in Southern states. In the Capital Region, the style survives largely in small towns, shielded from the demolition that comes along with changing fashion.

The identifying features are low-pitched roofs, often with a large front gable, and a wide band of trim beneath the eaves meant to evoke the entablature of the Parthenon. The columns, round or square, generally support a porch roof that runs the length and height of the front facade, called a temple front. American Greek Revivals often have square columns, which didn’t exist in ancient Greece and Rome. Greek Revival follows Georgian and Federal in the American popularity timeline, and, other than the columns, the changes are subtle. For example, the front door of both a Federal and Greek Revival house has an elaborate surround, but Federal doors tend to be in the center and have a curved fan light above the door, while a Greek Revival entrance is frequently left of center with a transom. Greek Revival doorways are often recessed into the facade. Generally, the Greek Revivals are simpler than their predecessors.

“Greece’s involvement in a war for independence (1821-1832) aroused much sympathy in the newly independent United States; at the same time, the War of 1812 diminished American affection for British influence, including the still dominant Federal style in domestic architecture,” McAlester writes. Greek Revival was frequently used for bank construction. Nationally, Quincy Market in Boston (1825) and the original National City Bank Building in New York City (1836-1842) are good examples of the style. Locally, the Bush Memorial Hall on the Sage Colleges campus in Troy has iconic Doric columns.

Article by : Leigh Hornbeck, Times Union

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Increasing the Value of Your Home

Trulia recently published an article about 8 proven ways to increase the value of your home. We believe these are all very important things to do to not only increase value, but also properly display your home within the real estate market.

1. Staging & De-cluttering

It’s important to properly stage your home to look like something you would see in a magazine. By de-cluttering, you allow anyone coming in the ability to imagine their own personal belongings in each room.

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9 Taymor Trail, Clifton Park NY 12065 | $1,390,000 USD

 

2. Clean, Clean & Clean!

Let’s be honest, no one wants to walk through a dirty home. Spend the extra hours washing the windows, dusting the living room, mopping the floors and shining up those appliances. A fresh smell and a fresh look will definitely generate more interest!

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42 Rolling Brook, Ballston Spa NY 12020 | $549,000 USD

 

3. It’s All About Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything! Make sure your home is inviting from the outside.

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6 Hilltop Court, Rexford NY 12065 | $875,000

 

4. Details

It’s the little things you think you can let go and no one will notice, but a house shows better if all of the light bulbs are in working order and all of your personal photographs are put away. Again, people want to envision their own personal affects.

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4 Pheasant Run, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 | $750,000

 

5. Refresh Kitchen and Baths

“Consumer Reports estimates that you can increase your home’s value by as much as 7% by renovating these rooms.” Know the current trends, the modern look. Make sure that if you’re going to spend any money to revamp, the first place you put it is in these rooms.

On a strict budget? There are money friendly ways to give your kitchen a brand new, modern look. Check out this $800 kitchen remodel : http://www.thekitchn.com/before-after-an-800-complete-kitchen-makeover-kitchen-remodel-217753

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Executive Builders, Bel Ridge Homes, Niskayuna NY (Photo is example of builder’s work)

 

6. Photography is KEY!

In today’s modern world, the first viewing someone will see of your home is online. Your online presence must be strong to get them to call and schedule a showing. Photography is everything!

Here’s a fun fact for you : “According to RedFin.com, homes shot with a DSLR receive an average of 61% more views, have a 47% higher asking price per square foot and an increased likelihood of selling when priced above $300,000.” – Real Estate Web Solutions

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Magnificent Lake Placid Estate, Lake Placid NY 12946 | $12,750,000

 

7. Limit the DIY

Our Real Estate Professionals have gone through extensive training to gain the knowledge on properly marketing and selling homes. Hire one. Don’t try to sell it yourself, or you may risk sitting on it for quite some time. Agents have the tools necessary to expose your home to more than just one online presence, or a sign in the yard.

Make sure you’re interviewing agents to find a good fit for you and your property. It’s extremely important to find an agent who will “sell” your home and not just “list” your home.

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8. Don’t take it personally.

Leave the emotions out of it. Cherish the memories made at your home, but step back and de-personalize before selling. Homes sell based on price, and what the market is willing to pay. Look at comparative homes and what they are selling for.

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384 Stage Road, White Creek NY | $980,000 USD

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