Thursday, November 26, 2009

Much to be Thankful For

Highland Maples
Originally uploaded by maryshelsby

Just a quick note between stuffing the turkey and peeling the potatoes. I have much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful supportive husband and an awesome family back in Maryland. I am affiliated with the best real estate company that Rochester has to offer, ReMax First. And 99.9 percent of my clients feel like friends and family. There is not much more I could ask for.

I hope you too have many blessing to count. Stay safe and have a happy holiday with your loved ones.


Monday, November 09, 2009

What does a Million Dollars Buy You in the Rochester Real Estate Market?

In some parts of the country, it's not unusual to pay a million dollars or more to buy a nice house but in the Rochester, NY area it is a rarity. In fact, for a measly million dollars you get a really, really, REALLY nice house!

For just over a million, $1,059,000 to be exact, you can purchase a 6 bedroom, 3.5 bath waterfront front home with a 36 foot indoor pool, hot tub and three fireplaces. For details and photos, click here: Canandaigua.

While most of the million dollar plus properties are waterfront, not all of them are. In Caledonia, the historic Wadsworth estate is on the market for $1,800,000. The estate includes a main house with owner's quarters plus three apartments, a pond-side cottage and a two-story barn/party house on a 30 acre lot. To see the listing, click: Caledonia.

For a whopping $4 million, there is a 37-acre home built in 2008 that boast 11,000 sq feet of living space. (I hope they issue a map at the front door because I have visions of getting lost here!) Located in Penfield, this property was originally listed at $6 million! The listing is rather vague in details and photos, but here it is: Penfield.

To see all of 48 or so listings with a price tag over a million, check out this link Million. In fact, if you enjoy watching the local real estate market, don't hesitate to register with the site, develop a search and have listings delivered right to your computer in-box. And if I can be of assistance, don't hesitate to call.

Mary Shelsby
ReMax First

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Mum 's the Word at Lamberton Conservatory

I just can't be quiet about the beautiful Autumn Mum Display at Lamberton Conservatory, scheduled to run till the end of November. The display featured darn near every type and color of mum you can imagine. It is beautiful. The Conservatory, located in Highland Park, only charges $3 to enter and is open every day except Christmas from 10 am til 4 pm.

Enjoy the extraordinary weather Rochester is having this weekend!

Mary Shelsby
ReMax First

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Why You Should Support Extending the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit!

Did you vote yesterday? I hope so. When I showed up at the polls at 8:40 last night, we had less than a 20 percent turnout. And then we complain about not liking what's going on around here.

Anyway, speaking of politics, this seems like an excellent time to endorse the efforts to extend (and possibly expand) the tax credit for first time homebuyers that is scheduled to expire on November 30, 2009. It is obvious why I want this to be extended since my business is directly impacted by the ebb and flow of the real estate market. But even if I didn't work in real estate, I would be pushing for this extension.

I didn't know this but each time there is a transfer of title of a property in America, it contributes, on average, $62,000 to the gross national product! That's huge! I'm guessing the average is slightly lower in the Rochester area just because our property values are very economical, but the impact is huge. When a house is bought or sold, a ton of people earn a paycheck, including inspectors, mortgage loan officers, surveyors, lawyers, movers, appraisers and Realtors. And as soon as the transaction closes, the new homeowners buy paint, curtains, furniture and lots of other goodies to make the house a home. So, a strong real estate market is good for the local economy.

If you believe this as strongly as I do, I hope you will call or e-mail your Congressman and urge them to get this extension through the House ASAP.