Monday, January 26, 2009

Rochester Best Buy: 1165 Bay Street

Here's a house that definitely should be sale pending! This 3 bedroom colonial with finished basement needs painting and other cosmetics but is a steal at the current list price of $63,000. Details and inside photos at Bay St .
What makes this such a good deal? Similar properties in this neighborhood have sold for prices in the $73,000 to $83,000 range. Here are the recent sales: Customer Full Report
For an appointment, give me a call at 585-756-7457.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

New York State Property Taxes

This should come as no surprise. New York homeowners pay highest property taxes in nation

According to a recent report by the Washington-based Tax Foundation, New Yorkers are saddled with the highest property tax burden in the nation. The counties paying the highest actual property taxes in the nation are Westchester and Nassau with average burdens nearing $8,000 per year. Monroe County ranks 80th in the nation with an average tax bill of $3,486.

An interesting twist to the data is that when taxes are compared to their homes' value, Monroe County ranks 5th in the nation with median real estate taxes running at 2.84% of median home values. Neighboring Orleans County tops the list!! I guess the eternal optimists in me wants to report this as good news. I mean, we could be paying more than a quarter of a million dollars for a starter home and have huge taxes too.

Anyway, I'm working with a reporter who is doing a story about the impact on the local real estate market of Governor Patterson's proposal to eliminate the STAR rebate checks. If you have some thoughts to share on this subject, either leave a comment on the blog (with contact information) or send me an e-mail at We'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Million Dollar Real Estate

It's a new year and time for new dreams.

Just a few years ago, it was very rare to find a property for sale in the Rochester area for $1,000,000 or more. Currently, there are more than 30 listings of luxury homes with a million dollar or higher price tag. And with today's difficult economic climate, these prices are dropping faster than a brick out of a 3rd floor window.

Here is a link to current Million Dollar Listings. Enjoy and stay warm!