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Real Estate Agent - Babbitt Realty - NYS# 30BA0740535
Rochester real estate is doing well! It has not suffered the ups and downs of the sunbelt areas.
How are you coping with the heat?  Who would have thought back in January when we were trying to keep warm in upstate New York with temperatures in the single digits, snow up to the eaves, and 20+ mile an hours gusts that we would want it cool!               This summer is proving to be one of t...
To begin my story, let me first tell you how I came to have these "household hazardous waste" items.  I listed a house of a senior couple who were moving into an assisted-living community.  I sold the house and they moved into their new apartment prior to the closing.  The day before the closing...
Will April Showers Bring May Flowers? Wel,l the tally is in and yes, April, 2011 will go down in the books as one of the wettest Aprils in history. Along with the rain, we had below normal temperatures which prevented the blossoms and flowers from blooming! Even the lawns are behind with the col...
Monday morning email always has an update from my Realtor Association, called Precisely News, and this morning I saw a "Grow House" alert! What is a Grow House?  It is usually a rental house in the suburbs that is used to grow and mass produce marijuana using hydroponics. Here is what we need to ...
Yesterday here in Rochester, NY was the St. Patrick's Day Parade.  Every year we plan to go, but sometimes if the weather is too bad we don't go.  The weather yesterday was pretty good for this time of the year in mid-March, it was mid-40's, so we decided to go. What kid doesn't like parade, so ...
I heard this comment the other day from a friend, "You don't wash a rental car,"  and it made me think of how we approach things in our lives! Are you stuck in a rut?  In other words, are you having a hard time changing the way you do your real estate business?  Are you resisting going on Facebo...
I saw this in an email I got from Sandra Fernandz from Florida and thought it would be good to pass along to you. See Your Goals      Undertand the obstacles           Create a positive mental picture                Clear your mind of self doubt                     Embrace the challenge          ...
International homebuyers with permanent residences outside the U.S., recent immigrants and temporary visa holders, last year purchased $66 billion of U.S. residential property, or 7% of the market, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR).  The decline in real estate prices, an ove...
Today is the last day of 2010!  Just the thought that tomorrow will be 2011 and that another year has passed, is enough to make most of us reflect back on the events and activities of the past year and then think ahead to the prospect of doing better in the New Year! Don't you have these thought...
Just saw some statistics for the past couple of months that I wanted to share with you. Existing home sales rose 5.6% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.68 million units from 4.43 million units in October. The inventory of unsold homes on the market declined 4% to 3.71 million,...


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