Clifton Park, NY Real Estate News

Care and Maintenance of Your Deck.  Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifto Park NY.  New Construction Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY. Annual deck maintenance will forestall major repairs, protect your investment, and boost your enjoyment of your deck. If water beads up on your deck, the sealant is in good shape. If water soaks in, you need to wash and reseal it. Image: Wolman Deck Stain/Rust-Oleum Corporation  Care and Maintenance of Your Deck.  Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifto Park NY.  New Construction Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY. Because decks are exposed to the harshest elements, they require annual maintenance. Most decks should be cleaned and sealed every year to protect wood components; even decks made of composite or vinyl...
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Do Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Make Sense Now?  Josh Gonzalez, a Real Estate Agent Upstate NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY. Although they've been much maligned, adjustable-rate mortgages make sense in a variety of circumstances. Although they can be riskier, ARMs may help you save money in the early years of a mortgage. Image: Comstock Images/Getty Images  Do Adjustable-Rate Mortgages Make Sense Now?  Josh Gonzalez, a Real Estate Agent Upstate NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY. Adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) get bad press. The poster child for irresponsible borrowing, they're the mortgage industry's bad boys. But ARMs can be excellent loans for thrifty borrowers....
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Lawn Maintenance Calendar.  Josh Gonzalez, a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY. Regular lawn maintenance gives your home maximum curb appeal and preserves the value of your property. To keep your lawn looking its best, mow often enough so you're not removing more than one-third of the blade of grass at a time. Image: The Toro Company  Lawn Maintenance Calendar.  Josh Gonzalez, a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY. A healthy, well-maintained lawn is more than just good-looking-it's a key to preserving the value of your home. Regular lawn maintenance enhances curb appeal, making your home-and neighborhood-attractive to passersby and poten...
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Tax Deductions for Rental Homes.  Josh Gonzalez, a Real Estate Agent in Clifton Park NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties.  New Construction Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY. While being a landlord certainly has its cons, tops among its pros are the tax deductions for rental homes enjoyed by owners. Maintaining a rental property typically requires a commitment of about four hours per week. Image: Image Source/Getty Images Tax Deductions for Rental Homes.  Josh Gonzalez, a Real Estate Agent in Clifton Park NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties.  New Construction Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  From finding tenants to fixing faucets, renting out a home can be a lot of work. Yet perhaps the biggest reward for being a landlord isn't the rent checks, but rather the considerable t...
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Outdoor Lighting for Curb Appeal and Safety.  Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY. Well-planned outdoor lighting improves curb appeal, safety, and security for your home. Uplighting adds drama to a landscape. Use it in moderation to highlight different features of your home. Image: Kichler Lighting  Outdoor Lighting for Curb Appeal and Safety.  Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY. Think about it: Most of your guests (and if your home is on the market, many would-be buyers) see your home only in the evening, when its best features may be lost in the shadows. Well-executed outdoor lighting enhances architectural detail and plays up landscape features, c...
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By Lewis Beynon, Triangle Real Estate 411
(CENTURY 21 Triangle Group)
Clifton Park NY Homes for Sale Come take a look at this large colonial 4 bedroom 2.1 bath with a large lot and finished basement.  New carpet is on order, new stove and dishwasher are in.  Lots of fresh paint everywhere and a fresh coat of stain on the deck.  Call today for a private showing.  Proudly listed at $252,900. Clifton Park NY Homes for Sale Lewis Beynon Prime Property Solutions. llc (518)281-3951  LewisB@nycap.rr.com FREE Home Search @ www.LewisB.com
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By Josh Gonzalez
(Coldwell Banker Prime Properties)
Help Control Deer in Your Community You can help spur community-wide efforts to control deer, those adorable but damaging pests that ravage crops and threaten highway safety. About 1.5 million deer-related car accidents happen every year in the United States. Image: John J. Mosesso/National Biological Information Infrastructure/USGS   Are deer causing traffic accidents and stripping away the vegetation in your community? You're not alone. Deer cause 1.5 million car accidents, about 150 human fatalities, and more than 10,000 personal injuries every year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says. They also run up a $1 billion-a-year tab in crop and timber losses. Whether you want to shoot them, put them on birth control, or fence them out, here's how to work with community ...
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By Josh Gonzalez
(Coldwell Banker Prime Properties)
Community Bird Control Makes Flocks Go Away.  Large bird populations damage property and threaten health. Here's what you can do to initiate a bird-control program in your community. Canada geese can pose a health risk--the nitrogen content in their droppings can contaminate water supplies. Image: Bureau of Land Management   When hundreds, sometimes thousands, of birds descend on a community, they can cover private property and public places with bacteria-filled droppings. So if your yard, city park, playground, or other neighborhood gathering spot becomes unusable due to bird droppings, here are the best ways to get the birds to move on.   Work with local officials Uncontrolled bird populations can cause problems for entire communities. Heavy concentrations of bird droppings are a bree...
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Realtors® Help Working Families Purchase and Keep Their Homes.  New Construction Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties. Realtors® Help Working Families Purchase and Keep Their Homes.  New Construction Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties. The country's tight economy and challenging mortgage market are making it even more difficult for low- to moderate-income working families to purchase and keep their homes. Addressing those challenges was the focus of the "Workforce Housing Solutions" forum at the Realtors® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo here this week. Workforce housing refers to housing that is affordable to low- to moderate-income working individuals. This includes teachers, f...
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Medical Tax Deductions for Home Improvements.  New Construction Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez is a Realtor in Clifton Park NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties.  You might be able to claim tax deductions for home improvements made for medical reasons if you itemize and your expenses are sizable. Modifying kitchen equipment to accommodate wheelchairs generally doesn't add to the value of a home, so it should be eligible for the full medical tax deduction. Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock Images/Getty Images  Medical Tax Deductions for Home Improvements.  New Construction Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez is a Realtor in Clifton Park NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties.  Whether you're in a wheelchair or suffering from asthma, you might be able to...
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Realtors® Reshaping Real Estate Technologies.  Josh Gonzalez, a Realtor in Clifton Park NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties Assiting Buyers and Sellers in the Capital District. Realtors® Reshaping Real Estate Technologies.  Josh Gonzalez, a Realtor in Clifton Park NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties Assiting Buyers and Sellers in the Capital District. More than nine out of 10 home buyers use the Internet as a search tool, and Realtors® at the Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo here this week are engaged in ways to improve and enhance consumers' online real estate experience. "The Internet has helped transform the real estate industry, and Realtors® are committed to the evolution of online tools and resources," said NAR President Vicki Cox Golder, owner of Vicki L. Cox &...
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10 Tips for Saving Energy in the Kitchen.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Realtor in  Clifton Park NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties.  Maintain your large kitchen appliances is part of a smart home energy efficiency plan. By using gas and electric stoves more effectively, you can save an average of $30 per year. Image: Electrolux 10 Tips for Saving Energy in the Kitchen.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Realtor in  Clifton Park NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties.    Spending less money on utility bills doesn't mean you need to rush out and purchase a whole new suite of Energy Star appliances. With occasional light maintenance and good habits, you can greatly improve the energy efficiency of your large kitchen appliances-up to about ...
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Green Kitchen Remodeling.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Realtor in Clifton Park NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties. If you're ready to remodel your kitchen and want to go green, here's how to create the healthy, energy-efficient, eco-friendly kitchen of your dreams.  Going green with your kitchen remodeling project means making choices based on your lifestyle and your budget. The decisions aren't always simple. For example, a certain green product may outlast and use less energy but cost more than a similar product that performs equally well. Fortunately, an expanding marketplace for smart, stylish green products is helping to lower costs-making it easier to have a green kitchen and love it, too. Green Kitchen Remodeling.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY....
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Green Cleaning Products for the Kitchen.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Realtor in Clifton Park NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties. Going green in the kitchen doesn't mean going broke as long as you choose the right green cleaning products. Some of the most eco-friendly kitchen cleaners may already be in your pantry. Image: Andersen Ross/Getty Images Green Cleaning Products for the Kitchen.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Realtor in Clifton Park NY with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties.  From meat juices to milk spills, the kitchen can be a messy place. But don't reach for caustic cleaners or synthetic air sprays to give your countertops and appliances a fresher feeling. Many green cleaning products are just as effective at sanitizing yo...
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Getting Your Neighborhood Historic District Designation.  New Construction Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY.  Getting a historic designation for your neighborhood takes a lot of work. But it can increase property values and build a strong sense of community. Getting a historic designation for your neighborhood can add value to your own home. Image: Hisham Ibrahim/Photographer's Choice RF/Getty Images Getting Your Neighborhood Historic District Designation.  New Construction Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY.    Getting a historic designation for your quaint old neighborhood is a paperwork-intensive task...
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Does Walkability Raise Property Values?  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Real Estate agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. Making your community more walkable can improve your quality of life and increase the value of your home. Shopping and social spots within reasonable walking distance of residences can improve property values in a community. Image: Inti St. Clair/Photodisc/Getty Images  Does Walkability Raise Property Values?  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Real Estate agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. Pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods within walking distance of schools, parks, and businesses may be more valuable than similar homes built where residents must drive to those amenities, acc...
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Adding Plumbing Service to Your Workshop or Studio.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. Adding even a simple utility sink to an outbuilding means running underground supply and drain lines at a cost of thousands of dollars. A utility sink may be useful for cleanup in a workshop or studio. Image: Elkay Adding Plumbing Service to Your Workshop or Studio.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY.  It's costly enough adding a new bathroom to your home when you need only tap into existing supply, drain, and vent lines, but when you add a separate workshop or studio to your property, you'll be installing a system fr...
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Renting Out Your Home? Get Landlord Insurance.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. If you're renting out your home, it might not be covered by homeowners insurance, so look into landlord insurance instead. Landlord insurance typically costs about 25% more than homeowners insurance. Image: Vstock LLC/Getty  Renting Out Your Home? Get Landlord Insurance.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. Maybe you're moving up to a bigger home and holding on to your former residence as a rental property. Or maybe you've tried to sell your home without success. Whatever the reason, if you're thinking about renting out you...
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5 Programs for Improving Local Waste Recycling.   Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. Unique waste recycling programs help save tax dollars by diverting trash from the landfill and into the recycling stream. Solar-powered Big Belly trash compactors notify haulers when they're full, which cuts down on the number of trips the haulers make to clean them out. Image: BigBelly Solar  5 Programs for Improving Local Waste Recycling.   Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. Recycling waste helps communities decrease the need for landfills, reduces pollution, and can raise a city's profile as a "green" place to live. ...
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Public Transportation Adds Value to Your Home.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. It's an urban (and suburban) myth that proximity to public transportation systems decreases property values and increases crime rates. In fact, just the opposite is true. Light rail systems such as this one in Pasadena, Calif., have shown to increase property values. Image: Metro ©2010 LACMTA  Public Transportation Adds Value to Your Home.  Homes for Sale in Clifton Park NY.  Josh Gonzalez a Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. Increasingly, cities and towns are creating or expanding mass transportation to boost economic activity, provide convenient alternatives to costly hig...
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