Clifton Park, NY Real Estate News

High-Tech Kitchen Faucet: A Hip, Smart Retrofit.  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. A high-tech kitchen faucet is an easy upgrade that offers convenience and safety while quenching your grownup thirst for fun. The Karbon articulating kitchen faucet allows you to select a height as well as a direction to spray. Image: Kohler If you're looking for a new kitchen faucet, check out the high-tech wonders. The latest-gen kitchen faucets seem to operate with only a wink and a nod, and are a cool way to upgrade your kitchen without remodeling the whole space. Best of all, they aren't that expensive-you can get some of the latest features for under $200. Can you do this with your kitchen faucet? The contortionists: The trouble with a kitchen faucet ...
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Start a Shared Tool Co-op.  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. Save money and have access to a truly stunning tool collection by starting a neighbor-to-neighbor lending program or a tool library. You might use a neighbor's garage or a donated space from a local business as a storage space for a tool-sharing program. Image: Stewart Cohen/Pam Ostrow/Blend Images/Getty Images The amount you save by borrowing a table saw the two or three times a year you need it, rather than buying one, is so great that neighborhoods around the country have formalized the process with tool-sharing programs. Neighbors organize a process to lend each other specific tools, and establish tool libraries that loan tools to members. The benefits aren't just economic: ...
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When It Pays to Do It Yourself.  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. Doing home-improvement jobs yourself can be a smart way to save money, but choose the right DIY projects or you'll end up paying dearly. Look for maintenance jobs that are relatively easy and need to be done regularly, so you can hone your skills over time. Image: Comstock/Getty Images Why pay someone big bucks to do something you can just as easily do yourself? That's the thinking that has gotten more Americans than ever swinging their own hammers. In a recent Time magazine poll, nearly a quarter of people said they were taking on more home-improvement projects themselves-understandably so, when you consider that it usually means a 50% to 75% discount, since all you pay fo...
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New Kitchen Cabinet Hardware-Low-Cost Ways to Jazz Up Your Style.  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. Replace old kitchen cabinet hardware and gain an instant style update that's simple to do and easy on the budget. Get creative with your cabinet hardware, such as these zinc alloy knobs and pulls, for a low-cost kitchen style upgrade. Image: Siro Designs Like putting on a silk tie or diamond earrings, changing kitchen cabinet hardware is an easy way to freshen existing space without a lot of expense. Installing new knobs, pulls, and hinges is a project you can do in a weekend, too, once you've found cool replacements. You'll love the unlimited variety of shapes, sizes, and colors available: Every type of metal finish, colored glass, even ha...
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Save Money With an Insulation Upgrade.  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY. Beefing up inadequate insulation is one of the quickest energy-payback projects you can do, resulting in lower heating and cooling bills and increased comfort. Home improvement expert Joe Truini demonstrates the best way to install craft-paper insulation in your attic. Additional home improvement videos can be found at DannyLipford.com. Even if you live in an older home, there's no reason you need to shiver through the winter or roast in the summer. If your house doesn't have enough insulation-common in homes built before 1980, when energy awareness began to take hold-bringing it up to current standards will make it more comfortable all year long. Plus, you'll save a...
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Evaluate Your House for an Attic Bedroom.  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties. An attic bedroom remodel is an easy way to increase living space and avoid many of the zoning restrictions attached to adding on. Before embarking on an attic bedroom remodeling project, check to see if you have rafters or trusses holding up the roof. Image: Valspar Paint An attic bedroom exploits roof space previously devoted to high school yearbooks and nesting sparrows. Reclaiming the space under your roof also avoids many zoning and easement concerns-common chores when adding onto a house. Attic bedroom costs and value Converting an attic to a bedroom is a good investment. According to Remodeling Magazine's annual Cost vs. Value survey, an attic bedroom conversion that includes ...
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Attic Air Leaks: How to Find and Seal Them.  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties. Even if your attic floor is filled with adequate insulation, seal air leaks around pipes and other attic openings to prevent waste of heating and cooling energy-and money. An attic hatch cover improves energy efficiency and costs about $150. Image: Energy Guardian You probably think of your ceilings as solid surfaces, but the truth is that ceilings leak air into unfinished attic spaces through gaps and openings, such as around pipes and lighting fixtures. Air leaking into your attic could be costing you money-up to 30% of a home's heating and cooling energy is lost due to air leaks. That's an annual $300 bite out of your wallet that you can prevent. Find air leaks From below your ...
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DIY Home Energy Audit in 6 Easy Steps.  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties. Perform your own home energy audit to see if you need fixes that can lower your energy bills by 5% to 30% annually. The biggest air leaks are usually found in the attic, but it's often easy to add insulation there. Image: Roxul Is your home squandering precious energy? Here's how you can search out areas of energy waste that may be costing you money. By following up on problems, you can lower energy bills by 5% to 30% annually. With annual energy bills averaging $2,200, investing in fixes or energy-efficient replacement products could save you up to $660 within a year. Leave the deerstalker hat and magnifying glass behind. All you'll need for energy sleuthing is a flashlight, screwdriv...
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By Lewis Beynon, Triangle Real Estate 411
(CENTURY 21 Triangle Group)
Clifton Park NY Homes for Sale - Capital Region Skinny Here is the November issue of the Capital Region Skinny.  It provides key metric reporting for home sales in the Capital Region, including Clifton Park NY.
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By Lewis Beynon, Triangle Real Estate 411
(CENTURY 21 Triangle Group)
Clifton Park NY Homes for Sale SPOTLESS 3 bedroom Ranch with 3-Season Sunroom and finished basement family room.  New carpeting over hardwood floors.  Large yard and lots and lots of updates.  Perfect for the empty-nester or first time home buyer.  Reduced to $219,900
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By Lewis Beynon, Triangle Real Estate 411
(CENTURY 21 Triangle Group)
Clifton Park NY Homes for Sale Brand new kitchen in this 3 Bed 1.1 Bath home located on Cooks Ct. Won't last @ $210,000 Call today!!! Updated Roof, Kitchen, Main Level Flooring. Finished Basement Family Room.  Owner open to all offers and will give credit for 2nd floor carpeting.
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5 Tips to Get Your Campaign Started,  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY and Stewart Construction Inc in Burnt Hills NY.  Learn how to launch and run a community campaign effectively. Keep your community group's attention and enthusiasm revved up with a series of concrete goals. Image: Senior Style/Getty Images  5 Tips to Get Your Campaign Started,  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY and Stewart Construction Inc in Burnt Hills NY.  If you get fired up imagining yourself successfully championing a better local recycling program or a stop sign at that busy intersection down the block, you can make that passion a reality by starting a neighborhood campaign for change. But before you become a commun...
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How to Participate in City Planning, County Planning Efforts.   Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY and Stewart Construction Inc in Burnt Hills NY.  Have a positive impact on your community by getting involved in city and county meetings that affect your area's future development. If you attend a hearing, be as specific as possible about your concerns and how the project might affect you. Image: Eric Audras/Getty Images How to Participate in City Planning, County Planning Efforts.   Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY and Stewart Construction Inc in Burnt Hills NY. The decisions your local planning commission and zoning board of appeals make have a tremendous impact on the look and feel of your co...
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Walking Programs That Get You and Your Neighbors to Use Foot Power.  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY and Stewart Construction Inc in Burnt Hills NY. Fun walking programs get your neighbors walking to shops, restaurants, schools, and workplaces. In a "walking school bus," kids walk together with one adult as a chaperone, or "driver." Image: PedBikeimages.org/Dan Burden.  Walking Programs That Get You and Your Neighbors to Use Foot Power.  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez of Coldwell Banker Prime Properties in Clifton Park NY and Stewart Construction Inc in Burnt Hills NY. Being walkably close to shops, restaurants, and offices can make your home worth more, but if you want the neighbors to actually walk to all those places, you need fun walking p...
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By Lewis Beynon, Triangle Real Estate 411
(CENTURY 21 Triangle Group)
Clifton Park NY Homes for Sale - The Capital Region Skinny Enjoy this months issue of the Capital Regions Skinny, brought to you by the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS.  
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By Melissa Furman, Lic Real Estate Salesperson Luxury Homes
(Keller Williams Capital District Real Estate)
How Much Do We Pay Attention Really? We all are guilty of it... Tunning things out. The question is how much do we tune out each day. Are we missing something important or are we just not acknowledging things. Search Homes For Sale
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By Melissa Furman, Lic Real Estate Salesperson Luxury Homes
(Keller Williams Capital District Real Estate)
November Real Estate Market Report Search Homes For Sale   The month of November has plenty to offer residents of the Capital District.  A change of seasons, plenty of leaves to rake, and who can forget Thanksgiving Day which typically kicks off the holiday season.     Real Estate Market Snapshot for November 2010   Let's take a look at the real estate market for resale single family homes that make up the Capital District.   Main Highlights of Real Estate Market Pending real estate homes have dropped 1.3% from October.  The medium real estate home price increased over the same time last year. Year to date real estate market appreciation rose a full percentage point to 2.6 % With the pending real estate homes dropping it appears buyers were waiting for election day to cast their vote on...
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What Type of Energy Audit is Right for You?  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez Clifton Park NY Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, and Todd Stewart of Stewart Construction, Custom Home Builder in Burnt Hills NY. What Type of Energy Audit is Right for You?  Courtesy of Josh Gonzalez Clifton Park NY Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, and Todd Stewart of Stewart Construction, Custom Home Builder in Burnt Hills NY. An energy audit will tell you where your home is wasting energy and what improvements you need to make to lower your energy bills by 5% to 30% annually. Luckily there are different types of energy audits that range from free to a few hundred dollars. Use an online energy audit questionnaire You can find them at the website for your local utilit...
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By Lewis Beynon, Triangle Real Estate 411
(CENTURY 21 Triangle Group)
Clifton Park NY Homes for Sale Hang up and Drive!!! Drivers talking on cell phones are 4 times more likely to cause a crash than drivers who are not using their phones. That means - drivers using cell phones pose the same risk as drivers who are legally drunk. Drivers who are sending text messages instead of talking are 8 times more likely to cause a crash. That's twice the risk of a drunk driver. The facts about texting while driving? OMG! Adults are guilty too. 34% of teens admit to texting while driving……… and 47% of adults confess to this unsafe practice. For those of us who spend a lot of time in our cars, we need ot be especially careful!!! Most drivers think they're great at multi-tasking and can safely use their phones while driving. Most drivers are deluding themselves. The odd...
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By Lewis Beynon, Triangle Real Estate 411
(CENTURY 21 Triangle Group)
Clifton Park NY Homes for Sale New Construction Statistics There are currently 252 Active Listings for New Construction in Clifton Park NY to include the entire Shenendehowa Central School District.  The average list price is $388,676 In addition, there are 89 Pending contracts for New Construction with an average lsit price of $368,381. Year to Date there have been 159 New Construction Sales posted with an average list price of $382,094 and an average sale price of $391,382.  To put this in perspective here is the historical unit sales: 2009 - 170 2008 - 207 2007 - 215 2006 - 182 2005 - 180 2004 - 316 2003 - 332 2002 - 312 2001 - 236 As a result of these declining new construction sales, many builders are offering incentives.  Most incentives involve "free" upgrades. If you have questi...
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