All Real Estate Is Local

I’m certain over the years you have heard the expression, “All Real Estate is local”, so what does it really mean? Well, to begin with what goes on in one part of the country or state doesn’t mean it’s happening everywhere else. Look at what has happened to our local market since this terrible pandemic fell upon our shores earlier this year. No one could have predicted just how bad things would become for all of us. So, here we are still struggling to get back to some form of normalcy. What we didn’t realize is that as conditions worsened in the metropolitan area, that folks would rush to the Hudson Valley to escape. Add to that the fact that companies and individuals learned quickly that working remotely was not only possible, but also very productive. What we are seeing is the single largest surge in Real Estate transactions and rising prices. All too common buyers are having to pay above the asking price in order to secure their safe haven. How long will this trend continue? No one can safely predict. As I have been advising many of our seller clients, if you were ever thinking of selling, do it now because there is no telling where this will all end up.

Why Buyers Need Their Own Agent in Today’s Market

For most buyers, searching for a new home begins Online. Sites such as Zillow.comTrulia.com, and Realtor.com get their data directly from local Multiple Listing Services (MLSs). Typically, when a buyer sees a property of interest, they often contact the listing agent for additional information, or to arrange a showing. Here is where buyer beware comes into play. That listing agent has a written contract with the seller to represent the seller’s interest in the sale, by attempting to sell the house at the highest price possible. When a buyer visits the property, they will be required to sign a NYS Disclosure, indicating that the listing agent will now be a Dual Agent, meaning they will represent both the buyer and seller. In such a case, the agent is prohibited from offering any guidance or help in the negotiations when a buyer wants to make an offer. If, on the other hand, the agent does not choose to represent both parties, then the buyer is considered a customer, and the agent will continue to only represent the seller. This leaves buyers without their own agent and representation. Not a smart move. Here’s a better idea. Rather than starting a search for properties in the area, instead search for an agent who is experienced in that market. They know the area, and very well may already know the properties. If they don’t have firsthand knowledge of a specific property, a Buyer’s Agent can preview homes, which saves a buyer time. When it comes time to make an offer, a Buyer’s Agent is very experienced in negotiations, and local market values, which can save buyers thousands in the purchase price. And finally, the Buyer’s Agents fees are typically paid for by the sellers. Now more than ever, with multiple offers very common, you should have your own agent. Don’t shop without one.
Good Luck!

Adjusting To The Current Reality

Suddenly each of us are finding ourselves in a new reality. One, none of us have had experience dealing with. Of course, some are better equipped than others to cope with these feelings of fear, and uncertainty. Our daily routines for ourselves and our families have been altered. So, just as we depend on our Government to step in to help us, it’s also important that each of us find the strength to guide our own families through this crisis.

Although, we have been asked to temporarily close our office, we are relying more than ever on each other to help cope with this new reality. Currently we are only permitted to work from home, however, we will continue to do everything that we can to work on behalf of all our clients and customers. We are also adjusting to these new conditions, and turning to technology to better serve our clients. For example, we are using Zoom meetings so all of us at Beach & Bartolo can meet regularly to discuss better ways to serve you. We are also utilizing virtual tours, mobile apps and home videos, when possible, to showcase our client’s homes.

We all need to make changes and adjustments in our daily lives. Starting with becoming focused on what is most important, like you and your family’s health. This may help, make a daily plan, utilize your time wisely, and above all, follow the guide lines and stay safe. We will get through this together.

Top Four Reasons To Have Your Own Agent

Buying a home is often the single biggest investment many of us make in our lives. Don’t do it alone. Here are my top four reasons why you should have your own agent. First, typically the seller, through the sale of their homes, will be paying the fee for your agent from the proceeds of that sale. Secondly, agents usually live in the area they are working in and therefore know home values. Thirdly, they are licensed in the state they are working and are required by law to put your interests first, this is called their fiduciary duty. And lastly, they know how to negotiate. That’s what they do for a living. Thinking of buying your first or second home in 2020? Don’t begin without your own agent at your side.

Bret Coladner Celebrates 3 year Anniversary

Congratulations to Bret Coladner who is celebrating his 3 year anniversary with Beach & Bartolo Realtors.

Bret Coladner, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Having been a café owner for 20 years, Bret Coladner has extensive experience in customer service. He is accustomed to hard work and long hours, and has the organizational skills to keep a business running. He specializes in residential rental and sales, as well as commercial real estate, and enjoys being an informative resource for his clients.

A  graduate of Long Island University Southampton College, Bret spent 20 years as the owner and operator of the Brooklyn Grind, a college campus espresso café on the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. Before that, he lived in Japan for almost six years working as an English teacher, and was a stockbroker in California.

Though extremely business savvy, Bret is first and foremost a genuine person. “I will, and have always, done whatever it takes to make my customers happy. Whether preparing a cup of cappuccino exactly how they liked it or finding the perfect home in a community they covet, I find a way to fulfill my customers wants and desires.”

Bret is a Chatham resident. He has been married for 25 years and has a daughter who just graduated from college, plus he has a beautiful Bernese Mountain dog, Lilly, with whom he shares his home. He speaks passable Japanese, loves outdoor sports like fishing and snowshoeing, and is an avid bicycle rider who has cycled around Japan and parts of Indonesia. In his free time, you can find Bret out exploring the environs of Columbia County on his bike or at home tending to his vegetable garden.

“While I might not be the first agent you called, I want to be the last!”

 

My Five Best Tips For Selling Your Home In 2020

  1. Hire the most professional and successful Realtor in your area.
  2. Repair any items in your house that need immediate attention.
  3. Remove all the clutter, including all your personal items.
  4. Get help in staging the house, so it shows well in Photographs.
  5. Price it so it stands out as the best buying opportunity compared to the competition, don’t use the internet, let a professional advise.

Edward “Adam” Nielsen & Tia Nielsen Celebrate 7 Years With The Agency

We are happy to congratulate Adam and Tia on 7 years with the agency this month.

Edward “Adam” Nielsen, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

As a lifelong resident of Columbia County, Adam was born and raised in Copake Falls, NY. He spent most of his childhood ski racing down Catamount, and participating in numerous water sports on Copake Lake. Growing up into a family legacy of reputable builders, Adam has learned from the best

 carpenters in the county. His grandfather, father and uncles, taught him everything there is to know about building a custom home, from laying down the foundation all the way to the finishing touches. He currently continues the family tradition of exceptional building.

Besides knowing what our area consists of inside and out, his expertise regarding land, land development, and building site construction go hand in hand with the real estate industry. With his background in building, love for interacting with people, and ability for envisioning property potential, it only seemed natural to become a licensed agent, and help the home buyer/seller with this important investment in their life.

Adam enjoys many outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, hunting, golf and spending time with his family out on Copake Lake.

Tia Nielsen, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

As a Columbia County native and Chatham High School graduate, I have lived here in beautiful upstate NY nearly my entire life. I briefly left the area to attend college, earning a BA in Communications from the University of Central Florida. Prior to returning home, I had wonderful experiences being a brand representative for various marketing firms. I traveled nationwide to advertise and boost sales for a 2003 M&M’s candy campaign, and also team managed a product launch in the Northeast, including our Hudson Valley area, for Dunkin’ Donuts brand.

I always knew I would return to where my roots are and raise my family, which during the past six years I have been a stay at home mom for my two very active boys. I enjoy spending time with my family, and appreciating the incredible outdoors and community events that Columbia County has to offer.With my background in the marketing/promotional industry and love for interacting with people, I believe that strong morals such as honesty, courtesy and respect in all relationships are the most valuable characteristics one should possess when assisting consumers. My goal is to bring the upmost, friendly and positive experience to all home buyers and sellers that I may have the pleasure to work with. I am excited about joining such a reputable, hometown agency as Beach and Bartolo. I look forward to helping people find their dream home.