The Hudson Valleys’s Growing Allure

by Charles "Chuck" Bartolo  |  About Columbia County

At last, the word seems to be getting around, because more and more visitors are being drawn to Columbia county and the entire Hudson Valley.  More and more new full-time residents as well. The reasons for this may be a bit more than first meets the eye.  Certainly the about two hour proximity to the Metropolitan Area makes the ‘country’...

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Events Going On This Weekend

by Charles "Chuck" Bartolo  |  Columbia County Events

There are many events going on this weekend and the entire month of August in the County. If your looking to see a show you can go see “The Real   (Desperate) Housewives of Columbia County!” at the lighthouse Marina & Restaurant in Copake NY every Friday in August. It should be a fun show to go and see. On Saturday...

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Interest Rates – The View From Here

by Charles "Chuck" Bartolo  |  General Real Estate News

Our Government finally cut a deal saving us from default, but then Standard & Poors downgraded our credit rating. How might this affect you and me — and the housing market? Some consumer interest rates will likely begin tracking higher.  However The Federal Reserve in a response to the lower rating just guaranteed its interest rates for the next two years,...

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Money Talks Once Again

by Charles "Chuck" Bartolo  |  Columbia County Events, General Real Estate News

  ‘Money talks’ is a very old  expression, and one whose truth is often demonstrated – but only very occasionally in a truly startling fashion. Thumbing my way through a current issue of USA Today, I spotted a Real Estate Report that some 30% of existing home sales in a recent month were all cash transactions, a pattern now seen in markets all...

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Hard Cash Strikes Again

by Charles "Chuck" Bartolo  |  Columbia County Events, General Real Estate News

A recent article in USA Today reports that cash buyers are snapping up homes and properties in markets all over America. Somewhat incredibly, perhaps, in a recent month all-cash buyers accounted for some 30% of existing home sales. This trend is showing up more and more – and right here in our own back yard. These are savvy investors who...

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