174 EASTSIDE DRIVE BALLSTON LAKE NY BANK OWNED HANDYMAN SPECIAL UNDER 125K

  • 1,872 Colonial square feet according to public records

  • Built in 2002.
  • Needs work. Kitchen has no wall cabinets.
  • Recommend inspections for full disclosure. Being sold as is.
  • 2 car detached garage
  • Fenced yard.
  • For more information please E-mail us at GAGEREALTY@GMAIL.COM
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124 CLEVELAND AVENUE COBLESKILL NY BANK OWNED JUST LISTED UNDER 100K

4133 CONSAUL ROAD NISKAYUNA NY 12304 COMING SOON

  • Not yet available for sale,  Property is under management only at this time.

  • Separate in-law cottage or rental.
  • E-mail at gagerealty@gmail.com for more information, please.
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1128 HAMMOND STREET UTICA NY BANK OWNED UNDER 30K

  • MLS LISTING

  • Two family house close to downtown. Great investment opportunity.
  • Per our terms buyer assumes all closing and deed costs. Property sold in its AS-IS, WHERE-IS” condition. Seller does not prorate taxes. Buyer pays all closing costs including, but not limited to any and all transfer taxes, title, legal, and recording fees
  • Recommend inspections for full disclosure. Being sold as is.
  • Email us if interested, please. GAGEREALTY@GMAIL.COM
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1845 Oneida St Schenectady NY 12308 BANK OWNED COMING SOON

  • Not yet available for sale,  Property is under management only at this time.

  • Needs work.
  • Large yard.
  • large rear deck.
  • One family
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 1/2 baths
  • Driveway
  • Dining room
  • Living room
  • Full basement
  • Vinyl siding
  • Slate roof
  • Fenced yard
  • Covered porch
  • For more information please E-mail us at GAGEREALTY@GMAIL.COM
  • See below for photo gallery, Some of these photos are for reference only, they are very dated. Updated photos coming soon.

125 UNION MILLS GALWAY NY BANK OWNED COMING SOON

  • NOT FOR SALE YET. UNDER PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ONLY AT THIS TIME.

  • Several outbuildings.
  • Secluded spot, great for privacy.
  • Needs some work.
  • Large deck
  • Recommend inspections for full disclosure. Being sold as is.
  • Email us if interested, please. GAGEREALTY@GMAIL.COM
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46 KILLDEER LANE GRANVILLE NY BANK OWNED COMING SOON

  • NOT FOR SALE YET. UNDER PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ONLY AT THIS TIME.

  • Great views await you with this chalet style home with a an open floor plan
  • Full basement
  • 3 car garage with separate office.
  • Recommend inspections for full disclosure. Being sold as is.
  • Email us if interested, please. GAGEREALTY@GMAIL.COM
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41-43 CHURCH STREET NASSAU NY BANK OWNED LISTED UNDER 42K

  • Rare side by side duplex up and down units.
  • Both units need work. Could be a beautiful home.
  • Walk to downtown. Close to everything.
  • Short drive to major transportation routes.
  • Cash or rehab loans only.
  • Recommend inspections for full disclosure. Being sold as is.
  • Email us if interested, please. GAGEREALTY@GMAIL.COM
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7 SATTERLEE LANE WASHINGTON NY FORT EDWARD BANK OWNED COMING SOON

  • NOT FOR SALE YET. UNDER PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ONLY AT THIS TIME.

  • Recommend inspections for full disclosure. Being sold as is.
  • Email us if interested, please. GAGEREALTY@GMAIL.COM
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“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” 8 Considerations To Choosing Your Perfect Neighborhood

By Mandy Jordan

In Tips & Advice, Your Home
8 Considerations To Choosing Your Perfect Neighborhood

Choosing a neighborhood to plant your family roots should be taken as seriously as choosing your life partner. As we mentioned in our recent love-story blog series —focused on fixer-upper homes — location is the most important factor when choosing a home. But with so many varying neighborhoods out there, how do you pick? As the saying goes when you’re falling in love with “the one” … or when you find the perfect neighborhood … “you’ll just know!”

To help you pinpoint your perfect neighborhood, here are 8 important neighborhood considerations that can help ensure you’ve covered all of your ground to find “the one.”

Personal Style
Do you prefer living in the country, where the townspeople are tight but have enough distance between them to not become a bother? Are you more suburban, where you can expect invitations to neighborhood block parties and progressive dinners? Or are you more suited for urban living, where the big-city attractions are? Check out HGTV’s 12 Kinds of Neighborhoods for detailed descriptions of the typical demographics and lifestyles you can expect from specific neighborhoods, including Urban Core, Urban Pioneer, Cul-de-sacs and Kids, Pedestrian, Ethnic, Historic, etc. 

Commute
Commute times become a primary factor in choosing your neighborhood. If you work in the city and want to have a short commute, your neighborhood options will be limited. If you work from home, then your location options can be vast. But remember that commuting isn’t all about home-to-work and work-to-home. As applicable, you should consider the distances to your children’s schools and extracurricular activities, your immediate and extended family members’ homes, favorite hangouts, your gym, etc. Where one location can provide convenience to one aspect of your life, it can just as easily complicate another area. So take the time to look at the entire picture. 

Schools
Got kids? Children become major game-changers when selecting your home neighborhood. If you have kids, take the time to map out their educational and childcare needs. Will they attend a public, private, magnet or charter school? You can get statistical information about your area’s specific schools through the National Center For Education Statistics. We also recommend calling the schools you are interested in and scheduling a tour. 

Extracurricular
Kids are experts at piling on extracurricular activities outside of home and school. But they aren’t the only ones! Are you involved with any local organizations that require your presence on a regular basis? Do you play on a recreational sports team? What about a church, temple, synagogues, etc.? If you lead an active lifestyle outside of the home, you might consider a neighborhood location that will allow you to continue your commitments with ease. 

Added Costs
While you’re meticulous with your math to determine your home-purchasing budget, remember that neighborhoods come with costs, too. Do your research to see if you can afford the county or city taxes associated with your preferred neighborhood. In addition, if the neighborhood has a homeowners’ association, you’ll probably have annual homeowners dues to factor in. 

The Past

Find out the history of your neighborhood. What year were the houses built? Is it a historic neighborhood? Are there any common problems that homeowners have faced from the original build or during rebuilds, such as foundation or plumbing issues?

In addition, you’ll want to know the appreciation and/or depreciation of the properties and their surrounding areas over the years. Have the homes held or increased in value? What changes to the neighborhood have come about over the years, such as new park construction, added retail spaces, expanding neighborhoods, etc. 

The Present

With knowledge of a historic, solid, rocky or new past, it’s time to focus on “today.” Although most house hunting takes place during the day, we recommend that you drive the neighborhood in the morning and evening hours as well to get a better feel for traffic fluctuations. You’ll also get an idea about the neighborhood’s activity level. Is it a sleepy, quiet community? Is it active, with kids playing in cul-de-sacs and adults out jogging and biking? Or is it a hustle-and-bustle area with young professionals heading to and from work?

Of course, you can’t beat getting firsthand knowledge from the people currently living in the neighborhood. So try talking to your potential neighbors to get their opinion of the area and community. Current residents are probably just as interested in finding out about you, as you are in finding out about the neighborhood. 

The Future

Where will you go from here? Projecting the future of your neighborhood is also a major consideration in your home-purchasing selection. Ask your realtor, current residents, homeowners’ association representatives and/or appropriate city officials about any pending future plans for the neighborhood. For example, are there future zoning and development permits in the works? Are any of the community amenities, like the neighborhood park or city library, in consideration for further housing development? Are there plans to build a large tourist attraction nearby? Are there plans for any highway improvements or new street developments that would change the overall landscape of your potential neighborhood?

Choosing your perfect neighborhood is just as important as choosing your perfect mate. Take your time and do your due diligence, so that you’ll know when you’ve truly found “the one.”