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Monday, October 1, 2018

Halter Associates Realty: Kinder, Gentler Real Estate

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When Lisa Halter started her own real estate agency in 2014, she did it with a clear mission—to open a "kinder, gentler real estate office." She brought over 15 years of experience in Hudson Valley real estate and a forward-looking approach to Halter Associates Realty. In just four years, the company has expanded to 27 agents. In addition to their empathetic, client-centric ethos, Halter agents leverage advanced digital marketing capabilities and hyper-local market knowledge to buy and sell faster and smarter.

Halter's experience isn't limited to the realm of real estate. Prior to selling homes, she worked for over two decades in digital marketing and graphic design, earning awards for campaigns in London and New York City. That digital marketing edge and keen eye for design aided Halter in meeting the modern demands of clients once she broke into real estate.

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Halter has no plans to rest on her laurels now that Halter Associates is thriving. Her long-term goal "is to continue to grow and serve our community, and our agents, while maintaining an open line of communication with our buyers and sellers," she explains. Halter understands that buying or selling property often accompanies a major life change, which needs to be handled with care. "It's all about transitions in our lives, whether it's a household growing with the birth of a child or the death of a loved one," Halter says. "Although we are in sales, we need to be so much more for our clients, to help them through their life changes in a thoughtful and meaningful way."

433 Tongore Road, Kingston:

A Marbletown Modern/Country Marvel

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Ulster County real estate is the bread and butter of Halter's business, and thanks to the area's abundance of natural beauty and charming towns, it's an easy sell. Marbletown is one such picturesque community. Situated less than 20 minutes from Kingston, Marbletown encompasses the hamlets of High Falls and Stone Ridge, known for their idyllic locales along the Esopus Creek, farm and flea markets, wellness centers, dreamy B&Bs, and Stone Ridge's Main Street Historic District.

This country-meets-modern home is on a quiet country road just down the street from the Marbletown Town Park, with its pavillion, playground, and soccer fields. Originally built in the 1940s, the three-bedroom, two-bath cottage sits on 2.5 acres of land that's a slice of Zen-like paradise perfect for relaxation.

The grounds include a brand-new heated, saline pool with a retractable cover, a six-person hot tub on a bluestone patio, a cedar outdoor shower, a koi pond, fire pit, and organic garden with raised beds.

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That's just outside. The 1,886-square-foot interior features a host of modernized amenities, including a custom kitchen with granite countertops, a butcher block prep island, stainless steel appliances, and a wine cooler cabinet. The open-concept floor plan smoothly combines kitchen, dining, and living areas, and is well-suited for entertaining, with cedar plank and hardwood floors throughout. The first floor includes an screened-in porch, as well as a laundry room and additional full bath.

On the second floor, the master bedroom is an oasis within the home, separated from the rest of the rooms and adjoined by a private meditation room. All three of the home's bedrooms are bathed in sunlight from skylights and large windows. Throw open the sliding glass doors, step out on the wrap-around deck in full view of the new pool, and consider yourself at home.

Listed at $659,000, this is a turnkey haven with every indoor and outdoor luxury you could want. Visit the Halter Realty Associates website for more information.

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Win Morrison Realty: A Legacy of Potential

Gravitas and Charm in Kingston

53 Allison Court
  • 53 Allison Court

"Kingston is the best kept secret in New York State," declares the Hudson Valley's doyen of real estate, Win Morrison. He would know. As owner and founder of Win Morrison Realty, he has nearly 40 years of experience in the local real estate market. Since the '80s, his agency has thrived selling and developing properties in Ulster, Greene, Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan counties. Although Morrison has extensive expertise and experience throughout the region, with established offices in Kingston, Woodstock, Saugerties, Phoenicia and Catskill, he's chosen Kingston as his home base, both working and living in the historic Uptown district. "The restaurants, the theater, and the art in Kingston, as well as the surrounding areas, are really equal to none," he explains. The town's unique history as the state's first capital and its ties to the Hudson River add gravitas to the city's already plentiful charm.

Having had a hand in the resurgence of Kingston over the past thirty years, Morrison knows its history—and its potential—like the back of his hand. He sees the entire city, from the quaint Stockade district all the way down to the working waterfront as ripe for investment. "The big positive has been the rejuvenation of Wall Street in Uptown, Broadway in Midtown, and the Rondout," he says. Morrison is especially proud of helping to spur the rejuvenation of the Stockade in Uptown, bringing investment and renewal from outside to polish a gem in Kingston's crown of neighborhoods. "Because of its historic value, we sold many of the buildings Uptown and were able to increase the value of the properties by finding buyers and investors outside of the area," he explains, adding that he also "sold just about everything that was on the waterfront" as well.

Within a city of untapped potential, Morrison sees both the waterfront and north Kingston as particularly under-developed."The area between Kingston and east Kingston is prime for more high-end development," he surmises, and the river frontage formerly known as the Brickyard and Sailor's Cove are "prime, prime, prime locations." In fact, he says, "the Kingston waterfront is virgin territory."

53 Allison Court

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  • The backyard at 53 Allison Court

Kingston is also perfect for high-end contemporary residential development. Win Morrison Realty's listing at 53 Allison Court is a beautiful example of the area's affordable luxury. Located near the Hillside Acres section of Kingston, this private mini-estate has five bedrooms and three baths, soaring high ceilings, and wood floors. Sleek quartz and stainless steel finishes complete an open plan kitchen with modern appliances. Built in 2002 the property also features a pool, garden and cabana, exemplifying how Kingston offers unparalleled country living within a short drive of an vibrant urban arts, culture, and culinary scene.

53 North Front Street

53 North Front Street
  • 53 North Front Street

With a historic flair that typifies the Stockade district's character, this c.1900 flat-roofed building is a great example of the city's commercial potential. Ornate corniced eaves set off the roofline, with decorative windows and a street-level portico below. The three-story building is also well-positioned in the heart of Uptown's bustling shopping district to be at the forefront of the city's revival. The building's mixed-use format, with a restaurant, office, and storefront at street level and four apartments above, exemplifies the work-life balance most people strive to achieve. Morrison jokes, "In two more years, there's not going to be anybody left in Brooklyn, because they're all moving up here."

Visit the Win Morrison Realty website for more information on these or other properties.

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

The State of the Hudson Valley Real Estate Market

Tips for Securing A Home in this Competitive Marketplace

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As the tide of people moving to the Hudson Valley continues to swell, the effects are seen in many ways—Main Streets revitalized, restaurants opened, businesses launched. The real estate market, too, reflects the change, having transitioned from a buyer's market, where housing stock was plentiful, to a tight seller's market, where multiple offers abound and the competition may be fierce between buyers.

"There are a lot of very uncomfortable buyers and sellers. It's a new market situation. It hasn't been like this in over a decade," says Harris Safier, former CEO of Westwood Metes & Bounds (now Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices–Hudson Valley Properties). "A full price offer is no longer a guarantee. The seller might have a dozen or so people lined up to see the house, so they will want to hear from everyone before making a decision."

With 41 years of real estate experience under his belt, Safier offers advice for securing a house in this competitive climate.

1. Use a knowledgeable buyer's agent who has the experience to a handle multiple offer situations. The skill of the buyer's agent can make the difference in getting the house or not.

2. At the beginning of your search, ask your agent about the state of the market, multiple offer scenarios, and tips for being successful at acquiring a house in this climate.

3. When you've found a property you love with multiple offers on it, ask your agent to find out what, if anything, besides price is important to the seller. (Sometimes it's a cash offer, the date of a closing, waiving an appraisal, or delayed occupancy.) Learning the seller's plans might help you hit their "sweet spot."

4. "Pending" is not the same as "Sold." When a property is marked as "pending," a skilled buyer's agent will find out the exact state of a transaction and explain all the possible scenarios to their client. Some buyers choose to be aggressive, making an offer when one has already been accepted or when entering a bidding war. In either case, your agent should offer tips which might help the seller view you most favorably. Other buyers may choose to back away. It should always be up to you, the client, to decide how to proceed. A good buyer's agent provides all the information so you can make your best choice.

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