Alexander Monticello Esq.'s Blog Posts

Zacharys Pastry Shoppe

Small Biz 518 – Zachary’s Pastry ShoppeMonticello Real Estate recently sat down and met with owner and chef – Dan Raymond at Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe in Rensselaer County. Chef Dan talks

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Small Biz 518 Death Wish Coffee

Recently, Monticello  Real Estate sat down and talked to Death Wish Coffee.In 2012, Death Wish Coffee Co. started in a small coffee shop in Saratoga Springs, NY. Founder Mike Brown saw a need

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9 Miles East Farm

9 Miles East Farm is located in the town of North Umberland and located 9 miles east of Saratoga Springs. The farm has been there since 2004 and their goal is to improve the soil each year so they

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New Listings

Monticello Real Estate has two new listings.1136 Van Antwerp Road, NiskayunaLocated in Old Niskayuna - this home backs up to Hillside School. The interior has many upgrades. Kitchen is open with

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Charlie Strong

This week's #SmallBiz518 we're at Longfellows to promote the fundraiser for Charles Bumgardner's fight against cancer. If ever there was a time that Charlie needed the help of friends and family, it

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Meet Dana Farrell

We recently sat down and learned more about Licensed Real Estate Person, Dana Farrell.You can watch the video here.Dana has a design background and an architectural degree. She explains, “I can

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Ideas For Valentines Day

It's Valentine's Day! Do you have plans yet? Even if you don't have a special Valentine - don't let that stop you from planning a little fun! Here is a list of some fun ideas that you can do with

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J Foley Photography

We recently sat down and learned more about J. Foley Photography for our latest Small Biz 518.Watch the video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QG1GOklWFa0Jeff and Jeanette Foley make up J. Foley

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Capital Roots

We recently met with Amy Klein, CEO of Capital Roots.Watch the video here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjYth4jrtA8Capital Roots started in 1975 as a community service project of Garden Way, the

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380 Hamilton New Listing

Check out our newest listing at 380 Hamilton Street!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7OkQt_6J9gThis house is one you won't want to miss! Three family with 2- story heated 2-car garage + carriage

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Monticello Market Minute December Stats

Listen below as Alex Monticello talks about the latest monthly real estate stats from December.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzZ27TMY2FM Points of Interest: Home prices have increased by

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Flash Briefings

Have you added Monticello Real Estate onto your Flash Briefings with Alexa?Flash briefings are short, informative pieces of prerecorded audio —similar to a podcast or radio show. Flash Briefings

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Monticello Gives Back At HATAS

Monticello Real Estate is taking time to give back to the community by volunteering at a different organization every month. The team kicked off the year by helping out at the Homeless and Travelers

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Small Biz 518 Gatherers Granola

This week, we are focusing on Gatherer's Granola  - a local business located in Schenectady, NY.Gatherer's began as a family recipe that the owner, Sandro Gerbini's mom developed. 

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Small Biz 518 Tara Kitchen

Monticello Real Estate recently had its holiday celebration at Tara Kitchen in downtown Troy. You can watch the video below to learn more about the restaurant and the type of food that is served

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A Fresh Start To 2019

I don't know about you - but there's something about taking down the Christmas decorations that causes me to want to deep clean my house and declutter and make things neat and tidy again. I almost

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Snapshot With Shelbie Northup

We recently sat down and chatted with Licensed Real Estate Agent, Shelbie Northup. The video is below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnpM5-6PIR8Shelbie grew up in Delmar and has lived in Clifton

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Small Biz 518 Saratoga PLAN

Karen Totino, Licensed Real Estate Person at Monticello Real Estate recently met up with Maria Trabka, Executive Director, from Saratoga PLAN. You can watch the video below.https://www.youtube.com

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Trends For 2019

It's hard to believe we are already into the first few days of 2019. If you're anything like me, you might be thinking of projects for your home. I am constantly trying to think of ways to spruce up

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Snapshot Of Vanessa Saari

We recently sat down to get to know Licensed Real Estate Agent, Vanessa Saari. You can watch the video below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU9jWw4pkZg Vanessa grew up in the Saratoga area,

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Weekend Happenings Before Christmas

It's the weekend before Christmas and if you find yourself with some extra free time - here are some holiday happenings around town.The NutcrackerFriday, December 21st at 7:30 PM and Saturday,

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Small Biz 518 New World Bistro Bar

A favorite restaurant of many Monticello Real Estate agents is the New World Bistro Bar located in Albany's newly revitalized Delaware Avenue neighborhood.New World Bistro Bar is an 80-seat gastro

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Snapshot On Nirisa Adams

Nirisa Adams is a Licensed Real Estate Person at Monticello Real Estate. We recently sat down with her to learn more about her. You can view the video below.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v

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Snapshot On Karen Totino

Karen Totino is a Licensed Real Estate Person with Monticello Real Estate and she has been helping clients buy and sell houses for the past two years.Team Monticello has been working hard behind the

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Weekend Happenings In December

The countdown is on for Santa's big arrival. The weekends are getting busier. But if you have some free time - there are tons of things to do in the Capital District this weekend.Melodies of

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Homemade Healthy Granola Recipe By Karen Totino

Karen Totino, Licensed Real Estate Person at Monticello Real Estate Person has a favorite granola recipe that friends and family rave about. This recipe is a great go-to snack when she is on the

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Monticello Welcomes Karen Totino

Monticello Real Estate is thrilled to welcome Karen Totino as a Licensed Real Estate Person to the team. Karen  graduated from Russell Sage College with a Master’s Degree in Occupational

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Monticello Market Minute

The video below features Alexander Monticello checking in with our latest statistics from around the Capital Region. In a nutshell: Pending homes are up by 1%. Home sales are up by 1%. Closed

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SmallBiz518

Brooke Chaffee-Zayas is an agent at Monticello Real Estate, and her daughter is an active participant at World Class Gymnastics. Recently Brooke met with Erik Quaal to talk more about World Class

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Home Inspections

Every buyer has a right to a home inspection and it is important that buyers budget for inspections. There are five components to the inspection. They are: structural, pest/termite, radon, well, and

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Banana Apple Coconut Curry Soup

Caitlin Montalvo, Associate Broker, and her husband have been eating a plant based diet for more than a year. She said that ever since they started their vegan diet, they have both noticed a

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Mortgage Contingency Clauses

Most real estate contracts include contingency clauses. These are statements indicating the sale is conditional on something else happening. One of the most common contingencies is for a mortgage.

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Weekend Happenings

This weekend marks the beginning of December, and there is so much to do in the Capital Region to kick off the beginning of the month.Ice Rink Opening Day - Empire State PlazaThe ice rink at Empire

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The Importance Of Getting Prequalified

It happens daily. I will be talking to a potential buyer on the phone and I ask my standard question: "Have you talked to a bank about getting prequalified?" Sometimes the answer is yes. But often

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Benefits Of Working With Team Monticello

Jon Shideler joined Monticello Real estate as Marketing and Transaction Coordinator in August. Ever since he has come on board, he as worked some magic with marketing our listings, awakening our

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Carbon Monoxide Tips

Carbon monoxide (CO) is one of the most dangerous gases because it is entirely odorless, colorless and impossible to detect on your own without any kind of aid. More than 400 people die from CO

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Turkey Tips

I remember when I hosted our first Thanksgiving meal for my in-laws and my parents. It was shortly after I was married, and I spent the majority of Thanksgiving morning on the phone with my mom, and

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Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas For Your Home

Mother Nature is showing the Capital Region the first taste of wintry weather, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting the house ready for

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Favorite Recipe From Vanessa Saari

Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow - and this recipe might be perfect for a night to hunker down while the snow is whipping outside. One of Monticello's agents - Vanessa Saari - shared her

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Fun Things To Do This Weekend

Would you believe that there are just 7 weekends left before Christmas? I don't know if that's a good or bad thing. But in my world - it means that life is about to get super busy!If you happen to

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Snapshot On Caitlin Montalvo

Caitlin Montalvo is an Associate Broker with Monticello Real Estate and she has been helping clients buy and sell houses for the past three years.Team Monticello has been working hard behind the

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Favorite Recipe Dana Farrell

The temperatures are mild today - but by the weekend they are talking about the possibility of snow in the forecast. As we prepare for colder weather - it sounds like a perfect week to try

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How Will Real Estate Trend For The Rest Of 2018

How will residential real estate trend for the rest of 2018? According to economic analysts  - real estate will trend upward. This prediction is based on the latest housing statistics from

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Winterizing Your Home

Now that Halloween is behind us, it's time to go full throttle and get ready for the dreaded "W" word. Yes...Winter. It's coming. Shorter days, and colder nights means one thing around the Albany

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Favorite Recipe From Brooke

October has come and gone. I don't know about you - but I know that I am all "candied" out from the piles of Halloween candy that my kids accumulated from their trick-or-treating jaunts. I went

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Wednesday Wisdom

This graph shows the supply of inventory from the last 4 years in September.Basically this means that if no other houses were listed from this day forward - it would take 5.4 months to exhaust the

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Happenings Around Town

It's Halloween this week and the team at Monticello loves to be scared! There are many exciting events around the Capital Regional to get you in the spooky mood!Ghosts of Albany Walking TourThis

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Meet Jon Shideler

Meet Monticello Real Estate's newest employee! Jon Shideler is the Marketing and Transaction coordinator and joined Team Monticello this past August.If you could pick up a new skill - what would it

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Upcoming Open Houses

Monticello Real Estate has some upcoming open houses this Sunday. Come visit us.11 Riviera Drive, Latham10/28 – 11 AM – 1 PMCome see this updated 4 bedroom, 1.5 bath raised ranch in desirable

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In Touch With Yaz Soffran

In Touch with Yaz SoffanWhat’s your favorite way to spend a Sunday morning?Somewhere in Europe with a warm clean ocean. If I had to narrow it down – it would probably be in Italy. I love to

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In Touch With Danielle Speziale

In Touch with Danielle SpezialeMay 28, 2018Let’s learn a little more about Danielle Speziale…What was the first concert you ever attended? Backstreet Boys! I’m pretty sure I knew every word

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In Touch With Shelbie Northup

In Touch with Shelbie NorthupMay 28, 2018Let’s learn some more about Shelbie Northup.What is your passion and why?Definitely Volunteering!  I have had the opportunity to volunteer at the Food

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In Touch With Nirisa Adams

In Touch with Nirisa AdamsMay 23, 2018Let’s learn a little more about Nirisa Adams…What genre of music would you be and why?I would say a little bit of pop and a little soft rock (i.e. Jack

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In Touch With Vanessa Saari

In Touch with Vanessa SaariMay 29, 2018 | EditLet’s learn a little more about Vanessa Saari…Do you ever keep a New Year’s resolution?New Year’s is my favorite holiday, my favorite

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In Touch With Dana Farrell

In Touch with Dana FarrellMay 23, 2018 | EditLet’s learn a little more about Dana Farrell…Do you prefer sweet or salty?I am definitely a sweets person. I definitely wouldn’t say

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In Touch With Brooke Chaffee Zayas

Let’s learn a little more about Brooke Chaffee-Zayas.What is the most random thing in your purse?The most random thing in my purse is a toothbrush. I’ve had Invisalign for months now and you

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In Touch With Gia Mertzlufft

Let’s learn a little more about Gia Mertzlufft…What’s the strangest family tradition in your family?I don’t find that we have strange family traditions. I love all of our traditions. One of

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May 22 2018 5036 1

I recently had the pleasure to chat with Caitlin Montalvo. I enjoyed learning more about her, and I am sure you will too!What item that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?A small

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May 18 2018 5036 1

It’s important to learn more about our agents on a more personal level. I recently sat down with Christina Hirazumi and learned a lot more about her.Where is your favorite place you have ever

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Impact Of Government Shutdown On Home Mortgage Applications

#Shutdown & Home MortgagesMany home buyers and home sellers may start to wonder how this government shut down impacts home mortgages. Whether it’s your mortgage application or the mortgage

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We Are Proud Of Your Support

Monticello, License Real Estate Broker, was recognized recently by The Albany Business Review, listed as not only one of the Top 25 Residential Real Estate Firms, but also ranked #1

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We Would Love To Hear From You

WOW! A HUGE thank you for the support and kind reviews left by our 99 past clients. We want to keep our 5 star streak going with OVER 100 REVIEWS, will you be the one to put us on top?Make sure

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3 Unique Facts About Buckingham Pond Albany

My wife and I moved to 80 Davis Avenue in Albany just over 2 years ago. We’ve thoroughly enjoyed the neighborhood and instead of sharing the usual platitudes, I wanted to provide three unique

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First Time Home Buyer

Congratulations on starting the process of buying a home!I am so excited that you had decided it is time to look at homes and begin the home buying process! I would be honored to be joining you

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Do It Or Lose It

Just a friendly reminder your NY STAR application is due March 1. If you just purchased a home or maybe not sure if you have a STAR benefit, apply today. All home owners in NYS are eligible for a

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NEW LISTING

50 6th Street Waterford, NY 12188Visit www.50-6th.com -- A beautifully remodeled cottage located in the village of Waterford. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 1400 sqft. of living space. A large backyard/

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7 Home Buying Mistakes To Avoid

Insanely low mortgage interest rates—and the knowledge that they’ll eventually go up again—make a lot of people feel like it’s time to buy a house right now. And maybe it is … if you

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First Day Of Spring

The spring and summer months are traditionally the busiest times of year for the residential real estate market. Weather is more cooperative and many families like to move while the kids are on

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Honest Advice With A Sophisticated Apporach

The best way to evaluate your business is to listen to your clients. As we embark on our fourth year, here is what our clients and community partners are saying.  I was blown away by the

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November Home Prices Up But Sales Down

Here is the monthly breakdown in the Capital Region real estate numbers, comparing November 2014 to the same month in 2013. Overall, the median sale price was up 3.2%, but pending home sales were

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Capital Region Real Estate Market Strongest In 6 Years

If you’re a recent buyer, feel good knowing 2013 was the best year in the Albany-Saratoga real estate market since the great recession. In 2013, buyers purchased 9,221 homes in the Capital Region,

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What To Expect For The Capital Region Housing Market In 2014

Happy New Year! If you’re reading this you’ve successfully made it through 2013, or at least made it through. I know I’m grateful for my healthy, family, and the improving economy. But what

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GCAR Release Capital Region Housing Market Shows Appreciation

Based on statistics released today by the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® (GCAR) it is can be reported that he Capital Region’s housing market continues to remain active mirroring most

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