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800·721·1000 607-432·1000 P.O. Box 250 ·102 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY 13820

Heavenly Hilltop ~!!;!~

Architecturally dramatic and surrounded by the beauty of nature, this custom built cedar-sided contemporary home interweaves elements of the

I outdoors with the spacious, clean spaces, an abundance of natural wood, cathedral ceilings and skylights. The expansive windows in the formal living area are just the beginning of the carefully created details assuring enjoyment of the spectacular stonework, waterfalls and walking bridges that adorn the landscape. With a balcony, patio, deck and eco-friendly screened porch, your appreciation of this home's distinctive beauty will grow for years to come.

Nestled on almost three wooded acres, this stunning estate is walking distance to schools, shops and parks. The designers of this wooded masterpiece understood how to create a home of luxury. From the artist's studio, private office, exercise room, 2000+ bottle wine cellar and lovely in-law apartment, no detail overlooked.

With 6,000 sq. ft. of living space, this 6 bedroom, 5-1/2 bath multi-level home offers both bright, open rooms for family gathering and personal spaces for quiet relaxation. Created for both entertaining

and comfortable living, this versatile, one-of-a-kind home will satisfy the most discerning buyers.

Where: 18 Brigham Road, Oneonta Price: $675,000.00

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This nearly new 3 bedroom,2 !12 bath colonial home has loads to offer. Spacious first floor with radiant


..... ""'""l Just Outside Of Town! Lovely 3 bedroom, 2 full bath home with updated baths. Situated on nearly I .__---------------' acre with perennials and mature trees. Oneonta Schools. Call for more information. $219,900. MLS#76494

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Lots To Love About This Homel This sweet 3 bedroom colonial has been updated throughout and is just waiting for a new owner. Home has 2 car garage and is situated on large town of Oneonta lot with easy access to 1·88. $190,000. MLS#77497

One Floor Living, Totally Handicap Accessible $189,500 MLS#77348

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4 Bedroom home with one and half bath right on US Hwy 20. Home needs work, great starter home and priced to sell. Potential to be combined with small business office since the town may grant commercial zoning if applied. Deeded Otsego lake rights from Public Landing. Sold as is condition.

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Fabulous, tastefully renovated 5 br Georgian Colonial. Original wide plank floors, enormous, brightly lit, new, huge kitchen. Convenient village location. Move-in ready with a motivated seller! Don't wait to take a look.

Elementary school, town pool and playground are within walking distance of this move-in ready 4 BR 2BTH beauty. Hardwood floors, enormous family room, fireplace, fenced yard and garage only begin the list offabulous features. Located in the friendliest of neighborhoods, this fabulous

home is j:>riced to sell. $189,,_..0;.;-0:.,;'0._-M=L .... S,,;-#,;.7.-.7,,;-.8;.-;;9,;--.3 ----.

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Hi! I am Michelle Osterhoudt and I have lived in this area all my life. I am an English teacher at Oneonta Middle School. I moved back to Oneonta, after college, to get married and raise my family. Oneonta is a great place to raise children. I have been following the Real estate market for many years and I have always wanted to sell and show houses, so I am superexcited to work with Prudential Fox Properties!

Please contact me so that I can guide you in the right direction when it comes to listing or buying a house. 607-431-

Magnificent move-in condition 4 br, 2-1/2 bath West Oneonta colonial-style home on almost 4 lush, level, landscaped acres adjoining golf course on quiet dead end street. Fabulous floor plan features updated center island kitchen wi newer appliances. Breakfast nook, family room, rear deck. This home sparkles!

$289,900.00 ML5# 77654

The views of city lights and nature's wonders will thrill you from this meticulous, 3 Bedroom 2 Bath home set on 4.3 spectacular acres in the Oneonta school district. Beautiful kitchen and baths. Energy efficient oil heat. 2 car garage. Available for immediate occupancy!

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Open Your House to Prospective BUyerSBYJOeTaient

"stuff" away from prying eyes as you possibly can. An open house exposes your home to potential buyers but can also expose your home to potential thieves. Expensive electronics, valuables, etc. can be carefully moved into a large box in the garage and covered with a tarp, etc.

4) Make sure you have a convenient "guest registry" (a book where people can put their names, addresses and phone numbers) at the entry of the home, as well as a "take-away" information sheet with, if possible, some photographs of your home's exterior (at least) and interior good points. The information sheet should include detailed information about the home including rooms, measurements, ages of various features like roof and furnace, as well as any unique features or advantages. Your real estate agent can help you put

Whether you're selling your home through a qualified real estate agent or doing it yourself, you need to decide whether you want to hold an "open house:' Open houses have become a fact of life in the real estate business. They are the most convenient way for potential buyers to schedule looking at a large number of homes in a short period of time, and a convenient way for sellers to schedule showing the home to a large number of people. An open house allows the seller to put their best foot forward and keep itthere all weekend long.

However, there is a downside. Studies show that less than 2% of open houses result in closing a sale. So you'll still have to go through all the other advertising avenues available to make sure your bases are covered. If there are significant costs involved in

preparing -- including things like fresh flowers, refreshments and printing up information sheets, your agent may kick in for a portion of the cost. Your real estate agent should also be there for the entire open house schedule.

If you're hosting the open house yourself, there are a few things to remember in addition to everything you've already done to prepare the house for sale.

') Decorative additions like flowers, candles, even an inexpensive but attractive framed picture or poster on a bare wall, can do a lotto make an overall good impression. Think of your open house not as a burden but as a "party:' where potential buyers are your guests.

2) Be a "host:' and recruit friends and family members to help you. Though many people want to be left alone to wander

through your home, and you don't want to appear pushy or desperate, make your presence felt in a positive way. Greet people at the door, and have friends or family members in each room or at least on each floor to point out positive features, give directions and answer questions. Remember you are setting the parameters of this gathering and frankly, if people are "just looking" you want them in and out as quickly as is reasonably possible.

3) Before you open your doors to strangers, make sure valuables are secured (and not in a portable lockbox under the bed.) If you have an collection of expensive knickknacks, put it away and put some attractive flea market books or other inexpensive but attractive items on those shelves. In general, try and create an appealing "blank slate" and store as much of your

this together; otherwise your local print/Xerox shop can do the trick.

5) Serve some sort of food or refreshments -- cookies and coffee and lemonade or soda, etc. but don't go overboard, you don't wantto your open houseto create its own mess. Remember the importance of smells. Scientists have proven that odors like baking bread, cinnamon, etc. put people in a relaxed and receptive frame of mind. If you're not a baker, purchase some pre-made dough at the grocery store and throw a loaf in the oven every hour or so. Put some cinnamon sticks in an attractive pot or kettle of simmering water on the stove or serve mulled cider. Put lightly scented (again, think cinnamon, vanilla, clove, citrus -- not floral) candles in bathrooms and bedrooms.

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Stretch }'our Home Improvement Dollars

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(StatePoint) Your home is a special place, a sanctuary where you can relax and rejuvenate. It may also be your most valuable asset, the single largest investment you make.

"Modest improvements can go a long way to enhance your home's look and feel. And using multi-purpose materials will help you get the most out of your budget and protect your investment;' says Scott McGillivray, host of the hit television series "Income Property."

Here are some creative ways to stretch those home improvement dollars:

White's the New Black

The U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu took a lot of heat for suggesting Americans paint their roofs white to reduce climate change, but he actually

was onto something. Dark roofs absorb heat, raising carbon dioxide emissions and air conditioning bills.

Homeowners who need to buy a new roof or do repairs should consider installing light-colored materials or white roof coating. To learn about different coating options, do a little research at You'll not only protect your home's exterior, but you'll reduce home energy bills and potentially hel p the planet.

Moonlighting Insulation

Insulation isn't just for maintaining indoor temperature anymore. Recent innovations in insulation allow it to safeguard your home, in addition to keeping it comfortable. New technologies, such as insulation made from natural rock, provide additional benefits such as fire protection, soundproofing and water repellency.

One such new insulation, Roxul

ComfortBatt, is a thermal stone wool insulation for exterior walls, attics and crawlspaces that's also fire-resistant. Another stone wool insulation product, Safe'n'Sound, is well-suited for interior walls and serves as soundproofing material. Both types of insulation are water-repellent to protect against mildew and mold.

Before starting an insulation project, check out a free room-by-room "where to insulate" guide at's all about making your home safer and quieter while improving energy efficiency.

Free Rain

Gutters are essential for preventing rain water from eroding the soil around your foundation and preventing leaks

• from entering the basement or crawlspace. Repurposed, they can also help garden enthusiasts collect rain water, saving on water bills.

To easily collect rain water, place a rain barrel just underneath a downspout. Use a debris screen to filter out leaves and debris, and a tight fitting lid to keep curious children away and prevent mosquitoes.

Cover Up

Got drafty windows but can't afford to replace them? Consider using stylish honeycomb shades which have insulating properties, such as those from HunterDouglas, or try thermal drapes from Jewel-Tex and other manufacturers. Either of these types of window treatments will help keep your house warmer in winter and cooler during summer. Plus, they'll dress up your home while making it more energy efficient.

This 2 BR, 2 Bath, 2007 is practically new. Neutral color scheme. Owners spent very little time in it. Mint condition. large back yard and 1 car detached garage. $74,900. Call Sue Darling@607-563-7012.#74774.

Unique fieldstone home on almost an acre in upstate NY. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, the most beautiful dining room in town. Close to everything, but at the end of the road. $188,800. Call Gus Lampo @ 607-287-0069. #77377

Nice center city home. Come check out this 2-3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath home. 1\vo enclosed porches with new storm windows, and a 1 car detached garage. $133,300. Call Bob WIlson @ 607-434-1793. #77587

Lake Front Property! This home has a view of the lake from every room. There is nearly 50 feet of Lake Frontage with a beautiful tiered stone retaining wall and dock. Great swimming, fishing and Boating! $175,000. Call Cricket Keto @ 607- 287-8458.#74398

An immaculate farmhouse in Morris. 7 bedrooms, 38+ acres, 3 ponds, trout stream, basketball court, etc. What a gorgeous setting. $274,800. Call Gus Lampo @ 607-287-0069 #77572

4 bedroom cape on 12+ acres. Immaculate home, pond, trout stream, private & peaceful. Don't miss out on this gem. $249,800 Call Gus Lampo @607-287- 0069.#76247

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4 bedroom farmhouse on 41 + private acres w/country setting. Wide plank tis, wd stove, pellet stove & 19 fum room. Beautiful piece of land w/pond, stream, mix of woods/open meadows, fenced pastures, barn & storage shed. $124,900. Call Ginger Volpe @ 607- 434-2839. #74895

(StatePoint) Whether your bathroom is in need of repairs or you're simply looking to create a more welcoming space, modernizing can be a fun and costeffective experience.

With the right fixtures, you can create a space that's environmentally healthy and safe.

Safety Counts

While most bathrooms have electrical outlets, many older homes haven't been upgraded to include circuit breakers and switched outlets which prevent electrical appliances, like hair dryers, from overloading circuits and causing electrocution or fires. Given the dampness of most bathrooms, the first thing to consider is to make sure wiring is up to code and safe.

Homeowners should also consider the air quality within the bathroom as a potential safety hazard, especially since many homes have tight air envelopes, meaning air doesn't circulate freely.

Mold and mildew are particularly bad for people with respiratory problems like asthma or allergies. Fortunately, you can install a modern ventilation fan that inhibits growth of contaminants, such as Panasonic's WhisperCeiling or WhisperLite, which circulate air extremely quietly -- making them more likely to be used. And consider fans that come with a light and nightlight option for extra illumination in the bathroom, providing extra safety.

Clean and Beautiful

Consider both big and small items when beautifying your space, paying attention to materials that will keep it cleaner. From large pieces like countertops to soap and toothbrush holders, there are many options using modern materials that do double-duty.

Nowadays, one-piece sink and countertops, such as those made by Sonoma Stone or Zodiaq, not only provide a sleek look, but their continuous smooth surfaces are resistant to stains and mildew, making them easier to clean than traditional sinks.

Even outlet covers, switches and ventilation fans can be attractive, instead of eyesores. In addition to maintaining air quality and a quiet, serene environment, ventilation fans now come with decorative grills. The better models even inhibit mold and mildew, helping maintain your new look longer.

Powerful Savings

Modernize your shower head to conserve water without sacrificing comfort. Conserving water used to mean low-flow shower heads that were low on water pressure, making it difficult to wash out shampoo or relaxtired muscles. You no longer have to choose. Many modern shower heads provide both low-flow and high-pressure settings.

The same goes for toilet bowls. Lowflow is now accompanied by new technologies, such as dual-flush options, that use varying amounts of water depending on what you're flushing.

For energy savings, consider LED or fluorescent light bulbs. You even can save energy by selecting a bathroom ventilation fan that consumes less electricity than traditional ones. For example, Panasonic's WhisperGreen is Energy Star rated and is 550 percent more energy efficient than Energy Star standards. Such choices will help you save on energy bills.

With just a few tips, you can create a bathroom that's clean, sleek, healthy, safe and cost-effective. You can't get more modern than that!

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Peaceful Country Setting on over an acre. 3 BR-2 bath doublewide in excellent condition. Skylight, garden tub, gas fireplace. Be prepared to fall in love. $89,000. Call Carol Chesser @ 607-432- 7653. #76714.

4 bedroom Victorian in a quaint town in upstate NY. 3 baths, with large rooms, this could be your dream home, getaway or bed & breakfast. $199,800. Call Gus Lampo @ 607- 287-0069. #76401

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new kitchen and family room with wood floors and radiant heat. lnground pool, decks, walking trails. Only $295,000 Call Carol Chesser @607-434-7653 #77647

#77079 - Riverfront property on the Unadilla River. Enjoy for weekend getaway, fish, canoeing, camping or building site. $12,000.

#77093 - 4.76 Acres of Land with Pond and Horse Bam. Town water and electric available. Build or invest in Upstate NYProperty. $24,900.

#77100 - Priced to Sell! 1.85 Acre parcel to build or use for recreation. Views, spring, small pond, close to Unadilla River. Upstate NY land at a great price. $8,500.

Spacious 5 bed/3 bath contemporary on 1.344 acres centrally located to Cooperstown, Oneonta, Norwich or Utica. Pellet stove, garage, country setting for $145,000. Call Karen Cahill 607- 847-8611. #77840

Great price w/convenient location! Remodeled 3 bed ranch. Vinyl siding, att gar, new windows. Move in condition. $65,000. Call Ginger Volpe @ 607-434-2839. #77235.

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Historic Center Hall Colonial in the Vt1lage of Morris, NY. Built in 1820 this home has charm, beautiful wide plank lloors, original woodwork, and awaits your personal touch. 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, horse barn, 2.63 acres, $159,000 Call Carol Olsen @ 607-434-7436 #77006

Beautiful farmette in tranquil rural setting. Lush green pasture and hay field ready for crops or install fencing for your livestock. Ready to move in one level living. Close to Oneonta or Cooperstown. $145,000. Call Karen Cahill @ 607-607-847-8611. #76466



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Don't Overlook Your Lawn This Fall

(StatePoint) Just because the weather is cooler doesn't mean you should pack away your lawn and garden tools.

The fall is a crucial time for aerating, seeding, pruning and other activities to get your lawn, trees and garden ready for next spring and summer. You'll reap the rewards of your hard work with a higher selling price later.

Fortunately, there are several ways homeowners can save time preparing their greenery and gardens for the coming seasons.

Trees and Hedges

Although garden shears are fine for light pruning or trimming hedges, heavier work such as storm cleanup often requires a chainsaw. Cutting dead or weakened branches will keep them from falling and damaging your--oryour neighbor's -- property.

When using a chainsaw for yard work, make sure the chain is sharp. Normal cutting will dull saw chain, but contact with rocks and even dirt can quickly take the edge off -- making common tasks more difficult and timeconsuming.

The thought of sharpening saw chains can be intimidating for many homeowners, but this doesn't have to be the case thanks to new technology. PowerSharp, a new product from Oregon brand outdoor power equipment, is a portable sharpening system that enables even occasional chainsaw users to sharpen chain on their saw in seconds. It comes with a chain, guide bar and bar-

mount sharpener that clips easily to the nose of the bar. To see how it works, visit

Fallen Leaves

When raking fallen leaves, opt for a lightweight plastic rake, which glides more easily on grass than metal ones. Also, an open tarp for collecting leaves works better than dragging plastic bags across the yard.

Fallen leaves in gutters are a particular autumn nuisance. To save time, try using a gutter rake to clear debris in both directions without having to move your ladder. Or use gutter tongs, which work like salad tongs to collect leaves quickly.

Grass and Soil

During the summer months, your lawn is subject to more traffic and wear. To help guard against dead patches come spring, aerate and re-seed your lawn now. Waiting until spring means you won't have a fully green lawn until early summer.

Small lawns can benefit from handpowered aerators, but large ones may need one that attaches to the back of a riding mower. Either way, make sure the spikes are hollow so soil is removed, not just compressed further.

To learn about lawn accessories that make quick work out of boring chores, check out

Lastly, recruit friends and family to help. Company will make chores go faster and you'll have people to admire your work with you.

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MORRIS-Move-in condition 2 bedrm, I bath home w/open kitchen & dining rID, living rID wI woodstove. Decks & country views. Priced toSell!!

MLS#77868 $99,900. Call Kristi @ (607) 434-3026

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Awnings Can Enhance Your Home's Curb

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(State Point) Whether you're planning to sell your home or wish to grow old in it, you want it to look its best.

While we all want to enhance our homes' curb appeal, most homeowners don't want to undertake expensive home improvements, such as installing new roofs or siding or replacing all windows and doors.

A few simple touch-ups can give your home that new-house look without that new-house price.

Details Matter

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is often in the details. Pay attention to details you can improve for little cost and a lot of " oomph!"

Landscaping is a great way to enhance your home's external appearance for a reasonable price and with minimum bother. Consider adding planters to both sides of the entranceway. Use flowering plants and trees, or native perennials that do not need a lot of maintenance. Make sure to clear broken branches, twigs, or leaves from the yard. Trim shrubs and trees to freshen your home's appearance.

Another relatively easy way to add flair or drama to your house is to install awnings over windows or entranceways. Theyadd shape, dimension and color, and can be custom-designed to fit a home's unique character and style.

"Awnings come in many styles and colors and can be used to echo the architecture of a traditional residence. Or, they can complement more modernstyled buildings with innovative designs;' says Michele Sahlin, Managing Director of the Professional Awning Manufacturers

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Association. "They're also a practical and affordable way to protect you and your guests from the elements while coming or going:'

To learn more about awning trends

Elbow Grease

There are many inexpensive things you can do yourself if you just roll up your sleeves. If you've been diligent about maintaining your home, it may just need some elbow-grease to look brand new.

A new coat of paint can do the trick, but if you don't have the time or money for a full-blown exterior paint job, consider just painting the house's trim -which often sees the most wear and tear.

You should also clean all window exteriors seasonally. Using a pressure washer is a great way to make them sparkle.

Lastly, put some shine on doorknockers and doorknobs. A little vinegar works well forthis task.

Easy Elegance

If your house is not distinctive, it may not be your fault. Many homes do not stand out simply because they are cast in shadows.

For a more elegant nighttime facade, add pathway and entrance lighting. Path lighting keeps family members and guests safe as they approach, while floodlights create a nice interplay of light and shadow on your home's exterior.

Improving your home's appearance is about making it look inviting to visitors and passersby. Pay attention to keeping things tidy while adding some dramatic flair, and your home is sure to stand out on the block.

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Don't Let Carpenter Ants Damage Your Home

Carpenter ants are a nuissance to many people and can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage to homes. Identifying and treating carpenter ants can prevent financial consequences from this invading pest.

Many times carpenter ant damage is mistaken for damage caused by termites. While the two insects can both wreak havoc to the structures of a home, identifying the difference between the pests' damage can aide in exterminating the offending insect.

Carpenter ants do not eat the wood they inhabit. Rather, they tunnel through soft

woods creating caverns where they nest and lay eggs. Tunnels created by carpenter ants will be smooth and free of debris, called frass. Wood that has been damaged by termites will be rugged and potentially filled with sawdust shavings or mud.

Moisture is the friend of carpenter ants. Moist wood is especially susceptible to damage from these ants. Rotting tree trunks, stumps, or roots are often infested with carpenter ants. However, healthy, hard, dry wood is more difficult for carpenter ants to channel through. Therefore, eliminating moisture from the home

Promptly remove tree and shrub stumps and roots around the home. Also trim back any branches that overhang a home.

Carpenter ants feed on insects and sweet nectars. Reducing food sources in the home and promptly cleaning up any spills can help prevent the ants from seeking out sweet sources inside.

If carpenter ants prove to be troublesome foes, consult with an exterminator who can assess the situation and propose a treatment option. If carpenter ants are merely found outdoors doing their job as nature's wood decomposers, leave them be.

is one way to keep these insects from setting up nests indoors.

Much like termites, carpenter ants will swarm in the spring to establish new nests. It is not uncommon to see winged ants in search of a new roost. If winged queens are repeatedly found indoors, this is a good indication that there is a nest inside of the home.

There are ways to reduce carpenter ant numbers indoors. Initially, make sure any sources of damp wood are eradicated. If wood is routinely stored indoors, as is the case for firewood, elevate it to provide ample air circulation.

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Another Insect Carpenter

Also common during the late spring season is the carpenter bee. Similar in appearance to a bumblebee, carpenter bees are large bees that can be found hovering around the outside of a home. Carpenter bees can be distinguished from bumblebees because their abdomen is shiny black, not furry like a bumblebee. Carpenter bees can do damage to a home by boring perfectly round holes into wood structures. Common nesting sites include eaves, window trims, facia boards, siding, wooden shakes, decks, and outdoor furniture. They lay their eggs inside, which will later develop into larvae. While carpenter bee damage is mostly superficial, predators such as birds like woodpeckers may cause additional damage by digging through the wood to eat carpenter bee larvae. Carpenter bees prefer to attack wood that is bare, weathered and unpainted. Therefore, the best way to deter the bees is to paint all exposed wood surfaces, especially those which have a history of being attacked.

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