Cooking with Courtney – Lemon Drop Cookies

April 22, 2021

This month, dessert is on the menu! And we’ve got a light, sugary and sometimes tart recipe for you – Lemon Drop Cookies! We made these last weekend and they turned out delicious! The only change we’d make is to make sure you use parchment paper on your cookie tray to make it easier to…

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3 Graphs Showing Why You Should Sell Your House Now

May 25, 2021

There’s no doubt that 2021 is the year of the seller when it comes to the Rochester and Finger Lakes housing markets. If you’re a homeowner thinking of moving to better suit your changing needs, now is the perfect time to sell your house. Low mortgage rates are in your favor when you’re ready to purchase your dream home,…

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How Do Changing Mortgage Rates Impact Your Home Buying Budget?

April 14, 2021

Mortgage rates are on the rise this year, but they’re still incredibly low compared to the historic average. However, anytime there’s a change in the mortgage rate, it affects what you can afford to borrow when you’re buying a home. As Sam Khater, Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, shares: “Since January, mortgage rates have increased half a percentage point from historic lows and…

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Cooking Corned Beef Hash with Courtney

March 19, 2021

Now that the St. Patrick’s Day festivities are over, you may find that you’ve got a little bit of Corned Beef left over. What to do? You could always make an amazing Ruben sandwich but, hey, you can get a GREAT Ruben any day of the week at any self-respecting (!) restaurant (try Mulconry’s Irish Pub ).…

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Is It a Good Time to Sell My House?

March 9, 2021

Last year, many homeowners in our area thought twice about selling their houses due to the onset of the health crisis. This year, however, homeowners are beginning to regain their confidence when it comes to selling safely. The latest Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) by Fannie Mae shows that 57% of consumers believe now is a good time to sell.…

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The Van Burkirk-Raines House

March 6, 2021

The next time you’re in Canandaigua, take a turn off North Main Street by the Court House, onto Gorham Street. Just up the block, past Pickle Park, on the left side of the street and right at the corner of Wood and Gorham Streets, you’ll find one of the most unique homes in Canandaigua. Built…

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Soups Galore!

February 15, 2021

To warm you up on these never-ending cold and snowy days, here are Courtney, Kathleen, Rumella and Jordan’s favorite soup recipes. We hope you enjoy these recipes! Drop us a line if you’ve tried them and let us know what you think.

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Cooking with Courtney – Chipped Beef Dip

January 19, 2021

Snacks Snacks & More Snacks! In anticipation of all the sports-watching we’ll be doing in the next few weeks, (Let’s Go Buffalo!) we decided to change our Cooking with Courtney routine a bit. This month, we’re mixing it up by sharing our most favorite snack recipes – ones that our own family and friends ask…

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What Rochester’s Record-Low Housing Inventory Means for Buyers & Sellers

February 11, 2021

With mortgage rates hovering at historic lows, the Rochester and Finger Lakes real estate markets are expected to do very well in 2021. One challenge to the housing industry, however, is the lack of homes available for sale today. Last week, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Home Sales Report, which shows that the inventory of…

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Renting vs. Buying

January 2, 2021

Which is Better for YOU? According to the U.S. Census Bureau, median rent continues to rise across the country. With today’s low mortgage rates, there’s great opportunity for current renters to make a move into homeownership that stretches each dollar a little bit further. While the best timeline to buy a home is different for…

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