Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Skaneateles Real Estate - The Weekly Update

Back on track!  It's been such a wonderful summer and I have worked hard to enjoy it.  Real estate can swamp an agent, but there are so many things to do in the Finger Lakes in the summer that by prioritizing it can all get done.  Last week we went to the Nationals at the Fairgrounds.  Despite all the hot, hot weather we've been having, the day was cooler and breezy making touring so much better.  It's a rite of summer - like the Sidewalk Sale (aka Curbstone Festival), the library book sale, and this weekend the Antique Boat Show.  We have had an unprecedented lack of rain - possibly the driest July on record - so it might be due this Saturday or Sunday. Go early, go often.

Currently there are 116 active listings in the Skaneateles area of the multiple listing service.  Of these, 25 are in the village and 29 are waterfront.  As a side note, I have been searching in Syracuse for the perfect house for some friends.  As I open that category every day, I see that there are about 425 active listings - in all of Syracuse.  I know that "Skaneateles area" is loosely interpreted, and the City of Syracuse is not, but this seems disproportionate with the populations.  Still, there are excellent deals to be had in Skaneateles - and it is a great place to live even at its higher prices for homes.  (JT would like to remind everyone to check out the listing in Woodmere that is still available - a very lovely home in an excellent Village location!)

Speaking of lovely....two new listings came on in the past week.  One is a knock your socks off house out in the country for well over a million, but with six full baths.  The other is a village home that personifies the old village of the mid-19th century, the agent writes.

We still have 34 homes under contract with four new ones in this category - two in the village (there's that theme again) and two in the town.

Fifty-seven single family homes have closed so far this year.  Two were just reported - one of those good bargains in Spafford and the other in the actual Town of Skaneateles.

So walk around the village this weekend, take in the sights and sounds of summer.  Admire the boats and think of the old days when the wooden cruisers dominated the lake.  Oh yes - and please buy a house while you are here!