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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Take a tour of Chautauqua Institution homes

May 23, 2012

CHAUTAUQUA - The Chautau-qua Bird, Tree and Garden Club announces that its biennially sponsored tour of homes will be held on Tuesday, July 17 from noon to 5 p.m. on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution. There are 12 stops on this self-guided walking tour.
The designated homes represent a delightful assembly of summer living styles constructed from early Chautauqua times to the present. The century-old Miller Bell Tower is also a stop on the tour, and refreshments will be served under a tent near-by. Gardens that received a 2011 Chautauqua in Bloom award will be marked on the tour map for visitors to view while strolling through the grounds.
Volunteers at an information table just inside the Chautauqua Main Gate, and hosts in each of the homes, will welcome and assist visitors during the tour.
Tickets are $26 per person, and must be purchased in advance. Orders are now being accepted by mail. A printable ticket order form may be found at or write to 2012 BTG House Tour, P.O. Box 721, Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722. Tickets are limited so those interested are advised to order early

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

A Weekend of Wine and Cheese

A Weekend of Wine and Cheese
May 18 - 20, 2012
wine and cheeseCurious as to why Wine & Cheese go together so darn well? It begins with tannins, natural compounds found in grape skins, seeds & stems. They're great antioxidants & wonderful preservatives. While wine is aging, tannins are added for structure, texture, and preservation. Scientists have found that high fat, high protein foods balance the taste of tannin. That makes cheese the perfect food to go with wine! Visit 23 wineries in Lake Erie Wine Country and sample fabulous cheeses and special fare, each paired with a complimentary wine during Wine and Cheese Weekend. A $35 ticket allows you to enjoy a food and wine pairing at each winery, wine tasting, a cheese cutting board and spreader, a booklet of recipes, Lake Erie Wine Country wine glass, and a $5 voucher to use at any winery or designated restaurants. Tickets are going fast so make your reservations soon.

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Audubon Continues Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk Tradition

Audubon Continues Mother’s Day Wildflower Walk Tradition - | News, Sports, Jobs, Community Information - Jamestown | Post-Journal

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Why are some Chautauqua Lake Homes on the Market for so long?

We are often ask the title question:

There is no ONE answer but, I'll give you our experienced response: Pricing and Market exposure sell houses. These are 2nd homes (toys) generally purchased for all cash or with considerable equity. Nobody has to sell, the tendency to overprice a home can be greater than on a primary residence.

We sell lakehomes year round the prime selling season is April thru October. If not sold in that time many owners withdraw the house for the off season and put it back on the following season/year.

Because our clients live outside the area weather plays a part, no snow buyers come out snow they stay home.

Because nobody has to purchase a second home buyers can be slower to respond to opportunities. We work with many buyers for a number of years before they purchase. Some buyers continualy think something better will come along. Some sellers think a better offer will come along and turn down a good offer.

We run into everything, houses are rented and can't be shown, seller using it and doesn't want it shown. The stock market is up, the stock market is down. The media announces the world is ending.

Many properties are on for 2-3 seasons and sell for list price or within 3-6%. Just waiting for the right buyer.

As I stated there is no direct answer, all of the above and more keeps the DOM clock ticking. If a property is priced right and many times even if it isn't (buyers are not shy about offers) ALL houses sell.

We have been fortunate that we never had over building, speculation or flipping. Our market was affected by 2008 like every market but, to a much lesser degree.

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