A Short History: Halloween

By Sharon Quataert | September 30, 2019

Halloween – Yet Another Fun Irish Tradition Halloween is based on the 5th century Gaelic festival of Samhain (sow-in). This festival marked the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the winter season when cattle were brought back from their summer pastures and livestock were slaughtered for the winter. According to Celtic mythology…

Practicing good seller’s etiquette

By Sharon Quataert | September 19, 2019

Practicing good seller’s etiquette Let’s face it, there’s a lot of things that happen when you open your house for others to look around. Here are a few tips to get through the process with the least amount of stress: We’ve Said It Before But It Bears Repeating By now you’ve heard from us, HGTV,…

Sharon Quataert Realty wins the RBJ Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Award

By Sharon Quataert | September 5, 2019

Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record selected Sharon Quataert of Sharon Quataert Realty to receive the 2019 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Award. New in 2019, the Excellence in Construction & Real Estate awards celebrate the individuals and companies who are changing the landscape of the Rochester region through design, construction, project management, and more. These…

How To: Prepare to Buy a Home

By Sharon Quataert | August 14, 2019

As a first time home buyer, or as someone who has been out of the home buying market for a bit, you might not know or remember the steps you need to take in order for your home purchase to go smoothly. We’re here to help! Talk to mortgage bankers. Many buyers get caught up…

Pricing Your Home to Sell

By Sharon Quataert | August 6, 2019

Pricing Your Home to Sell Pricing your home to sell is a perfect mixture of art and science. How you price it will affect three things: Whether you will profit in the sale How much you will profit How long your home will sit on the market At Sharon Q Realty, our knowledge of the…

Places to Explore: Mt Hope Cemetery

By Sharon Quataert | June 15, 2019

One of the most beautiful settings in Rochester is not usually thought of as a tourist stop or a place for locals to hike or run or take a relaxing walk, but it should be! First in the Nation Located on 196 acres at the corner of Mt. Hope and Elmwood Avenues in the city…

Four Reasons to Buy a Home This Summer

By Sharon Quataert | June 11, 2019

Here are four reasons to consider buying today instead of waiting. 1. Prices Will Continue to Rise CoreLogic’s latest U.S. Home Price Insights reports that home prices have appreciated by 3.7% over the last 12 months. The same report predicts that prices will continue to increase at a rate of 4.8% over the next year. Home values will…

Seven steps to selling your home

By Sharon Quataert | June 3, 2019

Set Your Goals First, ask yourself, “Why do I want to sell and what do I expect to accomplish with the sale?” If  you’d like to sell your house within a certain time frame or make a particular profit margin, write it down. You and your real estate agent will map out the best path…

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Home Financing and Finding

By Sharon Quataert | March 22, 2019

When you start thinking about buying a house, one of your first considerations will likely be affordability – can you afford a house payment on top of whatever debt you already have? We’re here to help with a few answers and a few ideas.

Your credit and you

Taking Care of Your Credit Score

By Sharon Quataert | March 8, 2019

There are two essential components that make up a successful house purchase: finding the perfect home that fits your needs and being able to secure the funds necessary to buy it. For the first, you can depend on your Realtor® to help you find the right home in the right neighborhood for the right price.…