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My name is Margaret Bower Avenia and it would be my great pleasure to help you with your Real Estate needs. Whether you are buying or selling or you just need information or advice about investing in Real Estate, or a local perspective on life in the Western Berkshires and the Hudson Valley, I'm here to help you. Having grown up in the business—my grandfather, George H. Beach started his first Real Estate company in 1961—my familiarity with the pristine country environment of Columbia and Berkshire Counties goes back to my childhood. In 2002, I went to work for my grandfather, learning the day to day operations of the Real Estate business. Today, I specialize in providing the full range of services to buyers, sellers, renters and investors.  As my grandfather often told me, the key to being successful is integrity, honesty, and hard work. Whatever your Real Estate needs, please feel free to give me a call 518-325-9784.

Columbia County New York is ideally situated in the Hudson Valley between the culturally rich Berkshires and the mighty Catskills. Columbia County has become one of New York State's most desirable destinations. If you have visited Columbia County recently or in the past, you know why it is such a special place and why so many people call it home.

Looking for a vacation home, second home or primary residence, I would like to help you find the home of your dreams. I work primarily in Columbia County, Dutchess County, the Mid-Hudson Valley and the Capital District Region of NY. I am happy to work with other brokers in my firm or in conjunction with outside associates to show their listings to you.

Some of my Listings, if you don't find what you are looking for here, please e-mail me and I will do a wider search for your needs.

Rentals

Office for Rent Route 22 Hillsdale/Copake boarder $600 with waiting room and private bathroom

Homes for Sale

EXCELLENT Condition Two Bedroom Ranch, Claverack NY $89,000

2 Bedroom home with 4 Season Sunroom in Copake NY $125,000

Investment Property ~ MULTI FAMILY, Copake $135,000

4 Bedroom Ranch with Separate Cottage ~ Craryville $149,000

OWNER FINANCING ~ MINT CONDITION 4 bedroom Colonial with Wood-burning Fireplace ~ Stottville $167,500

OWNER FINANCING ~ Three Bedroom/2 Bath Contemporary $169,000

3 Bedroom Cape with 2-Car Garage, Claverack $175,000

Three bedroom/Three bath in North Chatham $199,000

2 Family Home, Currently Used as One Family, Copake $199,000

Mint Condition 4 Bedrooms, 2 bath Ranch, Claverack NY $198,500

French Country Cape with Four bedrooms, Craryville NY $225,000

4 Bedroom, 2 Bath Cape, 5 Acres, Hillsdale $239,000

Cape with Inground Pool and separate Cottage w/own kitchen & Bathroom, BEAUTIFUL VIEWS $243,000

Waterfront Hide Away, Copake NY $349,000

TOTAL PRIVACY Offered 2 Ways~Almost 30 Acres for $370,000 OR Almost 20 Acres for $325,000 YOUR CHOICE!!

OWNER FINANCING ~ The Copake Inn, Main Street, Copake $375,000

Working Farm on 35 Acres with 3 Barns & Greenhouse, Elizaville $498,500 Motivated Sellers

Modern Passive Solar Home overlooking Indian Creek Valley $535,000

Putting Down Roots, 70+ Acres in Copake $999,000

Unfinished Symphony Three-Story Home Mercer Mtn $1,000,000

Land for Sale

4.40 Acres Business or Commerical Possibilities Claverack NY $28,000

2.71 Wooded Acres, Livingston $55,500

7.47 Acres, Mountain Stream, Claverack $56,000

5 Acres, Driveway Roughed in, Austerlitz $65,000

5+ Acres, Mountain Edge Road, Millerton $95,000

12 Acres with 2 Acre POND, Claverack $102,000

7 Acres, Ronadale Lane, Electric & Driveway already in!! $102,000

13.75 acres with Mountain Views & Pond below $115,000

25 +/- Acres in Hillsdale NY $169,000 ~ Building or Hunt Land

17.53 Acres, Dutchess County $225,000

OWN YOUR OWN MOUNTIAN!! 133+ Acres, New Lebanon ~ Building or Hunt Land $555,000

133+ Acres of Horse Property, Hunting Land or Multi Development Possibilites $575,000 Motivated Sellers

70+ Acres, Copake NY $999,000 ~ ACCEPTED OFFER

MANY MORE LAND PARCELS AVAILABLE...

Testimonials;

We have just purchased our dream home with the help and guidance of Margaret, she is  the GREATEST and most patient and sincere Realtor we have worked with over the past couple years while viewing houses. We had met and dealt with a few different Realtors during our search, but never really felt the commitment that Margaret has shown.  She is a very upbeat and pleasant person to work with, makes time available immediately for viewing or getting answers to any questions you may ask, and always supports your best interests in the purchasing process.  We would highly recommend Margaret and use her again should the need ever arise. She is absolutely outstanding!
Don & Theresa T. Claverack, NY

'Margaret is an awesome agent and we'd recommend to anyone, especially to any of my friends in NY looking for a second home. We starting working with Margaret as she was the most proactive broker, sending us listings she thought might appeal to us & following up in a friendly, non-pushy way.  She has gone above and beyond what we expected, especially as we are not local, and needed some local support on 'the ground'.  This support includes meeting with tradesman to help get appraisals of work needed, viewing places ahead of time to short list, and negotiating on our behalf. I think Margaret has worked incredibly hard, both cheerfully and honestly.' - E. Fowler, New Lebanon, NY

'Margaret surpassed all our expectations from the very first time we contacted her. She was very professional throughout and yet very personable. Throughout the negotiation process, she was right on top of things until an agreed upon purchase price was secured. From that point on, she was in contact with us and walking us through the processes that would ultimately bring us to our closing. We have now been in our beautiful home for one month, and we love it! We know without a doubt that Margaret's patience, perseverance and guidance was instrumental in making this lovely home ours. Thank you Margaret...we love you!!!' - Craig & Heidi Cooper, Hillsdale, NY

'Margaret, thank you so much for all your efforts showing me property in Columbia County. I appreciate all your time and energy!' - Nan L., Boston, MA

"If you are looking for a realtor to help you buy or sell a home, I highly recommend Margaret. This past Spring my daughters & I were planning to move from NC to Columbia County, when I called about a house Margaret had listed. Our contact over the next few days let me know she was the realtor I wanted to deal with. Margaret quickly returned my calls, and always went out of her way to find the information I asked for, plus anything else I might find helpful. I feel very confident that she is honest and hardworking. Over the weeks it took to get to closing, she worked hard making sure everything was completed on time. I’m happy to say, that our house already feels like home and Margaret has quickly become a good friend.”
-Sincerely, T. Sanders, Copake NY

   
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Thinking about your options?

Arthur Lee of Red Rock, Inc.

215 Route 24, Red Rock, NY 12060

Your Boutique Country Realtor, Servicing Columbia, Dutchess, and Rensselaer Counties, New York, & Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
Celebrating our 50th year in business!

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Contact Margaret Bower Avenia today, I'll work on your behalf every step of the way! For the best in professional real estate service, call Margaret at (800) 290-4235 or reach her via E-Mail.

Margaret Bower Avenia, Sales Associate
Arthur Lee of Red Rock, Inc.
215 Route 24, Red Rock, NY 12060
1-800-290-4235 or 1-518-325-9784

Why Use a REALTOR®?

All real estate licensees are not the same. Only real estate licensees who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® are properly called REALTORS®. They proudly display the REALTOR "®" logo on the business card or other marketing and sales literature. REALTORS® are committed to treat all parties to a transaction honestly. REALTORS® subscribe to a strict code of ethics and are expected to maintain a higher level of knowledge of the process of buying and selling real estate. An independent survey reports that 84% of home buyers would use the same REALTOR® again.

Real estate transactions involve one of the biggest financial investments most people experience in their lifetime. Transactions today usually exceed $100,000. If you had a $100,000 income tax problem, would you attempt to deal with it without the help of a CPA? If you had a $100,000 legal question, would you deal with it without the help of an attorney? Considering the small upside cost and the large downside risk, it would be foolish to consider a deal in real estate without the professional assistance of a REALTOR®.

But if you're still not convinced of the value of a REALTOR®, here are a dozen more reasons to use one:

1. Your REALTOR® can help you determine your buying power -- that is, your financial reserves plus your borrowing capacity. If you give a REALTOR® some basic information about your available savings, income and current debt, he or she can refer you to lenders best qualified to help you. Most lenders -- banks and mortgage companies -- offer limited choices.

2. Your REALTOR® has many resources to assist you in your home search. Sometimes the property you are seeking is available but not actively advertised in the market, and it will take some investigation by your agent to find all available properties.

3. Your REALTOR® can assist you in the selection process by providing objective information about each property. Agents who are REALTORS® have access to a variety of informational resources. REALTORS® can provide local community information on utilities, zoning. schools, etc. There are two things you'll want to know. First, will the property provide the environment I want for a home or investment? Second, will the property have resale value when I am ready to sell?

4. Your REALTOR® can help you negotiate. There are myriad negotiating factors, including but not limited to price, financing, terms, date of possession and often the inclusion or exclusion of repairs and furnishings or equipment. The purchase agreement should provide a period of time for you to complete appropriate inspections and investigations of the property before you are bound to complete the purchase. Your agent can advise you as to which investigations and inspections are recommended or required.

5. Your REALTOR® provides due diligence during the evaluation of the property. Depending on the area and property, this could include inspections for termites, dry rot, asbestos, faulty structure, roof condition, septic tank and well tests, just to name a few. Your REALTOR® can assist you in finding qualified responsible professionals to do most of these investigations and provide you with written reports. You will also want to see a preliminary report on the title of the property. Title indicates ownership of property and can be mired in confusing status of past owners or rights of access. The title to most properties will have some limitations; for example, easements (access rights) for utilities. Your REALTOR®, title company or attorney can help you resolve issues that might cause problems at a later date.

6. Your REALTOR® can help you in understanding different financing options and in identifying qualified lenders.

7. Your REALTOR® can guide you through the closing process and make sure everything flows together smoothly.

8. When selling your home, your REALTOR® can give you up-to-date information on what is happening in the marketplace and the price, financing, terms and condition of competing properties. These are key factors in getting your property sold at the best price, quickly and with minimum hassle.

9. Your REALTOR® markets your property to other real estate agents and the public. Often, your REALTOR® can recommend repairs or cosmetic work that will significantly enhance the salability of your property. Your REALTOR® markets your property to other real estate agents and the public. In many markets across the country, over 50% of real estate sales are cooperative sales; that is, a real estate agent other than yours brings in the buyer. Your REALTOR® acts as the marketing coordinator, disbursing information about your property to other real estate agents through a Multiple Listing Service or other cooperative marketing networks, open houses for agents, etc. The REALTOR® Code of Ethics requires REALTORS® to utilize these cooperative relationships when they benefit their clients.

10. Your REALTOR® will know when, where and how to advertise your property. There is a misconception that advertising sells real estate. The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® studies show that 82% of real estate sales are the result of agent contacts through previous clients, referrals, friends, family and personal contacts. When a property is marketed with the help of your REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.

11. Your REALTOR® can help you objectively evaluate every buyer's proposal without compromising your marketing position. This initial agreement is only the beginning of a process of appraisals, inspections and financing -- a lot of possible pitfalls. Your REALTOR® can help you write a legally binding, win-win agreement that will be more likely to make it through the process.

12. Your REALTOR® can help close the sale of your home. Between the initial sales agreement and closing (or settlement), questions may arise. For example, unexpected repairs are required to obtain financing or a cloud in the title is discovered. The required paperwork alone is overwhelming for most sellers. Your REALTOR® is the best person to objectively help you resolve these issues and move the transaction to closing (or settlement).

 
 
   
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