April 2015 Real Estate Feature Story: Weichert, Realtors — Thousand Island Realty

Realtor turns passion into profits

Melanie Curley, owner and founder of Weichert, Realtors — Thousand Island Realty, in front of her main office in Clayton, 306 James St. Ms. Curley founded Thousand Islands Realty in 2006 and last fall affiliated with the national firm Weichert, Realtors, Morris Plains, N.J. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

Melanie Curley, owner and founder of Weichert, Realtors — Thousand Island Realty, in front of her main office in Clayton, 306 James St. Ms. Curley founded Thousand Islands Realty in 2006 and last fall affiliated with the national firm Weichert, Realtors, Morris Plains, N.J. Photo by Norm Johnston, NNY Business.

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business

For some, real estate is just a job and a home is just a place. For Melanie Curley, owner and founder of Weichert, Realtors — Thousand Island Realty, they’re passions. [Read more…]

April 2015 Real Estate: Top Transactions

Top 10 property sales by price recorded in the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office in February 2015:

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April 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Federal Fair Housing Act turns 47

Columnist Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

The sale and purchase of a home is one of the most significant events a person will experience in his or her lifetime. It is more that the simple purchase of housing, for it includes the hopes, dreams, aspirations and economic destiny of those involved. Recognizing this, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Fair Housing Act in April of 1968. This landmark legislation is the reason that April is known as Fair Housing Month. During this 47th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the Jefferson-Lewis and St. Lawrence County Boards of Realtors have reached out to numerous legislative bodies and asked them to declare April as Fair Housing Month. [Read more…]

March 2015 Real Estate Feature: Lori Gervera profile

Realtor’s drive inspires other women

Lori Gervera, associate broker of Keller Williams Northern New York and Lori Gervera Team, Watertown, has worked in the industry for more than 20 years while also managing marriage and raising three children. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

Lori Gervera, associate broker of Keller Williams Northern New York and Lori Gervera Team, Watertown, has worked in the industry for more than 20 years while also managing marriage and raising three children. Photo by Justin Sorensen, NNY Business.

By Lorna Oppedisano, NNY Business

Lori J. Gervera, associate broker of Keller Williams Northern New York and Lori Gervera Team, does one killer balancing act. [Read more…]

March 2015 Real Estate: Top Transactions

Top 10 property sales by price recorded in the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office in Janurary 2015:

$1,300,000: Jan. 20, City of Watertown: Two parcels, no acreage, Arsenal Street, Aerco LLC, Vista Valley, Calif., sold to VDI Properties LLC, Alexandria Bay.

$769,000: Jan. 13, Town of Alexandria: Two islands, Sylvan Island and Moss Island, WJC Family LLC, Syracuse, sold to Larry Kingsley, Rye.

$615,000: Jan. 16, Town of Alexandria: Three parcels, 5.53 acres, Wellesley Island, Westminster Park, Allan G. Drew and Carol W. Drew, San Jose, Calif., sold to Robert Nassau and Jessica Murray, Rochester.

$500,000: Jan. 28, Village of West Carthage: 1.446 acres, Franklin Street, Northern Developers LLC, Carthage, sold to Leegill Ventures LLC, LaFargeville.

$450,000: Jan. 12, Town of Alexandria: 1.87 acres, Dingman Point Road, Lots 20 and 21, Margaret C. Cardamone and William J. Cardamone as attorneys for Richard J. Cardamone, Clinton, sold to Timothy D. Wagoner, Alexandria Bay.

$420,000: Jan. 23, Town of Watertown: Two parcels, 5.22 acres, Cagwin Road, Peter M. Virga, Watertown, sold to Sarah Miller, Lowville.

$350,000: Jan. 5, City of Watertown: 0.619 acres, 328 Paddock St., Bradford K. Bilicki, Watertown, sold to Philip D. Amrine, Dover, Del.

$297,300: Jan. 7, Town of Champion: 1 acre, Farney Pit Road, David C. Meade and Joelle Robin Meade, Carthage, sold to Elray Dumas, Honolulu, Hawaii.

$290,000: Jan. 16, Village of Theresa: 3.63 acres, state Route 26, Richard D. Nuijens Jr. and Joanne L. Thornton, Theresa, sold to Ronald A. Rajner and Colette R. Rajner, Theresa.

$272,500: Jan. 29, Town of Watertown: 2.52 acres, Sandy Creek Valley Road, Roderic P. Galster, Phoenix, Ariz., sold to Jack H. Young and Julie L. Young, Black River.

Top 10 property sales by price recorded in the St. Lawrence County Clerk’s Office in January 2015:

$325,000: Jan. 28, Town of Hammond: Parcel 1) 1.5 acres more or less, Parcel 2) Unknown acres, bounded by Chippewa Point Road, and Schnurr Road, Mildred D. Hill, Port Charlotte, Fla., sold to Alan G. and Susan H. Volkmar, Blacksburg, Va.

$270,000: Jan. 12, Town of Colton: 358 83/100 acres more or less, Great Tract 2, bounded by Route 56, Maury Tigner, Ithaca, sold to The Hollywood Associates LLC, Ithaca.

$175,000: Jan. 20, Town of Norfolk: 3.94 acres more or less, in Mile Square 78, bounded by Plumbrook Road, Paul K. and Denise D. Durant, Norfolk, sold to Gary A. and Joyce M. Lacourse, Webster.

$174,500: Jan. 27, Town of Oswegatchie: 4.89 acres more or less, bounded by McIntyre Road, Jay R. and Suzanne M. Beldock, Ogdensburg, sold to Henry E. and Lee Ann Morley, Ogdensburg.

$171,222: Jan. 26, Town of Gouverneur: 40 acres more or less, bounded by Natural Dam and Barnes Farm, Rafael Hylton, Palm Coast, Fla., sold to Robert Murphy and Helen Chase, Cazenovia.

$170,000: Jan. 30, Town of Hammond: 30.26 acres more or less, bounded by Ireland Road, Randy J. Huot, Hammond, sold to Daniel Christopher Ceresoli, Hammond .

$167,500: Jan. 5, Village of Massena: Parcel 1) 0.40 of an acre more or less, Parcel 2) Unknown acres, Lot 12 and Lot 13 of Block E, bounded by Windsor Road, Thomas E. and Mona E. Miller, Massena, sold to Christopher L. and Emily F. Hutchison, Potsdam.

$160,000: Jan. 15, Town of Lisbon: Unknown acres, bounded by River Road, Arthur Edward Ryan (attorney in fact), Martin J. Ryan, Ogdensburg, sold to John and Rene Tebo, Ogdensburg.

$160,000: Jan. 28, Village of Colton: 1/8 of an acre more or less, known as Island bounded by High Falls, Robert and Tamela Bradish, Hannawa Falls, sold to Matthew J. and Randa L. Mitchell, Colton.

$159,000: Jan. 26, Town of Hopkinton: 43 acres more or less, bounded by Days Mills Road and Blanchard Road, Roger Sessions (trustee), Robert W. Sessions Revocable Living Trust, Burr Ridge, Ill., sold to Mark J. and Marcia L. Grothe, Norco, Calif.

March 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Drum, NNY a winning combination

Columnist, Lance Evans

Columnist Lance Evans

Planned. Positioned. Proven. With the approach of the March 20 Army listening session and public rally, that is a slogan we have been seeing and hearing often. The rally and session that follows will take place at Jefferson Community College at 5 p.m. and it’s your chance to tell the Army how you feel about the potential loss of 16,000 soldiers and civilians at Fort Drum. [Read more…]

February 2015: Real Estate Roundup

Let consumers decide on sprinklers

Columnist, Lance Evans

Columnist, Lance Evans

Recently, there has been publicity surrounding a push by the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York to have the New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council update the state Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code to mandate that builders install low-flow automatic sprinklers in all new one- to two-family homes and any home that undergoes substantial reconstruction of 50 percent or more. [Read more…]

February 2015 Real Estate: Top Transactions

Top 10 property sales by price recorded in the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office in December 2014:

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February 2015 Feature Story: Real Estate

Sales rebound, finish strong in ’14

Ted Booker is a Johnson Newspaper staff writer. In our cover story, he writer about the state's four-year-old Regional Economic Development Council system and how the north country has fared in the process.

Ted Booker is a Johnson Newspaper staff writer. In our cover story, he writer about the state’s four-year-old Regional Economic Development Council system and how the north country has fared in the process.

After getting off to a slow start in the first quarter because of last year’s long winter, real estate sales in Jefferson and Lewis counties rebounded during the rest of 2014, with the number of homes sold exceeding 2013 totals. [Read more…]

Flood insurance a longtime concern

Real Estate Roundup column || by Lance Evans

Real Estate Roundup column || by Lance Evans

With the number of waterways in Northern New York, flood insurance has become increasingly important. Over the past century, floods have claimed more lives and property than any other natural disaster with flood disasters declared in every state as the result of melting snow, severe rain storms and hurricanes, and rising water along lakes, rivers, levees and dams. [Read more…]