February 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 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 Feature: 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…]

Real estate: November 2014 top transactions

Top 10 property sales by price recorded in the Jefferson County Clerk’s Office in November 2014:  [Read more…]

Real Estate/Top Transactions – Sept. 2014

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

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Real Estate Roundup: SLC Realtors recognized for service

The St. Lawrence County Board of Realtors held a mixer at Phoenix on the Bay in Ogdensburg Aug. 6. It had a dual purpose, allowing affiliates to showcase their products and services and to recognize Realtor members for their years of service. Each Realtor member received a Realtor pin based on the number of years of continuous Realtor membership (rounded down to the nearest five-year period). In future years, we will honor members only when they reach five-year milestones. [Read more…]

Consider needs, options in search

Lance Evans

Lance Evans

Recently, I had the chance to participate in an unusual activity for me — house hunting. Even more unusual, the house is one that neither I, nor any family member, will probably ever live in. How did this come about? [Read more…]

Riverside Iron in Gouverneur preparing for production

Eric S. Tessmer, who recently purchased Riverside Iron in Gouverneur, stands in front of his Gouverneur business, which he plans to rekindle. Jason Hunter / NNY Business

Eric S. Tessmer, who recently purchased Riverside Iron in Gouverneur, stands in front of his Gouverneur business, which he plans to rekindle. Jason Hunter / NNY Business

Riverside Iron is poised to reopen to manufacture miscellaneous and ornamental steel, bringing the potential of more than a dozen jobs.

Eric S. Tessmer closed on the purchase of the business Friday from Duane Winters, who is providing $350,000 in financing.

A native of Gouverneur, Mr. Tessmer has watched the zinc and talc industries fade, along with General Motors in Massena.

“It’s sad to see those jobs go,” he said.

But he is glad to bring back what he can. [Read more…]

Thousand Islands Country Club sold to Chinese businessman for $5.25 million

This is an aerial photo of the Thousand Islands Country Club, sold Monday by the Schwalm family.

This is an aerial photo of the Thousand Islands Country Club, sold Monday by the Schwalm family.

The Thousand Islands Country Club was sold Monday by the Schwalm family of Wellesley Island to Ximin Shi, a Chinese businessman. [Read more…]