Open Spaces

Here is today’s story from the Sunday, Times Union.

Licensed real estate broker Alex Monticello hears the request for open layout a lot from his clients, and it’s a trait he looked for when he and his wife were house shopping. They found it at 80 Davis St., Albany. The previous owner knocked down the wall between the kitchen and the dining room, which had the effect of holding one’s breath and then letting it out. The entire space was lighter, airier. Monticello said he wouldn’t have bought the house had the kitchen not been updated. It was an expensive job the previous owner did mostly by himself.

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March Capital Region Housing Market Update

What’s been happening with the Capital Region housing market? The real estate market is certainly warming up faster than the outside temps. Here is why.

The Big News? We’re Growing

It’s official, we’re growing and we’re proud to announce our latest partnership with Danielle Bellanti. Since this company was founded, we’ve taken a very controlled and intentional growth approach. We have been more concerned with quality, not quantity – providing sophisticated and superior service for our clients. As we expand, we’ve been careful to never lose sight of our core mission. Over the years we’ve had the opportunity to partner with other realtors, but declined when those partnerships were not the right fit. Today, we’re proud to announce we’re building on the example Christian, Yaz, an I have worked hard to establish. We’re taking Monticello to the next level and expanding our reach.

Danielle Bellanti Business Card

Danielle is a licensed real estate agent from Clifton Park and has grown up in the Capital Region. Danielle brings her talented marketing experience to the world of real estate. More importantly, Danielle shares in our mission of providing honest advice, tailored to each client’s needs, and always focusing on the client not the transaction.  At Monticello we’re not about volume, we’re about client satisfaction. We’re confident whether you’re selling your existing home or buying a new home, you’ll get the same quality and level service from Danielle that you’ve been able to count on from Monticello.

Please join me in welcoming Danielle to our team.


Alexander Monticello

Capital Region Real Estate Update

Here is how the December 2014 Capital Region real estate market finished. Overall pending sales were up, prices were down, but inventory was also down. Month to month numbers can be fickle and don’t always tell the the whole story. But a 7.9 months supply of inventory is one of the lowest numbers we’ve seen in years and clearly signals a shift to a more balanced housing market. Anecdotally, we’ve seen several homes move quickly after receiving multiple offers. We may finally have cleared away most of the stale inventory from the last 3 years, coupled with more realistic sellers, and motivated buyers – due to low interest rates – 2015 has all the ingredients a healthy housing market.