New HomeJust a friendly reminder your NY STAR application is due March 1. If you just purchased a home or maybe not sure if you have a STAR benefit, apply today. All home owners in NYS are eligible for a reduction in their property taxes on their primary home, called the STAR benefit. There are additional STAR benefits for veterans, seniors, and lower income households.

Do it today or possibly lose it! If you recently bought a NY home or are not familiar with STAR read on. Your STAR application must be postmarked or received by your assessor’s office by Taxable Status Date. (In most communities, Taxable Status Date is March 1, but visit Municipal Profiles to find the assessment calendar for your municipality.) Click her for NYS Tax department and more info. 

Explore Albany’s Unique Elementary Schools

Albany Top Elementary Schools Four open houses next week will give families the opportunity to explore unique elementary-school options available to all Albany children.

The open houses will be held at three themed magnet schools and an elementary school that is home to the bilingual Spanish-English program. All are in the City School District of Albany.

The schedule follows:

Tuesday, Jan. 19
Albany School of Humanities (ASH), 108 Whitehall Road
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 20
Bilingual Dual-Language Program at Delaware Community School, 43 Bertha St.
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.

Thomas O’Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), Lincoln Park
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 21
Montessori Magnet School, 45 Tremont St.
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more.

Now Hiring – Director of Operations

Director of Operations
$50,000 annual, plus incentive bonuses
Full-time salaried position
Expected Start Date: ASAP

Director of Operations (DO) is a newly created position in a rapidly growing residential real estate business serving the Capital Region. The company was founded in 2011 and has grown to 5 realtors with over 80 transaction in 2015. The company is on track to complete over 100 transactions in 2016 with more than $25,000,000 in total sales volume. This position provides an opportunity for increased responsibility and income as the company continues to grow. In addition to the base salary, performance bonuses will be offered. Fifteen PTO days plus 10 paid company holidays and a 401k match after the first 12 months. Nights and weekend work required.

The Director of Operations will manage all office operations and provide primary support to the broker through the following responsibilities:

  • Direct lead management, lead generation, and data entry
  • Monitor and track all incoming lead requests
  • Utilize company database to email and call active leads
  • Provide overall company and office administrative support
  • Manage all administrative work related to listing homes:
  • Create listing presentations for prospective sellers
  • Install/remove sign panels and lockboxes
  • Supervise contract compliance for all company realtors – document retention
  • Develop company marketing materials:
  • Direct social media and online marketing
  • Write regular blog posts and manage websites
  • Manage content for individual property websites

The applicant shall have the following qualifications:

  • Strong customer service skills
  • Excellent phone skills and ability to call and track leads
  • Patience working with new and current clients
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • The ability to problem solve, think creatively, and independently
  • Attention to detail and well organized
  • Openness to learning and using web based software and online content management
  • A NYS real estate license preferred or a willingness to secure the license
  • A valid NYS driver license and reliable transportation – local travel required
  • Ability to work nights and weekends
  • Self-motivation to get it done!

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to until position is filled.


Outside the Pack

Here is a nice cover story from the Sunday Times Union about our independent boutique real estate brokerage.

“If you’re a buyer, it doesn’t matter where the agent works, you just want someone who is honest, reliable, provides good customer service and understands how homes are built. Agents are part therapist, psychologist, family planner. It doesn’t matter who you work with, small or large and international. But if you are looking to sell a home, you’re looking for an online marketer. That is how homes are sold in 2015, and how the agent markets the listing online is what matters, period.”

Monticello, 36, who also has a law degree, builds personalized websites for his listings and hires a professional photographer. Being independent allows him to be more nimble and flexible, he said. It has allowed him to do pro bono work and commission TV ads without asking for permission from a corporate office. Growth, Monticello said, is the proof of his success. Over the last year, he hired four Realtors. In 2014, his company did nearly $12 million in sales; he expects to close out 2015 with more than $18 million, with 80 homes sold.

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Here is a link to the full article.