Buying and Selling in the Finger Lakes This Fall

By: Cynthia Emerling

Are you considering buying or selling a lakefront property this season? The lakefront market differs from the standard residential market, as their season slows down in the fall, our season is just getting started. Our Lakefront Real Estate team has explained a few reasons why, along with some helpful hints to get you started with buying or selling a lake home this fall.

BUYING A HOME

As you start your search, consider how much your money can buy you in each lakefront market as the value fluctuates lake to lake. Also, spend a bit of time and investigate where the market is growing, stabilized, or declining (click here to see our Quarterly Real Estate Report).  For example, Seneca Lake is offering buyers many opportunities in each price range and is growing in popularity because of the close proximity to many surrounding towns.  The average price range of $600,000 to $750,000 will get you a recently built, updated home between 1900 and 2900 square feet on Seneca Lake, such as 4590 Lakeview Road and 4572 Lakeview Road. Canandaigua Lake’s Real Estate market is different, offering more high-end homes, as it is considered the premier lake in the Rochester region.  The same $600,000 to $750,000 price range will offer much smaller homes, or older lake homes, or homes that are across the road with lake access or only lake view. Such as 4773 East Lake Road or 5206 East Lake Road, allowing you to keep the space but lack the lakefront experience.

Whatever your lakefront needs are, be sure to hire a professional sales agent with experience in lakefront property to ensure your needs are heard and understood.  At Finger Lakes Premier Properties, we specialize in the buying, selling, and renting homes along the shores of seven different lakes. Our Buyer Specialists can provide you with valuable insights to specific lake communities throughout the region, helping you find the ideal home to suit the lake life you are searching for.

SELLING A HOME

The fall market is hot and competitive. More homes are entering the market now that summer has ended. The fall offers buyers another opportunity to see all that the Finger Lakes region offers. Make sure you are in season with your surroundings. When selling, place all the typical fall decorations in front of your home. Pumpkins add a warmth to the surroundings, while mums and hay bales give color and texture to your entry and gardens. This makes your buyers feel comfortable and see the beauty of fall in your home decor, inside and out.


When looking at selling your lakefront home in the fall, pricing is key. As you price your home, look not only at those that sold, but those that are active in your market. Compare apples to apples, season appropriate, and see how your home compares to those already in the market. If you price your home at $600,000 how does it compare to the others in that same price range? You want it to be the best in the price range you choose. This way, when buyers are out in the market, they can physically see the value in your home compared to others in the same range. If your home is inferior, the same will be said in the reverse, therefore, your home is selling the others by default. Ask the lakefront specialists in the Finger Lakes, to show you what is currently on the market in the price you are considering. Work with us to ensure you enter the market in the right price location.

As the leading lakefront Real Estate company in the Finger Lakes Region, we have listed and sold each of our listings this year, in under 30 days. We do these analyses for each of our clients and make specific recommendations to get their home sold. When considering selling your home, make sure you use the Lakefront Listing Specialist, here at Finger Lakes Premier Properties! We have the best in the business!

Don’t forget to call us today for your market analysis and ask about our Listing perks! (888) 599-4810