How to Make a Finger Lakes Premier Properties Vacation Home Your Own

One of the greatest perks of staying in a vacation rental rather than in a hotel room is that you can make yourself right at home! With their beautiful accommodations and top-notch features, it’s easy to make a Finger Lakes Premier Properties Vacation Home your own during your stay! Something so magical happens when you’re able to settle into one of our properties with your family. It transforms into a real home away from home.   

Read on for some thoughtful tips that will help make your rental feel like a home during your stay. For more travel planning ideas, be sure to download a free copy of our Vacation Guide 


3 of the Best Ways to Make a Finger Lakes Premier Properties Home Your Own During Your Vacation 

Your vacation should be all about making lifelong memories with the people who matter most! You know what they say, “The home is where the heart is.” So, make one of our vacation rentals your home away from home!  

1. Gather Around the Table for a Family Meal  

Sharing food with your loved ones can do wonders for your relationships! It will also make you feel right at home, being in the kitchen cooking up a hot meal. In all our vacation rentals, you can expect to have access to a fully equipped kitchen that has everything you need to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner at your vacation home!  

2. Bring Your Furry Family Members  

What’s a vacation without your best friend? There’s no better way to make somewhere new feel like home than having the whole family there with you. It can cost so much money to board your pup in a kennel or hire pet-sitters during the length of your vacation. Plus, it’s just not the same traveling without your furry companions. Pack up the pooches for the ride and stay in one of our pet-friendly rentals!  

3. Enjoy Your Vacation Rental’s Exclusive Features 

Make the most of your stay in one of our premier vacation rentals by taking advantage of the property’s wonderful amenities and features! Enjoy a glass of wine on the back porch and take in views of the lake. Gather the kids for a game in the living room. Many of our homes have everything from flatscreen televisions and private dock access to non-motorized watercrafts available for guest use and more! 


Choose Your Dream Home from an Impressive Selection of Vacation Rentals  

Two chairs sitting on a jetty at dusk, form a tranquil and idyllic scene at Lake Seneca, a popular vacation destination and located in the famous Finger Lakes region in New YorkState.

The most important part of making a Finger Lakes Premier Properties vacation home feel like your own is booking your dream rental in the first place! Choose from over 250 properties across the Finger Lakes region. Each of our homes is entirely unique and features one-of-a-kind furnishings, amenities, and features. If you’re hoping to save on your stay, be sure to check out our current specials, as well!  

Browse our impressive selection of vacation rentals and book your stay today! 

Finger Lakes Babyquip Rentals

Baby Equipment Rentals

Did you know that you can bring your child’s favorite toys/blanket and forget the rest?

That’s right, you wont have to pack a high chair, stroller, pack and play, bassinet, changing table. Or any other type of baby equipment that your bundle of joy needs on a daily basis.

Babyquip rentals are here in the Finger Lakes and ready to provide you all your baby essentials and less stress while giving you the best vacation. Now let’s be honest, you have needed this vacation for a very long time now. Repeat, VERY long time. Consider this rental a gift to you and your traveling crew.

Bassinet delivered to FLPP rental in 2020.

No more, playing jenga while packing the car, no more hauling heavy babyquip around, down stairs to the cottage, back up to the car and vice versa. No more complaining about who is carrying which piece to the house. Just grab your bundle of joy and your duffle and head to your vacation rental. Want to know more? Check out the 3 simple steps below.

AND, if you like it that much, check out the grocery delivery service we partner with right here so you don’t even have to go grocery shopping and haul groceries to the house either!

Crib and rocking chair delivered to FLPP rental in 2020.

That’s right, a true vacation for the very busy parent you are!

3 Simple Steps:

Cleaning and sanitizing is incredibly important and something that both BabyQuip and Finger Lakes Premier Properties takes very seriously. You can learn more about cleaning and sanitizing procedures by clicking here. All items are laundered or cleaned with natural, child-friendly products.

Book Your Family Vacation Here!

Lakefront Housing Market – A Review of 2020 and Forecasting for 2021

Just as the market was about to boom in the Spring of 2020, the novel coronavirus swept the world and closed its doors. For the lakefront real estate market in the Finger Lakes, this interruption was brief and bounced back into a record-breaking year with some of the most unusual trends we have ever seen.

2020 Finger Lakes Lakefront Real Estate Report – January through December

2020 Lakefront Market Report for the Finger Lakes Region, NY
Statistics above are provided by Finger Lakes Premier Properties Real Estate Department.

Let’s Talk About Growth

We started 2020 discussing the seller’s market and how it would be a stellar year for those looking to cash in on their lake homes. Turns out that was a massive understatement! Across the lakes the average sale price shot up 18.33% and the Average Days on Market (ADM) reducing by 11.29%. When you look at specific lakes, you’ll notice the localities with the lower average price show the most success year over year. Part of that could be attributed to those who originally purchased the home as an investment were quick to cash in and reap the benefits. But you’ll notice, overall, there were not nearly as many transactions in a year when the conditions were so perfect to sell.

The lack of lakefront inventory in 2020 did not surprise any realtor. Those who had their slice of Finger Lakes paradise were not easily persuaded. With the sudden switch to work remotely, and many companies being slow to return to the office, homeowners and their families had the added luxury of finally being able to utilize their second home for longer periods of time. Additionally, if they were not enjoying it themselves, it was easy to find someone who would.

In 2020, the demand for vacation rentals across the nation exceeded that of traditional hotels. As the leading property management company across the Finger Lakes we can attest that our region has thrived as a popular family destination in this unprecedented year. Our full-circle of property services allows homeowners both near and far to enjoy the financial benefits of renting, without the endless hassle of self-managing.

Competing for Lakefront

It’s no secret that the past couple of years have been a seller’s market both on and off the lakes. But throw in a global pandemic, and the demand for personal and private shoreline in an established tourism destination raises the stakes, and the offers. In fact, our real estate team saw a 167% increase during last 8 months of 2020 of qualified buyer inquiries specifically looking for lakefront homes.

Not only were there more buyers, but they were more competitive. Typically, lakefront buyers are willing to wait for the perfect home that checks all of their boxes. This past year they were willing to sacrifice some of their must-haves in order to secure a home for them and their families to simply have a destination of their own.  And fast.

As you can see from the market report above, across the region homes sold 11% faster than the previous year. Some lakes, such as Keuka Lake, have consistently been in high demand selling almost 74% faster than in 2019. Thanks to technological advances including virtual tours and video-chat walk throughs, the playing field was leveled as it was no longer a matter of who could visit the home first, but who could get a competitive offer in and accepted. These trends are continuing to push through the first months of 2021 as available listings remain low and the pandemic prolongs families and professionals to return to “normal” life.

Forecasts for 2021

The lakefront real estate market in 2021 is going to continue to be a seller’s market. The first quarter is usually a slow period for selling homes, but if we continue at the pace we are seeing, it is nearly standstill with no new inventory.

As mortgage rates continue to stay low buyers are willing to push their budgets a little more. Many buyers will consider renting as another opportunity to offset the cost of buying. However, until the economy is more stable and (hopefully) the pandemic subsides, buyers are still not going to be willing to overpay for any home, even lakefront.  

Homeowners who are ready to sell will see multiple offers, if priced right. Typically, an owner will know they’ve priced too high if their home doesn’t move within the first couple weeks of listing. That timeframe with the increased demand will be dwindled down to just days. In 2020, our real estate team was able to sell lake homes 23% faster than the regional average. We have developed a successful process to match the right buyers to new listings, easing the property transfer for both parties.

Want more information?

Whether your considering buying or selling a Finger Lakes waterfront home in 2021, our real estate team is here to answer any questions you may have. Our 28 years of lakefront experience combined with our focus solely on lake living, we are best suited to provide you an easy experience to achieve your real estate goals this year.

Contact us today at 855-442-7285 or email Sales@FLPPlake.com.

Start start looking for your next lake home, click here to browse all lakefront listings in the Finger Lakes.

We Know How to Plan the Best Finger Lakes Getaways

Are you looking to spend a few days with your special someone? How about create memories with family and friends? Maybe you’re itching for a staycation close to home. No matter the occasion, the Finger Lakes region of New York sets the scene for a memorable trip. Our area is well known for its beautiful scenery and countless things to do. It’s a perfect destination for couples, groups, and solo travelers alike! 

Keep reading to find out how to plan the best Finger Lakes getaways and be sure to check out our free Travel Guide for even more helpful tips. 

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3 Fantastic Ideas for Finger Lakes Getaways 

For Couples 

There’s nothing better than some alone time with your sweetheart! Romantic getaways in the Finger Lakes are ideal for couples seeking rest and relaxation. Head out for a road trip in the fall and admire our region’s colorful foliage. Or, visit in the summertime and tour the award-winning Seneca Lake Wine Trail hand in hand. If you’d prefer to stay indoors, plan a cozy winter getaway that includes lots of time snuggled up together. 

Keuka Pines Bungalow is a charming one-bedroom cottage overlooking the lake. This is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. You can sit on the dock and read a book by the water or go for a swim. This rental also comes with passes to Bristol Mountain Ski Resort for a fun time on the slopes. Then, end the perfect day by roasting marshmallows and enjoying each other’s company by the fire pit!  

For Families & Groups of Friends 

Of course, the Finger Lakes isn’t just a great place for couples. Round up the guys for a golf getaway and practice your swing at the area’s most challenging courses. Looking to escape with the ladies for a few days? Wine, dine, shop, and explore during a girlfriend’s getaway with your BFFs. You can also pack up the kids and hit the road for a fun Finger Lakes family vacation filled with outdoor adventure. No matter who’s in your group, you’ll leave with memories that will last a lifetime. 

Aurora Escape is a stunning vacation home that can accommodate the whole family as it sleeps 12 people. You’re sure to make endless memories in this 7-bedroom,  5-bathroom estate.  You can enjoy quiet time in the cozy library or enjoy each other’s company playing games, having dinner, or watching a movie on the flatscreen HD television. This dream home sits on Cayuga Lake and near some of the best Finger Lakes attractions, including incredible dining and shopping establishments, all within walking distance.  

For Locals 

If you live in New York City, Toronto, or another nearby city, consider visiting the Finger Lakes for a staycation or weekend getaway. Our peaceful region is only a short distance from the hustle and bustle but feels worlds away. Trade busy streets for quiet state parks and tall buildings for flowing waterfalls. You’ll feel like a new person after a few breaths of fresh air! 

Harmony Hill is fantastic for your staycation because it serves as the most relaxing escape from daily life. Here, you’ll find pure joy and peaceful moments surrounded by nature. Enjoy a relaxing day by sipping your coffee by the pond or go on an outdoor adventure at Bristol Ski Mountain Resort just minutes away. You’re sure to leave after this vacation feeling relaxed and refreshed! 

Book Your Next Getaway with Finger Lakes Premier Properties 

As you can see, there are different types of Finger Lakes getaways to choose from. Whether you’re visiting with friends, family, or the love of your life, one thing is certain: you’ll want a great vacation rental to return to each day. Finger Lakes Premier Properties boasts the best selection of rental properties in the region. You can browse our homes by location, rating, or price to find the one that’s right for you! And, if you know how many guests you’ll be traveling with, you can refine your search by number of bedrooms, bathrooms, or daily rate.  

Check out our full selection of properties and book your getaway today. We look forward to hosting you soon!