Top 2019 Finger Lakes Guest Photos!

Throughout the year we share some of the best photos taken by our guests. Below are some of the favorite memories our guests created and shared while staying at one of our Finger Lakes vacation rentals in 2019!
We especially love when our guests share photos of their vacation fun with our rentals in the pictures. Plan the Perfect 2020 Finger Lakes vacation with the Top 2019 Finger Lakes guest photos below!

Sunset Bay

Angelica P. – October 10, 2019

” There was a beautiful weeping willow tree in our backyard that made the view of the sunset on the lake 100 times more serene.”

Drive down the quiet cottage community road on your way down to the Seneca Lake shoreline where this cottage sits. Modern updates blend with cottage charm to make Sunset Bay the ultimate setting for your Finger Lakes vacation.

This home has 70 ft. of lake frontage and a dock with partial shade.

Sunset Bay is perfectly situated for a nature walk at nearby Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. Plus, you’re surrounded by award-winning wineries and breweries!

Memory Lane

Victor B. – September 25, 2019

” For the second year in a row Memory Lane and Keuka Lake where magnificent. The house, the weather, the views, the lake, and oh yea the wine were all perfect. We will be booking Memory Lane again very soon for next year.”

This home has 136 ft. of lake frontage and 8 bedrooms to ensure there is enough room for the entire family play and rest.

This home is perfectly situated for a fun filled wine tour with friends along the Keuka Lake Wine Trail or nearby Seneca Lake Wine Trail. Plus, you’re just steps from luscious Keuka Lake!

The Boat House

Timothy K. – September 25, 2019

” Best romantic weekend getaway!”

Finger Lakes Proposal

Located midway between historical Seneca Falls, and “gorges” Ithaca, The Boat House is the ideal couple’s retreat. Here, comfort meets minimalist, millennial design, from the chic open concept kitchen to the airy loft bedroom.

This is the kind of place you’ll want to return to for anniversaries and honeymoons for years to come. Enjoy an evening of live music and dancing at the nearby Boathouse Beer Garden!

Avant-Garde Seneca

Colleen S. – September 3, 2019

“Tranquil, peaceful with amazing family memories built. The condition and amenities of the house were great! Lovely home, true to advertised.”

This 5 Star “Green Home” on Seneca Lake is a place to relax and rejuvenate. Wake up every morning to waves laping the shores as you enjoy your coffee and book in this ultra-modern chic abode.

This home is only a short drive from the charming village of Watkins Glen.

The Duck-In

Eileen R. – August 13, 2019

” Great vacation at the Duck In. Fishing, swimming and wonderful wineries and restaurants.”

Vacation in this contemporary lakeside cottage on the west side of beautiful Cayuga Lake. Situated within walking distance of the Boathouse Beer Garden, Toro Winery, and only 2 miles from the Deans Cove Marina. Enjoy a hike at the nearby nature trail offering 1 mile of hiking or biking trails. The Duck-In offers everything you need for that perfect lakeside getaway!

Enjoy taking the non-motorized water craft out for the afternoon, or enjoy your time on the 52 ft dock. Spend the day sunbathing, or fishing and taking in the breathtaking views. Rumor has it you may be able to catch a lake trout right from the dock! 

Merlot Bungalow

Gloria V. – October 24, 2019

“Weekend getaway at the Merlot bungalow. Enjoying fall foliage with great friends, Wine,friends and laughter creating lifetime of memories what an awesome weekend”

This nautical themed rental offers many outdoor activities for you to enjoy the water and scenery. Paddle the shores with your furry four legged friend on the kayaks available.

This rental is only a few minutes from the city of Geneva.

Afternoon Delight

John D. – July 25, 2019

” Our family has made many wonderful summer memories spending a fun week together in the Finger Lakes! So many things to experience in a relaxed and picturesque setting.”

This sizable rental offers 6 bedrooms and an optional guest house with its own entry separate from the rest of the home. You can include the whole family, while still having a space of your own to retreat to.

This cottage sits on the shores of Keuka Lake, only minutes from downtown Penn Yan. Go out for dinner at one of the local favorites the Union Block Italian Bistro then finish with their famous tiramisu.


Plan your Finger Lakes vacation with our local reservation agents! We can help you choose the best house and coordinate all of the little details to ensure your vacation in the Finger Lakes is perfect. Call us today! (855) 391-9334

What is the Time Investment of Owning a Vacation Rental?

When purchasing a second home for rental income, the first investment you think about is the financial cost of purchasing, owning, and maintaining a vacation rental. But have you considered the time you’ll invest in the process?

On average, it costs the owner 10 hours per week to maintain a vacation rental and provide a stellar experience for their guests. Time constraints are a common reason why homeowners contact Finger Lakes Premier Properties (FLPP) every day about managing their second home for both short and long-term rentals. At FLPP, we can manage the entire process by providing our owners with the following time-saving services:

Property Website & Profiles

Congratulations you have purchased a home to rent to vacationers coming to the Finger Lakes! Now how are you going to list it? You may choose to use one or a variety of third-party booking sites, each with its own calendar to update, description to maintain, and reviews to respond to. At FLPP, we manage all of your listings. From taking the professional photos to managing the profiles on each site, in addition to listing your property our top-ranked website attracting over 300,000 unique visitors each year, we’ll manage this cumbersome process for you.

Online & Onsite Reservation Agents

No need to worry about checking your email frequently for new inquiries. Our highly skilled reservation agents will follow-up, book, process payments, and secure a guest license agreement for each reservation. Between the virtual tours and knowledge of our agents, your prospective guests will have all of their questions answered about your home before their arrival. Our mobile-friendly website also provides guests the ease of booking and paying online.

24/7 Guest Services

We have a manager on duty 24/7 to answer any guest calls, eliminating your need to be available during their stay. If there is an urgent need to visit the home, FLPP will dispatch a member of their team to respond to your guest’s concerns.

Professional Housekeeping

The cleanliness of a house makes not only the first impression but a lasting impression. Cleanliness is an extremely high priority. We have professionally trained Zone Leaders and Housekeepers who are skilled and work diligently to prepare for all arrivals. All of our housekeepers are trained and scheduled to clean the entire house and switch out the linens between each reservation, at no cost to you! Depending on the size of your home, this could take up to 8 hours of your time alone! For more about our housekeeping services, click here.

Maintenance & Landscaping

Our Maintenance Department can provide repairs and home improvements for you at competitive rates. Each Maintenance Technician on our team is qualified to handle everyday issues that a renter might have while in your home, and we also work closely with preferred local vendors who meet our qualifications to offer services to our owners at the best rates possible. Our team also provides year-round services to homes throughout the region, including winterizations, snow-removal, and seasonal upkeep to further save you time on maintaining your home. For more information about our maintenance services, click here.

Yield Management

Some homeowners will set one rate for their home for the entire year, missing out on potential income based on local supply and demand. At FLPP we have a Yield Management team who monitors booking trends, consumer behavior, and the competition to present the right price for your rental to the right customer at the right time to maximize your earnings.

Marketing

When you list your home with FLPP you have the competitive advantage of being included in the diverse marketing strategies of FLPP’s team. From professional photography and virtual tours to instant exposure to FLPP’s establish digital networks and guest database, your home will be viewed by thousands of potential visitors almost instantly.

Book Keeping & Tax Filing

The experienced staff at FLPP does not stop with the front line. Members of our Accounting Department have been pro­viding timely owner statements and payments for 25 years. All financial transactions are in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. You will receive automatic payment each month for your reservations and our team will prepare your annual tax documents for your vacation home.

Find Out More!

If you are considering renting your home or purchasing a home as an income property, keep all of these points in mind when calculating the time investment of maintaining a vacation rental. For more information about the property management services offered at FLPP, contact our Owner Services Department today at NewOwners@FLPPlake.com or 888-414-5253, option 3.

 

 

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