Buying Columbia County Real Estate
Buying Columbia County real estate is getting more difficult as the market improves. It is more important than ever that you select the best local, independent broker to represent you. You want a local broker with strategically located offices.We have four offices in Hudson, Chatham, Hillsdale and Ancram-Taghkanic.
Our Hudson Office at 518 Warren Street, next to Hudson City Hall, is in the heart of the Columbia County real estate market. Warren Street is where old timers, new home owners, tourists and potential buyers congregate. Come to Hudson on the weekend and participate in the excitement of an exploding city. Or take the train to the heart of Manhattan, arriving after a 2 hour Amtrak ride. Our office in Chatham focuses on Northern Columbia County. The publication of choice for this area it the Columbia County Real Estate Guide. We always have a full page focused on Northern Columbia properties. Though properties from other parts of the county pop up. As do properties from the adjoining counties of Dutchess, Berkshire, Greene Albany and Rensselaer Counties. Residents of Southern Columbia County are familiar with our prominent office at the Junction of Routes 82 and the Taconic Parkway.Since most residents and visitors from the South come up the Taconic Parkway. It is equally close to the Dutchess County real estate market of Millerton, Pine Plains, Milan, Redhook and Rhinebeck. Our Hillsdale office serves Central Columbia County, particularly the towns of Hillsdale, Austerlitz, Copake and Claverack, as well as the Berkshires. Great Barrington is only 10 minutes away and Hudson is 15 minutes. Hillsdale is a growing town and recently expanded its water system to provide community water to a larger portion of the town.
Buying Columbia County Real Estate With a Buyer Broker
For buyers a real estate purchase is the most consequential monetary decision in most people’s life. It typically involves an individual’s single most expensive investment. You deserve to have the best representation in helping you make this decision. Choose a Columbia County broker with the experience, knowledge and negotiating skills to put you in the best possible position. That is why we offer the option of exclusive buyer representation.
You hire an agent who has your confidence and works totally in your interest. That agent will search all multiple list sources as well as non-MLS sources to ensure that you are alerted to all properties currently on the market, including FSBOs (For Sale By Owners). We are members of 5 different Multiple List Systems so can search throughout the Hudson Valley for your property.
Then your buyer’s agent will arrange for you to visit the property. The agent will also advise you about the property and if you choose to make an offer on that property present your offer and negotiate for you. If your offer is accepted your Agent will advise you about the contract process, undertaking inspections, dealing with problems and finally closing if that is your wish. Typically a buyer’s agent involves not additional charge since the agent shares in the commission offered by the seller. If the transaction involves a charge by your agent you will always know prior to making an offer on the property so you can take that into consideration.
Buying Columbia County Real Estate Means Searching
While a competent buyer’s agent will search to find you the best listings, that does not mean that you cannot search on your own. The internet offers unlimited opportunities to search for your ideal property. Start with our own website Columbiacountyrealestatebroker.com. This website has our most current listings and provides you with critical information about the Columbia County real estate world. Restaurants, accommodation, weather conditions, news, events, local government, educational services, hospitals and medical services, banks, mortgages, real estate attorneys, house inspectors and contractors. Just look at the left margin and you will find links to independent real estate brokers and to a variety of information throughout the region or county.
Find the link at the top of the page to search the Columbia-Greene-Northern Dutchess MLS. In addition you can search 7 other MLS systems throughout the Hudson Valley, by clicking on the appropriate button at the top of the home page. Mid-Hudson (Dutchess County); Eastern (Albany Capital Region); Ulster County; Berkshire County; Delaware-Otsego-Chenango; Hudson Gateway(Westchester, Orange, Rockland); and Sullivan County. We are members of 5 MLS systems with over 10,000 cooperating agents.
Buying Columbia County Real Estate Through the Hudson Valley Real Estate Network
We are also members of the Hudson Valley Real Estate Network, the largest group of independent brokers in the Hudson Valley. The network maintains the most comprehensive website for Hudson Valley Real Estate, HVREAL.COM. A critical aspect of HVREAL.COM is the categorization of property which facilitates searching in 12 specific categories. Go to the homepage where you will see 12 boxes addressing the following real estate categories: luxury homes, farms, waterfront, affordable homes, new homes, commercial, condominiums, multi-family, vacant land, auction/deals, foreclosures and rentals. Go to the category that is most relevant to your own interests.
Or if you know where you want to purchase go the county page for: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Ulster, Berkshire, Albany, Rensselaer, Schoharie or Saratoga and then search by the category you want. From the county page you can also search by town by going to the drop-down box and selecting the appropriate town in that county. On the town page the 12 categories are lumped together.
Buying Columbia County Real Estate Through Barns & Farms Realty, LLC
We are ready to serve you as your exclusive buyer broker. This means a commitment from us to search our own listings, those of our members of the Hudson Valley Real Estate Network, those of our MLS partners. We also search all relevant MLS systems whether or not we are members as well as properties which are not formally listed or for sale by owner. And a commitment from you to work exclusively with us for a period of 90 days. If we cannot find a property to purchase during that period we can extend the period or part ways in which case your are free to hire a new buyer broker or work on your own.
Call 800-398-8802 or one of our local numbers: Hudson: 518-822-0226; Chatham: 518-392-6400; Hillsdale: 518325-3111; Ancram-Taghkanic 518-851-7727; Pine Plains 518-398-6180; Amenia: 845-373-8775; Catskill: 518-943-5511 to have an agent visit with you and discuss how he or she can help you have a pleasant and successful experience in buying Columbia County Real Estate.