All Blog Entries by Murphy Realty Group

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Trout Fishing in the Hudson ValleyPerhaps it is the fickle unpredictability of a trout fish that lends the mystique of trout fishing as something like going after the Holy Grail.  Those who fish describe it as a magical, yet exhilarating experience, bathed in tranquil scenery and clean water.

The Hudson Valley has excellent trout-fishing streams and creeks including the Esopus Creek which runs a good length of Ulster County and feeds into the Ashokan Reservoir.  State environmental officials have stocked more than 4 million fish this year, including 2.3 million catchable-size fish and nearly 2 million yearlings that will grow and be catchable in the future.

Hudson Valley Home For Sale

Never miss a trout season again with this beautiful country home for sale in West Shokan -- walking distance from the Ashokan

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If you love the sense of celebration and sacred connection that you feel in the walls of an old church, you will enjoy the walk up Wurts Street, in Kingston’s Rondout.  

Called by historians, “the holiest street in Kingston,” Wurts Street has beautiful ecclesiastical architecture built by the many nationalities that emigrated and settled in this thriving maritime village.

Today, some of these churches have been de-sanctified and transformed into bed and breakfasts, private homes, and public spaces, having been maintained and restored for posterity by history-loving people.

One such church, a former Baptist Church, has been converted into the Church Des Artistes Bed and Breakfast by painter Julie Hedrick and her composer-husband Peter Wetzler. 

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Ulster County Real EstateWhether you’re looking for a full time residence with an easy commute into NYC, an upscale second home in the beautiful Catskills, or a peaceful country getaway, Ulster County has it all and more! Which is why it’s no surprise that the area has become a hotspot for everyone who enjoys the beautiful and peaceful country lifestyle, with the convenience of NYC. From artists, writers, musicians, celebrities, business professionals, and everyone in between, Ulster County has become the Hamptons of Upstate NY.

For those who want the peace of country living without falling out of touch from New York City, Ulster County is the ideal location for your dream home, and Murphy Realty Group has the connections you need to find your perfect residence within the

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Ulster County Real Estate And Homes For SaleWhen looking for homes for sale in Upstate New York, the Ulster County Real Estate market offers a variety of choices; from charming country retreats, to beautiful historic properties and outstanding luxury homes, and everything in between!

There are so many wonderful locations and properties throughout the Ulster County and Hudson Valley area, with rolling meadows, gorgeous farms, sweeping mountain views and stunning river views. This historic and luxurious home is just one of my favorites!

Ulster County Real Estate And Homes For SaleLocated in Kingston NY, this spectacular second Empire Brick Victorian, that was previously on the market, features outstanding Hudson River views, 13 park-like acres, a carriage house and a caretaker's house, a gazebo and fountains add to the beauty that all of

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Ulster County Holiday EventsUlster County, has been referred to as the heart of the Hudson Valley area, featuring outstanding majestic mountain views of the Catskills and Shawangunks, as well as incredible Hudson River views. With the charm of quaint small towns, beautiful meandering country roads, historic towns and diverse culture, the area thrives and shines all year round. And during the Holiday season, festivities are in full swing. Below is just a short list of the many different events and activities taking place around the area. So, if you're out and about, stop by and check things out, you'll have a blast!

Uptown Kingston Snowflake Festival & Open House

Friday, December 7th from 5-8PM: Stockings and little stuffers to first 1,000 visitors. Follow the balloons for

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Ulster County Real EstateLocated in Upstate New York, Ulster County is a place that is known for its natural beauty and quaint charm, making it the crown jewel of the Hudson Valley. The beautiful quaint towns throught the Ulster County area has always been a  popular weekend travel destination for many people who live in New York City because it offers a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Aside from being a great place to visit, Ulster County is also a great place to live. Whether it is spring, summer, fall, or winter, Ulster County has a variety of unique activities and events for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. One of the best seasons for fun activities and events in Ulster County, though, is fall. 

 

Fun Fall Activities And Events In Ulster

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Ulster County Real Estate Home Staging TipsYour home is one of your most valuable assets. Getting it ready to put on the market takes time and work from both you and your real estate agent. An Ulster County MLS Top Producing agent can guide you in all the steps to ensure that you put your best foot forward when staging your home. Money spent staging your home translates to a quicker sale and a higher selling price.

There are many levels of staging from simple painting and new curtains to a full-blown interior decorating makeover. The decision regarding how to stage your home should largely be driven by the type of buyers that you expect to be shopping for a home like yours. Hiring an agent who is familiar with the Ulster County real estate markets is your best bet for getting the information you

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Many websites are available to view Ulster County real estate, such as realtor.com, homes.com, trulia.com & zillow.com. These national real estate websites have become more and more popular over the years, especially Zillow which displays their own estimated value (Zestimate) on each home for sale. The value of a home is an important number to both buyers and sellers. Both parties need this number to be accurate. If the number is understated, the buyer is likely to push for a price close to this number while the seller will probably not agree with the number. If the value is overstated, the seller likes the number and the buyer does not.

Zillow calls its home value number a Zestimate. Both home owners and home buyers can see this number and while it often

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Woodstock NY Real EstateIf you're thinking about buying a home, and you are not currently looking at Woodstock NY homes for sale, you need to. Woodstock is a place of fun and excitement as well as being rooted in history. Woodstock, kown as the "Colony of the Arts", is a hot spot destination for many "Manhattanites", who enjoy a peaceful, serene setting, yet convenient to everything! From weekend rentals, to second homes, and country retreats, many visitors to the area love it so much, they have made the move!

A Brief History

Woodstock, NY was founded in 1787. Hudson River School painters began moving there in the late nineteenth century. Sick of industrialization, Ralph Radcliffe Whitehead and Hervey White arrived in 1902 and the arts and crafts community of Woodstock was…
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The recent real estate report of May 2012 has given a boost of confidence to companies associated with real estate.  The people who sell luxury homes across the land have even more reason to celebrate.  Improved conditions in the market are enticing more transactions for properties priced at $500,000+.

Defining Luxury Home Loans

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two largest conventional mortgage lenders, have long held in place some guidelines about loan amounts.  One rule is the maximum mortgage that they will underwrite.  As of this writing that maximum rests at $417,000.  For all intent and purposes, that amount would seem more than fitting for the vast majority of American looking to buy a home.  But you might be surprised to learn that there are

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