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Area real estate agents not sold on Schenectady’s pitch

Proctors CEO Philip Morris speaks in April 2013 at the introduction of the Home Ownership Made Easy in Schenectady (HOMES) program.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Proctors CEO Philip Morris speaks in April 2013 at the introduction of the Home Ownership Made Easy in Schenectady (HOMES) program.
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Schenectady officials did their best to market the city to real estate agents Tuesday, but the agents said they didn’t get what they really needed to sell houses here. Mayor Gary McCarthy, schools Superintendent Laurence Spring and other speakers did not discuss how real estate agents could respond to buyers’ concerns about crime or graduation rates. That left some agents unhappy. “That’s why I came, to see if they could offer me any ammunition,” said ...

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wmarincic
April 17, 2013
6:48 a.m.

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I have an idea, let's raise the taxes more to give the money to the schools and we can get the extra money by cutting the Police department budget.

safny
April 17, 2013
6:55 a.m.

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Really - that comment about cutting the police is just more of your obsession with the SPD. The reality of the situation is that the poor test scores and problems in the schools largely have to do with FAMILIES. It starts at home. How many kids from this county are in foster care? How many single parents are there who cannot provide a learning environment for their kids? The schools are schools, not parents. Drive around certain areas of Schenectady on a warm day and there are adults all over doing - nothing. There are some jobs available here. But there are people who refuse to look. The large employers need to pitch in and stop hiring only part time. Start tearing down all the nasty abandoned buildings - who wants to buy a house right by a dump filled with rats or squatters??? What's lacking is the political will to make choices. If real estate taxes are the bulk of the support, it won't work.

SchenectadyScott
April 17, 2013
7:47 a.m.

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Did CEO Phillip Morris explain how to get to Star Exemptions as he did....and get away with it?....after he was caught.....how does one get exemptions on two properties and make all that money? hmmmmm....great rep for the HOMES program...

SchenectadyScott
April 17, 2013
7:56 a.m.

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Do you think they are listening yet?...Will people keep voting these people that do not listen and keep going their way?...Every thing Paula Gaies has stated is what the problems are and why people have left and are still leaving Schenectady....Paula Gaies, an associate broker with Northeast Group. She left without any such help.
“I think Schenectady is one of the best places to sell homes,” she said. “My problem is taxes and schools. That’s the objections I get.” and Other real estate agents said they were very familiar with Schenectady’s most expensive neighborhood, the GE Realty Plot, which is out of range for most middle-class buyers. But some agents were not familiar with other neighborhoods, and the 90-minute presentation carefully made no mention of which neighborhoods were middle-class destinations. Gaies said that was a good argument. But, she said, a better approach would have been to emphasize why parents should send their middle-class children to a school where half the students cannot read at grade level. That, she said, is the real hurdle.

justapto
April 17, 2013
9:19 a.m.

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I like the part about 'diversity' in the schools. The kids get to see drug dealers, bullying and gangsta stuff. Paying the lunch money to some kids from da hood, stolen personal items, some self defense techniques and alternative style pants around the knees clothing style.

SchenectadyScott
April 17, 2013
10:38 a.m.

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It is all in the wording....They have been saying and using creative wording for years to keep this machine from rolling deeper and deeper down that dark corrupt bankrupt pit.

wmarincic
April 17, 2013
3:37 p.m.

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SAFNY, really, the key to the city program is a joke. My realtor went to all of the meetings and it was like the fix was in for a certain realtor in the city. Thank God my agent had some people looking for a tax write off and bought my house. The taxes in this city are out of control and the school system is terrible with it's 58% graduation rate. So get off you union paid high horse.

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