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Katy is one of the best in the business! She and her team helped me navigate the housing market intelligently, and I can confidently say I would not have had as much success with other realtors in the area. She knew exactly how to position my specialty home to the right kind of buyers. Katy was also updating me routinely and it always made me feel at ease in moments of stressful decisions. Highly recommend!!!— Adam B.
A heartfelt shout out to Chelsea and her Upstate Curious Team for helping us successfully sell our property in the Ellenville area. Chelsea is a talented real estate broker with a broad array of resources. She brings a special blend of warmth, enthusiasm and reassurance to what can best be described as a stressful process. Chelsea was knowledgeable and incredibly patient in walking us through all aspects of the sale, from the initial inspection through pricing recommendation, showings and final negotiations. No question was too trivial for her. She remained attuned to our concerns but did not hesitate to share her insights and advice when we needed ...— Asma H.
Working with Katy Brink was so enjoyable. She spent time getting to know us and really listened to what we were looking for, which was specific. Katy would travel hours in every direction to meet us. When we did make an offer on a house (twice), she made the process so easy. She was honest with us, made great recommendations and was always available to answer questions. We chose to work with the Upstate Curious Team because we wanted access to a wide network, but with a more personal, contemporary feel and Katy completely delivered. We really can’t say enough good things about our experience with her and the entire team.— Beth M.
Danny is the absolute best. In a high-stress, highly emotional process, he made everything feel low-key in the best possible way. And with the whole Upstate Curious real estate team behind him, we were so pleased with the partnership beginning to end. The next time we sell, it’ll be with Danny again, no question.— Blake M., Catskill
We had the pleasure of working with Megan and Leigh from the Upstate Curious Team. We were first-time buyers, looking for a house in the Catskills and we had very broad criteria. We were purchasing from out of state, so they understood the time constraints that we had. When we sent them links to homes that we were interested in, they helped us save time by noting any issues that they could tell without even seeing the house (calling the seller realtor, noting busy roads, etc.). Importantly, they were willing to travel much farther than other realtors that we contacted and helped us find our perfect home (Why do some realtors insist on only traveling...— Bonny T.
My fiancé and I had the pleasure of working with Jessica on our recent home purchase. We can't say enough good things about our experience with being first time home buyers. She made the process easier as she took time to explain and make things understandable, she was with us every step of the way. Never once did we feel like she was only out for a paycheck or to make a sale but that she was taking care of friends. Never realized how invloved agents are in the home buying process start to finish, she went to bat for us. Highly recommend Jessica and her team for your realty needs!— Caroline C.
Echoing the superb reviews others have shared, my experience with Chelsea McGowan and the Upstate Curious team was fantastic. Every sale can have its challenges, and ours had a surprise septic issue as we entered contract. Chelsea was able to maintain the relationship with the buyers agent to keep the sale on track and secure. Our extended sale ended up overlapping Chelsea's wedding and honeymoon, yet I felt incredibly supported by her colleagues who stepped in to support us in the closing. The transition was seamless because of Chelsea's clear communication leading up to and after the closing. I chose Upstate Curious because of their astute use o...— Claire B.A
Megan was a joy to work with from day one. I found her online and am so glad I did, as the first house she showed me on my first day of ever looking at houses ended up being "the one!" Highly recommend her not only for real estate expertise but for her deep local knowledge and connections.— Elizabeth H., Buyer, Accord
Chelsea is wonderful!! My husband and I were having a hard time finding someone responsive who we could trust, and we immediately loved working with Chelsea. She gave us her full attention and was very dedicated to finding a place for us, even in this crazy upstate market right now. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and well connected in the market. She is always quick to respond and kept us in the loop throughout the process. Any time we needed a recommendation for an inspector, lawyer, or contractor, etc. she was there with great options and would step in to follow up and get a response from them if needed. She also has a great feel f...— Emma M., Buyer, Big Indian
Katy and the team helped me navigate the chaotic market in upstate NY and secure a home. For someone new to the area, they also have many great local referrals and tips. Highly recommended!— Eric C.
It was a pleasure to work with our realtor, Katy Porte, and the Upstate Curious Team when we sold our property in Ellenville, NY in 2022. Being unfamiliar with the process, we were so very grateful for Katy's knowledge, communication, advice and professionalism. I highly recommend Upstate Curious to anyone buying or selling property in the Hudson Valley and beyond!— Evan B.
I love the Upstate Curious Team. They were so helpful with finding us the exact right property upstate. We were the most annoying clients and they were the most patient realtors. They know what they're doing; they're also able to be flexible and have a sense of humor. Since buying our property we've now gotten to know the area more and are so impressed with how much the Upstate Curious Team is involved in the community. They are not just about selling real estate; they are really connected to the area and very supportive of organizations and businesses that define the various Upstate communities. Megan and her team are really knowledgeable about ...— Gwen R., Buyer, Accord
Danny is the realtor you want if you are looking to sell your home. He sold our house in Rhinebeck in spring 2021, and we got multiple offers and accepted the highest one within a week. The process was so stress-free and seamless it blew our minds. Danny (and everyone at KW) exudes a low-key coolness that embodies what everyone loves about the Hudson Valley and the Catskills. It’s a sort of easy-going intelligence. He isn’t pushy or aggressive, but behind the scenes there is an aggressive and intelligent marketing strategy going on. He knows the area really well, but more importantly knows what buyers from NYC are looking for and helps you to mark...— Hilary L., Rhinebeck
Working with Danny and team was a breath of fresh air. They were responsive, professional and a joy to work with! Our house had offers in the first hour due to the website, professional photographs, and social feed. The company has an amazing client base. My biggest feedback is they are honest, and as a client I felt I could trust them. They did not push or suggest anything to sell the house faster that was dishonest. An amazing company!!!— Jeanette G., Rock Hill
Chelsea and her entire team were nothing short of perfect throughout the entire sales process of selling our home in Roscoe. Their unparalleled knowledge of the upstate market helped us price our home at a number that we all felt would create a lot of interest in the market. They were spot on. We ended up in contract within a weeks time AND well over the original asking price. If you're considering selling your home or even buying in the upstate market, Chelsea and her entire team are who you should be speaking with.— Jeffrey C.
Monica is the BEST real estate agent you could ask for! I highly recommend Monica for her professional expertise in multiple counties, super fast response time to all questions, incredible memory (think 8 addresses to visit on a day-long search), her friendliness, and her incredible ability to put a first-time home buyer (me!) at ease. I was a challenging client in that I had a low price point and was picky with knowing I wanted a "diamond in the rough". Monica spent countless weekends tirelessly searching until she found me my DREAM HOME. She helped me every step of the way and stood up for me when I needed her help with a very difficult mortgage b...— Jennifer G., Buyer, Westbrookville
Megan tuned in to our unusual requirements with uncanny supersonic swiftness, so fast, in fact, that the first home she showed us was the one we chose! The listing, surprisingly, was one that we might have completely overlooked without her guidance, so it was fortuitous that we met her. We are beyond thrilled with our home-buying experience with Megan.— Jenny, Buyer, Cragsmoor
We had a wonderful experience with Hillary Kolos and the Upstate Curious team! She is incredible at what she does and made the whole process fun and easy. Hillary guided us through every step. She was super responsive, patient and knowledgeable, and great at explaining things. She immediately understood what we were looking for, and literally went the extra mile, driving to remote spots and tromping through the woods with us in her stylish and practical boots. She had fantastic recommendations for everything from fun hikes & places to eat to crafting our offer and connecting with home inspectors & attorneys. We felt really well looked after and luc...— Jodi E.
Danny was a dream to work with start to finish. He was thoughtful, communicative & the whole team made our sale a complete success. Would sell again with them in a heartbeat.— Jojo G.
Monica was warm, communicative, and efficient. She was also a good advocate for us as buyers. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an agent!— Jorge H., Buyer, Ferndale
Chelsea is a fantastic real estate broker and I cannot recommend her services enough. As first-time homebuyers, my partner and I were in need of serious support as we went through the process, and Chelsea guided us through every step. From our first phone call her experience in local real estate was evident, as she clearly has her finger on the pulse of the Hudson Valley market. She immediately made us feel comfortable going forward with purchasing a home. Chelsea’s local connections were extremely helpful along the way, recommending a terrific building inspector and local attorney that were enormous resources for us. Her work ethic was also greatl...— Joshua N., Buyer + Seller, Hudson
We had a wonderful experience working with Upstate Curious - specifically with Hillary Kolos. Hillary was incredibly responsive and quick to act when we came across places that we wanted to see. She helped us work through offers (even when we were travelling abroad and in odd time zones) and when we finally found "the one" - she helped us negotiate an offer that was competitive without having us overpay. Throughout the period we were in contract, she was great at helping us line up multiple inspections, get answers during our due diligence period, and went above and beyond in dealing with atypical negotiations regarding furniture, etc. We couldn't b...— Julia L.
Working with Megan was like buying a house with your best friend. She knew immediately what we were looking for (almost better than we did) and helped us land our perfect first home in Kingston. We appreciated her insightful thoughts on home value and location, and how she helped expertly guided us through a bidding war. If you want to have fun navigating the scary and sometimes stressful process of buying a home, then Megan will be your hero. Promise. Now, as quasi-neighbors, she's since become a good friend and contact.— Justin R., Buyer, Kingston
When you are making the biggest purchase of your life, one that affects your family, you want to make sure you have a great agent working for you and one that fits you and your family. Jessica Maloney is that person! From the onset of our search, Jessica made us feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the process, which for most people can be stressful and comes with anxiety not knowing the outcome of the process. We were impressed with the level of knowledge Jessica had and the amount of data that she had about the market. At the time our family was looking for our second home, it was during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic where the invento...— Karen C.
I love Megan and her team at Upstate Curious. Dynamic and willing to listen and try new things, while gently guiding us when we needed to be.— Leong O., High Falls
My husband and I recently worked with Jessica Maloney to purchase a home in Sullivan county. We could not be more thankful for Jessica’s diligent attention to detail, patience with us, education provided, and endless time. Jessica is super kind, professional, and informative. She was a pleasure to work with and we would not hesitate to recommend her and the UC team to our friends and family!— Lucey C.
We can’t speak highly enough of Upstate Curious and in particular, Hillary Kolos. Hillary helped us find a beautiful home in Sullivan County and she was incredibly patient, supportive and helpful throughout the entire process.— Maria S.
We listed our house with the Upstate Curious Team and couldn't be more pleased. From the first contact with them and throughout the entire process they were extremely professional, knowledgeable and proficient. The listing photos, video and staging made our home look it's best. With their outstanding marketing efforts, we had an accepted offer within a few days! I would highly recommend them for your real estate needs.— Matt C., Seller, Claryville
I loved working with Jessica and Billy of the Upstate Curious real estate team. They truly go above and beyond and take everything off your plate. First-time home buyer here! The team will provide fantastic, trusted references to work with. I was very impressed with the teams knowledge, negotiation skills, and responsiveness. If you’re moving from the city or looking into a secondary home, I’d highly recommend the Upstate Curious Team. In just a few months, my upstate experience went from just looking to being a homeowner. Thanks for making it so easy.— Maura C., Buyer, Glen Spey
Jessica Maloney is such a pleasure to work with. Her insight and hands on approach are absolutely invaluable. Whether you’re a seasoned buyer or a first time home buyer Jessica will be a tremendous value add to your home buying experience.— Maxwell K.
We’ve worked with the Upstate Curious Team a couple of times now - both buying and selling - and honestly couldn’t recommend them highly enough! They’re extremely knowledgeable about not only all things real estate, but they go above and beyond the role of a typical realtor. They’ve helped us source contractors and have navigated tricky situations at closings with ease. Not to mention they’re fun! 10/10 would recommend.— Michael M.
What a wonderful experience we had while closing on our vacation home! Hillary was extremely responsive from start to finish, while also being personable with us. Thank you for everything and look forward to hanging out in Windham! :)— Michael S.
Megan is great! We sold our house through her. We had had another real estate agent try to sell our house with no luck. It seemed that they merely listed the house and waited for a buyer to approach them. Not Megan. She had a real sense of who would want our home and knew how to reach out to them. She is fantastic at tuning in to little things that can make a difference. Megan is a marketing wizard. She kept us informed and was reachable whenever we needed her. I highly recommend her to sell your house.— Michelle S., Pine Bush, Seller
Danny & team with their knowledge and experience of the market, architecture & design fused with a high tech communication system, we never experienced a missed appointment, call back or inquiry. Our journey was stress free. They went beyond a five star rating.— Mike R.
Chelsea has been an absolute pleasure to work with. I honestly would say that working with her has made the experience of finding a home feel like fun instead of work. She grew up in the Hudson Valley and is incredibly knowledgeable. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a home upstate.— Nate A., Germantown
Monica was absolutely outstanding and helped me find my dream home and scoop it up before anyone else could. She’s incredibly cool, responsive, thoughtful, thorough, and has great relationships throughout the Hudson Valley she leveraged to make the process as smooth as possible. Thanks again, Monica!— Nick G., Buyer, Wawarsing
Megan helped me purchase my first home, an A-frame in upstate New York. I had no idea what I was doing and was pretty nervous through the entire process. I can't say enough how amazing she was throughout: instrumental in negotiations, helping me get to know people, places, and services in the area. On top of all this, she's a very positive and fun person, and she has a super cute pup. I've already recommended her to all my friends — anyone would be lucky to work with her!— Nick J., Buyer + Seller, Gardiner
Upstate Curious team go above and beyond! Doesn't hurt that they have the best listing Upstate NY has to offer. I have both purchased and sold using them, I wouldn't trust any other realty team. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!— Patrick C.
We had an amazing experience working with Upstate Curious! Hillary, our realtor was absolutely incredible. We are first time homebuyers and had a lot of questions and Hillary was incredibly informative, patient, and kind. I really couldn't recommend her and the team more highly. If you're looking for a more personal, hands-on experience Hillary should definitely be your go-to. Also, if you're ever looking for a good donut, she seems to know a good spot in every Catskills town 😋. We're both really looking forward to our new home in the Catskills and Upstate Curious made the experience feel extremely comfortable and easy.— Patrick S.
I can't speak highly enough of Chelsea. She made a hectic, stressful process as enjoyable as it could have been. We had a pretty limited budget and were looking to buy in a market gone crazy, but working with Chelsea really felt like having a lioness in our corner. She genuinely understood us and had our best interest at heart. She supported us every step of the way, gave great advice, and was very patient. Not to mention all the car rides, and the laughs, and the general camaraderie. She's just a very sweet, ridiculously competent person.— Selma A., Buyer, Catskill
If you are looking for a realtor that cares about you and takes the time to understand you and what your likes and dislikes are. Then Lacey Brown is the ONE! From our first consultation all the way through she has been AMAZING!! She is patient answers all and any questions no matter how silly they may sound. She makes sure you fully understand the process and different terms. Her communication is amazing very responsive. She helped me and my fiancé found our forever home. We are so grateful and blessed to have gotten to work with Lacey.— Tanya H.
Danny and Upstate Curious team are 5 star all the way. From start to finish, service was impeccable. Photos, price decision, listing, and most importantly getting the house sold quickly and at a good price!! Frankly, would never buy or sell again without using Upstate Curious team. A++++— Yellow C.
We worked with Leigh on the purchase of our first home and it was a dream experience. Leigh invested time in understanding what we wanted, then immediately set out in pursuit of some properties. The house we bought was one Leigh sourced herself and we fell in love right away. She coached us through the entire purchase process and made us feel all the love as we settled into our new home. So grateful for her and the whole Upstate Curious team - the app they designed is SO helpful for a Hudson Valley newbie like me.— Zack A.
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