UPSTATE JANE: Get To Know a Local Realtor

  |  May 17, 2012
Megan Oldenburger, aka Upstate Jane, is the owner of Dichotomy Interiors, an Interior Design and Style firm based in Woodstock, NY. She writes for Upstater about design, home furnishings, real estate and culture.
Through the years I have discovered that one of the most important things about working with a real estate agent is making sure he or she is someone you want to spend time with. My first Q&A with a local realtor is the agent I have used for my last two purchases, and also an adorable woman I now go to trivia night with, have over for movies, and go see bands with.
Name: Joan Capria
Company: Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty Ltd 
Town: Woodstock

Age: Old enough!

Hometown: NYC

How long have you lived in Woodstock: 15 years in the same house (I bought the house I was renting after looking at many houses)

How long have you been doing real estate: 9 years as a top producing agent in UC earning my ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative, CRS Certified Residential Specialist, Luxury Home Marketing and Green designations)

Why did you decide to become an agent: I can’t tell you because I’m a secret agent

What is your favorite thing about working with buyers: Getting to know them, being part of that moment when they find the “one.”

What are some things that can help buyers be better clients:

1. Defining & articulating their wants & needs

2. Asking questions

3. Asking for help

4. Working with an agent they trust

5. Being able to make me laugh and keeping a sense of humor

Who is the handsome guy in your picture with you: SbarkleJDog aka Spark doggie dog aka Sbarky, my beautiful, lovey, funny 12 year old puppy

Favorite local restaurant: The Bear Cafe – Always a great meal by the streamside & sometimes an incredible meal by the streamside & fireplace

Favorite local band: My favorite world class musician is the amazing Dan Hickey, drummer extraoidinaire & Woodstock resident, so whoever he is playing with locally I’m going out to see!

Favorite scenic drive in the area: There are lots, I love it here; but from Woodstock to Phoenicia by way of Plank Rd along the Esopus and the drive over Peekamoose mountain from Rt 28A to CR 42 (Watson Hollow Rd) is gorgeous! Oh, and just the short drive over the Ashokan Reservoir, especially from the RT 28A side over is pretty amazing.

What are three things buyers really need to know right now:

1. 3.75% fixed rate 30 year mortgage

2. 3% fixed rate 15 year mortgage

3. There is a lot of inventory

What is the biggest mistake buyers can make: The biggest mistake a buyer can make is not acting on a property they love right away!

Is there a particular listing right now you think people should know about that they may have missed?: Jessop’s Road – just reduced – I love this house, it’s in a gorgeous area of Willow and it has so much potential, with beautiful property and a great vibe!

“We’re very grateful for a friend’s referral to Joan. After she quickly helped us find the perfect home, she went above and beyond throughout the entire process, and gave excellent guidance the whole time. Since closing, we couldn’t be more pleased with life in Woodstock, where Joan is a now close friend. Whenever we have company and they fall in love with the area, we make sure and introduce them to Joan because we know no one will be more thorough, committed, and caring.”-Owen Biddle & Adrien Reju

To contact Joan Capria about viewing properties Upstate or listing your property for sale:
Joan Capria – Licensed Associate RE Broker

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