Halter Associates Realty Real Estate Blog

It’s a pet owner’s nightmare: You bring your beloved furry friend on a family outing, or a door is left open, and she disappears. With so many pet-friendly destinations and outdoor activities, more families than ever are exploring the Hudson Valley with their favorite four-legged members. What happens when the unthinkable occurs?

Enter Lost Pets of the Hudson Valley, a website dedicated to reuniting lost animals with their owners. Thanks to the work of the website’s creator, Bentley Potter, and a small army of fellow animal lovers, alerts and photos of missing pets are shared with more than 50,000 people within minutes of being reported. When you lose a pet, the whole community gets involved - Hudson Valley style! It's posted on the site, shared on

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As featured on Escape Brooklyn - check out the article HERE! Fabulously reimagined 1825 Farmhouse, on Cooper Lake Road, one of the most desirable locations in Woodstock, NY, is a stunning celebration of modern design, timeless restoration, meticulous craftsmanship. You’ll love coming home to this spacious, turn-key home that sits on 5-acres surrounded by vast mountain views and woodlands, and just a short walk to Cooper Lake.

Click HERE for Full Listing

The contemporary design blends seamlessly with the natural surroundings - bluestone decks, beautifully landscaped gardens and stone walls – done with a Hudson Woods aesthetic! Best of all, the property includes land in front of the house on the other side of Cooper Lake Road ensuring sweeping

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This beautifully appointed 1800's stone home on 34+ acres and 3700+ square feet allows a lot of room to roam. Protected by its mature, lush landscaping this property has been enjoyed over the years and is ready to give its next owners just as much joy!

25 Centerville Church Road, Saugerties - $699K  / Click HERE to see Full Listing 

Walk through the sitting room into the dining room which is easily accessible to the eat-in country kitchen with pantry & laundry room. Located off the kitchen is the mudroom and rear entrance to the backyard. The home offers 4 generously sized bedrooms and 1.5 baths. 

Attached to the living room is the 1 bedroom separate entry apartment that has the verbal history of once being a local

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Photo: Ryan Sapienza

There’s no better place to soak in the vibrant hues of autumn than the hiking trails of upstate New York! Whether you’re an experienced climber or more of an indoors type looking for some fresh air, NY State has a dazzling fall foliage season with literally thousands of trails to choose from. Lace up your boots, grab your camera, and head to one of these stunning spots:

Mohonk Preserve: Situated in the spectacular Shawangunk Mountains, the largest private nature preserve offers plenty of opportunities for climbing, hiking, and biking in its 8,000 acres of forests, fields, cliffs, ponds, and streams.

Lemon Squeeze: This unusual rock formation is not for the claustrophobic! Climb up, over, under and in between rocks in

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If you’re looking for the best of old world charm with a modern vibe, in a very desirable location in Phoenicia, NY, you’ll want to see this stylish Woodland Valley log cabin with mountain views ASAP!


7 High View, Phoenicia NY - $269K / See Full Listing Here

This one of a kind home was built by a legendary local craftsman and features his signature stone fireplace with brand new wood stove insert. The beamed living room is focused on the stone fireplace, adjacent to a huge tiled family room and office nook.

The large eat-in country kitchen has wood cabinets and new refrigerator. And there's a fantastic laundry room that could be reconfigured for a great fourth bedroom or an office or craft room with a full bath beside

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Black-eyed Susans, Day Lillies, Hydrangea and Dahlia's are just some of the plants you will see this time of year. If you've just purchased a home, it's never too late to start addressing your landscaping needs. With that said, we're happy to share our exclusive interview: The Real Deal with Victoria Coyne. Victoria has been designing, installing, and maintaining gardens in Ulster county for over 25 years. In 1986, she launched Victoria Gardens a nursery, garden center and gift shop located in Rosendale, NY that features a selection of trees, shrubs, and perennials that are chosen specifically for this area. Guided by addressing her customer’s most frequently voiced concerns: deer, dry soil, wet spots, and shady areas, you can rest assured you’ll only

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Just listed! You don’t want to miss out on this one of a kind property. This stunning compound has big reservoir views, a 3500+ square foot main house and two updated guest cottages that are generating steady vacation rental income!

 157 Glenford Wittenberg Rd, Glenford NY / $899K - See Full Listing HERE

Set away from the road and protected by a massive rock outcropping, the property feels very private. The rambling main home has an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, and a ground floor master suite with a huge ensuite bath and walk-in shower.

The living area has a fireplace and opens out through sliders onto a deck that spans the length of the house and overlooks the incredible Ashokan Reservoir view. The

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A long circular drive leads to this charming Woodstock storybook estate that is surrounded by bluestone patios and stone walls. Private and quiet, here you will find a winning combination of original details (such as the wide board floors that shine throughout the house) and modern amenities (think skylights, sauna, and Jacuzzi tub). Set on over four rolling acres, you will cherish every moment living in this idyllic country setting.

 23 Wiley Lane, Woodstock NY / $849K  - See Full Listing HERE

The large dining area overlooks the bluestone patio. The huge living room has a fireplace, beamed ceilings, and a wet bar. The kitchen has cherry cabinets with stone counters, stainless appliances, and a farm style sink.


There are 4 bedrooms,

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The Zena School House is a unique and historic element of Woodstock's history and now it can be yours! This charming residence, complete with bell tower, was built in 1914 and played a part in educating generations of Woodstock children. 

521 Zena Road, Woodstock NY / $289K - See FULL LISTING HERE

Whether you're looking for the perfect weekend getaway or full-time residence, you have to agree this house has that "adorable" factor. You’ll love the unique details throughout the house, not to mention the open floor plan, stone fireplace, and beamed ceilings.

The spacious kitchen has wood cabinets and a pressed tin backsplash, with a dining alcove.

The bathroom has stone floors and a claw foot tub and there are two bright bedrooms

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When you're shopping around for a mortgage, you’ll come across the acronym PMI. Mortgage insurance or private mortgage insurance–PMI for short, is put in place to protect the mortgage company if you should default on their loan.

Here’s the scoop:

A common rule if thumb for buying a home is to have 20% or more for a down payment. The more you can put down, the less your monthly mortgage payment. So what happens if you don’t have 20% or more set aside? You’ll most likely be forced to add PMI to your monthly payments until the total equity of the home reaches 20%. Private mortgage insurance is typically between 0.5% to 1% of the entire loan amount on an annual basis. In most cases, PMI can help you qualify for a loan that you might not otherwise be

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