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Welcome to Buying Local!

Saratoga, Warren, and Washington County have no shortage of fantastic goods and services to offer! In this podcast, our host Mike Nelson will clue you in on the amazing gems hidden in your very own community!

Episode 38
In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews a trifecta of real estate experts – Agent Paul Smith, real estate specialist attorney Dan Wade, and owner of Freedom One Funding, Mark Pawlows! The 2023 market is awash with confusing and hectic developments, and nobody knows better than these three! Want to know their secrets to navigating through this storm? You’ll have to listen to this episode and find out!

00:21 – Introductions

02:56 – The State of Real Estate: Dan’s View

05:34 – Mark’s View

08:14 – Paul’s View

10:15 – It’s an Inventory Issue – Still!

13:20 – Interest Rates: Buyers vs. Sellers

14:58 – No Praise for the Appraisals

17:05 – Jack Up the Price! Appraisal Gap Contingencies

19:12 – Stand Out! Above the Crowd

22:27 – What’s Your Offer?

25:24 – The Escalation Clause

27:41 – Flipping’s Out, Renting’s In!.. But Choose Your Tenants Wisely!

30:10 – Incentive Programs?.. What a Mess!

33:42 – Finally Foreclosures

36:07 – Homes as Investments: The Curse of AirBnB

40:15 – Saratoga Prices… Terrifying!

41:41 – Advice for First-Time Buyers

44:23 – Closing Remarks: How to Get in Touch

PRODUCTION NOTE: The opinions reflected in this podcast are not indicative of the views of Saratoga Business Report, SaratogaBride.com LLC, Saratoga TODAY, Glens Falls TODAY, Spa City Digital, or Five Towers Media.


  • Host

    Michael Nelson

  • Guests

    Paul Smith, Dan Wade, & Mark Pawlows

  • Runtime

    46 min, 42 sec

  • Air Date

    September 5th, 2023