Small bedroom? No problem!

Bedroom modernMake the most of any living space, even if that space is limited.  If the size of your bedroom is less than ideal, a few little tricks and changes can help make it fresh while maximizing the available area.

Consider Color and Light

Light, neutral colors make a space feel bright and open; this trick is even handier if lighting is also a problem.  Neutrals don’t mean boring.  Pastels, creams, beiges, and greys add hues and depth without overpowering the walls.

The trick with lighting is to have enough to brighten the room without commandeering too much valuable room; therefore, overhead lighting is most desirable.  Also, installing wall sconces is a good alternative to tabletop or standing lamps.

Double Duty Furniture

When space is limited creativity is key and one piece of furniture will need to fulfill multiple roles.  First, figure out the measurements of the room and those of the bed, which will utilize the most floor space.  Opt for a minimalist design without headboards or bulky frames.

Next, consider storage of clothing and essentials.  Does the room have a built-in closet? Will you need to make room for dressers?  For older homes that lack sufficient closet space, dressers are essential—make them work for you; have them double as nightstands.

Bookshelves on the walls will add additional storage space, but be aware they can also increase the potential for clutter accumulation and thereby make the space feel smaller still.  Wall cubes or box shelves will provide visual interest and a fun way to store or display items without overpowering the walls like traditional bookshelves.


Keep it minimal.  Instead of bulky area rugs that will make the floor look scarce, opt for a runner or small scatter rugs.  For windows, avoid heavy draperies and choose lightweight sheers or roman shades.  Don’t clutter walls with frames and art—select a few prime pieces to add a pop of pizazz.  Consider hanging a mirror to give the illusion of more overall space.

Congratulations to Our Vegas Contest Winners!

LeadingRE contest winnersNothnagle held a listing contest for all our agents with prizes to be awarded for the top 3 who had the highest percentage increase of new listings for 4th quarter (2014 vs. 2013).  The contest prizes coincide with our upcoming attendance of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World annual Global Conference held in Las Vegas in February.

We are proud to announce the first place prize of paid LeadingRE Summit registration, 2 nights hotel stay at The Wynn, and round-trip airfare has been award to Cathy Shelanskey of our Canandaigua branch.

Second place prize of paid LeadingRE Summit registration and 2 nights stay at The Wynn has been awarded to Karina Ribis of our Henrietta branch.

The third place prize of paid LeadingRE Summit registration has been awarded to Sam Cretekos of our Fairport branch.


HGTV is Coming to Rochester! Interview with Melissa DiMauro.

HGTV_HousesHuntersSo Melissa, the big news is that you will be on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters helping your clients, John and Jessica, find a home in Rochester.  How did you get chosen to be on an episode?

Good question! Haha. There was a multi-step application process that we all had to go through, and I think in the end my buyers had a compelling story which would make for a fun show.

Whose idea was it to apply to the show?

My buyers approached me when we first began working together. They were huge fans of the show and asked if I’d be interested in applying with them. As a huge fan of the show myself, I was thrilled to give it a shot!

With the episode airing tomorrow, when was the footage actually shot?

We filmed over the summer – which is why it will look oddly pleasant and warm outside during the episode!

Tell us about the filming process and having a TV crew along for showings.

In a lot of ways it was the same as any other showing…but having a camera in the room makes you super-aware of where you are standing, if you’re speaking clearly…it took some getting used to!  I’d say after the first day of filming it was easier to get into a groove.

What was the best part of this experience for you?

I think it’s really neat to be a part of a show filmed right here in Rochester! And knowing that my buyers had such a memorable experience – not only did they end up purchasing their first home (an exciting time already), but they got to go through the process on one of their favorite shows. I feel so lucky to have been a part of that!

What was the hardest part of this experience?

It sounds silly, but waiting for the episode to air was the hardest! The experience of filming was so fun, and I couldn’t wait to see how it turned out.

What do you think John & Jessica appreciated most from this entire experience?

I can’t speak for them, of course, but I do think it’s a wonderful, unique family keepsake they can hold onto for their twin girls to watch when they get older.

Can you give us any hints of what viewers can expect to see Thursday?

Hmn…you’ll definitely see some compromises that will have to be made. They’re not only choosing a home; they’re choosing a community, so you’ll see more than one part of our area. And there are some parts of the show that will be entirely new to me, so I’m looking forward to some surprises, too!

What’s the best piece of advice you can give to anyone looking to purchase in the Rochester market?

Well, of course I’m going to say the first step is to find an agent to work with that can keep a close eye on what’s happening in the market. Things can change rapidly and knowing what to expect can help you plan your search – say, if you’re a contingent buyer in a competitive price range and area, you don’t want to be surprised by a bidding war!

Even if you’re just in the beginning stages of looking, having someone at the ready to call with any questions you might have – that’s very valuable.  I think buyers often are afraid to ask for an agent’s help until a purchase is imminent,  but I never mind- it’s what I’m here for!


Melissa is an agent from our Fairport office.  She enjoys photography, travel, and anything related to cooking and food. She resides in Fairport with her husband and two children.  Follow her on Twitter @MelissaDiMauro 

Don’t Hibernate with the Dust Bunnies this Winter… 5 Ways to Combat Germs and Grime this Season

Woman cleaningWinter months mean more time spent indoors and less time with windows open streaming in fresh air.  We will be cozied up in our nice warm homes breathing in potentially dusty air that is of poorer quality than outdoor air.  Here are 5 ways you can prepare your home for the next few months so that you can breathe easy.

1 – Change Furnace Filters

Filters are crucial to catching dust and keeping particles out of the air, which in turns helps cut down on dusting your furniture and vacuuming your floors.  Choosing the correct filter will improve your air quality and save you money.

Filters are rated from 1-20 on the MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Values) scale—with the better quality filters receiving higher values.  Values 3 to 12 are typical for residential buildings; hospitals require 15+.

Contact our Home Services Department for more information on full HVAC cleanings, maintenance, and inspections.

2 – Clean and Dust Everything

In addition to all the normal surfaces you dust—tables, countertops, bookshelves, desks, etc—don’t forget the other horizontal surfaces that accumulate unsightly grime.

  • While you’re dusting the bookshelf, don’t forget the tops of the books themselves
  • Photo frames and artwork
  • Moldings and baseboard trim
  • The top of your refrigerator (and anything stored up there)
  • Upper kitchen cabinets
  • Light fixtures
  • Surge protectors, smoke and CO detectors, and thermostats
  • The blades of ceiling fans (trust me – you don’t want all that coming back down on you in the Spring!)

Need assistance with your cleaning needs?  Our Home Services Program has contractors who offer residential cleaning, carpet cleaning, upholstery and furniture cleaning.

3 – Vacuum the Overlooked Undersides of Furniture

Even if you are one of those meticulous cleaners who move furniture pieces so you can vacuum underneath them, most people tend to forget the bottom of the pieces themselves.  Tilt back upholstered chairs and couches in order to better expose the underside—it might be best to enlist the help of someone for this one.  Once tilted, remove any dust bunnies that have nestled in the corners and crevices.

4 – Disinfect Trash Receptacles, Countertops, and Floors

Cleanse your kitchen and bathroom by disinfecting them from top to bottom.  Regular bleach is an effective sanitizer (1 cup per gallon of water), but all-natural cleansing solutions are safer and more environmentally safe.  Some natural solutions include: vinegar mixed 50/50 with water, lemons and baking soda.  For a complete list of all-natural cleansing solutions including their corresponding uses and functions, read this article on

Remember: NEVER mix cleaning products because it can result in some potentially toxic fumes.  NEVER MIX BLEACH WITH VINEGAR OR AMMONIA.  The Washington State Department of Health site has a very informative page detailing the dangers of mixing bleach with cleansers.

5 – Winterize Your Entry

The first line of defense is to ensure your entryway helps guard against contaminating your newly cleansed home.  Don’t let family members and guests unwittingly welcome winter’s slush into your safe haven.  A few easy additions will keep outdoor dirt and moisture at bay.

  • Get a durable outdoor doormat for wiping footwear
  • Purchase a boot scraper
  • Ready a boot tray to house wet shoes
  • Add a chair or bench to easily remove boots

Nothnagle REALTORS® Donates Winter Clothing Items to Rochester City Schools


(Rochester, NY) – Nothnagle REALTORS® is pleased to announce that over twenty large storage-sized bags containing various winter clothing items were collected and subsequently donated to the Rochester City School District.

The company-wide holiday party was held on Wednesday, December 3 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel on State Street.  Guests were asked to bring donations such as coats, boots, gloves, and more. In attendance were Nothnagle Corporate upper management, employees, and agents from the 30+ branch offices throughout Western New York.

“It is always rewarding to give back to our community,” said Armand D’Alfonso, President and CEO of Nothnagle.  “We are lucky to have generous agents and staff so that we can organize such fundraisers.”


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About Nothnagle Realtors®

Established in 1948, Nothnagle Realtors is a full-service real estate company offering 33 convenient locations in upstate New York.  In 2013, Nothnagle agents facilitated nearly 10,000 transaction sides valued at over $1.4 billion.  As a result, Nothnagle Realtors is ranked 37th in the nation on the 2013 REALTrends 500 survey (based on brokerage transaction sides).  In addition to traditional brokerage services, Nothnagle offers a full range of services including insurance, home warranty, mortgage, property management and home maintenance and repair.  For more information, visit

Save Money on Temporary Housing for the Greater Rochester Area… with Nothnagle!


Whether you are visiting family or considering relocating to the area, you will need a home away from home.  We are pleased to offer our clients, associates, and staff exclusive savings for available rooms and temporary housing at two local extended-stay hotels: Staybridge Suites-Rochester University and Homewood Suites by Hilton.

Time frames are completely flexible and customizable depending on your needs; there are varied rates for stays ranging from a few days, to a couple weeks, and even several months!  Both these pet-friendly facilities offer beautiful, fully-furnished rooms, spacious suites, and incredible amenities; such as: FREE daily breakfasts, shuttle services, and wireless plus hard-wired internet throughout the complex.


Located at Brooks Landing on the banks of the Genesee River, situated opposite the University of Rochester, Staybridge Suites is perfect for any length of stay and is within walking distance of the U of R. The central location makes it a sensible option if you have a child considering attending an area university, and are scouting colleges for the weekend.  All 88 suites include a sleeper-sofa, 32” flat screen TV, and DVD player. Hungry?  Not a problem!  Enjoy complimentary dinners Tuesday through Thursday complete with soda, beer, and wine…on the house!  Swim laps in the indoor pool or relax in the whirlpool. There is even a 24/7 fitness center!


Nestled in Victor, with easy access from the NYS Thruway, Homewood Suites by Hilton offers shuttle service to the airport and is minutes away from major attractions and 30+ restaurants.  All 90 suites feature kitchenettes complete with utensils, dishes, and cookware.  If you don’t have the desire to cook, complimentary dinner with beer and wine are available Monday through Thursday.  Winter is not a problem with the indoor heated pool and whirlpool!  But enjoy the onsite fitness center, sponsored by Precor, any time of the year.  Golf fan? There’s a 6-hole putting green onsite and Woodcliff Golf Course down the road.


Mention you’re with Nothnagle to save!

Call 1-866-295-MOVE to get contact information for both hotels.

Support the Hillside Special Santas Program this Season!



Join in the holiday fun this season and purchase a gift for child.  Drop off your unwrapped donations to any of our 12 participating locations.  Each location also includes gift tags with names of children and requested gift items.  The last day to participate is Monday, December 15!


  • Downtown Rochester, 217 West Main St, Corporate Headquarters
  • Batavia, 570 East Main St
  • Brighton, 2349 Monroe Ave
  • Fairport, 65 South Main St
  • Geneseo, 81 Main St
  • Greece, 1081 Long Pond Rd, Suite 100
  • Henrietta, 2920 East Henrietta Rd
  • Hilton, 49 Railroad Ave
  • Mendon/Honeoye Falls, 9 West Main St
  • Ontario, 1540 Route 104
  • Pittsford, 33 South Main St
  • Spencerport, 85 South Union St

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