WELCOME TO ADK REALTY! Pleased to be your Guide! Specializing in Southern Adirondack Property
Mary Ellen (Mel) Charles Licensed Real Estate Broker/Owner 518-835-ADKS (2357) Cell 518-705-5616 2144 State Hwy 10 PO Box 751, Caroga Lake, NY 12032               mel@adksrealty.com Search site: www.REALTOR.com
Memberships/Affiliations:  National Association of Realtors NAR New York State Association of Realtors NYSAR Capital Region Multiple Listing Service  CRMLS Women’s Council of Realtors Honored 2016 & 2017 for over 4Million in sales! Fulton County Board of Realtors & Multiple Listing Service  FCBR Voted "Realtor Associate. of the Year 2006-2007 FCBR" Chair FCBR Multiple Listing Committee 2006 Realtor.com  - Fulton County Chamber of Commerce (44lakes.com) Member Board of Assessment Review Town of Bleecker, (chaired 2006, 2007) Member PSIA~ Professional Ski Instructors of America                                    USPA~United States Parachute Association, POPS~ Parachutist's over forty All about me: I was born and raised in Johnstown NY. I attended Johnstown High School, graduating (1975) with honors and was very successful while competing in sports, especially skiing. I learned to ski at Royal Mountain in Caroga Lake and still get a ski pass every year! I teach at Royal Mt too! It is a great place to learn to ski and a blast if you know how! My family owned a summer home on East Stoner lake then we moved to a lake house in Bleecker on Lily Lake for over 30years. My time spent at 'the lily pad' created a never ending love for this beautiful area in the foothills of the Adirondacks. I feel very fortunate that I am able live & work here in the Adirondacks, 'Beautiful Country' as a friend's Dad often commented, (usually riding a ski lift with Great Mt Views!) I attended  SUNY Cobleskill & SUNY Oneonta graduating with honors in Food & Nutrition, Professional Chef, Restaurant Management.  I have worked in every position in the Restaurant field! I love to cook. I spent over 10 years in Palm Beach Florida as co-owner operator of an investment level Fine Art & Antique Gallery. I was a licensed Antique & Estate Appraiser and stayed very busy while living in Palm Beach. I was a private chef too! I have been a Black Fly Treatment Tech and have literally hiked hundreds of miles of streams in the Southern Adirondacks. I like to walk land with clients.   I obtained my Florida Real Estate License in the 1980's (it is currently inactive status). I returned to NY & Bleecker Mt. in 1990. I became assistant to the owners of Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation center in Benson. I was with Lapland for over 10 years when I decided to venture back into the Real Estate field. I worked as an Assistant to the Brokers at Real Estate Center before obtaining my NY RE Sales Associate License. Working full time I became a Associate Broker the following year and in 2006 I opened ADK Realty. A decade later I am thankful I remain at the top of sales in our area. I pride myself on ‘full disclosure’ and work hard to make sure everything is what it’s suppose to be.   I really enjoy working with people and enjoy real estate. I love helping dreams come true, whether working as a selling agent or buyers agent. I love the treasure hunt to find the perfect property for my clients and customers! I opened ADK Realty in the Summer of 2006 to provide buyers with Buyer Agency and to continue working with Sellers offering client services. I disapprove of "dual- designated agency" and try to not practice it, As A seller's agent I MUST disclose to buyers everything legally known about the property. As a Buyer's agent I MUST validate what my buyer client's believe.  DUAL agents/Designated agents do not work for a Client they do not have to provide you with loyalty. It's Caveot Emptor (Buyer Beware) for the buyer and seller!  I love to learn, I want to know as much as possible to help my clients. The summer of 2007 I completed all the requirements including passing the NYS Appraisers Licensing Exam and I obtained my Assistant Appraiser's License. But since no one needs to be licensed in NY to do appraisals (except for bank financing), I decided to not renew my Appraiser Assistant License and will concentrate on Real Estate Listings & Sales and use the knowledge to benefit my clients.   I do not compete with my sellers or buyers, I do not "flip" properties, I have no interest in the properties I represent, other than to help the Buyers & Sellers meet their goals selling or buying.  I really enjoy Real Estate and have been in the "million dollar" transaction club most years I've been in business. I have been top Woman Realtor in Sales Volume or Units for 2010-2014  I love to ski in the winter and skydive in the summer. Free falling over the Mohawk River is spectacular at Mohawk valley.       Yes that's Me! I spend time hiking, fishing and love to take advantage of all the cool adventures in our midst! There is so much to do in our backyard.  I feel fortunate that I have lived in other areas of the USA and really feel this area is the Finest! It is centrally located, close enough to the ocean, the city, Canada and points in between all in a days drive! The Albany airport is one hour away to get you anywhere in the world you may want to go! We have the train station in Amsterdam for trips to the city or further. I whole heartedly endorse our fantastic location. I wouldn't live anywhere else! If you need info on just about anything, I'm a wealth of ideas and knowledge if you're looking for something to do or seeking information on who to call, where to look for something in the area, Call Me. I really just may have the answer or I'll find it and I'll always be happy to help you! 518-725-2357 Thanks for visiting my website! I designed it, maintain it and add to it! Best wishes, Mel email me! mel@adksrealty.com
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