Garnet Realty
Richard Smith
Richard Smith, NYS Licensed Real Estate Broker
Welcome to New Yorks Capital District!
The Capital District is a region in upstate New York that generally refers to the four counties surrounding Albany, the capital of the state:Albany County, Schenectady County, Rensselaer County, and Saratoga County. Often the other counties of the Albany-Schenectady-Amsterdam Combined Statistical Area and Greene County are included, especially for economic and demographic compilations and regional planning.
Albany is often derided as "Smallbany" (also spelled Smalbany) for its perceived lack of culture and as a backwater in tourism circles, even though it consistently ranks high on lists of top cities/metro areas for culture, such as being 23rd in the book Cities Ranked & Rated, Albany-Schenectady-Troy ranked 12th among large metro areas and Glens Falls ranked 12th among the small metro areas, in Sperling's Best Places, and Expansion Management (a monthly business magazine) gave the Albany-Schenectady-Troy area five Stars, its highest ranking, for quality of life features. The Capital District has many museums, historical sites, art galleries, and festivals that stretch back to the 1600s.
The Capital District is notable for many historical and industrial events. The Battle of Saratoga and the Albany Plan of Union are two historical events from before American independence which are now considered of national and sometimes also of international importance. Many multinational corporations were founded in the Capital District including New York Central Railroad, American Express, General Electric, American Locomotive Company, and International Paper.
The Capital District was first settled by the Dutch in the early 1600s and came under British control in 1664. Albany has been the permanent capital of the state of New York since 1797.
Part of the area's charm comes from the high quality of life it's residents enjoy.  From the low unemployment rates, (currently 7% compared to the nationwide average of 10%) stable economy, 1st rate educational opportunities, low crime rates and relatively easy commutes.  It's easy to see why more and more businesses and families are finding out about our previously hidden gem.
The area is conveniently located within a few hours drive to major cities such as New York City, Boston and Montreal.  It is a short drive to the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, Green Mountains of Vermont, Lake George, Lake Champlain and the 1000 Islands. 
To get more details about the area click on this link, it should give you all the info you need to know!


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What my clients are saying  

I hired Rich to sell my home. I’ve never sold one before and so had no idea what I was doing. Rich walked me through step by step and SOLD it within 2 weeks!! My house was NOT in great shape, not a turn key(learned new term!lol), but was priced right to sell. He new how to set it up for the open houses and sold it! My house was probably one of the most difficult homes to sell for him because needed so much work yet I got my asking price within a couple of thousand. All other realtors said I should ask for less than what Rich and I decided on(have to work as a team) so I’m glad I went with Rich’s advice. Thanks so much for your professionalism, expert advice and rolling up your sleeves to get the job done!


~ Linda K

"In todays market, it is important that we as real estate professionals are able to negotiate and carry the transaction through, making a smooth closing. It is always a pleaseure to team with someone (Joe Mulone) who has the clients best intrest in mind." Jodi Leonard Coldwell Banker Prime Properties / Saratoga Office


~ Coldwell Banker Prime Properties

Rich is one of the few people I've met in the business world that seem to be able to genuinely put his clients' interests ahead of his own. It felt like a real team effort working with Rich. I knew I had someone objective on my side. Rich goes above and beyond to ensure that not only are his clients satisfied, but to ensure he has not missed anything along the way. He followed up to make sure things were going well at my new place. I am always excited at the chance to recommend him to others!


~ D. Simonson

I have had the pleasure of working with Rich on a number of transactions over the past several years. I find Rich to be extremely knowledgeable and responsive and, perhaps most importantly, our common clients (Buyers and Selelrs) have "always" enjoyed working with him. Rich does a great job! April 14, 2011 Brian P. (Principal Attorney at Rohan & Associates, P.C. )


~ Rohan and Assoc.

Rich Smith is a consummate professional. From the initial meeting to discuss a pending sale to supporting me at the closing, Rich was there. His ability to stage the house and market the property contributed significantly in selling the house in 7 days!!! He truly knows his business and the market. Thanks Rich!!!


~ Ed Feuerstein

"I really appreciate your council, influence, and negotiating skill. You have a very savvy way of helping others come to terms with our perspective. Your involvement has taken the stress out of coming to an agreement with the other party, and ensured us the best possible outcome."


~ Diana S.

"Enjoyed our stay very much! Thanks for providing such a well equipped place! Can't wait to come back!


~ Cheri M

"Thanks Rich, We had a great spring skiing weekend. Thank You! P.S. This place Rocks, we love your house! Thank you for the stay! We had a great time! Thanks for letting my puppy Tallie stay, I love this house, it's amazing! -Georganna and Spencer B.


~ Chris B.

Thank alot!! We had GREAT snow and sun! Your house was charming and perfectly located to our fave: Sarahs! Thanks again!


~ The Georges Family

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