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So looking for houses in 2018 is NOT like it was in 2000 or even 2005; it is so different.
Having said that, remember that there are huge differences in looking for a second/vacation home and looking for a primary residence, especially in the rural environment of Greene County NY. If you're searching for example in a city area, it is common to find large expanses of homes that are all pretty much the same, ie cookie cutter.
One sells one week for $200,000, chances are that the house down the road will sell for the same. This is not the case in Greene Cty where the styles of home differ markedly from one another and the reasons for why folks buy second homes are different from those looking for primary, and their parameters are different too. This is why although it is still beneficial to look online, it is really important to engage the services of a real estate professional who knows the area well and can speak to the idiosyncrasies of such.