Lansing at Large: Lansing realtor finds home for friends on “Lakefront Bargain Hunt”


When the producers for Home and Garden Television’s “Lakefront Bargain Hunt” called Lansing Realtor Havana Jorrin two Februarys ago, she had a deal all ready for them.

Jorrin was already working with Lansing residents Erin and Dennis Socha on that exact quest.

The Socha’s have been married for nearly nine years – they and their daughters Lily and Autumn were growing out of the house they bought when they moved to Lansing in 2012. The family’s love for the water led them to seek a new house on or near the lake.

Dennis Socha is a veterinarian at Colonial Veterinary Hospital. He had just finished his residency and the couple had saved a long time to make the move. As an outdoorsman, he was looking for some land; Erin’s love of entertaining meant that they needed space. Their upper limit was a challenging $400,000.

Jorrin and her family - soccer coach husband Lamarr Peters and daughter Isis – have lived in Lansing for about a decade. Beforehand, her family lived on a farm on Cayuga Lake for 20 years. They are next-door neighbors and family friends of the Sochas and so it was natural that the Sochas would turn to her to help.

It was less expected that their partnership would be featured on a national television program.

“I think they found me through my listings on Zillow,” Jorrin said. “They wrote to me and asked if I had any ‘Lakefront Bargain Hunt’ type properties and it happened that I had a deal on the table.”

“I reached out to Erin to see if she would be interested and then we had some Facetime interviews with the producers. They loved us and booked us right away.”

The television crew came to town last May for four 18-hour days of shooting.
“We had beautiful weather to show off the area,” Jorrin said. “They shot a lot of footage, and used drones and boats.”

The program opens with the family swimming in the lake and then transitions to the deck of The Boatyard Grill where the Sochas meet Jorrin to discuss their interests. Jorrin explains that lakefront in Lansing may be out of their price range, but that she would show them some options.

The trio then traveled around Cayuga Lake to look at three houses and review the pros and cons of each property. The first is too small and needs work while the second is more open but has too few bedrooms.

The third house they visit is near, but not on, the lake, set atop the cliff line in north Lansing.

It does have a lake view, four bedrooms, and a second story deck. A large living room and adjacent kitchen offer entertaining possibilities. The couple is also excited by the dumbwaiter, recreation room, and sauna but less thrilled by the price: $399,000.

The family also canoes at Myers Park and takes their daughters to Bensvue Farms to feed the dairy calves before relaxing at Long Point Winery to review their options.

They take a night to “sleep on it” before deciding to buy the third house for $379,000.

“I came to our decision,” Erin jokes.

“A steal of a deal on a house of that caliber,” Dennis said.

The episode was aired April 28; it will be shown again at noon on June 9 and be available on-demand in the near future.

“I was impressed that they did the show,” Jorrin said. “The kids were great and Erin is really excited to have a house for entertaining.”

In brief:

School Budget Available
The proposed 2019-2020 school budget is now available online at the school district website and at the district offices.
The prospective budget is 2.4 percent larger than the previous year’s plan; an additional $350,000 is requested to acquire new school transport.
The budget vote is set for May 21 – voting will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the teacher center near the district offices.

Clean Energy Action Plan
The Town of Lansing is promoting the Clean Energy Action Plan to provide relief for businesses and residents affected by a utility company gas moratorium. Through the plan, the State will help lower energy costs for consumers, promote economic development, and provide additional resources for community awareness and support.

The Clean Energy Action Plan applies to NYSEG customers in the town of Lansing - to be eligible to participate in NYSERDA’s programs, you must currently pay into the System Benefits Charge. In addition to NYSERDA programs, NYPA will provide additional financing services to its customers.
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