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Have questions about selling your home?

April 20, 2014

Seller Resources

Before our appointment to list your home…

Before our appointment to list your home…

Listing of your Buffalo Home The team at Best Buffalo Homes is really excited about listing your home and our upcoming meeting to get all the paperwork completed. To ensure that this meeting goes quickly and that we have all the information we need to list your home for sale we will need the following: All parties on the deed to sign the [More about the Listing Appointment…]

Need Inspiration to get your home ready for a showing?

Motivation to Keep Your Home Spotless Are you too busy to clean your Buffalo home? Or are you procrastinate doing chores around your home? Sometimes you may feel exhausted or perhaps a little lazy. This is not the time to ignore your household chores! Motivation in keeping your Buffalo home in showing condition can be an issue for many home [Songs to Inspire you while cleaning…]

Your home’s job interview — the Home Showing!

Home Showing is like a job interview. You would not dare show up to your job interview without wearing a freshly pressed suit, your hair done nicely, polished shoes, and a well written resume. So why is it that you let your home go to an interview with a stained suit, looking like it rolled out of bed, bringing the kids, and no resume? Selling [How to get your home sold during the showing..]

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First Time Home Buyer Help

April 17, 2014

Buffalo’s Making Houses Homes Program

The Housing Division will implement the Mayor’s Livable Communities in Buffalo Initiative. Leading the efforts is the Buffalo Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation (BNRC). The Housing Division will manage programs and projects that are based on increasing home ownership in the City of Buffalo. The Making Houses Homes program is a []

Why Hire a Buyer’s Broker in the purchase of a Buffalo Home

Existing Home Owners may be eligible for the expanded tax credit

It is great fun for many Western New York buyers to search for the perfect home in WNY. They visit open houses, call listing agents to see homes that they find on the Internet. Many buyers mistake this as being in their best interest. But exactly who is that agent that they are calling loyal to? You might just be surprised that their []

Are you ready to purchase a home?

You have to admit it is a fair question. Many Buffalo Area Homebuyers bypass this question and immediately start the home search process. You are talking about your financial health and no matter if you are a 1st time home buyer or someone moving up into their next home, it is a daunting decision. Here are a couple of indications that []

What did we just do?

What did we just do?Buyers Remorse – Do you have it? What did we just do? It is a question that many 1st time home buyers and even people that are moving from one home to another ask themselves. They suddenly find themselves very worried about the future that it is going to take 30 years to pay off their mortgage and really own the home that they just []

Show me how to own a home!

Show me how to own a home!I want to own my own home! With all the Real Estate doom and gloom that the media keeps publishing, you may be thinking that it is absolutely impossible to purchase a home. The state of Real Estate market is not as horrible that the media reports, in fact there is good news. Don’t some of you remember in the 70’s and 90’s? If you think things []

What is PMI

What is Private Mortgage Insurance PMI is extra insurance that lenders require from most home buyers who obtain loans that are more than 80 percent of their new home’s value. In other words, buyers with less than a 20 percent down payment are normally required to pay PMI. Why do []

Who are Fannie Mae & Freddie Mae and why should this be important to WNY home owners?

Author : Colleen Kulikowski Published: November 24th, 2009

Who are Fannie Mae & Freddie Mae and why should this be important to WNY home owners?Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are publicly-owned agencies overseen by the Federal Government. Fannie and Freddie have very simple and direct mission statements: To make sure that mortgage monies are available to homeowners who are looking for cost-effective home loans. Western New York homeowners do not borrow directly from these agencies. []

Fair Housing Act

April 4, 2014

Fair Housing Rules Affect WNY Buyers


Fair Housing Rules prevent Realtors from giving their opinion on neignborhoods.

Fair Housing Rules prevent Realtors from giving their opinion on neignborhoods.

Fair Housing Rules Stop Us From Answering Some of Your Questions!


What a New York Realtor® cannot tell you about a neighborhood might surprise you. We recognize that the purchase of your Western New York home is a huge life altering decision and you want to make sure that you have not only the perfect home, but also that have all the facts you need to make that decision.

Fair housing has been in the news in Western New York lately and it is a good time to explain how Fair Housing affects the Western New York Buyer.  As a licensed Real Estate Salesperson and Realtor® in the State of New York we must adhere to strict rules regarding housing because of the Federal Fair Housing Act.

We cannot discuss things like schools, crime statistics, and demographics.

We cannot render or express an opinion about the status of the neighborhood.


We understand as Western New York Buyers, your need to know the answers to your questions regarding these topics!

The Federal Fair Housing Act keeps us from making certain determinations about a neighborhood. We have put together some resources to answer your very important questions. The Internet is a wonderful resource and there are many great resources in addition to this list.

In addition to our showing of your potential WNY home, we suggest that before you decide to put an offer on a Western New York home that you:

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Foreclosure Trickle Down Effect

March 26, 2014

Foreclosure Trickle Down

I came across an interesting article this morning regarding the foreclosure crisis – on how Self-storage facilities are experiencing a high number of units not paying their bills.

It is an interesting to see that what is happening as a direct result of the foreclosure crisis.   Not only are buyers finding it more difficult to qualifiy for a mortgage today, and the options for a mortgage signficantly reduced there are others affected by this crisis.

Here is a brief list of businesses that are affected by the mortgage crisis:

  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Mortgage Professionals
  • Attorneys and Title Companies
  • Stock Market
  • Banks & Financial Institutions

The effects do not stop just there.   Now it seems this crisis is affecting the companies that support these Professionals too.   I was talking with a friend of mine and businesses like salons, plastic surgeons, and clothing stores are feeling the pinch too.    Print shops, dry cleaners, restaurants are all affect too.

My home is not selling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February 28, 2014

My Buffalo home is about to expire!


My current listing contract is about to expire!

Your Buffalo area home is about to expire and you are understandably frustrated.  You have great plans for a new Buffalo area home and you just can’t understand why your home has not sold.  You love your home, it has been wonderful for you, but why is it that nobody else wants it?  At this point you have lost confidence in your current Buffalo Realtor®, and you probably are searching the Internet to find the right person to sell you Buffalo home.

Why your home is about to expire

Time to face the ugly monster in the room — the truth.

Let’s face it, you have been on the market six or more months and you have not sold.  There are many reasons why you home has not sold, and they all come back to price.  Another fact about pricing, if you home doesn’t sell in the first 30 days, it is directly related to the price.  Plain and simple, you priced your Buffalo home too high for the current market conditions.  You probably have heard one or more of the following:

  • The buyer found another Buffalo home they put an offer on
  • The buyer wanted …
  • The market is slow, have patience
  • no feedback whatsoever

Your current Realtor® probably has suggested:

  • several price reductions
  • home staging
  • professional cleaning
  • planting flower, a new welcome mat
  • change in the showing instructions
  • extending the listing and see what happens

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Selecting Buffalo Investment Property

February 3, 2014

In selecting Investment Property in Buffalo NY an investor needs to do their research.   You can’t just decide “Oh I want an investment property” and do it well.   This is a business and you must treat it as such.   You must understand the Real Estate Market and how it will affect your Real Estate goals.

Read Also:  What is happening in WNY Real Estate

When you are selecting investment property there are some basic rules that you need to follow to be successful.  The most important rule is that you cannot allow emotions get involved in the decision process.  Long before you look at properties, you should know what dollar amount profit you require.  This way, you can remove those that do not make that basic criteria.

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for Successful Real Estate Flip

 

Thinking of investing in Western New York Real Estate, I would love to sit down with you and discuss your needs and how I could assist you in achieving those goals.   Call me today at (716) 650-0051.

Buyer or Seller — Several Articles you may need

November 6, 2013

Things to think about when elderly parents move in

Things to think about when elderly parents move in

 

When our parents become frail and we worry about them living alone, what to do is an important question facing many Western New York. Questions like: Are they able to live on their own in their current home with some assistance? Could they live on their own in a smaller more manageable home? What about […read more]

 

Don’t wait until you find the perfect WNY home to select your Home Inspector!

Don’t wait until you find the perfect WNY home to select your Home Inspector!

The purpose of a home inspection is to make sure there aren’t any major hidden issues with a property you’re buying. The inspection report should not be one page documents with a bunch of check boxes. The more detail, the better. […read more]

 

Show me how to own a home!

Show me how to own a home!

You are considering a home purchase but you are lost and confused. You can’t seem to find the answers you need to start the process. The most important thing to remember is that you can’t purchase a home unless you can purchase a home with cash or qualify for a mortgage. So to start the process, you must begin with your finances… […read more]

 

Asbestos and your home purchase

There are many things to consider when remodeling or purchasing an older home. Homes built after 1980 have the strong likelihood of containing asbestos. Used in millions of homes throughout the last quarter of the 20th century, asbestos insulation can become a real dilemma for homeowners due to causing a variety of health problems, including […read more]

 

Is your Buffalo Realtor® telling you what you need to hear or what you want to hear?

Is your Buffalo Realtor® telling you what you need to hear or what you want to hear?

What is Buying a Listing? Buying Listings is a term used by many Realtors® when they see overpriced listings on the market. “Oh that Realtor® bought that listing… There are Realtors® out there that will take an overpriced listing to just put their sign in the lawn and give them the ability to advertise a […read more]

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