Mold Inspection Basics

Molds have been part of the environment since humans have walked the planet. References to mold can be found in the Bible and scientists estimate molds evolved more than 400 million years ago. Conservatively, more than 100,000 species of mold exist in the world and at least 1,000 species are common in the U.S. Molds […]

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February 27, 2015

Historic Lewiston NY

Many folks that visit Western New York are surprised by the sheer number of wonderful communities to choose from to call home. Lewiston NY is just one of those communities. There are so many wonderful historic homes in Lewiston. And a rich history too! Lewiston NY is where Niagara Falls was born 12,000 years ago. […]

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February 26, 2015

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MLS Frustration – Pending Sales

Is that home really still available? I hate looking like an idiot! And there are times that fellow Realtors actions do just that! Too often I go to show a listing on the MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and I call set up an appointment, show the home to people that are very interested in the […]

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February 21, 2015

What is a Co-op?

Co-op Building Basics A housing cooperative is a legal entity—usually a corporation—that owns real estate, consisting of one or more residential buildings. (This is one type of housing tenure.) Each shareholder in the legal entity is granted the right to occupy one housing unit, sometimes subject to an occupancy agreement, which is similar to a […]

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February 20, 2015

Earnest Money Deposit

What is Earnest Money Deposit? When you write an offer to purchase your Western New York dream home you will place an “earnest money” deposit. This deposit shows the seller that you’re serious about the offer to purchase the property. The amount of earnest money deposit varies based on the type of property being purchased. […]

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What’s the Difference Between a Condo, Co-Op and Townhome?

  Although all are part of the common-interest housing category, condos, co-ops, townhouses, and apartments may mean different things to different buyers, so here is a breakdown of what each word means and the advantages or disadvantages of one over another for the home buyer. First, let’s get the low-down on what makes up the […]

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February 17, 2015

Host a Great Housewarming Party!

Congratulations on the purchase of your new WNY home!  Now that we have the contract signed and a closing date you have some important planning to do. And we are not talking about your move…We are talking about your Housewarming Party. Let’s start with the what will set the tone for the party — your party […]

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February 16, 2015

Selecting a Mortgage Professional

Before you commit to a Western New York lender, here are a series of questions you should ask them. Next to selecting your Real Estate Professional, the most important thing you need to select is your Mortgage Professional.

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February 16, 2015

But it’s my house!

Diana Ross can sing “It’s my house” but when you are selling your Western New York home you shouldn’t. I sat in a Diana Ross concert this evening at the Seneca Niagara Casino and as she sang the song above, I had all I thought about some of the difficutlies we run into when trying to sell homes in Western New York…

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February 16, 2015

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I Just Want My Home Sold!

Your Buffalo home has been on the market for six months or longer and you are beginning to wonder why isn’t there a sold sign on the sign out front? You are thinking to yourself “I just want my Western New York Home SOLD!” There are so many factors that go into your home getting […]

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February 13, 2015