End of the Year Money-Wise Moves

It’s the end of the year. You’re already thinking ahead to the spring. You have tons of plans for home improvements. So why bring this up now? December is the perfect time to make some money moves to improve your bottom line and get your home ready for the New Year. Property Taxes Most property […]

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August 22, 2015

Moving to a New Home with Kids

Amidst the excitement of moving to a new home is a lot of stress for families with younger children. Often they don’t understand what is happening. That can make them feel powerless and afraid. Here are some ideas for turning those stressors into an adventure for your little ones. Involve children in decisions House-hunting with […]

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August 20, 2015

Hack Your Downpayment

The biggest hindrance to home-ownership for most young couples is the dreaded downpayment. In fact, may couples believe that between living expenses and school loans, they’ll never be able to save up enough for a downpayment on a house or even a condominium. If making the move from renting to owning is a priority for […]

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August 19, 2015

Eight Reasons to Move Your Business to Western New York

The Economic Development website for the Buffalo Niagara area called Explore Buffalo Niagara is a great resource to Businesses thinking of relocating to the Buffalo Niagara Region of New York. Recently I discovered it and in it had a great list of reasons why Businesses should consider relocating to the Western New York area.

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August 15, 2015

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The Best Place to Raise a Family

So where is The Best Place to Raise a Family?  We all have our own idea of the perfect place to raise a family. We want our kids to grow up with all the opportunities available to them. That might mean a large backyard or nearby parks, great schools, sports facilities, museums or libraries. You […]

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August 13, 2015

Tifft Nature Preserve

The Tifft Nature Preserve covers 264 acres in the City of Buffalo, New York.  The parkland was created in 1972 from land that the city originally purchased in connection with establishing a landfill.  The local citizenry understood the ecological importance of the site and lobbied city legislators to work on preserving the land.  Sihnce the […]

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August 11, 2015

Don’t Think of Your Home as an Investment

Isn’t that sacrilegious or something? Despite evidence to the contrary, new homebuyers continue to believe that buying a home is the same type of investment as stocks, bonds, CDs and their 401K. If the housing boom taught us anything, it is that the purchase of the house you plan to live in should not be […]

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August 9, 2015

Country French Style

Originally called French Provincial, Country French Style evokes the casual simplicity and rustic elements of a country home in the South of France. By paying tribute the region’s sunny, warm landscape, Country French style adds cheerful vitality to a home’s design. Typical elements in a Country French style home include high-pitched hipped rooflines, symmetrical multi-paned, […]

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August 6, 2015

Is Flipping Houses a Good Idea?

Just ahead of the housing bubble, flipping houses was an investor pass-time. As home prices started to rise, many would-be real estate moguls bought houses to flip hoping that the prices would increase enough in a six-month period for them to make a profit. The concept spawned reality TV shows like Flip This House and […]

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August 6, 2015

Tips For Upgrading Kitchen Flooring

The kitchen is the heart of your home, literally as well as figuratively. That means it’s a room in need of a sturdy floor that can cope with spills, dropped dishes, and stomping feet (even if the feet are small). It’s also a room that has a lot of foot traffic and may even the […]

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August 6, 2015