Category Real Estate

Credit Reports & You – Renter’s Edition


Establishing yourself as a solid candidate for an apartment is important, especially when you find the apartment of your dreams.  You have to be able to differentiate yourself from the other people applying for the apartment – in a positive way.  Having a solid credit score, but more importantly, a solid credit report, is one of the keys to your success in finding a new apartment.

Please note:  The guidelines discussed in this article apply to the properties I handle leasing for, in the Buffalo, NY, Amherst, NY, Williamsville, NY, and Grand Island, NY areas.  There is even some flexibility on a complex to complex basis, so please keep these in mind as GENERAL guide lines.

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City of Buffalo In-Rem Auction Is Coming Up!


The City of Buffalo In-Rem auction is coming up fast!  This year, the auction is 3 days and runs from October 3 through October 5.  On October 1, Buffalo ReUse is running a work shop on how to prepare for the tax auction, what to expect the day of, and what to do after you successfully purchase a property.  If you are in the area, this is a great opportunity to learn a LOT of information before you ever walk in the door of the convention center where the auction is being held.

The In-Rem auction is a great way to purchase property, often times for less than market value.  These properties are being sold due to unpaid water bills, or unpaid city tax bills.  Properties are sold AS IS, so being sure to complete due diligence prior to bidding is important.

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Guest Post: How I Overcame My Prejudice Against Buffalo


This is a guest post written by Adrian Brijbassi, an editor from the Toronto Star who write this article on his experiences when visiting Buffalo.  You can find out more about Adrian on his website.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — “I’m a journalist and I’m writing a travel article about how to spend a weekend in Buffalo.” With those words, I had managed to disarm a U.S. border guard, a young man who immediately stepped back from my car and took a seat on the stool inside his booth. He placed a hand on his shaved head and then swiped it down across his perspiring face.

“You’re going to say good things about the city, right?” he asked without any hint of authority. It was more of a plea.

“I have every intention of being fair,” I answered.

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4 Fun Family Getaways Near Buffalo, New York


This is a guest post from Chris over at Show Appeal Realty.

Long ago, hunters tracked burly woolly mammoths along the melting glaciers of this region. Today, families who live in Buffalo, NY find there’s plenty to do because Buffalo is positioned at the epicenter of a number of diverse family friendly getaways. So let’s get planning your family’s next adventure!

1. Seneca Falls, NY

Located about 2 hours from Buffalo, NY

Known as the ‘gateway to the Finger Lakes’ Seneca Falls is a beautiful area that’s filled with history, shopping and outdoor experiences. You’ll be impressed with Seneca Falls jaw-dropping restored homes, friendly residents, and quaint downtown art galleries and shops. And Seneca Falls, NY has some special treats for mom and dad. Peruse the incredible Waterloo Premium Outlets, visit any number of well respected wineries, or enjoy a scrumptious lunch along Seneca Falls stunning waterway. Historically speaking, you won’t be in Seneca Falls, NY long before you realize that it served as the hub of the women’s movement. Visit the National Women’s Hall of Fame for all the exciting details- it is well worth your time. For an outdoor excursion, make a stop at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, a top rated family experience. This 10,000 acre refuge serves as a resting area for waterfowl on their travel to and from northeastern Canada. Ready for a bit of adventure? Then rent a well equipped boat through Erie Canal Cruise Lines and explore, explore, explore! No boating experience is necessary, and you can even spend the night on your vessel! You know the kids will dig this. If sleeping on land is more your thing, Seneca Falls offers a number of fantastic bed and breakfasts, inns, and a few traditional hotels.

2. Allegheny National Forest, PA

Located about two and a hal...

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Hotel Development Planned In Lancaster

The Town of Lancaster will be seeing construction begin on a new hotel in the very near future.  Scott Enterprises will be adding to their WNY portfolio with the construction of a Marriott SpringHill Suites on Transit Rd in Lancaster.  The currently undeveloped 3 acre site sites behind Friendly’s, and next to the new hotel site built by Russell Salvatore a few years ago.  The land is expected to cost $2.5 million, and the development is expected to cost $12 to $13 million.

Scott Enterprises does have other holdings in the WNY region, including a Quaker Steak and Lube, two Papa John’s locations, and a Staybridge Suites on Transit Rd in Clarence.  Scott Enterprises also operates other hotels in the Erie, PA market, as well as Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park.

[Buffalo News]

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Lancaster Town Board Approves Subdivision

At the town board meeting on Monday evening, the town of Lancaster voted to approve a new housing development on Pavement Rd near Broadway.  The subdivision would be composed of 21 single family homes, built by Clover Construction Management.

Councilwoman Donna Stempniak was the sponsor of the proposition.  She states that the subdivision will help meet the needs for additional housing in the area.  One concern raised was the use of a cul-de-sac at the end of the development, which are harder to maintain during the winter months.  Because of the shape of the tract of land, however, a cul-de-sac is the only viable option.

[Buffalo News]

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