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Real Estate news for Western New York Buyers and Sellers...

By Colleen Kulikowski | Agent in Buffalo, NY
  • Gasport Real Estate News

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Gasport, Home Selling in Gasport  |  November 26, 2013 9:48 AM  |  181 views  |  No comments

    FHA Changes Make it Easier To Buy Your Home

    If you have recently lost your home in a foreclosure, short sale, or bankruptcy, and are looking for a second chance at purchasing a new home, you’ll be excited about this news. Last month the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), recently...

    Is a condo right for you?

    If you’ve been trying to decide how to finally own your home, buying a condo can be a good first step out of renting and into home ownership. There’s good news about condos right now, too. The National Association of...

    Location! Location! Location!

    Are you looking for a new place to call your home? If so, you may enjoy reviewing CNN Money’s post on the best places to live, top earning towns, and most affordable places to live. As of last week (September...

    Buying Your Home – Is the Time Right?

    Wondering about the possibility of buying your home in the current housing market? The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI) released this week confirmed other recent reports of growth in the real estate market.  Spurred on...

    Signs that a home remodel does not make sense for you…

    Is your home no longer the home of your dreams? Do you look around your home with your partner and constantly see outdated rooms and projects that you would love to see completed? If you answered yes, you need to...

    What makes a great Buffalo REALTOR?

    You want to be on the market for as short a time as possible. You just interviewed a few Buffalo REALTORS and they placed great emphasis on how many days their listings spent on the market.   So is it a...

    • Who is at fault when your home doesn’t sell?

      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 [...]

      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: [...]

      Five Decorating Tips for your Western New York Home

      How can I make more home more attractive — for me? Although the outside world can seem pretty gloomy these days,  Western New York can still be haven for their homeowners, and it doesn’t have to cost plenty of money to lift their spirits. Move the furniture around. Sometimes all it takes to give more [...]

    • Low Appraisals Still Causing Problems in Some Deals

      The real estate market is on the upswing – but are those improvements being reflected in home appraisals?  When many potential buyers push the selling price of a home higher than the asking price – which isn’t unusual in neighborhoods where the demand is high – problems are arising because the appraisers are coming in [...]

    • Questions to answer before you put your home up for sale by yourself…

      If you are selling your home by yourself you may not be aware of many aspects the sale of your home that a Realtor® takes care of at the time of listing. Eventually you are going to have to answer these questions. Isn’t it better if you answer them before you get asked by a [...]


    For more information call Colleen Kulikowski

    (716) 650-0051

    Thinking of selling your Western New York home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call www.BestBuffaloHomes.com at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening in today’s Western New York Real Estate Market. We would be happy to give you a personalized Comparative Market Analysis for your home or assist you to purchase a home. View additional WNY Market Area Statistics here.

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  • Gasport Real Estate News

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Gasport, Home Selling in Gasport  |  November 23, 2013 4:29 PM  |  182 views  |  No comments

    Buyers cannot resist an underpriced home!

    For more information call Colleen Kulikowski (716) 650-0051   Thinking of selling your Western New York home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call www.BestBuffaloHomes.com at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening in today’s Western New York Real Estate Market. We would [...]


    Five Decorating Tips for your Western New York Home

    How can I make more home more attractive — for me? Although the outside world can seem pretty gloomy these days,  Western New York can still be haven for their homeowners, and it doesn’t have to cost plenty of money to lift their spirits. Move the furniture around. Sometimes all it takes to give more [...]

    Don’t Let Last Minute Showing of Your Buffalo Home Catch You Off Guard!

    Yikes!  There is a showing of your Buffalo home for sale in 15 minutes! I have heard the story many times. So we like to give our Buffalo Home Sellers some insight about showings. We know your number one goal is to get your Buffalo Home Sold, quickly and for the highest dollar. But we [...]

    Your Buffalo Home – Selecting the Right Real Estate Agent to Represent YOU!

    Selling your Buffalo home should be treated as any other transaction. It should be made without emotional involvement. Many times Buffalo Sellers use their hearts instead of their heads when making such an important decision as listing their home for sale. By not thinking objectively, it costs Buffalo home sellers important time and money.


    Real Estate and your pending divorce…

    Divorce and Real Estate Divorce is rarely easy and often means a lot of painful decisions that need to be made. These decisions are important and they can have long ranging effects on both partners financial future. After making the decision to divorce, the most important decision is what to do about the house you [...]



    For more information call Colleen Kulikowski

    (716) 650-0051

    Thinking of selling your Western New York home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call www.BestBuffaloHomes.com at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening in today’s Western New York Real Estate Market. We would be happy to give you a personalized Comparative Market Analysis for your home or assist you to purchase a home. View additional WNY Market Area Statistics here.

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  • Foreclosure News - Gasport

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Gasport, Home Selling in Gasport  |  September 17, 2013 7:49 PM  |  599 views  |  No comments
    • Are You Facing Foreclosure in WNY?

      The National Association of REALTORS® has created a useful document for homeowners in “How to Avoid Foreclosure and Keep Your House” if you are in trouble it is an excellent place to start. Some of the resources cited in this document include: For immediate advice, call 888-995-HOPE To speak to a counselor on how to [...]


    • Lockport Foreclosure Properties

      Are you looking for a Foreclosure property in Lockport?   Here is what is currently available in the Lockport area according to the MLS as Foreclosures/Short Sales: For more information call Colleen Kulikowski (716) 650-0051   Thinking of selling your Western New York home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family [...]


    • Real Estate Explained | What is a Short Sale?

      In today’s Real Estate market you may here the term “Short Sale” and you are probably wondering to yourself and afraid to ask “What is a Short Sale?“. Well basically a Short Sale in Real Estate is when a sale of a house in which the proceeds fall short of what the owner still owes [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • Should I do a Short Sale in Western New York

      There are a few ways to decide whether it is worth it or not in Western New York. You see... a Short Sale is a method for reducing your debt. It is NOT Free though. It has its costs and they are not all short term. The most obvious negative effect is to your Credit. A Short Sale is a "derogatory". That means that you will have significant damage done to your credit.


    • Mortgage Fraud 101

      Are you in trouble? Do you need information regarding foreclosure? Recently Freddie Mac video about Mortgage Fraud. They also has a webpage for Avoiding Mortgage Fraud.

    • How to Buy a Bank Owned Property — A little humor

      Searching for Bank Owned Homes?   What about one of these: For more information call Colleen Kulikowski (716) 650-0051   Thinking of selling your Western New York home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call www.BestBuffaloHomes.com at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening [...]

    • Writing the Hardship Letter

      Today I want to talk about a small but important piece of the short sale – the hardship letter. This is the one time you really need to look at the situation through bank’s eyes.   They have taken all the risk and ultimately deciding if the transaction is going to go through.  The hardship letter [...]

  • Latest Real Estate News - Gasport NY

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Gasport, Home Selling in Gasport  |  August 3, 2013 11:43 AM  |  215 views  |  No comments

    Five Biggest Real Estate Myths

    discussing the Five Biggest Real Estate Myths. This is something that I think both Buyers and Sellers need to watch. I am always asked “Is this a good time to sell?” or “Should I purchase a home in WNY now?” Those are loaded questions folks. You cannot answer them generally. Each situation is unique, your [...]


    Your credit report

    In determining how much you can borrow to purchase a home, lenders look at a number of factors. The most important are these: your income, your debts, the amount of your down payment and your credit history. Lenders view your credit as an indicator of your willingness to repay a mortgage loan. Having poor credit [...]


    Bad Appraisals

    TODAY’s real estate expert Barbara Corcoran explains how low home appraisals are causing frustration and disappointment for buyers and sellers and she offers advice about how to avoid them. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy For more information call Colleen Kulikowski (716) 650-0051   Thinking of selling your Western [...]


    What should I check during the final walk through?

    Congratulations! It is time for that final walk through of your new Western New York home. Up until now it has been a whirlwind of activity–contract negotiations, home inspection, attorney review, mortgage approval. This is your final step before signing all of the papers to make this Western New York house your home. You are [...]

    Fair Housing Rules Affect WNY Buyers

    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.





    For more information call Colleen Kulikowski

    (716) 650-0051

    Thinking of selling your Western New York home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call www.BestBuffaloHomes.com at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening in today’s Western New York Real Estate Market. We would be happy to give you a personalized Comparative Market Analysis for your home or assist you to purchase a home. View additional WNY Market Area Statistics here.

    search-buffalo-homes buffalo-neighborhoodscontact-best-buffalo-homesbuffalo-home-values get-the-latest-listings-via-email
  • Investor Real Estate News - Gasport

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Gasport, Investment Properties in Gasport  |  June 6, 2013 8:19 AM  |  410 views  |  No comments

    How Buffalonians can invest like Warren Buffet!

    Residents of Buffalo are in a position to profit from the current state of the Western New York Real Estate market if they know what they are doing. That means that the savvy Buffalo Investor needs to be well educated as to what the good deals are. Warren Buffett Leads the way We all know [...]

    Niagara Falls Least Expensive Multi-family homes

    Niagara Falls has a large selection of multi-family homes for sale. Here is the latest list of inexpensive multi-family homes for sale in Niagara Falls.

    How to Select Investment Property

    Finding the right Investment Property in Buffalo Investors recognize that bargain Buffalo houses offer the best way to make a return quickly. A bargain Buffalo house may: be a distressed home sale may also be a dump or a fixer often the seller may be distressed which means that they may sell for less than [...]

    1031 Tax Exchanges | The Basics

    A 1031 exchange can defer the capital gain taxes that are due when you sell property that has increased in value or been depreciated for tax purposes. Section 1031 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code allows investors to defer capital gains taxes on the exchange of like-kind property. A 1031 Tax Exchange, or tax-deferred, exchanges hold great advantages for real estate investors.

    Ineffective Windshield Advertising by Owner

    This is an interesting advertisement that I found on my car after an Investor Meeting in Cheektowaga this week. For $45,000 you can purchase a Triple unit in Western New York.

    Is this a good investment property?

    Is this a good investment property? I hear that many times. Think about it. How many times have you seen a run down vacant property in Western New York and thought that would be a good investment? But if you never have invested before how does one know? Let's talk about that Good Investment. How much profit you should allow whether you are buying a fixer upper or buying an investment property that is already rented or ready to rent or sell in Western New York. There are many factors that go into deciding if a property is a good investment or not. Don't forget the most important thing to remember LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! No matter how you calculate it, there is something you need to remember. They all have one thing in common. It is an old computer term called GIGO or garbage in - garbage out. Why is this important to you? Well it will do you no good if you are analyzing the wrong numbers in your Western New York Investment property.

    Is your Property Manager licensed?

    Hello Albany — we have a problem! This is something that is not new, but it is getting a little ridiculous. I am talking about Property Managers in New York State. In the past few weeks I have come across a Property Manager that tried to tell my home seller that they have a prospective [...]

    Five Biggest Real Estate Myths

    discussing the Five Biggest Real Estate Myths. This is something that I think both Buyers and Sellers need to watch. I am always asked “Is this a good time to sell?” or “Should I purchase a home in WNY now?” Those are loaded questions folks. You cannot answer them generally. Each situation is unique, your [...]

    Types of Commercial Leases

      There are many types of commercial leases: gross lease, net lease, percentage lease, ground lease, index lease and graduated lease. A gross lease is very simple. The tenant pays a set amount of rent and no other expenses associated with the property. The landlord pays all taxes, insurance and any other expenses of the [...]

    So you have a bad tenant…

    It is easy to end up on the losing side of an eviction if you don't meticulously adhere to the rules. Western New York has a variety of duplex, triplex and Quad homes available to investors. With that brings the need for tenants and the potential for the need to evict a bad tenant. Eviction reasons, processes, periods, and participants vary from state to state.

    Market Conditions Vary. Good Advice Doesn’t.

    Reading online you become friendly with Real Estate Professionals all over the country. Awhile ago, I read a post on Positive Real Estate Professionals entitled “Fear Factor – What’s your Role?” and in it he had this great commercial that I am sharing below. It is for an investment firm, but the thoughts are the [...]

    If it seems too good to be true….

    Real Estate Investment is a Business Being a successful Real Estate investor in WNY (or anywhere for that matter) takes a lot of hard work. You cannot achieve it by just showing up, with little money or effort. Potential WNY investors call all the time from around the country. They heard from a friend of [...]


    248 Oliver Street N. Tonawanda NY 14120 $110,000

    Listing Information: Address: 248 Oliver St City: North Tonawanda State: NY Zip: 14120 County: Niagara Price: $170,000 MLS #: B380754 Property Type: Commercial Listing Type: Resale/New Status: Active Property Information: Style: Mixed Use Year Built: 1930 Sq. Feet: 3930 Lot Size: 0.15 Parking: 10 Surfaced Taxes: 1770 Air: Forced Air,AC-Central,Multi-Zone Heat: Gas Construction: Frame Stories: [...]

    Thinking of owning a Second Home on Marco Island?

    Yes Western New York is a wonderful place to live! But sometimes the cold is a little more than you want to deal with and you are thinking of purchasing a second home in Florida. Marco Island is a beautiful spot and you will find many Western New Yorkers there during the winter. Be prepared [...]

    Is this a good time to purchase a home in WNY?

    “What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.” Donald Trump Real Estate is an interesting business. David Podgursky made an excellent point about the cost of not buying a home and his advice was: “If you’re buying a home – buy a house you LOVE. [...]

    Thinking of selling your Erie County home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call www.BestBuffaloHomes.com at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening in today’s Western New York Real Estate Market. We would be happy to give you a personalized Comparative Market Analysis for your home or assist you to purchase a home. View additional WNY Market Area Statistics here.

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  • Buyer Tips - Gasport

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Gasport, In My Neighborhood in Gasport  |  February 24, 2013 11:08 AM  |  189 views  |  No comments

    Home Inspection Reports

    Home Inspection Reports Explained In the early years of the Home Inspection Industry, Home Inspection Reports consisted of a simple checklist or a one or two-page narrative report. In the inspection business, descriptive phrases are called “narratives”. Read Also: Finding a Home Inspector Both checklist and narrative reports are still in use today. From the [...]

    Is this a good time to purchase a home in WNY?

    “What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.” Donald Trump Real Estate is an interesting business. David Podgursky made an excellent point about the cost of not buying a home and his advice was: “If you’re buying a home – buy a house you LOVE. [...]

    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.

    Social Media Rules when Buying and Selling your home

    Let’s face it you are excited, you are getting ready to buy or sell a home.   You have found the right REALTOR to represent you and you naturally want to start talking about it on Social Media.   This is where I am going to stop you.     Over the past few months, I have had instances [...]




    For more information call Colleen Kulikowski

    (716) 650-0051

    Thinking of selling your Western New York home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call www.BestBuffaloHomes.com at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening in today’s Western New York Real Estate Market. We would be happy to give you a personalized Comparative Market Analysis for your home or assist you to purchase a home. View additional WNY Market Area Statistics here.

    search-buffalo-homes buffalo-neighborhoodscontact-best-buffalo-homesbuffalo-home-values get-the-latest-listings-via-email
  • Real Estate News - Gasport NY

    Posted Under: General Area in Gasport, Home Buying in Gasport, Home Selling in Gasport  |  January 5, 2013 7:03 PM  |  200 views  |  No comments

    Buyers cannot resist an underpriced home!

    For more information call Colleen Kulikowski (716) 650-0051   Thinking of selling your Western New York home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call www.BestBuffaloHomes.com at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening in today’s Western New York Real Estate Market. We would [...]

    Contact Information for Local Utility Companies

    Once you have an accepted contract and your mortgage is approved and you are waiting to close there are some details that you must take care of.  The most important detail is making sure that your utilities are turned on or you could have some immediate problems. Cable & Internet: Time Warner Cable 888.668.6044 www.timewarnercable.com [...]

    Recovery Slowly, Steadily Pushes Ahead in US Real Estate

    Like many others in the industry Trulia’s Chief Economist has recognized am increase in sales as it relates to the housing market. He continues his monthly roundup of new construction starts, existing-home sales and the delinquency-plus-foreclosures. He takes all this data and is able to rate it to see how far away we are from [...]

    Your Buffalo Home – Selecting the Right Real Estate Agent to Represent YOU!

    Selling your Buffalo home should be treated as any other transaction. It should be made without emotional involvement. Many times Buffalo Sellers use their hearts instead of their heads when making such an important decision as listing their home for sale. By not thinking objectively, it costs Buffalo home sellers important time and money.

    Contact Information for Local Utility Companies

    Once you have an accepted contract and your mortgage is approved and you are waiting to close there are some details that you must take care of.  The most important detail is making sure that your utilities are turned on or you could have some immediate problems. Cable & Internet: Time Warner Cable 888.668.6044 www.timewarnercable.com [...]

    Five Decorating Tips for your Western New York Home

    How can I make more home more attractive — for me? Although the outside world can seem pretty gloomy these days,  Western New York can still be haven for their homeowners, and it doesn’t have to cost plenty of money to lift their spirits. Move the furniture around. Sometimes all it takes to give more [...]



    For more information call Colleen Kulikowski

    (716) 650-0051

    Thinking of selling your Western New York home? Interested in finding out the current market value of your single family home, condo or investment property? Then call www.BestBuffaloHomes.com at (716) 650-0051 to discuss what is happening in today’s Western New York Real Estate Market. We would be happy to give you a personalized Comparative Market Analysis for your home or assist you to purchase a home. View additional WNY Market Area Statistics here.

    search-buffalo-homes buffalo-neighborhoodscontact-best-buffalo-homesbuffalo-home-values get-the-latest-listings-via-email
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