Prepare Your Home For Halloween


At summer’s end, once school is back in session, many of us start looking forward to Halloween. It’s a holiday adults can enjoy as much as kids. But, homeowners do have one serious obligation on this fun night: If you expect trick-or-treaters, you must make sure the path to your door is a safe one.

Take no trips

Inevitably, some giddy ghosts and ghouls will race excitedly to your door. Be prepared. In the full light of day, inspect your lawn, driveway and front path for trip hazards like exposed tree roots, cracks in concrete or missing pavers. Make repairs where possible or, at the very least, cut off access to unsafe areas. Meanwhile, if you’ve decorated the front yard with decorations like light-up pumpkins and animated figures, relocate the electrical cords so they’re not in anyone’s way.

Light the way

Make sure the path to your house is bright enough for trick-or-treaters to approach safely. You don’t need to install a full suite of year-round landscape lighting simply to accommodate visitors on Halloween night. There are plenty of temporary and affordable options for illumination, from glow sticks to tea lights. And though it may seem more in keeping with the mood of this spooky night to switch off your porch light, it’s much safer — not to mention more inviting — to keep it on.

Resist flammable decor

Whether vandals or accidents are to blame, there are many more fires on Halloween than a typical October night, according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Holiday decorations are often quite flammable, involving materials such as paper, hay and dried cornstalks. If you can’t resist adorning your home and yard with such potentially dangerous items, then be sure to keep them away from candles and other heat sources. If jack-o’-lanterns or luminaries figure into your celebrations, illuminate them using LED tea lights, not open flames.

Curb your dog

Chances are yours is a friendly dog. But if some Halloween costumes are so convincing as to be frightening to small children, those same getups could be equally disturbing to your pooch — particularly on such a high-energy night. It’s good sense to contain your dog in an indoor space that’s both comfortable and secure.

A festive parade of goblins and ghouls, princesses and superheroes will soon be marching to your house. Do your part by clearing the path and lighting the way. Be safe out there, and have a Happy Halloween!

What’s Going on in Buffalo This Weekend?

Check out these great events in WNY:

September 26: Gala at the Gardens, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens

September 26: Oktoberfest, Williamsville

September 26: Salsa for the Cure, Buffalo

September 27: Buffalo Humanities Festival, Buffalo State College

September 27: Taste of Grand Island, Grand Island

September 27: The Whole Grain Tour, Silo City

Amherst, NY Named a “Best Place To Live”

Money Magazine released its “Best Places to Live” and guess what?  Amherst, NY was named as the 35th best place to live in the US.  Read what Money had to say about our home town and see the full list here.
Population: 122,370
Census Region: Northeast
Median Family Income: $89,726
Median Home Price: $170,000
Average Property Taxes: $5,126
Projected Job Growth: 2.7%
The largest suburb of Buffalo, Amherst is a college town with a lively arts scene. It’s home to campuses for the University of Buffalo, Daemen College, Erie Community College, and Bryant and Stratton College. Music lovers can enjoy free year-around concerts by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra (founded in 1946) and shows by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet. There are festivals and town events every month of the year, and a wide range of outdoor activities nearby. Amherst is a short drive to Niagara Falls, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario, as well as state parks perfect for skiing and hiking. Football and hockey fans root for two major league home teams, the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.
Big area employers include Geico Insurance and University of Buffalo. The region is also a growing healthcare hub. The Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in downtown Buffalo is a center for health care facilities, life science research and medical education institutions such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Kaleida Health. Additions to the campus are expected to bring 5,000 jobs to the area by 2017. One knock is the winter weather. Despite its nickname as The Snow Capital, locals say northern neighbors like Syracuse get more snow. But considering Buffalo averages eight feet of snow a year, that’s cold comfort.
Notes on Foreclosures

Notes on Foreclosures

Check out this infographic which details current market trends related to foreclosure.  Ultimately, the number of foreclosures have fallen.  Note, however, that New York has some of the highest inventory of foreclosures.