Buffalo, NY Real Estate Blog

WNY to host free concerts, festivals

Summers in Western New York are full of free concerts, festivals and events. Don’t miss one, thanks to the summer concert calendar provided courtesy of the Olear Team at MJ Peterson.  Here’s a small sample — download the full calendar on our site here! 6/24/2016 5 p.m. New Orleans Swamp Donkeys with Black Rock Zydeco [MORE…]

Recent real estate updates you should know about

Just wanted to send out a quick update on two items that recently came across our desks here at The Olear Team: • STAR Program Update: Homeowners that purchased a home in New York State on or after March 1, 2015 will receive a STAR rebate check in September rather than a STAR credit against their school tax bill. Letters should be sent from [MORE…]

Common questions about condo living

For some people, a house just isn’t the answer. They may like the concept of ownership, but maybe they’re just not interested in some of the responsibilities that go along with it, such as lawn maintenance and snow removal. For those individuals, a condo may be the way to go. While most everyone knows what [MORE…]

Empire State housing market posts highest November sales total since 2009; new mold law takes effect

The following information is courtesy of the New York Association of REALTORS®, Inc. Closed home sales in New York State jumped 7.1 percent in November 2015 compared to last November, reaching the highest total for the month in six years, according to the housing market report released by the New York State Association of REALTORS®. [MORE…]

Which style home fits The American Dream?

The American Dream is an ever evolving ethos that applies to nearly every facet of our lives; real estate is no exception. Check out the graphic below to see which style homes are the most popular these days, and which generations are attached to each, From Trulia:

Spring Buying Season Extends into Summer

It appears as though the buying frenzy the real estate market experienced this Spring, has carried over into the Summer. Check out the graphic below to see: month-over-month sales, median prices, inventory levels, and much more.

Top Reasons to Hire a Real Estate Agent

Buying or selling a home can be a complicated process. No matter how much experience you have buying/selling homes; there are several aspects of the transaction that are simply best left to the professionals. Below are the top 5 reasons for why it is in your best interest to hire a real estate agent. From Keeping [MORE…]

What is a Housing Bubble; and is another one forming?

With economic unrest in Greece -as well as other parts of Europe- there has been no shortage of talk about whether or not the U.S. could be facing another financial crisis. Others look to the rising values in the housing market, and speculate on if we are already in the middle of another housing bubble. [MORE…]

5 Low cost upgrades, with potential High returns

When putting your house on the market, it is vital to have it shown in its best possible light. The key however, is figuring out how to achieve this without breaking the bank. Consumer Reports provides the following agenda, for finding that perfect balance. Freshen up the bath: $300-$1,000 Paint the rooms- selectively: $100 (DIY)-$1,000 [MORE…]

Quit Paying your Landlords Mortgage!

There are some people who delay their transition in to eventual home-ownership, because they feel uncomfortable taking on the obligation of having a mortgage. However it is important to realize that whether you own or rent a home, you are paying someones mortgage. As the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University explains: “Households [MORE…]