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Why You May Want to Consider NOT Waiting Until Spring

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If you are looking to sell this year, waiting until the spring to list your home means you will have the greatest competition among buyers. However, that does not mean buyers are not ready before March/April. Many are out there even in this cold weather hoping to catch something great before the Spring rush.

Beat the rush of housing inventory that will enter the market by listing your home soon. Read why at this Keeping Current Matters article.

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New listing: 13 Pendlewood Dr, Cheektowaga | $109,900

Searching for your open concept mid-century stunner? This is your chance with this well maintained Cape. Its spacious living room boasts visible sight lines to kitchen & dining room. Hardwoods under carpets in half of living room and 1st floor bedrooms/hallway. Screened in patio and large fully fenced yard includes 2 sheds for additional storage. Updated mechanicals + air conditioning & all vinyl windows. Kitchen appliances stay with home.

UPDATES INCLUDE: A/C (2017), FRIDGE (2013), MOST WINDOWS (2012), FURNACE (2008)  & FIREPLACE INSERT (2001).

For full listing of Pendlewood, click here.

For a virtual tour of Pendlewood, click here.

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Are you up to date on your Winter home maintenance tasks?

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With more months of winter ahead of us, most of us will be spending a lot of time indoors. This time of year can be especially busy, but if you take a little time each weekend and tackle a few of these chores, you may avoid costly repairs. They are mostly indoor tasks, and shouldn’t take up too much time.

  • Clothes dryer - check on vents and hoses for lint

  • HVAC - vacuum and dust, replace filter

  • Faucet aerator – clean

  • Door locks - lubricate

  • Garbage disposal  - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)

  • Range hood fan - check and clean

  • Stove & oven: clean

  • Fridge: vacuum behind & clean coils

  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets, clean main water line shutoff valve exterior

  • Tile - seal the grout. (Do this every 6 months)

  • Fire extinguisher - place near kitchen, check charge.

  • Buy foam-cup covers for outdoor faucets - commonly sold at hardware stores and provide a cheap insurance policy that will help keep exposed pipes from freezing

  • Check attic for signs of moisture

  • Electric: clean circuit breakers

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: inspect, clean and test  (January is a good time to replace the batteries in all your detectors.)

Getting your house ready for winter doesn’t need to be an expensive or difficult job. Complete these essential winter maintenance tasks for a warm and comfortable season.  

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NEW LISTING: 214 BREEZEWOOD COMMON, E AMHERST $224,900

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Welcome to 214 Breezewood Commons. You have never seen a cleaner or better maintained property! Come enjoy easy living w an HOA to maintain and watch over your home while home or away. Modern kitchen w large island and new appliances opens to eat-in kitchen. Don't miss the incredible light flooding through the skylights and sliding doors into the kitchen, dining and living rooms. Possible dining space in living room w gas fireplace.Three large bedrooms include master suite w double closets and spacious bathroom w marble tile, soaking tub, shower and double sinks. 2-car garage + common areas parking for guests. Insulation added in walls. All appliances will remain, including front-loading washer/dryer. Furniture can also stay with home. UPDATES W/IN 8 YEARS: FURNACE & A/C, WINDOWS, HWT, ALL APPLIANCES, SUMP & BACKUP

View the full listing for 214 Breezewood Common here.

And watch a virtual tour here.

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New listing: 362 Ashland Ave, Buffalo | $299,900

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Well-maintained historic Elmwood Village home living larger than sq footage may suggest. Beautiful woodwork greets you upon entering its gracious foyer. Extremely large living room connecting to dining room, butlers pantry and small kitchen is dream option for creative minds able to see layout can be opened up to appeal to modern buyers. Large, heated & finished 3rd floor, plus dry, partially finished basement, provide for many additional uses. Private backyard can be turned into patio/sitting space away from the Elmwood Village crowds. Huge, 4-car garage a rarity in the neighborhood. Furnace ready for AC extension. Eligible for historic tax credits. SHOWINGS BEGIN MONDAY 10/1

UPDATES INCLUDE: ROOF, FURNACE, A/C, HWT, PORCH REPAIRS & PAINT, CHIMNEY POINTING, 3RD FLOOR & GLASS BLOCK BASEMENT WINDOWS.

For full listing of Ashland, click here.

For a virtual tour of Ashland, click here.

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New listing: 158 Walton Dr, Amherst | $179,900

Surprisingly spacious 4 bedroom blown out, full brick cape in the Amherst Central/ Smallwood District. Enter through the charming front door to experience the open living room and large, bright dining room. Eat-in kitchen provides fantastic opportunity for conversion into open floor plan if new buyer desires. You will be surprised by how large this home lives with ample bedrooms (one with additional 8x9 nook), 1.5 baths -- both with options for expansion and a full, dry basement. Hardwoods protected under carpets. Fully fenced yard. Extremely well cared for. Don't miss this move-in ready Snyder option.

UPDATES INCLUDE: FURNACE, A/C AND ROOF.

For full listing on Walton, click here.

For a virtual tour of Walton, click here.

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Is your house and yard prepped for the cold weather ahead?

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Fall is the perfect time to take care of some home maintenance tasks before shorter days make outdoor work too difficult.  Whether you’re planning on selling your home or not, home maintenance is crucial.  Homeowners who perform routine home maintenance tasks generally will save themselves money in the long run.  Not completing the proper tasks in the fall can lead to costly repairs in the future.

Tick these items off your list this season, and you can rest easy knowing that your home and yard are ready for winter.  

  • Plant new trees and lay sod (good deals this time of year)

  • Trim branches and shrubs

  • Rake leaves & dispose of mulch  

  • Winterize perrenials, clean annuals out

  • Turn off sprinklers and disconnect water hoses (before first freeze)

  • Do a thorough cleaning of your patio furniture, barbecue grill, etc… and store them properly for next season.

  • Roof and gutters - clear off and check for damage

  • HVAC - vacuum & dust ;  shut off, clean, and cover A/C until Spring, have the heating system serviced (always do in Fall)

  • Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens) baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)

  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets

  • Hot water heater - drain and remove sediment

  • Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors - change batteries

  • Range hood fan- check & clean

  • Weatherstripping & windows - check all caulking for separations & cracks, re-caulk

  • Fridge - test door tightness (use a dollar bill and pull it out of fridge after closing the door on it.)

  • Fireplace & chimney - inspect & clean

As you’re completing these tasks, make sure that you have sufficient shovels, ice scrapers, snow brushes, ice melt, and have serviced your snowblower. It may seem early, but getting your winter supplies ready in the fall is a great way to put yourself a step ahead on preparing your home for the winter.  


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New Listing: 115 Misty Lane, E. Amherst | $299,900

PRICE REDUCED TO $299,900!

Meticulously maintained, fully move-in ready 3 bedroom, 2 full bath Ranch in Williamsville Schools. New 3/4" maple hardwoods guide you throughout this open, airy and bright home. Beautifully updated kitchen with limestone backsplash, custom Candlelight cabinets and quartz counters. Both full baths also updated with custom cabinets/counters & wainscoting in hall bath. All the closet space you've been looking for (with closet systems), plus spacious, clean and dry basement provide additional options for living space. Stamped concrete pad overlook park-like backyard with new landscaping. Low utility bills from R49 insulation in attic.

UPDATES INCLUDE: KITCHEN, BATHS, TANKLESS HOT WATER, TRIPLE-PANE WINDOWS, GAS INSERT, SUMP & BACKUP, EXT SEWER DRAINS & MORE.

For full listing on Misty, click here.

For virtual tour of Misty, click here.

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New Listing: 64 S Huxley Dr, Cheektowaga | $124,900

Extremely well maintained & cared for Cape with incredible living spaces & storage throughout. Current living room large enough to be used as dining space and hold large table/many guests. A clean and bright kitchen leads to additional useful family room with access to deck & fully fenced yard. Master bedroom includes 1/2 bath - could be converted to full if desired. Dry basement with partially finished area ideal for office, work space, playroom, etc. SHOWINGS BEGIN SATURDAY, 8/4.

UPDATES INCLUDE:  HWT, DRAINAGE SYSTEM, GARAGE DOOR, ELECTRIC & PAINT THROUGHOUT. 

For full listing of S Huxley, click here

For a virtual tour of Huxley, click here

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