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New Listing: 228 Long Ave, Hamburg | $312,500

The most picky buyers won't want to miss the historic charm in this spacious, meticulously cared for Village home with one of the deeper yards around. Updated kitchen with incredible storage and updated baths throughout, including half bath on 1st floor. Large family room with gas fireplace and slider to deck overlooking private yard. Additional sitting/dining space off family room with built in cabinetry/counter, plus formal dining room, living room with another fireplace AND bright, sunny all season front porch currently used as play space. Incredibly large master suite includes jetted tub, plus walk-in shower and updated vanity/lighting. Another full bath off hall plus 3 more bedrooms, one that includes unique loft space great for storage or kids.

SHOWINGS BEGIN SATURDAY, 4/6

For full listing of Long, click here.

For a virtual tour of Long, click here.

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New Listing: 312 Darlington Dr, Tonawanda | $109,900

Charming, updated Storybook Ranch ideal for the first time buyer or anyone looking for easy living. Open, updated kitchen with new backsplash, counters, hardware & paint leads to 1st floor laundry/mudroom on one side and open living/dining on the other. Office is currently open, but bookcase fits into place to create 3rd bedroom if desired. Fully gutted bath with new vanity, subway tile + more. Plenty of light and fully fenced yard on this quiet Tonawanda street close to Park, Rails/Trails Bike Path & all amenities. Showings begin Saturday, April 6

UPDATES INCLUDE: UPDATED KITCHEN AND GUTTED BATH (2019), LAUNDRY ROOM (2018), FURNACE & LANDSCAPING (2017), & NEW BATH PLUMBING (2016).

For full listing on Darlington, click here.

For a virtual tour of Darlington, click here.

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New Listing : 362 Ashland Ave, Buffalo | $294,900

Historic Elmwood Village home with spacious walk-up attic, partially finished basement and 3-car garage. Well maintained by current long-time owners & fantastic opportunity for buyer seeking a home they can make their own in convenient, walkable location. Beautiful woodwork greets you upon entering its gracious foyer, leading to extremely large living room. Glass-paned pocket doors connect to dining room & butlers pantry. Rare dry, partially finished basement. Furnace ready for AC extension. Eligible for historic tax credits. 

UPDATES INCLUDE: FURNACE, HWT, PORCH, 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: 760 Edgewater Dr, Amherst | $217,500

The most discerning buyers will cherish this exceptionally maintained & updated home in sought-after Willow Ridge neighborhood. A professional touch & inspiring use of patterns bring charm to every surface. Exquisite, remodeled kitchen opens to sunken family room which leads out to patio with extended seating in park-like backyard complete with fully-fenced yard & beautiful gardens. Incredible storage throughout + dry basement. Showings begin Saturday, March 2.

UPDATES INCLUDE: A/C, ELECTRIC PANEL, & BACK STORM DOOR (2018), DRIVEWAY (2017), KITCHEN & GARAGE DOOR (2015), BOILER (2014), 2ND FLOOR WINDOWS (2012), 1/2 BATH (2011), TEAR-OFF ROOF (2008 & 2014) AND MORE.

For full listing on Edgewater, click here.

For a virtual tour of Edgewater, click here.

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Why We Wait 10 Days to Do Something That Takes 10 Minutes

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Studies say humans are bad at prioritizing long-term goals over instant gratification. It doesn’t take a scientist to explain why I might put off other things, such as doing my dishes. Those are annoying and kind of gross, and the primary reward is just being able to use them in the future. Still, at a certain point, the anxiety of not having done these tasks surpasses the annoyance of doing them in the first place. That’s an entirely predictable cycle that many otherwise productive people find themselves in when it comes to simple household jobs: A chore that I could feel good about completing in 10 minutes instead stresses me out for days or weeks.

Ever catch yourself doing the same? Learn why here.

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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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