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Of course, we didn't let them do all of this alone. Uncle Ralph and I traveled to Boston to spend a week helping them clean, paint and otherwise get the house ready. One of the things that we really helped with is how to prioritize tasks. Since it's getting close to winter, we stressed the importance of getting only the most basic outside things done. Fixing up the yard, cleaning the siding, touching up the paint etc. can all wait for the spring. What really needed to be done is the inside, not only so they can move in but so they can live there comfortably through the approaching winter.
With that in mind, here's a list of tasks that needed doing. It'd be great to hear from you what your list of tasks would be. Sapia Builders Corp. 1. Change the locks on the exterior doors. As soon as the closing is over and you've gotten the keys to your house, either buy and install new lock sets or have a locksmith come to the house to switch them out.
Registration is now open for the Basic STAR exemption.
All homeowners need to re-register to receive the exemption in 2014.
STAR Registration can be done on-line at: www.tax.ny.gov
In the coming weeks, homeowners will receive a letter instructing them to reapply for the STAR program online or by phone by Dec. 31. People will need to verify their salaries, Social Security numbers and primary residence.
The initiative, approved as part of the state budget last March, will seek to stop some property owners from claiming the tax breaks on multiple homes. An audit in March found widespread abuse of the STAR program, and the state is hoping to save at least $1 million a year from the new system.
"By the state having a role in confirming that each homeowner receives only one STAR exemption and that it's on their primary residence, we can ensure that fraud and waste are eliminated," said Geoffrey Gloak, a spokesman for the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Gloak says this is the first time in 15 years that such a request for reapplication has been made.
Enacted in 1998, the STAR program provides a partial exemption from school taxes for most homeowners with incomes less than $500,000 on their primary residence. The state's enhanced STAR program provides an additional benefit for senior citizens.
The registration will not affect this year's tax bills, nor will it affect enhanced STAR. Seniors are required to register every year to receive the enhanced STAR exemption. About 650,000 seniors receive enhance STAR, costing the state about $840 million.
New York has among the highest property taxes in the nation, and the program funded by the state aims to blunt some of the pain. In 2011, homeowners saved on average $641 through STAR and $1,205 for enhanced STAR.
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Century 21 Real Estate LLC is proud to announce that we have added a “search by schools” function to further simplify the home search for buyers interested in particular schools or school systems.
Visitors to century21.com may now create listing alerts with schools as one of their search criteria and receive email alerts when homes in their desired school districts go on the market.
“Selecting the right school is an important part of the decision to buy a home. We have now made the search easier by delivering data to consumers precisely as they want it,” said Bev Thorne, Century 21 Real Estate LLC Chief Marketing Officer. “Our school search feature represents another proof point in our commitment to being an online leader of real estate information, and to delivering superior user experiences.”
When visitors go to century21.com, they can use the “search by schools” function to find schools by location: 1) in a state 2) county, 3) city, or 4) near a street address. Users can also get a list of top rated schools or further refine the school data by student-teacher ratios, grade levels, public, private, or charter school types. They can also use geographies in the search process along with our other screens for price, property features, maps, keywords, and more.
Be sure to share this great news with all of your clients and prospects! It is a clear advantage for CENTURY 21® Agents: Smarter. Bolder. Faster®.
Current Real Estate Market Conditions as of July 2013 - Nice video!
Buffalo Niagara home prices, contracts soar in April
Pending home sales rose 17.9 percent in April, driving largest year-over-year increase since last May.By Jonathan Epstein | News Business Reporter | @jdepstein
on June 4, 2013 - 4:11 PMStrong demand from buyers and a tight supply of homes for sale continued to drive the Buffalo Niagara housing market in April, as home prices rose strongly and the number of homes under contract soared.
New data from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors shows that pending sales – those for which a contract has been signed but not finalized – jumped 17.9 percent in April, to 1,154 from 979 last April.
That’s the biggest year-over-year jump since last May, as warmer weather brought out potential buyers in droves. So far this year, pending sales are up 6.6 percent for the first four months, to 3,502.
The Realtors’ association reports only sales handled by its members in the eight counties of Western New York, plus some in Monroe and Livingston counties.
Closings were slower in April, as completed sales rose just 0.7 percent to 680, but closed sales are up 3.8 percent from January through April, to 2,469.
That matches what Hunt Real Estate Corp. is experiencing, said CEO Peter Hunt.
“We’re seeing all the trends that are reflected in that data,” he said. “Even though more new listings are coming in, certain price ranges in certain locations are selling so fast that the overall inventory remains down.”
Results are even stronger at RealtyUSA, where pending sales are up more than twice as much as the association’s figures, closed sales are up by 3 percent, and the dollar volume of transactions is up by 20 percent, reflecting the higher median prices.
“We’re outperforming the market a little bit,” said CEO Merle Whitehead.