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at home with Century 21 Magazine May/June
Posted by Eric R. Winklhofer on July 3, 2013 in Amherst Condominium Lancaster Cheektowaga Grand Island Clarence Williamsville Lancaster Depew West Seneca Buffalo Orchard Park Hamburg Tonanwanda Kenmore Lewiston East Aurora Elma Alden Homes
at home with Century 21 Magazine May/June

Our at home with Century 21 Magazine for May / June

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Buffalo Niagara home prices, contracts soar in April
Posted by Eric R. Winklhofer on June 5, 2013 in Homes Alden Elma East Aurora Lewiston Kenmore Tonanwanda Hamburg Orchard Park Buffalo West Seneca Depew Lancaster Williamsville Amherst Condominium Lancaster Cheektowaga Grand Island Clarence
Buffalo Niagara home prices, contracts soar in April

 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  | News Business Reporter | 

on June 4, 2013 - 4:11 PM

Strong 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.

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Century 21 Agents - Get Your Full Database on your Mobile Phone!
Posted by Eric R. Winklhofer on May 10, 2013 in Amherst Condominium Lancaster Cheektowaga Grand Island Clarence
Century 21 Agents - Get Your Full Database on your Mobile Phone!

Century 21 Agents - Get Buiness Builder on your phone! 

Smart Phone Lovers Rejoice! Now it’s more convenient than ever to follow up with leads, add contacts to marketing campaigns and stay in touch with your entire database.

CENTURY 21 Business BuilderSM Mobile will work on iPhones and Android devices!

Bookmark, click on Business Builder and this smart network will automatically show you Business Builder optimized for your small screen mobile lifestyle.

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Cleaning Grease off Your Kitchen Cabinets
Posted by Eric R. Winklhofer on May 10, 2013 in Amherst Condominium Lancaster Cheektowaga Grand Island Clarence
Cleaning Grease off Your Kitchen CabinetsGreat Tip for Cleaning Grese off your Kitchen Cabiunets!   Cleaning Grease off cabinets

I have had a dirty little secret!

Everyone always tells me how clean my house is.  It’s not really.  Not since I’ve had kids. You’ve seen those cute little signs, Excuse the mess, we are busy making memories or Excuse the mess, we live here?  Well that’s not really my style.  In fact, my house is nothing like the clean it used to be before the kids.  I’ve grown more accustomed to the mess, but so many little things tend to get over looked these days.  Many people have exciting goals like running a marathon or skydiving (and I may have just become the biggest loser because I just googled Common goals people have, because I couldn’t come up with 2 good ideas), you know what I’ve always wanted?  To put my house on the market and have the ad say, “Mrs. Clean lives here”.  I’m not kidding, I actually told my realtor I wanted that on my add.  She said, your house will sell itself.  OK, she was right, but I really wanted that at the time.   One thing I’ve been over-looking lately is my kitchen cabinets.  I’m home cleaning today and thought, maybe today’s the day to get that grease off the cabinets.  Now keep in mind, these are just the cabinets over the stove, and grease is always building up on these cabinets. I wipe down my cabinets frequently, since they are white and show any dirt, but I do tend to “overlook” these top cabinets because I never could seem to get the grime off with much success.  So, get ready for some ulgy, because here is what my cabinets looked like a few minutes ago (embarrassing photos enlarged and close up for detail to follow):



So this is the top edge along the ceiling.  I have those god-awful therma-foil cabinets and for lack of a better term the surface is “pockey”.

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iPhone Tip: Custom Vibrations
Posted by Eric R. Winklhofer on May 8, 2013 in Amherst Condominium Lancaster Cheektowaga Grand Island Clarence
iPhone Tip: Custom VibrationsiPhone Tip: Custom Vibrations


Did you know you could create custom vibration alerts with the iPhone and associate them with contacts? It’s true. Most people had no idea this feature rolled out way back with iOS 5. It’s part of their accessibility package, included with the phone’s software.

Why use custom vibrations? One handy use for the function is associating a custom vibration with only urgent contacts. Your wife, your kids, or even a high-profile client could merit a custom vibration.

With custom vibrations, you can keep your phone on silent but not interrupt the flow of a meeting or conversation to check your screen if you’re receiving an urgent call. When you feel the custom vibration, simply excuse yourself to handle the call.

You can choose from default “custom” vibrations, or even use Apple’s interface to tap out your own.

For complete instructions, check out this post on PC World:

Read more:

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Wall Street Journel Reports - Home Values Post 12 Straight Months of Increases
Posted by Eric R. Winklhofer on November 27, 2012 in Amherst Condominium Lancaster Cheektowaga
By Nick Timiraos

National home values rose by 1.1% in October from September, the largest monthly gain in seven years, according to a report released Wednesday by Zillow, the online real-estate information company.

It’s the first time housing markets have posted 12 straight monthly gains in the Zillow survey since the housing sector’s long slide began in 2006. “We’ve reached a milestone,” said Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist.

All of the 30 largest metro areas tracked by Zillow posted gains in October from September except for Chicago.

Nationally, home values were up by 4.7% from one year ago, with some 26 of 30 markets seeing rising values, led by Phoenix’s gain of 22.3%, San Jose, Calif. (11.4%), Denver (10.4%), San Francisco (9.5%) and Miami (8.8%). The only cities with year-over-year declines included Atlanta (-2.4%), Chicago (-2.1%), New York (-1.2%) and Philadelphia (-0.9%).

Home values have lifted off of their depressed levels of one year ago for a variety of reasons. Homes are more affordable, particularly after considering how far mortgage rates have fallen, though affordability has been high for a couple of years now. Job growth, while modest, has stayed positive.

Of course, those conditions were present through much of 2011, when the housing market was still in a major funk.

So what’s changed this year?

Inventories have plunged to their lowest levels in a decade, despite the much-ballyhooed “shadow” inventory of potential foreclosures, as investors moved in to buy up homes for a steal.

And there have been more buyers chasing fewer homes, as rising rents, increased household formation, and improving consumer confidence have kicked demand into higher gear.

At the beginning of the year, Mr. Humphries’ forecast called for a modest decline home prices for 2012. Now, he says, “the bottom line is that homes are more affordable than at any time in recent memory, and buyers are seizing this opportunity.”


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Century 21 Recruiting Heroes!!!!!
Posted by Mary Lou Mattioli on November 27, 2012 in Amherst Condominium Lancaster Cheektowaga

The CENTURY 21® Franchise System is proud to play a critical role of bringing people together to fulfill the dream of homeownership. We need you and the unique qualifications that you bring to the real estate business. You’ve dedicated your life to protecting our liberty and believe that you are uniquely qualified to protect the dream of homeownership. Our independently owned and operated companies throughout the United States have immediate needs for individuals with drive and determination.

To thank you for your service and assist in your transition to a real estate career with the CENTURY 21 System, we are honored to offer the following benefits exclusively to transitioning and retired military personnel:

Free registration for the CENTURY 21 Global Conference (up to $699). This 3 day event hosts CENTURY 21 real estate professionals from around the globe to learn, network and be motivated to achieve new heights Up to 25% off New Agent Materials like business cards, stationery, yard signs and more Free Continuing Education (CE) Course First Year (up to $100) Free Customized Training program (Transitioning, CREATE 21, PEP) 25% off online real estate pre-licensing course (available in select states)

A real estate career can be very rewarding. Not only will you be a part of one of the largest real estate organizations worldwide, you will have the ability to create your own future as an independent contractor. If you are focused, detail-oriented and results- driven you will fit right in!

You only need to complete 4 steps to begin your career in real estate. Download our Getting Started in Real Estate Guide and get started today!


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Steps to beginning a career in real estate:

Complete the contact form and we will have a local broker contact you. Register and successfully complete the real estate pre-licensing course for your state.
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89 Ponderosa, Amherst New York 14221
Posted by Eric R. Winklhofer on October 16, 2012 in Amherst


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