2643 Lakeview Rd., Lakeview, NY – Open House Sunday June 13, 2010 1-3 PM

Gorgeous Home in the Southtowns!  SEE THE VIRTUAL TOUR HERE

A  two acre retreat on a private wooded lot.  This custom built home in  Lakeview, NY  is waiting for you.  Drive in to the winding driveway and enter the two story foyer to find a welcoming light filled gourmet kitchen, perfect for entertaining.  The kitchen was built for multiple cooks.  It features plenty of solid surface counter space, custom built ins, pantry, top of the line appliances.  There is a separate walk in food prep/pantry area just off the kitchen with room for an additional refrigerator or freezer, and more cabinets and additional counter space with a food prep sink.  Imagine having room for all those Holiday celebrations with friends and family.


Beautiful wooded setting on 2 acres, feels like privacy, but close to everything!

Other features of this home:

-3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths

-Over3,000 sq.ft.

-Lovely sun room with two sided fireplace.

-Open floor plan

-Roomy family room with fireplace

-Formal Living room with built in oak bookcases.

-Office/den with built in book shelves

-First floor laundry

-Huge Master Suite with adjoining sitting room and attached Master Bath.
The Master Bath has a deep soaking tub and separate shower, double sinks and separate toilet area.  It opens out
to a private deck overlooking the backyard and has a winding staircase that leads to the hot tub area.

-Spacious basement  with a separate inside staircase that leads into the garage.

For more information and to set up your own private showing:

Mary Buchner, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Realty USA
(716) 481-8922

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Clarence NY Home Sales and Market Report

home-family-smAs of Friday May 29, 2009 the current market report for Clarence and Clarence Center, NY for the last 30 days :



Currently there are  203  active listings on the market.
Lowest price:     $107,000
Highest price:    $1,700,000
Average Price:  $408,909

There are 14 pending home sales and  13 under contract.
2 homes have closed within the past 30 days.  Average sales price of the homes that have closed was $315,000.
The average number of  days on market was 42.

More information on Homes for sale in Clarence or Clarence Center, NY 14032,

This  information was taken from the Buffalo-Niagara Multiple Listings Service and is deemed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.


With all the talk of  the advantages of the First Time Home Buyer Credit in the Amherst, Clarence, Williamsville and Buffalo, New York area,  it is important to decide on whether it is a good decision for YOU to buy a home. 

It is essential to understand  the pros and cons of buying a home and then apply them to your particular situation to see if  it is the best thing for you to do at this particular time. 

Many people work and save for the American Dream:  to own their own home.   But why?  There are personal reasons and financial reasons.   

Some personal reasons are that you want your own place so you can do your own thing –  paint it the way you want, decorate it, landscape it, have more privacy,  get a pet, have a family, or  be part of a community.  Some people want to buy a home because of changes in their lives, such as getting married,  a new job, moving away from Mom and Dad and lots of other reasons.   It is important to decide WHY  you want to move.

Financially, buying a home is an investment.  Houses can increase in value over time .  When you pay rent, you have no return on the money you pay.  When you pay your mortgage, a percentage of the payment goes toward the “equity” in your home.  Eventually, you can borrow against the equity in the home, or you can get the cash back when you sell.

When you rent, the landlord can raise the rent as they need to, but when you buy a home,  fixed rate mortgage payments usually remain about the same over the entire repayment period whether it is 15 years or 30 years.

There are tax incentives for owning a home.  According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on their website,  “you can deduct the cost of your mortgage loan interest from your federal income taxes, and usually from your state taxes. ”  “You can also deduct the property taxes you pay as a homeowner. ” 

When deciding if buying your first home is right for you, consider also the cons:

Buying a home is a committment.  Unlike renting, you cannot just pick up and leave. 

You will be responsible for the mortgage payments and other costs such as property taxes, homeowner’s insurance, heating and electric bills, and maintenance.  It is important to decide if you can afford to buy your first home.

Owning a home gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment.  If you are thinking about buying your first home,  you must be prepared and informed on what to expect during the home buying process.

If you are considering buying your first home, you may not know where to begin.  Contact me at www.wnyhomes2go.com  and I can help you get started!

Questions?  Feel free to email or call.

Mary Buchner
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
(716) 743-5862


Realty USA

Amherst, NY Rising Assessments

Recently, the Town of Amherst did a revaluation of all homes.  The result was a significant change in property values.  According to the Buffalo News,  property values have risen an average of  21 percent.   Obviously this has made many homeowners angry because they think that if their assessment is higher, then their taxes will be higher too.

The reason for re-assessment is to bring all property values up to 100% equalization.  This is done to make it more fair for everyone across the board to pay their share of taxes.  The new assessments were determined by previous home sales in the neighborhood from the period of  July 1, 2005 through July 1,2008.  Other factors that were taken into consideration were the style of the home (ranches to ranches, cape cods to cape cods, etc), square footage, and other things like garages, and decks or other features that would add value to the home. 

Many people are asking why are they doing this now?  Don’t they know how bad the economy is?  Apparently, Amherst stopped doing revaluations in 2006 and they have to make up for it now.  So what will that do to your taxes?  The school, town and county each have a budget that needs money to operate which is collected through taxes.  These needs are spread out among all the property owners  in Amherst.  So they take the budget and divide it by the assessment which equals the tax rate.

What can you do if you feel that your assessment is not right? 

1.)  In Amherst, you can request a hearing with the firm that determined the new values.  But you have call for an appointment before March 27th (716 631-7061).

2.)  You can file a grievance with the Amherst Assessor Office.  To do this you must prove your case by showing other home sales in your area of homes that are comparable to yours.  You should bring pictures of your home and other homes to compare and be prepared to argue your case.  The more informationa and documentation you have, the better.  You must fill out the Property Challence Form (RP524) and file it before May 26.

3.)  If you filed a grievance and got nowhere you can file for Small Claims Assessment Review by July 30.

There are also professionals out there who have experience in both real estate valuation and tax assessment grievance proceedings who will do the negotiating for you.  They will usually review and analyze your situation.  If they can get your assessment reduced, then you pay them one half of the first year’s tax savings.

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