Why Buffalo?

Why Buffalo?

 

If you’re looking to move into New York, Buffalo is the city to be. Sitting in the most Western part of New York, only a small drive to one of the Wonders of the World, and it is the second most populated city in the state, you have to ask, Why Buffalo? Some topics that cross my mind are, the home-y feeling you get when you’re here, the growth of a city, and the million things to do here. Check out why I made the move to Buffalo!

 

BuffaLove

 

Being from Upstate New York, I never really got a feel of belonging to one city. I had my hometown, family and friends, but I have never felt one community love a town so much that they hold it very near and dear to their hearts. That’s what you’ll find here in Buffalo, I have never felt such a strong sense of people who loved where they are from and to scream it loud and proud (you’ll especially hear this at a Bill’s game). To everyone from here, Buffalo is home and will always be.

 

Opportunity

 

A long time ago, Buffalo was booming with industries varying from high technology to retail. However, when the Great Depression hit like most of America, Buffalo became a ghost town. But in 2007 Governor Andrew Cuomo launched his Buffalo Billion project pouring millions of dollars into Buffalo, now taking on in its second phase, this project re-launched Buffalo into once again, a renaissance city. If looking for a great place to start your career, Buffalo is not a bad choice at all. From growing industries like Food&Beverage, Finance, Manufacturing and others, there is plenty of employment opportunities in Buffalo.

 

Entertainment

 

Buffalo is not a small town by no means, so that tells you that there is plenty to do here! If you take a trip about 20 minutes from here, you can visit the beautiful Niagara Falls region, while your there, definitely take in the natural beauty of the park, but there is also museums, aquariums, and fun shops to visit while your there. In Buffalo itself, there are things everyone would enjoy like the Buffalo Zoo, the Botanical Gardens, Art Galleries, the Museum of Science and if its “nice” out (nice in Buffalo can mean its sunny, and 40 degrees out) check out Canalside, a peaceful place to walk around on a weekend. Lastly, Buffalo is the birth place of the Buffalo Chicken Wing, if you’re a wing connoisseur like myself check out Anchor Bar, the original birthplace, (but don’t tell my friends who prefer Duff’s!)—this is actually the biggest argument in the Buffalo area.

 

 

Looking to make the move to the Queen City? Come see us at Red Door Real Estate! We can help you find your dream place to live in the Buffalo area, call us at (716)768-1177 or stop by our office at 982 Elmwood Ave. Find us on social media to keep up with what cool events we are doing too!

 

By: Alexandra Nadeau

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Your Dream Home is Waiting…

Turning Your Dream Home into Reality


Ever since we were kids, we all dreamed of owning our dream house. Now, as we get older and get ready to buy our own homes, our dream homes get slowly torn apart. Whether it would be settling for location, room sizing, closets, a big yard, and the list continues of what we give up quickly to get into a home. If you are willing to put the work in to make a dream home a reality, it is possible with keeping a few things in mind.

 

“Fixer Uppers”

These listings are everywhere we turn, low price, but not so pretty on the inside/outside. However, if you keep an open mind, you can actually get a lot more bang for your buck. Everyone wants a more “move-in” ready home, but if you can give these “not-so-appealing” homes some TLC, you can save a lot more money, and have those savings to mold that home into your dream place to live.

 

Renovations

Did you instantly get a headache when you read that word? Renovations can be intimidating, but if you approach in a strategic manner, it becomes easy and even fun. Say you buy one of these “Fixer Uppers” in the Buffalo-Niagara Area for around $50,000, renovation costs average between $18,000-$40,000, keeping that in mind you get complete control of what you want to renovate, and what it will look like when the house is completed for under $100,000. When the average move in ready home costs $150,00 you are already saving $50,000 on the spot.

 

It Just Makes “Cents”

When comparing the two more in depth, it seems that getting a “Fixer Upper” instead of a “Picture Perfect” home makes more sense. Looking ahead to the future, you save almost enough money to purchase another home! You get complete control of what you want your home to look like, meaning you never settle for less.

 

Keep Dreaming Bigger!

Say you take on your first renovation project, you loved the way it turned out, don’t just stop there! If you find that picking a less-than-appealing home and turning it into someone’s dream house, make it a career! Not only is it tons of fun, but you can call yourself a dream-maker. Myself included, from watching tons of hours of Property Brothers on HGTV would love to make this my career someday.

 

Ready to get the ball rolling on your dream home? Come by and see us at Red Door Real Estate WNY or call us at (716) 768-1177 and we can help you select EXACTLY what you are looking for! Turn your dreams into a reality today!

By: Alexandra Nadeau

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5 Tips on Your First Rental

5 Tips on Picking Your First Rental:

 If you’re like me, you are getting ready to look for your very first rental. Whether it would be an apartment, or house for rent, it can get intimidating very quickly. As I start my own search, I found these top 5 tips can be most helpful in selecting a place to live. Following these tips can make your search stress-free and exciting!

  1. Prime Location

Selecting your location on where you might want to live is a key step in the selection process. If you choose an area without much research, you could end up in a bad location and regret the rental in the first place. When choosing a place to live, keep in mind travel expenses, safety of the area, and things to do around you.

 

  1. Costs

It is so important to be realistic about what one can afford monthly. Overall expenses and costs can pile up quickly, and creating a spreadsheet of things like car payments, rent, student loans, and grocery costs can help you get a better idea of what you can afford when it comes to renting.

   

  1. Design

Are you looking for a more modern feel? Or a cozy at home feeling? Questions like these are crucial to keep in mind when thinking about the overall design of your special home. Not only on the inside, but the outside design as well. Doing research online on websites like Pinterest, HGTV.com, and thespruce.com can help you gain ideas on what look you might want.

 

  1. The Landlord

This is a major difference between owning a place and renting it. When renting, someone else is in charge of any problems that arise with the property. You want to consider making a relationship with the landlord, so they get to know you better, and vice versa. This establishes trust, and ensures that you have peace of mind when an issue might arise.

 

  1. Length of Stay

When choosing your first ever place to live, you are thinking of the present, but you might also want to keep in mind the future. When renting, you have important decisions to make that are going to affect your future living situations. Are you going to choose to rent or buy furniture? Make it a cozy place to live, but move out in a year and it’s a pain to pack up everything? Thinking about how long you are going to stay in one location can definitely help you save money.

 

Having stress headaches from thinking about all of this? Come see us at Red Door Real Estate, and we can help you find exactly what you are looking for in a rental property. Give us a call at (716) 768-1177, or check us out on Facebook to see what upcoming events we have. We are always here to help you!

 

By: Alexandra Nadeau

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