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WASHINGTON — Wells Fargo & Co., the controversy-battered big bank, has a new problem — this time directly affecting mortgage applicants. Last week a first-time home buyer filed a class action suit against the company, alleging widespread abuse of a procedure well known to most mortgage borrowers: Interest rate “locks.” The suit alleges that Wells Fargo engag…

Explore Buffalo’s Autumn Tour of Homes is heading south this year, to the Village of Hamburg. Co-sponsored by Imagine: Hamburg, the Autumn Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, 12:30-4:30 PM, and feature the interiors of eleven historic homes in the village. First known as White’s Corners, after a prosperous store in the early 1800s, the Village of Ha…

Located in the heart of Williamsville, the brand new Park Creek Apartments are surrounded by the beautiful Amherst State Park and just minutes away from the many amenities of the Village of Williamsville and Sheridan Drive. For independent adults looking to simplify their living situation, Park Creek offers luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments that represent the best …

Who isn’t impressed with new emerging Buffalo? A prime example is the new 301 Ohio Street, a multi-use building constructed by Ellicott Development. Commercial space occupies floors 1 and 2 and the apartments are located on floors 3-5 of the five story building. The mixed-use 301 Ohio sits along the Buffalo River in close proximity to the grain silos, and the building…

The overwhelming success of the Buffalo Niagara Marriott's foray into the food truck scene has prompted an extension through the end of September. "I hoped that this would be a success, but am overwhelmed by the gratitude that our guests express each week for bringing Food Truck Friday to the Marriott," said Alison Potter, catering sales manager. "I live in the neighbor…

Our exposure to crepes started when Mom, an avid Julie Child “The French Chef” cooking show fan, would practice recipes, including crepes, on us youngsters. (The PBS show aired from 1963-1973, and she said the Courier-Express printed the recipes the day after.) Thanks to her, in 1976 we were well-prepared for a meal at the historic Maison des Crepes on Wisconsin Ave…

WASHINGTON -- If you’ve been waiting for the long-anticipated news that the two dominant players in the home mortgage arena -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- finally have decided to overhaul their outdated credit scoring systems to expand homeownership opportunities for a broader range of consumers, sorry. Your wait just got a lot longer. There will be no modernization…

Located at 6021 Wexford in Clarence’s Waterford Estates, at first look the 3,400 square-foot home looks like a traditional two-story structure with a gray stacked stone and sharp white trimmed exterior. Once inside, however, it’s evident the home is anything but standard. Every inch of the unique floorplan shows the attention to detail. “They spared no expense,…

Located in the Spaulding Green community, Tesmer Builders “The Leslie” patio home at 9695 Golden Aster Ct. was recently featured in the 2017 Horizons Tour of Homes. The home’s design was inspired by Leslie Tesmer, wife of Richard Tesmer, with lots of touches that make the home not only beautiful but also practical for everyday living. Set on a corner lot, the c…

Food folks taking a “staycation” next week (or those who want to play hooky from work) might want to pencil in a trip to the Chautauqua Institution for the Chautauqua Food Festival (Aug. 20-25). The week-long event will cover all the bases: food, craft beverages and appearances by local and celebrity chefs. Local food guru Christa Glennie Seychew helped the Chaut…

On our morning commute from the Sloan Abode downtown via William Street, we watched the somewhat dumpy building at the intersection at Fillmore Avenue and Memorial Drive transform into the cute Ali Baba Kebab. It opened early July. For those keeping literary score, Ali Baba was a character from the Arabian folktale, “One Thousand and One Nights” who discovered the t…

We are in the thick of the homegrown season. So if you’re wondering just what to do with zucchini, visit the North Buffalo Farmers Market to become inspired. Chef Don Keating from Joe’s Deli (three locations), goes live with his cooking at the market’s culinary table every Thursday afternoon. “Local produce and a farmer's market was something North Buffalo wa…

Just when you think there is nothing new under the August sun at the Erie County Fair, along comes the Erie County Fair Cooks! Kitchen & Shoppe culinary center which will feature at least 60 cooking demonstrations, a retail area and more activities for food lovers throughout the Fair, Aug. 9-20. The culinary arts center will be located inside the lower level of the …

Custard Corner first caught our eye as a participant of Yelp's “Ice Cream Adventure” to benefit Mercy Flight. How did this hot dog/ice cream stand elude us? Being nosy, we had to investigate. Set on the corner of Porter Avenue and 7th Street (which crosses over Porter to become Columbus Parkway), the stand is darling, and super clean. Someone really takes pride i…

The Buffalo Bills started training camp and they aren’t the only ones who have to adjust to a new head coach. Camillo’s Sloan Super Market has been scrambling to replace the “Big Rex” sausage it carried during the blustery coach’s tenure. Just in time for the end of summer and the start of tailgate season comes the “Mighty McDermott,” named for the Buff…