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When residents began moving in to the first apartments at Heron Pointe, located at 1993 Grand Island Boulevard on Grand Island, they knew that it was going to be something special. Designed, built, and managed by RANE Property Management, known for premier lifestyle communities in Western New York and now Florida, Heron Pointe takes luxury living to a new level. Hero…

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They’re an alternative to single-family homes, offering accouterments such as upscale kitchens, master suites and good locations. Most are geared to singles, couples or parents of one or two youngsters rather than a growing family. Condominiums – and their sister designs known as townhomes and patio homes – are most common in metro areas, but sprout up in more limited n…

WASHINGTON — It’s a big and confusing question for many homeowners in the wake of the December tax law changes: Are new interest-deductible home equity credit lines (HELOCs) and second mortgages now totally out of reach going forward? The new law eliminated a long-standing section of the tax code that allowed homeowners to borrow against their equity and use the proceed…

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Is 2018 the year you build your dream home? If so, no doubt you’ve researched everything from floor plans to faucets, from flooring to fixtures – making note of every detail that will help create the perfect home sweet home for you and your family. And while your home should reflect your personality and your lifestyle – and you shouldn’t be influenced by trendy ideas – …

Question: We would very much like to buy a house, but with the cash requirements we will never be able to afford one. In our area for a $400,000 home we would need $14,000 for a 3.5 percent down payment, $6,000 for closing costs, $8,000 for a deposit and probably $1,000 for a rental truck. We don’t have $29,000 so how can we ever buy a home? Answer: You have allocated $…

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Featured during July’s Horizons Tour of Homes, The Fairview patio home model located at 4571 Gentwood Drive in Clarence is a prime example of the quality and craftsmanship of Regency Builders. Together, owners Robert Mayo Jr. and Elliott Laksy bring over 40 years of home building experience to every home they build. With a motto of “dream imagined, designed, built an…

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Located in the new Forbes Capretto French Landing community in Lewiston, “The Fairway” model at 4288 Wolf Run Road is a home to celebrate the holidays not only this year, but for many years to come. The timeless design of “The Fairway” works for day-to-day living as well as entertaining all year round. “The model is available to purchase as well as many move-in-ready…

Question: We have been looking at smaller properties now that we are empty nesters. Our choices include individual houses and condo units. The condo units have more features such as a pool while you can get a bigger house for the same dollars. We checked with our lender the rates for a house and a condo were different. Why pay more for condo financing? Answer: When it c…

WASHINGTON — Whether you already own a home or are thinking of purchasing, the new tax legislation pending before Congress poses serious questions: Am I going to get smacked with punitive new taxes? Will the value of my home decrease because previous real estate tax benefits have been stripped away? Or am I one of the lucky ones, well insulated against big losses? Prosp…

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Home sites are going fast in Natale Builders Avalon Meadows neighborhood. Phase 1, with 32 single family lots, now has just 10 lots left. Phase 2, a 43-lot patio home community with condo status, has 9 lots remaining. In fact the custom home featured in this week’s Home Finder is sold, but is a prime example of the quality craftsmanship Natale Builders puts into all …

WASHINGTON — Here’s an important question for anyone hoping to buy a home next year but who isn’t quite confident about qualifying for a mortgage: Is it true that lenders have eased up on certain key requirements, making it simpler for first-time buyers and others who can’t pass all the strict tests to get approved? The good news answer is yes. A recent survey of banks …

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Exciting changes to the Niagara Street corridor are bringing a new life into the neighborhood due to private sector interest and investment, and Ellicott Development’s 960 Busti is a prime example. Located at 960 Busti Ave., the mixed-use property has aided in the resurgence of Niagara Street by bringing opportune commercial space, and fresh, updated apartments. Sinc…

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Newly constructed and available for immediate occupancy, The Crossings in Getzville offers the best of both worlds: all the modern amenities and extras in a wooded country setting close to major highways. Developed by RAS Development Company, these comfortable apartment homes offer the perfect solution for empty nesters wishing to downsize – or anyone looking for convenien…

People Inc. recently opened the doors to its new, integrated housing project — Highland School Apartments — located on 105 Highland Avenue in Tonawanda. The adaptive reuse project included substantial rehabilitation of the two-story former Highland School into an integrated residential community. The building had been vacant in the City of Tonawanda since 2009, and f…