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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…

WASHINGTON -- If you hoped that Senate Republicans would treat homeowners and buyers more kindly in their tax overhaul plans than their colleagues did in the House, you were an optimist. It didn’t happen. In fact, the Senate tax bill released last week is harsher on residential real estate in some areas than the House version, with two notable exceptions: Senate tax wri…

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The Historical Association of Lewiston’s signature event, the Lewiston Tour of Homes, will kick off the holiday season this Dec. 2-3. Tickets are on sale now for the 13th annual event as the tour showcases six spectacular homes throughout Lewiston, all masterfully decorated for the holidays. Ticketholders can travel from house- to-house to see the latest trends in ho…

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One of the area’s most unique and popular holiday traditions is fast approaching at the TR Site. The historic landmark home on Delaware Avenue kicks off its Victorian Christmas (Dec. 1-9) with a special Nov. 30 gala evening with premium wines, craft beer, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by The Hot Club of Buffalo. The gala is the first opportunity to view the decoratio…

WASHINGTON — The message sent by Republicans in the tax overhaul bill they launched last week is unmistakable and blunt: We think homeowners and buyers have gotten much too sweet a deal from the federal tax code for far too long — and now we’re going to whack them down. No other major sector of the economy gets hit so hard in the proposal in so many places as homeownership…

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The Fairways at Lancaster is not your average “senior community.” The 55-plus community has been designed for a new generation of empty nesters who don’t want to have to deal with the upkeep of a big house, yet want a great living situation that is comfortable, yet allows them to pick up and go. Just one year “new,” The Fairways at Lancaster is located at 5352 Genese…

The following home buying seminars are scheduled: Nov. 6-10 Howard Hanna Real Estate Services will offer the following career seminars. Call for a reservation: Nov. 6, noon and Nov. 10, 10 a.m., Amherst-Clarence, 6000 Sheridan Dr., Call Sue Chaskes, 912-1979. Nov. 6, 3 p.m., Tonawanda, 2427 Sheridan Dr. Call Charlene Zoratti, 837-7500. Nov. 7, 4 p.m.; Nov. 9, 4 p.m.…

WASHINGTON — The political jostling and frenetic lobbying on Capitol Hill over the Republican tax overhaul bill are producing unexpected developments that could prove important to home owners, sellers and buyers. The drafting of legislative language is a work in progress behind closed doors, but it appears that there have been some key changes in thinking since the Whit…