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Lisa Wojdan never expected it to be so difficult to buy a new house. She and her husband started searching in Elma and East Aurora last June, one month after they got married. They looked at almost 50 houses in the past year, missing out on two they really liked, while others were gone before they even had a chance to look. So when they found their dream home, they p…

Applications are now available for nonprofits in Western New York to receive at least $250,000 each from a new Buffalo Billion II-funded state initiative to promote and invest in innovative workforce training for underserved populations. Empire State Development Corp. on Tuesday announced that nonprofits in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Allegany counties ca…

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Fewer houses sold in February in Western New York than in the same month in each of the past two years, as it became increasingly more difficult for buyers to find their dream homes. But those that did sell garnered the highest prices ever paid in the depths of winter. New data from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors showed closed sales fell 13.2 percent…

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Home prices set another record high in the Buffalo Niagara region during January, as a dearth of available homes continues to drive up home values even as fewer homes change hands. As a result, buyers continue to compete heavily for the best houses, and pay up when they find them. The average sales price soared 16 percent to $165,021 in January, while the median price –…

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The final results are in, and the Buffalo Niagara housing market set what appear to be records for highest prices and lowest inventory of homes for sale last year, as the robust activity continued all year long. According to new data from the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors, the median price for the year soared to a record $140,000, up 7.7 percent and easily bes…

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Western New York is on track for the second-best year on record for home sales, as prices and transaction volume continue to hit at or near their peaks. But the new federal tax reform legislation could put a damper on that in the future. With just a few weeks to go in the year, the level of home sales activity is already poised to surpass that of 2015, and in some ca…

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The American Red Cross' Western New York chapter said Sunday that its volunteers responded to three separate fires in the last 24 hours, helping 15 people with emergency assistance. The fires occurred at Pheasant Run Road in Amherst, with two adults and four children impacted; Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, with one adult; and Dewitt Street in Buffalo, where eight adults an…

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Juliana Keeping, of Oklahoma City, had to pay $1,000 out of pocket – five times – for a drug that prevented her 4-year-old son from catching a severe cold that could have had a catastrophic effect on his cystic fibrosis. Her insurer denied payment for the treatment, citing a 1960s study on handwashing. Tanya Koller, 53, of Schenectady, has battled diabetes for decades a…

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Batavia native Greg Watson wasn't sure what he might like to do after he landed his bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia State and moved back home. His mother is a retired nurse, his father a retired liquor salesman. As he filled out applications for more than 200 jobs back in 2003, he saw a classified ad in The Buffalo News for a hearing inst…

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To our presidential candidates: Hello from upstate New York. In this cold April, you’re crisscrossing our cities and counties. That will only accelerate during the next five or six days as five of you – Republicans Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Donald Trump and Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders – try to lock up a big stack of New York delegates. For once, i…