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Friday, March 23, 2012

The “Wilshier” in Clarence Center’s Shadow Woods

As their 20 Year Anniversary Celebration continues, Essex Homes presents a brand new 1st Floor Master design the ”Wilshier”, in Clarence Center’s Shadow Woods.  This new neighborhood is conveniently located off Goodrich Road between Roll and County, just north of Keller Road.  “We’re pleased to add “Shadow Woods” to the list of popular neighborhoods where Essex is building,” stated Jeff Jones regional sales manager for Essex Homes.

The Wilshier, located at 9440 Kristina Circle is open Saturday and Sunday, March 31st and April 1st from 1-5pm.  This home has 2413 sq. ft. with 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths in a practical layout for today’s lifestyle and is available for immediate occupancy for $349,900.  The draw to this new design is the 1st floor master suite with an eye-catching tray ceiling, private glamour bath and spacious walk-in closet.  Positioned in the back left corner of the house, you can enjoy the privacy of your owner’s suite being secluded from the rest of the house and the other bedrooms.

As you enter the 2-story foyer, there is a formal dining room with decorative crown molding. This spacious room is perfect for your family holiday dinners.  The family room with gas fireplace is open to the kitchen-dinette and sunroom, making this design ideal for entertaining.  The kitchen is stunning with Maple Amaretto cabinets and Granite countertops and an island with breakfast bar.  Enhancing the kitchen is the natural flow into the sunroom with a cathedral ceiling and three walls of windows with a sliding door to the rear yard.  

    Completing the 1st floor is the laundry room with a walk-in coat closet next to the garage, and the ½ bath off the back hallway. 

    Upstairs are three very roomy bedrooms all easily accessible to the main bath, and a loft area with an overlook to the family room.  As standard with all Essex homes, there is a full basement with 8’0 ceiling height offering great storage and the perfect opportunity for an additional finished area in the future. 

“The appeal to this new Clarence location of Shadow Woods is that most of the 36 home sites back up to a protected area or pond, and all of them will enjoy the privacy of having no homes directly behind them. We have already started building and are very excited about the overwhelming response to this exclusive neighborhood,” stated Jones.   Homes in Shadow Woods will start in the $290’s and enjoy the highly regarded Clarence School district.

The entrance to Shadow Woods offers great curb appeal with an impressive stone sign and professional landscaping, welcoming you into this beautiful setting.  In addition to the natural beauty and privacy of Shadow Woods, this new community is within walking distance to Clarence Center’s 4 corners and offers convenient access to Transit Road’s shopping, dining and entertainment; and you are just minutes from Clarence Town Park.  “Clarence is a family oriented community featuring the Clarence Recreation Department, walking and biking trails, and a beautiful local branch library.  The opportunity to own an Essex home in Shadow Woods shows our commitment to building homes people will love, in the neighborhoods where they want to live; that’s what makes real value,” stated Jeff Jones.

    Shadow Woods is also showcasing another brand new design for 2012 in conjunction with our 20 Year anniversary celebration. The “Easton” located at 9470 Kristina Circle, is our new model home for Clarence and is open daily 1-5; closed on Fridays.  Take a tour through this furnished, professionally decorated & landscaped model and find out how easy it is to get started on your new Essex home.  As an added incentive, you can now enjoy up to $20,000 in free options on your new home build order!

To see what goes into every Essex home and to learn more about Shadow Woods and the Essex anniversary promotion, visit us this Saturday and Sunday from
1-5pm at 9440 Kristina Circle. For more information call Jeff Jones at 681-2513 or check us out on Facebook!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Market Arrives

Welcome to the Spring market in real estate! It is a magical time. It’s the time when all sellers and buyers come out of hibernation and transact real estate. While it may not seem like Spring outside, the Spring real estate market is already in full swing!
If you are thinking about selling your house contact a REALTOR® right away! They can direct you on how to begin the process to get your house ready to be listed on the market. This way, you can know what to expect, how long it will take and when the best time to sell your house will be.
The real estate market is making a come back in WNY! Your house may only take a couple months to sell. Most people want to find a house by the end of June at the latest so that they can move over the summer when work loads are lighter and kids are not in school.  If you list your house in May and it takes three months to sell, you will find yourself in July and in a very quiet market. However, if you list your house in March and it takes three months to sell, you will find yourself in May, with a month or two left in the busiest real estate time of the year. No worries, no pressure...
Most contracts of sale are written in the months of March and April. You can be sure that the buyers have been looking before they were ready to sign contracts to purchase a home. So there is no time better then now to contact a REALTOR® and get your house on the market. Especially since prices are not rising in most areas, you can be sure that there are many, many houses for sale. If you get a jump on some of the new listings that will surely be coming on the market for spring, you may find yourself ahead of falling prices and get more money for your house.
Additionally, if you are in a real estate market where prices are not holding, there are probably many houses which were recently listed that did not sell. When do you think the owners of those houses are waiting to relist their houses for sale? Spring, of course!  Don’t you think it would be a good idea to get your house on to the market before that happens?!
While I know I am not alone in telling you that I am a little excited about Spring in general, I want to clarify that I am not implying that Spring is the only time a year recommended to sell your home.  In fact, there are many reasons why other times of the year are great times to sell as well. For example; only serious buyers are house hunting in the winter time, the fall market is busy because people want to move during the holiday vacation and there is less inventory for sale during the summer months. You may find that you can’t wait until the Spring market and that you have to sell your house at a particular time of year. Don’t worry. Find a great REALTOR® and you should get the most that the real estate market has to offer.  But, If you are targeting the Spring market because you want to make the most out of the sale of your house, or if you are waiting for Spring to put your house on the market for sale, don’t wait too long. You may just find out that the Spring real estate market has sprung without you.
As always, keep reading and thank you for making 2FindYourHome, both in print and online, your premier choice for all your local Real Estate needs!!!

John B. Leonardi, RCE
CEO, Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS®,  WNY Real Estate Information Services, LLC
200 John James Audubon Parkway , Suite 201, Amherst, New York 14228   ph 716.636.3699 • fax 716-636.9121 •

Dear Readers,

Owning a home offers a myriad benefits throughout the year, but some of the financial advantages of home ownership are most apparent at tax time.  As many of today’s hard-working American families are feeling a financial squeeze, the tax benefits that can come from owning a home can be a welcome relief.  A number of tax deductions and credits are still available for home owners; these include deductions (with specific limits) for mortgage interest and capital gains on home sales, and credits for certain energy-efficient home improvements. Even with these benefits, home owners pay 80-90 percent of all U.S. federal income taxes.
It’s been suggested that many of today’s tax incentives for home ownership primarily benefit wealthy individuals, but that’s simply not true!  As today’s public debate continues about what home ownership means for families, communities, and the nation’s economy, there’s no question that for many, owning a home is still the best way to begin building wealth.
Ninety-one percent of home owners who claim the mortgage interest deduction earn less than $200,000 a year, and the ability to deduct the interest paid on a mortgage can mean significant savings at tax time. For example, a family who bought a home in 2011 with a $200,000, 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage, assuming an interest rate of 4.5 percent, could save nearly $3,500 in federal taxes when they file this year.
REALTORS® see the very real positive impact of home ownership every day with their clients. Recent proposals to reduce or eliminate the mortgage interest deduction and remove government support of the housing finance market, could have disastrous consequences for the economy, not to mention making it harder or nearly impossible for millions of families to own their own homes. REALTORS® believe America must continue to invest in home ownership, for the future of our families and our nation.
For tax tips visit This website is a free source of information from the National Association of Realtors® that helps home owners maintain and enhance the value of their homes and engage in issues that affect their local communities.
As always, thank you for making 2FindYourHome and the preferred print and online resource in Western New York.  Don’t forget to visit our website for all of the latest Open House information before you head out this weekend.  Remember, Realtors® bring people Home.  Have a great weekend.

John B. Leonardi, RCE
CEO, Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS®,  WNY Real Estate Information Services, LLC
200 John James Audubon Parkway , Suite 201, Amherst, New York 14228   ph 716.636.3699 • fax 716-636.9121 •