Niagara Square (Buffalo, NY)
By Colleen Irwin, Creative Real Estate Solutions...
  Earlier this week I attended the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors Technology Summit. Several people at my table as Keith Garner spoke about blogging, they would say "Oh I couldn't do that" and I just sat there quietly thinking that is good.   I don't have much to worry about in competition.  He showed examples of blogs that have great success, Teresa Boardman and Jay Thompson up on the screen, sites that I have followed since joing ActiveRain. Then Keith goes and tells everyone to go get on ActiveRain to learn about blogging, get into the habit but and this is the most important but:  Get your own BLOG and write to the consumer there, not on ActiveRain. Hmm interesting, something I already knew.   Use ActiveRain for learning.   So if you have been around ActiveRain for awhile ...
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By Carl DeFranco, Buffalo Niagara Falls Real Estate
(DeFranco Real Estate Corp.)
Dirty Deeds - Buffalo NY Getting Tough on Bank Owned Foreclosures! An interesting article popped up in the Realtor Magazine Daily Update about how Buffalo NY is taking an aggressive approach to holding the lenders accountable for the condition of the homes in their control as reported by Michael Orey of BusinessWeek.Spreading the Pain Michael Orey wrote in this very telling article Dirty Deeds. Those that profited from the sale of these houses at one point are now stuck with the collateral and they don't like it. In Buffalo there is an estimated 5,000-10,000 abandoned homes. These abandoned homes are a problem, especially when they are not being taken care of. New York State amended the definition of "Owner" in its property maintenance code to include not just the title holders, but oth...
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