Looking for Local Contractors to Join Our Exclusive List of Vendors!

Moving Outside of the Area?Nothnagle Home Services is now accepting applications from area contractors to add to our comprehensive list of service providers.  We pride ourselves on being able to refer our clients to reputable and reliable service providers.

We have offices throughout Western New York and are looking for providers who cover Monroe County and Erie County; any surrounding counties; and/or: Seneca and Cayuga Counties.

We are currently looking for contractors that specialize in the following categories:

  • Snowplowing
  • Lawn Services & Landscaping
  • Gutter Cleaning
  • Masonry
  • Chimney Inspections & Repair

E-mail William Thomas with the subject “Call for Service Providers” for more information: wthomas(at)nothnagle.com

Nothnagle REALTORS Donates to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Tournament Signage2On August 11, Nothnagle REALTORS® held its 25th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Shadow Pines Golf Club in Penfield New York.

Nothnagle is pleased to announce that the proceeds raised from that event has been donated to the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI).  Founded in 1898 by Dr. Roswell Park, the Institute was America’s first cancer center and continues to set the national standards for cancer care, research and education.  RPCI is a teaching hospital located in downtown Buffalo, New York spanning 28 acres and comprised of 15 buildings.  For more information about RPCI or on how to donate, please click here.

The check, in the amount of $8000, will be designated for pediatric oncology. “We are so happy to support such a prestigious foundation,” said Armand D’Alfonso, President and CEO of Nothnagle REALTORS®. “The cancer research and education they do is truly commendable. We are lucky to have such an important and influential facility located here in Western NY.”

A sincere thank you is due to all the participants of the Golf Tournament for making this generous contribution possible.


Buy a Home in Buffalo for $1

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Urban Homestead Program

There are, within the City of Buffalo, areas designated as Urban Renewal Areas (URA’s) and Comprehensive Code Enforcement Areas (CCE’s). The Homestead Map and the Homestead Street Listing detail URA and CCE areas.

Properties that are within these designated boundaries are eligible for inclusion in the Urban Homestead Program, with conditions: the property is not needed for public purposes and no qualified buyer has attempted to purchase the property. A sale takes precedence over a homestead. Applicants can acquire property in these areas for one Dollar ($1.00) plus the required closing costs.

There are three ways to participate in the Urban Homestead Program.  Each requires a completed REQUEST TO ACQUIRE CITY OWNED PROPERTY form:

  • This request asks that a purchaser provide some basic information to the City before a purchase file is opened. The information required is specific to residential structure or vacant lot acquisition. The REQUEST must be submitted to the Division of Real Estate for review and release by the Land Use Planning Committee.
  • If the Land Use Planning Committee determines that the property is needed for public purpose or development and can not be released, the Division of Real Estate will notify the interested party.

Vacant Lot Next To Existing Residence

If the property is released for sale by the Land Use Planning Committee, the following is required:

  • An applicant must own and occupy a residential property next to a City owned vacant lot.
  • The applicant must be current on all city and county property taxes, water bills, sewer bills, and user fees.
  • No other liens owed to the City of Buffalo.
  • No property code violations on any property owned.
  • The applicant will be required to clean and improve the vacant parcel within six (6) months.
  • The property is maintained in a sanitary manner for at least 36 months.

Vacant Lot(s) For New Home Construction

If the property is released for sale by the Land Use Planning Committee, the following is required:

    • An applicant must provide development, construction, and financial plans sufficient to erect and maintain a residence.
    • The specified structure must be erected on the premises within twelve (12) months and must be occupied by the homesteader for a minimum of thirty-six (36) months.

For more information about housing in the City of Buffalo and the surrounding areas, contact one of our two Erie County offices: Amherst and Orchard Park.

Village of Fairport Hosts 10th Annual Music Festival to Benefit Golisano’s Children’s Hospital at Strong

Music Festival LogoPlease join the Nothnagle Fairport Office in support of the “10th” Annual Fairport Music Festival this Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 12 noon.

The Fairport Music & Food Festival is a music festival held in Fairport on Liftbridge Lane near the Box Factory Building, which features music and food from local restaurants. It promises to be a fun filled day that offers music on three stages from more than 20 bands and entertainers, tons of kids’ activities, and over 20 area restaurants for great food.  All proceeds go to the Golisano’s Children’s Hospital at Strong.

For a complete list of musical performers, stage locations, and vendors, please check out the Music Festival website.

Questions? Here is the link to the FAQs


Nothnagle Realtors Agents Ranked Among Best in New York State

Date:               August 18, 2014

Contact:         Karen Leonardi, Vice President of Corporate and Consumer Affairs

Phone No.:    585-756-7221




 Nothnagle Realtors Agents Ranked Among Best in New York State


(Rochester, NY) – Nothnagle REALTORS® proudly announces that 24 of its agents were recently recognized in the list of the Top Real Estate Agents of New York State by REAL Trends Best Real Estate Agents in America.

Nothnagle is honored to announce that Holly Creek was named the number one agent in New York State as the team with the highest number of transactions.

Below are the Nothnagle Agents who made the list for New York State, based on transaction sides.  Team agents must meet a minimum of $30 million in sales volume or 75 closed transaction sides to qualify; Individual agents must meet a minimum of $20 million in volume or 50 closed sides.



Holly Creek

Mark Siwiec

Marcia Glenn

Sam Morreale

Richard Sarkis

Steve Wrobbel

Cathy McWilliams

Mark Swanson

Cathy Shelanskey




Debbi Jacob

Pam Dickson

Doug Logory

Robbin Smith

Bob Malone

Susan Kautz

Irene Bennett

Vickie Sweet

Janet Campbell

Dan Patterson

Sue Ververs

Joy Sherry

Annette Rotondo

Belinda Fratto

Dan Covert


REAL Trends Best Real Estate Agents in America, was released this summer.  Nothnagle REALTORS® had more agents on the list than all other Rochester-based firms combined .

“It’s very gratifying to have achieved such a great honor.  It is a testament to our agents, combined with Nothnagle’s agent support programs, that our company could achieve this level of success compared to the rest of New York State,” stated Armand D’Alfonso, President and CEO.


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About Nothnagle Realtors®

Established in 1948, Nothnagle Realtors is a full-service real estate company offering 33 convenient locations in upstate New York.  In 2013, Nothnagle agents facilitated nearly 10,000 transaction sides valued at over $1.4 billion.  As a result, Nothnagle Realtors is ranked 37th in the nation on the 2013 REALTrends 500 survey (based on brokerage transaction sides).  In addition to traditional brokerage services, Nothnagle offers a full range of services including insurance, home warranty, mortgage, property management and home maintenance and repair.  For more information, visit www.Nothnagle.com.

Buying a Home is More than the Sale Price… Don’t Forget These Costs When Planning

house bank2You’ve crunched the mortgage rates, estimated your tax payments, and taken a realistic look at how much house you can afford. You’ve stuck within your range when scouring listings, being careful not to bust your budget.

But there are more expenses involved in home buying than just the property costs. And those additional payments, if you don’t factor them in, can be high enough to derail your conscientious planning.

Home-Buying Expenses: Add Them Up

Here are the line items you should keep in mind:

Buying Costs

You’ve got your mortgage pre-approved, but that’s not all you will need to fork over to get the keys to your new place. Services that need paying:

  • An appraisal to confirm a reasonable market price for the property
  • Inspections of structural, mechanical, pest or other potential issues
  • A real estate attorney to review all contracts (depending on the state)

Property taxes vary widely, up to 4.2% of a home’s value in some states, according to a CNN map published in 2013. Depending on when you buy, you may owe the previous owners for property taxes they have already paid. You may also need to pay fees to a local association, such as a homeowners association.

Moving Costs

Moving into a home can involve major expenses for packing, storing and transporting your possessions and yourself. If you are moving across the country, the costs could be significant. Even moving across town can cost more than you planned for truck rental, movers and equipment.


Setting up your telephone, electricity, gas and water—did you budget for these expenses? They could cost more at your new place, especially if you’re moving to a larger home or from a rental.

New Stuff

You may need to purchase appliances or furniture for your new home. Some items, like your old particle board bookshelves, may not be worth the cost of moving. Again, if you are sizing up, you face the potentially fun, but possibly financially draining, challenge of filling the new place.

Maintenance and Renovations

Trees fall on roofs. Gutters need cleaning. Driveways need repair…. A standard rule of thumb is to budget at least 1% of your home’s purchase price each year for home maintenance costs.

Maintenance can include things such as painting, replacing roof shingles, fixing or upgrading plumbing and wiring. The amount you will need to pay for maintenance can depend on the age of the home, the previous owners’ upkeep and the climate.

Homeowner’s Insurance

You won’t be able to obtain a mortgage without homeowner’s insurance covering both the property and its contents. However, the standard insurance may not cover natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes and earthquakes. Depending on where you live, you may want to consider taking out additional insurance to cover such risks.

Private Mortgage Insurance and Title Insurance

If the down payment on your home was less than 20% of the purchase price, you will have to pay for Private Mortgage Insurance. PMI protects your lender in case you default. It’s standard, and fees vary. The rules are complicated, but usually once you have paid down the mortgage so you owe less than 78% of the purchase price, you can drop the PMI payments.

Title insurance offers protection for you (and your lender) if you later discover that someone else could lay claim to the title, and therefore ownership, of the house.

Even if you are lucky enough to avoid paying for PMI, you find a low-cost attorney you can trust, and you have a modern, energy-efficient house, these expenses can still add up to thousands of dollars. That prospect should not scare you away from homeownership, but it always helps to be prepared.


Article courtesy of Realtor.com


Smart Tips for Summertime Moving

Boxes-colorIf you’re moving this summer, the busiest season for moving, you know how daunting it can be. But if you create a blueprint for your move, the transition from house to house will go more smoothly.

Here are 10 things you can do to prepare for a seamless transition.

1. Full-serve, partial serve or a do-it-yourself move.  Can you do it alone or should you hire a licensed moving company for a full-service or partial-service move?  This is one of the first and often most difficult questions soon-to-be moving households face. The answer depends on your lifestyle, household size, budget and amount of time you have to get everything accomplished. Get written quotes from at least three licensed moving companies so you know you’re getting the best deal based on your specific moving needs.  Moving yourself or doing a partial-service move?  Packing calculators can make it easier to estimate the amount of boxes and packing materials needed.

2. Plan to unpack BEFORE you pack. Take photos of each room in the new home before you arrive with furniture, plants, appliances and family in tow. Write down on a clip board where each item should go in your next home before packing, and carry it with you on moving day. List out the major items that need to be assembled first. As you place each item in its new room, cross it off the list and you will be one step closer to enjoying your new home.

3. Be strategic about packing.  If you have more than a month to ‘pick up and move’, start early.  Complete a free change of address and schedule utilities ahead of time at Moving.com.  Start packing early.  Whether it’s one room, one cabinet or a drawer at a time, weed through what may be years of accumulation.  As you’re going through your belongings, divide everything into these helpful categories:  donate to charity, give to a friend, recycle, trash, pack now, or keep handy until moving day.  You’ll be surprised at how much you can donate, recycle or give to friends.  And, you’ll not be overwhelmed with the task at hand three days before you move.

4. Moving is NOT child’s play. Plan ahead. Consider daycare on moving day, or get help from a friend or family member.  Provide lunch or some other appropriate thank you gesture if you do call in a favor. If that’s not an option, prioritize setting up safe places for your children to play in the new home on moving day so they’re not underfoot.  This will help everyone remain happy and calm on moving day.

5. Don’t fight with Fido. Sometimes we forget that all the packing and constant in-and-out of visitors is stressful for animals. Consider checking your pet into a daycare facility, or setting up a time for a friend to take them or check them into petday care. Don’t let your four-legged best friends get lost in the shuffle and remember to make day-of moving arrangements.

6. Keep track of small parts. Some items need to be broken down into pieces when moving, but do you know what to do with the small screws and washers that you end up with? Rather than tape them to the furniture, which can result in losing them, put everything in a baggie that is clearly marked and sealed. Keep all of the separate baggies together in one box on moving day and personally take it with you to your new home.

7. Take pictures of electronic hook-ups. Hooking up TVs, DVRs, home theater systems and computers can be challenging. Before unplugging any wires for the move, take a photo of the connections, print them out and label them in detail. This will create fewer headaches when setting up technology in the new home. Keep track of all loose wires using baggies or boxes that are clearly labeled, and personally carry these easy-to-lose items on moving day.

8. Packing cleaning products and toxins. Products such as detergents, pesticides and paint are heavy and unwieldy to pack. Dispose of as many as possible before the move in an eco-friendly way.  Call your city’s waste disposal department for guidance on proper disposal. For items that must be transported, pack them in a small box within a larger box for protection against leaks. Don’t overstuff boxes with these items! Consider marking these boxes in a different color, and seal them extra tight. Keep them separate from the rest of the boxes, particularly if you have kids and pets.

9. Consider getting full value insurance protection. If using a professional mover, it may cost a few dollars extra, but it provides peace of mind and eliminates later annoyances. Investing in full value protection means any lost or damaged articles will be repaired or replaced, or a cash settlement will be made at current market value, regardless of age. It’s important to note that the required minimum coverage of 60 cents per pound would not cover the replacement cost of more expensive items such as a flat screen TV if damaged in transit.

10. Know your rights. If using a professional mover, research your rights as a consumer with either the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for interstate moves or contact the state agency within the state in which you reside for moves within state. Also, enlist the help of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) or local law enforcement if the moving company fails to live up to its promises or threatens to hold your belongings hostage. FMCSA requires interstate movers to offer arbitration to help settle disputed claims.

Article courtesy of Realtor.com


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