Message from the President

by Rebecca Van Dorn

Walkable Communities Drive Homebuying Decisions for Millennials, Silent Generation

Identifying their preferences for the type of home and neighborhood to live in are typically among the first things potential homebuyers do. Debating between the convenience of a short commute versus the spaciousness of suburban living can be challenging when deciding upon the right home. 

The National Association of Realtors® 2017 National Community and Transportation Preferences Survey polled adults from across the U.S. about what they are looking for in a community and found that young buyers continue to view their dream neighborhood as a walkable, mixed-use community. In fact, according to the survey, six out of 10 millennials prefer walkable communities and short commutes, even if it means sacrificing living in a larger home with space to stretch their legs. 

It is not surprising that younger buyers prefer the convenience of a neighborhood close to work and enjoy living near amenities like restaurants and retail. Real estate professionals continue to see a trend in millennials moving to areas where they don’t have to be in bumper-to-bumper traffic and can get around during their free time with little stress.

Millennials are not the only generation of homebuyers, however, that prefer walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. Members of the silent generation, those born before 1944, also prefer smaller homes in neighborhoods with easy walks to shops and restaurants. Over 50 percent of the silent generation prefer walkable communities and short commutes, even if it means living in an apartment or townhouse. 

Gen-Xers and baby boomers show a preference toward suburban living, with 55 percent of both groups saying that they are comfortable with a longer commute and driving to amenities if it means living in a single-family, detached home.

Homebuyers with children tend to shift their priorities when their kids get older. According to the report, six out of 10 millennials with kids in school characterize the ideal neighborhood as more of a conventional suburban area with homes containing more square feet and larger backyards. 

As ever-changing preferences distinguish where consumers want to live, Realtors® provide insights on local market conditions and amenities for every generation to help find the most suitable and desirable home for themselves and their family.
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REALTOR Emeritus Luncheon
BNAR Members are invited to our Realtor Emeritus luncheon on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from noon until 2:00 pm at the Buffalo Launch Club, Grand Island, NY.  Our honorees this year are Sharon Bearfield, Judy Civiletto, Theresa Costanzo, Diane DiMatteo-Carney, Sarah Heitzman, Barbara Kivi , Joan Strong and Robert Wojcik. The cost is only $13.00 for our REALTOR-Emeritus and $25.00 for their guests. Please RSVP by Friday, April 20.  Here is a pdf registration form to print and send in with your check to the BNAR – attention Pam.

Help us Keep a Convicted Felon in Jail for the Shooting of Fellow Realtor Member Gayle Wolfer Sprague
Here is the link to sign the Petition to keep Cutner in prison so that Gayle and others in the community can feel safe

On March 25, 1988, Gayle Wolfer Sprague, a REALTOR from Arcade, NY was shot three times, along with her client, by Edward Beauford Cutner. The assailant’s intent was to kill Gayle and likely would have been successful if his gun had not misfired. Gayle’s assailant was sentenced to prison in 1989. He is up for parole this year and Gayle is scheduled to attend a victims’ meeting before the parole board on April 6, 2018. The more signatures Gayle can gather, the better chance that her assailant will not be granted parole. Please join us in signing the petition to keep Cutner in prison so that Gayle and others in the community can feel safe.

2018 BNAR President Chooses Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as her Charity
BNAR President, Rebecca VanDorn, chose the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Western New York as her charity during her term, helping to create awareness and raise funds for the foundation.  The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.  Mark your calendar for their upcoming special events.  If you can’t participate in the events, please consider donating.

Congratulations Incoming Leaders and Award Winners
Congratulations to our 2018 BNAR President Rebecca VanDorn who was inaugurated on Thursday, January 11 at Salvatores’ Italian Gardens.  Marlene DeCarlo will serve as her Advisor.   Welcome aboard to our newly elected Officers : Eric Winklhofer, President Elect;  Donna Littlefield, Secretary/Treasurer and Brendan Cunningham, Vice President.  Immediate Past President Dawn Brown will remain on the Executive Committee as an Officer.   Incoming Directors are Joel HusVar, Paula Macaluso, Cheryl O’Donnell and Amber Wesser.  Directors at Large are Peter Hunt and Matt Whitehead and Regional Directors are Judy Conable and Dave Stefik.  Also at the Inauguration special awards were given out.  Congratulations to our award winners:  Joan Stovroff-REALTOR of the Year;  Lori Adams-REALTOR-ASSOCIATE of the Year and miriam treger-the Buffalo Award.

BNAR Annual Report and Committee Accomplishments
Do you know what BNAR and our committees accomplished in 2017?  If not, here is a bulleted list of the many accomplishments in 2017. 

NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation Individual Grant Programs
Qualifying individuals can apply for grants to assist with closing costs and/or down payments. The grants are gifts with no payback requirement and are available to low-to-moderate income families in New York State.  Here is the link to the Eligibility Requirements and application.  Any inquiries should be made via email to

Joe Cecconi
West Herr Benefits