Message from the President

by Sharon Ciminelli 

Fresh Tips for the Spring Real Estate Market

Seventy-five percent of Americans believe that now is a good time to buy a house, according to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors®. That’s great news for anyone hoping to sell their home this spring.

Seasonal patterns can differ somewhat depending on climate and where you are in the country, but generally speaking, spring is the busiest season for home buying and selling.  The weather is pleasant, days are longer and curb appeal is at its peak, making it an ideal home shopping season.

So how can you make your home stand out amongst all the others? Here are some tips from to help you sell your home for the best price this season:

Clean, clean and clean some more.  When potential home buyers walk inside, they should see a well-organized, sparklingly clean house. If you can do nothing else, keep floors and windows scrubbed clean, take out trash and recycling frequently, and keep any clutter stored and out of the way.

Bring fresh flowers indoors. Springtime brings fresh flowers which, when brought inside, can be used as low-cost decor and fragrance.  Just be aware that some buyers may have allergies, so avoid flowers with high pollen counts like daisies, chrysanthemums or sunflowers.

Improve your curb appeal. It is important to make sure that your home’s exterior is kept clean and well maintained throughout the season. At the very least, keep the grass trimmed by mowing regularly, make sure your shrubs and flower beds are well-tended and scrub or paint over any stains or chipped paint on your home’s exterior.

Let the light in. Take advantage of the longer, warmer days by opening up your windows and brightening up your home. Keep your blinds open and your curtains pulled back to let in as much natural light as possible.

By following a few tips and making a couple of simple improvements, you can make your home more appealing to buyers and hopefully help sell it quickly this spring.

REALTOR Magazine Seeking Entries for Good Neighbor Awards

I am sure many of our members work in their communities and with charitable organizations and may qualify for one of the five Good Neighbor Awards  for a $10,000 grant, national publicity and travel expenses to attend the 2016 REALTORS Conference & Expo in Orlando.  In addition, five honorable mentions will receive $2,500 grants for their charitable projects.  Use the link to the entry form and information.  Entries must be postmarked by Friday, May 13, 2016.

NYSAR Community Service Award  

NYSAR is looking for REALTORS who make an exceptional impact in their communities. We are sure many of our members are active in their communities and are deserving of the award. Plus recipient will be presented with an inscribed plaque or desk award; a monetary grant of $1,500 to your selected charity and recognized at the 2017 Mid-Winter meetings, in the New York State Realtor and  Nomination forms are due June 15, 2016.  Here is the link to the nomination form.

April Is Fair Housing Month

April 2016 marks the 48th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. Each year REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event and reconfirm their commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as their commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.
Click here for the Realtor Declaration.  

Members invited to REALTOR Emeritus Luncheon

Join us in honoring our 2016 REALTOR Emeritus inductees on their 40 years of service on Wednesday, May 18 from noon until 2:00 pm at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island New York.  Please register by calling or submitting this form to BNAR with your payment.  Please register by May 11, 2016. Our honorees this year are: Pati Pfeil and Dana Lewis from Hunt Real Estate ERA;  Douglas Cook from Douglas Cook Real Estate; Christie Steger, Mike Abrams, Mike Johnson and W. Michael Smith from RealtyUSA WNY;  Susan Lenahan from MJ Peterson and Pearle Hyatt and Russ Romano from Nothnagle Realtors.

2016 BNAR President, Sharon Ciminelli, Chooses SPCA Serving Erie County as Her Charity for the Year

The SPCA Serving Erie County provides both animal rescue and educational services that empower individuals to become caring, responsible citizens who value animals as a vital part of their community.  Consider adopting!  In addition funds are needed to Raise the Roof.  Donations are needed to pave the way to Petopia a newly built facility for the SPCA who will be moving to Harlem Road in West Seneca.  Go to to find out more. Other ways to help out is donating always needed items or purchasing items needed for Petopia!

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