Message from the President

by Sharon Ciminelli 

Moving with Kids: Families Rely on Realtors® 

Most people can relate to the complications and complexities involved with moving.  Whether you’re relocating to a recently purchased apartment or a starter home, resettling takes time, effort and planning.  Moving with kids requires even more planning and research. Finding a home with the appropriate amount of space, in your preferred school district, and convenient to a job or school location are often priorities for buyers with families. 

According to the National Association of Realtors Profile on Home Buyers and Sellers, eight in 10 home buyers worked with an agent to purchase a home in 2015. Agent use is even higher among buyers ages 36 to 50 (87 percent) and 35 and younger (89 percent) - the demographics most likely to have school-aged children.

Fifty-three percent of families with children under the age of 18 reported that the hardest task in the home search process was finding the right property in the right location. Families find themselves needing a real estate professional with a wealth of local market knowledge, hands on attention and a broad range of resources to help find the right home.

Families with children under the age of 18 often times have a greater urgency to sell their home too. Twenty-four percent of sellers had to sell their home urgently while 46 percent had to sell their home in a somewhat urgent or reasonable timeframe. This is mainly due to a fast moving market and the fact that most families prefer to get settled in before the new school season starts. 

In many cases, families are looking to move because their home is too small. Twenty-nine percent of families with children under the age of 18 cited upsizing as the main reason for selling. Neighborhood choice is another factor: 50 percent of families cited the quality of the school district as a reason for buying their home, and 43 percent decided upon their home because of  its convenience to schools. 

The type of home purchased by families tends to differ from those without kids at home as well. The typical home of families with children under the age of 18 is a 2,100-square-foot, 4 bedroom and 2 full bathroom detached single-family house. 

In citing the characteristics of families with children who are buying or selling a home, it is no surprise that they find themselves in need of a real estate professional to help with the buying and selling process. 

If you are interested in selling or buying a home, speak with your local Realtor, a member of the National Association of Realtors®. 

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A Day at the Movies: Agents’ Day and Trade Show


Join other BNAR members for our Agents’ Day & Trade Show on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Adams Mark Hotel, 120 Church Street, Buffalo, NY.  This year’s theme is a “Day at the Movies” so dress up in business attire,  casual, or as your favorite TV or movie star.  For only $10 you get continental breakfast, lunch, networking and great sessions. The days seminars will include “Mission Impossible” (Industry Updates);   “The Godfather” (Make Me An Offer I Can’t Refuse);  How to Keep  “Rain Man” Out of Your Basement;  “The Gladiator” (Your Duties and Responsibilities as an Agent);  “Be Our Guest” (BNAR Welcome) and Buffalo Niagara is Coming “Back to the Future”.   Here is a pdf of the days itinerary.  For a Sponsorship opportunity or Exhibitor space, contact the BNAR. Click HERE for the Exhibitor List! Be a part of this Event, click HERE for an Exhibitor Application! Special Thanks to our Sponsors, Barclay Damon, LLP. and First Niagara. Want to be a sponsor? Click here to download the application!

This year we are also offering the Code of Ethics Education class at 8:00 am at Agents’ Day for those that haven’t met their requirement.  Please note that you have to register for both the Code of Ethics Education class ($30) and Agents’ Day Event ($10) separately.  Register through member services through your MLS portal.  

Join us on September 24 at Beaver Island State Park for the SPCA Serving Erie County’s 23rd annual Paws in the Park Walk presented by Keller Technology Corporation! Spend some quality time with your dog and enjoy a scenic two-mile walk. Don't own a dog? No worries! Paws in the Park is for all animal lovers. The day includes breakfast compliments of Dunkin' Donuts, an Anderson's lunch, pet-related vendors and exhibitors, contests and demonstrations, an agility course, and more!

Every dollar raised through Paws in the Park will help care for animals in need, from orphaned kittens to a dog that has been hit by a car to a hawk with a broken wing. The SPCA cares for nearly 12,000 homeless pets and wildlife annually, animals that are counting on us to be their voice. So please register today, form a team, collect donations, and make a difference. Together we can be champions for the animals!

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