Author: Joe Knight

Economy Making Real Estate Affordable in Buffalo, New York

Economy Making Real Estate Affordable in Buffalo, New York

Looking for a home built with great old solid architecture? Want something besides those cookie cutter homes being slapped up in "planned communities" all over the United States? Do you long for those old homes built with wood and brick and slate? Look no further. Buffalo, New York is the place for such homes, and at a price that may surprice you.

Buffalo, New York was once a city on the cutting edge. In 1901, Buffalo hosted the Pan American Exhibition, and amazed the world by demonstrating the ability to connect individual homes to electric power – something not seen anywhere in the world prior to this. The spectacle of this electric display caused one journalist to assert that Buffalo would shine across the world to be recognized on a par with cities like London, Paris, and New York.

So what, you say? Well, the building frenzy that occurred around the Pan Am Expo saw the construction of unbelievable architecture that, today, can be purchased for a fraction of it's worth. Building and landscape architects such as E.B. Green, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Fredrick Law Olmstead left their footprints all over Buffalo. US presidents, like William McKinley and Millard Fillmore had grand second residences built in Buffalo. And citizens of lesser renown and architects of lesser reputation built with equal quality to emulate.

Today, in a weak Buffalo economy housed in a city that flourished as part of the "Rust Belt" age of manufacture, but now struggling to re-invent itself for the 21st Century, these grand old homes, and exquisite pieces of historical real estate can be purchased for a fraction of their worth. Where else could one purchase a 4000 square foot home, with three floors, oak paneled walls, crown molding, leaded glass windows, slate roof, and yes, even a carriage house out back, for less than $200,000? Where else could one acquire a home built by a master architect for that same price? Nowhere else, but Buffalo, New York.

Come take a tour, virtual or real, through the great old architecture of late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and get lost in the grandeur of history. And buy a piece of it for a song.… Read the rest

Rental Contracts and Apartment Costs in Bahrain

Rental Contracts and Apartment Costs in Bahrain

Once you start your search for a place to rent in Bahrain you will notice that there is a lot of variety in regards to size and rental cost of available apartments and villas. When you have found a place that you would like to rent out you should be prepared for there to be a rental contract, also known as a lease agreement. Typically your sponsor will have to sign this on your behalf.

With the constant construction projects in Bahrain there is no shortage of housing options when you are looking for a place to rent. Costs for renting out villas and apartments in Bahrain vary, but are mostly dependant upon the size of the place that is for rent. There are other factors that affect the cost as well such as if the place has a swimming pool or not, if the compound is old or new and if it is in a good or bad location.

You can get an apartment or villa either furnished or unfurnished. However, the furnished rentals usually cost about 25 percent more than their unfurnished counterpart. For unfurnished apartments you will typically pay between $750 and $1000 for a one bedroom; between $1000 and $1500 for a two bedroom; and between $1500 and $1800 for a three bedroom. Villas tend to be a bit more expensive than apartments. For a two to three bedroom unfurnished villa you can expect to pay between $1800 and $2300 and for four or more bedrooms you can expect prices to start at $2300 and go on up from there.

When you find a suitable place to rent to live in a rental contract will have to be drawn up. Usually the owner of the property signs it as well as your sponsor, who signs it on your behalf. This is not a bad thing though as your sponsor may have more influence over the owner as a local than you would as a foreigner.

You should make sure you want to stay at the place that you get the contract drawn up at as it is difficult to change housing in the middle of a contract.

Check your rental contract for an inventory list and do a walk through with the property owner immediately. Otherwise if something is missing you will be liable for it. And that means you might not get back your entire … Read the rest

The Rising Cost of New York Real Estate

The Rising Cost of New York Real Estate

One of single largest expenses in our modern lives is housing. Whether you are looking for a single family home, a condominium, or an apartment, you may have noticed that prices are rising nearly everywhere. One of the hardest hit sectors of the economy was housing and development, and prices fell to new lows in 2008 and 2009. As the economic recovery takes hold, however, prices are once again starting to rise.

In certain cities, housing has been virtually unaffected because of constant development and business growth. For example, the hundreds of startups and tech companies in the Silicon Valley area has led to thousands of new families moving in, and some neighborhoods are experiencing housing shortages. This spike in demand without an accompanying increase in the housing supply has led to very high prices. Some are even saying that this is a new bubble that could burst in the next few years.

Similarly, New York is a hotbed of new development, and more people are attracted to the region because of business growth. Consequently, New York City real estate prices are increasing. This is good news for New Yorkers looking to sell their homes, but it means that the market is now tilted against buyers.

New York real estate is valuable because the city is the economic capital of the United States. Businesses from banks to design firms and consultancy agencies have major offices in New York, and they are now growing again. These businesses attract new people to the area, driving up demand for housing. In addition, the city has limited space for growth, so there is a gap between the demand and the supply of homes and apartments, creating higher prices.

Overall, New York real estate prices are on the rise. This trend is similar to the price growth seen in other major cities, and it signals local economic recovery. The market has been getting better, and people who are looking for New York real estate should look to buy soon before the prices become unaffordable.… Read the rest