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The New York State legislature is approving a bill that would take away the licenses of real estate agents who engage in housing discrimination because of a person’s race.


Apparently being cooped up at home isn't keeping people from buying homes. Numbers from the Erie County Clerk's Office show home and commercial sales are rolling right along, with taxes from the deals coming in for the county.

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Residents in Buffalo's Hamlin Park community are continuing to deal with an avalanche of cash offers for homes in their neighborhood. Some believe the offers are bordering on harassment.

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A prominent local developer is speaking out about a federal investigation into his Rochester-area business.

Buffalo’s West Side is going through a change. With a surge of development taking place along the Niagara Street strip and the influx of higher-income residents, some longtime West Siders have been forced to find other places to live.

This report was written and produced by Khalid Terrell.

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Housing prices in Buffalo are rising to the point prices are going up in some neighborhoods with traditionally lower prices. Council member Richard Fontana is seeing that in his Lovejoy district, where he's the elected representative and a longtime realtor.

It’s a seller’s market when it comes to Western New York real estate.

The Buffalo region has made it on the top 10 list of most recovered housing markets in the nation.


A Lockport real estate broker is facing up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine for not providing a lead paint warning notice to a property buyer.

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The real estate market in the Buffalo Niagara region is red hot. The March issue of Buffalo Spree explores both residential and commercial real estate in Western New York. Editor Elizabeth Licata says the region experienced little impact from the bursting of the housing bubble in 2008. She tells WBFO's Mark Scott in this week's Press Pass it was that stability which is contributing to the hot market now.

Real estate prices in the Toronto and Vancouver areas have skyrocketed to such an extent that the Canadian government has raised concerns. In Vancouver, the British Columbia government has imposed a tax on foreign buyers. The Bank of Canada is also concerned about the overheated real estate markets. One sector that's been feeling the pressure for a couple of years is golf courses.

Everyone who purchases a home remembers worrying about the mortgage, worrying about the closing date and worrying about all the checks to be written to pay for the whole process. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney John Delmonte says it's getting even more complicated.

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The iconic One Seneca Tower is being placed on the auction block today. The 850,000 square-foot building at the foot of Main Street is almost completely vacant. Buffalo's tallest building is currently valued near $15 million.

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A recent survey by one of Canada's big banks suggests that the cost of renting or owning a home in the city of Toronto is climbing out of reach of most residents.

The home buyer has a lawyer and the home seller has a lawyer, but the realtor in the middle of the transaction doesn't usually have a lawyer. On this week's edition of You & The Law, attorney Marc Brown argues the person in the middle needs an attorney, as well.

A former nursing home on Buffalo's Symphony Circle is being turned into offices and market-rate apartments.