And so it begins… Buffalove Development is Born!

On October 29th, Jason and I attended the In Rem foreclosure Auction with hopes to leave with a few historic gems that are in need for some serious TLC. We left the auction with four purchase papers in hand for ownership of four properties on the West Side of Buffalo – one vacant lot, one double and three singles. Whoa, right?

Our goal is quite simple. To invest in the neighborhood that we love and to provide an affordable, sustainable and overall solid product that raises the bar in Buffalo. Jason and I have a lot of long-term goals which you can imagine are wacky/dreamy/awesome but this is really the start of the bigger picture for us. (more on that discussion later!)

I don’t want to get too much into the process right now because everything could flip upside down tomorrow but I wanted to blog about it since everyone is asking. As of today,  we are still running on excitement and trying to figure out the next steps. Unfortunately there is no guide-book towards buying properties at foreclosure auctions and we have come to realize that each situation is different.

We already have questions coming to mind. Keep in mind, foreclosure auction houses don’t come with keys.. so how do we get in if it’s occupied? What if we think it’s vacant but we think someone is squatting in there? How do we get the city water authority to shut off the water when we don’t have the deed yet?

A bigger question in my mind – why aren’t these auctions held in the early Spring or Summer when people have the ability to work on them during warmer months? Unfortunately, we will be lucky if we get title before January. It would be more ideal if we had time before winter hits to weatherize, take care of roof leaks and get the rehab ball rolling. Instead, we have to hope the previous owner is paying utilities, that a pipe doesn’t burst, squatters aren’t sleeping in them..  etc… there are a lot of unknowns and fingers crossed kind of moments.

Well, I am sure we will have a million questions. Perhaps I should start a journal? Maybe I will use this blog instead. More to come. Stay tuned!

Buffalove Development is Born!

With Buffalove,

Bernice

Election 2012

Yesterday was a good day for America!
Go Obama!

Funny on how all the cities are democratic… Must be all the education, creative class and diversity! Cities are the future!

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New Good Hood Article – BuffaLOVE Our Vacant Lots

This is my newest article in the Good Neighborhood called – 7 ways to love up vacant lots across the City.

With a great deal of vacant lots going unsold at the In Rem Foreclosure Auction this week, I thought it would be fun to post some creative ideas on how to reuse our vacant lots. I have been collecting ideas (see bocce article!) and photos all summer of vacant lots and these 7 only scratch the surface but they seemed the most practical and applicable to our rust belt landscape.

Big high fives go to both the West and East Sides for thinking outside of the box with our vacant lots. As I wrote and did a little more research, I became even more impressed with the amount of effort there is out there.

Note – these ideas do not apply to everywhere and anywhere. These are just ideas, thoughts and examples of what Cities are doing with them. I love the idea of semi permanent infill, its permanent in the way that it helps to create neighborhood activity and increase value but also removable just  in case houses and other structures want to go there one day.

If you have other ideas – send them my way! Berniceradle@gmail.com

http://www.thegoodneighborhood.com/2012/11/02/bernice-buffalove-7-ideas-to-love-up-vacant-lots/

One of My Favorites: The Market Arcade

The Market Arcade is easily one of the coolest buildings in Buffalo and home to Preservation Buffalo Niagara!

Check it out next time you’re downtown. The inside is like a mall style building with art galleries, visitor information and more.

It was built with a light well for a roof is a wonderful example of passive lighting, something we see in historic buildings which is a feature we rarely use, design or install.

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One of My Favorites: The Market Arcade

The Market Arcade is easily one of the coolest buildings in Buffalo and home to Preservation Buffalo Niagara!

Check it out next time you’re downtown. The inside is like a mall style building with art galleries, visitor information and more.

It was built with a light well for a roof is a wonderful example of passive lighting, something we see in historic buildings which is a feature we rarely use, design or install.

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