Michael Olear plans right-sizing your life seminars

Four Steps to Simplify; Right-Sizing Your Life is the subject of two free seminars to be offered by Michael Olear, president of the Olear Realty Group, Inc. and a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with The Olear Team/MJ Peterson Real Estate.

You’d love to find a place that’s the right size for you, but what do you do with all of your stuff? Olear, who has 32 years of real estate experience, will offer a simple, step-by-step approach to preparing for a move. Topics to be covered include:

  • What are the components of a successful plan?
  • How can you reduce the stress and simplify the process?
  • What questions do you need to ask estate sale professionals?
  • Is the real estate market better for buyers or sellers right now?
  • What requirements are imposed by banks, buyers and municipalities when you sell?
  • How do you sell for the highest possible price in the shortest time period?

Seminars will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 and 2 p.m. Friday, March 1, at Brookdale Kenmore Enhanced Assisted Living, 2971 Delaware Ave., Kenmore. The events are free and light refreshments will be served. For reservations, please call 880-4442.

The Olear Team at MJ Peterson to offer seminars for older adults and caregivers

Michael Olear, a licensed real estate broker from The Olear Team at MJ Peterson Real Estate, will present two real estate workshops titled “The Four Step Moving Plan.” Seminars will be offered at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 3, in St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 1395 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga, and at noon Wednesday, March 13, at the Sandra Lane Apartments, 705 Sandra Lane, North Tonawanda.

The seminars are open to the community and will focus on real estate topics relevant to older adults and their loved ones and caregivers, including right-sizing and simplifying a living situation, preparing for a move, legal and regulatory issues to be aware of, and available resources and tools related to these matters. The events are free and light refreshments will be served. For reservations, please call 880-4442.

Olear is a licensed real estate broker with 30 years of experience. He has specialized in helping older adults with their real estate needs since 1999. The Olear Realty Group, Inc. is organized as a sub chapter S corporation and supports the Olear Team/MJ Peterson Corporation in the sale of residential real estate throughout Erie and Niagara County. The team has decades of experience in meeting the real estate needs of Western New York residents. Visit olear.com to learn more about the Olear Team’s work assisting older adults and their families.

Olear Team plans seminars for home buyers and sellers

Two seminars for spring home sellers and one for new home buyers, all offered by Michael Olear, a licensed real estate broker from The Olear Team at MJ Peterson Real Estate, are scheduled to take place in the Northtowns.

Spring home seller seminars will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2 and 16, in the Hyatt Place-Amherst, 5020 Main St., Amherst. Topics to be covered include:

  • How to achieve maximum value in the shortest period of time.
  • Selling your house “as is.”
  • Stimulating multiple offers.
  • How to sell and buy at the same time.
  • What upgrades give you the highest return on investment.
  • How to obtain bridge financing.
  • Items a home inspector look will look at.
  • How do you make sure your buyer is qualified.

The new home buyer seminar is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in the KeyBank branch at 2030 Sheridan Drive, Tonawanda. Topics will include the mortgage process, available products and options, and understanding your credit score. A lending officer will also be on hand to answer questions.

Light refreshments will be available. To reserve a seat, please call 880-4442 or email info@olear.com.

Olear is a licensed real estate broker with 30 years of experience. He has specialized in helping older adults with their real estate needs since 1999. The Olear Realty Group, Inc. is organized as a sub chapter S corporation and supports the Olear Team/MJ Peterson Corporation in the sale of residential real estate throughout Erie and Niagara County. The team has decades of experience in meeting the real estate needs of Western New York residents. Visit olear.com to learn more about the Olear Team’s work assisting older adults and their families.

How to sell your old home to young buyers

Let’s face it … we’re not getting any younger. And at some point, the time will come for a generation of Baby Boomers to sell their homes. While these homes have served us greatly for many years — perhaps many decades — will they appeal to today’s young, tech-savvy consumers?

In 2018, 43 percent of home buyers were millennials in their twenties and thirties. Currently, they are the largest purchasing group in the country. Will your home, in its present state, appeal to a younger generation?

Following are some tips that will help make your home more appealing to today’s young home buyers:

  • As the seller, have your home pre-inspected to determine what must be done before putting the house on the market.
  • Buy a home warranty, which will reassure buyers that they won’t be faced with major repair expenses during the first year of homeownership.
  • Is your home decor a bit outdated? Offer a credit for repairs so buyers can put their personal touch on the property.
  • Lighten and brighten by cleaning windows, updating light fixtures and applying a fresh coat of neutral paint.
  • Create a list highlighting neighborhood amenities such as recreational facilities, shops, gyms, restaurants, etc.
  • Eliminate clutter to give the house an open-flow feeling.
  • Have access to a drone? Drone tours of property and neighborhood are hot selling tools.
  • Add smart home features such as wireless security, smart bulbs, water sensors, smart locks, remote-controlled shades, etc.

For more information and tips for home sellers, please contact The Olear Team today!

Happy Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for?

On Tuesday, Nov. 20, James Conley, a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and partner at The Olear Team at MJ Peterson, will join other volunteers at Buffalo’s City Mission for the organization’s annual Turkey Drop.

Located at 100 E. Tupper St. In Buffalo, the City Mission provides meals, shelter, educational assistance and spiritual guidance for those in need. The Turkey Drop will provide 100 turkeys to families needing assistance throughout our community.

Volunteer opportunities such as this are very important to The Olear Team, especially at this time of year when we are reminded to count our blessings and to be truly thankful for everything we have.

We are honored to offer our assistance to this greatly needed nonprofit organization, and we wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving!

Some ‘upgrades’ can downgrade the value of your home

If you’re in your home for any length of time, at some point thoughts of renovations will race across your mind. But did you know there are some renovations that are better left on the drawing board, especially if you might be selling your house at some point in the future? Following are some renovations that may give you second thoughts:

Let’s start in the kitchen. While updates and minor renovations are certainly encouraged from time to time, beware the urge to go too high-end as you may not see an equal return in investment. And that new sunroom you’re considering? Same issue; very small return on investment potential.

Other renovations that can impact your home’s resale value include combining two bedrooms to create a larger room, and removing closets. The number of bedrooms will impact your sale price, and people love having lots of closet space. Beware renovations that turn closets into something else. Converting a bedroom into an office can also have a negative impact when it’s time to sell.

Be careful with the upgrades. Going too lavish, too bright or too quirky are not good things. If you plan to sell some day, think neutral along the way.

Also shy away from things like too much wallpaper (difficult to remove) and too much carpeting (hardwoods are always in).

Avoid the urge to turn your garage in something it’s not, such as living space. Use that space for what it’s intended — a place to safely store your vehicles, bikes, tools, yard equipment, etc.

Turning our attention outdoors, think twice about adding that swimming pool and/or hot tub due to ongoing maintenance, expenses and potential safety hazards. And don’t get too carried away with the landscaping. Trees are pretty but they can also be very messy.

Finally, unless you really know what you’re doing, stay away from do-it-yourself repairs and hire a professional who will get the job done right!

For more information and tips on what can help or hurt a real estate transaction, please contact The Olear Team today!