Real Estate Advantage


Richard Benedetto

Real Estate Advantage

800 Fairmount avenue, W.E.
Jamestown NY 14701
16 Main Street
Bemus Point NY  14712 

Cell: 716-665-9403
Phone: 716-484-2020
Fax: 716-484-2394

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Recipe: Picanha (Brazilian Tri-tip Barbecue)

Serves 4 to 6
  • 1 tri-tip roast, about 3-4 pounds
  • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup coarse or rock salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


If you can't find tri-tip, look for top sirloin cap. Trim excess fat off the meat. One side will generally be covered in a layer of fat; do not remove it, just trim it down to about 1/8". Mix the salt and garlic together to make a paste and rub it all over the meat, adding a little olive oil if needed to help it stick. Leave the meat to marinate for at least two hours, turning it occasionally.

Heat the barbecue to the highest setting. When ready to cook, scrape excess salt off the meat and place on hot grill, fat side up. Do not turn over until the first side is nearly burnt. Turn once and check doneness with a meat thermometer; medium should take about 35 to 45 minutes, depending on the meat's thickness.

Remove from grill and rest five minutes before carving.
Ask the Agent: This Month's Question

Have you got any last minute tips for my open house?

Buyers want to imagine their things in your home. So Rule #1 is detach and de-clutter. Now's not the time to get emotional about possessions.

Rule #2 Do a last-minute check for crumbs on the kitchen floor, full garbage cans and laundry hampers, and dust bunnies you missed the first time.

Rule # 3 Replace damp towels with fresh ones, and plump the pillows on the beds. Visitors will open closets so ensure even your closets look neat.

Rule #4 Ditch the plug-in air fresheners and replace them with natural smells such as freshly-baked cookies or lemon wax. Many people are allergic to commercial fresheners, and if you use them, you risk causing a reaction.

Rule #5 Make all your rooms look comfortable - rooms with too much furniture (or too little) can make it hard for buyers to visualize whether their furniture is a fit.


Inside Your Newsletter this Month...
Watch Your Thumbs and Other Rules of Remodeling

Today’s renewed interest in home remodeling has a dark side. Prevent problems with these "rules of thumb."

Rule 1: Safety first

DIY projects can lead to mistakes and injuries. Remember the oldies but goodies: Wear safety goggles; don’t cut electrical lines before shutting off breakers; hammer carefully...

Rule 2: Measure twice and have a Plan B

Take careful measurements and cut once. When you’re re-modeling, you need to be prepared to make changes on the fly. So develop a Plan B. For example, adding new appliances or fixtures may necessitate reconfiguring wiring or plumbing - not something you want to find out at the last minute. Be prepared.

Rule 3: Get a home inspection

Find out in advance about potential pitfalls, so you can plan ahead to avoid them whenever possible. Inspections validate (or not) previous DIY or work done when your home was built. Plus, your home may not be sound enough to undergo some big projects, such as modifying fireplaces, removing walls, or repairing foundations, without professional help. Don’t find out the hard way.

Rule 4: Call the pros

Television and online videos make remodeling projects look easy, but that isn’t always the case. Doing it yourself can save money, but doing it incorrectly may cost more. Don’t be afraid to call in the pros.

Rule 5: Budget first

Don’t start tearing down walls before you come up with a budget. And budget for everything - even the cost of screws and nails - then add 30 percent for unexpected expenses.

This Month's Smile: 'Your Child Said What...?'

GirlKids are a delightful reminder that the world is actually a big brightly colored circus. Here are some great online examples of the fun things they say:

They're usually full of questions, but then there's the one who just thinks and thinks...then asks. Like the 4-year-old who overheard her teacher mention kickboxing. Weeks later, out of the blue, she asked why her teacher "kicks boxes."

The little girl was diligently pounding away on her grandfather's computer, lost in story writing. When he asked what it was about, she answered: "I don't know. I can't read."

Some kids may have a better grasp on reality than the rest of us. For example, young Frankie answered the question of how he earns money at home by saying: "I don't. I'm a freeloader."

Five Tips to Help You Create Your Own Outdoor Kitchen

KitchenDining al fresco is one of summer's greatest pleasures. But it can be hard to pull off a great outdoor dining experience without the proper setup. Enter the outdoor kitchen. Interested in creating your own? Check out these tips:

  • Constructing your own island or grill area with stone can get expensive, plus it can't be easily moved. Keep costs low and set up easy with a pre-fabricated counter or grill space. Pre-fab options are often on wheels, making them easy to move, and can be purchased with built-in sinks and lighting.
  • Keep durability in mind. Your outdoor kitchen furniture and appliances will be exposed to the elements; choose resistant, reliable materials and treat them as recommended. Remember that the space will be exposed to cooking oils and high temperatures, so any materials used in the area will need to be heat resistant and easy to clean.
  • Setup is important - don't site your outdoor cooking space too far from where you plan to put the dining area. Also, consider the proximity of the outdoor kitchen to the indoor one; you'll need to move things from one space to the other, so make sure there's a clear path.
  • Plan to cook and dine, rain or shine? Make sure you incorporate a rain shelter.
  • Grow as you go. Plants, flowers, and decor can be added on an ongoing basis. Make sure the essentials are in place before emptying your wallet on extras.

Wondering How Much Your Home Is Worth?

How has the price of your home changed in today's market? How much are other homes in your neighborhood selling for?

If you're wondering what's happening to prices in your area, or you're thinking about selling your house, I'll be able to help.

Just give my office a call for a no-fuss, professional evaluation.

I won't try to push you into listing with me or waste your time.

I'll just give you the honest facts about your home and its value.

And maybe I'll also give you the "inside scoop" on what's happening in the housing market near where you live!

Just give my office a call or reply to this email to arrange an appointment. Alternatively, stop by at the office.

New Old Homes Combine Charm and Convenience

The era of pretentious McMansions is so over. One of this year's most important trends is the move towards traditional residential design - homes with the charm of a bygone era but with a twist.

For a variety of reasons, it's unlikely most home buyers want - or can find - an authentic historic property that works as a family home. Historic homes are often inconveniently located or dilapidated beyond repair. If they are in liveable condition, they more than likely have obsolete structural elements, such as low ceilings, tiny kitchens, and miniscule closets - not particularly conducive to our twenty-first-century century lifestyle.

Consequently, some home buyers are turning to "New Old" homes, which, as the name implies, combine the charm of the past with the convenience of the present. New Old houses are rationally proportioned structures that are historically accurate on the outside, but comfortable, functional, and contemporary on the inside: Think Greek Revival farmhouses with spacious island kitchens; Craftsman-style bungalows with open floor plans; Cape Cods with roomy, walk-in closets.

Boomers are drawn to the concept, as traditional homes generate memories of happier, less disposable times when the family home was warm and inviting. Millennials, who make up nearly a third of today's home buyers, see the New Olds as authentic, reflecting their principles and values. Both groups embrace charm that doesn't sacrifice the convenience that is so much a part of our lifestyle.

Responding to the demand, several architectural firms are now specializing in traditional design with a focus on historical accuracy; they study builder's guides from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to get the scale, proportion and architectural elements exactly right.

Luckily for those who can't afford custom design but who value historical character and the charm of yesteryear, there is a twenty-first-century solution: customize a prefab or buy a plan online and hire a contractor to build it.


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