Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Southern Tier Real Estate Stats

This is a chart that will self update 4 areas of the Southern Tier - Olean, Jamestown, Ellicottville and Lakewood Average Sale Prices.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

What does it take to make the Worlds Longest Kayak Chain?

So I was recently asked to do a fly over of the Buffalo River near Riverworks in Downtown Buffalo New York.

This was no ordinary fly over this was for a potential record breaking event!

Take a look at all the Kayaks!

This has been submitted to Guinness Book of Records for the Longest Kayak Chain! 

Here is some of the pics I took with my drone to help them capture the world record!

The City of Buffalo looks amazing from here!

And Buffalo Riverworks is amazing too!!

In the picture above is the group of photographers that used 3 drones, a GoPro and a Canon DLSR to capture as much of the event as possible! Special Thanks to Robert, Brian, Nate and Nick for working as a great team to capture this record breaking attempt! 

Here is my montage of footage in a short video! I hope you like it!
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

Some of my pictures from the Solar Eclipse that happened on Monday August 21. In Buffalo only 71%  of the Moon covered the Sun. The first picture below captured that moment of 71%.

I brought my scopre with a powerful Solar Filter so many people got to see it up close and take pictures with their smartphones!

My favorite video of the Totality of the Eclipse!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Average Sale Price since 2004 in WNY

This shows the Average Price of a home in WNY (Single Family / Condo Town home) over the last 13 years. What should be apparent is that the last 13 years the Average sale price rose almost $60,000 as of August 2017! Very impressive!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Buffalo Perspective - My New Company!

So I have been busy!! I know if you have read my blog you know I am always busy, but this has been a different busy. Between 2013-2016 I spent most time with family and with community groups growing the Buffalo Tech scene. I feel I did what I set out to do. But I was working with many entrepreneurs in Buffalo, but I was not, and I struggled with what I wanted to create as a business.

When I got my drone in November of 2016 I didn't think much of a business idea from it, after all I considered it more of a toy or a fun hobby. I went to the National Association of Realtors conference and met Steve Irwin the CEO of Autel, and he was on a panel that talked about Drone's in Real Estate.  

After learning lots about the drone, FAA rules and regulations, how to start a business and file the correct paperwork, I am now a proud owner of a business! 

A very simple concept, take aerial photography and videos using the drone. 

I was incorporated in April 2017 and since then, I have had lots of requests to do flyovers. From Boy Scouts doing a camporee, to Dragon Boat racing and of course Real Estate! Its been fun learning all the things I need to do along with the Part 107 sUAS Pilot license. 

I plan on blogging about that specific topic soon! 

But in the meantime check out some of my videos on my YouTube Channel and Subscribe if you like it!!

I have lots of cool videos that I have done and have learned a lot about film editing through trial and error, and from other creators on YouTube. 

Here are a few shots from my collection!

Patrick Kane's Lakeview NY Home - $3.2 Million listing

Rex Ryan's Orchard Park NY Home - $1.1. Million listing

St. Patricks Day Parade 2017 behind City Hall Buffalo NY

Dyngus Day Parade 2017 near Central Terminal

Hillview Elementary Color Run 2017

Downtown Buffalo at Sunrise!

Looking forward to the summer of new views of WNY!

Thanks for reading!!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Buffalo Real Estate Market hits New Record in 2016

Well, if you have been watching or reading the news, Buffalo is doing great in many areas. That includes, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, medical advances, marketing and of course Real Estate. Our market has been strong in recent years but 2016 proved to be record breaking!
As you can see above, for the first time ever in our history we broke over 12,000 sales of Residential Homes and Condo and Townhouse combined. Almost $2 billion in total dollar volume. Even though the graph only goes back 10 years, I have reports that go back to 1988 and never before in the history of our records show any higher volumes recorded.
The next graph, shows 2 figures very important to the sale of a home and those are Days on Market (How long it takes to sell a home) and Average Sale Price. As you can see the Days on Market for the past 2 years is less than 60 days! And the Average sale price is at an all time high of $154,046! Your best investment is in a home in WNY.
This is great news if you are in the market to sell your home! And if you are thinking about buying, then the time is now, because our trends only show that our market is still going up so waiting will cost you more next year!!
Be sure to contact a Real Estate Broker or Salesperson to get all the up to the minute information, so they can help you sell your home at the correct value, or help you buy your dream home!
Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Dronestagram -Drone out in Buffalo and WNY

Monday, December 12, 2016

Backyard Astronomy 101 - Binocular Tips

As many of you that have read my blog know, I love Astronomy. 
I don't write about it daily but it is very deep in my soul. Looking to the stars and what they all mean have a profound effect on me. 
And I am happy to share it with you. 

Lets get to it, here is an unedited pic from my iPhone to a pair of 15X70 Binoculars, made by Celestron.  Now the image quality isn't perfect by any means, but it has some potential.  The examples I took below were on a 26 degrees Fahrenheit evening and it was slightly cloud. 

The first number refers the magnification of binocular. A "15X70" for example, magnifies the view by 15 times. Objects appear 15 times larger than they do without the binoculars.
The second number refers to the objective size (diameter in millimeters). The objectives are the large lenses at the end of the binocular (opposite from the eyepieces). There are roughly 25mm in an inch, so a 15x70 binocular's objectives are approximately 3" in diameter. The size of the objective lenses determines the light-gathering power of the binoculars. Generally speaking, for astronomy binoculars, the larger the objectives, the more you'll see. For daylight usage, the larger the objectives, the brighter and clearer the view will be. But as objective size increases, the physical size and weight of the binocular increases, and price also goes up almost exponentially.  

There are 3 basic keys to capturing a good image through a scope or bino's using a Smartphone. 
They are:

1.) Have a steady mount for the telescope or binocular. If the scope moves a lot you will never get a steady clear shot of whatever you are trying to capture. A strong, sturdy mount is very important to your success! For me it was a $40 camera tripod as the binoculars I purchased came with a bracket to mount to a tripod!

2.) Have a steady hand on the camera and sitting down is very helpful. I always like to sit down or lie down when looking up at the stars. But sitting down while capturing the night sky is most helpful. It will assist your hands on taking a great shot!

2.5) Yes 2.5 because its a little extra tip - Make sure you invest in a nice head lamp. Its easy light, that you don't have to carry in your hands. 


#3.) Post processing!! Since this is an iPhone, there are tons of apps to tweak photos. But I have found Instagram to be a very good tool and allows for quick sharing. 

The next 4 images are untouched, just the raw image from the bino's to the phone.

These last two are the comparison shots, the first image was using the iPhone to crop it. The second image is using Instagram. Pretty impressive and relatively easy! Good luck shooting!   

So with just a pair of Binoculars and a SmartPhone you too can take some pictures of the celestial bodies close to Earth! Hope you give it a try and if you do, let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone

So if you were to ask me 10 or 20 years ago before technology really took off for the human race, that I would own an autonomous flying vehicle, I would have said, please stop doing whatever drugs you are doing because you are crazy! 

But with the year 2016 winding down, I have found myself a proud owner of very high powered 

UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System)
known as the
Autel Robotics X-Star Premium Drone

I purchased it at Best Buy a day before my birthday on lunch in the middle of a workday. 

I could hardly contain my excitement as I opened the case in my car to see this new wonder! 

So how did I come to purchasing this particular one you ask?

I met the CEO Steve McIrvin at the Annual National Association of REALTORS(R) Conference in early November 
(where I met this guy - Ty Burrell!!!)

and I knew right away the drone was a solid piece of equipment. I had been pricing out the DJI Phantom and MAVEC drones and looked at the 
GoPRO SOLO but the price was too high and I had heard enough bad things to that I didn't want them for the price.

I got to see how the drone flew at the event, and then went to 
To find out everything I could about the X-Star and what I found was a crazy amount of great videos and nothing but positive reviews!

The drone is a lot like the DJI Phantom Series, except that the camera comes right off the drone and can be replaced with a new one or even better cameras that are coming. 
I heard Infrared / Heat Signatures! Search and Rescue!

The other thing I liked more than DJI was the hard case that the Premium version gives you.

This is the DJI case, which is just a styrofoam case. To me it looks 
like a beer cooler!

But behold the X-Star case below! Its like James Bond case! Zippers close and is travel ready!

So the Drone case comes packed with the Controller, Drone, 
8 propellers, Battery, Charger for both Controller & Battery,
Neck strap, 64GB mini-SD card, and a instruction manual.

It took about an hour to charge everything up. 

The first thing I had to do was download the updated firmware from their website and then copy the file to the SD Card, insert the card back into the drone and power everything up and it updated everything automatically! 

My first Picture from the drone and outside I went to do a quick night test flight!

The app for the Drone is called Starlink and it works easy and allows you to set waypoints, orbits and follow me. It also has Auto-TakeOff and Auto Landings which make life so much easier! All which I have since tested and they work as intended! 

A great shot of my neighborhood about 250 feet up!

Another nice shot of UB North Campus at around 389 feet!

Here is the "Follow Me" Feature on my drone as my son who drove the truck (which you will see occasionally in the shot!) and I just tried to keep the drone facing the best parts as we drove through our Christmas lighted neighborhood!

And here is my first multi-clip video, merged together for one nice drone flight!

For $699 this Drone is worth it for both consumer and commercial applications!

Go get this drone!