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Town Board Meeting Videos

The video of the Town Board meeting from Wednesday March 25, 2020 has been uploaded to the Town website and is now available for viewing. Please click the link below to view this and other Town Board agendas, minutes, and meeting videos.

Erie County, NY Department of Health: Coronavirus Information

NOTICE:

All Town of Amherst Board and Committee meetings (with the exception of the Town Board) will be cancelled for 30 days through April 14, 2020 or until further notice. In addition, Amherst Town Hall at 5583 Main Street is closed to the public and public access will be by appointment only.

  • Town Clerk: 716-631-7021 - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM (until further notice)
  • Assessor: 716-631-7038
  • Building Department: 716-631-7080
  • Planning Department: 716-631-7051
  • Purchasing/Contracts: 716-631-7007
  • Bids: 716-631-7007
  • Human Resources: 716-631-7025

For all other appointment requests, please call 716-631-7013 or 716-631-7032.

Town of Amherst Courts and Village of Williamsville Courts

All non-essential Town and Village of Williamsville court functions have been POSTPONED and all Town and Village Court buildings are CLOSED. Please see this Press Release for details

Bid Openings

Town of Amherst bid openings will be live streamed and recorded. The public will not be allowed to attend bid openings in person. Please see the links below for either the live stream or recordings. All bids are due according to their published times. The bid openings for Tue., March 23, 2020 will begin at 12:30 PM.

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Community Development Housing Assistance Programs /  Tips for the Homebuyer

Tips for the Homebuyer

Do the math before you buy a house. The fact that a lender will lend you money to buy a house doesn't mean you can afford it.

  • Do you know what the taxes are?
  • What happens if the roof needs to be replaced or the waste lines need to be dug up or the furnace blows?
  • Do you know how much the utilities cost?
  • Do you know how much it costs to heat the home?

The answers to these questions are free.


Find out what the seller paid for the house and when by checking with the county clerk records. Check the Assessor's records to find out the current assessed value of the property.

  • If you are offering to pay a great deal more, find out why?
  • What work has been done to the property?
  • Ask for proof as to what was paid for work performed?

The answers to these questions are free.


Don't assume that is makes economic sense to buy a house.

  • If you overpay for a house, you are the loser.
  • If the house you buy falls in value, you are the loser.
  • Get an independent home inspection. An appraisal, even if it correctly establishes the market value, does not vouchsafe the mechanical systems in a house. This should cost approximately $250.00.

If the deal involves the seller holding the mortgage, approach it with great caution. A seller can foreclose on your property easier than a bank or mortgage company.

  • Get a title report paid for by the seller.
  • Get a home inspection.
  • Get your own appraisal.
  • Get a lawyer to represent you. This should cost you approximately $400.00.

Remember, you must watch out for for your best interests.

  • Not the real estate broker.
  • Not the mortgage broker.
  • Not the lender.
  • Not the appraiser.
  • Not the seller.

If you can't afford a home inspection, appraisal or lawyer, then you probably can't afford to buy a home. If you are not sure, think twice. Make sure you have answers to all your question before you proceed.

For an application for the Town of Amherst First-Time Homebuyer Program, please call (716) 631-7082.

About Amherst

The Town of Amherst was established in 1818 and celebrated its 200th Anniversary in 2018. The town has a geographical area of 53.6 square miles and a population of greater than 122,000.

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The Town of Amherst ADA Coordinators are Robert McCarthy (Director of Human Resources) and Mark Berke (Commissioner of Buildings).

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