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Wednesday, July 11, 2018


July 10, 2018 (Clarence, NY) – Forbes Capretto Homes and Essex Homes of WNY, two of the largest, privately-owned, custom homebuilders in Western New York, are partnering together to develop land and future neighborhood communities across the greater WNY region.

The first of their joint ventures will encompass 21 cul-de-sac lots that comprise the next phase of development within Spaulding Green, the largest community in the Northtowns of Erie County located in Clarence Center, NY.

“We look forward to combining our knowledge of the home building industry and putting our combined years of experience to work in the WNY marketplace, as we look for opportunities to expand and develop new land that will both benefit prospective homeowners and create new neighborhoods and communities across the Erie and Niagara regions. We chose Spaulding Green as our initial venture in response to customer demand and because it complements the
many desirable locations and features of the existing communities in which we build. Both our companies have been building upscale, custom homes in Clarence for many years, so, it was a natural extension of our expertise,” said David Capretto, president and owner of Forbes Capretto Homes and Philip J. Nanula, president and CEO of Essex Homes of WNY.

Located in the heart of Clarence, Spaulding Green is the largest community development in the Town of Clarence. This interconnected, multi-neighborhood community is comprised of single-family, patio and townhomes set against the backdrop of hundreds of acres of lush woodlands and designated preservation areas, community lakes, winding roads, and multiple nature trails. There are also a series of public sidewalks and bike paths intended to promote a sense of community among residents while enhancing the development’s aesthetic beauty.

Located east of Transit off Greiner Road, Spaulding Green’s prime location within the Clarence Central School District offers the convenience of major shopping, dining and entertainment outlets, in addition to the quieter “country” atmosphere of nearby Clarence Hollow just east of Main Street, complete with its farmer’s markets, small businesses and boutique-style shops.

As two, well-established homebuilders who share a stake in the WNY community, both Forbes Capretto Homes and Essex Homes have been responsible for increasing the tax base by millions of dollars within the towns and various communities in which they build luxury custom homes, in addition to creating hundreds of jobs throughout the area. Both companies have consistently ranked within the top five on the annual list of homebuilders published by Buffalo Business First and each has been recognized with numerous industry honors and awards, in addition to making significant contributions to multiple charitable organizations over the years. Both builders are also longtime members of the Buffalo Niagara Builders’ Association (BNBA).

Forbes Capretto Homes has been serving customers across WNY for over 30 years. Company president, David Capretto, began selling real estate at the age of 18. Five years later he purchased a partially-built home that was in foreclosure, convinced the bank to lend him the money to finish the home which he would later sell, and Capretto Homes was born. Capretto worked his way through the ranks learning and working across every aspect of the business,
eventually purchasing Forbes Homes to create one of the largest, privately-owned businesses in WNY.

Founded in 1992, Essex Homes of WNY celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2017. The company has built over 1500 homes across WNY which includes communities in Clarence, East Aurora, Lancaster, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lakeview and Orchard Park. President, Philip J. Nanula, originally began his career in the food business at Tops Markets in the 1980s, which was co-founded by his father, Savino Nanula in 1960. His family, including brothers Steven,
Paul and Anthony, then founded Essex Homes of WNY. Nanula had the opportunity to put his business talents to work at Essex Homes, which now employs 18 associates and actively works with over 60 major suppliers and subcontractors throughout WNY.

For more information on Forbes Capretto Homes visit their website at or call 716.651.4663. To learn more about Essex Homes of WNY, including community properties available for sale or lease in Clarence, NY, visit or call Scott Henderson, Regional Sales Manager at 716.725.7577.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

MJ Peterson / Tucker Homes Supports Research at Roswell Park

Teaming up to “Raise the Roof” For Cancer

AMHERST, NY - MJ Peterson / Tucker Homes has teamed up with Roswell Park Cancer Institue to
“Raise the Roof” against cancer. The Raising the Roof campaign engages WNY Builders and Vendors to build a home in which a percentage of the proceeds from the sale benefits cutting-edge research at Roswell Park.
"As the country's first cancer treatment center, Roswell has had an impact on all of our lives," reflects Chris Tucker, Partner of MJ Peterson / Tucker Homes. "Together, we can help to ensure that their research continues to be funded to establish a better tomorrow."
Chris Tucker

Coinciding with the Raising the Roof campaign is the 2018 Horizon Tour of Home, where MJ Peterson Tucker Homes will be participating on July 19-22 and July 26-29. Members of the community will be able to come and view the home, known as “The Wothington II”, along with many others. The Worthington II is located at 5111 Anfield Road. Tickets are $9 and available for purchase on Roswell Park’s website.
MJ Peterson / Tucker Homes is a premier new home builder and award winning company in the Western New York area that specializes in building exquisite custom homes that are architechurally exciting, perfect in their beauty, and strong in structural muscle. MJ Peterson / Tucker Homes is meticulously attentive to the details of every home.

MJ Peterson / Tucker Homes offers custom built homes throughout Western New York to include areas throughout Erie and Niagara Counties including Amherst, Lancaster, Lockport, Hamburg, Orchard Park and our newest community in Clarence. Please visit for additional information.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

MJ Peterson Celebrates Continued Growth in Business

Company president attributes success to diverse offerings in local market
AMHERST, NY – MJ Peterson celebrated its 88th year in business during their 34th Annual Awards
Ceremony, held at the Park Country Club.

Victor L. Peterson III, President and CEO of MJ Peterson, opened the ceremony’s speeches with the
State of the Company address. Mr. Peterson congratulated the company on being the largest
independently owned and operated, full-service real estate company serving all of WNY’s real estate needs. MJ Peterson is committed to their diversified business model, which lends itself to their stableand expanding businesses.

“MJ Peterson is local and we are committed to Western New York,” Mr. Peterson remarked. “Our
diversified business model continues to be one of our greatest assets, evident in our continued growth.”

The company also welcomed 31 sales associates during 2017, with another 13 new and experienced agents in February 2018!
Several sales associates and employees were acknowledged for individual achievement at the ceremony:

Susie Lenahan
Susan Lenahan was recognized as top agent for the eleventh consecutive year. Lenahan closed over $23.4 million in residential sales in 2017. She has been the top Buffalo city agent for more than 19 years.

Michael Olear
The Olear Team, led by Michael Olear in Tonawanda, was awarded the 2017 top team with over $25.3 million in sales.

Ronald “Gunner” Tronolone was awarded the top commercial agent based on both units and volume in 2017. Joe Jacobi Jr. received a “Team Impact” award for his contributions to the Commercial Division

Jill Chudoba
Jill Chudoba, Client Coordinator of MJ Peterson / Tucker Homes was awarded Employee of the year.

The Property Management division saw a strong rental market, and have several new projects in their pipeline. Deer Lakes, their luxury apartments in Amherst, saw their final phase completed, wrapping up the 256-unit complex. Their rental portfolio also increased with 16 newly built two-bedroom apartments at Stonington Park Apartments and 6 new two-bedroom townhouses in the Audubon community.

MJ Peterson Tucker Homes experienced a positive 2017, and has sold out of their available lots in thefirst phase of “Harris Hill Commons” in Clarence. This luxury patio home community features large building lots with 50% greenspace, and only a mile from Transit Road. Their next phase is under construction.

Peterson concluded his address by saying, “This year we were honored by Business First to rise in the rankings to become the 22nd largest private company in WNY. This increase represents a significant leap forward and far outweighs the gains of even the closest competitor.”

MJ Peterson, founded in 1930, is a family-owned and operated full service real estate  company, with numerous rental units, more than 300 sales associates and employees, 6 residential offices, and 1 commercial office in the Buffalo-Niagara marketplace. More information is available at

MJ Peterson continues expansion of workforce in WNY

Local real estate company hires new employees in marketplace.
AMHERST, NY – MJ Peterson Corporation has recently hired new employees.

Courtney McDermott
Courtney McDermott joined MJ Peterson as the Marketing Assistant/Graphic Designer in February. Are resident of North Buffalo, McDermott graduated from SUNY Buffalo State with a Bachelor’s degree inPublic Communications. Prior to working at MJ Peterson, McDermott interned at Millennium Collaborative Care and worked as an Assistant Manager at Catalyst Fitness.


Lauren Torrisi
Lauren Torrisi joined MJ Peterson as the Accounts Payable Specialist in March. Torrisi is a resident of Kenmore and graduated from Erie Community College with an Associate’s degree in Business
Administration. Torrisi previously worked full-time as a Quality Assurance Analyst at FirstSource Advantage.

Nicole Andrews

Nicole Andrews joined MJ Peterson as the IT Technician in April. Currently residing in North
Tonawanda, Andrews graduated from University at Buffalo. In addition to working at MJ Peterson,
Andrews is also a NYS Home Inspector, a White-Water Rafting Guide and a Girl Scout Tr oop Leader.“A s o ne of the premier, diversified real estate companies in WNY, we continue to expand our market share throughout the area,” said Victor L. Peterson, III, President and CEO of MJ Peterson. “Our sales associates and employees have continued to push us toward continued growth for 2018.”

MJ Peterson, founded in 1930, is a family-owned and operated full service real estate  company with numerous rental properties, 300+ sales associates and employees, six residential offices, and onecommercial office in the Buffalo-Niagara marketplace. More information is available at

Wednesday, March 14, 2018



February 6, 2018 (Buffalo, NY) – Essex Homes of WNY announces the opening of 64 Tranquility Trail in Cross Creek Estates, a single-family home community in Lancaster off Pleasant View Drive near Harris Hill Road. This home showcases the builder’s “Fenway” II home design and features 2269 SF, 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It is available for $369,900 and is open for viewing Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

“The “Fenway II” provides a significant amount of active living space for homebuyers with growing families or those simply looking to downsize while remaining budget-friendly. This functional floor plan makes use of virtually every available space in the home and remains one of our most popular home plan designs,” says Scott Henderson, Regional Sales Manager.  

Upon entering the home, a welcoming foyer presents the builder’s elegant signature trim surrounding the doorway and opens to a formal dining room with crown molding. The main hallway leads to a spacious great room, kitchen and sunroom, all of which combine to create an open living area. Hardwood flooring is featured throughout most of the first floor along with 9′ ceilings. A convenient entry from the attached garage provides easy access to both the foyer and half bath. 
A spacious great room toward the rear of the home showcases a gas fireplace accented by a ceramic tile hearth and is complemented by three large windows across the back wall that embrace the natural light and offer picturesque views of the outdoors. A professional kitchen adjacent to the great room features ivory-painted maple cabinets with wood dovetailed drawers and softouch guides, granite countertops, an island breakfast bar with an eat-in dinette, and stainless-steel appliances. A connecting sunroom showcases a cathedral ceiling, two walls of windows and a sliding door to the rear yard. The kitchen opens to the formal dining room off the main foyer where the carpeted stairway leads to the second floor and four bedrooms. An elegant master suite with a spacious walk-in closet is complemented by a ceramic-tiled private bath featuring dual vanities with Kohler® accents and granite countertops, as well as a tiled walk-in shower with built-in bench. Three, generously-sized secondary bedrooms offer easy access to the ceramic-tiled main bath and convenient second-floor laundry.  

The most recent phase of development within Cross Creek Estates began in 2017 resulting in the addition of 35 new home sites. Nestled within a “country-like” setting which includes a conservation area to protect the surrounding woodlands and future home resale values, Cross Creek offers homebuyers the unique opportunity to build on cul-de-sac lots which offer more privacy and significantly less traffic. Its prime location in north Lancaster offers quick access to community parks, shopping, dining and retail venues via nearby Transit Road and the NYS Thruway.

 “In addition to our move-in-ready home at 64 Tranquility Trail, we are also offering homebuyers who build with us in Cross Creek the opportunity to save up to $15,000 as part of our newest promotion, ‘Time is of the Essex,’ says Henderson. For a limited time, customers can choose from a broad array of custom options to personalize their home such as floor plan expansions, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and much more.”   

To learn more about Cross Creek Estates, interested buyers may visit Essex Homes’ model at 72 Tranquility Trail, which is open Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. or by appointment. In addition to the home at 64 Tranquility Trail, a new “Easton” was recently completed at 21 Weathersfield Lane and is available for $434,900. For more information or to arrange a private viewing of these homes, please call 716.681.2513. 

Essex Homes of WNY has built more than 1,500 homes across WNY which includes communities in Clarence, East Aurora, Lancaster, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lakeview and Orchard Park. For more information on Essex Homes, including community properties available for sale or lease, visit

HUNT Real Estate ERA Agent Ranks First Worldwide in Sales For 3rd Straight Year

Larry Magguilli of HUNT Real Estate ERA ranked #1 agent by ERA Real Estate for units sold in 2017

Buffalo, N.Y. – March 6, 2018 
For the third consecutive year, ERA Real Estate has named Larry Magguilli of HUNT Real Estate ERA their #1 Sales Associate for Total Units Sold. Magguilli ranked first for the entire ERA network in 2017, which includes 36,000 brokers and sales associates throughout the United States and 31 countries and territories. Magguilli earned this honor by selling 465 units in 2017, besting his 2016 total of 428 units.

Charlie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer for HUNT Real Estate ERA, commented, “To be named the top agent in the entire ERA Real Estate network once is an incredible acomplishment, but to earn this achievement three straight years is truly remarkable. Larry is one of the hardest working professionals in the business and we couldn’t be prouder to have him on our team.”

“Owning a home and investing in real estate is the bedrock of the American Dream, and remains the single best investment that can be made,” said Magguilli. “I am very proud that, with the backing of the great HUNT Real Estate family and my amazing team, I was able to earn the honor of being the #1 agent for number of sold homes for all of ERA worldwide. I wish to thank all of my clients and my team for this great honor.”

Magguilli was recognized for his achievement at the 2018 ERA International Business Conference in Las Vegas, NV on February 19-21, 2018.
For more information about HUNT Real Estate, visit

Media Contact: Dan Mirsky
Marketing Director, HUNT Real Estate ERA



March 13, 2018 (Clarence Center, NY) – Essex Homes of WNY is showcasing the opening of 9069 Bancroft Drive in Essex Greens at Waterford, a luxury patio home community in Clarence Center located off Dana Maria Parkway just east of Transit near Shimerville and Roll roads. This custom built “Arbor” features 2234 SF, 2 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. It is available for $429,900 and is open for viewing Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

“Essex Greens at Waterford was conceptualized as a community where homeowners approaching retirement or those simply looking to change their lifestyle can enjoy upscale living accommodations within a relaxed and informal setting. The Arbor is just one of five distinct ranch plans ranging from 1,600 to over 3,000 square feet and offers an open, light-filled interior along with many sophisticated appointments which is ideal for those seeking a reduced-maintenance lifestyle without sacrificing luxury,” says Scott Henderson, Regional Sales Manager. “Essex Green’s prime location also offers convenient access to walking and biking trails nestled within its picturesque conservation area, while providing convenient access to many commercial venues via nearby Transit Road,” he says.

Beginning with its handsome vinyl shake siding and applied stone front elevation, a signature look within the community, visitors to 9069 Bancroft Drive will be welcomed through a covered front entrance into a spacious foyer with a box ceiling adorned with crown molding. The builder’s elegant signature trim surrounds the doorway and is complemented by pre-finished hardwood floors and 9’ ceilings on the first floor. To the left of the foyer is a private den enhanced by a 15-lite French door and hardwood floor, as well as a convenient powder room. Just beyond the foyer to the right is a spacious kitchen with an island breakfast bar. A colorful ceramic tile backsplash and under-cabinet lighting enhances the look of this professional kitchen with its “Aristokraft” white-painted maple cabinets and sophisticated, stainless-steel appliances. A convenient entry from the attached garage provides access to the kitchen, ceramic-tiled mudroom with large coat closet and the first-floor laundry behind a concealed pocket door.  

A formal dining room with decorative crown molding is located just beyond the kitchen and opens to the rear covered porch and spacious great room showcasing a box ceiling with crown molding, decorative overhead fan and a gas fireplace. The great room is complemented by three large windows across the back wall that embrace the natural light while offering panoramic views of the outdoors. 

An elegant master suite is located to the left of the great room and includes a luxurious ceramic-tiled bath featuring dual vanities with Kohler® accents and granite countertops, as well as a ceramic-tiled, glass-enclosed shower with a built-in seat. A privacy commode room and spacious walk-in closet is located just beyond the bath. A convenient carpeted loft, secondary guest bedroom and full bathroom located on the second floor provides both privacy and additional space for visitors.

“In addition to our move-in-ready home at 9069 Bancroft Drive and under-construction plan at 5641 Chatham Lane, we are also offering homebuyers up to $2,500 in savings on select lots for a limited time.” 

To learn more about Essex Greens at Waterford, interested buyers may visit the builder’s “Easton” furnished model home at 9072 Bancroft Drive, which is open daily from 1-5 (or by appointment) closed on Fridays. In addition to the home available for sale at 9069 Bancroft Drive for $429,900, a new “Berkley” is now under construction at 5641 Chatham Lane. For more information or to arrange a private viewing of these homes, please call 716.725.7577.  

Essex Homes of WNY has built more than 1,500 homes across WNY which includes communities in Clarence, East Aurora, Lancaster, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lakeview and Orchard Park. For more information on Essex Homes, including community properties available for sale or lease, visit