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Wednesday, May 4, 2016


BUFFALO, NY – May 3, 2016 – Through multiple fundraising events this year, the Lancaster office of HUNT Real Estate ERA ( has raised nearly $900 for Plymouth Crossroads ( The agents will be presenting their donation to the organization at their branch sales meeting on Tuesday, May 10th.

Plymouth Crossroads is a non-profit organization located in Lancaster, NY, offering transitional housing for disconnected, abused and homeless young men ages 16-20. As a voluntary residence, services are aimed at preventing youth from returning to homelessness, creating a more stable and productive living situation while preparing them for independence.

“The agents in our office feel that it is important to support local organizations within our community,” said Kelly Spurlock, Branch Director of the HUNT Lancaster office. “This organization is doing great work and we wanted to do our part to make sure that they can continue to make a difference in kids lives.”

About HUNT Real Estate ERA
HUNT Real Estate Corporation is the parent company of HUNT Real Estate ERA and operates over 40 branches throughout western, central, and upstate New York, and Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1911, HUNT Real Estate ERA is the largest family-owned and operated real estate company in the area and is ranked the 42nd largest real estate firm in the nation for closed transactions in 2015 by REALTrends. HUNT also operates a commercial brokerage, mortgage banking firm, two insurance agencies, title agency, an award-winning Relocation division, residential building company, and a fee-for-service brokerage. HUNT’s mission is to build its presence through successful sales associates, to grow profitably, and to provide the highest quality of real estate and homeownership services. For more information about HUNT Real Estate, visit

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS Inaugurates 2016 President

Buffalo, NY – On February 19, 2016, Sharon Ciminelli of MJ Peterson Real Estate, was named 2016 President of the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors (BNAR), a trade organization with more than 3,000 local members whose mission is to promote professionalism, real estate property rights and values and is the voice for real estate in the Western New York area. Sharon was installed as President by her husband, Michael.

Sharon Ciminelli was installed as the 112th President of BNAR
An Amherst, NY resident, Ciminelli has served as an Officer of BNAR for the past two years before becoming President.  She is an award winning agent in her office, and has served on many of our Associations Committees, as well as at the State and National level.

“Ciminelli goes above and beyond to further her personal and professional development and is a champion for the real estate industry and in her community.  A Realtor for 30 years, Sharon also serves as Crossing Guard to the Amherst Police Department.  In addition, Sharon and her certified therapy dog Buster, visit nursing homes and the Buffalo Airport as part of the SPCA’s Paws for Love program with the goal of putting smiles on everyone’s faces.

“Being an animal advocate she is devoting her energy to the SPCA Serving Erie County, her designated charity for 2016,” said John B. Leonardi, BNAR Chief Executive Officer.  “Even at the inaugural event, supplies and certificates to adopt a puppy, dog, kitten or cat were auctioned off as a way to raise money for the SPCA Serving Erie County, he added.”

Her Presidential theme for 2016 is “United as One.”  Realtors come from different backgrounds and countries; we all work together, diligently with buyers and sellers so that they can plant deep roots in our community and make our industry professional, respectable and relevant.  Her commitment to Real Estate is strong with her goal to better the Real Estate industry for future generations.

 Mike McDonough, Realtor of the Year Recipient

At the event, Michael McDonough of Hunt Real Estate ERA was named Realtor of the Year and Shelia Ferrentino of RealtyUSA WNY, was named Realtor-Associate of the Year.  The awards are based on exemplary service and participation in the BNAR, the Real Estate community, the National and State Association and involvement and service in civic, community, church and charitable projects as well as business accomplishments

Shelia Ferrentino, Realtor-Associate of the Year Award Recipient
In addition to Sharon’s installation, the following individuals were installed by Amy Winklhofer, her friend and a past president of BNAR she is also a Real Estate broker/owner:  Officers – Dawn Brown-Realty USA WNY, President Elect;   Rebecca VanDorn-Letchworth Valley Realty, Secretary/Treasurer;  Eric Winklhofer-Century 21 Winklhofer, Vice President;  Joe Rivellino-Rivellino Realty, Past President and Philip Aquila Jr-MJ Peterson Real Estate  her Presidential Advisor.
Directors serving three year terms are: Ann Edwards-Realty Edge,  Bill Higgins-MJ Peterson Real Estate, John Kopera-Realty USA WNY and Donna Littlefield-Realty USA WNY.  One year terms as Director at Large are Peter F. Hunt-Hunt Real Estate ERA and Matthew Whitehead-Realty USA WNY.   Appointed as Regional Director is John Wallin-Nothnagle Realtors who is representing Genesee Valley and Elaine McCune-MJ Peterson Real Estate who is representing Niagara County.

Officers and Directors being sworn into office



April 15, 2015 (Lancaster, NY) – Essex Homes of WNY is pleased to announce that   it will be showcasing its popular “Fenway II” home plan on Sunday, April 24 from 1-5 p.m.  “The home at 19 Tranquility and our recent expansion and phased development of Cross Creek Estates has continued to enhance what has become an increasingly successful community development,” says Jeff Jones, Regional Sales Manager with Essex Homes of WNY. This home is located off of Pleasant View Drive between Stony and Pavement Roads.

 “The Fenway II is one of our most popular home plan designs and represents just one of more than 50 plans available to our customers,” says Jones.  Cross Creek Estates has and continues to be a highly sought after community given its great location and family-oriented atmosphere. We are excited to be able to offer several available and move-in-ready homes as well as building lots within this thriving community.  For a limited time, prospective buyers also have the opportunity to customize their new Essex home with up to $15,000 in free custom options in Cross Creek as part of our latest promotion - “The Choice is Yours, he says.”  Pricing starts in the $290s. 

The home at 19 Tranquility Trail includes 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and showcases 2,142 square feet of living space within a functional floor plan designed for the active lifestyle of today’s families.  This Fenway II offers great “curb appeal” beginning with its maintenance-free, natural clay colored double-vinyl siding and handsome covered front entry. Andersen windows enhance the exterior appearance while introducing light throughout the home. Adding to 19 Tranquility’s appeal are numerous interior amenities and a new home warranty.    

Upon entering the home, the foyer presents the builder’s signature trim surrounding the doorway and opens to a formal dining room and half bath. The main floor features 9’ ceilings along with elegant, birch hardwood flooring in the foyer which continues throughout most of the first floor into the kitchen/dinette, sunroom, powder room and hallways. The great room, kitchen and sunroom combine to create an open living area for the family which is enhanced by a formal dining room with crown molding to further maximize space for daily living and holiday gatherings. The kitchen features expresso-stained maple cabinets, granite countertops, and a stainless steel dishwasher and microwave/hood combo, along with an island breakfast bar/workspace for the family chef.  A connecting sunroom extends from the kitchen showcasing a vaulted ceiling, two walls of glass windows and a patio door. The adjacent great room includes a gas fireplace accented by a ceramic tile hearth and is complemented by three large windows across the back wall that embrace natural light to create a more open space and picturesque views to the outdoors.  A convenient entry from the attached garage provides easy access to the foyer and powder room. 

The second floor includes a spacious master bedroom suite complete with a large, walk-in closet, a private bath with ceramic tile flooring, granite countertops and dual vanities. Three, large bedrooms on the second floor offer convenient access to a main bath with granite countertops. The second floor also features a convenient laundry room that is easily accessible to all bedrooms.

This newest phase of this neighborhood offers homebuyers the unique opportunity to build on cul-de-sac lots which are quieter and perfect for families with children because there is significantly less traffic.  It is also a great location in north Lancaster with easy access to Transit Road, major highways, community parks, shopping, dining and entertainment attractions,” he says. A new phase featuring 35 lots is planned to be build-ready this September.

Interested buyers may learn more about Cross Creek Estates by visiting Essex Homes’ model center located at 46 Tranquility Trail in Lancaster, which is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.  This is just one of four, outfitted model centers available for viewing in various communities throughout Western New York.  For questions, or to arrange a private viewing contact Jeff Jones at 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 additional information on Essex Homes, including community properties available for sale or lease, visit  HYPERLINK ""

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New York State’s REALTORS® support equal housing opportunities for all

As we celebrate the 48th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act, Buffalo’s REALTORS® know that despite the great progress that has been made in nearly five decades, we must be diligent in ensuring fair access to housing for all.
We applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent proposal to expand state fair housing protections on the basis of gender identity and his partnership with Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) here in Buffalo as part of his Fair Housing Enforcement Program.
I’m proud to note that REALTORS® incorporated gender identity as a protected class in our Code of Ethics in 2014.
As professionals who help bring buyers and sellers together, REALTORS® see on a daily basis the fulfillment that comes with homeownership. But, sadly, we know that housing discrimination still exists in 2016.
REALTORS® support measured government efforts to root out housing discrimination such as the state’s partnership with HOME in our communities. It is our hope the program will serve as a great reminder to sellers, real estate licensees and landlords that housing discrimination will not and cannot be tolerated.
Both The Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS and HOME work together through the twenty five member Erie County Fair Housing Partnership whose missions is to eliminate housing discrimination through education and outreach to the community.
Buffalo’s REALTORS® vigorously support the ideal that no one should be discriminated against based on race, color, national origin, disability or familial status as well as the additional protected classes under New York State Law including sexual orientation, military status, age or being a victim of domestic violence.
As advocates for fair housing, REALTORS® believe in building strong, diverse communities where all are welcome.
Debbie Norman
Director of Communications & Corporate Affairs

Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors

200 John James Audubon Pkwy

Amherst, NY  14228

716-636-9000   fax: 716-636-9121
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Monday, April 11, 2016


I been assisting buyers and seller for over 36 plus years now and I have moved to Roycroft Realty in Kenmore. I watched many agents and companies close or get out of the business.
Roycroft is not new to Western New York been here for over 6 years. It is time for a more personal touch Roycroft has combined experience of professional agents are more hands on and not so corporate

When I start we had ML books, hot sheets with new listings, no computers, no cell phones. We wrote contracts on the hoods of cars, no home inspections, no atty. approval. It is time to turn the page to something new and professional.

Contact me if I may help you.

Dawn Cain
Associate Broker
Roycroft Realty
2770 Delaware Ave
Buffalo (Kenmore)   
NY 14217


Wednesday, March 30, 2016

MJ Peterson Continues Steady Growth in Business

Company president attributes success to diverse offerings and teamwork

AMHERST, NY - As his company celebrates its 86th year in business, Victor L. Peterson III, President of MJ Peterson, said that his business increased in 2015 and that diversification remains the strongest asset.

Peterson made his remarks during the State of the Company address at their 32nd Annual Awards Ceremony held earlier this month at the Park Country Club in Williamsville.

He said his multi-generational business continues to grow, with a market share of almost nine percent and closed sales finishing with a five percent increase.

Peterson remarked that his company’s brokerage division had 34 sales production award winners. In addition, the company continues to increase their rental portfolio with 32 new units at Deer Lakes Apartments and 16 proposed units at Stonington Park Apartments; both complexes are located in Amherst near the University at Buffalo north campus.

MJ Peterson’s land development group recently received final approval for Harris Hill Commons, a 67-lot subdivision in Clarence featuring abundant green space and large building lots.

Peterson attributes much of the success not only to the company’s diverse offerings, but also to a strong management team, steadfast family ownership, and an unprecedented spirit of teamwork across all areas of the business.

Several sales associates and employees were acknowledged for individual achievement at the ceremony: Susan Lenahan was recognized as top agent for the ninth consecutive year. Lenahan closed over $23 million in residential sales in 2015. She has been the top Buffalo city agent for more than 17 years.

The Olear Team, led by Michael Olear in Tonawanda, was awarded the 2015 top team with over $14 million in sales.

Ronald “Gunner” Tronolone was awarded the top commercial agent based on units and volume in 2015, with almost $10 million in sales.

Tonawanda resident Bruce Best was named 2015 Employee of the Year. A former employee of MJ Peterson in 1977, Best returned to the company in 2013. As the corporate maintenance superintendant, Best manages a crew of seven technicians and is responsible for the maintenance of 300+ rental units. When Peterson announced the award, he commented that Best is “responsive, conscientious, and detail oriented. He looks after our properties as if they were his own.”

Peterson concluded his address by saying, “Let’s continue the momentum with the housing recovery, and have an even better 2016.”

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Cheektowaga adopts law for inspection upon selling.

The Town of Cheektowaga has adopted a law which will require anyone selling their improved real property to, prior to its sale, have an inspection done by the Town of the sump pump system, floor drains, downspouts, exterior drainage, etc. to ensure that unpolluted waters from these sources are not being discharged into the sanitary sewers.

Only those properties located in the Town of Cheektowaga Consolidated Sewer District must comply with this law. Attached is a copy of this law and a map depicting the boundaries of the Town of Cheektowaga Consolidated Sewer District.

This law will take effect on MARCH 1, 2016.   Application for a Certificate of Compliance shall be made to the Town of Cheektowaga Building Inspections Department at 275 Alexander Avenue, Cheektowaga, New York 14211 (Phone number 716-686-3470).  The fee for this inspection is $100.00.