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Friday, November 6, 2015


HUNT acquires Lang Agency’s two offices in Hornell, NY and Alfred, NY

BUFFALO, NY – November 5, 2015 – HUNT Real Estate ERA has expanded to the Southern Tier, acquiring the Lang Agency, a locally-run real estate firm with two offices in Hornell, NY and Alfred, NY. The Lang Agency has served the region for over 40 years and employs 13 real estate agents, all of whom will be joining HUNT. These two new offices bring the total number of HUNT branches to 37 across Western, Central and Upstate New York.

“We are thrilled to be able to join this wonderful community,” said Peter Hunt, Chairman & CEO of HUNT Real Estate ERA. “While the name will be changing, the faces will stay the same. We’re dedicated to offering the same great local knowledge and expertise you've come to expect from the Lang Agency for over 40 years.”

“We are excited for the opportunity to join HUNT Real Estate ERA,” commented Barbara Hess, Owner of the Lang Agency. “We look forward to the expanded tools we will be able to utilize, which will further enhance our ability to serve our customers and clients.”

HUNT Real Estate ERA will reside in the current location of Lang’s two offices:

27 Main Street, Hornell, NY 14843
11 West University Street, Alfred, NY 14802

About HUNT Real Estate ERA
HUNT Real Estate Corporation is the parent company of HUNT Real Estate ERA and operates nearly 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 45th largest real estate firm in the nation for closed transactions in 2014 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


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

ERA Team VP Real Estate Expands Ranks 5 New Associates Join Firm Focused on Growth

Chautauqua, NY (10/27/2015) — ERA Team VP Real Estate recently announced the addition of Shane Zahm, Darcie McLachlan, Christopher & Talitha Mascelli, and Jason Genberg to its team of real estate sales professionals serving consumers in the Chautauqua County area.

Shane Zahm joins ERA Team VP as a rookie real estate agent who is already on pace for $1,000,000 in sales in his first year. He credits his early success to his background in construction, ranging from building and remodeling homes, working as a Housing Rehab Specialist, and a Cable Technician. Shane lives and works in the Fredonia area, but covers real estate activity in all of Chautauqua County and most of Cattaraugus County. He is very active in his community, coaching his daughter’s sports teams; Little Kickers soccer, U6 soccer, and Hathaway League baseball. “The highest compliment my clients can give me is the referral of their friends, family, and business partners,” said Zahm.

Darcie McLachlan comes to the Real Estate industry with over 15 years of retail business experience where she held a variety of roles, including 4 years of leading Marketing/Membership departments in different Walmart-owned club locations. McLachlan prides herself on her fantastic service and believes that her customer-focused and marketing backgrounds will be an asset to her clients. Originally from Altoona, Pennsylvania, she is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Art. Her career has taken her to various locations throughout the East Coast including Danville, VA; State College, PA; Greensburg, PA; Seabrook, NH; Everett, PA; and most recently Jamestown, NY. She notes that Chautauqua County has been her favorite place to live and work, and she is grateful to have the opportunity to move back and call it home once again. McLachlan is also very passionate about the community and avidly supports the Buffalo Children’s hospital and M.S. Society. “I am thrilled to be affiliated with ERA Team VP, which has such a fantastic reputation for both their community involvement as well as the service towards their customers! I am looking forward to providing this great service in the community where I live and work,” said McLachlan.

Chris and Talitha Mascelli join ERA Team VP with extensive experience in commercial real estate and construction, having previously worked with large market developers in both Erie, PA and Jamestown, NY. They have a combined 30 years of experience working in commercial real estate, development, and construction. They currently operate 2 construction consulting businesses that are assisting developers in both Jamestown, NY and Erie, PA with multi-million dollar office and retail projects in Chautauqua County. Chris and Talitha are excited to offer their real estate skills and experiences to assist developers and property owners with land and property acquisition projects anywhere. “It is our goal to be the premier Commercial Real Estate team in Chautauqua County. Talitha and I have the necessary experience and can provide the support services that professional developers are looking for. Leveraging the support and technologies of the ERA franchise with our backgrounds in real estate and construction, we are able to offer a one-stop shop for commercial development. You will only get that with the Mascelli Real Estate Team,” said Chris Mascelli.

"In today's market, growth is the only option, and attracting top talent is a surefire way to achieve that goal," said Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner. "We are thrilled to have five professionals of such high caliber joining our firm."

As part of ERA Team VP Real Estate the agents will be able to offer homebuyers and sellers a wide variety of innovative and market-relevant products and services such as the ERA® Sellers Security® Plan and the ERA® Gold Star Property program as well as robust online marketing programs, extensive listings distribution partners, and related services including the ERA Home Protection Plan.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York visit or contact our Chautauqua County offices at (716) 789-2600. Call/text Shane Zahm directly at (716) 640-3529; Darcie McLachlan at (814) 937-3906; Chris Mascelli at (716) 640-8672; Talitha Mascelli at (716) 640-0253; and Jason Genberg at (716)-640-8956.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals Raises $9,000 for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

Chautauqua, NY (10/21/15) – 112 Golfers participated in the 6th Annual Agents of Hope Scramble Golf Tournament, hosted by ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals, to benefit the ALS Association and the ALS Division of MDA this past August at the Chautauqua Golf Club. The event, held every year on the last Wednesday of August, raised a total of $9,000.
Charlie Young, President & CEO of ERA Franchise Systems joins Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner of ERA Team VP for this year’s Agent of Hope Golf Tournament held on August 26, 2015.

Along with sponsorship opportunities there were many ways for the golfers to help raise money the day of the tournament. Featured on-course events included a Mojito Bar, Jell-O shot hole, betting hole, Arnold Palmer/John Daily Bar, Corn-Hole contest, and a prize wheel. Following the event, ERA hosted a steak dinner catered by Andriaccios, and included announcement of the tournament winners, a 50/50 drawing, and a raffle of over 65 items and gift certificates donated by local businesses.

“We’re delighted to host this friendly competition every year in order to show our company’s and our community’s true cooperation in supporting the efforts of the ALS Association and the ALS Division of MDA. Both organizations lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global cutting-edge research, and empower people with Lou Gehrig ’s disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support,” said Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner of ERA Team VP.

Soffel added that community members interested in attending, playing or helping out in next year’s tournament can contact Hanna Soffel Briggs at 716-789-2600 or  HYPERLINK ""

“The Agents of Hope Golf Tournament Committee would like to thank Troy Moss, the Chautauqua Golf Club, Andriaccio’s Restaurant and the many generous sponsors for helping to make this year’s tournament a success. A special thanks to the major tournament sponsors: Summit Wealth Financial, Inc., Jenn’s Lake Services, M&T Bank, and Allied Alarm. ERA Team VP looks forward to continuing the tournament next year and for many more years to come,” said Hanna Soffel Briggs, Agents of Hope Chairperson.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals in the Southern Tier of Western New York visit or call (716) 789-2600.

Friday, September 25, 2015


BUFFALO, NY – September 25, 2015 – HUNT Real Estate Corporation ( recently held its annual Golf Tournament & Wine Tour, benefiting the United Way. Through contributions from sponsors, participants, and HUNT sales professionals and employees, this year’s event raised $28,500 for the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County ( This is the 19th year HUNT has put on this event and, in total, they’ve raised over $350,000 through this annual fundraiser.

“None of this would have been possible without the generosity of our corporate partners and the dedication of our staff,” said Peter Hunt, Chairman & CEO of Hunt Real Estate Corp. “We are grateful for all of their donations and support - not just in monetary terms, but also in the commitment of their personal time to help this very worthy cause.”

“Western New York is an extraordinarily generous community. We are very grateful for the hardworking people at HUNT Real Estate who donate not only to our annual campaign, but also their time and energy to the United Way every year through this successful golf tournament,” said Michael Weiner, president of United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. “I want to personally thank HUNT Real Estate and its leadership for raising their hands and helping us achieve meaningful results in our community.”

For over 20 years, HUNT Real Estate has been one of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County’s largest charitable supporters. Since the United Way began keeping electronic records in 1994, HUNT Real Estate Corporation has raised over $730,000 for the organization.

“We value our partnership with the United Way because of their deep-rooted commitment to improving our community and creating opportunities for the people who live here,” remarked Hunt. “Our mission is to make 2015 another record year for HUNT Real Estate’s contributions to the United Way, and the success of this event is a big step towards us achieving that goal.”

About HUNT Real Estate ERA
HUNT Real Estate Corporation is the parent company of HUNT Real Estate ERA and operates nearly 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 45th largest real estate firm in the nation for closed transactions in 2014 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

About the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
The United Way of Buffalo & Erie County brings people, organizations, and resources together to improve community well-being. Through program funding, community collaborations and strategic initiatives in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Health and Wellness, United Way helps children reach their full potential, adults and families achieve financial stability, and people of all ages achieve and maintain physical, social and emotional health. For more information, visit

Contact: Dan Mirsky
Marketing Director, HUNT Real Estate ERA

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

MJ Peterson Commercial Division Snares Prestigious Industry Award

Team effort and experience cited as key to success

Amherst, NY—MJ Peterson Real Estate recently announced that the Amherst-based company’s Commercial Division won the 2014 CoStar Broker/Agent of the Year award earlier this year. MJ Peterson won the award based on 2014 sales volume reported through CoStar, the largest real-time database of commercial real estate information in the industry.
“Over the last few years, our focus has been to build a solid team; we accomplished that by working together and targeting the same goals. We have been successful at building our business, with Robert Liebeck, Gary DeCarlo, Joseph Jacobi, Jr. and Ronald “Gunner” Tronolone,” said Dorothy “Stahlnecker” Smith, associate real estate broker.
“This prestigious award from CoStar reflects how the capable members of our commercial division have taken the time and made the effort to know our area from the ground up,” said Victor L. Peterson III, company president.
“The CoStar award was one of our greatest achievements as a team and I am confident that this talented team of dedicated professionals will reach equal or even greater heights this year,” Stahlnecker added.

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

Friday, August 7, 2015


August 7, 2015 (Clarence, NY) - Essex Homes of WNY is pleased to announce that it recently
broke ground on Phase II of Essex Greens at Waterford, a luxury patio home community with
condominium status located in Clarence, NY, off of Roll Road to Dana Marie Parkway. The
announcement was made by Philip J. Nanula, president of Essex Homes. Phase II will include 27
new patio home sites, many backing to a 35-acre conservation area.

“Essex Greens is our newest building project and will consist of a total of 108 luxury patio homes
upon completion,” says Nanula. Essex recently completed Phase I development which includes 34
home sites and began construction on Phase II in July, 2015. The patio homes at Essex Greens
offer prospective homeowners five ranch designs ranging from 1,600-2,100 square feet along with
first floor master suites, optional second floors and additional square footage options within four out of the five plans, along with home prices starting in the mid $300’s. Currently, Essex Homes is
showcasing its “Eastbrook” patio home model located at 9072 Bancroft Drive off of Roll Road. The
model features 2,973 square feet, three (3) bedrooms and three (3) full baths.

In early 2014, the Essex Greens community was granted condominium status resulting in
additional benefits for homeowners that include snow removal, landscaping, lawn maintenance,
trash removal and monthly water service as part of a modest monthly assessment. One of the
community’s most significant features is its scenic, natural setting which is protected by the
Conservation Area. The surrounding land is home to many ponds, abundant natural wild life and
vegetation and is complemented by nearby walking and bike trails. Residents can also enjoy
convenient access to shopping, dining and entertainment off of Transit Road, along with recreational and educational activities offered through several town parks and the local library, according to Nanula. “Essex Greens at Waterford allows homeowners to benefit from the conveniences of a homeowners association while qualifying for lower property taxes. We are very excited to begin Phase II in the community’s development after significant successes in the completion of Phase I, which resulted in the purchase of more than 20 patio homes,” says Nanula.

The patio homes at Essex Greens are designed to provide prospective homeowners with
upscale living accommodations within a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Open, light-filled interiors,
luxurious features and custom options are perfect for those interested in gaining a reduced maintenance lifestyle without sacrificing luxury, according to Scott Henderson, Regional Sales
Manager. “Essex Greens offers a friendly neighborhood complete with charming, traditional
architecture. The community provides the ultimate in design, quality and value,” says Henderson.

Recognized as a premier builder in the WNY area and the recipient of multiple awards for
excellence in home building, Essex Homes’ mission statement pledges “commitment, quality,
service and a pleasant home building experience” for all prospective home buyers. Founded in 1992 by the Nanula family, Essex Homes of WNY has built more than 1,200 homes across WNY which includes communities in Clarence, East Aurora, Lancaster, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lakeview and Orchard Park. The “Eastbrook” patio home model at 9072 Bancroft Drive is open daily from 1-5 p.m. except Friday. For more information on Essex Greens, contact Scott Henderson, Regional Sales Manager at 716.725.7577. For additional information on Essex Homes, including community
properties available for sale or lease, visit

Monday, August 3, 2015


On July 21, Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS (BNAR) President Joe Rivellino and Board Member Rebecca VanDorn presented a check for six thousand five hundred ($6,500) dollars each to Mercy Flight Central and Mercy Flight Western New York.  The money was raised at the REALTORS golf event and auction which was held in June at Terry Hills Golf Course and Banquet Facility in Batavia, New York.

Mercy Flight Central is an independent, non-profit organization of air medical professionals, devoted to integrity and compassion, providing critical care to the sick and injured. Mercy Flight WNY is an independent, not-for-profit provider of emergency air-medical transport and supporting services, ensuring rapid, safe and cost effective delivery of expert emergency response teams.

The BNAR/Genesee Valley has been involved with Mercy Flight Central for over sixteen years and most recently Mercy Flight Western New York because of their needs and the areas the Association serves.  Spearheading the event/fundraiser was Rebecca VanDorn, BNAR Director and Genesee Valley Chapter President and Lynn Gleason, BNAR staff liaison.   “We are committed to fundraising for both organizations. We had a chance to meet the pilot, nurses and staff who are available 24 hours a day and they have saved the lives of a few of our members’”, stated Rebecca Van Dorn.   “REALTORS are committed not only to their real estate profession but also want to make a difference and give back in their communities”, stated Joe Rivellino, President of BNAR.

To make an online donation go to or

The Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS is one of more than 1,600 local boards and associations of REALTORS nationwide that comprise the National Association of REALTORS. Locally, BNAR is the "Voice for Real Estate" in the Western New York area. 

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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