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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

PHASE III DEVELOPMENT UNDERWAY WITHIN ESSEX GREENS AT WATERFORD

May 23, 2017 (Clarence, NY) – Essex Homes of WNY is pleased to announce that it has broken ground on Phase III development of Essex Greens at Waterford, a luxury patio home community with condominium status located in Clarence Center, NY. The development is located near Transit Road off of Dana Marie Parkway near the intersection of Shimmerville and Roll Roads.
“We continue to experience great success with our patio home project at Essex Greens as we enter this newest phase in its development. We’ve already taken many reservations for Phase III and demand is growing at a record pace,” says Scott Henderson, Regional Sales Manager.
 

According to Henderson, the patio homes within Essex Greens at Waterford were conceptualized with the intention of providing homeowners with upscale living accommodations within a relaxed, informal setting. Each home plan offered by Essex Homes includes open, light-filled interiors and many sophisticated appointments which are ideal for those looking for a reduced-maintenance lifestyle without sacrificing luxury. “The charming, traditional architecture of Essex Greens combined with a feel of ‘community’ among all the residents truly provides the ultimate experience in design, quality and value,” he says.
 

Prospective homeowners may choose from five distinct ranch plans ranging from 1,600 to over 3,000 square feet along with first floor master suites, additional square footage expansions and optional second floors available on four out of the five plans. Patio home prices begin in the mid $300’s and reservations are actively being accepted for Phase III with an initial lot deposit. Currently, Essex Homes is constructing a new “Berkley” luxury patio home at 9050 Covington Drive which offers 1,662 sq. ft., two bedrooms, a 2 den and two full baths, priced at $387,900. In addition, a fully-furnished model home at 9072 Bancroft Drive showcases the largest available patio home plan, the “Eastbrook” which features nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of luxury living space along with three bedrooms, a den, and three full baths. In early 2014, Essex Greens at Waterford was granted condominium status, resulting in additional benefits for homeowners, including snow removal, landscaping, lawn maintenance, trash removal and monthly water service as part of a
modest monthly assessment, which Henderson points out is currently at $160/month.
 

“Essex Greens at Waterford allows homeowners to benefit from all the conveniences of a homeowner’s association while qualifying for lower property taxes. One of this community’s most appealing features is its scenic natural setting near to a 35-acre protected conservation area. The surrounding land, much of which backs to several home sites, is residence to abundant wild life, vegetation, nearby walking and bike trails. The community’s prime location near to Transit Road also affords residents the opportunity to take advantage of many shopping, dining and entertainment venues. For a limited time, we are also offering homeowners up to $2,500 off select lot premiums,” says Henderson. 

To date, Essex Greens is one of Essex Homes’ most ambitious and successful building projects. Total investment in the project has already exceeded the projected $12.2M anticipated as part of Phase II and is expected to grow. The Essex Greens development will result in a total of 108 luxury patio home sites upon completion. “The benefit of this growth is that it also serves to create a tax base for the Town of Clarence and Erie County, resulting in job creation,” says Henderson.
 

The “Eastbrook” model at 9072 Bancroft Drive is open daily from 1-5, except Fridays. For more
information on living within Essex Greens at Waterford, please contact Scott Henderson, Regional Sales Manager at 716.725.7577. Now celebrating its 25th year, Essex Homes has built more than 1,500 homes across Western New York in communities including Aurora, Clarence, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lakeview,\ Lancaster, and Orchard Park. For additional information and to view all available homes within Essex Greens and our other communities, visit www.essexhomeswny.com.




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Friday, May 19, 2017

Long Time Dedication to REALTOR Association Honored

The Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors®, Inc. (BNAR) presented a special award from the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) to eleven members for forty years of service to the real estate industry earlier this month at the Buffalo Launch Club in Grand Island, NY.  Our honorees this year are Robert Vacanti-Northeastern Appraisal;  Peter F. Hunt-Hunt Real Estate ERA;  Mary Schemm-RealtyUSA WNY, Inc.;  Christie Rothschild-MJ Peterson Real Estate; Ann Dunning-Hunt Real Estate ERA; Susan Downing-RE/MAX North; Gordon Trank-Trank Real Estate and Peter P. Scarcello-Hunt Real Estate ERA. (missing from the photo were Salvatore Balesteri-Century 21 Balesteri Real Estate;  Sylvia Frost-RealtyUSA WNY, Inc. and Catherine Tobia-RealtyUSA WNY, Inc.)  Also at the event the Lifetime Service Award was given to Harry T. Purvis-Purvis & Brown, who began his real estate career in 1958.

NAR and BNAR have honored a total of one hundred Realtor® Emeriti throughout the years.  Awardees were presented with a lapel pin from the National Association of Realtors® which will be worn with pride for their dedication to the real estate profession.   “BNAR is proud to honor these individuals.  Their passion and commitment to the real estate industry for so many years makes them remarkable role models”, said John B. Leonardi, Chief Executive Officer of BNAR.

The Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors® is one of more than 1,200 local boards and associations that comprise the National Association of Realtors®.  As the nation’s largest trade association, NAR is “the Voice for Real Estate,” representing over 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the real estate industry.

Contact:
John Leonardi
Chief Executive Officer, Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS
716-909-6258

Monday, April 17, 2017

MJ Peterson Continues Steady Growth in Business

Company president attributes success to diverse offerings in local market

AMHERST, NY - As his company celebrates its 87th year in business in Western New York, Victor L. Peterson III, President of MJ Peterson, said that his business increased in 2016 and that diversification remains the strongest asset.


Peterson made his remarks during the State of the Company address at their 33rd Annual Awards
Ceremony held earlier this month at the Park Country Club in Williamsville.
 

He said his multi-generational family-owned and independent business is committed to serving the
Western New York area exclusively. Peterson added “We are local and live where we work. That sets us apart.”
 

Peterson remarked that his company’s brokerage division had 33 sales production award winners. In addition, the company continues to increase their rental portfolio with 32 new units at Deer Lakes Apartments, 16 proposed units at Stonington Park Apartments, and 6 new townhouse units in the Audubon Community; all these sites are located in Amherst near the University at Buffalo north campus.
 

MJ Peterson’s land development group received final approval for Harris Hill Commons, a 67-lot
subdivision in Clarence featuring abundant green space and large building lots. This patio home
community will have condo tax status and lots are available for purchase now.
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 tenth consecutive year. Lenahan closed over $27 million in residential sales in 2016 - her career high in sales. She has been the top Buffalo city agent for more than 18 years.
 

The Olear Team, led by Michael Olear in Tonawanda, was awarded the 2016 top team with over $18 million in sales.
 

Ronald “Gunner” Tronolone was awarded the top commercial agent based on both units and volume in 2016.
 

West Seneca resident Edward Schubauer was named 2016 Employee of the Year. As the corporate IT technician, Schubauer is the main point of contact for tech support for both employees and tenants. When Peterson announced the award, he commented that since Schubauer has joined the team “We have never had a more user-friendly IT department.” 

Peterson concluded his address by saying, “Let’s continue the momentum with the housing market, and have an even better 2017.” !

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
www.mjpeterson.com.




Thursday, April 6, 2017

HUNT Real Estate Ranks Among Nation’s Elite Residential Real Estate Companies

Leading industry publications rank HUNT as the top family-owned and operated real estate firm headquartered in New York State



Buffalo, N.Y. – April 5, 2017 – Respected real estate industry publications, RISMedia (www.rismedia.com) and REAL Trends (www.realtrends.com), have released their annual rankings of the nation’s top real estate firms. Both publications recognize Buffalo, New York-based HUNT Real Estate ERA (www.huntrealestate.com) as the most successful family-owned and operated residential real estate firm headquartered in New York State. With $1.77 billion in sales volume and nearly 11,000 closed transactions in 2016, HUNT ranked #41 in the nation in transactions and #113 in sales volume on RISMedia’s Top 500 Power Brokers Report, and #42 in transactions and #113 in sales volume on the REAL Trends Top 500 Survey.  


“To have our local, family-owned company recognized nationally speaks volumes to the dedication and remarkable efforts of the entire HUNT Real Estate team,” said Peter Hunt, Chairman & CEO of HUNT Real Estate ERA.

Both RISMedia and REAL Trends collect data submitted by individual brokers nationwide. All sales and transaction data is submitted directly by the brokerage firms and verified by the firm’s financial executives, outside accounting firms and/or corporate franchise headquarters.

The full RISMedia Top 500 Power Brokers Report can be found here: http://rismedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/April17_PB_Story__Chart.pdf

The full REAL Trends Top 500 by Sales can be found here:

The full REAL Trends Top 500 by Volume can be found here:


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 is the most successful family-owned and operated real estate company in New York State, and is ranked the 41st largest real estate firm in the nation for closed transactions in 2016 by RISMedia. HUNT also operates a commercial brokerage, mortgage banking firm, insurance agency, 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 www.huntrealestate.com.

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

HUNT REAL ESTATE INTRODUCES IMMERSIVE 360-DEGREE PROPERTY VIDEO TOURS


Fully-interactive videos shot with a 360 camera allow HUNT sales professionals to take homebuyers on narrated, interactive walkthroughs of their properties

BUFFALO, NY – March 8, 2017 – HUNT Real Estate (www.HUNTrealestate.com) is utilizing 360-degree video to give prospective homebuyers an all new way to take “virtual tours” of listings they are interested in viewing. Using a state-of-the-art camera, HUNT sales professionals can record a 360-degree video of their listing, narrating the experience as they walk through each room of the property. The completed video allows the viewer to take a fully-interactive tour of the home on their desktop or mobile device. For the full HUNT Immersive Experience, users can watch these videos on a virtual reality headset, giving them the feeling of actually being in the house with the HUNT Real Estate agent as they perform the tour.

For an example of this technology in action, watch the 360 video tour of The Chatham Model at HUNT Real Estate’s Fisher Pond development in Williamsville, New York:  https://goo.gl/Sah0Za

Unlike traditional virtual tours, which utilize still photos or video displayed in a standard format, shooting in 360-degree video takes advantage of this emerging technology that gives the end-user complete control of the video playback experience.

“This is a game changer in the marketing of our listings,” said Dan Mirsky, Marketing Director for HUNT Real Estate Corp. “To be able to maximize this innovative technology and give our clients a unique presentation of their property, while at the same time allowing potential homebuyers the ability to immerse themselves in the home before stepping foot through the front door is very exciting,” Mirsky commented.  

HUNT has partnered with Buffalo, New York marketing agency, Nickel City Graphics (www.NickelCityGraphics.com) to produce the HUNT Immersive Experience 360 videos.



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 RISMedia. HUNT also operates a commercial brokerage, mortgage banking firm, insurance agency, 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 www.huntrealestate.com.

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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Williamsville REALTOR® Louis Vinci appointed NYSAR Western Region vice president

Albany, NY – Feb. 6, 2017 – Louis Vinci of Williamsville took the oath of office Monday, Feb. 6, as the 2017 Western Region vice president of the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) during the association’s inauguration ceremony held in conjunction with its business meetings at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, NY.

Vinci, a REALTOR® for 30 years, is an associate broker with RealtyUSA in Tonawanda, NY.

He is a member of the Buffalo-Niagara Association of REALTORS® (BNAR), where he served as the president in 2013 and was named BNAR REALTOR®-Associate of the Year in 2011. Vinci has served on or chaired numerous committees including technology, strategic planning and government affairs.
 
At the state level, Vinci has served on several committees including nominating, Article 12-A, and second-home, resort and global markets. He also serves on NYSAR’s Board of Directors.

Involved in his community, Vinci is active with WNY Heroes, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Amherst Chamber of Commerce and the Good Government Club of Western New York.

The New York State Association of REALTORS® is a not-for-profit trade organization representing more than 52,000 of New York State’s real estate professionals. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark, which identifies real estate professionals who subscribe to a strict code of ethics as members of the National Association of REALTORS®. These REALTORS® are also members of the New York State Association of REALTORS® as well as their local board or association of REALTORS®.

 

Salvatore I. Prividera Jr.
Director of Communications
New York State Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
130 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY  12210
518-463-0300x208  office