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Wednesday, January 18, 2017


January 18, 2017 (Clarence, NY) – Essex Homes of WNY is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year as a leading custom home builder headquartered in Clarence, New York. Founded in 1992 by the Nanula Family, Essex has consistently ranked among the top five premier homebuilders in Western New York and is the recipient of multiple local, state and national awards for building excellence. The firm employs a staff of 20 and has built more than 1,500 upscale and moderately priced single-family homes, patio homes and one and two-story villas ranging from 1,800-5,000+ square feet in communities across the Erie and Niagara regions, including Amherst, Aurora, Clarence, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lancaster, Lockport, Orchard Park and Wheatfield. The announcement was made by firm president, Philip J. Nanula.

“We have some exclusive events planned for our 25th anniversary celebration, say Nanula. These will include: money-saving promotions, new phases of development in select communities and the roll-out of new home plan designs that will provide more options to prospective customers in an ever-changing and competitive building marketplace.”

According to Nanula, much of the success of his locally owned and operated business can be attributed to an unwavering dedication to its mission statement - We pledge to you: commitment, quality, service, value and a pleasant home building experience. “The growth and longevity of our firm is also a testament to our dedicated team of associates, the many people who entrusted their home building needs to Essex and word-of-mouth referrals from those we have built for in the past. It is very rewarding to build for a couple and then years later have their children come back to build a home with us too. Essex is not only a business, it is a family. We appreciate the confidence and loyalty the community has shown to us over the last 25 years and we look forward to serving our many existing and new customers for years to come, he says.”

To celebrate 25 years in business, Essex Homes recently unveiled a new logo that will be used to promote its anniversary and the first of many promotions in 2017. “As part of our ‘25th Anniversary Promotion’ we’re building value into every Essex home by offering up to $20,000 in free options, says Nanula. Customers who build with Essex this year will have the opportunity to customize the home of their dreams at unbeatable savings, enjoy the flexibility of making their own selections and choosing the amenities and options most important to them. We appreciate that everyone has their own personal taste and we believe in giving our customers the opportunity to have significant involvement in the building of their new home. We want them to get exactly what they want from the quality of a well-built home in a great neighborhood to substantial savings and great resale value in the years ahead,” he says. According to Nanula, promotional dollars may be used in a variety of ways at the buyer’s discretion. As always, we are fulfilling our commitment to providing maximum value in every home we build,” he says. The “25th Anniversary Promotion” is now available for a limited time to qualified buyers of an Essex home. Some restrictions may apply and programs and savings may vary.

Phil Nanula - ‎President & CEO at Essex Homes of WNY

Over the last 25 years, Essex Homes has been recognized with numerous awards and honors for excellence in home building as well as its involvement in many charitable organizations and events. These include recognition by Builder magazine on its “Fast Track Hall of Fame” list and being named “Builder of the Year” by the Niagara Frontier Builders Association. Camp Good Days and Special Times also awarded the “Spirit of Teddi Humanitarian Award,” one of the highest community honors, to Essex president, Philip J. Nanula in recognition of outstanding dedication and service to the organization. Essex Homes was recently nominated for a 2017 Buffalo Niagara Business Ethics Award (BNBEA) which recognizes companies that demonstrate a strong commitment to ethical business practices in their everyday operations and in response to crises and challenges. The firm is now embarking upon additional phases of development in its newest successful subdivision, Essex Greens at Waterford, a luxury patio home community in Clarence, NY, as well as phase two development of Knoche Farm Estates, a single-family home community in Orchard Park, NY. In 2016, Essex also launched a new website to help improve communication and responsiveness with existing and potential customers and increase awareness across social media channels. “We are always looking at new ways to improve operations, adapt with the times and be a leader in the industry as well as with our customers,” says Nanula.”

Essex Homes has five, fully-furnished and decorated models open for public viewing in various communities across Western New York including those in Shadow Woods and Essex Greens at Waterford (Clarence, NY); Cross Creek Estates (Lancaster); Knoche Farm Estates and Ridgewood Estates (Orchard Park, NY). More information on Essex Homes, including community properties available for sale or lease can be found at  HYPERLINK ""

Thursday, December 15, 2016

HUNT Real Estate Explores Neighborhood Data and Makes Homebuying Process Easier

- Locally-owned and operated real estate firm shows investment in the communities it serves with launch of -
BUFFALO, N.Y. (Dec. 14, 2016) – HUNT Real Estate today launched, a tool designed to help customers explore neighborhoods and community data throughout Western and Upstate New York.

HUNT Real Estate is the largest locally-owned and operated real estate firm serving Western, Central, and Upstate New York. The team has extensive knowledge and data of the communities it serves. Homebuyers can sign onto and enter their desired neighborhood, city or county. They are then connected to a wealth of local community data, including properties for sale, market trends, school information, and even reviews of the best restaurants on town.

“As New York natives, nobody knows the local communities better than we do. These are neighborhoods we’ve served for 100 plus years. Our roots are deep and our expertise in these communities is unparalleled,” said Peter Hunt, Chairman and CEO of HUNT Real Estate. “We see our clients as an extension of our family, and we want to provide them all of the tools they need to decide in which community to purchase a home. With, they are able to learn about the different areas to live within the town or city of their choice.”
"As part of the development of, we spent six months capturing thousands of photos across many of our communities in New York State to create our #WeLiveHere video series," said Dan Mirsky, Marketing Director, HUNT Real Estate. "The #WeLiveHere series gives customers a glimpse into what makes each of the cities, towns and villages that HUNT serves so special."

For more information, visit

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, 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

Contact: Kailey Kolozsvary
Martin Davison Public Relations
(716) 242-7472

Friday, November 11, 2016

Dear Board of Director and Past Presidents

I would like to congratulate our RPAC Leaders, Margaret Hartman (local RPAC Chair) and Sharon Ciminelli (Western Regional NYSAR Chair) on achieving their respective 2016 goals! BNAR surpassed its 2016 financial goal, we collected $48,594, 110% of our $44,195 target.  We also achieved a 78% success rate (786) of our targeted participation goal of 1,006.

The Western Regional RPAC district achieved 111% of its financial goal.

Additionally, congratulations to Margaret (again) for not only leading the BNAR's RPAC charge but for her success as state RPAC Chair.  New York State achieved 104% of its financial goal, and 80% of its participation goal.  

Sharon and Margaret, thank you and what a GREAT JOB, truly outstanding! On behalf of them and the Leadership team to all those who contributed thank you.  Now, on to our 2017 goal! It is never too early to start…

Very Respectfully,

John B. Leonardi, CEO, RCE
Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS, Inc.: Matrix (MLS) Update

Hello MLS/BNAR Member,

The MLS is set to cut-over to our new MLS system called Matrix" on Wednesday, September 7, 2016.  We have provided a few links to help you with the process.  There is a section on adding and editing listings, for those who have the permission to do so and the Data input forms are there as well, as we wait for Instanet to load them. 

Please take a moment to review the documentation in prepartion for September 7th.

For those agents who are not familiar with the system at all, here is the link to help you through the process.
Also there are numerous "Help Videos" in Matrix for those that have not been able to attend the many sessions that were offered or just prefer to "learn as you go" approach.
We know there will be a few bumps in the road and we will do our best to fix any issues that may arise.  Feel free to encourage your agents to send constructive criticism for us to consider and adopt, if possible.
Thank you for your patience through this long transition.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact BNAR.
Upcoming 1 and 2 Hour Free Basic Training - Hands On

Search Functions
Friday, September 9
10:00  - 11:00 am

Agents' Webpage
Friday, September 9
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Basic Overview
Friday, September 9
5:30 - 7:30 pm

My Information/CMA
Monday, September 12
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Basic Overview
Friday, September 16
2:00 - 4:00 pm

Please register through BNAR Member Services through your MLS Portal
Go to the BNAR calendar at for a list of other classes

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

HUNT Real Estate to Launch Upstate New York Outreach Campaign in Celebration of 105 Years of Company and Customer Success

As family-owned real estate companies merge, morph & disappear, HUNT thrives
WESTERN, N.Y. (Aug. 31, 2016) – HUNT Real Estate today announced a new campaign push as the company celebrates 105 years in business. The Upstate New York-based, family-owned and operated real estate firm has more than 40 branches throughout Western, Central and Northern New York, and the Capital Region, and employs nearly 1,200 sales associates.
HUNT’s new outreach campaign, HUNT Thrives, comes at a time of a major real estate market disruption in the Upstate New York region. The campaign aims to remind customers of the company’s longevity and stability through the tagline “as real estate companies merge, morph and disappear, HUNT thrives.”
“With recent acquisitions of other local competitors by a larger, Pennsylvania-based firm, we’re keenly focused on reminding our customers and agents that HUNT is steadfastly committed to the future with a solid succession plan in place,” said Peter Hunt, chairman and CEO. “HUNT is the largest locally-owned and operated real estate firm in Upstate New York, and we’re extremely invested in the communities we serve. Our team lives in these communities and has knowledge and expertise that is second-to-none. I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past 105 years and look forward to what the future holds for HUNT.”
HUNT, one of America’s largest and most successful family-owned real estate companies, surpassed $1 billion in closed sales from 2015-16. For nearly the past 20 years, REALTOR Magazine has named HUNT one of the top 100 companies. HUNT’s robust knowledge of the local markets they serve has allowed the company to be ranked among the top 1 percent of relocation brokers by Cartus Broker Network.
“Buying local has become increasingly important to people over the past few years. People like reinvesting in their community by supporting local businesses, local products, and more,” said Hunt. “We see HUNT as a part of that hyper-local movement; why wouldn’t a seller or buyer want to work with a locally owned firm?”
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, 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
Kailey Kolozsvary | Public Relations Specialist
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P 716 853 2757 x311 | D 716 242 7472

Monday, August 29, 2016

Forbes Capretto Announces New England Estates

A Forbes Capretto exclusive community on Grand Island, NY, offers a tranquil escape with ample nearby amenities

GRAND ISLAND, NEW YORK, AUGUST 24 - Forbes Capretto is delighted to inform everyone about their newest community on Grand Island, New York. New England Estates is within minutes of several marinas and state parks, Interstate 190, and the Canadian border.

Located on the Niagara River between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, Grand Island Estates is perfectly situated for fans of boating, fishing, scuba diving, and stunning natural scenery. This fantastic community is also within easy reach of Niagara Falls and the City of Buffalo. New England Estates is perfectly positioned for both workday commutes and weekend fun.
Additionally, New England Estates is within walking distance of both Grand Island Senior High School and Veronica E. Connor Middle School. It is also a short drive from Kiddo’s Korner Preschool and Huth Road  Elementary School.

Half of the available home sites in the New England Estates community are bordered by Gun Creek for optimal privacy and natural beauty.

Forbes Capretto builds homes to suit their customer’s requirements, such as one-story, two-story with a 1st-floor owner’s suite, and two-story with a 2nd-floor owner’s suite. Their fabulous Design Center assists homeowners with everything from the smallest details to the biggest design decisions.

Prices in New England Estates are slated to begin in the $300,000 range. New England Estates is located on the eastern side of Grand Island off of Ransom Road and Stony Point Road.
About Forbes Capretto

Forbes Capretto is a locally owned custom home building company with over thirty years of experience and several awards, accolades, and industry recognitions. Over the past three decades, the company has built over 3,000 homes and dozens of communities across Western New York.


Forbes Capretto

Friday, August 5, 2016

IRS Warns Taxpayers of Summer Surge in Automated Phone Scam Calls; Requests for Fake Tax Payments Using iTunes Gift Cards

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to stay vigilant against an increase of IRS impersonation scams in the form of automated calls and new tactics from scammers demanding tax payments on iTunes and other gift cards.
The IRS has seen an increase in “robo-calls” where scammers leave urgent callback requests through the phone telling taxpayers to call back to settle their “tax bill.” These fake calls generally claim to be the last warning before legal action is taken. Once the victim calls back, the scammers may threaten to arrest, deport or revoke the driver’s license of the victim if they don’t agree to pay.
“It used to be that most of these bogus calls would come from a live-person. Scammers are evolving and using more and more automated calls in an effort to reach the largest number of victims possible,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Taxpayers should remain alert for this summer surge of phone scams, and watch for clear warning signs as these scammers change tactics.” 
In the latest trend, IRS impersonators are demanding payments on iTunes and other gift cards. The IRS reminds taxpayers that any request to settle a tax bill by putting money on  any form of gift card is a clear indication of a scam.
Some examples of the varied tactics seen this year are:
  • Demanding payment for a “Federal Student Tax”--IR-2016-81
  • Demanding immediate tax payment for taxes owed on an iTunes or other type of gift card
  • Soliciting W-2 information from payroll and human resources professionals--IR-2016-34
  • “Verifying” tax return information over the phone--IR-2016-40
  • Pretending to be from the tax preparation industry--IR-2016-28
Since these bogus calls can take many forms and scammers are constantly changing their strategies, knowing the telltale signs is the best way to avoid becoming a victim. 
The IRS Will Never:
  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money and you don’t owe taxes, here’s what you should do:
  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page or call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
  • If you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS directly at 800-829-1040.
 - IRS Newswire