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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Edit Forbes Capretto Homes announces the Grand Opening of The “Avery III” in Emerald Gardens, Cheektowaga

Forbes Capretto Homes is delighted to announce our newest model home in the Cheektowaga community of Emerald Gardens.  This home offers all the conveniences of first floor living with an open floor plan that allows flexibility should your needs change. You're moments from Transit Road and within easy reach of Downtown Buffalo. 

This home's classic exterior features vinyl siding accentuated by a 3' band of brick. Inside, you
are greeted by a foyer with hardwood floors and open floor plan. Your guests will love the
spacious great room with 10’ ceilings and fireplace. The owner's suite is private and tucked
away from the other bedrooms. The owner’s bedroom features a tray ceiling and offers plenty
of space for even the largest of furniture. Also included, is a large walk-in closet and private
bath with linen closet. This home is 1,812 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and priced
at $304,900, which includes landscaping and hydroseeding.  Still under construction, this gives
you the opportunity to personalize this home to fit your life style.

A limited number of select home sites are now available.  Prices starting from $250s, including home site. Choose from a wide range of ranch and two-story home styles, each of which can be fully customized to meet the your specific needs and personal style.

For more details about Emerald Gardens, please call Rocco Roshong at (716) 243-5991 rroshong@forbeshomes.com or visit this home 1-4pm, Saturdays and Sundays. To visit, take French Road to Towers Blvd to Whitney Place.

Forbes Capretto Homes builds custom homes in the most desirable neighborhoods or on your own land.  Visit us online at www.forbescapretto.com for virtual tours, floor plans and community information.





Forbes Capretto Homes Opens the Lennox in Clarence

Forbes Capretto Homes is pleased to announce the grand opening of the “Lennox” at 9554 Bent Grass Run, Clarence.  This stylish custom-built home is located in the upscale community of Spaulding Green with beautiful home sites and a tranquil setting and offers nearly 2,500 square feet of living space.

The imposing exterior features a 3’ band of cultured stone and covered front porch for shelter.  A side-turned, 2-car garage provides plenty of space for parking or storage.  Bright windows fill the front exterior, which combined with 9’ first floor ceilings, allow natural light to flood the home’s interior.

Inside the home, a private den opens from the foyer.  Opposite, the formal dining room features hardwood floors, painted box panels, chair rail and double-step crown molding.  The gourmet kitchen/dinette includes a generous allocation of granite counters, stainless steel appliances, center island snack bar overlooking the great room, spacious pantry and room for casual dining.

A first floor laundry room and owner’s entrance with walk-in closet, provide easy access and convenience.

The rear of the home features, a two-story great room, with additional windows, allowing natural light to flow through both levels of the home. A heated-rated fireplace with custom mantel is on the side wall. It provides additional heat for cold winter days.

Convenient owner's suite completes the first floor and features a tray ceiling with plenty of options for furniture placement. You'll appreciate the large walk-in closet and love relaxing in your private spa bath with whirlpool tub, titled shower and double sink vanity.

The home includes two additional full-sized bedrooms and the main bath with double sink vanity and linen closet that complete the second floor.

9554 Bent Grass Run may be viewed by appointment, call Stacey Spokane at (716) 830-3113.  Take Goodrich Road to Bent Grass Run.

Conservation areas and lakes are interspersed throughout Spaulding Green. Close to historic Clarence Center and Clarence Hollow. Within easy reach of all the amenities at Transit Road and located in the highly-rated Clarence School District. For details about building your new home here, please call Stacey today.

For more information about Forbes Capretto custom-built homes in our exclusive Western New York communities or on your own land, please visit www.forbescapretto.com or call 716.651.HOME.




Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How Should I Choose Between a Fixed-Rate Mortgage and an ARM?


While the mortgage process can be quite intimidating at first, the loan choices available to you are actually rather straightforward. Here are your two main choices, and tips on deciding which is best for you.  
Two Flavors of MortgagesFixed-rate and adjustable-rate mortgages are the two main types of mortgages of the home-lending world. 
Fixed-rate loans: A fixed-rate mortgage is very straightforward. As the name implies, these loans have an interest rate that doesn't change and a set amount of time until the loan is paid off. The borrower knows from the beginning what the interest rate will be for the entire duration of the mortgage, and the monthly payments due are likewise fixed. 
By far, the most popular fixed-rate mortgage is the 30-year mortgage, but they also come in 15-year terms, 20-year terms, and others.
Adjustable-rate loans: An adjustable-rate mortgage, or ARM, is slightly less straightforward. Basically, an adjustable-rate loan will start with a low "teaser" interest rate for a set number of years, and after that, the rate will adjust depending on current market rates and the terms of your loan. 
There are ARMs offered for a variety of initial rate periods (e.g., 3-year or 5-year ARMs), as well as rate-adjustment rules (such as a maximum of 2% at a time), but they generally all work the same way: Let's say you get a 5/1 ARM. That means you'll have a fixed rate for the first five years, and after that, your rate will reset once a year. If rates are plummeting, your rate will also drop -- and vice versa. 
Which Loan Type Is Right for You?The exact loan that is right for you depends on a variety of factors. Here's guidance on determining which way to go.
A fixed-rate mortgage may be right for you if...
  • You don't like surprises: Fixed-rate mortgages are good for people who enjoy stability. Since the rate is locked in from the get-go, you are not exposed to any long-term risk if interest rates rise.
  • You think interest rates may increase in the future: They're especially attractive during periods when interest rates are low.
  • You are going to stay in the house for a while: If you've found your "forever" home -- or at least your "let's settle down and see how it works out" home -- then it makes sense to commit. 
  • You are willing to pay a slightly higher interest rate for stability: In exchange for essentially allowing you to lock in a rate for a long period of time, you'll often pay a slightly higher rate for a fixed-rate mortgage than you would with an ARM. 
An adjustable-rate mortgage may be right for you if...
  • You think rates are more likely to fall than rise: If rates do go down when it's time for your ARM to adjust, then your mortgage payment will dip with it.
  • You want to stretch your dollar in the beginning: Since ARM rates are typically slightly lower than fixed rates, the difference may help you buy a slightly spiffier house. 
  • You don't plan to stay in the house for long: ARMs are often recommended for those who will be in a house for only a few years (or move before the initial teaser rate expires), since the rate is not likely to change too much in that time. 
  • You're sure you can handle it if your rate quickly rises to the cap: Do not enter into an ARM unless you are prepared for a worst-case-scenario where interest rates suddenly shoot sky-high right as your mortgage rate is about to adjust. 
The Bottom LineThe conventional fixed-rate mortgage is not just predictable -- with rates at historic lows, it's also cheap. Unless you're planning to sell your house before the initial teaser rate on an ARM expires, a fixed-rate is the way to go for pretty much all homebuyers.
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Monday, April 6, 2015

MJ Peterson Continues Steady Growth in Business

Company president cites company diversity and strong market presence

AMHERST, N.Y. - As his company celebrates its 85th year in business, Victor L. Peterson III, president of MJ Peterson, said that his business increased in 2014 and that diversification remains the strongest asset.

Peterson made his remarks during the State of the Company address at their 31st annual awards ceremony earlier this month.

He said his multi-generational business continues to grow, with a market share just under nine percent and closed sales finishing with a seven percent increase.

“Our local real estate market last year, according to the Multiple Listing Service, remained flat or slightly decreased in closed sales. MJ Peterson is ahead of the curve and has exceeded these respective percentages for closed sales in 2014,” noted Peterson. The commercial division, he added, nearly doubled their closed business in 2014.

Peterson said his company’s brokerage division had 38 sales production award winners, the highest number in company history. In addition, the company continues to increase their rental portfolio with 64 new units at Deer Lakes Apartments and 16 proposed units at Stonington Park Apartments; both complexes are located in Amherst. 

MJ Peterson’s land development group completed a new phase in Lancaster’s Windsor Ridge subdivision; 27 building lots are ready for immediate construction.

Peterson noted that the company recently received final approval in Clarence for the Harris Hill Commons, a 66-lot subdivision featuring 50 percent 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: Susie Lenahan was recognized as top agent for the eighth consecutive year. Lenahan closed over $21 million in residential sales in 2014. She has been the top Buffalo city agent for more than 16 years.

The Simme Advantage Team, lead by Steve Simme in Lancaster, was awarded the 2014 top team with their career high in sales – over $22 million.

Lockport resident Laurie Laughlin was named 2014 Employee of the Year. A senior member of the accounting department, Laughlin also assists the IT and property management divisions. A Niagara University graduate, Laughlin has been with MJ Peterson for three years.




Contact: Philip Aquila
716-689-7800
paquila@mjpeterson.com

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 www.mjpeterson.com.



Friday, April 3, 2015

HUNT REAL ESTATE RAISES $45,000 FOR UNITED WAY

BUFFALO, NY – April 3, 2015 – HUNT Real Estate ERA (http://www.huntrealestate.com) announced this week that through the donations of its agents and employees, and the contributions from sponsors and participants of its charitable events, the company raised $45,440 for the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County in 2014.

HUNT Real Estate held a number of successful fundraising events last year, including their annual Golf Tournament & Wine Tour, and participating in the United Way Pledge Drive.

“The generosity of our staff and our corporate partners last year was remarkable, not just in monetary terms, but also in the commitment of their personal time to help this very worthy cause,” said Peter Hunt, Chairman & CEO of Hunt Real Estate ERA. “We're looking forward to making 2015 another record year for HUNT Real Estate's contributions to the United Way.”

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 has raised over $712,000 for the organization.


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, a 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 http://www.huntrealestate.com.


Contact: Dan Mirsky
Marketing Director, HUNT Real Estate ERA
(716) 880-1514
dan@huntrealestate.com

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HUNT Real Estate ERA Ranked Again Among Nation’s Elite Residential Real Estate Companies

Buffalo, N.Y. – April 1, 2015 – RISMedia http://www.rismedia.com has released their annual Top 500 Power Broker Report and it recognizes HUNT Real Estate ERA as one of the nation’s most successful residential real estate companies in both closed transactions and closed sales volume in 2014. HUNT ranked #47 in the nation in transactions and #110 in sales volume.

“To have our local, family-owned company recognized on a national level is truly a humbling experience,” said Peter Hunt, Chairman & CEO of HUNT Real Estate ERA. “Our company’s success speaks volumes to the dedication and steadfast efforts of the entire HUNT Real Estate team.”

RISMedia’s Top 500 Power Brokers report is an annual survey that collects 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 Top 500 Power Brokers Report can be found here: http://rismedia.com/pdfs/2015_PB_Report.pdf <http://rismedia.com/pdfs/2015_PB_Report.pdf>



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 44th largest real estate firm in the nation for closed transactions in 2013 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 http://www.huntrealestate.com
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Contact: Dan Mirsky
Marketing Director, HUNT Real Estate ERA
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dan@huntrealestate.com

Friday, March 27, 2015

Kim Addelman: #1 Residential Agent in the Buffalo Region for Realty USA

Williamsville, NY - Buffalo, New York REALTOR Kim Addelman was recently awarded the #1 Residential Agent in the Buffalo Region for Realty USA. The award is based on closed residential sales in 2014. Addelman was tops among 779 REALTORS.
 

“I really have my incredible and loyal customers to thank for this award,” said Addelman, who specializes in selling homes in the Village of Williamsville. “They showed confidence in me by allowing me to work with them to buy or sell their most prized possessions, their homes.”

During the award ceremony held at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens Restaurant sponsored by Realty USA, Addelman was commended for her commitment to personal development and growth through her ongoing training, education and goal setting. “ I am so fortunate that I love what I do and can do what I love. It is all about the families I am able to help,” said Addelman. “Every person and every home has its own story- having the opportunity to really know my clients and to help them achieve their goals whether buying or selling is my main focus”.

Kim Addelman, a licensed Real Estate Salesperson with Realty USA and accredited ASP Stager, specializes not only in properties located in the Village of Williamsville, but all of Western New York.  Addelman specializes in residential real estate and is an accredited staging professional. An early adopter of social media, Addelman can be found on most social media channels. She provides valuable tips on her “Living in Williamsville “Facebook page. She also blogs regularly about selling and buying homes on her website www.villagehomesales.com.


Contact: Mary Ellen Miller
maryellen@marketingmel.com
423-335-7267 
Kim Addelman
716-816-5654