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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Forbes Capretto Homes Opens the Fairway II in Lancaster

Forbes Capretto Homes is pleased to announce the grand opening of the “Fairway II” at 4 Branch Way, set on a water view home site in Hidden Pines.  This is the first home to feature the Fairway II floor plan, which offers just over 2,800 square feet of living space. 

A band of cultured stone runs along the front of the home, hinting at the quality of the details to be found inside.  The covered front porch provides shelter as you prepare to step into the two-story foyer. To the right, an archway opens to the den/playroom. Opposite, the dining room features a butler's pantry with granite counters, adding elegance to formal occasions. 

The kitchen/dinette includes a bayed prep area offering panoramic views over your back yard and pond. A generous allocation of granite counters, stylish Aristokraft cabinets, large walk-in pantry, center snack bar and spacious breakfast area ensure there's ample counter, storage and dining space. Stainless steel appliances are included. The kitchen also provides access to the owner's entrance, which provides easy passage to/from the garage. We've included a large closet and custom-built cubbies, ensuring there is plenty of storage space for your jackets and boots.

At the other side of the home is a spacious great room. Two columns provide architectural interest and define the edge of the space. A heater-rated fireplace with custom mantel is on the side wall with a bright wall of windows to the rear of the home.

Upstairs, a double door entry leads into the private owner's suite. The large bedroom features a tray ceiling for decorative interest and there’s plenty of wall space for flexible furniture placement. The luxurious spa bath includes a whirlpool soaking tub, separate shower and double sink vanity with room for toiletries. The suite is completed by a walk-in closet with approximately 20' of hanging/storage space to keep clothing organized.

The home includes three additional full-sized bedrooms and a main bath with linen closet. A second floor laundry room completes the second floor layout. Bright windows allow natural light into the room and help make laundry day a joy.

Hidden Pines is a Forbes Capretto exclusive community, located off Aurora Street.  Mature pine trees border the community, adding privacy and natural beauty.  Water views and daylight basements are available.  For more information and reservations, please visit 4 Branch Way from 1pm – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday or call Rocco Roshong at (716) 243-5991.

For more information about Forbes Capretto custom-built homes in Western New York, please visit

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Realtor Code of Ethics Protecting Consumers for 100 Years

  Working with a Realtor gives buyers, sellers and investors many advantages they need to succeed in today’s real estate market. One of those advantages is the assurance that Realtors subscribe to a strict Code of Ethics which provides their clients with the highest degree of professionalism, ethics and service. And this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Realtor Code of Ethics.

  Not all real estate licensees are Realtors. Only those who are a member of NAR can use the term Realtor and subscribe to the Code of Ethics as a condition of NAR membership. Realtors are the most trusted resource for real estate information and have access to advanced educational opportunities and training in real estate specialties, bringing value to buyers, sellers and investors.

  The Code is a comprehensive document spelling out professional responsibilities owed to clients, other Realtors and the general public. All Realtors must take comprehensive training on NAR’s Code of Ethics at least once every four years to retain their membership. Adopted in 1913, NAR was only the second trade or business group in the U.S. to adopt mandatory ethical standards for its members.  

   Real estate is a business based on trust, and working ethically is a way to build trustworthy relationships. Buying and selling a home is a major, life-altering decision, and buyers and sellers need to be able to depend on their Realtor to guide them through the process with their best interests in mind. The Code helps provide an added layer of security to help Realtors do just that.

  Consisting of seventeen articles organized into duties to clients and customers, the public and Realtors, the Code outlines numerous professional responsibilities. For instance, Realtors must be honest with all parties in the real estate transaction, including their client, other Realtors or real estate agents and their clients. Realtors should also be forthcoming with all parties by disclosing all pertinent facts regarding the property and the transaction. If something seems questionable about a property, the Realtor  is obligated to investigate and make recommendations that buyers consult their own expert and inspectors. In addition, Realtors must be truthful in advertising and communications with the public. When distributing newsletters, creating websites or placing advertisements, Realtors must represent only their work and not take credit for the work of another real estate professional.   

  Consumers can read more about the Code of Ethics and can find a summary of the Code that explains how it benefits them at <> .


Article Submitted on behalf of
Louis Vinci, President, Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors
Contact John Leonardi 716-909-6258

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