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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS Inaugurates 2016 President

Buffalo, NY – On February 19, 2016, Sharon Ciminelli of MJ Peterson Real Estate, was named 2016 President of the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors (BNAR), a trade organization with more than 3,000 local members whose mission is to promote professionalism, real estate property rights and values and is the voice for real estate in the Western New York area. Sharon was installed as President by her husband, Michael.

Sharon Ciminelli was installed as the 112th President of BNAR
An Amherst, NY resident, Ciminelli has served as an Officer of BNAR for the past two years before becoming President.  She is an award winning agent in her office, and has served on many of our Associations Committees, as well as at the State and National level.

“Ciminelli goes above and beyond to further her personal and professional development and is a champion for the real estate industry and in her community.  A Realtor for 30 years, Sharon also serves as Crossing Guard to the Amherst Police Department.  In addition, Sharon and her certified therapy dog Buster, visit nursing homes and the Buffalo Airport as part of the SPCA’s Paws for Love program with the goal of putting smiles on everyone’s faces.

“Being an animal advocate she is devoting her energy to the SPCA Serving Erie County, her designated charity for 2016,” said John B. Leonardi, BNAR Chief Executive Officer.  “Even at the inaugural event, supplies and certificates to adopt a puppy, dog, kitten or cat were auctioned off as a way to raise money for the SPCA Serving Erie County, he added.”

Her Presidential theme for 2016 is “United as One.”  Realtors come from different backgrounds and countries; we all work together, diligently with buyers and sellers so that they can plant deep roots in our community and make our industry professional, respectable and relevant.  Her commitment to Real Estate is strong with her goal to better the Real Estate industry for future generations.

 Mike McDonough, Realtor of the Year Recipient

At the event, Michael McDonough of Hunt Real Estate ERA was named Realtor of the Year and Shelia Ferrentino of RealtyUSA WNY, was named Realtor-Associate of the Year.  The awards are based on exemplary service and participation in the BNAR, the Real Estate community, the National and State Association and involvement and service in civic, community, church and charitable projects as well as business accomplishments

Shelia Ferrentino, Realtor-Associate of the Year Award Recipient
In addition to Sharon’s installation, the following individuals were installed by Amy Winklhofer, her friend and a past president of BNAR she is also a Real Estate broker/owner:  Officers – Dawn Brown-Realty USA WNY, President Elect;   Rebecca VanDorn-Letchworth Valley Realty, Secretary/Treasurer;  Eric Winklhofer-Century 21 Winklhofer, Vice President;  Joe Rivellino-Rivellino Realty, Past President and Philip Aquila Jr-MJ Peterson Real Estate  her Presidential Advisor.
Directors serving three year terms are: Ann Edwards-Realty Edge,  Bill Higgins-MJ Peterson Real Estate, John Kopera-Realty USA WNY and Donna Littlefield-Realty USA WNY.  One year terms as Director at Large are Peter F. Hunt-Hunt Real Estate ERA and Matthew Whitehead-Realty USA WNY.   Appointed as Regional Director is John Wallin-Nothnagle Realtors who is representing Genesee Valley and Elaine McCune-MJ Peterson Real Estate who is representing Niagara County.

Officers and Directors being sworn into office



April 15, 2015 (Lancaster, NY) – Essex Homes of WNY is pleased to announce that   it will be showcasing its popular “Fenway II” home plan on Sunday, April 24 from 1-5 p.m.  “The home at 19 Tranquility and our recent expansion and phased development of Cross Creek Estates has continued to enhance what has become an increasingly successful community development,” says Jeff Jones, Regional Sales Manager with Essex Homes of WNY. This home is located off of Pleasant View Drive between Stony and Pavement Roads.

 “The Fenway II is one of our most popular home plan designs and represents just one of more than 50 plans available to our customers,” says Jones.  Cross Creek Estates has and continues to be a highly sought after community given its great location and family-oriented atmosphere. We are excited to be able to offer several available and move-in-ready homes as well as building lots within this thriving community.  For a limited time, prospective buyers also have the opportunity to customize their new Essex home with up to $15,000 in free custom options in Cross Creek as part of our latest promotion - “The Choice is Yours, he says.”  Pricing starts in the $290s. 

The home at 19 Tranquility Trail includes 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and showcases 2,142 square feet of living space within a functional floor plan designed for the active lifestyle of today’s families.  This Fenway II offers great “curb appeal” beginning with its maintenance-free, natural clay colored double-vinyl siding and handsome covered front entry. Andersen windows enhance the exterior appearance while introducing light throughout the home. Adding to 19 Tranquility’s appeal are numerous interior amenities and a new home warranty.    

Upon entering the home, the foyer presents the builder’s signature trim surrounding the doorway and opens to a formal dining room and half bath. The main floor features 9’ ceilings along with elegant, birch hardwood flooring in the foyer which continues throughout most of the first floor into the kitchen/dinette, sunroom, powder room and hallways. The great room, kitchen and sunroom combine to create an open living area for the family which is enhanced by a formal dining room with crown molding to further maximize space for daily living and holiday gatherings. The kitchen features expresso-stained maple cabinets, granite countertops, and a stainless steel dishwasher and microwave/hood combo, along with an island breakfast bar/workspace for the family chef.  A connecting sunroom extends from the kitchen showcasing a vaulted ceiling, two walls of glass windows and a patio door. The adjacent great room includes a gas fireplace accented by a ceramic tile hearth and is complemented by three large windows across the back wall that embrace natural light to create a more open space and picturesque views to the outdoors.  A convenient entry from the attached garage provides easy access to the foyer and powder room. 

The second floor includes a spacious master bedroom suite complete with a large, walk-in closet, a private bath with ceramic tile flooring, granite countertops and dual vanities. Three, large bedrooms on the second floor offer convenient access to a main bath with granite countertops. The second floor also features a convenient laundry room that is easily accessible to all bedrooms.

This newest phase of this neighborhood offers homebuyers the unique opportunity to build on cul-de-sac lots which are quieter and perfect for families with children because there is significantly less traffic.  It is also a great location in north Lancaster with easy access to Transit Road, major highways, community parks, shopping, dining and entertainment attractions,” he says. A new phase featuring 35 lots is planned to be build-ready this September.

Interested buyers may learn more about Cross Creek Estates by visiting Essex Homes’ model center located at 46 Tranquility Trail in Lancaster, which is open every Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. or by appointment.  This is just one of four, outfitted model centers available for viewing in various communities throughout Western New York.  For questions, or to arrange a private viewing contact Jeff Jones at 716.681.2513.

    Essex Homes of WNY has built more than 1,500 homes across WNY which includes communities in Clarence, East Aurora, Lancaster, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lakeview and Orchard Park.  For additional information on Essex Homes, including community properties available for sale or lease, visit  HYPERLINK ""

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

New York State’s REALTORS® support equal housing opportunities for all

As we celebrate the 48th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act, Buffalo’s REALTORS® know that despite the great progress that has been made in nearly five decades, we must be diligent in ensuring fair access to housing for all.
We applaud Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s recent proposal to expand state fair housing protections on the basis of gender identity and his partnership with Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) here in Buffalo as part of his Fair Housing Enforcement Program.
I’m proud to note that REALTORS® incorporated gender identity as a protected class in our Code of Ethics in 2014.
As professionals who help bring buyers and sellers together, REALTORS® see on a daily basis the fulfillment that comes with homeownership. But, sadly, we know that housing discrimination still exists in 2016.
REALTORS® support measured government efforts to root out housing discrimination such as the state’s partnership with HOME in our communities. It is our hope the program will serve as a great reminder to sellers, real estate licensees and landlords that housing discrimination will not and cannot be tolerated.
Both The Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS and HOME work together through the twenty five member Erie County Fair Housing Partnership whose missions is to eliminate housing discrimination through education and outreach to the community.
Buffalo’s REALTORS® vigorously support the ideal that no one should be discriminated against based on race, color, national origin, disability or familial status as well as the additional protected classes under New York State Law including sexual orientation, military status, age or being a victim of domestic violence.
As advocates for fair housing, REALTORS® believe in building strong, diverse communities where all are welcome.
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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Monday, April 11, 2016


I been assisting buyers and seller for over 36 plus years now and I have moved to Roycroft Realty in Kenmore. I watched many agents and companies close or get out of the business.
Roycroft is not new to Western New York been here for over 6 years. It is time for a more personal touch Roycroft has combined experience of professional agents are more hands on and not so corporate

When I start we had ML books, hot sheets with new listings, no computers, no cell phones. We wrote contracts on the hoods of cars, no home inspections, no atty. approval. It is time to turn the page to something new and professional.

Contact me if I may help you.

Dawn Cain
Associate Broker
Roycroft Realty
2770 Delaware Ave
Buffalo (Kenmore)   
NY 14217