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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
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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.


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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

David Homes Introduces New Master Down Design At The River Oaks Landing Lifestyle Community On Grand Island.

David Homes is kicking off their Summer Grand Opening at their River Oaks Landing Lifestyle Community on Grand Island. Located adjacent to the private River Oaks Golf Club, on the convenient Southeast corner of Grand Island, David Homes has created a low-maintenance community featuring a number of new designs including ranches and two-story homes. A low monthly HOA fee takes care of all grass cutting, landscape maintenance and snow removal.

“We are proud to offer new homes at River Oaks Landing starting in the mid $200’s, an almost unheard of price range in this hot real estate market.” Said David Stapleton, Owner of David Homes.

The new David Homes Sales Center at 9 Greenside Drive, off Whitehaven, is a First Floor Master design showing over 2,400 square feet of open concept living space.

As you approach this home, note the covered front porch, a great spot to relax and enjoy nature. Upon entering, you will see a two-story foyer along with an adjacent Flex Room. Currently set up as a Formal Dining Room, this room could also be used as a Home Office.

The rear portion of the model features a large Great Room with hardwood flooring comfortably open to a spacious Gourmet Kitchen. Note the abundance of over-sized windows looking out at the golf course. The Kitchen shows granite counters, stainless appliances, large center island and a double-width pantry.

As you continue through the first level, you will enter the Master Bedroom Suite featuring a Glamour Bath with soaking tub and walk-in closet. The Master Bedroom also overlooks the golf course.

Be sure to note that the main level also features nine foot ceilings, wide designer trim work and upscale cabinetry, all standard features with a new David Home.

The second level has 2 large bedrooms, full bathroom and an open loft with Craftsman style railings overlooking the foyer.

Your tour is not over yet. Make your way to the basement to see the 1,000 square foot finished Recreation Room. David Homes has designed the basement with a 9 foot tall Superior Wall system which allows for an 8 foot finished ceiling height in the Rec Room. While you are in the basement, sharpen your skills on the over-sized built-in putting green.

Every David Home is built to adhere to the latest Energy Star 3.1 standards which maximizes efficiency and significantly lowers energy bills compared to typical new homes.
“Grand Island and specifically River Oaks Landing is much more convenient than people realize,” added Stapleton. “Downtown Buffalo is just a short 15 minute drive away. The bridges to Canada are within 10 minutes.”

David Homes, has been building high-quality homes throughout Western New York since 1994 and earned national exposure in 2009 when they were featured on the popular TV show Extreme Makeover - Home Edition.  They created a local economic impact of $3 million in one short week by completing over 50 community projects in the City of Buffalo.  

Take a drive this weekend and visit the Sales Center at 9 Greenside Drive, open daily from 12-4pm (closed Thurs/Fri) or by appointment.  Located off Whitehaven Road, between East River Rd. and Stony Point Rd.  

When visiting be sure to ask about David Homes' wide selection of "Move-In-Ready" homes available for immediate occupancy throughout Western New York. A limited supply of home sites are also available in other David Homes communities on Grand Island including Ransom Village, Park Place and Oakwood Estates on East River Road, just north of Whitehaven. 

For more information, contact Jim McGinnis at 716-691-6900 or visit