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Thursday, December 5, 2019

MJ Peterson Announces New General Manager of Residential Real Estate Division

Bret Llewellyn Assumes Leadership Role of 200+ Agents 

Bret Llewellyn
AMHERST, NY - MJ Peterson Real Estate is pleased to announce that Bret Llewellyn will be assuming the responsibilities of General Manager of the MJ Peterson Residential Real Estate division, reporting directly to Victor L. Peterson III, President/CEO of MJ Peterson Real Estate. His primary role will be to oversee the 200+ Real Estate agents and all residential brokerage activities, while continuing the growth and advancement of the division. Since joining the management team in February 2019, Llewellyn has already made significant strides in these operatives. 

Llewellyn brings 18 years of real estate management experience, most recently at Howard Hanna. He excels at increasing market share and growing agent-driven business. Llewellyn is passionate about the WNY real estate market. 

“We have seen tremendous growth in our Residential Sales division in 2019”, remarks Victor L. Peterson III, President/CEO of MJ Peterson. “With Bret leading the charge in 2020, I have full confidence that our company will continue our unprecedented growth and showcase MJ Peterson as one of the top tier Real Estate companies in WNY.” 

Phil Aquila will continue to help guide the business actions of MJ Peterson. Beginning in 2020, Aquila will be stepping down into the role of Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions, while retaining his managerial responsibilities as a branch manager. 

Please join us in welcoming Bret Llewellyn as the new General Manager as we look forward to a prosperous 2020. 

 MJ Peterson, founded in 1930, is a fourth generation family-owned and operated full-service real estate company with 3,000+ rental properties, 300+ sales associates and employees, six residential sale offices, and one commercial office in the Buffalo-Niagara marketplace. 
200 John James Audubon Parkway, Suite 300
Amherst, New York 14228 
Phone: 716.688.1234
Fax: 716.688.5463
 www.mjpeterson.com 

Monday, December 2, 2019

ESSEX HOMES OF WNY CONTINUES EXPANSION IN POPULAR 
NORTHWOODS COMMUNITY OF CLARENCE


December 2, 2019 (Clarence, NY) – Essex Homes of WNY, one of the area’s largest, privately-owned custom homebuilders is continuing with its expansion plans for the Northwoods community of Clarence, a growing single-family development located just east of Roll and Shimerville Roads near Transit. The firm recently added several new lots on Willyoungs Overlook to its extensive inventory of existing lots in the community after their initial groundbreaking in 2018. The announcement was made by Philip J. Nanula, president of Essex Homes of WNY. 

Last year, we broke ground in Northwoods with the sole intention of expanding our presence in Clarence while increasing our offerings for those looking to build in the Northtowns of WNY. Initial successes and positive customer response have resulted in our decision to continue expansion plans in this growing neighborhood for the foreseeable future. We are extremely pleased to be able to increase the number of choices we can offer to discerning buyers in the marketplace through new ventures such as this one. Our presence in the Northtowns is further enhanced by our recent expansion in Spaulding Green and our continued development of Essex Greens at Waterford, our 108-luxury patio home community adjacent to this new community,” says Nanula. 

According to Nanula, Northwoods is one of the fastest-growing, open-space subdivisions in Clarence. Its natural beauty, along with many manmade amenities, is complemented by pristine, spacious lots surrounded by lush green landscapes, winding streets, a tree-lined entrance and a community walking trail. Northwoods offers a pleasant retreat from the many commercial centers located along nearby Transit Road, along with convenient access to many community parks and an excellent educational system offered through the well-regarded Ledgeview and Sheridan Hill Elementary Schools, and nationally ranked Clarence Senior High School. The community is also convenient to both the Brookfield Country Club, Transit Valley Country Club, and the country charm afforded by nearby Clarence Hollow, just east of Main Street.   

Essex Homes is actively accepting build reservations for this newest group of lots, as well as for any existing locations still available to build on from the prior phase. Many lots offer daylight basements too, spaces that afford added functionality within one’s home for special hobbies or activities,” says Nanula.  

Prospective buyers interested in learning more about Northwoods may visit the Essex model home located at 5379 Briannas Nook just off Marguerites Way, past the intersection of Roll and Shimerville Roads. This “Weston” model is open daily 1-5 (closed Thurs. & Fri.), offers 2747 sq.ft. of luxury living space, 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, a daylight basement, many custom upgrades, and is well-priced for sale at $499,900. In addition, a new model home in Spaulding Green at 5367 Glenview Drive is also available for sale for $749,900 and is open Saturday/Sunday from 1-5 p.m. This “Devonshire” model features 3675 sq.ft., 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths and is located off Greiner, just past the intersection of Greiner and Thompson Roads in Clarence. For more information, contact Robb Fitchlee, Regional Sales Manager at 716.681.2513 or  HYPERLINK "mailto:robbf@essexhomeswny.com" robbf@essexhomeswny.com.

Founded in 1992 and ranked among the area’s top five homebuilders, Essex Homes has built over 1500 homes across WNY which includes communities in Amherst, Clarence, East Aurora, Lancaster, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lakeview and Orchard Park. To learn more, visit  HYPERLINK "http://www.essexhomeswny.com" www.essexhomeswny.com.  

Thursday, October 17, 2019

FALL PROMOTION OFFERS ESSEX HOMES OF WNY CUSTOMERS UP TO $12,000 IN SAVINGS


October 16, 2019 (Clarence, NY) - Essex Homes of WNY is pleased to announce its “Fall Festival of Savings” promotion. For a limited time, qualified customers who build with Essex Homes can save up to $12,000 on a multitude of custom options for their new home in select communities across Western New York. The announcement was made by Philip J. Nanula, president of Essex Homes of WNY.

​ “This is an incredible opportunity for every buyer to build their dream home in the coming year! The savings that can be achieved is the most exciting aspect of the program and the promotion may be allocated at the buyer’s discretion towards any number of custom options to suit their lifestyle and preferences. We take great pride in providing our customers with an unlimited number of ways to customize their home for added enjoyment in the present, while maximizing its future value. This flexibility, along with the various promotions we offer throughout the year is part of what sets the Essex buying experience apart from others in the industry. At Essex Homes, want this to be a win-win situation for all,” says Nanula. 




With this new promotion, buyers of a “Hallmark” series home are eligible to save up to $9,000with the program and those purchasing an Essex “Premier” series home are eligible to save up to $12,000.

“The best way to choose the right home for you and your family is to walk through one of our models, all of which showcase unique floor plans, product lines and color schemes. You don’t have to make sacrifices. Personalize your new home with the floor plan you’ve always wanted along with those conveniences most important to your lifestyle. We also invite people to take a tour of all move-in-ready homes on our website. As part of the buying process, all our customers receive professional interior selection services, a Home Buyer’s Guide, professional mortgage assistance, a market analysis of theircurrent home, and a closing kit as standard professional services. Finally, all Essex homes are backed by our Triple 24 Buyer Protection Program, giving our customers what we believe is the best home warranty in the business,” says Nanula.

Essex Homes has fully furnished and decorated models available for viewing at 9072 Bancroft Dr. (Clarence), 52 Knoche Way (Orchard Park) and 72 Tranquility Trail (Lancaster), all of which are opendaily 1-5 p.m., closed Thursdays and Fridays. In 2019, Essex Homes opened two new models in Clarence, including 5379 Briannas Nook in the Northwoods, and 5367 Glenview Drive in SpauldingGreen. Both homes are Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. or by appointment and are available for sale. Interested buyers may visit these models or contact their respective Essex Regional Sales Manager to learn more.

The “Fall Festival of Savings” promotion is available for a limited time to qualified buyers of an Essex home. Some restrictions may apply and may vary depending on the “series” of home chosen and community location. Details of this promotion, along with available home plan designs and community descriptions may be found at www.essexhomeswny.com.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

ESSEX HOMES BREAKS GROUND ON FINAL PHASE OF CROSS CREEK ESTATES IN LANCASTER

October 10, 2019 (Lancaster, NY) – Essex Homes is pleased to announce that it has broken ground on its final building phase in Cross Creek Estates, a thriving, single-family home community located off Pleasant View Dr. between Stony and Pavement Rds. in Lancaster, NY. The announcement was made by Philip J. Nanula, president of Essex Homes. 

Essex Homes is actively accepting reservations for this new phase which incorporates 29 new home sites, including cul-de-sac lots, and those that back to a 100’ protected conservation area with abundant natural wildlife and vegetation, while offering proximity to several area parks, ponds, and numerous trails for biking and walking. Upon completion, this phase is projected to have an economic impact of over $12 million within the community. 

“Cross Creek provides a family-friendly environment within one of our most popular communities, along with many desirable lots complemented by picturesque, natural surroundings. We are very excited to begin this new phase and offer prospective buyers the opportunity to build a custom Essex home that offers quality design and workmanship along with excellent resale value for the future. Residents will enjoy convenient access to the Lancaster School District, downtown Buffalo, the NYS Thruway, and the many retail venues located on nearby Transit Road. This makes it an ideal situation for those looking to live in a more private neighborhood setting without sacrificing location,” says Nanula. 

Prospective homebuyers looking to build in Cross Creek may choose from more than 30 different home plan designs ranging from 1700 to over 3600 sq. ft., which can accommodate virtually every size family, while offering numerous features and amenities to appeal to individual preferences. Pricing within Cross Creek begins in the $300s. 

“The growth and popularity of Cross Creek Estates has demanded that we respond to the growing needs of the marketplace. At Essex Homes, our goal is to provide each customer with the freedom to personalize their new home with the products and styles they prefer. We offer several functional floor plans including ranches, two-story plans and first-floor masters, along with the convenience of year-round construction. In addition, our upfront and customized pricing process, in combination with our convenient in-house selection centers and more than 25 years of building experience, allows us to offer a seamless and stress-free building experience,” says Nanula. 


Currently, Essex Homes is showcasing its “Weston” model home at 72 Tranquility Trail which features 2,704 sq.ft., 4 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. This model, which is available for sale and open daily 1-5 or by appointment (closed Fridays), is just one of five, fully furnished and decorated Essex models in communities across WNY. Move-in-ready homes in Cross Creek Estates are also available for sale at both 5 Weathersfield Lane ($389,900) and at 13 Weathersfield Lane ($419,900). For a limited time, Essex Homes is also offering a “Fall Festival of Savings” giving homebuyers the opportunity to enjoy up to $12,000 in free custom options on a new custom build in several Essex communities, including Cross Creek Estates. For more information or to make an appointment contact Robb Fitchlee, Regional Sales Manager at 716.681.2513 or at robbf@essexhomeswny.com. 

Founded in 1992, Essex Homes of WNY has built over 1500 luxury patio homes, single-family homes and villas across WNY in communities including Clarence, East Aurora, Lancaster, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lakeview and Orchard Park. 

HUNT Real Estate Renews Sponsorship with Bills and Sabres


Buffalo, NY – October 8, 2019 – HUNT Real Estate Corporation continues to be the official real estate and relocation company for the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres. 


HUNT has once again renewed the sponsorship with each team to be their exclusive sponsor for real estate and relocation. The partnership renewal took place last month, with a three-year deal set for the Bills and a five-year deal with the Sabres. 

“As Western New York’s hometown real estate company, we are thrilled to partner with our hometown teams, the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres,” said Charlie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer for HUNT Real Estate Corp. “We look forward to our continued relationship for many years to come.”

“HUNT continually proves to be the most trusted real estate company in Western New York,” added Dan Misko, Pegula Sports & Entertainment Senior Vice President of Business Development. “Searching for a home is a very important time in everyone’s life, and we see firsthand the positive effects HUNT’s expert agents have throughout that process with our players, our staff, and our fans. We look forward to many more years together as partners, accomplishing great things on the field and in our community.”



About HUNT Real Estate ERA
HUNT Real Estate Corporation is the parent company of HUNT Real Estate ERA and operates over 50 branches throughout western and upstate New York, Massachusetts, and metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1911, HUNT is the most successful family-owned and operated real estate company in New York State, and is ranked the 41st largest real estate firm in the nation for closed transactions in 2017 by RISMedia. HUNT also operates a commercial brokerage, mortgage banking firm, insurance agency, 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 www.huntrealestate.com


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Media Contact: Dan Mirsky
Marketing Director, HUNT Real Estate Corp.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

HUNT REAL ESTATE ERA EXPANDS FURTHER INTO SOUTHERN TIER

ERA Decker Real Estate in Whitney Point, NY joins HUNT Real Estate ERA 

BUFFALO, NY – October 1, 2019 – HUNT Real Estate ERA has expanded its presence in the Southern Tier region by acquiring ERA Decker Real Estate, a locally-owned real estate firm located in Whitney Point, NY. ERA Decker has served the region for nearly 50 years and employs 10 real estate sales professionals, all of whom will be joining HUNT.

“We are thrilled to be able to join this wonderful community,” said Peter Hunt, Chairman & CEO of HUNT Real Estate ERA. “While the name will be changing, the faces will stay the same. We’re dedicated to offering the same great local knowledge and expertise you've come to expect from ERA Decker.”

“I have known Peter Hunt and his son, Charlie, for many years. Their wealth of knowledge and connections in real estate are of the highest level,” commented Michael Decker, owner of ERA Decker Real Estate. “As a family-owned and operated company, HUNT is grounded in similar principles and values to ours, living the daily commitment to family and community.”

HUNT Real Estate ERA will reside in the current location of ERA Decker’s office at 2670 Main Street in Whitney Point.

HUNT has two additional Southern Tier locations in Hornell and Alfred, NY.



About HUNT Real Estate ERA
HUNT Real Estate Corporation is the parent company of HUNT Real Estate ERA and operates over 50 branches throughout western and upstate New York, Massachusetts, and metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1911, HUNT is the most successful family-owned and operated real estate company in New York State, and is ranked the 35th largest real estate firm in the nation for closed transactions by REAL Trends. HUNT also operates a commercial brokerage, mortgage banking firm, insurance agency, title agency, an award-winning relocation division,

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Media Contact: Dan Mirsky
Marketing Director, HUNT Real Estate Corp.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

HUNT Real Estate Named Exclusive Listing Broker for The West End Luxury Development on Buffalo Waterfront

BUFFALO, NY – August 20, 2019 – HUNT Real Estate ERA has been named by Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation as the exclusive listing broker for The West End, a new luxury waterfront community in Buffalo, NY. The 20-unit complex, located on Lakefront Boulevard near Ojibwa Circle, is now available for sale. 


Located on one of the last buildable waterfront parcels in the City of Buffalo, each townhouse will have 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, a 2-car attached garage, and feature 2,700-3,500 square feet of living space. List price starts at $850,000.


Deacon Tasker, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson for HUNT Real Estate ERA and listing agent for The West End, points out that the development’s refined amenities will cater to a discerning clientele who desire modern living and an active lifestyle. 


“The West End offers luxury living with high-end finishes and beautiful water views,” said Tasker. “Combined with the convenient downtown location and its variety of entertainment, dining, and nightlife options, I’m confident this development will be in high demand.”


The West End is currently under construction with the first units ready for occupancy in Spring 2020.


For purchase information, contact:
Deacon Tasker, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
HUNT Real Estate ERA
(716) 208-7007


About HUNT Real Estate ERA
HUNT Real Estate Corporation is the parent company of HUNT Real Estate ERA and operates over 50 branches throughout western and upstate New York, Massachusetts, and metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1911, HUNT is the most successful family-owned and operated real estate company in New York State, and is ranked the 35th largest real estate firm in the nation for closed transactions by REAL Trends. HUNT also operates a commercial brokerage, mortgage banking firm, insurance agency, 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 professionals, to grow profitably, and to provide the highest quality of real estate and homeownership services. For more information about HUNT Real Estate, visit www.huntrealestate.com

About Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation
Headquartered in Buffalo, New York, Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation specializes in providing commercial real estate services including development, facilities management, asset management, tenant representation, real estate consulting, and leasing to over 350 international, national, and local clients in Western and Central New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

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Media Contact: Dan Mirsky
Marketing Director, HUNT Real Estate Corp.

Friday, May 10, 2019

ESSEX HOMES BREAKS GROUND ON NEW AMHERST DEVELOPMENT

Image Courtesy Essex Homes of WNY.

May 10, 2019 (Amherst, NY) – Essex Homes of WNY is pleased to announce it has broken ground on the Villas at Essex Woods, a new community development located at 2350 Sweet Home Road near French in Amherst, NY. The announcement was made by Philip J. Nanula, president & CEO of Essex Homes. 

The two-phased development of the Villas at Essex Woods will encompass 14 separate buildings containing a total of 48 units housing three and four-unit villas. The villas will feature two, distinct open floor plans with two and three-bedroom units, first floor master suites, 2.5 baths, lofts, rear patios, full basements, 2.5-car garages and a host of luxury amenities. The “Arlington” home plan will offer 2,204 sf of living space including a spacious foyer, a large formal dining room, a kitchen with island breakfast bar, a cozy great room with large windows to invite spectacular views of the outdoors, a first floor master suite with walk-in closet and private bath, and two second-floor bedrooms. Similarly, the “Arlington II” home plan will offer a virtually identical layout with 2,124 sf and just one additional bedroom on the second floor. Estimated starting prices will begin in the upper $360s-$380s. 

2 The project is currently in the early stages of the approval process to be granted condominium status by the Attorney General of the State of New York. The Villas at Essex Woods will also offer all the features and benefits of homeowner association (HOA) services for a modest monthly fee. These services will include property insurance, water, landscaping, lawn maintenance and fertilization, and snow removal services. 

“This friendly neighborhood community will feature charming traditional architecture while offering the ultimate in quality, design and value. It also backs to a protected conservation area on one side, ensuring that the surrounding area will remain as undeveloped green space, thereby enhancing the natural aesthetic beauty of the entire community. The Villas at Essex Woods is your opportunity for a simpler way of living. Based on initial interest from the public, we are confident that this new community will exceed our expectations,” says Nanula. 

The Villas at Essex Woods offers a prime location in the Town of Amherst as it is situated near the intersection of Sweet Home and North Ellicott Creek Roads, offering convenient access to interstates I-290 and I-990, the State University of New York at Buffalo (North Campus), and the many shops, dining and entertainment outlets accessible via nearby Niagara Falls Boulevard to the north. Future residents will enjoy tree-lined streets in a parklike setting within the Villas at Essex Woods, along with proximity to the Western New York Land Conservancy, a 1,254-acre natural park, and the many year-round activities offered by nearby Ellicott Creek and Walton Woods Parks. These parks, in combination with the popular Amherst Bike Path and other recreational areas, offer more than 20 miles of biking and exercise trails winding through protected, lush green woodlands.

According to Nanula, the Villas at Essex Woods will have a projected economic impact of over $20M upon final construction completion. This project represents the second major community development by Essex Homes to offer condo status. Currently, the firm is in its third phase of development of Essex Greens at Waterford, a 108-lot luxury patio home community with condo status located just off Roll Road, E. of Transit Road in Clarence. 

“We chose to build in Amherst in response to growing demand for upscale homesites in neighborhoods with prime locations. Given the enormous success of our patio home project with condo status in Clarence, we are confident that growth in this new community will be equally successful,” says Nanula. 

To learn more about the Villas at Essex Woods, prospective buyers may visit our model at 9072 Bancroft Drive within Essex Greens at Waterford in Clarence. The model is located off Dana Marie Parkway just east of Transit Rd., past the intersection of Shimerville and Roll Roads. Hours are daily 1-5 p.m. (closed Fridays). For more information, contact Scott Henderson, Regional Sales Manager at 716.725.7577 (Model/Mobile) or shenderson@essexhomeswny.com 

Founded in 1992, Essex Homes of WNY has built over 1500 patio homes, single-family homes and villas across WNY in communities including Clarence, East Aurora, Lancaster, Grand Island, Hamburg, Lakeview and Orchard Park. To learn more about Essex Homes of WNY and to view available properties for sale or lease, including those currently available within the Villas at Essex Woods, visit www.essexhomeswny.com 

ROBERT MCDONNELL APPOINTED COO OF HUNT COMMERCIAL

BUFFALO, NY – May 9, 2019 – HUNT Commercial Real Estate has announced the appointment of Robert McDonnell as Chief Operating Officer. McDonnell will be responsible for growing the commercial sales organization within New York, as well as implementing strategic initiatives that will continue to benefit the long term goals of both HUNT Commercial and HUNT Property Solutions, the latter of which began operations in March 2018.


McDonnell was originally recruited to HUNT Commercial in the early 1990s, where he learned the complexities of the business with the help of a team of seasoned and experienced brokers. McDonnell’s initial experience at HUNT helped him transition to a 20+ year career with a highly regarded commercial development firm, and his career evolution included working as a Sales/Leasing Manager, Senior Sales/Leasing Manager, Director of Business Development, Vice President of Sales, and the Senior Vice President and Broker of Record. He has been involved in all sales and marketing related activities for a vast multi-client portfolio totaling upwards of 15 million square feet. McDonnell is highly versed in all disciplines of commercial real estate including, but not limited to business development, contract negotiations, letters of intent, proposals, market analysis, past and future trends, and client management/retention.


“We are excited to welcome Bob back to HUNT Real Estate,” said Charles Hunt, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, HUNT Real Estate Corp. “To have someone of his caliber and expertise take the leadership role of our commercial brokerage puts us in prime position to continue our business growth both locally and statewide.”


“Very few people have the opportunity to return and help lead the company that launched their careers,” McDonnell commented. “I’m thrilled to be getting back to my roots and to once again call HUNT Commercial home. I’m confident that HUNT Commercial will attain new heights and the HUNT legacy will continue to grow as we expand our business and offerings.”


To date, McDonnell has been involved in over 400 transactions with a total value in excess of well over 700 million dollars and has completed transactions in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, and White Plains, New York; Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Erie, Pennsylvania; New Haven, Connecticut, and Southern Ontario. Some of his notable clients include Key Success LLC, Buffalo Success LLC, Ciminelli Properties, First Niagara Bank, and KeyBank.


McDonnell is a graduate of John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio and CCIM Institute in Chicago, Illinois.


About HUNT Commercial
Founded in 1911, HUNT Commercial Real Estate is a full service commercial real estate firm headquartered in Buffalo, New York. With branches in Rochester, Syracuse and Albany, HUNT Commercial provides real estate brokerage and consulting services throughout Western and Upstate New York. HUNT Commercial is ranked as the #1 Largest Commercial Real Estate Firm by Buffalo Business First. HUNT Commercial’s operating philosophy revolves around our most important asset - our clients. We pride ourselves on consistently and ethically delivering innovative real estate solutions. Our long history of success and growth is a function of the level of service we provide to our clients. For more information, visit www.HUNTcommercial.com.

About HUNT Real Estate Corp.
HUNT Real Estate Corporation is the parent company of HUNT Real Estate ERA and operates over 50 branches throughout western and upstate New York, Massachusetts, and metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1911, HUNT is the most successful family-owned and operated real estate company in New York State, and is ranked the 35th largest real estate firm in the nation for closed transactions by REAL Trends. HUNT also operates a commercial brokerage, mortgage banking firm, insurance agency, 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 professionals, to grow profitably, and to provide the highest quality of real estate and homeownership services. For more information about HUNT Real Estate, visit www.huntrealestate.com.


Media Contact: Dan Mirsky
Marketing Director, HUNT Real Estate Corp.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Strong Sales Growth Boosts HUNT Real Estate In National Rankings

Leading industry publication ranks HUNT as the top family-owned and operated real estate firm headquartered in New York State

Buffalo, N.Y. – March 28, 2019Respected real estate industry publication REAL Trends (www.realtrends.com) has released their annual Top 500 survey, ranking the nation’s most successful real estate firms based transactions and closed sales volume totals in 2018. With 13,495 closed transactions and $2.76 billion in sales volume in 2018, HUNT ranked nationally at #35 in transactions (up six places from 2018) and #71 in sales volume (up 45 places from 2018).

The REAL Trends Top 500 survey also reported that HUNT experienced 20% growth in transactions and experienced a remarkable 49.5% increase in sales volume from the previous year.

The Top 500 survey also recognized HUNT in the following categories:

  • #17 on Top Movers - Transactions:  Ranking of firms that had the largest increase in closed sides from 2017 to 2018
  • #17 on Top Movers - Volume:  Ranking of firms that had the largest increase in closed sales volume from 2017 to 2018
  • #29 on Top Movers - Volume %:  Ranking of firms that had the largest percentage increase in closed sales volume from 2017 to 2018
  • #33 on Top 5 Year Movers - Transactions:  Ranking of firms that had the largest increase in closed sides between 2014-2018

“To have our local, family-owned company recognized nationally speaks volumes to the remarkable efforts of the entire HUNT Real Estate team,” said Peter Hunt, Chairman and CEO of HUNT Real Estate ERA. “Our accomplishments in 2018 were the result of a concerted effort organization-wide to attract high-potential individuals new to real estate, as well as productive professionals from within the industry. Our phenomenal success can also be attributed to the reconstruction of our Career Development program, the growth of our real estate teams, and our geographic expansion into Massachusetts -- through our acquisition of ERA Key Realty -- led by my son, Charlie Hunt.”

REAL Trends 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 REAL Trends Top 500 can be found here:


About HUNT Real Estate ERA
HUNT Real Estate Corporation is the parent company of HUNT Real Estate ERA and operates over 50 branches throughout western and upstate New York, Massachusetts, and metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1911, HUNT is the most successful family-owned and operated real estate company in New York State, and is ranked the 35th largest real estate firm in the nation for closed transactions by REAL Trends. HUNT also operates a commercial brokerage, mortgage banking firm, insurance agency, 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 professionals, to grow profitably, and to provide the highest quality of real estate and homeownership services. For more information about HUNT Real Estate, visit www.huntrealestate.com.

MJ Peterson Sees Stellar 2018 With Expansion of Workforce & Portfolio

Company president attributes success to diverse offerings in local market
AMHERST, NY – MJ Peterson celebrated its 89 th year in business during their 35 th Annual Awards
Ceremony, held at the Park Country Club. Victor L. Peterson III, President and CEO of MJ Peterson, opened the ceremony’s speeches with the State of the Company address. Mr. Peterson congratulated the company on being the largest independently owned and operated, full-service real estate company serving all of WNY’s real estate needs.

“MJ Peterson is proudly committed to Western New York,” Mr. Peterson remarked. “Our strategy of a diversified business model continues to contribute to our growing revenue and workforce in 2018.”

In addition to welcoming 52 new sales associates and 23 new employees in 2018, MJ Peterson acquired the boutique firm, Robitaille Real Estate & Relocation!
Several sales associates and employees were acknowledged for their individual achievement at the
ceremony: Susan Lenahan was recognized as top agent for the twelfth consecutive year. Lenahan closed over $24.1 million in residential sales in 2018. She has been the top Buffalo city agent for more than 20 years. The Olear Team, led by Michael Olear in Tonawanda, was awarded the 2018 top team with over $23.9 million in sales.

Ronald “Gunner” Tronolone was awarded the top commercial agent and Gary DeCarlo was awarded 2nd Top producer based on both units and volume in 2018. Joe Jacobi Jr. received a “Team Impact” award for his contributions to the Commercial Division.

Stephen Grimm (of East Amherst), Marketing Director of MJ Peterson was awarded Employee of the year. Michael Cassidy (of West Seneca), Senior Accountant, was awarded Accounting Employee of the year.

The Property Management division saw a strong rental market, and have several new projects in the pipeline. Deer Lakes, their luxury apartments in Amherst, saw their final phase completed, wrapping up the 256-unit complex. They will continue with the construction of a Club House at this property which will house site staff offices and tenant amenities such as an exercise room, kitchen facilities, and a community room. Excitement was evident at the award ceremony for their expansion into a dedicated 55+ senior community complex, and their long-term investment strategy. Lee Eyrick (of Buffalo) and Brianna Russell (of Tonwanda), received Exceptional Performance Awards for Property Managers. Jim Baker (of Amherst) received Exceptional Performance Award for maintenance.

Peterson concluded his address by saying, “Each year we are honored by Business First as one of the Top Private Companies in WNY. This year we were ranked 23 rd .”

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MJ Peterson, founded in 1930, is a family-owned and operated full service real estate company, with
numerous rental units, 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.