Showing posts with label Real Estate. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Real Estate. Show all posts

Monday, January 21, 2019

1/19 Radio Show: Matthew Paul & Ryan Devin

Guest Host, Susan Ballard, welcomes Matthew Paul and Ryan Devin .

Matthew Paul and Ryan Devin are Licensed Real Estate Salespeople out of our Williamsville Village Branch.

Susan, Matt and Ryan reviewed the market for 2019. Due to the mild winter we have had so far, the market is hot, resulting in more buyers than homes. The lack of inventory is driving buyers to put offers in quickly, often times causing sellers to cancel the open houses they may have scheduled.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Myths of Selling Your Home in the Winter | HUNT Real Estate ERA

You hear it all the time from concerned friends who swear they’ve been through this before: “Don’t even try selling your home during the winter. No one’s looking.” That prevailing notion has kept many homeowners from trying the market during a time of year that’s just as good for real estate transactions as any other season.

The myth that homes don’t sell in the winter is easily dispelled by looking at your local newspaper. The long columns of property transactions in your region alone should be a good indication that home sales don’t slacken as the holidays approach.

Many people assume that the shorter days and the Holiday Season shuffle keep potential home buyers far too busy to check out homes on the market. Others are far more confident listing their homes in the spring or summer, when they feel that young families may be looking to move without disrupting their children’s school years.

During the winter months, however, the market is full of serious buyers. Many of these are retired homeowners, making up a bigger portion of the homebuying market than ever before as more of these retirees are looking to move into smaller houses. Low interest rates on mortgages are also heating up sales this winter, and if you wait you may not be able to take advantage of the same buyer confidence as interest rates rise.

In fact, wintry weather can be harnessed by a property owner to make your home even more attractive to potential buyers. For starters, make sure that your driveway and front walks are cleanly shoveled. The snow will provide a perfect rustic framing to your home’s facade. If you have a family, build a snowman, igloo or some other fun project that will be inviting to visitors. Make sure that you don’t go overboard, however, as you want your guests to see the natural splendor of your home and not a lot of decorations.

There is no bad season for home sales. Throughout New York State and Arizona, HUNT Real Estate ERA is the name to trust when you’re ready to put your house on the market. We’ll give you the confidence necessary to navigate the current real estate market with ease!

Peter F. Hunt

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

New Year’s resolutions are common in January because everyone wants to start off the new year right. But have you ever considered a new year’s resolution for your home? Here are a few to help kickstart your new year in your home.

RESOLUTION 1: Declutter
One of the easiest resolutions is to declutter and organize your home. The best way to start is to go one room at a time and clear out items you don’t use or wear. Stick to a plan and get decorative baskets to organize items that may take up space, like DVDs, books, and video games.

RESOLUTION 2: Safety first
Your home should always be as safe as possible for your family. Here are a few ways to combat common dangers in your household:

  • Check your home for radon. This can be done through an at-home test or by a professional.
  • Check your carbon dioxide detectors and smoke detector batteries. If you don’t have either of these items, make sure you purchase them.
  • Clean your lint trap vent and/or duct. While you may be cleaning out your lint trap on a regular basis for your dryer, your ductwork may have lint in it if you’ve never cleaned it. It’s important to do this regularly because it’s highly combustible and can catch fire easily.
  • If you’re planning a remodel and your house was built before 1978, have your home tested for lead paint and asbestos.

RESOLUTION 3: Tackle small projects now
Even though the weather isn’t warm yet, you can work on your home projects. Simple tasks like repairing a hole in your drywall, painting, replacing a light fixture, or replacing a faucet do not require good weather.

RESOLUTION 4: Be a friend to the environment
There are simple ways to help the environment that can help you save on your utility bills.

  • Make sure you turn off lights when you aren’t using them.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to help control your heat bill
  • Install LED lights and low-flow shower heads
  • Invest in a drying rack and air dry your clothes instead of using the dryer
  • Turn off power strips and unplug chargers when you are not using them

RESOLUTION 5: Plan ahead
It may seem a little ridiculous, but planning for the next holiday season can help in the long run. Make sure you pack away decorations neatly and label boxes with what is in them. Also, make sure you note any items you may need to purchase for the next holiday season. Did you run out of dishes? Did your lights break? Do you need a folding table for all of your dinner guests? January is a great time to find holiday items on sale.

What are your new year’s resolutions for your home? Let us know! If you need assistance with your plan for the new year, check out the HUNT Homeowners Club! The includes direct access to our portfolio of HUNT-approved vendors engaged in businesses relating to owning and maintaining your home. From contractors and remodelers to roofers and electricians, we can recommend the right vendors for any home-related services you need.

Monday, September 17, 2018

9/15 Radio Show: Bill Maggio

Your host Peter Hunt, welcomes Bill Maggio to the show.

Bill is CEO of the Jacobs Institute and Managing Partner of Lorraine Capital.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on building on the momentum we are feeling in our community, which include attracting talent and capital investment.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

6/16 Radio Show: Sarah Klaiber

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Sarah Klaiber to the show.

Sarah Klaiber is a Business Development Manager in the Buffalo/Niagara Region.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on technology and the current real estate industry.

To find out more, listen to this week's show! 

Monday, May 7, 2018

5/15 Radio Show: James Fink

Your Host, Peter Hunt, welcomes James Fink to the show.

James Fink is a reporter with Business First of Buffalo.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on residential & commercial development.

To find out more, listen to this week's show!

Monday, March 5, 2018

3/3 Radio Show: Robert Blake & Amber Buday

Guest host, Jonathan Orlow welcomes Robert Blake & Amber Buday to the show.

Robert Blake and Amber Buday are both licensed real estate salespersons working out of the Buffalo Metropolitan office.

Together, Jonathan Leads the discussion on the current real estate market and the importance of educating buyers to strengthen their offers.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

1/13 Radio Show: Michelle Winer

Guest host, Susan Ballard, welcomes Michelle Winer to the show.

Michelle Winer is one of our leading real estate professionals working out of our Williamsville Clarence office.

Together, Susan leads the discussion on the shortage of homes for the current large number of potential buyers.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

9/30 Radio Show: Ty DiMatteo

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes co-host Jonathan Orlow to the show and his guest Ty DiMatteo.

Ty DiMatteo is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson working out of our Buffalo Metropolitan office.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on current happenings and people relocating to downtown Buffalo.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tips to Avoid Becoming a Wire Fraud Victim

We would like to alert you to a sophisticated wire fraud scam targeting home buyers that is sweeping the nation. This scam is being perpetrated by hackers that are gaining access to real estate agent, attorney and/or home buyer/seller email accounts. Once they gain access, they create fraudulent email accounts to communicate directly with the client -- all without the real estate agent or attorney knowing. The intent of the scam is to make the home buyer believe they are speaking via email with their agent or attorney in an effort to get them to wire money (typically closing funds) to them. In some cases across the country, it has ended up costing home buyers that have fallen for this scam hundreds of thousands of dollars.

At HUNT Real Estate ERA, we take every security measure possible to protect our clients' data. Ultimately, though, the responsibility is yours to ensure you are not sharing your personal information with a scammer. If you receive a suspicious email, the simplest way to identify if it is legit is to look at the email address of the sender. If it does not match your real estate agent or attorney's address, report it to them immediately.

To further ensure you are protected, we recommend the following:

  • NEVER WIRE MONEY without first verballing confirming with your real estate attorney
  • Do not visit unreliable websites
  • Never click on a link that you do not trust.
  • If you receive any suspicious communication about your real estate transaction, contact your real estate agent and/or your attorney immediately.
  • Always use antivirus software with the latest updates
  • Ensure your computer's operating system has the latest security updates
  • Make sure all of your online passwords are secure (email, banking, etc.) and change them frequently
  • Do not use the same password on multiple accounts

For more information and ways you can help protect yourself against wire fraud, please read this article and download the white paper:

Reducing the Risk of Real Estate Wire Fraud

Monday, March 27, 2017

3/25 Radio Show: Michael Burke & Lisa Cirillo

Guest Host, Susan Ballard, welcomes Michael Burke & Lisa Cirillo to the show.

Michael and Lisa are both real estate professionals working out of our Williamsville Clarence branch.

Together, Susan leads the discussion on the current sellers market and low inventory.

To find out more, listen to this week's show. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Buffalo: One of the Most Affordable Housing Markets in the United States

Families looking to relocate often have questions about their new communities and their future finances. For people eyeing the Buffalo area, some of those worries can be laid to rest knowing that the city is one of the most affordable in the country. Low-cost housing combined with economical living expenses makes this a particularly desirable locale.

Buffalo Real Estate Prices Consistently Affordable
The Buffalo area is remarkably affordable. Forbes Magazine ranked Buffalo as the most economical housing market in America in 2014. During the final quarter of that year, homes sold at a median price of $118,000. This makes home buying financially realistic for more than 80 percent of area residents, according to Forbes.

This year, Business First rated Buffalo the second most affordable place to buy a house in the United States. Researchers came to this conclusion by reviewing median income and property value data from the Census Bureau. Buffalo outranked 50 major cities across the nation.

When investors want to buy or start businesses, they're often impressed with the low commercial real estate prices in the area as well.

Low Cost of Living Attractive for All Ages
Some cities and towns have inexpensive housing, but a higher cost of living can wipe out those savings. That isn’t a problem in Buffalo.

Overall living expenses are 14 percent lower than the nationwide average, according to the University at Buffalo. Residents spend about 7 percent less than the U.S. average when they pay utility bills or buy groceries, according to Forbes. Medical care costs and transportation are also below the national average.

During 2014, U.S. News and World Report named Buffalo as one of the most attractive cities for seniors with limited incomes. It noted that the average retiree pays just over $1,000 per month in housing-related bills if he or she continues to make mortgage payments. Seniors also benefit from a special discount card supplied by the city government. It cuts the cost of local restaurant meals, drugstore products, haircuts and various other services. If you're still working, you can look forward to an affordable retirement in this area.

The bottom line is that homeowners in Buffalo can pay their bills more easily than people in most large cities. This helps them lead more enjoyable lives and set money aside for emergencies. Residents also have convenient access to higher education, exciting cultural events, Lake Erie recreation and diverse eateries.

If you're interested in moving to western New York, HUNT can assist you. We help customers find affordable homes, acquire financing and protect their investments with dependable insurance.

Monday, June 22, 2015

6/20 Radio Show: Maureen Prinzbach

Guest Host, Linda Mallia, welcomes Maureen Prinzbach to the show.

Maureen Prinzbach is one of our leading real estate professionals working out of our Lancaster office.

Together, Linda leads the discussion with Maureen on the current real estate market and the quick turnaround of selling homes.  Homes are being listed and are quickly selling.

To find out more, listen to this week's show!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

1/24 Radio Show: Jim Fink

Your Host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Jim Fink to the show!

Jim Fink is a Buffalo Business First Reporter covering real estate, commercial development and government.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on commercial real estate and recent developments within Buffalo.

To find out more, listen to this week's show! 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Tips for Sellers | HUNT Real Estate ERA

The homes that sell more consistently on the market are the homes that are listed by owners who are diligent in making sure that their home is attractive to potential buyers. Many people who list their home take steps to ensure that their home really stands out and makes a good first impression to visitors. However, there’s always a few ways to get ahead, and HUNT Real Estate ERA would love to share some extra real estate sales tips with our blog readers today!

Staging your home to get rid of the clutter is an important step when scheduling open houses, but where should you start in your own home? De-personalizing your residence is the first step to making your home both attractive and open to guests. Store all family photos, personal decor and any other symbols or mementos of your personal lifestyle. You might enjoy playing guitar, but seeing your collection of Fenders on display may be an uneasy reminder to a visitor of the home’s current inhabitants.

Once you’ve gotten rid of these personal pieces, take the throw pillows, blankets and other items remaining in your home and arrange them attractively around your furniture. However, in keeping your home clean, don’t feel the need to remove all clothing items from the closets around the house. Keep them about half full, as this will help potential buyers see the space of the closet without it looking empty and forlorn.

Lighting is another very important aspect to consider that will go a long way in closing the sale of your property. Keeping your home well lit will make it look open and friendly, while dark spaces can make your guests feel enclosed and claustrophobic. Make the best use of natural lighting and any bright lamps you may own to strategically keep your residence bright and sunny.

Lastly, staying away from the house during an open house is another very important tip for maintaining an open atmosphere for guests. The less you can remind your visitors of the family who lives in the home now, the better, and hovering around while your real estate agent is giving a tour may make you seem insecure about the property.

HUNT Real Estate ERA wants to give all of our clients the information they need to sell their house quickly on the open market. Make sure to visit our blog regularly to learn about the best practices you can follow to succeed in real estate.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Moving out of state: Tips for relocation | HUNT Real Estate ERA

Moving out of state is no small decision for a family to undertake. Picking up and resettling in another part of a single state is difficult enough, but when moving to a different state entirely, there are a host of new concerns to think about. Staying informed of what to expect when crossing state lines will make sure you handle the process properly and with confidence.

First of all, make sure that you have the right moving company hired to handle your move. You should get quotes from at least three different companies before choosing one, and make sure to ask them some questions about how they handle out-of-state moves. Federal regulations mandate that moving companies must hand out brochure material about moving across state lines to reside in a new state, which will further explain your rights and responsibilities.

You may want to purchase some mover’s insurance to protect against the risk that some of your personal belongings or furniture may be damaged in transit to your new home. This insurance is typically not too expensive and may be a great comfort to you if you’re making the move across multiple states.

Do what you can to make sure that your packaging costs are kept low. Besides the moving company and their equipment rentals, this is going to make up the lion’s share of your moving costs. Cardboard boxes can be cheap to come by, but are also very flimsy, especially when wet. Durable plastic containers may be more expensive, but for your televisions and more fragile items they may be a lifesaver.

Finding a way to reduce the amount of belongings that are coming with you can help keep your packaging costs down and your trip light. Gather a lot of belongings that you can bear to part with and try to hold a yard sale to get rid of them and even make a little extra cash. Or you could donate those belongings to a school, church, library or other public place where people can use them.

With HUNT Real Estate ERA, finding a residence in a different state is made easy. In New York and Arizona, we broker the sale of high quality properties for people from all over the country. Trust our expertise to get you to a new state without a worry. 

For more information contact:
Mary Croglio
Director of HUNT Relocation
430 Dick Rd.
Depew, NY 14043
(888) 370-7737
HUNT Relocation Services

Peter F. Hunt

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Golf Course Properties in Scottsdale, Arizona | HUNT Real Estate ERA

The balmy southwest region of Scottsdale, AZ, provides a lot of world class living situations for prospective homebuyers. As our real estate agents in the area can tell you, the proximity to the major city of Phoenix, coupled with the friendly climate of Arizona, is enough to attract anyone looking for a major move. Golfing fans, especially, may not know about all of the great
Golf course communities and courses located within this suburb.

Did you know you could buy property right on the green?  Golf course communities are perfect for families living an active lifestyle.  Imagine waking up to pristine greens and enjoying your first cup of coffee right behind the 7th hole.  The Scottsdale area offers amazing courses and properties alike.

First and foremost, this community is home to the world-renown TPC Scottsdale course, home to the annual Phoenix Open, the world’s largest attended golfing tournament. The rolling greens, low brush and mountain backdrop of this course provide a stunning backdrop and scenery for any visitor. TPC Scottsdale has been hosting tournaments for the PGA Tour since its opening in 1986.

Plenty of other golf courses of varying sizes are situated within just a few miles of the center of Scottsdale, as anyone can see by checking out this website from GolfLink. Both 18-hole and 9-hole facilities abound in this region, perfect for amateur and serious golfers alike. These golf courses range in length from just over 1,000 total feet to 7,000 feet in length and more. Get in a quick round or visit an area where you can spend all day traversing a stunning landscape.

Our website includes plenty of listings for real estate openings in Arizona, especially around the city of Phoenix. Many of our Western New York clients are interested in checking out properties in this area, even just for a vacation home. You will be stunned by some of the southwest-style architecture that are on display in these homes and facades.

The wide network of HUNT Real Estate ERA associates can help you find a great home no matter where the property is located.

Peter F. Hunt

Monday, November 18, 2013

Tips for Winter Home Staging - Interior and Exterior | HUNT Real Estate ERA

The days are shorter, the air is crisp, and winter is just around the corner.  Selling your home during this bright and blustery season is not as hard as you think!  There are numerous ways to turn your home into a ‘Winter Wonderland’; one that all prospective buyers will find cozy and comfortable.

Effective home staging is important year round, but winter home staging requires a few extra steps to ensure your home is warm and inviting.  Prospective buyers often times drive by the home, therefore maintaining the exterior of your home during the winter is important. Your first task is make sure all walkways, including the driveway and sidewalks, are free of snow and ice.  Keep salt in the garage for icier days, and be sure to maintain the walkways daily.

Night falls earlier in the winter, thus you must make sure your home’s exterior is properly lit.  Place candles in the windows, set a timer for the outdoor lights, and string up a set of white lights along the porch.   Strategically prop a wooden sled against a tree, hang a few lanterns from bare branches, and greet guests at the door with a beautiful winter wreath.   These small touches will help your home stand out, and remember, sometimes less is more!

Light is also a major player in the interior staging.  Take advantage of the daylight hours and try to schedule appointments to show the home during this time.  Wash your windows and make clever use of mirrors, they will help reflect light around the room.  Place LED light candles in darker areas of the home and dress up the candle with a bit of holiday decoration.

When deciding on interior holiday d├ęcor for staging your home, try to keep the holiday decorations neutral; you want your home to be appealing to everyone who walks through the door.   Use nice rich colors for throw pillows and blankets, or set the table with fine china to add a nice holiday touch.  Great neutral holiday decorations and accessories include pinecones, stars, branches, lights, and holly.  Strive to bring out the natural elements of the winter season.  And be sure not to overdo it.

The stage is set and the show is about to start.  Take this time to add small touches to the interior.  If you have a fireplace utilize it, a roaring fire will show prospective buyers some of the added value to your home.  Aromas are a nice way to add to the atmosphere of any home.  Who doesn’t love the smell of homemade chocolate chip cookies?  Pair the cookies with freshly brewed coffee or piping-hot cocoa to make your visitor feel more at ease.  Keep it the aromas minimal and stay away from air fresheners; it may leave some guests thinking you’re trying to cover something up.

Now that your home is market ready, remember there’s nothing to fear about the real estate market during the winter months, especially when you leave your home in the hands of one of the area’s most successful real estate company. Winter, spring, summer or fall, HUNT Real Estate ERA will find the right buyers for your home during any season! Visit us on Pinterest for more winter staging ideas!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

How good neighbors bring value to a neighborhood and your home | HUNT Real Estate ERA

What is the true value of living in a home? In some cases, a real estate transaction may be thought of only in terms of exchanging money for a piece of property. Although a home can be broken down into its individual parts to determine the cost of each, there are numerous intangibles that go a long way in determining what it’s “worth” to live on a certain block or street.

Neighbors can be a source of stress for some people, a fact that’s played up on television shows and elsewhere for a quick joke. However, the truth is that many of us want to have positive interactions with the people we might see every day. Many of us try to go out of our way to make sure that we’re good neighbors, especially in times of need.

If you’re interested in improving the value of your home, try to consider what you can do to improve the value of your neighborhood. Perhaps you could organize holiday festivities for your block or get a few volunteers to help you clean up garbage and weeds from the roadside.  You could help out an elderly neighbor by shoveling their walkway while working on your own, or mow the lawn for the couple down the street who just welcomed home a new baby.  Be the neighbor you want to have, and watch those around you join in.

When a prospective homebuyer comes into the neighborhood to look at a property, the condition of the surrounding neighborhood is going to be one of the first things that person will notice. A home will always have a better chance of being sold if the potential buyer sees that people care about living on that block or street.

Giving back to those around you has a way of helping you out in the long run. You might have to spearhead many of these activities yourself if no one else has made the effort in the past, but the final project can be very rewarding. You might even inspire others living around you to take action and show a little more pride in where they live.  Who knows, maybe you’ll come home to a freshly mowed lawn after a long work week!

HUNT Real Estate ERA is always interested in building better neighborhoods across all of the regions we serve – from the Capital region, through Central and Northern NY, Rochester and Western NY as well as Arizona! When you’re looking for a place where your family can grow for years, call us to schedule a consultation!

Peter F. Hunt

Monday, November 11, 2013

Radio Show 11/9: Rob Blake

Guest Host, John Rummel, welcomes Rob Blake to the show!

Rob is one of our leading agents in the Buffalo area, working out of our Metropolitan office.

Together, John Rummel leads the discussion on the current real estate market. Property values are still increasing and there are still many active buyers out there. John and Rob talk about listing your home now, instead of waiting until the Spring market.

To find out more, listen to this week's radio show!