Showing posts with label buffalo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label buffalo. Show all posts

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, September 5, 2017

9/2 Radio Show: Marietta Cimato-Zygaj & Robert Blake

Guest host, Peter Scarcello, welcomes Marietta Cimato-Zygaj & Robert Blake to the show.

Marietta Cimato-Zygaj is our new Branch Director at our Williamsville Clarence office.

Robert Blake is one of our leading real estate professionals working out of our Buffalo Metropolitan office.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on Marietta's recent move back to Buffalo from Colorado. 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

8/12 RadioShow: James Ostrowski

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes James Ostrowski to the show

James Ostrowski is a Constitutional Attorney in Buffalo, NY.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on Buffalo's economic planning and development.

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

Monday, August 7, 2017

8/4 Radio Show: Chris Jacobs

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Chris Jacobs to the show.

Chris Jacobs is the New York State Senator representing Western New York in the 60th Senate District, sworn into office in January 2017. The district includes parts of the City of Buffalo, the City of Tonawanda, as well as the towns of Brant, Evans, Grand Island, Hamburg, Orchard Park and Tonawanda.

In 2011 he was elected Erie County’s ninth County Clerk and re-elected in 2014, Chris is the first Republican Erie County Clerk in 40 years.

Raised in Buffalo, Chris Jacobs has been a vocal advocate for expanding local business development and improving educational options.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on the upcoming projects that will take place at historic Canalside Buffalo. Projects include to restore a historic caracul, improvements on the Childs Museum and expansions at the naval park.

To find out more, listen to this weeks show.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5/13 Radio Show: Deacon Tasker

Guest host, Jonathan Orlow welcomes Deacon Tasker to the show.

Deacon Tasker is one of our leading real estate professionals working out of our Buffalo Metropolitan office. Deacon manages the Fisher Pond patio homes that are located in Williamsville.

Together, Jonathan leads the discussion on Fisher Pond homes.

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

Friday, May 5, 2017

Market Match in Albany, Buffalo, Rochester & Syracuse

By Jennifer Riner, Trulia

The gap between what buyers want compared to the current home supply is widening in many U.S. metros, predominantly affecting starter and trade-up homebuyers. Not only are their options slim, but homes available in the low-to-mid price range are more susceptible to multiple offer scenarios and bidding wars. According to an online, Harris Poll conducted on behalf of Trulia, 58.5 percent of Americans who’ve been looking to buy over the last two years say the home purchase process was either somewhat or very competitive.

The difference between demand and supply within the three primary home price tiers (starter, trade-up, premium) is a real estate phenomenon aptly-named the “market mismatch.” As of the fourth quarter in 2016, the national market mismatch score across home price categories jumped to 7.4 percentage points. On average, homebuyers throughout the country are repeatedly searching for starter and trade-up homes in markets with a larger supply of premium properties.

For instance, the Dallas real estate market holds the highest mismatch score in the nation at 17.5 percentage points. On the other hand, Bakersfield homebuyers can rest easy knowing their market has the smallest average market mismatch gap (1.4 percentage points) across all home price tiers.

Despite low inventory creating tough home buying conditions in many markets, the Western, Central and Upstate New York markets are encouraging for homebuyers. Consider the following four markets with relatively balanced supply and search conditions, in order of their market mismatch scores.

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Syracuse is no. 10 among U.S. metros with the smallest market mismatch at 3.4 percentage points. Almost a third of Syracuse home searches fall within the starter home category, giving way to 31.9 percent of listings that fit the typical entry-level budget. Meanwhile, the 24 percent of local searches earmarked for trade-up homes pair with 19.3 percent of Syracuse homes for sale. Premium homebuyers have the most flexibility, accounting for 43.8 percent of home searches with access to nearly half of all residential inventory.

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Rochester is the second best matched market, following Syracuse, at an average variation of 3.8 percentage points. Starter home supply and demand is almost entirely balanced, accounting for 29.9 percent of searches and 30.6 percent of listings. Trade-up homes have greater demand than supply with 26.5 percent of searches and 20.8 percent of the inventory. Again, premium homebuyers in Rochester have the most wiggle room. High-end properties make up 48.6 percent of the market and 43.6 percent of searches.

Across price segments, there is a 4-percentage point difference between search demand and homes for sale in Buffalo. For entry-level homes, Buffalo has a for-sale surplus at 32.5 percent of all listings compared to a corresponding search rate of 30.1 percent. Trade-up homes are scarcer, representing just 20.5 percent of available listings compared to 26.5 percent of all searches. Premium homes make up 43.4 percent of searches and 47 percent of listings.

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Albany’s market mismatch score is below the national average at 5.1 percentage points. The starter home segment is nearly level at 33.8 percent of all searches and 31.8 percent of all homes for sale in Albany. Trade-up buyers are at a slight disadvantage, however. They make up 24.5 percent of home searches, but only 18.9 percent of homes are a suitable match, financially speaking. Although benefiting buyers, the largest discrepancy between demand and supply lies within the premium home market. In the first quarter of 2016, premium homes accounted for 41.7 percent of searches, akin to nearly half of all residential listings at that time.

Low supply feeds high competition bidding wars and multiple offer scenarios, particularly during the swift spring selling season. But, in markets like Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo and Rochester, the distinctive stability between supply and search demand helps preserve affordability and opportunities for everyone.

Monday, March 13, 2017

3/11 Radio Show: Susan Ballard

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Susan Ballard to the show.

Susan Ballard is a Branch Director at our Williamsville Village office.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on the current shortage of inventory and over bidding on houses.

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

Monday, March 6, 2017

Radio Show 3/4: Michael Weiner

Your Host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Michael Weiner to the show.

Michael Weiner is President and CEO of The United Way.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on giving back the community.

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

Radio Show: 2/25 Rob Blake

Guest Host, Jonathan Orlow, welcomes Rob Blake to the show.

Rob Blake is one our leading real estate professionals working out of our Buffalo Metropolitan office.

Together Jonathan leads the discussion on the current real estate market. Now is the time to list your home for sale!

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2/18 Radio Show: James Hoffman

Guest Host, Susan Ballard, welcomes James Hoffman to the show.

James Hoffman is one of our leading real estate professionals working out of our Williamsville Clarence office.

Together, Susan leads the discussion on the current local real estate market.

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

Monday, February 6, 2017


HUNT Real Estate ERA has announced that top-producing real estate agent Jason Sokody and the seven members of his Sokody Sales Team have joined HUNT’s newest branch location on Grand Island, which is scheduled to open this month at 2098 Grand Island Boulevard. The Sokody Sales Team consists of Jason Sokody, Mary Stachowicz, Thomas Panzarella, Jason Zgoda, William Storey, Charity Edwards, Kelly Grambo, and Nathan Marziale.

Sokody, formerly with RealtyUSA, brings 10 years of real estate experience to HUNT, assisting homebuyers and sellers throughout all of western New York. Sokody has appeared on the Buffalo Business First Who’s Who in Residential Real Estate list for three straight years, and he and his team are recognized by Zillow as a “5-Star Premier Team.”

“The HUNT organization is the perfect home for our unique team,” said Sokody. “The supportive leadership, continuing education and caring administration were primary factors in the decision to make our move,” Sokody commented. “HUNT will allow our distinctive team to continue to flourish and provide honest and candid business to all of our western New York clients.”

Peter Scarcello, HUNT’s Buffalo/Niagara General Manager says, “We are delighted that Jason and his team have joined us at HUNT and we look forward to helping grow our business together.”

With the opening of the Grand Island branch, HUNT will have 15 offices in the Buffalo/Niagara Region and more than 40 branches throughout western and upstate New York.

Monday, December 19, 2016

12/17 Radio Show: Stephen P. Fitzmaurice & Harry Stinson

Your Host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Stephen P. Fitzmaurice & Harry Stinson to the show.

Stephen Fitzmaurice is currently the project director for the historic restoration of the Hotel Niagara in Niagara Falls, NY. Harry Stinson is a Toronto developer who is restoring Buffalo’s Central Terminal.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on Hotel Niagara.

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods in Buffalo

Watching Buffalo progress fills us with excitement and appreciation for the people of this great city and the unique culture we have created. We love to explore new neighborhoods, introduce new residents to can’t-miss spots, and taste food from our inventive restaurants.

Here are five different neighborhoods that continue to impress.

Photo by Rhea Anna

Allentown is the perfect neighborhood for the creative types, or at least the people who like to feel creative. There is plenty of street art residents can appreciate simply by strolling through the neighborhood. With galleries, live music, and delicious restaurants, this neighborhood fulfills all your senses.

First Fridays continue to be a huge success in Allentown, which many residents wouldn’t miss. “It is a coordinated open house for all galleries in Allentown and the near vicinity,” says Andrew Eisenhardt, executive director of Allentown Association.

“Allentown First Fridays is in its 6th year,” says Andrew. “December is one of the biggest months with an artisan market and holiday activities.”

Music fans can visit attractions like Kleinhans Music Hall or Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to hear live music.

With fun events year-round, this inclusive neighborhood is perfect for both singles and families.

Elmwood Village
Photo by Jim Bush

Elmwood Village is continuing to gain traction and recognition. Most recently, Elmwood Village was named by American Planning Association as one of the country’s great places.

Whether you are one to stop at every coffee shop, candy store, or cheese spot, Elmwood has you covered in all your foodie dreams. If you have a need for sweets, you can’t miss Watson’s Sponge Candy. If you want something a little more fresh, stop at Kuni’s for some sushi that’s rolled right before your eyes.

Always boasting local goodness, be sure and grab some fresh produce at the farmer’s market, occurring every Saturday morning, or make a stop at Lexington Co-Op, which is open daily.
“The co-op was started in 1971 by people in the neighborhood who wanted good food,” says Tim Bartlett, general manager. “The co-op has been owned by the people who shop there since its creation.”

Connecticut Street

Connecticut Street is one of the newest emerging neighborhoods in Buffalo. Conveniently located near downtown and cultural attractions, this neighborhood is sure to delight anyone with its range of restaurants, shops, and events.

If you are a self-diagnosed foodie, look no further. “There’s already a very impressive line-up of restaurants and food shops — including Black Sheep, Breadhive, Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile— that make it a must-stop for food lovers,” says Ed Healy, Visit Buffalo Niagara vice president of marketing.

Connecticut Street strives to create a high-quality urban living area. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see this area continue to surge in the coming years,” says Ed.

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Photo by Rhea Anna

Where you once might have found an Italian-American neighborhood, Grant Street is now a collection of many more cultures. This neighborhood is a wonderful melting pot.

For a perfect example of the cultural changes the community has gone through, take a stroll inside West Side Bazaar, an incubator space for immigrants to share and sell their goods. Whether it is a handmade dress or delicious treat; you’ll never leave this space disappointed.

“With the infusion of many new immigrants and their respective traditions, cuisines and cultures, the neighborhood is a melting pot of old Buffalo and new Buffalo,” says Ed. “I’m a huge fan of the West Side Bazaar, Sweetness 7, and Guercio and Sons Market.”

Hertel Avenue
Photo by Joe Cascio

Hertel has had a rebirth like no other neighborhood in terms of restaurants, shops, and events.

If you’re ready to be entertained in a cool space, go nowhere else than the North Park Theatre, which has been on Hertel Avenue since 1920. This theatre was just restored and after years of neglect, and is ready to shine once more.

“The neighborhood is more vital — and more diverse — than at any time since I moved there more than 20 years ago,” says Ed. “There’s significant new investment along Hertel with the restoration of the North Park Theatre, the opening of several new restaurants, the development of a number of new apartment buildings, and the opening of a second Lexington Co-op in 2017.”

If any of these places sound like the place for you, contact one of our agents today and make one of these neighborhoods your new home.

Monday, November 14, 2016

11/12 Radio Show: Carl Paladino

Your Host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Carl Paladino to the show.

Carl Paladino is the CEO of Elliott Development Company.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on recent events with the presidential election.

To find out more, listen to this weeks show! 

Monday, October 31, 2016

10/29 Radio Show: Doug Swift

Your Host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Doug Swift to the show!

Doug Swift is the developer of Riverworks.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on the development and progression of Riverworks.

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

Monday, September 26, 2016

9/24 Radio Show: Jonathan Orlow & Robert Blake

Guest Host, Peter Scarcello, welcomes Jonathan Orlow & Robert Blake to the show!

Jonathan Orlow is a Branch Director working out of our Kenton and Buffalo Metropolitan offices. Robert Blake is one of our leading real estate professionals working out of our Buffalo Metropolitan office.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on the market place within the Elmwood Village.

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

Monday, September 19, 2016

9/17 Radio Show: Stewart Levy and Jordan Levy

Your Host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Stewart Levy and Jordan Levy to the show.

Steward Levy is a Buffalo community leader, who ran for mayor of Buffalo. His son Jordan Levy is chairman of the Erie Harbor Canal Development Corp., which is developing Canalside.

Peter leads the discussion on the development of Buffalo.

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

Monday, September 12, 2016

9/10 Radio Show: Don Griebner & Mark Brylinski

Guest Host, Linda Mallia, welcomes Don Griebner & Mark Brylinski to the show!

Don Grinner is President of Real Property Services, LLC, a NYS Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.

Mark Brylinski is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker working out of our KenTon office.

Together, Linda leads the discussion assessments and appraisals.

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

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

9/3 Radio Show: Adele Cloutier

Guest Host, Jonathan Orlow, welcomes Adele Cloutier to the show!

Adele Cloutier is one of our leading real estate professionals working out of our Buffalo Metropolitan office.

Together, Jonathan leads the discussion on why Buffalo is such an attractive place to live and settle down in.

To find out more, listen to this weeks show!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The New Buffalo Residents’ Guide to Being a Bills Fan

Are you new to the area and a little intimidated by Buffalo Bills fans? Yes, we understand we are quite a fun bunch. With the start of the NFL season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to learn what being a Bills fan really means. Since HUNT is the official real estate company of the Buffalo Bills, let us offer you some “official” pointers on how you can cheer with the best of them and blend into the game day scene at the recently renamed New Era Field.

While the Bills may technically be owned by the Pegula’s, it really feels like the team owned by the city of Buffalo itself. The loyalty for the team is immediately felt as soon as you ask anyone in Buffalo about the Bills. We are tried and true fans who stand by our team no matter the circumstances.

Bills fans “don’t jump on bandwagons, we circle them,” says Bill Fichtner, actor and Buffalo native. Here he shares what it means to be a Bills fan.

Drew Gier from The Rockpile Report echoes Fichtner’s sentiments. “Being a fan of the Buffalo Bills is a commitment, and the fans are like family,” he shares. “How many other teams can miss the playoffs for 16 straight years, have a losing record by December and still sell out games when it’s 5 degrees out? That is the passion we as fans have for our team.”

Here are some ways to fit in with these crazy but loyal fans.

Learn the Lingo

The Buffalo Bills first played in the Old Buffalo War Memorial Stadium – known as “The Old Rockpile.”

When referencing the team, just call them “The Bills.”

The official mascot is is “Billy Buffalo.”

Learn how to sing (and sing it loud) the Bills version of “Shout!”

Wear the Garb

A quick look at the stadium shows painting your body is hardly a request. Many fans paint their faces, heads, and some even their bodies in the freezing weather.

Laux Sporting Goods Knit Hats

Laux Sporting Goods is a great local stop for your Bills gear. The shop offers officially licensed sweatshirts, t-shirts, jerseys, and more. Or, if accessories are more your style, you can find an assortment of fun items adorned with Bills logos.

Typical dress code for a Bills fan ranges by age, but is usually pretty outlandish.

“Zubaz, the pajama type pant in zebra print, are selling like crazy again,” said Michael O’Hara, general manager and family member of Laux Sporting Goods. “We also sell a lot of hats, and can hardly keep the knit hats in stock.”

One tip Michael shares is to not visit Laux Sporting Goods on the Friday or Saturday before game day. The store is packed to the brim, so it’s better to come midweek if you are in a rush. Otherwise, enjoy the crazy fans and packed store decked out in Bills balloons and decorations.

The Billls Store is the official online retailer of the Bills and has everything you need to be ready for the season. They already have new items in store for the 2016 season, so be sure and check it out.

Jason Klein, retail manager, shares that probably 10 to 15 percent of fans completely deck out, so don’t show up to the game unprepared!

Store 716 Accessories

Store 716 is all about the fans and is certain to have everything in stock that Bills fans would ever desire. Their most popular shirt is their “Just Give Me One, Waiting Since 1965” shirt, since Bills fans are hungry for another title, but like to remember they have one AFL championship under their belts. Other popular items are their scarves, hats, and gloves to battle the long, cold football season.

Drink the Beer and Eat the Food

To truly disguise yourself as an ultimate Bills fan, you’ll need a beer in hand. You also should surround yourself with similar fans with beers in their hands, and some football food, like chicken wings.

Big Tree Inn is conveniently located just a short walk away from the stadium. It is known as the “sports bar mecca” and is the perfect place to watch the game, or to visit postgame.

O’Neill’s Stadium Inn is another great bar that fills up quite quickly and is walking distance from the stadium and a top-notch place to grab some pregame wings and beef on weck. The bar is always completely filled by game time with a line out the door. The atmosphere is very lively.

Duff’s in Orchard Park not only is known as one of the best spots in Buffalo for wings, but their special sauce that will keep you coming back every game day. Serving wings since 1969, Duff’s is a must-visit for every Buffalo Bills fan. Duff’s is also President Obama’s wing of choice!

If beer and wings aren’t your thing, there is ice cream that is almost as acceptable to enjoy. Perry’s "Sundae at the Ralph" Ice Cream is delicious creamy goodness of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge swirls, peanut butter footballs, and red and blue sprinkles. However, with the recent stadium name change to New Era Field, Perry’s may have to consider a new flavor name.

Our Buffalo agents will be happy to share their game day tips with you, too. Contact us today, and GO BILLS!