Showing posts with label buying a house. Show all posts
Showing posts with label buying a house. Show all posts

Monday, October 16, 2017

Rhonda McBoz Talks About Veteran Real Estate Benefits

Posted By Sarah Klaiber

VA Loans represent a multitude of benefits that our Veterans deserve as they begin the homeownership process. Unfortunately, many are not aware of them or even how to begin the process. Not only are we grateful for the guidance and advice that Rhonda McBoz provides, but for the service she provides as a Veteran herself. Thank you, Rhonda! On behalf of HUNT Real Estate, you make us proud!

Monday, August 21, 2017

What Should You Know About Buying A Foreclosure?

Posted By Sarah Klaiber

Are you ready to take on a distressed or foreclosed property? Yes, these “diamonds in the rough” can be great opportunities for the ambitious, but there are things to know in advance that will help avoid some headaches. Rachel Elliott, another one of our rising stars, has found a niche in sharing knowledge and vision as she guides her buyers through the process. We are thrilled that she took the time to share!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Tips for Buyers in Today’s Limited Inventory Market!

Posted By Sarah Klaiber

What should all buyers know in today’s limited inventory market? 

We had a chance to sit down with HUNT Real Estate agent Janice Mroz, to ask her for expert advice on the subject. Janice shared with us a few key tips:

  1. Find the right agent who is not only knowledgeable but who makes you feel comfortable!
  2. Get pre-approved! (A HUNT Agent can help you with that! All you have to do is ask.)
  3. Get an edge over other buyers: Check out HUNT Mortgage’s Pre-Purchase Commitment (

Check out Janice’s video interview to hear more great tips!

Connect with your local HUNT Real Estate Agent for buying or selling advice in today’s marketplace:

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.

Grant Street
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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Why HUNT Insurance?

A message from Michael Brooks, Director of Sales at HUNT Insurance 

While out visiting branches, many of you have asked me what why should you and your clients use HUNT Insurance as opposed to where you might currently be getting your coverage. Please take the time to educate yourself on the value that an agency like ours offers.

Why Choose HUNT Insurance?

Some people think it does not really matter where they buy their insurance. But this misconception could be costing them money, service and protection. Buying insurance is not like buying bread or milk. Insurance is an important safety net for your family, your home, your car or your business. Do not treat the purchase lightly!

There is a difference in where you buy your protection. Many people do not realize there are four sources for insurance:

• Captive Agents - Sell consumers the insurance of only one company.
• Telephone Representatives - Offer consumers the insurance of one company and only via the telephone.
• Internet Sites - Consumers can fill out an application online and get an insurance quote without any help or direction from a qualified professional.
• Independent Insurance Agents - Represent an average of eight insurance companies and research with these firms to find consumers the best combination of price, coverage and service.

HUNT Insurance - Your Independent Insurance Agent:

• Is a licensed professional with strong customer and community ties.
• Provides excellent service and competitive prices because we can access the insurance coverage from more than one company.
• Unlike other agents, is not beholden to any one company; thus, policyholders do not need to change agencies as your insurance and service needs change.
• Assists policyholders when they have claims.
• Is a consumer’s consultant, working to determine the consumer’s needs.
• Offers consumers a choice of insurance plans and programs.
• Is a value hunter who looks after the consumer’s pocketbook in finding the best combination of price, coverage and service.
• Offers one-stop shopping for a full range of products - home, renters, auto, business, life and health.
• Annually reviews a policyholder’s coverage to keep up with changing insurance needs.
• Treats policyholders like a person, not just another number.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Whether you're in the process of buying or building a house, what kind of home are you most likely attracted to? First impressions are everything, and the first thing you usually notice is the outside appearance. Are you partial to vinyl, brick, wood, or stone siding?

When buying or building a home, we hope you put these little details into consideration as you must keep up with maintenance that goes along with your brand new purchase.

• Lasts about 40 years
• Never needs paint
• Easy to clean with soap & water
• Comes in a variety of colors
• Costs $1-$6 sq. ft. prior to installation

• No maintenance required for 25 years
• Variety of sizes, textures, colors
• Usually does not fade
• Excellent temperature insulation
• $6-$12 sq. ft. prior to installation

Stone Veneers
Resists fire, rot and insects
• Very little maintenance - inspect for cracking
• Wide variety of styles
• Lasts the life of the building
• $4.50 - $6 sq. ft. prior to installation

• Treated to resist flammability and termite infestation
• Requires staining or painting every few years
• Easy to replace damaged pieces
• $1 - $5 sq. ft. prior to installation

• Ideal for dry, warm climates - avoided by wet climates
• Fire resistant
• Multiple colors and textures (smooth, raked, or swirls)
• Susceptible to water penetration
• $3 - $15 sq. ft. prior to installation

Synthetic Stucco
• Less likely to crack compared to real Stucco
• Energy efficient
• Can be washed with water
• Should last lifetime of building
• $6 - $14 sq. ft. prior to installation

So what do you think? What kind of siding would you choose?

SOURCES: HomeOwnerNet | Better Homes & Gardens