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. 

What to Expect and How To Prepare For Your Home's Open House

Listing your home with a real estate sales professional has many advantages. One of the most valuable assets a good real estate agent can offer? Providing an effective marketing strategy to help promote your home. Chances are, an important part of this marketing strategy is going to be scheduling an open house for your home. Open houses are one of the most effective ways to go about promoting a home for sale because they create interest in the area where the open house is taking place.

If you’ve never sold a home before, you may be asking what to expect and what you need to do to prepare for an open house. The good news is, if you’re working with a true sales professional, there isn’t a lot you need to do on your end. Your agent will have all of the marketing materials and promotions planned, removing a significant amount of responsibility and stress from you as the homeowner.

Here are a few of the details you can help with in order to prepare yourself and your family for a successful open house:
  1. Clean and organize. The most important task you do to prepare for an open house is to take the time to make your home neat and tidy. Need some help on the best way to keep your house clean and ready for potential buyers? Check out our blog on how to declutter and organize your home.
  2. Keep your dinner menu neutral. There are certain meals that linger on long after you’ve enjoyed them. So even though you may love fish, garlic, or onions, these types of foods generally have scents that may remain even after cleaning. During the timeframe when your open houses are scheduled, try to avoid making dishes that may leave behind odors that are not enjoyable for buyers.
  3. Plan to leave. Your agent will want to host the open house without you there. Why? Because while constructive feedback is useful, it can also hurt to hear as the current homeowner. As an impartial party, leave it to your agent to hear the responses from potential buyers, both good and bad, so they can use this information to help the marketing strategy they’ve built for selling your home.
  4. Set up a pet-sitter. Since it is best for the homeowner to not be at the open house, it also means you should find a place for your pet too! It's difficult to keep animals safe and contained when there are large groups of people opening and closing doors. If you don’t have a family or a friend’s home to go to while your open house is going on, be sure to set up a pet sitter to take care of your pets.
  5. Let your agent do the hard work. Part of your agent’s job is to make sure that your home is getting in front of the most potential buyers in the most effective way. That’s why they have a marketing strategy they’ll share with you, which shows you where they are promoting your open house, and how they’re getting the message out that your home is for sale. They will gather the names and information of those coming to the open house, and take note of the truly interested buyers.
Trusting in your agent’s abilities to take care of your open house can be a key component in getting your home sold quickly. HUNT agents are always training to have the tools and knowledge to help market your home. Reach out to a HUNT Agent today to learn more about how they can help you sell your home.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

What is Homeowners Insurance?

So you've finally had an offer accepted on your dream home. While this is the major and important step in the home buying process, there's still more to be done before you move into your dream home. Your real estate agent and lawyer will be hard at work on getting contracts set up, helping schedule inspections, and more, so what should you be doing? One of the most important next steps in the home buying process for you is getting a Homeowners Insurance Policy. Understanding what Homeowners Insurance is and what it covers can sometimes be confusing, so we've compiled a few of the most common questions we get about Homeowners Insurance:

What is Homeowners Insurance?
A Homeowners Insurance policy offers financial protection against a disaster or event involving your home. The policy covers four major events: interior/exterior damage, loss or damage of personal belongings, or an injury that occurs when an individual is on your property. A Homeowners Insurance Policy is a requirement from every mortgage lender, so you MUST have a Homeowners Insurance Policy if you are taking out a mortgage for your new home. They will ask for proof of insurance for your closing.

How Do I Use my Homeowners Insurance?
If any event covered by your insurance should happen, you will place a claim through your insurance. A deductible (the out-of-pocket cost) is paid by the homeowner, and the rest is reimbursed by the insurance. The deductible and reimbursement amounts are determined by your policy. If you aren’t sure about your coverage, your insurance agent can answer questions you may have.

What Isn’t Covered Under Homeowners Insurance?
Homeowner’s Insurance does not cover, “Acts of God.” This includes natural disaster events such as earthquakes or floods, but each policy is different. If your Homeowner’s Insurance does not cover these events, you can get coverage by adding extra policies to your Homeowners Insurance. Your agent can suggest what policies will be beneficial for your circumstances.

Now that you understand the basics of Homeowner Insurance, how do you make sure you’re getting the best rates and the best customer service? By reaching out to our friendly agents at HUNT Insurance! Contact us today!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Look Who's Moved to HUNT Real Estate ERA

We are pleased to welcome the following sales professionals to the HUNT Real Estate ERA family. Their association further affirms our commitment of offering the highest level of service to our clients.


Our Reputation
• We are the most successful family-owned and operated real estate company in New York State.
• We are locally owned and internationally known - recognized annually as one of the top real estate firms in country by REAL Trends, RISMedia and Realtor Magazine.
• We are the only real estate company serving Western, Central and Upstate New York to be granted membership into Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate, an organization of the finest real estate brokerages worldwide.

Leading Edge Marketing & Technology
• Access to ProShow Powered by ShowingTime, the most effective system for scheduling and showing your listings.
• Revolutionary marketing automation for all of your properties via the HUNT Digital Listing Center.
• The HUNT Hotline, our exclusive curbside lead capture service, maximizes your lead capture on inquiries received from your yard signs.

If you're ready to take advantage of everything we have to offer AND make more money, join HUNT Real Estate ERA today!

Monday, February 26, 2018

2/24 Radio Show: Michelle Winer & Susan Ballard

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcome Michelle Winer & Susan Ballard to the show.

Michelle Winer is one of our leading real estate professionals working out of our Williamsville Clarence office and Susan Ballard is a Branch Director leading our Williamsville Village office.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on the current shortage of homes.

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