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Monday, April 1, 2019

Spring Into Your New Home!

Get ready for Spring Into a New Home This Weekend!

On April 6 & 7, all HUNT Real Estate ERA offices will be holding an open house event. If you're on the hunt for your new home, make sure you check out all our open houses that are happening this weekend: http://bit.ly/HUNTOpenHouse

Looking to get the most out of an open house? Here are a few tips for buyers:

1. Figure out what you need... and what you don’t. Knowing what is important to you in a home is crucial. Open houses can help you decipher what your wants are vs. what your needs are.

2. Don’t just window shop. Remember that you are at an open house to assess the home. Purchasing a house is a major life decision, and one you shouldn’t take lightly, so make sure to investigate every part of a home that could potentially be yours.

3. Ask questions. While your agent should be there with you to conduct inquiries at an open house, you should ask questions about the home yourself too.

Looking for more? Check out our blog post on How to Get The Most Out of an Open House as a Buyer.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The Value of a Real Estate Professional

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Once you’ve made the decision to sell, it can be appealing to sell your home yourself. It can’t be that hard, right? Don’t be so sure. As anyone who has tried to sell their home without the help of a real estate professional can attest, For Sale By Owner (FSBO) sales aren’t as easy as you might think. In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, only 9% of home sellers in 2017 sold their homes on their own, while 91% of homes were sold by an agent. There are some good reasons for using a professional instead of trying to sell your home on your own.

There are many challenges that people face when selling a home on their own that they may not consider. For example, did you know there can be over 20 different pages of disclosures and addendums in a closing? Your real estate salesperson will help you to not only understand these documents, but also make sure all are all filled out correctly to avoid future liability.

Selling your home on your own can also prove to be costly. While most FSBO were only on the market for two weeks, it was often because the sale was to a friend, family member, or neighbor. The median sale price of FSBO is $200,000, compared to the median sale price of a listing sold by a professional at $264,900.

You will also have to list and market your home, and that takes more than just placing a sign in your yard. With the evolution of the real estate industry and the methods homebuyers use to research homes shifting to online, digital marketing of your home is more important than ever. Real estate sales professionals have multiple sales and marketing tools at their fingertips. They will use these tools and their knowledge to set up a personalized marketing strategy for selling your home. Most importantly, agents have connections. They know other professionals who have clients that may be interested in your home, giving you a larger pool of potential buyers, which means better offers on your home!

A real estate professional offers great value to anyone looking to sell a home. The process of selling your home can quickly become complicated, and agents are there to help guide you through every step of the process with their sales and marketing tools, their connections in the real estate industry, and their knowledge of the market and what will sell your home. Get in touch with a HUNT real estate sales professional today to keep your sale stress free and so you can move onto your next adventure into your new home!

Source: National Association of Realtors

Friday, March 29, 2019

Kid-Friendly Activities Around Rochester

Rochester has no shortage of fun things to do with the kids. With the weather turning to spring, there are tons of activities to do. From outdoor exploring to museums, you’ve got plenty of options in and around Rochester.

Kids’ Activities and Attractions in Rochester

The Great Outdoors

You and your child can enjoy biking, hiking, or rollerblading along the Erie Canal Trail. The paths are flat and wide so you don’t have to worry about your tiny adventurers taking a tumble off of the trail.

When ice cream o’clock hits, make sure to check out Pittsford Farms Dairy for a delicious treat. After, they enjoy a stroll around the canal to feed the ducks and enjoy nature.


Photo Courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, New York


Hands-On Museums

Does your child like to touch everything in sight? At Strong National Museum of Play, that’s not a problem. Kids are encouraged to laugh, play, and touch every last thing. The museum also has a butterfly garden, the always popular Wegman’s super kids market, Sesame Street neighborhood, a history of video games exhibit and much more to discover.

Other great museums and centers in Rochester include Rochester Museum & Science Center, Eastman Museum, and Genesee Country Village & Nature Center.


Photo by Joe Territo


Sports Games

Rochester Red Wings games are enjoyable for the entire family. Your child will love to see the mascot up close and personal, or plan to enjoy one of the many other events happening at the ballpark. Check out the schedule and take your kids out to the ball game.



Photo Courtesy of Seneca Park Zoo


Zoos

Let your kids go wild at the Seneca Park Zoo, home to lions, elephants, baboons and more. Not only will the zoo delight the animal lovers in your family, it can also foster a sense of appreciation for wildlife and increase awareness of these amazing animals.


Amusement Parks and Play Centers

Seabreeze Amusement Park is the fourth-oldest operating amusement park in America. There are plenty of rides for all sizes and thrill seekers. Catch some wind on a spinning coaster, or get some relief from the heat on the Log Flume.

If you seek more water, head to Roseland Waterpark or Darien Lake to cool off from the summer heat.

The newest active indoor play center, Altitude Trampoline Park, is gaining traction among families in the Rochester area. And what’s not to love about bouncing off the walls on a huge trampoline? Jump, play dodge ball, shoot some hoops, climb the rock wall, and more.


Deals and Tips for a Fun Outing in Rochester
The Empire Passport is a great purchase if you love to visit the State Parks. The passport provides unlimited day use vehicle entry to facilities operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

With the purchase of the Seneca Park Zoo season pass, you also get 50 percent off other participating Association of Zoos and Aquariums, like the Buffalo Zoo.

Do you love nature and camping? Visit Letchworth, or Robert Treeman in Ithaca. Bring your own supplies and food for a camping trip that won’t break the bank.

You can also find more deals in Rochester at visitrochester.com.

Contact a Rochester HUNT agent today to find your dream home, or let us in on another good deal to add to the list!


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Strong Sales Growth Helps HUNT Real Estate Surge In National Rankings


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

Respected real estate industry publication REAL Trends (www.realtrends.com) has released their annual Top 500 survey, ranking the nation’s top 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 and #71 in sales volume on the REAL Trends Top 500 survey.

The REAL Trends 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 201
  • #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:
https://www.realtrends.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/2019-REAL-Trends-500.pdf

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Setting The Stage: Living Areas

When potential homebuyers make the decision to see the inside of your home, they are looking to see what your home has to offer them. To many buyers, the most important rooms are the living room, family room, and dining room, where many people spend a large portion of their time at home. Being able to relax in the living room, family room and dining room is what makes a house a home to many buyers. Ask yourself if your rooms accommodate the needs of a homebuyer the way that they appear today.


Clean and declutter - Thoroughly clean the areas. Items such as magazines, books and papers should be packed and stored. Clutter is distracting to homebuyers.

Keep it neutral - If the rooms are painted in bright colors, you may want to consider repainting the rooms. Wallpaper could also be removed.

Dress the windows - Ensure that your window dressings are clean and appealing. Also, clean windows make the room appear brighter.

Dress up the areas - Place a vase of flowers on a table. Stage the areas as if you were entertaining guests.

Evaluate furnishings - Be certain your living areas are appropriately furnished for the room’s intended use.

Brighten it up - Turn on all of the lights for showings.

Are you ready to sell your home? Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration and reach out to a HUNT Real Estate sales professional near you today!

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