Are you a First-Time Home Seller? Here’s Why You Should Always Use an Agent

Selling your home can be stressful for anyone. According to Zillow’s 2019 Consumer Housing Trends report, 95% of home sellers believe that at least one aspect of the home selling process was stressful. More than half of sellers polled were first-time sellers; so if you’re a first-time home seller, what can you stressors can you expect when selling your home? How can you ease those concerns?

Home Sellers

Zillow‘s Consumer Housing Trend Report looked at 3,000 home sellers, with first-time home sellers making up about half of the respondents. Most home sellers were in their home for 10+ years (62% of respondents), and 64% of those sellers were also buying a new home at the same time.

First-Time Sellers Stress

Zillow reports that first-time sellers were more likely to say that most aspects of selling were stressful to them or their families. The number one concern from first-time home sellers was uncertainty about whether their home will sell when they want it to (56%). Concern that an offer will fall through came in a close second (52%). And once a home has offers in, most sellers have an average of 2 offers to decide between, which can add to the stress of selling.

Finance Concerns

Finances are another concern for those selling their home for the first time. 41% of first-time sellers worry about finding a competitive interest rate on a home they’re buying while also selling. 45% were also concerned about the unexpected aspects of the overall selling process. Even making the decision to sell can be stressful for a first-time home seller: 39% admit deciding whether to sell was difficult because of the low interest rate they have on their current mortgage.

How a Trained Sales Professional Can Help

While it is reasonable to have concerns when selling your home for the first time, but a real estate sales professional will guide you through selling can reduce that stress. Your sales professional has the tools to market your home and price it correctly for the market. HUNT’s groundbreaking marketing can help get your home sold faster. Once you have your offers, your sales professional will be there to help again to review each one.

When finances are a concern, HUNT Mortgage is a great resource. Their knowledgeable team can assist you with your home buying needs and get you pre-qualified for your mortgage so you’ll be ready to find your next home.

When you’re ready to sell your home for the first time, make sure you call a real estate professional to help ease your stress.


HUNT Real Estate Renews Sponsorship with Bills and Sabres

Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres Team logos

HUNT Real Estate Corporation continues to be the official real estate and relocation company for the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Sabres. 

HUNT has once again renewed the sponsorship with each team to be their exclusive sponsor for real estate and relocation. The partnership renewal took place last month, with a three-year deal set for the Bills and a five-year deal with the Sabres. 

“As Western New York’s hometown real estate company, we are thrilled to partner with our hometown teams, the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres,” said Charlie Hunt, Chief Operating Officer for HUNT Real Estate Corp. “We look forward to our continued relationship for many years to come.”

“HUNT continually proves to be the most trusted real estate company in Western New York,” added Dan Misko, Pegula Sports & Entertainment Senior Vice President of Business Development. “Searching for a home is a very important time in everyone’s life, and we see firsthand the positive effects HUNT’s expert agents have throughout that process with our players, our staff, and our fans. We look forward to many more years together as partners, accomplishing great things on the field and in our community.”


HUNT Real Estate Brokers Sale of 67 W. Chippewa Street

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HUNT Real Estate Corp. announces the sale of 67 West Chippewa Street in downtown Buffalo, NY. Jason Sokody, Associate Broker for HUNT Real Estate ERA, who is also commercially licensed with HUNT Commercial Real Estate, represented both sides in this 2.5 million dollar sale.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Buffalo and located on the Chippewa Strip, the almost 35,000 gross square foot mixed-use building was originally constructed as six separate buildings in the late 1800s and early 1900s, which are now connected as one with the construction of a granite facade. This building is home to an established nightlife of bars and restaurants, as well as office space, which generates round the clock income for the new owners.


HUNT Real Estate ERA Expands Further Into Southern Tier

ERA Decker Real Estate in Whitney Point, NY joins HUNT Real Estate ERA

HUNT Real Estate ERA has expanded its presence in the Southern Tier region by acquiring ERA Decker Real Estate, a locally-owned real estate firm located in Whitney Point, NY. ERA Decker has served the region for nearly 50 years and employs 10 real estate sales professionals, all of whom will be joining HUNT.

“We are thrilled to be able to join this wonderful community,” said Peter Hunt, Chairman & CEO of HUNT Real Estate ERA. “While the name will be changing, the faces will stay the same. We’re dedicated to offering the same great local knowledge and expertise you’ve come to expect from ERA Decker.”

“I have known Peter Hunt and his son, Charlie, for many years. Their wealth of knowledge and connections in real estate are of the highest level,” commented Michael Decker, owner of ERA Decker Real Estate. “As a family-owned and operated company, HUNT is grounded in similar principles and values to ours, living the daily commitment to family and community.”

HUNT Real Estate ERA will reside in the current location of ERA Decker’s office at 2670 Main Street in Whitney Point.

HUNT has two additional Southern Tier locations in Hornell and Alfred, NY.


Is Your Home Ready for the Cold Weather? Be Prepared With This Fall Checklist

The leaves are just starting to change, and the winter weather will be back before you know it. If you’re looking to get a head-start and prepare your home for the colder months, here’s a checklist of things you can do to be ready for the first snowfall:

Red, Yellow, and Brown Leaves falling onto ground

Outdoors

  • Trim trees and bushes. Trim off dead tree limbs and branches.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts. If you aren’t comfortable with heights or climbing on your roof, hire a professional.
  • Seal any gaps. Critters will look for a way into your home to stay warm, so fill in any gaps that animals could crawl into.
  • Get Roof Repairs. If your roof needs any repairs, it’s important to get them done before the first snowfall.
  • Check your walkways. Secure railings and take care of loose pavers or bricks that may cause a slip or fall.
  • Get your snow removal gear early. Test your snowblower ahead of time and service it before winter starts. Also, replace any shovels that are damaged
  • Shut off exterior faucets. The cold can cause your pipes to freeze. Shut off your faucet and store your hose indoors for the winter.

Indoors

  • Check your furnace or boiler. Have your furnace or boiler serviced annually.
  • Add weatherstripping. Weatherstripping can help keep your home warm during the cold winter months! It prevents cold air from getting into your home.
  • Check smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers. Test all of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors for winter. Check fire extinguishers to make sure they aren’t expired!
  • Clean your dryer vents. Dryer vents can get backed up with lint and are a serious fire hazard. Fall is a good time to check that they are clear.

Need help to get your home winter-ready? Check out the HUNT Homeowners Club: your complete resource for all of your moving and homeownership needs! As a member of the HUNT Homeowners Club, we provide you access to a portfolio of service contractors in your area that meet our high standard for customer service and satisfaction. From contractors and remodelers to roofers and electricians, make our network of HUNT-approved vendors the first step to your next repair or remodel. For vendor referrals, contact HomeownersClub@huntrealestate.com.