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 to offering the highest level of service to our clients.

Buffalo/Niagara

Rochester & Southern Tier

Central NY

Capital Region

Arizona

WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN HUNT?
HERE ARE JUST A FEW REASONS…

The HUNT® Reputation
Rankings & Accolades

  • #1 Family-Owned and Operated Real Estate Firm in New York State
  • Top-Ranked Broker in the ERA Real Estate network 
  • Ranked #43 on REAL Trends Top 500 Brokerages Survey* 
  • Gene Francis Memorial Award Winner Honoring ERA’s Top All-Around Company 
  • Member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate 
  • Ranked one of Western New York’s Fastest-Growing Companies

The Most Productive Agents 

  • 1600 Licensed Real Estate Professionals in 50+ Branches
  • 13,000+ Transactions
  • $3.3 Billion in Closed Sales
  • Per Person Productivity of Nearly 9 Transactions

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

*Source: 2021 REAL Trends 500 | Ranked by Closed Transaction Sides


5/29 Radio Show: James Marrano

Our host, Peter Hunt, welcomes James Marrano – President of the Buffalo Niagara Builders Association.

Peter and James discuss James’ position at Marrano Homes, the Buffalo Niagara Builders Association and the impact of the pandemic on homebuilding.

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Do Pets Impact Home Buying Decisions?

We love our pets. 66% of U.S. households have a pet or plan to get one. So it’s no surprise that when we’re buying a new home, our pets impact our home buying decisions. But just how much influence do they have over our home buying habits? And what property features matter most?

Homebuyers & Pets

Our pets can influence what type of home we buy and where the home is located. 43% of survey respondents said they would move or change their living situation to accommodate their pet.

Many millennials (~37% of buyers) are now in the housing market, so it should come as no surprise that buyers are becoming more concerned with pet-friendly features. Research shows that 76% of millennials are proud pet owners and see their pets as more than just their animal companions. 2 out of 5 said they actually think of their pets as their kids, so it’s no wonder their pet’s comfort is important to them when choosing a home.

REALTORS agree pets are important to their buyers, with 68% stating that community animal policies influenced their clients’ decision to rent/buy in a particular community.

What Pet-Friendly Features Matter Most?

So if you’re a home seller, what pet-friendly features are homebuyers looking for? Almost half (49%) said that a fenced-in yard was the most important feature they’re looking for with pets. 27% said they wanted a home large enough for both their family and their pet (s). Other factors included flooring, a mud room/dog wash station, a dog door, animal pool/outside water feature, a cat litter closet, and a built-in pet food bowl/pet bed.

If you’re ready to buy or sell your home, pets or no pets, make sure you contact a HUNT Sales Professional today!


HUNT Real Estate Launches New Online Learning Platform for Agents and Customers

HUNT Real Estate ERA announced today the launch of HUNT Learning, its new online learning management system. The HUNT Learning dashboard offers instant access to a comprehensive library of on-demand classes, links to live sessions and a variety of training resources to help HUNT sales professionals – both new and experienced – learn new skills and strengthen their real estate expertise. With its detailed analytics and reporting, the HUNT Career Development team will be able to recommend specific training classes to help its Sales Professionals grow their business. 

In the coming months, HUNT will debut a public-facing component to HUNT Learning that will educate consumers on all facets of the home buying and selling process.

“HUNT Learning is a direct result of our Sales Professionals telling us they want more on-demand training options and the ability to learn when it fits into their busy schedules,” said Jennifer Maxian, Director of Career Development for HUNT Real Estate. “Through proven innovative education strategies like the flipped classroom model that is a core piece of our Kickstart learning program, the new HUNT Learning platform lets us provide world-class education while being responsive to the needs of our sales professionals.”

According to Peter F. Hunt, Chairman and CEO of HUNT Real Estate Corp., “Today’s HUNT Real Estate, including all our component parts, has been built on our learning culture. We have been known as “The Training Company” for decades. This important step in our evolution is an extension of this foundation and another example of how we live our vision – to always be there for our sales professionals and our customers.”

The HUNT Learning platform is powered by Northpass, an industry-leading provider of learning management systems. Other Northpass clients include Airbnb, Shopify and Uber. 


5/15 Radio Show: Linda Mallia

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Linda Mallia, President of HUNT Mortgage.

Peter and Linda discuss the mortgage business, how HUNT Mortgage has operated through the pandemic, and all ongoing changes happening in the market today.


5/8 Radio Show: Dottie Gallagher

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Dottie Gallagher, President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

Peter leads the discussion on how the Buffalo Niagara Partnership has been handling the ongoing pandemic and what the future of business is for the Buffalo Niagara Region.


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 to offering the highest level of service to our clients.

Buffalo/Niagara

Rochester/Southern Tier

Central New York

Capital

WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN HUNT?
HERE ARE JUST A FEW REASONS…

The HUNT® Reputation
Rankings & Accolades

  • #1 Family-Owned and Operated Real Estate Firm in New York State
  • Top-Ranked Broker in the ERA Real Estate network 
  • Ranked #43 on REAL Trends Top 500 Brokerages Survey* 
  • Gene Francis Memorial Award Winner Honoring ERA’s Top All-Around Company 
  • Member of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate 
  • Ranked one of Western New York’s Fastest-Growing Companies

The Most Productive Agents 

  • 1600 Licensed Real Estate Professionals in 50+ Branches
  • 13,000+ Transactions
  • $3.3 Billion in Closed Sales
  • Per Person Productivity of Nearly 9 Transactions

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

*Source: 2021 REAL Trends 500 | Ranked by Closed Transaction Sides


5/1 Radio Show: Michael T. Schmand

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Michael T. Schmand, Executive Director of Buffalo Place

Peter leads the discussion on what Buffalo Place does for the community and the exciting developers, companies and more coming to the city of Buffalo.


Breaking Down Closing Costs

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The closing process can be confusing for any homebuyer. One of the things that you as a buyer could be unaware of when closing on are closing costs. Closing costs, by definition, are any costs related to completing a real estate deal. Both the buyer and the seller are subject to closing costs.


Amount of Closing Costs

The actual amount of closing costs will vary depending upon the total cost of the purchase. In general, the buyer can expect to pay 2-5 percent of the purchase price, while the seller should budget for somewhere between 8-10 percent of the final selling price. The buyer will be required to pay a larger amount if the final cost is over one million dollars. In this case, a mansion tax applies to the purchase. The seller typically pays more because they are responsible for broker fees, which normally amount to six percent.

Costs to the Buyer

The buyer is responsible for title insurance and bank fees connected with the mortgage, which will include the bank’s attorney fees and an appraisal of the property value. Other costs include title insurance, mortgage tax, and attorney fees for a lawyer to represent your interests in the deal. The buyer is also responsible for the developer’s costs if needed and an additional mansion tax if the purchase price exceeds one million dollars

Costs to the Seller

One of the biggest expenses for the seller is the brokerage fee. These costs can sometimes be negotiated, but rarely do they fall below five percent. The seller must also cover a transfer tax that ranges between 1.4 percent and 1.825 percent, depending on the final selling price.

Saving on Closing Costs

At times, there may be an opportunity for both buyer and seller to save money on closing costs. For the buyer, buying a nearly new home, rather than completely new, will help eliminate the developer’s costs. Real estate attorney fees can also vary by a few hundred dollars, so shopping around for the best deal will save money.

The Importance of a Good Attorney

It is better to budget toward the higher end of expected closing costs so no surprises arise on the day of closing. An experienced lawyer who specializes in real estate can also be your best resource when it comes to lowering costs. They could save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in the end.

The HUNT Homeowners Club includes licensed attorneys who provide legal services including Real Estate Purchase‚ Real Estate Sales‚ Power of Attorney‚ Simple Wills‚ Name Change and more. For more information on how to retain the services of these attorneys‚ please contact them directly.


A knowledgeable sales consultant is a great resource to help you understand your real estate transaction. That’s why it’s so important to choose your real estate partner wisely. HUNT Real Estate has a team of highly trained professionals who can help guide you through the home buying process from start to finish.