2/29 Radio Show: Robert Ortt

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Robert Ortt to the show.

Robert G. Ortt is an American politician who is a member of the New York State Senate, representing the 62nd district, which covers Niagara and Orleans counties. First elected in 2014, Ortt is a Republican.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on Buffalo’s economy and growth.

To find out more, listen to this week’s show.

HUNT Real Estate Launches Open House Connect

Digital visitor registration app automates customer lead capture and follow-up for all HUNT sales professionals

HUNT Real Estate ERA has partnered with Spacio by Homespotter to provide its real estate professionals with Open House Connect, a custom-branded open house registration app that digitizes guest registration and automates the follow-up process to the customer.

Open House Connect replaces outdated paper sign-in sheets with digital forms and helps convert more open house visitors into customers. The app elevates the open house experience by improving the accuracy of visitor data collection and reducing labor for the agent by importing the customer’s information directly into their HUNT Real Estate CRM platform.

“Open houses are the most effective way to show and sell a property, but being able to analyze the visitor data has always been challenging,”  said Charlie Hunt, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of HUNT Real Estate Corp. “With Spacio powering the technology behind our Open House Connect app, for the first time, we will be able to get visibility into a vital component of our sales process that has been nearly impossible for us to track.”

“It’s a pleasure to work with strong real estate brands that leverage technology to drive value for clients,” commented Aaron Kardell, Founder and CEO HomeSpotter. “We are excited to partner with HUNT Real Estate ERA to bring open houses and agent productivity to the next level.” 

Buying a Home in The Winter

Roof with brick fence covered in snowflakes

Ready to get a jump on the spring market? Look for your new home now during the winter months. Buying a home when the snow is falling can be beneficial to you as a buyer. It can even potentially save you some money. Here are 4 reasons to buy a home in the winter.

There are plenty of homes on the market in winter.

We’ve said it before: with technology, there is no off-season for real estate. In fact, “almost a million homes were sold in the US last winter (973,000 from Dec 2018-February 2019).” So there will be plenty of great homes available to buyers during the winter months.

While the quantity may be lower than the spring/summer market, you will still have great options available to you.

You’ll have fewer offers to compete with.

Winter weather keeps some buyers away from the market until the snow and ice has melted. This means there will be lower demand and fewer buyers to make offers.

We aren’t saying you’ll be the only person to place an offer on a home, but you may find yourself in a smaller pool of offers. This can work to your advantage and keep you from engaging in a costly bidding war.

You’ll see how the home holds up in bad weather.

It is easier to inspect the exterior of a home in the spring or summer. But winter will show how well the home performs in snow, sleet, ice, and cold. You’ll be able to see leaks, discover how the insulation performs, and find any heating problems.

Motivated sellers could help save you money.

Many homes listed in the winter because of a major life change. And while this doesn’t mean you’ll get a home for a severe discount, it may save you a few dollars. According to Trulia, buyers saved, “an average [discount] of 6.1% on home prices, the highest discount through the year.”

While it may be a cold outside, the real estate market is still hot! If you’re ready to start looking for your home now, check out homes for sale page to see all of the great homes available now.

HUNT Real Estate ERA Honored with Excellence Awards by Cartus Broker Network

HUNT Real Estate ERA has been recognized by the Cartus Broker Network with multiple Excellence Awards for outstanding performance during the past year, including three Platinum Awards and one Gold Award. The honors will be presented at the 2020 Cartus Broker Network International Conference, held March 16-18, at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. Cartus Corporation is a worldwide leader in employee relocation solutions.

The Platinum Awards, Cartus’ highest level of achievement for principal brokers, will be presented to HUNT in recognition of outstanding performance in 2019 in their Rochester, Central New York, and Capital/Albany regions. Excellence Awards are based on performance results related to a wide variety of metrics including customer service, cost management, and effective analysis and marketing of homes. 

“Being presented with The Platinum Award is a recognition of extraordinary accomplishment,” said Scott Becker, Cartus Global Product and Innovation Officer. “To earn this distinction, a broker must have successfully demonstrated outstanding performance in a variety of areas, including addressing customer needs, understanding local market conditions, and executing best business practices so our customers may achieve their real estate goals. HUNT Real Estate ERA has delivered the very highest levels of results to both their customers and the Cartus Broker Network, and ultimately, their performance has resulted in our ability to provide great value to our clients, their relocating employees, and to our Affinity organizations and their members.” 

“We appreciate the partnership we have with Cartus and especially the confidence they have in us to serve their important clients,” said Mary Croglio, Director of Relocation for HUNT Real Estate ERA. “We are extremely proud of our entire team who year after year perform at such a high service level.” 

Along with the Platinum recognition, HUNT also achieved Gold Award status for their Buffalo/Niagara region.

Jay Teresi Joins HUNT Real Estate as Growth Consultant

HUNT Real Estate ERA announces the retention of Jay Teresi as a Growth Consultant for the company. Teresi has extensive experience in real estate, most recently having held Regional Vice President roles for over 10 years at two large independent brokerages in Rochester, New York. 

In his consulting role with HUNT, Teresi will work with the organization’s leadership team to implement and execute the company’s growth plan. Teresi will also work individually with the members of the management team to hone their business development and leadership skills.

“At HUNT, we have a growth imperative, which requires that we attract the very best people in the industry,” said Peter Hunt, Chairman and CEO of HUNT Real Estate. “Jay’s track record speaks for itself and speaks to the expertise we need to move our organization through this new decade and beyond. We are excited to welcome Jay to the HUNT Real Estate team.”

“After getting to know the HUNT organization and its people, it is clear we share the same vision to offer the best consumer and agent experience in an evolving industry, and I am excited to be a part of that team,” said Teresi.

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 Region

Rochester Region

Central & Northern NY Region

Capital Region

Arizona Region


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 #35 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
    • $2.756 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: 2019 REAL Trends 500 | Ranked by Closed Transaction Sides