62 HUNT Sales Professionals Make the List of Who’s Who in Real Estate in WNY

Business First has just released its list of Who’s Who in Real Estate, and this year HUNT has 62 real estate professionals on the list of 201 agents.

“To qualify for the list, agents must have had more than $5 million in sales and/or 50 sides in 2018. Side is an industry term that refers to an agent’s representation of a buyer and/or seller in a real estate transaction.”

Find the entire list here: Buffalo Business First. Names are listed in alphabetical order:


Please Don’t Leave Your Shoes On and 4 Other Open House Don’ts

When you attend an open house, you want to look around and get as much information about the home as you can. But it’s important to remember that you are a guest in someone’s house, so please be respectful. If you’ve never attended an open house before, here are a few don’ts to avoid. 

DON’T forget to take off your shoes. Most homeowners will ask that you take your shoes off before entering their home. There is traditionally a sign at the entrance requesting you do so. If they allow you to keep your shoes on, make sure you use the doormat to wipe off any dirt you could track into the home.

DON’T wait until the last minute. Make sure you have enough time to view the entire home. Don’t wait until 5 minutes before the end of the open house to come in. 

DON’T open closed doors without permission. If doors in the home are closed, check with the listing agent before you open them.

DON’T go through people’s personal items. Everything you need to see about the home will be visible, so there’s no need to go through other people’s property. Do not rifle through drawers, closets, or medicine cabinets.

DON’T be afraid to ask questions. The listing agent is there to answer any questions, so use them as a resource when questions arise.

Ready to check out some great open houses? Check out all the great open houses that are happening during our final Twilight Open House Tour event of the summer! Check out all the great homes that will be open on Wednesday, August 14th from 5-7PM. 


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.

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 #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!

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*Source: 2019 REAL Trends 500 | Ranked by Closed Transaction Sides


Searching For Your New Home? Figure Out Your Home Wants Vs. Needs

When you’re ready to shop for your first home, it’s important to understand what you’re looking for in your new home. But how do you determine the difference between a want and a need?

Needs vs wants

A need in your future home refers to anything that is an absolute requirement. They are items or features without which you could not live in the home. Needs are items that are difficult or impossible to change.

A want can be defined as anything that you can fix or anything that would not impact your decision to buy. Wants are things that you could live without or can add later after you move in.

It’s important when you’re looking at your list of wants vs. needs to consider your budget. There may be certain wants and needs that may not fit in your budget. Your real estate sales expert will walk you through what features and locations fit into your price range.

Determining Needs vs Wants

It is important to determine your wants and needs before you start your home search. Here are a few questions that should help you determine your wants and needs list:

It is important to determine your wants and needs before you start your home search. Here are a few questions that should help you determine your wants and needs list:

Are there any location-specific restrictions?

If you need to stay in a school district or town/city/county, make sure this is at the top of your “need” list.

What do I like about my current house/apartment? What do I dislike?

Is your current home too large or too small? Do you love your outdoor space or is it too much for you to maintain? Ask yourself the likes and dislikes of your current living situation to shed light on what features you should search for in your new home.

How long do I plan on staying in this home?

Are you planning to stay in your new home for 5 years or 15? While we can’t always determine what the future will bring, consider the length you wish to stay in this home. For example, if you’re planning on children, you may want more bedrooms. If your children are moving out, you may want a smaller space.

What features am I looking for?

Review all features in a home that are not changeable, such as square footage or bathrooms, and move those items to your wants list. You can install other features like granite countertops and stainless steel appliances after you move in.

What is my budget?

Your budget can also impact your wants and needs. You may want 5 bedrooms, but find that your budget only allows for homes with 4 bedrooms. Your real estate sales professional can inform you about the cost of homes in your desired area.

Once you’ve determined your wants and needs, your real estate sales professional will be able to assist you in finding your next home. Reach out to one of our knowledgeable sales professionals today to start your home buying process.


5 Questions to Ask Yourself if You’re Ready to Sell Your Home

Ready to sell your home? Here are 5 questions you should ask yourself before you sell:


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Are my finances in order?

Make sure you know how much you owe on your mortgage and take into account what you owe on any home equity loans. If you owe more than your home could be worth (check out our Buyside tool to find out an estimate), it may be in your best interest to get your finances in order before selling. 

Does my house need updates or repairs?

Make sure you finish any incomplete projects around the house. Consider painting if your home needs it, and patch up holes or cracked plaster. You should repair or replace chipped tiles and/or damaged flooring. Make sure you deep clean the home to remove any pet or cigar/cigarette odor. 

What items should stay with the house? 

Do you love your kitchen appliances? Potential buyers may too. It may be in your best interest to leave items with your home that could add value. Your real estate sales professional can be a great resource to inform you what you should leave and what you should take with you.

What should I get rid of?

Depersonalization and decluttering are important when you’re ready to list your home for sale. Consider a storage space to store items that aren’t necessary for your everyday life to help showcase your home in the best way possible. This is also a great opportunity to get rid of items you don’t want to move with you. 

Should I hire a real estate professional to list my home? 

A real estate sales professional is a major help when you are listing your home. What does a good real estate sales professional do to help you get your home sold? They offer advice on how to stage your home, can price your home competitively, market your home, negotiate on your behalf, just to name a few.


If you decide that you are ready to list your home for sale, make sure you reach out to a HUNT Real Estate ERA sales professional.