1/1 Radio Show: Edward Forbes

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Edward Forbes, Senior Director, Opinion and Engagement for the USA TODAY Network’s Atlantic Group

Together, Peter and Edward discuss the media industry and its transformation from a legacy print business to a digital business, challenges facing upstate and downstate New York politicians, and the role of the media today in an intense competition for content.


Beyond the Yard Sign: Lorenzo Murray

Lorenzo Murray

Sarah talks with Lorenzo Murray, Team Leader of the Your Home Team, based out of the Capital Region. Lorenzo chats about how important it is to form and be a part of a team in the realm of real estate, and how being a part of a team has helped him and many others grow professionally. 


12/18 Radio Show: Patrick Kaler

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Patrick Kaler,  President and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara. 

Together, Peter and Patrick discuss the impact of the pandemic on tourism and travel, recovery of the industry throughout this year and the outlook for 2022, and the impact of the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center on the community. 


Moving During Winter – Pros and Cons

So your decision to sell your home in the off-season paid off, and now all you have to do is prepare for your upcoming move to your new living space – in the middle of winter. 

While winter moves aren’t always ideal, depending on your individual situation, there are some factors that could potentially make the timing work and actually be a benefit to you. Here are some of those upsides – and downsides – that can help you make a plan to ensure your move during cold-weather seasons is as stress-free as possible. 

Advantages

Lower Moving Costs

With fewer people moving in winter, prices tend to reflect that lack of demand, reducing your moving costs. If you’re looking to save some money after purchasing your home, moving during the off-season may be a plus for you and save you money on your move. 

Flexible Scheduling

Winter tends to be a slower season for movers, and unlike in spring and summer months when movers tend to be booked quickly, you may have more of an opportunity to choose the date that’s right for you to move, or to adjust your date or time if needed. With all the stress that goes along with a move, it can definitely be beneficial to have that flexibility available for your moving date.

More Attention from Movers

Make repairs to any loose bricks or hazards that may be on your walkways, as they may become less visible with any sort of ground cover (think leaves, sticks, etc.). Check your HVAC system and make sure you don’t need a tune-up before the winter season. Check your roof and make sure there aren’t any leaks. Falling leaves can clog up your gutters which can lead to flooding outside and inside your home, so make sure you are cleaning them on a regular basis.

Disadvantages

Weather Conditions

The primary reason that moving during the winter isn’t ideal is because of inclement weather that can affect your move. If you live in an area where it snows, or where the roads and walkways can become icy or slippery, there is more potential to slip while carrying or moving heavy boxes or to have difficulty driving a moving truck on slippery roads.

Holiday Schedules

‘Tis the season – it may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the time of year for holiday hours and/or closings, which can definitely affect schedules and your planned moving day, causing delays for when you were looking to be in your new home.

Disrupting the School Year

If you have school-aged children, moving during the school year can be challenging. Whether their virtual learning space is being moved and changed in the middle of their school year or getting used to a new route to in-person school, there can be lots of disruption for children in school during a winter move. 

Whether you choose to move in the chill of winter or on a sunny day in summer, make sure you choose a reputable moving company to help make your move into your new home. When you buy or sell with HUNT, you can take advantage of your full access to our HUNT Homeowners Club, including our preferred moving vendors, so you can enjoy peace of mind during your move no matter what the season. 


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.

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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


12/11 Radio Show: Dr. Kriner Cash

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Dr. Kriner Cash, Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools

Together, Peter and Kriner discuss the challenges and impact of the pandemic on the public school system and on local communities, along with the differences in education within the city center versus out in the suburbs.


WINTER ACTIVITIES ACROSS UPSTATE NEW YORK

There may be a chill in the air, but holiday and winter happenings across New York State are just heating up. Looking for something to do in your area this winter? We’ve put together a list of activities to get you in the spirit of the season!

Christkindlmarkt – Hofbrauhaus Buffalo

  • Location: 190 Scott St, Buffalo, NY 14204
  • Date: Every Friday-Sunday through Sunday, December 19th
  • Cost: Entry to the market is free of charge.
  • Details: An outdoor market that will include a variety of local vendors selling high quality, unique handcrafted gifts and food, including Gluhwein (mulled wine), hot chocolate, food and bier in a traditional German Christmas setting, and different activities each weekend! A portion of all proceeds from Christkindlmarkt will be donated to FeedMore WNY.

Website: https://www.hofbrauhausbuffalo.com/the-christkindlmarkt/

Fairgrounds Festival of Lights Drive Thru

  • Location: 5600 McKinley Pkwy, Hamburg 14075 (Fairgrounds, Erie County/Hamburg
  • Date: Wednesday, December 1st – Friday, December 31st (closed December 24th and December 25th)
  • Cost: Prices starting at $20
  • Details: The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights Drive Thru will brighten up the holiday season for families across Western New York! This event is drive through only and will include a variety of new displays consisting of over 70 variations of LED light displays, arches and light tunnels.  
  • Website: http://www.the-fairgrounds.com/festival-lights/

Festival of Trees and Light

  • Location: 401 Harrison Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
  • Date: Thursdays-Sundays, December 4–19
  • Cost: Children (12 and under): Free except for Saturday Winter Wonderland activities ($5), Non-Members: $10 for adults, household max of $25, Member or Student (13-22): $5
  • Details: This year’s festival includes incredible live performances, art-making and storytelling activities for children, stunning displays of seasonal items and trees for purchase, and a holiday marketplace featuring artist-made wares and locally sourced products to meet all your gift-giving needs! Refreshments are available throughout the festival. 
  • Website: https://everson.org/connect/fotl2021/

Holiday Festival of Lights

  • Location: Shepard Park – Canada St, Lake George, NY 12845
  • Date: Open through December 31
  • Cost: The vendor market and the events at Shepard Park are free to attend, other events are ticketed.
  • Details: Canada Street will feature decorated storefronts and a light display in Shepard Park. The festival also includes standout events for all ages, a holiday artisan market with free photos with Santa, and more than 50 vendors.
  • Website: https://www.visitlakegeorge.com/events/holiday-festival-lights

Holidays at the Market

  • Location: 280 North Union Street, Rochester, NY 14609
  • Date: Sundays December 12, 2021 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. & Thursday December 16th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. 
  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Holidays at the Market features dozens of holiday-focused vendors (fresh-cut trees and wreaths, decorations, specialty foods and beverage products, handcrafted items, and much more!). 
  • Website: https://www.cityofrochester.gov/holidaysatmarket/

The Ice at Canalside

  • Location: Canals at Canalside, Buffalo, NY
  • Date: Check website for hours
  • Cost: Activity dependent, check website for details
  • Details: From ice skating to ice bikes, from curling to igloos, Canalside has something for everyone during the winter season!
  • Website: https://buffalowaterfront.com/events/wintertime-events-2021-2022

Jingle Falls USA

  • Location:
  • Location: Downtown Niagara Falls – check out website for events and their specific locations
  • Date: Saturday, December 11 & December 18
  • Cost: Free parking, check website for specific event pricing
  • Details: Celebrate the holiday season in Niagara Falls, NY. This two-weekend event is jam-packed with fun activities, indoor and out, that is sure to get you and your family in the holiday spirit! 
  • Website: http://www.jinglefallsusa.com/

Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll

  • Location: Lake Placid Village, Lake Placid, NY 12946
  • Date: Friday, Dec 10, 2021 until Sunday, Dec 12, 2021
  • Cost: Most events free; charges may apply for some
  • Details: The Lake Placid Holiday Stroll includes a full schedule of events with a Skating Party, an Ugly Sweater Party, the Adirondack Health Jingle Bell Run/Walk, Grinch at the Little Blue House, Santa at Mid’s Park, a Tree Lighting, and more!
  • Website: https://www.holidayvillagestroll.com/what-we-do

Lights on the Lake

  • Location: Onondaga Lake Park, 106 Lake Dr, Liverpool, NY 13088
  • Date: Nightly through January 5, 2022
  • Cost: Admission is $6 per car on Monday and Tuesday, $10 on Wednesday and Thursday and $20 Friday through Sunday. 
  • Details: Lights on the Lake is a two mile long drive-thru show featuring towering holiday displays, larger-than-life Land of Oz, a twinkling fantasy forest, colorful section arches, memorable animated scenes and a fairy tale magic grand finale!
  • Website: https://www.lightsonthelake.com/

The Rink at the Lake

  • Location: 700 S. Main St., Canandaigua, NY 14424
  • Date: Now through end of February, 2022
  • Cost: $5 under 12 years of age, $10 for 12 years and up
  • Details: Located just outside of Sand Bar at the Lake House on Canandaigua, you’ll truly feel like you are skating on the lake! Open through February for family-friendly fun. 
  • Website: https://www.lakehousecanandaigua.com/event/the-rink-at-the-lake-2022-01-23/

Roc Holiday Village 2021

  • Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park – 353 Court St., Rochester, NY 14607
  • Date: Varying dates from December 3 – December 19
  • Cost: Free general admission, some special events may require ticket purchase. 
  • Details: The downtown Rochester fest features free ice skating & rentals, outdoor seats & fire pits, unique shopping village, visits with Santa, live music, indoor bar with tasty food & drinks, free crafts for kids & more!
  • Website: https://rocholidayvillage.com/
Do you know of any great events happening in your area this season? Please comment below to share!

Beyond The Yard Sign: Matthew Frazee

Matthew Frazee

Matthew Frazee joins Sarah today to talk about why he chose to start his career in real estate right out of college. He shares his experiences (so far) and offers his advice as a new agent to others considering the same move.