Tips for a Low-Stress Home Sale in Today’s Real Estate Market

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Making the decision to sell your home is never easy. There are a ton of factors to weigh, including the current state of the real estate market in your area and what you’re looking for in your next home. And although you may have sold another home in the past, today’s market differs greatly from previous years. It can be challenging as a home seller to navigate this new process on your own. Here are a few things you can do to make your experience go a little smoother.

Hire a real estate professional.

A real estate professional is a valuable asset in today’s market. We’ve mentioned before that agents help sellers get more for their homes. The average for sale by owner home sold for $80,000 less than homes sold through an agent in 2019.

But it’s not just financially beneficial to have an agent. There are now new regulations to consider in the wake of COVID-19. A real estate professional will make sure you have all the required paperwork and disclosures and follow proper procedures for your area. They’ll field all inquiries and set up appointments with serious, qualified homebuyers. What’s more, if you get multiple offers on your home (we’ve had an agent receive 16 offers on one home during this time!) your agent will be there to guide you through the details.

Decide if you want to allow in-person showings. 

Not everyone is comfortable with allowing in-person showings at their home. You can elect to allow virtual showings only if you don’t wish to have a large number of buyers entering your home. Your agent can even hold a virtual open house so that potential buyers can ask questions and get a full tour. 

Stage your home.

We’ve already mentioned how important staging your home is. Now pictures and video are even more important than they’ve ever been. Many buyers will take a critical look at your property’s  photos. They may even make their decision from only your home’s images and virtual walkthroughs. Your agent can give you advice on how to set up your rooms to showcase them in the best light online.

Price your home correctly.

It’s very true that it’s a hot market right now. But that doesn’t mean you should overprice your home. Homes priced too high will still sit on the market! Your agent will have the tools to create a proper pricing strategy for your market area.

Disinfect Often.

If you’re comfortable with allowing in-person showings, you’ll want to make sure your home is sanitized. Do your best to disinfect both before and after in-person showings happen. Wipe down door handles, countertops, faucets, and light switches. Switch on all lights in your home so buyers can avoid touching light switches entirely.

The current real estate market today can be challenging. A real estate professional can be an important partner when you’re selling your home. They can guide you through the selling process and take a lot of stress off of your shoulders while ensuring the most money on the sale of your home.

7/25 Radio Show: Edward Forbes

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Edward Forbes to the show.

Edward is the Director for News and Engagement for the USA TODAY NETWORK Northeast, which includes responsibilities as senior editor of the Morristown, N.J. Daily Record, and as managing editor of and The Record of Bergen County, N.J. and The Journal News.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on the transformation/disruption of print to digital news distribution. Due to Covid-19 the newspaper is seeing an increase in digital subscriptions.

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

7/18 Radio Show: Bill Hibbard & Steve Fitzmaurice

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Bill Hibbard & Steve Fitzmaurice to the show.

Bill Hibbard is President and General Manager of HUNT Property Solutions. He has more than 20 years of experience in facility management, engineering, construction management, and energy management services.

Steve Fitzmaurice is a property manager with HUNT Property Solutions.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on the impact of COVID-19 and property management.

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

HUNT Real Estate Opens Doors to Its Largest Central New York Branch

Million-dollar renovation and expansion of existing Manlius location strengthens the company’s market presence by combining its two most successful CNY branches

HUNT Real Estate has opened the doors to its newly expanded branch in Manlius, NY. Located in Madison Row at 7650 Highbridge Road, the branch brings together two of HUNT’s most successful Central New York offices – Fayetteville/Dewitt and Manlius – into one facility.

Dubbed the HUNT CNY East branch, the million-dollar renovation of the first-floor added four conference rooms, 36 private offices, an in-house HUNT Mortgage office with three Mortgage Consultants, as well as in-branch representatives for HUNT Insurance and Network Title Agency. HUNT has operated a real estate office on the second floor of Madison Row since 2014. The company acquired the lease to the first-floor space, previously occupied by a restaurant, in 2019.

Dave Evans
Regional VP

By combining the two branches, the new location has over 75 sales professionals, making it the largest HUNT branch in the region in terms of agent population and sales production. According to the Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors, the two branches that make up HUNT CNY East have collectively sold over $176 million in the previous 12 months (June 2019 – June 2020), effectively ranking it as the most productive real estate office in Central New York.

“HUNT has experienced unprecedented success in the Central New York region this past year,” says Dave Evans, Regional Vice President for HUNT Real Estate ERA. “We are excited to bring together our sales professionals in Dewitt and Manlius and move them into our expanded branch that offers room for additional growth to meet the market demand.”

Mary Rouse and Tim Cassavaw
Co-Branch Directors, HUNT CNY East

Tim Cassavaw, Branch Director of HUNT Fayetteville/Dewitt, and Mary Rouse, Branch Director of HUNT Manlius, will be teaming up as Co-Branch Directors of HUNT CNY East. 

“We are thrilled to make the move to the new location and join forces with the exceptional team in Manlius,” said Cassavaw. “This new state-of-the-art facility offers our sales professionals an even greater ability to serve their clients and collaborate with their colleagues.”

“Ever since the expansion was announced last year, we have been looking forward to welcoming our entire team from Dewitt,” commented Rouse. “We are excited to begin sharing ideas and working together to better serve our customers and the communities of Central New York.”

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

Capital Region

Rochester & Southern Tier Region

Central NY 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

6/27 Radio Show: Jule Barrett O’Neill

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Julie Barrett O’Neill to the show.

Julie Barrett O’Neill is the Executive Director for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). LISC was created 40 years ago as an intermediary. The Ford Foundation recognized there was a disconnect between front-line organizations and funders/institutions that were trying to deploy capital underground to transform neighborhoods. The idea was that LISC could help with bridging that gap in order to achieve success.

LISC came to Buffalo 20 years ago to help small non-profits and community based organizations who have great ideas to transform their neighborhoods.

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

6/20 Radio Show: Mike Buczkowski

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Mike Buczkowski to the show.

Mike Buczkowski, Buffalo Bisons General Manager and President of Rich Baseball Operations, was Peter’s guest (remotely) this week at r-house. Mike discussed the history of the Buffalo Bisons, which began in 1877. 130 years of pro-ball in Buffalo, 37 years of which Mike has been within the Bisons community. The Bison’s played in the National League for about 8-9 years in the late 1800s, however primarily they were in the minors in AAA and now the international league. They began playing at the Offermann Stadium and later the War Memorial Stadium they shared with the Bills during a time of unrest within the country. They played night games at Sal Maglie Stadium, in Niagara Falls, and day games at the War Memorial. In 1970 they forfeited their season and moved to Winnipeg, Canada. In the early 80’s the Rich Family bought the team bringing baseball back to Buffalo and opening the Pilot Field (now Sahlen Field) in 1988. Making Pilot Field a first major stadium to be built in the city. Most were multi-purpose fields built in the suburbs. Please listen to the entire show below.

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

6/13 Radio Show: Rene Jones

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Rene Jones to the show.

Rene Jones, Chairman and CEO of M&T Bank, was my guest (remotely) this week at r-house. In addition to hearing his spectacular ascent through the ranks of M&T Bank, listening to Rene’s personal story is also fascinating. Through empathy, compassion, and interest in solving problems, Rene serves not only the Bank, but all of the communities where M&T does business. We are a better community because of Rene and M&T’s commitment that goes well beyond the interests of the Bank. Please listen to the entire show below – it is well worth your time!

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