HUNT ERA’s Buffalo Region Continues to Grow!

HUNT ERA Metropolitan Branch is pleased to welcome Adele Cloutier, a licensed Real Estate Salesperson, to the team. Cloutier brings 30 years of sales and sales training experience HUNT.

“Adele is an amazing agent who truly cares for her customers. She brings many years of experience and education to each transaction and treats every customer as if they are the only one. We are very excited to have her on our team!” said Amber Wesser, Business Development Manager for the Buffalo/Niagara region of HUNT Real Estate ERA.

“After living away from Buffalo for seven years, I am thrilled to be back and proud to be affiliated with HUNT Real Estate! I am ready to serve buyers and sellers of Buffalo and Western New York. My motto is, ‘Buy or Sell, work with Adele!’” said Adele Cloutier.

Cloutier has led a successful career in real estate, having been a top listing agent and a Regional and National Sales Trainer, where she wrote programs and trained both new and experienced agents nationwide. She is also Loss Mitigation Certified (LMC), having successfully assisted many homeowners in utilizing short sale programs to avoid foreclosure. In addition to her real estate career, Cloutier has worked as a Paralegal. Cloutier holds a B.S. in Business from SUNY Buffalo. She specializes in servicing sellers, buyers, first time homebuyers, relocation, investment properties, short sales, and any and all residential real estate needs. Cloutier serves the market areas of the City of Buffalo and surrounding suburbs, and all of Western New York.

To contact Adele Cloutier, call (716) 262-6002 or email adele.cloutier@huntrealestate.com.


Radio Show 11/2: Brian Higgins

Your Host, Peter Hunt welcomes Brian Higgins to the show!

Brian Higgins is a fifth term member of the United States House of Representatives serving New York’s 26th congressional district, which includes portions of Erie and Niagara Counties.

Together, Peter Hunt leads the discussion on the situation in Congress and the current American economy.

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


The Unique Homes, Mansions and Architecture of Tempe, Arizona | HUNT Real Estate ERA


What happens when you mix a growing populous of education and commerce with a historic area that is filled with a unique blend of culture, landscape and activity? The result is a focused effort on creativity, innovation and progress mixed with preservation and appreciation for the past. The Tempe area of greater Phoenix brings us these attributes, and nothing is more prevalent than the unique real estate, homes and architecture found throughout the area. If you love a beautifully designed, contemporary home, Tempe has it.  If you’d like something more traditional bringing you the characteristics of the past, you can find it here too.

Let’s take a look at some of the unique homes and architecture in the area.
Modern Looking Homes and Mansions:
406 W 14th Street, Tempe  – This beautiful four bedroom, custom built residence, by Chen+Suchart Studio, has a modern, urban flare, but completely embraces the nature around it. Located near Arizona State University, the home blends indoor and outdoor effortlessly, providing an open environment with tremendous volume, but holds on to that intimate feel. Consistently praised for its design, this home is a must see for architecture lovers in the area.
Towsend Residence – If you really want to see something unique, check out the Townsend Residence built into a mountainside lot in Paradise Valley.  Designed by William P Bruder Architect Ltd in 1995, the home is a free-flowing contrast to the harsh, serrated mount it sits in. “The plan poetically captures the pragmatic functional needs while evolving an inside/out/outside/in feeling of site connectivity.”
Loloma 5 Condominiums – Living and working in Downtown Scottsdale has never been better with the Loloma 5 Condominiums. Five beautiful work/live spaces are located in the downtown area but take advantage of the Camelback Mountain view to the northwest. Another William P Bruder Architect Ltd design, these units are perfect for anyone looking to transform both their work and living space.
Classic Designs and Mansions:
Farmer-Goodwin Mansion – Built in 1883, the Farmer-Goodwin Mansion in Tempe is very significant in the fabric of the area’s history. A lot of character comes along with this mansion, as is evident by the defining elements within the home and front veranda porch. According to the Tempe Historic Property Survey, “The Farmer/Goodwin House is a good example of a Folk expression of Victorian-era architecture. Its massing is similar to other Victorian-era styles, but this building lacks the “gingerbread” detailing often found in Victorian-era buildings.”
Niels Peterson House – This home is over 100 years old, but has been restored and preserved through the years.  Niels Peterson, a Danish immigrant and prominent local farmer, hired a well-known Arizona architect for the project built in 1892. This is the oldest Queen Anne style residence in the area, and today it’s operated by the Tempe Historical Museum as a historic house museum. This mansion has 13 rooms, a foyer, study, parlor, dining room, bedroom, bathroom, enclosed breezeway and kitchen downstairs; three bedrooms, a bathroom and sitting room upstairs.
Other Unique Tempe Architecture:
Beyond the amazing homes in the area, Tempe has some amazing architecture and design elements scattered throughout the area. For starters, check out Arizona State University and their Tempe Campus. They have many beautiful buildings, including Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Bridges of Town Lake – In total, six bridges can be found in the area. Some are old and some are newer, but all offer something different.  The newest is the Pedestrian Bridge connecting the north and south shores of Town Lake.

Peter F. Hunt


Visiting the Finger Lakes Wine Country | HUNT Real Estate ERA


During this time of the year, the Finger Lakes are a great place to visit. Nestled in the western part of Central New York are a formation of eleven lakes that resemble the shapes of fingers.  The area surrounding the lakes is beautiful and contains a large majority of vineyards and plantings.  This specific area actually contains 11,000 acres of vineyards, which in turn makes it New York’s largest wine growing region.

The lakes actually play a major part in the viticulture of the area. The deep lakes moderate the microclimate, and stored heat is released during the cooler months.  As a result, early season frost is prevented and the local climate remains mild compared to other areas of the region.  Because they plant the vines on the hillsides of the lakes, better drainage, sun exposure and reduced frost risk combine for an ideal growing and wine experience.
Wine making has been a major part of the culture in the Finger Lakes. Since 1829, people have been making wine in the area, and now there are nearly one hundred wineries operating in the Finger Lakes Region. There are plenty of trails to visit, especially this time of the year. The fall colors, cooler, crisp air and hearty meals we eat accompany a visit to the wine trails agreeably.
Take a weekend and plan a visit to some of these wonderful Finger Lakes Wine Trails.
Seneca Lake Wine Trail – There are still some wonderful events to attend, including the November Deck The Halls Weekend at the end of November.  It’s the weekend following Thanksgiving, so if you have family in town, you can plan something around your family. The Seneca Lake Wine Trail has 34 wineries to visit.  Click here for a list of wineries, trail maps and a list of remaining events in 2013.
Keuka Lake Wine Trail – This is a smaller wine trail compared to Seneca, but it still has seven wineries to visit along the trail. There are two remaining weekends to visit the trail for Keuka Holidays I and II. As they say on their site, “Ring in the holiday season at one of our Keuka Holidays weekends…every year a sell-out! Each winery offers tastes of their finest wines complemented small plates of hearty winter foods. Ticket holders receive a handmade grapevine wreath at their starting winery and collect an ornament at each winery. The wineries will be alive with holiday decorations and cheer, and gift shops stocked with unique and locally crafted items perfect for holiday gift-giving.”
Cayuga Lakes Wine Trail – Cayuga Lake has 15 wineries, a cidery, a meadery (honey wine) and four distilleries to visit. There are two remaining shopping sprees to check out before we head into the New Year. Along the trail, you can find plenty of bed and breakfasts, accommodations, shopping and restaurants.  There are plenty of transportation and tour companies around the area too, so if you want to enjoy your wine tour and leave the driving to someone else, you can!

Peter F. Hunt


HUNT REAL ESTATE ERA LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

Technologically Advanced and Consumer-Centric
We recently launched our all new consumer website, HUNTrealestate.com. Our platform includes a consumer website and back office solution to support our elite team of real estate professionals. Through this custom platform – free to all 1,000 of HUNT’s sales professionals – agents will have one integrated system for listing and lead management, customizable individual agent websites, direct access to MLS data and searches, database and CRM tools and an extensive array of marketing pieces for prospecting, listing marketing, client follow-up and more.

The all new HUNT website is powered by AgentAchieve® by CoreLogic®. This fully integrated front and back-end website and agent portal offers an easy property search solution, free accounts for consumers – to save searches, receive automatic updates, and easily communicate with their HUNT agent throughout the search process – new construction searches and more. Each property detail page contains large images, property features, local market data, as well as a unique feature that displays shops and restaurants near each property.

According to Peter F. Hunt, Chairman and CEO of HUNT Real Estate Corporation, “Innovation has always been a signature of our organization. Our new website is another example of how we are making everything about real estate and homeownership services easier for everyone in the markets we serve.” Hunt went on to say that “very simply, this is the best technology in the industry for both consumers and practitioners.”

“Top firms in real estate are embracing enterprise software more than ever today,” says Chris Bennett, General Manager of the Real Estate Services group for CoreLogic. “This year alone, AgentAchieve has boarded thousands of agents through relationships with firms like HUNT. Brokers are embracing these comprehensive data and software service solutions to support their growth in today’s competitive real estate marketplace,” said Bennett.

For more information on HUNT Real Estate ERA’s programs, or to join this team of leading real estate professionals, visit HUNTrealestate.com. For 24/7 information about any home for sale via voice, text or mobile web, call the HUNT Hotline at (716) 631-4800.


10/12 Radio Show: Jennifer Maxian

Your Host, Peter Hunt welcomes Jennifer Maxian to the show!

Jennifer Maxian is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker and HUNT Corporation’s IT Support Specialist.

Together, Peter Hunt leads the discussion on the current real estate changes and the way people approach buying or selling real estate. Jennifer Maxian also discusses our new website HUNTrealestate.com and why it is the best real estate website locally and even nationally due to our constant updates from the MLS and feeds such as yelp.

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


Popular Pumpkin and Apple Farms in New York State | HUNT Real Estate ERA

Once the crisp air settles in, the footballs are flying and autumnal hue surrounds us, we know fall has arrived. Before the bitter cold hits and winter inhibits us from getting outside as much and traveling around, the fall still beckons plenty of outdoor activity and adventure. Getting a football game together with friends, tailgating for a Bills game, Oktoberfest celebrations or even just going for a drive to check out the beautiful autumn landscapes of the Southern Tier and Central New York are all wonderful benefits of living in New York during the fall.

One of the best things to do during the fall is visit a pumpkin or apple farm. There is no shortage of options across the state, and we’ve narrowed it down to a few selections that draw attention and crowds every year. We hope you get a chance to check these out for yourself.

The Great Pumpkin Farm – Buffalo Area – Located on the edge of Clarence, NY is the Great Pumpkin Farm. This large area has plenty to offer every weekend from September 14 to October 31. It’s open daily with special activities and events every weekend. It’s a perfect spot for families, couples, friends and kids. Aside from a huge selection of pumpkins to buy before you leave, The Great Pumpkin Farm has rides, plenty of food options, arts and crafts, gift shops, a haunted house and a GIANT corn maze. Don’t forget to check out the potato launchers and events pavilion for special events and contests.

Cost: Weekdays are free, last six weekends are $5.

Becker Farms – Niagara Frontier Area – “Becker Farms Goal is to provide families with the opportunity to visit the countryside and embrace what Mother Nature provides us among family and friends.” That’s exactly what you’ll get if you travel up to Gasport, NY, just south of Lake Ontario. Still left in October is The Pumpkin Fiesta. The remaining days to visit are the 13, 14, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Kids will enjoy plenty of activities including The Castle Labyrinth, pig races, pony rides and hayrides. There’s plenty of food to enjoy around the farm along with animals to visit. Don’t forget to walk away with a giant pumpkin to carve or paint when you get home.

Cost: Free Live music from 1pm to 4pm. Wine tasting $2 and beer tasting $5.

Pumpkin Hollow – Rochester Area – Gro-Moore Farms is located outside of Rochester in Henrietta, NY. The whole family will enjoy exciting activities on the farm. Pumpkin Hollow runs from September 21-October 27. Pumpkin Hollow is geared more towards families and children with a real chance to create lasting memories. There are two mazes, a kids haunted house, a pumpkin slide, and of course plenty of pumpkins and produce to take home at the end of the day. Even more, there is a John Deere Train Ride, mini golf, tractor wagon rides and pumpkin painting. As with all great pumpkin farms, you’ll enjoy plenty of great food and drinks while you’re there.

Cost: You can choose to pay for the activities you want, or the pay one price ticket is only $10 per child – mom & dad are free!

Critz Farms – Syracuse Area – Located southeast of Syracuse in Cazenovia, NY is a beautiful farm that annually hosts the fall harvest festivals. From September 14 to October 27, you can experience ongoing activities as well as special events and entertainment for people of all ages. Perhaps their most unique feature is the “gigantic Mustang Madness Corn Maze.” Aside from the maze, check out the animal area with over 25 animals, wagon rides through the orchard and pumpkin fields, cider making demonstrations and plenty of fall decorating supplies to bring home. Don’t forget to check out their special events like magic shows, motorcycle Sunday and a few tractor pulls, to name a few.

Cost: $7.50 per person on weekends with a maximum cost of $30 per family.

Ellms Farms – Albany Area – If you live near the Albany area, head out to Ballston Spa and Ellms Farm. Open now through the 27th, the farm has all the favorites you’re looking for in the fall. Pumpkins, corn mazes, and hayrides are all here for you and your family. Check out the pick your own pumpkin patch and a unique feature, the Jumping Pillow. “This unique, safe fitness equipment that is ideal for an all-age activity, providing Upstate NY family fun suitable to all shapes and sizes.” While you’re there, you have to try the apple cider donuts. They’re made fresh on the farm and are truly delicious.

Cost: Check out the full listing of prices here. Costs range from $11-12.75


Architecturally Beautiful Homes in Buffalo, New York

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Snapshots of architecturally beautiful homes in Buffalo

Buffalo’s unique architectural landmarks

Buffalo, New York is known for many things: the food (chicken wings), the sports (Go Bills!), and let’s not forget, it is known as the city of good neighbors! One of the most understated things Buffalo has to offer is architecturally beautiful homes throughout the city.

 
Buffalo has unique historic districts tucked away within pockets of old neighborhoods established early in the century . If you can explore this city, you would be surprised at the sophisticated, beautiful homes all around the area.
 
In the 1800’s and early 1900’s, Buffalo experienced a period of flourishing architecture credited to the talents of many famous designers including Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, and H.H. Richardson. These and other well-known architects were responsible for developing some of the most exclusive homes and downtown office buildings.

 

Frederick Law Olmstead’s Impact

Thanks to famous designer Frederick Law Olmstead, Buffalo has an impressive parks system as well as the amazing grounds of the hospital complex “Richardsonian Romanesque.”  Olmstead is considered the originator of landscape architecture, and his work includes the famous Central Park in NYC as well as the oldest state park in America, the Niagara Reservation, located in Niagara Falls, NY.
 

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright brought a unique approach to his designs, which include his prairie style of low-pitched roofs, overhanging eaves, a central chimney and open floor plan. Wright was also known for his organic architecture, which relied on natural resources and a Japanese influence.
 
Many of Wright’s designs can be toured in the city:
 
Darwin-Martin house (1904) located on Jewett Parkway
 
 
George F. Barton house (1903) on Sutton Avenue
 
William R. Heath house (1905) on Soldiers Place
 

Other architectural landmarks

Some other major architectural styles found in and around the city include:
 
Federal Style (1790-1830). This style can be seen in the home built for Charles Brown Sears, Esq., which is located on Barker Street. This style boasts large, open spaced rooms with high windows and ceilings.
 
Italianate (1850-1885). The Charles W. Miller house located on Summer Street is a perfect model for this style due to the tall narrow windows, low-pitched roofs with overhanging eaves and beautiful architectural glass incorporated into various rooms.
 
Georgian Revival (1900-1940). The John Durrant Larkin Jr. house is located on Lincoln Parkway and is a beautifully restored Georgian revival style home. This style commonly featured paneled front doors, decorative moldings and windows in horizontal and vertical symmetrical rows. The Georgian revival style however, did not have large porches like the colonial revival style.
 
Driving around the city through various neighborhoods, you’ll notice a distinct turn of the century style. For architecture lovers, Buffalo is a great place to explore and stumble across some amazing, historic homes.

Popular residential architecture

In addition to historically significant architecture, Buffalo also features a number of residential homes with architecturally beautiful features. You can find some truly magnificent homes in the following neighborhoods:

 
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Peter F. Hunt