7/6 Radio Show: Dennis Elsenbeck

This week, Peter Hunt, welcomes Dennis Elsenbeck to the show!

Dennis Elsenbeck is the President of National Grid. He is responsible for representing the Company in public affairs and community relations, as well as, the region’s large commercial and industrial customers in terms of energy sales, reliability and service. He has held previous positions as Marketing and Sales Director, Regional Manager of the Mohawk Valley Region and Business Services Vice president. Dennis has been employed at National Grid for twenty three years.

Together, Peter Hunt leads the discussion on the city of Buffalo. Buffalo is unique because of the  history of manufacturing. Dennis Elsenbeck explains our energy policy and what the future holds.

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

HUNT ERA Buffalo/Niagara Region continues to grow!

Nicol Iacovitti joins us at our Lewiston Branch as a licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Iacovitti brings a background in education and a strong work ethic to the Lewiston team.

“HUNT stands by their vision statement, and this is truly a company that is ‘Always There for You’, both the agents and the customers. Choosing to make the switch to HUNT was an easy one, after meeting with the owners and staff, it really feels like one big supportive family and I’m beyond excited to be a new member of it,” said Nicol Iacovitti. “HUNT has been in business for over 100 years, and it becomes clearer everyday as to why this is such a successful company, and my new home,” Iacovitti continued.

Iacovitti services buyers and sellers in Lewiston, Niagara and the surrounding areas. She holds both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Elementary Education and Reading, is a Certified Teacher for Pre K-Grade 6 and Grades 7-12 in English/Language Arts, and has recently attended The Cusack Center of Professional Development.

Joann Parisi joins us at our Wheatfield branch as a licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Parisi was with HUNT previously, and brings a wealth of local market knowledge and a track record of real estate success back to the leading team.

“We are excited to welcome Joann back! She is an agent who has what it takes to get the job done, handles every transaction like it is the only one, and pays attention to the details that really matter to her clients,” said Amber Wesser, Business Development Manager for the Buffalo/Niagara Regions of HUNT Real Estate ERA.

Parisi was born and raised in Western New York, and knows the towns and communities in this area better than anyone. She specializes in servicing first-time home buyers, growing families and empty-nesters, and believes understanding and listening to a client’s needs will lead to a successful outcome. Parisi is a past award-level winner, ranking her among the top real estate professionals, and has furthered her real estate education through leading courses such as Top Gun and E-Force.

To contact Joann directly, call 716-907-6188 or email her at joann.parisi@huntrealestate.com.

MaryAnn Senik joins us at our Lewiston office as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Senik has five years of real estate experience and a background in nursing.

“I truly love this business! We meet new and interesting people every day and help them to achieve their American dream,” said MaryAnn Senik. “Now with the tools and technologies of HUNT Real Estate ERA it will be even easier, and together we will accomplish more, faster. I look forward to the many years to come,” Senik continued.

Senik services all of Western New York and specializes in first-time home buyers, move- up buyers, empty nesters and relocation . She holds a Seniors Real Estate Specialist® (SRES) designation as well as a NYS Nursing License (LPN).

ToniMarie Waldeck joins us at our Lewiston office as a licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Waldeck brings a dedicated work ethic and a track record of success to the growing Lewiston team.

“There is more to real estate than dollars and cents,” says ToniMarie Waldeck. “With the exceptional services and resources that HUNT provides, I can be by my customer’s side every step of the way assisting with the confidence to get the job done right. It’s not easy doing it alone, so a helping hand makes all the difference,” Waldeck continued.

Waldeck specializes in servicing first-time home buyers, move-up buyers and empty nesters in Erie and Niagara Counties. She is expertly focused on listening to her clients’ wants and needs, helping them understand the process from start to finish, and providing a quality real estate experience while aiding to avoid unnecessary problems & pitfalls.

Albert Walton is a licensed Real Estate Salesperson joining our Lewiston branch. Walton brings nearly four decades of real estate experience to the growing Lewiston team.

“Being a family-owned company, HUNT offers so many opportunities for the agents here,” said Albert Walton. “HUNT really takes pride in being a leader in the industry in many different ways, and their community minded approach to each market they serve really speaks to how much they are committed to being ‘Always There for You’,” Walton continued.

Walton specializes in residential, waterfront and commercial markets in Erie and Niagara Counties. He studied Communications at the University of Kansas. Walton also attended beauty school and owned his own salon, so he is no stranger to the importance of good customer service!

6/29 Radio Show: John Dandes

This week, Your Host, Peter Hunt welcomes John Dandes to the show!

John Dandes is the President of Rich Baseball Operations. Rich Baseball Operations is comprised of Rich Products’ subsidiary companies including: Buffalo Bison Baseball, Northwest Arkansas Naturals Baseball, Jamestown Jammers Baseball, National Baseball Congress and Palm Beach National Golf & Country Club in Lake Worth, FL.

Together, Peter Hunt leads the discussion on new building properties downtown and the future for higher end living spaces.

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Constandine Tzambourakis joins our Slingerlands office as an experienced licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Tzambourakis brings a strong background in residential and commercial construction to this leading team.

“I interviewed with a number of companies throughout the area and found that the care and consideration that I received at HUNT Real Estate ERA was unmatched. Their small company approach with a very personalized and supportive method of interaction made me feel as part of a team,” says Constandine Tzambourakis.

Tzambourakis specializes in residential and commercial sales, and he services both buyers and sellers in the Capital region.

Denise Karabin joins our Loudonville office as an experienced licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Karabin brings both real estate experience and over 25 years in the sales profession to this growing team.

“I am committed to developing strong partnerships with my clients and customers, simplifying the real estate experience and treating every real estate transaction with care as if it were my own. I love helping people’s dreams come true, and am excited to be a part of the HUNT family,” said Denise Karabin.

Karabin services buyers and sellers within the Capital region and Saratoga. She approaches her business with integrity, and provides expert communication, current market knowledge, effective negotiation skills, and a high quality professional network.

Victoria Morrell joins our Slingerlands office as an experienced licensed Real Estate Salesperson. Morrell brings five years of real estate experience and in depth local market knowledge to this growing team.

“HUNT Real Estate has been refreshing! I have been welcomed and given the environment and tools I need to be a successful real estate agent,” says Victoria Morrell.

A resident of the Capital region all her life, Morrell has first-hand experience with all the nuances of the area’s rural and more urban lifestyles. She has dedicated herself full time to the profession; guiding her clients through the complex process of their real estate transaction with professional, reliable, ethical, knowledgeable & confidential service. Morrell attended SUNY Cobleskill for Hospitality Administration; holds a BS from SUNY Plattsburg in Consumer Economics and a Masters Certificate in Human Resources from Villa Nova University. She services buyers and sellers across all of the Capital District- city, country and suburbs.

6/22 Radio Show: Amber Wesser and Bill Severyn

This week, Guest Host, Bob Scholz welcomes Amber Wesser and Bill Severyn to the show!

Amber Wesser is one of our Business Development Managers working within the Buffalo and Niagara Regions. Bill Severyn is a Broker Consultant leading our Lancaster Branch.

Together, Bob Scholz, leads the discussion on careers in real estate and the increasing changes in interest rates.

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New CFO Brings Strong Background and Focus to the HUNT Organization

HUNT Real Estate Corporation is pleased to welcome James C. Heron to their corporate leadership team, as Chief Financial Officer for the organization. Heron brings a strong financial background to HREC, with over 30 years of experience in the areas of accounting, finance and mergers and acquisitions.

“We conducted a nationwide search to fill this key position, and are pleased to have found someone with such impressive credentials right here in Buffalo,” said Peter F. Hunt, Chairman and CEO of HUNT Real Estate Corporation. “Jim’s extensive background and knowledge will be an asset to our leadership team and to the HUNT organization overall,” Hunt continued.

“I’m very excited to join the team at HUNT Real Estate and look forward to helping the company succeed in both the near and long-term future,” said Jim Heron. “HUNT has a very unique company culture, and I look forward to working closely with other members of the company,” Heron continued.

Heron’s duties include overseeing all accounting, finance, budgeting, tax reporting and cash management functions for HUNT Real Estate and its related subsidiaries, preparing financial reports, maintaining outside banking relationships and developing and monitoring systems of internal controls.

Heron is a life long resident of Western New York and currently resides in Amherst, New York. He is a New York State Certified Public Accountant and received a B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has extensive accounting and finance experience in the financial services and banking industries working for organizations ranging from 200 to over 800 employees.

For more information about HUNT Real Estate ERA, visit www.huntrealestate.com or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/huntealestate.

6/15 Radio Show: Warren Colville

This week, Your Host, Peter Hunt welcomes Warren Colville to the show!

Warren Colville is the Publisher and President of The Buffalo News. Over the past 12 years that Colville has been President, The Buffalo News has extended its digital reach, added more commercial printing presses and expanded delivery capabilities.

Together, Peter Hunt leads the discussion on the Peace Bridge Authority. Colville explains that there has been a lot of talk and no action in regards to the Peace Bridge. Colville believes that change is ahead with regards to the Peace Bridge and developing the waterfront & plaza.

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


Improving Market Conditions Shifting ‘Pendulum’ Towards Sellers

According to Jean Grant NMLS #69935, Vice President of HUNT Mortgage, the past few years made those looking to purchase a new home well positioned to get a great property at a great price. Recent buyers were also able to finance the home with a historically low interest rate. Low interest rates and a large amount of inventory created a strong “buyer’s market.” This spring, as the housing market continues to improve, there is a shift emerging towards a “seller’s market.” Both buyers and sellers alike need to be made aware of this market shift so they can act accordingly.

The number of homes for sale is currently below average compared to recent years, and low interest rates are still attracting individuals looking to purchase. Unlike in recent years, however, current homebuyers are finding themselves struggling to locate a property that meets all of their needs, and often end up in multiple offer situations when they do find what they are looking for. “All the more reason to have an experienced Mortgage Consultant and also real estate professional by their side,” says Jean Grant.

Lower inventory can mean some of the best properties are often receiving offers from multiple buyers. This situation can cause buyers to bid higher than the listing price, to increase the chances that their offer is chosen. “Though this can be frustrating for those looking to purchase a home, the current market is great news for the appraised value of properties. Appraisals are often one of the biggest unknown factors that can cause issues when applying for a mortgage,” Grant continues.

The selling price of similar homes in the area is one of the elements that appraisers take into consideration when determining what a particular house is worth. If other homes that are similar in size and features begin selling at a higher price, this can impact the appraised value of future sales. If inventory remains low, home prices will begin to rise. With interest rates remaining at historic lows, now is still an excellent time to buy a new home. New market conditions have also made this an excellent time to sell your current home.

HUNT Mortgage prides itself on providing the best products and service in the industry, with an elite staff of mortgage consultants and an innovative website. The organization recently launched a new online mortgage application, to help clients begin the process online, at their convenience. HUNT Real Estate ERA has been servicing home buyers and sellers for over 100 years, and it has seen and survived every possible market condition out there.

For more information about HUNT Mortgage, visit www.huntmortgage.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/huntmortgage. For more information about properties for sale visit www.huntrealestate.com.

6/8 Radio Show: Dr. Janne Siren

This week, Your Host, Peter Hunt welcomes Dr. Janne Siren to the show.

Dr. Janne Siren is the new Director of the Albright Knox Art Gallery. Siren was formally the Director of the Helsinki Art Museum located in Finland. He has a wealth of experience in promoting economic development and growth through cultural tourism, which is a high priority for the gallery and in the Buffalo Niagara region.

Together, Peter Hunt leads the discussion on repositioning the Albright Knox Art Gallery and developing a stronger presence within Buffalo and the surrounding areas.

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