HUNT Real Estate ERA celebrated yet another grand opening recently, this time in Schenectady. A ribbon cutting, hosted by the Chamber of Schenectady County and sponsored by McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, PC, was attended by more than 100 local dignitaries, real estate industry individuals and others. The new real estate office is located at 2236 Broadway, Schenectady.

HUNT Real Estate ERA entered the Albany market back in 2009, and had been growing successfully ever since. In 2012, HUNT partnered with Carmelo Gines to open this office in Schenectady. “I am looking forward to a very successful endeavor as Capital Knowledge Masters Team, LLC joins forces with HUNT Real Estate ERA, to serve the City and County of Schenectady, and Greater Capital District,” said Gines.

“As HUNT continues its growth throughout the Capital Region, it is an honor to work with Carmelo Gines, who is a fixture in the Schenectady neighborhood. Over the past few years a number of real estate brokers have closed their offices here, so we see this as a unique opportunity to capture a market that others have looked over,” said Dave Evans, General Manager for the HUNT Real Estate ERA Capital Region.

In 2012, the company has sold more than $1 billion in real estate while maintaining more than 35 offices and 1200 agents across New York and Arizona. HUNT Real Estate ERA provides a full suite of homeownership services including Mortgage, Title insurance, Commercial real estate, Home insurance, Relocation Services and more.

For detailed property information on any listing 24/7, call the HUNT Hotline at 518-580-4000. HUNT Real Estate’s Schenectady office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment after hours and on weekends. They can be reached by calling 518-395-2568 or by visiting


Making your House a Home

When potential homebuyers make the decision to see the inside of your home, there are many things that you have been accustomed to seeing that may stand out to them.

In order for a homebuyer to take the first step in buying your home, they must feel at home the moment they walk through the door. What “home” should feel like depends on the homebuyer, but you can take several steps to help each homebuyer along the way.

In the next few weeks we will take you through creating the perfect space for potential homebuyers. However, please also utilize the expertise of your HUNT ERA real estate professional to help along the way.

The Grand Entrance

First impressions are everything. In the entry way, a potential homebuyer has an immediate sense of how they will receive your home. Decide which entry will be used when potential homebuyers come through and be sure to communicate that to your HUNT ERA real estate professional. The tips below will guide you in creating a grand entrance.

• Check the condition of your entry door and decide whether it should be painted or replaced.
• Place a wreath or other decorative item on the door.
• Below the door, place an inviting Welcome mat.
• Clear the entry of any clutter, including shoes.
• Make sure the entry hall closet is neat and organized.
• Thoroughly clean the area, including walls and ceilings.
• If the entry leads to a foyer, make sure that it is appropriately decorated.
• Place a vase of flowers on a table.
• Hang pictures or a mirror on the wall.

When getting ready to sell a home what do you do to get ready for potential buyers?

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Next week we will discuss staging the living areas! 

When getting ready to sell a home what do you do to get ready for potential buyers? 
Stay in the loop by making sure you join our site in the right hand bar.  
Next week we will discuss staging the living areas! 

12/29 RADIO SHOW: Peter Scarcello Sr.

This week Guest Host, Bob Scholz, Corporate Training Manager, welcomes Peter Scarcello Sr. to the show!

Peter Scarcello Sr. was recently promoted to general manager here at HUNT Real Estate ERA. He is a 37-year real estate veteran and has been with us since 2001. Scarcello has acted as Broker Consultant for our Amherst office since 2006 and has been the Team Leader for the Buffalo/Niagara Region for the past year.

Together, Bob Scholz leads the discussion on the current housing market in the Buffalo/Niagara Region. Peter Scarcello talks about villages and business districts improving the real estate market. Many business districts are now attracting homebuyers because of the “walking over driving” philosophy. Peter mentions that East Aurora, Lewiston, Hertle Avenue and Elmwood Village are great examples.

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


You’ve heard the saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” No statement is more untrue when it comes to selling your home. A potential buyer sees a home’s exterior and makes an immediate judgement.

Most potential homebuyers will start their search for a home on the Internet. If the pictures of a home create interest, they will drive by that home to assess the home’s location and condition.

The drive-by is critical for the seller of that home, and while the seller cannot control where their home is located, they can control how the homebuyer initially perceives the home. This is done by creating curb appeal. Here’s where we need to make the most of that first impression!

Create Curb Appeal

Creating curb appeal is important and worth the time spent. Below are ideas for enhancing your home’s curb appeal. Ask your real estate professional what improvements they recommend.


Peeling or Faded – Depending on the severity, you may want to paint the entire exterior. If the peeling is minor, simple touch-ups will be sufficient.

Dated – If your home’s colors have become dated, consider painting it with more neutral or traditional colors.

HINT: Tour a new home development for ideas on the latest color palettes.

Lawn – Cut and edge your lawn once a week to keep it looking manicured. Be sure to rake your lawn free of leaves. In the winter time, don’t forget to plow your driveway and shovel the walkway!

Shrubs – Keep shrubs neatly trimmed. If they are near windows, cut them down beneath the bottom of the window to allow for more light in your home.

Flowers – Place potted flowers in your flower beds or on your porch to add a touch of color.

Outdoor Toys – Store all toys in the garage when not in use. If you have a play set in your yard store that as well.

Trash Cans – Make sure your trash cans are sealed and placed inside the garage.

Front Door – Place an attractive wreath or other decorative item on your front door to make it more inviting.  A nice welcome mat will complete the entrance experience.

Next week we will cover Part two: Making your House a Home.


This week, Peter Hunt, welcomes Brian Higgins to the show!

Brian Higgins currently serves as a Member of Congress representing Western New York. Brian represents New York’s 27th Congressional District, which includes a large portion of the city of Buffalo, most of eastern and southern suburban Erie County, and all of Chautauqua County.

Together, Peter Hunt leads the discussion on recent events with the Newton Elementary shooting and gun control. When things like this happen, many people turn to the government and wonder what can we do to make sure this does not happen again.

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


Company Participating Once Again in Buffalo News News Neediest Campaign

Buffalo, NY – Especially given the recent devastation of Hurricane Sandy affecting so many households across the Northeast, now more than ever is the time for giving. All of the 15 Western New York residential sales offices of HUNT Real Estate ERA have been serving as drop off locations to collect much needed items and holiday gifts as part of the Buffalo News News Neediest Campaign. The campaign is now in its 31st year, and HUNT ERA remains a significant partner in this important cause.

“There is nothing more important to our organization than being able to give back to the people and communities that we serve,” says Peter F. Hunt, Chairman and CEO of HUNT Real Estate Corporation. “My grandfather, Charles S. Hunt, started the tradition back in 1911, and our commitment is as strong today as it was back then,” Hunt continued.

HUNT has once again joined the Buffalo News and its many partners in making sure that no child in our community is forgotten during the holidays. Sales Associates and employees are hard at work collecting unwrapped gifts for The News Neediest Fund. Because of the efforts of local companies and agencies like HUNT, every gift and donated dollar goes back into the community.

The Campaign is especially in need of gifts for children ages 8-12. Everything from arts & crafts kits to sporting equipment to books, games, electronics and more is needed. Donations will be collected at every HUNT Real Estate ERA sales office in Western New York until December 15. The HUNT offices are also collecting canned and other non-perishable foods for the holidays, to be donated to The Food Bank of WNY.

For the location of a HUNT office near you, visit, or call 716-633-9400.


Rochester, NY – HUNT Real Estate ERA Columbus Division’s Greece office served as a donation drop-off location to help the district firefighter’s efforts to raise money and supplies for NYC area Sandy victims. Dedicated HUNT agents contributed over $1,000 in clothing, equipment and supplies that were directly distributed to victims by District Fire Trucks and local Firefighters. All contributions were delivered by numerous fire company vehicles directly to the storm victims. Among the donations were generators, batteries, blankets, winter coats and clothes, and assorted staple food items.

Buffalo & Rochester, NY – Many agents and employees made monetary donations towards the ERA Disaster Relief Fund. The HUNT Charitable Foundation also sent a check for $1000 (dollar for dollar match). Thank you to all who contributed!

Syracuse, NY – Syracuse: Manlius agents Jim and Tracey Siciliano, who both grew up in New Jersey, organized a collection for supplies that quickly grew to include all CNY region offices. Agents like Liverpool’s Bob Joeckel went door-to-door, and with the help of HUNT’s Kayla Shorney and the owner and staff of Always Dancing in Baldwinsville, they got a-hold of a company with a tractor trailer. First Choice Transport trucked all the supplies to an organization in New Jersey that distributed everything to shelters and families in need. Agents and customers alike dropped tons of supplies off at all of our CNY offices, and the outpouring was simply amazing! 

Capital Region – Our Capital Region offices collected much needed supplies and General Manager Dave Evans made the rounds to collect everything. Items were then given to The Rosenblum Companies, an Albany-based family-owned commercial leasing and development company, who ran a truck with supplies into the most affected areas.

12/8 Radio Show: Mark Poloncarz

This week, Peter Hunt, welcomes Mark Poloncarz to the show!

Mark Poloncarz is currently the Erie County Executive. Mark works with our partners in government and the private sector to ensure Erie County provides the best possible services to its residents at the lowest possible cost. Mark also reflects upon all the accomplishments that have been reached within the past six years. Over the years investments have gone into the economic development

Together, Peter Hunt leads the discussion on the Buffalo Billion and the economic development of the Bethlehem Steel Plant.

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

HUNT Mortgage Announces their NEW Online Mortgage Application!

A message from Linda Mallia, President of HUNT Mortgage

Linda Mallia
HUNT Mortgage is excited to announce that they have launched a full online mortgage application. We know that today you are busier than ever, which can sometimes make it difficult to find the time to set up an appointment to apply for a mortgage. Now you can visit our website HUNTMORTGAGE.COM and actually apply for the mortgage 24/7.

Most online applications are currently run by larger lenders, and the lack of personalized service can be a deterrent for some people. HUNT Mortgage is staying ahead of our competitors by offering the same online service, but backed up with the Knock Your Socks Off service our agents and customers have come to expect from us. You can now have the ease and convenience of applying online, without feeling like you are just a number at one of the larger banks.

Our agents can still refer their buyers to their Mortgage Consultant by selecting their name on the HUNT Mortgage website before they enter their information. Once the online application is completed, the Mortgage Consultant will be in contact with you and everything proceeds just as it would with a traditional face-to-face application. We are hoping this new feature will allow us to better serve you, as well as help us keep the process running smoothly and quickly.

To check out the new online application visit HUNTMORTGAGE.COM.