Tuesday, July 10, 2018

HUNT Agents & Teams Appear on America's Best Real Estate Professionals List

REAL Trends has released it's annual list of America's Best Real Estate Professionals. This list takes into consideration nearly 14,000 real estate professionals in the U.S. and ranks them by state. Individuals must have closed a minimum of 50 transactions or $20 million in closed sales volume, while teams must have closed 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume. Here are how our agents ranked in New York State.

For Teams by Sides (Out of 104)

  • #13 The Sokody Sales Team 
  • #27 The Hodgkins Homes Team 
  • #34 The CNY Key Team 
  • #40 The James Hoffman Team 
  • #63 The Roch Testa Team   
  • #68 The Smith & Bush Team
  • #96 The Sandra Van Camp Team

For Individuals by Sides (Out of 191)

  • #1 in NYS: Larry Magguilli 
  • #15 John Denniston
  • #21 George Correa
  • #25 Joseph Trifilo 
  • #28 Robert Blake
  • #59 Barbara Owens 
  • #63 Millie Blasz Achtyl 
  • #65 Judy Jack Lewis
  • #68 Jennifer Ball
  • #87 Jennifer Ranaletti
  • #90 Judy Winslow
  • #93 Richard Orczyk
  • #113 Anthony Jupin
  • #149 Enas Latif
  • #160 Marcia Weston
  • #163 Timothy Domanski
  • #163 Vince Lo Castro
  • #183 Elizabeth Losty
  • #183 Kelly Poulos
For Individuals by Volume (Out of 454)
  • #344 Judy Jack Lewis
  • #365 Larry Magguilli

Congratulations to all of our teams and individuals! To see the full list, visit

The Best Rochester School Districts By County

When your family is considering a move to the Rochester area, one of your major consideration may be, “What’s the school district like?” Thankfully, Business First has evaluated the Rochester area school districts to let you know how school districts are performing: We’ve taken their list and compiled our own to help guide you if you’re looking for your new home in Rochester, NY. Here are the 3 counties with the largest number of schools from Business First’s top 30 School Districts list:

1. Monroe County: Bordered to the north by Lake Ontario and surrounded by Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Genesee, and Orleans Counties, Monroe County is the most populated county mentioned on our list. Monroe County has an estimated 747,000 residents, with a median home value of $140,200. It contains 1 city (Rochester), and 20 towns.

Monroe County offers a ton of things to do. It has great parks, like Highland Park, where the annual Lilac Festival is held every year, and the Strong National Museum of Play, a 150,000 sq. ft. museum that showcases the best toys along with interactive exhibits. There’s also Frontier Field, which is home to the Rochester Red Wings, the Minor League Baseball Team affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. For more info, visit

Of Monroe’s 26 school districts, 13 appear on the top 30 list. The schools that made Business First’s list are: Pittsford (#1), Honeoye-Falls Lima (#2), Brighton (#3), Penfield (#4), Fairport (#6), West Irondequoit (#7), Webster (#8), Spencerport (#10), Rush-Henrietta (#12), Churchville-Chili (#14), Hilton (#17), Brockport (#22), East Rochester (#28).

2. Ontario County: Ontario County is located within the Finger Lakes Region of NY. It is south of Wayne County and west of Seneca County with an estimated population of 110,000. It contains 2 cities (Canandaigua and Geneva), and 16 towns. The median value of a home in Ontario is $148,400.

Ontario County offers plenty to do, with vineyards like Arbor Hill Grapery, ski resorts like Bristol Mountain, and other great outdoor adventure spots that are great year-round. There are also a few different lakes to visit, including Canandaigua Lake and Honeoye Lake. For more info, visit

Of Ontario County’s 21 school districts, 6 appear in the top 30 school districts. The schools that appear on the list are Victor (#5), Canandaigua (#15), Bloomfield (#18), Honeoye (#21), Phelps-Clifton Springs (#27), and Manchester-Shortsville (#30).

Livingston County has 4 school districts that appear on the list. Those schools are: Geneseo (#9), Caledonia-Mumford (#11), Avon (#13), and Livonia (#19).

Wayne County also has 4 schools in the top 30: Wayne (#16), Gananda (#20), Williamson (#24), and Marion (#25).

Steuben County has 2 schools in the top 30: Arkport (#29) and Prattsburg (#23).

No matter where you end up in Rochester, make sure you enlist the help of an experienced real estate sales professional to help guide you through the process!


Monday, July 9, 2018

HUNT Real Estate To Hold Its 2nd Annual CommUNITY Day on July 12

One of the nation’s largest family-owned and operated real estate firms is partnering with the United Way to take part in 20 community service projects

On Thursday, July 12, over 250 HUNT Real Estate Corporation agents and employees will once again team up with United Way chapters across New York State and Phoenix, Arizona to take part in HUNT’s 2nd Annual CommUNITY Day. HUNT agents and employees will donate their time and effort by participating in 20 community service projects, which include serving meals at a homeless shelter, helping out at summer camps for kids, painting and landscaping community centers, and holding donation drives for food, diapers and school supplies.

“We value our partnership with the United Way because of their deep-rooted commitment to improving our community and creating more opportunities for the people who live here,” said Peter Hunt, Chairman & CEO of HUNT Real Estate Corp. “Throughout Upstate New York we publicly state, ‘#WeLiveHere’ and we see no better way to show our support for our neighbors than to give back to the communities in which we live and work.”

For over 20 years, the Buffalo-based real estate firm has been one of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County’s largest charitable supporters. The firm has expanded that relationship with the United Way by making their HUNT CommUNITY Day an annual day of action for their agents and staff throughout the company.

“HUNT Real Estate is a valued partner of the United Way and their CommUNITY Day is just another example of how the team at HUNT takes the extra step to make our community the best place to live," said Michael Weiner, President & CEO of the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. "We look forward to working together on July 12th, as well as on future community service projects. On behalf of the United Ways across the state, we thank everyone at HUNT for all their hard work and support.”

7/7 Radio Show: Linda Mallia

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Linda Mallia to the show.

Linda Mallia is President of HUNT Mortgage.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on raising interest rates.

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

Monday, July 2, 2018

5 Tips for Staging Your Home on a Budget

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Table with black chairs, empty glasses and plates. Wall art with colors.We’ve talked about staging your home before, and with good reason: not only will it help your home appeal to more buyers, but it can also ultimately affect your home’s sale price. So it’s definitely always important to stage your home before you sell. While some people entrust the process to a professional stager, we have a few tips here that will allow you to keep the cost down and stage your home yourself. Here are a few pointers for staging your home when you’re on a budget:

1. Create an enticing entrance. Many potential buyers will spend time passing through your entryway, so you want to make it as inviting as possible. Buy an inexpensive welcome mat and place a few plants near the door if you have a front porch, and this will provide a low cost, welcoming entry point to your home.
2. Set up your rooms for entertaining. Many people want to have a home that will be conducive to entertaining their friends and family, so make sure you take this into account when staging your home. Set your table for an elegant dinner, complete with plain white plates, cloth napkins and wine glasses, so prospective homebuyers can envision themselves entertaining in the space.
Bathtub with window, bathroom sink with mirror above and towels. 3. Make your bathroom into a spa. It’s easy to create a spa-like bathroom on a budget! Replace your old mismatched colored towels with matching white towels, place them on your towel racks and replace your bath mat with a white one to match. You can also swap out your plastic shower curtain for a white fabric one to further transform your bathroom.
4. Mount mirrors. Mirrors can help your rooms feel larger and can help lighten up a dark room. Mount them where they catch the most amount of light and use different sizes and shapes to create an interesting art piece.
5. Organize and depersonalize. A clean canvas allows potential buyers to see the possibilities in your home, so make sure to organize all of the rooms in the house and remove personal photographs if at all possible. Replace those photos with a simple art piece, or replace personal photos in frames with an artistic landscape photograph. A quick way to make the home feel organized and clean is to ensure beds have clean linens, and to keep all cabinet and closet doors closed.

These quick, inexpensive changes are easy to do and can create a more polished appearance for your home. This can contribute to your home being more appealing in photographs and in person – increasing the likelihood of your home being sold, and for top dollar!