Monday, May 2, 2016

4/30 Radio Show: Jerry Jacobs Jr.

Your Host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Jerry Jacobs Jr. to the show!

Jerry Jacobs Jr. is Co-Chief Executive Officer, Delaware North Companies, Inc.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on the history of the Delaware North Companies, Inc.

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016


Pet photo contest fundraiser collects over $1,000 for the ASPCA

HUNT Real Estate held their first annual HUNT Pet-a-Palooza Photo Contest from April 4-22, 2016, raising $1,010 for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). The contest entailed HUNT agents and employees taking photos of their pets dressed in HUNT paraphernalia and submitting them to the company’s Facebook page for public voting.

“This contest was our most popular one to date by far. We collected nearly 50 pet photos including dogs, cats, horses and even fish,” said Dan Mirsky, Marketing Director for HUNT Real Estate Corporation. “It was amazing to see the positive response from the public by way of all the voting they did. Our winning dog, Sadie, received over 240 votes on Facebook.”

Each photo submission for the contest cost $5, but the majority of those that participated donated significantly more.

“The generosity of our agents and staff was remarkable. We're looking forward to doing this contest again next year and donating even more to the ASPCA,” Mirsky commented.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

How to Search for a Home

When house-hunting fever strikes, it can hit hard. Before you jump into the car and explore a new neighborhood, here are answers to some questions that might pop up along the way.

What’s the difference between a real estate agent and a Realtor?

All real estate agents are licensed by the state in which they operate. The title “Realtor” is a trademark held by the National Association of Realtors (NAR); it refers to agents who are members of a local real estate association that is NAR-affiliated. These agents agree to comply with the association’s ethical standards. Of course, the sales practices of all licensed agents are guided by the laws of their state.

What is the MLS?

A multiple listing service, or MLS, compiles properties for sale by individual firms and sellers into one comprehensive database. It’s a generic term and not really one centralized service, but rather a cooperative effort among real estate professionals.

Before the Internet brought the same information to the masses, access to MLS information was one good reason to hire a real estate agent. Now, you can tap the latest listings from multiple sources on the web.

What about open houses?

Open houses don’t sell homes like they used to. NAR reports that only 9% of buyers in 2014 discovered the home they eventually purchased via an open house.

Most people start their home buying process online these days, looking at photo slide shows and taking virtual tours. But wandering through an open house or two can still inspire new ideas or help you explore neighborhoods you hadn’t previously considered.

What are some home search tips?

Here are some pointers for looking at properties, whether at open houses or private showings with an agent.

• First, don’t look at homes over your budget. That’s just frustrating. Set your search parameters within your budget, and remember to leave some wiggle room if you’re in a hot market and might have to bump up your offer.

• Take an extra set of eyes, someone with excellent attention to detail. But don’t bring a group of experts; one spare opinion is plenty.

• Find out why the seller is leaving. The circumstances may provide useful insight, especially regarding how motivated the seller may be — such as when a job relocation or divorce is involved.

• Walk through the home twice. You’ll be surprised by what you notice on the second go-round.
Open every door, even if you think it’s just a closet. Hey, it might be a closet! You know how important those are.

• Take notes, keep a list of the things you like and don’t like, and compare them to your list of what you need and want in a home.

• Snap a few photos (but ask permission first).

• Bring a tape measure. That way you’ll know if your dining table, bed or sofa will fit in a room.

• Pay attention to outside noise. If quiet enjoyment of your home is a priority, stick around long enough to get a sense of what you’ll hear in the neighborhood — whether it’s noisy neighbors or landing airplanes.

• Use Google Maps to check the neighborhood view from above. (Yikes! There’s a landfill/railroad tracks/drainage ditch right there?) Google Earth has a “light meter” feature that shows sun exposure, too.

• In older homes, pay close attention to the location and number of electrical outlets, storage and other modern conveniences that are sometimes in short supply.

• Remember that do-it-yourself projects can be more hassle than you think. Don’t assume you can fix everything that’s wrong with a house.

• If you use a real estate agent and he isn’t listening to you — by showing you houses, neighborhoods or price ranges you specifically said you aren’t interested in — change agents. It’s a waste of your time and the agent’s.

The home stretch

When you finally narrow down your list of homes to the top contenders, break the tie by driving your morning commute from each location, visiting the neighborhoods at night and on a weekend, and walking the streets. You’ll know when it’s right.

This article originally appeared on NerdWallet.

Monday, April 25, 2016

4/23 Radio Show: Dennis Elsenbeck

Your host, Peter Hunt, welcomes Dennis Elsenbeck to the show!

Dennis Elsenbeck is the Regional Executive for National Grid's Western Divisio.

Together, Peter leads the discussion on Dennis' community work within the city of Buffalo and the United Way.

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

Monday, April 18, 2016

4/16 Radio Show: Karen Johnson & Mike Kelleher

Guest host, Linda Mallia, welcomes Karen Johnson & Mike Kelleher to the show!

Karen Johnson is a HUNT Mortgage Consultant, specializing in Reverse mortgages and Mike Kelleher is an attorney at Hogan Willig with a focus in commercial and residential real estate.

Together, Linda leads the discussion on reverse mortgages.

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