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NAMES IN HOUSING NEWS

Mary Ann Kustich, president of the Greater Buffalo Board of Realtors, led a delegation of local realtors to the recent business meetings of the New York State Association of Realtors in Syracuse last week.

Joining Ms. Kustich were Sandra Lee Wirth, Gary Kenline, William Horohoe, Louise Arnone, Margaret Hartman, Judith Winklhofer, Lou Atti, Thomas Blaine, Rose Kirsch, Margaret Kownaski, John Riordon and Stella Webb.

In conjunction with the legislative and real estate issues meetings, the association's public relations committee voted to continue its support of Camp Good Days and Special Times. Realtor association members from across the state have raised more than $230,000 for the camp since 1987.

The association's business meeting brings together realtors from across the state and from its 50 local boards of realtors. NYSAR is a non-profit, professional trade association representing more than 42,000 real estate brokers and sales persons throughout the state.

Mary B. Brainard, GRI, CRS has been appointed corporate trainer for Hunt Real Corp.

She has been in the real estate industry for 16 years and is a consistent sales award winner. For the past six years, Mrs. Brainard has managed Hunt's Hamburg office.

She is a member of the Women's Council of Realtors, the National Association of Female Executives and secretary of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

Sales associates from ten area Century 21 franchises have completed the Century 21 VIP sales associates course, which is designed to provide education, information and systems necessary to increase referral business.

They are: Charles Lickfeld, Penny Price, Jerome Hajouk, William Martina and Sheila Zwick from Century 21 Advantage in West Seneca; Tina Dillon and Teddy Watson of Century 21 Almeida in Hamburg; Sally Brinkworth and Bill Higgins of Century 21 Preferred Properties in East Amherst; Linda Marshall, Laura Serrianne and Linda Speer of Century 21 Byers in Lockport; Bernadette Murphy and Pamela Zeckey of Century 21 Del Park in Buffalo.

Also, Marie Mancuso of Century 21 Eagle-Wolfe in Getzville; Paula Macaluso and Sandra Mazur of Century 21 G.W. Allen in Tonawanda; Donald James, Troy Spier and Marlena Wetnerwax of Century 21 Hometown in Hamburg; Teresa Keough, Patricia Kindron and Sandy Stroh of Century 21 Hopkins Square in Williamsville; and Rick Hanes and Bert Foster of Century 21 Marshall-Thompson in East Aurora.

The course is part of the franchise's CareerTrak training program. Through courses and production levels, agents achieve professional designation in areas of expertise -- residential sales, commercial/investment, management and referral/relocation.

ONBANCorp has been ranked eighth in the nation and the tops in New York state in the U.S. Banker latest ranking of the 100 largest thrifts.

Five other New York savings banks were listed in the top 50: Peoples Westchester Saving Bank (10th), Apple Bancorp. (18th), Rochester Community Saving Bank (20th), Greater New York Savings Bank (34th) and North Side Saving Bank (41st).

Another four New York state bank were listed in the second half : Dime Savings Bank (55th), American Savings Bank (57th), Poughkeepsie (82nd) and Goldome (93rd).

Ranking is based on a composite evaluation of profitability, sound loan quality and sales levels of "tangible" net worth. Such basic measures as tangible equity-to-assets, non-performing and reserve ratios are used, too.

The scoring is through the four quarters which ended June 30. Thrifts with negative net work were not ranked.

James Kuchta, Bill Severyn and Peggy Reynolds of Century 21 Pytlak, Inc. recently passed the New York State broker's examination.

"Having fulfilled the educational requirements, this designation will assist them in their full-time commitment to the real estate industry and enable them to better serve their clients," added Scott Pytlak.

Century 21 Pytlak is the New England region's top New York state office; approximately 30 percent of its real estate staff hold a broker's designation.

Sponsors of the mini home show in Dearborn Estates and Nottingham Woods announced the winners of the door prizes: B. Leisner of Tonawanda, dinner at Daffodil's; B. Rosenfeld of Williamsville, dinner at Fannie's; and C. Zimper of West Seneca and B. Williams of Grand Island winners of Bart Simpson family dolls.

Five real estate companies -- Stovroff and Herman, Hunt Real Estate, M.J. Peterson, H. Potter Realtors and RE/MAX-Group Realtors -- featured 12 open houses in the adjoining Amherst subdivisions last weekend.

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