RE/MAX Excellence recently moved to a new and larger office facility in the Maple Ridge Center located on the corner of Maple and Sweet Home Roads.
"Location, location, Location. How often we hear those words," said Anita Gullo one of the broker/owners of the real estate office. "Our goal is to have the most visible real estate office in Western New York. Not only are we right next door to the AMC Theatre complex, but we have visibility from the Youngmann Highway."
RE/MAX Excellence is jointly owned by Ms. Gullo, a 14-year real estate veteran, and Ron Zaccagnino, who adds more than 20 years of commercial real estate experience.
"In the Buffalo area, people are just beginning to hear about RE/MAX, but in other areas of the country and Canada, the franchisor is the leading real estate firm," she added. "RE/MAX began in 1973; currently it has more than 1,700 offices with 28,000 sales associates."
RE/MAX offices differ from conventional real estate companies in that the agent operates as an independent contractor in the purest sense -- the agent keeps the full commission from the sale of a home but shares office expense with the other agents, similar to professional services offered by doctors, accountants and attorneys.
"We encourage the agents to promote themselves, not the company," she concluded.
Empbanque Capital Corp. will participate in the "Warm Hands" project sponsored by the Greater Buffalo Association of Realtors.
Empbanque encourages the public to drop off new mittens, gloves, scarves or knitted clothing items for distribution to the needy at its office at 200 John James Audubon Parkway, West Amherst.
All items collected will be turned in at the GBAR office on Friday, Dec. 14.
Empbanque also announced that Theresa Iacono was the top producing loan officer for November. Empbanque is a licensed mortgage banker that has been in business since 1934.
Stovroff and Herman Realtors celebrated the grand opening of its new Orchard Park office building last week with nearly 300 friends, clients, guests and associates in attendance.
"Stovroff and Herman has had an office in Orchard Park for the past 12 years," said manager Pat Taylor. "With this beautiful new building, there is plenty of room for our 35 associates."
Located at 4086 North Buffalo Road, the property also houses an M&T bank branch. In addition to the office space, the Orchard Park facility features a computerized resource room with micro-fiche that allows agents to research listings to determine its best marketing place. There is a builders library and a video library of homes, too, Ms. Taylor added.
Greenwich Mortgage Corporation has opened an office at 132 Cayuga Road, Cheektowaga. As a licensed mortgage broker registered with the New York State Banking Department, Greenwich Mortgage will specialize in one to four-family unit conventional mortgages arranged with third party providers.
Kenneth A. Wojnowski has been named branch manager; he was formerly with Fleet Mortgage Corp.
Russell J. Gullo, president of R.J. Gullo & Co., has received the distinguished Certified Exchange Adviser designation. This designation is awarded to individuals who have completed intensive class work on the specialty of real estate exchanging through the American Institute of Real Estate Exchangers.
Real estate exchanging pertains to Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code, which allows individuals to exchange equity in their trade, business or investment property for equity in other like-kind property and defer the tax liability.
Buffalo Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. presented Good Neighbor Awards at its annual meeting and reception this past week in the Ellicott Square Building lobby.
Laurence F. Adamczyk, president of Buffalo NHS, Inc., presented the Resident Good Neighbor awards to George Bandle (Black Rock-Riverside NHS), Sr. Mary Augusta Kaiser (Broadway-Fillmore NHS), Edward Saunders (Kensington-Bailey NHS), Ramona Street Block Club (South Buffalo NHS) and William Lindner (West Side NHS).
Mayor James D. Griffin and Council Majority Leader Eugene M. Fahey were guest speakers.
Corporate Good Neighbor awards were presented and years-of-service plaques honored long-time members.
The University Heights Community Development Association is sponsoring its sixteenth "Christmas Basket Project," which provides needy families with a turkey and other necessities for a full meals.
On Dec. 17, four area organizations -- Girl Scout Troop 41, Century 21 Balesteri, St. Andrew's Church and the University Heights Community Development Association -- will hold a food drive. Residents of the area are asked to contribute canned good, dry packaged foods and staple items. For more information contract Mary Ouimette-Kinney at 836-5987.