For the first time in its 148-year history, the Buffalo real estate firm Gurney Becker & Bourne is opening two suburban offices as part of an ambitious growth strategy that has included 10 new agents in six months.
The Allentown-based firm will open a Northtowns office at 5152 Main St., at Park Club Lane, in Amherst and a Southtowns office at 4063 N. Buffalo Road in Orchard Park. That adds to its city office and headquarters at 560 Delaware Ave.
The new locations, a significant step for Buffalo's oldest real estate firm, coincide with the appointments of two new agents who will be based in the offices -- Joe Tomasello in Amherst and Daneen Vincent in Orchard Park. Tomasello previously ran a real estate office for another firm at the Amherst location, while Vincent returns to Gurney after managing another Southtowns real estate office.
Their hiring also follows the appointment of a recruiting director in 2009 -- G. Michael Liska -- and eight other veteran real estate agents in recent months: Andrew Gay, Bob Hagan, Jeff Moyer, Nick Raczyk, Lynn Tomkins, Dolores Sheehan, Louise O'Brien Adams and Rob Maloney.
"These are exciting moves for us," said Sam Gurney, the firm's president. "These strategic locations will enable us to serve suburban agents and clients with greater convenience and capitalize on the opportunities we see in these growing markets."
Founded in 1864, Gurney Becker & Bourne Real Estate & Insurance serves clients throughout the region but has always been based within Buffalo. The venerable firm handles residential, commercial and industrial transactions, and markets properties in all price ranges but is best known for handling Buffalo's top houses.
"Our suburban business has been expanding steadily," Gurney said. "We have already recruited Realtors who are very successful in and beyond the suburbs, and we expect to add even more."