Considering Relocating? Keep These Factors In Mind

relocation-servicesWhether you are looking to relocate for your job or to be closer to family, any type of move can be stressful. Nothnagle Relocation can help take the weight off by providing corporations, group movers, and individuals with comprehensive services to move anyone, anywhere nationwide. A relocation move involves more than your typical move, this is why Nothnagle Realtors created its own separate area of Nothnagle Relocation Services in order to give people the specific help they need. Our Move Managers can access information on over 10,000 communities worldwide, will help you pinpoint your exact preferences so you can carefully handpick an agent that will deliver the same quality service you’ve come to know and expect from your local Nothnagle agent. Using a Realtor that specializes in relocation can give you many benefits. Here is a list of things to consider when looking into relocation.

Use a specialized team who knows your needs and desires.

Using a realtor that specializes in relocation will give you the peace of mind that you need. Relocating involves a bit more than your typical move across town; this is why Nothnagle Realtors created their own area of agents that specialize in ‘RELO’. Working with a Realtor that has the wealth of knowledge in this area guarantees a smooth move.

Take your time getting to know the area before you move.

Take a trip to the city, go sightseeing and learn about the location. Being educated about where you will be moving will help you to feel more connected and comfortable with the move. In order to help buyers feel this connection, Nothnagle Relocation offers a complimentary tour of the city by the lake. There is so much that Rochester has to offer, it won’t take long to fall in love!

Know the cost of living in the city and the options you have.

It can be very shocking to see the difference in cost of living as you browse from state to state and city to city. Having this knowledge before you commit to a certain town or city is crucial in order to make sure you are making the right decision. Nothnagle Realtors offers a great comprehensive booklet showing each town and background. From population, to average home value they go into depth so that you can get a feel for which area will suit your lifestyle. Having this kind of tool is crucial in the moving process as you want to make sure the area you choose is where you can see yourself calling “home”.

Take advantage of Home Services to help the move go smoothly.

There are many aspects that go into moving, whether it’s flooring, painting, repairs, cleaning, lawn care, appliances, insurance, moving, internet, phone service, etc. The amount of people you need to get in touch with can be overwhelming. This is why Nothnagle Realtors offers Nothnagle Home Services-a lifetime service available to current and past clients. Saving you the time and trouble of searching for professional, reliable products and services by connecting you with pre-screened specialists for all of your home-related needs. For more information on our program, please call 1-866-295-MOVE

Check schooling and other family related information before committing to a certain town.

There are so many things to keep in mind if you are moving to an unfamiliar area. Family related aspects such as schooling for your children, parks, attractions and demographics are important factors in order to make sure it is a happy move for the entire family. In Nothnagle’s compressive booklet there is a section dedicated to focus on schooling. Making sure your family is comfortable after moving is important to us as we realize it is at the top of your priority list when considering relocation.

ASK QUESTIONS

Lastly and most importantly ask questions. You cannot be afraid to ask questions concerning any aspect of a relocation or move. Agents are trained to have the knowledge and tools to answer any question you may have. Moving or relocating does not have to be stressful as long as you don’t do it alone. Support is everything, so don’t hesitate to ask for it!

Contact Nothnagle Relocation to see how we can assist you.

Click here or call 1-800-295-RELO today!

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Nothnagle Realtors Joins Forces with 4th Largest Company in U.S.

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Rochester, NY (May 20, 2015) – Yesterday afternoon at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside in a joint press conference, Armand D’Alfonso, President and CEO of Nothnagle Realtors, announced that his firm has joined forces with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the 4th largest real estate company in the United States.* With this alliance, the two family-owned companies now have 125 years of combined experience and operating history to guide and to grow them to new heights.

“I’ve known the Hanna family for years through our mutual affiliation with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®.  Their innovative technology, commitment to top-quality service and family ownership closely mirror the culture of our company,” said D’Alfonso.

Nothnagle Realtors is the #1 broker in the region, and the 3rd largest in New York state, with 32 office locations covering Western New York, the Southern Tier region and the Finger Lakes region.  The company has over 900 agents and employees and is ranked the 40th largest real estate company in the country* with closed sales volume of $1.4 billion and 9,568 closed transactions last year.

There will not be a change to the company name or to local leadership. “The only change will be that Nothnagle agents will be able to offer additional services to their clients, take advantage of new products to offer, and leverage resources for relocation business, technology support and marketing/advertising,” added D’Alfonso.

Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is a family-owned company providing residential and commercial brokerage, mortgage, closing, title, insurance and appraisal services, corporate relocation, property management and land development services with more than 6,400 agents and employees in 173 offices across eight states.   Howard Hanna has four offices in Chautauqua County located in Fredonia, Mayville, Chautauqua Institution and Lakewood/Jamestown.

“Armand D’Alfonso is an old friend who has truly built a remarkable real estate organization.  The entire Hanna family and company are delighted to be part of Nothnagle Realtors.  We believe the business philosophies and corporate cultures are very similar and provide the best products and services in the real estate industry to our homebuyers/sellers and agents/employees alike.  Under Armand’s leadership, we look to build a larger network of the ‘best of the best’ agents and offices throughout the entire state of New York,” said Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III, Chairman and CEO, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

The combined performance of the joint Nothnagle and Howard Hanna companies in 2014 was $11.3 billion in closed sales volume and 61,776 closed transactions.  The combined strength of companies is more than 7,300

agents and employees with 205 offices in the eight states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Virginia, Michigan, West Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.

Both Nothnagle Realtors and Howard Hanna Real Estate Services come from small beginnings and have grown into the leading real estate brokers in their market areas.  Built on a history of innovation, Nothnagle was established in 1948 by John T. Nothnagle using the $400 he had saved from his job at Eastman Kodak and utilizing the revolutionary technology of using photographs to sell houses.  He displayed photos of homes for sale in his “Gallery of Homes,” saving consumers and agents time by allowing potential homebuyers to narrow their search options by viewing the photos.

Built on a tradition of excellence, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services was founded in 1957 by Howard W. Hanna, Jr. and his wife, Anne Freyvogel Hanna, when they spent $25 to open a one-room office in Pittsburgh.  With an additional $20 for a phone and $15 for a Realtor’s license, they began what is now the #1 real estate company in Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Coincidentally, both companies use the same colors of green and gold for their logos and marketing materials. Additional points of similarity include both that debuted “Showcase of Homes” television shows in the mid-1980s: Nothnagle, first in the country to do so in 1985, followed closely by Howard Hanna in 1986; both debuted their properties for sale on the internet in 1995; both have been in business for 50+ years; and both have some of the largest market share percentages in the country:  Nothnagle in Western New York, Howard Hanna in Northeast Ohio and in Western Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit www.Nothnagle.com or www.HowardHanna.com

* REAL Trends 500, May 2015.  Rankings of the 500 largest real estate brokers in the United States by 2014 closed transactions.

 Media contacts:

Deborah Donahue, 412-967-9000 x 1328, ddonahue@howardhanna.com

Elizabeth Grepp, 216-447-4477, Elizabethgrepp@howardhanna.com

Karen Leonardi, 585-756-7221, Karen@Nothnagle.com

Memorial Day Decorating Tips That Won’t Break the Budget

Can you believe Memorial Day is less than a week away? Stores are full of red white and blue themed dishes, food, and decorations. It is so tempting to buy every decoration that catches your eye, but then you think of how long you actually use the decoration and you usually veer away in order to save money. Here are a few tips on decorating your home for Memorial Day that will keep you under budget yet still as festive as can be!

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Decorating with colors instead of holiday patterns such as stars and flags will get you the most use out of your decorations. Instead of the flag printed tablecloth that can only be used for one holiday Buy a solid red one, this can be used for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and just about any day of the year! By purchasing blue table ware and maybe throwing some star confetti on the table you can turn that multipurpose tablecloth into a Fourth of July celebration.

Discount stores are perfect for temporary decorations

It’s hard to justify spending a lot of money on something that will be shown for a week or less, that is why decorating for Holidays can be so tough. What many people do not realize is the discount stores even The Dollar Tree now carry awesome decorations for close to no cost! Don’t splurge so much on the decorations covered in stars and stripes, spend the most on solid colored decorations and touches you can use throughout the year. You would be amazed at what you can find discounted!

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The internet is full of awesome DIY ideas and tips for adding a creative touch to any Holiday! From paper crafts, to repurposing items if you can think of it, Pinterest has it. A fun craft with the kids can turn into awesome decorations for you cookout next week! Get busy while watching your late night televisions shows you would be surprised at the cute decorations you can create!

The key to getting the most out of your party is to just be creative! The foundation to a successful party is good food, friends and family. The rest are just the details so have fun with it. The string of summertime barbecue’s, cookouts, and parties are just beginning. Be fun, resourceful, and creative and you will be bound to have a successful party! Happy Spring everyone and enjoy the fun to come!!

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The Moms of Nothnagle

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Between soccer, dance, music lessons and volunteering for the Friday night ice cream social being a mother is a full time job in its self! It can be very challenging to find the perfect balance between motherhood, raising a family, and keeping your independence as a woman when there just doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to put your makeup on! The reality is women with families and young children have begun to find their way into the workforce at full speed. 70% of women with children under the age of 18 participate in the labor force and the numbers are growing from year to year.

With Mother’s day just passing Nothnagle Realtors is honoring the Moms of Nothnagle. Our Moms of Nothnagle campaign is meant to show that even the busiest of moms can find the happy balance of work and family as long as they are working in an industry that suits their needs. Every day this week we have highlighted a Mom of Nothnagle on our Facebook page. If you didn’t see our full page ad in Sunday’s D&C click here to read about our very own Nothnagle Moms.

Over the years, many local Moms have been able to have a successful career in real estate, manage their household and still be flexible to their children’s schedules thanks to the support they get from Nothnagle REALTORS®. We know how important balancing a career and family is. We can help you get started on the path to success at the convenience of a schedule that works for you. For more information, call 585-582-8400 or check out our website to read more about how becoming a Nothnagle agent may be the perfect career for you!

Benefits of a Home Warranty

Buyer-TestimonialsThe majority of both Buyers and Sellers rate home service agreements as one of the most important considerations when buying or selling a home behind location, design and financing options. The last thing you want to do as a new or existing home owner is shell out big bucks to pay for a system or home repair. Being protected from expensive repair and replacement costs are beneficial to the seller, buyer, and current homeowners. The purchase of a home warranty can raise many questions for the buyer; it is a big decision with many aspects that cannot be overlooked. A small amount of research and education can save you thousands in the long run. Before making the decision to waive that home warranty take a look at what you could be losing by doing so.

How does a Home Warranty work?

Although certain plans operate in different ways, most follow the same criteria. In the case which a home system or appliance breaks or stops working, the homeowner would call the home warranty company who will take care of the process. The provider will fix the problem or replace appliances that cannot be repaired. The home owner will pay a small trade service fee of usually less than $100.

Who pays for the Home Warranty?

Whether the seller or buyer pays for the home warranty can vary. In most cases it is normal for the seller to pay for the coverage. This way the buyer won’t be calling the seller after closing if something breaks. This is a small cost that can save you time, energy, and money in the long run.

What is covered vs. not covered?

As stated above all plans and coverage may vary. For the most part the general specifications are the same. Here are examples of some items that would be covered vs. not covered on Home Warranty plan.

            Covered                                            vs.                           Not Covered

  •  Air conditioning
  • Furnace and heating
  • Water heaters
  • Ductwork
  • Inside plumbing
  • Electrical systems
  • Range and Oven, Dishwasher, Disposal
  • Outdoor items such as sprinklers
  • Refrigerators, washers & dryers or
  • Garage door openers
  • Spa or pools are usually not covered unless using specific coverage

**Not all Home Warranties are the same. It is recommended to thoroughly review your specific plan in order to be sure of what is covered in your home.

Overall benefits for both buyers and sellers.

The investment in a Home Warranty provides benefits for both buyers and sellers. Below is a preview of the various conveniences that a Home Warranty provides you.

                     Sellers Benefits                                                         Buyers Benefits

  • Home Warranties make your home a preferred home.
  • Peace of mind- Knowing when you sell your home you will not be responsible for any further fixes.
  • Builds buyers trust- Helps potential buyers feel more comfortable purchasing your home knowing they have that extra protection.
  • Inexpensive way to add value to your home.
  • Saving $$ in the long run- Rather than paying hundreds to repair or replace an appliance or system, you will pay a standard deductible, helping you protect your budget.
  • Unlimited service- You can use your Home Warranty as many times as it is needed, no limits.
  • Working with pre-screened service partners- Each professional is pre-screened and approved by your Home Warranty provider so that you know you are dealing with honest and good people.

It is no surprise that when purchasing or buying a home a lot of expenses can come into play. It is so important that as a seller or buyer you do not overlook anything. Taking the time to educate yourself about each warranty and agreement you are provided with will not only cover all of your bases, it will save you time and money in the future. Whether you’re selling or buying a home, we’ve got you covered. Nothnagle REALTORS’ Home Warranty will give you peace of mind by eliminating the concern over the possibility of unforeseen repairs.

Contact a Nothnagle Agent today and discover how a Home Warranty can benefit you.

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Advertising Your Property to Get it SOLD!

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When selling a property it is important to take full advantage of the resources and tools you are offered. Here are a few facts to think about if you are looking to sell your home the fastest, for the highest price, and with little hassle.

Not all Websites are Created Equal. While websites like Nothnagle.com are required to operate within strict guidelines regulated by the state licensing authority and the National Association of REALTORS®’ Code of Ethics, other third-party sites do not have to follow these regulations. In fact, many of these sites put making a profit above ensuring the integrity and protection of the data. As we all know the internet isn’t always fool proof and accurate, this means you have to be cautious when advertising and searching properties online.

Advertising on national websites sounds great, but who actually is interested in your home?  While it’s true that there are more subscribers to national papers such as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, that doesn’t mean that it’s the best place to advertise your home for sale in Western New York. You will get a wider pool of prospective buyers for your home by advertising in your local newspaper. And you will get a wider pool of prospective buyers viewing your home on the region’s #1 website, Nothnagle.com which gets an average of 420,000 visitors per month (5 million per year). These are visitors specifically looking for houses in our region. It is the quality of views your property is receiving, not the quantity.

Do not give up on print-advertising! One of the biggest misconceptions regarding advertising your property is that print ads are dead. The reality is many competitions just do not want to spend the money. Newspaper advertising is still one of the most effective ways to market your home. Nearly 7 out of 10 adults read the Democrat and Chronicle each week!  No other company invests in print ads to sell your home like Nothnagle. Having a listing in print drives even more traffic to your listing on Nothnagle.com because your property has its own web address printed in the ad! The added reach that print ads give your home is the way to attract the perfect buyer! 

It is all about who you know. It is easy to get your property on the internet, but there is so much more to be done in order to get it SOLD. It is crucial to have the right connections and work with the right people in order to make sure your property is constantly refreshed and being viewed by potential buyers. 53% of Nothnagle’s listings are sold in-house through our own network of agents. Having people working with you who know exactly what they are doing to sell your home the right way gives you the peace of mind you need in order to enjoy the process.

To get a faster sale, higher price, with less hassle contact a Nothnagle Realtor today at 585.899.MOVE. Or browse our Listing Presentation to read more about how you can get more from your Realtor.

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Get the Most Out of Your Summer Spent Outside

blog5.4 Living in upstate New York means we only get a few months out of the year to truly enjoy being outdoors. In order to make the most out of these short few months give a little TLC to your outdoor space! From simple fixes and additions to beautiful decks and patios, there is a different project for all to ensure a little bit of paradise in everyone’s backyard! Here are some ideas to think about when day dreaming about the summer days to come.

Lighting: Longer days and more time spent outside. Make it easier to stay outside. The options for outdoor lighting are endless. From LED and solar lights, to string lights hanging from your terrace or deck, this simple addition can add hours to your time spent outside as well as the ambiance that makes it so hard to call it a night!

Seating and Furniture: The key to wanting to be outside is making the comfort from inside your home grow outside. Come spring time stores are stocked with comfortable, durable, and affordable outdoor furniture. The added comfort and luxury of kicking your feet up under the stars is the perfect way to spend your summer nights.

Fire Pits and Fireplaces: What is a summer night spent outside without s’mores?  As the sun goes down the temperature does the same, a fire pit or fireplace is crucial in order to enjoy your nights outside. Not to mention the conversations and delicious s’mores to be had around a fire pit are always priceless!

Terraces, Patios, and Decks: Outdoor space is not only perfect for summer nights, we must spend sometime outside enjoying that sunshine that we so dearly miss during the dreary winters! Whether you are kicking up your feet to work on your tan, or inviting the neighborhood over for a cookout, a deck or patio can give you endless hours of entertainment. The addition of a deck or patio is an investment that will be enjoyed from year to year. They are the perfect way to tie together your backyard décor and create the perfect environment for entertaining, relaxing, and just enjoying the great weather.

Don’t be afraid to invest in an outdoor living space. We spend all winter cooped up inside, no one wants to waste the summer away inside as well! If you are interested in adding to your outdoor living space Nothnagle Home Services can match you up with a business that will get the job done just in time for you to enjoy the warm weather that is coming our way!

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