ERA Team VP Real Estate Receives Award Nomination!

ERA Team VP Real Estate has been named 1 of 5 finalists for the 2010 Gene Francis Memorial Award.  This award, given by ERA Franchise Systems LLC, is named for the late ERA Real Estate co-founder and executive vice president Gene Francis.   The overall winner will be announced at the 2011 ERA International Business Conference this March in Las Vegas, NV.

As stated by ERA Franchise Systems, “This award recognizes the ERA company which best exemplifies excellence and integrity in our profession.  It is our system’s highest honor for companies, with its winner reflecting Gene’s standards of ethical conduct, strong business sense, consistent growth and a commitment to their community and the ERA brand.”

ERA also states the award requirements: “To be eligible for the Gene Francis Memorial Award, companies must be ERA system members for at least five years; other criteria include total performance and growth over past five years; participation in the ERA Select Services® programs; participation in ERA Mortgage; home warranty production through the ERA Home Protection Plan® and application of ERA system and tools. In addition, to emphasize the importance of community service to the ERA philosophy, MDA fundraising and/or community support is also a requirement for this award. One winner and four national finalists are chosen each year and honored at the International Business Conference, with the responsible broker also invited to join the influential ERA National Advisory Council.”

We are very proud of our entire team at ERA Team VP and all that we have accomplished together!  Many of our Realtors will be attending the 2011 ERA International Business Conference this March.  This will be a great opportunity for us to connect with ERA Realtors from all over the world, learn about great new innovative tools that ERA has to offer and learn from each other and other real estate experts so that we can apply it to our own market and help our company continue to help YOU!

You may have noticed that one of the requirements for this prestigious award is fundraising for MDA and community support.  Last year we held our first annual Agents of Hope Golf Tournament and were thrilled to raise over $15,000 for the ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Division of MDA.  We are already planning for next year’s tournament, which will be held in August at the Chautauqua Golf Club.  Keep your eyes open – we’ll have more details coming soon! who is .

Share the Chautauqua Experience!

Friends & Family of Team VP: To celebrate the national premiere of the PBS documentary, “Chautauqua: An American Narrative,” Team VP is presenting a special Chautauqua Vacation Rental offer to our customers who refer new customers!

Here’s How it Works…

Guests*: Receive 10% (up to a maximum of $300) off the rental charge on your next reservation with us when you refer a new guest that books a reservation with Team VP!

Owners**: Refer a new guest to Team VP and if they book a reservation with us, you’ll receive a gift certificate equal to 10% (up to a maximum of $300) of their rental charges** to be used towards housekeeping and maintenance services provided by Team VP!

For additional information on this offer please call: (800) 344-2198 OR
(716) 789-9298 or email:


*To qualify for promotion, guest must not have rented with Team VP – Vacation Properties in previous years. Discount will be computed based on rental charges of qualifying new guest excluding taxes, fees and insurance. Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. web hosting server . Offer excludes weeks 3, 4 and 6. Not valid on existing reservations. Offer ends 3/31/11.

**To qualify for promotion, guest must not have rented with Team VP – Vacation Properties in previous years. Gift certificate amount will be computed based on rental charges of qualifying guest excluding taxes, fees and insurance. Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. web hosting server . Offer excludes weeks 3, 4 and 6. Not valid on existing reservations. Offer ends 3/31/11.

What Is Chautauqua Institution?

For those of us living in the area of Chautauqua Institution, this may be a difficult question to answer when asked by someone who has never been here.  Chautauqua Institution is such a special and unique place, that it is almost impossible to explain everything it has to offer unless it can be shown in person.  How do you explain a community where people from all over the world gather to teach, learn, perform, relax, listen and enjoy arts, education, religion and recreation…?  This January all of us who love Chautauqua will have the opportunity to share the “Chautauqua Experience“.

Save the Date!  On January 31, 2011, at 10 pm, PBS will feature a documentary about Chautauqua Institution, called ‘Chautauqua: An American Narrative’.  You can view the trailer below (provided by Chautauqua Institution)


According to the official website of Chautauqua Institution, “The documentary, which was filmed at Chautauqua during the 2009 Season, uses personal testaments from a series of individuals and emphasizes Chautauqua’s four pillars of the arts, education, religion, and recreation to capture the Chautauqua experience. Those interviewed include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, historian David McCullough, the Rev. Otis Moss III, and pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk, as well as Chautauqua’s own Tom Becker, former board chair William Clinger, and artistic directors, faculty and students.”

All of us at Team VP – Vacation Properties would like to encourage you to watch this documentary on PBS and share Chautauqua with all of your friends and family!  We’d also like to let you know that we are here to answer any of your questions about real estate in Chautauqua Institution and the surrounding areas, or the state of the real estate market in our area.  As Chautauqua’s leader in Real Estate since 1983 any one of our Realtors® is just a phone call away!  Here are a few words about Chautauqua from our Chautauqua Institution Real Estate Specialists:

We are very blessed to have Chautauqua Institution in our wonderful county. It truly is a ” Cultural Gem” and really represents a dynamic cross-section of our world with a desire to “Live, Love, and Enjoy” all that life has to offer through Education, Religion, and the Arts” – Dale Sandberg

I often hear customers and clients of mine expressing the fact that Chautauqua Institution is an experience as well as a vacation. I feel Chautauqua Institution has done an excellent job conveying that message” – Jane Grice

Don’t hesitate to call  (716) 789-2600  OR  (800) 789-2600 and ask to speak with one of our Chautauqua Institution specialists!

Team VP also has a full service vacation rental management department, so if you are interested in visiting Chautauqua we can help you find a place to stay!
(800) 344-2198

For more information about Chautauqua Institution and their programs for the 2011 season visit their official website.