2016 Listing Olympics

2016 Listing Olympics

ERA Team VP Real Estate’s annual listing competition was kicked off on May 16, 2016 and runs until July 16. Each year the event is held to foster some friendly inter-office competition and boost the listing inventory before heading into the summer season. This year we are doing something a little bit different, so light the torches and queue the music… the competition is OLYMPICS themed!!

In a similar style to the Olympic Games, the 2016 “Listing Olympics” features the Agents competing both individually and as a team. Drawing into ERA Corporate’s global reach, each of our eight main office locations will be choosing from a list of countries that ERA has offices in globally!

The office representatives are the following:

·         Bradford, PA  –  Jamaica
·         Chautauqua, NY  –  Sweden
·         Cuba, NY –  Cayman Island
·         Ellicottville, NY –  Turkey
·         Fredonia, NY  –  Germany
·         Olean, NY  –  Turks & Caicos
·         Warren, PA  –  Netherlands
·         Yorkshire, NY  –  Costa Rica


Agents can earn points within five different categories including:

  1. Listing
  2. Prospecting
  3. Training
  4. Marketing
  5. ZAP

Each of these categories is structured to either aid the Agents in gaining more listings, enhancing their current listings, or simply improving their current marketing skills. They can earn a certain number of points in each category by doing things like attending weekly sales meetings, posting to their social media accounts, utilizing TextERA riders, participating in trainings/webinars, and more!

Each individual Agent as well as the office teams will be competing for the Olympic Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals that will be awarded at the Closing Awards Ceremony (date TBA). The top overall point earners will be taking home the grand prize which will be announced at a later date. Previous year’s grand prizes included an apple watch, Microsoft Surface, professional camera equipment, vacation certificates, etc. There will also be a prize auction where additional prizes will be raffled off to individuals.  It’s a Chinese style auction, so the more points the agents earn, the better chance they have of winning a prize!

As agents are competing for the Gold individually, prizes will also be awarded to the office team with the greatest percentage increase in listings over the same time period in 2015. Individuals can help to boost their office’s chance of winning the Gold by getting more listings!

This annual competition has been great way to encourage teamwork and comradery within ERA Team VP and is a blast for everyone involved! See you all at the awards ceremonies and may the best country win!

Good Luck Agents!

Ellicottville’s Largest Disco Party

Team Pritchard got in the 70’s spirit for 2016 Ellicottville’s Largest Disco Party!

ERA Team VP was a proud sponsor of Ellicottville’s Largest Disco Party hosted at Villaggio on Saturday, May 21st.  This was a fun-filled night full of creative costumes and dancing! People broke out their wigs and best digs, which made this night a night to remember in Ellicottville!

The whole downstairs area was dedicated to the dance floor where we all put our best dance moves on display! Upstairs was the lounge and food section for people to chat and enjoy some refreshments in order to fuel up for more dancing! This awesome event also had a red carpet costume competition! Everyone was dressed up for the occasion, which led to a lot of laughs and good times throughout the night!

Tickets were only 25 dollars each and they included 2 drink tickets as well as a raffle ticket for a chance to win some really cool prizes! With some really good food and drink choices, Villaggio knocked this event out of the park.  Everyone got creative and let their costumes and dance moves shine!

“ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals was honored to support and sponsor such a fantastic event!” said Rachael Wiley-Steffen, Director of Corporate Marketing and Vacation Rentals at ERA Team VP. “Thanks to Villaggio for bringing all of us together for some funkadelic fun and for an awesome fashion parade on the red carpet!”

Everyone here at ERA Team VP had a blast and we are looking forward to next year’s event!

Memorial Day at Bemus Point

Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua - Bemus
Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua – Bemus Point

Bemus Point, NY has a lot to offer when it comes to summer activities and attractions.  This year’s Memorial Day Weekend will offer a plethora of different opportunities for people to experience new and old attractions and events.

One new place in particular that hopes to start the summer off with a bang is Ellicottville Brewing on Chautauqua which opened on Thursday, May 19th right in downtown Bemus.  This attraction will be the perfect place for people to hang out by the lake for some food and an ice cold draft beer!  This version of EBC will feature a more limited food menu than the Ellicottville, NY location with some of the same cuisine, but they will have new food choices as well.  They will also feature their specialty beers as well as three guest taps consisting of two Southern Tier Brewing Co. beers and one from Ithaca Beer Co.

Kathleen Mowery, Ellicottville Brewing Company’s Catering Coordinator, said, “The space is very open and accommodating of larger groups. It has a more open feel then the Ellicottville location. You will find two sets of garage doors that will open to the outdoor seating area making it a great indoor/outdoor space that feels like you’re outside on the water.”

The annual Bemus Point Memorial Day parade is also set to take place on Monday, May 30th at 10AM.  This parade has been a Bemus tradition for many years and it is a great event for all ages. After the parade feel free to swing by ERA Team VP’s Bemus Point office, just walking distance from all of the attractions!

Although the parade will end, the festivities will not! Stop by the See-Zurh House porch for a cold beverage, or Marshes Market for an ice cream cone. Also, if you are hoping to grab a quick coffee, or sit down for some breakfast, head down to Wired on Main or the Bemus Point Inn, which are right in the center of Bemus!

ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals is also happy to announce that we will once again be sponsoring this year’s Bemus Bay Pops Summer Concert Series and the Chautauqua Lake “The Choice” Vocal Competition.  Our agents and staff will be down there all summer, so make sure you stop by and enjoy some good quality fun on the lake!

Whether it is Memorial Day weekend or a summer weekend in general, Bemus Point is a great spot for friends and family to enjoy the sunshine and the amazing views of Lake Chautauqua! Bemus has attractions for everyone so make sure you make plans to head on down and experience Bemus Point to its fullest potential.

Looking to Explore Outside the Gates by Foot? Check out these 3 unique shops within walking distance of Chautauqua Institution!

Although Chautauqua Institution provides numerous opportunities to shop inside the gates, don’t forget about the ‘hidden gems’ within a mile or less of the Chautauqua grounds! We’ve chosen three “Must-Visit” shops for your stay this summer:


196894_10150121864942840_2357299_nChautauqua Miniatures and Dollhouse Gallery & 2 Chixx Gift Shoppe

5031 West Lake Rd, Mayville

1 mile from Chautauqua Institution

Owned and operated by Sandra Duffee and Heather Johnson, this gallery and boutique shop specializes in “extraordinary” home décor, boutique clothing and jewelry, candle, cards, family games, antiques and so much more!

“They have the largest inventory of miniatures on the East Coast along with unique jewelry, clothing and gifts that you can’t find anywhere else!” says ERA Team VP Reservationist, Amelia Duffee, “They offer antiques, toys, miniatures, jewelry, knick knacks, dollhouses, clothes, scarves, just to name a few things. You can find the perfect gift for any occasion, under one roof!”

During the summer, make sure to sign up for one of their Miniature Classes, where they will assist you in making your very own miniature to take home and put in your dollhouse. Whether stopping by just to browse the gallery, pick up something special for your home, or a unique gift for a friend, Chautauqua Miniatures and Dollhouse Gallery & 2 Chixx Gift Shoppe is truly a one stop shop!

For more information on Chautauqua Miniatures and Dollhouse Gallery & 2 Chixx Gift Shoppe call 716-753-3100 or follow them on Facebook.



Timeless Treasures

4475 West Lake Rd, Mayville

Less than 1 mile from Chautauqua Institution

Timeless Treasures is a specialty boutique shop that sells unique and colorful home and fashion accessories. The owner, Laura Miele, specifically stocks the shop with merchandise that is either Fair Trade, Made in the USA, eco-friendly, or made by local artists.

“I actually live near Timeless Treasures and hadn’t been there until my sisters were visiting last year, and I’m so glad we decided to check it out! What a great place with so many unique gifts!” says ERA Team VP Sales Team Member, Anne Walters, “Since then I’ve stopped numerous times for various gifts and even Christmas presents. I would recommend that anyone who visits this area should stop in. I love visiting Timeless Treasures and I don’t even like to shop!”

New items are added to the store monthly and seasonally, so there is always a reason to stop in! “I take great care to make sure that Timeless Treasures’ merchandise is unique and not sold at other local shops,” said Miele. “Our shop is a great place to find a gift for yourself or someone else.”

For more information on Timeless Treasures call (716) 789-2073 or follow them on Facebook.


The Art Loft

4994 West Lake Road, Mayville

¼ mile from Chautauqua Institution

Visit this one-of-a-kind, seasonal art gallery and gift shop owned and operated by independent artist, Bonnie Beyer. Even if you have visited The Art Loft before, it is worth the trip back, as the gallery is an ever-changing, malleable space that represents over 100 artists.

“My neighbor is a photographer, and The Art Loft had an exhibit where they displayed his photography as well as other local artist’s photos. They have a really great way of displaying the art, capturing each piece’s unique traits,” says ERA Team VP Associate Broker, Jane Grice, “It was fun to see all of the different forms of art on display, including pottery, paintings, and tapestries.”

The Art Loft is a must see-for all art lovers!

For more information on The Art Loft call (716) 753-5638 of follow them on Facebook.

Looking for somewhere to stay in Chautauqua Institution? Give one of our reservationists a call to find your perfect accommodations on or off the grounds! (716) 413-0201.

Or make the Institution your home! Visit our 1 Morris office to speak with a seasoned real estate agent or call (716) 413-0200.

Whether you are buying, selling or planning for a well-deserved vacation at Chautauqua, our Team is here to help you through the whole process!