ERA Team VP Real Estate Attends 2019 Fuel Conference in Las Vegas

 Mayville, NY – ERA Team VP Real Estate attended the 2019 Fuel ERA Real Estate Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada that was held March 19-22 at the MGM Grand Hotel. 

At Fuel ERA, (formally known as ERA International Business Conference) 16 ERA Team VP real estate and staff professionals, alongside other national and international ERA Real Estate affiliates, had the opportunity to attend a multitude of professional development classes, trainings, lectures, and sessions. Numerous speakers and guest lecturers were at this event, as well as several celebrity guests including the hosts of HGTV’s Property Brothers and actor, writer, producer, author, and director, Mindy Kaling.

ERA Team VP Real Estate was well represented at the Fuel conference. ERA Team VP Broker/Owner Bill Soffel served on a marketing panel, “Is it Time to Boost Your Marketing Efforts?” with leaders from other ERA brokerages nationwide. The panelists for this interactive session shared marketing techniques and programs that have had proven results for each company. Effective social media and PR strategies were also discussed in how to better reach and accommodate clients and potential customers. Additionally, team members Anne Walters and Jerod Zahn were finalists for national awards, the Office Coordinator of the Year Award and the Brenda W. Casserly Memorial Award for Top All-Around Sales Associate, respectively.

To kick off the conference, ERA Real Estate CEO, Simon Chen, spoke about the market and competitive landscape, new technology and programs and how ERA is strategically responding and utilizing all that’s happening in the industry. The second day of Fuel, known as RGX Day because of ERA’s collaboration with Realogy, commenced with Ryan Schnieder, President & CEO of Realogy. Schnieder explained the theme of the day “Realize” which was designed to help attendees fully realize the power of the Realogy network. Through leveraging the company’s scale, technology and data to help brokers and agents boost productivity, and to drive efficiency to ultimately become well versed and more successful with the real estate business. After another full day of learning sessions, the day closed with an exclusive concert from Imagine Dragons!

“ERA Real Estate offers so many resources that help our agents to be constantly informed, and ultimately put ERA a step ahead of the competition,” stated Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner of ERA Team VP Real Estate. “To have such a great representation of ERA Team VP Real Estate at this year’s conference is a reflection of our motivation to “be the best”, which is one of our team’s core values, shared not only as a company, but as individual agents and staff members as well.”  

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate  and Vacation Rentals  and the real estate/vacation rental  market in the Southern Tier of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania visit  www.erateamvp.com  or call  their main office at 716.413.0200. 

ERA Real Estate Announces Two ERA Team VP Members as National Award Finalists

ERA Team VP celebrating at the International Business Conference in 2017

Mayville, NY – ERA Real Estate recently announced ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals team members Anne Walters and Jerod Zahn as 2018 Circle of Success Award Finalists.

ERA Real Estate, a global leader in real estate franchising, will be holding its annual international business conference in Las Vegas, Nevada March 19-22. At this conference, Anne Walters will be recognized as a finalist for the Office Coordinator of the Year award. Additionally, Jerod Zahn will be recognized as a finalist for the Brenda W. Casserly Memorial Award for Top All-Around Sales Associate. Winners will be announced throughout the conference. 

ERA Real Estate’s Office Coordinator of the Year Award honors an ERA professional who manages the local ERA company’s day-to-day business and sees that it coordinates year-round with the national ERA operations and goals. 

The Brenda W. Casserly Memorial Award for Top All-Around Sales Associate is the ERA brand’s highest honor for an independent sales associate. It is based on criteria such as: total units closed, usage of technology tools, participation in ERA Mortgage and ERA Select Services® Program, and customer satisfaction survey results.

“It is a great honor to have two team members from ERA Team VP be recognized for these national ERA awards,” commented William Soffel, Broker/Owner of ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals. “Both Annie and Jerod are essential team members that exemplify ERA Team VP’s commitment to our core values. To have their hard work recognized nationally is quite an honor for our entire company.” 

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals  and the real estate/vacation rental  market in the Southern Tier of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania visit  www.erateamvp.com  or call  their main office at 716.413.0200.

New Opportunities with New Jamestown Office Location

 

ERA Team VP and Lynn Development's new office location in the Spain Building downtown Jamestown
ERA Team VP and Lynn Development’s new office location in the Spain Building downtown Jamestown

ERA Team VP Opens New Office in Downtown Jamestown

Jamestown, NY – On Friday, September 7, ERA Team VP Real Estate and Vacation Rentals held an open house for its new office location in downtown Jamestown.

The Spain Building on 3rd Street in Jamestown recently underwent renovations, creating several new commercial spaces. As a result of this revitalization, ERA Team VP, Lynn Development, and other local businesses took residency.

ERA Team VP and Lynn Development formulated a strategic alliance over the past few years.  ERA Team VP and Lynn Development specialize in residential and commercial real estate respectively. Both companies embraced the benefits that a working relationship would bring. When Lynn Development decided to open an office space in the Spain Building, they invited ERA Team VP to join them in this endeavor.

Right to left: business development/broker for Lynn Real Estate Solutions, Michael McVinney; Mayor Sam Teresi (Jamestown, NY); broker/owner of ERA Team VP, Bill Soffel
Right to left: business development/broker for Lynn Real Estate Solutions, Michael McVinney; Mayor Sam Teresi (Jamestown, NY); broker/owner of ERA Team VP, Bill Soffel

Progressive Revitalization

Furthermore, this is an opportune time for ERA Team VP to have a physical presence in downtown Jamestown. Jamestown’s noteworthy development is due to existing businesses and organizations renovating, and new ones opening. The opening of the National Comedy Center this past summer has certainly added to this growth.

“Jamestown is going through a sort of renaissance right now. ERA Team VP sees the growth and positive things that are happening, and to be a part of that is really awesome,” says broker/owner of ERA Team VP Bill Soffel.

ERA Team VP cutting the ribbon for the new office location in Jamestown, NY
ERA Team VP cutting the ribbon for the new office location in Jamestown, NY

Consequently, this growth has encouraged individuals to stay or move back to the Jamestown and Chautauqua County area.  The real estate market is very good nationally, and likewise Chautauqua County is starting to feel the effects of this change. Homes are selling for closer to the asking price and are on the market for shorter periods of time. ERA Team VP is certainly prepared for this progressive shift. As a result of having a presence in 11 different locations, ERA Team VP is equipped to represent clients on a local and personalized basis.

Visit www.ERATeamVP.com or call 716-413-0200 for more information about real estate and vacation rentals in the Southern Tier of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

ERA Team VP, Lynn Development, and other local businesses cutting the ribbon for the opening of the revitalized Spain Building
ERA Team VP, Lynn Development, and other local businesses cutting the ribbon for the opening of the revitalized Spain Building

McKean County Association of Realtors donate to 911 Toy Express

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The 911 Toy Express is making sure that many families wake up to a Merry Christmas morning! Hosted by the Bradford City Police and Fire Department, the second annual 911 Toy Express brings Christmas gifts to students in the Bradford Area School District who have been identified as someone in need. The McKean County Association of Realtors took part this year, donating toys to the 911 Toy Express and also a cash donation was presented to the Kane and Smethport Food Pantries. Mary Brzenski, board president, Kathleen Obermyer, board member and Vera Miller, program chairman, all ERA Team VP Real Estate agents from the Bradford PA office, spearheaded the drive. The Board of Realtors followed up the donation drop off with their Christmas luncheon, celebrated at the Bradford Club.

If you are interested in making a donation to this year’s 911 Toy Express, unwrapped toys or gift cards for children between the ages of 2 and 18 will be accepted at the Bradford police and fire stations and will be delivered on Christmas Eve. Last year’s drive delivered toys to between 20 and 30 families.

Outstanding Customer Service: October 2015 First In Service Winner

Congratulations to the October First In Service Award winner, Ruth Nelson! Ruth specializes in the Chautauqua Institution​ market and won this month’s award with her outstanding customer service provided to her client, Joanne W.

Joanne writes “Ruth made all the difference in the world in our experience. Several years ago when I attended an Open House at Chautauqua, I discovered a unique and special person in Ruth. From that first encounter, she has always treated me with great respect and interest. She made me feel like I was her one-and-only client: responding to any questions promptly, taking initiatives to make the process go smoothly, offering helpful tips and information. I cannot fully express my gratitude to Ruth, but am thrilled with a new friend and a fabulous condominium at Chautauqua.”

Ruth Nelson joined ERA Team VP Real Estate in 2014 and has over 6 years of real estate experience, primarily serving buyers and sellers in the Chautauqua Institution market. Ruth was awarded the Bronze Level Presidential Award from the Chautauqua County Board of Realtors in 2012 for her sales production. Having lived and/or worked on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution since 1987, Ruth has an intimate knowledge of Chautauqua Institution operations as well as familiarity with the different districts within Chautauqua and what each has to offer potential buyers and sellers. “I model my business on building relationships with my clients that will last before, during and after any transaction,” said Nelson. “I use my talents to help stage, organize and best show properties while providing personal care to my clients.”

“Working with Joanne and Bob was a real pleasure,’ said Nelson, ‘Their comments give me great satisfaction that I’ve earned their trust and friendship!”

 

 

2015 Ellicottville Mardi Gras Weekend

ERA Team VP Real Estate hosts Kick Off Party!
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Ahoy Mateys! Welcome to Mardi Gras in Ellicottville New York! This weekend is sure to be a blast especially with ERA Team VP.  Mardi Gras in Ellicottville is crazy fun, the slopes at Holiday Valley and HoliMont are packed and the village is hopping busy.  The biggest attraction by far for the weekend is the Parade on Saturday night, I’ve seen everything from super heroes, to nuns, sports teams, the Blues Brothers, and if you can’t tell, this year ERA agents and our office are decked out with the pirate gear. Unfortunately Johnny Depp couldn’t make it for his surprise guest appearance… trust me I tried! At 5:00 pm we’ll be kicking off one of our company’s biggest parties of the year! We invite all of our clients,  customers, and friends to enjoy the music, dancing, and the finest pirate grub and ale. The parade starts at 6:30 and you’ll see Washington St lined up with thousands of spectators. Prizes are awarded for the best dressed team so be sure to cheer on your favorite group of pirates! Make sure you’re ready to catch some beads because this group of pirates have snuck on to Captain Hook’s pirate ship and found 10 treasure chests full of the beloved beads. Sunday is also packed full of fun: more costumes, more food and drink, and of course, more beads! One of the coolest things to be a part of is the ski parade on the Mardi Gras ski slope at Holiday Valley. You’ll see tons of people dressed up in costumes skiing down this awesome slope. So if you’re ready for a weekend of fun in Ellicottville, hop aboard the ERA Team VP Real Estate buccaneer and we’ll be sure to show you a good time. Yo Ho Ho Mateys!!

~Ciji Riley, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker

 

Dale Sandberg, ERA Team VP Real Estate, Raises $1,200 For the Upstate New York Chapter of the ALS Association

 

[Chautauqua, NY] (7/18/2013) – Always willing to support a worthy cause, Dale Sandberg, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson of ERA Team VP Real Estate recently raised $1,200 along with Scott Kelemen of Wells Fargo, to benefit the Upstate New York Chapter of the ALS Association.

Established in 1985, the ALS Association’s mission is to Dale-Sandberg-ERA-Raises-Funds-for-ALSA[1]lead the fight to cure and treat ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) through global cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. The ALS Association has committed more than $67 million to find effective treatments and a cure for Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

New techniques and products are continually emerging that make it increasingly possible for people with ALS to adapt to the disease, to pursue their interests, and to continue to live rich and rewarding lives.

The ALS Association’s research, services, advocacy and information programs are made possible through the generosity of individuals, sponsors and private contributors.

“ERA Team VP Real Estate has actively supported the ALS Association since 2010, and with the incredible support of Dale Sandberg and our team we are able to make a positive impact on the lives of those affected by this disease,” said Bill Soffel, Broker/Owner of ERA Team VP Real Estate.

For more information about Dale Sandberg and ERA Team VP Real Estate visit www.daleasandberg.com or www.myteamvp.com or call (716) 789-2600.

“Capture Your Hometown” Photo Contest to Support the Fight Against ALS

ERA Team VP searches for local photographs that capture the essence of each area, to be raffled at 4th Annual Agents of Hope Scramble Golf Tournament, with winning photographers awarded a cash prize and a chance to win an Ellicottville vacation getaway.

ERA Team VP Real Estate is looking for local photographs that best represent the “hometown” areas of western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania that ERA serves. Nine winning photographs, each representing a different “hometown”, will be unveiled at this year’s 4th Annual Agents of Hope Scramble Golf Tournament that ERA Team VP will be hosting on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013. One of the nine winners will be randomly selected to receive a two night stay, for up to four people, at the Ellicottville Inn Condominiums. The Ellicottville in is located right in the heart of Ellicottville, within CaptureYourHometown[1]walking distance to restaurants and shopping. The remaining winning photographers will be awarded a $25 debit card and all photographs will be featured on ERA Team VP Real Estate’s company websites.

The nine winning photographs will be raffled off with all proceeds, as well as tournament proceeds, benefiting The ALS Division of MDA & ALSA (the ALS Association); whose mission is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, through global cutting-edge research, and to empower those affected and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.

Photo submissions should represent one of the following areas: Bemus Point, Mayville/Westfield, Fredonia, Lakewood/Jamestown, Chautauqua Institution, Ellicottville, Cuba/Olean, Bradford (PA), or Warren (PA).

The deadline for submissions is August 7th at 5:00pm, and entries must be a minimum width of 1680px. Please include your name, phone number, and the specific area you believe the photo represents. Multiple submissions per photographer will be accepted.

Submit your photos to Taylor Lehman at taylor.lehman@ERA.com. For more information or to submit further inquiries visit ERA Team VP’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ERATeamVP.RealEstate.  If you choose to include people in your submission, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individuals depicted, and must be able to provide copies of those releases to ERA Team VP upon request. In submitting a photograph, you grant ERA Team VP a royalty-free, nonexclusive right, in perpetuity, to: use the photograph on the Internet and company publications and promotions.

To register as a sponsor, individual entry, or four-person team for the 4th Annual Agents of Hope Scramble Golf Tournament, or for more information, contact Hanna Soffel Briggs at (716) 789-2093 or hanna.soffel@ERA.com or visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AgentsOfHopeGolf.

ERA Team VP Real Estate Agent Awards

ERA Team VP Real Estate of western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania recently presented awards for 2012 production at their annual Agent Awards Luncheon held in Ellicottville, New York.  Sales associates were recognized from all office locations, which include Chautauqua, Lakewood, Bemus Point, Fredonia, Ellicottville and Cuba in New York and Warren and Bradford in Pennsylvania.

Sales Associates received awards for their 2012 sales production and total number of closed transactions in comparison to their ERA Team VP Real Estate colleagues.  The following sales associates were recognized for their achievements.

Karen Goodell was #1 in sales production and tied for #3 in closed transactions in the Chautauqua Office, while she ranked #2 in sales production for the entire firm, which includes all office locations.  Jane Grice was #2 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Chautauqua Office, while she ranked #3 in sales production and #4 in closed transactions for the entire firm.  Dale Sandberg was #1 in closed transactions and #3 in sales production in the Chautauqua Office, while he ranked #2 in closed transactions and #5 in sales production for the entire firm.  Wayne Weaver tied for #3 in closed transactions for the Chautauqua Office.

Stacy Stalter was #1 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Fredonia Office.  William and Judy Anderson were #2 in sales production and #3 in closed transactions for the Fredonia Office.  Heidi Seddon was #3 in sales production and #2 in closed transactions for the Fredonia Office.

Cathy Pritchard was #1 in sales production and #3 in closed transactions in the Ellicottville Office, while she ranked #1 in sales production and #5 in closed transactions for the entire firm, which includes all office locations.  Tina Dillon was #1 in closed transactions and #2 in sales production in the Ellicottville Office, while she ranked #1 in closed transactions and #4 in sales production for the entire firm.  Ciji Riley was #2 in closed transactions in the Ellicottville Office, while she ranked #3 in closed transactions for the entire firm.  Melanie Pritchard was #3 in sales production in the Ellicottville Office.

Paul Conklin was #1 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Cuba Office.  Linda Simons was #2 in sales production and #3 in closed transactions for the Cuba Office.  Bill Shuler was #3 in sales production and #2 in closed transactions for the Cuba Office.

Joe Whipp was #1 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Warren, Pennsylvania Office.  Stephanie Mathyer was #2 in sales production for the Warren Office.  John McGarry was #3 in sales production and #2 in closed transactions for the Warren Office.  Lori Nuhfer was #3 in closed transactions for the Warren Office.

Jim Anderson was #1 in both sales production and closed transactions for the Bradford Office.  Tammy Bizzak was #2 in sales production for the Bradford Office.  Fred Pysher was #3 in sales production and #2 in closed transactions for the Bradford Office.  Mark Goebl was #3 in closed transactions for the Bradford Office.

The ERA Team VP Real Estate Rookie of the Year Award was received by Debbie Rowe, the highest producing agent new to ERA Team VP Real Estate in 2012.  Dale Sandberg and Ciji Riley were also recognized as the ERA Team VP Most Improved Agents for 2012.  Dale’s 2012 sales production was a 127% increase over his 2011 sales production.  Ciji’s 2012 sales production was a 292% increase over her 2011 sales production.

“Through their dedication, these professionals lead our local real estate market by providing each client the most comprehensive products and services,” remarked Bill Soffel, Broker/CEO of ERA Team VP Real Estate. “Our top producers truly embody the ERA core values of innovation, collaboration and superior service and exemplify ERA Team VP’s commitment to hard work and customer satisfaction.”

Since joining ERA in 2004, ERA Team VP has seen significant growth, both as a result of the agents’ use of ERA systems and tools, and through a series of mergers/acquisitions.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York visit www.erateamvp.com or call one of the main Western New York office locations: (716) 789-2600 Chautauqua; (716) 672-7990 Fredonia; (716) 699-4800 Ellicottville; (585) 968-2113 Cuba.

ERA Team VP Real Estate Announces Merger

Local real estate firm ERA Team VP Real Estate, based in Chautauqua County, NY, has announced its merger with Coldwell Banker Phil Mathyer Real Estate of Fredonia, NY, Jamestown, NY, Warren, PA,  and Bradford, PA; and ERA Larson Real Estate of Fredonia, N.Y. The combined firm will conduct business as ERA Team VP Real Estate with its Fredonia office located at 25 Day Street, Fredonia, NY and its Jamestown office located at 395 E Fairmount Avenue, Lakewood, NY.  ERA Team VP Real Estate’s Pennsylvania offices will operate in Bradford and Warren, PA.

[Pictured Above: Phil Mathyer, ERA Team VP Assoc. Broker; Bill Soffel, ERA Team VP Broker/CEO; David Bird, ERA Team VP Assoc. Broker; Melody Bohrer, ERA Franchise Senior VP of Broker Services; Theresa Hurt, ERA Franchise Director of Transitions; Mark Jeffers, ERA Franchise Executive Business Consultant]

According to Bill Soffel, ERA Team VP Presient/CEO, “This is a very natural strategic alliance as ERA Team VP has more than 25 years of experience in the Chautauqua Lake and Southern Chautauqua County markets; ERA Larson has more than 30 years of experience in the Fredonia and Northern Chautauqua County markets and Coldwell Banker Phil Mathyer Real Estate has more than 20 years of experience in the Northern Chautauqua County and northwestern Pennsylvania markets.  Clients and customers of all the firms will now benefit from a much broader marketing and networking reach, covering the entire Southern Tier of New York State as well as northwestern Pennsylvania.”  In addition, ERA Team VP Real Estate also operates in Ellicottville in Cattaraugus County and in Cuba in Allegany County.

“Attention to consumer needs has been a trademark of each of the merging companies,” added Soffel. “Now we will be able to deliver our commitment to service to our customers from 9 convenient office locations throughout southwestern New York State and northwestern Pennsylvania and fully leverage the ERA core values of innovation, collaboration and superior service.”

Brokers Bill Soffel, Phil Mathyer and David Bird all share a very similar outlook on the importance of professionalism and ethics within the real estate profession and have been very active within the real estate industry, at both the local and state level.

The transition from Coldwell Banker to ERA will be very smooth, as both national franchises are within the same parent organization, the Realogy Corporation, the world’s largest real estate franchise network.  Soffel points out “While Coldwell Banker and ERA share many of the same marketing and training tools, ERA’s main focus is on innovation and technology. With the real estate market continuing to shift toward web-based technologies, this focus will be a huge advantage to our clients and customers.”  As ERA Larson Real Estate has been part of the ERA Franchise Systems for more than 30 years, this transition will be seamless.

For more information about ERA Team VP Real Estate and the real estate market in the Southern Tier of Western New York and northwestern Pennsylvania visit www.myteamvp.com or call one of the main office locations: (716) 789-2600 Chautauqua; (716) 672-7990 Fredonia; (716) 763-2600 Lakewood; (716) 699-4800 Ellicottville; (585) 968-2113 Cuba.  Follow ERA Team VP on Facebook for regular Real Estate & local news.