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Dennis Pezzimenti Named REALTOR of the Year

Mayville, NY (November 16 2017)The Chautauqua Cattaraugus Board of REALTORS (CCBR) named Howard Hanna Professionals Broker Dennis Pezzimenti “REALTOR of the Year” Thursday at their annual Installation dinner held at Webb’s Resort in Mayville.  This award is not solely based on his exemplary real estate practices.  It is also based on his commitment and support for the community.  Dennis was presented the award by last year’s winner Associate Broker Anne LaPaglia of Howard Hanna Holt.

A  Realtor since 1989, Dennis started as a part time agent and eventually became full time in the mid 1990's.  He started his own office DBP Realty with his wife Pamela in 2001. In 2017, he merged his company with Howard Hanna Holt and formed Howard Hanna Professionals.  Dennis & Pamela's son Paul, is also a full time real estate agent.  Their daughter Mary attends college SUNY Geneseo. Dennis is the son of Francis & Mary Pezzimenti, also of Olean.

Dennis is a member of the National Association of Realtors. Serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of Realtors served as president of Chautauqua Cattaraugus Board of Realtors for the past two years, presiding over the combination of the Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Boards as well as their switch to a more advanced Multiple Listing Service Provider.  Dennis will continue to serve CCBR as Vice President in 2018.

Dennis and Pam PezzimentiDennis has been involved in his community in many capacities.  He serves on Olean General Hospital Foundation Board and the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation.  He was past co-chairman of St. John's Festa Italian for several years.  Dennis served on the board of directors, executive committee, membership committee & finance committee & served as past Board President of the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce.  

He is currently chairman of the board of directors of Olean Business Development Corp and serves on its executive and downtown development committees. Despite all of his activities and obligations Dennis is a devoted family man, beginning his acceptance speech by thanking his wife Pam and his son Paul.  Dennis has been a youth coach for several of his children's sports teams in the past.  He is a very active member of his church.  Dennis has eight brothers and sisters all located in Western New York.


Pezzimenti, who received a standing ovation, also thanked his agents/staff, community, Board Members, and new partners in Howard Hanna Professionals the Holts.

Also at the event, the Board swore in their officers and Board of Directors: President Roberta Thompson (Real Estate Advantage), Vice President Dennis Pezzimenti (Howard Hanna Professionals), Secretary Anne LaPaglia (Howard Hanna Holt), Treasurer Kelly Patrone (Howard Hanna Professionals).  Members of the Board of Directors were: Sandra Calalesina, William Soffel, Diana S. Holt, Kenneth M. Bailey, Donna Breen, and Richard McMahon.

Howard Hanna Professionals Announces Merger with Katy Realty

Katy Realty in Kane Joins Howard Hanna Professional
Kane (PA)
November 1, 2017 – Dennis Pezzimenti, managing partner of Howard Hanna Professionals, and Ron Carty, owner and principal broker of Katy Realty, have announced that Katy Realty has merged with Howard Hanna Professionals. Katy Realty is headquartered in Kane, Pennsylvania and will continue to operate in their current location of 30 Fraley Street.

"I am excited to join the Howard Hanna Professionals team. I chose to merge with Howard Hanna Professionals because they are the market leader in McKean County and Howard Hanna sells more homes in the state of Pennsylvania than any other real estate company. After looking at the tools they offer to buyers and sellers, merging my company with Howard Hanna Professionals was an easy decision,” said Carty.

With the addition of Ron Carty and his team, Howard Hanna Professionals is the largest real estate brokerage business in McKean County and beyond.  According to Pezzimenti, “the growth of Howard Hanna Professionals has been unprecedented. We now have four offices in McKean County allowing us to offer the best service to our customers. Our 20+ agents servicing McKean County have over 250 years of real estate experience between them.”

Howard Hanna Professionals was formed in March 2017 through a strategic franchise partnership among Chautauqua, NY based Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate and Olean, NY based DBP Realty.  Since the creation of this new company, Penn Laurel Realty, Chosen Acres Realty, and now Katy Realty have joined Howard Hanna Professionals.

The Howard Hanna franchise program allows franchisees to retain ownership and decision-making locally, while utilizing exclusive Howard Hanna marketing tools such as the 100% Money Back Guarantee and nationally acclaimed training and learning programs for sales associates, bringing more buyers and sellers together in successful transactions.

“We are the largest real estate company in Pennsylvania and we are now the largest in McKean County,” said Tom Schoeller, Howard Hanna Senior VP Franchising Mergers & Acquisitions.  “Ron and his team are important members of the Kane community. They have helped hundreds of buyers and sellers meet their goals and will help hundreds more in the future.”

Howard Hanna has been helping people feel at home since 1957, when the real estate company was founded by Howard and Anne Hanna in Pittsburgh. Through both organic growth and mergers/acquisitions, the family-owned and operated company is the 3rd largest real estate company in the United States with 259 offices throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Maryland and more than $16 billion in closed sales volume last year.  The full-service company provides residential and commercial brokerage, mortgage, insurance, closing and escrow, appraisal, relocation and property management services.

Howard Hanna continues to look for strategic partnerships with market leading companies. For information on joining Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and/or its franchise program, please contact Tom Schoeller at 570-460-0272 or tomschoeller@howardhanna.com

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Howard Hanna Welcomes Chosen Acres

McKean County PA Real Estate

Smethport (PA) October 25, 2017 –  Nancy Rathbun, Owner of Chosen Acres Realty, together with Dennis Pezzimenti, Managing Partner of Howard Hanna Professionals, today announced that Chosen Acres Realty, with offices in Smethport, Bradford and Port Allegany, Pennsylvania, has merged with Howard Hanna Professionals. 

Pezzimenti and Rathbun were joined by the Chosen Acres Realty Agents and Staff, as well as Pete Holt, Broker/Owner of Chautauqua County based Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate, Howard Hanna Professionals General Manager Stephen Holt and Tom Schoeller, Senior Vice President, Howard Hanna Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions.

Chosen Acres owner Nancy Rathbun and her team are joining forces with Howard Hanna Professionals to form the largest real estate brokerage business in McKean County and beyond.  According to Rathbun, “Our company has excelled in this region for years.  Joining forces with Dennis, Steve, and the team at Howard Hanna will enable our team to provide even better services to our clients than we could on our own.  We are thrilled to become a part of Howard Hanna, which was already the leading real estate company in PA.”

Howard Hanna Professionals was formed in March of 2017, through a strategic franchise partnership between Chautauqua, NY based Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate, Olean, NY based DBP Realty, and Bradford, PA based Penn Laurel Realty.  The Howard Hanna franchise program allows franchisees to retain ownership and decision-making locally, while utilizing exclusive Howard Hanna marketing tools such as the 100% Money Back Guarantee and nationally acclaimed training and learning programs for sales associates, bringing more buyers and sellers together in successful transactions.

“To be the consumer’s top choice in McKean County is our goal,” said Schoeller.  “We are very proud to welcome Nancy and her team of professional sales associates, who have helped thousands of  buyers and sellers over the years, to the Howard Hanna family.  Together we will do great things and carry on the reputation of excellence Chosen Acres has established.”

Howard Hanna has been helping people feel at home since 1957, when the real estate company was founded by Howard and Anne Hanna in Pittsburgh with one office.  Through both organic growth and mergers/acquisitions, the company is now the 3rd largest real estate company in the United States with 270 offices throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland and more than $16 billion in closed sales volume last year.  The full-service company provides residential and commercial brokerage, mortgage, insurance, closing and escrow, appraisal, relocation and property management services.

Howard Hanna continues to look for strategic partnerships with market leading companies. For information on joining Howard Hanna Real Estate Services and/or its franchise program, please contact Tom Schoeller at 570-460-0272 or tomschoeller@howardhanna.com

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the 3rd largest real estate company in the United States. The family-owned and operated company specializes in residential and commercial brokerage service, mortgages, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal services, insurance services, corporate relocation and property management. With 270 offices across PA, OH, NY, VA, MI, WV, NC & MD, Howard Hanna’s more than 9,000 sales associates and employees are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process.   

Davies earns Associate Broker's License

Lee Davies

JAMESTOWN – Lee Davies, REALTOR Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate in Lakewood,  has been issued an Associate Broker’s license by the State of NY.

Lee, successfully took all of the required real estate courses and passed the required State Broker’s examination.  Said Davies, “I wanted to continue my education so that I can provide the best service to my clients.”

Steve Holt, Sales Manager, “We’re proud of Lee for taking the initiative to advance his career.  Over a third of our agents have achieved their Associate Broker license, it establishes them as an expert in the field, and ensures the customer gets a better experience.”

Lee Davies Auction Services. Licensed in NY and OH, handles storage, on-site, and  real estate auctions as well as contract work for other auction houses.

“I try to provide as many services as possible for my clients, so I can meet their diverse needs,” said Davies.

     Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate is a family owned business and is the leading Real Estate Brokerage in Chautauqua County, with offices in Fredonia, Lakewood, and Mayville serving Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Erie Counties.  They expanded  this year with their new sister company, Howard Hanna Professionals, with offices in Olean, and Bradford PA. 

Both are franchises of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the 3rd largest real estate company in America, the #1 privately owned broker in the nation and the largest home seller in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York.  . With 270 offices across PA, OH, VA, MI, NY, WV, NC and MD their more than 9,000 sales associates and staff are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process

HHH Expands reach with Howard Hanna Professionals Partnership

Howard Hanna Real Estate Holt Real Estate, the #1 seller of homes in Chautauqua County New York, together with Dennis Pezzimenti Broker/Owner of DBP Realty in Olean, NY and Mike DePalma Broker/Owner of Penn Laurel Realty in Bradford, PA, announced that they have formed a  partnership called Howard Hanna Professionals (howardhannaprofessionals.com) that will serve Cattaraugus and Allegheny Counties in NY and McKean County in PA. 

L to R:  Pete Holt, Diana Holt, Mike DePalma, Dennis Pezzimenti, Tom S, Steve Holt“We are tremendously pleased to welcome these phenomenal companies, staff and agents into this partnership with us,” said Howard Hanna Holt Broker/Owner George (Pete) Holt.  “Both companies lead their markets and should continue to grow with the benefits of our programs and systems.

Founded in 1983 by the Holt family, Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate (howardhannaholt.com) is a privately-owned affiliate of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Headquartered in Mayville, New York, the company has grown in the past decade from one office in Mayville to Fredonia, Lakewood/Jamestown, and virtual offices for the Chautauqua Institution and Peek ‘n Peak communities. The creation of the new Howard Hanna Professionals adds two new offices and expands the company’s footprint into Cattaraugus and McKean Counties.

Howard Hanna Holt Real Estate offers comprehensive residential and commercial real estate sales, leasing and related services, including real property appraisals, property management, development services and vacation property rentals. 

According to Dennis Pezzimenti, “This new relationship will provide our buyers and sellers with unique programs and services which are not available from other agencies.  The Howard Hanna franchise program allows us to retain decision-making locally, but gives us an invaluable resource to expand our reach and capabilities for our agents and clients.   Dennis and his team will continue to run the office from its current location at 410 Wayne Street, Olean, NY 14760. 

Mike DePalma, Owner of Penn Laurel Realty, will be working together with Pezzimenti as both companies expand the services offered to their buyers and sellers.  “We are extremely excited to announce this merger and begin to share all the benefits with our agents, buyers and sellers” said DePalma.  Under the new Howard Hanna Professionals name, the Penn Laurel  team will continue to operate from its newly-renovated office at Bolivar Drive, Bradford, PA 16701. 

“We anticipate increasing our agent base and staff in the coming months,” said Pezzimenti.  “Sales Associates will immediately be able to offer the Howard Hanna 100% Money Back Guarantee along with all of Howard Hanna’s exclusive programs while benefiting from state-of-the-art tools, training, and technology.” 

Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has been helping people feel at home since 1957, when the family-owned and operated company was founded in Pittsburgh, PA.  Sixty years later, the company is the third largest real estate company in America, the #1 privately owned broker in the nation, and the largest home seller in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York. The company specializes in residential and commercial brokerage service, mortgages, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal services, insurance services, corporate relocation and property management. With more than 270 offices across PA, OH, NY, VA, MI, WV, NC and MD, more than 9,000 sales associates and staff are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process.

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