BALDWINSVILLE — A new residential real-estate agency, called Your Home CNY Realty, recently opened at 7 Salina St. in the village of Baldwinsville.
Owner and real-estate broker Erin VanBuren says she started the independent agency in January after a 14-year career as a licensed real-estate agent, working for other firms. For the last four years, she had served as brokerage office manager at TJMG Properties, a property management company based in the village of Liverpool. Before that, she spent 10 years at Coldwell Banker Prime Properties.
“I needed a little more creative freedom to develop my own brand,” VanBuren tells CNYBJ, when asked why she decided to strike out on her own.
Your Home CNY Realty currently has seven agents including VanBuren.
She says 98 percent of the firm’s business is residential. “We do have a rare, random commercial transaction” here and there, she adds.
VanBuren says she leases about two-thirds of the one-story, 2,400-square-foot building in which her firm is located. The building owner/landlord is Brian Kalfass of 7-9 Salina St., LLC. Another business is getting ready to lease the other portion of the building, says VanBuren, but she referred questions about that to Kalfass.
The 7 Salina St. building had been vacant for a while. It was previously home to a Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse bottle and can redemption center. Before that, a Byrne Dairy store was situated there. Kalfass purchased the 0.64-acre property in April, 2018 for $155,000 from Sonbyrne Sales Inc., the convenience store division of Byrne Dairy.
When asked how business is going so far for her new agency, VanBuren says, “We’ve been well-received. We’re coming on really strong, as long as this virus situation doesn’t get really crazy.” She spoke with CNYBJ on March 17.
So far, she and her agents are still out showing properties to buyers on individual appointments. “I haven’t had a seller yet not want to show their property,” VanBuren says. “But I certainly wouldn’t recommend a seller hold an open house right now, and have masses of people traipsing through their home.”
Your Home CNY Realty sells homes all over Onondaga County, Oswego County, and parts of Madison County, she says. The company website lists Camillus, Cato, Cicero, Clay, DeWitt, Elbridge, Fabius, Fulton, Geddes, Ira, Lysander, Salina, Schroeppel, Syracuse, and Van Buren as featured communities.