by Eva Potter

There’s a new real estate partnership in town. Long-time resident and local Realtor Andree “Andy” McRae has recently embarked on an exciting real estate venture with her son Rick Jackson. They will be known as ERA Jackson & McRae.

The new enterprise is anchored by Andree McRae who has been in the real estate business in and around Ellicottville for about 25 years and as an Associate Broker for about 15 years.

This  energetic duo will offer more than the typical real estate services. Jackson can also make suggestions for a property’s security. In addition to a 25-year career in law enforcement, he is certified as a crime prevention practitioner and CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), which means he can thoroughly examine a property and make suggestions to make it more secure. McRae and Jackson know their strong family bond and her years of experience and full-time dedication to servicing her customers sets them apart from other partnerships. ERA Jackson & McRae will service properties in the Ellicottville area, as well as surrounding communities in the Southern Tier.

McRae said, “Having lived in Ellicottville for over 40 years, I have witnessed the changes over the years from winter resort to a four-season resort community with unlimited potential.”

Jackson grew up in Ellicottville and has returned to his hometown. Although he lived in Florida for many years, Jackson and his wife Glenda have been back for about three years. They own and manage the Ilex Inn, an established Bed and Breakfast in Ellicottville. Through the Inn, Jackson has met many visitors interested in purchasing property in the area, which spurred him to enter the real estate business.

Jackson said, “I have watched my mother for many years helping people buy and sell homes and land in the area. I have been looking for something else to do now that my wife Glenda and I have the B&B system down.”

Mother and son plan to serve the wide variety of markets in the Southern Tier.

“Having lived in Ellicottville, the resort market is a natural for us; however, our surrounding communities attract buyers as well,” she said. “Those property owners and buyers deserve the professionalism and knowledge that Rick and I have to offer. We plan to dedicate ourselves to their needs also.”

McRae is very comfortable working with sellers and buyers, and enjoys helping them throughout the sales process.

“I assist buyers with pricing their home in any given market taking into consideration current market conditions in their area. I want to make sure they have sufficient funds available after the sale to make the changes they are looking forward to,” she said. “I may also make suggestions that will help to make a seller’s property more desirable to a buyer.”

According to McRae, it is often necessary to guide buyers in the purchasing process by gaining preapproval from a lender before they begin looking at homes if they plan to take on a mortgage. Once the loan amount has been approved, McRae makes certain there are homes in their price range in the area they’ve chosen to move.

“I also research the costs to own any property that interests them, such as property taxes and utility costs,” she said.

The well-known duo of McRae and Jackson is offering double the services and double the efforts in finding the perfect primary or secondary home, vacant land, rental property and commercial real estate for buyers, as well as working diligently to match sellers with purchasers.

Both will be working under the brokerage of ERA Team VP, a known and trusted real estate firm in this area. Their office, located at 12 Washington St. in the heart of Ellicottville, is open seven days per week and many evenings. You can reach them by calling (716) 699-4800 ext. 115. Look for an updated website, Twitter feed and Facebook page soon.

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