By Jann Wiswall

Real Estate Pros & More has opened a new office in Ellicottville, and owner Ken Bailey couldn’t be more enthusiastic.

For the past 10 years, Bailey’s agency has been based in Portville and focused on eastern Cattaraugus and western Allegany counties. He and several of his nine agents also are licensed in Pennsylvania and cover Bradford and areas east along the Pennsylvania-New York border.

“Expanding into western Cattaraugus County was a natural next step for us,” he explained. “Ellicottville’s central location, and its dynamic real estate market, allows us to serve a much larger portion of the Southern Tier.”

Tom Fenner, who has merged his Allegany/Olean-based real estate firm (Fenner Real Estate) with Bailey’s, will manage the Ellicottville office as an associate broker.

“Ellicottville is unique,” Fenner said. His wife’s grandparents lived in Ellicottville. “So we’ve been visiting for many years. Our plan is to relocate to the area from Allegany to take full advantage of the lifestyle. There’s something about Ellicottville that draws people. I’m going to be one of them!”

Both Fenner and Bailey acknowledge that Ellicottville is a competitive real estate market and know it will take some time to get established.

“That’s why it’s so important to have an office here. It allows us to be close to the customer and the unique characteristics of the market,” Bailey said. “And it allows us to get to know our realtor colleagues, many of whom we’re already friends with. We’re not here to compete with the other agents. We’re here to work with them. That’s the nature of the real estate business.”

As a fully licensed, full-service agency, Real Estate Pros & More works with clients to buy and sell year-round homes, vacation homes and commercial real estate. Agents also can help you find that perfect piece of land and connect you with architects and contractors who can build your dream home or a custom designed modular home.

Bailey knows that, especially in small towns, many people prefer to work with smaller agencies. As an independent agency with an excellent reputation, Bailey can confidently commit to “treating all of our customers fairly and honestly and to get the work done as quickly as possible.”

Fenner agreed and added, “Just give us a try!”

The new Real Estate Pros & More office is located at 43 Bristol Lane in the Ellicottville Square complex. To meet with Bailey or Fenner, or for more information, call (716) 933-7777, or visit