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Al Ames
CRS, GRI, Distinctive Homes, Lakefront Specialist

Helping people move forward in life

With you every step of the way . . .

I specialize in Residential Homes, Investment property, Homes of Distinction, Luxury and Lakefront properties.

Helping People move forward in Life . . .

  • $18 million in transactions closed 2015-2018
  • National Sales Excellence Awards - distinguishes top 5% of Realtors nationwide
  • Top Agent Award from Howard Hanna
  • Named "Best of the Best" by Howard Hanna


  • I will provide a comparative market analysis to help you to determine the best price to sell your home within your time frame.  I grew up in Erie, and understand the Erie market. 
  • I will develop a marketing plan to provide your home with maximum exposure through traditional channels and through creative marketing approaches.
  • I will schedule open houses, and will provide feedback to you after each one.
  • I will respond to every communication from you and will keep you updated concerning the status of your home.
  • I will use all my skills as a Realtor, negotiator, and problem solver to guide you through the process of accepting an offer on your home which will maximize your profit.
  • My job is first and foremost to protect your interests and to guide you through the home selling process, making each step as easy and problem free as possible.


  • I will continuously search for appropriate properties which will meet your needs.
  • I will provide an overview of the Erie area if you are an out of town buyer, and I will target properties in specific areas that meet your criteria.
  • I will use all my skills as a Realtor, negotiator and problem solver to guide you through the process of making an offer to obtain the best price and terms for the property you choose.
  • My job is first and foremost to protect your interests and to make your home buying experience as easy and enjoyable as possible.


  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
  • Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI)
  • Homes of Distinction Specialist
  • Residential Relocation Specialist
  • 2014 President - Greater Erie Board of Realtors (Director for 6 years)
  • BA and MA Degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • National Sales Excellence Awards (ranked in top 5% of Realtors nationwide)
  • Top Agent Award from Howard Hanna
  • Named "Best of the Best" by Howard Hanna
  • Multi-Million Dollar Producer, Champion's Club Member
  • Habitat for Humanity - Site Selection Committee Chair
  • Real Estate Investor for 18 years - formerly bought, sold, owned and managed investment properties in the Erie market


Homes of Distinction
Custom Home
Luxury Homes


Al, congratulations for a fantastic month of March with more than $1 million in written new sales.  This puts you in the top 3% of all Realtors in the country.  Hope to see you soon.

Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III  .  Chairman  .  Howard Hanna Real Estate Services


Working with Al was a very enjoyable experience for my wife and I. He made the selling of a home process easy and seamless. He responds at all times, and sincerely invests his time in making sure you get the best value for your home. He pays attention to detail, which helps the appearance of your home. I highly recommend Al Ames as a Realtor. - Brock Seeley

Working with Al during my first home buying experience was great. I want to know every aspect of everything I do, and Al was very detailed in explaining the entire process to me. He was available at anytime and responded promptly to all of our questions and requests. His general house, building, etc...experience was great as he pointed out items in the Erie area that I was not accustomed to. I would definitely recommend Al as a Realtor. - Christopher Fabinach

Al did a great job in selling my home in Erie. He was patient and guided us well through the sale in a somewhat difficult housing market. I would definitely recommend him if you're looking for a real estate agent in Erie for selling/buying a home. - Kumar Krishnan

Al was phenomenal. . . Great Realtor. He made buying my first house so easy. - Kevin Cornwall

Al was outstanding. I have since had issues with the property and the escrow account for the sale. Al is still very involved long after the closing. Could not expect or ask for better service.  I would recommend Al Ames (and do) to anyone. - Brent Davis

It is so seldom that we get to sing the praises of a professional who honestly goes above and beyond. . . Al kept us abreast of all developments and . . . has the uncanny ability to stay one step ahead of our needs – Mr. and Mrs. Gorden E. Pettersen

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your very professional help in selling our Millcreek home.  You were always one step ahead. . . After every showing of our home you gave us feedback and followed up with the potential buyer.  At every point in time we knew what was going on and what is next.  Communication was always easy, and you made the selling process a very smooth one.  Using your phenomenal skills and talent, you gave us peace of mind, which is priceless! – Juergen and Concetta Zybell

I would like to thank you for your professional assistance in selling my Lakefront home. . . you negotiated a very quick sale. . . and you made it all so easy on me.  You removed all fears and concerns and that’s priceless!  - James M. Lackovic

We would like to commend the professional job done by Al Ames to get us into the home we are so happy to be living in today.  He was right on target when he surprised us with a house that turned out to be our future home – Dave and Cindy Arnemann

Thanks, Al, for selling our Lakefront home.  Donna and I chose you for your way of conducting yourself in representing us. . . we felt safe in leaving our home to you while we were in Florida. – Dave and Donna Nishnick

We recently worked with Al Ames finding and purchasing a condominium for our son, Craig Layne. . . who was then living in Los Angeles, was finishing graduate school and had a job in Erie that he had to start even before he graduated.  It was a huge responsibility choosing a house for Craig knowing he would not see it until he moved in, but Al made the process as easy as possible.  He showed great patience and attention to detail, and even when the deal encountered a few rough patches, his suggestions eased the way to everyone’s satisfaction. – John and Jean Layne

 I worked with Al to sell my parents’ house after my father died and my mother became ill.  I have found Al to be a delight to work with.  He is knowledgeable about the Erie real estate market.  He is easy to get in touch with.  And most important, he is genuinely concerned about the folks with whom he works. . . in an era of high-pressure sales tactics and little disclosure, Al was completely honest and informative at every step of the process. . . this honesty translated into Al earning my trust and made what could have been a very difficult process go exceedingly smoothly. . . I couldn’t be more pleased. – Douglas W. Texter

. . . we would like to sincerely thank you for doing an excellent job in selling our home in Fairview.  As you know we have had a very difficult time in selling our home due to the current market conditions.  We were considering taking the house off the market before you took over.  However, right from the beginning, you went right to work scheduling open houses, creating an exceptional marketing brochure for visitors and updating the multiple listing. . .Before we had a chance to discuss this any further, you had received an offer within eleven days.  It seemed unbelievable how this happened so fast.  We believe the clinching factor for this sale was your ability to communicate with perspective buyers by gaining an understanding of their needs as it applied to their current situation and when they were indecisive on what to do, you offered excellent advice to encourage them with their decision. – Carl and Marianne Johanson

My sister and I would like to convey to you our genuine pleasure in working with Al whom we found to be highly competent, reliable and professional.  Al’s guidance was clear, concise and organized, and we felt very comfortable with his friendly, cordial manner.  We greatly appreciate the relatively short time frame in which our mother’s house was sold and we believe this was achieved as a result of Al’s consistency and diligence. – JoAnn Kupiec

. . . your professionalism was a huge asset to the entire process.  Our sale went quickly despite the condition of the economy and the whole process was made much simpler because of your knowledge.  We were very happy with the decision we made in choosing you and Howard Hanna and we would not hesitate to do the same thing again or to recommend you to our family and friends. – Alice and Steve Nishnick

He treated me as though I was his only client, putting his very heart into his work. . . .I whole-heartedly recommend the very professional services Alvin Ames provides to anyone who is contemplating the sale or purchase of real estate in the future. – With respect and admiration I remain, Howard Katzenberger, Satisfied Customer

Al is one of the most professional people I know in any field.  When I referred him to one of my clients he was more than a blessing to him.  He not only counseled him on what needed to be done with his property, he listed the house and land which sold in a very short time.  Al goes above what most realtors do and I would recommend him to anyone listing or searching for a new home.  Don Myers endorsement on LinkedIn

The emails, faxes, phone calls and three way conversations at all times of the day, helped to provide my sister and me with needed information to make appropriate decisions and to execute them timely.  This took considerable patience on your part due to our unfamiliarity with the unique details which can arise in the selling of a house.  We only get to be a direct part of it a few times in our life, but it usually involves the largest dollar amount of money we ever exchange.  Thank you again for making this difficult transaction (long distance and in light of our mother’s passing), a smoother and more rewarding event than could have been the case.  We attribute this good experience to your skill, patience, and level headedness, and we do appreciate you.  Harvey E. Willis

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