Jennifer DiCostanzo and Keren Gonen are no strangers to achieving quarterly and yearly sales leader status.
Jen has been the yearly sales leader every year since joining Green Team New York Realty in 2016. In addition, she became the first Green Team Agent to receive the MVP award. In fact, Jen has achieved MVP status 3 times to date. However, she surpassed even these achievements, with a sales volume for the 3rd Quarter with over 10 Million dollars Therefore, It’s not surprising that Jen was among the top 1% of selling agents in Orange County for 2020.
“The ability to provide a targeted approach, with strategic planning and pricing in this pandemic-driven market, was essential. To best serve my clients, customizing a comprehensive and intuitive approach yields extraordinary results. While there have been many challenges due to the pandemic, being astute at providing solutions and transparency is a vital key factor, Facilitating a seamless transaction is part of what I love about this business.”
Jen is a Sales Representative Specialist and Accredited Buyer’s Representative. In addition, she has achieved Pricing Strategy Advisor and Seniors Real Estate Specialist designations. Further, Jen has been named a Real Estate All-Star by Hudson Valley Magazine for 2 consecutive years.
According to Geoff Green, President of Green Team Realty,
Geoff Green and Amy Green Morris founded Team Up for Hope in early 2020, with a small all-volunteer group of Green Team sales associates and staff. The mission statement was clear. The 501(c)(3) non-profit would seek to address the impact of mental health, substance use, and suicide in our communities. In order to accomplish this, TUH would raise funds and awareness for local nonprofit organizations at the forefront of these crises. The Green Team had previously raised money for its local NAMI affiliates. Thus, TUH decided to continue supporting the amazing work these volunteer organizations do. Now, just a year into its mission, TUH is making a difference!
On October 15, 2021, checks were presented to NAMI Orange and NAMI Sussex in the amount of $3,000 each. This was in addition to the $2,000 presented to each of these NAMI affiliates in November 2020. What is truly remarkable is the use these organizations have made of these donations. In response to the loss of in-person support and treatment, these organizations stepped up. Zoom became the platform for support groups, classes, and training. The amazing NAMI volunteers became proficient at the tech necessary to reach those in need. Additionally, printing, mailing, phone, and other expenses were incurred to provide needed resources.
Team Up for Hope freed these same volunteers from having to raise necessary funds. And, together with our TUH Sponsors, we were able to provide funding for most of their overhead and program costs. Furthermore, Team Up for Hope provided donations to other local non-profits.
TUH’s method of raising awareness was shaped by the Pandemic. Team Up for Hope was unable to hold a planned in-person event. Therefore, TUH decided to create a series of webinars. Importantly, the first webinar discussed the impact of the pandemic on mental health and substance use. Subsequent webinars covered topics related to the TUH mission statement. For a list of, and to view these webinars, click here.
TUH collaborates on its webinars with local experts and advocates to provide education, resources, and support.
Join us for our next Webinar
Join Team Up for Hope on Thursday, November 4 at 7..pm. for a special webinar. Geoff Green will be interviewing author Bobi Conn. Bobi’s book is In theShadow of the Valley: A Memoir, an extraordinary tale of survival and hope.
Pamela Zachowski, Green Team New Jersey Realty, and
Edward Sattler, Green Team New York Salesperson, and Deborah Sattler.
You can make a difference, too!
What can you do to help? Firstly, make a donation or become a sponsor (Click here). Secondly, don’t be afraid to talk about mental health, substance use, and suicide. Ultimately, together we can help end the stigma and the silence,
Hi! My name is Kasey Malone and I am a realtor with the Green Team. I have also worked in NYC on the upper East side as an agent before coming to The Green Team. I live and get to work here in the beautiful Hudson Valley.
Before entering the real estate profession, what did you do?
I am still a Physical Therapist Assistant and have been for 20+ years.
I also recently started my own business in the Adirondacks caring for luxury vacation rentals and Airbnb’s.
How and why did you become a real estate agent?
I became an agent by taking the NYS real estate course and exam because I wanted to earn extra money. Real estate has always been an interest of mine as well as interior design.
What do you like best about being a real estate agent?
Seeing beautiful homes
What do you like least about being a real estate agent?
Not being able to get everything on my clients’ wish list
What was your most memorable/unusual real estate transaction?
Helping a famous actress buy and sell a home would be my most memorable and most unusual would be showing a house that had a small cemetery on the property.
What is it like being part of the Green Team?
Fun! We’re always learning. Fellow agents are kind and helpful.
How would family and friends describe you?
Sweet and kind.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
What does “home” mean to you?
Home is wherever your soul is at peace.
What advice would you give to someone thinking about selling their home?
Make sure they have their permits in order so it doesn’t delay the selling process!
What advice would you give to someone thinking about buying a home?
Make sure they know exactly how much they can afford and have the financials to back it up!
The September 2021 Housing Market Update was moderated by Geoff Green and held on September 21 at 12 p.m.
The entire webinar is available here if you missed it live or if you’d like to watch it again.
Where things are… And where they’re headed
This quote from Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist, First American, sums up what’s happening:
“We are seeing some signs of softening in the housing market, but context is important here… We’re still very much in a sellers’ market, but we are seeing some early signs of softening.”
Geoff presented statistics that support this statement. Context is very important. Firstly, before the pandemic the market was robust. Secondly, the impact of the pandemic on the market was tremendous. According to ShowingTime’s Monthly Index, the number of showings is softening. However, it’s still higher than before the pandemic. Thus, the market remains strong.
Statistics presented on the percentage of homes selling over list price confirm that the market remains strong. Furthermore, new monthly listings are increasing over pandemic levels.
Homes are becoming less affordable. But, they are not unaffordable. Affordability takes into account wages, cost of living, etc. However, affordability is still high compared to the stats of the last 30 years. In addition, rental prices have soared, making buying a home a more desirable option. Percentage of income needed for mortgage payment increases as home prices continue to climb. However, it still remains below the 25% required by mortgage lenders. It is still a good time to buy!
Five reasons today’s housing market is anything but normal
Geoff went over the stats for the following categories:
Annual home price appreciation
Monthly inventory of homes for sale i
Days on market
Average number of offers received on closed sales
According to George Ratiu, Senior Economist at Realtor.com,
“I expect an unusually busy fall season. Sellers are putting homes on the market. Normally, this activity happens early in the spring.”
National Housing Market Stats
Year-over-year numbers for existing home sales, average home sales price, and months supply of inventory support a softening of the market.
Edward Sattler of Green Team New York Realty has received the Top Agent Award for Fastest Growing Agent. Homesnap, a nationwide home search portal, has recognized agents showing standout performance in 2020 and 2021. Homesnap’s Top Agent Awards highlight real estate agents nationwide. This includes top producers who have shown remarkable growth in their business. Furthermore, they have seen incredible popularity among prospects and fellow agents. Of course, several data points are used to determine whether an agent qualifies for a Top Agent Award. For instance, transaction history, year-over-year growth in productivity, profile views, and more are all reviewed.
According to Ed,
“‘I am thankful to my family and friends, and clients and colleagues, for all their support and encouragement. It’s both humbling and gratifying for my efforts on behalf of clients to be recognized by the greater real estate community.”
In addition to the above award, Ed also has Commercial & Investment Real Estate Certification (“CIREC”}. Furthermore, he has been awarded an NYSREEF Scholarship and has achieved NAR’s Green Designation. However, this is not surprising. Ed taught sciences at Warwick Valley High School for over 30 years. During that time, he’s been honored twice by STANYS. Firstly, as Outstanding Science Teacher of the Year. Secondly, as Outstanding Environmental Science Teacher of the Year. In addition, he has also been named Orange County Conservation Teacher of the Year and NYS Conservation Teacher of the Year. Likewise, the commitment and dedication evident throughout his teaching career have carried over to his real estate clients. Congratulations to Ed on this well-deserved award.