Toni Kreusch, with Green Team New York Realty and Green Team New Jersey Realty, has been awarded the Seller Representative Specialist (SRS) designation, the premier seller agency designation in the country, as well as the Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) certification, the premier negotiation credential. The SRS and the RENE are conferred by the Real Estate Business Institute (REBI) and are official certifications of the National Association of REALTORS®.
An elite group of real estate professionals
Toni joins an elite group of real estate professionals from around the world who have earned the SRS designation and the RENE certification. All were required to successfully complete comprehensive coursework in seller representation and negotiation as well as demonstrate significant seller representation experience and expertise. In addition, they must subscribe to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.
A commitment to providing quality customer service
Toni is committed to providing quality customer service. She stays informed about the latest economic trends in order to best understand the market and inform her clients.
The SRS and RENE add depth to my real estate business knowledge. Whether you are buying, selling or just need some guidance, these designations have given me a keen understanding of what it takes to help you achieve your goals through the process, while representing your interests to the fullest.
7 Main Street, Warwick NY – Before the Renovation
Raising the roof at Green Team New York Realty was just one of the improvements made to its building at 7 Main Street in Warwick, NY. Geoff Green, President of Green Team Realty, would walk around downtown, admiring the beautiful buildings and the renovations taking place. Then he’d glance over at the Green Team building, knowing it needed a major face lift. In addition, there was the issue of the four roofs. Yes, the building basically had four separate roofs just slapped together over the years. Geoff took aerial photos with his drone which show the poor state these roofs were in.
Making It Happen
Geoff relays the story beyond the renovation below:
I would have done it 10 years sooner, but I simply didn’t have the money. My wife Laura and I saved for many years to make this renovation happen.
There are aerial shots I took with my drone showing the poor state of affairs for the roof. The solution that you see now is all credited to our Architect Christopher Collins. I am extremely grateful for Chris’ work on our building. We originally had a different plan from a different architect and it just simply wasn’t as good of a plan as what we now have. The building would not have looked nearly as good as it does now. Chris was a God send.
Up on the Roof
Geoff talked about the team put together to put Christopher Collins’ plan into effect.
Russ Tellier was the contractor who did the large majority of the work on the 7 Main St building along with his friend Wayne Cosh. Russ was good enough to let me GC the project so that I could save some money and ultimately make it happen. Russ and Wayne did a fine job. As one would expect with a restoration job of this size it also required an electrical upgrade of sorts. All of the electrical work was done by Ralph & Tommy Edwards. In fact, one year after the major portion of the exterior renovation, Ralph and Tommy just finalized a new service line to the building. The building was painted by Christopher Colin, d/b/a “Chris The Contractor“. Chris also did a fine job, and he continues to do all sorts of jobs here and there for us on this building and many others that we are involved in.
A Labor Of Love
Geoff’s love of construction and renovation started in childhood. And it continues to this day.
I am not really sure why, but my history has been to purchase older properties in need of repair. Pretty much every building my wife and I own has undergone some major improvements at one point or another. Early on in my career I would be on site swinging the hammer. By way of building tree forts with my Brother Matt as a kid, I learned enough about construction to do be able to maintain our investment properties. However, at this point I have built a great team of contractors who allow me to pick my spots, oversee what I need to in order to cut cost down, etc. . .
I have to say this is a labor of love for me. It literally goes back to my childhood days of building tree houses and skateboard ramps. It was fun waking up early in the morning, putting on a tool belt and going out to build something. But now after about 1 hour of labor I now get aggravated and say to myself, “what the heck am I doing”. So I now tend to leave the labor to the guys who do it best.
7 Main St, Warwick, NY After the Renovation
One thing is certain. Now, when Geoff walks through downtown Warwick, he can take pride in the Green Team New York Realty building at 7 Main Street. Because it is now one of those beautiful buildings he so much admired.
Cami Cielo of Green Team New Jersey Realty was featured in PropertySpark’s Top 20 New Jersey Real Estate Agents on Social Media in 2019. Property Spark researched social media channels of hundreds of New Jersey real estate agents. Firstly, they used different mediums to find those agents. Then they looked at objective data regarding their social media presence. Finally they made sure that those on the final list had great social media presence.
PropertySpark offers an online marketing solution for realtors and real estate companies. Their platform provides assistance with social media advertising, automated publishing and lead generation. Ultimately, their goals are to help real estate professionals by creating impressive content to grow their network and online presence. Of course, this creates more time for agents to focus on their clients’ real estate needs.
Cami’s Thoughts On Making The Top 20 List
I am humbled and honored to make this list. I put a great deal of time and effort into my social media posts. Whether blogging to provide information for past, present and future clients in relation to all things real estate or creating content for listings, I take pride in the creative aspect of this process. My goal is to help everyone with their real estate needs as best as I possibly can. And I believe that utilizing social media is a very important tool for achieving a successful outcome for my clients.
To read some of Cami’s blog posts, click here.
Geoff Green, President of Green Team Realty, welcomed everyone to the December 2019 Housing Market Update held on Tuesday, December 17 at 2 p.m. He began the webinar with an overview of National Stats.
Good News, Economically…
Good news on all economic standpoints, not just real estate! Economists seem to be pushing back the recession timetable. It doesn’t look as though many people think a recession will be happening in 2020. A few people think we might even see another five years before we have another recession. It may be that the answer lies somewhere in between.
Increased Purchasing Power
At the end of the day it comes down to monthly cash flow for people. It is almost irrelevant what the price of a house is. It’s much more relevant what it costs on a monthly basis to live in a house.
While prices have increased, mortgage rates have gone down substantially over the last couple of years, making the ability for people to purchase that much greater.
In 2019 there has been a decline in the payment as a percentage of income, meaning that mortgage payment has gone down in relation to income coming in. Another consideration is wage increases. People are making more money over the last few years due to a strong economy. This has led to a sustained positive housing environment. It is now easier and easier for people to buy homes.
Americans are choosing real estate as safest investment
What are Americans thinking about home ownership? People perceive home ownership in a positive light with many benefits. Not just financially, but also in terms of family, stability, community, etc. People are thinking it’s even safer to invest in a home than in a savings account.
Rental rates are out of control!
Rent rates have been out of control. Geoff is an owner of apartment units and it has been very steady. And he finds it remarkable how people will sometimes stay in place and not buy a home. People should jump into home ownership and engage, as there are so many benefits to it. Rent values are increasing, not decreasing.
Orange County, NY
It’s been a mixed bag this year – up some months, down some months. We were up again in November over the past 5 years.. When we have our Housing Market Update in January we’ll be able to look back and review 2019 in its entirety. Geoff has no reason to anticipate any substantial surprises for December.
Average Sales Price
With the exception of March and August, it’s been up consistently. And there is no reason to believe that the rate of appreciation shouldn’t continue to increase modestly throughout 2020.
Ask to Sold Ratio
Ask to sold ratio is the ratio between the last asking price and the sold price of a home. It is at a very high ratio. It’s was less than 2% in July, historically a very high number. And even though November dipped down to about 96-1/2%, it’s still a very good number. We are really talking about historical strength here. Even though there are some ups and downs, historically these are very good numbers.
Days on Market
Days on market continues to be low, but it’s ticking up a little now. According to the graph, the lines are converging a little in July and September and it appears to have crossed over in October and. This means that the market is cooling a little, but that’s to be expected.
Sussex County, NJ
Still a bit of mixed bag, but not any month was the highest of the last 3 years. In November we dropped below the last 3 years. While not what we want to see, but it is what it is.
Average Sales Price
Average price is still pretty strong. It took awhile for Sussex County to come around in price appreciation. However, prices seem to be increasing at good level.
Ask to Sold Ratio
Again, the ratio between the last asking price and the sold price of a home. While not as strong as in Orange County, still very strong historical numbers.
Days on Market
Sussex is showing a strong market. Again, in November there was crossover, indicating a slight cooling of the market.
The next Housing Market Update will be on Tuesday, January 21 at 2 p.m You can sign up at GreenTeamRealty.com/HMU.
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Meet Our Panel for the December 2019 Housing Market Update
Our moderator is Geoff Green, President of Green Team Realty. Our panelist is Keren Gonen of Green Team New Jersey Realty
Keren has been a consistent panel member, present at each update. Geoff remarked that they’ve been doing this all year long, and it’s been a year of trying to figure out where the market is heading. Yes, it has slowed down, but it’s been a soft landing. It’s been a strong year altogether.
Keren remarked that one of the reasons there were fewer units sold in Sussex County is that there were fewer units listed. Many sellers are deciding to hold on to their houses, on the fence about whether to sell. They want to see what the new year brings, even though their agents are telling them that this is the time to sell. Otherwise they’ll be releasing their property when everyone else is. However, they’re still holding tight.
The other thing she’s noticed is listing prices that are way too high. For example, a house that should have been listed at $200,000 being listed at $250,000 .At that price it just doesn’t make sense and won’t sell. However, the sellers are still holding on. Geoff agreed that there are always overpriced listings. It’s a human condition in any market place. There may be a higher percentage right now. Often people try to hold out for that higher price. He also agreed that lack of inventory is the biggest problem.
Geoff said that the sum total of circumstances hasn’t allowed for rapid increase so maybe there will be a longer sustained recover and rebound to the housing market. Keren is working with sellers who will be listing during the first quarter of the year.
Keren’s parting words of advice:
List your houses now, because we don’t know what will happen!
Geoff agreed that right after the New Year is a great time to get going. It has been a wonderful holiday season with many transactions taking place.
You can contact Keren Gonen at 551-262-4062
By the way, Keren took part in this update from the airport, on her way to a two-week trip to Israel!
We’ll see you on January 21st at 2 p.m.
Green Team Realty receives NAMI Orange Appreciation Award
Geoff Green proudly accepted NAMI Orange‘s Appreciation Award on behalf of Green Team Realty at their 15th Annual Meeting. The meeting was held on November 25 at the Orange County Department of Mental Health in Goshen, NY.. Dhanu Sannesy, President of NAMI Orange is pictured here with Geoff Green and Susan Wynn. She spoke passionately about the work being done. And inspired us all with the work yet to do.
Presenting the Award
Green Team raised both awareness and funds for NAMI Orange through its Team Up for Hope initiative. I am a member of NAMI Orange. But I am also the Green Team’s Content Marketing Manager and part of Team Up for Hope. Therefore, I was asked to present the Appreciation Award to Geoff Green. And it was an honor to read the following inscription to him and all those attending.
NAMI Orange Appreciation Award presented to Green Team Realty – a real estate company that cares what happens in its community, represented by Geoff Green.
Besides their Team Up for Hope’s very successful fundraiser which benefited NAMI Orange, Green Team Realty also organized a webinar to increase public awareness featuring two NAMI Orange members who discussed how mental health issues impact the family as well as the individual – and who educated people as to how they could get the support and the services that they might need. An excellent public service! We are honored to have had Team Up for Hope select NAMI Orange as a recipient of their charitable good works.
What is NAMI?
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, “NAMI,” began at a kitchen table in 1979. A small group of families whose lives had been impacted by mental illness got together. And they decided to take some action. Now, 40 years later, it is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the United States. There are 48 NAMI State Organizations and more than 600 local affiliates.
According to NAMI’s website, the organization “envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.” Their mission is to provide “advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.”
Mental illness. Let’s talk statistics
These statistics are posted on the NAMI website And they’re frightening.
1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
Mental illness. Let’s talk reality
Imagine someone you know and care about becomes one of these statistics. Family members and friends suddenly find themselves in a world turned upside down. They don’t understand what has happened to their loved one. Furthermore, they don’t what to do or say to help that person. And the stigma surrounding mental illness can make it difficult to discuss the challenges with friends and family. As a result this further isolates both patient and family.
My family has lived this reality. My youngest daughter, Andrea, was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders at the age of 14. There was nothing that prepared us for the journey we suddenly found ourselves on. No guidebook to explain the mania, then the plunges into deep despair. There were prescriptions for lots of medications in lots of combinations. In addition there was therapy. However, there was nothing that helped us all to understand what was happening within her brain. No advice on how to communicate or set limits. No one telling me it wasn’t my fault. Chaos ruled our lives, exacerbated by loneliness.
NAMI Orange. Making a difference
I was introduced to NAMI Orange by a friend whose child was also struggling with a mental health diagnosis. We both signed up to take NAMI’s Family-to-Family class. This is a “peer education program for family members of adults living with mental illness.” Andrea was in the recovery stage of her illness at that time. I didn’t really need the course, I thought. But maybe I could pick up a few helpful tips. Instead, what I experienced was life changing.
People with a common goal made up our class. We wanted to learn how to better understand and help our loved ones. NAMI gave us the tools to better understand the science behind mental illness. Further, we learned about symptoms and changes to behavior and personality. In addition, we were taught communication skills, crisis preparation plans and so much more. Finally, we became our own support group. We shared our stories and the challenges we were facing. Most importantly we understood what everyone was going through.
NAMI Orange is an all-volunteer organization. Family-to-Family teachers are peers who also have an adult family member living with a mental illness. Furthermore, they go through specialized training. So do facilitators of support groups and presenters of in-school programs. The dedication of these volunteers cannot be overstated.
Team Up For Hope – Teaming up with NAMI Orange
The Green Team believes in giving back to the community. Money was raised through Light up the Holidays for the Warwick Valley Humane Society and Warwick Playground Dreams. After a few years of doing holiday lights contests, it was decided to change to a basic fund-raising effort. The name suggested was Team Up for Hope. And we decided we would team up with NAMI Orange and NAMI Sussex.
As a result, we arranged a meeting with representatives of these organizations. The information they shared with us and their passion for NAMI made a lasting impression on us. Together we were determined to raise not only funds, but awareness. That included the webinar mentioned in the award, which you can view here.
In addition, Andrea told her story of living with mental illness and her journey to recovery in a second webinar. Andrea concluded her story by performing an original song she had written about living with Bi-Polar Disorder. Sheila Sutton represented NAMI Orange again. She spoke to Andrea’s story. And Sheila also relayed the help that NAMI offers. Moreover, Geoff announced that Team Up for Hope had raised over $3,100 for NAMI Orange and over $1,500 for NAMI Sussex. To view that webinar, click here.
Andrea is a believer in sharing her journey with others in hopes of helping end the stigma surrounding mental illness. And I share her story with her permission. Further, we both share our thanks to Geoff Green. He first met Andrea during the webinar. However, knowing her diagnosis, he never hesitated to interview her for a position at the Green Team. She is now Agent Service Manager at the Warwick Office. Above all, Green Team shows that we are always Teaming Up for Hope!