Barbara began life as a city girl, born in the Bronx, NY. However, she eventually fell in love with beautiful Sussex County NJ and easily made the transition to country girl. Barbara lived in Vernon for over 30 years. And it’s where she raised her two children, now married adults. Barbara has been an active member of the community. She was a coach for Vernon Youth Cheerleading. In addition, she volunteered for the Social Committee for her homeowner’s association. Furthermore, she is well known in the area for her work as a Personal Trainer and Instructor.
Barbara is very energetic and very rarely sits still. Therefore, country life suits her. She enjoys running, hiking, cycling, and cross-country skiing. Of course, the incredible Sussex County landscape provides the perfect backdrop for these outdoor activities and more.
A unique skillset
Barbara brings with her over 25 years in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer and Instructor. In addition, she has 12 years of experience in Fitness management. She attended Berkeley College and holds numerous certifications in fitness. Barbara projects a positive attitude in everything she does. She enjoys working with people and stays committed to them every step of the way. Barbara hopes to show this strength to help her clients achieve the best outcome.
Meet Barbara Matchett, Real Estate Salesperson
Barbara has been interested in real estate for some time. In 2019 she purchased a home in Crystal Springs, her fourth home. With each home she has purchased, her interest grew. Barbara understands the importance of finding the right home. Her desire to help people and her focus and dedication to helping them reach their goals extend from personal training to real estate salesperson. In addition, her ability to listen to her clients’ needs helps to provide an excellent experience, whether buying or selling a home.
Green Team New Jersey Realty announced that Keren Gonen is once again the Quarterly Sales Leader. Keren was Sales Leader for Quarters 2, 3, and 4 of 2020, as well as Yearly Sales Leader. Rounding out the three top three in sales were Kristi Anderson, and the team of Charles Nagy and Ted Van Laar.
Tammy Scotto, Green Team New York Realty
Tammy finished 2020 as a member of the Green Team Realty Presidents Club, for sales between $5 and $10 million. Geoff Green had this to say about Tammy:
We are very excited to announce that Tammy Scotto has won the Quarterly Sales Leader award for Q1 of 2021. Tammy is a very consistent top producer who remarkably has never won this award. That said, Tammy is always near the top of our production charts. So it comes as no surprise that she ultimately finished in first place this quarter. What makes Tammy such a great producer is the fact that her clients truly love her. Why do they love her? It’s quite simple. She just doesn’t give up. Tammy truly goes above and beyond the call of duty for her clients. She never takes on more than she can handle, and takes every client’s situation very seriously. Big congrats Tammy! We are all very happy that you have won this award!”
According to Tammy,
” Last year was challenging on many levels. The Pandemic left us housebound for many weeks. That made our business even more challenging. The floodgates opened around May/June and I took off running. Clients from NYC, Long Island, and New Jersey were looking to relocate to the beautiful Hudson Valley. I can’t say thank you enough to all my clients who trusted in me through those difficult times to find them a new home. Last year’s business has trickled over to the start of 2021 and for that I am grateful. Looking to keep the momentum going for the remainder of the year.”
Keren Gonen, Green Team New Jersey Realty
It is not surprising that Keren Gonen is in the top 20 of all agents in Sussex County, With $17.8 Million in sales in 2020, she was Yearly Sales Leader for 2020 and joined the MVP Circle. Also, she was the 2020 recipient of the special Momentum Builder Award. .According to Geoff,
“Keren Gonen’s roll seems to have no end. Keren finished 2020 in grand fashion producing more sales volume than 99% of her peers in Sussex County. She has now officially won our Q1 2021 Sales Leader award, and I can say with certainty that she is not taking her foot off the pedal anytime soon. It’s truly remarkable to watch Keren’s business soar higher and higher. But what is truly most remarkable about this Lady is that she is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. It’s hard to find such a great producer who truly respects all people she comes in contact with. Great job Keren! Here is to many, many more such awards.”
Keren had this to say about being 1st Quarter Sales Leader:
“In true fashion of the times, 2021 continues to surprise us all. The Market is still strong and plenty of people are still selling and buying. Thank you to all my Buyers, Sellers, and investors for choosing me as your Realtor of Choice. I am grateful to all of you. Stay safe.”
According to Broker Manager Kim Lasalandra, Alison is a dedicated and busy wife, mother, and fabulous real estate agent. However, she also spends a lot of her time helping the school and the community. Alison is the current President of the SCA (School Community Association) at Vernon Township High School. Formerly, she was the treasurer for 2 years. Before that, the secretary.at Glen Meadow Middle School (2014-2015).
At the end of the 2020 school year, both the president and vice president vacated their positions. Alison stepped up to become President. What’s more, her retired mother stepped up to take on the role of treasurer.
What does the SCA do?
Basically, the SCA, as a whole, raises a lot of money through different programs to assist the children of the Vernon Township schools. In addition, the SCA recognizes teachers and staff, as well as the great people of their community. Of course, 2020 was a difficult year. The usual fundraisers are social events. Unfortunately, most could not be held due to COVID. Luckily, they were able to organize an online auction this spring to raise money for scholarships for high school seniors. Furthermore, the organization helps brighten the spirits of Vernon Township’s senior citizen members of the Senior Center, as well as local children through the Giving Tree Project.
Alison selected an organization very important to her
It is not surprising that Alison Miller donated her Citizen of the Year prize money to the Vernon Valley High School SCA. Furthermore, Alison specified that the donation is for the Senior Scholarship Awards. Accepting the donation was Ginger Wynne, Executive Treasurer, and Pam McCann, Executive Secretary of the SCA. According to Alison:
“As an Executive committee, annually our school SCA board volunteers raise money specifically for Vernon High School senior scholarships. We were unable to raise any money in 2020. And this year we were able to raise a good portion of funds by means of an online silent auction. The auction committee worked tirelessly and diligently on the organization of this event. Therefore, I wanted to donate the $500 for the Senior Scholarship Awards. I am especially grateful to this group of ladies/parents for their efforts. I am the only board member with a graduating senior in 2021. Therefore, this is also my final year serving on the Vernon SCA board.
In addition, I am grateful to Geoffrey Green and Green Team New Jersey Realty. The $500 award money for donation to the charity of my choice was an unexpected and welcome surprise.”
In photo Pam McCann, Executive SCA Secretary, on the right, Alison Miller in the center, and Ginger Wynne, Executive SCA Treasurer on the left .
Carol Buchanan – Green Team New York Realty 2020 Citizen of the Year
Carol Buchanan donates Citizen of the Year Prize Money to local charities. She and her husband have always been involved in the community. They raised their children to give back. Now they are raising their grandchildren to do the same. For instance, Carol and her granddaughter were spotted ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at Shoprite.
“She has a dedicated heart. It takes a special person to be so kind. Furthermore, she’s a loving mother, devoted wife, doting grandmother, and busy real estate professional, However, Carol still makes time to give to her community.”
It’s no wonder Carol was recognized as Citizen of the Year. She has been a Meals on Wheels driver for the past 12 years. Moreover, she continues to deliver meals despite the pandemic. Unfortunately, Carol can’t chat with the seniors she delivers to. Consequently, she misses those conversations almost as much as they do. In addition, she is very involved with the Lions Club of Warwick and fundraising, including their 5K Labor Day Race.
Honoring Citizen of the Year with Donations to Local Charities
Geoff Green, President of Green Team Realty, believes in giving back to the community. In fact, Green Team’s core values include volunteerism and support of local charities. Geoff Green donated a total of $500 to the charities of Carol’s choosing in honor of her Citizen of the Year Award.
Carol graciously accepted the Award and announced the charities to receive donations:
“I’m honored to have received this award. I thank Geoff Green for his generous donation to the Warwick Area Migrant Committee and the Warwick Valley Humane Society. It is always my pleasure to give back to the Warwick community that has been so good to me and my family. I’ve always admired the work and dedication of Suzy Barron for the Humane Society, as well as Kathy Brieger for her generous support and wonderful programs for the children of migrant workers.
Warwick Area Migrant Committee
Kathy Brieger, Warwick Area Migrant Committee, shared these words::
“Carol, Congratulations on your recognition. I’m grateful to you for giving us this gift. We will be using the $250 to support our Safety Backpack Project. The bright orange bags will be given to 200 farmworkers who walk or ride their bikes to work.
These bags are packed with safety-related items like safety goggles and hand sanitizer. The intention of the safety backpacks is to allow drivers to see farm workers as they walk or ride their bikes to work. This is often a safety hazard during certain times of the harvest when farmworkers may be leaving for work and returning home when it is dark. The date for the distribution is April 17th at 12 pm. It will be organized by WAMC at the ALAMO.”
Warwick Valley Humane Society
Suzyn Barron of the WVHS sent the following message:
“Warwick Valley Humane Society is so honored to receive this donation from Carol for our Building Fund towards a new shelter facility. On behalf of our homeless pets, we thank her for her generosity in sharing her award of Citizen of the Year with our organization.
The current shelter facility is not up to today’s standards in animal sheltering. This new facility will offer a more spacious, healthier, safer, and well-ventilated building for the animals, staff, and visitors. Thanks, Carol, for helping us build a better safe haven for our community’s unwanted, abandoned, and neglected animals.
Carol Buchanan and Geoffrey Green present Suzyn Barron, Warwick Valley Humane Society, and Kathy Brieger, Warwick Area Migrant Committee with donation checks
The Green Team Realty March 2021 Housing Market Update was held on March 16 at 12:00 p.m. If you missed the live webinar or would like to watch it again, it’s available here:
Overview of the real estate market on the national level
Geoff Green, President of Green Team Realty, began the update with a quote from Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR:
“Home sales could possibly reach 8 million if we had more inventory… Mortgage rates should remain very low throughout 2021, although we may have seen the lowest already.”
As shown in this graphic, foreclosure activity is minimal.
Geoff pointed out that with the job loss and economic woes resulting from the pandemic, you would expect the number of foreclosures to be much higher. According to DS News,
“About 325,000 people will exit the forbearance program over the next six to nine months without a plan in place. Some – but probably not all – of those loans will likely default.”
The continuing saga of low inventory – and the Sellers Market
Year-over-year changes indicate that this is a great time to sell. Inventory is so low, if you are thinking about getting your house on the market, now is the time to do it!
Home Price Appreciation
For an in-depth discussion on home price appreciation, watch the housing market update here.
National and Local Housing Market Stats (Orange County NY and Sussex County NJ) are then discussed.
Meet our Panel
Geoff was joined by Keren Gonenof Green Team New Jersey Realty and Carol Buchanan of Green Team New York Realty. In addition, Ken Aulicino of Family First Funding added his expertise as a Mortgage Specialist.
The discussion began with the topic of buyers and possible issues in obtaining mortgages. In addition, whether appraisals were coming in, even with rising home prices. Geoff asked Ken Aulicino about whether rates were coming up. Even with rates coming up, historically they are still very low. Click here to watch the full panel discussion, including a question and answer session.
If you would like to get in touch with any of our panelists, their contact information is below:
We’ll see you on Tuesday, April 20 at 12 p.m. for our next Housing Market Update.