Meet Alejandro Villafrade

Meet Alejandro Villafrade

Alejandro was born and raised in Columbia. He has always been fascinated and inspired by understanding the way things work. He attended college and received his degree in Industrial Engineering. After that, he started working in finance and sales for well-known companies in Columbia. In 2016, Alejandro decided to leave his comfort zone and look for new challenges. Therefore, he moved to New York and started a new career in the hospitality business.

A unique resume leads to essential skills

After years of experience, Alejandro has learned essential skills to help him have a successful career in real estate. He developed his expertise in sales and negotiations. Also, there is his attention to detail, creative problem-solving capacity, and the ability to work under pressure. Alejandro has earned solid customer service and communication skills, empathy, persistence, and a positive attitude. On top of that, he speaks English and Spanish.

Why real estate?

Alejandro admits that Real Estate provides a path to financial freedom, a balanced life, and the personal fulfillment of helping others. He likes being independent, setting his hours, and managing his time and priorities. Alexandro also enjoys interacting and meeting new people, as well as working from different places.

Why Green Team?

Alejandro could feel the positive energy and the sense of teamwork right on his first visit to the Green Team office. The agents that he met made him feel like he had found the right fit. He is confident that the Green Team’s training and mentoring program will help him meet his goals.

Let’s get personal

Alejandro has many interests in business, investing, and finance. He also enjoys learning new things, traveling, outdoor activities, fitness, and reading.

Housing Market Update December 2020

Housing Market Update December 2020

Geoff Green, President of Green Team Realty, welcomed everyone to the December 2020 Housing Market Update. This webinar, held on Tuesday, December 15, at 2 p.m., examined the housing market on both national and local levels.

If you missed the webinar or would like to view it again, it is available here.

Meet the Panel

Panelists included Keren Gonen and Pam Zachowski of Green Team New Jersey RealtyToni Kreusch, and Karen Gauvin of Green Team New York Realty. Michael Giannetto of CrossCountry Mortgage LLC joined them.

2020 – The Year in Review

What a year it has been! The real estate industry has had a strong year. The housing market has experienced a “V-shaped” recovery. Furthermore, according to, it continues to ascend based on demand, supply, price, and time on market.

There are no signs of an impending foreclosure increase.  In fact, the number of mortgages in forbearance is decreasing.

Are prices going up too fast?

Geoff Green addresses this question, using actual and historic appreciation factors. However, it all comes back to supply and demand, as shown below. The less inventory you have, the more demand and prices go up.

Green Team Realty Housing Market Update

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist at NAR, explained why there is no comparison between today’s market and the frenzy of activity seen in 2006, which led to the recession. You can view his full quote in the December 2020 HMU video. Also, the good news is mortgage affordability based on household debt service as a percentage of disposable personal income. Furthermore, mortgage rates are projected to remain low in 2021, and home prices continue to increase.

The new Winter 2021 Buyer and Seller Guides are now available on the Green Team Realty website.

Click here and scroll halfway down the screen to request your guide.

Housing Market Stats – Nationwide and Local

Existing home sales have risen, and home prices continue to soar. Of course, inventory continues to plummet. Locally, average prices have soared. The panelists discussed the impact of current market conditions on both buyers and sellers, and what they are seeing in their businesses. You can see the panel discussion here.

“Housekeeping” Items

Housing Market Update December 2020 "Housekeeping" details

Contact our Panelists

Panelist Contact Info for Dec 2020 HMU

We’ll see you on Tuesday, January 29, 2021, at 12 p.m.

Click here to register.

Meet My J Elkhamiri

Meet My J Elkhamiri

Meet My J Elkhamiri, who has recently joined Green Team New York Realty. My J’s journey has taken him from New York City to New Jersey. He then decided that Vernon, New Jersey, was where he wanted to put down roots, buying a home there.

The journey to real estate

My J’s area of study in college was Hotel Management. For several years, he worked in customer service and relations for a major hotel chain. Being a self-described “people person,” My J was a natural at networking and building business relationships. With his entrepreneurial spirit and networking skills, he also worked as a life insurance agent. However, My J had long held an interest in real estate and obtained his license in 2008. The home he purchased in New Jersey had been in foreclosure, and buying his own home reinforced his desire to become a full-time real estate agent.

My J’s background in customer relations and service extends to his real estate business, as does his skill at networking. He believes in providing the best service possible to his clients, helping them realize their real estate goals.

It’s all about family

My J is the proud father of three sons. He enjoys the flexibility that real estate provides him to be there for his boys. My J enjoys taking them to their school activities, especially basketball. He also loves being in and introducing his clients to the Warwick/Orange County area, helping them find the right fit. Next on his list? My J is obtaining his real estate license for New Jersey, so he can introduce his clients to beautiful Sussex County, as well.


Jennifer DiCostanzo Achieves SRES Designation

Jennifer DiCostanzo Achieves SRES Designation

Jennifer DiCostanzo of Green Team New York Realty has achieved her SRES® designation. As a Seniors Real Estate Specialist, she is uniquely qualified to assist clients over the age of 50.

Why should seniors work with an SRES®?

The largest group of home buyers and sellers in the U.S. are people over 50. Seniors face additional decisions when contemplating selling their homes, both financially and emotionally. Whether an empty nester, retiring to an active adult community, downsizing, or relocating to be closer to family, an SRES®  has the expertise and the network to help meet those needs.

As an SRES®, Jennifer utilizes her expertise to help clients in this phase of their lives with their personal real estate needs, providing a plethora of resources.

“This SRES® designation means a higher level of service to my clients with specialized knowledge in reverse mortgages, 401(k) accounts, and IRA’s. Furthermore, by understanding specific needs of my clients, I am able to create a customized approach to meet housing, lifestyle, and relocation needs. In addition, I provide my clients with a network of professionals for all phases to help them get through the process. My goal in assisting clients who are transitioning during this time is to make the process even more transparent and stress-free as possible.”

Meet Ashley Torres

Meet Ashley Torres

Green Team New York Realty welcomes Ashley Torres to its ranks.

The road to becoming a real estate professional is often paved with experiences in other lines of work. For Ashley Torres, that road has been especially sweet.

Ashley Torres brings a unique skill set to Green Team

Ashley was the owner and operator of a custom cake business for 9 years. She has always prided herself on excellent customer service. Word of mouth helped spread the word about her business. Therefore, it was important that the work spoke for itself.

Ashley brings the same work ethic to her real estate business. Excellent service to her clients is extremely important. So is the attention to detail that was so vital in her prior business. In addition, Ashley has a very personal reason for providing the best service to her clients. When buying a new home, her experience was less than wonderful. Therefore, she wants to give her clients the ultimate experience when finding the home of their dreams. From start to finish, her goal is to make her client feel that they are receiving top-notch service. A resident of Monroe for 8 years, Ashley is very familiar with Orange County and surrounding areas. As such, she is able to help advise her clients on the many different areas that exist here.

It’s all about family

Ask Ashley what her favorite thing to do is and the answer is simple. She loves to spend time with her kids. Ashley is the proud mom of three daughters. Two are still in the Monroe-Woodbury School District and one has graduated. As a devoted mom, Ashley became involved in the PTA and actually ran it for 3 years.  When she does take time for herself, she loves to read and work on personal development.

Why join the Green Team?

For Ashley, the choice was clear. The Green Team places special emphasis on providing training and support to its agents. In addition, the Green Team’s reputation in the community matches her own values of giving back.



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