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Is Greenwich CT’s Housing Crash Predictive of NJ?

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Ridgewood NJ, While it news reports indicate that Phil Simms and Jon Bon Jovi are selling their high-priced, high-taxed New Jersey homes, possibly at deep-discounts, Garden State Initiative’s president Regina Egea recently authored on op-ed on how a crash of high-end real estate in Connecticut could be spreading to NJ – and what that means for Garden State taxpayers.

The Garden State Initiative is dedicated to making New Jersey a place where families and businesses can thrive. We are a nonpartisan research and educational organization that offers practical free-market solutions to the state and local challenges facing New Jersey.

A recent Wall Street Journal report “Wealthy  Greenwich Home Sellers Give in to Market Reality” on Connecticut’s real estate market should engender concern by all New Jersey residents.  

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Special Properties Real Estate Services Closes Largest Sale in the Village of Ridgewood

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RIDGEWOOD NJ , Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, voted Christie’s Affiliate of the Year in 2017 and 2018, and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in northern New Jersey, in cooperation with the Christina Gibbons Group, are proud to announce they have represented both the seller and buyer in the highest-value, single-lot, single-family real estate sale in Ridgewood history per the New Jersey Multiple Listing Service (NJMLS). The property, located at 137 Phelps Road in the Village, sold at $4.3 million.

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Successful Real Estate Professional Joins Special Properties’ Ridgewood-West Office

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RIDGEWOOD NJ , Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in the region, has welcomed Maureen Molé as a Realtor Associate in its Ridgewood-West office located in Ridgewood, NJ. Her addition is part of the agency’s ongoing growth and expansion throughout northern New Jersey.

“We are very excited to welcome Maureen to our Special Properties family,” said Ilija Pavlovic, President and CEO of Special Properties. “Her expertise, experience and record of success are very synergistic with our ongoing commitment to provide clients with the highest levels of customer service in the industry. Maureen’s addition to our team brings yet another new and unique perspective to our team of agents.”

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Will Ridgewood Follow Greenwich With a Collapse of Property Values

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Ridgewood NJ, according to Garden State Initiative , once the symbol of an affluent America , Greenwich, Connecticut is enduring a collapse of its real estate market as high-earners flee the high-tax state. This was typically preceded by these homeowners establishing residences in Florida or other more fiscally attractive states. This  sounds all to familiar, New Jersey? The storm that is currently hitting Connecticut’s real estate market is starting to impact New Jersey. As high end real estate values deflate, as is occurring in Greenwich, the taxes to support local governments and schools will be redistributed to moderate and lower value property owners.

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Spring 2019 Special Properties Lifestyle Magazine Celebrates the City of Summit and the Worlds of Travel, Jewelry and Real Estate

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Ridgewood NJ, Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in northern New Jersey, announced that the 2019 Spring Issue of Special Properties Lifestyle Magazine will be arriving in subscriber mailboxes this week. The latest issue of the magazine, a partnership between the brokerage and North Jersey Media Group, celebrates the imminent opening of Special Properties’ new Summit, NJ office.

“The latest issue of our magazine brings together captivating stories from the worlds of travel, jewelry and real estate and a particular focus on Summit, NJ and Special Properties’ new office in this Union County enclave,” said Ilija Pavlovic, President and CEO of Special Properties Real Estate Services. “We are pleased to continue to bring our readers the latest in lifestyle and real estate stories, in partnership with North Jersey Media Group, the region’s leading media organization. The magazine reinforces the power of the Special Properties and Christie’s brands and the advantages they bring to those looking to buy or sell a home.”

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Regional Real Estate Agents Recognized with Circle of Excellence Sales Awards

Special Properties’ Agents from Ridgewood (East &West) and Ho-Ho-Kus Offices Acknowledged for Outstanding Performance

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RIDGEWOOD NJ, Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in northern New Jersey, announced that several of its affiliated real estate agents from its Ridgewood, NJ (East & West) offices and Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ office recently received Circle of Excellence® Sales Awards® from New Jersey Realtors (NJR). The Circle of Excellence Sales Award recognizes NJR members who have demonstrated excellence in the field of salesmanship.

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Special Properties’ Real Estate Agent Christina Gibbons Hosts Customer Appreciation and Season Kick-off Event

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Ridgewood NJ, 
 Christina Gibbons, a Realtor Associate® for Special Properties Real Estate Services, the fastest growing real estate brokerage in northern New Jersey, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate (CIRE), and Christie’s Affiliate of the Year, hosted her Annual Client Appreciation Event on February 7 at Roots Steakhouse in Ridgewood.  The night featured clients that Gibbons has served in the past years and celebrated her highly-successful year.

Gibbons is a top producing agent at Special Properties. In 2018, Gibbons achieved over $24.5 million in sales, and was the #2 agent in Ridgewood, NJ. She is known for her excellence in customer service, marketing of homes across all sales platforms, stylized branding, and strong personal drive. In 2018, Gibbons was named Bergen County Top Real Estate Agent by Bergen Magazine.  She also received the Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist Designation at Christie’s Worldwide Agent Conference, hosted by Special Properties this past September.

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Longtime Real Estate Professional Joins Special Properties’ Ridgewood, NJ Office as Realtor Associate®


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RIDGEWOOD NJ , Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in the region, has welcomed Kimiko Miller as a Realtor Associate in its Ridgewood-West office in Ridgewood, NJ. Her addition is part of the agency’s ongoing growth and expansion throughout northern New Jersey.

Miller comes to Special Properties with more than three decades of experience in the real estate industry. She is a member of the Greater Bergen Association Board of Realtors, the New Jersey Multiple Listing Service, and the New Jersey Association of Realtors.

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Real Estate Professional Joins Special Properties’ Ridgewood-West Office as Realtor Associate®

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RIDGEWOOD NJ , Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, has welcomed Eric Martens as a Realtor Associate in its Ridgewood-West office in Ridgewood, NJ. His addition is part of the agency’s ongoing growth and expansion throughout northern New Jersey.

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Longstanding Real Estate Duo Joins Special Properties’ Ridgewood-West Office as Realtor Associates®

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RIDGEWOOD NJ, Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate and the fastest-growing real estate brokerage in northern New Jersey, welcomes the long-time real estate duo of Maribeth Germinario and MaryBeth Fahey to its Ridgewood-West office as Realtor Associates. Their addition to Special Properties is part of the real estate brokerage’s ongoing expansion throughout the region.

These full-time agents specialize in residential real estate throughout Bergen County and the surrounding areas. They have earned various sales awards in their 10 years as a team, and both hold the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) and Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation. They are members of several industry organizations, including the National Association of Realtors and the Greater Bergen Association of Realtors. 

Fahey is a graduate of Villanova University with degrees in finance and liberal arts and in her spare time she enjoys gardening & travelling. She currently lives in Ridgewood with her husband and two sons.

Germinario has sold real estate all over central and northern New Jersey, before settling in Ridgewood with her family in 2002. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, the beach, travelling and walking her dogs. A New Jersey native, Germinario graduated from Seton Hall University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.