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Experienced Real Estate Professional Joins Special Properties’ Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ Office as Realtor Associate® Services, LLC

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HO-HO-KUS 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, has welcomed Laurin Steiger to its Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ office as a Realtor Associate. Her appointment is part of Special Properties’ ongoing expansion throughout the northern New Jersey region.

Steiger comes to Special Properties with more than a decade of experience in the real estate industry and has closed more than $35 million in transactions. She specializes in residential real estate and has sold properties in more than 24 towns.

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Real Estate Agents in Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Ridgewood among Top Performers

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April 5,2018

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BERGEN COUNTY, 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, recently recognized a number of its agents in the Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Ridgewood offices for their overall sales performance in 2017 and for their recent rankings with New Jersey Multiple Listing Service (NJMLS).

“Whether the listing or selling agent, the success of our agents is testament to their hard work, Special Properties’ client-centric approach to customer service, and the power that Christie’s International Real Estate brings to the northern New Jersey real estate marketplace,” said Ilija Pavlovic, President and CEO of Special Properties Real Estate Services LLC.

Special Properties recently recognized the following agents for outstanding performance in overall sales in 2017:

  • Grazyna “Grace” Ziarko, Franklin Lakes
  • The Dator Team (Linda Dator, William “Bill” Dator, Lauren O’Rourke), Mahwah
  • Margaret Gregorek, Mahwah
  • Patricia Lomupo, Mahwah
  • Sharon Georgevich and William Savas, Mahwah
  • James “Jim” McElroy, Mahwah
  • Maureen Kuntz, Mahwah
  • Christina Gibbons, Ridgewood
  • Marisa Traverso, Ridgewood

NJMLS, a cooperative information network of real estate offices across Bergen, Essex, Passaic, and Hudson Counties, ranks its member realtors by total dollar values of real estate transactions in three categories: total production, listing agent and buyer’s agent. In Mahwah, Margaret Gregorek and Linda Dator were recently ranked second and third, respectively, for both total production and listed properties. For Ridgewood, Christina Gibbons was ranked fourth in the role of buyer’s agent.

“We congratulate the outstanding performance of our agents in a very competitive marketplace,” concluded Pavlovic.

About Special Properties Real Estate Services
Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC embraces the history and traditions of its flagship brokerage location in Saddle River, NJ, into an expanded, modern presence in Mahwah, Franklin Lakes and Ridgewood, NJ. With a staff of accomplished real estate brokers, its clients across northern New Jersey and southern New York are provided with customized, personalized services, backed by the luxury real estate brand of Christie’s International Real Estate. Special Properties provides local expertise with global connections. For more information, call 201-934-0607 or visit www.specialpropertiesres.com.

Top performing agents for Special Properties Real Estate Services recently gathered at the brokerage’s Mahwah location. Pictured (L-R) is James McElroy, Patricia Lomupo, Graznya “Grace” Ziarko, Sharon Georgevich, Marisa Traverso, Lauren O’Rourke, Margaret Gregorek, Maureen Kuntz, Christina Gibbons, and William Savas.

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Special Properties Real Estate Service, Appoints Darlene Bandazian as Vice President to Lead Regional Business Development

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January 24,2018

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Ramsey NJ, Special Properties Real Estate Services has announced the affiliation of Darlene Bandazian as Vice President of Regional Business Development. In this role, Bandazian will oversee the growth of the organization’s locations in New Jersey, as well as participating in the process to identify new future locations for the firm. Additionally, she will assist in the development of agent training programs that will encompass both proven techniques and cutting-edge trending concepts.

“We are both pleased and excited that Darlene has chosen to affiliate with Special Properties Real Estate Services LLC. As a highly-respected leader in the industry, Darlene’s effectiveness to unify offices, from different geographic locations with diverse cultures, speaks to her instinctive leadership and teaching skills,” said Ilija Pavlovic, President and CEO of Special Properties Real Estate Services. “Her most notable talent by far is her ability to connect with people. This is the exact expertise that becomes a benchmark for success.”

With nearly 30 years’ experience, Darlene has served in a variety of roles that include sales associate, broker-associate, branch manager and regional vice president for local and global companies. Darlene is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the New Jersey Association of Realtors, the Real Source Board of Realtors, New Jersey Multiple Listing Service, and the Garden State and Hudson Multiple Listing Services.

“I am very excited to be affiliated with Special Properties Real Estate Services LLC,” said Bandazian. “As a leading residential brokerage in the New Jersey market, and an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, we are steadfast about delivering superior performance with outstanding results for our customers and clients.”

For more information about buying or selling a home and the experience we deliver to clients, contact our office at 201-934-0607 and visit us on the web at www.specialpropertiesres.com.

 

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Return to Ridgewood helps Mondanile finish new Ducktails release

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Robert T Warburton, Staff WriterPublished 8:24 a.m. ET Aug. 25, 2017 | Updated 12:03 p.m. ET Aug. 25, 2017

Guitarist Matt Mondanile knew that finally, it was time to leave Los Angeles.

It was early February. Work on the new Ducktails album, his sixth, had stalled. The Ridgewood native had been toiling for months on the project. In 2016, Mondanile left Real Estate, the successful indie band he helped start after college, to channel all his creative resources into the side project turned primary occupation. But not enough was getting done.

It was also obvious that L.A. had become part of the problem. Mondanile was tired of having to drive everywhere. Tired of sharing a house with five roommates. Tired of the rented rehearsal space turned DIY recording studio. Even the incessantly nice weather was getting on his nerves. “I got tired of the sun, to be honest,” he said. “I felt like a total foreigner in California.”

After four years on the Coast, it was time, Mondanile knew, to go home. He moved back to Ridgewood.

http://www.northjersey.com/story/news/bergen/ridgewood/2017/08/25/return-ridgewood-helps-mondanile-finish-new-ducktails-release/588955001/

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Demand for housing in New Jersey on the rise — It’s a seller’s market

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By David Matthau April 11, 2017 3:53 AM

The New Jersey housing market, which has been depressed since the Great Recession, is showing signs of firing up.

According to Rob Dekanski, a Realtor with RE/MAX 1st Advantage, inventory levels in the Garden State are now lower than they’ve been in the past 18 years, which is very good news for people selling their homes.

“There’s less to choose from and buyers are fighting over less inventory, enabling the sellers to ask for a little bit more money,” he said.

He estimated that depending on the specific town and the quality of the school district, homes are selling for 2 to 10 percent more than they were a year ago at this time

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Special Properties Real Estate Services Supports Restoration of Slave Cemetery in Upper Saddle River

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Pictured (L-R) are Ferne Lambert, Special Properties Mahwah Office Manager; Daniel Hynes, a senior at Northern Highlands Regional High School; Alexandra Gregorek, Public Relations Manager; William Dator, Broker Associate; and Linda Dator, Realtor Associate.

November 8th 2016

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Upper Saddle River NJ, On October 30, 2016, team members from Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC were among a gathering of donors, local leaders and members of the community who gathered at the rededication of the Hopper Slave Cemetery in Upper Saddle River. The restoration of the cemetery, made possible through individual and corporate donors, like Special Properties, was led by the Upper Saddle River Historical Society and Daniel Hynes, a local high school student who made the cemetery restoration his Eagle Scout project.

Special Properties Real Estate Services embraces the history and traditions of its flagship brokerage location in Saddle River, NJ, into an expanded, modern presence in Mahwah and Franklin Lakes, NJ. With a staff of accomplished real estate brokers, its clients across northern New Jersey and southern New York are provided with customized, personalized services, backed by the luxury real estate brand of Christie’s International Real Estate. Special Properties provides local expertise with global connections. For more information, call (201)962-9555.

 

 

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Municipal tax offices have been slow to respond to a tepid real estate recovery, especially in modest neighborhoods

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BY DAVE SHEINGOLD
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

Homeowners at the lower end of North Jersey’s housing market — still suffering disproportionately from the real-estate slump — are now taking another hit in the form of inflated property tax bills that may be costing them hundreds of dollars extra per year.

An analysis by The Record shows that municipal tax offices across the region have been slow to respond to a prevailing trend of the recent tepid recovery — property values in most towns rising more slowly in modest neighborhoods — saddling those homeowners with an increasingly larger share of the property tax burden.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/municipal-tax-offices-have-been-slow-to-respond-to-a-tepid-real-estate-recovery-especially-in-modest-neighborhoods-1.1685223

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SPECIAL PROPERTIES TEAM MEMBERS DESIGNATED AS LUXURY SPECIALISTS BY CHRISTIE’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE

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Pictured are members of the Special Properties delegation along with executives of Christie’s International Real Estate, including (l-r) Sonja Cullaro, Director of Business Development; Dan Conn, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate; Vicki Gaily, Marketing Director; Kathleen Coumou, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Christie’s International Real Estate; Christine Frosini, Sales Associate; Ilija Pavlovic, Chief Executive Officer; Grace Ann DeCrosta, Communications Manager; and Ferne Lambert, Mahwah Office Manager.

October 23,2016

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Ridgewood NJ,  Leading residential real estate associates from the world’s top luxury network gathered in Washington, D.C. for Christie’s International Real Estate’s 2016 Luxury Specialist Conference.

The two-day event, held September 22-23, gave select agents from the Christie’s International Real Estate network an opportunity to explore best practices and strategies, as well as gain competitive insights on ways to successfully maneuver in today’s ever-changing, high-end global property market. Upon completion, attendees received the designation of Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist from Christie’s Education. Several members of the Special Properties team were in attendance and were awarded this prestigious honor.

Christie’s International Real Estate is the real estate arm of Christie’s, the world’s leading art business and the arbiter of luxury for 250 years. The invitation-only real estate network is composed of top brokerages from around the world, with more than US$118 billion in real estate transactions in 2015. Washington, D.C., was the ideal location for this event given its dynamic international flair.

“Our unique symposium offered a concentrated focus on techniques and tactics for marketing to buyers and sellers at the ultra-high-end, all while allowing attendees to explore new ways to increase their level of service to clients through their exclusive connection to Christie’s International Real Estate and Christie’s,” said Dan Conn, CEO, Christie’s International Real Estate.”

The conference included a myriad of panels, seminars, and presentations by luxury experts, including Christie’s specialists, focused on a range of topics — from selling strategies and marketing techniques to current trends in luxury goods and design. Approximately 200 professionals throughout the world took part in the conference.

“The conference offered members of our team an opportunity to network with Christie’s affiliates from around the country, and learn from some of the leading experts in luxury home sales,” said Vicki Gaily, Marketing Director. “Our team emerged from the conference with a host of new knowledge and enthusiasm that will translate into an enhanced level of service for our clients looking to sell or purchase higher-end properties.”

About Christie’s International Real Estate 

Christie’s International Real Estate is an invitation-only affiliate network composed of the world’s most proven and qualified real estate specialists in the luxury residential sector. The company has offices in London, New York, Hong Kong, Moscow, Los Angeles, and Palm Beach, and approximately 135 global Affiliates with 32,000 real estate professionals in 45 countries. For additional information, please visit www.christiesrealestate.com.

About Special Properties
With offices in Saddle River, Mahwah, and Franklin Lakes and expanding, Special Properties has a staff of accomplished real estate agents who deliver customized, personalized services, backed by the luxury real estate brand of Christie’s International Real Estate. Special Properties provides local expertise with global connections. For more information, call (201)962-9555.

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Ridgewood Open Houses for October 9,2016

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MLS # 1639391
653 Robert St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, C/C
Jane Certo, Broker Associate
Tarvin Realtors

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sun. 10/9
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MLS # 1640155
371 S Pleasant Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, C/C
Carolee Chirico, Broker Associate
Keller Williams Valley Realty

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 10/9
23

MLS # 1621787
379 S Pleasant Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 1 Full Bath, C/C
Jee E. Chang, Sales Associate
Weichert Realtors, Fort Lee

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Sun. 10/9
  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. Sun. 10/16
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MLS # 1634331
640 Linwood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
3 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
Theresa Jung, Sales Associate
Realty 7, LLC

  • Open House: 1:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sun. 10/9
23

MLS # 1635658
30 Maltbie Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
3 Bedroom, 1 Full Bath, Col
Ghada Abbasi, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Ridgewood

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 10/9
23

MLS # 1640302
474 Sheffield Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, Col
Laura Gill, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Ridgewood

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 10/9
22

MLS # 1636142
506 Farview St, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
William W. Mack, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Kinnelon/Butler

  • Open House: 12:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. Sun. 10/9
25

MLS # 1639318
359 Linwood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
Jennifer McSherry, Sales Associate
Marron Gildea Realty, Inc. Ridgewood

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 10/9
24

MLS # 1639914
165 Kemah Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
3 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath, Col
Nicholas R. Alutin, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 10/9
25

MLS # 1640554
130 Woodside Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath, Col
Ghada Abbasi, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Ridgewood

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 10/9
25

MLS # 1628041
135 Woodside Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 5 Full Bath, Col
Erin Pruitt, Sales Associate
Frances Ekblom, Sales Associate
Tarvin Realtors

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sun. 10/9
25

MLS # 1639467
620 Albert Pl, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
3 Bedroom, 2 Full Bath,
1 Half Bath, Col
Jeff Vander Molen, Sales Associate
Terrie O’Connor Realtors-Wyckoff

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 10/9
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MLS # 1636234
331 S Van Dien Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath, Col
Qizhan Yao, Broker Owner
Realmart Realty, LLC

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sun. 10/9
25

MLS # 1614612
676 Terhune Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
4 Bedroom, 4 Full Bath, Ranch
Ghada Abbasi, Sales Associate
Coldwell Banker, Ridgewood

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 10/9
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MLS # 1615483
200 Claremont Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
2 Half Bath, Col
Till Horkenbach, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 10/9
22

MLS # 1640758
145 W Ridgewood Ave, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
6 Bedroom, 3 Full Bath,
2 Half Bath, Col
Cathy Bossolina, Sales Associate
Tarvin Realtors

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M. Sun. 10/9
25

MLS # 1639438
285 Manor Rd, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
5 Bedroom, 4 Full Bath,
2 Half Bath, Ranch
Christine Gubb, Sales Associate
Keller Williams Village Square Realty

  • Open House: 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. Sun. 10/9
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Finding The Path To A Stable Retirement When Savings And Social Security Aren’t Enough

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September 25,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, As much as American workers look forward to retirement, many of them also worry that retirement is a luxury they can’t afford.

In fact, about one-fourth express concerns about running out of cash in retirement, according to a survey by the Indexed Annuity Leadership Council.

The problem, says Marco Kozlowski, (www.marcokozlowski.com) an entrepreneur and business consultant, is that too many people lock themselves into a few limited options for funding their retirement nest egg.

Social Security provides a small amount of income, but after that people rely on what little savings they can muster after paying bills and taking care of other daily living expenses.

When they realize their savings are coming up short, they consider alternative retirement plans, such as delaying Social Security so monthly payments will be higher, working in retirement, or turning to investments such as real estate to provide a different path to security.

Kozlowski is a proponent of the real estate alternative, but he warns that real estate comes with its own caveats.

“People think when you are talking about real estate that it’s going to be some get-rich-quick situation,” Kozlowski says. “It’s not. To be successful at it takes effort and education on how to do things correctly. Buying a home and buying investment property have completely different rules.”

Those willing to get educated and to put in the hard work will find that real estate can be the ticket to healthy retirement plan, he says.

He has a few tips to help those interested avoid some common pitfalls:

• Buy it right.  Be on the lookout for the best deals. Ideally, you want to find properties that you can buy at a discount. If you really know what you are doing, you can get 20 percent or more off the actual property value.  Don’t worry about the seller’s asking price. “If you make an offer and it gets accepted, you paid too much,” he says.
• Don’t fear negotiations. When it’s not something you do on a regular basis, negotiating can seem intimidating and uncomfortable. Some people just don’t like it, but good negotiations are critical and inevitable for success in life and real estate, so Kozlowski suggests just having fun with it. “Negotiations are nothing more than a conversation with another person, but with a goal in mind,” he says. “Remember that money is made on the buy. I’d rather get 100 rejected offers and one accepted at the right price. Rejection is free; a bad deal is costly.”
• Consider hiring a management firm. Owning and maintaining real estate can consume a lot of time. It’s best to get a management company to manage the properties and tenants for you so you can devote your time to other more important things – like making more offers to get more great deals in your portfolio
• Explore financing options. There are many ways to finance a real estate purchase. You don’t have to use your own capital and you don’t have to go through a bank. For example, you can seek out private money. You may pay more in interest, Kozlowski says, but there’s no limit on how many loans you can get as is the case with many banks.

Kozlowski cautions that real estate investing can be risky – especially if you don’t educate yourself before taking the plunge.

“The way to reduce all risk is through knowledge,” he says. “Everything we learn helps use avoid some sort of risk. In that sense, real estate investing isn’t much different from anything else in life.”

About Marco Kozlowski

Marco Kozlowski (www.marcokozlowski.com), author of the ebooks “WTF Wealth: The Formula” and “10 Myths of Investing in U.S. Real Estate,” is an entrepreneur and mentor who offers financial education on how to maximize real estate investing in the United States from anywhere in the world.