Staten Island Board of Realtors inducts new president
Greg A. Sokol of Cangiano Estates was inducted as the 55th President of The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR).
Sokol was sworn into office by Dawn Carpenter, president of the New York State Association of Realtors and a past president of SIBOR. The banquet ceremony took place on Jan. 11 at the Excelsior Grand in New Dorp.
“I am humbled to be included among the many great men and women who have served as SIBOR presidents since our organization’s inception more than 100 years ago,” Sokol said. “It’s my honor to assume such a key leadership role with SIBOR, as we anticipate an exciting year ahead for the borough’s real estate market.”
SIBOR officers installed at the ceremony included President-Elect Michael Blasi, Sherlock Homes Realty; Secretary/Treasurer Laird Klein, Laird Klein Realty; and Immediate Past President Claire Bisignano Chesnoff, Clair Properties.
Other inducted directors included: Phyllis J. Cangro; Philip DeCarlo III; Georgianna Diaz; Michael Dukhovny; Richard E. Dun; Donna A. Iadarola; Sari Kingsley; Hector Mesa; Ron Molcho; Angelo Pappalardo; Joseph Pugliese; Francis (Frank) J. Rizzo; Scott A. Setaro, and Joseph L. Tirone Jr.
Two directors inducted that are non-Realtors are John R. Merlino Jr., Esq., of the law firm of Merlino & Gonzalez and Philip A. Guarnieri, CEO of Empire State Bank, who is serving as a non-Realtor member for the fifth consecutive year.
Sponsors for the ceremony included: Freedom Mortgage; Residential Home Funding Corp.; the law firm of Merlino & Gonzalez; Peoples Home Loans: Daniel Byrnes Attorney at Law; Envoy Mortgage: US Mortgage Corp; Cangiano Estates; PrimeLending/Wells Fargo Advisors; EverBank; ShowingTime; InterContinental; Law Offices of William J. Golding; Tristar Mortgage; The law firm of Klapper & Klapper; Palmieri Law; Metropolitan Home Inspection; Robert DeFalco Realty; Unity Bank; Flex; Wells Fargo, and GeoData.
ABOUT THE STATEN ISLAND BOARD OF REALTORS
The Staten Island Board of Realtors is the largest professional association in Staten Island and marked its 100th anniversary in October 2015.
SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas. All SIBOR Realtors belong to the New York State Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.
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Cangiano Estates Puts Family First
Cangiano Estates has a tag line they use in their business model, it is “Family, Home, Life”. These are the words this successful real estate company has their team focus on when doing business with the people from Staten Island and around the world. It is a focus that many may find unique among today’s real estate industry players.
Traci Cangiano, Broker/Owner of Cangiano Estates explains that the tag line was created for her team to share in her business philosophy. She says the motto simply means they care about families, and go above and beyond to work to benefit them and get things done as seamlessly as possible. The idea of Home, represents how her team will stop at nothing to find a family their dream home.
“Because we believe in representing our buyers, we work very hard to advocate and represent them to the best of our ability,” said Cangiano. “A buyer wouldn’t use a sellers attorney, so why would they use a sellers listing agent?” she adds.
Finally there is the story of Life. She explains that once a deal closes and there is a very happy buyer, couple or family, it is then time to move onto the next stage of their story.”People begin a new life in their new home and the chapter about the real estate transaction ends but their story continues,” she adds. “We appreciate people’s life stories and are happy to be a small part of it.”.
Cangiano strives to focus her business on people not on money and the numbers game. She believes the business she loves is about the buyer and the seller as people not just another listing on the market. “I stress to my team to take on the reality of their clients. What they need, how we can tailor our services to meet their needs,” she said. “This business should be about the people and their families,”she said.
There is no doubt that people do notice Cangiano’s dedication to their story of Family, Home and Life and have no hesitation sharing their stories. For Zoraida Clemente finding her first home could have been a scary prospect but she says being recommended to work with Natalie Kamien of Cangiano Estates was a blessing to her. “After you work with a Cangiano Realtor you close with an addition to your own family,” said Clemente. “The high quality of service with the personal attention I really needed was so important to me in buying my first home,” she added. “I thank Natalie for finding my home, supporting me all the way through the closing and becoming my Staten Island family friend.”
“We know what an emotional time buying a home can be especially your first home.” said Cangiano. “We remind our clients that this should be a happy time not stressful. We strive to make our clients comfortable enough to know they can sit back and relax, and Cangiano Estates will work together with the other professionals who are part of a transaction to get their deal done.”
Selling a home remotely from out of state is a challenge many homeowners reluctantly must face. For Peter and Bridget Schmidt of Mountainside, New Jersey working with Jennifer Gordon from Cangiano Estates proved to be a relief. “Jennifer proved to be invaluable to us in the sale of our home,” said Peter Schmidt. “She was able to provide local recommendations for many services we needed such as clean up, yard work and repair work and she was always willing to be onsite when we couldn’t be there,” he added. “Jennifer was capable, reliable and resourceful and her connections and knowledge of the area were a huge asset, especially for someone selling or buying a home remotely like us,” added Bridget. “She was a top notch realtor that went above and beyond and it was a pleasure to have her represent us.”
“For my team we have made more friends just because we treat perfect strangers like family,” said Cangiano. “No one should ever be intimidated or uncomfortable with the Realtor they work with. We understand what it means to truly represent a client, and we disclose this to our buyers upon first substantive contact, as required by NYS Agency Law. The friendships we make along the way are just the icing on cake,” she smiled.
The team effort of the Cangiano Estates family is something that really makes a difference to clients. Greg DiAmore of Manhattan said he feels like a part of the family with the team at Cangiano Estates. He relates that he suffers from severe chronic illness and is battling cancer and was having a difficult time trying to continue to afford to live in Manhattan so he decided to move to the suburbs. “No one has ever worked harder than the Cangiano team to find me a new home or given me the personal attention that the whole agency has given me ” said Di Amore. “All of the stress and anxiety of moving in New York City is enough to make a healthy person sick,” joked Di Amore. “With these folks on my side, I let go of all the tension and fear. I didn’t have to worry about the who, what and where, I was able to leave it to the experts on the Cangiano team,” he continued. “They stayed in constant touch with me and let me know what was going on play by play. To anyone looking for a new home, apartment or other real estate needs, I highly recommend my friends at Cangiano Estates.”
When Jennifer Gordon, a 17 year associate broker, joined Cangiano Estates two years ago she said she recognized the privileged opportunity and value of the joining the Cangiano team. “Our agents and staff are the cream of the crop. Quality instead of quantity is a hallmark of Cangiano Estates. Our broker, Traci Cangiano, is a selective broker making sure that all incoming members are of quality being highly educated, ethically intact, and must be the “right fit” for our company.,” she shared. Cangiano Estates is celebrating its ten year anniversary of doing business this year and is rated A+ and is rated an accredited business by the Better Business Bureau. “It is no surprise that we have the highest number of agents honored by the Staten Island Board of Realtors with “Realtor of the Year” awards and many of our agents serve on the Staten Island Board of Realtors board and many of their prestigious committees. Our broker served as the SIBOR President in 2013 and our agent Greg Sokol is the incoming SIBOR President for 2017,” she added.
Traci Cangiano reiterates that the real estate business should be a people business about people and their families. “All too often in today’s business world many people lose sight of that fact,” she said. “What we really need to do is to focus on the buyer or seller as a person and be able to see and feel the reality of their reality. We need to find out what they need and how we can tailor our services to meet their needs. Every family has a story. Every deal has a different set of circumstances.”
A common theme among all real estate firms is to give back to the community and become involved in humanitarian efforts. For Cangiano these efforts also fall in to their business model of Family, Home, Life. Cangiano points out that philanthropy is a big part her team’s day to day life. She explains that they don’t advertise their efforts to get publicity, they share in people lives because they feel it is the right the thing to do. Cangiano Estates honors Military, Police and FDNY all active and veteran members as well as teachers by offering a $500 rebate to them after closing. The company does publically support the American Cancer Society, Toys for Tots, SI Family Services food drive at the holidays but they really do try to help their neighbors on their own with no bells and whistles and just be there because they want to make a difference in some people’s lives and in their story of life. The events of real estate transactions can be a very big part of someone’s life, but it is just a page in their story of life and making those pages into a happy story is what Traci Cangiano and her teams strives to do.
Cangiano Estates, Ltd. Delivers Real Estate Success To Your Corner Of The World
Whether your corner of the world is here in Staten Island, the surrounding boroughs or in Vieterbo, Italy, the team at Cangiano Estates, Ltd has a proven success record for meeting all your real estate needs. This full service real estate firm ranks among the top ten producing firms on Staten Island and offers a unique service for buying, selling and renting real estate in Italy.
For company president, Traci Cangiano, real estate has always been a labor of love. Since starting her company in 2006 she has grown from a staff of two agents to 40 and built a reputation for unprecedented service. In 2014 the company experienced its best year ever with over 150 transactions with success in listings and sales across the island. The company has continued to ride its wave of success in the first half of 2015 and anticipates an even stronger second half of the year.
“I am so proud of the success of our team,” said Cangiano. “ We have a smart group who has rose to the challenges of today’s market and really helps people find exactly what they need. The current market is quite different where inventory is short and bidding wars are common. People like to know they have someone to advocate for them and the experience and dedication of our agents proves to them why working with a true professional really makes a difference.”
Cangiano has an impressive record herself, serving as Past President of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) 2013, as a Director on the Multiple Listing Board of Directors 2014/2015, the 2014 SIBOR Executive Committee, the NY State Association of Realtors Grievance Committee Chair for 2017, and as the 2009 SIBOR Realtor of the Year. She holds many advanced real estate designations including the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI), Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), Certified Buyer Representative (CBR), Shortsale Foreclosure Rep (SFR) and Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES).
Focusing on industry standards, new laws and rules is something Cangiano and her staff, take very seriously. Her tenure in leadership roles at her company and on the local boards has fine-tuned her industry knowledge which she takes great pride in sharing with her staff to keep them on the cutting edge of the industry. Training her brokers and agents to practice properly, ethically and effectively is an ongoing process for Cangiano.
“We really do strive to differentiate ourselves from local real estate companies,” said Cangiano. We offer homebuyers and sellers, landlords and tenants the best personal and professional service. We have always believed the best advertising for us is word of mouth and luckily people like to talk about their success with us.”
The Cangiano name is more than synonymous with success as it has a history in Staten Island and Brooklyn, as Traci’s husband Vinny comes from a family that has been known for five decades. In addition to the local connection Cangiano Estates Ltd is also making an international name for itself with its unique program of selling and renting homes in Italy. As well as having their Italian Realtor contacts abroad, they have a Realtor from their Staten Island Office who travels back and forth doing site visits, as well as collaborating with the Italian Attorneys and Notaries.
“The process of selling or buying a home abroad can be intimidating” said Cangiano. “Our partnership has taken the uncertainty out of these transactions by having people working for you on both sides,” she added.
The inventory in Italy ranges from one bedroom townhomes in the $150,000 range to homes and villas up to $12.5 million on the Mediterranean. Whether it’s a dream home or a vacation rental the team a Cangiano Estates Ltd make international transactions work smoothly. The fears of language barriers, payments arrangements, legal compliance and potential fraud are alleviated because there is a team here in the United States and abroad working for you.
With a company mission of sharing the best in personal and professional service from agents with expertise, honesty and integrity, Cangiano Estates Ltd is committed to providing a quality of service that is second to none. The professional service extends from sound advice on pricing and marketing to managing details involved in complex negotiations and transactions. Customer satisfaction is the key that keeps people coming back to Cangiano Estates Ltd.
If you would like to have a real estate professional from Cangiano Estates Ltd help you in your corner of the world call 718-605-5800, visit their website at www.Cangiano Estates.com or drop by one of the convenient offices located at 3888 Amboy Road or 42 Richmond Terrace. The coffee is always on!
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