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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Danielle Russodivito with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate from Suffern, NY!

November 15, 2019

Danielle Russodivito

Danielle Russodivito
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate

Experience: 4 years
Specializations: First Time Home Buyers. Buyers, Sellers, Investors, Landlords, Renters.
Areas Served: Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Morris & Hudson County NJ; Rockland, Orange, Westchester & Bronx County NY

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: In 2010, when I purchased my first condo. I loved the whole process of searching for homes online, and touring them in person. I have a little bit of background in construction between friends and family, so renovating and staging also intrigued me. I also have worked over 12 years in customer service, and absolutely love to see a smile on the customer’s face when you have exceeded their needs and satisfaction.

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Sandy Cary with Sotheby’s International Realty from Austin, TX!

November 5, 2019

Sandy Cary
Sotheby’s International Realty

Experience: 20+ years
Specializations: Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (LHMS), Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE)
Areas Served: Austin, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Westlake, Dripping Springs, Spicewood 

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: Ever since I can remember, I have always been fascinated with real estate. I took real estate classes in college and always knew real estate was going to be my field of interest. I also enjoy helping others and I get great satisfaction out of uniting my buyers with the perfect home. I also enjoy listing homes and working hard to get them sold quickly!

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Diane Gonzales with Shorewood Real Estate from Colorado Springs, CO!

October 31, 2019

Diane Gonzales
Shorewood Real Estate

Experience: 12 years
Specializations: Residential real estate
Areas Served: Colorado Springs

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: The money!!

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Maria Russo Schwartz with Douglas Elliman Real Estate from Huntington, NY!

October 30, 2019

Maria Russo Schwartz
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Experience: 20+ years
Specializations: Staging, Estate Sales, Marketing
Areas Served: Nassau & Suffolk County, Kings County

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: It as been in my family forever, I love it!

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A:  I had a line of buyers putting in offers 

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Greg Kolandjian with New Castle Group from Stafford, Va!

October 28, 2019

Greg Kolandjian
New Castle Group

Experience: 7 years
Specializations: Home Sellers/Buyers and Military Relocation
Areas Served: Stafford, Prince Williams, Fredericksburg, Fairfax, Spotsylvania and Alexandria

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: I owened rental properties and flipped house few times.

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Amelia Smith with McMullen Realty Group from Bentonville, AK!

October 28, 2019

Amelia Smith
McMullen Realty Group

Experience: 3.5 years
Specializations: New Construction, Resale, Land, First Time Home Buyer, Investment Properties
Areas Served: Northwest Arkansas

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: My husband is a builder.

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A:  The same couple showed up at 2 different open houses, one week apart. Instant connection, they said “Well hello, again”. We closed on their new home this past May.

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Earick Rayburn with RE/MAX Synergy from Chicago, IL!

October 24, 2019

Earick Rayburn

Earick Rayburn
RE/MAX Synergy

Experience: 11 years
Specializations: Residential everything, light commercial.
Areas Served: all of Chicagoland and surrounding suburbs

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: I was always a public servant being a teacher and coach, and I enjoyed construction and renovation aspects of home. I combined the two into a career and it’s clearly my purpose.

Q: What was your favorite moment in your career so far?
A: Not that I have one, but I’ve had multiple experiences where a buyer had virtually no chance of getting a loan but the buyer did and closed because of the team of lender, attorney at times and of course me as the realtor working together to solve the problem. The same has happened for me representing the seller where various things had to be done to bring the deal to closing and I played pivotal roles. These are the most heartwarming experiences but none of them are dull. 

Q: What do you wish you had known when you first got your real estate license?
A: I’m good on what I knew.

Q: In what ways have you seen the real estate industry change since you started?
A: Interest rates constantly changing, housing laws changing, ethics for realtors changing, and design going in circles.

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A: Educating people in a matter of hours on what is realistic in this industry vs what they’ve heard for years from family or the media.

Q: If you could sum up being a real estate agent in five words or less, what would you say?
A: I am happy to serve.

SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Sebastiano Formica with Keller Williams Heritage from San Antonio, TX!

October 24, 2019

Sebastiano Formica

Sebastiano Formica
Keller Williams Heritage

Experience: 2 years
Specializations: First Time Home Buyers, Military / Veteran Buyers and Seller, (ABR, PSA, SRES)
Areas Served: Cibolo, Schertz, New Braufels, San Antonio, Hill Country East of Hwy 281

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: While serving in the military, I moved 11 times in 21 years.  Purchasing and selling homes during that time is where my interest began.

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A:  I received a contract for one of my listing during the first day and open house on market.

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Bobbie Schmitt with Engel & Volkers from Atlanta, GA!

October 22, 2019

Bobbie Schmitt

Bobbie Schmitt
Engel & Volkers

Experience: 47 years
Specializations: Residential Real Estate
Areas Served: All of Metro Atlanta and surrounding cities.

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: My father retired from the Marine Corp in 1968 and got his real estate license. We lived in Orlando, Walt Disney World opened in 1971, I graduated high school in 1972 and got my real estate license. I never looked back!

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A:  On a very raining day with monsoon kind of blowing rain, I had 16 groups of people visit the Open House!

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SetSchedule Member Spotlight: Bill Christman with Weichert Realtors-Esolutions from Detroit, MI!

October 17, 2019

Bill Christman

Bill Christman
Weichert Realtors-Esolutions

Experience: 20 years

Specializations: Residential

Areas Served: Metro Detroit

Q: What made you become interested in real estate?
A: Long sales history and the ability to develop lifelong clients.

Q: What is the most interesting thing that happened during an open house you hosted?
A:  Meeting a client who became a buyer and purchased 3 properties from me at once totally close to 2 million..

Q: What was your favorite moment in your career so far?
A: Watching all 3 of my kids get licensed and have some success in the field

Q: What do you wish you had known when you first got your real estate license?
A: The long schedules

Q: In what ways have you seen the real estate industry change since you started?
A: Fewer part-time agents.

Q: What’s the most challenging part of your job?
A: Finding homes in a seller’s market… but we always do.

Q: If you could sum up being a real estate agent in five words or less, what would you say?
A: Great career with many benefits.

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