Towne Reatly Group is recognized by Five Star Professionals for 2013

Towne Realty Group’s Short Hills Office is proud to be included on the list of Five Star Professional Award Winners for 2013, with thirteen agents who won high marks in customer service for a transaction consummated from April 2011 to April 2012. Congratulations to our lucky 13!Five Star Professional conducted research to determine the real estate agents in any given market area, who rated highest in overall satisfaction. As part of an in-depth research process, real estate agents were evaluated by their customers and real estate industry professionals based on customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills, closing preparation, helping you find the right home, marketing the home being sold and overall satisfaction.

This elite group of professionals from Towne, brings hundreds of years of combined experience and is considered the cream of the crop in the real estate industry. Winners represent less than 7% of the real estate agents in the local market.

2013 Five Star Professionals from Towne Realty Group, Short Hills, NJ

2013 Five Star Professionals from Towne Realty Group, Short Hills, NJ

Top Row: Tanya Papandrea, Sharon Preston, Jennifer ‘Jen’ Lieberman, Cathy Knapp, Karen Bigos, Daniel Cannizzo and Elaine Ehrenkranz. Bottom Row:  Donna Shaw, Wendy Drucker, Dolly Luwisch, Sindee Buchalter and Carol Greenberg. Missing from photo: Diane Young.

Agents from Towne Realty Group are experts on the communities all along and close to, the Midtown Direct Train line towns. Active volunteers in their communites and supporters of small businesses, this team of pros is full-time and very focused on assisting buyers, sellers, landlords and renters in Essex, Morris, Union and Somerset Counties in New Jersey.

Karen Bigos  and Daniel Cannizzo, Managing Partners of Towne Realty Group, are extremely proud to work with this group of seasoned professionals who regularly receive rave reviews from their clients and customers.

 Celebrating thirteen years of partnership in 2013

 

These agents live and work in Millburn, West Orange, Short Hills, South Orange, Maplewood and Summit, NJ. In 2012, Towne Realty Group transacted just under $200 million in sales and closed on 31 properties in Short Hills for over $1,000,000 — controlling 25% of the luxury market in Millburn Township.

To participate in the conversation with Towne, follow them and join their 1,300+ fans on facebook. on twitter @TowneRealtyNJ

 

Towne Realty Group is well known for our use of most of the social media platforms.Download our free mobile app at http://www.TRGMobile.com

Towne Realty Group is well known for our use of most of the social media platforms.Download our free mobile app at http://www.TRGMobile.com

 

 

Towne Realty Group attends the Luxury Real Estate Conference in Scottsdale, AZ

ESPN Sportscaster Linda Cohn and Karen Bigos from Towne Realty Group

The best of the best from Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate from around the world, gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona this week to network, learn, share, and explore what’s happening around the globe in the high-end real estate market. Towne Realty Group, from Short Hills, NJ was there, with 200 fellow agents and Brokers.

Represented by 28-year veteran, Broker, Karen Eastman Bigos, who regularly attends these conferences across the United States. The good news is that the belleagured luxury market has steadily improved in the last few years with several members recording record sales closed in 2012 – some with multiple offers. Prices are still below the highs in 2007, but trades are up in many markets such as Hawaii, Colorado, Canada and Manhattan.
In Short Hills, NJ specifically, YTD in 2012, Towne Realty Group has closed 30% of all properties sold over $1,000,000 and has seen steady, although slow improvement in consumer confidence.
I was invited to sit on a panel with five experts from New Orleans, Atlanta, Steamboat Springs, and Scottsdale to discuss our expertise in various forms of marketing. The session, titled ‘Inside the Box, Outside the Box’ was moderated by Nick Antonicello from Unique Homes Magazine.Chip Garder, Dana Eisenberg, Jon Wade, Monica Monson and Karen Bigos lead the discussion on marketing ‘Inside and Outside the Box’.

Chip Garder, Dana Eisenberg, Jon Wade, Monica Monson and Karen Bigos lead the discussion on marketing 'Inside and Outside the Box' photo courtesy of Jim Walberg

One of the exciting elements of the Fall Conference are the awards. Nominated for Outstanding Social Media Savvy (for the second time), out of thousands of members in the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate Network, Towne was one of seven prominent companies who were acknowledged in this category. We did not bring home the award this year, 2010but TRG was the first to receive this honor when it was created in 2010.

Luxury Real Estate Award for Outstanding Social Media Savvy Award for Towne Realty Group in 2010

I send congratulations to Blayne Beacham from Beacham & Company Realtors, who took home the trophy this year. The list of award winners is an impressive Who’s Who in Luxury from around the planet. Being a prominent member of LRE has led to valued friendships and strategic business alliances that continually support and promote our efforts in the Short Hills, Summit, Chatham, Livingston, and Llewellyn Park, NJ Luxury Market.
Inclusion in the group of nominees affords all of the members a chance to learn more about each Brokerage. The connections formed and maintained in this network of professionals, has provided Towne with allies of top Realtors and business professionals, who are not only friends, but also advocates for our various businesses.
The conference has ended after three days of powerful networking and I am now energized and armed with an arsenal of information to implement, along with great new alliances, and offers of support to help Towne Realty Group focus on the latest trends and travails in the ever-changing, multi-million dollar real estate market.
Oh yes, I did go to the pool, hit the fitness center every day, tried out some great restaurants and visited the Willow Stream Spa… It was a great conference.

Worked out at the fitness center and visited the waterfall tub at Willow Stream Spa

Out to lunch in Scottsdale with LRE friends at True Food Kitchen

The pool at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ

Luxury Real Estate friends at fall conference in Scottsdale Arizona

 

 

Hope you will check out our Towne Realty Group listings for

Short Hills, NJ Luxury Real Estate.

When you see this Lion - it means Luxury -- Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate

Towne Realty Group receives NJ Monthly Magazine’s Award from Five Star Professional Agents in 2012

Towne Realty Group’s Short Hills Office is proud to be included on the list of Five Star Professional Award Winners for 2012, with eight agents who won high marks in customer service for a transaction consummated from April 2010 to April 2011. Congratulations to our Townies!

Wendy Drucker

Wendy Drucker - wendy@wendydrucker.com

Elaine Ehrenkranz

Elaine Ehrenkranz - eRealtor1.ee@gmail.com

 Sindee Buchalter

Sindee Buchalter - sindeebuchalter@aol.com

Cathy Knapp

Cathy Knapp - cknapp@trghome.com

Jennifer ‘Jen’ Lieberman

Jen Lieberman - jlieberman@trghome.com

Sharon Preston

Sharon Preston - spreston@trghome.com

Karen Bigos  and Daniel Cannizzo 

Daniel Cannizzo and Karen Eastman Bigos, Managing Partners

 

These agents live and work in Millburn, West Orange, Short Hills, Maplewood and Summit, NJ.

Five Star Professional conducted research to determine the real estate agents in any given market area, who rated highest in overall satisfaction. As part of an in-depth research process, real estate agents were evaluated by their customers and real estate industry professionals based on customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills, closing preparation, helping you find the right home, marketing the home being sold and overall satisfaction.

This elite group of professionals from Towne, brings over 118 years of combined experience and is considered the cream of the crop in the real estate industry. Winners represent less than 7% of the real estate agents in the local market.

Six of these agents are featured in a full page promotion in the March 2012 issue of NJ Monthly Magazine. This section is devoted to agents and Brokers from many companies who won the award.

Agents appearing in NJ Monthly Magazine March 2012 are from top left: Jennifer 'Jen' Lieberman, Sindee Buchalter, Marcia Hicks, Karen Eastman Bigos, Daniel Cannizzo and in front, Cathy Knapp

Agents from Towne Realty Group are experts on the communities all along and close to, the Midtown Direct Train line towns. Active volunteers in their communites and supporters of small businesses, this team of pros is full-time and very focused on assisting buyers, sellers, landlords and renters in Essex, Morris, Union and Somerset Counties in New Jersey.

To participate in the conversation with Towne, follow them and join their 1,200+ fans on facebook.

Towne Realty Group in Short Hills Wins Awards for 2010

The NJAR (New Jersey Association of Realtors) recognizes real estate agents for their annual production with an award called the Ciricle of Excellence. It used to be known as the Million Dollar Sales Club and I recall my first year of qualifying in 1986.

It was a thrill to receive my plaque and get my MDC pin; I still have a pile of them in my dresser drawer. Back then I had to close 15 transactions combined with $2million in sales or rentals to achieve the Bronze level.  In those days, we had to wear a suit to work and many of the women in the business could not even wear slacks into the office. Boy have times changed!

The 2010 NJAR® Circle of Excellence Sales Award® level requirements are as follows:

          Bronze: $3 Million and 15 Units Minimum or 30 Units
          Silver: $7.5 Million and 20 Units Minimum or 70 Units
          Gold: $15 Million and 25 Units Minimum or 90 Units
          Platinum: $25 Million and 30 Units Minimum or 125 Units

Often there are agents who qualify for one level but have actually done much more business than the award would indicate. One year I transacted over $25 million but only had 28 units so the qualifying level of Gold was as far as I could reach that year. Many of the top agents claim they have sold $50+ million when in fact they have a team of people who work for them as buyers’ agents. They get all the credit for the business, but they split the income. When you have a few people out selling houses in your name and giving you all the credit, it is easier to claim millions in sales production. In my days of hitting the big numbers, I did it with one assistant and it was not easy.

Each January you start back at zero. It was a big deal to qualify for this award with a combination of units and dollar volume and many of the companies paid a bonus if you qualified. Burgdorff Realtors, no longer in existence, used to pay each agent $1,000 bonus if you won the award. Each level indicated your success for the year and when you got to the top, there was a lot of recognition.

In 2006, after twenty consecutive years of working at Weichert Realtors and Burgdorff Realtors, and being named a member of the Distinguished Sales Club, I opened my own Short Hills Real Estate Boutique, and decided to help other agents win awards, as I stood on the sidelines, cheering them on.

For 2010, five of our top agents qualified for the Circle of Excellence. As of February 1st, the NJAR finally allows us to adveritse their success. We also had several agents who transacted millions of dollars in sales but did not have he requisite number of units, so they did not achieve the award. (Truth be told, many agents are happy to sell a few big homes and collect their commissions, but you need those closed units to get an award, and that takes a lot of hard work).

Here are our five winners for 2010 – at the top of their game for real estate sales in New Jersey. Two qualified in the Silver Level and Three in Bronze level.

Congratulations to Sales Associates Donna Shaw, ABR of Short Hills, NJ, Elaine Ehrenkranz of West Orange, NJ, Wendy Drucker e-PRO, of Millburn, NJ, Cathy Knapp, ABR of Maplewood, NJ and Broker-Sales Associate, Beverly Meaux of West Orange, NJ. This group of top producers has over SIXTY years of experience between them.

We are very proud of our entire TOWNE TEAM

NJAR Circle of Excellence winners for 2010

Towne Realty Group Wins OUTSTANDING SOCIAL MEDIA SAVVY AWARD from Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate

For fifteen years the most recognized Luxury Network in the world, with approximately 120,000 agents affiliated with 1,900 Brokerages in 69 countries, has been sponsoring conferences around the world.

Year after year Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate has honored members with awards for Highest Sale of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Awards, Billionaire’s Club, Most Philanthropic, Best Use of the Luxury Brand, Best Print Marketing, Best Industry Networking and more recently, Best Website.

Award Winner Logo from Luxury Real Estate

For the first time, an award for Outstanding Social Media Savvy was added to the list to recognize the company that is building momentum on social sites such as facebook, twitter and LinkedIn.  In addition the Luxury Real Estate network features its own private community blogging ground known as the Luxury Lounge.

Mark and Karen Bigos with CEO John Brian Losh of LuxuryRealEstate.com

What’s unique is the fact that this is a peer recognition award where the members nominate and vote.  The process affords the participants a chance to review each company and invidividuals, and to play a part in the outcome.

For the first time, in 2010, the Outstanding Social Media Savvy category was included and Towne Realty Group of Short Hills, NJ, one of the newer members from a small boutique  brought home the honor. Broker/Owner Karen Eastman Bigos and her husband Mark, flew out to Seattle to accept the award and it is now proudly displayed in the lobby of the Short Hills, NJ office at 511 Millburn Avenue. 

Almost every agent in the company is active on facebook and LinkedIn, with a group that is also blogging, vlogging, posting videos and interviews on YouTube and tweeting on twitter. With thousands daily of friends, fans, connections and followers, this group of twenty-five full time agents has the global reach of a much larger company. Like Towne Realty Group and follow their tips, links and listings at http://www.facebook.com/TowneRealtyGroup 

 Hope you will come by, say hello and take a look at our beautiful cut crystal and engraved trophy!