NAHREP Honors 2 Super Star Agents from our Rand Realty Team

Nanuet, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is honored to have two of our agents, Elizabeth Muniz and Wanda Diaferia, be recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals®️ (NAHREP®️). This award recognizes the industry’s leading Hispanic real estate agents and brokers from across the country. 

NAHREP agents represent a combined total of 26,476 transactions in closed transaction sides from January 2019 through December 2019 and over $6.86 billion in total aggregate volume. 

Ms. Muniz has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Latino Real Estate Agents In The Northeast. This comes to no surprise to her teammates and her clients of Rand’s Central Valley NY office- this prestigious honor is bestowed to a select few that go above and beyond in sales volume, the number of transactions, and client satisfaction. “I am so proud to represent my Hispanic roots through my hard work, and this acknowledgment inspires me to take my business to the next level with the support of my team at Rand Realty.”  Elizabeth Muniz, Rand Realty.

Additionally, after only two years in the real estate industry, we are pleased to announce Wanda Diaferia from our New City office, who is being honored as one of the Top 20 Latino Agent Rookies for NAHREP, securing the Number 1 Latino Rookie Agent in New York. “I could not have done this without the tools and services at Rand Realty and the work ethic and dedication that I’ve developed growing up.  It is so inspiring to receive this recognition at this early stage of my career in such a competitive market. Especially in these divisive times, I’m so proud to represent my Latin heritage.”  Wanda Diaferia Rand Realty.

The entire Rand Realty family congratulates both Elizabeth and Wanda for their dedication, service, and embodying the ideals and values we have at Rand – client satisfaction and results.

“We are proud of Ms. Diaferia and Ms. Muniz for shining light on our brokerage, representing our commitment to diversity leading by example by serving clients of all backgrounds. Especially in these times, it’s a pleasure to celebrate such positive accolades.” Matt Rand, CEO Better Homes, and Gardens Rand Realty.  

Click here to see a copy of the full report

About Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, founded in 1984, is the No. 1 real estate brokerage firm in the Greater Hudson Valley, with 28 offices serving Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties in New York, as well as Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Morris Counties in New Jersey with more than 1,000 residential real estate sales associates, a commercial real estate company (Rand Commercial) and the Hudson United Group, which provides residential mortgage lending, title services, and commercial and residential insurance.

 These companies can be found online at www.RandRealty.com, www.RandCommercial.com, and www.HudsonUnited.com. Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty can also be found and interacted with on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About NAHREP Top 250 Latino Agents

Annually, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals®️ (NAHREP®️) Top 250 Latino Agents Award recognizes the industry’s leading Hispanic real estate agents and brokers from across the country. In its ninth year of publication, the following report recognizes agents whose hard work and dedication has led them to close an outstanding number of transactions in an effort to increase the rate of sustainable Hispanic homeownership in communities across the country

These hard-working agents are set apart from over one hundred fifteen thousand Latinos in real estate through their dedication to homeownership. Recognition of the agents who carry out the NAHREP mission of sustainable Hispanic homeownership in communities across the country has been a priority for NAHREP since the inception of the Top 250 award program in 2012.


Posted on July 17, 2020 at 2:12 pm
Imelda Heaney | Posted in Press Room, Rand Country Blog |

Rand Realty Realtors Ranked Among Top Real Estate Agents In The Wall Street Journal America’s Best | Real Trends

NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate – Rand Realty is proud to have ten of our top performing agents be recognized by America’s Best Real Trends and featured in the Wall Street Journal, a leading publication on finance and Real Estate.

America’s Best Real Estate Professionals honors America’s finest real estate agents from all across the country! Nearly 14,500 U.S. real estate sales associates from every state are featured in America’s Best. Those ranked are among the top 1.5% of 1.4 million real estate professionals in the United States.

Congratulations to:

SALES VOLUME

NEW JERSEY

  • The Adamo Group Team, TEAM SALES VOLUME Ranked #14 NJ, USA
  • Eugene Lowe,  INDIVIDUAL SALES VOLUME Ranked #24 NJ, USA
  • Joseph Simone, INDIVIDUAL SALES VOLUME Ranked #39 NJ, USA

NEW YORK 

  • Margo Bohlin, INDIVIDUAL SALES VOLUME Ranked #173 NY, USA
  • Linda DeFilippo, INDIVIDUAL SALES VOLUME Ranked #186 NY, USA
  • Sherry Wiggs, INDIVIDUAL SALES VOLUME Ranked #255 NY, USA

 

TRANSACTIONS SIDES 

NEW YORK

  • Sandra Spector, INDIVIDUAL TRANSACTION SIDES Ranked #24 NY, USA
  • Margo Bohlin, INDIVIDUAL TRANSACTION SIDES Ranked #36 NY, USA
  • Linda DeFilippo, INDIVIDUAL TRANSACTION SIDES Ranked #47 NY, USA
  • Donna Gennaro, INDIVIDUAL TRANSACTION SIDES Ranked #88 NY, USA
  • John Biasi, INDIVIDUAL TRANSACTION SIDES Ranked # 125 NY, USA
  • Ann Hansen, INDIVIDUAL TRANSACTION SIDES Ranked #133 NY, USA

 

“These agents lead by example and their results are a testament to their focus on customer service and their tremendous work ethic.” – Matt Rand, CEO, Rand Realty.

See the full report here: https://www.realtrends.com/

 

About Real Trends

REAL Trends Consulting has completed more than 3,500 valuations, brokered the sale of over 760 residential real estate firms, and performed some 470 company assessments in 32 years. In addition, hundreds of firms have used our benchmarking data to measure the performance of their firms. Each assignment starts and ends with understanding the uniqueness of each client.

About Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, founded in 1984, is the No. 1 real estate brokerage firm in the Greater Hudson Valley, with 28 offices serving Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties in New York, as well as Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Morris Counties in New Jersey.

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has more than 1,000 residential real estate sales associates, as well as a commercial real estate company (Rand Commercial) and the Hudson United Group, which provides residential mortgage lending, title services, and commercial and residential insurance.

These companies can be found online at www.RandRealty.com, www.RandCommercial.com, and www.HudsonUnited.com. Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty can also be found and interacted with on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 


Posted on July 9, 2020 at 12:43 pm
Imelda Heaney | Posted in Press Room |

Rand Realty Celebrates 2019 Accomplishments

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Rand Realty honors its top agents and celebrates the company’s record-breaking achievements in 2019 with over 250 agents receiving sales awards for their accomplishments. Marsha Rand, Rand Realty’s Founder, released a video announcing the top producers in each region and several other special awards.

 
In Westchester, Excellence in Sales went to Trudi Iglesias, Outstanding Accomplishment to Jeanne Beckley, and Top Producer to Sherry Wiggs.

In Orange County: Excellence in Sales was awarded to Donna Gennaro, Outstanding Accomplishment to Theresa Budich and Top Producer to Marion Bruhns.

From Rockland County, Excellence in Sales went to Terry May, Outstanding Accomplishment to Linda DeFilippo and Number one Top Producer was once again Margo Bohlin.

In New Jersey, Excellence in Sales goes to Joseph Simone, Outstanding Accomplishment to Eugene Lowe and our top honor, the number one in New Jersey Attilio Adamo and his team!

We also recognize the number one Commercial team of RJ Smith for an outstanding year from Rand Commercial.

Our company couldn’t be more proud of all the rookies that have become part of our team at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.

Congratulations for your accomplishments in the first year in the business, Wanda Diaferia from Rockland and Olga Dfouni, from New Jersey Orange County our rookies are Theresa Freeman and Tina Cardona and Westchester Patty Anker.

The Legend Award, the highest honor given to a Rand Realty agent, was awarded to two top producers in Rockland this year. These are the agents that have had five consecutive years of excelling and succeeding as real estate professionals, Congratulations Donna Cox from the Nyack office and Linda DeFilippo from the New City office.

“Our agents are what makes us leaders in our industry. We are so proud of their hard work and dedication to client service and in awe of their achievements, Congratulations to all our winners!” -Matt Rand CEO

 


Posted on March 30, 2020 at 11:55 am
Adam DiFrancesco | Posted in Press Room |

How Much Are My Home Improvements Worth? The 2020 Cost v. Value Report is Out.

One of the biggest mistakes sellers make in pricing their home is assuming that they will get at least 100 cents on every dollar they put into that home since they bought it:

“Well, I bought it for $450,000 ten years ago, and I put in a new kitchen for $50,000, so it’s worth at least $500,000.”

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. You almost never get 100 cents, or even 75 cents, on every dollar you spend.

Why? Well, for one thing, you did that work according to your own tastes, and hopefully, you got a lot of enjoyment out of it.  But maybe your new buyer won’t love the granite countertops you chose or the way you organized your closets.  It’s not worth as much to them as it was to you.

For another, many home improvements involve equipment that you put in, which quickly starts to depreciate once you use it.  Homes appreciate, but the stuff in them doesn’t.  That new washer? It’s used. That new fridge? It’s worth 50% of what you paid for it the minute you plugged it in.

So if you never quite get 100 cents on the dollar for home improvement projects, how much do you get?  It’s tough to say.  The most bang for the buck is usually in anything that increases square footage or the number of rooms, the least comes from improvements that are based on depreciating equipment.

If you’re looking for a general guide to the return you can get on home improvement projects, Remodeling Magazine puts out a helpful guide every year called the “Cost v. Value Report,
which compares the projected return on different types of projects.  It’s not definitive, and its methodology is not based on actual real-life data.  But it’s a useful indicator of the relative perceived value of different times of home improvements.

Remodeling Magazine provides a national average and also breaks down the information for different regions of the country.  Here is the expected return on projects for mid-Atlantic states:

If you are thinking of doing some major renovations, you should talk to your real estate agent.  Why? Because they can help you in making decisions that will preserve or enhance the value of your home, and whether certain improvements are worth making.


Posted on February 4, 2020 at 9:25 am
Joseph Rand | Posted in Press Room |

Rands Featured in 2020 Swanepoel Power 200

Matt Rand Joe Rand Dan RandNANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Rand Realty is pleased to announce that their leadership team – Matthew, Joseph, and Daniel Rand have been named to the Swanepoel Power 200, an independent ranking of the most powerful residential real estate leaders in the United States.

The SP200 (Swanepoel Power 200) is the definitive ranking of residential real estate’s top leaders produced by industry visionary Stefan Swanepoel’s T3 Consulting Group and published by the Real Estate Almanac (realestatealmanac.com). To produce the report each year, the T3 team invests over 400 hours of research, countless internal debates, deep analysis of numbers and organizational charts, and candidly question what power actually means.

“We are truly honored that Stefan Swanepoel, Jack Miller and everyone at T3 ranked our leadership team among the most powerful individuals in residential real estate.” said Joe Rand, Chief Creative Officer,  “And of course, I would be remiss if I did not give much of the credit to our founder, Marsha Rand, without whom, none of this would have been possible!

Matt Rand, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Rand Realty’s Chief Executive said “It’s an honor to be part of this list of amazingly talented and visionary leaders”. 

Dan Rand echoed Matt’s enthusiasm, “It’s very exciting to be recognized as a national force in the residential real estate industry.  We’ve worked very hard to expand our market footprint, our market share, and our service offerings. Appearing on this list helps validate that we continue to move in the right direction”

T3’s team evaluates the Top 200 based on the office they hold, their decision-making power, the financial resources at their disposal, their organization’s industry significance and geographical reach, their tenure, and their personal influence in the industry.

 

 

About Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, founded in 1984, is the No. 1 real estate brokerage firm in the Greater Hudson Valley, with 28 offices serving Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties in New York, as well as Bergen, Passaic, Hudson and Morris Counties in New Jersey.

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has more than 1,000 residential real estate sales associates, as well as a commercial real estate company (Rand Commercial) and the Hudson United Group, which provides residential mortgage lending, title services, and commercial and residential insurance.

These companies can be found online at www.RandRealty.com, www.RandCommercial.com, and www.HudsonUnited.com. Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty can also be found and interacted with on Facebook and Twitter.

 


Posted on January 15, 2020 at 11:05 am
Adam DiFrancesco | Posted in Press Room |

Rand Realty Hires Alvis Smith To Lead Growing Team of Agents in their Bronx Office

 

Nanuet, NY, September 18, 2019 – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty today strengthened its leadership and management team with the addition of Alvis “Al” Smith. He will lead Rand’s rapidly growing Bronx office of more than 55 experienced real estate agents. In addition to bringing 18 years of real estate experience to the Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Al Smith brings a broad spectrum of real estate experience and management to the table. As an agent, investor and a partner in both residential and commercial real estate, Alvis capitalizes on his education & industry experience.

“We are thrilled to welcome Alvis to Rand’s stable of amazing office managers,” said Matt Rand, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. “He’s well-respected throughout the industry and he’s keenly focused on the needs of his agents and is known for providing them with exceptional support”

Prior to joining Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Alvis was the Manager of Coldwell Banker’s New Rochelle Office. Alvis is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Graduate Real Estate Institute (GRI), Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) and is a certified commercial broker in NY. Al also faithfully served his country as a member of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division.

“I am excited to be joining Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty and to work with the Rand family. The company has a remarkable reputation for providing exceptional client service and is supported by a well-known, national lifestyle brand,” said Smith. “The tools and support offered by Rand help its agents best serve their local communities, and I look forward to helping the agents in the Bronx develop their careers and prosper in this industry.”


Posted on September 18, 2019 at 12:20 pm
Adam DiFrancesco | Posted in Press Room |

Rand Realty’s Celina Rofer Voted Best Real Estate Agent

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s Celina Rofer Voted Best Real Estate Agent

The Times Herald Record Readers’ Choice Best of the Best 2019 Winner — Celina Rofer, Associate Broker, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty 

 

Central Valley, NY – Celina Rofer, Associate Broker, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Central Valley has been named among the “Best of the Best” in The Times Herald Record Readers’ Choice Awards.

With 14 years of Real Estate experience, 10 of which have been with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Rofer says that she prides herself on giving the best of herself and her team to her clients. “Ask any Realtor and they will say their clients are the best, but…I’m just going to say it, My clients are the best!  They understand we are a team from the first meeting to closing. It becomes a great working relationship which often ends up in long-lasting friendships. After being a Realtor® for 14 years, I cannot imagine myself doing anything else,” says Rofer.  She credits her support team for her success. “I’m especially fortunate to have the best support team, professionally and personally. Without my family, my Rand family and my close friends I wouldn’t be able to do any of this successfully. It really does take a Village.”

She added, “The Times Herald Record’s Best of the Best Reader’s Choice event is extremely prestigious and it is truly an honor to be selected as the winner of the Best Real Estate Agent category.  It’s so exciting and was such a memorable night. Congratulations go out to everyone in every category!”

Along with being a successful Real Estate Broker, Rofer is an active member of her community, serving as the Vice President of the Greater Washingtonville Lions Club, where she is spearheading the building of an inclusive playground in the Village of Washingtonville, the biggest project in the club’s history. Rofer sponsored her first Washingtonville Little League team this year and is also a sponsor of the Washingtonville Youth Football Club and a Platinum sponsor of the Washingtonville Date Night summer events.

“This is a well-deserved honor for Celina Rofer; she is a true team player and gives her all to her clients, day in and day out,” says Matt Rand, CEO Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. “Our entire Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty family is extremely proud of her!”


Posted on July 31, 2019 at 10:15 am
Adam DiFrancesco | Posted in Press Room |

Rand Realty is Orange County’s Best Real Estate Company

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is Orange County’s Best Real Estate Company for the 5th Consecutive Year

The Times Herald Record Readers’ Choice Best of the Best 2019 Winner — Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Central Valley, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has been named “Best Real Estate Company,” standing among the “Best of the Best” in  The Times Herald Record Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the fifth consecutive win for the brokerage.

As a premier real estate company in the Hudson Valley for over 35 years, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s team of sales associates leads the way in excellence. “We’re humbled by the kindness and loyalty of our clients and The Times Herald Record readers – and we graciously thank them for voting for us year after year,” says Renee Zurlo, General Manager, Greater Hudson Valley Region, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty brings together the resources of a large national company, with the local expertise of a family-owned business. “Our family has grown up in the Hudson Valley, so we have a deep and personal understanding of our clients’ wants and needs and what the region has to offer. We greatly appreciate The Times Herald Record Readers for recognizing our company and sales associates, along with our endless commitment to our communities and the clients we serve,” says Matt Rand, CEO Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.


Posted on July 31, 2019 at 9:50 am
Adam DiFrancesco | Posted in Press Room |

Rand Realty Distinctive Collection Awarded “#1 Team in Volume” in U.S.

CLOSTER, NJ — Attilio Adamo, a trailblazer in marketing and selling luxury homes, received the award for #1 Team in Volume company-wide by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate,  which includes a network of 12,000 independent sales associates and 360 offices across the United States, Canada, Jamaica, and The Bahamas. Adamo, New Jersey’s leading broker, is based out of the Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty office in Closter, NJ and leads the Distinctive Collection, which features homes selling for $1M and over. He has closed more than $60M in total sales volume in 2018 with over 70 closed transaction sides.

The Better Homes and Gardens awards are based on nominations from thousands of brokers and peers, who acknowledge the achievement of top producers within the global franchise. “We are extremely proud of Attilio Adamo and his team who have been inducted into an esteemed group of top performers. The superlative efforts of these outstanding agents serve to confirm their standing as incredible entrepreneurs and true leaders in the real estate industry,”  says Matt Rand, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.

With 35 years in the industry, Adamo stands among the nation’s real estate elites.  He was recently recognized as the #9 broker in the nation by Real Trends, a ranking of the top one-half percent of real estate professionals in the U.S. in partnership with The Wall Street Journal. Adamo has been a multi-time recipient of NJAR Platinum Award and having earned the Emerald Elite Award from Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty for five years, Adamo was also awarded the title of “Rand Legend.”

Adamo started his firm, The Adamo Group, right out of college in 1985 in a 400 square foot converted gas station. His firm achieved instant success and quickly expanded to multiple offices and locations. In 2012, Adamo merged his company with Rand Realty, which catapulted Adamo and his team to receive a series of prestigious awards leading to becoming the “#1 Team in Volume” for all of Better Homes and Gardens.

“Attilio Adamo and his team are unstoppable. Each year, they break their own record with closed sales that continue to soar. Congratulations to The Adamo Group for having another unprecedented year!” said Matt Rand.

Adamo’s team includes seven agents, who have all completed a mandatory intensive training program developed by Adamo.  He says that anyone who works on his team needs to be “ambitious and motivated to hustle. The hungrier they are, the more successful they’ll be.”

He continued, “My business was built on referrals and continues to grow this way. Anyone who works for me needs to be passionate about what they do and have a work ethic and professional standard that is like mine. My clients always come first.”

Adamo recently earned his New York license and now aims to earn a top place in New York real estate as he has done in New Jersey. “I see myself expanding throughout Westchester and Rockland, all the way down to Southern New Jersey.”

Although he leads the luxury market, Adamo enjoys working with clients at every price point.  He says that he prides himself on “serving clients of all kinds, from first-time buyers to those just looking to ask a question about real estate.”

Attilio Adamo can be reached by calling (201) 264-8305 or http://attilioadamo.randrealty.com/profile/my-bio

About Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, founded in 1984, is the No. 1 real estate brokerage firm in the Greater Hudson Valley, with 28 offices serving Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties in New York, as well as Bergen, Passaic, and Morris Counties in New Jersey.  Founded 35 years ago by Marsha Rand, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty today includes more than 1,200 residential real estate sales associates, as well as a commercial real estate company, Rand Commercial; and also the Hudson United Group, which provides residential mortgage lending, title services, and commercial and residential insurance.


Posted on June 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm
Adam DiFrancesco | Posted in Press Room |

“Award winning top White Plains Realtors Peter Gorbutt And Carlos Gomez join Rand Realty”

White Plains, NY—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has added two new Associate Brokers to its award-winning team: Peter Gorbutt and Carlos Gomez, who are both consistently-ranked multi-million dollar agents.

Says Denise Friend, Regional Branch Manager, “We could not be more thrilled to have Peter and Carlos on our White Plains team of top producers.  They really know this market and understand what our clients want and need and are able to deliver it all when it comes time to find a client their dream home.”

Gorbutt has been selling real estate since 2000 and has been ranked at the top of his profession as a multi-million-dollar Realtor®. He says that what sets him apart is his “dedication to selling homes quickly and for top dollar.” Before making the switch to real estate, Gorbutt was a fashion executive and says that he enjoys working in real estate so that he can “help people achieve their dreams.”

“I work hard to be an advocate, a home stager and a home designer, all-in-one for my clients,” he said. “This has resulted in lifelong relationships with my clients that have been and will always be key to my success, with over 80 percent of my business coming from referrals from satisfied clients.”

Gorbutt’s partner, Carlos Gomez has been selling real estate since 2002 and is a multi-million-dollar Realtor®.  Gomez, a former IT consultant, joined Gorbutt to form a top-notch real estate team. Gomez is fluent in English and Spanish and looks forward to working with both Spanish

and English-speaking clients alike.  He says that understanding his client’s needs and the impact that buying a home has on their lives, has been the key to his success. Gomez gets to know each of his clients personally and works tirelessly for them to ensure that their real estate goals are met.

He says, “My goal is to know that each and every client has a positive home buying and selling experience. I take pride in taking care of all the details so that my clients can focus on the big picture and get on with their busy lives.”


Posted on April 24, 2019 at 12:54 pm
Adam DiFrancesco | Posted in Press Room |