Better Homes and Gardens 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 | Category: In the News, New York, Rand Country Blog

“Award winning top White Plains Realtors Peter Gorbutt And Carlos Gomez join Better Homes and Gardens 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 | Category: In the News, Rand Country Blog, Westchester County

Real Estate & Racing: A Winning Combination

RJ Smith likes to win.  Not only is he an ace broker here at Rand Realty, but he is a competitive race car driver and his car recently won the track championship for the third year in a row, with six wins.

Racing with the official Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty hot rod, RJ raced in Formula 2000s across the country, and now goes dirt track racing every weekend, April through October.  “The Rand hot rod has won the track championship for the third consecutive year!

“This year we are looking forward to returning to the Orange County Fair Speedway to join in the celebration of 100 years of auto racing at the track. We will be scheduling a special event that the entire Rand team looks forward to.”

Although he has been passionate about racing for as long as he can remember, he made the decision to begin competing at the age of 38 – inspired by Paul Newman, who started to compete in races around age 40 while still an actor, film director, producer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. RJ now has his own race shop located right down the street from the Rand Realty office in Pine Bush

RJ says that as an older race car driver, he plans to mentor and help new people in the sport when he finally retires from competitive racing.  “I pride myself on living life to the fullest and racing is a huge part of my life. I plan to always continue my involvement in the racing world to some capacity, I don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon,” he said.

RJ dedicates himself whole heartedly to everything he is passionate about, including his wife of 46 years and their three children. He has worked in leadership positions in real estate for decades. And, he has invested years serving his community.

Posted on March 27, 2019 at 1:02 pm
Nina Agro | Category: In the News, New York, Orange County, Rand Country Blog

Congratulations to Wyckoff Agent Anne Ryan – Named Among Bergen County’s Best Realtors®

Congratulations to Anne Ryan, one of our star agents in the Wyckoff, NJ office, who has been voted second place as “Best Realtor” for (201) Magazine’s 13th Annual Best of Bergen Poll.

As a lifelong resident of Bergen County, Anne has extensive knowledge and understanding of the cities and municipalities in the area and is an expert on what each has to offer. Her familiarity with Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Morris and Essex counties makes her a top choice for anyone making the move to New Jersey.

This honor is well deserved for Anne, who prides herself on the fundamental principles of honesty and professionalism. These two principles have helped Anne form successful client-agent relationships with both buyers and sellers. In addition to having a “sixth sense” for assessing her client’s wants and needs — Anne also attributes her success to a strong work ethic, knowledge of the industry, attention to detail and her commitment to quality customer service.

Anne is a member of multiple Real Estate Associations, including the National Association of Realtors®, New Jersey Realtors®, Greater Bergen Association of Realtors®, New Jersey Multiple Listing Service and Garden State Multiple Listing Service.

“I could not be more thrilled to receive this tremendous honor,” says Anne. “It means so much to me to be recognized by my community and included in this prestigious poll. I could not have done it without the support and trust of my family, friends, and clients. Without the continued support I receive day in and day out and the ongoing referrals, I would not be where I am today.”


Posted on March 27, 2019 at 10:08 am
Nina Agro | Category: Bergen County, In the News, New Jersey, North Bergen, Rand Country Blog

Property Spotlight: Historic Colonial Hits the Market in White Plains Fully Renovated 1700s Westchester County Home Offered for Sale at $1,435,000

White Plains, NY —- Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has announced the listing of a historic 1710 colonial set on a beautiful 1.2-acre property for $1,435,000. The 3,471 square foot home offers classical elegance and historic charm throughout its 4 bedrooms and 3½ baths and is filled with 1700s historic touches including original architectural features. Fully renovated, the home also offers the best of contemporary living and design and is located in the heart of White Plains, a short commute to New York City.
The historical elegance of this beautiful home is evident in every corner, including original colonial aspects which have been meticulously reimagined in each room: exposed wood beams, 18th-century brick, wood-burning fireplaces, period molding, and wide king’s board flooring. Combined with modern features including new windows, a new boiler, central air conditioning, modern appliances, and new electrical and plumbing this home is the perfect blend of historical charm and modern amenities.
Listed with Nicholas Wolff, Associate Broker, and Daniel Luckner RE Salesperson, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, White Plains, “this is a very unique listing and a perfect fit for any history buff as it was once home to Benjamin Lyon, a Revolutionary War hero who cast a vote for the Declaration of Independence.”
For more details:

Posted on March 5, 2019 at 11:18 am
Nina Agro | Category: In the News, New York, Rand Country Blog, Westchester County | Tagged , ,

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Welcomes Top  Performing Agent, Annette Cicinelli

White Plains, NY—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty announced that Annette Cicinelli, who has sold over $20M in homes, has joined the Yorktown and White Plains offices.

Annette, who has risen to the top of the industry as a seasoned agent at Coldwell Banker and then Houlihan Lawrence, began her career in real estate in 1999. Known as “The Real Estate Girl,” she has been a successful REALTOR®  for 20 years, serving the entirety of Westchester County, and holds a dual license in New York and Connecticut. She is an extremely active member of the Yorktown community where she participates in many town-sponsored events and is considered to be a knowledgeable, committed and sociable realtor with a powerhouse of expertise and power in the real estate industry.

Annette attributes her success to her “love for real estate, as well as always putting the client first and always being honest.”

“Communication is imperative in the real estate industry and knowing what and what not to tell buyers and sellers is key. If a buyer or seller asks you a question and you don’t know the answer, don’t make one up – just find it out!”

As an active community member, Annette loves when she can make a client’s dream come true and then see the family in town. “When I see a buyer at the supermarket or a school event and they tell me how much their family loves their new home, it makes my day,” she said.

Says Don Dwyer, Yorktown Office Manager, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty:

“We are thrilled to have Annette join our growing office. She brings local market knowledge and insight, home marketing skills and negotiation power that will prove to be advantageous to both our company and clients.”

Posted on February 27, 2019 at 4:52 pm
Nina Agro | Category: In the News, Rand Country Blog, Westchester County | Tagged , , ,

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Property Spotlight: Spectacular Home by Award Winning Architect Hits the Market in Scarsdale for $2,899,000

Scarsdale, NY– Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has announced the listing of a gorgeous, move-in ready five bedroom, six+ bathroom contemporary colonial, designed by award-winning architect Eran Chen featuring a loft-like flow and situated at the end of a cul-de-sac.

With over 6,000 square feet of bright, sun-filled living space, the house features floor-to-ceiling windows set off by black oak floors, along with state-of-the-art LED lighting. The kitchen is the heart of the home, designed by Vicente Wolf and complete with Calcutta gold countertops, four ovens, a built-in espresso machine, Sub Zero refrigerator and Viking range that will make even the most novice cook feel like a professional. Built in 2007, the home has been modernized with the most current smart home features, including Nest thermostats, electric vehicle charging station, custom closets, 7 zones, generator, and smart home security system.

Listed with Esther Berkowitz, Associate Broker at Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty, she says, “This home seamlessly blends colonial charm with a contemporary feel. As soon as you enter this house you are welcomed into a massive two-floor foyer with great natural light. The feeling of this home is like no other; it truly is a one-of-a-kind property in a serene setting.”

With close to an acre of beautiful park-like property, this home is ideal for indoor-outdoor living and has plenty of room to grow, including approvals already secured for an in-ground pool and basketball court.

For more details:

Posted on February 26, 2019 at 11:23 am
Nina Agro | Category: In the News, New York, Rand Country Blog, Westchester County | Tagged , ,

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Announces the Promotion of Deborah Clark, Manager of the New Windsor Office

New Windsor, NYBetter Homes and Gardens Rand Realty announced the promotion of real estate veteran Deborah Clark to become the new manager of Rand Realty’s New Windsor office. Deborah has served as manager of the Pine Bush office for two-and-a-half years and will continue to act as manager there as well.  She will take over for Wayne Patterson, the previous New Windsor office manager, who will continue his career at Rand Realty, focusing on sales in the Warwick office.

“Deborah has done a great job leading our Pine Bush office and will be a dynamic addition as manager of the New Windsor office. We look forward to working with her in this new role and we’re confident her leadership skills and enthusiasm will greatly enhance the continued growth of our New Windsor team,” said Matt Rand, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.

Prior to launching her successful real estate career, Deborah held a corporate job with a major national company. She joined Rand Realty in 2003 and became a top producer there within her first year.

“The most rewarding part of my job is coaching and training agents on how to achieve their goals. It was so rewarding to see that 93% of our agents from the Pine Bush office surpassed their 2017 numbers in 2018,” said Deborah. “We had a banner year, maintaining our #1 Company status in Orange County, a result of great teamwork on all fronts” said Deborah.

She added, “Rand Realty provides tools that help enhance the careers of individual agents and is  truly ‘for the agent’ and making every agent a success. Agents love that we have 28 offices all under one owner, and that each of the Rands are extremely involved with every office.”

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 4:56 pm
Nina Agro | Category: In the News, New York, Orange County, Rand Country Blog

Congrats to Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Agents Named to HGAR’s 2019 Leadership Team!

Congratulations to the new Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR) Leadership team for 2019 – which now includes nine of BHG Rand Realty agents and managers!  In particular, super kudos to Renee Zurlo, Rand Realty General Manager Greater Hudson Valley Region, who was named HGAR President for the fourth consecutive year. Renee also earned the title of HGAR’s “Realtor of the Year” for 2018. We are so excited and proud of this incredible accomplishment.

The HGAR Board of the Directors now includes: Denise Friend, Westchester County Regional Manager; Lydia Hendricks, New City Career Development Manager; Maryann Tercasio, Orange County Associate Broker; Clayton Livingston, Rand Commercial Development Leader; Roberta Bangs, New City Associate Broker; Katheryn DeClerck, Goshen Associate Broker; Robert (Bob) Shandley, Rand Commercial Real Estate Salesperson; and Richard Herska, Nyack Associate Broker.

These nine esteemed Rand Realty colleagues have been dedicated HGAR members for many years, are at the top of their field and have been in real estate for decades, and oversee numerous offices and agents throughout New York and New Jersey.

“The opportunity to serve is an opportunity to help mold the direction of the association for its members and an industry we all care about,” said Katheryn DeClerk.   “It is an honor and a pleasure to serve and I’ve always taken the stance with every decision I make that I could look into any member’s eyes and be proud of that decision.” Katheryn has been a licensed agent for 20 years. She had been a member of the Orange County Association of Realtors since 2007, and when the association merged to become HGAR, she was named HGAR’s president-elect, and then president in 2013.  In addition, Katheryn is an HGAR instructor and has participated on numerous committees, including the finance committee and education council.  She has also served on the Board of Directors for the New York State Association of Realtors as Regional Vice President. In 2013, Katheryn was appointed by the National Association of Realtors as a Federal Political Coordinator for the 18th District where she still serves as a liaison between realtors and Sean Patrick Maloney.

Says Bob Shandley, who has been named to the HGAR Board of Directors for the second year, “Being a Director of HGAR, I have the ability to communicate on behalf of my colleagues in the real estate industry and can serve as a voice for them — discussing issues that we all feel strongly about and working to make the real estate industry run as smoothly as possible.  I am also able to better inform both agents and clients of what is going on in the industry and what to expect going forward.” Bob has been a success in the real estate industry for 15 years. Five years ago, he started to get involved in various real estate organizations, including the Women’s Counsel of Realtors where he served as a communications director.

The 2019 HGAR and Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS) Board of Directors were installed into their leadership positions at the Installation Gala at Falkirk Estate and Country Club in Central Valley, New York.

Posted on February 8, 2019 at 12:57 pm
Nina Agro | Category: In the News, Rand Country Blog | Tagged ,

Renee Zurlo Takes on New Role as General Manager, Greater Hudson Valley Region for Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Nanuet, NYBetter Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s Renee Zurlo has been named General Manager of the Greater Hudson Valley region, covering Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. Renee will be overseeing 11 offices in her new role. Previously, Renee served as the Orange County Regional Manager at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. She has been a REALTOR® for over 24 years and has been with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty for the past ten years.

“I am thrilled to share my experience and skills with an even larger scope of the Greater Hudson Valley Region,” says Renee.

June Stokes will continue in her role as Rockland County Regional Manager. “I look forward to working with Renee as we continue the company’s success in Rockland County,” says June.

According to Matt Rand, CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, “Our goal with this new management structure is to accelerate our growth in the markets where we have dominant market share, as well as to serve our agents at an even higher level and help them grow their personal brand and business.”

Posted on February 6, 2019 at 11:35 am
Nina Agro | Category: In the News, Rand Country Blog | Tagged , , ,