Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty-Morristown Celebrates Successful First Year, Expanding from 5 to 35 Agents!

Congratulations to Morristown Branch Manager Keith Kirkwood and all the talented agents in our new Morristown office on their 1st Birthday! The Morristown office just celebrated its First Anniversary with a big office party for agents, management, owners, affiliates, friends and family. The Morristown office started out as a team of five and now, just one year later, has a team of 35 (with more eagerly waiting to join)!

2018 has been a huge year of growth for the office as it continues to exceed goals. We spoke with Branch Manager Keith Kirkwood to find out more about what makes his office different.

“My previous experience in real estate was very much an agent-centric culture. It was not the most supportive environment to be in. I was fortunate enough to become very successful as an agent, but I could see the struggles that particularly new agents were facing. I knew there had to be a better way.”

He explains: “I wanted to see if we could take the ego out of the process and focus on agent development and client servicing. I also knew that it was important to have an environment where team members felt valued and valuable, and where it was OK to fail – but “fail forward.”. At Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, agents feel as though they are part of a team and everyone celebrates each other’s wins, regardless of what they are,” Keith said.

All of our Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty offices emphasize community spirit and participation – and Morristown is no different! The Morristown office has joined the Morristown Partnership and are regulars at the Sunday Famers Market. This month, the office was involved in the Morristown Fall Festival that packed over 60,000 attendees.

Morristown has been described as a “great place to work, live and play” with its urban lifestyle, bars and restaurants, along with its vibrant arts and theater scene. And, it has a prime location with easy access to NYC transit. Combined with a sense of tranquility, beautiful landscapes and outdoor living, Morristown truly is a unique place to call home.

And, our Morristown branch office indeed matches the culture of our town!

“There is a great energy that permeates the office, which has resulted in a hardworking, positive environment,” says Keith. “I am so proud of the people who have chosen to come along with me on this adventure. They have placed their trust in me and I treasure that so much. My big ‘why’ now is to help them achieve whatever it is they hope to achieve in their business, while holding them to the highest standards of practice in the field.”

Posted on October 29, 2018 at 4:20 pm
Vincent Abbatecola | Category: Rand Country Blog | Tagged , , , , , ,

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Opens Office in Morristown, NJ

NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is pleased to announce that they have opened a new office in Morristown, New Jersey, at 163 Madison Avenue, Suite 110.

“It’s a modern-day workplace in an office building, which is a perfect meeting spot for agents and clients,” said Jeffrey Halpern, business development manager for the New Jersey offices of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.  “It has all of the technology, support, and space that’s necessary for the agents’ success, and we look forward to tackling this market with our growing team of Realtors.”

Morristown is at the center of Morris County, making it the ideal location from which Realtors can reach out to the community.  It’s a small urban area in a suburban environment, complete with a train station that has a direct line into New York City, eateries, offices, upscale shops, the famous Mayo Performing Arts Center, and the highly rated Morristown Medical Center.  This office will serve all of Morris County, as well as Upper Union County.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join forces with the Rand family and their amazing company,” said Keith Kirkwood, manager of the Morristown, New Jersey office.  “I’ve always admired the exquisite design and lifestyle brand of Better Homes and Gardens, and I feel blessed and optimistic about the future.”

Kirkwood, originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, moved with his family to New Jersey in 2011, and he has been a licensed realtor ever since. For his excellence in the field, Kirkwood earned the New Jersey REALTORS® Circle of Excellence Sales Award at the Platinum level for 2016. To reach the Platinum level, a member must achieve a minimum of $20 million in closed dollar volume and 30 units, or 125 units. Last year, Kirkwood and his team, “The Kirkwood Group,” successfully helped over 50 families buy and/or sell their homes.

“Morristown is one of the most vibrant areas in New Jersey, and we’re thrilled to be given the chance to immerse ourselves in this market,” said Matthew Rand, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. “Morris County is a fast-growing market and represents a huge opportunity for growth of our firm.”

 

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.

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 August 29, 2017 at 11:55 am
Vincent Abbatecola | Category: In the News, Rand Country Blog | Tagged , ,

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Acquires Riverside Realty in Hoboken, NJ

NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is pleased to announce that it has acquired Riverside Realty, which is located at 209 Washington Street in Hoboken, New Jersey.

“We received a high demand of requests from agents in Hoboken to find out when we were going to be entering that market, and we’re very excited to arrive there and work with Riverside Realty,” said Justin Wrobel, New Jersey regional manager for Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. “Over the past few years, our company has worked hard to build a strong presence in New Jersey, just as we have in New York, and our expansion into Hoboken will continue that enterprise as we establish lasting connections in that locale.”

Riverside Realty was founded by Neima Grandela on July 7, 1986, and is currently owned and managed by Mary M. Knapp, a 21-year experienced and respected broker. Riverside Realty has been a dedicated group of agents in Hoboken for more than 31 years.

Today, Riverside Realty has 25 agents, most of whom were born and raised in Hoboken, which gives them a great advantage, as they have created strong bonds with the community as a whole. The company has always been known as a boutique agency that cares about their customers and their needs.

“We are so proud of what we have accomplished with our team of experts in Hudson County and the surrounding areas over the years,” said Knapp. “We chose to join Rand Realty because they share our same core values, which are to provide the best service and create lasting relationships with our customers. We care about our community and are eager to take a hold of the countless opportunities that will come our way in this new stage of our careers.”

“With beautiful properties, a thriving economy, and a close proximity to New York City, Hoboken is going to be a wonderful area in which to work,” said Matthew Rand, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. “Mary has served this region for many years, and everyone at Riverside is going to be of great assistance to our company as we transition into that market.”

 

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 over 29 offices serving Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties in New York, as well as Bergen, Passaic, 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 August 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm
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