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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Nancy Clucas

Nancy Clucas 9-18-2017Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Nancy Clucas, a Rockland County native and Palisades resident, has joined the firm as an associate broker.

Clucas brings over 30 years of real estate marketing and sales experience to her role. She is a 15-year board member of Camp Venture, a not-for-profit provider of family-like care and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities in Rockland County. She also is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service.

“Nancy brings three decades of in-depth real estate expertise to her role,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “She is committed to excellence, outstanding client service and the personal conviction that the Lower Hudson Valley, rich in its history and natural beauty, is the perfect place to reside.  She has built her profession on integrity, loyalty and the keen insider knowledge of a lifelong resident.”

Clucas grew up in the Hudson riverfront village of Piermont. Her family made Rockland County its home for seven generations. The DeWint House in Tappan, once owned by family members, now is a museum. It is the oldest surviving structure in Rockland County and was George Washington’s temporary headquarters.

Prior to establishing her career in real estate, Clucas worked in business and insurance, both of which focused on clients’ needs, giving her the advantage required to provide a seamless transaction for her clients.

“I am passionate about the Hudson Valley and dedicated to clients’ individual needs to ensure their goals are being met,” said Clucas. “I bring to Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty a strong commitment to customer satisfaction and personal knowledge of the area. I look forward to serving my clients and to providing memorable customer experiences.”

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Susan Smolanoff

Sue Smolanoff 9-2017Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Susan Smolanoff has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Smolanoff, who brings to her role a background in real estate and management, previously held positions as a licensed real estate salesperson and legal assistant, both in New City, New York. A New York native and resident of Rockland County for the last 31 years, she is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and its multiple listing service.

“Sue provides clients expert guidance in home buying or selling with remarkable attention to detail, discipline and professionalism,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “The foundation and continued success of her business derives from her commitment to integrity, trust and exceptional service. For Sue, these are not just words, but deeply held convictions.”

Smolanoff earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management at The College at Brockport, State University of New York.

“Sellers can depend on Sue’s unique marketing strategy and diligent efforts to get their home sold, while buyers can depend on her to navigate even the most challenging and complex aspects of real estate purchases and sales,” Ellis said.

Smolanoff, who also spent 15 years in fitness management, said her experience prepared her for a career in real estate by honing her skills in training, sales and customer service.

“Attention to detail is key to my success in helping clients meet their goal of buying or selling their next permanent residence, second home, retirement home, or helping them to find a lot or acreage to build upon,” she said. “I bring to Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty the customer service, marketing skills and discipline necessary in all phases of selling and buying real estate.”

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Raises Funds to Build Haitian Home

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty successfully raised over $6,000 this summer to build a hurricane-resistant house for a Haitian family through its  partnership with New Story, a nonprofit that works to transform dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes.

One hundred percent of the funds raised by Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty donors, including associates and agents who contributed donations from their home-sale closings, went toward the building of the new home.

“Every dollar raised went directly to fund the construction of a concrete, sustainable home for a family in Titanyen, Haiti,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “The homes, each built for $6,000 utilizing local labor and locally sourced construction materials, not only help families but provide jobs and economic stability for the community. We sincerely thank everyone who, through their generous donations, helped us achieve our goal to change a family’s life.”

According to New Story, the majority of Titanyen families live in unsafe, makeshift homes without access to latrines.  Many of these homes are at risk of collapsing and have no space for personal belongings, causing the families living there to be separated from their children for safety concerns. Once funded, the New Story homes are typically built within six months and have three rooms, basic sanitation, a porch and garden.

The Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty team, which also supports arts education in local schools through a partnership with the Edward Hopper House in Nyack, felt compelled to reach beyond the local community to “help Haitian families who lack basic human needs,” Ellis said.

“We applaud the Sotheby’s International Realty brand for identifying this charity,” he said. “It really struck a chord with our entire team, and we thank all of our agents, clients and friends for joining us on this journey.”

New Story, a 501c3 nonprofit based in San Francisco, has funded more than 750 homes in seven communities around the developing world since its start two years ago. Anyone can make a donation to New Story by visiting the www.newstorycharity.org.

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Building Life-Changing Communities for Families in Need

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Last month we announced our partnership with New Story, a non-profit organization that works to transform dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes. To date, we have raised 89 percent of our fundraising goal! Rich Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty shares more about the need for safe housing.

 

Q: Why is this cause important to you?

A: Having a safe place to call home should a basic human right, yet there are so many people across the world that do not have the simplest needs in life—running water, a home with a door or even a home at all. New Story identifies communities in need and provides families with shelter and a safe home.

 

Q: Why partner with New Story Charity?

A: Our global affiliation with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand provides us with a unique perspective on the world. Even though the communities served by New Story are located internationally, the world is a small place and it’s our responsibility to reach beyond our local community and help those less fortunate than ourselves.

 

Q: What do donations provide?

A: New Story puts 100 percent of donations toward the creation of safe communities, building homes for $6,000 each and giving them to families in need to impact their lives for generations to come. The organization also hires local craftsmen for the construction of these homes, which further simulates the local economy.

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New Story has created 7 communities, has funded 805 homes and has helped 3,945 people in Haiti, El Salvador and Bolivia, but the need is great. Please help us reach our $6,000 fundraising goal by donating. Any amount—small or large—would make a tremendous impact on one family’s life.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Martina Cinarli

Martina Cinarli 1Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Martina Cinarli has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Cinarli, who brings to her role a background in business and finance, has lived on three continents and worked with a diverse group of clients.  She has been a Rockland County resident for the last 20 years, and is the former director of the Rockland County Board of REALTORS, now the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS.

“Martina is a strong negotiator who offers keen insights and experience to her clients,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.  “Her clients appreciate her dedication to serving their needs and wants in the home buying and selling process.”

Cinarli is a licensed New York and New Jersey real estate sales associate who earned her bachelor of science degree in finance and economics. She also is green-certified and relocation specialist certified for domestic and transcontinental relocation.

Cinarli is a member of the Suffern Chamber of Commerce, Rockland Business Women’s Network, the National Association of REALTORS®, the Hudson Gateway MLS and the New Jersey MLS.

“My love of architecture, interior design and serving people motivated me to become a licensed real estate salesperson many years ago,” she said.  “I bring to Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty the stellar leadership and finance skills necessary in all phases of selling and buying real estate. We also share the same desire to unite home sellers and buyers, and are committed to providing the best customer service possible.”

 

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Seta Tunell

Seta TunellEllis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Seta Tunell has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Tunell previously served NBC for 20 years in various roles, most recently as coordinating producer for the award-winning program Dateline NBC. She began her career at French automobile manufacturer, Renault, working in both its New York and Paris headquarters.  She also has worked in the import and export industry with clients in both the United States and Europe, and oversaw the coordination and establishment of a multi-national start up venture in the West Indies.

“Seta brings a strong sense of priority, discipline, patience and tenacity to her real estate career,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “These qualities- which were developed over years working with top level executives and on air talent in network news- are an advantage to both buyers and sellers in the often stressful world of real estate transactions. Her background and experience as an entrepreneur and business owner, as well as her international work in sales, real estate development and building, are valuable assets to her clients.”

Tunell brings her clientele a diverse, global background. Born in Cairo to Armenian parents, her family moved to Lebanon when she was two years old and then immigrated to the United States.

“I also bring to the table an in-depth knowledge of the local market area, a keen eye for design and an ability to recognize potential and value,” she said.  “I am so proud to be affiliated with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand and the opportunities it affords my clients regardless of their price point.  I am a firm believer that the luxury market is a level of service and not a particular price.”

Tunell is past vice president of the PTA Council in South Orangetown, New York. She also was a member of their Nutritional Subcommittee and served on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Shakespeare Theatre.  She earned the Ecobroker®, Short Sale Specialist® and Accredited Buyer’s Representative® designations from the National Association of REALTORS®.  She is fluent in English and Armenian.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Helps New Story Create Safe, Sustainable Homes

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced it will partner with New Story, a non-profit organization that works to transform dangerous living environments into communities of safe, sustainable homes.

The firm will encourage its agent network to participate through donations on closings and provide exposure to New Story through its marketing efforts.

“New Story puts 100 percent of donations toward the creation of safe communities, building homes for $6,000 each and giving them to families in need to impact their lives for generations to come,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are proud to do our part to assist them in their goal of changing lives.”

San Francisco-based New Story, a 501c3 non-profit, has been building safe homes and transforming slums into thriving communities since their start two years ago. In that time they have funded more than 750 homes in seven communities around the developing world.

“New Story has created an innovative and more transparent model than the traditional charitable giving experience,” said Brett Hagler, chief executive officer of New Story. “Every dollar given goes directly to building homes, and every donor receives a digital profile of the exact family they helped support. When the home is completed, they are delivered a move-in video to share in the excitement of this incredible effort. We hire local labor and buy domestic materials to boost the country’s economy, providing jobs and economic stability for the community.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand in March announced a partnership with New Story, helping the Guillaume family from Haiti with their donation. Anyone can make a donation to New Story by visiting the Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty dedicated donation page.

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Top Rockland Agent Amy (Musinger) Samett

Amy SamettEllis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that top Rockland County agent Amy (Musinger) Samett has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

A 40-year Rockland County resident, Samett was in the top 3 percent of the county’s real estate agents last year.

“Amy’s success as a real estate agent is grounded in her knowledge of the Rockland County market, her stellar negotiating skills and her reputation as a highly trusted partner,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “She understands her clients’ needs and works hard to exceed their expectations. Her many years as a property manager has enhanced her expertise in the local market.”

Samett grew up in Blauvelt, raised her family in New City and now resides in Nyack. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at The State University of New York at Binghamton and her Master of Business Administration degree from New York University with a dual major in finance and taxation.

“I have combined my business experience, analytical skills and love of beautiful homes to help my clients achieve their goals, whether they are buying or selling,” she said. “I am proud to join forces with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty and the renowned Sotheby’s International Realty brand to bring my clients a broad global reach.”

 

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Naomi Vargas

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced that Naomi Vargas has joined the firm as a licensed real estate salesperson.

Vargas previously served as a licensed real estate salesperson since 2006 in Piermont, New York. A 20-year Rockland County resident, she is fluent in Spanish and worked in health-care management for two decades earlier in her career.

“Naomi has strong connections in the Piermont market and strives to exceed her customers’ expectations at every step of the process,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “She is an active member of the community and takes the time to understand her clients’ needs and customize her service for them.”

Vargas said her focus on lifestyle differentiates her from other agents and makes her an ideal match for Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “I don’t simply sell real estate; I tailor my service for each individual client and ultimately sell an extraordinary lifestyle,” she said. “I look forward to being able to offer my clients all the advantages my association with Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty brings.”

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty Debuts Enhanced, Responsive Website

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Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty today announced the launch of its newly enhanced responsive website, ellissothebysrealty.com, designed to enable consumers to more easily search for the Hudson Valley’s finest properties whether they use a smartphone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer.

In addition to the mobile device formatting, users will notice faster page loading. The website also features an International page with connections to the brand’s global network of affiliates, a Resources page with local information, a Sold Listings section that highlights the firm’s significant sales and the firm’s blog, Hudson Valley Views.

“These are exciting enhancements that mean a consistent, positive experience for our clients, whether we first meet them online via their smartphones or they walk into our office,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “We recognize that consumers want to be able to look for property when it is most convenient for them, and they expect to receive the same level of quality information, regardless of how they choose to search.”

 

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