Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty held its 2020 awards ceremony today. In a year when our business which has always been built around handshakes, getting to know one another while driving country country roads, and giving hugs on closing day was turned upside-down, our agents pivoted and achieved. We are so proud to be at the top of our game.
A Year of Accolades
2020 was a banner year for accolades at Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty. Coldwell Banker awarded Village Green the honor of becoming part of Coldwell Banker's Chairman's Circle. Coldwell Banker's Chairman's Circle is reserved for Coldwell Banker affiliates in the Top 9% of Coldwell Banker affiliates worldwide.
CBVGR was also voted Hudson Valley Magazine's "Best Real Estate Firm Of The Hudson Valley" and we held our standing as the Hudson Valley 360's "Best Real Estate Company in Greene County" - both of these awards are based on votes from local consumers, our customers. Our sales figures are testament to our popularity in the Hudson Valley and Catskills Real Estate market as well. We maintained our position as #1 in Ulster County and Greene County sales in 2020, a position we've held since 2011.*
Honoring Our Agents
Every year, an elite group of our our top-performing agents are honored by Coldwell Banker for their achievements in sales. Coldwell Banker's awards compare the production of agents with that of their nearly 100,000 Coldwell Banker colleagues across the globe. We're proud to have so many of our agents recognized for being at the pinnacle of such a prestigious group.
In addition to the Coldwell Banker awards Village Green has internal awards that recognize the contributions our agents make to our business and our family. Congratulations to our 2020 award winners - we look forward to another exceptional year in 2021!
Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty
Company Top Producer
New Paltz Office
Red Hook Office
Coldwell Banker International President's Premier
Awarded To The Top 1% of Coldwell Banker's 94,000+ Agents Worldwide
" Off the chart performance as a realtor' is how I would describe my experience with Regina Tortorella. My house, bright, airy and magically sited, was also small. Regina let me know she was sure to sell it, but its appeal was for a special buyer. And that was the beginning of our productive collaboration. Trust was the bedrock of our relationship. Her honesty, her obvious desire to obtain the best results for me, her endless knowledge of the market and ability to wear many hats astounded me. I remember one long conversation during which, among other things, she explained to me the intricacies of appraisal, drawing on her own experience as an appraiser. I was agog at her descriptions of criteria in determining the value of a house, how she cited figures and logarithms interspersed with clear language so I could follow. Her personal skills were equally impressive. We often laughed; I sometimes cried, and she understood. Selling a cherished home was not an easy task for me... She was more than a realtor... she became a confidante, a friend and a trusted advisor. I am deeply grateful to have had her guidance and help in closing one chapter of my life and opening another. To anyone who has the opportunity to retain her as either buyer's or seller's agent I say...you could not have made a better choice." - Jeffery Gould
Coldwell Banker International President's Elite
Awarded To The Top 3% of Coldwell Banker's 94,000+ Agents Worldwide
"Amy Lonas - Dream Agent
Not only is Amy a brilliant negotiator, she supports the difficult process from inception to closing, beyond the required role of an agent. Incredibly, she sold my house after the first few showings. Amy was my fourth agent, and while the others were enthusiastic and involved at the beginning - only until the signing of the exclusive contract - Amy was the only [agent] who sustained her interest. She followed through and communicated on a continuous basis, dealing with every problem in detail, including finding a trustworthy and affordable contractor for repairs required after inspection.
Her generosity of spirit and loyalty were remarkable. She was always available and responded immediately to all enquiries. She made the process effortless, which would otherwise have been a stressful experience, speeding things along, including finding the fastest and most effective lawyer. While unique details of the property might have been devalued and ignored for square footage; she enhanced them and so ensured a proper relationship between the market value in relation to other properties that were evaluated in the neighborhood, and the aesthetic details that might have been minimized in favor of more practical considerations.
I wholeheartedly recommend her if you are looking for an agent that is both attentive and intuitive. I cannot imagine using any other, who might only be thinking in terms of just another property on their list. If you want a more personal way of dealing with what can be a long and arduous process, use Amy. She is the agent not of the year, but of the decade." - Arione DeWinter
"Angela was recommended to us at a time of year when we never expected our home to sell as quickly as it did. From the moment we met her, we knew she would work hard for us and make the sale of our home her #1 priority. She said she would sell our home fast and she did . In less than a month, she brought us our buyers and made everything happen as promised.
Angela is personable, sincere and the hardest working realtor in upstate New York - she knows her stuff and worked round the clock to make this process as painless as possible. We interviewed several local realtors and not one was as positive or excited about our home as she was ... and that spirit of 'can-do' was there from the day we met her to the day we closed.
We love Angela and recommend her to anyone who is looking for a realtor who knows how to communicate, will work hard, and do everything possible to sell your home. She is absolutely the best there is!" - Kathleen & Art H.
"Laurie Ylvisaker is one of the region's best realtors. Her reputation as a savvy, compassionate, business woman is well warranted. During our initial contact Laurie clearly outlined the marketing strategy for my home and answered my questions thoroughly and with ease. I knew from the beginning exactly what services would be paid for by the agency, and which ones I would be responsible for. Laurie was able to advise me as to arranging what I had at hand, thereby, avoiding unnecessary expenses in preparing my home for sale. She was consistently thoughtful and willing to lend a hand, especially during these crazy pandemic times. I appreciated her snagging the empty pizza box off the counter before a showing while I was prepping other areas, and dropping off a surprise gift of a potted chrysanthemum to add a splash of color to the front deck. Easy to talk to and generously available to counsel me through the stress of multiple showings and offers, I truly appreciate the hard work and dedication Laurie Ylvisaker demonstrated at every turn." - Dorey Salerno
Coldwell Banker International President's Circle
Awarded To The Top 8% of Coldwell Banker's 94,000+ Agents Worldwide
"Andy could not have been a more ideal realtor to guide us through the process. Throughout, he was the one constant—reliable and dependable, savvy and smart, and always driving to get the deal closed for us with good cheer and a sense of humor. We had no end of difficulty closing, in large part through circumstances outside of our control, but it’s safe to say that without Andy we wouldn’t have closed on our home. His advice, guidance and effort are tremendously appreciated. We cannot recommend him highly enough!" - Adam & Ashley
"Cathy is an incredible resource in the real estate market... whether buying or selling she has her hand on the pulse of the market every day! And her personal touch makes her so easy to work with... downsizing and selling our family home was a difficult step, but Cathy’s attention and trust made us so comfortable with our decision!" - zillow user: kaod34
"All our experiences (with Eric) were very positive from start to finish. Eric was extremely professional and knowledgeable about the market and the area, and answered all questions patiently, regardless of how irrelevant they may have seemed. As a first-time homebuyer, I found the whole experience ultimately painless because of Eric. It was a complicated and contentious process because of the estate's bankruptcy and Eric was able to keepthe focus on the important issues and guide me through them patiently and with much needed humor. He was always cheerful and upbeat, no matter the circumstances. I cannot speak highly enough of Eric... I hope I never move again, but if I have to, Eric is the person I would unhesitatingly turn to first." - Peter & Geraldine Prideaux
"She gave me excellent advice from the very onset - where I should drive, what towns to visit, scenic walks to take. It is entirely because of her that I chose to buy in Ulster County over five other contenders - towns in Western MA, Vermont & Maine.
What's more, working with a very vague description of what I wanted ("an old farmhouse"), she selected 5 houses to show me, the 3rd of which I bought! It was perfect! I think that is pretty amazing.
Apart from her qualifications, she was just a lot of fun to work with - very dynamic, full of energy & ideas, a real positive outlook, a buoyant personality. I enjoyed the whole experience." - Marian Coulter
"Leslie is an incredible realtor. My husband & I were all over the place in terms of what we were looking for and in which part of the Catskills. Her keen listening abilities allowed her to hone in on the similarities of what we both wanted in a property. We expected the process of finding the ideal house on the ideal property would take several years, but with Leslie guiding us, it took less than 6 months. Leslie was always quick to respond to our questions, and actively combed through listings and contacting us whenever something came on the market of interest – very important in a market where houses sell quickly. She was honest & straightforward with her opinions on the pros & cons of the houses we viewed and guided us through every step of purchasing our home – even through the closing which took place during NY Pause from Covid-19. We could not have asked for a better realtor than Leslie." - Chris Irick
"Lisa is committed to her sellers and provides expertise at every step of the process. She is knowledgeable about the market and can guide sellers with the right price and with what they need to do to sell their property. Lisa actively marketed our property and made it accessible to other agents. She is a professional who works well with area realtors and she made this experience as painless as possible. I recommend Lisa as a listing agent without reservation!" - Anne Rode
Coldwell Banker International Diamond Society
Awarded To The Top 15% of Coldwell Banker's 94,000+ Agents Worldwide
"I have worked with many realtors over the years and Amy was one of the best. When we first started looking she asked insightful questions that helped us focus. We paused our search for awhile at one point, and she was patient and picked up as soon as we were ready to restart the process. She has an astute sense of the market, does her homework, and made multiple arrangements in this complicated era of Covid. She was encouraging when disappointments arose and cautioning, but not overbearing when we seemed excited about something that might have issues. [Amy was] a pleasure to work with and we are immensely satisfied with our new home." - Stuart Parker
"Tony is a fantastic real estate agent. He is high-energy, always responsive, and very creative when it comes to visualizing a great space to live in. He will work tirelessly to find the place that is perfect for you. He doesn’t push and he’s always patient to find the place that you really love. He is hyper-focused on meeting the client’s needs and is supportive and relaxed when it comes time to make a decision. I feel so lucky to have gotten to know and work with Tony and I love the place that he helped me buy. I strongly recommend him to anyone who wants to find the perfect home to fit their desires and budget." - Rion Wentworth
"Aysa was invaluable during our search for a Catskills home. Very responsive & highly knowledgeable throughout our first time home purchase. From start to finish our experience with Aysa was amazing, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend her & would definitely choose to work with her again in the future!" - Nicola Whitely
"When I was considering selling my home I decided to talk to Chris because I had seen first hand how hard she worked to sell a house I had built for a client that decided to sell after he got a job transfer out of the area. That, and she did a wonderful job in securing tenants for my rental house who remained tenants for 5 years after!!
When we met at my house I was impressed with her ability to see how the house “fit” into the real estate market based on its particulars and siting. I could tell she knows the housing inventory and what buyers are looking for. Equally impressive was the manner in which she conveyed the information – clear, straight forward and honest.
After a few days we met again and she continued to show these traits when she presented me with several comparisons of my house to sales that recently occurred with dollar amount adjustments for variance’s between each sale and my home for the purpose of coming up with a reasonable expectation of what my house could sell for. Chris let me see what the market could bear for my house and in my case I liked what I saw and decided to list it with Chris.
Chris connected me with a home stager who furnished the home in a way that made people feel they wanted to live in it the moment they opened the door. During the couple of months that it took to sell and close on the property Chris maintained communication via phone, text and e-mail on a continued basis.
We both felt secure in her work in coming up with the value of the home and its asking price and in the end it sold in the amount exactly equal to that estimate – to the penny!!!! I couldn’t be happier that I had Chris work with me on selling my home and would recommend her to anyone considering doing the same." - J.G.
"We couldn't have asked for a more top-notch real estate agent than Dawn. She was tremendously experienced and knowledgeable about every aspect of both the sale of our homes that we build on speculation and the purchases of other properties. Her rigorous professionalism helped allay our anxiety up until and even past the close of escrow. She was always available to answer any question no matter how small, and her input was smart and savvy. It’s really clear to us that Dawn not only has vast experience but has translated that into true expertise and superb client service." - Tom & Linda Rozzi
"Eric was amazing. Thoughtful and knowledgeable, courteous and kind. He was patient and incredibly helpful. He was referred to us by a friend and we feel incredibly fortunate that he took us on as clients. He spent almost 8 months with us and used his expertise and deep network in the area to find our perfect home. We are forever grateful to him." - Amber Angulo & Daniela Crocco
"Rose was extremely helpful in showing us what was available in the area in our price range. While we found the house that we were looking relatively quickly the actual purchasing process was somewhat complicated. Rose held my hand through the entire process and was on the phone almost daily with me, my banker, lawyer, selling agent and even with the county clerk. I felt like she treated this transaction like it was her own and she always made me feel like I was her top priority even though I know that she has other clients to take care of. I am sure that there are many agents who know the area but Rose really goes above and beyond. She is honest, reliable, passionate and a great advocate for her clients. Even though this has been a stressful process I can’t imagine another agent working harder to get us into our house." - Alan and Sharon Silber
"Sara was extremely helpful from the very beginning of our decision to sell our family home. She gave us honest, no-nonsense advice about how to get our house market ready and provided referrals for the odds and ends that needed to be done prior to listing. Her knowledge of the market, and how our home compared to others in the area, helped us set a good price. We were delighted to have offers right away, and thanks to her consistent work the sale was completed in less than 4 months – listing to closing. She kept us updated and was responsive to all of our questions throughout the process." - Robert and Jane Jankowski
Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society
Awarded To The Top 22% of Coldwell Banker's 94,000+ Agents Worldwide
"Aaron is a true professional who knows the region extremely well. He is a fast communicator and helped us land the home of our dreams in record time. As a bonus he has a lot of knowledge about home construction which proved extremely helpful when when trying to get a feel for the overall quality of a given property." - Henry & Lois Cartwell
"Allison Morelle has the essential qualities of a great realtor – effective, knowledgeable, genuine, and positive. In our recent house-buying process, we had done some initial research and came up with several listings that she immediately filtered through to make sure fit our preferences. Within a day of our contacting her, she organized multiple showings on a day of our choosing, and we successfully found a house to submit an offer on THAT DAY! She was/is so knowledgeable about the housing market and was/is such an excellent negotiator that we were able to get the house at EXACTLY our target number. Whenever we asked her to obtain additional information about the property and/or our decision-making related to the property, she was efficient and effective in doing detailed research to get us answers to help us continue to move forward in our process. We could tell immediately that Allison was/is a genuine and positive person and realtor – she truly cares about her clients, approaching them as people who are already a part of her community. We will DEFINITELY be calling Allison Morelle for her expertise in real estate for our future home selling and/or buying experiences!" - Jennifer Brody
"We were first time homebuyers, and Cathy was wonderful throughout the whole process! I would recommend her without hesitation. She understood our wants and needs after looking at just a few properties and went above and beyond to secure the right house for us. She was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and well connected. She was always responsive, gave excellent advice, and helped move the process along smoothly. She truly cares about her clients, and approaches them as people who are already a part of her community." - Lauren Hudacek
"Deb sold our home in less than a month, despite the hurdles created by the Covid crisis. The house was correctly priced, the drone images drew much attention and the multiple buyers who bid on the property were well vetted. All was accomplished with relative speed, ease, expertise and empathy. Deb understood that we were not just selling a listing, but the home of our family that had occupied it for 30+ years; a place where children were raised and life's passages were celebrated.
Deb guides her clients through the listing and sale process with patience and honesty. We are grateful we chose her to represent our interests." - Zillow User: berngon5152
"Jacki was great. I felt as if she was family trying to help. Whenever we called and asked her for a favor she was more than happy to help. Thank you Jacki!" - Erminia and Phyllis Travaglino
"Jacki went above and beyond to show my property. I'm not sure how many realtors would do what she did. Jacki has sold 2 of my family's properties quickly and professionally." - Lynn Byrne
"My husband and I had been searching for our first time home in Columbia County. We were so LUCKY that Joel Craig of Coldwell Banker responded to our inquiry. Joel was always so quick to respond, make all the appointments to see houses and offer moral support along the way. I cannot stress how important it is to have the right real estate agent. It makes a huge difference as you are going through the process of buying a home. We found the house we really loved and I owe it all to Joel. There’s no place like home. Bravo Joel!" - Jim & Judy King
"Please ANYONE who is looking for any property, Upstate NY, uou must call Mr. Tim Hurley. By far the most knowledgeable, honest, hardest working agent, going above and beyond, what is expected or customary. I have bought and sold more homes than some seasoned [buyers], in many different states, HOWEVER after buying and selling 3 homes in Upstate NY, either in the Catskill Mountains, [on the] Hudson River or city properties... Nobody, nobody does or knows the Real Estate World like Mr. Tim Hurley. PS: The most professional, personable, patient, real estate agent, you will ever know!" - Patricia Schluter
Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty Rising Star
Awarded To An Agent Who Had An Exceptional First Year
"When my husband and I started looking for a home to buy in Woodstock, we knew where we wanted the home but was undecided on exactly what we were looking for. The first home we looked at was shown to us by Amy and immediately we knew we wanted to continue to work with her. She was able to narrow our search by asking a few simple questions.
What is striking about working with Amy is that she is professional, patient, knowledgeable and responsive to our needs. She showed us only the homes she knew we could afford, and the ones we would be interested in buying. Eventually, we were able to locate the perfect home.
I would not hesitate to recommend Amy Crossfield to anyone wanting to buy a dream home. If it's out there she will locate it for you." - Zillow User: s7andr5
Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty Team Spirit
Awarded To One Agent From Each Office Who Help Make Our Offices A Little Brighter
"Amy contacted me after my house was pulled off the market for repairs and I could not be happier that she did. Once the repairs were complete Amy went above and beyond to help me sell my property while I was living 3 hours away. She handled issues I could not be there to take care of. Her knowledge of the area allowed her to help me set a realistic price that resulted in a offer within days. I would use her again without a doubt."- Zillow User: justinpuffer81
"Bernard helped us get our dream house in the Hudson Valley. He was extremely detail oriented and connected us with great people we needed to close - including a surveyor and a lawyer. He came to the closing and plugged his phone into every socket -- an example of his thoroughness. Highly recommend!"- Zillow User: dres8585
Christine believes that every successful real estate deal begins with a loyal and dedicated agent who communicates and collaborates with her clients. Before joining Coldwell Banker Village Green, Christine worked as a public relations professional representing some of the world’s top travel destinations.
Using her PR expertise, Christine works with sellers to offer keen insights into how to best represent and position their home in the marketplace. From the latest selling tools to tailored marketing plans for each property, Christine is committed to helping sellers maximize their property’s potential.
As a seasoned client service provider, Christine is equally devoted to working with buyers in the region. Listening to her client’s wants and needs, Christine helps her buyers define their ‘perfect home’ criteria, guiding them through their search and closing process to own their dream home.
A Hudson Valley homeowner for nearly fifteen years, Christine has moved from weekender to part-timer to full-time resident. She calls the area one of the most naturally beautiful and culturally exciting regions in the country and is eager for others to share the joy of living in the Hudson Valley.
Christine enjoys writing, travel, tennis and golf. Recently she took up gardening to transform her front lawn into a native wildflower meadow.
"Don was absolutely wonderful to work with. My wife and I were orchestrating a move from across the country and we found Don at the last minute, after another realtor fell through the one weekend my wife was available to look at homes. Don took the time to get to know us and our needs and make us feel comfortable as first time home buyers. He was available to answer any questions we had at any point in the process, and accommodate our long distance schedule. Don was an indispensable ally in our home buy search...I am so grateful that we found him. "- Greg Barrett
"Henry Ford has all the traits you want in an agent -- he's a great listener, he's honest, resourceful, helpful, communicative, and a pleasure to be around. He listened carefully to what we were looking for in a property. He was honest with us about what was likely to be available and what we could expect to pay. He immediately got to work looking for what we wanted, sending us lots of great listings that met our criteria. Before long he had found the perfect listing for us! He then advised us as we bid on the property, and his advice ultimately helped us win the bid. In every interaction, he was well-informed, helpful, professional... and funny! What's not to like?!"- James Bruffee & Caitlin Cahill
"We were extremely pleased with Jacqueline and how professional she was. We will definitely use her again in the future. It was the best home buying experience we ever had... [Jacki] had the best service we could have asked for. There were no problems at all. Great job!" - Kyle & Dianne Haviland
Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty Anniversaries
Cheers To 10 Years, And To 10 More!
"Cathy Pulichene is responsive, respectful, courteous, and kind. Our home selling experience was top notch. We were always notified well in advance of showings. Cathy kept us informed of all aspects of the selling process and made the entire process as painless as house selling could be. I would recommend her (and I have) to my friends and family. Thank you, Cathy, for a job well done!" - zillow user: morefun456
"We cannot say enough good things about Dawn. We found her online after having a negative experience with our previous realtor. We looked at a lot of properties as we were looking for something special! Dawn was absolutely patient and diligent in her interactions with us, and went out of her way to ensure timely and accurate communication when we found our home. Our purchase went through quickly and efficiently and that was in part from Dawn's hard work! We will absolutely recommend her to our friends and family if they are in need of a fantastic realtor!
Thank you Dawn for all your hard work in helping us find our home." - Myah Lannis and Justin Johnson
"I highly recommend Hollis Dukler. She was my buyer's agent during my search to find a home for our family. She understood our objectives and goals, and consistently went the extra mile to help me find the most appropriate home. Hollis is dedicated, proactive, responsive, and accessible. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, you will find her expertise in real estate and the local area tremendously helpful, as well as her skills in negotiation. Hollis is a pleasant, professional and dedicated real estate agent. She is also an enjoyable person to spend time with during the transaction process." - J. Nap
"I'm from out of state and John dealt with many problems and such a big help. John, I felt, went beyond just a 'realtor.' I would highly recommend John to anyone. Great job, John!" - Susan Bartley
"Laurie is the best realtor I have worked with. Highly knowledgeable of this area, totally understands the importance of supporting both the buyer and the seller. But above all else she is intelligent, smart, wants you to make the choice that is right for you, and loves life. She is a joy to work with." - Lizzie Vann
"Sadia was extremely professional, courteous, and knowledgeable of the local market. She also went above and beyond; checking our home since it was a vacant property. She made sure it was represented and presented perfectly." - Carl Jayson
"Samantha was an integral part of our first home buying experience- taking weekends and 4-5 hrs to look at up 8 houses a day, always answering questions and giving loads recommendations. She helped us better understand the process and guided us through the entire experience. " - Steve & Tanya Mangione
Congratulations to these award winners, and to all the incredible agents at Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty.
*Ulster and Greene County sales statistics per the Hudson Valley Catskill Region MLS and Columbia Greene Northern Dutchess MLS.
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