Laffey Real Estate Welcomes Gavilla to Huntington Office
Greenvale, NY – Laffey Real Estate recently announced the hiring of veteran real estate broker, Hector Gavilla to the position of Branch Manager of the Huntington Office, Laffey Real Estate's easternmost location. Gavilla is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker. He is responsible for the office's recruitment, productivity, and daily management of agent success and staff workload.
Gavilla comes to the firm with an extensive background in real estate. As a training instructor and realtor, Hector brings a valuable combination of mentor and agent into his management skill set. His hands-on coaching style and experience in the field has already produced results in the office he leads.
Upon introducing Gavilla to the management team, Donnamarie Chaimanis, President offered this about the appointment, "Hector is a great find and perfect fit for the team in Huntington. His almost two decades of real estate experience, local knowledge and marketing savvy is the trifecta of traits we are looking for in our branch leaders." She added, "We know Hector will be a valuable part of our team."
Gavilla owned and managed his own brokerage for nine years until selling to a competitor in 2019, where he stayed until making the leap to head up the Huntington Branch for Laffey Real Estate.
A resident of Huntington, Gavilla is active in Huntington politics. He serves on the Town of Huntington Affordable Housing Advisory Board, a committee of non-paid Huntington Residents appointed by the Huntington Town Board to make recommendations with respect to the administration of the Affordable Housing Trust and Agency Fund.
Laffey Real Estate's James Gavin!!!
Long Island Press recently named Manhasset's own James Gavin to the 2020 Top Realtors of Long Island. We are proud to recognize James Gavin, a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, as a true professional in the Residential Real Estate industry. He is a Luxury Home Marketing Expert with a very successful and impressive portfolio of representing notable and distinct North Shore homes.
Gavin's accolades include being named "Rookie of the Year" at his Manhasset firm in 2015, earning the title of "Rising Star Residential Agent Of The Year" by Long Island Business News in 2017, and being named to Zillow's Best of the Best list in 2019. He sells homes all along the North Shore Corridor from Great Neck to Cutchogue with a specialty in the Manhasset-Port Washington-Sands Point Markets.
To preview his historic legacy transactions and read more about his beginnings, visit his website Jamesgavin.laffey.com. A lifelong resident of the North Shore, Jim resides with his wife and daughters in Manhasset.
Laffey Real Estate congratulates all of the recipients named to the 2020 Long Island Press Top Realtors List.
Laffey Real Estate announced the appointment of Donnamarie Chaimanis, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, to the position of President of the brokerage effective immediately.
In this newly created role, Chaimanis is tasked with maximizing branch productivity; supervise the daily sales operations, branch services, recruiting platforms and growth strategies in the markets served including Long Island and the five boroughs. She will continue in the role of overseeing the team of branch managers and career leaders.
The announcement was made by Philip C. Laffey, Broker Owner via a senior management Zoom meeting. "We are very pleased to have Donnamarie work alongside us. Since joining the firm in 2005, she has been a proven leader, innovator and team player," explained Laffey. "This offers both Mark and me the opportunity to continue to focus on more strategic initiatives while ensuring that our company is moving forward as we have envisioned."
Chaimanis, a 15-year residential real estate veteran, has previously served in leadership positions including Branch Manager Brookville Office, Regional Vice President and Luxury Marketing Division Manager. Before her promotion, she led the company's Luxury Marketing Division instituting training strategy, marketing initiatives and agent mentoring.
Donnamarie has a real penchant for luxury real estate, as the market on the Gold Coast certainly warrants. Overall, these legacy sales include the $36.5 Million Searingtown Road, Manhasset land; $20 Million Easton Estate, Muttontown; $19.88 Million Alan King Waterfront Estate, Kings Point; the $9.035 Million, Oyster Bay Cove Cassini residence and many other notable estates.
In commenting on Donnamarie's appointment, Mark T. Laffey, Broker Owner added that "we've been grooming her for this position for a few years. She stepped up naturally and efficiently. With her professionalism and knowledge, we are confident that Donnamarie will be an integral part of the strategic growth of Laffey Real Estate for years to come."
With her extensive experience and background in residential real estate, she will continue to work closely with the Broker Owners. As the firm enters another chapter in their storied and well-regarded history, the vision for expansion will be well served under her guidance.
Laffey Real Estate is proud to be featured in the July 2020 Delta Media Group's industry publication, Real Estate Marketing and Technology Magazine, titled In A Town Full of Apples, Be the Orange. How Long Island's Laffey Real Estate Stands Out from the Competition.
An orange you might say? Well, frankly, yes! In terms of standing out, the metaphor works. Laffey Real Estate has made it their mission to be unique in both brand and business model.
if this pandemic has taught us anything, as a brokerage and as a society, it is that we have to learn to adapt. And, adapt quickly! Once the senior management team realized that the world as they knew it was coming to a screeching halt, they jumped in and, using Delta's Virtual Business Platform, began the training program that gave agents the tools to keep focused and help buyers and sellers once the world reset.
Laffey Real Estate is proud of the team that orchestrated the single most daunting responsibility in recent memory. How could they maintain a safe environment for the agents and employees while keeping the doors open for the clients and customers? Embracing the virtual platform was the answer. Using Facebook Premiere, Zoom, Google Meet and a great technology partner, the months following the shutdown were certainly difficult but the Laffey Real Estate agents didn't miss out on being able to 'get in front of' their sellers and work with buyers and renters alike.
Kudos Team Laffey!
Read the full article here --> In a Town Full of Apples...
The world health community continues to monitor closely the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, named "coronavirus disease 2019" (COVID-19). At this time, no one knows how severe this outbreak will be. Given this uncertainty, and the fact that the seasonal influenza (flu) virus is also widespread, we are taking proactive steps to address a number of business concerns.
First and foremost, we want to continue to maintain a safe workplace, encourage our valued community residents to utilize practices that protect the health of family members and friends. We also want to ensure the continuity of business operations. To that end, the company has contracted with a professional cleaning service to perform an extensive two step deep cleaning. Within the last 24 hours, all Laffey Real Estate offices have undergone this essential service. While we cannot eradicate every germ, we are confident that this activity will help reduce the unintentional spread of the virus.
We ask that everyone cooperate in taking steps to reduce the transmission of communicable diseases.
We are reminding you of the following:
Of note, our senior management team has made a collective, albeit difficult, decision to temporarily close our branch locations in an effort to protect our employees, agents and of course the members of the communities we serve. To that end, we have instructed our IT department to install remote software on all essential office personnel computers so as to continue with the business at hand.
Currently, Open Houses are being scheduled at the behest of the Seller. However, company initiated meetings where close proximity may put someone in danger of contracting the virus have been postponed.
We are moving to a virtual platform to remotely schedule Closings, Lease Signings and other events deemed time sensitive or essential. We are heeding the instructions from the CDC and other health care experts, taking every step possible to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
We know this is a difficult time. Be mindful of the elderly and those with pulmonary or compromised health situations. Check in (by phone) on older neighbors, family members and friends. Use your common sense and discretion as you go about your everyday life.
Laffey Real Estates wishes you safety and health.
Guest Speakers Address Benefits of Merger with Hudson Gateway & MLSLI
Brookville, NY (October xx, 2019) –The 2019 Laffey Real Estate Summit celebrated their top producers with a Halloween-themed conference at the popular event venue, deSeversky Mansion. Over 150 of the firm's Realtors joined in the spirit of the celebration by coming in costume. Prizes were awarded for best costume and most creative centerpiece.
The Summit is a companywide awards event recognizing individual agent success. The ceremony acknowledged realtors in six separate categories including the top producer in an Office, Luxury Sale, and within the County in addition to Rookie (under one year in business) and Shining Star. The award winners are as follows:
Top Producers Second Quarter & Third Quarter award winners are:Kerri Potestio, Kay Kwak, Ira Gross, Tim Lau, Michelle Cohen, Louie Remigo, Vivi Rosen, Janet Kashani, Janet Berookhim, Katy Anastasio, Somnath Ghosh, Eugene Gong, Carol Chang, James Gavin, Ann Marie Macdonald, Michael Maloney, Hemant Shah, Marcella Zack, Nelly Menendez, Christina Carter, Kathleen Myers, Wesley Shands
Top Luxury Sales recognized:
Rosemary Barrett and Brian Barrett, 26 The Terrace, Manhasset
Paula Handler, 42 Central Drive, Manhasset
Angela Chaman, 35 Longfellow, Great Neck
James Gavin, 16A Forest Drive, Sands Point
Janet Berookhim, 31 Rock Hollow Road, Manhasset
Irene Sarraf and Maria Dilmanian, 36 Martin Ct, Kings Point
Top County Sales recognized:
Yanko Pena, Elizabeth Rizzo, Diurny Rizzo (Queens), 96-04 Northern Blvd., Corona
Frank Foronjy (Suffolk), 10 Mallard Lane, Remsenberg
Neil Gortler (Nassau) 252-42 Brattle Avenue, Little Neck
Shining Star Award: Michael Maloney, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the New Hyde Park Office has been a rising star in the firm. His grasp of social media, technology, and more important, the unique ability to connect with his audience both on line and in person has skyrocketed his sales.
Rookie of the Year Award: Louie Remigio, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in the Little Neck Office has been with the company for under a year. He has adopted many of the tools and resources needed to become a top producing realtor and the firm applauds his drive and determination.
The Quarterly Summit is also a forum to provide an enhanced education platform for all agents at the firm. The company regularly brings in renowned experts and trainers from all parts of the country to share their knowledge. The firm acknowledges and appreciates their attendance and participation at our event.
Dana Nowick, Marketing Manager MLS was back to reacquaint the audience with powerful marketing tools and data mining from Remine, RPR and Homesnap. In addition, Realtors were especially honored to hear from Tessa Hultz, newly appointed CEO Long Island Board of Realtors. Hultz spoke enthusiastically about the importance of the realtors' voice as members of the community and as homeowners.
The firm congratulates all award winners, costumed agents and guest speakers. Pictured L to R: Costume Contest Winners; Centerpiece Winner; #FollowTheOrange Socks; Dana Nowick; Tessa Hultz
Agents Challenged to Raise 500 lbs of Donations
Greenvale, NY – Laffey Real Estate, a leading residential real estate broker and Island Harvest, Long Island's largest hunger relief organization, have partnered to help combat hunger in our communities. Through Food drives, local outreach and the support of community leaders and business owners, Island Harvest will once again spearhead efforts to help supply Thanksgiving meals to more than 300,000 of our neighbors, young children and elderly persons.
Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 69% of the food distributed by pantries, 39% of the food distributed by kitchens and 45% of the food distributed by shelters.
According to the national study, Hunger in America 2010, approximately 283,700 people on Long Island receive emergency food each year – that's 64,900 people every week; 39 percent of Long Islanders who receive emergency food are children under 18 years old; The elderly make up 4 percent of Long Island's hungry; 6 percent of Long Islanders receiving food assistance are homeless and are made up of individuals who are the victims of abuse or have been forced out of closed institutions.
Laffey Real Estate is committed to making this Thanksgiving holiday a memorable and pleasant time for food insecure families. The company goal is 500+ lbs of food. With 13 locations, the benchmark is easily attainable at almost 40 lbs per branch. Every office has a donation container marked Island Harvest. Donors are encouraged to drop of non-perishable food items liked canned beans, whole grain pastas, peanut butter, rolled oats and dried fruits. For a more comprehensive list, click on the link here àHealth Food Drive Items. In addition, non food items such as soap, detergent and other cleaning items are also appreciated. The deadline for food and monetary donations is Saturday, November 30, 2019.
Here are three ways to help Long Island Families:
Visit any of our locations to make your donation today! Go to Office Locations on Laffey.com
About Island Harvest
Island Harvest Food Bank has been leading hunger relief on Long Island since 1992.
Founded in 1992, the Island Harvest Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. We distribute fresh produce, meat and non-perishables throughout Long Island and assist thousands of Long Islanders daily through our innovative programming and network of community partners.
Realtors and Brokers Employ Humor to Standout
Greenvale, NY (October xx, 2019) –Laffey Real Estate, a leading residential broker on Long Island, recognized the winners of the their annual Video Contest at the firm's Company Summit. Entrants were judged based on creativity, use of the #FollowTheOrange hashtag and incorporating the orange ball in a self-directed video. Receiving an overwhelming number of video submissions, the judges were impressed with the originality and humor of agents and network partner outside brokers within the Leading RE network.
After extensive deliberation and many views, the panel comprised of Allison Mulhall, Executive Director Corporate Services and Relocation Division, Philip C. Laffey, Broker Owner Laffey Real Estate, Ronald Lopez, EVP Digital Marketing and Cathy M Poturny SVP Marketing Director, chose the contest winners.
Agent based Video Winner
Rita O'Leary, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Port Washington Office won based on the resourceful combination of integrating Port Washington's local attractions, rhyming verses and a touch of humor. View Rita's video by clicking on the link here à Rita O'Leary's Winning Video.
Network Partner Winner
Curasi Realty, Inc., a Montgomery NY brokerage and network partner with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World won the 2019 Broker Video Contest #FollowTheOrange. The Curasi team took the term 'follow the bouncing ball' quite literally with their rendition of #FollowTheOrange to Orange County. Kudos to the crew at Curasi Realty for their ingenious and witty video. Watch it here à Curasi Real Estate Winning Video
Allison and the rest of the Laffey Real Estate management team thank all of the agents and outside brokers who submitted videos for consideration.
Agents Take Their Role in Helping Senior Community Very Seriously
Oyster Bay, NY – Marianne Conroy and Regina Ciardullo, North Shore Realtors with the Laffey Real Estate Brookville Office were recognized for their contributions at the 2019 Senior Expo Event held on October 11, 2019 at the Glen Cove YMCA.
Both Realtors were part of a discussion panel of professionals offering their guidance and expertise on subjects like downsizing, living alternatives, healthy living, and financial planning. The theme at their booth was Senior Concierge Moving in Today's Real Estate market.
In the past ten years, the number of New Yorkers ages 65 and over increased by 26 percent, making up a larger share of the state's population than ever before. There are now more residents aged 65 and older in New York State—3.2 million—than the entire population of 21 states. Today, nearly one in six New Yorkers is 65 and above (16 percent). These statistics make a solid case for focusing on the needs of the 65+ community as they remain a significant part of the fabric of the North Shore with solid purchasing power and influence on household decisions in today's multi-generational households.
"We found that this expo gave us the opportunity to provide a solid frame of reference for community members to learn more about their own personal moving options," explained Regina Ciardullo. "We were encouraged when many of the visitors we spoke to were eagerly engaged upon hearing the ways Regina and I are able to easily orchestrate the entire home selling process", offered Marianne Conroy. "Most visitors wanted to know if we could provide assistance in how to handle minor repairs, prepping for sale, determining their home's market value and alternative living arrangements", added Ciardullo. With more than 200 people in attendance, the opportunity to meet and greet members of the North Shore community was most gratifying for both experienced real estate professionals.
Visitors were treated to good bags filled with coupon books for local deals. Guest speakers included a who's who of notable public figures including Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Glen Cove May Timothy Tenke and Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine.
Laffey Real Estate, Long Island's premier family owned residential real estate brokerage, is pleased to announce the promotion of Christos Tsouratakis to the role of Branch Manager of the Little Neck office. The announcement was made jointly by principals, Mark T. Laffey and Philip C. Laffey, the Broker-Owners of the old firm.
In 2015, Christos came to the firm as a licensed real estate sales person in our Jackson Heights office. For more than four years, he maintained consistent top producer status. With his knowledge of real estate and coaching abilities, he stepped into the role of mentor for new agents joining the firm. Mr. Tsouratakis took the helm of Little Neck Branch Manager from Arpi Candan, who stepped down from the management team after 18 successful years.
Christos' extensive entrepreneurial background combined with his residential and commercial real estate experience brings a wealth of knowledge to the manager's position. A 2007 recipient of The Queens Chamber of Commerce Business "Person of the Year Award", Christos' customer-focused energy and attention to detail that led to his success in his prior 25 years of business.
"We know that Christos will be an invaluable asset to the Little Neck office and the firm. His strong presence in our Jackson Heights Office is an example of his professionalism and leadership capabilities," offered Shaheen Abdin, Branch Manager and Western Queens Board Director. "I look forward to working closely with him in his new role."
Christos is Treasurer for the Long Island Board of Realtor's Western Queens Chapter and the President Elect for 2020. He is a member of the Jamaica Rotary Club and a former member of the Flushing Rotary Club and the Community Advisory Board for New York Hospital Queens in Flushing. Christos is also fluent in Greek.
Pictured from L to R: Mark T. Laffey/Broker Owner, Christos Tsouratakis/Licensed Associate RE Broker, Philip C. Laffey/Broker Owner
Laffey Real Estate #followstheorange but October is Pink in support of breast cancer awareness. The firm recognizes Edith E. Katz, Nurse Educator and Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker, and the Lani Hopp Hadassah in this year's drive to encourage early detection and prevention.
"We encourage family members and friends to unite in the fight against breast cancer not just now but all throughout the year", explained Katz. "This event stresses the importance of good personal health through knowledge and action." The event is for all women 18 years of age and older. Share this information with your female contemporaries – daughters, wives, aunts, moms, sisters, friends, and co-workers. .
Breast cancer continues to be one of the leading health crises for women in the United States. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Laffey Real Estate supports the efforts of Edie and the many volunteers who are helping spread the word about early detection. Knowing that cancer touches the lives of all Americans, the focus on supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. to advocate attention both men's and women's breast cancer awareness is the firm's goal.
For more than 25 years, Mrs. Katz has shared her knowledge with school aged girls and young women, instructing them on how to self examine, recognize the early warning signs and learn about how to get help. Come down to the Port Washington Library tonight and learn how you can help save a life.
Tonight's program for Breast Cancer Awareness begins at 7:30 pm at the Port Washington Library, 1 Library Drive in Port Washington. Join nurse educator Edie Katz and two Hadassah volunteers for a short film screening and presentation.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. Laffey Real Estate stands with the country to encourage schools, communities and organizations to work together to stop bullying and cyberbullying. The goal is end to hatred and racism by increasing awareness of the prevalence and impact of all forms of bullying on all children and adults of all ages. Show your support with your Orange!!
Bullying doesn't only happen in the classroom. It is a social issue with many different guises. In particular, the rise of online or cyberbullying is becoming more prevalent. The National Center for Education Statistics, a research center with the U.S. Education Department states that "twenty percent of students between the ages of 12 and 18 were bullied during the 2016-2017 school year." While The Washington Post found that "Among those students who faced bullying, 15 percent said they were bullied online or by text, a 3.5 percentage point jump from the 2014-2015 school year." Even more disturbing, the study found that, "In 2017, of students ages 12–18 who reported being bullied, about 41 percent reported that they thought the bullying would happen again."
Talk to children about the ways to diffuse aggression and resolve volatile situations. Recognize and understand how this type of harassment affects children. It is vitally important to determine what kinds of interventions are necessary. Encourage dialogues and start with these five ideas.
For more details on how to put an end to bullying and protecting your children, visit www.StompOutBullying.org. Get involved in your school and community.
Make a difference with Laffey Real Estate. Show your support on October 22nd. Wear your brightest orange! Share your support on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter! Use the #NoBullysHere
About Laffey Real Estate
Laffey Real Estate is one of the largest privately held independent family-owned residential real estate firms on Long Island with a network of over 500 agents in 13 offices throughout Nassau, Western Suffolk and Queens Counties. Their global partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Luxury Portfolio® and Who's Who In Luxury Real Estate® extends their reach to more than 70 countries worldwide. The firm is a full-service provider offering expertise in sales, rentals, relocation, mortgage, new development marketing, mortgage and title insurance to the Long Island marketplace. Their pioneering sales management platforms, worldwide brand identity and industry-leading training curriculum embody best in class standards throughout the industry. Consumers trust in Laffey Real Estate name to represent their home buying and selling interests locally and globally. Consistently ranked by the two of the industry's leading consulting and research firms, REALTrends and T3 Sixty, Laffey Real Estate has an exceptional record of success proudly recognized in the largest independent brokers, total sales volume, largest brokers nationwide and network partner Leading RE affiliates.
Greenvale, NY (August 29, 2019) – Laffey Real Estate is pleased to announce the sale of the late Oleg Cassini's sprawling 43 acre estate in Oyster Bay Cove. This is the highest recorded price for a home in Nassau County year to date 2019. Located at 313 McCouns in Oyster Bay Cove, the estate sold for $9,035,000 million in less than 260 days. Philip C. Laffey and Mark T. Laffey, Broker Owners, handled both sides of the transaction. .
"We have listed some amazing properties but this one was truly remarkable," explained Philip Laffey. "The history and celebrity of Cassini and his impact on the fashion world was found throughout the estate. Of course, the property itself really captivated the uniqueness and opulence of the Gold Coast age." According to a 1918 piece in Architecture Magazine, John Chandler Moore, Chairman of Tiffany & Company c. 1915 built the Oyster Bay Cove property that bears his name. 'Moorelands' was designed by architect, Charles Berg, in the Italian Renaissance style of the day.
Purchased by Oleg Cassini, the late designer lived there until his death in 2006. The estate remains a pristine reminder of early 1900s affluence and social standing. A testament to superb construction standards, the main residence was one of the few remaining inhabited Gold Coast estates.
Surrounded by private estates, the natural deciduous and coniferous plantings that border the hilly property provide ample sound and privacy buffers. Year round views of Oyster Bay Harbor add to the tranquility of the visual landscape. The winding tree-lined drive, flanked by canopy of mature deciduous trees and multi-hued hydrangeas, opens to the massive (appx) 12,000 sq ft. brick 14-bedroom, 8.5 Bath three level main house. In addition to the resort like pool and cabana on the grounds, the property has a pond, tennis court, two barns, and a large Carriage House with 4 apartments encompassing 8 bedrooms, 5 baths and 4 kitchens.
Philip and Mark, co-owners of Laffey Real Estate, have a history of working with the affluent and celebrated sellers including the late Alan King's Estate on the bluff in Kings Point. Their curated brand of marketing homes pales in comparison to the vast network of affluent buyers and investors of premier homes on the North Shore and beyond.
About Laffey Real Estate
Laffey Real Estate is one of the largest privately held independent family-owned residential real estate firms on Long Island with a network of over 500 agents in 13 offices throughout Nassau, Western Suffolk and Queens Counties. Their global partnership with Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, Luxury Portfolio® and Who's Who In Luxury Real Estate® extends their reach to more than 70 countries worldwide. The firm is a full-service provider offering expertise in sales, rentals, relocation, mortgage, new development marketing, mortgage and title insurance to the Long Island marketplace. Their pioneering sales management platforms, worldwide brand identity and industry-leading training curriculum embody best in class standards throughout the industry. Consumers trust in Laffey Real Estate name to represent their home buying and selling interests locally and globally.
Consistently ranked by the two of the industry's leading consulting and research firms, REALTrends and T3 Sixty, Laffey Real Estate has an exceptional record of success proudly recognized in the largest independent brokers, total sales volume, largest brokers nationwide and network partner Leading RE affiliates.
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