Give a warm welcome to our newest real estate professional, Valerie Altier! She brings into our market a wealth of knowledge from the business and accounting fields. As a graduate of Penn State University, Valerie managed an accounting firm and also worked as the chief administrative officer at a local tech company. Her background in this field coupled with her passion for real estate, has our company, Realty Network Group, even more excited for connecting buyers and sellers in 2022.

Though this is the start of something new, Valerie has always found real estate interesting and has been involved in the ebb and flow of the industry through her husband’s investments, home construction and sales over the past twenty-five years. “We’re excited to welcome an agent who is both a true professional, who loves our region, as well as someone who’s dedicated to her family,” expressed Mark DeStefano, CEO of Realty Network Group.

Valerie enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves to travel. Her work ethic, business skill sets and life experiences position her well for what she’ll encounter in real estate. “One thing I’m looking forward to the most in this business is its uniqueness,” proclaims Valerie. “Each client is one-of-a-kind. Every home is different. Each day is extraordinary.” Having lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania her entire life, Valerie can point her clients in the right direction, navigating them through various neighborhoods and school districts available to them. “Seeking out that feeling of comfort or home is paramount to buyers and it is important to me as well,” exclaimed Valerie. “I certainly discovered that feeling at Realty Network Group. It’s reputation, size and support were some of the things that attracted me to this firm.”

Are you looking to buy or sell? Valerie Altier will listen to your needs and help you achieve your objectives by discovering properties that may even surpass your expectations. Get started by calling Valerie today at 570-702-1104 or via [email protected].

Theresa DeMario Plisko becomes the newest addition to join Realty Network Group. As someone who has more or less lived her whole life in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Theresa knows the communities and markets well within this region. Though she excels in areas such as Moosic, Taylor and Old Forge, she looks forward to assisting homebuyers and sellers throughout the Greater Scranton area as well.

Over the past five years, Theresa has grown into her role as a successful REALTOR®. Prior to that she worked with her husband’s construction company for over twenty-five years. Through this experience, she understands how to coach sellers to effectively list and buyers on what to look for when searching for a home. “The reward in this business comes when my clients discover what they’re looking for,” exclaims Theresa. “The timetable varies from person to person, but the important thing I like them to remember is we’ll achieve our goals if we take it one step at time.” To her buyers, she reviews the pros and cons of homes presently on the market. To her sellers, she’ll have candid conversations about pricing, staging, among other things, even if it’s not what they want to hear.

Theresa’s approach to real estate over the years has defined her together with how she cares about her clients and their investments. She has many other strengths, including an understanding of market trends, effectively pricing a home, curb appeal, home construction, home staging and design. “I sought out a company with a strong reputation, who is respected among my peers,” underscored Theresa. “This was one of the reasons I became part of Realty Network Group. They’re a smaller company, which has similar camaraderie to the real estate business I first worked with, The Agency Real Estate Group.”

Real estate is the perfect match for agents like Theresa, who truly enjoy pairing buyers with properties that make sense for them and their families. Buying a home is a huge investment and it shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, choose a real estate professional who is easy to work with and who has the expertise to deliver the results you’re seeking. Contact Theresa DeMario Plisko today at 570-851-8511 or via email at [email protected].

Realty Network Group’s newest REALTOR®, Lisa Armetta, looks forward to the demands of today’s real estate market. Lisa has lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania her whole life. She understands the region, the culture, but most especially its inhabitants. “Our community is loaded with hidden treasures, including its people,” attests Lisa. “Locals need an advocate who will act (when need be) and guide them through the real estate search, transaction and beyond.”

With over thirty years experience in all facets of the restaurant and bar industry, Lisa understands firsthand how to treat clients well. Repeat business has always been extremely important to her! When customers come back, time and time again, it says something about your business: your product and your personal brand. Leaning upon her achievements in managing thriving area businesses, her focus now has shifted. Running a successful real estate business is her goal.

It’s important to work with professionals who understand how daunting the purchase of a home or business can be — it’s a large investment, to say the least. Lisa recognizes how vital it is for those involved to be comfortable with their purchase. Her wish is for her clients to not only see the property for what it is, but also be able to experience it for what it could be, its potential, a reflection of them.

“I chose Realty Network Group because it’s a small business, who’s very involved in our community,” asserts Lisa. “They have a wonderful reputation for supporting their agents and their clients. I’ve spent most of my career building small businesses, where people are family. I desired a company who was inline with that philosophy. My hope is to help prospective buyers find the right property to build their ‘family,’ even if it’s a business one, and help sellers find the right buyer.”

Being involved in real estate over the years, Lisa has a good understanding of potential setbacks for buyers and sellers. Forward-thinking is essential in this business. When Lisa sees opportunity for her and her clients, she acts. She’s an achiever, who will work tirelessly for her clients’ needs. She’s ready for the challenges that lie ahead in this market as well as the next one.

Seeking the services of a professional, but you’re hesitant because of a prior bad experience? If you’re thinking about making a move in 2021, call Lisa Armetta today at 570-840-1793 or via email at [email protected].

Recognizing Our Top Performers

Through the first half of 2021, housing demand has been high and now listings are bouncing back as well. Since the “start” of spring selling season and the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions in Pennsylvania, we’ve seen inventory increase by +233 properties, 1,582 new listings versus 1,349 pending sales.*  This trend is a welcome sign for homebuyers in our region, especially first-timers.

Realty Network Group recognizes these ten top performers, who have outperformed many in the Greater Scranton Board of REALTORS® thus far in 2021:

Ann Cappellini
Ann E. Cappellini | $4,646,615 (total sales volume**)

Lee Ann Julio-Mahalidge
Lee Ann Julio-Mahalidge | $3,720,542 (total sales volume**)

Ann Sheroda
Ann A. Sheroda | $2,720,900 (total sales volume**)

Christina Keller
Christina M. Keller | $2,398,695 (total sales volume**)

Scott Weiland
Scott J. Weiland | $931,901 (total sales volume**)

Melissa LeStrange
Melissa C. LeStrange | $911,640 (total sales volume**)

Maria Muchal Berta
Maria Muchal Berta | $836,825 (total sales volume**)

Amy Kiesinger Bohenek
Amy Kiesinger Bohenek | $730,900 (total sales volume**)

Dana DeLeo
Dana A. DeLeo | $717,100 (total sales volume**)

Dianne Montana
Dianne Montana | $717,000 (total sales volume**)

Our professionals are nothing short of that – professional and they continue to impress!

 

* Greater Scranton Board of REALTORS® statistics March 1, 2021 through July 16, 2021
** Greater Scranton Board of REALTORS® statistics January 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021

Realty Network Group’s newest REALTOR® is a native of the Scranton area and currently resides in Eynon. “I understand that where you live and who you represent are most important,” describes Michael Turlip. “These values have been instrumental in my life and continue to guide my endeavors.” Mike Turlip graduated from the University of Scranton in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. From there he served in the U.S. Army for four years as a Military Policeman. In January of 2002, he was deployed to Afghanistan following the events that occurred on September 11, 2001. Upon returning, he completed an overseas tour in Europe, serving as a member of NATO at the Supreme Allied Headquarters in Belgium. His experience in the military has instilled in him what it means to sacrifice and serve others. In 2005, he was accepted to the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For the past sixteen years, Mike has continued to serve the public as a Pennsylvania State Trooper.

“My experience in public service has embodied the principles that we as Americans should strive for every opportunity we can,” emphasizes Mike. “I’m thankful for my experience and wish to utilize this drive, which has developed from my military background, in order to be successful. My success will translate to success for my clients and that’s my priority.” Mike understands how central buyers and sellers are to real estate in 2021. He grasps the connection between homeowners, investors and tenants far greater than most real estate professionals who are beginning to grow their business.

Mike has always had an affinity for real estate. Eight years ago, he purchased his first investment property. “I think real estate has always offered me a challenge that intrigues me,” asserts Mike. Whether it’s buying a fixer-upper and transforming it back to a neighborhood treasure or investing in rental properties that provide affordable, well-maintained housing to those in the community, the growth of his portfolio has meant more to him than sheer assets. Investing in our community is foremost, and coupled with his passion to serve others. As a real estate professional, Mike fully intends to provide his clients with knowledgeable service, based on his experience, while taking into consideration their real estate goals.

For the past two decades, Mike has served in some of the most prestigious organizations in the country. The principles conveyed through them, led him to Realty Network Group. This company takes pride in serving its clients well and adheres to the highest standards in the real estate community. Loyalty and service to those we represent coincide with his values as a veteran and a State Trooper. He looks forward to applying these same principles to assist and meet all of his clients’ real estate needs.

If you’re seeking the services of a real estate professional who is dedicated to finding your forever home or selling your current one, contact Michael Turlip today directly at 570-290-4421 or via email at [email protected].

Alice Manley is the newest agent to join forces with Realty Network Group. She infuses thirty years of sales expertise with an interest and passion for matching up buyers and sellers. Connecting both parties in a real estate transaction is more than a science. There’s an art to marketing homes or leading buyers in pursuit of theirs. Alice’s vast experience in media and hospitality are added advantages for her and her clients.

Alice will be a valuable asset to the firm as she brings a strong work ethic and a motivation to succeed into the field. She has a desire to work hard for her clients understanding that sometimes you don’t get a second chance to sell for the best price, terms and conditions as trends change. She’s also committed to homebuyers as they begin what will be a remarkable journey toward homeownership! She’s driven to succeed, realizing her successes will be victories for her clients too. Another strength for Alice is her problem-solving abilities. She has an uncanny sense for stopping issues in their tracks and moving toward a resolution that’s acceptable to everyone involved, especially her buyers/sellers.

“If it doesn’t feel right, we’ll search until it does,” expresses Alice. Her words to buyers never ring truer than they do now in a seller’s market. “Your ‘forever home’ wraps you in comfort like an old blanket, gives you refuge during difficult days and is always waiting for you after a long journey. Everyone deserves this and I look forward to bringing this experience to others.”

Alice has lived her entire life in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She loves all the area has to offer, including its seasons, natural landscapes and close-knit communities. She hopes those moving into the region or growing into it can have these experiences as well. “It’s an exciting time in real estate in NEPA,” underscores Alice. “I chose Realty Network Group because of a working relationship I had with one of its owners. It was knowing this person that attracted me to the company. I was certain of the value, integrity and respect I would find there. Furthermore, they train each new REALTOR®, like myself, which was incredibly important to me.”

Are you seeking the services of a real estate professional who’s extremely motivated and will work hard for your interests? Contact Alice Manley now at 570-954-3701 or via email at [email protected].

Realty Network Group welcomes a new addition to its network of real estate professionals. Her name is Sarah Farrell and her unique skill set offers promise to future clients of the firm. As a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania and a current resident of the Abingtons, Sarah is very familiar with the areas in and around Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. She looks forward to connecting buyers and sellers in a variety of ways as she begins her real estate career.

Her skill set includes, but is not limited to, over twelve years experience in marketing, sales and management for industries pertaining to resorts and travel. She has a background in creative design, which will inevitably enhance her sellers’ ability to showcase their homes, especially when staging. Furthermore, she has a natural ability to connect with consumers while keeping the lines of communications open – a vital part of real estate – ask any successful, veteran REALTOR®.

“I love many aspects of real estate,” emphasizes Sarah. “I’ve always been intrigued by the market, looking at the trends in addition to discovering a home’s special character. That is, how it’s differentiated from the rest. And while HGTV is always ‘background music’ in my home, finding out what makes specific neighborhoods in our region tick is an essential trademark to suitably marketing properties.” Sarah has her sights set on a long and prosperous career in this industry. She’s passionate about getting her feet wet, helping her clients find their forever home or getting top dollar for her sellers.

“I look forward to expanding Realty Network Group’s footprint in NEPA,” underscores Sarah. “They’re an established, up-and-coming company, who offers a wealth of knowledge and professionalism to agents in the field. It felt like an instant fit for me. I love the camaraderie, which exists there. From what I’ve witnessed and heard, there’s a culture of support and encouragement within the company. I’m very happy to be part of this organization.”

The company will continue to grow with agents like Sarah, professionals who understand how cumbersome the real estate process can be at times. Going through this process herself, she knows how imperative being there for her clients is – being present every step of the way. She has a great work ethic and believes integrity and honesty are two of the most important traits a REALTOR® should possess. She also currently serves on a variety of boards in our community including Meeting Planners International, Middle PA Chapter (Vice-President of Education), Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association and American Cancer Society, Northeast Chapter (advisory committee).

If you’re seeking the services of a real estate professional who will work hard for you and your goals, contact Sarah Farrell today directly at 570-417-6932 or via email at [email protected].

Realty Network Group continues to build a brand predicated on experience and reputation as evidenced by its newest edition to its family, Cheryl Gerrity. Cheryl has lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania her whole life, born in Scranton and spending the last three decades residing in the Abingtons. She has bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Business Administration, working seventeen years in corporate America prior to attaining her real estate license.

Cheryl not only has an affinity for NEPA architecture and design, but she’s also equipped with a drive for providing top-notch service to her clients. “This area has so many architectural wonders that can’t easily be duplicated today,” acknowledges Cheryl. “The homes, the region, the heritage – there’s so much to love here. It’s wonderful to connect families to the gorgeous composition present in some of these properties through the buying and selling process.”

She attends to both buyers and sellers on a regular basis, but she’s energized by her ability to offer sellers the best service available. “Realty Network Group has our area’s best all-inclusive marketing campaign, utilizing social media platforms to outdoor advertising to print media to professional photography, video and more,” contends Cheryl. “This enables me to provide outstanding service and marketing to my sellers. They won’t find this anywhere else! Furthermore, I’m excited about being part of a company that’s centrally-located, with seasoned professionals operating with integrity and a stellar reputation.”

Selling real estate is financially intensive. You need a person with expertise to handle the transaction and take care of all the minutiae – there’s so much at stake. She has experience, which has helped her thrive in this business. “Cheryl brings over eighteen years of real estate experience to our firm,” emphasizes Dianne Montana, the Principal Broker of Realty Network Group. “She’s well organized and always prepared, which serves her clients well. She has a skill for organizing ideas into plans and understands the concerns of consumers, often under the stress of moving from one place to another.”

If you need a real estate professional to help you to realize the possibilities of selling your home or purchasing one, contact Cheryl Gerrity today at [email protected] or 570.947.7967 (cell). Her first concern – a real estate win for you!

Realty Network Group is pleased to announce that Justin Gerrity, a REALTOR® serving the Greater Scranton area, has joined their company. He’s been a licensed agent for several years and looks to his new “home” as providing him more opportunities for his clients. He has a passion for meeting them where they are and discovering their present needs. He understands that navigating them through the twists and turns of the transaction in an easy-going and informative manner can be critical toward building a partnership that will last. “My joy is getting to know my clientele and what they hope to achieve in the market,” emphasized Justin. “In the end, making it a satisfying experience: For homebuyers, finding them the perfect home, one of my favorite things to do. And for sellers, gaining maximum exposure for their home.”

Prior to real estate, Justin, a Northeast Pennsylvania native – born-and-raised, spent all of his time in the service industry caring for people’s needs, assisting them and providing the special attention they deserved. This was the primer he required, grooming him for the exciting and sometimes challenging world of real estate. Today, his focus remains the same – to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients. “I have an incredible drive to make their needs my priority, and deliver on the sale or purchase of their home,” reveals Justin. “I’m always there for my clients. I take my job very seriously!”

“Justin is an experienced professional, who is well-equipped to handle people’s real estate investments with the utmost care and attention to detail,” declares Dianne Montana, Managing Broker of Realty Network Group. “We’re looking forward to the relationships he’ll develop as he establishes his book of business.”

He’s happy to have made the move: “Realty Network Group provides me a supportive, collaborative environment whose marketing is second to none,” asserts Justin. “The main office, which is ultra-modern and in a prime location, is the perfect place to meet my buyers and sellers.

If you need someone who can offer new solutions, ideas and personal touches to assist you with your real estate needs, contact Justin Gerrity today at [email protected] or 570.909.7160 (cell).

Realty Network Group is pleased to announce the addition of Lynn H. Marino to their network of real estate professionals. She’s the type of agent that fits beautifully the company’s brand image: She’s an experienced agent, being licensed since 2008; she has a solid reputation in this industry; she has a track record for connecting buyers and sellers over the years. “I really enjoy catering to both homebuyers and sellers,” reveals Lynn. “Since my start in real estate over a decade ago, I have a passion for finding buyers the home of their dreams. I guess you could say, I have a knack for honing in and discovering the perfect fit for my clients.”

“I chose Realty Network Group because it has a portfolio of expertise at its disposal, built upon the experience of its Associate Brokers and sales professionals. The company emanates stability and maintains a ‘small-town’ feel. In my experience, I maintain that non-corporate/franchises are more supportive overall and place less emphasis on their bottom-lines.” 

Lynn grew up in the Valley area, being a native of Dickson City. She has a handle on the local Greater Scranton market with her finger on the pulse of trends in Northeastern Pennsylvania and how they might affect buyers and sellers. She savors the relationships she has established with her clientele and recognizes the important role commitment has played through them. “I pride myself in delivering results for my clients,” emphasizes Lynn. “I believe, my listening to their needs is paramount. It might seem strange to some, but I very often get a sense when I walk into a home, whether it’s an ideal match for my buyers or if it’s not the right fit for them.”

Lynn has been encouraged by her family, especially her supportive husband, to not only pursue her care for others through the nursing professional, working part-time as a registered nurse; but also to assist her buyers and sellers in making sound real estate investments toward their future.

“We’re excited Lynn has joined our family,” attests Dianne Montana, Managing Broker of Realty Network Group. “She’s a veteran in our business, who’s knowledgeable about the industry and how to invest in it. Her honesty and wonderful sense of humor also make her a magnificent REALTOR®.”

If you’re seeking an outstanding real estate professional, connect with Lynn Marino today at 570-499-3810 or via [email protected].