Educating homebuyers and sellers is essential and shouldn’t be overlooked in today’s market. Yet, a noticeable gap has become more evident in what consumers understand about real estate and what they should know. Enter Jessica Agosto! Realty Network Group’s newest REALTOR®, Jessica, believes some consumers aren’t being educated enough about the real estate process. “There’s much to learn about our industry, myself included, but I hope to dispel some of the barriers that exist for my clients,” expresses Jessica.

Spanish-speaking and lower income families have a special place in Jessica’s heart. She wants to set them up for success whether they’re looking to buy or sell. “What they think could be unobtainable, might not be the case at all,” repeats Jessica. She naturally loves to help people. She’s worked in customer service positions for over twenty years in various capacities, such as an administrative assistant, assistant supervisor, legal secretary and a paralegal. Her skill set will furthermore aid Realty Network Group as she’s bilingual, with the ability to speak, read and write Spanish. Growing up amongst a diverse population in Brooklyn, NY, has equipped her for client-agent interactions, especially when diversity plays a role. For the past fourteen years, Jessica has resided in Scranton. She’s very familiar with the city and the Greater Scranton area.

“I chose Realty Network Group because I’ve trusted them from the start,” explains Jessica. “During the pandemic, when we purchased our first home, we relied upon a real estate agent from their company, Maria Muchal Berta. It was a wonderful experience. Why wouldn’t I join them?! I love their reputation in the area in addition to their training and support. They may be smaller in size to other competing Brokerages, but they certainly don’t lack experience!”

What other strengths does Jessica possess you might ask? She has a knack for creativity and decor, which will be an added benefit to her seller clients as she supports them in staging their homes. Growing up in New York City, she also has that ‘city girl hustle’ allowing her to get things done, quickly and efficiently. Earning everything she has and doing things out of the goodness of her heart, has made her community-focused over the years. She’s served as PTA secretary at Charles Sumner Elementary, has been involved in parish ministry through Mary Mother of God Church helping their youth group deliver meals to the homebound and homeless, and volunteers her time with her children’s sports booster clubs.

Besides spending time with her clients and those in the local community, Jessica cherishes time with her family, her husband of fifteen years, daughter and three sons. She loves to paint, travel and create new memories.

Are you excited to look for a home, but don’t know where to start? Jessica Agosto is the REALTOR® who can lead you toward realizing and living the American dream. Call her today at 570-815-5159.

She’s a homeowner, she’s a lifelong Scranton resident and she’s Realty Network Group’s newest real estate professional, Maureen Langan. Her strong knowledge and deep experience of the area make her a compelling match for those looking to buy or sell real estate in the Greater Scranton area. “We’re thrilled to welcome Maureen to our family of REALTORS® at Realty Network Group,” professes Dianne Montana, the Managing Broker of the company. “Maureen’s a Scranton native with a deep love for the city and its surrounding communities. This will be an asset not only to her clients but also to what she brings to the table for our firm.” Furthermore, she has an intimate understanding of the city’s real estate market and its unique neighborhoods, which will continue to serve others seeking Scranton as a destination.

Maureen recently joined Realty Network Group with over two years experience in local real estate. “I have a passion for helping others,” asserts Maureen. “From start to finish, I want my clients to know I’m wholly committed to them and their needs. I’m dedicated to listening to their concerns, helping them be at ease and guiding them through either the homebuying or selling process.” Maureen’s goal is providing exceptional service to her clients. She works hard, boosting her clients’ confidence, alleviating some of the stress that often enters into the real estate transaction.

One of the biggest frustrations we hear occasionally from consumers in this industry is a lack of communication from real estate agents. Maureen believes open communication with buyers and sellers is paramount. She understands that her clients desire an agent they can count on, someone they can trust, who will be available to them in what could be one of the largest sales they’re ever involved in. Her insight into interpersonal communication, being an employee of the Scranton School District for over nineteen years, has provided her a solid foundation in being able to work well with others from various walks of life. It’s through this experience in dealing daily with co-workers, families and students where she’s exercised the virtues of patience, understanding, kindness and empathy. These are traits, which are important to consumers seeking assistance in real estate as well.

There’s a plethora of options for homebuyers or sellers to choose from in Northeastern Pennsylvania, so we asked Maureen why she chose our company? “I joined Realty Network Group for many reasons, but one stands out for me – support,” maintains Maureen. “The support they provide for their agents and clientele is unlike any available. From the very first time I walked through their door, I felt at home. I couldn’t be happier making the transition to Realty Network Group.” As a REALTOR®, she’s looking forward to spreading her wings, connecting buyers and sellers with brand.

Whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or invest in real estate, Maureen’s here to assist you with all your real estate needs. Give her a call today at 570-575-3947 or via email at mlangan@realtynetwork.net.

Realty Network Group’s newest REALTOR®, Joe Walsh, is extremely goal-oriented and goal-driven. As a business owner of a landscaping company, he understands first-hand the desires of many homeowners locally. He’s had a knack for making properties pop – highlighting the exterior features of homes (maybe in your neighborhood), drafting recommendations to owners about how to enhance their properties and actively listening to his clients’ needs as they seek to operate within a certain budget. Of course, landscaping and real estate are more associated than most would care to admit.

We recently sat down with Joe to understand more about this connection as well as learning about what he brings to the table as he begins a new career path in real estate. “Landscaping is a lot like selling your real estate services,” remarks Joe. “I help owners discover what it takes to elevate their home’s appearance. How can we make it more appealing for every season? Likewise, in real estate, I’ll need to aid sellers in drawing buyers to their doorstep. How can we make the home pop and stand out to potential buyers?” His landscaping venture has helped him with his business side. He believes his reputation in real estate will flourish just as it has with running his landscaping business.

Joe knows that building a credible reputation marketing and selling homes for his clients will entail building connections and collaborating through both businesses. Joe is a highly motivated individual and our Realty Network Group family is excited to see what he can accomplish in the months and years ahead. Furthermore, he has an appreciation for the uniqueness of each home in Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA). “The diversity of homes in our region is fascinating to me. We have older homes with character, exquisite homes you won’t find anywhere else, newer construction… you name it! I’ve always had a great appreciation for much of the architecture in NEPA and I look forward to beginning this journey with buyers and sellers alike.”

Joe is a well-rounded individual. He loves to ski, golf and travel. He’s an avid mountaineer and hiker. He believes there’s endless possibilities out there and many things to see and do.

Joe exemplifies much of what we look for in a real estate professional: He’s knowledgeable about the area; he knows it well. He grew up in the Green Ridge section of Scranton and now resides in a lake house at Lake Spangenberg in Jefferson Township. Moreover, his landscaping enterprise has clientele throughout much of our region. Through his family and schooling, he’s learned the importance of treating others the way you would want to be treated, and that’s a motto he lives by, and it shows. He understands the value of hardwork and dedication to his clients’ needs. Finally, he brings a diverse skill set to the table. This will serve his clients well as they seek his services.

“Realty Network Group made me feel like I found a home base from the moment I sat down for the initial interview. The support I’ve received from Amy (Kiesinger Bohenek), Halle (Stevens) and others has me very excited to be part of the ‘team.’ The success I’ve witnessed from other agents, who started with this company in recent years has me motivated. It’s a tribute to their training and support staff.” Training is a key to becoming a successful real estate agent, but again, so are other intangibles. Joe possesses many great qualities, which should serve him and his clients well.

If you’re in search of an enthusiastic and determined professional to help you find your next home or sell your current one, contact Joe Walsh today at 970-787-5098 or via jwalsh@realtynetwork.net.

Last year had its challenges, no doubt. The sales volume coming from all the companies associated with the Greater Scranton Board of REALTORS® was down about 11.7% year-over-year in relation to the previous one (2022). The number of transactions was down about 5.4% year-over-year and surprisingly, the average sales price also decreased from $202,511 in 2022 to $189,148 in 2023 (-6.6%). Yet, many still found success in a market that had begun to turn. Our region still favors sellers (no doubt), but those days appear to be coming to end for the immediate future. The months supply of homes is creeping in the direction of a three months supply. We’re still a reach from the lower side of average, around five months, but these trends can accelerate when the market is changing — it’s done it before.As challenges persist, there can be uncertainty about your situation as a homebuyer or seller when faced with the state of the local market. How is buying or selling different now than it was four years ago? One could argue, now is the time when (a) you don’t want to go at it alone, and (b) you should rely on those real estate professionals who deliver results and who have experience in various types of market conditions. We have many agents who have this pedigree! We have a wonderful “team” of professionals at Realty Network Group. Additionally, these are our top performers for 2023…

 

Top Producers
Ann E. Cappellini
$5,445,613

 

Top Producers
Halle Stevens
$5,029,288

 

Top Producers
Maria Muchal Berta
$4,503,750

 

Top Producers
Ann A. Sheroda
$4,084,800

 

Top Producers
Melissa C. LeStrange
$3,933,000

 

Top Producers
Scott J. Weiland
$2,433,260

 

Top Producers
Dana A. DeLeo
$2,228,960

 

Top Producers
Heather A. Luklanchuk
$1,960,350

 

Top Producers
Amy L. Kiesinger Bohenek
$1,492,400

 

Top Producers
Theresa DeMario Plisko
$1,475,800

 

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, these agents are a great starting point. Get started today by reaching out to one of our top performers!

Realty Network Group saw five additions to its REALTOR® family, five new faces in 2023. It was a good year to get into real estate, learn from our trainer/Associate Broker as well as learning from each other. This group was a special group that would even collaborate at times and bounce ideas off one another. It was also a group that stretched our coverage zone into Susquehanna and Bradford counties in addition to the Back Mountain and beyond. They also learned in a market that emerged from a frenzied seller’s market to a much tamer one (a year with a lot of fence-sitting). The skills agents learn during these transitions are invaluable and serve them well for years to come, if they stick with it.

Without further ado, in case you missed the five agents we welcomed in 2023, here they are…

Halle Stevens one of the new agents to join Realty Network Group
Halle Stevens

 

Florence Avvisato one of the new agents to join Realty Network Group
Florence Avvisato

 

Alicia Miles one of the new agents to join Realty Network Group
Alicia Miles

 

Sonia Hegedty one of the new agents to join Realty Network Group
Sonia Hegedty

 

David Boland one of the new agents to join Realty Network Group
David Boland

 

If you are thinking about pursuing the field of real estate, be part of our team! If you’re looking for a Brokerage that truly cares about your success, look no further than Realty Network Group. See what we offer. Let’s talk!

For more than twenty-five years David has worked in the hospitality industry, coming together with some of the most renowned chefs in the country to provide unparalleled experiences for diners and special event guests in settings both intimate and grand. Customer-service-obsessed and eminently skilled at building relationships, David has met the incredibly high expectations of clients of the finest restaurants in San Francisco, Chicago and New York. In his role as a general manager, whether in a fine-dining restaurant or a high-end event venue, no detail escapes his attention. Maximizing every opportunity for both his employers and his clients has always been the hallmark of David’s career.

David recently joined Realty Network Group and he’s thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of a growing team and a thriving local business. Like his colleagues there, some of whom he’s known since childhood, David adheres to the highest standards of integrity and is deeply committed to building a collaborative culture. His deep roots in the area – including several of his seven siblings, who live and work locally – have resulted in his building a distinct network. His commitment to the growth and prosperity of Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) and its residents is stronger than ever.

While excited to be connecting buyers and sellers throughout our market, David is particularly drawn to the idea of helping people find homes (their first home, their forever home, their investment home, whatever that may be). In prioritizing getting to know his clients and understanding their values, dreams and vision for their lives, David is an ideal collaborator and guide for anyone looking to make a home in NEPA.

David has the ability to see the potential of a property beyond its surface traits, as evidenced by his personal investment in a turn-of-the-century Victorian home and his ongoing efforts, with his partner Patrick, to restore the home’s original character and grandeur, while making it both beautiful and livable. Recently featured on the Lackawanna Historical Society’s Historic Hill House Tour, this beautifully revitalized home is a great example of David’s eye for interior design, his respect for history, while still having a disposition for the future, and his interest in building community and investing in his beloved hometown.

David Boland is native to our region, having been born and raised in Clarks Summit, where his parents still reside, and now as a resident of Scranton’s historic Hill Section. He loves antiques and has a special talent for upcycling vintage furniture and other elements of home décor. A skilled cook and entertainer in his own right, David can frequently be found at the Co-Op Farmer’s Market in Scranton, at one of the area’s garden centers, sourcing great local ingredients, refining his home landscaping and updating the seasonal décor for his wrap-around porch.

If you’re in need of the services of a REALTOR®, who has his eyes on the details, who looks out for your best interests throughout the real estate process, contact David Boland today at 773-791-0329 or via dboland@realtynetwork.net.

We love celebrating our real estate professionals who make us who we are, year in and year out! We have an incredible “team” of agents in our ranks at Realty Network Group, both new and veterans alike. We’re so proud of them. Each one adds something unique to our brand and really accentuates the expertise and diversity we desire to share with our clients, who are looking to purchase a home or investment property or seeking to sell one.

At the half-way point of 2023, a market unlike any other, we’d like to honor our top ten selling REALTORS® aka our top producers. We hope you’ll congratulate them as well!

Ann E. Cappellini — $2,947,613

Top Producers

Maria Muchal Berta — $2,782,450

Top Producers

Ann A. Sheroda — $2,370,000

Top Producers

Scott J. Weiland — $1,734,500

Top Producers

Halle Stevens — $1,623,100

Top Producers

Dana A. DeLeo — $1,533,960

Top Producers

Heather A. Luklanchuk — $878,350

Top Producers

Christina M. Keller — $654,900

Top Producers

Lynn H. Marino — $650,680

Top Producers

Cheryl Gerrity — $647,500

Top Producers

 

 

Seeking the services of a real estate professional? Find your match here.

These numbers reflect these top producers’ sales volume via the Greater Scranton Board of REALTORS® (January-June 2023).

Realty Network Group is expanding into Luzerne county and now further up into Susquehanna county. The Upstate New York-Pennsylvania border isn’t a stretch either with the recent addition of Sonia Hegedty. She’s an outgoing licensed professional who’s eager to serve clients who know what they want in the way of real estate investments in addition to those trying to find their way toward home ownership. She joins our firm with over a year of experience.

“I look forward to connecting buyers and sellers in Susquehanna, Wyoming, Lackawanna and Bradford counties,” exclaims Sonia. “It’s all about bringing value to my clients and helping them reach the places they want to go.” Realty Network Group’s newest addition is a forward-thinker. Her education, her drive to learn more, her networking ability and willingness to help her clients makes her an invaluable resource to them. She understands the power knowledge has in this business – the power to skillfully navigate through transactions with some pretty hefty price tags. She has her eyes set on becoming an Associate Broker over the next four or five years.

“Being part of events in my community is also important to me,” expresses Sonia. In fact, that’s one of the things that led her to a community-conscious company, like Realty Network Group. “This company is a great fit for me,” reveals Sonia. “It’s somewhere I feel comfortable and whose vision matches mine. Realty Network Group has a great network of agents. One of their strengths is the ability to be present and have an up-to-date way of interacting with consumers through technology, social media, while still maintaining that personal touch.” She enjoys working with homebuyers and sellers alike and uses a visual approach, helping them understand their needs. When working with buyers, she loves making suggestions that they may never have considered before: how a room’s layout can function for them or what modifications can transform the house into a home. These strategies inevitably favor sellers too. The visual components of placing a home on the market are some of the most critical when showcasing real estate to potential suitors.

Sonia was born and raised in Susquehanna county and is a graduate of Elk Lake High School. Her two children attend the same school district as she did. She loves Northeastern Pennsylvania, including the Endless Mountain region and all that it has to offer. She enjoys spending time with her family, golfing and reading.

If you’re in need of a positive, friendly REALTOR®, who understands the value of communicating with her clients in a timely manner, contact Sonia now at shegedty@realtynetwork.net or 570.767.1668 (cell).

Realty Network Group is pleased to announce that Alicia Miles, a REALTOR® serving the Greater Scranton area, has joined their firm. She recognizes this change will provide opportunities for her clients looking to buy or sell. There are challenges ahead in this market for those Alicia is guiding, for sure, but her optimistic-approach bodes well for anyone she’s representing. Her positive demeanor mixed with a hands on, easy going attitude sets the stage for success in addition to building relationships that will last in this business. “I love making dreams become reality,” underscores Alicia. “And this is a distinct possibility when I first encounter customers looking to take that next big step. Understandably so, it can be intimidating, but some are simply unaware of how close they really are. This is where I come in. As their agent, I’m able to guide them in finding the perfect home or selling theirs or both!”

Prior to real estate, Alicia, with experience in masonry and construction, built commercial swimming pools as well as worked as a full-time preload supervisor for UPS. In addition to presently being employed as an independent contractor for FedEx and being a mother of two boys, she enjoys representing homebuyers and sellers throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA). “Whether it’s being an independent contractor for FedEx or Realty Network Group, I want to continue to challenge myself,” maintains Alicia. “In both of my positions, it’s critical that I heighten my attention to detail and go above and beyond for my customers.”

Alicia believed she needed to join a company who would support her in these efforts and provide further training to be successful. That company? “Realty Network Group is a Brokerage where I get a pervading sense of trust from the Broker, Associate Brokers and many of the other agents I’ve interacted with there,” states Alicia. She thinks it’s easy to talk to agents at this company. She reiterated what some have stated in the past – “You feel like you belong. The support goes beyond what you’re provided with at most other Brokerages.” She’s excited to have made the switch. “We’re happy to have Alicia as part of our family and we look forward to many of the amazing things she’ll accomplish in the months and years to come as one of our professionals,” affirms Dianne Montana, Principal Broker of Realty Network Group.

One of the firm’s satellite offices, located in Old Forge, provides her with the perfect place to meet clients. Growing up in Sunbury, a location with a small town vibe, slightly similar to Old Forge, where she currently resides for over the past six years, has helped her appreciate NEPA and all that the area has to offer. She loves the Greater Scranton community. She also enjoys spending time with her family, being involved in the community, going to the gym, her “Jeep life,” camping, cheering on her boys, just to name a few.

If you need a confident real estate professional, who exudes positivity, contact Alicia right away at amiles@realtynetwork.net or 570.556.7987 (cell).

A real estate career is truly unique, unlike any profession you’ll discover. Those who have been connecting buyers and sellers for some time will tell you no two transactions are alike and there are hurdles along the way – many! Realty Network Group’s newest agent, Florence Avvisato, is eagerly awaiting the challenges that will inevitably appear for her seller and buyer clients in 2023. This industry is always changing, in fact there’s never been a time which has mimicked the past three years in real estate. Florence recognizes present opportunities not only for her clients, but also for her personal growth.

We recently sat down with her to find out where she sees herself in five years. Furthermore, we were impressed with her ability, in the first place, to anticipate the skills needed to be successful. “On the surface, real estate is a challenging space, and that appeals to me,” remarks Florence. “Because this industry grants flexibility for originality and possibilities for those willing to pull in the time, there are a variety of ways individuals can thrive. I believe this gives people the ability to excel creatively, and for that reason, real estate will always be stimulating.” Her forward-thinking approach will be an asset to her clients, who can count on her integrity and ambition, as she seeks to go above and beyond to meet their needs.

Years from now, Florence envisions many of her strengths, which she learned or fine-tuned in the hospitality and medical fields, creating advantages for her homebuyers and sellers. Her experience in hospitality taught her how to be humble. She learned the importance of punctuality, accommodation, thriving under pressure and attention to detail. Each of these traits are often sorely missed in our business. For instance, her ability to “read the room” and meet people in their present situation in order to effectively communicate is an exceptional quality for a REALTOR® to possess today. Moreover, similar to how customers notice the details of their surroundings (such as a restaurant), buyers notice how a property shows or if their agent is someone they can relate to and trust. If people don’t like what they see, they’re not coming back!

As someone starting a new career in real estate, she believes it’s critical for people to know they can count on her. “I truly care about buyers and sellers, and being their trusted guide through one of life’s most monumental moments,” reveals Florence. “I don’t take a purchase or sale of this size lightly. I knew I wanted to team up with a Brokerage, who supports their REALTORS®, one who provides ample training. Realty Network Group is what I perceive as an incredibly safe space for learning, and learning is my key objective at this point.” She sees the value in a firm that provides excellent training, understanding that the more she knows, the better service she can provide to her clientele. She saw a great reputation in Realty Network Group, one with a strong foundation of integrity and ethical practice.  “The way people perceive you is greatly attributed to how you treat and carry out business with them,” asserts Florence.

She’s lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania, specifically the Wyoming Valley, for over the past two decades, but she’s very familiar with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area. She loves that NEPA allows for a variety of lifestyles and provides so many places to explore. She’s a devoted wife and mother of three and resides in the Back Mountain. She’s an avid outdoorswoman and enjoys doing anything outside, especially gardening or hiking through national parks. She’s currently training to run her second half marathon race in March.

If you’re in need of the services of a real estate professional, someone who has a positive demeanor, who’s highly motivated and energetic, and who tries to see things from other people’s perspectives, then Florence Avvisato is the agent for you! You can reach her directly via 272-446-0407 or favvisato@realtynetwork.net.