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

It’s another first for our firm: RealtyNetwork.net is the first real estate website in the Greater Scranton area to be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant.

Our company is making finding your next home even easier! Those who have visual, auditory, mobility or cognitive impairments will find our website, with its new accessibility menu, of huge benefit. Access to this menu is found on every page along the right edge of our site (see image below).

“[W]hile technology has the potential to create a more inclusive future, it has also created further barriers. With technology so embedded in our lives, digital accessibility isn’t something that would be nice to have, but is a right for everyone.”

These barriers (i.e. homebuyers not properly being able to access information in real-time) are what Realty Network Group is seeking to eliminate for each and every individual who enters our platform. Furthermore, the ADA accessibility menu could even be utilized by consumers who don’t have any impairments. “This new tool on our website affirms we’re committed to easing concerns for buyers and sellers, who are actively pursuing real estate,” emphasizes Greg Solfanelli, Director of Marketing & Consumer Experience at Realty Network Group. “It’s another reason why I believe our clients continue to trust us. We understand how important compliance is in our business, not only for our professionals, but also for our clients and their assets.”

Realty Network Group’s website continues to lead the way in Northeastern Pennsylvania. ADA compliance is another step in the right direction.

 

 

“The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. It was created in an effort to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities and ensure accessibility to all individuals, regardless of their physical limitations. Now, thirty years later, our world has changed tremendously, especially in regard to technology. Now more than ever, ADA compliance expands far beyond a simple handrail or parking space. It encompasses all public-facing entities, which includes most websites.”

It’s hard to imagine the real estate terrain we find ourselves in these days, but yet here we are. Many parts of the Northeast, who prior to the pandemic were struggling, are now reporting record signs of growth – the largest increase in home sales since the end of 2006. Unlike much of the Northeast portion of our country prior to COVID-19, Northeastern Pennsylvania’s market was thriving. When the economy became derailed in March, real estate entered stealth-mode for over two months. Since then the terrain has been very smooth, churning at a fast pace. Home sales and home prices have been on the rise. Though homes are selling for 11.6% more this August versus one year ago, home prices year-to-date are enjoying a more comfortable 2.2% increase (year-over-year).*

Sure, the challenges are present for our market: our inventory is very low, more homes are going under contract than are being listed and commercial space is beginning to saturate our market; but the Greater Scranton area appears to be insulated from the other surrounding regions. Lower-priced homes have been in short supply this year, especially in recent months. Hopefully new construction kicks it into gear, but the higher costs of lumber since mid-April hasn’t helped the situation. Some homeowners have decided to stay put, which hasn’t boosted the housing inventory either. Nevertheless, our area remains very affordable and for many first-time buyers, they eventually find what they’re looking for.

Demand remains strong and thus it can be frustrating for some homebuyers, especially in our current seller’s market. It’s particularly stressful if you’re searching in print these days! Some of the properties we market in print are no longer active when they appear in black-and-white in the publication. Honestly, properties are moving fast these days. May we make a suggestion? If you’re actively searching for a home in today’s market, look online without hesitation. We would also strongly suggest having your agent keep you up to speed with the latest listings that fit your criteria and the trends affecting the neighborhood(s) where you’re searching.

Where you search online can make a difference too. Recently, we were awarded Best Real Estate Website in Northeastern Pennsylvania for the third year in a row by local newspaper readership. Our award-winning website, realtynetwork.net, features the entire inventory of homes on the market through our comprehensive database. Our site has a simple interface with straightforward navigation and high mobile-performance, so you can easily connect with us from wherever you are. There are many tools available for visitors to explore as well. Venture to our award-winning website today and let us know what you think.

 

* Greater Scranton Board of REALTORS® stats

Activity has been particularly lively this year at Realty Network Group. Besides the increased activity from both homebuyers and sellers this year over last, we’ve been excited about our new office. Our Clarks Summit office went through an major remodeling in 2019 and has a fresh, new modern look. We also opened a new branch office in the Valley area, located at 814 Main Street in Dickson City. Finally, if that wasn’t enough excitement, we’re thrilled to announce the relaunch of our Website – realtynetwork.net.

Thanks to many of our visitors, last year our firm was awarded “Best Real Estate Website” in Northeastern Pennsylvania (Reader’s Choice 2018). This was quite an honor! And while we were proud of the previous online site, we’ve made a bunch of upgrades to it. Presently, we provide distinctive channels of exposure for our clients through use of social media paid promotion, high-quality photography, drone and videography, in addition to other traditional forms of advertising. Our revamped Website is not only another extraordinary channel, but also a powerful tool for buyers and sellers alike. Each of our client’s situations is unique and therefore requires a custom marketing action plan involving local market trends. This new channel will provide our clients with more exposure and deeper insight into those trends.

“Our new real estate Website is now powered with an even more sophisticated search,” emphasized Dianne Montana, Managing Broker of Realty Network Group. “Over the years, as advances in technology have caught the real estate industry off guard, we’ve always sought to stay ahead of the curve. Many real estate sites lack the tools necessary to connect with consumers. We’ve made recent changes ensuring that wouldn’t be us. We’re trending up these days.”

The new realtynetwork.net features an advanced real estate search (utilizing a state-of-the-art real estate plugin); lakefront, just listed and open house properties; free home value reports; school district information; market statistics and trends; buyer and seller tools; mobile-friendly navigation; and much more. Perhaps the biggest benefit of the new Website is its simplified user experience making navigation a breeze for visitors.

As we continue to grow in 2019 and beyond, Realty Network Group is a brand that’s committed to both its clients and its network of real estate professionals. We genuinely care about our clients’ needs and we work as a team collaborating with our real estate professionals. Each real estate transaction is unique. We pride ourselves on listening to our clients and the challenges they face. Alleviating the stress of homebuyers and sellers and assisting our REALTORS® in setting realistic goals and achieving them is what we do best. Our professionals adhere to the highest standards of compliance in the industry. We value and market our clients’ most valuable assets always with one goal in mind – connecting buyers and sellers.

(revised August 14, 2019)