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David Boland

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.

Sonia Hegedty

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).

Alicia Miles

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).

Florence Avvisato

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.

Halle Stevens

Real estate is more than a transaction, it alters lives and creates memories. It’s about helping homebuyers and sellers make the right move at the right time. One REALTOR® who ascribes to this mantra is Halle Stevens. Born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, this passionate, bright and enthusiastic agent is excited for what the future holds. Recently, she made the move to Realty Network Group, a company that embraces many of the ideals she also holds to be true.

“Meeting people and communicating is critical for helping buyers and sellers make the right move,” indicates Halle. “I enjoy learning what my clients need, their wants, then developing a custom plan for the individual or their family, if they’re shopping for a home or investment, or for the property, if they’re looking to sell.” When sitting down with Halle, you understand why she’s successful in this business. What makes her stand out from other agents is her drive, her commitment to her clients in addition to how she’s wired to communicate. Furthermore, she has a strong background in marketing, which is never wasted in our industry.

In her past life, Halle displayed her entrepreneurial mind set when she launched an Instagram page, which quickly became a success. The page focused on the promotion of (national and international) real estate houses for sale. It was during this venture when she discovered how to get the most eyeballs on the listings she was featuring. Now, as she gains more experience dealing with buyers and sellers, homeowners reap the benefits of having an agent who knows how to market their home. And effective marketing is crucial with 51% of buyers now finding the home they eventually purchase online.

Besides her passion and motivation for connecting buyers and sellers, her relationship-forming abilities are a strength too. “My philosophy is simple,” reveals Halle. “My clients come first!” She’s dedicated to providing excellent service, while keeping her clients informed every step of the way. She’s a real estate professional who’s in constant communication with them, available 24/7. Her attention to the transaction, from beginning to end, aids her goal of making it a positive experience for her buyers or sellers.

“Realty Network Group is centered around their agents,” points out Halle. “This allows them to have more tools and knowledge at their fingertips for their clients’ benefit. This firm is a great fit for me, because of the support they provide, their office atmosphere and the positive reputation they have throughout our area. They’re also very involved in giving back to the community, something I’m always striving to do. I’m extremely eager to get started at Realty Network Group. 2023 is my year!”

From a very young age, Halle has always wanted to be a real estate agent. She loves every aspect of the business and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Her family has been a positive influence in her life as well. Her grandparents instilled in her a strong work ethic and the idea that with hard work anything can be accomplished. They taught her that dreams are only goals you can attain and to never give up.

Are you looking for a fresh start in real estate and need the services of an agent who is locally-connected, who loves what she does, who is always available and who is dedicated to providing you timely, accurate information? Then experience the difference the RIGHT AGENT can make, someone who puts you FIRST. Connect with Halle today at 570-909-6018 (direct) or via hstevens@realtynetwork.net.

Annabelle Rogers

Realty Network Group is pleased to announce the addition of Annabelle Rogers to their network of real estate professionals. She’s a newly licensed REALTOR® who’s lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania since the age of six. She’s eager to help families find what they’re looking for: investment properties, starter homes, forever homes and the like. Annabelle has a distinct skill set, which sets her apart from some of her peers in our business. These include an extensive background in child care, experience in customer service, an affinity for interior room design and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.

These abilities will help her succeed, while connecting buyers and sellers in today’s challenging market. “I love assisting children and their parents,” explains Annabelle. “Besides child care or my responsibilities as a nanny, one of the most important things I can do for families is to help them connect the dots as they seek to acquire or sell a home.” Catering to people’s needs is certainly a strength she brings to the table.

Annabelle has her eyes set on furthering her education, perhaps one day becoming an Associate Broker. She plans to keep learning and improving her craft, enabling her clients to prosper. There’s a certain level of knowledge and anticipation needed as a real estate professional and she believes she’s headed in the right direction. Trustworthiness also plays a role. Her past and present employers know she’s very trustworthy – she’s even been left with their infants in foreign countries.

“After interviewing with several companies, Realty Network Group offered the most support for a newer agent like myself,” maintains Annabelle. “This company was most eager to help me excel in this business. Their marketing is a step above the rest and their website is user-friendly and very appealing. I look forward to the new year and assisting homebuyers and sellers on their path to homeownership”

Annabelle will be a great addition to Realty Network Group. Her passion for learning, her ability to problem solve and her willingness to help are also pluses as she begins her real estate career.

If you have your heart set on buying or selling in the near future, get in touch with Annabelle Rogers today. Her upbeat nature and work ethic are sure to be strengths for you in reaching your real estate goals! She can be contacted at 570-862-3331 or at arogers@realtynetwork.net.

Real Estate Broker Defined

The search for a home begins online. It has for some time. In fact, consumers are surveying the terrain and pouncing on anything that hits the market like a school of piranha, unsure of when their next opportunity to eat will surface. You can’t blame homebuyers either. Today, the ones that remain, still looking to purchase, have repeatedly struck out in their attempts for homeownership. Now, feeling the pressures of inflation, higher mortgage rates and rising home prices, they’re looking to get in before the door closes on their “must-haves” and what they can afford.

The winds of a housing shortage have shifted, new listings with a slowdown in purchases have given way to more selection – finally some welcomed news for prospective shoppers. Yet the search becomes very real for them as they exit the digital environment, previewing actual houses, and doing so in a more urgent manner than buyers did only three years ago. Buyers should rely on the services of a real estate professional whenever possible, because representation is critical for protecting the interest of buyer-clients, especially in this market. And you probably have questions.

What type of real estate professionals exist today and what do they look like? There are four main distinctions homebuyers should be aware of, and they are: real estate agents, REALTORS®, REALTORS® with an ABR® designation and Brokers.

  • Real estate agents – Independent contractors who are connecting buyers and sellers and are licensed to help others rent, buy or sell real estate. Licensure requirements vary from state to state. These professionals should not be confused with REALTORS®, but regularly are.
  • REALTORS® – Licensed real estate agents who are also members of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and must likewise adhere to this organization’s code of ethics. These professionals can include real estate appraisers, salespeople, Brokers and more.
  • REALTORS® with ABR® designation – Members of NAR who have a particular skill set and frequently work with homebuyers in their day-to-day business. These professionals are usually more in accord with the trends affecting buyers and are equipped with knowledge to help their buyer-clients succeed.
  • Brokers – Licensed professionals who further their education, and if they so desire, can open their own real estate firm, hiring independently contracted agents to work under them. They perform many of the same tasks as the agents they hire, but there’s a distinction between the two.

A handful of real estate agents become Brokers after a period of time in the business. Often those pursuing licensure as a Broker are ready to dedicate more study to this field. They’ve firmly planted themselves within the real estate turf surrounding them. Having said that, real estate agents who aren’t Brokers can and are certainly encouraged to dedicate more time and study to the business as well.

What is it like to be a Broker? “The dynamics of real estate have changed significantly over the past five years, but the standards of practice remain the same,” emphasizes Dianne Montana, Principal Broker for Realty Network Group. “I enjoy working with a talented group of professionals, helping them thrive, ultimately paving the way for our clients to buy and sell successfully.” Being a Broker allows for additional independence (more than solely being an independent contractor), but with that comes greater responsibility. Brokers are responsible for supervising the agents in their Brokerage and ensuring the office/company is in compliance with national and state real estate laws and regulations. Real estate Brokers face their fair share of liability as well, and as such, it’s important for Brokers to possess an advanced skill set in order to be both distinguished and ethical.

As a homebuyer, which of these four types should you seek when actively looking to acquire property? There’s no clear cut choice, but a REALTOR® is definitely a great starting point. Those specializing in servicing buyers generally provide the best opportunity. Furthermore, a REALTOR® with an ABR® designation could be a perfect match, especially for first-time homebuyers. Can you go wrong with a Broker? Usually not, but it’s imperative that those pursuing real estate do their due diligence in finding a professional they can work well with, one who actively listens and has a tract record for success.

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 valtier@realtynetwork.net.