Merlino & Gonzalez - October 2022

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It’s a Real Estate Miracle!


Our little boy was 2 years old at the time, and four years later, we welcomed a baby girl. The home was perfect for our children. They played up and down the hallways while I filled the back garden with hydrangeas, tulips, daffodils, forget-me-nots, lilacs, and rhododendrons. Our daughter took her first steps in that house, then walked down its center staircase in her wedding dress decades later.

When a client reaches out to me and my team for help selling their home, we always try to make the process as smooth as possible. We know it’s tough to let go of a place with so many memories! Sometimes, finding the perfect buyer is hard work, but other times, fate makes it easy. That’s exactly what happened for Robert and Iris Casciani. Keep reading to learn their heartwarming story.

Although, I am getting ahead of myself.

As the years went by, Robert and I retired from our careers in the city (he was a transit police officer while I taught middle-school Spanish), and the New York winters started to get to us. This February, we spent three months in Florida scouting out places we might like to winter. Nothing seemed quite right, until we reached the last spot on our list: the Jupiter Farms community in Jupiter, Florida. It was a storybook setting nestled close to the ocean. The morning after touring the Farms, I woke up, turned to Robert, and said, “This is the place. This is where I want to live!” He couldn’t believe it. But it didn’t take him long to come on board. Robert loved the idea of spending his retirement fishing and walking on the beach. The day we returned to New York, we put our beloved house up for sale.

As I write this, my husband Robert and I are in the car on the way to the train station. We plan to ride all the way from New York to our new home in Jupiter, Florida. It’s the first leg of what I’m sure will be an amazing journey — and it wouldn’t have been possible without Attorney John R. Merlino Jr., Esq.! But I’m getting ahead of myself. To explain this story, I need to back up a little bit. My name is Iris Casciani, and 42 years ago, Robert and I purchased our dream home on Staten Island. It is currently a beautiful 100-year-old house in the New England colonial style, with 27 windows and a lovely staircase in the two-story center hall. When you stepped inside, you could see all the way through the home to the serene backyard garden.

Making that decision wasn’t easy, and it was even harder to imagine our wonderful home in the care of another family. But one thing eased our minds: Thanks to a recommendation from our daughter, we were working with John Merlino on the sale of our house. John and Stephanie made every step of the process easy. Whenever Robert and I had a concern, they addressed it immediately. We were sure things would fall into place, and they did — in a miraculous way. The very first family that walked into our house made us an offer.




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