Merlino & Gonzalez - November 2020

November 2020




We Make Things Happen! Buying or Selling, Put Your Home in Our Hands

We helped Gabriel and his wife purchase their first house on Staten Island five years ago and their new home in New Jersey this year. The coronavirus tried its best to make things difficult for them. But we tried harder to make sure it didn’t.

eager, knowledgeable, and kept us in the loop at every step. We didn’t think the process with them could go any better than it had five years prior, but somehow it did. We moved out of our Staten Island house in mid-March, but two days later, the first coronavirus shutdowns went into place in New York. The Staten Island real estate market was booming, but there we were, unable to show our home and make a sale. We had to wait a few months, but as sanctions started to lift, we went right back to Merlino & Gonzalez to make things happen. We wanted to move even faster this time around because we were juggling two mortgages that we hadn’t planned on. Yet again, John’s team was right there with us, ready to go. I’ll be the first to admit that I was rushing them and probably bugging them. I would even text John directly at all hours of the day, but not a single text went unanswered. The entire team made themselves available. They were unbelievably quick with paperwork and follow-up and so knowledgeable and honest about everything that needed to be done. Even as quickly as I was trying to make things move, they were somehow always ahead of me. We found a buyer, and, of course, John already knew their lawyer and had a great relationship with them. In just a few short weeks, they got everything squared away on the sale of our house. We were actually on vacation when it finally closed, which, for many people, could mean a stressful nightmare. But when you work with a team like Merlino & Gonzalez, stress plays no role in the process. Who knows where we’ll be in another five years, but if it’s in the midst of another home purchase or sale, I know we’ll be eagerly knocking on their door once again.

My wife, Nicole, and I purchased our first house on Staten Island five years ago, and that was the first chance we had to work with Merlino & Gonzalez. At that time, we worked directly with Ken Gonzalez, and the process was such a pleasure that we knew if we ever got around to selling, we’d come right back and work with them in a heartbeat. Well as life goes, changes came our way. After four years in that house, we welcomed our beautiful daughter, Peyton, and knew we needed a bigger home for our growing family. We were in a good place to purchase a new home and the timing was right, so we started searching — and found exactly the home we were looking for in New Jersey. Nicole and I had always lived on Staten Island, but this house was everything we wanted, so we made the tough decision to move shop. We’re so thankful that Merlino & Gonzalez serves New Jersey as well as New York because it meant we had another opportunity to work with them. This time, it was with the other half of the team, John R. Merlino Jr., Esq. As we knew it would be, the process of purchasing our new home was completely smooth. When we explained the terms of the sale to John and that the buyer wanted to close quickly, he and his team didn’t bat an eye. We closed within three weeks. Their entire staff was helpful,



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