Merlino & Gonzalez September 2019

September 2019

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Why I Love Working With Merlino & Gonzalez

It’s one of the greatest decisions I’ve ever made. My job hardly feels like a job at all. Going on a journey with couples looking to buy, sell, or move homes never stops being rewarding. A real estate purchase is often the most expensive and important financial expenditure of somebody’s life. To be trusted to help shepherd people through this process is a great privilege and a serious responsibility — one which I can promise you I don’t take lightly. I treat all my clients like they are my mother, my sister, my aunt, or my best friend. I still talk to all my clients, and I care about them in a way that transcends a simple working relationship. One of the steps of any real estate journey is working with a lawyer, which is how I met the excellent folks at Merlino & Gonzalez. I was working with a client I met from a Zillow lead. This client was looking to move from Staten Island to Ocean County. Through them, I met Alexandra and Michele from Merlino & Gonzalez. I absolutely adored working with them and John. Upon completion of helping that client move, I found myself hoping I’d have the chance to work with them again. Every time since, I’ve enjoyed it just as much. The team at Merlino & Gonzalez know what they need to do, and they do it exceptionally well. You never need to worry about them or hold their hand to get the process moving. They’re also exceptional communicators, and, in this business, communication is everything. I could tell instantly that they were just as passionate about their work as I am about mine. When I’m done working with a client, they thank me, but the truth is that I’m the one who feels grateful. I’m honored to have helped somebody make a huge, positive change in their life. I think everyone at Merlino & Gonzalez feels the same way. That, above all, is what makes them special. –Denise Scala

One of the great joys of practicing real estate law is the chance to work alongside skilled Realtors who help people find the home of their dreams. Denise Scala of Porter Plus Realty in Jackson, New Jersey, is one such Realtor. We’ve worked with Denise on a number of occasions, and each time, it has been a wonderful experience. We recommend her unreservedly and are proud to give her some space to tell her story.

My path to becoming a Realtor began as something of a happy accident. A number of years ago, I began purchasing condos in an attempt to fix them up and flip them. My husband, Steven Katz, works in construction and didn’t want me to take half-measures when it came to my new direction. “You’re not going to be the kind of person who stages condos and calls it a day,” he said. “If you’re going to do this, you should learn about Sheetrock, tile, and everything else that goes into a property. You should do it right.”

I am very glad I took his advice. I fell in love with the transformation process and enjoyed learning about all the details the average apartment hunter or homebuyer overlooks. I started to be able to pick out quality features that could stay and those that needed upgrades quickly and accurately. What I realized over time, though, was that as amazing as it was to do the work to enhance a property, the feeling of handing over the keys to an excited buyer was even better. With a sense that I stumbled on a new and unexpected career, I began the process of getting my license as a full-fledged Realtor.

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