Merlino & Gonzalez October 2018

October 2018




A REAL ESTATE AGENT WHO CARES Kathy Barzal: Our Colleague for Over a Decade I’ve been working in real estate for over 13 years, and if I had to describe my career in one word, it would have to be rewarding. I love connecting people with their dream home and guiding them through the real estate process. Over the years, many of my clients have become friends, and many of my friends have become clients. There’s something about helping people buy or sell a home that allows a real bond to be formed over the course of the process, and I don’t take that for granted.

& Gonzalez gives them the security that comes from knowing that their wishes will be protected in addition to their property. What stands out to me about Merlino & Gonzalez and their team is their level of customer service and their ability to get the job done. The same way that I have made friends with clients over the years, John and Ken strive to be lifelong aides to theirs. Merlino & Gonzalez isn’t the type of firm you call once and never speak to again. They are there whenever you need them. And I know that from experience, because my husband and I hired Ken to help us with our estate planning. I guess there’s no greater compliment that I can provide them than that one. When I’m not at work, it’s a safe bet that I’m spending time with my husband and my son. My son is 12 and plays football, so weekends during the spring and fall are all about watching him play. As a family, we are also heavily involved with the Staten Island Giving Circle, a nonprofit that supports people in need in our area. It means a lot to us to be able to give back to the community that’s given us such a wonderful life. I’m proud to work in a profession where I can help people make decisions that better their quality of life and set them up for a wonderful future. John and Ken feel the same way, which is why I’m so honored to work with them. Staten Island is lucky to have Merlino & Gonzalez. Kathy is a New York state licensed real estate salesperson serving Staten Island and Brooklyn. Go to to see current listings and learn about Kathy. –Kathy Barzal

The focus on relationships and providing exceptional service is something I share with John Merlino and Ken Gonzalez. I first recommended that a client see them a few years ago, and I haven’t stopped doing it since. Often, my clients won’t just need a real estate lawyer, but also one who understands estate planning, which makes Merlino & Gonzalez the perfect law firm for them. Let’s say I’m working with an older couple who’s downsizing to a smaller home. By virtue of moving and going through the items in their home, they’re already doing some of the hard thinking that’s required during estate planning. If they haven’t already done formal planning with an attorney, downsizing provides the perfect opportunity to do so. Suggesting that my clients work with Merlino



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