Merlino & Gonzalez - April 2020

April 2020

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WE KEEP YOU ON THE RIGHT PATH

IN A MANOR OF SPEAKING

PASSION FOR WHAT WE DO

the week because it’s what I love to do. And I only work with people who also have passion for what they do. That’s how I came to work with Ken Gonzalez and John Merlino. My clients are primarily homeowners who need help selling their homes. Whenever a legal matter arises during

Diane LaFronza is a Real Estate Associate Broker from Neuhaus Realty and a friend to everyone here at the office. We’ve had the pleasure of working together with Diane almost as long as our office has been in existence. Diane is a seasoned professional who always puts her clients first and is willing to go the extra mile to get the deal done. Her warmth and sincerity are evident from the moment you meet her.

A lot of people know me as “the purple lady.” It’s my favorite color, and I make

the process, I always refer my clients to Merlino & Gonzalez. That’s not only because they’re the best at what they do, but they also bring a passion for their work into client relationships. They actually pick up the phone when clients call; they don’t hand it off to assistants or secretaries. They are completely honest, operate with the utmost respect, don’t rip people off, and follow up with the smallest of details. They’re a rare luxury you don’t find often in this business, and that’s why I’ve always kept them close. I don’t usually make outside recommendations to clients — I let them make important legal decisions on their own. But when it’s appropriate, I will recommend Ken Gonzalez every time because I know we work and operate the same way. Ken and his team are passionate about what they do, and they aren’t afraid to show it. They’re the kind of people who make their colleagues want to do their work better, and they give their clients an easy decision for future legal services. I imagine that if Ken and John had been on the playground with me the day I first wore my purple shoes, they wouldn’t have been laughing. They would have stood right there next to me, ready to be friends with the like-minded kid who showed passion for something they loved.

that fact well known by the clothes I wear. But this article isn’t about why the color purple is great. It’s about what made me like purple so much, how that plays a role in what I do every day, and how it led me to working with Merlino & Gonzalez. When I was in fifth grade, I always wore black and white sneakers to school, like all the other students. But when I was out shopping with my mother one day, I saw a pair of purple sneakers in the window that I couldn’t live without. She bought them for me, and I proudly wore them to school the next day. But the other kids made fun of me for wearing purple sneakers, and I cried and told my mother I couldn’t wear them anymore. That’s when my mother told me one of the most valuable lessons of my life: I should never let anyone dictate what I should or shouldn’t be passionate about. I took that to heart and never looked back. I’m passionate about the work I do, and I always have been. I’m an associate broker for Neuhaus Realty, but I wear a lot of different hats that keep me busy. I’m also a property manager, a paralegal, and a notary. Before any of those, I worked a corporate job in Manhattan for many years. I’ve sat on, and still sit on, a handful of boards and committees that revolve around realty and law. I work every day of

-Diane LaFronza

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