Merlino & Gonzalez July 2018

July 2018





My Relationship With M&G

John is also hugely generous. He volunteers his time with the Staten Island YMCA, and he’s a fixture in our community. Over the years, I’ve asked John to sponsor numerous events and fundraisers. Without fail, he’s more than happy to help. Recently, I asked him to lend a hand with a Young Professionals Network event. Unsurprisingly, he was more than willing. That sort of selflessness and community involvement proves just what a stand-up guy he is. Last year, I served as the President of the Staten Island Board of Realtors, and John served on the board as a non-Realtor director. It was a pleasure working with John to help raise the standards of real estate professionals in our area, and he was never shy to provide his perspective as an attorney. Over the course of my career, I’ve been fortunate enough to receive numerous accreditations and awards. I’m a member of both the National Association of Realtors and the New York Association of Realtors. Additionally, I’m certified as an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR), Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), and a Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES). I’m also green certified and qualified to train other Realtors. As you can probably tell from this long list of acronyms, I pride myself in always striving to become better as a realtor. All of the work I do is to help my clients achieve the best outcomes. The team at Merlino & Gonzalez feels the exact same way as I do. That’s why I’m so honored to work with them. If you need a real estate attorney in the Staten Island area, look no further than Merlino & Gonzalez. Greg Sokol

Greg Sokol, the downtown office manager for Cangiano Estates, has been working with us since the very earliest days of our firm. Over that time, he’s become more than just a realtor we love working with; he’s become a friend. We’re honored to work alongside realtors like Greg and wanted to give him a little space to share his story with you. I hope you enjoy it.

During my more than two decades as a realtor, I’ve learned that it’s important to have your clients work with people who have the same level of ethical and moral standards as you do. I want my clients to have the best possible experiences when they buy or sell properties with me. That requires working with great inspectors, lenders, and attorneys. When somebody asks me for a recommendation, I only suggest people I know and trust. And there’s no better legal team in our area than the folks at Merlino & Gonzalez.

I can say that with no shortage of experience, as I’ve known John Merlino for 17 years now. Real estate transactions can often get hectic and stressful, but John remains calm even during the height of confusion. He listens, assesses the situation, and figures out how to move forward in the best possible manner. He serves as a guide for his clients, making sure they navigate the real estate process without hitting any potholes.



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