Jennifer Sesma Celebrates First Year with Beach & Bartolo Realtors

Congratulations to Jennifer Sesma on her one year anniversary with Beach & Bartolo Realtors and as a Real Estate Agent. Get to know more about Jennifer below.

Jennifer Sesma, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Jennifer was introduced to Columbia County and the Hudson Valley through weekend trips, escaping the city and the corporate world.  After 13+ years living in Brooklyn, she finally bought a house and moved to the Village of Chatham full time in 2018.  Jennifer joined Beach & Bartolo as a licensed Real Estate Salesperson in 2019 with the goal of helping others have a great experience with real estate whether they are selling their house/land or buying their first home, forever home or investment property.

She previously has 16+ years of specialty retail experience with a national chain of high end greeting card, stationery and women’s lifestyle stores. As a Director, she managed 26 retail stores across Manhattan, Westchester County and

Connecticut, and also frequently consulted with the real estate team on the portfolio of stores in those markets.  She attended Massachusetts College of Art in Design and graduated in 2001 with a BFA in Printmaking.

Jennifer loves meeting and working with new people.  She is hands on, has an eye for detail, is up front and honest, and works with a sense of urgency to get the job done.  She is not afraid to think outside the box, is solution oriented and loves a challenge.

In her spare time you will find Jennifer gardening, fixing up her 1890 Victorian home, running or cycling country roads, or out exploring and enjoying everything Columbia County and the region has to offer.

Deborah Kinney Celebrates 16 years with Beach & Bartolo Realtors

Congratulations to Deborah Kinney for 16 years of working with Beach & Bartolo Realtors. Get to know more about Deborah below.

Deborah Kinney, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Before I moved to this area, I worked as a real estate agent in NYC. I began with extensive training offered by Century 21, then joined MJ Raynes RE, moved onto William B. May, and there spent several years developing skills geared towards the investment RE market.

I was perfectly positioned then to assist my clients who had anticipated the RE market crash of the late 80’s. I eventually joined Morgan Barrington as Director Of Investment Sales. During those years I began visiting this region. My RE philosophy remains one in which the investment potential of purchasing RE is my primary focus in guiding my customers & clients.

It is my pleasure to find you your dream property or sell your current property, and I will work gladly at those tasks, but I will also do my best to enhance your financial portfolio with a profitable return.

Jessica Nayowith Celebrates 12 Years at Beach & Bartolo Realtors

Congratulations to Jessica Nayowith for 12 years of working with Beach & Bartolo Realtors. Get to know more about Jessica below.

Jessica Nayowith, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

A Philadelphia native, Jessica spent all her childhood summers on an apple orchard in Columbia County and became a full-time resident in 1994. She has been a hydroponic farmer and has grown gourmet mushrooms for localrestaurants.

Having been a stay-at-home mom to two young daughters for six years, Jess’ love of working with people and her interest in real estate led her to Beach and Bartolo and is proud to join its professional and well respected team.

Jess also volunteers for a local charity and is a free-lance reporter for a local newspaper.

Donna Knight Celebrates Two Years With Beach & Bartolo Realtors

Congratulations to Donna Knight who is celebrating two years with Beach & Bartolo Realtors.

Donna Knight, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Donna believes that treating customers like family is both a guiding principle and a way of life.

Donna has lived in Columbia County for the past thirty years. She initially worked in computer software design.  Her second child’s complicated medical and educational needs, created a passion to advocate for the disabled.  She has worked closely with many families with disabled children in the Chatham School District and beyond. She also serves on the board of COARC which is a chapter of the ARC of New York serving the disabled population of Columbia County as well as High-N-Mighty which is a PATH certified riding center.

Donna and her husband Jeff have been investing in real estate throughout the area for many years. She was a member of the Town of Canaan Planning board for ten years. She now brings this experience to help guide and advise buyers and sellers. Real Estate ownership and management has been the perfect avocation for an active mother of three now adult children. It is not uncommon to see her walking into the local building supply store in her paint stained jeans to pick up the materials needed to complete a repair.

In her free time, you will often see Donna in the warm weather months working in her flower gardens or soaking up the sun at Queechy Lake.

Donna welcomes the opportunity to help you with any of your real estate needs, or simply to answer any Real Estate questions you may have.

Why Buyers Need Their Own Agent in Today’s Market

For most buyers, searching for a new home begins Online. Sites such as Zillow.comTrulia.com, and Realtor.com get their data directly from local Multiple Listing Services (MLSs). Typically, when a buyer sees a property of interest, they often contact the listing agent for additional information, or to arrange a showing. Here is where buyer beware comes into play. That listing agent has a written contract with the seller to represent the seller’s interest in the sale, by attempting to sell the house at the highest price possible. When a buyer visits the property, they will be required to sign a NYS Disclosure, indicating that the listing agent will now be a Dual Agent, meaning they will represent both the buyer and seller. In such a case, the agent is prohibited from offering any guidance or help in the negotiations when a buyer wants to make an offer. If, on the other hand, the agent does not choose to represent both parties, then the buyer is considered a customer, and the agent will continue to only represent the seller. This leaves buyers without their own agent and representation. Not a smart move. Here’s a better idea. Rather than starting a search for properties in the area, instead search for an agent who is experienced in that market. They know the area, and very well may already know the properties. If they don’t have firsthand knowledge of a specific property, a Buyer’s Agent can preview homes, which saves a buyer time. When it comes time to make an offer, a Buyer’s Agent is very experienced in negotiations, and local market values, which can save buyers thousands in the purchase price. And finally, the Buyer’s Agents fees are typically paid for by the sellers. Now more than ever, with multiple offers very common, you should have your own agent. Don’t shop without one.
Good Luck!

Brian Wagner Celebrates First Year!

Congratulations to Brian Wagner who is celebrating his first year with Beach & Bartolo Realtors.

Brian David Wagner, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Brian fell in love with real estate 24 years ago when he bought his first home in Boston. He became so enamored with the whole process and the thrill of finding that perfect home that he put that passion to great use over the years by helping several friends navigate the waters on their way to finding the perfect home too, all while buying and selling several of his own. So, when he and his husband bought a weekend home in Austerlitz 13 years ago, it was only natural to begin a discussion of putting that passion to use in a more formal way once he was ready to leave the corporate world!

6 years ago Brian got his real estate license, 4 years ago he and his husband moved full time from NYC to their home in Austerlitz and the rest as they say is history! Brian brings over 30 years of business acumen to his career in real estate, having spent countless hours negotiating for and supporting his clients. This business knowledge coupled with his passion for real estate and love of Columbia County means someone who knows his way around a deal and will always be in your corner!

Donna Knight Celebrates 2 Year Anniversary

Congratulations to Donna Knight who is celebrating her Second Anniversary with Beach & Bartolo Realtors.

Donna Knight, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Donna believes that treating customers like family is both a guiding principle and a way of life.

Donna has lived in Columbia County for the past thirty years. She initially worked in computer software design.  Her second child’s complicated medical and educational needs, created a passion to advocate for the disabled.  She has worked closely with many families with disabled children in the Chatham Schoo


l District and beyond. She also serves on the board of COARC which is a chapter of the ARC of New York serving the disabled population of Columbia County as well as High-N-Mighty which is a PATH certified riding center.

Donna and her husband Jeff have been investing in real estate throughout the area for many years. She was a member of the Town of Canaan Planning board for ten years. She now brings this experience to help guide and advise buyers and sellers. Real Estate ownership and management has been the perfect avocation for an active mother of three now adult children. It is not uncommon to see her walking into the local building supply store in her paint stained jeans to pick up the materials needed to complete a repair.

In her free time, you will often see Donna in the warm weather months working in her flower gardens or soaking up the sun at Queechy Lake.

Donna welcomes the opportunity to help you with any of your real estate needs, or simply to answer any Real Estate questions you may have.

Copake Grange Steps up to Deliver Groceries

In response to the COVID-19, the Copake Grange is matching up volunteers who want to help, with individuals who are home bound and need assistance with getting groceries or prescriptions. 

If you would like to volunteer- or if you need someone to pick up groceries or a prescription, call Granger Janet Mackin at 917-270-5989.  You can also email her at:  CopakeGrange@gmail.com.  Non-Grange members are welcome to volunteer- and the Grange will help anyone who needs assistance regardless of whether they are a Grange member.

Ann Levitt Celebrates Anniversary

Congratulations to Ann Levitt who is celebrating her 14th year anniversary of being an Associate Broker with Beach & Bartolo Realtors.

Ann Levitt, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker 

Born and raised in Westchester County, Ann attended Cornell University and embarked on a successful career in advertising sales and marketing in Long Island and Manhattan.

Almost 20 years ago, Ann and her husband discovered Columbia County and became typical weekenders. Enjoying the beauty of the mountains, farmland, the Hudson River, cultural events, boating, fishing, they decided 10 years ago, to make Columbia County their full time home.

Joining Beach and Bartolo as an Associate Broker, Ann brought her experience as both a weekender and a full time resident in both listing homes for sale and finding the best values for her home buyers. Her professional credentials represent the broad base of her knowledge. She has the National Association of Realtors credentials as a Resort and Second Home Specialist and as a Senior Residential Specialist. In addition, she has background as a “Buyer’s Agent” and can represent buyers who wish to use those services.

Consistently one of the top agents in the County, Ann welcomes any questions buyers and sellers may have about the current real estate market in Columbia County. Licensed In Massachusetts.

An Update From us on COVID-19

To all our clients & customers both current and past, we at Beach & Bartolo, Realtors would like to share what our plans are during the COVID-19 crisis.  Our office at 34 Main Street, in Chatham, is closed to comply with Gov. Cuomo’s ordered closure of all offices for non-essential businesses. Additionally, the Governor has ordered that ALL Realtors stop showing houses and hosting open houses as of Sunday evening. 

All of our agents are working remotely, and will continue to market our seller’s homes and search for listings for our buyer clients so that we can minimize the effects of this necessary pause. Our main office number, 518 392-2700, will be answered as usual during regular business hours. You can also reach out to any of our agents directly on their cell phones, or email. You can find our directory on the “About Us” tab of beachandbartolo.com.

It is our intention to continue to serve both our buyer and seller clients in whatever way best serves your interest during these trying times.

Like many of you, we are closely monitoring this unfolding situation, and we will continue to adapt our approach to serving you. We will also keep you updated and advised. If your personal circumstances need special attention, please bring those to our immediate attention.

Beach & Bartolo, Realtors, will continue to strive to work on your behalf in a professional and thoughtful manner, and we appreciate your loyalty. During these difficult days, we strongly advise you to follow the advice of the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov).

Wishing you and your families healthy and safe days ahead.