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.

Bret Coladner Celebrates 3 year Anniversary

Congratulations to Bret Coladner who is celebrating his 3 year anniversary with Beach & Bartolo Realtors.

Bret Coladner, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Having been a café owner for 20 years, Bret Coladner has extensive experience in customer service. He is accustomed to hard work and long hours, and has the organizational skills to keep a business running. He specializes in residential rental and sales, as well as commercial real estate, and enjoys being an informative resource for his clients.

A  graduate of Long Island University Southampton College, Bret spent 20 years as the owner and operator of the Brooklyn Grind, a college campus espresso café on the Brooklyn campus of Long Island University. Before that, he lived in Japan for almost six years working as an English teacher, and was a stockbroker in California.

Though extremely business savvy, Bret is first and foremost a genuine person. “I will, and have always, done whatever it takes to make my customers happy. Whether preparing a cup of cappuccino exactly how they liked it or finding the perfect home in a community they covet, I find a way to fulfill my customers wants and desires.”

Bret is a Chatham resident. He has been married for 25 years and has a daughter who just graduated from college, plus he has a beautiful Bernese Mountain dog, Lilly, with whom he shares his home. He speaks passable Japanese, loves outdoor sports like fishing and snowshoeing, and is an avid bicycle rider who has cycled around Japan and parts of Indonesia. In his free time, you can find Bret out exploring the environs of Columbia County on his bike or at home tending to his vegetable garden.

“While I might not be the first agent you called, I want to be the last!”

 

Beach & Bartolo Realtors Names Jeffrey McKinney as Sales Manager

Beach & Bartolo Realtors has named Jeffrey McKinney as Sales Manager, according to Charles “Chuck” Bartolo, Principal Broker.

Jeff has been with the agency since 2016 and recently earned his Associate Broker’s license. Chuck Bartolo said, “from very early in Jeff’s real estate career, Jeff has always been willing to extend a helping hand to any agent in the office who needed it. He’s smart, tech-savvy and committed to helping new agents overcome the challenges they face when entering the profession.”

In his new role as Sales Manager, Jeff will be responsible for supervising agents and providing them the resources and support needed to sell or lease properties. Jeff’s appointment increases Beach & Bartolo’s in-office support team, which, in addition to Chuck Bartolo, also includes a full time Office Manager, and an Office Assistant.

Beach & Bartolo Realtors, voted “Best Real Estate Company” in Columbia County for four consecutive years, has been in business for 58 years. With 20 agents in their office, Beach & Bartolo is one of the largest independent brokerages in the region.

Why Columbia County?

There are plenty of sound reasons to choose Columbia County as your place to live.  With over 600 square miles of beauty to pick from, the scenic beauty is simple amazing. Also, if your thinking of bringing your business here, we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, as well as large potential work force. The lifestyle nicely blends a combination of full-time and part-time residents, many of which provide additional work opportunities. Our local farms provide an abundance of fresh food & vegetables throughout the year. A well rounded and active cultural scene provides an assortment of choices to locals and visitors alike. Access to a major city like Albany, is simply a short car ride away, and Amtrak’s easy transportation to the entire northeast corridor, including NYC, awaits within the lively city of Hudson. Currently all this is being enjoyed by a mere population of only 61,000. We have lots of room for all you newcomers, you’ll always feel welcomed!

Edward “Adam” Nielsen & Tia Nielsen Celebrate 7 Years With The Agency

We are happy to congratulate Adam and Tia on 7 years with the agency this month.

Edward “Adam” Nielsen, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

As a lifelong resident of Columbia County, Adam was born and raised in Copake Falls, NY. He spent most of his childhood ski racing down Catamount, and participating in numerous water sports on Copake Lake. Growing up into a family legacy of reputable builders, Adam has learned from the best

 carpenters in the county. His grandfather, father and uncles, taught him everything there is to know about building a custom home, from laying down the foundation all the way to the finishing touches. He currently continues the family tradition of exceptional building.

Besides knowing what our area consists of inside and out, his expertise regarding land, land development, and building site construction go hand in hand with the real estate industry. With his background in building, love for interacting with people, and ability for envisioning property potential, it only seemed natural to become a licensed agent, and help the home buyer/seller with this important investment in their life.

Adam enjoys many outdoor activities such as snowmobiling, hunting, golf and spending time with his family out on Copake Lake.

Tia Nielsen, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

As a Columbia County native and Chatham High School graduate, I have lived here in beautiful upstate NY nearly my entire life. I briefly left the area to attend college, earning a BA in Communications from the University of Central Florida. Prior to returning home, I had wonderful experiences being a brand representative for various marketing firms. I traveled nationwide to advertise and boost sales for a 2003 M&M’s candy campaign, and also team managed a product launch in the Northeast, including our Hudson Valley area, for Dunkin’ Donuts brand.

I always knew I would return to where my roots are and raise my family, which during the past six years I have been a stay at home mom for my two very active boys. I enjoy spending time with my family, and appreciating the incredible outdoors and community events that Columbia County has to offer.With my background in the marketing/promotional industry and love for interacting with people, I believe that strong morals such as honesty, courtesy and respect in all relationships are the most valuable characteristics one should possess when assisting consumers. My goal is to bring the upmost, friendly and positive experience to all home buyers and sellers that I may have the pleasure to work with. I am excited about joining such a reputable, hometown agency as Beach and Bartolo. I look forward to helping people find their dream home.

 

Jeffrey McKinney Earns Title of Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Charles “Chuck” Bartolo, Principal Broker of Beach & Bartolo Realtors, is proud to announce that Jeffrey McKinney has earned the title of Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker. In order to receive this title you need to have a number of years experience, complete the required coursework and pass an exam with the state. Beach & Bartolo has 20 agents working in their office and with the addition of Jeff, 9 of those agents carry the coveted title of Associate Broker.

Jeff works with buyers, sellers, renters and property owners. He takes an extremely proactive, and “hands-on” approach with all his clients, and is there for them through every step of the buying, selling, or renting process. In order to provide his clients with a high level of attention, he prefers to work with a small number of clients at a given time.

Jeff brings his background in T.V. and Online production, and content development to the Real Estate profession, which gives him a unique perspective on staging, photographing, and marketing his client’s properties. Jeff also combines social media savvy with proven Real Estate practices to help his clients sell their homes, and he has had proven success with helping homeowners sell previously “un-sellable” homes. When working with buyers, he makes it a personal mission to help clients find the home of their dreams.

Jeff was born in Philadelphia, PA, and made his way to NYC after graduating college. After a decade of weekend and holiday visits to Columbia County, Jeff left NYC in 2007, and became a permanent resident of this beautiful and unique region. At that time, he identified a lack of online resources covering the county, and some of it’s smaller towns, so he created one, ColumbiaCountyCurrent.com. The site provides visitors with regularly updated content that covers local news, arts and entertainment, calendar listings and a Real Estate section that provides Jeff’s clients with a unique means of showcasing their homes through feature-style home listings.

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, a good happy hour drink with friends, listening to a great music playlist, and continuing to explore Columbia County, to find new and exciting locations.

Jeff welcomes the opportunity to help you with any of your real estate needs, or simply to answer any Real Estate questions you may have. He can be reached at the office at 518-392-2700, or on his cell 917-225-8607.

JEFF MCKINNEY