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As a 12-year veteran of the real estate profession, Vera has seen a lot of change in the market, which she entered with great success – two sales and a sale listing during her first week as an agent. “Those were certainly the go-go days,” she said, “but it’s always been a profession where good service and attention to detail are most important to an agent’s success.”
Today, Vera’s work-life is divided into three roles. While still holding a license, she also works as the office administrator at Hudson Place Realty, and she is a property manager for landlords in and around the Hoboken area. She is a multi-tasker, comfortable changing hats as needed to keep her professional life moving forward.
Not surprising, Vera had a wide-ranging rsum prior to entering the real estate profession. After graduating from Nutley High School, Vera landed her first job as a pension analyst at Mutual Benefit Insurance, which paid for her tuition as a business major at Rutgers-Newark.
Several years later, Vera fulfilled a personal goal by purchasing a card and gift shop business called Surprise! Surprise!, which she operated for several years. The success of any business, she said, “is a reflection of the values of the owner. If you’re hard-working and dedicated to nurturing the business, the business will be a success.” It’s that work ethic that has helped Vera be a successful agent and property manager. “Investors and developers rely on their agents to meet deadlines, to work with all parties involved to achieve the goals, and to persevere to achieve the desired results,” she said. “Owning my own business gave me the insights to successful strategies that are the foundation of my real estate career.”
Before long, Vera had two children and four step-children, and she took a few years at home to care for her family. As the children grew, Vera gradually re-entered the work force, until the time was right to return to work full-time. Along the way, had an abiding interest in real estate, and she began cultivating long-standing relationships with investors and landlords, many of whom remain her clients.
Today, Vera works primarily as a landlord’s renting agent and also as a buyers agent for her investor clients, in addition to her roles as property manager and administrator at the firm. In 10 years? “I’m very happy where I’m at,” she says. “I love keeping busy with my various roles, and I continue to cultivate new investors and landlords who require close attention to their business.” Six children, varied professional roles, and an active lifestyle that includes travel, entertaining and great cuisine – Vera is one busy agent. She looks forward to the future at Hudson Place, and the new clients and experiences it will bring.