REALLY™ Agent Spotlight: Keren Gonen

REALLY™ Agent Spotlight: Keren Gonen

When I ask Keren Gonen about how she became an agent, she told me it was a funny story.

(Funny- ironic, not funny- humorous.)

Her boyfriend was flipping houses while she was contacting agents to list them. Agents were not being responsive and were uncommunicative; they were not returning Keren’s calls or emailing her back. She was irritated and frustrated. While she was venting over dinner one night, her boyfriend said to her, “Why don’t you just become an agent?”

So, she did.

In her first year she sold nineteen houses; in her second year, she sold twenty six. This story about Keren, I believe, is truly indicative of her personality. When considering her character and what to say about her before writing this, words like “no-nonsense” popped into my head. Just like her actions in becoming an Agent, Keren is the type of person who fixes problems instead of making them or allowing them to linger.

Keren has been in the industry for two and a half years, which comes as a surprise to me when she tells me. Her cool, calm confidence gives the vibe of someone that has been working in the field longer. Although Keren has only been in Real Estate for a few years, she’s been in sales for many years. She admits that she probably “should have been in real estate a long time ago,” as she enjoys the closer connection with the clients that it affords her.

Keren works as an agent in both New Jersey (Sussex, Passaic, Bergen Counties) and New York (Orange County) and has varied clientele, but the first-time-buyers always stick out in her memory. Keren has a warm, caring affect especially as she talks about her first-time buyers. There’s something assured and secure about her — as though if you are one of her client’s you know it’s all going to be okay because she’s on your side. With a reverent chuckle in her voice, Keren says that all of her first-time buyers are “special because they are all freaking out.” She adds, “they are all on the phone with me at 11 at night, and I talk them off the ledge. Everything is the end of the world because it’s the first house they are buying.” And I have a moment of self-reflection and appreciation for my past realtor considering the ledges she talked me off throughout our last home purchase. Anyone can expect to get a little unhinged or nervous during a process such as this one, especially a first-time buyer. As Keren says, “it’s the biggest transaction” they have ever done.

When it comes to her personal philosophy, Keren says “treat everyone the way I would want to be treated.” Keren really enjoys the connection with her clients. “I like helping people,” she says happily. For Keren, working in Real Estate offers an opportunity to “form a connection that you have with another human being that you don’t get at any other point in time.”

Keren is clear; she doesn’t mince words. So, when I ask her what she finds most challenging about being in the Real Estate industry, she doesn’t balk at the question at all. “Probably working with other agents,” she says. But, for good reason — she says, “many people in our profession are so jaded — it’s difficult for me to contend with.” But, this is one of the very reasons that Keren gravitates toward and believes in the REALLY platform. REALLY “connects Agents instead of separating them.” In a way, Keren believes Agents have been kept away from one another, whereas REALLY bring Agents “together and makes a better industry.” Keren would like for Agents to work to support one another because, as she said, “we are all in it together.”

AGENT CONTACT INFORMATION

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Keren-Gonen-Real-Estate-440954726354511/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/keren_gonenrealestatenjny/?hl=en
Website: https://www.greenteamhq.com/agent/keren-gonen/

Keren Gonen, SFR, ABR
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson in NJ & NY

Green Team New Jersey Realty/Green Team New York Realty
293 Route 94/7 Main Street
Vernon, NJ 07462/Warwick NY 10990
(cell) 551 262 4062
(office) 973–814–7344/845–208–9928
(Fax) 973–521–8575/845–920–7669
Kgonen@greenteamhq.com

REALLY Monthly Roundup - March 2019

It’s April 1st and Spring is in the air 🙂 Let’s dive right in and take a look back at the Month of March.

You’re invited! Join us on April 8th at 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada) for a live webinar to discuss REALLY Easy Referrals — Why to use it and how it works. We will be hosting a training session on how best to use the REALLY Easy referrals process. Attending this training session will help you to both send and receive more Agent to Agent client referrals.

🔗 👩‍🏫 Click on the link below to register. https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gLi9LYxtQLSwnQYJ5GWQ4w

Android and desktop/tablet versions of REALLY are “oh so close!” Our Progressive Web App is currently live and in beta test mode with a handful of Agents on board. A big high five to our dev team for their dedication to seeing this through, building it brick by brick, or 0 and 1 in developer language 🙂 This will be live to all members very soon, stay tuned!

The REALLY March Madness contest was a success!

We read some insightful posts in our Community section from all of you that participated, and for that we are grateful. A big thank you to everyone that shared their thoughts and ideas.

First place for receiving the most replies goes to 🏆 Ron Schwolsky our friend at Century 21 Culture in Covina, CA. Forget the rest, call the best! Ron was a top office Agent (AGC) in 2018. Take a minute to connect with Ron on REALLY and shoot him a message, or better yet send him a referral! Congratulations, Ron, on earning 💵💵 $100.

The Second award was the editor’s choice award for the most beneficial reply to any post in community during the month of March. After some deliberation we are selecting 🏆 Laura Marie, our friend at Keller Williams Realty St. Pete to receive $50 for sharing her thoughts about the Moehrl vs. Real Estate Brokerage class action lawsuit. Laura Marie was featured in our Agent spotlight last month, she is a Real Estate negotiation expert, and is constantly making her presence known in our community. Take a moment to connect with Laura Marie on REALLY and send her a referral! Congratulations, Laura, on earning 💵 $50.

Referral Success Team Spotlight

Continuing on the topic of members, allow us to introduce our featured Agent this month, Raylene Lewis of College Station, Texas. Raylene is detail oriented and enjoys knowing about every aspect of a house she is showing. Additionally, Raylene prides herself in treating each client she earns as a friend for life; she is there for them long after the close of a deal. Take a moment to read about Raylene, connect with her on REALLY and send her a referral!

REALLY Reminders

  • Send a Referral — Don’t just sit on the sidelines and wait to receive one.
  • Enable Notifications on REALLY — on your mobile device, go to settings, go to notifications, scroll down to REALLY and Allow Notifications. This is important!
  • Make Connections with other members— Don’t be shy! Make connections with other professionals on a social media network that is exclusive to the Real Estate industry.
  • Post in Community — A perfect place to share your ideas, collaborate, and cooperate. Your next great idea might just help another member of our community.
  • Send a Referral — Did we already say that?
  • Update the App Often — Go to the App Store — verify you have the latest version.