Episode 18 of the Casandra Properties Podcast features ‘Brooklyn in the house’ – with three of our own rock star realtors: Ariana DiMattina, Frank DiMattina, and associate broker Celia Iervasi. Part of the Casandra Properties family, these professionals are from different generations but all are cut from the same the cloth. They all have had success in their own right; they may operate a little different from each other, but are equally driven and united by the same tenacious spirt.
Frankie laughs – “I wonder where they got the name from.”
“Well I am the first born,” Ariana replies with a chuckle.
“My dad worked so hard. He inspired us,” says Frank DiMattina, “but we have to give mom credit mom, too.”
“Yes, the both of them, says Ariana.” “That’s where we got our work ethic – from watching our parents work so hard.”
Growing up on Staten Island, Frankie was active in a number of sports – both on the streets of Staten Island and in organized sports. He played everything, but his favorites were football and basketball; that’s also where he excelled. Ariana enjoyed dancing and cheerleading up through her teenage years. These extracurriculars taught them both a sense of discipline, as well.
Celia Iervasi is a seasoned broker who has experienced it all – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Celia was inducted into the Staten Island Board of Realtors’ prestigious Hall of Fame and, over the last ten years, has generated over $100 million dollars in real estate sales, earning her SIBOR’s Gold Top Producer Award for the last decade.
Interestingly, she used to be a hairdresser in a previous life before getting into real estate. She says that years ago, a friend on hers on her block starting talk real estate to her. She started learning about it and she was hooked. Although she came to the real estate industry later than some, Celia Iervasi has had tremendous success with Casandra Properties. Celia is married with three children and is also blessed with six beautiful grandchildren.
James Prendamano also notes how much Celia does for Staten Island – “She has had a profound impact on the community. ‘Charities, fundraisers, non-profits,’ he says. ‘Celia spends a tremendous amount of her time back and raising money for various organizations and causes.’ On a warm and personal note, James also notes how much Celia Iervasi has done for him over the years for his own development.
Great Advice for First-Time Homebuyers . . .
For first-time buyers, Celia advises: Slow it down. Take your time. There is no need to rush. Rates are low and staying low.
You have to be realistic. You may have ten things you think you need in your home. Pare that down. See what you can live with, what you can put off until later. Do you need updated kitchen, marble countertops, fireplace, inground pool, two-car garage, wrap-around porch? Make some concessions where you can.