What previous clients have to say about Sharon’s dedication to going above and beyond, every time:
To whom it may concern,
Recently, my wife and I had the pleasure of working with Sharon Steele on the sale of our home as well as the purchase of our new home in the Union county area. We had worked with other agents in the past, but Sharon was by far the most professional, knowledgeable, and reliable agent that we have ever worked with.
To give a little background, we met Sharon after a deal fell through on a home we were purchasing. She was recommended to us by a friend who had also recently used her services and was very happy. Over a 2 ½ year period, Sharon sent us weekly updates on the housing market in our target area and recommended homes that we might want to consider. She even took the time to go to an open house for us to see if the home would be a good fit while we were on vacation. Overall, Sharon took us to approximately 25 homes over that period of time before we found the home that we ended up purchasing.
When it came time to sell, we wanted Sharon to be involved in the transaction. She contacted a colleague in the Middlesex county area and they partnered together to sell our house. She brought in a stager to see how we could make our home more marketable. After we followed her recommendations and listed our home, the house was sold within 4 days of putting it on the market. The homes in our immediate area were sitting on the market for much longer periods of time with other agents.
While we were in attorney review on our sale, Sharon then went to work on negotiating the offer on our purchase. We finally settled on a price and proceeded to attorney review. From the very beginning we had issues with the seller that ranged from allowing us access to the house to have our inspection to answering us in a timely fashion. Through it all Sharon kept us appraised step by step. Her follow-up skills were amazing. There were many times when it was late at night or she was out to dinner and she would return our text or email.
There were several times that both deals seemed that they would fall through because we had reached an impasse and somehow Sharon and her team were able to guide us through it and continuing moving the deals forward.
During our inspection, our inspector found issues with the furnace in our new home. It was system failure that caused the furnace to be unsafe. We requested a concession from the seller to repair the furnace and were told that he would not give us a nickel. Sharon was able to advise the listing agent that this was a major issue and had to be disclosed to any other buyer and that it must be remedied. Through her persistence and negotiation skills, she was able to successfully get us a concession for the majority of the cost.
To say that this transaction was incredibly difficult would be a gross understatement. It was contentious to the very end. During the final walk through, the house was left in such a disgusting mess that Sharon called her personal cleaning service to come and clean the house before we moved our family in. She picked up the entire cost of their services and said that this was her house warming gift to us. This is something she clearly did not have to do, but it just goes to show what kind of person she really is.
Having now known and worked with Sharon, we would recommend her to anyone looking for a realtor. We would not be in our home today if it were not for her hard work, dedication, knowledge, persistence, and straight forward professional attitude. She is by far the best realtor we have ever had the pleasure of working with and, in our opinion, is by far the best real estate agent in Union county. We would definitely reach out to her in the future for any of our real estate needs.
Mark and Jennifer Yanni
Prospective Real Estate Clients:
This letter is to highly recommend Sharon Steele as an extremely knowledgeable and effective real estate professional. In Summer/Fall of 2013 Sharon sold our home in Cranford, not once, but two times, after we decided not to move forward with the initial sale. In both instances, Sharon was able to secure asking price offers, and in the first instance, a contingency that we find another home to move into- three significant accomplishments in a troubled market. Additionally, after extensive renovations to our home, it was very difficult to find comparables in the neighborhood, and thus, to know exactly how to price it. In order to overcome that hurdle, Sharon made a significant effort to make sure we had a solid asking price through discussions with, and showings to, many of her colleagues, building a consensus that we were in a good spot. She then marketed our home so effectively, that we had multiple offers to choose from. After we dissolved our first sale, behind the scenes Sharon continued to field interest in our home and when we finally found a home to purchase a few months later, she had a buyer lined up before we made an offer on our new home.
Sharon also helped us successfully navigate the purchase of our new home, also in Cranford, in such a way that we avoided a bidding war and secured a price significantly under market value.
In both instances, the sale and purchase of our homes, Sharon was the consummate professional- always available to answer our questions and to provide guidance at every milestone that presented itself during the transactions. Sharon also has an extensive list of reliable professionals that she can recommend from during the process to handle the seemingly endless number of hurdles that inevitably arise in the sale or purchase of a home.
Finally, from the moment we met Sharon at the home of a mutual friend, until the purchase of our new home, we have always been impressed by Sharon’s knowledge of the market- whenever we asked her about a home that had just come on the market, she had already seen it and was able to offer her thoughts on whether it met the criteria that she knew we had for a new home. Sharon clearly puts a great deal of time and effort into making certain that she has a total understanding for the market that she covers, which, from our point of view, is critical for her to be an effective advocate for her clients.
We would not hesitate to have Sharon handle any and all of our future real estate transactions and highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home.
Todd and Aimee Avella
March 5, 2013
I just wanted to thank you for everything!We LOVE our new home! You were so patient over the years, waiting until we found the perfect house, at a price within our means. Your recommendations for the experts needed to move forward, were perfect. From the home inspector, to the oil tank sweep, everyone was just as kind and courteous as you.
Buying a house is a major investment, and I can honestly say, you made everything feel comfortable. Between your expertise, professionalism and kind spirit, you kept the stress level at a minimum explaining every step along the way.
Sharon, I would highly recommend you to anyone I know looking to purchase a home, and I already have! See you in 5 years when I’m ready to move again!!!
You brought us home! From the first time I met you – two years ago, I knew you would be the one to make this happen. You proved me right. You were there walking me through the process every step of the way and beyond. Even though I was looking for a small home, I never felt like a “small” client. I was on the forefront of your mind receiving exceptional service. This was very reassuring to me, bringing me much peace of mind and confidence to move forward. I was particularly impressed with your commitment when we negotiated the contract of sale while you were away on vacation with your family. Not only did you get this done with attention to details and dealing with “my” attention to details, you did it in such a joyful way. Your sharing such genuine excitement with and for me during this experience still warms my heart.
Now home, Ava and I often talk about how we accomplished this goal with you – Ms. Sharon. We will always be grateful for your caring attention toward us and unsurpassed professionalism. Ava still has fond memories of coloring with you at your office while I was signing closing documents. That evening was very special for both of us, the culmination of your dedicated service to us.
In a few years, I will again embark in this process and call upon you.
You have been truly amazing! Thank you so very much!
I am writing you to tell you of the extremely positive experience we had with your agent Sharon Steele. Our house going to settlement was truly in question in May. Sharon persevered and helped our home become our reality. Sharon called me and my husband to “check in” frequently and helped keep us focused on our goal—our beautiful home. She made hours of behind the scene calls to check in with all parties and keep everything smooth.
I knew immediately when I met her at an open house in February of this year that Sharon would be the realtor for us. Quick wit, spunky, high energy—all made us bond with her immediately and to trust her with this important home buying experience.
I have recommended Sharon to all my friends and family who have stated anything about the need for a realtor. My good friend will list with her when she chooses to move in the soon to be future.
Sharon is an asset to your team!!!
Pamela and Paul Christy
To Whom It May Concern,
My husband and I recently had the pleasure of working with Sharon Steele. We were starting to look for our first home and had very little experience and knowledge of real estate and the business of buying a house. She immediately put us at ease and helped us figure out what areas we wanted to explore and what types of houses we should look at for our family. Whereas many people would tell us what we wanted to hear, Sharon was very honest and forthcoming and we really appreciated that. After seeing a beautiful house that was at the very top of our price range, she called us immediately when the price was reduced. She encouraged us to make an offer and negotiated with the sellers and their agent for hours to make sure we got the best deal possible. I know that buying a house is a very involved and sometime trying process, but this time it was made all the more difficult by sellers who were not even close to accommodating. At one point we wanted to just give up because things had become so difficult. At that point Sharon promised us she would get us this house and encouraged us to stay strong. She navigated us through this very tricky process and we just closed on our house this week. We could not be happier.
The personal attention that Sharon gave us through this entire process was exceptional. We were really amazed by how hard she fought for us and the dedication she had to make sure we got our house. I said many times to my husband that we were lucky that Sharon was on our side! We could not have been happier with our first-time experience buying a house, and for that we really have to thank Sharon. We owe her so much and we feel really lucky that we worked with her. I will be recommending her to everyone I know in our area. We really are so lucky that she was on our team.
Kristie and Brian Colvin April 2012
Sharon Steele is an amazing realtor. She sold our home at 505 High Street in Cranford, NJ and helped us buy our new home at 515 Bradford Avenue in Westfield, NJ. She worked hard. But more importantly, she worked smart. She provided counsel, comfort and comic relief at just the right time and in just in the right amounts. She knew the local housing market and had her own network of trusted resources at her disposal for any service or support we needed for both our sale and our purchase.
Not only will we use her again when we’re ready for our next home, but also we have recommended her to several of our friends who are contemplating selling their homes.
We’re very grateful for everything Sharon has done for us and encourage you to put every available Coldwell Banker resource behind Sharon to ensure your continued collective success in the future.
Mark & Michelle Cibort February 2012
Sharon Steele recently helped my partner and I to find a new apartment at 24 Springfield Ave.
Sharon was patient and resourceful during our search. Her manner was professional, yet friendly and she was always a joy to be around.
Sharon took us to see several apartments around Cranford and was very responsive when we requested to see new places.
When we finally found the place that we were hoping to find, she helped us to negotiate the rent and conditions of the lease.
So often emails to a person’s boss are written when employees perform poorly, but people do not generally write emails to a person’s boss when they do an exceptional job.
We wanted you to know what an exceptionally good job Sharon Steele did for us. You are lucky to have her on your staff.
To Whom It May Concern:
If you are looking for a sincere, hard-working real estate professional, it is my pleasure to recommend Sharon Steele of Coldwell Banker in Westfield, NJ.
Sharon is a top producer in her office and, after working closely with her for months, I can understand why she is so successful.
I met Sharon through my friend, Jeff Comer, because she listed and sold his home in Cranford, and then helped him find a new house in the same community. She helped him get top dollar for his house (in a short time and despite a difficult market), thanks to her tenacious marketing skills.
I was extremely impressed by what I saw, so I did not hesitate to ask Sharon to act as my agent, since I also was looking for a new house. Having worked in real estate some years ago, I intimately understand what is required to be an effective agent, and Sharon Steele delivered all that and more then anyone could wish for.
Sharon has numerous incredible qualities, but her most exceptional skills include listening intently, truly understanding her clients’ needs, and knowing what kinds of properties would be a solid investment. She also has the honesty and passion to stand by her clients every step of the way, through every important decision.
Sharon’s sharp negotiating and organizational skills made for a successful transaction. (In fact, I’ve never worked with a better negotiator.) She found me a wonderful house in Morristown that I truly love. Without reservation, I can say that I would not have accomplished this without her professionalism and devotion. I would never choose a realtor other than Sharon in the future, and I wholeheartedly encourage any prospective clients to trust her with their real estate needs.
To Whom It May Concern:
Last December we sold our house of 12 years in Cranford, NJ and closed on a new house in Short Hills, NJ. The time frame in which we bought and sold was very short—we were driven by our desire to minimize the commute for our children to their new schools. Our moving experience was a very good one. It went extremely smoothly and with very little (almost none, in fact) stress involved. A major reason for this was our real estate agent, Sharon Steele.
My husband Richard and I have moved house a number of times, including across continents. We have never had such an engaged, determined and helpful agent as Sharon. Sharon essentially led us through every step of the process and took on as many things as she could to minimize our “house-moving distractions” considering we both have full time jobs and a lot going on. She was very knowledgeable about the market and was able to get us what we consider a very fair price for our house in a somewhat depressed market. However, Sharon’s ability to push for the best deal (and to do so fairly and in a positive manner) was her most helpful attribute for us, since she was able to get us an amazing deal on our new house. The house that we ended up buying was priced higher than we were willing to pay, and we didn’t think we could afford it. However, Sharon was able to very effectively read the situation (regarding the seller’s motivation to sell) and work with both the seller and his agent to get us what amounted to an amazing deal. Her ability to negotiate and deal with people was the catalyst that got us the house we really wanted. We are very happy in the new house, and we owe a lot to Sharon.
Both my husband and I cannot say enough good things about Sharon’s ability as a real estate agent. She is helpful, knowledgeable, determined, ethical, and willing to help in any way she can to make the transaction a smooth one. She is also well networked and can recommend very good people to engage during the process. All of Sharon’s recommendations were good ones! We would work with Sharon again in a heartbeat and would highly recommend her to our friends and colleagues if ever they were to move.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Sandra Morris and Richard Tillyer
It gives me great pleasure to write on behalf of your realtor, Sharon Steele. My family and I had the pleasure of listing my parents’ house at1 LaSalle Avenue,Cranford,NJwith her. She offered her professional services, consistently sound advice as well as offered to help us stage the home and meet with contractors. As a result, our house was sold within three days of listing it at our asking price, which was more than I expected.
In this letter I would like to share my personal perspective of Sharon.
I have been in her company several times and she has always impressed me with who she is. For example,Sharon is an excellent communicator: always sincere, respectful and thoughtful, with a gentle sense of humor. Her congenial personality made us all feel immediately at ease. She was quick to help answer our concerns and took care of many items that we needed to address as well as negotiating further after the building engineer gave his list of requests. Sharon even offered to meet with the fire department to perform the Continued Certificate of Occupancy. Simply put,Sharon is an exceptional professional who has earned the respect and highest recommendation of our family and attorney, as well.
Lenore Flanagan 5/2011
My husband and I recently bought our house in February 2011 and worked with Sharon Steele. Prior to working with Sharon, Matthew and I worked with several real estate agents who did not meet our needs but once we met Sharon, there was no need to look further. Throughout the entire process, Sharon was very diligent, professional and knowledgeable. She worked with us for a long time and was always patient and never pushed us toward something we did not want. She took the time to get to know our needs and because of this, was able to direct us toward specific types of homes we would be interested in to make the most of our time together. She was flexible and worked with our schedules to see countless houses.
Since our closing, Sharon has been very receptive to helping us settle into our new home and has given us excellent recommendations. I would not hesitate to recommend Sharon to anyone who was looking to sell or purchase a home. I hope whenever my husband and I decide to upgrade to a new home, that Sharon is still working in the area because we have such confidence that she would do an excellent job helping us buy a new home and sell our existing home.
Laura & Matthew Davide 4/2011
We cannot express how helpful you were every step of the way for us. You made things so easy for us, so comfortable, and it all happened so suddenly. We know we have found the perfect place in the world for our family and most importantly, our son.If you remember, when we first met you in May or June, we had convinced ourselves (and told you) that we would not buy for a year or two. 5 months later, and here we are. We cannot thank you enough– you calmed us, gave us recommendations on everything from an electrician to a pediatrician….everything.Again, we are especially grateful to have found you. Had we not, we would still be in Hoboken, scared to leave. I am 100% certain of it.
Tim and Lisa Head 11/23/2010
To whom it may concern,
My wife and I would not hesitate to recommend Sharon Steele to anyone who needs a kind, considerate, and professional realtor.
During our search for a home, Sharon was both patient and extremely thorough. She showed us those properties that met our criteria, and she was patient enough to spend the time it took for us to feel comfortable making a buying decision. Sharon did everything possible in order to accomodate our needs. One of her best qualities is listening to exactly what we wanted and going the extra mile to make it happen. When you find a realtor who knows what you want better than even you know yourself, you’ve got somebody special. Sharon is the epitome of professionalism and knowledge. We feel that not only did we find a great broker, but an ongoing friendship.
The Thomases 10/12/2010
To Whom It May Concern,
This letter is my personal recommendation for Sharon Steele, Sales Associate of Coldwell Banker West. My husband and I recently met Sharon at an Open House in Fanwood, NJ. The home Sharon was representing was historic with character, a rich history, charm and had recently undergone an extensive renovation bringing the home back to its original state. My husband and I were immediately impressed by Sharon’s professionalism and more importantly astounded by her in-depth knowledge of the home. After spending some time going through the property with her, we learned that Sharon had actually attended a seminar on homes of this style to better represent her client in selling the historic home. Having attended tons of Open Houses, I can honestly say I have never met a real estate agent who has gone so above and beyond for their client. Unfortunately this home wasn’t a fit for my husband and I, however given the attention to detail and professional matter in which Sharon handled the Open House, she was the first person we decided to call to assist with our home search.
Due to Sharon’s diligence with correspondence, she started to help us with our home search. When wanting to see a property, Sharon was always available and willing to work within our schedules. She never made you feel like you were bothering or disturbing her in any way. Each time we met with Sharon, she was consistently pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. She came to the property armed with essential information and data to help with our decision making process.
I was extremely impressed that she even brought in contractors (on her own time) to give us price quotes for a property we were considering that needed extensive renovations. Again, with Sharon, she consistently goes above and beyond for her clients.
Sharon is fast acting, professional, knowledgeable, trustworthy and a pleasure to be around. Having seen Sharon in action as both a selling and buying agent, I highly recommend her. It was a pleasure working with her and I hope to work with her again in the future.
CEO – Founder
To Mrs. Sharon Steele,
We are writing to express our complete satisfaction and gratitude for Sharon Steele as our Realtor for our property at 560 Oakridge Rd, Clark, NJ. Throughout the entire process Sharon was professional, conscientious, and motivated. We always felt as though we were her only client.
Initially we were uncertain of the asking price, but Sharon diligently checked multiple sources to verify that our pricing was accurate and met our goal of selling our house within a certain timeframe. Consequently, within 30 days of listing the house, it sold for exactly what we wanted.
In addition to being our Realtor Sharon has also become a close friend of ours. We would highly recommend Sharon Steele to anyone looking to sell or purchase a house.
We would be delighted to answer any specific questions regarding Sharon’s performance as our Realtor. We may be reached at 732-236-1126.
Rod & Alicia Bimson
Pete and I would just like to thank you for all the effort you put forth on our behalf in our search for a home. Your guidance and expertise as well as your knowledge of the area were second to none.
Your work ethic and level of professionalism were both impressive and reassuring. You made us feel like we were your most important clients, whether it was your quick responses to our questions, your ability to keep us abreast of new houses on the market or your appearance and demeanor.
We are aware that as house hunters we were a bit scattered in our requests and needs. We truly did appreciate your patience and input with all the houses you showed us. We never felt pressured for a sale or misguided about an area when we met with you. In fact you were a source of calm during a very turbulent period in our life. Every time we went out with you we became a little more informed and sure of our wants and needs. You also tactfully guided us into a price range that was more in our comfort range. It is rare to find a salesperson that puts people before profit and we can honestly tell our friends and family that you will put them first.
We have passed your name on to anyone who is mentioning that they may be moving into the area in the near future and hope to use your services again for our next move.
Again, we can’t thank you enough for all of your effort, and that fact that you made it a truly joyful and fun experience.
Very truly yours,
Pete and Jen Stevens
Sharon Steele is a standout professional who is able to gracefully navigate any housing market with ease. She represents her clients with charm and poise, always mindful of their best interests throughout the negotiation process. Whether dealing with demanding buyers or motivated sellers, she excels at finding solutions in which both parties emerge as winners. Because of her class and candor, she is very approachable, which is critical in any economic climate but especially during these interesting times, where expectations and reality are often at odds. We cannot overemphasize our recommendation for Ms. Steele, and strongly suggest to anyone seeking to buy or sell a home to consider enlisting her excellent services.
Anthony and Andrea Gonzales
Sharon and I met at one of her first open houses. I was looking to go from condo living to a house and she was with me every step of the way. She asked probing questions to help me decide what I should be looking for, spent hours with me looking at properties and helped me navigate offers, negotiations and finally a purchase! She is a calming force in a world that can be very confusing. She helped me find a fabulous house that is just right! Sharon has also helped me find a fabulous tenant for the condo. Now I am selling the condo and I naturally turned to Sharon for the listing. She has incredible insight into the market and has been superb in helping navigate this new phase of my real estate experience. I recommend her to everyone that I know that needs help with their real estate needs.” October 14, 2010
Top qualities: Great Results, High Integrity, Creative
hired Sharon as a Real Estate Agent in 2008, and hired Sharon more than once
“Sharon is one of the best real estate agents I have ever had to pleasure of working with. From the beginning, Sharon listened to what we desired in a home and would show us properties that aligned with these desires not just taking us to every property listed. I might add that when I first started in my new position in New Jersey, I was working with several agents and fired all of them choosing to work only with Sharon due to these attributes. I only wish that Sharon covered the area in New York State where I am working today. I would hire her again in a minute to help locate my new home if she worked this area. I would urge anyone that is looking for a new home in the Cranford area to contact Sharon. She is a jewel in what is often a pile of coal.” October 5, 2010
Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity
Director of Engineering at Biach Industries
hired Sharon as a Real Estate Agent in 2009