What previous clients have to say about Sharon’s dedication to going above and beyond, every time:
Sharon was a delight to work with and made the sale of our home practically painless, even though we were living 150 miles away. Thanks to her expertise and knowledge of the market, we received multiple offers for our home. She helped us sort through the offers and guided us through the closing process in a surprisingly short amount of time. I would wholeheartedly recommend Sharon to handle any of your real estate needs.
Alice and Daniel Callahan sold a home in Cranford
My husband and I searched high and low for a knowledgeable real estate agent who specializes in the Cranford real estate market. After receiving numerous recommendations we contacted Sharon who immediately got to work pulling houses for us to see. Sharon knocked it out of the park during our first home tour and was extremely attentive and knowledgeable throughout the whole process. There was not a single step in the process that we were left wondering about because Sharon was always one step ahead. I can not say enough great things about her skill level and expertise. I would hands down recommend Sharon Steele for all of your home buying and selling needs!
Nicole and Nicholas D’Andrea purchased a home in Cranford
When we began what turned out to be a long search for our new home in Cranford, we knew Sharon Steele was the most knowledgeable and reputable realtor in town. What we didn’t realize was how much her passion for the success of her clients brings her above and beyond the rest. She gave us expert advice without overstepping and knew exactly what we were looking for. This town is very tough to get into right now and the best thing Sharon told us was to be patient. In the end thanks to Sharon’s perseverance and instinct we found our family’s perfect home. We can’t recommend Sharon enough, she’s truly the best in the biz!
Kristine and Ken Gaffney purchased a home in Cranford
Sharon is nothing short of amazing! We had 2 weeks to sell our home and she did it in one night. The entire transaction was so smooth, which was unexpected because normally selling a home and moving to another state is supposed to be stressful. Highly recommend Sharon for her knowledge, professionalism and ability to keep things as calm as possible.
Lauren and Matt, sold a house in Cranford
Working with Sharon on buying our first home was the best. She was very patient with us and helped us every step of the way including keeping us on track with deadlines from the attorney and lender. Sharon went above and beyond to ensure that we not only got the perfect house for us but that the process from offer to closing went as smoothly as possible. Sharon was super responsive to us and our needs; we would get same day appointments to see homes within hours of letting her know we wanted to the see the home. We have no hesitation to recommend Sharon to anyone who is purchasing a home, whether it is your first home or second or third. Sharon really is the best and we are so thankful we had her as our realtor. Thank you Sharon!
Jose and Christine, bought a home in Mountainside
We worked with Sharon on both the purchase of a new home in Westfield as well as the sale of our prior home (Scotch Plains) and had an excellent experience. She is honest, straightforward, patient (we looked for nearly 18 months before finding the perfect home!) and extremely responsive. We felt very comfortable having her guide as through both sides of our transaction. Thank you Sharon!
Christina and Jim Tierney bought in Westfield, sold in Scotch Plains
I chose Sharon Steele based on reviews from her previous clients, and my experience matched every accolade and recommendation that I read. As a first time home buyer, I was unfamiliar with and at times overwhelmed by the home buying process. Every step of the way, Sharon: listened, encouraged, answered questions, and advocated for me. She was professional, knowledgeable, unbiased, funny, kind, and positive. She “calls it like she sees it”, and that was exactly what I liked and needed in a realtor. In addition her assistant, Angela Baptista, was a pleasure to work with because she cares, just like Sharon. There is not enough room here for me to rave about everything I possibly could about Sharon and my experience with her. However, I can happily state that with Sharon, I purchased a home that fits my needs, preferences, and budget! I would recommend Sharon and her team to anyone who needs the assistance of a realtor. If you select Sharon Steele, you will be happy you did!
Leslie Ditta purchased in Scotch Plains
My husband and I wanted to sell our house, and Sharon Steele was recommended to us by a realtor from a different agency and area. Sharon was an excellent realtor right from the start–she was so friendly and accommodating, while still maintaining a business profile. She gave us info on houses that had been recently bought and sold in our area, so that we knew what to expect; and she helped us decide which rooms in our house needed updating. She always replied promptly to any phone calls or correspondence, day or night. We would highly recommend her for either buying or selling a house!
Jonathan andJoyce Markham
When we moved into Cranford, NJ over a year ago, we brought in Sharon to help us come up with a reasonable upgrade plan for the house so that we would get our money back if we had to sell. Move forward one year, I was relocated for work out-of-state. At first, we tried to rent our home, but after much thought decided to list it for sale. Sure enough, Sharon’s expertise in helping us not over-do our upgrades paid off. We were very fortunate enough to get the money we put into the house back. Sharon and her assistant were incredibly professional during the sale transaction and followed-up constantly during the process. For example, when the new US administration made a change to our buyer’s financing option (FHA loan), Sharon called their lender before I even reached out to her to ask what may happen! Sharon goes above and beyond and made my transaction stress free from out-of-state; she even helped let in a HVAC company at 9 PM at night for us. THANKS SO MUCH SHARON!
Anthony Aanable and Alex Bullers Sold a home in Cranford
Sharon takes the time to understand what is important to her clients. Her knowledge of the local area along with her buying and selling negotiating skills help her customer secure a competitive pr ice. We had a wonderful experience both selling our home of 8 years and buying a new one that meet all of our needs.
Amy and Rich Saccone, Sold and Bought in Cranford
Sharon is a terrific realtor and made this complicated process incredibly simple for us. We couldn’t have asked for a better experience or someone more knowledgeable with the local market. She continues to be a terrific advisor for us, referring terrific contractors to help us maintain and improve our new home. 5 stars!
Joe and Sarah Colangelo bought a home in Cranford
My husband and I worked with Sharon over the summer to find and purchase our first home. Before we contacted Sharon, we researched several realtors in the area and no one came close to her stellar reviews. From the beginning, Sharon proved to be a great resource to us. We were looking for a home in a popular area where homes would list and sell within a very short window. We got discouraged, but Sharon kept our spirits lifted and assured us we would find the perfect home. And that we did! Throughout the whole process, Sharon was amazing. She kept in touch with us and responded to every text, phone call, email within minutes. I really am so glad we got to work with Sharon and cannot thank her enough for helping us to find our first home.
Julianna and Christopher Farinola
We feel so fortunate to have found Sharon. She was highly resourceful, always quick to respond and helpful in answering our many questions as first time home buyers. I also really appreciated her frank guidance which helped us not waste time looking at houses that would not have been right for us. It felt like she sincerely had our best interest at heart and went above and beyond.
Ashely and John Cusick, purchased a home in Westfield
Sharon was referred through a friend and really did a great job. I was a first time homebuyer and she helped me through the process from beginning to end. Thumbs up! Great realtor.
Aaron Carter, purchased a condo in Cranford
Sharon Steele is the most professional and hardest working person in the business. Sharon is always striving to do her very very best for you..A complete Realtor ..honest..reliable…knowledgeable in her field..when you rely on her you are with the best..always there for you and family. A COMPLETE EXPERIENCE. THE BEST!
Don Ammiano, sold a home in Cranford
Sharon is a very attentive, responsive and knowledgeable realtor. She made the home buying process stress free from start to finish. She was a pleasure to work with.
Tara Doyle, purchased a condo in Cranford
There are not enough stars!!! Sharon is off the charts for each of the categories. As first time home buyers, my fiance and I were completely new to this process. From the beginning, Sharon sat us down and patiently explained the process step-by-step. We worked with her for about 7 months and throughout this time, we were never rushed, were always responded to immediately no matter the form of communication, and consistently received personalized and attentive responses. Sharon helped to make such a stressful and overwhelming process a much more manageable one. Often times, after speaking with friends about our experience their reply would be: “It sounds like you have a wonderful realtor– you are lucky.” There is no one else we could imagine having bought a house with and cannot recommend her highly enough. Whether you are looking to buy or to sell, Sharon should be your go-to– no hesitations! We miss our daily communication with her already and will always be appreciative for her help!!
Katie Gargiulo and EJ Phelps bought a house in Cranford
Sharon was very responsive to communications. Has contacts for all types of services (home inspectors, day care, movers…). Walks through the entire process.
Joseph and Alison Kesselbrenner bought a house in Scotch Plains
If you want to buy or sell a house, look no further than Sharon. She was outstanding for us, excellent attention to detail, outstanding knowledge of current market conditions and very thorough throughout the whole process. Most importantly, she always does what is best for her customers.
Mike Pappas bought a house in Clark
Choosing Sharon as our realtor was the best decision we made when deciding to move. Sharon listened to us, communicated quickly with us, and was always in our corner. Sharon has amassed a network of support that benefits her clients. Her assistant, Angela, is top-notch as well. Between the two of them, and her extensive online presence, all of our needs were met. Our house was sold in 15 days and I know that is because we chose Sharon as our real estate agent. She was able to promote our home more than any other realtor in the area, help us with a professional stager, remind us of any tasks related to the sale that needed to be done, and so much more. To say my husband and I recommend Sharon Steele is an understatement!
Jennifer and Keith Gilman sold a house in Cranford
I highly recommend Sharon to anyone looking to buy a home in the Cranford area! She is extremely knowledgeable and very professional. She always responded immediately to all of my questions and provided great advice. She helped my husband and I buy a wonderful home at a fair price in an intense seller’s market. I’m very happy with my new home and I don’t think I would have it without Sharon.
Julianna and Christopher Farinola bought a house in Cranford
This review is coming one month too late, but we have just been so busy LOVING our new house that Sharon helped us get!! There is a longer review below, but since most people glimpse through these, I’ll make it short first: Sharon is AMAZING. She’s thorough, she responds immediately to texts, emails, phone calls, and knows what you want or need before YOU even know what you want or need! She has the patience of a saint, the drive of an Olympian, and she deserves every single 5 star rating here. My husband and I decided to sell our condo and look for a house. We were recommended to her from friends of ours. She helped them win a bidding war so we knew she was going to be great. Sharon was our realtor on the buying end of our real estate journey, unfortunately we lived too far away for her to help us sell as well! We started looking for a house in February. We had been told, on our selling end, that we needed to have a place to live lined up since we would sell fast. After about a month of looking, we found our dream house. Sharon came straight from Brooklyn to NJ to help us close the deal, all the while letting us know that we are contingent and that it might be an uphill battle to get an offer accepted. We made an offer. It was not accepted due to our contingency. She helped us negotiate another offer, and worked with their agent persistently to get a deal that worked for both parties. Next thing we knew we were under contract! Unfortunately, things weren’t nearly as smooth as we’d been promised on our selling end. We had been told we would sell fast, and unfortunately, that’s not what happened. Time went by and we kept moving forward with our dream house, knowing that the promises that were made on the back end were falling through. Sharon kept in touch with us at least every other day. She was there when we did our inspection on the house. She was there for us when things kept falling through with our selling. She was in touch with our other realtor trying to figure out a way to sell our condo to make this house happen, and she was constantly checking in and making sure we were ok. Sometimes we’d tell her we had no news on the selling, and she would say she was just checking in on how we were doing emotionally, since she knew we were going through a tough time and dealing with an extraordinary amount of unprofessionalism on our selling end. Meanwhile our contract on our dream house ended and it had been taken off the market. Many (stressful!) months later in June, an offer came! We immediately called her and she jumped right back on the house hunt with us. She mentioned to us that we should contact our lawyer to see what the status is of our first house. They recommended we make another offer. We re-submitted our offer to the first house “just in case” while deciding whether to make an offer on a fixer-upper that she had found for us. 24 hours later, we received an email – our offer was accepted!! It turns out that the entire time that my husband and I had given up on the house, she was constantly in touch with their realtor and was working out a possible future negotiation that we could use once we sold. While she was making sure we were ok and getting through the selling process alive, she was persistent and going through all of this trouble just to see if we could still get our dream home. We’ve been in our house for a month now. The champagne that she gave us has long been gone, but every time we come home we are so thankful to have worked with her. She deserves all the wonderful reviews here!
Amanda and Scott Mushinskie Purchased a Home in Fanwood
August 19, 2016
We recently worked with Sharon on the sale of our home and the transaction could not have gone smoother. Sharon is extremely professional who clearly loves what she does and is very good at it. She responded right away to all of our questions or concerns, she checked in with us throughout the process, and made sure everything went off without a hitch. I have already recommended Sharon to several people looking to market their homes.
Chris and Dina Brue Sold a Home in Scotch Plains
We had an extremely pleasant experience working with Sharon Steele. Nothing seemed to get her upset or was out of her wheelhouse. When we were nervous or had scheduling conflicts with appointments, Sharon was always right there to help us out. I would recommend Sharon Steele to handle any or all of your real estate needs.
Jean and Andres Cruz Sold a Home in Westfield
Sharon was great to work with. As first time home buyers we needed help along the way. She was always honest about her opinions/thoughts and gave us just enough guidance to make our own decision with the perfect amount of communication through the process. She checked in everyday weeks leading up to the closing and rapidly responded to any questions we had from the first day we met her. To have someone you can count on when you need something as well as someone experienced and knowledgeable in the industry that will work hard for you and your needs, is priceless in a process that could be very stressful. We were very happy with our first home buying experience and definitely recommend her!
Laurie and Joe Gawel Purchased a Home in Cranford
My husband and I were looking to purchase a home in the Clark/Scotch Plains area. We knew Sharon was the right fit for us immediately after meeting her. She was confident, honest and went through the complete process with us so we knew what to expect. Of course there were a few bumps along the process, however, Sharon went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable every step of the way. She would often check in to see how we were doing and if we had any questions, made us feel as though we were her top priority. In our opinion, there is no one better than Sharon Steele. She will get the job done!
Stephanie and Rob Farrell Purchased a home in Clark
If you are looking for an agent to truly represent YOU then Sharon is the right choice. We were first time home buyers and Sharon was thorough in explaining all the ins and outs that go along with buying a home as well as being extremely knowledgeable about the towns and neighborhoods in Union county. I highly recommend her services.
Ken and Laura Otero Purchased a Home in Clark
Sharon was instrumental in making the home buying process as smooth as possible from start to finish. As first time home buyers, there were countless steps and details that seemed impossible to know about without having been through the undertaking before. Sharon was there every step of the way, even after the sale, to ensure that we were 100% satisfied. Her honesty was refreshing and her attention to detail impressive. Should we ever seek a new home in the future, she will be our first call. We can’t thank her enough!
Ray and Elizabeth Valcich Purchased a home in Fanwood
We originally reached out to Sharon to look at homes in the Cranford area. After looking at some homes in Cranford, nothing seemed to meet our every need. Sharon did not give up and when we found a home outside of Cranford, Sharon immediately hopped in and was able to apply her expertise and knowledge in negotiating us the best deal. Not only did we trust the many reviews online, but we also were able to find someone who we can confide in for future choices and she was and will continue to be an invaluable resource in our life.
Rob and JingSi Wyman purchased a home in Scotch Plains
When I had to sell my house quickly because a house I loved was for sale just a few blocks away & would not last in Cranford’s hot market, I knew there was only one person to call. Sharon Steele responded immediately & made an appointment the next morning in my home. During that initial meeting, she honestly & thoroughly told me what I needed to do to get my house in the best possible condition to sell and was extremely knowledgeable about the current market and what challenges we might face being in the flood zone – which she is an expert on. During the first Open House just a week later, she kept us informed about how it was going and took so much pride in showing our home. Sharon made sure that I had at least 2 hours to prepare for subsequent showings, she checked in with us every day to see how we were doing and she shared her list of service professionals with us. The smoothest part of the process was when we received an offer a week later: quick and drama-free! It was now up to the lawyers to handle the contract. Sharon continued to make sure we knew she was available for anything. Sharon Steele is a truly a wonderful agent to work with and I highly recommend her!
Richard and Julie Horne sold a house in Cranford
When I had to sell my house quickly because a house I loved was for sale just a few blocks away & would not last in Cranford’s hot market, I knew there was only one person to call. Sharon Steele responded immediately & made an appointment the next morning in my home. During that initial meeting, she honestly & thoroughly told me what I needed to do to get my house in the best possible condition to sell and was extremely knowledgeable about the current market and what challenges we might face being in the flood zone – which she is an expert on. During the first Open House just a week later, she kept us informed about how it was going and took so much pride in showing our home. Sharon made sure that I had at least 2 hours to prepare for subsequent showings, she checked in with us every day to see how we were doing and she shared her list of service professionals with us. The smoothest part of the process was when we received an offer a week later: quick and drama-free! It was now up to the lawyers to handle the contract. Sharon continued to make sure we knew she was available for anything. Sharon Steele is a truly a wonderful agent to work with and I highly recommend her
Diane Pinder and Robert Koshinskie sold a house in Cranford
June 6, 2016
Sharon Steele is a pro! She is on top of every detail from the start and follows through to the end. Sharon is experienced and knows how to handle situations as they arise. She is knowledgable, assertive, responsive, and makes things happen…everything you need in a real estate agent!
Celeste Risimini Johnson purchased a home in Cranford
Sharon is the best there is! She worked with us for over a year in the search for our “forever home”. There were moments in our search when things got complicated, as they sometimes do when making such a huge purchase, and the support and guidance we received from Sharon was outstanding. I will never forget the phone call I received from her when the first words she said were “I just left your future house”. And she was right!! She knew what we were looking for and did not let us settle along the way. She made the closing process as painless as possible, answering any questions we had along the way, even ones we didn’t think to ask. She is one of the top agents in the area, but manages to stay on top of every detail and honestly makes you feel like you are her only priority. It’s amazing. Besides being an incredible real estate agent, she is genuinely a nice person. She cares about the families she works with and makes a point to get to know you. I would highly recommend Sharon to anyone looking to buy or sell a home!!
Stephanie and Stephen Concannon purchased a home in Cranford
May 27, 2016
Selling our family home of 26 years could have been a nerve wracking process. But not when Sharon Steele is your broker. Sharon was there for us every step of the way. She began helping us months before we were ready to list. Her recommendations as to which projects to complete and which to leave go were spot on. When we needed help she helped us find the right service providers to get the job done. Her attention to detail is second to none so that from listing to closing everything went so very smoothly. She is truly an extraordinary agent and person.
Chuck and Judy Fraser (sold a home in Cranford)
May 25, 2016
Sharon is an outstanding realtor. She knows this business extremely well and gives 100% of herself to get the job done for you. She really listens to her clients and makes the buying and/or selling of a property less stressful than it can be. She is very professional at all times and goes above and beyond to make sure you are comfortable with this process. I recommend her to anyone I hear is selling or buying a house. I highly recommend Sharon Steele for all your real estate needs.
Tricia Monahan (purchased a home in Warren)
May 18, 2016
Sharon Steele is just an amazing person all around! she is the best there is when it comes to buying a home! she was there for us through the whole process, and was always quick to respond to any questions we had. The support we received from her was outstanding, and the time and effort Sharon puts into her work is admirable. It’s nice to know your realtor has got your back! she genuinely cares for the families she works with, and we highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy a home! Great experience!!
The Stopielo Family (Bought a home in Cranford)
May 2, 2016
We would like to thank and compliment Sharon Steele on her excellent handling of the purchase of our new home! Her wealth of knowledge is extraordinary. No matter when we needed her or just to ask a simple question- she always had an answer or would find out and get back to us quickly.
She told us who and when to call for movers, utilities and other service people- which was a great help. “Not to worry” was a frequent comment to us- and we didn’t have to because everything worked out just fine.
We certainly appreciate her patience and all the work she did for us- she is an asset to your organization!
Jane and Drew Monahan (bought a house in Warren)
March 30, 2016
Sharon was crucial to the success of our home buying experience. In our first meeting, she thoroughly explained the process of purchase to two first-time buyers so we can understand what to expect. She was phenomenal in negotiations for our purchase and was accessible and helpful with the pre-closing process. Finally, she has a vast knowledge of the area where she works and only recommends the best contractors for her buyers.
Heather and Joe Cistaro, Purchased a home in Cranford
March 10, 2016
We have nothing but complimentary things to say about Sharon Steele. She was professional, informative and available throughout the house finding and buying process. We had some unforeseen difficulties that arose during the closing process but she was a great asset helping us negotiate and deal with those issues. We would not hesitate to use Sharon again. We unreservedly recommend her to anyone thinking of moving to the Westfield/Cranford NJ area!
Albert and Monica Yu, Purchased in Cranford
February 2, 2016
We had an excellent experience working with Sharon Steele. We listed our home and purchased a new one with Sharon as our agent. We looked for a new house for many years. Sharon was patient and continued to have her eyes out for us over the long period of time that we looked. When we finally did find the right house, Sharon helped to make the process of buying and selling go smoothly. We always felt that she made herself available at all times for questions and advise. She has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of real estate. She priced our home perfectly, and in the end we were able to sell it in less than a week. I highly recommend Sharon Steele!
Jennifer and Rick Morris, Sold and Purchased in Cranford
January 25, 2016
Dear Mr. Kraus,
We recently sold my mother’s house in Scotch Plains, NJ using Sharon Steele of Coldwell Bankers. Sharon helped us every step of the way, advising us on what we needed to do to make it the most marketable and pricing it correctly. Her marketing strategy was right on target. We listed the house on November 16th and by November 22nd (date of the open house) we had two offers, one being over list price. Sharon was with us every step of the way, from getting contractors to the final permit approvals.
I would highly recommend Sharon to anyone who is selling their house and is in need of a real estate agent.
Gary Farkas, Sold a home in Scotch Plains
I am writing this e-mail to share with you my experience working with Sharon Steele. I closed on my house in November and that is all thanks to Sharon! I was given Sharon’s name from my mother who heard good things about her around the neighborhood. From the moment I met Sharon I was impressed with her professionalism and attention to detail. She is extremely thorough and efficient in her job and that comes across the first time you speak with her. She took the time to explain her process and get a sense of what I was looking for in a home. I feel that Sharon went above and beyond the basic realtor duties, and really personalized the house buying process. She was constantly reaching out to me to get my feedback on properties I saw or just checking in generally. She encouraged me to take my time and think about a place before making an offer. At no point in working with Sharon did I feel rushed or pressured to make a decision or offer. She stressed the importance of making sure I felt comfortable with my decision. In working with Sharon I got the sense that she genuinely was excited for me when I found (or should I say, she found) the house that I eventually bought. At times I felt that she knew what I wanted before I did. I would, without hesitation, recommend Sharon to anyone looking for a realtor. She made a very stressful experience much easier to handle and even fun! I am happily settling into my new home that I no doubt I would not have if it were not for Sharon!
A happy new home owner, Ami Ferlicchi (Bought a home in Cranford)
December 10, 2015
We had a wonderful experience working with Sharon Steele to buy our first home in Cranford. We met Sharon about two years ago at an open house in Cranford and could tell instantly that Sharon was just the right realtor for us— she is smart, straightforward, and a very supportive real estate agent. Sharon has a wealth of knowledge about the town of Cranford and surrounding areas. Her style is very straightforward—she explained and lead us through the process of home buying in a manner that was comprehensible and not overwhelming. Sharon was very supportive throughout our search- she was by our side for two years and did not pressure us into buying a house. She was very responsive to our questions and connected us to top professionals in the area. She constantly checked in to see how we were doing and has followed up since our closing. Sharon made our first time home buying experience seamless. She also has a wonderful assistant, Angela, who is also very responsive and helpful—they make a great team! I highly recommend Sharon Steele and hope she continues to have lots of success in her career. My husband and I joke that Cranford should be renamed Cranford Steele—Sharon is that well known and knowledgeable about the town 😀
Rachael and Dan Morris
(Bought a home in Cranford)
December 5, 2015
Sharon and her assistant did an amazing job selling our property. Extremely professional, spot-on value assessment, very smooth process. Great people too!
Richard and Maria Adubato (sold a home in Cranford)
December 2, 2015
Sharon was the perfect realtor for me! She knew when to give me time and never rushed me or bothered me with nuisance calls. She was there for me to help with the details as I was ready to close and remind me of the things I needed to do, and frequently offered her services to tend to some of those tasks.
Gail Wiser (sold a home in Westfield)
November 30, 2015
We would highly recommend Sharon for buying or selling your home. She was there for us every step of the way. She would constantly follow up with us to see if we needed anything or if we had any questions or concerns. Her knowledge and expertise of the area and the entire process clearly sets her apart from others in her field. We would definitely use her again without hesitation.
Brent and Katrina Emtage (sold a home in Cranford)
November 17, 2015
Sharon was a great real estate agent to work with. She listened to what we wanted and really helped us get to know the neighborhoods we were looking for. She was extremely knowledgable and was helpful through the entire process. I would highly recommend Sharon to anyone looking to buy a home!
Diana and Paul Zetterstrom (purchased a home in Cranford)
November 16, 2015
Sharon was excellent, she was able to meet with us right away to discuss what we were looking for in a new home, and with a short period of time she was showing us different properties. Once we decided to proceed on a home she guided us through the process, at this point she was truelly helpful as most people know the process to buy a hime is not that easy she was able to guide us through the process and helped us defuse a few problens along the way. She stood by ud the entire time and gave us greT tips along the way. We are truelly lucky that Sharon was our agent
Manny Rodrigues (purchased a home in Clark)
Sharon was great and always made us her first priority. As first time home buyers I felt comfortable that we were in safe hands and she was watching out for any pitfalls we may not be aware of. She also took a lot of time to explain the process to us. She recommended reliable and affordable partners as well like the lawyer and inspector so that we would not be taken advantage of. We found the best home and have her to thank. Just love her!
Elizabeth and Jason Bennett (purchased a home in Rahway)
Nov 11, 2015
Sharon Steele is absolutely the best you can have!!!
She will go above and beyond your expectations no matter you are selling or buying. This was my second time using her services and again she was there for me from the beginning all the way to the end.
You have to know that her knowledge of the industry is tremendous, she is resourceful, knows the area very well and she is an excellent negotiator. She will answer any question you might have; she will research and/or get information and get back to you very fast. She is very responsive; emails, texts and phone calls are answered very quickly and thoroughly – you will never be left wondering what is happening.
It was an absolute pleasure to have her as my agent and I would highly recommend to work with her.
Noemi Kazy (purchased a home in Cranford)
Nov 1, 2015
Dear Mr Kraus,
As first time buyers, my husband and I were both excited and overwhelmed by the task of purchasing our dream home. Fortunately for us, we were referred to Sharon Steele, who helped us understand all that is involved in purchasing a new home. From the start, we were consistently impressed with Sharon’s dedication, resourcefulness and knowledge of the field. Sharon made herself available morning, noon, and night and was always quick to respond to our questions, concerns, and requests in a timely and efficient manner.
If ever Sharon was not available, we knew that we could rely on Angela Batista, who was equally attentive to our needs and always made us feel reassured. Both Sharon and Angela showed tireless commitment over a period of more than two years to help find the right home for us. It was enormously reassuring to us to have their support at every step in the process and make recommendations with our best interests at heart.
Sharon was extremely professional, courteous and ever ready to help throughout the buying process. With every single property we saw, Sharon provided very clear guidance, yet allowed us to work through the pros and cons of each property without feeling any pressure to make a quick decision. As a result of her tenacity and professionalism, we were able to truly find our dream home, and have never been happier.
Working with Sharon Steele and her assistant was the right the choice, and the only choice we would recommend to future home buyers. She is truly an asset to the Coldwell Banker Team.
Anna & Joe Carissimo, New Homeowners (purchased a home in Scotch Plains)
October 24, 2015
This past spring we had the difficult task of selling my mom’s home after she passed away, as you could guess it was a very emotional time for us. We began to interview realtors; many were eliminated quickly until we narrowed it down to two. Sharon Steele was our final choice,thank goodness!
Sharon went above and beyond in helping us ready the home for sale. Guided us through which renovations would aid in the sale of the home. She was in constant contact even while on vacation, making sure we were handling the process and emotional side of the sale. We knew that any and all questions or concerns would be answered within minutes by Sharon.
We had emailed her pictures of the park behind the home, in a short time Sharon had them printed, framed and on display at the open house. Within days of the listing we received multiple offers; with the aid of Sharon we accepted one.
Sharon walked us through all the inspections and even had her assistant Angela at the home for the CO inspection so we did not have to wait. When we panicked after the results of the home inspections, Sharon calmed us then proceeded to negotiate. Even our attorney was impressed with Sharon’s ability as a realtor.
The day of the closing Sharon held our hands, even offering to clean out the shed we had forgotten! But it did not stop there; a week later Sharon contacted us to make sure we were handling the emotional side of the sale. We cannot begin to relate how much we appreciated everything Sharon did for us during this very difficult time. We are so thankful we found her and plan on using her services again when we list our home in the spring.
Denise and Doug Cameron (sold a home in Cranford)
October 22, 2015
Mr Kraus- The only word I can think of to describe our experience with Sharon is “exceptional”. We were referred to her from a friend and from the moment we met her at our previous home in Scotch Plains I knew she was a keeper. Full disclosure, she did make me cry in our first meeting because she was honest and told us what she thought our house was worth, which of course was lower than what we were previously told from our first realtor (one of your competitors) . Eight months prior to meeting with Sharon our house sat on the market for 6 months with a ton of activity but zero offers & zero suggestions from our first realtor. While the truth hurt she was right & we listed at the price she suggested & within 1 week we had 2 offers. From that moment on Sharon worked tirelessly to close the deal on our home in Scotch Plains & started on the search for our new home in Chester. While Chester was not in her realm of expertise she offered to pass us to another colleague but we preferred to stick with her & I am so glad we did. While our home search was relatively uneventful as soon as we entered into contract on our home in Chester we had major issues with the sellers, their attorney, their realtor & unfortunately our attorney as well. The only person who really fought for us was Sharon & she even had to pick up the slack of our attorney (whom we had fire in this process) and was nice enough to recommend another attorney who worked out great.
I will spare you our tale of woe but finally 6 months after signing the contract we closed and once again Sharon was by our side. I can’t tell how many thousands of emails & texts we exchanged throughout that period & even though Sharon was busy with other clients it always felt like we were her top priority and she was so responsive & supportive to all of our needs. We literally would not have closed without her and her guidance & patience & persistence to get the job done right. We are so incredibly grateful that we had her in our corner & would highly recommend her to anyone who is either buying or selling their home.
Christina & Jeff Anderson (sold a home in Scotch Plains/purchased a home in Chester)
September 14, 2015
My wife Cindy and I were compelled to send you a note and express how extremely pleased we were with our Coldwell experience, in particular, our agent Sharon Steele. As I am sure you already know, she is a complete professional at her job. But we really appreciated, as first time sellers after 30 plus years in the same home, was her honesty about what we were going to face, from an emotional and time-consuming experience. It was refreshing and it truly helped us prepare for and understand the emotional roller-coater ahead of us. But with that, Sharon was always available and timely with answering our questions and concerns, no matter how trivial, and alerting us to what was needed or expected always ahead of schedule. We never could have done this without someone like her. You should be very proud to have her on your team.
Allan & Cindy Jones
(formerly of 8 North Ave. Fanwood)
August 26, 2015
Dear Mr. Kraus and Mr. Maxwell –
Please accept this letter as both a thank you and a letter of recommendation for Sharon Steele of your brokerage.
My Original Email Outreach to Sharon dated March 25, 2015
I represented Joe & Sarah Colangelo as attorney last year in their purchase of 28 Grove Street in Cranford. I have been a practicing real estate attorney with the Law Office of Norman Albert for about 4 years and in that time, you have stood out as the most pleasant, professional and accommodating advocate I have interacted with to date. I therefore hope you can assist Kevin and I in our newest home search.
Please let me know if you are able and interested and if so, I’ll send back a bit about our search from there.
Thanks so much,
Thoughts post-closing on/after August 4, 2015
My husband and I closed on our new home at 60 Emerald Place in Clark on August 4, 2015. After being under contract for almost 4 months (at both our election and the Seller’s), it was a long anticipated and very emotional day. Considering I have attended a fair amount of real estate closings on behalf of clients, it just does not have the same impact as your own. This home purchase was something we have planned, worked so hard for and watch finally come to fruition. Coupled with our growing family and the need to settle before our second daughter is born early September made the day all around memorable. Sharon was a huge part of this.
Sharon’s service driven style as our realtor was nothing less than expected from when I originally contacted her in March. Despite the fact that Sharon seems to juggle multiple clients and appointments throughout her week, we always felt like her primary concern was our needs only when meeting, viewing properties or communicating on email/text/phone. Her assistant Angela was also a part of our seamless team to locate, offer, contract and work through the steps to closing.
Sharon checked in often but was always appropriate. Although there were many occasions when the transaction was status quo and we were just in a waiting period, Sharon’s emails/texts/calls never rose to the level of annoying or superficial. If we did need something, her turnaround time was exceptional and her resources were vast. If we didn’t need anything, it was a quick conversation and off we both went on other tasks in our day.
We are forever grateful to Sharon, Angela and your support staff for giving my family a place to finally call home again. We will certainly recommend her services to others and will continue to use her blogs as a way to keep in the loop about our home area. I hope to work with Sharon professionally again or just run into her locally.
Very Truly Yours,
Carolyn Sullivan Kropp (purchased a home in Clark)
July 29, 2015
We cannot recommend Sharon Steele highly enough. Without Sharon’s professional expertise, communication skills and negotiation skills, we would be in a pretty tough spot.
We first met Sharon not in the real estate world but through a personal community experience where she took on a cause to benefit our son who has special needs- within 24 hours of first hearing about his experience, she had a community rallying around him and turned an upsetting situation for a five year old little boy into an amazing and unforgettable one that showed us again how wonderful this area and the people can be. She is a super human, down to her great personality, her love for her own family and a true passion for her community. It translates into her professional life and for us, we want that person on our side always.
A few months later we found ourselves with move orders from the military. We thought of Sharon and hoped she would take us on. From the first meeting to our closing, she took care of us every step of the way. Her own team of stagers were respectful, photographer was amazing and her assistant was supportive of our family and needs while we were on the market.
The highlight of the experience showed us why we chose Sharon and this is the professional difference you won’t find with any other realtor. After a deal with our buyer for our house fell through after the closing date had passed, Sharon remembered that there had been two other potential buyers interested in our house and contacted them immediately. Literally within two hours that we lost our original buyer, Sharon found us a new buyer, contract in hand and closing in three weeks. We never had to go back on the market, restate (we were already packed out!) or be bothered with anyone coming in again. A huge deal when you have three kids five and under and no furniture left!
Sharon’s quick thinking, commitment and dedication to her profession and to our family, enabled us to move together as a family and prevented us from having to spend months apart. It’s something we won’t forget and we just cannot recommend anyone else in the Cranford area. She has gone above and beyond since we first met and are happy we can call her a friend.
Theresa and Alex Kuhns (sold a home in Cranford)
July 29, 2015
Good Evening Mr. Kraus,
My husband and I were not exactly sure who to send our letter of recommendation/ review but we just wanted to take a moment to say how delighted we were with our agent, Sharon Steele. Going into our first real estate experience was a bit nerve-wracking but Sharon guided us the entire way; always being completely honest and truthful. She also kept an open line of communication at all times; no matter what day or time, Sharon always responded to our questions/concerns in a timely matter. We are extremely satisfied with our experience and just wanted to acknowledge Sharon as she really adds a unique touch to your team at the Westfield office. We will definitely use her for any future real estate needs.
Francisco and Carla Capasso (purchased a home in Cranford)
Simply having the choice “I was thrilled” just doesn’t cut it for the type of service we received from our agent. My husband and I were beyond thrilled and knew what to expect every step of the way. Our Sales Associate Sharon Steele was not only knowledgeable and extremely professional, she was always willing to lend a helping hand and returned messages and answers to questions almost instantly. It was as if she was anticipating each step in the process and what thoughts or concerns we may have had before we even knew. I would not only refer Sharon to friends and family, I would strongly suggest and refer her services to neighbors, associates and people in the community that we don’t even know that are thinking of buying or selling a home. She did a tremendous job and I can’t say that I was surprised by anything. She painted a clear picture of the process the first day we met her. We will definitely work with her on the purchase of our next home (and have been) and look forward to continuing our relationship with Coldwell Banker. Something tells me this is not the first message you’re seeing like this in regards to other buyers/sellers experiences with Sharon Steele.
Marisa and Noah Ouziel (sold a home in Cranford)
July 16, 2015
I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how pleased my husband and I are with the services that Sharon provided during the recent sale of our home at 1095 Kensington Terrace in Union.
She is a very knowledgeable, personable and thorough agent. She was always prompt and responded to any request we had in a very timely and professional manner.
I would gladly recommend her to anyone who is in the process of buying or selling a home. She is a truly outstanding agent!
Janet Deshaw (sold a home in Union)
July 13, 2015
Dear Mr. Maxwell & Mr. Kraus:
For over six months Sharon Steele has been our broker, teacher, guidance counselor, and advocate. In this day in age when people are quick to complain, it’s more important to give accolades when they are due, as is the case with Sharon Steele.
After deciding we were making the “western migration” from our beloved Brooklyn, we quickly found and fell in love with Cranford. We were quite particular in terms of what we were and were not looking for, and Sharon rose to the occasion to help us. She made what could easily have been a daunting process pleasant and memorable. Our search was filled with highs and a few lows; Sharon was with us every step of the way – even when I’m sure she would rather have been home with her own family. Whether it was visiting homes with us, responding to e-mails, or offering text updates, Sharon was always there.
You have both obviously seen the testimonials offered by her clients so I will not repeat the many praises sung by others, all of which are accurate and well deserved. I will say, however, that the brand of Coldwell Banker is well represented by Sharon Steele who, in our opinion, is a force of her own. She represents you, your company, and the towns in New Jersey in which she works with class, professionalism, and advocacy for her clients.
On behalf of my wife Jessica and I, as well as our 2 year-old and 5 year-old, thank you. I hope you can appreciate the gem that you have in Sharon.
George Sinnott (purchased a home in Cranford)
July 2, 2015
My name is Ethan Plater and I recently purchased a home in Cranford. I wanted to send a note commenting on the outstanding help our agent, Sharon Steele, provided. She not only quickly answered the many questions we had, but she also anticipated many questions we had about the area.
We will certainly recommend Sharon in the future as we were very satisfied with her professionalism and candid advice.
Also, to be clear–Sharon did not request I send a recommendation to you, but rather I asked her to whom I can send one!
Ethan Plater (purchased a home in Cranford)
June 19, 2015
Dear Mr. Kraus,
My boyfriend and I recently purchased a home and couldn’t be more grateful to have had a realtor as knowledgeable and caring as Sharon.
Being first time home buyers we immediately felt comfortable with Sharon and her ability to help us in the overwhelming process. From the initial sit down to the last walk through, we never once doubted that we were in good hands.
Most importantly she always had time for us, whether it was a quick response back or working around our busy schedules. We were always given her full attention and never felt neglected or unimportant.
We would like to thank Sharon and the Coldwell team for a job well done! All of the help and guidance she provided made the home buying process smooth and painless. If you want to discuss our experience in more detail please feel free to contact either one of us…
June 6, 2015
My husband and I wanted to take a moment to email you to tell you about our wonderful experience working with Sharon Steele, a realtor in the Coldwell Banker Westfield office.
Reid and I are first time home buyers, and we could not have been luckier to have been referred to Sharon. She made sure we knew the ins and outs of home buying before we even went out to look at houses, and explained every minute detail to us in a way that we could understand and use to make strong decisions. A process that could have been very stressful became fun and exciting, because we knew right away that we were in the hands of someone who truly cared about us finding the house of our dreams.
Sharon took a tremendous amount of time getting to know us and what we wanted and needed in a home, which led to us finding one we loved very quickly. As we went around to look at houses, she would take notes and remember the smallest things we liked and didn’t, and would use this information to decide where to take us to look next.
Once we found a home decided to put in an offer, Sharon worked relentlessly to keep us up to date on the process and helped us tremendously in remembering to fulfill our responsibilities as buyers. She is incredibly organized, and went above and beyond helping us along in the process. Whether she was recommending painters and electricians, reminding us to transfer our utilities, or connecting us with an excellent lawyer, we knew we could count on Sharon for just about anything.
Working with Sharon was incredibly enjoyable and stress-free. It felt as though she was treating us like family, and we are so grateful for this experience. We hope to be able to recommend her to other first time buyers like ourselves. She is the best!
Juliana Bryansmith (purchased a home in Clark)
June 1, 2015
I write on behalf of myself and my wife Amanda Brownell regarding our recent first-home purchase facilitated by our wonderful realtor Sharon Steele.
We found Sharon’s details via an internet search and called her on a whim just to get some basic information. From our first correspondence to our closing date, Sharon was extremely professional, very knowledgeable and went above and beyond our expectation in every capacity.
As first-home buyers we had some trepidations and anxieties about what we thought would be an intimidating endeavor. Sharon outlined how to buy a home in step-by-step detail with ease, offering us a clear understanding of every aspect of the purchase, no matter how large or small. She answered every question we raised with patience and grace.
Sharon went well beyond the normal duties of a realtor. For example, when we arrived at the walk through there were some minor plumbing issues. Without hesitation, Sharon called her plumber and scheduled him to come to our apartment to fix the issues. When I told her to send me the invoice for the work, she insisted on handling the bill herself.
She coordinated with Amanda’s mother a professional cleaning of the property before we moved, not only picking out the cleaners, scheduling the cleaning but she also fronted the cash for the service as well, all without blinking. She even welcomed us with Cranford-themed home décor and a delicious bottle of champagne for our first evening in the property.
Our purchasing negotiations were complicated at times but Sharon’s diligence and work-ethic ensured we were always looped into whatever was going on with the sellers and their team. Whenever we called or texted to check in, Sharon instantly responded with whatever information she had available to her at that moment. If she didn’t have what we needed she instantly got to work on whatever it is we needed to know.
We are so grateful and lucky to have connected with Sharon. We will absolutely recommend her to any of our friends looking for real estate in this area and will intend to use her if we plan on purchasing another home in the future.
Please feel free to contact me if I can provide any further information about our time spent with Sharon. Thank you Sharon and Coldwell Banker.
Peter Brownell (purchased a home in Cranford)
May 14, 2015
I had the privilege of working with Sharon Steele as my realtor for my recent home purchase. My husband and I are first time home buyers, and as I am sure you are aware, it can be stressful. From our initial conversation, Sharon made us feel relaxed and well informed about the home buying process. She is extremely professional, very responsive and driven to get the job done. Sharon has a wealth of information at her finger tips and is eager to share these resources and offer advisement, putting us at ease while making this whole experience turnkey and successful. I felt confident from start to finish having Sharon by our side during this whole process. I would highly recommend her to anyone buying or selling a home.
Lori and Joel Cordenner (purchased a home in Cranford)
April 23, 2015
Dear Mr. Kraus and Mr. Maxwell:
I am writing to express how immensely happy my wife and I were with the services provided by Sharon Steele, who represented us during our recent home purchase in Cranford NJ. She is a true gem, and we feel very fortunate to have found her to assist us in our home purchase.
Throughout the entire process Sharon was personable, friendly, and professional. On our first meeting in her office, she took the time to give us a clear overview of the entire process, which was a huge help to us later on. When we found a house we loved, Sharon helped us navigate a multiple-bid situation and eventually get the home.
From our first meeting through closing, Sharon kept in constant contact with us by text, phone, and email. Some days she would just check in to see how we were doing, and to ask if we needed anything. Sharon is very tech-savvy, and I appreciated how she used technology to communicate and make staying on top of the whole process easier.
Every now and then, you run into a person who is clearly doing what they are meant to do. I honestly feel that Sharon is one of those people. When working with Sharon, three things quickly become clear: she genuinely loves helping people, she genuinely loves her job, and she genuinely loves the local area in which she lives. Her energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humor helped to make a sometimes stressful process, less intimidating. I will absolutely recommend Sharon to anyone I know who is ever looking to buy or sell a home in the area. And if I ever decide to move, Sharon will be the first call I make.
Dennis and Amy Schaub (new Cranford residents!)
Dear Mr Kraus,
I am writing this letter to inform you of the more than “excellent” work Sharon Steele performed to accomplish the sale of my home. Her caring and knowledge of the Real Estate world is astounding. Her warm smile and hugs make everything you are walking through a lot easier.
I met Sharon almost a year ago, but unfortunately I chose another Broker. I never forgot Sharon. The time was right to return to someone “Sharon” whose excellence in the field is evident.
She is an asset to Coldwell Banker!
Marilyn Matthews (sold a home in Cranford)
Sharon is an outstanding agent. I had already relocated to another state while Sharon was handling the sale of my home. She handled every step of the process with great professionalism and demonstrated a great sense of urgency as well. She was always available to me when I needed her assistance. She provided outstanding advise and was extremely resourceful with providing contacts and service recommendations throughout the process. I felt very comfortable that the sale of my home was in excellent hands while I was thousands of miles away trying to establish a new home for my family. Sharon does a wonderful job of prioritizing her clients needs and providing the type of service I really needed throughout the whole transaction. I would wholeheartedly recommend Sharon to any future home buyer/seller. She is terrific to work with and knows a great deal about the local area as well.
Kim Rounds (sold a home in Cranford)
September 29, 2014
We have been for years skeptical of any commission-based industry. We dread the thought of having to buy a car or electronics, and when the time came to sell our house, we felt no different. Working with you has changed our outlook.
When our neighbor put his mother’s house up for sale, we were impressed with the speed at which it sold, and from talking to him, with the words he had to say about you. Based on his recommendation, we gave you a call.
From the beginning, we were impressed. You demonstrated a great knowledge of the area and the market trends, and the strategy to get the house in selling order to maximize our selling potential. You were patient while we took the year to get things in order, and once we were ready to move forward, you gave us an honest and fair price of the house. We have seen houses sold by other firms that promise the moon and get stagnant due to the amount of time they spend on the market. Your selling strategy more than paid off in spades.
Within days of putting the house on the market, we had over 7 solid offers, and settled for a cash sale almost 20k above asking price.
You have kept in touch with us since to see how we are doing, which considering how busy you are, makes us feel like we seen as more than just a commission check to you.
In the future, if we decide to move back into the area, you will be the first and only person we contact.
Thank you so much,
Nick & Alissa Gargano (sold a home in Cranford)
September 27, 2014
Sharon is the type of Realtor you want to have when selling or buying a home. We were selling a property in Cranford, NJ and we live in Bluffton, SC. She was able to make the sale of this property as smoothly as it could have been. We listed it in August but it needed to be cleaned out before we could put it on the Multi-listing. It went on Multi-list and there was an open house on September 1, 2014 – we got an offer, subsequently made a deal and sold the property on September 25, 2014.
Sharon handled all the bumps in the road and helped us complete the inspections that were necessary by getting the property ready and being there when the inspectors were there. She kept in touch each day and provided updates on the status. She works hard for her clients and is not only very professional to deal with, she is a very concerned and caring individual.
We would definitely recommend Sharon to anyone selling or purchasing a property – sheʼs the best!
Paul & Linda Healey Bluffton, SC (sold a home in Cranford)
Mr. George Kraus and Mr. Hal Maxwell Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 600 North Avenue West Westfield, N.J. 07090
September 7, 2014
Dear Mr. George Kraus and Mr. Hal Maxwell,
We are writing to express our satisfaction with Sharon Steele, who represented us in our recent purchase of a home in Cranford.
Sharon guided us through the process of searching for houses and learning about Cranford’s neighborhoods. She helped us navigate a bidding war and find an attentive attorney. When we required additional inspections on the home, Sharon assisted us in extending attorney review. Through all of this, she was extremely responsive- often answering e-mails within minutes!
Sharon is personable, dedicated, and very well-versed in Cranford’s market. Without her, our home-buying experience would not have been as smooth.
Again, we are very pleased with Sharon and her expertise. We would highly recommend her!
Elizabeth and Beau Daum (purchased a home in Cranford)
We can’t begin to tell you how happy we are with you and the services you provided us. About 4 years ago when I met you at my neighbor’s open house, I knew you were the one that would sell our house and also be the one to assist us in finding our new home when we were ready. You kept us informed of the market and sent listings upon request, however, never pressured us to sell until we were ready. Once we decided the time was right you came in with market studies and knowledge of the area helping us decide on a listing price. You assisted us with a stager, marketed the house, and got our house ready to be sold in which it did within 3 days. Your confidence and support allowed us to feel comfortable during the whole selling process. Not only did you have to work with us, but deal with the buyer’s agent and the attorney’s as well. This takes a very patient and motivated person to make sure the “deal” is done right.
Finding us the right house was a bit more challenging for all of us. You and your assistant Angela were always available to show us a house as soon as it came up. You educated us and helped us make the best decision as far as what would meet our family’s needs and how to approach this aggressive market. Once our bid was accepted your attitude and reassurance kept us calm and focused on the goal of owning our home. Even though all parties involved were not always knowledgeable, attentive, and did not always respond in a timely manner, you were always supportive and followed up until the task was completed. You went above and beyond checking in day and night making sure we were doing ok and assisted us in making sure the house was checked properly and that all issues were resolved to our liking.
We finally closed on our new house a few weeks ago and you were right beside us until the final papers were signed. We appreciate all of your time and effort and will continue to recommend your services to others.
Please stop by anytime to visit with us!!
Marcy, Mark , Zachary, Adam and Rachel Kielczynski (Sold a home in Cranford/purchased a home in Cranford)
Aug 22, 2014
To Whom It May Concern,
It is without hesitation that I recommend Sharon Steele for your real estate needs.
My husband and I purchased our first home together in Cranford in July of 2007. When our son arrived in December of 2012, we quickly realized it was time to move to a home that would better suit the needs of our expanded family.
We worked with Sharon exclusively from January of 2014 until August of 2014 to both sell our current home and purchase a new one. Few real estate transactions go smoothly. My husband and I have closed nearly a dozen real estate transactions in the last decade (on primary and investment properties), so we expected some bumps along the way. However, both transactions had major hurdles that needed to be overcome. Throughout it all, Sharon maintained a positive and productive attitude – always focusing her energy on our main goals. She is clear and concise in her communications style, seemingly always available and practical in her sales and marketing approaches.
We sold our home in less than a week for over asking price (with multiple offers to choose from). I attribute that to Sharon correctly pricing our home as well as her expertise in helping us stage it to show off all of its best assets. Buying our next home took some time. We had very specific needs that quickly eliminated a good number of the homes on the market. Sharon however, never staggered in her belief that we would find our perfect home. She would quickly screen houses that she felt could be potential matches. Being working parents of a young child, this was extremely appreciated.
Eventually, “our” perfect house did come on the Market. Sharon found it, saw it immediately and called me right away saying she thought this was the ‘one’. Once my husband and I saw it, we quickly agreed with Sharon’s assessment however, all of us agreed the home was considerably over priced. Sharon worked with us to come up with an offer that was appropriate for us and the market and she coached us on how to be patient with the seller as they realized they were overpriced. Her strategy paid off, as weeks later the seller came down in price and accepted our (very appropriate) offer.
However, having our offer accepted was just the start of the purchase process. There were more issues than any of us could have foreseen. Sharon was diligent in working with us, our lawyer and the sellers agents to dutifully work through the many (many) problems we encountered. Continuously, Sharon focused her efforts on what was in our best interests and helped us successfully close.
I would say our sale and purchase processes were both above average difficult transactions. My husband and I both feel lucky to have Sharon by our side throughout them both. Her knowledge of real estate transactions, negotiation techniques and of the Cranford/Westfield area proved extremely valuable to us. If you don’t already follow her Twitter or Facebook page, 365 Things to do in the Cranford/Westfield area, I would highly recommend it. It is a wealth of knowledge specific to the area we live in/around.
The last six months has brought about many changes for my family. Sharon supported us through those changes and her patience and positive attitude helped us navigate them and end up where we belonged… in the house that we will call home for countless years to come.
I wholeheartedly recommend Sharon for all of your real estate needs. In addition to all the things I’ve already mentioned, she is fun to be around and very easy to work with. We are now lucky to call her a neighbor and a friend.
Aug 14, 2014
Mr. Hal Maxwell and Mr. George Kraus,
It is with the upmost sincerity that I have the opportunity to write to you in regards to Sharon Steele’s absolutely exemplary service. If there was ever an irreplaceable asset, undeniably it would be Sharon. This being our second home purchase, my wife and I were not new to the experience of buying a home. Especially after our first purchase was an excessively 9 months of delays and setbacks during our short-sale purchase. With that situation leaving an everlasting bad taste in our mouths, the hesitation and nervousness to even sell our home, and ultimately purchase again was one that we surely were not looking forward to.
After having multiple offers fall through the year prior under the representation of another company, and dealing with the worst experience we could have possibly scripted for a real estate horror movie, we felt it was not meant to be. However we eventually gathered our spirits and searched for a new great agent to possibly sell our home. Ultimately this led us to our realtor with Coldwell Banker in Monmouth County. However, that’s only half the story, and the insignificant part at that. Once our sale looked solid the next endeavor was to find a realtor that would assist us with the purchasing process. As we were migrating back north, at first to our surprise it was suggested to use someone new since our listing agent was a specialist of our prior region, and not necessarily where we were headed.
Long story made short, the inquiry was made concerning where were we looking, and once we focalized on the Scotch Plains, Westfield, Clark region, a comment was made that will forever been embedded in my memory. “Ken, I will get you the best, you two deserve it!” Within a few hours, I had a call from Sharon and immediately I was overcome by an overwhelming feeling of compassion and consideration. After some further conversations we located some potential picks for the next house we would eventually call a home. It was during this phase of the process that an everlasting impression was truly made. Even before I go into details, rest assured, it was obvious we definitely got the best.
Now I have heard some nightmares about realtors being very pushy and persuasive, even trying to push a sale on a client. I can say with the highest confidence and appreciation that Sharon did not even once, in the slightest, sway us in any direction other than the one that we wanted to go. If a home didn’t fall into the boundaries of our budget, or the physical requirements that we identified, it wouldn’t even be mentioned let alone looked at. Each step of the way, our needs were always first and put into consideration. My wife and I were simply amazed that a realtor actually wanted what was truly best for us, and this attribute only continued to shine as we embarked on this journey. I don’t even know where to start reviewing Sharon’s qualities and characteristics that blew me away over and over again. Still expecting the car salesman pitch that I have dealt with before, just fishing for a sale; I was swept off my feet by Sharon’s abundance of knowledge about the towns we were focused on, her genuine and honest opinions on certain residences and their areas, impressive note taking during every showing diligently recording our specific likes and dislikes, and her absolute dedication to ensure that we stuck to the path and weren’t sidetracked away from our ultimate goal.
Even in moments of discouragement, Sharon always knew the right thing to say, and how to say it. Specifically because the time and effort she allocated to learn about us beyond being just a client; taking the time to understand and appreciate both our personalities and our background. This came into play most evidently during negotiations as we aligned with her no-nonsense approach and treated the offer submission like a serious business transaction. Her advice in these matters was priceless, and her skills and experience were truly showcased once we were serious in making our offer and the cards were officially on the table. Sharon truly worked her tail off for us to ensure we were satisfied and always acted in our best interests. Our dreams were ultimately realized after a period of time that went by smoother than could be imagined. Even during the midnight hour when panic began to set in, nerves were on edge, and situations were expected to become hectic. As we tirelessly worked to ensure the dual closing of both our sale and purchase, we were assured that all would work out; Sharon always gave us a shoulder to lean on in times of need. Due to the relationship that was built over the prior months, we were absolutely confident in her capabilities and were beyond grateful that we had someone of that caliber putting every feasible ounce of effort into this transaction on our behalf; essentially guaranteeing everything would somehow work out in the end, which ultimately it did.
At the end of the day, we could not be more pleased with how effortless the process was due to the devotion of our realtor. We found what we wanted, where we wanted it, and for what we wanted to spend, the trifecta was somehow realized. I could seriously go on for pages about the incredible talent Sharon has for what she does arguably better than anyone. The attention and concentration our inquiries and desires received is something that is just unexpected. Sharon is simply gifted; the skill set she embodies cannot be taught or trained, it’s really something special . If there was ever a diamond in the rough to be found, Coldwell Banker surely has one in Sharon Steele. With unconditional gratitude, my thanks go out to you for appointing her services, and of course to Sharon for her dedication to us as ever-appreciative clients. If ever we come to a decision to buy another house to call our new home, there is no hesitation that Sharon will be our first call. I want to sincerely thank you for reading my commentary of Sharon’s enthusiasm, perseverance, and loyalty to her cliental; may all realtors one day only hope to represent just a glimmer of the defining qualities that she exemplifies.
With the best of regards and infinite appreciation,
Kenneth E. Meisch
Dear Mr. Hal Maxwell & Mr. George Kraus,
My wife, Magaly Rodriguez, and I were fortunate enough to recently become homeowners and we can say that it would not have happened if it not for our realtor, Sharon Steele.
Sharon came highly recommended to us by one of our friends, who also is a realtor. When we first told him that we were interested in purchasing a home in the Cranford, Westfield, and Clark areas, he immediately told us about Sharon and the great feedback he has heard about her. We can honestly say that his strong and glowing recommendation of her still fell short of properly communicating just how special of a realtor Sharon is.
The listing that we now call home did not come about as easily as we would have imagined. However, Sharon did prepare us for the many twist and turns that we ended up encountering, even before we went down that exact path. For instance, when we first met Sharon, she walked us through the entire real estate process, from beginning to end. She even highlighted how a multiple bid situation works, which ultimately occurred with us. Due to her knowledge, experience, and strategic mindset, we were one step ahead of the other bidder and knew we had a huge advantage with her as our realtor.
Although our first experience as buyers did not go as smoothly as we were expecting (we blame HGTV for this), we were always in good hands and had someone looking out for our best interests. Sharon was incredible throughout the whole process, even sacrificing her plans on several occasions so that we could see one particular listing that caught our eye.
With this all being said, I know that it still does not portray the full picture of just how remarkable of a realtor Sharon is. Her professionalism, trustworthiness, and knowledge of a real estate transaction are a few of the many reasons that I would highly recommend her to any friend or family member.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I would be more than happy to speak in detail about our experiences with Sharon.
All the best,
Anthony N. Mamola
July 15, 2014
To whom it may concern,
I am writing this letter to let you know of my recent experience with Sharon Steele, real estate agent. I came to know of Sharon through a co-worker of my sister, who is a teacher in Cranford. She was recommended as the “hardest working real estate agent in Cranford”…sounded good to me. I was even happier to find out she grew up in my native town of Staten Island and we had mutual acquaintances! I was not so excited about working with an agent at that time because I was looking for a rental and thought that I should easily be able to handle that on my own. I was wrong. After I called and left a message, Sharon quickly and unexpectedly returned my call, as it was a Saturday evening. Although not what she typically does, she readily agreed to help find a rental for me and my daughter. After living in the rental for a few months, I knew renting was not for us and I contacted Sharon once again to ask for her help to find us a home to coincide with the end of my lease.
I have to tell you what a wonderful experience it was to work with Sharon. Right from the get go she made me feel comfortable and important. I did not have the highest budget to work with, yet she found the perfect home for me and my daughter within my budget. As you know buying a home is not an easy experience. Sharon walked me through the process with such ease and support and I am so thankful that I found her. She knew exactly what I was looking for and was not afraid to say, “I don’t think that’s what you’re looking for”, when I would inquire about a house that didn’t fit my needs. That being said, she would bring me to view any house that I requested and let me form my own opinion. She saved us both a lot of time and aggravation by distinguishing what I was looking for and knowing the market so well! She knew when time was of the essence and thank God, because I wouldn’t have gotten my house otherwise (we viewed it during one of the many snow storms last winter). Since I agreed to wait a few months to close on the home, there was a lot of down time after the contracts were signed, inspections were completed and the closing. Sharon consistently checked in to make sure I was doing o.k. She listened to me complain quite a bit during that time, although that is clearly not in her job description, and constantly reassured me that everything was going according to plan.
Sharon was a hard worker, smart, professional, considerate, and my best support system over the past year during this process… And so full of resources! She had multiple responses to my many requests of “can you recommend…” Most of all Sharon was light hearted and fun! That can make a big difference in this trying process! The last thing that I would like to share is that Sharon continues to check in…even a few weeks after the move and actually helped me resolve a problem that I had with my move. She is the definition of dedication. I would recommend (and have) Sharon Steele to anyone who is looking for a real estate agent to help them find the perfect home!
Coldwell Banker Leadership team,
We wanted to share with you our recent extraordinary experience with Sharon Steele. We recently purchased our first home in Cranford, NJ, and could not have asked for a more positive first home-buying experience. As first-time buyers, we were (understandably) a bit nervous about the whole home-finding and home-buying process, but Sharon went above and beyond for us and within two and a half months of walking through “our house,” she helped us become homeowners.
As out of state purchasers, we came back to Cranford sporadically to look at open houses and occasionally view particular homes, and on one of those trips we took a look at a home Sharon was showing. We were impressed by her knowledge of Cranford, experience in the area, and her overall attitude and sense of humor. When we met one-on-one with Sharon, she sat us down and walked through the entire home-buying process in New Jersey, from contract to closing, and made sure both that she understood what we were looking for in a house and that we understood how she could help in that process and what to expect. Honestly, in all our meetings with potential agents and our contact with agents at open houses, Sharon was the first agent we found that took the time to get to know our needs and make sure that we understood the process. We were hooked!
We found our “dream house” through an open house and contacted Sharon as we pulled out of the driveway. As out-of-state purchasers, we were definitely not the easiest of clients, and Sharon bent over backwards to accommodate us. She literally had an offer to the sellers within hours of our decision to bid on the house and, although we were out-of-state for almost the entire process, Sharon made it feel easy. She arranged her schedule to be present at meetings and inspections that we couldn’t attend, picked up our earnest money checks from family members in Cranford, and was available by email, phone, or text whenever we had a question (and we had a lot). When Sharon learned that we would be using USAA for our mortgage, she went out of her way to learn about their preferred realtor program and signed herself up, earning us a rebate from USAA as well.
Even after closing, Sharon has passed on useful Cranford info, coordinated meetings and appointments, and been continually willing to help us get settled. We couldn’t have asked for a more positive experience, and will definitely be looking to her when it comes time to sell our home.
In any case, we wanted to share our great experience with Sharon, and we’re sure that you already know that she is a fabulous asset for Coldwell Banker. We have already recommended Sharon to our family and friends buying and selling in Cranford and will continue to do so enthusiastically. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
Sarah and Joe Colangelo
We wanted to take a moment to thank you. When we moved to Cranford in 2011, we quickly fell in love with the town. When we first started our home search, we were overwhelmed and confused by the houses, realestate terms, and the overall process we were starting. When we teamed up with you, we knew everything was going to be fine.
The list of adjectives that make you a great realtor could go on and on, but we‘d like to highlight a few:
- •Your knowledge of the market was invaluable as we started. You quickly understood what we were looking for in a home and helped narrow down our search. Not only did you save us significant time, but you also kept us honest to ourselves with what we really wanted in our new home, what we could compromise on, and what we could realistically expect to find.
- •Your positive attitude and zany humor helped make what is supposed to be a stressful time, much easier to handle. Whenever we were let down by a house we had high hopes for, or an offer that was not accepted, we could count on you to lighten the mood and tell us we’d find the right one soon.
- •Your commitment to communication eased the process in many regards. First, you always explained documents and procedures in their simplest terms. This cannot be understated, as we had to sign so many documents that we had never seen before. Also, we knew we could always count on a quick reply by text or e-mail if we had a question. It was very comforting knowing that we had an expert at our fingertips. Finally, you consistently checked-in with us, without asking, to see if we needed anything .This helped keep us on track during the journey.
When we fell in love with Cranford, we fell in love with the restaurants, the shops, the parks, and the people. People like you make this area the great place that it is. We would not hesitate to have you handle any real estate transaction in our future (but not for a little while at least, we LOVE our new home!) and will definitely recommend you to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home in the area.
Raj and Stephanie D’Souza
Sharon Steele sold my mother’s home in July 2013 on Hory Street in Cranford.. Sharon was recommended to me by Carol Peters in the CB office in Bernardsville.
My Mom suffered a long illness and passed away last January 2013. I was left with the not so easy task of closing my Mother’s estate which included the sale of her home. A task not so easy. I did not know where to turn to get her estate in order.
After not dealing with all matters in the most efficient way, I was introduced to Sharon in March. Sharon, although referred by Carol Peter’s, was really sent to me by my Mom!
Sharon was able to help me grasp the notion of selling my Mom’s home. She was caring, patient and extremely professional. She walked me through ever step of the way. From organizing the process of getting the house ready for sale, setting up interviews with contractors to help make improvements, helping me to make some serious decisions about renovations that needed to be done to get the house ready for a top dollar sale. She also helped me with scheduling estate sales of family belongings to many eager and interested individuals.
She kept me focused throughout the entire process, which wasn’t an easy task for her, you see, I travel out of the country for business about 95% of the time. Sharon accompanied me on every international trip via smart phone to keep the process going and to give me the confidence that we would accomplish this very difficult task.
She has become a friend, someone that I have given as a reference to many of my Mom’s neighbors and someone I will continue to refer to anyone having real estate needs.
She is a true asset of the Coldwell Banker organization. Please accept my thanks for having Sharon work in your office.
March 4, 2014
To Whom It May Concern,
On the recommendation of a friend, my husband and I met and secured Sharon Steele as our realtor in our search for a home in the Cranford, NJ vicinity. Sharon came highly recommended. Her former client sang her praises, so we had high expectations. Sharon not only met our expectations, but she exceeded all of them.
Upon meeting Ms. Steele it was immediately apparent that she was a consummate professional. She took the time to explain all of the idiosyncrasies of New Jersey real estate, leaving us feeling competent and knowledgeable as we began our search for a home. She was clear, erudite, and, most importantly constantly helpful and available to us during this initial and somewhat overwhelming stage of house-hunting.
Ms. Steele maintained this helpful demeanor throughout the entirety of our buying process. She quickly supplied us with current house listings, which met our personal and financial criteria for buying. She guided us through the open houses, steered us towards those homes which she knew would meet our needs, and advised us as we made our decisions.
Once we had found the house we wanted to purchase, Sharon worked tirelessly to secure the purchase, despite there being two other competitive bids on the property. We felt truly lucky to have her on our side. We feel that she was pivotal in securing us the home of our dreams. Had it not been for Ms. Steele, we may not currently reside in a home we truly love, in the town where we hoped to reside.
Sharon goes above and beyond the call of duty. She answered all our questions and addressed all of our concerns—any time, day or night. She was efficient, organized, and supportive throughout this stressful process. Even beyond the closing, Sharon has maintained a level of professionalism that is remarkable. She has maintained communication with us—inquiring if she can be of any service, offering to help, answering questions. When I, a pregnant stay-at-home mother of two was struck with a severe case of the flu, Sharon Steele contacted me to ask how she could help. Without question, Sharon is not only a quality realtor, she is a quality person– one whom I would (and will) highly recommend to anyone in the market for a New Jersey home.
Kristen Mider, Cranford, NJ
January 19, 2014
Hi Sharon, Just wanted to take a minute to write and thank you for the wonderful job you did during my recent “Home Sale”. It was such a comfort to know that you were there to answer all my questions and to reply to my endless texts. I really do thank you for your professionalism and for going way above and beyond the the norm. Its a pity I wont need you again but of course I will recommend you to friends and family.
Sheila de Myer
January 8, 2014
Sharon – You exhibited endless patience as we trekked through numerous homes and it was not long before you transformed our often dissenting visions of the perfect home into an effective house hunters profile. We are sure this was not easy. You were always honest when providing your opinions, and provided insight on the homes and the buying process that we would have overlooked. You always made yourself available and checked in often, even after we closed. Your impeccable professionalism and unwavering support through the contract negotiations for both homes is very much appreciated.
Bill and Jen HendryNovember 10, 2013
We just purchased a home through Sharon Steele and just wanted to pass along our praise of Sharon and the process.
We have worked with many agents over the years, and we’re thrilled to have finally found one who not only has market expertise but also patience, professionalism, and a genuine caring for her clients.
From the moment we met Sharon Steele straight through to our closing (which was several months long and involved many complications), Sharon was always our advocate and had our best interests in mind. We were thrilled at her unparralled knowledge of the Cranford/Westfield area, which helped us to eliminate certain neighborhoods and focus on others. We truly appreciated her honesty–for example when we fell in love with a certain house, she informed us that the neighborhood had flooded considerably during a storm.
I’ve always said that a great parent makes every child feels like an only child–that’s how we feel about Sharon! Somehow, even though she has dozens of clients, she always made us feel like her number one priority.
Sharon is chock full of great ideas that helped us see potential when looking at fixer-upper type of houses. She never tried to push us to consider houses that were well beyond our financial reach–she always kept our budget and needs in mind. In the end, she negotiated a fabulous deal on the house we purchased! We will be recommending her again and again, no doubt.
October 17, 2013
My wife and I recently purchased a new home, and used Sharon Steele as our realtor. I am sorry for not writing this to you sooner, but we just still cannot believe this beautiful house is ours so we have been a bit shell shocked!Our experience from the first day that we met Sharon was outstanding. She made us feel like her only client and went above and beyond to get the deal done for us. Sharon’s professionalism and motivation at all times made a very difficult deal feel extremely easy. I cannot tell you the amount of times that I was convinced the sale was not going to be completed, and thought it was best we moved on to looking at other homes. Sharon worked though problems and every turn and I can assure you that without Sharon’s efforts this deal NEVER would have been completed.I just wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know that you should be extremely proud of having such a great person working for you in Sharon Steele. I grew up in Cranford and will forever consider Sharon a friend and would never hesitate to recommend her to anyone looking for real estate advice.Michael and Meghan Snyder
Adrienne and I wanted to express to you how much we enjoyed having Sharon Steele as our realtor. She truly excels at what she does.
It took us over a year to find our home. Sharon was patient, professional and personable throughout the entire process. Although we did not know what we were looking for, she was attentive to everything we were saying. After each appointment, she would email us detailed notes for every house that we had seen and before long, she was better at picking houses that would fit our needs than we were!
We knew we were looking for a modest house, with a modest price, but she always treated us as though we were her only clients. Whenever we had a question, we knew she would have an answer in a matter of minutes.
In the future, when we hear about anyone looking to buy a home in the Westfield/Cranford/Garwood/Clark area, we will have no hesitation referring them to Sharon. We could not be happier with her work.
Phillip Sheckells and Adrienne Asterita
Stephen and Stephanie White
305 Manor Avenue
Cranford, NJ 07027
May 31, 2013
We wanted to write you a brief letter of thanks for the effort and hard work you put into selling our home. Since this was our first time selling, you were fantastic from our very first meeting last year. When we decided to hold off and wait a year, you were very understanding and remained in contact with usin a way that felt more like a friend checking in from time to time to see how we were doing.
When we decided to finally pull the trigger and list our home, you treated us like we were your only client. Your suggestions on pricing, de-cluttering, and arranging for a stager to come in proved to be just the ticket to get our
home looking its best from the very start. In fact, we had so many showings, we had trouble keeping track! You were always available to answer our questions via phone, text, or email and that made us feel much more at ease throughout the process. When we received our first and then our second offer at the same time, your expert advice with the competing bids helped us to get more than our asking price!
We can’t thank you enough and are more than happy to give you our highest recommendation!
Stephen and Stephanie White
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