- 538 Bloomfield Avenue
Verona, NJ 07044
Welcome to my Website
Thank you for coming to my site! If you are looking for a real estate relationship based on high standards of ethics, honesty, reliability and trust…then give me a call. Whether buying or selling, I will stick with you every step of the way, working on your behalf to obtain a fair price in the shortest amount of time possible.
My service area is Verona NJ and the surrounding area: Verona, The Caldwells, Roseland, Essex Fells, Cedar Grove, Montclair, Glen Ridge, West Orange. I also cover the lower parts of Morris county and some of Passaic County as well. (Little Falls, Wayne, Montville, Parsippany)
Please feel free to contact me at any time with any real estate questions or questions about Verona and/or the West Essex Area.
Town & school info...and helpful links
Click on links below:
Niche top Public High Schools in NJ: https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-high-schools/best-overall/s/new-jersey/
I obtained my Real Estate license March 2006.
- West Essex Board of Realtors
- New Jersey Association of Realtors
- National Association of Realtors
- Garden State MLS
- New Jersey MLS
- Quality Service Certified
- ABR Certified
- Relocation Certified
- 2008/2010 - 2015 NJAR Circle of Excellence (Bronze & Silver)
- 2014 Berkshire Hathaway Presidents Circle (top 4%)
Prior to becoming a Realtor:
- 1982 - 1996 - My corporate life. I worked at Suburban Propane in Whippany NJ. I worked my way up the ladder, with several positions, starting in the mail room and ending up as a Supervisor in the Purchasing Department.
- 1996 - 2006 After a 14 year stint in "corporate America", I decided to work from home. For almost 10 years, I worked as a self-employed administrative assistant doing work for other entrepreneurs. I sort of fell into the world of Career/Life Coaching when I was hired by a prominent Life Coach & Author, Laura Berman Fortgang: www.laurabermanfortgang.com. While working for Laura, I also became involved with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and also worked with them as their "Coach referral specialist", helping clients identify a life or career coach that would fit their needs. www.coachfederation.org.
Also along the line of jobs & careers, I have worked as an aerobic instructor, a receptionist at a recording studio, in a butcher shop, as a waitress, and a couple other secretarial type jobs along the way. I'm glad I've found my place as a Realtor!
My Real Estate specialties are residential sales & rentals in the West Essex area.
A little about me...
I am basically a lifelong Verona Resident (except for a couple years when I lived in Somerset County). My kids are 3rd generation Verona High School graduates. The Hillbilly is Verona High School's mascot. I know it seems strange to have a hillbilly....but we're very protective of him, and wouldn't trade him in for another! A few years ago when there was a new school superintendant...he tried to change it....what an uproar! There were letters from current students, alumni, and other town-folk. The result - the Hillbilly is here to stay. The original hillbilly logo had him with a jug (marked XXX), a gun, and a corn cob pipe:
However, in this day and age.....we've got to be "politically correct". So, our hillbilly has traded his gun, booze & pipe in for a fishing pole and a puppy!
I have been married to my husband Ralph, also a lifelong "hillbilly" for over 30 years now, and we have 2 children. Both of which are graduates of good ole VHS and are now on to bigger and better things.
I love my job and my very active life. I take great pride in helping others, which I think drew me into my Real Estate career.
"We recently went through the process of selling our first home. We chose Jeanne as our realtor and couldn't be happier. Jeanne's professionalism, as well as her knowledge of the area and of corporate relocation processes made the sale so much easier for us. We would recommend Jeanne to anyone." Brian & Maxine, Caldwell NJ
"We had the absolute pleasure of getting in touch with Jeanne from a cold call off of a for sale sign in front of a house. Little did I know that we would be seeing her several times a week at numerous houses. Her patience and wisdom with the home searching and buying process are never ending. I trusted her viewpoint and on several occasions sought out her insight on points that would come up. She is a fountain of knowledge in the area and a wonderful advocate to have on your side. I hope that I don't have to buy any more houses in the future (because I love the one that she helped my family find), but - I do look forward to sharing her with anyone that I do know that is looking for a house." Nat & Shari, Cedar Grove NJ
"Jeanne was great from the time we went on our first house tour with her to the minute we closed. I've heard horror stories from friends of realtors who disappear the second a contract is in place, but Jeanne was there through our whole process. She really knows the area well and will give her honest opinion to help you make important decisions. There was no point when I felt like she was putting the sale over our well-being. She was an absolute pleasure to work with!" Josh, Montclair NJ
"Jeanne is a honest, caring and a reliable person. She has always gone above and beyond to help me and my family. I have not only recommended her to other people, but I have had the pleasure of working with her on different occasion. She is truly and professional and has never lead me wrong." Bernie, Verona NJ
"Jeanne helped us sell our house in West Orange during the worst possible climate for sellers. She did a fantastic job -- really going above and beyond. She was quick to return calls, hold our hands, strategize -- whatever it took. I recommend her highly!" Mary, Roseland NJ
"Jeanne is the best Realtor- conscientious, knowledgable and very accessible to her clients. I recommend her all of the time!" Bonnie, Montclair NJ
“I live in St. Louis, MO, and Jeanne recently sold a condominium for me in Verona. I have never had a better real estate agent! She did an excellent appraisal for me to find the best asking price. She kept me informed regularly of anything that she felt I needed to know. She answered my emailed questions immediately…even on nights, weekends & holidays. The photographic spreads, handouts, virtual tours on the Internet were the best! The condo sold in a reasonable amount of time right in the middle of the appraised price range. I could not have been happier, nor could I have found a better real estate agent than Jeanne Bongo!!”
Barbara M., St. Louis, Mo
“I just wanted to thank you for all your help in selling my unit at Eagle Ridge. I could trust and rely upon you helping me handle all the details of marketing, negotiating, selling and closing the sale. You were so smart about all the important items and patient & understanding about the not-so-important ones! You are a savvy business woman, and I would highly recommend you and your company to all my friends and associates when they are ready to sell!”
Sheila C., Palm Beach FL
“I have worked with a number of Realtors in the past, and wish Jeanne had been in the business back then. Her knowledge of the industry and her willingness to work hard for her clients had made my home search what it should be, FUN & Exciting!”
Steve S., Verona NJ
I don't have any personal interests...I work 24/7. LOL...no, not really! Although I love my Real Estate career, I spend my spare time enjoying my family & friends.
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