Cristina Callegari Biography
Cristina's introduction to Real Estate came at a very young age from her father, Carlo B. Callegari, who was a Manhattan Broker for over 30 years. Cristina spent many a day behind the scenes watching her dad negotiate deals, solve crisis's, and young Callegari even regularly injected her opinions into the management of buildings that her dad personally owned. Her father was her childhood Mentor and Hero.
However, like most rebellious children, Cristina yearned to do something other than the "family" business, and wanted to leave a "mark" of her very own. So, Cristina worked for such prestigious firms as Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase and MetLife in both Management and Sales capacities. While she was successful, earning her Series 6, Series 63, Life and Health Licenses, an Investment Advisor designation, and even publishing 5 financial articles for various on-line publications she still felt that something was missing. Passion.
And, what has Cristina always been passionate about? Real Estate!
In a leap of faith she accepted a position as the Sales & Operations Manager of a boutique Residential Brokerage located in North Eastern Queens. There Callegari fine-tuned her Real Estate skills by negotiating difficult deals, listing and selling properties, and acting as the right-hand to the Broker. In 2007, Cristina was even recognized by Strathmore's Who's Who, for "Exemplifying Leadership and Professional Achievement in her Occupation."
After several years Cristina ventured off on her own and joined a popular National Real Estate Franchise. There she continued to grow as an agent and took her business to the next level by becoming a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker. Then she was offered an opportunity to work as an Independent Agent at a smaller local firm that she thought would be a better fit.
In 2014 Cristina was awarded the YPN's 20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate Award by the MLS Long Island Board of REALTORS Young Professionals Network. Additionally, Cristina has been repeatedly quoted and featured in the NY Newsday, The REALTOR (newspaper), Channel 12 Cable News, The Patch and various other online publications. To see more about where Cristina has been quoted/featured in the media click to see her In The Media page.
Most recently Cristina has published several Real Estate Books:
"The For Sale by Owner Guide," a guide for Home Owners looking to sell their home without using the services of a Real Estate Agent.
"How I Sell Homes for Top Dollar When Others Failed," a book about how she sells homes that previously expired off the market and how she makes them fresh and interesting again.
"Selling Your Home in a Divorce," A Guide for Divorcing couples on how to liquidate their Real Esate holdings in a fair, equitable and stress-free way.
"My Proven System for Selling Homes Fast For Top Dollar," Cristina explains the selling process step-by-step helping home sellers better understand the sales process and the role they play in the success of their home sale.
Over the past few years Cristina's business has continued to grow and in 2019 she joined forces with her husband, and now Real Estate partner, Tom Kanellopoulos, who is a Licensed Real Estate Sales Person. Together they love working at First Flag Realty in Jericho, NY.
At First Flag, Cristina is able to blend her unique financial experience and marry it with her solid Real Estate background. Cristina says, "It is important to work with a REALTOR that not only understands all aspects of the Real Estate side of things - but a REALTOR who also truly understands the financial impact that a purchase, or a sale can have. Not only on the short-term, but the long-term as well. I pride myself on being able to advise my clients on what they can and can't afford - whether they want to hear it or not." Callegari also added, "Today, Real Estate transaction are much more complicated than they were in years past. The property taxes are changing, Financing is harder to come by for those with less than perfect credit, many homeowners are pre-foreclosure, or are already headed to the auction block. Qualified buyers are more discerning, and many Sellers are unrealistic about what today's Millenial Buyers expect. A great REALTOR is on top of market conditions, can offer solutions to even the toughest challenges, and can navigate the changing market to make buying or selling a pleasant vs. daunting experience."
Cristina's Clients are graced by her honesty, consummate professionalism, meticulous eye for detail, and her thorough knowledge of local New York Real Estate.
Cristina thinks that she is lucky indeed, "I don't have a job, I have a Career that I built from my life-long passion. And, I get to do it for a company I am proud to work with, I have a partner that I love and respect, and I get to work for clients that are like family to me!"
If you want to work with Cristina and Tom call them at 516-506-7400 x777 or x717 respectively,