Cecilia Aweeky, who was born in Brooklyn NY, moved to Staten Island in 1991, just one year after obtaining her Real Estate Sales Person license in 1990.
As of 2004, she furthered her real estate career by also obtaining a Brokers license. Coming from a strong sales background in various businesses since 1978, Cecilia has always enjoyed helping people, especially when it came to helping them find the home of their dreams! After years of working for large real estate companies, Cecilia took a break from the real estate business to dedicate her time to her growing family, but is now ready to rejoin the world of real estate which she loves.
“I’ve missed working in real estate. I miss helping turn peoples’ dreams into a reality when they find that “perfect home”. I miss the people I’ve met over the years, some of whom have actually become close friends of mine. That, coupled with so many other reasons is why I am so eager to get back into this business”.
Having over 25 years of experience working for larger agencies, Cecilia wanted something a bit different this time around. An agency that would help re-acclimate her back into the real estate business as it stands today.
“ I came to M.Donato & Company because it is precisely the type of firm I am looking for. That small family feeling with an amazing group of agents to partner with. Working with Matthew has made me feel less out of touch with what’s going on in real estate today. That was one of my biggest concerns coming back into this field after a long hiatus. With this company, the one on one assistance from Matthew, the welcoming camaraderie I instantly felt with the other agents was like nothing I had experienced in the past with other agencies. I’m more excited now than I was years ago to get out there and continue to help others find their dream home.”
I have always been drawn to the complex and ever-changing housing market, which led me to pursue a career in real estate. I believe in taking advantage of the vast array of modern technology available to maintain an “ahead of the curve” mentality. In doing so, I am able to provide the leading edge in information, support, and exposure for myself and my clients. Especially in today’s volatile economy, buying or selling real estate can be one of the most stressful yet exciting experiences that anyone can face. With such, I enlist beliefs in open communication, constant contact, and extreme attention to the smallest of details to carefully walk my clients through the process, helping them every step of the way. For me, every new client is not just another deal for the ledger, but more an opportunity to assist in a comfortable and smooth transition to the next phase of their life. A real estate transaction is one of the most important financial decisions in a person’s life, therefore establishing a relationship built on honesty, trust, and mutual respect is the cornerstone of my success. My belief in treating clients as if they were family is only enhanced by the atmosphere and morals exemplified by the entire M. Donato & Co. team. “Our relationship does not end with your transaction”.
Matthew Donato Cappabianca has been in the business of buying and selling real estate since the age of eighteen. And he has passed on this experience to new and promising agents that come under the wing of M. Donato & Company. Mr. Cappabianca provides one on one mentoring with great patience invested in each agent because everyone absorbs information at different paces. Our office works diligently with agents as it is a support center prepared to provide marketing assistance, tuition reimbursement, and team orientation. Every agent is treated fairly and justly because we believe in helping one another, not fighting one another. That’s why our agents work with us, not for us.
Born in Brooklyn, I have always had a love for RE. Driving around I would regularly point out vacant apartments and homes for sale. Now that 20 years of living on SI passed, I feel like a native here. Working for M.Donato & Co., I have successfully done RE for nearly 5 years now both on SI and in Brooklyn. I work easily with both sellers and buyers. For listings, I have proven to work well with buyers and their brokers to ensure that all who want see the listing do. With buyers I always say, “If it is out there, I will find it!” I am a people person and care about each client and transaction, and with the strong support of M. Donato & Co. you will be taken care of smoothly and professionally.
Valerie Lopiano has been a Licensed Real Estate Agent for over 10 years, obtaining her license in 2002. After being a stay at home mother to four children, Val was looking for something that would provide her professional fulfillment but also that she would enjoy doing every day. She was always intrigued by the real estate market and felt this would be a natural fit!
“I love people, I am very outgoing and enjoy helping others, especially when it comes to as big of a decision as buying and selling their home. I have never once regretted getting my license and through the years have met so many wonderful clients, many of whom I now consider close personal friends!”
Val enjoys working with both buyers and sellers and makes it her personal mission to make sure that all of her clients feel that their needs are put above everything else. She makes sure she is hands on from the very beginning to the very end of the process. Val chose M. Donato & Company for that very reason, the hands on experience that the owner, Matt, as well as the support staff provides.
“As a broker, Matt is always reaching out to see if there is anything he can do to assist in any way with our clients, or just a random text to see how we are doing and if we need anything. It is because of this that I know I have chosen the right company to work with. I love being a real estate agent and wouldn’t change a thing.”
Joyce has been a Staten Island resident since 1976, raising her family in Grasmere after moving from Manhattan. She acquired her sales person license in 1993 and her broker’s license in 1997. What she most enjoys about working in real estate sales is the challenge of bringing a homeowner and homebuyer together in price and the satisfaction in knowing that everyone leaves the closing table with a smile!
Karen has been involved in New York real estate since she purchased her first investment property over 10 years ago. She turned her passion for buying, selling and renting her own properties into a successful career as a real estate agent in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Karen always knew real estate was a good investment and passes her knowledge and expertise on to her customers. She loves being a part of M. Donato & Company because of the team atmosphere and the cooperation she receives from other agents.
Salvatore Ridente, MA, Ed.S, LAC is a licensed Realtor that has been with M.Donato & Company since opening their doors for business. My academic background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Kean University and a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Seton Hall University. My academic qualifications and my love for architecture and real estate has allowed me to merge my professional fields of study to bring a unique twist on buying a home. When working with clients I have always kept in mind their need for comfort as it relates to their personal choice in a home. This, I hope, will assist clients in choosing a home that satisfies their sense of style and their need for functionality. On the flip side, when working with sellers I have developed a personal relationship that enables us to work together on getting the best price for their home. Together we will develop a marketing strategy and financial plan that will get top dollar for your home. Email me for a private consultation so that we can begin to start the ball rolling when you choose to buy or sell a home.
Christina Zarkos was born and raised in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and moved to Staten Island in 2002. She attended Pace University and graduated with a BBA in Marketing. She began her career in the Fashion Jewelry industry as Director Production Planning/Marketing Analyst for companies such as The Napier Co. and Jones Apparel Group. Here, she honed her marketing skills and analytical skills, developing her great attention to detail and strong work ethic.
In 2003, feeling a need to work closer to home, she went on to get her Real Estate Sales person’s and simultaneously working a as mortgage processor. Chris brings to the table professionalism, more than 25 years of marketing experience, 12 years of real estate sales experience in Brooklyn and Staten Island, and a knowledge of the mortgage industry that makes her a real asset in the process of either selling or buying property.
She says: “The purchase or sale of a home or investment property is one of the most complex and significant financial events in peoples’ lives. I work for you! I work hard to provide my clients with the most positive real estate experience possible. In today’s real estate market, you need to work with a real estate professional you can trust. I am dedicated to providing the absolute finest service and expertise possible for my clients. Whether you are buying or selling your residence, purchasing and investment property, or relocating to a new neighborhood, I can help make your home ownership dreams come true.”
Living on the North shore of Staten Island for 26 yrs ..which is referred to the forgotten side of the island at times..to me the north shore is the best kept secret.. with it’s most beautiful parks, detailed Victorian & amazing colonial homes.. & its new construction that is built with the flavor of the neighborhood.. “Its my neighborhood “. As a professional Real Estate Agent I take pride in placing the perfect buyer in the perfect home as well as selling a home that meant years of memories and attachments to a seller that would want a new family to enjoy future years in their new home.
My relationship with my clients never ends at the closing table..I been blessed with a continuous friendship with most if not all.. I have serviced the entire Island for over 15 years as well as the outer boroughs from listings, sales, condo’s, rentals.
I have been working with M.Donato & Company for quite a few years now. Back when I started my Real Estate career, I met Matthew Cappabianca. We became quick friends who shares the same goals and values that seemed to be lacking in so many others within the Real Estate Industry. When he told me he was opening his own agency, there was no hesitation and no second thought about it. I was immediately on board! It has been the wisest and most rewarding decision of my Real Estate career. I have seen this company continue to grow from the ground up, and each and every Agent who comes on board is really a delight to work with and share idea’s that benefit everyone all around. I can never imagine working for any other Realtor!
Joe Torricelli was born and raised on Staten Island and has experienced the changes that have gone on in the borough over last 50 years first hand. He has been in the Real Estate industry for the last 35 years, working in a number of different capacities. Joe is a retired Commercial Real Estate Vice President working for a major banking institution. He currently manages various Residential and Commercial family real estate properties. Joe joined the M. Donato Team and immediately knew this is where he wanted to be after meeting the broker, sales agents and team!
Jackie spent a successful career as an award-winning Art Director for McGraw Hill specializing in editorial and graphic design. Upon retirement, Jackie became a highly recommended and trusted companion for the elderly. Her passion for real estate and qualities lend perfectly to the real estate agent you would like to work with. Jackie’s patience, knowledge, ability to listen and artistic precision are sure to carefully guide you to the home you will love.
Lauren Wall was born and raised in Staten Island and was excited at the opportunity to become an Administrator for M. Donato & Company. She was always interested in real estate and has learned so much about the business during her time with the company. Lauren enjoys working with a great group of agents and a broker that really makes the office feel like a home and everyone part of a family, not just another job! Lauren actually has a degree in Culinary Arts and LOVES to bake!
Anthony Lugara was born and raised in Kenilworth, NJ, a short trip over the bridge from Staten Island. Since starting at M. Donato & Company he has learned his way around Staten Island and has become well versed in the local real estate market. Anthony holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management & Marketing from Rutgers University. As a part of the M. Donato & Company team, Anthony is responsible for an array of tasks including finding new and exciting ways to promote the company and its agents. He
spent many years in sales and enjoys bringing his experience in helping agents get their deals closed! M. Donato is a great family environment and he could not imagine working anywhere else.
Anna Cappabianca grew up in Brooklyn and has been a resident of Staten Island for over 25 years! She has worked as a Human Resources Professional for over 15 years and obtained her Human Resources Certification from Cornell University in 2000. Now Anna brings her administrative services to M. Donato and Co. where she assists the agents by working hand in hand with them to ensure that every transaction runs smoothly! She enjoys being a part of such a great team and loves the family atmosphere around the office!