The Best Realtor I know

Real Estate Broker/Owner with New Paradigm Partners LLC EB #1326335

is Mary Greenberg.

Okay, I know this is wrong on lots of levels. First, it's outright nepotism - no way I can argue with that. Second, we're supposed to get permission, but Mary is way too modest to let me write this. And lastly, it could be argued, again on lots of levels, that this is just self-serving, and I'm going to benefit from it. True again.


I've been in the real estate business almost 20 years, and Mary really is the best Realtor I've ever met. Here are just a few reasons why I believe that:

Mary GreenbergShe has an over-riding dedication to our clients' goals and well-being. Choosing the benefit of our clients over the benefit of our bank account is not only a default setting - it's the only setting. I've watched her lose sleep and make herself sick with worry over the pursuit of getting something - sometimes a small something - right for our clients.

In 20 years, I've seen her make a few piddling technical mistakes, but I've never ever seen her come within shouting distance of an ethical slip. She knows the difference between right and wrong, and always wants to feel that what she does is not only legal but the right thing to do.

Mary knows her market, which is the result of several visits each day to the hotsheet, to see what's come on the market, what's selling and what's not. And her market is big, encompassing 2 counties, 7 cities, and everything inbetween. She has an encyclopedic memory of pretty much every home she's ever showed, and is curious enough to ask and then remember the answers to a lot of good back-story questions about homes and people. She knows contracts and real estate law, and is a pretty good negotiator - her clients are usually the happy ones at the closing table.

She is extremely personable - our clients, and other agents as well, like her and enjoy working with her. She's great at remembering their names and their interests, but even better, she has a gift for understanding what they're really saying about their needs. After the first round of looking at homes, Mary will know what they want and what's going to work for them. They almost always wind up trusting her advice and guidance, and relying on her as a valued partner.

Mary has a lot of other outstanding skills and talents, but fortunately, she isn't perfect. She doesn't have any enthusiasm for technology or systems, doesn't really want to spend time blogging, and has no appetite for conflict. That leaves an adequate opening for me to snag a ride - I get to play with the internets, design the marketing materials, keep up the databases, explain contracts to the clients and, on those rare occasions when it's absolutely necessary, be the designated bad guy. Plus I get to pinch hit and show homes when we're stacked up.

Mary & I make a good team, but I'm honest enough to know that Mary's excellence in real estate makes it easy for us. I'm in awe of her, proud of her and immensely grateful to her. So it's an easy thing, self-serving or not, to recommend her without reservations.

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Mary & Dick

Mary & Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC
2601 S. Lemay Ave. #41
Fort Collins, CO 80525


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Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

How lovely, for both of you. This is heart warming. Many couples can't stand to work together it takes a special combination of people and personalities.

Jan 28, 2013 05:20 AM #1
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Awwwww Dick. That is such a lovely post and tribute to "the better half" (that's my translation of your post).  With opposite interest in the field of real estate, it really works out perfectly for both of you.

Jan 28, 2013 05:22 AM #2
Mike Sibbald
Elevations Real Estate, LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Broker/Owner Elevations Real Estate, LLC

How lucky am I?  I get to work with both of you!  Mike.

Jan 28, 2013 05:28 AM #3
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Hi Dick, I have heard you speak of how terrific Mary is and how her clients love her. Now I can see why. You certainly are a big promoter of hers and she deserves it.

Jan 28, 2013 05:37 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Wow, what a nice way to commend Mary.  This is exactly why you too make a great team and are a success.  We congratulate you both on a great partnership and wish you continued success. A

Jan 28, 2013 05:46 AM #5
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

This post had me smiling from beginning to end Dick, and there is no doubt in my mind every word of it is true.  How wonderful that you can endorse your wife, without question, as the best realtor you know!  Priceless!

Jan 28, 2013 07:48 AM #6
Kathy Stoltman
Rockwood Realty - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Dick, what a nice tribute to Mary.  How lucky both of you are to have each other to form such a dynamic pair of professionals.

Jan 28, 2013 08:19 AM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Dick I think it's awesome that you wrote about Mary. She's the type of REALTOR everybody deserves to be working for them. You are both lucky - what a team!  Mary has got 'it' backwards, forwards, inward, outward or any which way one looks at 'it'.  Bravo to Mary and You!

Jan 28, 2013 08:36 AM #8
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Dick, I think that is a lovely statement about Mary's abilities and ethics.  You are right, you are a good team.

Jan 28, 2013 11:19 AM #9
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

WOW! Dick. What an excellent write-up and endorsement for Mary, I can see why you two make a perfect Team in this business.


Jan 28, 2013 11:36 AM #10
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

GM Dick! You guys make such a perfect team and its so wonderful that you featured her.  From all that I've heard, other than the anti-technology and anti-blogging, she is amazing!  Have a super day!

Jan 28, 2013 09:01 PM #11
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Dick what a well written blog that spells out all the wonderful things that makes Mary so special. I like Cathy's term and will borrow it, simply amazing.

Jan 28, 2013 10:10 PM #12
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

The two of you make a great team Dick, each has there own area of expertise. Great post.

Jan 28, 2013 10:15 PM #13
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

How absolutely perfect.  You have got to be the best partner and husband in the world and Mary should be more than flattered with the terrific things you had to say.  Great early Valentines Day present.  Good job Dick.

Jan 28, 2013 10:53 PM #14
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Dick -- someone just may get nominated for husband of the year -- or at least for a day -- very well presented endorsement for Mary Greenberg - I wish I was in your market(except for the snow and the vast area you cover) so I could have the opportunity for working with her(and you too!).    

Jan 28, 2013 11:00 PM #15
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Awww.  That is great.Such a nice endorsement.

Jan 29, 2013 12:36 AM #16
Jeremy Wrenn
Winslow Homes - Youngsville, NC
C.O.O., Winslow Homes

Well, that's pretty fortunate that you're married to her, then!  And you're a good blogger, so that sure helps the team, too.

Very nice article about your wife and the best Realtor you know!

Jan 29, 2013 12:11 PM #17
Krystal Knott
LIV Sotheby's International Realty - Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO

Dick, I love this post about Mary.  Since most of us know you do the blog writing it is good to get to know a bit about Mary.  It sounds like you two make a great team!  --Krystal

Jan 30, 2013 01:39 AM #18
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

You are forgiven Dick unless she writes about you LOL. You both are superb.

Jan 30, 2013 11:51 AM #19
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

All that, and she is cute as a button, too.  Not that that has anything to do with her skills, judgment and high ethical standards.  I think you did an outstanding job telling us about the great Mary Greenberg.  (And, I am not just saying that!)

Feb 01, 2013 06:46 AM #20
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