Giving Kudos to an Attorney

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New York state is an attorney state. In terms of real estate business, this means that all home sales require the services of lawyers. In my role as a NY State real estate associate broker, I have worked with many attorneys. To be honest, it takes a lot for one to impress me. While many are certainly capable of getting a deal to the closing table, most of those I've worked with have not had the "wow" factor.

 

Giving Kudos to an AttorneyA few years ago, a mortgage broker I was working with highly recommended the legal services of Joy Diviny, an attorney based in Rockland County NY. My buyers at that time made the decision to work with her, and I went into that transaction with my normal skepticism. I've had attorneys change the terms of accepted deals as contracts were drawn up. I've had attorneys send documents out late via snail mail and a week later they still hadn't been received by the other party. I've had difficulty getting in contact with some attorneys or their staff, going a week or so without responses to questions. So I took a wait and see attitude.

 

As it turns out, my sceptism was unfounded. Joy is great! Why?

 
Communication

When either our shared client or I have questions or concerns with a particular deal, and we reach out to Joy for assistance, she responds. Whether it's via phone or email, she's on top of everything. We rarely have to wait long for a response, and when we do, there is a specific reason. She always gets back to me as soon as possible.

 
Professionalism and Knowledge

Not only does Joy respond quickly, but more importantly she knows her stuff. No matter what is asked, she has an answer. Whether the questions are about the contract, deadlines, certificate of occupancies, deeds, title search, municipal reports, closing documents or anything else, she's got the information. Further, she takes the time to explain everything to buyers and sellers as though it's the first time she's explaining it. And the same is true of her explanations to real estate agents. She is patient and thorough.

 
Giving back to the community

And finally, Joy is an affiliate for the Homes for Heroes program. This is a program that provides Hero Rewards to those in the military, law enforcement, fire fighting, health care/EMT and teachers. Not only does Joy give back to those heroes financially, but she gives of her time. I've known her to meet with clients on a Sunday afternoon, or 7pm on a Monday, if those are the only times those heroes can get there. So part of Joy's work philosophy is to help others. And what is better than that?

 
Recommendation

Joy DivinyI would recommend Joy Diviny to anyone who needs help with their real estate transaction in the Rockland, Orange or Westchester counties of NY. Joy is located at 1 Executive Blvd Ste 201 in Suffern, NY 10901. She can be reached via phone at 845-839-9822 or via email at jdiviny@gmail.com. You will be happy you contacted her!

 

Note: This post was written as part of Margaret Rome's ActiveRain January Challenge - Giving Kudos. I was happy to be able to give Joy a huge shoutout as part of this challenge!

 

 

Originally published at thehousekat.com.

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Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat

Licensed Associate Broker, CBR®

Grand Lux Realty, Inc.

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Rainmaker
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Norma J. Elkins
Elite Realty Group - Morristown, TN
Realtor - Elkins Home Selling Team

We don't really have that here but I would say you definitely need a great lawyer by your side.

Jan 10, 2019 06:00 AM #4
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Michael Jacobs
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Good morning, Kat- - -obviously having the right legal representation in New York is an important part of your real estate practice, finding "Joy" has been especially good for you.

Jan 10, 2019 07:30 AM #5
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Kat.  It's great to know an attorney who is on top of their game and is a "joy" to work with.

Jan 10, 2019 07:42 AM #6
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Kat,

Although CA is not an attorney state, in commercial real estate they are part of the action.  They review leases and offers and bless the language on contracts.  When I was negotiating a deal on a large complex owned by big developpers (I signed a Non Disclosure, not naming names), I was so impressed with their attorney.  He was fair, savvy and brilliant.  I invited him to speak to our crew.  He could cut through any BS instantly.  A

Jan 10, 2019 07:50 AM #7
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Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Although I am glad to live in a state that require attorney closings (most title companies are owned by lawyers and review all docs in an impartial manor), it sounds like you found a good one!

Jan 10, 2019 07:51 AM #8
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Joy is definitely the type of attorney to work with in your area!  Our transactions don't require attorney's, but I still have one that is my go to for situations that are out of the ordinary.

Jan 10, 2019 07:53 AM #9
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Good morning Kat - in New York the Attorney can certainly make it a smooth transaction or throw up roadblocks.  Joy sounds like the person you want at the table.

Jan 10, 2019 08:05 AM #10
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Carol Williams
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Hi Kat Palmiotti ,
What a wonderful Kudo for Joy Divini.  Everyone needs a great attorney they can count on to help a transaction go smoothly!

Jan 10, 2019 08:11 AM #11
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Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
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What a great endorsement Kat! 

A healthy dose of skepticism is good.. I go about it the same way when the buyers here in MD select a title company I have not worked with and/or never even heard of. We do want to make sure that the transaction runs smoothly, having team players on board certainly helps a great deal and makes us all look good. Business is earned, not given. 

Jan 10, 2019 10:20 AM #12
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Wayne Martin - And it's amazing how many people don't quite understand that two-way communication is key in this business.

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - She has been a pleasure to work with. My move to Montana will be quite the culture shock - no more attorney state. I'm assuming it will be a pleasant change.

Jan 10, 2019 11:03 AM #13
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Sheila Anderson - It really does make a difference to have a great team.

Norma J. Elkins - Thank you for commenting. Yes, having a great attorney is very important.

Michael Jacobs - Finding "joy" has certainly been great!

Jan 10, 2019 11:05 AM #14
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Good afternoon Gabe Sanders , and yes, a good attorney is a "joy" and in this case the name fit!

Ron and Alexandra Seigel - Oh that's wonderful about your dealing with the commercial attorney. The ability to cut through BS is SUCH a help in getting things done.

 

Jan 10, 2019 11:06 AM #15
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty - I did find a good one, so I'm glad!

Brian England - Yes, I'm sure there are still reasons to use attorneys for those unique deals. I'm glad you found someone you trust also.

I agree, Grant Schneider , it's great to have "joy" at the table!

Jan 10, 2019 11:08 AM #16
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Yes, Carol Williams - having a good attorney as part of the team is a huge help.

Andrea Bedard - I'm skeptical of inspectors also. I have a list of high-quality inspectors and when a buyer just HAS to use someone else for whatever reason, I am skeptical. Sometimes everything works fine and I have a new person to refer, but sometimes they really stink. 

Jan 10, 2019 11:10 AM #17
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
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Thanks for the entry in the Kudos Challenge. So glad you found an attorney Joy Diviny,  who could WOW you. Hope you have sent her a copy of this blog. I think that will WOW her!

Jan 10, 2019 04:23 PM #18
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Great when you have a professional who responds quickly and you can always depend on in our profession.

Jan 10, 2019 07:52 PM #19
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I did send Joy a copy of the blog, Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland and the funny thing is that the first word of her response was Wow!

Jan 11, 2019 02:51 AM #20
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

I agree Sally K. & David L. Hanson - Being able to depend on someone is a huge plus!

Jan 11, 2019 02:51 AM #21
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Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Kat, in our fast paced world it is even more critical to have a responsive Attorney. California is an Escrow State and the expectation is the same from our Escrow Officers... I only work with the ones that are knowledgeable, have good bedside manners and are responsive and then I stay with them until things change...Endre

Jan 16, 2019 10:49 PM #22
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Exactly, Endre Barath, Jr. - We should work with the knowledgeable, who have good bedside manners and are responsive - until they don't. Have a great day!

Jan 17, 2019 02:50 AM #23
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