Our biggest reward in real estate is the recommendation that we have earned from you. Here is what our clients have to say about working with the Allison Ziefert Real Estate Group:
Deciding to sell my home was not an easy one, and the Allison Ziefert team was there for me every step of the way. I had so many concerns and questions, and everyone worked together to help make my house sell, as well as finding me the perfect new home. The team’s knowledge was simply amazing, and when I called or sent an email, I would receive a fast and detailed response back. They didn’t treat me like just a client, these ladies took their time to understand what I was looking for, took great care to stay within my budget, and even came over to help me get the house ready for sale. Whether it was Ginge calling me to calm me down, or Allison to review the process, or Laura setting up appointments, this team stayed on top of everything. I am so happy I decided to use this group to sell/buy my home and recommend them to everyone.
Working with Allison, Laura & Ginge was a pleasure. They were all knowledgeable, professional and very personable. The process of selling a home can be daunting and very emotional, and they made the process as stress free as possible. They were all very responsive to any questions I had. I would highly recommend this team. Thank you so much ladies for all you did for me.
Ginge is smart, funny, super nice and knows her business. best I’ve ever worked with!! She found renters for my house in 3 days of listing. maplewood NJ is a great neighborhood. Great neighbors, great schools and a fun downtown. Great NYC style night life.
We had a fantastic experience working with Ginge to buy a home in Maplewood. Ginge was a delight to work with throughout the entire process – she quickly understood our requirements and helped us to find and secure our dream home in a very competitive market. As first time buyers she guided us through the process and was there at every step to answer questions and offer her well-informed thoughts and suggestions. If you’re looking for someone who is motivated and highly responsive but also able to bring a calm, objective perspective then Ginge is the agent for you! We would not hesitate to recommend her and the rest of the Allison Ziefert team.
We’re so glad we worked with Allison and Ginge to buy and sell our homes. Ginge was our point person for finding our new haome and was such a joy to work with.She found us exactly what we were looking for and guided us through the buying process. She was incredibly organized and responsive, and when things were stressful, she always knew what to say to make us feel comfortable. Allison partnered with us to sell our home and was fantastic. She was so thoughtful and strategic in her approach, and with her direction, we were able to sell quickly and over our asking price. Both Allison and Ginge have much experience and truly understand the South Orange/Maplewood market. They connected us with lots of great local vendors. We’d definitely recommend working with them.
Purchasing your first home can be extremely overwhelming….unless Ginge is your real estate agent! We had the most amazing experience working with Ginge to find our forever home. We started our search without a clear picture of what to expect but Ginge took the time to educate us and guide us in such a way that was beyond comforting. She always had our best interest at heart. She was knowledgeable, kind, patient, unbelievably organized and always there to answer any one of our million questions. We found our dream home and we couldn’t have done it without Ginge and the AtoZ team. Not only were we able to find a beautiful home to call our own but also made a new friend and neighbor in the process!
Allison & her team are very efficient and they did a great job helping me buy a property. Buying a house can be hard and they know how to manage the process and keep things stress free. I am a fan.
Allison and Ginge are amazing!! We used them for a recent home sale and purchase. I can’t say enough good things about these ladies. Every last detail was taken care of, down to helping with child and dog care on a crazy double closing day. Moving is difficult but with the help of these fabulous agents we were able to close on time and coordinate some tricky scheduling. We sold above ask and bought our dream house!
In Selling, Allison and her team were great, they moved quickly, were wonderful to work with, and sold our house for more than we thought we could – and in less than three weeks! In buying, OMG I could not want a better agent than Ginge, she was absolutely a joy to work with. I trusted her so much and she never let us down. She had our backs 100%, stuck through all the ups and downs of buying and in the end got us exactly what we wanted. This team is the best!
The process of buying a house was extremely overwhelming and frustrating especially as a first time buyer. Ginge was able to keep us calm and was always available to talk us off the ledge when things got hairy (inspection negotiations are not fun). She had an extensive knowledge of the area market and gave good advice on how to make a competitive offer in a very seller friendly market. Ginge was always sweet and supportive and communicative. She did a great job schooling us on what to expect along the way and her calm energy was very needed during such a stressful time. The whole AZ team was extremely organized and went above and beyond to ensure we were happy and found the house of our dreams.
Bill M.I had a great experience with Ginge. Sharp, friendly, conscientious, she made my first home buying experience extremely smooth, quick and painless. Ginge was able to quickly zero in on properties that met my needs. She assisted me in coming up with a competitive yet reasonable offer. She was very helpful in assisting me with the communication between seller, lawyer, mortgage broker. Highly recommend.
Working with Allison and her team was a pleasure. They were very helpful in all aspects of marketing my home and did a great job bringing in prospective buyers.
This was a difficult move, both emotionally and physically. Allison and her team, Ginge and Laura, were by my side through the entire process. They were always checking up on me. And Allison found me the perfect home, which I am very happy in. I wouldn’t use anyone else. They are the best! They know their stuff, they know these towns and they handle everything in a kind and compassionate manner.
We had a fantastic experience buying a home in New Jersey with Ginge. We, like many people in the area, were interested in the ‘burbs without knowing a lot about the area where we wanted to live, and Ginge’s expertise, sense of humor and congeniality made the whole process fun. She was mindful of our budget, honest and realistic. I would certainly work with her again and recommend her to anyone looking for a smart and savvy realtor.
Allison helped me sell a house and buy another one, both in South Orange. She provided expert advice on how to get the first house ready to show, and worked diligently to bring in the right buyers. At the same time, she was making sure I quickly saw houses for sale that would be right for my family. Allison was always in touch; and made sure I knew what was happening at every step without any sales pressure at all on either transaction. If you want to work with someone who will treat you like a professional and a friend, Allison is the woman to call.
Allison is a top-notch realtor who seems to have limitless patience and attention to details. She’s super organized and attentive and always puts herself in the clients’ shoes. Most importantly, she’s very in tune with the market conditions, and possesses the technical know-how to dissect the nuances of houses. She’s the most trusted advisor you can find in this industry.
Matt and Rachel S.
There are not enough fantastic things to say about the experience my husband and I had with Ginge. As first-time home buyers, the process was so daunting. We were so apprehensive because we did not know what to experience. However, from our first phone call, we knew that Ginge would be able to guide us to find the home we had in mind. Ginge truly spent the time to get to know us and our likes and dislikes, and never was pushy or made us feel like doing something we were not comfortable with. Spending time with her was highly enjoyable and we felt that Ginge was always in our corner. From the first consultation to closing, Ginge was professional throughout the process. If there was anything that could make Ginge better, she had a planned trip out of the country and responded to emails and questions, just as if she was still in town! My husband and I are forever grateful for Ginge and her tireless work. There is no doubt that she is fantastic at what she does!
We had such a fabulous experience with Ginge. As first-time home buyers in a competitive area, we were a bit intimidated and didn’t quite know what to expect and what questions to ask. Ginge and the AZ Realty team really guided us and always made us feel comfortable – there was no such thing as a dumb question! She went to bat for us when she needed to, and we developed such a great relationship with her and the rest of the team. They made buying a home as easy and painless as possible!
Allison & Ginge were phenomenally helpful throughout our recent home purchase. They helped us find a home we love and importantly made sure we got it! We had a lot of questions as first time home buyers, and they were helpful/supportive every step of the way. We really felt like they cared about us as clients. Would also add they were extremely flexible and were completely on top of every detail throughout our faster-than-normal closing period.
We recently closed on our first home with Ginge Calhoun’s help. Having used many agents before on various rentals, we can honestly say Ginge blew them all away. She is extremely responsive, proactive and supportive and she was there for us every step of the way with expert guidance and advice. I would definitely recommend her to friends!
Ginge is incredible. We are first-time home owners and, in our search, we had a lot of questions. From wandering around basements looking for sump pumps to talking about the pros and cons of certain neighborhoods, Ginge truly held our hands throughout the entire process. She was always reachable and she helped explain various processes that we would need to complete upon making an offer and accepting it. She was also simply lovely to work with, which made it all better. We just closed on our house, and we’re so happy with it. We couldn’t have done it without Ginge!
We highly recommend Allison to prospective buyers and sellers. Allison was extremely professional and knowledgeable. She gave us much needed advice and proactively reached out when there was an opportune time for us to continue our house hunting. She listened to our feedback and concerns and helped guide us with her extensive knowledge of the real estate market and of the local area. And her assistance extends beyond real estate, providing advice on local schools, and helping connect us with families nearby that have children of similar age. If you are looking for a dedicated, smart and professional real estate agent, Allison is the best in the biz.
We feel so lucky that a friend recommended Allison to us! She is incredibly professional and knowledgeable….more of a matchmaker for real estate than real estate broker. She listened carefully to what we really wanted and helped us find an amazing home. It wasn’t staged and had been sitting on the market for a while so we also got a great deal! We were first time home buyers, with two children under 2 and a half, so we had a ton of questions and were pretty overwhelmed in general-she helped us navigate the process and was able to really give excellent advice and support during the negotiation portion. Her entire team is fantastic. If moving from the city to the suburbs with small children sounds completely overwhelming to you (it did for us)….you will be in great hands with Allison. She also helped connect us to painters and handy people and has been available for questions even after we moved in. Thank you Allison!!!
Ginge was incredibly helpful, knowledgable and responsive. She helped us purchase our first home! She made a very stressful situation easier. I would definitely recommend her.
My husband and I cannot recommend Allison Ziefert highly enough! She has gone far above our expectations, making our home purchase adventure as stress-free (even enjoyable!) as possible. Allison is not only a superlative realtor, but she has also been a tremendous support to us, as we settle into a new community, offering stellar references for local services, from pediatricians to electricians. You will be in the best of hands with Allison…and South Orange is pretty great too.
Stop reading reviews and call her. That would be best. But if you’d like additional convincing, here goes! We met Ginge on our first trip to the West/South Orange area from Brooklyn. We had no real knowledge of the area other than hearing good things and seeing prices of homes we could actually afford. We were those Brooklynites holding on to the brownstone dream that was a bit (lot of bit) out of our reach so when we met Ginge weren’t exactly excited to be looking in New Jersey. We found a house on Zillow we wanted to check out, Ginge was the listing agent. Within the first hour of hour of meeting her, we started to get excited about possibly building our lives in this not Brooklyn town. Ginge showed us the house we contacted her about and she showed up prepared with a handful of additional homes. Not only did she take us to beautiful areas we couldn’t deny but she shared her personal experience of moving from the city to Jersey. A few hours later we had gained a real estate agent we were extremely excited about, and a new friend. Shortly thereafter we found our home. Unfortunately we ran into nightmare-ish issues, 100% on our part, with our lender. If there is an award for longest closing ever – we win. Ginge could have dropped us and sprinted in the opposite direction screaming “I told you so” on numerous occasions. But she never did. She wiped our tears, held our hand, supported our choices and fought for us until we crossed the finish line. And even after we, unintentionally, put her through all that – she remains our cheerleader, and good friend. We are truly blessed to have her in our lives. Ginge is an honest, witty and kind, well prepared, very organized, completely on top of it, make you feel like you’re her one and only client, wonderful person. Call her.
We had a big move from Seattle, WA to Maplewood, NJ, and we needed to find our new home very quickly. Sarah “Ginge” Calhoun was amazing. She previewed the properties on our list, and did not waste our time showing us homes that would not suit our needs. We found our home in one weekend, and we love it! Throughout the process, Ginge gave us helpful recommendations for local vendors, which enabled us to close very quickly. Ginge also followed up with helpful information about utilities, schools, summer camps, recreation, etc. to make our family’s transition as smooth as possible. I can’t recommend Ginge Calhoun and the Allison Ziefert real estate group enough! Thanks, Ginge!
Allison and her team were professional, courteous, and easy to work with in selling our home. We had already bought another home and needed a quick, painless sell, yet we also wanted the best price for ourselves. Allison and her team were able to meet and exceed all expectations. The entire process was streamlined, efficient, and as easy as possible. We also have 3 young kids (under 4!) and NYC working hours/schedules, and Allison and her team were very accommodating in figuring out how to keep the disruption to a minimum. Allison had great recommendations and insights throughout the entire process, and we were able to sell and close quickly over asking price. We would highly recommend her to anyone selling their home in this area.
My wife and I first met Allison when we sought to move from NJ to Brooklyn. She was incredibly responsive and accommodating. She’s also a tough negotiator! Through her guidance we found our new home in South Orange last month. I have already recommended her to other Brooklyn friends looking to make the move, and will do so again.
Ginge is fantastic! The home buying process can be very nerve wracking and Ginge was with us every step of the way. Ginge was knowledgeable about the area we were looking in and recommended a town we weren’t thinking about that fit us perfectly. We can’t be happier.
Ginge was wonderful! She was very flexible in scheduling and setting up home tours. She gave us clear feedback on homes and their status so we never felt like we were wasting our time. She is knowledgeable about the process and answered all our questions regarding our first home purchase. She made the (often daunting) process run smoothly by recommending and keeping up with other contractors/mortgage agents/etc so we never had to worry. She is very organized and went out of her way to make us feel comfortable. She made sure to check in so we were not overwhelmed or discouraged into settling on a property that wasn’t the right fit. I highly recommend Ginge. She was such a pleasure to work with in buying our new home.
We first met Allison several years ago when we moved to a rental home in Maplewood. When we were ready to purchase a home in the area, Allison helped us navigate all of the complicated details. She was responsive to all of our needs and always followed up to make sure each aspect of our transaction was executed properly. Allison is very professional and handles pressure with grace. She presented all of the facts that we needed to make an informed decision about our purchase, and never pressured us into making a decision that we were not comfortable with. When we needed more information, she was always willing to make extra phone calls to get answers and help move our transaction along. She was extremely instrumental in getting us into our new home. As an experienced Realtor, I truly believe we would not have been able to close on our house if it wasn’t for Allison’s diligence.
Ginge was an absolutely fantastic realtor and I would recommend her services to everyone. She is at once professional and friendly and knows the real estate landscape extremely well. My husband and I were looking for a home in Maplewood, NJ for ourselves and our one year old daughter. We were moving from Brooklyn and had very little knowledge of the neighborhoods or the buying process. Ginge helped us to get to know the neighborhoods, and advised us handily on what can be a very intimidating bidding process. She also really took into account our tastes and made sure she showed us homes that we were sure to like. She responded to all my calls, texts and emails at all hours and always let us know if she wouldn’t be able to get back to us immediately, but most of the time she could. Also, once we had a bid accepted, Ginge did not stop there and continued to advise us on contractors, painters, daycares for my daughter, and local things to do! I cannot recommend Ginge enough, especially if you’re new to the buying a house scene. She really made my family and I feel comfortable and confident the entire time, and helped welcome us to Maplewood as well.
Working with Allison was terrific. She is extremely knowledgeable and gives good advice. She was instrumental in selling my home in a very short time after it was listed and the process couldn’t have gone any smoother. I’m very glad to have chosen Allison.
Great realtor! Knowledgeable, effective and a good communicator . She was able to provide valuable referrals for all phases of the preparation to list, secure 4 offers over list price in just four days, and follow through during some difficult negotiations. I would highly recommend her services!
Thank you Allison for helping us through the process of buying our first home!!!
Having been renters for all of our adult lives (dependent on doormen and building staff for everything), my husband and I finally got the urge to move to the suburbs from Paulus Hook, Jersey City after having 2 kids in 2 years. When we met Allison in her office, she patiently walked us through the basics of home-buying, discussed her process and answered our questions, while keeping my kids entertained with random office supplies she cobbled together for them to play with. Allison is a realtor with great taste and provides honest feedback, which is critical when considering important decisions in a competitive market. We started looking in Maplewood and South Orange but she steered us to our eventual location, lovely West Orange. She took my calls day and night, responded to every email and text, and had all the paperwork and references online, making it really convenient for us throughout.
Being the executor of my father’s estate, the process of probating his will and dealing with the countless doctor bills to be paid, I was in the need for a realtor that knew the town of Maplewood and would bring in the most traffic while hopefully selling the house relatively fast. Needless to say, Ginge exceeded my expectations at every level as not only did we have many bids within a day of the open house, she negotiated the best deal possible in three days and the estate received a price well above the list price. She was always there throughout the process to assist us with any issues or questions that we needed answered or resolved. During what was a difficult time for our family, she certainly made the selling of my father’s home less burdensome.
I highly recommend Allison and her associates. Allison helped my family sell our home in Maplewood, NJ. The amount of interest she garnered in the house was stellar – more than 30 people at the first open house, resulting in many bids the next day. Needless to say we were pleased with the results. We highly enjoyed working with Allison throughout the process. From the beginning she was enthusiastic, attentive and detail oriented. She brought confidence and experience to help us through the various bumps in the road that come with selling a house after 30+ years. Allison came in with ample research to determine a price point, and was also open to hearing our point of view on starting price. I could tell that the potential buyers and agents would also trust her advice. Allison has helpful connections in all related fields, from contractors to brokers to junk removal. She was in frequent contact with us, making sure that we were content with how everything was going at each step, and quickly reached out to us by phone or in person when discussion was needed. I’m not surprised she’s one of the busiest agents in the area and I expect that the AZ group will continue growing.
As we were navigating the process of buying our first home, Allison couldn’t have been a better realtor for us. She really took time to understand what we wanted and needed in a home. She sent us the home we ended up buying the minute it was listed, got us in to see it before the open house, and was extremely helpful in making our offer the most appealing, as we knew the price would draw multiple offers.
Allison always went above and beyond. She wasn’t afraid to give an honest opinion, connected us with great resources from mortgage lenders to attorneys to inspectors, and most of all, she was so incredibly patient with us as we dragged our 3 little kids to everything – without hesitation, she would jump right in to hold one of our infant twins or entertain our 2 year old. We are very happy to have had Allison’s guidance and can’t thank her enough!
“Sarah “Ginge” Calhoun did an excellent job as my agent when I was looking for an apartment in the Maplewood area. She responded to my questions promptly and directed apartment notices to me filtered according to my preferences. It was easy to arrange a showing with her, and she researched the answers to questions she could not answer immediately. She moved quickly when I was ready to commit. When I had difficulty with an automated tenant application check, she talked me through it (by email) and made sure that everything got done. She always responded rapidly and followed up thoroughly. After I had secured the apartment, I wanted to see it again to take measurements and to show my family. She facilitated that, and even took a cellphone video to help me remember features of the apartment. She followed through to delivering the signed lease, and continued to help me with logistical questions pertaining to the new apartment. I am delighted with the apartment, and with Ginge’s energy and diligence in getting it for me.”
We met Allison and Myrial about a year before we were ready to buy. They kept us updated on the market and answered any questions we had. They were very helpful, but also very patient with our timeline (there was no pressure to buy).
Once we were serious about buying, they were incredibly responsive and accommodating to our schedule. Myrial even worked while vacationing in Vermont on Christmas Eve to write up our first offer.
I can’t overstate how responsive they were, which made us feel comfortable throughout the purchasing process. They helped put us in contact with everybody we could possibly need (finance, handy man, chimney specialist, locksmith, inspector, etc).
If you’re buying in the Maplewood / South Orange area, I highly recommend using Allison and Myrial. Buying a home is a major decision and long process, but they make it as seamless as possible.
We had a fantastic experience working with Allison! Not only is she incredibly professional, competent and knowledgeable, she also is empathetic. She’s very sensitive to the needs of families, and is a true partner in working with you. She is extremely focused, diligent, and was a pleasure to work with during the entire process. As a local resident who has held positions in local government and with the education department, Allison knows our community better than anyone. She is the definition of customer focused, and ensures client satisfaction. It was wonderful having such a sense of confidence in your realtor! I will be retaining Allison again, and I recommend her without hesitation or reservation!
As first time home buyers the idea of purchasing a home seemed daunting, but Allison and her team were wonderful and made the process exciting and much less stressful. Allison took the time to walk us through each step of the process in detail and we never felt pressured to make a decision. Myrial was very helpful and great to work with during our home search as well. She was flexible, always reachable and provided her honest opinion and feedback. Their network of reputable contacts from home inspectors to lawyers was also a big bonus because we never had to worry about finding reputable service providers. We couldn’t be happier with the whole process!
We highly recommend Allison and her team. We most appreciated her local knowledge as the Maplewood market is extremely unique. She was incredibly responsive and helped us in the sale of our first home, which we sold over asking. We are so glad we went with Allison and her team to sell our home.
My fiancé and I recently purchased our first home in December. Our first introduction to Allison and Myrial was through Allison’s website. After signing up for her daily emails, we were able to get daily lists of houses in our budget and areas in which we were looking to buy. As first time homebuyers we had a million questions. Myrial, Allison’s colleague, answered every question we had quickly, professionally, with research, and without talking down to us. On our days which we scheduled visits, Myrial planned everything out beforehand and even picked us up and drove us to the showings. We were moving from Jersey City and didn’t have a car, so this was essential. During the showings Myrial gave us our space to see the house and form our own opinions. She was not overbearing which was great. After we formed our opinions, she provided us with her expert advice and opinions which were always helpful. The final thing which really set Allison and Myrial apart was the network of professionals Allison has developed over her years of experience. We used her network for our mortgage lender, our home insurance provider as well as our attorney. Because of how hard everyone worked, we were able to close in a little more than one month. We were so lucky to have the team of Allison and Myrial on our side during this process, and I would strongly recommend them to anyone.
Allison Ziefert was exactly what we wanted in our realtor. First, she spent the time to educate us on the process – she suggested we spend the time reviewing with her each step of the process and each of the documents. This was invaluable later when we were buying a home, and in the speed of getting official offers in and negotiating. In the SOMA area this process is stressful, and pre-knowing what we were signing and the full picture of the process was great. Then, Allison also took the time to learn about what kind of home we were looking for and then offered her honest opinion of what were the positive and negative points to the home, and what to think about in 5 years or 10 years about the home. And, she gave us space to look on our own. She is incredibly trustworthy, which we found to be one of the most important traits between realtor and buyer. This has to be #1. And, she was not afraid to give us honest advice, even it meant moving on from the sale. When she really wanted us to see a home, even if we were skeptical, she pushed for it but she didn’t waste our time looking at homes that weren’t in our style or good for our family. She also took the time to educate us on the competitive market and the different and often unknown scenarios that new buyers face in this unique market (like waiving the appraisal). When we finally put in an offer, she had great relationships with the seller’s realtor, inspectors, attorneys and mortgage folks to help make sure we got the home, and get us to the right people. You also will have a ton of questions from day 1 to closing, and she was always available for us. We can’t really say enough great things about Allison.
Allison was amazing. She was helpful at every possible moment from the listing to the closing. She made the entire process easier than we could have imagined.
Allison went above and beyond in helping us purchase our home. She was available every step of the way, had a vast knowledge of the area and kept the process moving smoothly. She also served as a dual agent and we felt wholly represented. She is professional, even-keeled and proactive. Can’t recommend her enough.
We had a wonderful experience with Myrial. She was very nice and personal. She was willing to help us with any questions regarding properties, neighborhoods and others. She had to take us to so many properties in various areas, but she was always happy and supportive. Also, she was very communicative and responsive throughout the process and after closing. Thank you!
LIZ & PETER M.
Allison, we can not say enough for all of your help in our home buying adventure! From the moment we sat down and met you, we knew that you would be the right person to help us find our first home. Thanks for always answering all our questions and being there to guide us through the process. We truly believe we have found the perfect home for us (even if there were a lot of bumps along the way!) We look forward to staying in touch and seeing you around town.
Allison Zeiffert is an outstanding Agent. She was extremely knowledgeable and diligent in helping my husband and I find our new home in West Orange, NJ. We started our home search with her in February and found our home in May. She provided us with a wealth of information which ultimately helped us to make a sound purchase decision. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy a home. Thanks again Allison, we truly appreciate you.
Allison is the best! Very helpful and knowledgeable about the areas she works in and ready to work very hard to help home buyers through the process of purchasing a home.
Allison Ziefert is an Agent we highly recommend. Allison represented us in the sale of our house, which closed a few days ago. She was actively engaged in our transaction from the moment we hired her, and she handled every detail with the utmost speed, care and professionalism. Allison is extremely knowledgeable about the entire process and gave us sound advice throughout the process. She is a real pleasure to work with.
Allison was immensely helpful during the purchase of our new home in South Orange. During our initial meeting Allison listened to our long list of needs and wants. She had a great understanding of what we were looking for and found a perfect home for us. Being first time home buyers, we were unaware of the process and Allison made our purchase painless and easy. She is extremely responsive, knowledgeable and professional. We really appreciate all her hard work and would recommend her to anyone purchasing a home.
Allison thank you for your guidance on getting our house ready for market! Your tips and marketing plan helped to get the house sold quickly. We appreciate your professionalism and expertise.
Allison Ziefert is an Agent we highly recommend you to work with. She scores A+ on every point from your first meeting to the last day when you get your keys. She helped us buy our first home in the lovely town of Montclair, NJ. She has superb knowledge of the real estate markets in Maplewood, Montclair and the surrounding areas. Allison is highly professional, organized, and she is always on top of all things. She is extremely responsive which we valued very much. She is NEVER late to the meeting or with her response to your email/text/phone call. When we described to her the vision of our first home, she picked up our tastes right away. We did not waste time on unccessry viewings of houses we were not going to buy. The entire process of buying home – from the 1st call we got from Allison after we filled our an application on her website to the happy day when we got our keys – was simply enjoyable experience. We hear people say that buying a house is very long and painful process, we say that it all depends on your agent. That is why we highly highly recommend Allison Ziefert, she knows how to make the journey of purchasing your home an easy and stress FREE one. Allison has a team of professionals staring with lawyers (we worked with Steven Hafif – he is an excellent lawyer), home inspectors, contractors and finishing with the movers. We took Allison’s advice on each professional she recommended us, and we have NO regrets, and the job was done in a timely manner and professionally. Allison Ziefert is the BEST.
We just closed on my uncle’s condo in Maplewood, quickly and with relative ease, with the help of Allison. She was terrific from the first visit, advising us how to best market the property, to being very responsive through the offer and closing. I would recommend her to family & friends.
Allison and Myrial were simply amazing. They both knew exactly what I was looking for and kept me informed every step of the way. Myrial was very accommodating in showing me the house numerous times and stayed very communicative throughout the entire process. Allison guided me throughout the inspection and appraisal and made me understand every little detail since this was our first time buying a house. Overall, I highly recommend anyone looking to buy a house to go with Allison and her team.
Allison is savvy, communicative, and friendly, and very good at what she does. There were some tricky moments leading up to the eventual purchase of our new home – this house-buying process can be tough! – and Allison was with us every step of the way. Allison is incredibly knowledgeable and well-connected in South Orange and surrounding areas: she gave us many great recommendations. In all, we couldn’t have chosen a better agent. I highly recommend Allison’s services, and would gladly work with her again if the situation arose.
Allison is everything you could want in an agent. She’s incredibly professional, timely, objective, knowledgeable, and always fighting for you. There’s no better person to guide you through the intimidating world of real estate. On top of that she’s a great person: warm, funny and thoughtful. Look no further!
Allison did an outstanding job helping my family purchase our first home in West Orange. After house hunting off and on for nearly three years and working with various agents, we can say without hesitation Allison offered the best combination: professionalism, expertise, compassion and savvy negotiating skills. What really set Allison apart were her candid opinions and her willingness to go above and beyond her duties, not just for us, but for her other clients too. We strongly recommend working with Allison.
Allison was extremely thorough, easy to work with and extremely diligent in getting our house sold. Allison’s presentation went way above and beyond. I believe that played a huge part in our multiple offers! What a great experience, thank you Allison!
We are repeat customers of Allison’s – she helped us both as sellers and buyers. Most recently she helped us sell our West Orange home. She provided the proper guidance and strategy that landed us a full price offer within the first 2 weeks. We successfully closed 30 days later. Allison is a well-balanced, knowledgeable agent and we would not only recommend her but use her again if we needed to.
My family had a wonderful experience working with Allison this summer. We were on a very tight house hunting schedule and she was incredibly helpful during the entire process. Between open houses and scheduled showings, we were able to see a variety of homes in just a few very short days. Her knowledge of the area is superb and she continues to be someone we reach out to for local advice – we highly recommend her to anyone considering the S. Orange market.
Allison Ziefert of Keller Williams MidTown Direct in Maplewood, NJ is thorough, professional and responsive. We knew these things from her reputation, but selected her for a house we thought was out of her normal ranges and its still held more than true. She led us through the process efficiently and offered great strategic advice on pricing and negotiations. Highly recommended.
I was very pleased with Allison’s handling of my mother-in-law’s estate home sale recognizing it was located outside her primary market area and that it was sold in as is condition. She established the right sale price which resulted in immediate traffic & offers. She is thorough and passionate about helping others!
Allison was wonderful throughout the process of purchasing our new home in South Orange. Coming from Brooklyn we knew little of the area; Allison was there to answer all of our questions and guide us throughout the process. After our initial meeting, she was quickly able to identify what we were looking for in a home. By listening to our wants/needs, she did a great job of matching us to homes that fit those parameters. Allison was also very honest with each home we saw. No pushiness and no overselling — if she saw a red flag, she let us know. We trusted her opinion and we ended up with exactly what we hoped to find. If anyone is looking for an agent, we will happily recommend Allison!
Allison could not be more professional. Adding value at every turn, she kept my wife and I–first time home-buyers moving from the city to South Orange–on schedule. It was uncanny how smoothly we found the home of our dreams, put in an offer on it and closed. She also helped us negotiate an extra $5K for minor inspection issues. Allison had our backs and still does–we reach out to her often for all types of area contacts and intel. I could not recommend Allison more highly.
Allison sold my house in Maplewood, and I couldn’t have found a better agent! She’s extremely knowledgeable about the state of the market in this area. An honest professional with her client’s best interest at heart, she possesses the right combination of hard-work, dedication, decisiveness, patience and diplomacy, and most importantly she gets things done and done well. I definitively recommend hiring her as your agent, whether you’re looking to buy or sell.
Allison has been great throughout the home-buying process. She helped us find the right home after several intense weeks of open houses and online searches, a lost bid and broken hearts. Then we had several issues come up during our inspection and she helped us to find folks to do the estimates for the work, gather these together and work them into a credit that we received at the closing. And now we know who we can hire to do the work. She’s been incredibly responsive every step of the way and helps us know what to expect. And she knows the area amazingly well; she’s like a walking rolodex of Maplewood. Soccer leagues for the kids, locksmiths, a choice of folks to haul trash, structural engineers, you name it. I would definitely recommend her to friends and family.
Allison Ziefert is an absolute professional and helped us buy our dream house! She guided us through every step very meticulously. She never pushed us to making an offer but knew exactly what we wanted and would sometimes bring to our attention the kind of homes that best suited our needs in her automated emails. Very impressed with her knowledge in the real estate business. Would definitely recommend her to anyone planning on buying a house. Great service.
JENNIFER AND ANTHONY L.
We hired Allison Ziefert of Keller Williams MidTown Direct Realty in Maplewood, NJ to help us sell our Maplewood home of 36 years after interviewing other brokers. We were impressed with her intelligence and approach to marketing our property. She developed a plan for us which we followed. Result: one busy open house, 3 offers – all at or above the asking price – and a successful closing. The keys to her creative marketing effort were Allison’s excellent brochure and video of the property and understanding of the unique Maplewood/South Orange market. Selling our home was not an easy decision. Allison’s diligence, availability (she was never late for an appointment) and honesty made the entire process bearable. We give Allison our emphatic and unqualified endorsement.
Allison Ziefert is absolutely fantastic and well worth working with. She is extremely knowledgeable about the area and knows exactly how to sell and buy homes for her clients. She says she “treats you like family” and that is exactly how we felt. We took our time and met with many realtors in the area and in the end we chose Allison and could not be happier with our choice. We have no doubt that Allison was an integral part in getting our home sold and in finding and helping us purchase the new one.
Allison was great in helping us purchase our first home moving from Jersey City. We had a large search area and she was able to help us narrow down where we wanted to be with her knowledge of the area. Also, she explained the buying process step by step and made everything as smooth as possible, as well as always answering any questions right away.
Allison is a pro. She knows the area well and understood what was important to my wife and I in a house, and where we were likely find it. We got a house we love at price we expected. It was a great experience from start to finish.
We had what we knew was a difficult wish list and a limited area where we wanted to be. Allison was helpful, careful, thorough, and gave honest, helpful insights. She clearly wanted us to be happy and made a concerted effort to help us achieve our dream. She was a great source of support from searching for a house through the closing. I cannot recommend her enough.
It was great working with Allison. She’s not pushy, which made us feel comfortable right off the bat, and seemed to have our best interests in mind. As first time home buyers, Allison was extremely helpful, honest, and patient with us every step of the way. We love our new home and are very thankful to Allison for finding it for us.
Allison was a great resource for us. We moved from NYC to our first home in NJ, and she was always around to make things happen when we couldn’t be in NJ. She is very thorough and gets the job done. We will certainly use Allison again if we ever need an agent.
Allison did a wonderful job selling my Grandfather’s home. She worked tirelessly to ensure that the home was ready for sale and even checked in on the oil tank removal. In fact, I was calling her to see if she had any information on how it was going, never expecting that she was on site observing the process! Highly recommend working with Allison!
Allison Ziefert is really fantastic to work with. We decided to meet with her on a hunch – she had a good handshake. Our instincts paid off – from the beginning she was upfront, honest and extremely timely in getting back to us. She asked the right questions and kept us within our budget. Not once did we feel pushed in a certain direction or neglected in our search. She made sure that our best interests were protected while moving the deal forward seamlessly. Highly recommended!
I had an amazingly easy and smooth house purchase with Allison. I was new to the area ,and she gave me excellent references. My closing time frame was tight, and she arranged all the inspections and estimates quickly. I felt like I had a very skilled team around me and was in excellent hands throughout the process.
Allison did a fantastic job for me! I described my needs to Allison and within 48 hours she had found exactly what I was looking for at a price I could afford. During the negotiation process, Allison presented my offer in such a way that it was accepted over three other offers that came in the same day. Within one day of seeing the property for the first time, I had a signed lease and had a move in date. I could not have been happier with the service Allison provided.
We worked with Allison to find our current home, and we couldn’t be happier with the entire process! Allison was a complete joy to work with! She clearly knows her market and was an expert at assessing our needs and finding us the perfect property. Allison listened and made things happen. She went to great lengths to make sure our real estate transaction was easy and stress-free. It’s obvious that she cares deeply about her clients. Allison is a true professional!
Allison was absolutely a wonder to work with. From the very beginning she was honest and extremely responsive. She was patient as we looked through many, many homes! She was very knowledgeable about the area and the home buying process. She was great in the negotiations and thinking through all the terms of our contract/bid. She was also very helpful once we were under contract getting us set up with all the right utilities companies, cable, etc. The process of buying a home would have been very complicated for us – but she made it smooth and easy. I would HIGHLY recommend Allison for anyone. We kept saying throughout the process we are so lucky to have worked with Allison.
I can’t even begin to explain how great Allison was. From day 1 she was honest and extremely helpful. She was much more than just a broker, she was like a partner in our journey to find a home. When we bid on homes and did not get them she always kept us going, even when we were extremely defeated. When we did find our home she was amazing in negotiating our closing details and explaining to us what was most important to fight for. She always had our best interest at heart. She gave us wonderful recommendations for our mortgage broker and attorney as well. Obviously I think she did an amazing job, and I would reccommend anyone looking for a home in the area to use her. I really don’t know know how you could find any better service.
Allison Ziefert will assist you with every phase of the purchase or sale of your home. Her input at each stage is excellent- this will make a difference in not only the price of the home but also the success in finishing the transaction. She is detail-oriented so there are no mistakes and no surprises. We were very satisfied and recommend Allison to anyone looking for a realtor.
I can not imagine a more professional, knowledgeable, honest and thoughtful real estate agent than Allison. She completely puts the client first, rather than trying to push a sale. She asked the right questions to get a specific feel for what we wanted in terms of location, price, style and timeline. Sshe then delivered in all of those departments. As other reviewers have stated, Allison pays detailed attention to market data in each town where she specializes and knows each block. I learned a lot from studying her monthly market reports on Montclair sales data, trends etc. We would not have been able to purchase this house without her knowledge of the area and sense for the home’s actual market value. Even with a difficult seller, Allison expertly negotiated each aspect of the transaction to favorable terms. She was by far the most consistent, pleasant, helpful and professional part of the whole process. We recommend her highly and without reservation.
PRAGYA T. AND ASHISH K.
Allison is the kind of agent we all wish for, and we were fortunate enough to get her! She is incredibly informed, organized, efficient and in every sense “present” during all the negotiations, inspections, correspondences. Moreover, she is extremely resourceful and organized –she brought in excellent stagers, handymen, carpenters and photographers. She gave us every resource we needed at the right time, and her experience and skill showed from the very beginning, when the house was being readied to the moment it went on the market, and throughout, until the closing. Our offer came within two days of the home being on the market and Allison was instrumental in getting us there. We were indeed fortunate to have her on our side and I would recommend her to anyone who is looking ahead at the challenging task of getting their home on the market!
We highly recommend working with Allison whether you are looking to buy a new home or condo, looking to rent or simply become more informed about the real estate market/communities of Maplewood and South Orange. Having recently moved to New Jersey with our 8 year old, we knew very little about the area and it was Allison to the rescue. She is extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful, sincere, courteous, honest and professional. She took the time to learn exactly what we were looking for both for a rental and later for a home purchase. She is very active in the community and has a strong and reputable network. Everyone who she has recommended to us has been top notch and they all think very highly of her. Overall, she has given us a lot of great insight and advice, which has helped to make our introduction really pleasant and seamless. We’ve worked with many realtors over the years and Allison is the best hands down.
My family reached out to Allison when we were ready to look for a home to buy in the South Orange/Maplewood area. Allison was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process. She is extremely knowledgeable about the area and was able to help us become very familiar with the different neighborhoods and what each had to offer. With Allison’s help, we found our dream home very quickly. She was there to guide us every step of the way through the purchasing process. Allison has been a great resource for us and has helped us feel welcome and right at home in our new neighborhood. I would highly recommend Allison to anyone looking to find the perfect home for their family.
I own a commercial property in South Orange NJ and Allison has leased two of my spaces. One to an office tenant and the other to a very well known restaurant operator with 3 other locations. I had no qualms about offering her an exclusive on the building. She is a true professional, she worked extremely hard on my behalf and went above and beyond to position my property in a very difficult marketplace. Both negotiations with the tenants were difficult, and through her stewardship we crafted agreements that worked for both parties. I highly recommend her!
My partner and I had a terrific experience with Allison; she has all qualities that one would expect from a top-tier agent: data-driven, market expertise, responsiveness and relatablity. Just as important, she makes the buying process seamless for her clients with her relationships throughout the area. Not to mention, she has an amazing sense of humor. Simply put, she’s a brilliant agent and one of Maplewood/South Orange’s best.
Allison was an absolute pleasure to work with. On our first meeting Allison came prepared with comps and a great presentation. Allison listened to my families needs and was very patient. Allison made a stressful situation very seamless. I can’t wait to work together again in the near future.
CARA P. AND STEPHEN B.
Allison is amazing. She is thorough, she knows Maplewood, and she knows the market. She could speak to us about what it would be like to live in the town (we were relocating from Manhattan) and she could speak to us about trends in the real estate market as well as what she thought interest rates might do. She is thorough, honest, kind, and easy to work with. Allison took the time to get to know us, and she was as invested in finding us the right house for us as we were. She showed us beautiful homes, in our price range, that we would enjoy living in – not just “whatever popped up on the market” and there was never pressure to buy. When we got serious about a house, she sat down with us and we really talked about how we’d use the house, if this was THE home for us. Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about Allison. My husband and I love our new house, and home buying can be stressful, especially in a competitive market, but we both agree, the absolute best part of the entire process was working with Allison. I think that attests to the quality of service she offers. Allison is the best.
Allison worked with us through the winter and eventually we found the perfect house. She’s very knowledgeable about the Maplewood/Millburn area. She knows every single street and every school and every store. This is very important to any buyer. She was also very patient and never rushed anything. In fact, she told us to not worry about things when they didn’t go as hoped. We enjoyed our buying process with her and would definitely recommend her service. She recommended an excellent attorney too!
I would recommend Allison Ziefert. She represented my husband and me as first time buyers and helped us buy a single family home in Maplewood, NJ that attracted multiple bids. She has excellent local knowledge, is calm under pressure (and not pushy) and very responsive and hard working. Out of the various advisers involved in our deal, Allison was the most professional.
Allison Ziefert is a wonderful realtor. She helped us purchase our home in a great neighborhood at a great price. Her knowledge of the local real estate market was outstanding. We would highly recommend Allison to anyone who is looking to buy or sell their home.
Allison is the complete package. She provides advice and information on every aspect of preparing a house for sale. She is an expert on maximizing value, and is tireless in contacting contractors and others to do the necessary work. In our case, we were dealing with an estate sale of a house that had been unoccupied for some time and needed to be put in shape. Allison’s estimates on market value turned out to be remarkably accurate, and she was able to bring us buyers who wanted to pay what we wanted to receive. We have dealt with agents before, and I have never encountered anyone with Allison’s combination of intelligence, skill, and dedication to a great result.
Because of her commitment to both, Allison has the distinctive ability of being able to mix business and friendship. She does so with well-timed humor and a genuine good nature which helped ease what would have been a very stressful process when selling my home. I recommend Allison as a professional with high ethical standards, along with multiple other factors including her commitment, sense of urgency and reliable follow up.
Allison represented us in our latest house purchase in Millburn, NJ. Her pragmatic approach to the process combined with her assessment of the house’s true value has helped us tremendously in evaluating our needs and goals and making the right decisions. A job well done!!!
My husband and I just closed on a home in West Orange NJ, and without Allison Ziefert, it would likely not have happened. Both my husband and I are truly impressed with Allison, and would recommend her to anyone in need of a great realtor. She is knowledgeable, patient, offers great suggestions and is overall an exceptionally well organized professional. After viewing a number of homes we found the perfect one. The house was new to the market and our offer was below list price, and at Allison’s suggestion, we requested a decommissioned tank be removed as part of the offer. We knew this might be a sticking point and that the owner may want to wait for more offers….but Allison waited and presented our offer to the owner in person and closed the deal! Then the process of getting to closing began….we had to deal with a traveling seller, a seller’s attorney who did not know NJ law, a seller’s agent who was not available, our attorney who worked part time, the town of West Orange and oh yes, Hurricane Sandy! who arrived just in time to delay the removal of the oil tank and put the closing date in jeopardy. Through all the delays and mayhem Allison keep on course, with an eye focused on our need to close on time. One day before closing there was a major delay in getting a COO that could have delayed us by three weeks, but Allison kept her cool and worked her connections to pull of the impossible….she obtained the COO the morning of closing, and we closed ON TIME. Thank you Allison for a job well done!
Allison worked with me every step of the way. She helped set my expectations and kept the selling process moving along at all times. I would use her again in a heartbeat!
G. AND K. JOHNS
Allison found the perfect house for us quickly–and it was a house that I hadn’t even noticed in my online searches. She helped us navigate through the complicated process of buying a home in New Jersey, and connected us with all the right professionals to make the process as smooth as possible. We appreciated her expertise, especially during the inspection process which could have easily overwhelmed us without her by our side. We just moved in last week and LOVE our house!
Allison did a truly great job helping my parents relocate to New Jersey from Long Island. After 57 years in the same house you can imagine how difficult and emotionally fraught this decision was. Allison somehow maintained the right balance of personal closeness and professional distance and saw my parents through a complicated process. She stayed cool through a number of twists and turns and ended up settling them into the perfect place. We are very grateful to her and recommend her without reservation.
Allison helped our parents find the perfect apartment. She had an incredible knowledge of the market and quickly understood what they were looking for. She was cheerful even as they terminated a contract and had to start all over again. I would recommend Allison without hesitation.
My husband and I must have looked at dozens of houses in various parts of New Jersey with Allison Ziefert and not once did she betray any sign of impatience, lack of enthusiasm or – quite understandably- a desire to wring our necks. She is one of the most patient, good-humored, intuitive and resilient (!) brokers I have ever had the pleasure of working with- and I recommend her unreservedly.
I have rarely worked with a realtor as sensitive, knowledgeable and as diligent as Allison. Her understanding of the market and the communities involved in our search was superb. Her instincts were dead on, and she totally “got” our needs. I recommend her most enthusiastically.
J. AND B. GALVAN
Working with Allison Ziefert in search for our first family home completely surpassed all our expectations. Always with our two young children in tow, Allison was patient, efficient with time, and understood our needs right away. She was honest and always had our best interest at heart, educating us and genuinely making recommendations we had not thought of ourselves. We know we will be working with Allison again in the future.
J. AND M. LAMBERT
Allison came recommended to us in early 2011 while searching for a new home. In addition to being personable, hardworking, professional, and prompt, her in-depth knowledge of the area (school system; community; services; etc) was a huge asset in helping our young family make a seamless transition from the city to the suburbs. Needless to say, we highly recommend Allison for anyone searching for a new home.
ASSEMBLYWOMAN MILA JASEY
When I decided to move my legislative office, I asked Allison to locate space in S. Orange or Maplewood that met specific criteria and state guidelines for cost and constituent needs. She was always on time, well informed and professional. Allison worked with local landlords and state officials to find me a beautiful, bright new space in a short period of time. The entire experience was smooth and actually fun!