Announcing a New Sales Associate at Lois Schneider Realtor!

Our team of top producing sales associates is growing as we welcome a new agent and member of the National Association of Realtors, Karen Hendrie. Karen, as a lifetime area resident and mother of four children currently attending Summit Public Schools, is extremely active in both the CPC Nursery School and Brayton School communities. She has remarkable perspective into the local market and has formed many valuable contacts from her volunteer work in the community.

Karen graduated from Lynchburg College with a BA in Communication Studies and worked in IT recruiting before starting her family. She was born and raised in Summit and graduated from Summit High School in 1992.

Her local upbringing, professional background, and involvement in the area’s schools make her the perfect addition to our company, the current market leader in Summit, New Jersey.

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Stuff The Bus!

We’d like to give a big ‘thank you’ to all who gave to our collection for the United Way of Greater Union County’s “Stuff The Bus” School Supply Drive. Organized by Jen Hanley, Administrative Assistant, Kara Thoms, Sales Associate, and Martha McDonnell, Sales Associate, the Lois Schneider Realtor collection box at our office at 431 Springfield Avenue in Summit was overflowing with backpacks, notebooks, and other back-to-school essentials that will benefit students in need the the local area. For more information about the United Way of Greater Union County, visit their website at

Jen Hanley, Kara Thoms, and Martha McDonnell organized LSR’s school supply drive.
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A Message from Our Sales Manager

With the lazy summer months upon us and the real estate market starting a temporary summer slow, I’ve had some time to ponder the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt: ”Real estate cannot be lost or stolen, nor can it be carried away. Purchased with common sense, paid for in full, and managed with reasonable care…it is about the safest investment in the world.”

Well, yes, since those words were spoken, a few things have changed. Real estate can be lost or stolen, as evidenced by the banking debacle of 2008, and yes, it can be carried away by mud slides, tornadoes and hurricanes, as evidenced by climate change…and no, not all homes have to be paid in full thanks to today’s low interest rates.

Three things still, true, however…managed with reasonable care and with common sense, it is about the safest investment in the world.

~Ginny Jordan, Sales Manager

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5 Things You’ll Love About 33 Templar Way, one of our Beautiful Homes For Sale in Summit NJ

1. Space, space, and more space! From the first floor below to the bedrooms above, the oversized rooms in this beautiful home are perfect for today’s modern living.

2. Perfect location! This home in Summit, NJ, is well-sited in the Lincoln-Hubbard school district, close to downtown and Mid-town Direct trains to New York City.

3. Easy entertaining: A spacious family room with french doors opening to a bluestone patio and sprawling level lawn–the perfect place to have company in the summer.

4. Great Schools: This home on Summit, NJ’s “Northside” is well-sited in the Lincoln-Hubbard elementary school district.

5. Optimal Floor Plan: Generous space, an  enviable center hall floor plan, comfort and elegance are the hallmarks of this classic brick and shingle Colonial.

See photos of 33 Templar Way, Summit NJ.


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DIY Staging Ideas that will Impress Buyers

Believe it or not, even though we are in the midst of the summer months, the market is still hot! Many serious buyers are looking to purchase before a rise in interest rates, and there is a good amount of inventory at certain price points. So, how do you give your home the advantage without spending too much money? Below are a few DIY staging ideas that won’t break the bank but will leave a great impression on an interested buyer!

1. Maximize your curb appeal! Wash the outside of your windows, put fresh plants in your flower pots and window boxes, repaint your front door, update your outdoor lighting fixtures, buy new and colorful pillows for your outdoor patio furniture, and keep your lawn and pool clean and free of debris.

2. Declutter inside. Clear off counters, throw out stacks of newspapers and magazines, and stow away most of your small decorative items. Put excess furniture in storage, and remove out-of-season clothing items that are cramping closet space.

3. Let in the light! Get ride of heavy drapery, put higher wattage bulbs in light fixtures, clean the walls or brush on a fresh coat of neutral color paint.

4. A clean kitchen is important. Limit your counter-top appliances to 2 essentials, get rid of pot racks, remove extra kitchen chairs, and get a fresh centerpiece for the kitchen table.

5. Create a spa-like atmosphere in your bathrooms. Put away your personal items and replace them with new towels and fancy guest soaps.

6. Get rid of smells! Clean and shampoo any furniture or carpets that may have stale smells due to pet odor or smoke.

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Summer Events in Summit NJ and Surrounding Towns

Long evenings and fun family events are some of our favorite things about summer. There are so many resources to find out what’s going on in our community, so we’ve compiled a bunch of websites to help you schedule!  Follow the Summit Community Programs facebook page and check out the City of Summit’s website for information on a range of events with Summit NJ’s 68th Annual Fourth of July Celebration kicking-off the festivities. Need to cool off? Follow the Summit Family Aquatic Center and Shark Diddy on twitter to stay up to date in real time! Or, if golf is more your style, Scotty McMuni has his own facebook page to keep you apprised on the latest news at the Summit Municipal Golf Course. Best of New Jersey has a great compilation of events happening in Union County and the rest of New Jersey, as well! And, of course, Lois Schneider Realtor has a community events page, and 33 knowledgeable sales associates who love to have fun and can get you up-to-date information on the happenings in Summit, New Providence, Chatham, Madison, Short Hills, Berkeley Heights, and more!

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Summit Tot Trot: Kids Running for Kids

On May 31st, the Summit Junior Fortnightly Club hosted the 37th annual Summit Tot Trot, a fun-filled field event where kids between the ages of 2 and 10 run, race and have a ball. The Tot Trot has grown from a memorable annual event into a meaningful Summit tradition that celebrates the spirit of community caring and fun.

Children who came out for the event in the early days are now parents who enter their own children in this wonderful Memorial Field event.

Two years after opening its doors in 1976, Lois Schneider Realtor opened its heart as the lead sponsor of the Tot Trot. Well-known for our philosophy of community giving, the company has been a major benefactor of this event for over 35 years.

The partnership forged between the Junior Fortnightly Club’s Tot Trot and Lois Schneider Realtor has resulted in significant grants over the years to an amazing variety of non-profit organizations in our area, including this year’s recipient, The Valerie Fund.

Coincidentally, The Valerie Fund, established in 1976, the same year as Lois Schneider Realtor, was born in the New Jersey basement of the Goldstein family whose daughter, Valerie, succumbed to cancer. A group of benevolent friends supported the wish that no family should have to endure Valerie’s arduous treatment alone.

This year, the proceeds raised from the Tot Trot event will benefit The Valerie Center, the esteemed children’s center dedicated to the health care of children with cancer and blood disorders. Also a past recipient has been the well-established Valerie Fund’s Camp Happy Times, with a proud 30-year history of providing a one-week overnight camp experience for children 5 through 21 who have or have had cancer.

With an aptly named theme of ‘KIDS RUNNING FOR KIDS,” this year’s Tot Trot event was a great success!

LSR President, Karen Schneider with daughter and Operations and Transaction Coordinator, Katie Heffernan. The little one is Karen’s grand-niece, ready for some fun in the sun!

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Twin Beeches

Our featured property this month is 233 Springfield Avenue in Summit, NJ. According to the Summit Historical Society, a few grand estates were built on Summit’s Northside as ‘country homes’ during the early 1900s. Twin Beeches, like Twin Maples, now the stately Summit Fortnightly Club, was one such home. The present day Twin Beeches is a superbly finished Spanish Colonial Revival estate, an architectural tour de force, completely rebuilt in 2000 by the current owners. Their goal was to build “a new, one hundred year old house,” carefully adhering to the Spanish Colonial style as defined by noted turn of the century architect Addison Mizner, updated for modern living. The home includes the grand interior and exterior entertaining spaces typical of the Mizner designed Palm Beach and Palm Springs estates. The quality of the materials and the craftsmanship are as they would have been in times past, applied with meticulous adherence to the home’s architectural style, including: a distinctive clay barrel tile roof imported from Italy; custom exterior brickwork and limestone detailing; mahogany windows and doors; ceiling heights, millwork, and other finishes following a formal/informal hierarchy; and ceiling friezes and Venetian plaster walls in formal spaces. Privately perched on a 2.3 acre prime Northside property accessed by two driveways, this expansive estate is a rare find in Summit, and just blocks to town and New York City commuter trains.

A grand two-story, columned entrance hall with front-to-rear views, a serpentine staircase and decorative ironwork is just the beginning of the home’s extraordinary spaces and detailing. The elegant living room spans the front and rear of the home, and it features plaster ceiling friezes, custom paneling, and an oversized fireplace with decorative mantel. Two sets of French doors open from the living room to an idyllic veranda with a radiant heated limestone floor and built-in fireplace overlooking a private terrace and tiered lawns. The banquet-sized dining room also includes ceiling details, an oversized fireplace and mantel, as well as Venetian plasterwork. The formal spaces around the reception hall are completed by a unique winter garden turned conservatory with a clerestory, stately pillars, built-in bookcases, and three sets of custom curved doors that lead to the formal gardens.

The home’s first floor family spaces are anchored by a designer kitchen with island seating for eight. A distinctive tray ceiling and views of the property highlight the breakfast room which accesses the rear patio and a lower level “hidden” garden.  The handsome family room is clad in custom mahogany walls, recessed lighting embedded in exposed mahogany ceiling beams, a fireplace, and a built-in media center. A fully equipped butler’s pantry, mud room and full bath add to the convenience and livability of these rooms.

The second floor is open and spacious, with a gallery and landing that overlook the foyer below. The romantic fireside master bedroom is flanked by a sitting room and office, each with different property views. Two walk-in closets connect the master dressing room. The luxury master bath features two marble-topped vanities, radiant heated marble slab floors, deep jetted tub, frameless oversized shower and separate commode. Three additional large ensuite bedrooms each boast walk-in closet areas and well-appointed full adjoining baths with linen closets. A large balcony connects to one of the bedrooms, offering panoramic vistas. A laundry center with built-ins and oversized closet is an added bonus.

Front and back staircases to the third floor access two privately set identical bedrooms, each of which includes a built-in study and day bed, and a dressing room. The ensuite baths, each with custom vanity and shower, are joined by a Jack and Jill tub room. Ample storage areas abound on this level as well.

An expansive lower level offers additional leisure living in a finished recreation/game room with an original brick fireplace. A pub room with mahogany cabinetry is equipped with wet bar, wine fridge, ice maker. counter seating and more. There is an exercise room with two mirrored walls, a temperature-controlled wine room, a sitting area/home office with abundant closets, and a full bath.

A separate two-story guest suite features an entry foyer from the porte cochere, with a second-floor living room, full bath and bedroom also accessed from an open air breezeway connected to the main house.

Outdoor extras include a two-car oversized heated garage, two driveways, a hidden basketball court, recycling center with custom bins and a four-car detached garage.

Boasting complete privacy and unsurpassed architectural detailing, this fabulous in-town estate at 233 Springfield Avenue is truly a masterpiece.

Please contact us 908.277.1398 for more information or a private viewing of this magnificent estate.

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Lois Schneider Realtor Sales Associates named as Five-Star Real Estate Professionals

Lois Schneider Realtor is proud to announce that 14 top sales associates have been named to the final list of Five Star Real Estate Agents for 2014.  The Five Star Real Estate Agent Program identifies and showcases real estate professionals in a local market with the highest scores in overall satisfaction. Realtors are evaluated by clients based on customer service, integrity, market knowledge, communication and negotiation skills, closing preparation, helpfulness, marketing, and overall satisfaction. Pictured are honorees:  (top left to right) Allison Lees, Debbie Chang, Winnie Cavazini, Sara Parker Henderson, Tony Verducci, Nancy Burrows, Kathleen Barrett, Diane Robinson, Martha McDonnell, (bottom left to right) Roey Dangler, Barbara Harrison, Linda Peck, Cynthia Baker. Not pictured: Susan Lemkau.

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Lois Schneider Realtor Celebrates a Successful 2014

Lois Schneider Realtor Celebrates a Successful 2014

At Lois Schneider Realtor’s annual awards luncheon on February 27, 2015, at Baltusrol Golf Club, over 50 professional sales and support staff celebrated the accomplishments of the sales associates and recognized the company’s outstanding performance in 2014.

Winnie Cavazini and Roey Dangler of the Cavazini & Dangler Team received the Team awards for Most Listings, Most Sales, Most Units and Highest Dollar Volume. Three individual agents, Cynthia Baker, Debbie Lupton and Diane Robinson tied for the category of Most Sales.  Cynthia Baker also took the Top Production Award for individual agents in the production categories for Most Listings, Most Units and Highest Dollar Volume.

The top three team producers were Winnie Cavazini and Roey Dangler of the Cavazini & Dangler Team;  Betsy Crosby, Linda Peck and Pam Gumport of the Crosby-Peck-Gumport Team; Suzanne Lear and Jill Bray of the Lear Bray Team.  Individual top producers included Cynthia Baker, Tony Verducci, Debbie Lupton, Stephanie Kramer, Diane Robinson and Allison Lees.

The President’s Gold Plus Circle award for teams with production exceeding $30,000,000 was earned by The Cavazini & Dangler Team and the Crosby-Peck-Gumport Team. Members of the President’s Gold Circle for teams, for production exceeding $20,000,000, was earned by the Lear Bray Team. The President’s Director’s Circle award was earned by the Bienemann & Dinsmore Team for production exceeding $10,000,000.

The President’s Platinum Circle award for individuals with production exceeding $20,000,000 was earned by Cynthia Baker. The President’s Gold Plus Circle for production exceeding $15,000,000 included Debbie Lupton and Tony Verducci. The President’s Gold Circle members were Stephanie Kramer, Allison Lees and Diane Robinson with production of more than $10,000,000. Macy Egerton, Barbara Harrison and Martha McDonnell were honored for their positions in the President’s Silver Circle with production exceeding $7,000,000. The President’s Bronze Circle award was earned by Nancy Burrows, Mary Jo Herr and Sara Parker Henderson for their production exceeding $6,000,000.  Kathy Barrett and Sandra Long were recipients of the Director’s Circle Award for production exceeding $5,000,000.

Along with the awards for annual production, additional acknowledgements were presented. Circle of Excellence winner at the Platinum Level was Linda Peck. Winners at the Bronze Level were Tony Verducci and Martha McDonnell, while Martha McDonnell also received a Distinguished Award Recipient.

The Lois Keough Schneider Award recognizes sales associates and staff members who exemplify the tenets upon which the company was founded.  Winners of the award were chosen based on a company-wide vote. Shawn Yaney and Katie Heffernan received the support staff honor, while Tony Verducci received the sales associate honor based on their dedication to customer service, promotion of team spirit, and enhancement of the Lois Schneider Realtor reputation.

The designation of ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) was earned by Ginny Jordan, Broker of Record. Kathryn Koserowski and Katie Heffernan earned their sales associate license this past year.

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Winnie Cavazini and Roey Dangler of the Cavazini & Dangler Team received the Team awards for Most Listings, Most Sales, Most Units and Highest Dollar Volume. (Pictured above: Winnie Cavazini, Karen Schneider, President, and Roey Dangler)

Cynthia Baker took the Top Production Award for individual agents in the production categories for Most Listings, Most Units and Highest Dollar Volume. (Pictured above: Cynthia Baker and Karen Schneider, President)

Individual agents Cynthia Baker, Debbie Lupton and Diane Robinson tied for the category of Most Sales. (Pictured: Diane Robinson, Cynthia Baker, Karen Schneider, President, and Debbie Lupton) 

Top Team Producers were The Cavazini & Dangler Team, The Crosby-Peck-Gumport Team, and The Lear Bray Team. (Pictured: Roey Dangler, Winnie Cavazini, Linda Peck, Karen Schneider, President, Suzanne Lear, Jill Bray. Not pictured: Betsy Crosby, Pam Gumport)

Pictured with Karen Schneider, President, are Individual Top Producers: Allison Lees, Cynthia Baker, Stephanie Kramer, Tony Verducci, Debbie Lupton and Diane Robinson.

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