THE MONTICELLO TEAM

Monticello takes great pride in hiring, training, and retaining hard working, honest, and sophisticated realtors. We invite you to meet our Capital Region realtors.

Realtor in Albany NY Alexander Monticello

Alexander H. Monticello, Esq.
Owner and Principal Broker
518-227-0718
Alex@MonticelloNYS.com 

Alexander is a New York State licensed real estate broker and New York State licensed attorney. In 2017 Alexander was nominated as an Inman Innovator, for one of the most innovative marketing programs.  A life long upstate New Yorker, Alexander has lived and worked in the Capital Region since 2005. He has extensive experience advising some of New York’s most accomplished and influential leaders. In addition to practicing as a real estate broker, Alexander has over a decade of political and government experience negotiating significant legal, economic, and contractual issues. He served on the Executive Board of the Lark Street Business Improvement District in Albany. Prior to founding Monticello, Alexander practiced as an associate broker with Judy Rosen Real Estate, served as treasurer of Capital Hill Condominiums, Inc., and worked as a law clerk for E. Stewart Jones law firm. Alexander believes in supporting our community institutions, which is why he raises money for the Capital Roots, underwrites WAMC public radio, and donates to the Albany Art Barn.  Monticello contributes thousands of dollars every year to support these and other worthy community initiatives.

Alexander earned a B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University, magna cum laude, and a J.D. from Albany Law School, Senior Editor of the Albany Law Review. Alexander holds the following licenses and memberships.

  • New York State Licensed Attorney
  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • American Bar Association Member
  • New York State Bar Association Member
  • Albany County Bar Association Member
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Nirisa Cropped HeadshotNirisa Adams
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-526-3440
Nirisa@MonticelloNYS.com

Nirisa is a New York State licensed Realtor. With a background in Non Profit and Human Resources/Recruiting, Nirisa is a self motivated professional, and brings extensive negotiation and problem solving skills to Real Estate. She is committed to ensuring a positive home buying and selling experience, while providing a high level of professionalism to her clients.

Nirisa is passionate about social causes in the community. In her free time, she volunteers at various local organizations including Regional Food Bank, Soup Kitchens and Habitat for Humanity. Nirisa resides in Clifton Park, NY with her husband and their dog. She received her BA in International Relations from University at Albany and an MBA from The College of Saint Rose. Nirisa is also fluent in

Nepali, Urdu, and Hindi languages.
Nirisa holds the following licenses and memberships:
  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Danielle Speziale
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-708-7497
Danielle@MonticelloNYS.com

Danielle is a New York State licensed Realtor who is passionate about making the real estate process as seamless and enjoyable as possible. Prior to real estate, Danielle worked as a creative communications coordinator and graphic – website designer, with a focus on generating and marketing innovative ideas. These skills add a valuable element to her real estate career.

Danielle currently resides in Clifton Park, NY. She enjoys running, healthy living, traveling, spending time with her daughter, and developing her career. Danielle received her bachelor’s degree from Liberty University in Virginia where she spent her free time mentoring children and engaging in leadership activities.

Danielle holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Brooke-118-Cropped SmallerBrooke Chaffee-Zayas
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-925-2745
Brooke@MonticelloNYS.com

Brooke Chaffee-Zayas is a licensed real estate salesperson with Monticello Real Estate since April, 2017.  Brooke is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, where she received her BA in Political Science and her MS in Sport and Business Administration.  She also received her secondary teaching license from UNM and was a member of the Lobo Softball team and Chi Omega Sorority.  

After graduation, Brooke began her teaching career in Rio Rancho, NM, where she taught 9th grade AP Human Geography and Career Pathways.  Although she loved teaching, she always had a passion for helping people and a burning interest in real estate.  In 2012, Brooke moved to Albany, allowing her to pursue interest in fitness and real estate.  Brooke has taught group exercise and aqua fitness since 2013 for Capital District YMCA and is energetic about health and fitness.

Brooke joined Monticello Real Estate in 2017 and is fulfilling her passion once more to help people reach their goals. Whether you are a first time home owner, or a seasoned buyer, Brooke is here to help you be successful.

Brooke is married to Robert James Zayas, and they are proud parents to two girls.

 

Kati HeadshotKati Cole
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-892-2491
Kati@MonticelloNYS.com

After looking at a couple homes to find the right one for herself, Kathryn (Kati) learned a lot about real estate and how important it is to have the right real estate agent.  

Now, as a homeowner and business graduate, Kati has combined both her former real estate experience, along with her degree in Business Administration from Penn State, and has become a licensed real estate agent.

Kati believes that a good real estate agent should be willing to listen carefully to a client and their unique needs in order to always act in their best interest.  She is dedicated to keeping an eye on the market, focusing on listings and conditions that meet her buyer’s and seller’s unique needs.

Kati has has extensive experience with property management, and has owned properties since 2015.  She enjoys running, traveling, and taking care of her 2 dogs.

Member of:

  • Licensed New York State Real Estate Sales Associate
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Member Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • National Association of Realtors


Dana-105Dana Farrell
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-573-6253
Dana@MonticelloNYS.com

Dana has always been a dynamic professional with a strong background in design, architecture and client service. With her responsibilities in her last position consisted of running and designing distinct projects in commercial mixed-use, medical facilities, parking structures, residential apartments and full service Interior Design throughout the U.S.

As an architectural designer and Founder of Bundle It Home LTD, following this professional pursuit and dream; has allowed Dana to blend her professional career in Architecture, Interior Design and now Real Estate.

Dana specializes in helping both buyers and sellers by providing expert real estate expertise, valuation and marketing skills, and white glove service from start to finish. Ultimately helping her clients buy and sell their dream in the Capital Region.

Born and raised in the Capital Region when she isn’t helping her clients achieve their goals, you can find Dana taking to the mic and singing soulful songs at area venues throughout the Capital Region. She also enjoys participating in local charity events and giving back to the medical fields she has had the pleasure to design for. Dana enjoys living an active lifestyle, advancing her yoga skills, and spending time with her family.  Don’t hesitate to reach out with any of your real estate needs.

Dana holds the following licenses and memberships:

  •       New York State Licensed Real Estate Agent
  •       Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  •       Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  •       New York State Association of Realtors Member
  •       National Association of Realtors Member

Bridget HeadshotBridget Graber, M.A.
Director of Operations
518-423-1916
Bridget@MonticelloNYS.com

Bridget Graber is the Director of Operations at Monticello Real Estate. She joins the company with more than a decade of experience with relationship management, and customer relations experience. Bridget is a graduate of Providence College, where she received her BA in English and Spanish. She also has a Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from the University at Albany. 

Bridget spent more than 10 years working for Tivity Health, where she managed a health and wellness program at more than 400 gyms throughout New York state and New England. Prior to that, she worked for several non-profit organizations, including the National MS Society, and Special Olympics New York, where she specialized in event planning and fundraising.

Bridget grew up in the Capital District and enjoys giving back to the community. She has been a member of the Junior League of Albany since 2002 where she has served on the Board of Directors, and participated on many different committees. She enjoys running, traveling, gardening, and spending time with her husband, two children, and their dog.

Christina HirazumiChristina Hirazumi
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-330-9288
Christina@MonticelloNYS.com

Christina was born and raised in Albany, New York. Currently, she resides in Saratoga Springs with her husband and three children. Christina specializes in international relocations with Global Foundries and other international employers. She is proud to call the Capital Region her home town. First licensed in 2005, Christina has been helping people through the process of buying and selling their homes for many years. With her deep understanding of the Capital Region and international experience, Christina has become skilled at navigating cross country and cross cultural connections.

Learn more about Christina here.

Christina holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Sales Person
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • New York State Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Albany High School Graduate
  • A.S. Business Communication Hudson Valley Community College
  • New York State Licensed Massage Therapist

Associate Broker, Monticello Licensed Real Estate Broker

Christian Malanga, Esq.
Associate Broker
518-417-2313
Christian@MonticelloNYS.com 

Christian is a New York State licensed associate real estate broker and New York State licensed attorney. He has spent most of his life living and working in the the Capital District. In addition to practicing as an associate real estate broker, Christian has provided legal counsel as an Associate Counsel to the New York State Assembly and as an Appellate Court Attorney for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department. In addition, he currently volunteers with the Albany County Bar Association providing assistance to those unable to afford an attorney.

Christian earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University at Albany and a J.D. from Western New England University School of Law, where he served as a Senior Note Editor for the Western New England Law Review.

Christian holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Attorney
  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Albany County Bar Association Member
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

 

Caitlin MontalvoCaitlin Montalvo
Associate Broker
518-944-8228
Caitlin@MonticelloNYS.com

Caitlin joins Monticello with over 10 years of client service experience and a true enthusiasm for working with people. She began her professional career as a senior account executive for a local advertising firm where she was one of the highest producing sales representatives in the company’s history. Most recently, Caitlin has worked as a territory sales manager for a premiere consumer packaged goods company. Always having been drawn to the business of real estate, she obtained her New York State Real Estate License, allowing her to utilize the skills she has developed throughout her career in sales while fulfilling her passion for helping others.

A native of the Capital District, Caitlin grew up in Clifton Park, studied Business at Russell Sage College in Troy, and now resides in Albany with her husband. She enjoys practicing hot yoga and is deeply invested in improving her community, serving on the Board of Directors for both the Junior League of Albany, a women’s civic leadership and training organization, and Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region, which inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Caitlin holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

ShelbieShelbie Northup
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-364-7993
Shelbie@MonticelloNYS.com 

Shelbie Northup-Dunphy  is a Licensed Real Estate professional. Shelbie comes to Monticello Real Estate with more than 15 years of hospitality experience. She spent six years years opening four hotels around the Capital District. Most recently, she was Regional Director of Sales for 5 hotels in Saratoga County.

Shelbie has a vast knowledge of the Capital region, as she has worked in Albany and Saratoga Counties, and lived in Rensselaer county.  Shelbie also has a passion for finding people the “perfect” home and this passion lead her to get her Real Estate License in October of 2016.

Shelbie lives in Clifton Park with her husband and two sons.

Shelbie holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • Member of NAR
  • Capital Region MLS
  • Southern Saratoga Chamber
  • Women in Business, Southern Saratoga Chamber

Kevin-113Kevin Palmeri
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-390-1008
Kevin@MonticelloNYS.com 

As a lifelong upstate New York resident, Kevin graduated with his B.S. in Marketing & Finance from the University at Buffalo.  He spent many years working his way up to a store manager of Target, where his favorite part was interacting with his team and helping them grow as professionals and maximize their potential.  That position brought him to the capital region, where he decided to transition his passion for real estate into a career. After meeting Alex, and buying and selling his home in Delmar, he began to explore the intricacies of real estate.  Impressed with Alex selling his home in 27 hours, Kevin took his proficiency of real estate, and paired it with his the knowledge from his rental properties, and a decided to embark on a new career.

When it comes to the mechanics and infrastructure of a home, Kevin is extremely knowledgeable, as he has renovated and remodeled his own rental properties personally.  Kevin bought his first property in his early 20’s and became acquainted with the ins and the outs of home ownership at a young age. His belief is that you don’t “sell” a house, but that you truly help someone find a house that they can make their home.  He believes that the journey to find your dream home is very exciting, and enjoys helping people make their dreams a reality.

In his free time, Kevin loves anything water related; from his boat to the ocean.  He also loves spending time with his dog Bailey, and wife Maggie.

Kevin’s extensive knowledge of real estate, along with his passion for helping people find their dream home makes him ideal for any buyer, from a first time home owner, to seasoned buyers.

VanessaVanessa Saari
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-316-3264
Vanessa@MonticelloNYS.com 

Vanessa Saari is a New York State licensed realtor. With a Masters Degree in Public Policy and more than ten years experience working in state government, Vanessa presents a strong ability to work with multiple parties, diverse backgrounds and goals to arrive at a universally agreed upon outcome. Vanessa strives to make every interaction with her clients throughout the home buying and selling process as smooth and easy as possible.

Born and raised in the capital district, Vanessa has lived in Saratoga, Rensselaer and Albany counties giving her a hands-on, in-depth perspective to the neighborhoods that make up our area. Since living in Albany, Vanessa owns several rental properties and has eight years experience as a landlord bringing a unique perspective on investments, rentals and property management to the table as well.  

Vanessa has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and for animal shelters in the area. In her free time, she walks and plays with her “kids” – four cats and three dogs. She also enjoys traveling, particularly if it involves a boat. Vanessa was on the first ever all female crewed sailboat to sail into Marina Hemmingway in Havana, Cuba in 2017.

Vanessa holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member

Yassir SoffanYassir “Yaz” Soffan
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-635-3040
Yaz@MonticelloNYS.com 

Yaz is a New York State licensed realtor. Yaz has nearly a decade of IT experience supporting computer users and their needs around the Capital Region. Yaz is not only a realtor but he is also a real estate investor, owning multiple rental units. Whether you are looking to buy your first home or your next investment property, rest assured in knowing Yaz has the experience. Yaz enjoys an active and healthy lifestyle and is an avid runner – finishing the Boston Marathon in 2010. Yaz earned a B.A. in Computer Information Systems from Westfield State College and an Associate’s Degree in Small Business Management from Holyoke Community College. Yaz is also a Microsoft Certified System Engineer.

Yaz holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Member
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service Member
  • New York State Association of Realtors Member
  • National Association of Realtors Member
  • Microsoft Certified System Engineer

 

 

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