MEET #TEAMMONTICELLO

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

Here’s what our agents love about #TeamMonticello!

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

Watch Nirisa’s #MeetingMonticello Video!

Robert Bayruns
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-637-8864
RobertB@MonticelloNYS.com 

 

Robert is a New York State Licensed Realtor. He graduated from The University at Albany, with a BA in Economics and a minor in Business in 2020. With prior experience in both Real Estate Marketing and Transaction Coordinating, he is familiar with the Real Estate world and he is passionate about helping people find their perfect future home. Robert also has experience in retail, the restaurant business, and the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

Robert loves watching sports, working out, and spending time with friends and family in his spare time. He actively volunteers with the Special Olympics and with the local homeless population. Having been born into an Air Force family, Robert grew up in various states on the West Coast and in the Adirondacks before settling in the Capital Region, where he currently lives in Clifton Park with his girlfriend and two cats.

Robert holds the following licenses and memberships:

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

Richard Caliendo
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-944-1138
Richard@MonticelloNYS.com

 

Richard holds the following licenses and memberships:

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

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

Sara Keller
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-316-3308
SaraK@MonticelloNYS.com

As a Licensed Real Estate Agent who has lived in the Capital District for most of her life, Sara has the local knowledge and expertise to help make sure your next real estate transaction is a perfect fit.

Outside of real estate, Sara is a massage therapist and a mom of two who loves to hit the gym or any type of fitness class that challenges her! She is also a former ballet and jazz teacher and has recently taken up latin dancing.

With more than 28 years in the service industry Sara knows the importance of listening to her clients and putting their needs and goals first. Whether you are entering the real estate market for the first time, upgrading, downsizing, or looking to sell a treasured home that holds so many memories, Sara is here to help!

Sara holds the following licenses and memberships:

  • New York State Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • New York State Association of Realtors
  • New York State Licensed Massage Therapist

Watch Sara’s #MeetingMonticello Video!

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Landrum
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
845-825-2979
Elizabeth@MonticelloNYS.com

Elizabeth is a world traveler who knows the importance of home wherever that may be. Originally from the Hudson Valley, she graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2016 with a degree in English Literature and uprooted to the West Coast where she completed her MBA from George Fox University in 2019. While on the West Coast, she explored the great Pacific Northwest geographically and occupationally. She had the opportunity to work in the public sector as a literature and philosophy teacher in a rural school and also worked with Fortune 500 companies managing their accounts.

At the forefront, Elizabeth has always been drawn to Real Estate as she is focused on the value “home” and believed in the power of “tending one’s own garden.” Her passion for home extends to the desire to see others settled in their own little Eden. 

Elizabeth’s core values are self-expression, community, and wholeheartedness, which she expresses through her excessive baking, gardening, kayaking, and reading. Elizabeth is a strong proponent of living life courageously and with an open heart.

Elizabeth holds the following licenses and memberships:

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

 

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

Matthew Morizio
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-709-7383
Matthew@MonticelloNYS.com

Matthew’s journey into real estate started at birth. He was born and raised in a family of custom home builders/developers in Rensselaer County. This upbringing was foundational to a construction career of 35 years. The integrity and knowledge that his family instilled in him were further developed through studies at Hudson Valley Community College in Construction Technology and military service in the US Army and Air Force. His journey continued on through both the residential and commercial construction sectors as an estimator/project manager, surveyor and heavy equipment operator.

Matthew believes that real estate is a perfect place to pursue his great passion for helping people and developing vibrant, long-lasting relationships in the community. He sees real estate as primarily a business of people not merely about the property. For Matthew, real estate is about investing, not just buying and selling, but more so investing in people and helping people invest in property. 

Matthew’s business values are rooted in a holistic understanding of life. He appreciates working through the details of business while keeping the big-picture in mind, with the aim to promote health and well-being. 

For 30 years, Matthew has been happily married to Michelle and this is one of his greatest treasures in life. Currently, they reside in Saratoga County. Theirs is a family of three adult sons and one grandson. 

Watch Matthew’s #MeetingMonticello Video!

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

Watch Shelbie’s #MeetingMonticello Video!

Michael Pandolfo
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-518-466-2128
Mike@MonticelloNYS.com 

Mike Pandolfo is a lifelong resident of the capital region. Married, with two children, he lives just outside of Saratoga Lake. He and his family have been a part of the Hudson Valley Consortium – a private schooling group – since his children were young. They play a huge role in the organization as treasurer and registrar, and Mike has even taught a few classes.  In his down time, Mike loves the outdoors and spends many summer weekends in the Adirondacks.

Mike was a business owner for 14 years in the food service industry before entering into the Real Estate field in 2014.  Being a business owner and operator, Mike learned that people are priority number one. Mike was often up early and spent time prepping right after the business day ended for the following day. He felt that those years helped him understand that people are a priority- especially in real estate.

Mike feels that it is important to slip ourselves into the position of the customer. It is a hectic, stressful and overwhelming experience when buying or selling a home. Being the person who walks with them through the process and always being available is what Mike prides himself in.

Watch Michael’s #MeetingMonticello Video!

Ginny Rosborough, Esq.
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
518-269-2728
Ginny@MonticelloNYS.com 

Ginny is a native of Saratoga County. After graduating from Shenendehowa High School, Ginny attended Hamilton College, where she earned a Bachelor or Arts degree concentrating in Government with a minor in Spanish. During college, she also studied abroad in Spain. After graduating from Hamilton College, Ginny attended Albany Law School where she earned her Juris Doctorate.

While at law school, Ginny served as the Executive Editor of the Albany Law Journal of Science & Technology, completed an internship for the Hon. Judge Kahn in the Federal Court for the Northern New York, and had an article published The Help America Vote Act: Let the Counties Decide.

Ginny and her husband are proud parents to their three young children and love living in Saratoga Springs with their family, including their sweet golden retriever.

A love for houses, living in Saratoga, and helping people make houses into their homes inspired Ginny’s passion for real estate. This passion coupled with her legal background, keen eye for detail, and wealth of knowledge about the region allows Ginny to serve Saratoga County residents in the home buying and selling process.

In her free time, Ginny enjoys reading, being outdoors in Saratoga, serving as President of her children’s school parent teacher organization, and being the Secretary of the board of the Children’s Museum at Saratoga.

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

Watch Vanessa’s #MeetingMonticello Video!

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

Karen Totino
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-573-6846
KarenT@MonticelloNYS.com 

Karen Totino is a licensed real estate agent whose core beliefs are purpose, passion, and service.  She graduated from Russell Sage College with a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and spent ten years helping individuals maximize their potential and function.  In 2009, she opened Green Conscience Home, a retail showroom that features sustainable and non-toxic interior finishes and home products, with the belief that our homes impact our health and well-being – not only physically, but financially, mentally and spiritually as well.  She has developed expertise in building science, high-performance homes, home remodeling, and full-scale renovations.

Karen is an active member of Capital Region Builders and Remodelers Association, where she is co-chair of the Green Building Science Group and a founding member of Profession Women in Building. She is on the board of Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land and Nature), and she is a certified Aging in Place Specialist.

Karen was born and raised in Saratoga County and currently resides in Ballston Spa with her husband and two daughters.  Her hobbies include weight training, enjoying live music, cooking (and eating), playing tennis and being outdoors as much as possible with her family and dog Jordi!

Not only will Karen provide extensive knowledge to the home buying and selling experience, she will bring trust, compassion, and a sense of joy and excitement to the process as well!

Watch Karen’s #MeetingMonticello Video!

Savannah Whitney
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
518-391-5333
Savannah@MonticelloNYS.com

 

 

Savannah received her New York State Realtor License in 2019. She currently works as the Director of Operations and practices with her real estate license. She enjoys learning about all of the different parts of real estate. Savannah received her undergraduate degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Business and Management in 2020. As a current student in her last semester, Savannah is studying at RPI in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program. 

Savannah is familiar with the Capital Region area and she grew up in East Greenbush with her family and childhood friends. She loves the area because of its location and close proximity to New York City, Boston, Long Island Beach, Lake George and so much more! 

She takes great interest in traveling and cooking her favorite healthy meals. Savannah has restaurant experience while waitressing throughout college. Honesty, integrity and, being a good genuine person is what she values in life. Savannah is close with both of her parents, two brothers, two nieces and, one nephew. She currently lives with her boyfriend of two years in East Greenbush.

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

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