Reflections on Zappos and the core values

by Bridget Graber, Director of Operations

It’s been more than a week since we left the warm desert of Las Vegas, and the cozy atmosphere of the Zappos headquarters. As we flew away back to the cold, gray weather of Albany, I had time to reflect on what I actually learned on the Zappos Tour.

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, Zappos has 10 core values that they live and breathe by.

When I actually broke down each value  – it was very apparent how similar Monticello Real Estate is to the Zappos culture. At first, one might think – what could a real estate company and an online shoe/clothing company have in common? Real estate and clothing? The two just don’t fit together. But after looking at each value and breaking it down – it was apparent to see how similar Zappos and Monticello Real Estate are.

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Team Monticello Visits Zappos Headquarters

Written by Bridget Graber, Director of Operations

From left to right - Caitlin Montalvo, Bridget Graber, Brooke Chaffee-Zayas, Gia Mertzlufft, and Alex Monticello

From left to right – Caitlin Montalvo, Bridget Graber, Brooke Chaffee-Zayas, Gia Mertzlufft, and Alex Monticello

Some lucky members of Team Monticello recently took a field trip to Las Vegas to visit the Zappos headquarters and participate in their “Wow and Chow Tour.” The tour, as described on the Zappos website, is a 90-minute guided tour that tells the story of and their unique culture. It is an opportunity to learn about the company’s history, culture, and campus.

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Why a Buyer’s Agency Agreement Matters

Whether you are a first time home buyer, or a veteran home buyer, working with a buyer’s agent is always important. Buyer’s agents assist home buyers every step of the way. They are licensed professionals that specialize in searching, evaluating, and negotiating the purchase of property on behalf of the buyer.

Finding the right buyer’s agent to work with you can help make your home purchase smooth, and easy. Here are some reasons why:

  1. In this market, quality homes are moving quickly. A dedicated buyers agent will be able to get you into those homes more quickly so you don’t lose out on a house.
  2. Having a buyer’s agent gives you a direct contact, so you don’t have to keep hitting “contact agent” online.
  3. A buyer’s agent can provide advice and counsel a buyer with unrestricted assistance. As you work with your buyer’s agent, they’ll get to know your preferences and be a sounding board to advise you on the market as well as your home purchase.
  4. There is no additional cost to you. A buyer’s agent can save you money by being able to negotiate with the seller and selling agent to work toward obtaining the lowest price and best terms.
  5. Buyers agents can provide you with recommendations. They have lists of quality professional to share including attorneys, contractors, lenders, inspectors.
  6. The buyer’s agency agreement clearly lays out the roles and responsibilities.
  7. The buyer’s agent will guide you through every step of the home buying process – from prequalification to closing on your house.

Remember – a home purchase is a significant and expensive transaction with long-term financial implications. Buying a home wisely, at the right price and terms, can provide a lifetime of benefits and enjoyment! Finding the right buyer’s agent can set you off in the right direction.


Grants in Albany: Part One of Two

FeaturePics-New-York-Old-Townhouses-074656-3344551Do you have dreams of becoming a first-time homeowner, but it feel it’s out of reach? Are you on a fixed income and wondering if you’re in a position to buy a home, perhaps the last of your lifetime? Do you have a gut feeling your home in Albany could be more energy efficient? Do you have a landlord threatening to wrongfully sue as an intimidation tactic? You may not realize it, but there’s an incredible network for Albany homeowners and homebuyers at the ready to support you. Continue reading “Grants in Albany: Part One of Two”