A Putnam County real estate sales associate, Barbara Negro, is the 37th inductee to the Century 21 Dick Loughlin International Hall of Fame that was awarded recently in Las Vegas.
The Brewster resident has been a Centurion or Double Centurion producer for Century 21 VJF Realty Inc. in Brewster each year since 1992, and received this award at the company’s Global Conference in Nevada in March.
“It was a total surprise to me,” Negro said in a press release from Putnam County. “I was planning to attend the conference but had been traveling across the country visiting back and forth with my ailing 84-year-old mother in Santa Barbara, Calif. I left from there to go to Las Vegas and had no idea I was being honored.”
A mother of three sons Andrew, Nick and Michael, Negro began her real estate career in 1986 shortly after moving to Putnam County. Her family grew to include a fourth child, daughter Fallon, for whom Negro and her husband, Albert, became legal guardians. Fallon was the only family member who knew ahead of time that Barbara was going to be honored.
“I’ve worked with a lot of real estate agents over the years,” said long time friend and former title closer County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “and when I would get to the table and see Barbara in the room, I knew we were going to have a smooth closing.”
“The real estate market drives the economic market. Once the house is sold, the repairs or alterations, additions, etc., are planned and contractors are brought in and money is spent which is great for the community,” added Odell.
Negro denies being a miracle worker. But she is highly respected by buyers, sellers and her colleagues for her integrity.
“If I get you a buyer, I’m going to get you to a closing table,” she said.
Another part of Negro’s success is that her former buying clients return to her when they choose to sell their homes. And word of mouth among happy homeowners, whom Negro has stayed in touch with over the years, keeps new clients calling.
Linda Ficarra, managing partner of Century 21 VJF Realty on Route 22, said Negro “truly embraces the idea of keeping clients for life and we are really fortunate to have an agent like her associated with our company.”
(Above from left to right, First Deputy Putnam County Attorney Andrew Negro, County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Century 21 Hall of Fame inductee Barbara Negro. Photo by Terry Oliver.)