Ewa “Eva” Miragliotta is a New Jersey realtor working in the Coldwell Banker Realty network. Coming from a background in management and sales, Eva transitioned her negotiation and customer service skills into the real estate industry in 2009.
Born in Poland, Eva faced some initial challenges establishing herself as a realtor in the US. However, she overcame those challenges to become a trustworthy top a real estate agent. Eva is a multiple receipient of prestigious NJAR Circle of Excellence Sales Award and a Winner of Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society Award granted to top 17 % agents internationally.
Eva kindly answered some questions.
Hi Ewa, what is your background and story of becoming a real estate agent?
I was born and raised in Poland and came to the US right after graduating from college. It was supposed to be a 1-year adventure, but it became my life. Since I was a little girl, I always knew that I want to own my own business, in part from watching my father, who owned his own company. My plan was to study business, join my father and eventually take over his company.
Unfortunately, when I was 18 years old, my father died unexpectedly. I continued my studies, graduated and came to the US to follow my dreams of becoming the first woman in my family who owns her own business.
In 2009 I got my real estate license, and that’s, how my new journey started. Today I can’t even imagine doing anything else. I love real estate! I love changing people’s lives by helping them buy their first home or sell and move on with their lives.
Were there any initial challenges you faced when becoming a real estate agent?
Yes, of course, don’t forget I wasn’t born here. I didn’t go to schools in the US so I didn’t have a lot of friends or contacts which helps immensely when you are a new agent.
Usually first you try to help people that you, know which comes a little easier than trying to find clients on your own. Since this wasn’t my case, I had to build my clientele step by step.I had to show that I could be trusted and that I’m 100 % committed to helping them. Year after year, it became easier, and today most of my business comes from past client’s referrals.
What type of customers generally come to you in need of real estate assistance?
I help buyers, sellers, clients who relocate from other state, renters and investors. I am also certified with short sales and foreclosures, which lets me help homeowners who are facing financial difficulties and are in danger of losing their homes.
What can people expect when getting involved with your services?
They can expect professionalism, knowledge, honesty, integrity and commitment. Buying and selling the house is not a one-day task, it’s a process that requires a lot of different skills. As an agent, I have to perform different roles and solve multiple complex problems that may occur during a transaction. As an experienced agent, I offer all these skills and more to my clients.
My focus is always on customer satisfaction, stress free process and happy closing!
What would be your advice to someone trying to sell their home in the current economic climate?
I would say “selling your house is the right move, right now”. Demand from buyers has skyrocketed this year. Compared to this time last year, home showings are up 62%, but the number of homes for sale is down 62%.
High demand means sellers will most likely receive multiple offers and sell for a much higher price. Compared to this time last year, the average existing-home price is up 15%. This demand won’t last forever. Waiting until spring to sell your house means buyers will have more choices. Your home may not stand out from the crowd. Now is the time to make a move on your terms!
Do you expect the real estate market in NJ to change significantly over the next year?
Originally, many of us thought home prices would depreciate in 2020 due to the economic slowdown from the coronavirus. Instead, prices appreciated substantially. Over the next year, we will likely see home values rise even higher, due to the continued lack of inventory of homes for sale.
What advice would you give to a first home buyer?
First of all, get pre-approved. A mortgage pre-approval shows that a loan officer has reviewed your finances and determined your ability to get a home loan.
Secondly, know what you can afford. Be prepared to cover monthly expenses beyond your mortgage like monthly house bills, repairs etc.
And lastly, make your best offer. Your real estate agent can help you determine what factors might make your offer stronger; flexible closing date, inspections, price etc. Always work with an agent that you trust!