Suzanne E. Smigo, Salesperson, GRI
(They asked me to pick 3 but I couldn't stop at 3)
Alethea's, Blue Pig Tavern, Depot Market, George's, Island Grill, Louie's Pizza, Lucky Bones, Martini Beach, Merion Inn, Ocean View, Seaside Cheese for great cheese, crackers, and trays, Vanthia's Restaurant, Virginia Hotel, The Washington Inn
- 1970-2001 Member of Verizon Management Team
- 2002 Started with HomeStead Real Estate as salesperson
- 2004 Attained GRI degree (Graduate, Realtor Institute)
- Writer for Cape May Star and Wave
- Read Suzanne's Columns in PDF: Article 2/14/08 Article 3/20/08 Article 5/22/08 Article 7/2/08 Article 11/27/08
- President, Family Promise of Cape May County
- Founding Member, Cape May Dog Park
Suzanne has lived in Cape May full time in 2002 after spending summers here since she was a child. She retired early from a management position at Verizon in 2001 and began a second successful career in sales at HomeStead Real Estate late in 2002.
Suzanne's business experience has been in customer service development, process improvement and project management. She received her certification in Project Management from George Washington University in Washington DC. These skills helped her quickly become one of the top producing agents in Cape May.
Suzanne's sales philosophy is based on superior customer service, her in depth knowledge of the real estate market and her attention to detail. She also has built positive relationships with lenders, title companies, insurance companies, contractors and others related to the real estate business and considers them part of her "team". This combination of skills and contacts helps make the sales she handles move smoothly through the process with minimal issues.
For buyers, Suzanne believes that her job is to educate and familiarize them with the area so that when they make a decision to buy, they purchase the best home for their wants and needs. For sellers, she focuses on helping set the proper price to have homes sell quickly to qualified buyers. She does this through thorough, formal research of our home market as well as her past experience.
To increase her skills to help her clients, Suzanne has received her GRI degree, which is Graduate, Realtor Institute. This formal real estate training is taken by less than 10% of realtors. It was a commitment of classes one day a week for a year. She has also written about real estate for The Cape May Star and Wave which can be accessed on the links above.
Suzanne and her husband Bill live in Cape May with their two rescued German Shepherds, Kaido and Tara. Both are dedicated to giving back to their community and are very active in animal rescue, and community groups such as Family Promise of Cape May County, Kiwanis, Cape May Fire Police and local politics. Suzanne was also a founding member of The Cape May Dog Friendly Society which worked with city leaders to develop the dog park on Lafayette St. She continues to work towards making Cape May more dog friendly for residents and visitors alike.
Suzanne and Bill love Cape May and its residents and work to maintain its popularity and uniqueness as the nation's first seashore community.