what people are saying about ME
September 07, 2017
My search for a coop apartment with Madison Estates was an extremely pleasant experience due to assistance and encouragement from Veronica Livia, my real estate salesperson. I spoke to Veronica to discuss what I was looking for, my price range, and the neighborhoods I was interested in. She contacted me a few days later and we made an appointment to meet on May 7 at Madison Estates Douglass Street office. I brought my brother along for moral support and Veronica drove us to view 6 apartments. One needed an extreme make-over and was crossed off our list. We had to wait an hour to see the last so went to Barnes & Noble for a coffee and had a pleasant conversation as Veronica is personable and easy going. We went to see the last apartment and I knew from the minute I walked in the door that this was the place I was looking for. I told Veronica of my interest as soon as we left. She faxed the offer form to me and, having spoken to the sellers real estate salesperson, advised there were multiple offers and said to offer what I would be willing to lose the apartment for. My offer was made and accepted. Gathering and putting together the financial information and forms for the coop board was time consuming but Veronica constantly reassured me all was good. The longest part of the whole experience was waiting for a date for my interview with the coop board. When the date was set and I had my interview I was anxious and emailed Veronica to find out if she had heard anything. I was unaware that she was on vacation in Hawaii but she replied right back to me, even though it was 4AM her time! The coop management company informed us two days after my interview that I was accepted. Three months to the day that I first spoke to Veronica, I closed on my coop. Veronica even drove me (& my brother for continued moral support!) back and forth from the closing in LIC. I am slowly settling into my new home, with plenty of boxes to be unpacked. I truly feel that I am "home" and have Veronica Livia to thank for finding the perfect place for me. - Kathleen K

April 28, 2017
Dear Peter, I just wanted to say thank you for all your help in finding us our new apartment! After a long and incredibly stressful search, my family and I had grown beyond frustrated with the lack of effort and professionalism shown by most brokers. It was hard enough to be leaving our home of many years, and having to waste time on brokers showing us place after place that didn't fit our needs was infuriating. Most of them either didn't listen to what we wanted, played us against other applicants in order to drive up the rent and thus their commission, or left it up to us to chase them down for answers and/or listings. You, on the other hand, made the process fast and seamless. You actually worked for us instead of just working for a commission, which is a hard find these days. You got us into a place that checked all boxes on our wish list, while still keeping us within our budget. On behalf of myself and my family, thank you for your help. We are so excited to be moving into our new home! I will definitely be recommending you to friends and family in the future. Best, Annette

April 23, 2017
Homes That Sold for Around $750,000 Brooklyn | $815,000 1933 East 18th Street, Homecrest 17 WEEKS on the market $849,000 list price 4% BELOW list price SIZE 3 bedrooms, 2 baths DETAILS A 112-year-old detached single-family house with an eat-in kitchen with granite counters, a formal dining room, a finished basement and a back porch. COSTS $5,097 a year in taxes LISTING BROKER Madison Estates Real Estate Full Article- https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/23/realestate/homes-that-sold-for-around-750000.html?_r=1

NY Times
April 04, 2017
To Whom It May Concern, I am writing to express my pleasure with Bernie Schachner & Mona Nardone of Madison Estates located at 2922 Avenue R in Brooklyn. They have represented us in our recent sale of our two family home located at 245 Bay Ridge Parkway in Brooklyn, New York. From the first call, through the closing they have been by our side. This was a difficult deal being that my family has lived in the house for over forty years and had grown emotionally attached to the house. Not only did they help us with our Real Estate needs they also offered recommendations and suggestions along the way. During one of our first phone conversations Bernie tells me “I am the real deal” and in the back of my head I thought this is just another sales line but it wasn’t. Bernie and Mona worked as a team and they truly are the REAL DEAL! To reiterate, I am nothing but pleased with Bernie and Mona! Sincerely, John Behette

February 20, 2017
Veronica Livia was the RE agent from Madison Estates who we chose to list our inherited home in the Windsor Terrace section. There were a few other brokers being considered. After several years of ownership it was decided by the 5 inherited owners to list the home for sale. In my opinion Veronica went way beyond her suites during the listing and final sale. She would often schedule conference calls to keep the owners- scattered amongst 4 different states- abreast of the several open houses she conducted. The feedback was valuable and she did her best to keep us on track when some wondered off the objective to sell. In addition, several times, she tended to some items which were bend her sales responsibility to keep the house up-to-par. Throughout the time frame, Veronica was always courteous and professional and was a pleasure to work with. In my book she’s a five on a scale of one to five. - Tony Ajackie

November 27, 2016
Lou was amazing from start to finish during the home buying process. He was always there when I had a question to ask and held my hand throughout the whole process. His kindness, attention to detail and his persistence made my home buying process very smooth. I have recommended his services to friends and family and can truly say Lou is the best real estate agent I have ever worked with and I look forward to working with him again. -Celeste Douglas

November 08, 2016
Thank you again for everything you did for us to make the sale of my mom’s house go as smoothly and quickly as possible. Thank you for all your good insight, judgment, and decisions. You certainly did for us what we could never have done for ourselves. Thank you very much. - Paulette H.

October 05, 2016
We were totally satisfied with Joe’s professionalism and the way he took care of things for us. The bottom line is that we had our open house on May 1 and it closed on July 28. Joe made sure everything from the property preparation to the pictures were just right. The listing on Madison Estates and Zillow websites were beautiful. All his staff, in particular Joe himself, did a great job. -Paul & Madeline Kelly

September 19, 2016
All I can say is: Joe is great! I got my house sold in 3 weeks. -Ajomon J.

September 19, 2016
Deanna was lovely to work with during the process. She was always prompt whether it was viewing the property or answering my texts. Finally, she worked really hard to keep everyone updated. Such a pleasure! Catherine D. [Buyer]