Cristina's introduction to Real Estate came at a very young age from her father, Carlo B. Callegari, who was a Manhattan Broker for over 30 years. Cristina spent many a day behind the scenes watching her dad negotiate deals, solve crisis' and young Callegari even regularly injected her opinions into the management of buildings that her dad personally owned. Her father was her childhood Mentor and Hero.
However, like most rebellious children, Cristina yearned to do something other than the "family" business & wanted to leave a "mark" of her very own. So, Cristina worked for such prestigious firms as Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase & MetLife in both Management & Sales capacities. While she was successful, earning her Series 6, 63, Life/Health Licenses, an Investment Advisor designation & even publishing 5 financial articles for on-line publications she still felt that something was missing. Passion.
And, what has Cristina always been passionate about? Real Estate!
In a leap of faith she accepted a position as the Sales & Operations Manager of a boutique Brokerage located in Queens, NY. There Callegari fine-tuned her Real Estate skills by negotiating difficult deals, listing/selling properties and acting as the right-hand to the Broker. In 2007 Cristina was even recognized by Strathmore's Who's Who, for "Exemplifying Leadership & Professional Achievement in her Occupation."
After several years Cristina ventured off on her own and joined a popular National Franchise. There she continued to grow as an agent & took her business to the next level by becoming an Associate Real Estate Broker. Then she was offered an opportunity to work as an Agent at a smaller firm that she thought would be a better fit.
In 2014 Cristina was awarded the YPN's 20 Under 40 Rising Stars in Real Estate Award by the MLS Long Island Board of REALTORS Young Professionals Network. Additionally, Cristina has been quoted and featured in the NY Newsday, The REALTOR (newspaper), Channel 12 Cable News, The Patch & various other online publications.
Over the past few years Cristina's business has continued to grow and in 2019 she joined forces with her husband and now Real Estate partner, Tom Kanellopoulos, who is a Real Estate Sales Person. Together they love working at First Flag Realty in Jericho, NY.
At First Flag, Cristina is able to blend her unique financial experience & marry it with her solid Real Estate background. Cristina says, "It is important to work with a REALTOR that not only understands all aspects of the Real Estate side of things-but a REALTOR who also truly understands the financial impact that a purchase, or sale can have. Not only on the short-term, but the long-term as well. I pride myself on being able to advise my clients on what they can and can't afford - whether they want to hear it or not." Callegari also added, "Today, Real Estate transaction are much more complicated than they were in years past. Covid 19 is changing the market in unexpected ways, property taxes are not accurately reflecting values, financing requirements are more stringent, many homeowners are pre-foreclosure. Qualified buyers are more discerning & many Sellers are unaware of what today's Millennial Buyers want. A great REALTOR is on top of market conditions, can offer solutions to even the toughest challenges and can navigate the changing market to make buying or selling a pleasant vs. daunting experience."
Cristina's clients are graced by her honesty, consummate professionalism, meticulous eye for detail & her thorough knowledge of Long Island NY Real Estate.
Cristina thinks that she is lucky indeed, "I don't have a job, I have a Career that I built from my life-long passion. And, I get to do it for a Brokerage I am proud of, I have a partner that I love & respect AND I get to work with clients that are like family to me!"