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's, 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, and wanted to leave a "mark" of her very own. So, for 14 years Callegari worked for such prestigious firms as Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase and MetLife in both Management and Sales capacities. While she was very successful, earning her Series 6, Series 63, Life and Health Licenses, an Investment Advisor designation, and she even published 5 financial articles for various on-line publications. Despite all this Callegari 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 and Operations Manager of a highly regarded boutique Residential Brokerage located in North Eastern Queens. There Callegari fine-tuned her Real Estate skills by negotiating difficult deals, listing and 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 and Professional Achievement in her Occupation."
After several years Callegari was offered an opportunity to work as a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson for Keller Williams Realty where she continued fine tuning her Real Estate skills until earlier in 2013 when she accepted a position as a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker with Realty Connect USA. In 2018 Cristina joined First Flag Realty where she is a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker and the Director of Recruiting.
At First Flag Realty, Cristina is able to blend her unique financial experience and marry it with her solid Real Estate background. Cristina says, "In these tough financial times 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 a 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 transactions are much more complicated than they were two years ago. Financing is harder to come by for those with less than perfect credit, many homeowners are pre-foreclosure, or are already headed to the auction block. Qualified buyers are more discerning, and many Sellers are still living in the Real Estate bubble of 2005. 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, and her thorough knowledge of New York 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 company I am proud to work with, and for clients that are like family to me."
On a personal note - Cristina is happily married to business owner Tom Kanellopoulos, and they live with their three dogs. When she can find some spare time Cristina enjoys Horseback Riding, Archery, Traveling, Antiquing, Painting and Interior Decorating.
And, for those of you that might be wondering - Cristina's dad reminds her on a weekly basis that Father really does know best.
|Christina has been helping my husband and I with both selling our home and helping us relocate in Long Island. She is wonderful and patient. She helped us work through some challenges we had with our current home, and recommended great contractors to help us fix issues. I can wholeheartedly recommend Christina to anyone looking to buy or sell.|
|Amela Pepic- Glavataj|
|Cristina helped us find our home a few years ago and we love ut. She was so patient with us and gave us so much time and attention. We were so happy that we worked with her and I highly recommend Cristina to anyone looking to buy or sell.|
|Cristina is an outstanding Realtor! Being a native of Long Island, I have referred many friends and family to her. We all have nothing but wonderful things to say about Cristina's work. She is very professional, honest, pays attention to detail, and works hard for her clients. I would highly recommend Cristina to everyone.|
|Mr. and Mrs. Murphy|
|Christina sold our house in a few months after we had it with another agent for over a year. And she sold it at the best possible price. We are so thankful for her help.|
|she is very prompt , she always answer the phone in friendly voice .|
|After deciding to go condo hunting my next thought was how and who I would find for a real estate agent. Promptly my daughter and son-in-law suggested I use their agent who helped them buy their first home in Franklin Square and she came highly recommended. That was a big plus for me. So Cristina became my agent in my search for a condo in Setauket. She listened to what I was looking for and stayed within my affordability. Cristina was very prompt in getting my questions answered,ironing out problems I saw and working to get me the best price possible. I would highly recommend Cristina as your real estate agent.|
|Sandra Tatarsky, Seller|
|Cristina Callegari is the best in her field. She's professional yet caring on a personal level as well. It was a pleasure working with her.|
|Hakeem Bell, Seller|
|Cristina was invaluable during the entire process.|
|Tom Amato, Seller|
|Last year my mother suddenly passed away and Christina was recommended by a very good friend. She doesn't stop until she gets the job done. Even after she had to move out of her own home because of hurricane Sandy Christina continued to push to get my mother's house sold. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER!|
|Ciro Casasola, Seller|
|She is authentic, a person you can believe and trust.|
|She is authentic, a person you can believe and trust.|
|Maria Gillespie, Buyer|
|When asked, how would you describe your experience working with Cristina, Maria said, "Wonderful, we were so lucky to have found her. Always ready to answer all of our questions, always on top of any problems, and a complete pleasure to work with."|
|Robert Coletta, Seller|
|Cristina was very professional, honest and trustworthy...she was flawless. I would not use any other agent for buying or selling other than her. I give her (Cristina) the highest recommendation possible!"|
|Omar Vargas and Wanda Ramirez, Buyer|
|Cristina Callegari is just AMAZING! Besides being our Real Estate Agent she became a FRIEND and we love her for that! She walked us through this difficult process without any regrets. She is an outstanding REALTOR, and an even better person. It is so much easier when you work with someone that knows the neighborhood where you want to live...she knows them quite well.|
|Sally LoGalbo, Seller|
|My overall experience with Cristina was Outstanding!" I found her easy to work with, knowledgeable, thorough, hard working, and thoughtful. I can't think of anything that she could have done better.|
|Andrea Usami, Seller|
|Cristina was professional, friendly, welcoming, helpful, knowledgeable and sweet. She went out of her way to make our selling experience a good one. I can't speak highly enough of her!|
|Lorraine Campbell, Seller|
|Once started, she (Cristina) was on a roll. She didn't slow down or stop until the job was done!|
|Rebecca Chin and Paul Bistany, Buyer|
|We just wanted to thank you so much for all of the hard work you put into helping us find our first home. We are so excited to start this new journey together and we're glad you were apart of it. We don't think this would have happened without you! We hope to stay in touch with you while we begin our lives together. Thank you!|
|Ann and Joe Marotta, Seller|
|Cristina, Thanks for all your hard work perserverance, and creativity in getting the job done!|
|Eli-Samuel Rivera, Buyer|
|I thought buying a home was supposed to be a stressful and complicated experience? Not with Cristina by your side! I could not be more pleased! The purchase of my first home was actually very pleasurable and memorable. I started out not knowing where I wanted to live and being uncertain as to whether I wanted a a house, a co-op /condo, or even a townhome. Cristina gave me a reality check on the different responsibilities that came with each type of home. Not only did she provide personal advice, she also guided me through the ins and outs of real estate. She knew the happenings of every neighborhood in detail! Cristina took me to see several houses, in several different areas. Never, in any way, was she rushing or persuading me to make a decision. The lovely house I’m currently in she showed me in the middle of a blizzard! Cristina negotiated an offer at 60K under asking price - which was accepted! This saved me lots of money! Cristina was very professional, patient, expeditious with paper work and communication, readily available and was able to answer every question I could think of - it was very comfortable speaking with her. Not only did I always feel that Cristina was acting on my behalf, but I felt we were a team. Thank you Cristina for your guidance throughout this process, and for having such a positive impact in my life|
|Sue and Jack Breen, Landlord|
|We want to thank you so much for your tireless assistance in renting our house. Without your patience and utmost professionalism, we would not have found the tenants that we wanted and needed. We are very happy with all that you did to assure us that the people we ultimately put into our home were the ones who would care for it in the manner we expected. Once again, thank you for an outstanding job.|
|Elaine Hogan, Seller|
|As a homeowner for thirty-two years, it was a very difficult decision to put my home up for sale. Cristina was wonderful - supportive and knowledgeable; and ALWAYS available to answer my questions. My home sold quickly and without stress. Thank you Cristina!|
Areas that I service: Garden City, Carle Place, Old Westbury, Westbury, Salisbury, Mineola, Williston Park, East Meadow, Levittown, Hicksville, Bethpage, New Hyde Park, Jericho, Syosset & Floral Park.