Compass Real Estate’s heavy hitters Connie Liappas and Nicole Galluccio recently partnered together to focus their combined formidable talents and Compass teams on Long Island’s North Fork. Responding to the growing demand from city dwellers who’ve discovered the North Fork and are now seeking weekend getaways or primary homes out east, the Liappas and Galluccio team partnership brings a well-earned reputation for helping clients turn their dreams into realities.
Getting Back to Her Roots
Boasting 36 years of experience in the real estate business, mostly based in Manhasset, Liappas built a home in Cutchogue seven years ago and gradually spent more time out east. These days, she spends about 70 percent of her time on the North Fork, working out of Compass’ Southold office.
“I love it here,” says Liappas, who grew up on a farm in a tiny seaside village in southern Greece. “It reminds me of my native country in so many ways; the farms, vineyards, sand, sun, and sea.”
Whether selling in northern Queens or the North Shore of Long Island, Liappas has consistently been one of the top-producing real estate agents. Now, she plans to continue her proven track record by concentrating on the East End’s luxury real estate market.
“I have been an owner myself of a business and I have experience in new construction, renovations, design, and staging,” Liappas says.
A key member of the Liappas Team and Connie’s son, Nicholas Liappas, has been licensed since 2009. Both mother and son are fluent in Greek, as are other members of their team.
“We believe the cornerstone to a successful team is dedication, hard work, and collaboration,” Liappas says, adding that in addition to residential real estate, Nicholas focuses on commercial sales throughout New York City and Long Island.
Both Liappas and Galluccio will share equal responsibilities: listing, selling, and providing white glove concierge service covering everything from petite cottages to high-end waterfront properties, commercial properties, as well as the rental market.
Bringing Brooklyn to the Farm
The North Fork is well-trodden territory for Nicole Galluccio, principal of Compass’ six-member Galluccio Team.
“Some of my fondest childhood memories are of when we would spend time at the picturesque North Fork when going to visit family in Amagansett for the summer,” says Galluccio, who will split her time between Compass’ Brooklyn and Southold offices. “Brooklynites know that the North Fork is the place to be in the summer. Toni and I plan to bring that same level of service that we’re known for in the city to the North Fork.”
From the moment she got into real estate two decades ago, Galluccio was determined to buy something out east and finally found a home in Jamesport. After purchasing her North Fork home two years ago, she went back to school part-time to study biodynamic farming and during the summers apprentices at a farm in Southold. Nicole is currently transforming her land in Jamesport into a biodynamic farm.
Both former attorneys, Galluccio and her partner, Toni Nicolo seamlessly transfer their skills working in law to their real estate business.
“We bring a heightened understanding of the complexities of a real estate transaction and negotiating prowess to every deal,” Galluccio says.
Nicolo, who owned a popular Brooklyn interior design/home furnishings store for over a decade, also uses her highly developed aesthetic in her work.
“All of our clients’ homes always shine by the time they come to market, because we have amazing interior design and staging capabilities in-house,” Galluccio says.” When our team lists a property on the market, it stands out above the competition and the prices we achieve for our clients reflect that.”
They’ll Cover the Waterfront
For her part, Galluccio is excited to be zeroing in on the North Fork real estate market.
“The homes are amazing — they’re all unique in their own right. The landscape is wonderful,” she says, adding that there’s low inventory right now. “We have a lot of buyers looking. It’s a hot market with things going fast.”
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Galluccio and Nicolo have worked with many New York City clients seeking homes on the East End. And, with two very different vibes, the North Fork and Hamptons attract completely different buyers.
“We’re a bridge for people from Brooklyn to the Hamptons; we’re a bridge for people from Brooklyn to the North Fork,” says Galluccio, adding, “People from Brooklyn very often seem to like the laidback diversity of the North Fork.”
Both Liappas and Galluccio share an abiding appreciation for the area’s natural beauty and its farmland, surrounded to the north and south by the sea.
“We just want to be a conduit for our clients in the other marketplaces to learn and grow to love what we love,” Galluccio says.
Predicting that the Liappas-Galluccio partnership will take the North Fork by storm, Liappas adds, “The unification of decades of unparalleled experience from Manhattan all the way to the East End is what sets us apart. Our all-en’Compassing’ knowledge and exposure to both markets — and everything in between — is what makes us unique.”
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