When buying a new house and making a move to a new state there are so many factors to weigh. Often our instincts invite us to lead with emotion. That is why you need someone on your team, who understands ALL your needs who will be your advocate, your champion and your friend. My husband and I heard about Maplewood from many of our Brooklyn and NYC friends. We came out to visit and met Mark Slade. We fell in love with his true passion for his neighborhood, his aesthetic understanding, and his honest approach to affordability of homes.

We knew after our first day in Maplewood that this would be our future home. Mark was INSTRUMENTAL in the purchase and closing of our property. He found homes in our price range, with the attributes we wanted. He always had our best interest at heart and we truly felt through the whole process that we had a friend walking us through everything. There was not ONE thing Mark did not single handedly do for us regarding our home. He went above and beyond, always available, always positive and always real. He even recommended a doctor when I found out with all this I was pregnant. To top it off he brought us pizza the night we moved in. The truth is this isn’t status quo and it isn’t requirements of the job, this is Mark Slade. There isn’t a person I would ever go to for the purchase or sale of a house other than Mark. He is the best of the best, and puts all others to shame.

I trust him implicitly and recommend him one hundred times over

— Rachel and Brandon Cooper

Mark was proactive and creative on helping us find a new home.  He has a good vision for a home’s future potential, and can help you save money…He has great local contacts in the housing industry which helped us complete contract details and negotiations.”
“I am proud to say Mark sold our home…inside of three months in the winter season, historically the most difficult of all times….He maximize(d) sale potential and personally sat every open house to get the job done.

— Al & Diane Celleri

Awesome, we love the place. Thanks again, you were a great help.

— Janice Johnson

Mark is very knowledgeable about the area. He exhibited tremendous patience showing us any and every house we wanted to see, eventually helping us find the perfect home. He is very straight forward about the plusses and minuses of every home and location. Always willing to work with us.

— Andrew and Shara

When we met Mark, we knew he would be the perfect partner in our search  for a property in Maplewood.  His knowledge of the town and all of the  surrounding areas impressed us during our first meeting – as did his  willingness to be available to us to answer all of our questions and talk  through our options. Mark certainly went above and beyond the call of duty.   He made himself available day and night by phone and by email, and  dependably provided information and answers when we needed them.

To first-time purchasers, the buying process could have quickly become  quite overwhelming.  For us, it did not. We had a trusted partner to help  us feel confident throughout the process.

— Meredith Talbi and Chris Hyland

Mark Slade was extremely knowledgeable and answered my questions about selling my home.  He helped stage it with his team and got us on market faster than we expected.  More importantly, he got the home sold on the very first weekend he held an Open House.  He returned my calls quickly and understood any concerns I had and was able to bring the property to close in 32 days. Mark was caring and honest. I felt he was truly looking after my best interest.

— William Leder and Thelma Gold

mark really held our hand throughout the 5 month period of selling our house, not many realtors would do that. he was there for every single road block there was and never complained. i truely can say that mark made the process of selling and moving much more smoothly than i thought it would go. i would recommend mark slade to anyone who is looking for a realtor that will listen and jump in to help at any time.

— Doug and Nora Jean

Mark goes above and beyond to make the whole process seamless, personal and professional.  He got me my home at a fantastic price.  I will recommend him to any one i know needing real estate help or advice.

— Chamie

Did not pressure at all, listened to what we (client) needed and wanted and made suggestions for houses meeting best match. We found what we wished for with the help of Mark Slade.

— Ali and Steve

Mark was amazing from start to finish. He was patient, kind, encouraging, and accessible. He always returned our calls and emails right away, and he made the daunting process of buying our first house much less overwhelming than it could have been. I have already recommened him and I’m sure I will do so many more times in the years to come.

— Frank and Joy

I have worked with numerous realtors and found Mark to be the hardest working and most knowledgeable realtor I have worked with. He is very passionate about his job and extremely knowledgable about the local market and the buying/selling process. I’d highly recommend him.

— Doug Mishkin

Mark Slade has been “Extraordinary”, there are no words i can find to express how helpful, caring, directed and genuine about the process of selling our lovely Maplewood home.  Mark was there from beginning to end, constantly advising and even “hands on” helping us get the house ready as well as our final closing days. His team was very polite. Mark kept us up to date with the marketplace every week and his terrific on line resources made it easy and very user friendly, as we all need the age of internet media resources to sell /watch the market when being a seller!  We could not have had it any easier  then with Mark, we recommend his style, confidence and Realtor  expertise to everyone looking to buy or sell in Maplewood .

— Janet and Steven Crane

Mark helped us market and successfully sell our house in Maplewood in July 2011. I know that a good agent can add tremendous value, so I really spent time searching for the right agent. I went out to open houses in the area and talked to over fifteen agents, of which we interviewed three and finally decided to hire Mark as our agent.

Turn out we made an excellent decision. Mark is very knowledgable in both local and macro real estate market. He understands the selling points of each house and how to market to the right buyers. His staging ideas are top notch and economical. With less than a hundred dollar in material cost, we brightened up our kitchen and fixed the broken panel, making the kitchen a beautiful selling point of the house. He even brought in his own furniture to help stage our houses to keep the cost down.

Mark was very responsive. He promptly answered my calls and E-mails nights and weekends. He was always available when we needed him. I knew he had many houses listed with him, and I’m not sure how he managed to be this responsive. It was beyond doubt Mark is the hardest-working agents I have ever worked with.

Most importantly, Mark’s honesty and integrity are second to none, a trait that is rarely found in many real estate agents. He always work with my best interests at heart. At one point in the transaction, I considered rejecting the offer, refinancing our loan and putting the house up for rent. Both he and I knew that he wouldn’t get a penny had I gone that route. Yet, as deligently as he was selling my house, he ensured I have enough information to make that rent or sell decision. Heck he even helped me prepare comps for tax appeal and put me in touch with a mortgage broker so I can refinance my loan if I decided to rent.

I strongly recommend Mark Slade as your real estate agent. Through the sales process, we have developed our friendship and Mark has become more than an agent to me. If you are selling or buying a house, give Mark a chance to at least present his approach to you. He surpassed my expectation in every way, and I’m sure he will do the same for you.

— David and Wirachin Hoon

Mark is one of the area’s most highly rated Realtor professionals

— Zillow

My parents decided to alter their living arrangements, sell their Springfield home, and move into the Lester Senior Housing in NJ.  Happily, the Springfield house sold quickly, in just 4 days, due to the efforts of my favorite Realtor, Mark Slade

— Ravitte

Dear (neighbor):

I’ve been thinking about you and remembering our conversation at John and Richard’s house about your plans for selling your home.  I just wanted to reach out to you to recommend my colleague to you as you continue to plan for your move.  Not sure where you are in the process, but, I would encourage you to allow Mark Slade of our Keller Williams office to offer you a listing presentation.

 Mark is a thorough and highly skilled agent who pretty much “owns” our neighborhood.  His success rate in selling homes in our immediate area is unsurpassed.  Currently, he is representing the beautiful home at 601 Prospect and also just listed the home just around the corner on Harvard.  He is representing my home as well and was able to procure a contract on this “stubborn property” in a remarkably short time.

 I have found Mark to be a joy to work with–knowledgeable, determined and unfailingly kind.  Since I am a realtor myself, I have high expectations of my colleagues.  Mark has met and exceeded all of them.

 As you may know, our Keller Williams office ranks at the top in the numbers of listings and sales in the Maplewood/South Orange area.  This additional advantage provides greater exposure to the most buyers of any other real estate company serving our area. 

— Suzanne

Thank you for your time and your efforts!  We are so greatful for all you did to help us get into this house.
I can’t wait for our friends to all start making the move to the ‘burbs’ so that we can refer them to you :).
Will miss seeing you/bugging you!

— Amy and Antonio

Where do I start? Six months before Mark got the listing for my house I had another Realtor representing the sale. During that six month period there wasn’t a single offer made on the home…really not one.  Within 18 days of Mark having the listing, an offer was made on the house.
This was no easy transaction. Mark worked with two banks, eager buyers and divorced sellers to make this deal come to fruition. That was no easy feat. I received updates via email, phone and notes left in my mail box regularly.
Mark’s approach was professional and personal. Professional enough that I felt reassured that he knew the market and what it would take to close the deal…but personal enough to know he cared about how the affects of the sale, possible delays and outcomes would affect my life…I still live in Maplewood. Mark worked with all parties involved and saw the deal to the end.
I would highly recommend Mark to anyone selling or buying a home. Thank you Mark.

— Nailah Bernard

We could not have asked for anyone more perfectly suited to the task of helping us find and buy our first home, under extraordinary time & other pressure. From the first conversation to the day we closed (and beyond), Mark was a patient and extremely competent partner in the process. He explained every single step of the process, over and over and over, helping us to resolve problems as they arose, providing referrals and advice when we asked for them, and remaining constantly available to talk things over. He’s better than a first-time home buyer’s class! I’d recommend him to anyone.

— Alex and Michele

Mark helped me to buy an apartment in Summit. I was really impressed by his level of professionalism and dedication. He was extremely helpful even in force-major circumstances (hurricane Sandy). I would recommend his assistance to any property buyer.

— Vadim

Thank you Mark for all you have done for us. You are one of a kind. I have traveled and lived all over the world and worked with many real estate brokers. You are the best and so much more than that. You go above and beyond. Your blog is so very helpful as well in finding open houses or any information one may need living or moving into this area.

— Joyce

Mark was very well recommended by a co-worker who is a loan officer at a major financial institution. Mark came to the rescue in a very short notice (I emailed him at around 10am and he was at my house by 7:30pm with comps and ALL of my area info). Mark did a walk thru and gave us some feedback on staging; he was extremely helpful and very professional.

He also made the entire transaction very easy with all his high tech tools to accommodate our situation, my husband was already working in Florida while I was still working in New Jersey getting the house ready for sale.

The first day he listed the house to the public we got 2 offers from the first 2 showings on the same day!!!!!! We went thru some ups and downs with the buyers but Mark was there for us NON STOP until the deal was done. I got emails from him sometimes at 1am, he came to my house to help me with documents on a Sunday holiday.  He was our true advocate. He returned all phone calls promptly, made a video of our home, took great pictures and was always available. I highly recommend him!

— Mariana Perez

Mark was fantastic helping us market and sell our home. He knows the market well and is very savvy. We would recommend him to anyone interested in selling or looking for a home.  He Sold our home for more than asking and exceeded our expectations!

— Liz from Maplewood

Mark was fantastic from our first meeting with him to the follow-up after our closing. He took the time to show us around the neighborhood and help us to understand what he likes so much about living in the area. He led us through the whole process of buying our home with a steady and practiced hand.

— Lisa and Janna

If it weren’t for Mark, I would never have been able to sell my old house and buy a new one. There were a number of unexpected, serious roadblocks to both transactions and it was Mark’s expertise, skills and good humor that got me past these challenges. He helped me every step of the way!

— Annetta Hanna

When I was looking for a realtor I was looking for a seasoned professional, not someone who dabbled in real estate on the side. Mark knows the real estate market inside and out and is not afraid to tell you the truth based on his vast experience. When we put our house on the market Mark had a game plan…..and he executed it perfectly. We were able to have our home under contract in less than a week.

Anyone who has ever sold a house knows that getting a home into contract is only the beginning, and there are still many steps before you close. Mark prepared us for all the possible outcomes each step of the way, so nothing came as a surprise. Even when the unexpected happened, which always happens, he advised us on a quick solution and kept us on schedule to close on time.

I have personally referred Mark to friends based off our experience. If you’re looking for a real estate expert to handle the sale of your home I couldn’t recommend anyone more highly. In fact, we are moving out of State and the running joke in our house is that the realtor we are using to purchase our new home “Just Isn’t Mark”

— Ralph and Trish Dizio

Mark is a great realtor and an extremely kind person. He possesses extensive knowledge relating to the Montclair market and most importantly, I always felt that I could trust him to do what was in my best interest. He worked with me from approximately June through October 2014 to find the perfect home for me in Montclair and tirelessly researched and showed me many, many houses (some numerous times). I had a very difficult closing but he stuck by me and did whatever he could to try to make a very bad transaction a bit easier. Mark and I became friends as a result of the time we spent together and I would (and have already) recommended him to friends.

— Camille

Excellent and incredibly helpful throughout the process of preparing my house for sale through the actual sale and we got Full Price on our first days on market.

I would highly recommend Mark Slade.

— Nikki Feirt Atkins, M.D.

We are very grateful Mark handled the most important transaction of our lives–Selling Our Home. His tenancious involvement and commitment to resolving a number of issues with the mortgage company and appraiser are what got us to the closing table. He always quickly responded to all our concerns and questions. We highly recommend using Mark as your realtor.

— Brenda and John

I was selling a property in NJ while living in FL, and Mark was great about keeping me informed at every step. His marketing materials — especially online video — were well done and showed off the property to its best advantage.

— Kathleen Frankart

Mark was recommended to me by someone who had sold her own home through him & who had also been a Realtor. Mark took the time to go through the necessary steps with me & let me ponder for as long as I needed. With absolutely no pressure, he contacted me from time to time to see where I was at in my thought process & also to inform me of what was happening in the market in South Orange.

In February of 2014, Mark came by & we spoke of how we would sell the house. Everything was up front & Mark was sure to explain the process as it unfolded. He was available to answer any & all of my queries & has been a solid supporter. If we go elsewhere, Mark is ready to help!

Mark Slade knows his business extremely well & got us top dollar for our home. His care & knowledge of the personal element & experience; however, is in my humble opinion, a game changer. Selling one’s home is far too intimate & personal an event to entrust to just anybody. Mark is not just anybody, & I highly recommend him whether you are buying, selling, renting or need an expert opinion.

— Melissa Rigas

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Mark Slade on my recent purchase in South Orange. This was a difficult transaction (short sale), and Mark made himself completely available at every turn. He kept on top of all the details needed in a short sale, anticipated the next steps and kept us sane throughout.

If you are looking for a professional, committed and informed agent in this community, Mark is wonderful. He is of the highest integrity, seems to love the work that he does, and is extremely hardworking. I recommend him without hesitation!

— Nancy Tricamo and Andrew Small