Next Generation Of Amorelli Realty Carries On Legacy

BY JASON D. ANTOS
BY JASON D. ANTOS


Three generations of Amorelli Realty: Paul Halvatzis, Nicholas Halvatzis, Joseph Vaccaro, Anita Halvatzis, Christina Halvatzis, George Pardalis, Orly Sroka, Jim Halvatzis, George Halvatzis and Fotios Gerasopoulos. 
Photo Jason D. Antos Three generations of Amorelli Realty: Paul Halvatzis, Nicholas Halvatzis, Joseph Vaccaro, Anita Halvatzis, Christina Halvatzis, George Pardalis, Orly Sroka, Jim Halvatzis, George Halvatzis and Fotios Gerasopoulos. Photo Jason D. Antos For three generations, the Halvatzis family has been helping people in the quest to make their American Dream a reality.

“People need our help,” said Anita Halvatzis of Amorelli Realty. “I mean they really need our help. Some are buying their first home and some are selling their first home and it could be a nervous and intimidating experience. That’s why we are here to help them, to listen to their concerns and desires. For many it is a very emotional experience.”

Anita Halvatzis began working at Amorelli as an agent in 1973.

“Ever since I was a young girl, I loved architecture and looking at houses,” she said.

This passion made her very successful and in 1978, Anita bought Amorelli.

“It was not a very common thing for a woman in those days and it is something I am very proud of,” she said.

In the past 40 years, Anita has become a legend in local real estate and has built an empire which is now in the safe hands of her family; sons Paul, Jim and George and grandchildren Nicholas and Christina.

The family business, located at 36-01 30th Avenue and 28-16 Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, has witnessed the dramatic changes to hit the Astoria housing market in the past decade and the growth of the market overall during the past four decades.

“We are now in the million dollar housing market in Long Island City and Astoria,” said Paul Halvatzis. “It’s rather remarkable the things we have seen over the years.”

Remarkable indeed. Amorelli Realty and the Halvatzises have been around longer than most of their competitors and therefore have a unique insight when it comes to what people paid for their homes and what they can sell for.

Jim Halvatzis said they have been in the business so long they know almost exactly what people paid for their homes and can accurately factor in homeowners’ finances.

According to Anita Halvatzis, their business is not only about homes and property, but about people.

“When people, whether they are a young couple, single or retired are buying and selling a home it is a very emotional experience because there could be a lot of personal things going on in their lives at that moment,” said George Halvatzis who holds a degree in psychology. “I know a great deal about human nature and I use that knowledge to better understand my clients and help them through whatever issue they are dealing with.”

Amorelli has since diversified its housing portfolio with the selling of historic homes. Recent success included the Steinway mansion owned by piano manufacturer

William Steinway and an original Rickert-Finlay home in Broadway-Flushing. Both homes are on the National Register of Historic Places.

“For Amorelli to be involved in giving new life to these historic properties is truly an honor,” said Paul Halvatzis.

With a bright future ahead, the next generation of Amorelli Realty is ready to carry on the legacy started by Anita Halvatzis when the city and Queens was a different place.

“I wanted this business to communicate my values,” Anita said. “There’s very few people in this business for this long so we must be doing something right.”

  
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