By Kristin Boyd / Advertorial Writer
(Sept. 23, 2010) — Born and raised in Carlstadt, Realtor Janet Higgins knows every property, every corner, every piece of dirt in the area.
With 30 years of expertise and all the required Realtor certifications and licenses, Higgins has long been a top producer in the real estate field.
She previously worked as a broker salesperson for two major corporations before starting her own real estate company, JR Higgins Realty, with offices in Carlstadt and East Rutherford.
Higgins recently sold her company to Century 21 and works out of the agency’s office on Hackensack Street in Wood-Ridge.
“I’m most pleased that this is the third major corporation that I’ve worked with,” she said. “I’ve always told people, it’s not the company, it’s the agent.”
The move caused some to think Higgins retired, but at 70 years young, she’s not ready to slow down any time soon.
“I’m still working. I would never leave the business that I love,” she said. “I love the people. I’ve got a great personality.”
Clients feel relaxed with Higgins, who always offers a smile and cup of coffee during meetings. They appreciate her easy-going nature and vast knowledge of pre-qualifications and home buying.
“I take the time to explain the steps of buying real estate. That makes people much more comfortable,” she said. “I’m easily accessible, and I get back to you ASAP. That sets me apart.”
An award-winning Realtor, Higgins has received numerous distinctions during her stellar career, including Agent of the Month and Year, Listing Agent of the Month, Selling Agent of the Month. She’s also been named to the President’s Circle of a several major corporations.
Higgins credits her success to her family. Her father was an area businessman who owned numerous properties, and her mother is the person who encouraged her to get her real estate license. Her late husband, who was a former deputy chief of police in Carlstadt, always supported her career.
By her side is also her two sons Keith and Brian, and her three grandchildren, Sarah, Dylan and Viktor.
Higgins is respected outside of the office, as well.
She is a former member of the NJAR Political Affairs and Legislation Committee, the Carlstadt Planning Board and Zoning Board. She served as a commissioner from 1995 to 2002 on the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission.
A former instructor at Rutgers University’s Law School, where she taught real estate law, she also was previously named the Italian American Woman of the Year.