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A Sweet Homecoming

Crystal Harrington

Crystal Harrington is hardworking, self-motivated, and strives to provide all clients with the best possible experience in every transaction as our t.

Crystal Harrington is hardworking, self-motivated, and strives to provide all clients with the best possible experience in every transaction as our t.

Jan 24 5 minutes read

A Sweet Homecoming

Flying the Coop

“Minnesota?! But isn’t it freezing there???” 

I must have heard this a hundred times as I was getting ready to leave New Jersey for college. I was headed to the University of Minnesota to begin my collegiate adventure in the Land of 10,000 lakes. (Despite popular belief, I can now attest, there are beautiful Spring, Summer and Fall seasons in Minnesota.)

My plan was to pursue a degree in Architecture at the U of M’s College of Design, with aspirations to become the next Frank Lloyd Wright. 

After a tremendous first two years of getting involved on campus and exploring Minneapolis and Saint Paul, I realized the design route wasn’t for me and that I was better suited for the business side of real estate. Shortly after graduating, I began selling real estate as a licensed Realtor in the state of Minnesota. I found a wonderful office to join at the southwest edge of Minneapolis located at an intersection that reminded a lot of Church Street in Montclair, NJ. It was lined with tons of cute restaurants and shopping, and even a theater that mainly did independent films. It was amazing.

Within weeks, I became enamored by the work of a Realtor and am still to this day.  I get to work with people, navigate markets, manage the occasional crisis, and make dreams come true. I embrace the challenges of getting a client into their favorite neighborhood when there is no inventory, pushing through negotiations, or educating someone from “just thinking about it” to “Just Sold”. 

Every day is loaded with learning experiences, and I have been supported through the toughest moments by great mentorship - one of the great keys to success in life, if you ask me. 

On top of all that, working in real estate has allowed me the flexibility to stay involved with such things as Habitat for Humanity, being an active alumni member to my fraternity, traveling the country and playing lots of hockey - the last two of which are my greatest passions in life. 

Next Stop: New Jersey

While doing my annual business planning at the end of last Spring, I realized that it was time to return to my roots on the East Coast. Perhaps it was the lack of good bagels, pizza, and Chinese food (life’s essentials right?) or perhaps it was all the “Minnesota Nice”.  Regardless, this October I made the move home and it feels amazing to be back in New Jersey after six years in Minneapolis. I hear more honking in one week, than I did in my entire time in Minnesota, the bagels are fluffier, the pizza greasier, and the Chinese food bountiful. I missed being able to explore and enjoy NYC, and 10,000 Lakes will never beat the Jersey Shore.  What can I say? I am a Jersey boy!

Since moving back to New Jersey, I have settled down close to my hometown of Montclair, just a few blocks from the bustling Bloomfield Avenue. I no longer have to book a flight to see my family and friends, and a train to the city is just a short walk away. The rich balance of density and historical character in North Jersey is empowering and the scale of diversity is truly stronger than anywhere I have ever visited. Design - residential, landscape, urban - will always be a passion of mine and I am lucky that working in real estate enhances these feelings and experiences. 

Back to Work

 I am thrilled to be getting back to work and continue my real estate career, now teamed up with The Gosselin Group. Caroline Gosselin, our CEO and team leader has a growing team and tapped me to join as her Head Buyer Specialist. I will be providing our clients with the expertise and skills to make the buying process seamless in all situations and at all price points. The opportunity for growth here is limitless and I look forward to playing a role in implementing the strategic vision of the team over the next several years. Big things to come!

 I look forward to being a resource and a trusted advisor to all of you. I can be reached at (973) 618-6368. You can read my formal bio below or by clicking here

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