Realtor/Lead Agent
Allison Ziefert
(69 Reviews) 5/5
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Allison Ziefert

Realtor/Lead Agent

I lead a top producing team of realtors at Compass NJ. We are local market experts who specialize in Maplewood, S. Orange, Millburn/Short Hills, Montclair, West Orange NJ as well as the surrounding towns. I have been a resident of Maplewood/South Orange for more than 20 years and have loved living in this community.

Our business model is to make your transaction smooth and stress-free (well, as stress-free as a real estate transaction can be) so that you will happily recommend us to your friends, neighbors and relatives. We are very proud of our client testimonials which you can read right here:

For us, the biggest reward in real estate is the recommendation that we have earned from you. 

Before starting a career in real estate I worked as a project manager for a large construction management firm and ran a downtown economic development organization. I studied Art History at Barnard College and received a degree in Urban Planning and Historic Preservation from Columbia University.

Because of my educational background and work experience I have a unique skill set that combines expertise in project and construction management, architectural history and historic preservation–an added value for my clients. I enjoy meeting and working with all kinds of people and I have a great memory for details about them which helps me connect to you.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, I have lived in Maplewood/S. Orange, NJ since 1995, having first moved to New Jersey from NYC with a small baby. I have three children– one in high school and two out of school.

You will frequently see me out and about walking our dogs, Louie and Archie. If I had more free time I would spend it antiquing and going to house sales so I could add to my collection of mid-century modern furniture and vintage kitchen ware.

Community Involvement:

Our team supports many local community events and charities, including:

Interfaith Hospitality Network

We’ve partnered with IHN, a non-profit that assists homeless families throughout Essex Co., by making a donation to them with each closing. 

Maplewood Village Alliance

I’m a long-time board member of the Maplewood Village Alliance, a special improvement district that helps to manages Maplewood Village.

South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race

I am a trustee of of the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, an organization that promotes intentional racial integration in SOMA.

Girl’s Night Out and Halloween Parade

We sponsor Girls Night Out each June and the Maplewood Halloween Parade and Costume Contest on Halloween. These fun events promotes downtown businesses in Maplewood Village.

Columbia High School Scholarship Fund

We have been repeat sponsor of the Columbia High School Scholarship Fund which provides need-based scholarships to CHS grads for post-secondary education.

Our Lady of Sorrows Food Pantry

I volunteer regularly at the OLS Food Pantry in S. Orange.

Professional Affiliations:

NJ Licensed Real Estate Sales Person. Member, National Association of Realtors, New Jersey Association of Realtors, North Central Jersey Association of Realtors Member, Garden State Multiple Listing Service, ABR (Accredited Buyer’s Agent)


NJAR Circle of Excellence Award 2013 – 2019

Q and A with Allison:

What sets you apart from other agents?

I have always loved looking at buildings so I never get tired of doing what I do. I studied architectural history, urban planning and historic preservation and worked as  a project engineer in construction management. This background has served me really well as an agent in being able to understand the value of a home,  to identify potential issues with a property, to discuss plans for improvements with clients and to  manage the many details of the transaction process seamlessly.

What makes your business unique?

Having been a stay at home mom for many years gave me an incredible drive to prove that I could be successful in real estate. Earning great client testimonials from buyers and sellers is at the core of what makes me tick. It is the most rewarding part of what I do.

When you list and sell homes every day it’s easy to forget how important each client’s transaction is to them, and I never to lose sight of that. Buying and selling a home is a BIG deal. When a buyer or seller puts their trust in me I handle their transaction as if it were my own. I treat each client, no matter what the size of their transaction, like friends and family.  

What is the history and background of your business? What led you to a real estate career?

I chose real estate because it has allowed me to combine my interest in architecture, my passion for our towns and my commitment to helping people. I truly believe that the towns in my marketplace are special places that add value to the homes here. As a local market expert, when I list a home I am presenting that property as part of the neighborhood and community. When I sell a home I am helping buyers connect to their new community as well.

Why are you passionate about being an agent?

You can’t be a successful agent unless you come from a place of service. Real estate is about helping people through life transitions. I’ve been through transitions in my own life and so I know that having a trusted advisor to help you through things is so important. Most of my clients are really nice, smart and interesting people, and I honestly love getting to know them and  working with them to get them where they want to be.

What direct benefits or value do you offer clients?

Being in a service business it’s so important to be responsive to your clients, and I know that getting back to people reliably and in a timely manner is fundamental. Communication is key for our clients and we keep our buyers and sellers in the loop every step of the way.

For sellers, I think that the fact that our listings typically sell for more money and in fewer days than market averages is very important. We also take extra steps before listing a home and after receiving an offer to make sure our deals go smoothly.

We promise our sellers expert advice on pricing their home correctly and preparing it so it shows its best. Our marketing plan is focused on targeting the most buyers in the places that buyers are looking for homes.

For buyers, it’s the fact that we get to know them well and we value their time. We sit down with every buyer for an initial consultation. This way we understand their tastes, needs, and budget from the beginning. It helps us find them a house faster and enables us to educate them about the market and home buying process.

We know our buyers value our ability to quickly find them that nearly perfect home including looking for off market properties, the strategies we offer them for being successful in bidding on homes, and access to our list of tried and true vendors.  

Are there any tips or secrets that you could offer to clients?

For buyers I would say that you should pick a community first and then focus on finding a great house in that town. You are buying more than a house– you are buying the lifestyle and vibe that a particular town offers, and every town is different.

For sellers I would say that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Make sure that you are working with an agent who gives you the best advice about pricing, preparation and delivers an effective marketing plan so that when you hit the market you capitalize on that excitement. This way you will net the most for your sale.

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