Amorelli Realty wins Best of the Boro for fi fth straight year
BY JULIA MORO
Commanding Offi cer Ray Jenkins
of the NYPD’s 114th Precinct presented
Amorelli Realty in Astoria with the
Bethpage Best of the Boro 2021 award for
its fi ft h consecutive year on Wednesday,
Anita Halvatzis bought the realty company
in 1978 aft er working there for six
years with no prior real estate experience.
Halvatzis was newly divorced and
struggled to fi nd a way to provide for her
family. With her Greek fl uency in a very
Grecian neighborhood, she landed a job
at the brokerage on the spot.
Halvatzis built her family business
over the decades and has
since passed it down to her
children and grandchildren.
Her son, Paul Halvatzis, a broker at the
company, beamed with pride over the
family-owned business. He said those
who work at Amorelli Realty genuinely
feel the business is unlike any other.
“We treat our clients like family. Because
we’re a family-type business, we’re very
approachable,” Paul said. “When you do
business with us, you get the respect,
courtesy and attention that some people
feel are lacking in real estate.”
Paul’s son, Nicholas, a salesperson, said
he always wanted to join the family business
as a kid and is proud to now follow
in his father’s footsteps.
“I always wanted to emulate my dad.
I wanted to be a real estate broker even
before I knew what that meant,” Nicholas
said. Th e Halvatzis family likened their
business to a boutique.
“People get one-on-one attention, and
everyone is special,” Paul
said. “No one gets lost in the
corporate shuffl e.”
Th e business has changed
over the years and adapted
to modernity. With the
third Halvatzis generation
paving its way in the realestate
world, Nicholas feels
he can bring a more modern
“My grandma has
worked in this business, my
dad works in this business,
my uncles work in this business,
so I’ve taken a little bit
from each of them while still
being myself, but I’m taking
what works,” Nicholas said.
Nicholas also said with the
way the company is growing,
he would look forward
to the fourth generation of Halvatzises
working there as well.
Bethpage Best of the Boro is awarded
by Schneps Media, QNS’ parent company,
with hundreds of businesses nominated
and thousands of public votes each year.
Joe Vaccaro grew up as Nicholas’ good
friend and has worked at the realty company
for seven years now. He has won best
real estate agent for two years in a row.
Vaccaro thanked the Halvatzises for paving
the way and giving him the opportunity
“I was able to be in a good position from
the path they created to be here and having
a reputable company behind me that
people trust, that ultimately is the driving
force behind my success,” Vaccaro said.
Captain Ray Jenkins presents Best of the Boro’s Best Real Estate Agent award to Joseph Vaccaro of
Amorelli Realty outside their Astoria offi ce on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.
Photo by Paul Frangipane
From left: Carlos Chacon, Kevin Favard, Kenneth Marzocco, Nicholas Halvatzis, George Pardalis,
Orly Sroka, Paul Halvatzis, Kevin Archer, Anita Halvatzis, Jim Halvatzis, Ray Jenkins, Joseph Vaccaro,
Fotios Gerasopoulos, Edmond Zhorda, Kleomenis Lagos, Rosetta Mastronardi, Michael Christophorou
and Michelle Frissan. Amorelli Realty staff accepted the award for Best of the Boro 2021 outside their
Astoria offi ce on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.
From left: Orly Sroka, Anita Halvatzis, Rosetta Mastronardi and Michelle Frissan.