Andrew & Lisa Hull

“In society today I have recognized that people in general find it unappealing to send praise, kudos, and a simple thank you. We personally would like to take the opportunity to publically send a genuine Thank You to Yaman Real Estate, Jamie Yaman & Tracey Brown for their exemplary professionalism. In the last several months we have had the pleasure of working with Yaman Real Estate in particularly Jamie and Tracey and I honestly have never had such a wonderful professional business experience with a personal touch. From a quick phone call, to a voice mail and a Saturday evening text message, all ending with “hope all is well”, “have a great night”, “enjoy the rest of your weekend”. During our 3 month business relationship, my husband and I endured the loss of a very important family member and again, without hesitation, we received very heartfelt sentiments and condolences, from a beautiful card, to a follow up voice mail from Jamie Yaman even after our business was concluded. My wish is to put a clear image in the minds of the readers of this editorial to know humanity still exists, professionalism is held to the highest standards and people do care about you and your business. From the bottom of our hearts we Thank You, Yaman Real Estate, Jamie & Tracey. Very truly yours, Andrew & Lisa Hull

Shannon MacCarrick, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties

“Jamie has been a pleasure to work with and we’re lucky to have him in our community! He is personable, enthusiastic, attentive, and professional. Jamie was generous enough to donate his time and services to our Habitat Humanity affiliate for the sale of a property and I was impressed that he gave us so much of his time, attention, and effort as if we were a traditional client. He is a thorough communicator, hard worker, and very knowledgeable about the Cortland market. We’d recommend him without reservation – he went above and beyond the call to help us with our sale!”

Mary Lee Court

“Love, Love, Love my new home in Groton NY. Thank you Ingrid for making it happen. You were most kind to my family and I during the whole process. A very informative woman and my pleasure to have met you. I highly endorse you and Yaman Real Estate to all my family & friends. Thank you!!”

Lynn Couturier

I can’t thank Ingrid enough for all her help in selling my house and helping me buy it 6 years ago! She always goes the extra mile and it’s always a pleasure (even fun!) working with her. Ingrid you’re the best!

Kim MacDonald

Denise Allen was the most patient realtor I could have hoped to work with. She was honest, knowledgeable and really wonderful to work with. I would absolutely work with her again and or recommend her to anyone I know. She was a wealth of knowledge. She always made time for us and answered emails, texts, and phone calls promptly. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and dedication! We couldn’t have found our wonderful new home without you!

Carey Williams & Nick Peters

Being first time home buyers we were expecting the process to be a long and hard one. However, working with Jamie made it comforting and easy. We found a great home and Jamie was an incredible help throughout the entire process.

Peggy Bauman

I cannot express my gratitude for you, Anita. My experience with you has been delightful! Answering questions quickly and thoroughly, you have helped me tremendously! You have proven yourself an asset and a friend to me for life. Your kindness and thoroughness has been noted and appreciated. I am sure that in the future, we will work together again.

Kathie Barnhart

We chose the right person when we asked you to help us. I’d like to compare you to a “dog whisperer”. You calmly trained us in every step and tamed our anxieties. Thank you so much. We love our new home.

Tim & Deb Tryon

From the moment we met Jamie we knew he was the right Real Estate agent for us. Jamie has a wonderfully calm and laid back attitude that immediately puts you at ease. However we also found Jamie to be highly motivated and extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of selling and buying a home. Jamie was always available to answer all of our questions and concerns no matter the time or day. While selling or buying a house can be extremely stressful we were so grateful to have Jamie there to guide us and reassure us through out the entire process. He also sold our house 2 days after listing it which proves he can get results quickly!

Judy Hirschfield

I had the daunting task of choosing an Agent from a large pool of talented realtors. In the end I chose R.J. Calale, Jr. because having worked alongside him, I’ve seen firsthand how he deals with his clients. He is always honest, straight forward and informative; he never loses his cool and he is a formidable negotiator. RJ priced my home competitively and sold it in 7 days! This man should be YOUR Agent!

B. Wang

Kathie did a great job for me.  I was a total novice in real estate dealings when I faced the task of parting with my lake-side cottage.   She is a committed professional and a great communicator – clarifying the steps to be taken and guiding me toward fulfilling my responsibilities.  She kept me informed regarding inquiries, “open houses”, showings, follow-ups, etc.  I felt confident she was in my corner if there were issues to be negotiated or resolved.  Perhaps most importantly, it was obvious that Kathie actively sought purchasers for my property rather than just awaiting customers.  If you go with Kathie, you can go with confidence.

Mike & Marcella Cute

Could not have worked with a more knowledgeable or harder working Agent.  Thanks again Joan!

Jason & Tina Middaugh

Kathie was extremely helpful in answering all of our questions even after the property purchase.  She went above and beyond our expectations, and we would not hesitate to recommend her services.

Heather L. Palmer

Right from the get-go, I knew that Kathie was the realtor for me.  She is a very knowledgeable and personable individual.  Every step of the way, in selling my mother’s estate, she was a great support.  It can be frustrating to go through the whole process of selling a house, but with Kathie by my side I knew that everything would come together… and it did.  Thank you so much!

Kimberly Kraebel

Over the years, I have had direct experience with the purchase/sale of 6 different houses in multiple markets and thus have had direct experience with at least 6 different agents. Joni is my 7th agent and she is hands down the absolute best agent with whom I have worked.  Joni has all the basic skills needed to be a good agent. She’s a hard worker, shows initiative, and is dependable.  What makes her a great agent though are her impressive negotiation skills and her ability to relate to people.  Joni is a very strong negotiator and more importantly, she is not afraid to negotiate. In fact, she enjoys it and her extensive knowledge of real estate gives her the confidence to negotiate effectively. The negotiation phase can be very stressful for a client but Joni has the right balance of   staying calm and in control while advocating for her clients.  And what helps contribute to her negotiations skills is her ability to relate to people.  An agent’s job, on the surface, is to help with the purchase and sale of homes but it is really about helping two opposing groups of people (buyers and sellers) come to an agreement under stressful conditions. Navigating these situations successfully requires an agent be able to read people, to understand what they are really looking for, to empathize with their concerns, to know when to push and when to step back. This takes a tremendous amount of skill and yet Joni does it effortlessly. Ultimately, though, what really sets Joni apart from other agents is that she loves her job. She truly enjoys it and it shows. It is really that simple. It is a pleasure to be able to work with someone who treats their job with passion and zeal and a healthy dose of humor. She is a truly outstanding agent, a wonderful person, and I feel so fortunate that I was able to work with her.

Kathie Arnold

I had nothing but the best of experiences when I worked with Kathie Wilcox, both in looking at potential properties and when completing a purchase.  Kathie will unhesitatingly be my first call if I have future needs for a real estate agent!


Kathie was a pleasure to work with.  Accessible, responsive and quick to assist with finding the right fit for us – with special needs.

Kim & Kathy Kraebel

Thank you so much for all of your hard work and unbelievable patience!  You were absolutely amazing!  We found a great real estate agent and ended up with a wonderful friend!

William T. Smith

Please accept my sincere thanks for the expeditious manner in which you have handled this manner.  I deeply appreciate your professionalism and timely assistance in obtaining this buyer at a good price for the property.  If the need ever arises, I will not hesitate to recommend your services to family and friends.

Noreen Rigopoulos

Tracy was an absolutely wonderful agent for me. My situation was difficult because I was moving from Maryland to Cortland, had a full time job in MD and could only get to Cortland every other weekend. Also, my house in MD was already under contract.

In one Saturday, Tracy showed me six houses. That was a grueling day for her and me.
Then, once I decided on a property, she spent hours & hours resolving a problem with the assessment failing to meet the asking price.
I recommend her highly to anyone looking for property in this area