Sandra Cotthaus

Sandra Cotthaus
(914) 213-1550
(845) 566-3524
1st Independent Realty Group, Inc.
1602 Route 300 NY Newburgh, NY 12550

With extensive sales experience, Sandy Cotthaus of 1st Independent Realty Group excels at her chosen profession. But behind all that, she is a woman with heart, a truly lovely person who has overcome humble beginnings to be the best and most content Sandy she has ever been.

Her sales experience starts right out of high school when Sandy worked as an Executive Secretary to the Vice President of Sales for a Company in Manhattan. She doesn’t know why she was selected, but it placed her in a Sales environment. with seniority.”
In her spare time Sandy would ride and show horses, they moved to Orange County and purchased a mini horse farm. Sandy assisted her husband in operating a 24 hour service station in Rockland County.
She also did all the marketing, purchasing, payroll and books. She sent follow up postcards to all customers to remind them of services needed. After their son Clayton was born, they sold their business in Rockland County as they no longer wanted to commute. You may see already the qualities in Sandy it takes to make a great REALTOR.

Then in 1973, when her son was six months old, she obtained her Real Estate License and worked with the Gallery of Homes Franchise. At Gallery of Homes, they had a ceiling of ten sales people, she trained for a month and waited for a desk to open. “ It was an honor to work there, and within three months I achieved “Salesman of the Month.”
I loved it! I realized I could create my own future! The first year, I was selling houses every week.” Then the bottom fell out of the market, which began what Sandy called “hard times.” “I loved what I did, but became disenchanted, after only selling one house the second year. “ She kept her license active for the next eleven years, occasionally listing and selling a property. She began working at Yellow Freight and this job enabled her to purchase her current home at Lake Osiris. “ After six years at Yellow Freight, I decided to take the leap of faith and return to real estate full time.
Many difficult years followed as real estate is an unpredictable business.

After working for many real estate companies, Sandy decided she never found an organization where she felt comfortable. However, the various systems that each company utilized gave Sandy the knowledge and confidence to initiate her own procedures. Before opening 1st Independent Realty, Sandy was a Remax Agent for 5 years. Remax was the closest Sandy ever came to feeling proud of where she worked. Several Agents were struggling and convinced Sandy to join them and open an Independent office and sharing all expenses. Four girls, each with varied opinions, was not a match made in heaven. During these trying times, Sandy made contact several times to meet with her previous Broker at Remax. Each time he was at a convention or on vacation. By the time he had returned, we had resolved our conflicts. Fate kept stepping in. Her last business partner left, and she has been on her own ever since. Today she describes her business as a dream come true. Sandy says, “Most of my family has passed on, or live far away, and my Agents are my Family!”

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