What makes me tick... My family, my company team & our clients.
This is my family on vacation in Italy. We travel a lot, (scroll down to see some more pictures!)
My daughter travels the world as a professional sailor afloat on a boat. My parents used to take me out of school for weeks on end as a child, on the premise that travel is the best education. That led to a love of travel, and after graduating with a business degree my first job was with British Airways where I traveled extensively in their global marketing department. Now I speak at real estate conferences around the world and Tim (my husband) who originally from Indiana, has also always traveled extensively, but mostly for pleasure, and is now my constant companion! I grew up in Wales in the UK, where my parents were hoteliers, my father being a Cordon Bleu Chef, and have lived on three continents, Africa, Australia moving to Minnesota, USA in 1992.
It was in Minneapolis, MN where I met my passionate golfer, (2nd) husband Tim, 17 years ago. We married a year later moving to NY in 1999 when I was relocated by my former company, the George P. Johnson
Group. Tim is an English major and former newspaper man and advertising agency executive responsible for the Pillsbury and General Mills accounts. He has now owned Bunbury's Coffee Shop in Piermont NY, for the past 12 years, and puts his former vocation to good use by writing many articles & blogs for my company. As an avid golfer he taught me how to play so that he would see more of me. He's a landlubber. But even though I now enjoy the occasional game of golf, my first love is sailing. I grew up sailing on the Irish Sea and completed the certified ocean yacht-master's certification many years ago. I've competed in many well known events including the Fastnet, the ARC (transatlantic ocean race), the Round Britain Race, and the Trans-Superior and Chicago Mackinac races here in the USA among others.
My daughter Natalie also grew up sailing. She has combined her three loves Sailing, Photography and Cooking into an amazing career. Having graduated with an MFA in photography she is well known in the sailing world with many published works, including the front cover of Nick Volgaris III & David Rockefeller's "The Hinckley." She is is a licensed Realtor with my company, but prefers life at sea. Apart from being a professional photographer and race crew, she is also a private chef working for the fabulously wealthy in the private sailing yacht industry, (not at all like the TV show "below decks!") She competes with me for the most amount of air miles we rack up in a given year!
My daughter will tell you that i'm a loving caring mom, who believes:
1. Its better to teach a starving man how to fish than to give the man the fish.
2. 10% of life is what happens to you and 90% is your attitude towards what happens to you.
My clients will tell you that i'm a results oriented, highly skilled ethical Realtor and negotiator.
My team will tell you that I'm a driven marketer and trainer with a vision.
My husband will tell you that I need to go to bed earlier, stay there longer, and play more golf!
As broker, developer, and renovator, I have the experience to answer your questions, and most importantly, to negotiate the best price for your purchases and sales. I have designed and built new homes and townhouses and renovated historic homes, churches, and schools. Whether you are looking for your first home, working toward a 1031 Tax-deferred exchange, or hoping to maximize your CAP Rate with an investment purchase, I built my company so that you'll have an opportunity to work with someone who will help you reach your real estate goals.
The many years I spent in international sales & marketing serves me well in real estate. British Airways, starting as a junior marketing manager and ending up in VIP Passenger Relations. While at BA I gained my MBA in Business Marketing. Pilkington Communication Systems as International Sales & Marketing Director, and the George P. Johnson Group (GPJ) where I was SVP Global Marketing & Operations, traveling around the world organizing exhibitions and conferences for many fortune 500 companies. It was GPJ who sponsored my board position at the World Trade Centers Association here in NY which ultimately led me to pursue real estate after the tragedy of 9/11.
Real estate puts my vast experience in global marketing to maximum use. I hit the ground running back in early 2002 and never looked back. Four years ago I founded Global Property Systems, born of the frustration of traditional practices and not being able to brake out of the box. So I created what has become an emerging trend. Global Property Systems is a team based brokerage where each member contributes to the other team members success. In traditional real estate brokerages the agents are the brokers clients, in a team brokerage, the end user is the client; our sellers and buyers. This groundbreaking system overcomes the weaknesses of traditional real estate by enabling each member of the team access to the entire team's knowledge which in turn provides our clients a truly exemplary experience.
My no nonsense, ethical and technological approach to real estate combined with my international business background works well. The entire team and our clients benefit from my vast global network of professionals from attorney's to appraisers, bankers and builders our local experts ensure smooth transactions for all parties to a transaction.
Specialties: Residential Sales & Global Property Marketing
CIRE - Commercial & Investment real estate
CDPE - Certified distressed property expert (Short Sale Negotiations to prevent foreclosure)
CIPS - Certified International Property Specialist
CRC - Corporate Relocation Certified
FIABCI - Federation of International real estate brokers (holds special consultative status to UN)
AREAA - Asian real estate association of america
AFIRE - Association for foreign investors of real estate
PROXIOPRO, ICREA, HGAR, NAR, NYSAR, REBNY, MANAR, NYSMLS, NJMLS, Mid Hudson MLS
Sullivan County MLS, Ulster MLS, CTMLS
Former Board Member - Keep Rockland Beautiful & Meals on Wheels - WTC Association
Currently working with Habitat for Humanity in NY and the UN's Global Housing Foundation
I love working with people!
RYAN HOLMES CEO OF TOOT SUITE
“We’ve sold two houses with Vanessa and could not have imagined better outcomes. Vanessa accurately read the market in both cases and gave us sound advice on the marketing and pricing of our homes. Consequently, we sold our houses in less than the average time on market and were very pleased with the selling prices. Vanessa is positive, professional and determined; she balances enthusiasm and realism. We felt she truly had our best interests at heart, which made a significant difference in both the business and the personal aspects of our real estate transactions.” AJ Grey Upper Grandview & Piermont
Ms Saunders, who is in a league of her own, is by far the best residential broker we have ever met. She carefully listens to her clients and enthusiastically responds to every question, concern or new idea. Whereas most brokers only focus on the transaction- any transaction- she makes a sincere effort to understand the needs and aspirations of her clients. She also helps her client avoid the pitfalls and traps that so often annoy clients and harm the brokerage experience. We found her market knowledge comprehensive and she kept us focused but constructively challenged our expectations with new ideas.” N Gardiner.
“Vanessa combines vision, passion and intelligence with hard work and a sense of fun which combined makes her a truly remarkable human being. I’m thrilled she combined all of her talents and put them to good use in real estate. If you haven’t met her, then make sure you do. She is a true marketing champion and easily on of the most genuine people I have met.”
TOM VAN SCHAAK, BRAND DIRECTOR, ADIDAS
“I’m not surprised everyone loves working with Vanessa and her team. Truly a cut above the rest!”
KELLY & RAY CASTEL
“Many friends have asked about the house and we have given your name (with high praise) to a number of them. We will continue to do so.”
Kelly & Ray Castel.
Vanessa listed our house, and had two offers for us after the first two showings. She essentially had our property sold less than a week after it was put on the market. She was very attentive before the showings, creating a beautiful website and having 5-star photos taken of the property. I would recommend Vanessa if you are seeking a hands-on and direct realtor.
Vince & Toni O'Brien
Vanessa thinks creatively, understood our property, and marketed very aggressively. Vanessa found our buyer when other agents had failed to do so by understanding the NYC and international buyer and by marketing to them broadly.
Vanessa is a professional, experienced real estate wonder. She listed our home and 4 days later, after 20 showings we had 4 all cash offers..and we sold well above our asking price what could be better?!
Highly likely to recommend
06/23/2015 - komac09
I was most impressed with how GPS was able to bring buyers to my house. They have great marketing! Though their office was not in my immediate town, they were very knowledgeable about the area and could answer buyer's questions. They were very responsive to my requests and have a professional and pleasant office staff.
Highly likely to recommend
01/01/2015 - Robin011
When you’re ready to sell your home, call Vanessa Saunders at Global Property Systems. Do not waste your time with any other company. After three agents who failed miserably I received a call from Vanessa Saunders. WOW What a difference!!! I put my house on the market the weekend after Labor Day and Vanessa had me a solid offer on the house within a week and half; the closing was 3 months later. Many Realtors will tell you what you want to hear just to get your listing and then your house will end up sitting on the market for many months but that won’t happen with Vanessa. Vanessa is a master at her craft and a true professional and does not like to waste any time; she will have your house sold and you on to the next chapter of your life in record time.
Highly likely to recommend
Bought a home in 2015.
Vanessa is an amazing real estate agent! We are first time homebuyers that didn't know the first thing about purchasing a home... She is VERY knowledgable and quick to respond to all of our questions via emails/phone/texts. She is also extremely friendly and reliable. We would definitely recommend her!!!
Global Property Systems
NY State Licensed RE Principal Broker | CEO
Vanessa Saunders is the Founder, Principal Broker and CEO of Global Property Systems a full service real estate brokerage and global property marketing company. Created using the ground-breaking team concept which the real estate industry is rapidly moving toward. GPS utilizes cloud based technology and team driven client services. Our clients benefit from the combined local and professional knowledge of the entire team. If you are looking for a traditional real estate agent we are not the firm for you!
Whether buying a property or selling one, investing or relocating, here or abroad, our cross-media marketing strategies make use of optimum media channels to maximize the exposure of your property as a seller, and to streamline the search process for buyers (from near or far,) saving you valuable time and effort.
To Market Your Property to the Most Potential Buyers Go Global....
When selling a property our marketing excels from concept to execution. Our marketing team provides well-designed multimedia and print materials, along with a generous advertising budget and key alliances, empowering promotion throughout the world through global exposure.
Whether you live outside of the United States, out of state, or locally and you are looking to purchase, sell, lease, or invest in property here in New York, elsewhere in the United States, or globally, you can rest assured that our team of local real estate experts, and other professionals from Attorneys, Engineers, & Financial Advisers, will guide you through the entire process. Our goal is to ensure you are fully aware of the many local nuances, different customs and processes required to ensure a successful transaction wherever you decide to buy or sell.
Our commercial division services investment properties including income producing properties, development sites and or bulk purchase opportunities ideal for EB-5 & E2 visa applicants, businesses and investors.
We are confident you will find that GPS offers an unsurpassed personal and experienced touch. Our clients are accustomed to the highest level of service and professionalism, and with many decades of combined experience in every sector of the real estate industry, we confidentially provide the smartest and most technologically advanced platform to serve your real estate needs.
We look forward to being at your service.