Bonnie Dunleavy
NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Where did you grow up? 
Colton-Pierrepont, NY

Tell us about your family:
My husband is Craig Dunleavy and we have been married 30 years, and I always tell people he is like fine wine, he gets better and better with age.  We have two amazing children, Kyle age 24 and Casey age 20. Kyle works with my husband in the 'car' business and Casey is enjoying her second year at SUNY Plattsburgh.  Our family has been living in the Galway area since 1995 and we truly love it here.

Do you have any Hobbies?
When I am not doing Real Estate, I love to build furniture and lighting from salvaged materials, and I enjoy making aprons from vintage linens and other textiles.

How long have you worked in Real Estate? I am a 'newbie' and loving every minute of the learning process.  When I decided to get into the Real Estate field, I never had a doubt who I wanted to work for.  Inglenook Realty was an obvious choice because I knew the Gordons and knew how authentic they were.  I knew I would be trained well, thoroughly mentored and given the grace to succeed.

What did you do before you got into Real Estate? How did this prepare you for Real Estate (if at all)? I was many things, but most recently I owned a small shop called Salvage Flair where I sold furniture, lighting and other home goods I designed and made from salvage. I decided to close my store and focus on my custom projects, as well as creating new pieces I would bring to a select few shows.

Why did you get in to selling Real Estate? After closing my store, I really missed working with people.  I wanted to do something that would also serve my community in a positive way.  Others in the real estate field had been encouraging me to give it a try, and after some careful consideration, I jumped in.  I had no idea I would love it so much.

My favorite thing about Real Estate is................
Being able to serve.  I honestly want to be 'that' Real Estate Agent everybody desires, the person they trust to work hard so they don't have to.

Do you have a specialty in a certain area. Are there certain properties you enjoy selling more than others? There isn't a property I don't want to long as I don't have to worry about snakes.  Honestly, tall grass and sandles in the middle of summer?  I would need back up for sure.

I have accomplished? My proudest accomplishment is the two children my husband and I raised.  Kyle and Casey are amazing young adults and nothing in this world will ever make me more proud!

What is the most Challenging/Gratifying Aspect of What you do?Doing it right.  Listing a property for a client and being their best advocate.   Working with a buyer, and finding exactly what they are looking for at a price they can afford, and a place they can call home.

What are the top 4 things you feel separate you from the competition? I work under one of the best Brokers in the field who has taken a personal interest in seeing me trained and mentored properly leaving no detail behind.      My personal integrity is something I cherish and will never compromise and will serve my clients with the same proclivity.   I work at one pace, tenacious and determined.  And finally, I always extend grace, believing the best first.

What is the one tip you would have for someone looking to buy a home?Make a list of all the things important to you when deciding to purchase, and then prioritize your list.  Get a headstart and meet with your choice lender to get yourself prequalified, that way you have a solid budget to work with.  And who knows, maybe you can add a couple more things to your list, or maybe you will have to compromise on some things.  Either way, you have a foundational beginning.

Why should someone choose you as their Real Estate agent? I will work had for my clients so they don't have to. I will be their greatest ally.

Do you have any awards or designations/certifications? I hold an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education and upon graduation, I was honored with the Highest Achievement Award.

Do you have a nickname:
Bon Jo

Answer the following: I am?

Answer the following: I live?

Answer the following: I was born?
To succeed

What is your proudest moment?
Every accomplishment my kids make.

Answer the following: What drives you?
A desire to be driven

Answer the following: What is your biggest challenge?
My height

What is your Favorite Quote?
"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity." ~ Amelia Earhart

Your Alarm Clock just went off......what time is it?
5:30 am

What would be your perfect day?
Sunshine, 70's, slight breeze, sitting with my sisters, my parents, my kids and my husband on the beach eating great food, drinking great wine, talking and laughing!

What was your first job? Waitress at a local restaurant at age 16.

If you had a super hero power, what would it be? To fly anywhere in a matter of seconds.

What is your favorite thing about the Capital Region and or Mohawk Valley? The plethora of things to do and see all within mere miles.

Let's pretend you were building your dream home today and money was no object.....what is one thing it would definitely have? 

Who or what is your inspiration?
Jesus Christ.  He is super cool to me.

Inglenook Realty is?
Superior with authenticity at the helm.

What is your phone number and email address?518-577-4360, [email protected]

What are two things most people do not know about you?
My mom is a stage 4 ovarian cancer survivor with a miraculous story to tell and I wrote a young adult novel based on my dad's life, called Will's Hope that got published and when anyone reads it, they cry.

You are at a restaurant and the waitress asks you what kind of drink you would like? You order?
Full Body Cabernet

If your friends had to describe you using 5 words, they would say?
Friendly, Creative, Loyal, Honest and full of faith

Dream Vacation?
Ireland with my husband and kids; as well as, with my sisters and their families.

One thing you wish you knew?
All forms of math quickly in my head

In my past life, I was a?
thought in God's mind

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Favorite Food? 
Caesar Salad with grilled shrimp at Lisa G's in Lake Placid, with a great glass of wine of course.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less:
Relentless, always busy, my faith in God is key to my life, sensitive, totally in love with my family.

I wish.....
My dog could fly with us in his own seat.

Where do you hope to be in three years?
In a log cabin large enough to entertain my entire family, with my kids as my neighbors and still working with Kathy!

Final Thoughts? What else should we know?I want to enjoy my life with the people I care about, doing what I love, allowing others to simply be themselves, and making a difference for good in some way.
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