So Money - Episode 301

Alison Bernstein

Founder of Suburban Jungle Realty

Today’s show is about real estate and relocation. I live in Brooklyn, where people complain that they’re getting priced out. It’s not just Manhattan with its high prices, but also Brooklyn and even parts of Queens. So, hard working families are finding themselves at the crossroads, do they stay and squeeze themselves and their two and a half kids into a tiny apartment? Or do they venture a little further out to the suburbs?

Today, the founder of  Suburban Jungle Realty Group, Alison Bernstein joins us. The company, which launched in 2008 in New York City and has since expanded to other cities including Miami and LA, is a suburban relocation firm exclusively focused on buyers looking to leave their city for greener pastures, literally. She has been dubbed as the “suburban matchmaker for urban families.”

Families can work with a personal strategist and team of agents and locals for free of charge to help them find their dream home in the right location. Often, you might make a big move to a suburb only to discover it’s not exactly what you thought it would be like.

The company was founded after Alison took on the daunting task herself of relocating out of Manhattan and found she was unable to pick a home that would suit her family in a nice town. It took them three moves before settling down in Armonk. Now, she’s committed to helping families and simplifying the process so that they don’t go through the same situation that she did.

Several take aways from our time with Alison including:

  1. The real estate tradeoffs that are kind of more like deal breakers
  2. How to know you’re ready for the suburban life
  3. Why cash is king, not just in real estate but in all realms of business

If you’d like to learn more about Alison Bernstein visit her website or follow her on Twitter at @SubJungleRealty.

One of my favorite quotes from the interview: “You do what you love to the best of your ability and I think everything else will come.” – Click to Tweet

November is all about giving back at So Money! 

I’ve partnered with Joe Saul-Sehy, host of the Stacking Benjamins podcast to host a charity fundraiser/competition the entire month. He and I have each selected a personal charity and our goal is to raise tons of money with your help. 
The So Money charity is THON, a dance marathon and the largest student-run philanthropy held at Pennsylvania State University (my alma mater!) that helps raise money and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. You can donate here.
The Stacking Benjamins charity is Texas 4000, a 4,000 mile bike ride that University of Texas students take to raise money for cancer research and cancer related causes. You can donate here.
The podcast that receives the MOST money for its charity will win the chance to write the introduction to the other person’s podcast in January (buhahah!) 
We’ll keep you updated throughout the month!
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