Minority and Woman Owned Business Launches 2nd Office in Pearl River Amid Covid-19
R2M Realty, Inc. on Sept. 21, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new location at 42 East Central Avenue in Pearl River. The ceremony was attended by Rockland County Executive Ed Day, Orangetown Supervisor, Teresa Kenny, retired Rockland County Legislature, John Murphy, and State Assembly candidate Mike Lawler, along with a host of past and current clients, agents and vendors.
Kenyatta Jones-Arietta, the broker/owner of R2M (which stands for Ready to Move) launched the boutique brokerage out of her former home in Tappan, NY nearly seven years ago. Since then, the company moved operations to Nyack, NY. In 2015 Jones-Arietta and her family moved to the Orangetown section of West Nyack, where their kids attend Pearl River schools. Her husband, Rudy Arietta is the principal of Tappan Zee High School, also in Orangetown.
“If you asked me 20 plus years ago, I would have never imagined my family would be living in Pearl River,” said Jones-Arietta. “Before I got into real estate, Pearl River used to have a stigma for not being open to those outside of the Irish community. I was actually scared to check it out. We have lived in this community for over five years now and have never felt anything but welcomed.”
With racial tensions around the nation and businesses folding due to the coronavirus, the timing and location may seem surprising.
“After the initial shock of the world shutting down, the real estate market began to boom. With the kids being in Pearl River all the time and commercial rents decreasing, it just seemed like a no brainer,” Kenyatta said about her decision to expand.
R2M Realty, Inc. focuses on residential real estate in Rockland, Orange and Westchester Counties in New York and Bergen County, New Jersey. R2M is known for its’ local community giveback. R2M gives back 3 percent of their commission to the buyers’ and sellers’ local charity of choice.