At a glance
Armonk, Bedford, Chappaqua, Cross River, Katonah, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, Pleasantville, Pound Ridge, Thornwood, Waccabuc, White Plains
Personal Attention, Listing Agent, Buyers Agent, Creative Marketing, Area Knowledge
Aurora is constantly in motion. With fervor and energy, she offers guidance, personal attention and availability to her clients throughout the real estate process and long after. As an Armonk resident for nearly her entire life she is deeply entrenched in the community. With over fourteen years’ experience in real estate, Aurora has resolved many challenges that home buying and selling bring. She is your skilled negotiator and problem solver.
Aurora takes pride in educating her clients on comparable sales and market conditions so that they are empowered to make the best decisions possible. Her long-standing relationships in the local community has garnered a curated list of recommended service providers. She has first-hand knowledge of the community amenities and the Byram Hills School District. If there is a question, Aurora will have an answer.
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Professional Awards & Achievements
Consistent Award Winner, Houlihan Lawrence Award Winner, Westchester Assocaition of Realtors
Professional Associations & Designations
Member, National Association of Realtors Member, New York State Association of Realtors Member, Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Member, Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service Byram Hills High School Athletic Council Accredited Buyer Respresentative (ABR) Associate Broker, Houlihan Lawrence Armonk
Currently on the Byram Hills HS Athletic Council, Byram Hills Middle School, Book Fair Committee, Grade Coordinator Class Parents
Real Estate Expertise
In today's real estate market, there is no substitute for a good Real Estate Professional. Whether aiming to buy or sell, Aurora is dedicated and knowledgeable. She can provide specialized information that will help you make the right decision.
B. A. University of Richmond, Aurora is a learning based agent and continues to participate in advanced Real Estate Courses in order to remain at the forefront of the industry.
"Aurora went above and beyond to help us purchase our first home in Chappaqua, NY. Her insight and guidance were amazing. We looked at many houses in the area and Aurora was always available to accommodate our busy schedules and meet us for open houses. Aurora was always prepared with good market comps for the specific areas we looked and added her local knowledge as well which was invaluable. We can’t recommend her highly enough. We had so many questions throughout the process and Aurora guided us through each one with a high level of expertise. Her referrals for inspections and other home maintenance estimates were outstanding, and again a benefit of her local expertise. During the inspection, Aurora took time to explain many aspects of the feedback in real time, and later fully reviewed the report with us. Her points of consideration were invaluable since we are new homeowners. She was able to identify issues far out of our expertise and what we expected from an agent, and then helped strategize a game plan and solution. She helped us to negotiate purchase price concessions based on very technical findings in the inspection report. Aurora was always available to speak with us, which provided a great level of comfort throughout the entire process. We really hold Aurora in the highest regard in terms of her professionalism, knowledge of area, and ability to explain so many different aspects of a home."
- September 30, 2019
"When it came time to sell our first house after over 40 years we knew we would need to find not only an experienced but a very patient realtor. Upon checking Houlihan and Lawrence’s website I came across Aurora Banaszek, the warm and caring parent of a student I had worked with and I thought she would be a good fit for us. During our meeting in the fall she provided us with comprehensive market information for Armonk and gave us an overview of what could be an overwhelming preparation process.
Aurora was a very patient, knowledgeable and energetic realtor who was always reassuring in her replies to all of our concerns and questions. She arranged to have outside photos taken in the fall and indoor pictures in February. The plan was to spend the fall and winter addressing her recommendations about getting the house ready. She was also an Invaluable resource for finding local contractors, handymen, septic contractors, etc. who were all very competent and alleviated some of the stress of getting our house ready to put on the market in March. Evidence of the effectiveness of Aurora’s insightful guidance and negotiating skills was the fact that our house was listed on Friday and we had three offers by Monday and an accepted second offer above the listed price the following week!
We have already been wholeheartedly recommending Aurora to anyone who asks about our realtor; she is a wonderful caring person and an exceptionally knowledgeable and accessible real estate agent."
- May 4, 2019
"Aurora is excellent in listening to all of my needs in searching for a new home. She is always available morning noon or night to answer any question or concern I may have. She is knowledgeable about the market, professional, friendly, and organized! She is straightforward and wonderful to work with. I highly recommend her."
- May 23, 2018
"Working with Aurora to purchase our first home in Armonk, NY was wonderful experience, and I would highly, HIGHLY recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell in Westchester. She went above and beyond, accommodating and facilitating showings throughout the 10 months we house hunted, providing immediate feedback and answers to all of our questions, and serving as a trustworthy resource through the entire purchasing process. Having lived in Westchester most of her life, Aurora has wonderful and valuable insight - my husband and I felt like we were in great hands every step of the way. I will be recommending her to all my friends and colleagues.
If you are looking to work with a honest, smart, and responsive agent, look no further; Aurora is the best!"
- May 8, 2018
"Aurora was an enthusiastic and helpful realtor during our house-hunting and buying experience. She provided us with information about the areas that we were interested in and she guided us through the home buying process. She was patient, knowledgeable, friendly and professional. We highly recommend her if you are looking to purchase a new home or want to learn more about what your options are."
- April 22, 2018
"Aurora has gone above and beyond to help us get our rental house ready to put on the market. No realtor I have ever known has done more for us than this incredible agent! Her contacts and expertise has been invaluable in remodeling this house for us long distance and ultimately listing this beautiful home."
- April 12, 2018
"Besides selling our previous home very quickly, Aurora spent months showing us many houses in middle and upper Westchester county NY. Her patience and flexibility were truly appreciated. Once we decided on a home, her extensive knowledge of the local real market and negotiating skills helped us to secure the appropriate price. Her knowledge of local real estate rules and regulations and extensive network of inspectors helped to make a confusing and difficult process easy. We truly love and enjoy our home, Aurora helped make it possible."
- November 19, 2017
"Aurora was extremely thorough and patient when helping us look for our new home. We were very particular with what we wanted and in the end helped us to get the home we so much love. When looking houses she was “hands on”, being very observant to detail and watching out for our best interests. Aurora was always dependable and quick with following up on any questions we had for the seller. Thank you, Aurora!"
- November 15, 2017
"Aurora is by far the best agent I have ever met. She went above and beyond to explain the process of homebuying to me as a first time home buyer. She is ethical, comprehensive, and an absolute advocate for her client.""
- November 15, 2017
"Aurora is a true professional. She is so knowledgeable and guided us through every detail. She truly listened to our needs and made sure we found the perfect home for our family. My husband and I highly recommend Aurora."
- November 11, 2017
"We spent a lot of time with a number of brokers and Aurora stands out as our clear favorite. Not only does she know the community very well, she really takes time to get to know her clients and make sure she is showing them homes that make sense for them. Additionally, she was very knowledgeable on the market and very good and figuring out what the 'real' price of a home should be. We also never felt once that she was pressuring us to make a decision, and even when we went back and forth on a home, she did everything she could to make sure we were making the right decision. Aurora also helped us with the settling in process and even three years later always helps us with any questions we have (finding contractors, plumbers, babysitters, you name it). Anyone who gets to work with Aurora is truly lucky and we very highly recommend her."
- November 10, 2017
"I buy real estate for rentals and have relied on Aurora for a number of years. She has helped me buy multiple properties. I relied on her to find properties to fit within my investment formula and also on her ability to determine market rental rates. She has always been spot on. She has a real sense of market value, pointing me to properties which would work with my investment model. She also helped in removing obstacles in negotiations. Off course I will continue to use her as a valuable partner. "
- November 9, 2017
"Aurora is exceptionally knowledgable and patient and identified a variety of houses in various communities in Westchester that met our needs. She was always responsive when we requested to view listings. Her persistence and negotiation skills helped us to settle on a competitive price at the time of purchase. She followed-up after our purchase and provided recommendations for service providers (for example: tree removal) that saved us thousands of dollars.
We highly recommend Aurora!"
Bought a home in 2011 in Armonk, North Castle, NY 10504.
- November 5, 2017
"My husband and I highly recommend Aurora. She provides honest advice with a thorough knowledge of the market. She won't steer you in the wrong direction."
Showed home in 2017 in Armonk, North Castle, NY.
- November 2, 2017
"When it came time to start house hunting, a colleague of my husband referred Aurora to us. I’m so happy he did; on top of being friendly and easy to talk to, she is also very experienced and knowledgeable in the field. It took us a while to find our home but she was very patient and kept us in the loop of new listings within our preference and budget. Once we found our home, she helped guide us through the process. When it was time to sell our condo, we also enlisted her services. Aurora made a sometimes daunting experience of buying/selling very pleasant My husband and I recommend Aurora, she helped us find our dream home!"
Sold a home in 2017 in Bedford Corners, Town of Portville, NY.
- November 2, 2017
"Aurora knows the market inside and out, has grown up in the community, and knows where everything trades, where there is value and all the ins and outs of an area that you need to know and more. She also very knowledgeable about houses, and in very honest and straight-forward, which provides so much comfort in the always stressful but exciting process of buying a home. We are using her to sell our as well!"
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2017 in Armonk, NY.
- November 2, 2017
"As I licensed real estate broker, I was considering selling my house myself. After meeting Aurora, I was immediately sold on using her instead.
Long story short, with Aurora’s knowledge of the market, negotiation tactics, relationships with other brokers, and Houlihan Lawrence’s stellar use of media and promotion, she was able to schedule a showing the day after my house went live, and received a FULL PRICE OFFER at that time. To further praise her, she helped expedite the contract which was fully executed and delivered within 1 week from the showing. There were ZERO problems during the ENTIRE process. My wife and I couldn’t be happier and will give her name to anybody looking to buy or sell a house."
Laurence and Karol
- April 20, 2017
"Aurora has by far exceeded all the brokers we have come across in the past. She helped our family find the right home and location through her experience and knowledge. After meeting with us and discussing what we were looking for, she was on board and wouldn't give up. She went out of her way to help us and guide us through the process of purchasing our new home. When we weren't available, Aurora was there. With two small kids schools was very important for us and she helped us narrow it down to school districts which meet our criteria. I have never before met a broker with so much knowledge about school districts, she was incredible. Besides the real estate, she introduced us to the town and to some individuals whom we might use in the future for home improvements. It was an all package deal with Aurora. Her knowledge of construction, a big plus, helped us make the decision toward our property of purchase. We are very grateful that we crossed paths and lucky to have had Aurora as our broker and friend."
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 in Bedford, NY.
- November 17, 2016
"Aurora helped my family purchase a home recently. She is the best person to have on your side. She is so knowledgeable of the business of real estate. Aurora has excellent communication skills, is always available to answer any questions( we had a ton). She is the person to go the extra mile in getting the job done. When I decide to sell the property she helped us purchase, Aurora will definitely be the one selling the property."
Bought a Single Family home in 2016 in Bedford, NY.
- November 4, 2016
"Aurora is by far the greatest agent in the area -- her personal and detailed knowledge of the area in which she works, lives and was raised gives her a unique context few in the business have. Combine that with 20+ years in the business, the sharpest deal-making acumen and a work ethic to match, having the deepest and most vast network in real estate, and you truly cannot often even find agents in Aurora's league. In addition, Aurora is so wonderfully kind and genuine, she will bring happiness and ease to a process renown for stress and pain! We cannot say enough good things about her. Thank you Aurora!"
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 in Bedford, NY.
- March 23, 2015
"In working with Aurora for the search of our home, we have nothing but the highest praise for her professionalism, good counsel and patience. She is very knowledgeable about the neighborhoods and the real estate market and guided us well through our home search giving us the benefit of her valuable insights. We worked with Aurora over the course of several months to find our home and in all the time we never felt rushed to make a decision. It was evident that our best interests were at heart. She understood our requirements well and worked hard to find a suitable home. We would certainly recommend Aurora - she is an absolute pleasure to work with!"
- October 2, 2011
"Aurora was extraordinarily patient and insightful in helping our family search for a home outside of the city. She listened carefully to what we were looking for and helped us find the right area. She provided timely information on current market trends and home pricing. We were unable to sell our apartment in time to make the move to the city, but this didn't bother Aurora at all. She warmly let us know when to resume our search next year. In the meantime, she has provided thoughtful updates on the properties that we were most interested in."
Showed home in 2011 in Katonah, Town of Bedford, NY.
- July 13, 2011
"Aurora did a a fantastic job selling my house. She clearly knows the market and shared her knowledge and expertise with me. I felt so comfortable and confident working with her. I've never worked with anyone who was more knowledgeable, dedicated and caring. She listened to everything we said and made extremely helpful suggestions throughout the entire process. I would recommend her many times over!"
Sold a Single Family home in 2010 in Brewster
- April 13, 2011
"Aurora was our agent for our townhouse rental, purchase of home, and sale of our home all in Armonk. She was an expert in all three categories. She provided great insight and strategy when we purchased our home to ensure we were in at the right price. She was not directing us to just paid the offer but provided comparable comps that helped us bid at just the right price.
Her focus completely changed when we were selling our house. She worked very hard at helping us market our house. Her recommendations on getting our house "ready" were clearly evident by all the positive feedback we received from agents and buyers. She understood what buyers wanted and made us showcase those features in our home. We had an accepted offer within a few weeks and closed shortly thereafter.
Aurora was a pleasure to work. Her professionalism and knowledge of the housing market made each transaction as smooth as possible. I would highly recommend her!"
- April 12, 2011
"Jerry and I wanted to thank you very much for the great job that you did selling our house and for helping us find the wonderful place where we are living now. It is clear that your knowledge and experience in the Armonk market and the surrounding areas was invaluable in helping to sell our home. All of your contacts, great relationships with other brokers, and the fact that you grew up in the area gave us that extra edge to help us get to the finish line!
We were also amazed with your energy and willingness to always go the extra mile. Thanks again, we look forwards to working with you in the future!"
- September 27, 2010
Aurora helped my husband and I buy our house in Bedford. We were so lucky and grateful to have her as our agent. She is hands down the best and I would recommend her to anyone- friends. family, etc. and we will absolutely work with her again in the future. Aurora put so much time into helping us find the perfect house, and she worked tirelessly on our behalf to negotiate a fair price. Aurora is intelligent, dedicated, personable, passionate, and always professional. She made the search for our house enjoyable. And although she is no longer our agent, she is now our friend and continues to assist us in any way she can. I can not speak highly enough of Aurora.
- June 21, 2010