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    North Fork real estate agent Jeanmarie Bay came into the ever-evolving Long Island real estate market by way of the fashion industry where for almost 20 years she negotiated deals for some of the world's biggest brands from her offices in New York City. Logistics, contracts, and planning on a global scale were just part of her day-to-day. After moving from Manhattan to Southold she transitioned into real estate, first with her mother on Shelter Island, and firmly planted her real estate roots with Town & Country Real Estate in 2008.

    "I love where I live, it's one of the most beautiful areas," says Jeanmarie of the North Fork where she resides with her family and of Shelter Island where she grew up with her parents and nine siblings. "All the little inlets combined with vineyards and farms - my big passion is sailing. I love the water. There's not a better place for me."

    "I'm a boater and love showing off waterfront homes," says Jeanmarie of the homes for sale and for summer rental in her portfolio. When it comes to buyers, Jeanmarie sees mostly second homeowners looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for a more relaxed atmosphere. "It's the beaches, farmstands, vineyards, and restaurants, and the quiet that bring people from Manhattan and Brooklyn to the North Fork."

    When she's not sailing Peconic Bay, Jeanmarie, whose many clients come to her as referrals these days, is closing deals and showing homes. "There was one house in the Village of Orient recently that was priced right and sold quickly," she explains. "We put it on the market on a Wednesday and showed it the next day. By Friday we had offers coming in that resulted in a bidding war. The homeowners closed the following Friday. It was the fastest week in real estate!"

    Jeanmarie is committed to her community and when not making real estate deals invests her time with the Southold School Garden Committee working closely with students and gardening experts. "I love the whole farm-to-table thing we have going on here and being part of that is kind of cool," she says.

    Beyond the garden Jeanmarie is a member of Southold VOICE, a not-for-profit organization of waterfront property owners and others interested in the use, enjoyment, and preservation of Southold Township's extensive waterfront from Laurel to Orient Point. She is also a member of the North Fork Audubon Society.

    Why move to the North Fork? Jeanmarie says, "We have it all out here!"

    Amy Condit

    Judi Desiderio and her colleagues have been my valued East End real estate partners for the last 20 years -- and I couldn't have done it without them. My journey has included buying and selling and markets that range from tepid to red the South Fork and North Fork. Their expertise and service quality are top notch. In all this time, they have never failed once to answer or return my calls immediately: who else does that? Thank you Judi, Jeanmarie Bay, and the whole team at Town & Country. You guys are amazing.

    Cathy Pacella, Cutchogue

    Thanks you for your professionalism, patrience, and just being "always there." Looking forward to staying in touch.

    Kathleen Sheiffer, Quogue, NY

    I used Town & Country Real Estate agents Jeanmarie Bay and Marie Bransfield to sell our mothers house in Greenport. We closed October 1, 2019. The entire process was very professional and totally stress-free. Both Jeanmarie and Marie were very helpful to me to always be available to get the house ready for closing. I live in Quogue so they saved me a lot of time and travel not having to go to Greenport. Marie beautifully staged the house.


    Thanks for sending Jeanmarie from your office to my listing. She is a wonderful lady and very professional.


    Jeanmarie - We want to thank you for everything you did to make our North Fork property desires a reality! We are really, really excited about the house and look forward to gradual sprucing up. Think it was a good decision. Also feel good knowing we can work with you on a rental and also to get some things done at a distance. All feels good!

    Nancy Eichacker

    We looked at many properties working with Ms. Bay in 2009 and ultimately purchased a house. We have since renovated the house and she has served as a renting agent for three years, marketing the house effectively so that it has been rented for all of the summer months. While we were looking at properties she was patient, resourceful, organized, and quite knowledgeable about the area. She advocated for us effectively as we place a low bid, negotiating with the seller's agent to achieve the best possible price for us. She displays significant professionalism while also being tough in terms of defending the interests of the party she is representing. Strong positive recommendation. Nancy Eichacker

    Bob and Mary Buoneto

    Approximately four years ago, I walked into Jeanmarie's real estate office while searching for a house on the North Fork. I stated my concerns, ie: type of house, location and affordability. She listened and immediatley showed me a list that could be potentials. She graciously agreed to show me a vacant house that was for sale, which I declined. I stated that I did not have my wife with me, and I didn't want to waste her time showing me a house that might not be appealing. She stated that it was not an issue, and insisted that it was no bother. For next few years, Jeanmarie sent us emails of houses that fit into our criteria. In that time, she had taken us to see a number of houses with no success. Even after the mortgage crisis, Jeanmarie kept in contact with us. We eventually found a home that was for sale in Cutchogue, that was not being shown by her real estate office. We contacted her and asked that she represent us to the seller. Jeanmarie was instrumental in the sale of the house. Her knowledge of the area as well as the positives in this house helped seal the deal. My wife and I were extremely happy with her patience and professionalism. Bob and Mary Buoneto


    Wanting to escape the Manhattan summers we sought out Jean Marie to help us find that special home our children could create memories in. She introduced us to every town on the North Fork and was extremely knowledgeable and patient as we looked at "many" homes. It was not long before Jean Marie figured out our taste/needs and led us to our dream location. If you are looking for a home on the North Fork, I highly recommend Jean Marie as she not only is a native of the East End but has utmost integrity and honesty in delivering her services. We always felt like we were in the "good hands" with Jean Marie and in the long search we were. Thank you Jean Marie.

    Ed and Liz Freher

    Fabulous agent!!! Really goes above and beyond!!! Extends herself for the client. Very committed!! Helped find a contractor when repairs were needed, and we were out of town. Marketed the property well in local papers and specialty real estate magazines. Ed and Liz Freher

    Evran Ozkul

    Jeanmarie is excellent, I have purchased two homes with her and she is managing both of them as well. Start to finish, she has been extremely knowledgeable, attentive, and professional. I would recommend her to anyone. She's the best. Evran Ozkul

    Terry Quinn

    I've purchased a few houses in my day and Jeanmarie is by far the most user friendly RE Agent that I've dealt with. Her knowledge of the area and willingness to help was extraordinary. She's a real "full service" agent. Terry Quinn

    Marissa Novak

    Jeanmarie represented us in our recent home purchase in the North Fork. We had been looking for almost a year, without representation, and reached out to Jeanmarie to represent us. I don't think we would have gotten the home of our dreams if it weren't for her. She was very direct with us, encouraged our position on pricing, and extremely responsive. She was working for us on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Her responses to our emails/calls/text were immediate, which was very important to us. Her knowledge of the area and relationships with other agents was great. She also made herself available anytime we wanted to come out to look at the home again before close. We were very pleased and would absolutely recommend her! - Marissa Novak