“It’s our name over the door.”
That simple comment from broker/owner Jon Salmon certainly helps explain why Salmon Real Estate prides itself on quality customer service. It also can explain how the Castleton Corners business has been around since 1956 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.
And, of course, a solid clientele mixed with old and returning customers doesn’t hurt.
“A good deal of the business we do at this point are people who are relatives or descendants of people that my father (Egon) sold to or sold for,” said Salmon.
“I appreciate the business that I get from people that I don’t know. And then I have many people that I have done business with over the years that come back to us and seek us out. It’s very gratifying,” he said.
“To me, that’s the whole purpose of it. We obviously did something – and, hopefully, many things – right at the time that decades later they remember us and come back to us,” said Salmon.
As the oldest brokerage house on Staten Island, Salmon Real Estate understands the importance of the Chamber.
“I don’t think you deserve to be in business if you’re not a member of the Chamber of Commerce,” said Salmon. “It ties the whole community together. It ties the business community with the residential community on Staten Island. If you’re not a member of the Chamber of Commerce, I just don’t think you’re serious about business.”
Salmon is certainly one person who understands the need to link his business with the community. His family — which includes brother and real estate appraiser Henry Salmon — has been involved with numerous Staten Island groups including different Rotary clubs, the Staten Island Museum, the March of Dimes, and the Jewish Community Center.
“With our involvement, it shows that we’re out there and we’re with the other people who have roots in the community,” he said. “In our case, the involvement in all these things that we do is to remind people we’re still here.”
And with over 60 years in business, he says there are no plans for Salmon Real Estate to go away.
“At this point, I don’t think we really think about our longevity. I just think that the things we do are part of our everyday routine. It’s kind of ingrained. We just know over the year what has to be done and we keep doing it,” Salmon said.