Jackie Witbeck

Jackie Witbeck

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • 518-495-9877
  • 518-495-9877
  • 518-477-2156
  • 518-477-1000
  • 518-477-1000
  • 274 Troy Road Suite 300
    Rensselaer, NY 12144
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Welcome from Jackie Witbeck, Associate Broker

Not everyone in life gets to love what they do - I am one of the lucky ones.  I have been helping Sellers and Buyers in the Capital Region for over 25 years and truly enjoy working with my clients. . . whether it be counseling the First Time Buyers excitedly looking for their first home. . .  or helping the Move-Up Buyers graduate to their new home . . . or Baby Boomers preparing to scale down for retirement years in their next home. . . or Seniors who are going to Retirement Living.  I would appreciate the opportunity to help you as well - just give me a call or email to get started.  Jackie 518-495-9877

Home Sweet Home

Professional Awards and Affiliations


Honored as one of the "Top 100" Agents in the Capital Region by

                                                 Capital Region Business Review    

  • "Realtor of the Year" Award by GCAR Membership
  • Member, Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Member, Capital Region Multiple Listing Service
  • Member, New York State Association of Realtors
  • Member, National Association of Realtors
  • Member, CIREB - Commercial Industrial Real Estate Brokers of the Capital Region
  • Greater Capital Association of Realtors Director - Two Terms
  • Past President of Greater Capital Association of Realtors
  • Past President - Capital Region New Home Sales & Marketing Council
  • Past Secretary / Treasurer / Member - Womens Council of Realtors
  • Past Member- Realtors Land Institute (RLI)
  • 26 Years Experience as a Realtor/Associate Broker 
  • Past Member - Center for Economic Growth Committees
  • Past Director, NYS Association of Realtors
  • NYS Association of Realtors Regional Vice President
  • GCAR Professional Standard Chairman
  • Annual Broker's Award

Professional Background

My previous profession was as a paralegal for many years - another job that I loved.  When the prominent attorney that I had worked for retired,  it was time for me to choose a totally different career.   I truly enjoy working with people,  so Real Estate was the perfect choice.

As a Buyer, this is a great time to purchase:  interest rates are fantastic, homes are priced reasonably and supply is plentiful to choose from.  My Buyer Agency training will help you step by step. 

My "SRES " designation is a National Association of Realtors course designed to prepare us to work with Seniors - I enjoyed learning the ins and outs, and am here to guide you through that path as well.

As a member of the Relocation Team, I receive special training to work with relocating clients.  I know this can be an exciting, although sometimes stressful time for both the client relocating as well as his/her family.  I look forward to being of service and helping you through the entire process and making it as smooth a transition as possible for you and your family.

I  worked with a Builder for many years and learned much about new construction, attending every workshop and seminar available as well as many National Association of HomeBuilders Trade Shows.  It is valuable information that helps me with my Buyers as they go through the process of building a new home.

Facing Foreclosure or a Short Sale in this market is not where any seller wants to be.  I have experience in both, and will use my knowledge to guide you through this difficult time.


First Time Buyers

Move Up Buyers

Baby Boomers



New Home Construction

Land/Acreage Sales

Rural Properties



  • Realtor
  • E-PRO
  • Seniors Real Estate Specialist
  • Certified New Home Sales Professional
  • Coldwell Banker Chairman's Circle
  • Coldwell Banker Multi-Million Dollar
  • Coldwell Banker President's Circle
  • Women's Council of Realtors
  • Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource

Foreclosure Market Trends

  Click Here for FHA Guidelines and Foreclosure Information


Community Involvement

My involvement in Real Estate over the past 26 years has included giving back to the community. 

  • Past Chairman  - Greater Capital Region Association of Realtors building of 3 Habitat for Humanity Homes in Albany
  • Volunteer Worker for NYS Association of Realtors building of a Habitat Home in Saratoga 

  • Chairman for Coldwell Banker's Heart Association "Wear Red" Day 
  • Member of the Rensselaer County Historical Society
  • Past Member of the Town of Brunswick Master Plan Committee
  • Volunteered for Buyer Seminars at TRIP - Troy Housing Authority 
  • Volunteer for Realtor Housing Relief Fund helping 911 Families
  •  Ambassador for Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce

Personal Interests

In my 'downtime' I enjoy camping, dinner parties, travel, swimming, reading, hitting a golfball around the course, cooking, kayaking, time with our 2 Golden Retrievers and playing Canasta!

I have been married for 47 years to my best friend, have 2 grown sons and now their families include my 5 grandchildren.  I am lucky because they all live closeby and I can see them often.



Licensed Associate Broker

SRES Designation - Seniors Specialist Designation

REP Designation - NYS Real Estate Professional

MIRM Courses - New Construction

New York Planning and Zoning Conference

Cartus Network Marketing Specialist

e-Pro - Social Media & Technology Designation

SFR Certification - Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource

Waiting for you to come home

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My Listings

255 Sliter Rd, Schaghticoke, NY 12154-3012
Beds: 4 / Baths: 4
3,054 square feet
94 Chamberlin Hill Rd, Sand Lake, NY 12061
Beds: 5 / Baths: 4
3,032 square feet
9 David Dr, Cohoes, NY 12047
1,376 square feet
3 Cottage Av, Cohoes, NY 12047
Beds: 3 / Baths: 2
1,634 square feet

6 Things to Do When Your Email Gets Hacked


6 Things You Should Do When Your Email Gets Hacked

July 19th, 2016

Email Hacking1Getting your email hacked can happen to any of us, and it can be alarming. The most popular way people realize that their email has been hacked is when a friend or family member lets them know that they received a strange email from them.

Email hackers target the public to take money from them fraudulently. One popular way they take people’s money is by getting unauthorized access to your email account and sending an email to your contacts. The email may state that you are on vacation overseas and suddenly need help and money – could they please send money right away to the mentioned account.

Unaware that it wasn’t really you who sent the email, and because it seems like a legitimate email from you, some contacts do send money to the fraudsters.

If you ever recognize that your personal email has been hacked, do these six things to mitigate risk:

1.   Change your email password right away – Log into your email provider’s web mail portal and go to your account settings. Typically, there is a Security section where you have the option to change your password. Choose a new, strong password that does not resemble the previous one.

  • If you no longer have access to the account, use the ‘Forgot Password’ option to create a new one and recover access to your account.
  • If you used this password in other sites/accounts, change those passwords as well and don’t use the same password in multiple sites.

2.   Review your account Settings – Review your settings, including your login history, contacts, linked Mail accounts, Signatures, Mail Forwarding, Banned Addresses, and Filters; delete anything that you don’t recognize.

3.    Scan for Viruses, Malware, and Spyware – There is a possibility that your computer/laptop may have contracted a virus, malware, and/or spyware in the process. Running a virus scan like Norton, Kaspersky, Avast, and AVG is highly recommended. Additionally, running anti-malware software, such as Malwarebytes, has shown great results extracting these malicious infections.

4.   Alert your contacts – Use another medium to let your contacts know that your email has been hacked (text message, phone, a different email address) and request that if they recently received an email from you, they delete it without opening it, clicking on any links or downloading attachments. If you are sending an email, the Email Subject should be a warning that grabs the reader’s attention. For example: Please do not open any emails from XXX date to XXX date. (You may even want to send them this list of helpful tips).

5.   Report the hack to your provider – Different providers have different methods for reporting these incidents; search their website for their instructions.

6.   Continue to monitor your email, financials, and other sensitive information – Over the years, you may have sent sensitive information which may still be in your email history. Hackers could have accessed it. Continue to monitor carefully the activity on your credit cards, including your real estate transactions and other sensitive areas, to ensure no one else is accessing them.

How did this happen to me?
There are multiple ways it could have happened. One possible way is that your email was hacked while you accessed your email using a public Wi-Fi. A common approach that hackers use is called Evil Twin, and it works like this: Say you are at your favorite local coffee shop named “Strong Joe”, and you want to take advantage of their free Wi-Fi. What hackers will do is set up a second hotspot in that location, naming it similar to the authentic hotspot for that business. For example: The authentic hotspot for the business may be “Strong Joe,” while the hacker’s hotspot may be “Strong Joe FASTEST.” Sometimes business patrons will not notice that there are more than two hotspots with the name, and inadvertently use the hotspot that is set up by the hackers. While using the hotspot trap that hackers created, you may decide to log into your email and catch up with work, friends or family. When you do this, the hacker’s hotspot can grab the email’s security packets, which contain your credentials. And there you have it. You’ve been hacked without realizing it.

Should I stop using public hotspots?
Not necessarily – just be careful when logging into free, Wi-Fi hotspots. Ask an employee for the correct Service Set Identifier (SSID) and password so that you are not inadvertently using one that a hacker has set up, and use public hot spots only for web browsing – not for online shopping, banking or accessing anything that requires entering your user name and password.

Beyond the Personal Email Hack: Reporting Real Estate Fraud
In addition to the email scams that the general population can experience, real estate professionals are also vulnerable to professional fraud when their emails get hacked because real estate transactions often require the transfer of significant sums of money. These types of scams are more sophisticated than what the general public will experience, and rather than covering the details in this article, we will provide you the link to a video that the National Association of REALTORS has created to educate REALTORS on this issue.

WATCH THIS VIDEO about Cyber scams targeting the real estate industry.

This video will show you prevention, damage control, as well as two identifiable areas of fraud in the real estate industry. We highly recommend you watch it and follow their recommendations.

As always, if you have any doubts, or wish to make sure you have followed all these steps above correctly; please be sure to contact us.

Contributions to this article were made by Marcos Zayas, Tech Helpline Team