Mount Vernon Real Estate Agency Joins Weichert® National Franchise System

— Evan Roeser

Weichert, Realtors® – Heritage Properties Becomes Newest Affiliate in New York

Sylvia Woods

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. / August 4, 2021 – Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. is pleased to announce that Weichert, Realtors® – Heritage Properties in Mount Vernon has joined its national franchise system.

The company, previously known as Heritage Real Estate Services, becomes the 20th Weichert® franchised office in the state of New York and the second in Westchester County.

Weichert, Realtors® – Heritage Properties is owned and operated by Sylvia Woods, who has over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry.

“We are very excited to join the Weichert network,” said Woods. “The family-like atmosphere within the organization along with the emphasis placed on personalized relationships and a client-first philosophy match up extremely well with our company’s core values.”

As part of the Weichert franchise network, Woods and her team have access to in-depth training programs, the latest technology and the most powerful sales and marketing tools in the industry to help provide their clients the best possible real estate service.

“With the industry rapidly evolving from a technological standpoint, we saw extreme value in joining the Weichert franchise system in order to have industry-leading resources at our disposal. The marketing and technology systems will give our company better access to recruitment, and the direct training and support for our agents will help them thrive.”

Woods started her career in South Carolina with the South Carolina Land Resource Development.  After relocating to New York City, she worked as a manager with Western Union Financial Services in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.   Growing up as the seventh of 11 children of sharecroppers in rural South Carolina, she learned her parents’ lessons early in life; hard work, tenacity and faith are key ingredients for financial independence.  Woods took those lessons and left corporate America to launch a career in Real Estate.

Woods founded the successful Mount Vernon agency in 2008 with Gloria Smith, and has steadily grown the company over the past 13 years. She has acquired a wealth of experience in the real estate industry.  She has served as a broker for over for over 20 years.

She currently holds several leadership positions within the Mount Vernon real estate community, serving as a member of the Assessment Board of Review, Architect Review Board and Sign and Appeal Board.

Woods enjoys mentoring budding entrepreneurs. Passionate about empowering the next generation, she believes that self-empowerment leads to financial independence.  As such, she is committed to giving back in support of education and black-owned businesses.  She conducts workshops on financial empowerment and wealth-building through real estate.

Woods has a BS degree from Benedict College, in Columbia, South Carolina, and an MBA from the University of New Haven.  She’s actively involved in a variety of civic and professional organizations, including the Mt. Sinai Hospital Advisory Board for Multicultural and Community Affairs, Sylvia Woods Scholarship Foundation, Benefactor of the Bertha Brown Endowment. She’s also the regional vice president of the Benedict College National Alumni Association and a member of the Progressive Club of New York, Inc.  She supports the College Fund-UNCF, American Heart Association, and the March of Dimes. She is also a member of Grace Baptist Church of Westchester County where she worships with her husband Kenneth, president and CEO of Sylvia’s Restaurant of Harlem.

Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. President and COO Bill Scavone was pleased to welcome the newest affiliate. “I am thrilled to welcome our new friends at Weichert, Realtors® – Heritage Properties and their clients to the Weichert family. Their office has a reputation for great customer service, and they are highly regarded in the Westchester area. They also share our client-first philosophy and are rooted in the region they serve.”

Weichert, Realtors® – Heritage Properties is an independently owned and operated Weichert affiliate. The office serves Southern Westchester County and The Bronx.

For more information about Weichert, Realtors® – Heritage Properties, located at 514 Gramatan Avenue in Mount Vernon, contact Sylvia Woods at 914-667-8996 or visit

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 About Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc.: Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has grown steadily since Jim Weichert, president, chairman and CEO of Weichert Companies, launched the company’s franchise division in 2001. The affiliate division was created to offer a business model for franchisee ownership candidates described as “a clearly defined operating system for marketing and managing a real estate business.” Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. announced its first affiliate in 2002, was ranked as one of the top traditional residential real estate franchises in Entrepreneur’s 2021 Franchise 500 and was identified in 2021 by Franchise Business Review as one of the top U.S. franchises for owner satisfaction. Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. has offices serving over 370 markets in 41 states. For more information about Weichert, visit or for information on franchise opportunities visit

Each Weichert® franchised office is independently owned and operated.

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