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Jennifer Whalen, Esq. 

Broker -President and CEO of

The Whalen Group Distinguished Properties, Inc.

Jennifer Whalen has devoted much of her life and professional career toward making the Town of Colonie and the Capital Region a better place to call home. Today, Jennifer helps make the dream of owning a home or business come true with her residential and commercial real estate firm, The Whalen Group. She is also an attorney with years of experience negotiating contracts, representing banks in both foreclosure and complex lending matters as well as handling construction litigation. During her years in private practice, Jennifer handled cases in state and federal courts. Jennifer has a track record of standing up for the people, including service as Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Counsel for the state Racing and Wagering Board. As prosecutor, Jennifer recovered stolen taxpayer funds, prevented abuse of Medicaid funds and fought mismanagement in state agencies. She received her law degree from Albany Law School and bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University.


Years of professional and business experience, along with raising a family in Colonie, have helped prepare Jennifer to serve you with your real estate needs.


Jennifer’s family has been proud to serve country and community. Jennifer’s husband, Matthew Ben, served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and four years as chief medical officer for New York’s 10th Mountain Division. Jennifer has served as a volunteer for Red Cross of Northeastern New York, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Saratoga Performing Arts Center Action Council, “To Life” promoting breast cancer awareness, and veteran’s organizations, including Operation Remember ME and Gold Star Families. Jennifer is also a former board member of the Greater Loudonville Association. Currently she is a Town of Colonie Councilwoman serving a four year term.


Jennifer lives in Colonie with her husband, gastroenterologist Dr. Matthew Ben, and their two boys, Leland, age 17, and Reade, age 16.  Jennifer and her family enjoy participating in many year-round outdoor activities such as skiing, golfing, water sports, and tennis. Jennifer also loves to walk her dog Daisy at the Crossings.


Jennifer takes pride in knowing that she and her agents at the Whalen Group will deliver the highest standard of care and professionalism for their clients and colleagues. She is very selective about the caliber and quality of the real estate agents who are chosen to be affiliated with the Whalen Group, many of whom are professionals with higher degrees of education in other fields including but not limited to academia, education and the law. Our customer is paramount when it comes to our agents and the service they provide.

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