I think I got bitten by the real estate bug back in the 1970s when I was still in college. I was renting a nice one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side in a building that was going co-op. Although I had no idea what a co-op was, I joined the other tenants at meetings and decided that I would try to buy my apartment. Although it was being sold for an insider price of $6,800 (Yes that is correct, $6,800. I did not leave out a zero. It was a steal even then.) it was still difficult for me to do it. With the help of an indefatigable neighbor, I convinced a bank to give me, a 23-year-old barely out of college, a mortgage, and I bought the place. Twelve years later, married and needing a two-bedroom, I sold it for $150,000. Even though my profit was made from luck not skill, I became obsessed with the New York real estate market. I figured great deals had to be out there for others too, not just for me.
For fun I started to go to open houses, comparing prices, figuring out how much more the top floor brings, imagining whom I knew who might be the perfect buyer. I often volunteered to help friends who were looking for apartments. Through the years, people said I should make my interest professional, which I did when I enthusiastically re-entered the work force as a real estate agent after years of raising my children.
I still really enjoy real estate even though it’s now a profession instead of a joyous pastime. But I’m dead serious when it comes to my clients’ needs—to get the best deal, for the best price, in the perfect neighborhood, with the most advantageous financing, on their timeline—and I do whatever it takes to find them the perfect home. First off, they have to have the best information possible—on neighborhoods, markets, mortgages, buildings. Using my research background as a reporter, I ferret out that information to help educate my clients so they can make the best, most informed choices. I take the time to listen to my clients and to understand what’s important to them. I believe the educated client is ultimately the best and the happiest client and I work to make sure that my clients are the most satisfied, period.
When I am not looking at, selling, or buying real estate for clients, I spend time with my two children at the glorious museums, galleries, restaurants, and parks in the city. I’m a passionate foodie, lover of all things Italian, movie buff, and word nerd.
Hobbies: travel, reading and translating Italian literature, baking, walking, movies.