Matthew Tejeda's path to real estate is unlike that of any other agent in the city. At 19, jobless and homeless without parents, Matthew checked himself into a shelter. Shortly thereafter, he secured a job as a Starbucks barista. Determined to pull himself up by his boot straps he was promoted 5 times within 2 years, earning a position as Store Manager at one of the country's highest volume locations, Penn Station. As a result of his success he was featured in Forbes at the young age of 23 and was flown out to Seattle to meet Howard Shultz, CEO of Starbucks.
While he rose up the ranks quickly, the shelter remained his residence for a year. During this time he wore a key around his neck to symbolize his deepest desire, to find his home. It is because of this humble origin that Matthew has a very unique perspective on how he moves through the real estate industry. He leads with transparency, authenticity, and a relentless commitment to achieve results.
Encouraged by a successful broker who believed Matthew had the perfect personality for real estate, he obtained his license, but credits Starbucks with much of his success, both in life and real estate:
"Starbucks helped instill a great deal of discipline around systemically solving problems, and by managing the expectations of 50 team members, I learned how to alleviate the stresses of my clients. They ingrained within me the philosophy of being performance driven, through the lens of humanity."
Not surprisingly, Matthew's clients rave about his attentive customer service and his ability to make the complex process of finding a New York home seem easy. When not working Matthew enjoys spending time with his loved ones, reading, horseback riding and exploring the city.