Shari sees herself somewhat as a "matchmaker of people and homes." She listens intently, genuinely cares about each client and transaction, and works extremely hard to expedite the process to ensure that all parties are satisfied. Shari is known for always going above and beyond the call of duty to provide outstanding client service, which is why her career as an agent has been built solely on referrals.
"Buying, selling and renting real estate can be such an emotional and intimate process. When you're in someone's home or helping them find their dream residence, being able to build a connection and maintain professionalism at the same time is extremely important," she says. "I also make sure my clients are well prepared before the search or sale starts. Helping them feel educated, empowered and confident leads to them make decisions they are most comfortable with."
Born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Miami in a real estate family, Shari is licensed in both Florida and New York City. She came into the business with a long history in sales and customer service, where she continually perfected her interpersonal and negotiating skills. After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Business Management, Shari dabbled in real estate and sales in Miami until moving to New York and getting licensed in 2011.
Shari has lived in the vibrant Village ever since. She loves strolling through the neighborhood with her dog, Chip, and taking him to the river to enjoy the views. Shari also enjoys hosting dinner parties and keeping active with yoga, boxing and regular Soul-Cycle classes. She likes to give back to the community as well. Shari is currently active with New York Cares, Visions, The Michael J. Fox Parkinson's Foundation, and the National Parkinson's Foundation.
My husband and I were 2 months in to the search for our first home to buy in New York when we were lucky enough to be introduced to Shari. We had been working with a realtor who just did not get what we were after, who we were as buyers and did not consider our budget properly and it made the process stressful and hard work as we just did not trust that she was exploring all options or using her expertise to think of new ones on our behalf. Shari was the complete opposite from day one - caring, thoughtful, creative and most importantly, she listened and understood what we wanted and more importantly what we didn't want and couldn't afford. We looked forward to every open house with Shari and to learning about and exploring different neighborhoods that we didn't previously consider. When we found places that didn't quite fit, she was never pushy and didn't ever make us feel like we couldn't eventually find our dream home, which is exactly what we did. From the moment we decided we wanted to make an offer to the day we closed, Shari was there every step of the way, always responsive to our millions of questions by text, email or phone call. Most importantly, she understands the emotional investment that comes with buying a house - especially in such a fast moving and competitive market as New York. When we encountered delays because of our financing, she was supportive and ensured that all parties were kept up to date on the process so that nothing would fall through the cracks, especially as we were dealing with a coop board. Shari is not only an incredible realtor who we have and would recommend wholeheartedly to anyone, she is someone we consider a friend. Her professionalism and knowledge of the market, her enthusiasm for real estate, her passion for working with others and her patient, caring and trusting personality sets her apart from anyone in her field.
Victoria & Jamie McLaughlin