The Real Deal New York

Top residential agents of the week

June 14, 2013 06:15PM

Price: $16,000,000
Listing Brokers: Adam Modlin of the Modlin Group and Arabella Greene Buckworth of Brown Harris Stevens
Address: 41 Central Park West , #5A

Price: $9,400,000
Listing Brokers: Lisa Lippman and Scott Moore of Brown Harris Stevens
Address: 535 West End Avenue, #8A

Price: $9,225,000
Listing Broker: Joanna Cutler of Joanna Cutler Real Estate
Address: 1 Central Park South, #503

Price: $6,700,000
Listing Brokers: Leslie Singer and John Venekamp
Address: 101 Central Park West

Price: $5,850,000
Listing Broker: Daniella Schlisser of the Corcoran Group
Address: 200 East 65th Street, #36N

  • Urbano Barberinni

    By the way, let me bite also on some others.

    We will start the list with Sotheby’s who as a firm I know from the inside.

    That is right, from the very inside.

    Did you know that they are nothing more than a licensee of the Sotheby’s Arts and Precious Objects Auction House that is right, there is no relationship there?

    They pay a licensing fee to Sotheby’s that is the real deal, but Sotheby’s Real Estate is owned by the equivalent of the Midas, or Mavis Tires of the real estate industry that also owns Corcoran as a matter of fact and the now defunct Coldwell Bankers (in New York City). The holding company is a national retirement homes management firm, how pathetic and unglamorous is that?
    And they watch every penny, they spend, this is why the brochure machine is so frugal, at both firms, few agents have advertising budgets, few, they poor guys have to deliver their own by hand deliveries, because this gigantic monster that owns them, is cheap to the core, and cut corners on every little thing, so they attract people used to poor treatment, there are no social lights there, Cathy Corte the Sotheby’s Chairman was the secretary of the old Sotheby’s Manager, and she has airs you would not believe, the manager is some Colombian chick that also acts as if she was first cousins with some sort of divinity, and the rest are egg laying chickens (my opinion) that sit there waiting for a referral from the boss, but they are unable to generate their own business.
    Carrie Chiang, whom I have met personally at the Asian Society, barely speaks and if you ask any one of these people to tell you want NPV means in finance, they will be clueless. Go ahead, ask them for the formula, or maybe now that they know, you should ask for something more elevated, like what tools are used to modulate monetary expansion in the United States, all these things, dear reader do affect the price of your real estate investments.

    And pardon me, but, if you will be paying 10 Million for a house or apartment, shouldn’t you demand some cultural patrimony?

    This is what I mean when I say, look under the sheets, go with the best ones, make sure they have credential (remember that guy that was named president of yahoo, and in the end the guy barely finished high school, or something like it). Credentials are very important, so important that universities now print them in anti-forgery paper.

    Require to see credentials…. You will be doing the real due diligence you need to do, and not hiring someone that has (potentially has, my opinion) corrupted some aspects of the system to get listings.
    Trust and estates attorneys, for example, who is keeping the lid on these?
    Whiteout offending the entire profession, let’s remember Madoff, who was he, the actual president of the watch dog self-regulating agency, and the FCC and then 50 Billion went missing.

    Don’t think for a second that small fries don’t do it.
    Let’s talk about Stribling. Stribling gets a disproportionate number of estate listings, why??????

    How did they get them….???? Ok stribling could be considered a connected firm, just because they happen to have a townhouse they bought ions ago, for a song on 73rd Street and Madison and now, they are the TURIST TRAP, a business term used in finance and retail. But does this firm possess the brokers with the required knowledge to deliver and optimal price? I would say questionable.

    Then we go down the line to Brown Harris Stevens, I am sort of reluctant to speak about them, but they do deserve an analysis. So here it goes, 60 some brokers, some are really good, and knowledgeable, but some are just pure, ego, bravado, and attitude, and still people buy it. I guess those self-help tapes that say act as if, and you will, really work, but what about the results, how do we measure them, and lastly is this firm in the nitch of dealing with others that seek to filter who gets housing, in other words, they are the gate keepers to some clubs. That could be. From a moral standing, I think this should not be, from a business standing, this could be a strategy, but in deploying such strategy, many boundaries have to be crossed. Would I be willing to cross them? NO WAY.
    Let’s talk about Bellmarc, Bellmarc has for ions been the training ground for modest secretaries, inexperienced people, and in general second carrier persons, nothing wrong with this, but their offices are so ugly, so are their agents, and the entire dream “Package” is just plain ugly. Nitch, small studios, but ugly ones…. A segment of the market that is going down, as Manhattan becomes a wealthy destination every year that passes.

    Corcoran. Tacky, plain tacky, and more tacky, what can I say, Barbara Corcoran was tacky as tacky comes, so the firm is right there….. Strange looking people, with weird faces, and a plastic demeanor, and they are trained in less that friendly negotiation strategies. On average they sell cheaper than anyone else, for the same properties, why, because they train their agents of how to pull the wool over the eyes of the public (my opinion) from reading their marketing material, in particular a chart with an allegedly statistical curve that depicts that the best offer is the offer that comes right away, when this is far far from the truth. Did you know that real estate brokers actually get the highest prices for their properties? But then they have them on the market the longest.

    In creating excitement, there are some brokers that have this down to a science.
    Look for these brokers…. And don’t buy puffery.

    The comments in this posting are the opinions of the writer, who loves everyone, but would rather see the truth out there, that just plain mysticism and symbolism.

    I realy apologies if I sound like a SNOB (Which my dad told me it came from the Latin, Sensa Nobilta, meaning without nobility) but when I refer to ugliness I mean lack of personal style of cleanliness, more style, and in sales I believe the agent should at least be well groomed, if he or she is to sell anything of enormous value as is real estate.
    Then there is all this hype with reality TV, and here I raise again another topic, why are we idolatrizing people like the Kardacians, and not people like the Warren Buffets, Bill Gates, Bloomberg of the world.

    See my point, shallowness.

    Let’s tell the Truth then
    Regulate the entire industry make them take off those ridiculous titles, like Executive Vice presidents, Senior Vice Presidents, and VP, Directors, and just get plain real and uncover those actors that are just basically some ignoramuses, walking around deceiving the public.

    Trust me, without the titles, they would all be no better that a hot dog stand vendor.

    Look for the real deal…….

    Training, Experience… intelligence, and resources.

    Douglas Elliman may be guilty of the titles thing, but they are the real deal.

    All others imitate…. And this is my opinion of NO BULL TELLING THE TUTH

    I am sure this posting will be deleted, soon.

    Then maybe not…. Faith in journalism, if this publication is not all advertising… right?