Wednesday, November 30, 2016

I Love This 'Thank You!!' (Purchased a $5 Million dollar Loft)


You, Norman, and Christian have been an absolute pleasure to work with from start to finish.  Honest, on point with your recommendations, responsive, and generally cool as $&!t.  

We would love to meet you during your next visit to NY and grab dinner with all of you  or at least a drink in our new home.  



Yes, we love what we do!!!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

California Dual Agency Ruling Rocks the Real Estate World

Friday, November 11, 2016

How do we give back Millions???

First we have to be successful and we do that by providing outstanding service in a 100% transparent atmosphere. This is what buyers want, not just a rebate, they want the entire package. They expect it considering the amount of money they are transacting.

We are lean, that is how we do it! We are like the 'millionaire next door', we work sensibly.  No excessive waste on a pricey, flashy office space with bottled water and lattes at the ask. No mass marketing campaigns or other expensive advertising. No back office waste or other frivolous expenditures. I learned to live this way early in life from my Grandfather, Victor DeMave; one of the original "millionaires next door".

I also love what I do and love that our clients get it. There is a lot more to what we offer, so please feel free to call me for more information. I'll give away one more part of our platform; we are never selling you. We provide you with information that will assist you in making a sound decision. We consider our relationship with our clients a working, evolving partnership.

Read what other are saying about us.


Keith Burkhardt

Monday, November 7, 2016

This is our Best Advertising Secret!

Dear Keith, Lance, Christian and Norman,

Please accept my deepest thanks for everything you all did to make my recent purchase of a Manhattan co-op possible. It was a pleasure to work with you all from start to finish!

To any readers, let me add my testimonial to the many that helped me decide to contact this group:

From the start Keith and his team were helpful and informative, very knowledgeable about buildings, values, and the whole process.  Their strategy in letting people find what interests them on StreetEasy (why do this any other way in 2016?) and then taking it from there is brilliant. Let me just say that they really do provide all the services they advertise!

Lance made all the appointments to see properties so efficiently, and so convenient for me, then showed up on time or early every single time. When I decided on an apartment, Keith was so helpful on the offering process. We got a very good price accepted!

Then while in contract, Lance was there to facilitate my getting contractors/consultants into the apartment before closing, a tremendous head start in the renovating process.  Christian took care of so much background work. Never a mistake or a problem. Perhaps most important, they were all masters of getting the Co-op Board package together, and believe me there is nothing more important to you than their expertise on this.

And then, before and at closing, Norman was incredibly helpful and fully prepared. Our closing was painless, and then Norman handed me a check for 1.5%, as in, a nice fat bonus covering so much more than my moving costs.

The bottom line is that if you are looking to buy in NYC, look no further than this Burkhardt Group, you will be happy you have them all working on your behalf.

Thanks all!

Dr. Victor M.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

A Lot of People are Asking Me about the Market

I was speaking with a client a few days ago, very smart guy, finance and currently running some very big stuff. We were talking about an offer he has out as well as the current state of the market, he made an interesting comment; "Feels like 2008, accept we are not going off a cliff". Now that may sound dramatic at first read, however if you recall the summer of 2008 and what the market was like it sort of nails it.

By this time I had started The Burkhardt Group, however I was advising against purchasing and was offering discounted rental commissions. That summer (2008) I felt the sales market in NYC was losing steam, however no one was really discussing this apparent fact. I had been out in NJ, Connecticut and Northern Westchester  looking at homes to purchase towards the end of 2007 and the real estate markets were already seriously waning. NYC still was more or less intact however things were just not right, the bull was showing some signs of weakness.

Today we are also seeing things slow down a bit, certainly well documented that the $4M+ market has weakened. We are still seeing strength and significant demand for prime homes under $1M as well as healthy action for reasonably priced 2 bedroom homes in solid locations (that is pretty general, but you know what I mean). That said we definitely feel that the market is cooling off a bit, without a doubt part of that is seasonality, elections. But I don't think anyone will argue with the idea that overall we are seeing things slowdown. Will this end badly? I don't think so. I think we will see a normalized market going into 2017, but hey anything can happen. Specifically though I don't see the abyss, worst case I see the ability for buyers to negotiate with less pressure and competition. Best case (for sellers) the bull becomes re-invigorated for no apparent reason (like in the Spring of 2016) after a hiatus of about 5 months.

We like the current state of the market, we actually do much better in a normal to declining market. Our clients have more leverage, less competition and more inventory to choose from. I created a business model that is appealing to a subsection of buyers, they work with us because of our method, simple as that.


Keith Burkhardt