Friday, May 25, 2018

Satisfied Clients Make Us Smile!

"Hi Keith and everyone,

Thank you for everything! Jenny and I were really happy with the team we put together and most of all you guys. 

We really appreciated the thoughtful guidance and the responsiveness even when we were going a little crazy. We feel we made a good choice with the apt and we couldnt have done it without you.

We will probably do this again at some point in the future and when we do we will think of you guys first. We will absolutely rec you guys to our friends as well.

Thank you again and we wish you all the best.

Peter and Jenny"

We provide full service, not discounted service. If you get someone to agree to discount the commission, however the level of service they provide is subpar, then what's the point?

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Brooklyn Heights Tallest Building Begins Sales

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Great Words from Daniel Pinto (JP Morgan)

"There's only one thing you can do. It's to create services that are as good as possible, and the best client experience, to have a shot. Ultimately, consumers will decide."

The rest of the article is also quite interesting. I'll be very happy if we get another 2 years out of this latest bull cycle.

JP Morgan’s Wall Street chief....

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

All listings sold or in contract in under 30 days!

No, we didn't sell all of the listings in 30 days! Rather it took 30 days or less to sell each one (one open house for a couple of them). For a number of years many of our clients asked me to list their homes for them, to put together a creative model that would be effective as well as cost saving. About 6 months ago I finally took on the task and it's been a very successful start.

Selling an apartment is not rocket science in New York City. More than anything it simply takes a confident, competent well-organized individual that understands the process and market. As you've heard me say before, it's really the buy-side agent that essentially does all the selling. Once the listing agent prices the property correctly, prepares it for market and enters it into the RLS (Listing database), he then assumes the role of a conductor. No doubt an important role at that.

Since pretty much everybody offers the same services, the most important aspect is getting the price correct and then preparing the property for showing. This can mean anything from complete staging and painting to simply decluttering and organizing. Your broker/agent will work with you and make suggestions regarding the best path to follow.

You're also going to want to find a team or individual agent that you're going to be comfortable working with.

My point being if you're considering listing your home, please give me a call and let me tell you what we can offer you. The good news, there are viable alternatives out there today.


Keith Burkhardt

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Doctor, Doctor...

We've assisted a number of doctors with the purchase of a new home. Most banks have special terms just for docs which can include less money down and lower rates (or higher rates depending on their situation).

Occasionally the terms were so good the listing agents questioned how they could possibly secure such financing. We assure them that the banks are chasing down doctors for their business and have special programs reserved just for them.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

New Listing Service a Big Success!

When you think about it from a rational perspective, why wouldn't it be successful? The key is the way I have structured my business; very little overhead and all the excess fat has been trimmed.

No big office.
No back office.
No big advertising budget.
No expensive data services.

Take a look at one of our listings and let me know if you can tell the difference between ours and one of the big firms. All of our current listings have entered contract in less than a month, more than half in less than a week.

When you understand the process you'll understand why we're successful. Please feel free to call or email me for complete details on how our listing model works and why it's so successful. Never pay more than 3.75% total, that includes paying a buy side agent 2.5%.

Keith Burkhardt