Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture which commemorates the unlikely victory of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin over French forces at the battle of Puebla May 5th, 1862. The celebration
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This is my very first blog ...so I decided I would start with the one subject that I don't have to research...me! I'm excited to become part of this real estate blogging community. I am 54 years old and the majority of my life has been spent in the theatre. I grew up in Maine where I trained at the Ogunquit Playhouse then went on to study theatre in undergrad at Stephens College in Missouri. I spent a year in graduate school at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst until I discovered I was not cut out for academia. I moved to NYC in 1988 and quickly started touring and working on Broadway. Since 2005 I have been a department head in electrics for the Shubert Organization at many of their prestigious Broadway theatres. What I did not expect to happen, as I was working toward my theatrical goals, was that I fell in love with Real Estate. Actually, I fell in love with a piece of land where I built my first house which led to selling and buying my second house and then my third. Through those experiences I realized that I enjoyed talking about the process and especially helping people who were new to it. A little over two years ago I decided to step outside my comfort zone and got my real estate license while I was living in Manhattan. It has changed my life.
In NYC much of the real estate business is focused on rentals and it's a great training ground for shiny new Licensed Real Estate Salespersons. I learned the importance of detail and how important it is to check your work and then check it again! I also learned the importance of managing a client's expectations.
In September of 2020, after months of no work on Broadway and very little real estate in Harlem; I decided to relocate to Palisades, NY. I was nervous to say the least. The Nyack area was only slightly familiar to me and I would have to learn a lot and fast! But that's exactly what I did. I started just by driving to every listing that was active at my office at the time so I could get to know neighborhoods. I took every open house I could. I would tell friends that were interested in the "possibility" of moving to the area that I'd love to show them properties because it helped me get to know the inventory. And then I started to do deals....rentals to start which were in my comfort zone and then sales.
In Manhattan there wasn't so much distinction between a "Buyer's Agent" and a "Seller's Agent". I happen to do 2 sales in the first 6 months of my agency and apparently that was amazing (now I know how lucky I was!). In Rockland, Westchester and Orange counties there is a much stronger distinction, but I'm certain that my roots and my experience are suited for both! I also love working with people looking for rental apartments because there is such immediate gratification when a client finds an apartment and you get them approved!
There are little differences between Manhattan and the Hudson Valley and I'm still learning all the nuances, but I find that the training I got was so exceptional that it has prepared me for anything. My own properties have also trained me in the specific steps of inspection, appraisal and the magic words...CLEAR to CLOSE! Now that the city is part of the MLS...it's a whole new world.
I look forward to sharing more of my experiences and how my many lives co-exist. There is talk of Broadway reopening in September so that will once again be a big part of my life.
I hope you'll join me as I share my discoveries and adventures!
I am thrilled to join Wright Bros as a new member of the Nyack community. After spending most of my life working as a Head Electrician on Broadway, I discovered through buying and selling my own prop....