About Us

and working with us.

WHY THE CATSKILLS?​​​​​​​

In 2012, we decided to buy a place in the Catskills. We couldn't afford to buy an apartment in the city so instead we focused on getting a weekend escape. Our criteria; a rural setting with nature front and center within a two-hour drive from Brooklyn, access to organic and locally produced food, good hiking and a few charming towns.  We discovered the Rondout Valley (the area tucked between the Catskills to the north and Shawangunks to the south) during our search and it turned out to be a perfect fit.  So, for the price of small studio we purchased a chalet style house with expansive mountain views, surrounded by forests and wildflower filled meadows (pictured above).

Although it's a visual feast, living here has taught us that the Catskills demands the attention of all of our senses. The smell of fresh air that changes fragrance with the seasons. The sounds of the vast array of wildlife right outside your door. The taste of food and drink sourced and produced locally and made by artisans passionate about quality. Honestly, it feels like a vacation. Every weekend.

WHY US?

Prior to launching Fresh Air Realty in 2014, I practiced law for 15 years at Kramer Levin in NYC where I represented hedge funds in complex financial transactions. Those skills serve me equally well with my real estate clients.  I have an eye for detail in all aspects of the buying process; examining properties, analyzing market conditions, crafting attractive offers, etc.  I'm also a skilled negotiator, having negotiated hundreds of legal transactions. Finally, I treat my real estate clients, all of whom are city dwellers, with the level of professionalism they expect and deserve.  The agents that work with me all share a similar set of skills but come from vastly different backgrounds; a NYC real estate veteran, a food-based entrepreneur, a marketing guru and a part-time farmer.

WHAT SETS US APART?

We regularly meet clients in NYC/Brooklyn to talk about the different areas to consider, the market conditions and how to craft an effective search. Clients find these meetings highly informative and instructive. And for the past eight years, we've split our time between Brooklyn and the Catskills, so we're intimately familiar with the nuances of owning a weekend home as well as the various counties/areas in which to consider buying.  Of course, this is information we're happy to share with you.  For each client, our approach is the same:

  • Listen.  Perhaps one of the most underrated skills, we consider it to be one of the most important. In order for us to effectively represent you we need to know what you want. So, we listen intently.
  • Respond Promptly and Professionally.  We know the buying process can be exciting, stressful and, at times, confusing so we make ourselves available most waking hours to respond to questions, share information, etc.
  • Guide and Advise.  Our role is to help you buy a home that is right for you so we'll always offer you our honest assessment based on our local knowledge and expertise. That said, you'll never feel pressure from us to make a decision. We let you set the pace.
  • Provide Resources.  Both during and after a purchase, we'll provide local resources (attorneys, inspectors, contractors, cleaning services, property managers, handymen, etc.) so that once you've closed you've got a team in place to help transition into weekend home ownership.

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We know what city dwellers want in an upstate home and we'll help you find it.