For the past ten years, we've split our time between Brooklyn and the Catskills. Having lived the city/country life, we understand what buyers want in an upstate escape; a connection to nature and wildlife, a love of the farm-to-table lifestyle and a place to gather with friends and family.
With a team that comes from careers in law, finance, business and marketing, we provide an unmatched level of service and expertise, one of reasons we're ranked the #1 Catskills real estate brokerage (based on Google Reviews).
Unlike traditional brokerages that strive for maximum headcount, we are very selective about the agents we hire. As one of the only boutique agencies in the Catskills with agents that come from successful careers in law, finance, business and marketing, we aim to provide an elevated level of service for discerning clients.
The clients with whom we work aspire to be members of the same communities in which we live, work and play and we want all of our clients to love the home they purchase. So, in all cases, we tell it like it is. If we think a house isn't a good fit, we'll let you know. If we see red flags, we'll point them out. Ultimately, our role is to guide, advise and advocate on your behalf even if that means telling you something you don't want to hear.
This is likely one of the most expensive assets you'll purchase in your lifetime so it's important to have smart and savvy experts by your side. Our team of highly educated and experienced agents, all have an eye for detail and understand how to navigate the unexpected twists and turns of real estate transactions.
Because we're fully integrated into the local community, post-closing we can help you connect with all sorts of local resources including property managers, gardeners, landscapers, pool installers, contractors, etc.
Once you've completed our buyer questionnaire, we'll arrange for an initial consultation during which you'll get to know us and we'll ask more questions to gain a complete understanding of your specific search parameters. If we both feel that it's a good fit, we'll start working together in earnest.
Because of the advent of aggregators (Zillow, Realtor, etc.) which give buyers and agents access to the same pool of listings, the search process is almost always collaborative. While we search on behalf of all of our clients, we also regularly help clients set up customized searches on their aggregator of choice. We find that clients that are engaged in their own search typically fare better at finding homes.
In a competitive environment, this is one of the most critical pieces of the puzzle. We'll help you craft an effective offer, often with provisions that protect you while at the same time position you and your offer in the best light possible. Ultimately we want you to standout as the best option for the seller and we have a very good track record at doing so.
This is where you hire someone to help you kick the tires, so to speak. We'll introduce you to a list of trusted inspectors and accompany you to the inspection. It's not uncommon for inspectors to identify issues. We'll help you digest the inspection report and decide how to proceed depending on the nature of the issue(s) and the cost to address them. In some cases, we'll help to negotiate repairs or reductions in price, all of which will be included in the contract, the next step in the process.
Once inspection is complete, the attorneys get involved. If you don't have an attorney, we've got some excellent local recommendations. For most transactions, the negotiation of the purchase agreement happens rather quickly. And, as a general rule, once you're in contract, the onus shifts to the lender (if you're financing) and the title company to push the ball forward. During this phase of the transaction, we'll help shepherd you over any road bumps or unexpected obstacles to get you to closing.
On the day of closing we'll be with you for the final walkthrough to test all of the systems and make sure that you're getting the house for which you bargained. Post-closing, we'll continue to be a local resource for you providing recommendations for services, places to eat and explore.
There are a number of threshold questions to consider when deciding to buy a home in the country.