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Ten: Lisa Blumencranz on Family, Free Time and Finding Her Passion

31 July, 2014 posted by: Shaun Osher

Welcome to Ten, CORE founder and CEO Shaun Osher’s rapid-fire interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to find out how this week’s subject deals with being on the hot seat.

Lisa Blumencranz joined CORE following a stellar career in public relations and marketing. Her passion for real estate, however, led to her joining forces with industry veteran Steve Snider. Not one to be outworked, she still makes time for life’s simple pleasures. Here are Lisa’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career? Lisa Blumencranz TEN
I’m a mom to three sons, so I was keeping busy raising them. As they got older, I threw myself into a career in marketing and public relations. It’s interesting to see how valuable those skills have proven to be in my role at CORE.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
The highlight of my career in real estate has definitely been getting new construction in contract. Selling a concept is pretty exciting.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
I tend to jump into everything with two feet, so remembering to slow down and breathe is actually quite a challenge for me.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Happy, healthy and proud of the success I have found in my career in real estate. I’d love to travel more, but New York is home and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

5. Where do you find inspiration?
My inspiration comes from the awe-inspiring new construction shooting up all around us. I love everything from the beautiful architecture down to the smallest details in the finishes. Watching the landscape of the city constantly changing inspires me to jump in and get as involved as I possibly can. Read the rest of this entry »



 

FiDi on the Rise

30 July, 2014 posted by: McKenzie Foster

Charging_Bull_statueMention the name Wall Street to just about anyone, and they will almost immediately conjure up the image of a banker resembling Gordan Gekko, Jordan Belfort or perhaps picture the Stock Exchange. Even to New Yorkers, the Financial District is thought of as just that. But having moved from Park Avenue South to Maiden Lane, I am rediscovering just how majestic the Financial District really is. It is not only the lifeblood of the American economy, but more locally, one of the most historically rich and culturally diverse neighborhoods on Manhattan Island.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, efforts to revitalize the neighborhood have resulted in a complete makeover of New York’s picturesque waterfront. With the addition of new bike and pedestrian paths, restaurants, bars and shopping, The East River waterfront is attracting a high volume of New Yorkers and tourists on a daily basis, and yes, that includes the weekend. New additions to the Financial District include trendy pop-up stores like Dossier Outpost, which not only provides great shopping, but offers free concerts, film screenings and might I add, incredible food trucks.

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New York Observer: Historic Tribeca Townhouse Sells for $5.5M

28 July, 2014 posted by: CORE

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Last week, Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon’s Tribeca townhouse listing at 37 Harrison Street was profiled in the New York Observer, following its sale. Purchased for $5.5 million, the home was originally listed for $3.75 million and quickly entered into contract after only one week of being on the market. According to the team, the first open house attracted more than 100 potential buyers, including actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The home closed on July 21st at nearly 47% above its asking price and exactly 100 times what the seller paid for the property in 1975.



 

Photo of the Week: #COREtravels Visits Virginia

25 July, 2014 posted by: CORE

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Today’s Photo of the Week takes us along the scenic route of a small town in Virginia. Taken by CORE’s very own Rachel McGiboney, this photo captures her visit to Blacksburg, Virginia, where she spent time with friends from college in New River Valley. Boasting a population of only about 42,000 residents, Blacksburg is best known for being the home of Virginia Tech University.

Keep following our #COREtravels around the globe this summer on Instagram @CORE_RealEstate.



 

CORE Staycation: Five of NYC’s Best Food Events This Weekend

25 July, 2014 posted by: CORE

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Despite the summer travel season being in full effect, several New Yorkers are opting to enjoy the warm weather right here in the city. With so much to do throughout Manhattan’s most popular boroughs, it’s easy to understand why. This week’s CORE Staycation provides a list of some of the most buzzed about food-related attractions happening around town this weekend. Bon appetit!

  • With several great food options located in the heart of NYC, the Flatiron History and Food Tour takes guests on a tour of some of the neighborhood’s most popular eateries, including Eataly, Shake Shake and Beecher’s Cheese. Held every Saturday, tickets can be purchased here.
  • Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from now until September 21st, Eleanor’s Pier hosts a variety of food vendors at Roosevelt Island. New Yorkers are welcome to attend for a day of great food while also taking in the amazing views of Manhattan’s east side.
  • As part of its summer-long outdoor series, Brooklyn will be hosting Smorgasburg this weekend, noted as “The Woodstock of eating” according to The New York Times. Featuring several food options from local eateries, the event will be held this Saturday at Williamsburg’s East River State Park and on Sunday on Pier 5 at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
  • This Saturday, Citi Field Stadium will play host to this year’s Bacon and Beer Classic. Hosted inside major league baseball stadiums across the country, the Classic “is a premier experience focused on traditions where one’s nostalgia of baseball meets their love for bacon and beer.” Tickets for this weekend’s event can be purchased here.
  • Another Brooklyn weekend attraction, Greenpoint’s Night Bazaar not only features local art and clothing vendors, but also at least a dozen food options as well. This free event is held at 165 Banker Street every Friday and Saturday from 7PM to 1AM.


 

New York Observer: 15 Renwick Street Plans September Sales Launch

24 July, 2014 posted by: CORE

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CORE is excited to announce the sales campaign of Soho’s latest new development project 15 Renwick. Developed by IGI-USA with ODA Architecture as the leading design team, sales are slated to launch this September. Covered by the New York Observer, news of the project broke yesterday, with Eldad Blaustein of IGI-USA providing insight on the building’s creation. “In the original plans, it was a glass building, a curtain wall from bottom to top, and we changed the façade, added more industrial elements, consistent with the cast iron architecture of the neighborhood,” he said. “It has a more industrial finish and the apartments will all have exposed columns.”

Aside from its sleek design, the project has also garnered attention for its unique marketing approach, notably four different “characters” situated in the renderings. The imagery integrates the historical, Victorian era of the Renwick legacy with the creative persona of today’s Hudson Square resident. The provocative images include a shirtless boxer sporting contemporary tattoos, complemented by an aristocratic-styled woman with modern-day nail-art.



 

7 Takeaways from Inman Connect San Francisco

23 July, 2014 posted by: Tony Sargent

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Photo by Chad Waterhouse

During last week’s Inman Connect San Francisco, I was asked to be a participant on the Luxury Power Broker and the Hear it Direct Broker Wrap-Up panels. Hosting more than 2,000 industry leaders from across the nation, I was honored to take part in this year’s conference, and discuss the latest in real estate trends and technologies. Here are my seven takeaways: Read the rest of this entry »



 

Douglas Heddings Joins CORE as Executive Vice President – Sales

22 July, 2014 posted by: Shaun Osher

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Since the day I started CORE, our founding principle was that people defined our brand and exemplified our culture. Today is an important day for us as we add one of the industry’s most well-respected and experienced leaders to our team. Douglas Heddings is joining CORE in a new position as our Executive Vice President of Sales. In this new role, he will oversee our growing sales division, which has more than doubled over the last two years, recruit and mentor our team of agents and lead the way in the implementation of our growth plan and strategy.

Along with Doug, we will be a absorbing his team from his company, The Heddings Property Group – a great group of agents that will be an excellent addition to the CORE family.

This is a big step for us. It is a milestone for our company start the next phase of our growth. And nothing is more important than adding the right people to help us build our company – people who share our vision and understand that a company is more than mass, it’s more than tech gadgets and entertainment – it is building a brand backed by real estate professionals who take pride in what they do and do it well. And we could have added no one better than Doug Heddings to exemplify just this.



 

New York Post: Forget Rentals, Downtown Brooklyn Condos Booming

21 July, 2014 posted by: CORE

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Experiencing an unprecedented surge in residential growth, New Yorkers are flocking to Brooklyn to get in on the borough’s growing popularity. Named the 4th most populated city in the U.S. without taking its neighbor Manhattan into consideration, Brooklyn is now at the epicenter of New York’s new residential development boom. An expert the borough, CORE’s Doug Bowen recently spoke with the New York Post to discuss downtown Brooklyn’s condo market. When asked about the neighborhood’s current housing activity, Doug said “Downtown Brooklyn was largely rental-driven since Lehman Brothers fell. Most of the development — especially anything of size like the Brooklyner, or [the upcoming] Avalon Bay — was rental.”



 

Photo of the Week: #COREtravels in Sao Paulo

21 July, 2014 posted by: CORE

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In the spirit of the recent World Cup mania, today’s Photo of the Week was taken on the beaches of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Captured by CORE intern Matthew Johnson, the picture showcases one of the country’s many beautiful beach fronts, located just north of the city on the island of Ilhabela. Matthew was visiting Brazil for a class he was taking about the Brazilian economy, which took place at the very start of this year’s World Cup tournament.

Keep following our #COREtravels around the globe this summer on Instagram @CORE_RealEstate.



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