Agent Education: A Walking Tour of Park Avenue

08 May, 2013 posted by: CORE

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Only a few weeks after CORE Madison Avenue opened its doors, agents at the new location have wasted no time learning even more about their surroundings on the Upper East Side.  In order to expand on their first-hand knowledge of residential buildings in the area, several agents joined the new “Walking Tour” initiative spearheaded by Madison Avenue’s Director of Sales, Reba Miller.  In preparation for the tour, agents were designated to a specific building and asked to become an expert on the property with the purpose of presenting their findings to the group. Read the rest of this entry »


Ten: Brendon Desimone on SF Real Estate vs. NYC Real Estate

07 May, 2013 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.

Brendon DeSimone returned to his East Coast roots just a few short years ago, but already has an impressive track record of deals for a broker who only recently entered the NYC market. Prior to joining CORE, Brendon was a very successful broker in San Francisco where real estate deal making is extremely different than it is here in New York City. Brendon’s perspective on the details of all aspects of a deal  is an invaluable asset to any client and has proven to be a real asset to his business. Here are Brendon’s answers to Ten questions:

1)     How long have you been selling real estate?

I started in 2002 in San Francisco. It was after the high tech boom, but during a little lull – right before the first big dip in interest rates in 2003.  We joked that if rates got any lower, purchasing would be nearly free. Now look at them!

2)     How did you get into the business?brendon

I was one of the first members of a small Silicon Valley start-up and I loved it.  It was very entrepreneurial. We were small, nimble and creating a first-of-its-kind technology and service. We would hear customer feedback and within days, we’d have the product and development teams on board to make changes.  It was so exciting to be a part of that. Over time, the company grew and the excitement wore off.  In order to effectively grow, processes and procedures were put in place as were large company employees. As the company grew, the culture changed and it just didn’t feel the same. I left and wanted to do something similar, but was afraid of running into the same issue at another start-up. I took six months off and did some research, had informational interviews and tried to figure out what I was passionate about. I wanted to do something entrepreneurial and work for myself. I used to go to open houses with my mom when I was a kid. I once called a broker, acting like my mom, and spent an hour on the phone with her about a property. All roads led to real estate.

3)    How is NYC housing different from San Francisco housing?

The housing stock is completely different. I was mainly selling Victorian and Edwardian single family homes and two to four unit buildings.  There were/are very few high rise buildings or co-ops in San Francisco.

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Live with Fox Business

06 May, 2013 posted by: Jarrod Randolph

I’m excited to share a video from my second live television segment for Fox Business which aired the evening of Friday, May 3rd. “Spare Change” is a fun, informative financial segment which covers multiple dimensions of current events and financial news hosted by anchor Melissa Francis. Watch as we discuss topics from Reese Witherspoon’s arrest to Maker’s Mark’s marketing blunder.  With fellow guest Remi Spencer, we shared insight and laughs on everything from marketing and branding to how current events affect your wallet.


CORE in the News

06 May, 2013 posted by: CORE

A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.


On the Market
The New York Times
Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon’s listing at 100 West 58th is highlighted in the latest “On the Market” feature.

Cornering the Middle
The Real Deal
In this year’s rankings of New York City’s most influential real estate firms, CORE has been named the “Number 1 Mid-Size Real Estate Firm” in Manhattan. The new ranking signals CORE’s substantial increase in the value of is current listings.

Executive Travel Luxury Report
Executive Travel
In the latest edition of Executive Travel, Emily Beare is interviewed.  As the market for luxury real estate continues to evolve, Emily discusses this sophisticated buyer’s market.


Number 1 for Another Year

03 May, 2013 posted by: Shaun Osher

mid-size-firmsThe Real Deal recently named us the “Number One ‘Mid-Size’ Firm in New York.”

Last year, we were named the “Number One ‘Boutique’ Firm in New York!”

What’s interesting, is that we’ve consistently had around the same number of agents, so I’m a little perplexed by this current categorization. Either everyone else is shrinking, or our reach is growing. One statistic that has consistently reflected our brand, culture, and business model, is that we have the most productive agents amongst all firms. From the smallest ones, to the 8,000 pound gorillas. We are still David amongst Goliaths!

Our business model is to remain boutique in size and essence. Because by being boutique, we can continue to be:







Congratulations, and thank you, to my agents and staff who remain dedicated to achieving the same goal of delivering the highest level of innovative service to our clients. We pride ourselves on being the ambassadors of the evolution of real estate.

Shaun Osher is the CEO and Founder of CORE.


Three of a Kind: 2-Bedrooms under $2 Million

02 May, 2013 posted by: CORE

As the real estate market continues to feel the squeeze of low inventory, listings in New York City are becoming few and far between.  Today’s “Three of a Kind” features 2-bedroom homes under $2 million, highlighting a few CORE gems still available in today’s search for quality properties.

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Where240 West 23rd Street, 3B/4B
Asking: $1,495,000
Listed by: Maggie Kent

This serene 2-bedroom loft duplex is located in the heart of Chelsea. The home boasts balconies on each level, high ceilings, hard wood floors and ample storage. The two levels are connected by a wide, meticulously designed wood and metal staircase.  Equipped with gorgeous wooden and modern finishes throughout, the lower level features an entrance foyer, a beautiful chef’s kitchen, including Poggenpohl kitchen cabinets, a Subzero refrigerator, a Viking gas range and a Miele dishwasher. The second level has the master bedroom with a balcony, a wall of custom built-ins and an interior room with a closet currently used as a guest bedroom. Read the rest of this entry »


What’s New: Pre-War Perfection

01 May, 2013 posted by: CORE

Where: 100 West 58th Street, 10C
Size: 2-bedrooms, 2.5-bathrooms
Asking: $1,650,000
Listed by: Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon
If you’re a fan of the world-renowned work of architect Rosario Candela, this apartment offers charming pre-war details with modern updates. Newly-renovated by Gwathmey Siegel and Associates, the open kitchen boasts granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances and the bathrooms feature marble and granite touches. These details are beautifully juxtaposed against pre-war charm including hard word floors and original moldings. The split-bedroom layout makes for the ideal floorplan, and both bedrooms offer on-suite baths. As if it can’t get any better, this full-service building is just a short distance from Central Park.


Jarrod Randolph Talks Business with Fox

30 April, 2013 posted by: CORE


On Friday, April 26thJarrod Randolph was featured on FOX Business’ “Spare Change” with Melissa Francis.  Airing live, Jarrod was featured on the segment discussing business-related current events and trends.  Along with Zerlina Maxwell, Jarrod and Melissa discussed topics including Bill Clinton joining Twitter to Tim Cook’s $500,000 auction for hopeful bidders to win a meeting with the Apple CEO over coffee. Jarrod was also featured recently on CNN with reporter Zain Asher, discussing the current real estate market and the city’s lack of inventory.


CORE in the News

29 April, 2013 posted by: CORE

A sampling of last week’s press coverage of CORE and CORE properties.

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House of the Day: 7 Bond Street, PHAB
Wall Street Journal
Michael Graves’ stunning listing at 7 Bond Street was showcased in “House of the Day.”  Featuring stunning views of downtown Manhattan, an open, modern floorplan and a well-suited rooftop terrace, this home represents the epitome of luxury living in Noho.

Nate Berkus’ Greenwich Village Apartment For Sale
Emily Beare and Christian Rogers’ listing at 32 Downing Street was featured in Forbes as well as several other media outlets last week.  The one-bedroom West Village home was recently placed on the market by noted interior designer, Nate Berkus.

Dream Homes: 15 Union Square West, 5DE
The New York Post
Vickey Barron, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ralph Modica’s listing at 15 Union Square West continues to gain exposure, as it is featured in the latest installment of “Dream Homes.”


Three of a Kind: Brooklyn Bound

25 April, 2013 posted by: CORE

Throughout 2012 and the first quarter of 2013, Brooklyn’s real estate market has been booming with sales on new developments, townhouses and brownstones, and practically everything in between. Below are three properties located throughout Brooklyn that can easily explain why the borough’s real estate market has hit new highs.

122 West St PHK

Where: 122 West Street, PH K
Size: 2-Bedroom/2-Bathroom
Asking: $1,500,000
Listed By: Ivana Nikolic and Winchester Brown III

Located in Greenpoint, this duplex penthouse offers a 3 terraces, one of which spans 1,000-square feet. In addition to its expansive outdoor space, we are drawn to the apartment’s beautiful open layout, architectural staircase and 42-inch fireplace. Read the rest of this entry »

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