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Ten: Rhythm of Real Estate, Potato Chips and French Realism According to Reggie Grayson

27 August, 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.

Born and raised in Alabama, Reggie Grayson’s small-town beginnings have quickly translated to a bustling career in real estate right here in Manhattan. Having lived in the City for almost three decades, his nostalgic love for Manhattan remains one of the driving forces behind his pursuit of a career in the industry. Here are Reggie’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career?  Reggie_Grayson_TEN
I led many lives before beginning my career in real estate, but mostly, I worked in economic development and non-profit management. I was also the co-founder and president of a special events company.

2. What has changed about the industry since you first got into the business?
I’ve lived in New York for 26 years, and the biggest change is that neighborhoods that at one time had been considered marginal, are now very much in demand. Case in point, my partner and I bought a 1-bedroom on West 148th Street in 2010. When selling the apartment in June, we had a bidding war and went into contract within six days for 21% more than what we had paid for the apartment barely three years ago. When the financial industry collapsed five years ago, few people would have guessed that a 1-bedroom on 148th Street would sell for over $700,000 in 2013. I wish we had bought five more in 2010, because we could have sold them all!

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
Keeping each transaction on track and moving forward. Real estate deals have a rhythm and a pace. I know exactly where each deal should be, but it takes a lot of tact and diplomacy to get all the parties involved – my client, managing agents, co-brokers, lenders, attorneys – to keep the momentum going. It’s exhausting, but that’s what a good agent does.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I will have chosen to retire early and will be living in Barcelona.

5. Where do you find inspiration?
This may sound corny, but I still get inspired by the Manhattan skyline. One of my favorite things to do is run around the Central Park reservoir at dusk, and when I get to the northern end, I look south and see the towers on Central Park South, juxtaposed against the trees and the water. It’s magical. It’s one of those “wow-this-kid-from-Alabama-made-it-in-New York” moments. Read the rest of this entry »



 

Ten: Ben Jacobs Talks Transitioning, Tarantino and Exploring the Unfamiliar

13 August, 2014 posted by: CORE

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.

Ben Jacobs’ affinity for real estate goes beyond the typical parameters of a Manhattan broker. However, working with one of the city’s most respected industry veterans, his path to CORE was anything but ordinary. Here are Ben’s answers to Ten questions:

Ben Jacobs TEN1.  What did you do before you found this career?
I was a student at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. I always planned on getting involved in the real estate business at some point. My family has been buying and renting buildings in Vermont for the last 40 years, so real estate has always been a common topic at the dinner table throughout my life.

2.  What has been the highlight of your career?
Working with Doug Eichman has been an unbelievable experience and certainly a major focal point in my career. Joining CORE with Doug has also certainly been an exciting highlight.

3.  What is your greatest daily challenge?
Problem solving. Almost every deal has one or two hiccups. Sometimes that deal takes a turn for the worst, resembling a tragic group project. Managing that deal, and by that, I mean managing your buyer and seller’s expectations, is truly an essential component in consummating the transaction.

4.  Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still selling real estate. I hope to own some investment property by then,  but I plan to never leave the brokerage side. I really enjoy helping people find their homes.

5.  Where do you find inspiration?
I find most of my inspiration through reading and exploring. Traveling also, when I have a chance to get away. Read the rest of this entry »



 

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 »



 

Ten: Andres Emilio Soto on Sports, Sci-Fi and Big Wins

09 July, 2014 posted by: CORE

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.

An integral component of the Patrick Lilly Team, Andres Emilio Soto’s passionate approach to real estate is highly-regarded among his peers and clients alike. When not busy overseeing a new deal, he often finds contentment in the little things. Here are Andres’ answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career? Andres Soto TEN
Before joining The Patrick Lilly Team, I worked as an office manager for a boutique real estate company, alongside one of New York City’s most prolific brokers.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
The highlight of my career was when I managed my first deal in Long Island City. It was a very special moment for me because I love the borough of Queens, the neighborhood and mainly because my client got an amazing deal! Overall, it was a “win.”

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
Staying focused in order to achieve my clients’ goals. I’m introduced to new challenges everyday, which force me to think on my toes and analyze every scenario. This industry always offers unique and exciting learning experiences that push me to grow professionally.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I hope to see myself teaching my child how to play soccer. First step towards that goal? Finding a girlfriend!

5. Where do you find inspiration?
Podcasts and working out. I learn so much by listening to famous professionals throughout the world speak about their successes and, most importantly, their failures. Working out helps me burn off the weekly stress. This balance helps inspire me to reach my goals. Read the rest of this entry »



 

Ten: Michael Rosser on (a Dog’s) Life in NYC

24 June, 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.

As one of CORE’s newest additions, Michael Rosser has already established himself as a respected real estate professional in Manhattan. His nontraditional path to success within the industry, however, offers him a fresh perspective of the market and the city as a whole. Here are Michael’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career? Michael Rosser TEN
Before getting into the real estate industry, I was a scientist. More specifically, I was a geneticist performing HIV research for five years in Atlanta, Georgia. Directly out of Georgia Tech, I had the amazing opportunity to work with some of the most brilliant minds in epidemiology. Responsible for identifying HIV at the epidemic’s onset, these men and women were on the front line when one of the most troubling diseases of our time manifested itself. My mentors taught me to examine the facts thoroughly and approach each task with a well-planned strategy.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
The highlight of my career has been the ability to live in many great cities around the country. When I decided long ago to begin my career in real estate, I never expected travel to be a necessary part of my growth and success in the field.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
Taking Lola (my dog) outside for a walk. She was not raised in the city, and being a small dog that has known nothing but expansive turf, the multitudes of Times Square can be overwhelming at times. The transition to the big city life has been tough, but we take many trips to the park and are slowly making progress.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself expanding my business from New York back to the markets that gave me my first experiences in real estate. I would love to be able to represent buyers and sellers throughout the East Coast, from New York, through DC, and down to Florida.

5. Where do you find inspiration?
When in need of a fresh perspective, I turn off my laptop and leave the office. The best thing to do is surround myself with the most creative and intelligent people I know — my friends! Read the rest of this entry »



 

Ten: Steve Pak on Transitioning to the Big City

10 June, 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.

After getting an early start in the real estate industry, Steve Pak’s passion for the business has translated into a successful portfolio of transactions over the past several years. Now working alongside industry veteran Michael Rubin, he is now looking forward to leaving his mark as one of CORE’s newest additions. Here are Steve’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career?Steve Pak TEN
Before I got into real estate, I was a sophomore in college. I got licensed first in New Jersey and worked for about two years while finishing up school.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
The highlight of my career has definitely been shifting my focus from the New Jersey housing market to New York’s real estate scene and joining CORE. I was given the opportunity to work with Michael Rubin and it has been a great learning experience ever since I came onboard.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
The greatest daily challenge I face is probably commuting for about 1-2hours every day. The commute is stressful at times, but it’s worth living in a home with expansive outdoor space.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself still involved in the real estate business in some type of way, whether it’s through brokering deals, coordinating new development efforts or managing my own investments.

5. Where do you find inspiration?
I usually find inspiration from people I meet. Everyone has a story to tell and there’s always something to learn from others. Read the rest of this entry »



 

Ten: Sean Attebury on What Keeps Him Inspired

21 May, 2014 posted by: CORE

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.

Sean Attebury’s wide array of professional work experience, in addition to his various passions and skills, make him an asset to CORE’s team of agents. Sean has been involved in several new development projects, including 241 Fifth, and also specializes in resale properties, while his attention to detail has led to his unquestionable reputation for smooth transactions. Sean recognizes, however, that his life can’t be all work and no play. Here are Sean’s answers to Ten questions:

Sean Attebury TEN

1. What did you do before you found this career?

I used to be a Broadway singer. I’ve performed in several world tours as well as a few Broadway productions.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?

Selling out any new development project is definitely a high point in my career. Often, the last few units left in a building are the toughest to sell, so matching a buyer with one of these listings is extremely gratifying.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?

Turning a “no” into a “yes” for both buyers and sellers. When a deal is in negotiations, finding a consensus between both parties is key. This is different than a compromise, however. In a consensus, both parties’ needs are met.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Happy and still involved in the real estate industry.

5. Where do you find inspiration?

I find heroes in odd places – anyone who overcomes a major life challenge is an inspiration. I like connecting with people, so hearing their stories is a reason to wake up in the morning and welcome the day. Read the rest of this entry »



 

Ten: Lawrence Treglia on Brooklyn and “Empty Mansions”

22 April, 2014 posted by: Shaun Osher

Emily and Lawerence

Lawrence with CORE's Emily Beare

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 in the hot seat.

With over a decade of real estate experience, Lawrence Treglia has helped lead sales at a handful of CORE’s new development properties and is highly respected among the brokerage community. Here are Lawrence’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career?
I was mainly in recruitment and corporate human resources. I did, however, work in residential property management during my first two years after college.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
The wonderful relationships I have cultivated through the years.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
Figuring out what to wear!

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Working hard and actively engaged in real estate. More importantly, I hope  to be in good health, slim and with a full head of hair!

5. Where do you find inspiration?
When surrounded by close friends who enjoy a good story and a good laugh. Read the rest of this entry »



 

Ten: Sean McGinley on Moving Up the CORE Ranks

10 April, 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 in the hot seat.

Sean McGinley is a part of CORE’s Jarrod Guy Randolph team, who has quickly made a name for himself as a determined and intelligent real estate professional. Coming from small town beginnings, Sean’s love of the big city and Manhattan real estate has helped him make the leap from CORE intern to a successful real estate agent in a short amount of time. Here are Sean’s answers to Ten questions:

Sean McGinley TEN1. What did you do before you found this career?
From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be involved in real estate.  I remember being 12 years old, and I was riding bikes with my uncle through the most luxurious neighborhood on Kiawah Island, SC during a family beach trip. My uncle was a real estate broker, so he had a lot of insight on the beautiful homes in the area. On that day I decided that if I didn’t make it to the NBA, I wanted to be involved in high-end real estate!

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
Being brought on by Jarrod Guy Randolph was definitely the highlight of my career. I started at CORE as an intern and after a few months, I was recommended for an interview with Jarrod. I am incredibly fortunate to be a member of his team. Jarrod’s drive is contagious, and his extensive knowledge of the market has rubbed off on me so much that I already feel like a seasoned veteran.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
My greatest daily challenge is finding enough time in the day to complete everything. However, the recent addition of veteran agent Chris Dominiak to our team has been incredibly helpful.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I have a lot of goals for my next 10 years. I hope to follow in Jarrod’s footsteps and be named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for real estate. I am very interested in new development, particularly boutique conversions like Seven Harrison and 46 Lispenard, so in 10 years I see myself working on my first new development project.

5. Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in the incredible work ethic of this city. It sounds cheesy, but until you live here there is no way to understand the energy that you get from the people and your surroundings. Read the rest of this entry »



 

Ten: Doug Eichman Talks About His Personal Career Path

12 March, 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 in the hot seat.

With a background in fashion merchandising, Doug Eichman’s eye for style and design is unmatched. It is no wonder that his transistion to real estate was so seamless, contributing to his outstanding success in the industry. Here are Doug’s answers to Ten questions:

Doug Eichman TEN

1. What did you do before you found this career?
I was in the apparel business, where I started out at fashion retailers such as Saks 5th Avenue and Marshall Fields. I later opened my own men’s store in Boston, followed by merchandising opportunities at Abercrombie & Fitch (No, not as an ad model, surprisingly), Fila and Tommy Hilfiger.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
In retrospect, my time at Abercrombie & Fitch taught be a lot, which has helped guide me ever since. I worked there as the brand was being repositioned, which taught me how to look at business from a different perspective.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
Staying focused and not allowing small annoyances obscure the big picture.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself still working at CORE and developing my brand within the industry. I love what I do and would like to continue doing it for as long as possible. I really cannot imagine retiring anytime soon and I truly enjoy being a part of this company. Read the rest of this entry »



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