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Ten: Armen Meschian on His Musical Alter Ego and Lebanese Fare

08 October, 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 Yerevan, Armenia, Armen Meschian’s journey to the Big Apple was unconventional to say the least. In search of his true passions, his unique career path ultimately led him to a fulfilling career in real estate, where he has developed into one of Queens’ most successful and insightful brokers. Here are Armen’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career? Armen Meschian TEN
Before I pursued a career in real estate sales, I was a full-time musician for about three years and an engineer/owner of a recording and multimedia studio. My music career came on the heels of working in the banking industry for over a decade, which supported my musical ambitions. These were the ambitions which originally led me to move to New York.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
While attending my continuing education classes, realizing that I had been involved in transactions with over 60% of the people I was surrounded by was definitely a memorable moment in my career.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
Time management. It’s an imperative skill to have, as I strive to make my clients feel like they are a priority. It’s important for me to properly allocate my time, especially in this fast-paced business.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’m certainly looking forward to being at my son’s high school graduation, for starters. I also envision myself continuing to thrive as a New York real estate professional.

5. Where do you find inspiration?
In my two children – Matteos, who just turned seven, and my daughter Sarine who is about to turn five. Read the rest of this entry »



 

Ten: Talking Real Estate Law and The 90’s with Alyssa Soto Brody

24 September, 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 Miami, FL, Alyssa Soto Brody traveled to Manhattan to pursue a career in the city’s fast-paced real estate industry. With experience working in real estate law prior to joining CORE, Alyssa is no stranger to hard work. Here are Alyssa’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career? Alyssa Soto Brody TEN
I attended New York Law School, where I focused my studies in real estate transactions and litigation.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
Selling a unit at 173 Perry Street was definitely an exciting point in my career. It was my second deal ever, and after showing the buyer 52 units in total, we finally settled on the property.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
My greatest daily challenge would probably be keeping my eye on the long-term goals and not sweating the small stuff. In an industry where your hard work can take months if not years to pay off, there are days where it’s easy to feel defeated. This industry is very competitive and it is a non-stop grind, so I always have to remind myself that I am fortunate to be doing what I love, even if you don’t reap the rewards right away.

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Ten: From The Big Apple to Upstate with Todd Lewin

11 September, 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.

Originally from The Sunshine State, Todd Lewin has quickly made a name for himself right here in The Big Apple. As a Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker, he finds inspiration in the city’s iconic landscape, but prefers the scenic route when it comes to downtime. Here are Todd’s answers to Ten questions:

1. What did you do before you found this career? Todd Lewin TEN 2
I moved to New York from Miami to pursue a career as a writer. I always knew I’d end up in New York and the rest, I left up to fate. No one thought I would get into real estate, but no one was surprised once I became successful at it.

2. What has been the highlight of your career?
Selling 4 million dollars worth of real estate during my first six months in the business has definitely been one of the major highlights in my career so far. I had no expectations and for the first time, I connected with New York City on a professional level. It’s hard to describe the stimulation and high I felt from establishing myself professionally, especially in a town like this.

3. What is your greatest daily challenge?
Separating business from emotion. I’m a pretty articulate guy, so saying what I think has always come naturally to me. In real estate, I’m constantly having to edit my words or be diplomatic. It could be the most micro situation but you must choose your words carefully. The impressions we make dictate our success so significantly. Sometimes, I step back and pat myself on the back for effectively navigating through a conversation with a client or another broker. It’s super challenging, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

4. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully living near mountains, forests and lakes. Maybe CORE will expand to upstate New York?

5. Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere. New York is naturally filled with it – a strangers face, a brick wall, a song, a building facade. Manhattan real estate defines this town in so many ways. We live, eat, breathe and feel this city constantly and that in and of itself is inspiration. Showing a penthouse overlooking hundreds of century year old buildings is a pretty spectacular moment. I try not to take it for granted. Read the rest of this entry »



 

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 »



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