CORE 10: John Harrison

08 August, 2017 posted by: CORE

Welcome to CORE 10, an off-the-cuff interview series with prominent CORE figures. Read on to learn more about this week’s guest, CORE broker, John Harrison.

Who is the living person you most admire? Elon Musk, Tony Robbins and Tyler Perry to name a few. I most admire people who have come from nothing and created something or who have creatively ventured to change their world with massive impact.

Who is the most interesting New Yorker you know? My wife, Christi Harrison. She has been a teacher at two of the most prestigious schools (Trinity School and St. Ann’s) and still manages to bounce around the city so frequently with our 3 kids. She absolutely dominates the tireless cycle of getting out there and exploring/enjoying this amazing city.

What is your earliest New York memory? I first visited New York City in 1996 and arrived 3 days before the “Blizzard of ’96.” I remember the transformation from the nosiest and busiest city I had ever visited to complete quiet. To this day, the city remains a place of extremes but there is certainly a lot of vibrancy in that spectrum!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received? My father always used to say that he “needs a hole, not a drill.” This mantra, paraphrased from economist and Harvard University professor Theodore Levitt is often used when selling a function vs focusing on a product. In real estate the product is extremely important but the underlying drive on what a client is trying to achieve is paramount. So much of NYC real estate can be confusing, misleading, irrational, or sometimes seemingly “unfair.” By getting to the essence of what a client really needs, we can determine the best tools and tactics to ensure their success.

What do you consider your greatest achievement so far?
My family, for sure. I’ve gotten to travel quite a bit, I’ve enjoyed some tremendously rich experiences but my wife and 3 kids are still the greatest. For many, living life in the city with kids can seem challenging, but sometimes it feels like we have cracked the system and absolutely love it!

What are your three most treasured possessions?
I am a bit of a sentimentalist, so I place enormous value in all of our old photo albums, the art my kids make, and various special tools or items that have been in the family for a while. One of my favorite such items is an attache that I use most of the time that my father probably started using in the 1970s.

Name a movie, book or work of art that changed your life.
Schindler’s List is one of my favorite movies. Oskar Schindler begins as an opportunist with a seed of compassion that enables him to benefit while “helping” others. As the story unfolds, however, we find a man that realizes the only treasures worth anything were the lives of those around him.

What’s your greatest extravagance?
Coffee. I probably buy it too frequently and own too many forms of coffee equipment, but I love picking it up everywhere I go.

What’s your secret talent?
Troubleshooting and fixing things. As a child I would take things apart to figure out how they worked so that I could put them back together. As I grew up I began applying that same concept to various other endeavors. In the high-tech world I would use software and strategy to solve business problems. During some of my work in international corporate expansion and growth, I was able to troubleshoot strategies across language and cultural barriers. I LOVE getting the chance to chat with fellow agents and brokers about problems that pop up along the way.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Just so you know, I am not an attorney.” I feel like I am always giving disclaimers about not being an attorney or licensed financial adviser, or any number of other things. I love that I get a chance to partner with people in some of their biggest personal and business transactions. My clients place a lot of trust in me, and I am thankful for the opportunity to help them flourish. Clients have asked me to serve as witness to marriage, to help mediate spousal relationships, to help determine which financial investments to divest themselves of and where to place new investments, how to structure legal entities, and how to protect themselves of liability, how to overcome building violations and restrictions, and how to make alterations that will yield the best returns. I am always willing to do what I can to help a client thrive, and I am quite thankful to have a team of great people that can help when we need the proper professional support.


Best Apartment I Ever Sold: John Harrison

06 December, 2016 posted by: CORE


Best Apartment I Ever Sold invites our agents to share the unique story of their best selling experience to date. This week, learn why John Harrison‘s sale at 32 West 20th Street, 5 is his best one yet.

One of my favorite transactions ever was selling 32 West 20th Street, 5, a 4,000-square foot-loft space in Chelsea. What made this particular space so unique was that it was the former home of an artist, the late Lenore Tawney, who spent her final days weaving a tapestry of her life through all of her works and the loft itself. With little more than a small corner of space to herself where she slept, Lenore devoted the massive loft to the stacks, arrangements and hanging of various forms of mixed media artwork.

The challenge in selling 32 West 20th Street, 5 was to present an entirely usable space for a person to envision creating their own renovation while intentionally echoing the artistic spirit that defined the loft for so many years.

Working with the estate we decided to remove only duplicates of some of the art that had been collected on site. The estate agreed to leave behind some of the more iconic works of art that represented Lenore as an artist and evoked her contribution to her craft.

As we ushered potential buyers through 32 West 20th Street, 5, they realized that the loft was not just a “gallery” that someone also called home but rather an amazing opportunity to own an incredible space that had served one person’s creativity and would just as easily serve the next.

Ultimately, we found just the right buyers that fell in love not only with Lenore’s vision but the possibility to create their own.

Selling real estate means investing in people’s stories: helping some share those stories, and helping others write the next chapter in their own. For this reason, 32 West 20th Street, 5 is the best apartment I ever sold.


House Call: 33 Monroe Street

26 August, 2016 posted by: CORE


33 Monroe Street

John Harrison
Lic. Real Estate Broker
Licensed as John W Harrison

Paul Johansen
Lic. Real Estate Broker

Now available for the first time in over 30 years, this stunning 6-bedroom Italiante brownstone is offered at $1,835,000. Come take a look at this home nestled away on one of Bed-Stuy’s most beautiful and quaint streets.

Sun, Aug 28th, 11:00-12:30


House Call: 1280 Fifth Avenue, 19A

22 April, 2016 posted by: CORE


1280 Fifth Avenue, 19A

John Harrison
Lic. Assoc. Real Estate Broker

Found within the Upper East Side‘s One Museum Mile, this spacious 3-bedroom, 3.5-bath apartment overlooks Central Park’s most coveted corner.

Sun, Apr 24th, 2:00 – 3:00 (By appointment only)
Sun, Apr 24th, 3:00 – 4:00


CORE Hard Facts: Volume 10

15 January, 2016 posted by: CORE

‘CORE Hard Facts’ provides you everything you want to know – or didn’t want to know – about New York City, real estate, design and industry trends from those who know it best.

In this week’s CORE Hard Facts, John Harrison talks about one of America’s original suburbs.


6SqFt: $9K/Month Greenwich Village Apartment Available for the First Time in 20 Years

11 August, 2014 posted by: CORE


After being on the market for the first time in twenty years, John Harrison and Michael Rosser‘s latest rental listing at 19 West 10th Street was featured in this 6SqFt piece last week. The one-bedroom, full-floor garden apartment offers a flexible layout which can be used as a spacious one-bedroom or accommodate up to three bedrooms. Situated in the neighborhood’s Gold Coast, the home offers access to some of the neighborhood’s most popular eateries and shopping destinations.


Celebrating a CORE Milestone

22 May, 2014 posted by: CORE

OMM Recap

On Monday night, Brickman and CORE hosted an intimate event for colleagues and friends at Minton’s jazz club in Harlem to celebrate the latest milestone at One Museum Mile. Earlier this month, the Upper Carnegie Hill new development property announced that 100% of units were closed or in contract, with CORE managing the sales and marketing efforts for the building. “We are very pleased with the success of One Museum Mile,” says Tom Postilio, Director of Sales for the building. “This neighborhood is not emerging – it is blossoming. And, buyers have recognized the building’s overall value and exceptional quality of the amenities, design and finishes, as well as its prestigious Fifth Avenue location with sweeping Central Park vistas.” Today’s photo captures a moment during the night’s festivities, which offered lively conversation, delicious food and live jazz.

Pictured (from left to right): Doug Barnes, Parul Brahmbhatt, Tom Postilio, Natalie Rakowski, Aaron Lazovik, Laurie Messman, John Harrison, Kathy Corton and Richard Pandiscio.


CORE in the News

21 April, 2014 posted by: CORE

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


The Education of the Luxury Buyer
The Wall Street Journal
Emily Beare provides insight regarding the qualities and features that appeal to both seasoned and first-time homebuyers. “They are not looking for golf simulators and children’s playrooms and those kinds of amenities,” Emily says about seasoned luxury condo buyers. “They are looking for what the building has to offer and the reputation of the developer.”

Open House Agenda: Three Apartments to See This Weekend
John Harrison‘s West Village listing at 815 Greenwich Street was featured in last week’s Open House Agenda. Located on this quaint downtown block, this home is also conveniently located near the Meatpacking District, the Chelsea Market, the High Line and several major transportation lines.

5 Things You Need to Know Before Selling a Home in NYC
In this seller’s guide, Tony Sargent offers advice on the most important aspects of selling a home in New York City. From the importance of timing to city tax laws, Tony gives tips to sellers that may be looking to put their homes on the market.


Photo of the Week: CORE Agents Hit the Slopes

14 February, 2014 posted by: CORE


In the spirit of The Winter Olympics, today’s “Photo of the Week” features CORE agents Mirie Zwickel, John Harrison and Sean Attebury braving the recent blizzard to head out for a ski trip at Belleayre Mountain. Belleayre is the only state-run ski resort in New York and the drive up and back offered as much adventure as hitting the slopes. Created in the 1940s by New York State, Belleayre offers 173 acres of winter activities on a 3,500-foot mountain.


Ten: John Harrison on his Many Passions

21 August, 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.

john harrison

John Harrison is a man with many avenues of expertise: he’s a competitive real estate agent in a cut-throat market, an amazing father of two, one of the most lovable stars of Selling New York, and a knowledgeable professional with experience as an IT architect and international entrepreneurship. Although John is a native Texan and has traveled all around the world in his previous professions, he has made New York his home, having lived in the Financial District, TriBeCa , The Upper West Side, Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn. Find out more about John in this week’s TEN interview.

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

I have had a unique set of experience professionally. I have worked in entertainment, technology and international business development. Most recently, I spent a number of years with IBM as an IT Architect, but have also been involved with film, TV and theater. Before any of that, I spent some time traveling abroad in Western Europe and helped one U.S.-based architectural/engineering firm expand their offices into Eastern Europe, where I spent a year traveling back and forth from the U.S.

2.      What has been the highlight of your career?

I’ve been fortunate enough to experience a number of highlights, but I think one of the greatest ones has simply been the realization that helping people live and tell their stories is the same in real estate as it is in the world of entertainment. I have helped sellers share the story of their homes to buyers, helping clients conveythe richness of their home’s history into a marketable plan. I’ve been involved in new development projects and helped to set the stage for the story of an ever-changing New York. The highlight of everything has been the way I have learned to look at real estate.

3.      What is your greatest daily challenge?

Having to take on my clients’ challenges and make them my own. One challenge that my buyers have been facing recently has been the lack of inventory. I make it my goal to find properties that fit their timeline, price-point and other criteria, and in a tight market, it can be tough to do that without entering into a bidding war. I’ve been a part of a number of bidding wars recently and it can be challenging for a buyer to understand the need to pay above the asking price with a non-contingent offer, but it has recently been the reality. Read the rest of this entry »

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