Kayla’s New Team

Kayla has joined the Jacky Teplitzky Team, one of the most successful realtor teams in the history of Manhattan real estate – and she couldn’t be more excited! Her first week on the job was jam-packed with tours of their listings, and other training. Look out now, NYC!


The process began when Kayla was aggressively pursuing a deal on one of Jacky’s listings, and partner Barak took notice and suggested Kayla should work for them. She did interview with two other teams – one at Compass and another Elliman team – but she felt Jacky’s team was a perfect fit for her.

Jacky is known as a leader in the realtor community, and was featured as a panelist this week – an excerpt:

They’re worried about the health of the economy and the state of politics, both local and national. And they’re just as concerned about the rise of disruptors and third-party lead-generation companies. More than 100 people crammed into the lobby of the Elad Group’s under-construction condo on West 43 Street to hear what top residential brokerage executives and agents had to say about it all.

The whiplash between reality and market predictions is leaving many people “starving for information,” according to Shlomi Reuveni, founder of Reuveni Real Estate, who organized and moderated the event. “I have never seen a market like this,” he said. “This is as surreal as it gets.”

While the crowd sipped champagne and picked at a catered lunch, Brown Harris Stevens’ CEO Bess Freedman, Warburg Realty’s Frederick Peters and Modern Spaces’ CEO Eric Benaim debated Donna Olshan, Nancy Packes, Compass’ Kyle Blackmon and Douglas Elliman’s Jacky Teplitzky swapped takes on the health of the market.

Teplitzky called it a “schizophrenic” market, saying that she’s finding there’s “no rhyme or reason” to what transacts. (She did underline a “surge” of buyers from Mexico and potentially Argentina as a bright spot for buyers with some urgency.)

Olshan noted that she believed that the elimination of the state and local tax deductions was “the tipping point.”

Teplitzky disagreed. She attributed the slowdown in purchasing to the vast amount of product buyers can choose from, adding that “there is more off the market than on the market.”


At first they told Kayla that she probably wouldn’t be doing an open house for three months, but her first week went so well that she is having an open house today!

Do you know of anyone who is thinking of moving into or out of Manhattan? Contact Kayla!

Kayla Update

Kayla was in town last week for her sister’s college graduation.  We didn’t get a chance to put it on video, but we did discuss what it’s like to sell homes in Manhattan!

Her team has several listings, and she does open houses regularly.  The format there is quite different – they only do open house for an hour, and don’t use any signs, so the only people who come are those who see the advertising.

But it works – she has sold two homes to buyers who came to the open house, and bought it!

The negotiation process is unbelievable though.  In California she got used to making written offers on our standard forms that have a three-day expiration date built into the boilerplate.

But in New York City, they negotiate verbally, which leaves it wide open for the listing agent to take days or longer to respond.  It might be worth waiting to see if there were other offers if it’s a new listing, but I wouldn’t want to frustrate a ready, willing, and able buyer in a shaky market.

Once they come to an agreement between buyer and seller, they memorialize it by email.  Then the lawyers go to work, and 2-4 weeks later they finally deliver contracts for signature.  It seems like an environment ripe for shenanigans, because nothing is signed until then.

There is one other head-shaker.

They don’t do dual agency.  Instead, when she brings the buyer for one of their own listings, they sign a form saying that they are unrepresented – no agency!  I would imagine that there still has to be some assistance provided to get the deal closed, but technically their lawyer is the only one that is on their side officially.

I asked her about the Compass broker who said on camera that the home values in Manhattan have dropped 10% in the last year, and she said it’s probably true on the higher end, but entry level (under a million) is still hot.  Here’s an example – she sold this home while she was here, and got within 3% of list:


Because a 1br/1ba, 759sf home with a HOA fee of $1,335/mo that’s priced at $899,000 is out of reach for many, the rental market is hot too.  Kayla has helped a couple of people from San Diego find a good rental!

If you, or someone you know is thinking of moving to the Big Apple, contact her – she’d love to help bubbleinfo readers!

10 Films on Housing Crisis

This article features ten films that document the housing crisis and discrimination in America, with a bonus eleventh film that includes a certain part-time blogger:


Here is one of the ten:

Our film ‘Owned’ will debut publicly on June 4th. If you’d like to pre-order a viewing, click here:


Yes, I resent being called an eccentric Orange County realtor – this is San Diego!

Doc Film San Diego Premiere!


The San Diego premiere of Owned, A Tale of Two Americas is scheduled for a matinee showing on Saturday, March 23rd at the La Costa Cinepolis!

The producer, Giorgio Angelini, will be here and we’ll do a Q&A session after the film.  I’m hoping to talk him into bringing an outakes/blooper reel too.  There will also be a reception/party afterwards onsite. Our two daughters, Kayla and Natalie will also attend!

This will be a private event, with no tickets sold.  Seating is limited.

If you’d like to come, email Donna at donna.klinge@compass.com

Here is a link to previous blog posts and the five-year history of the project:

Link to Previous Blog Posts

Here is the trailer:

Kayla’s November Newsletter

Know anyone who wants to buy, sell, or rent in NYC? Contact Kayla!

Who would’ve thought a girl would leave a place with 70-degree weather and sandy beaches, for somewhere with feces on every block and public transportation that smells like a mix of salami and body odor?

YEAH I’M CRAZY. But what NYC has that California doesn’t have is the 9 million driven people that get up every morning to CRUSH their day. The passion in this incredible city is invigorating. It pushes you to your limit. Whether that means at work in your cubicle, or on a rooftop at a 3-story bar.

I can honestly say that moving here is one of the top 3 best decisions I’ve ever made – the other two being going to University of Oregon and studying abroad. And being part of the William K. Bolls team has made every day at work a dream! I live everyday like it’s my last (ugh cheesy I know) and I’m just excited to see what happens next!

Cheers my friends!

Kayla Klinge

The Ides Bar – Williamsburg

Sitting on top of the Wythe Hotel, the Ides Bar has some of the best views across the East River! They have a full bar with a small plates menu – you can never go wrong with a grilled cheese. It is a first come first served without a reservation so make sure you don’t miss out!

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Cafe Altro Paradiso – Soho

I think it’s safe to say that NYC has some of the best Italian restaurants and Cafe Altro Paradiso does NOT disappoint! It is a modern twist on traditional Italian cooking. CAP also has an amazing atmosphere with high ceilings, marble bar top, and dimmed lighting. My favorites so far have been the Carpaccio and the Candele Cacio e Pepe.

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Aria Wine Bar – Hell’s Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen is known to have some amazing restaurants and Aria Wine Bar is definitely one of them. It is a perfect place for a girl’s night out, a birthday dinner, or something where you don’t mind it being too loud because there’s always so many people here! The gnocchi is my favorite. It reminds me of the gnocchi in Italy where you can eat the whole plate and not feel crappy 5 minutes later. Now that’s some good stuff!

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Team’s Current Listings
270 West 17th Street, Apt. 16E

Chelsea – $1,225,000
LIGHT, VIEWS, BALCONY & LOCATION! Enjoy stunning downtown views from your very own balcony in one of Chelsea’s best-located doorman condo buildings. Perched on the 16th floor and facing south, this sunny 1 bedroom, 1 bath home has been upgraded with new floors and a beautiful bathroom.

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145 East 15th Street, Apt. 4M

Gramercy – $790,000
WELCOME HOME to this renovated 1 bedroom, 1 bath co-op apartment with low monthlies in Gramercy right next to Union Square! Sought after layout with large living/dining area and renovated kitchen with new cabinetry, counter tops and back splash. Beautiful new hardwood plank flooring, generous closet space and over-sized bedroom.

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354 West 12th Street, Apt. 3D

West Village – $525,000
Right between Greenwich and Washington – truly a quintessential West Village block! Move right in to this nicely renovated studio with southern light + leafy tree views, tons of pre-war charm, and a decorative fireplace. Newly installed oak hardwood floors and a custom Italian-designed kitchen, including below-counter Subzero refrigerator and Miele stove.

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