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!

https://thejackyteplitzkyteam.elliman.com/

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.”

http://www.thenewsfunnel.com/real-estate-news/5d4c1f246fbb083573d1d8f2

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:

https://www.corcoran.com/nyc-real-estate/for-sale/midtown-east/330-east-49th-street-apt-14c/5748871

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:

https://heathersquire.com/2019/03/01/10-films-to-help-you-wrap-your-head-around-the-housing-crisis/amp/

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:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/owned-a-tale-of-two-americas/id1459949822

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

Doc Film San Diego Premiere!

IT’S OFFICIAL!

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:

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