We live in a big condo building here in Manhattan. We talk about it a lot, the Dorchester Towers ,and have had the opportunity to position ourselves as one of the most well established real estate teams over the years.
Having lived in the building near 10 years now, we've completed lots of transactions both sales and rentals and have developed good friendships with many of the people we have helped buy or rent in the building.
When you are taking the elevator in the morning, sitting in the lobby waiting for an appointment to arrive, getting your own mail, or even picking up dry cleaning from the package room, you see a lot and run into a lot of people, even if its just for a few minutes at a time.
We have helped people rent their first Manhattan apartment after moving to the city, and a few years later see them get married and a few years after that sometimes you see that they have had a baby. Most people can last a couple of years in a one bedroom apartment once they have their first child. But there is only so long before they are bursting at the seams and looking for a larger place. Try sharing one bathroom and two closets within a 650 square feet one bedroom and see how that works out!!
What I love about this job is seeing this natural progression of life's events and feeling some sort of involvement about helping people get to that next place in their home journey. Seeing that transition from starter rental studio, to buying that first one bedroom apartment and maybe that bigger jump to a larger Two or Three Bedroom apartment is very satisfying.
So often, we get wrapped up in the difficulties of specific transactions and fixing problems. When we can take a step back and see how an apartment has impacted somebodies life it becomes extremely satisfying and its one of the reasons why I love this job!