I wanted to be an architect from the time I was seven years old and could manipulate a ruler to draw floor plans and elevations. But career paths are often circuitous and mine included the international clinical division of Merck & Co, Inc.; a Middle Eastern division of The Chase Manhattan Bank; and several financial product divisions for Shearson Lehman Brothers. While with SLB as an Assistant Vice President of National Marketing, I was, oddly enough, given project management for working with the architects on the design of the offices on the 102nd floor of2 World Trade Center (the height of my career) and as close to architecture as I would ever get in the financial industry. Eventually, I traded the corporate world for entrepreneurship in the form of Manhattan's residential real estate. Every day was a new floor plan --- I finally found my path.
Having bought and sold my own homes, I understand the range of emotions involved. And for each transaction, I remember all that I needed from my real estate agent.
As a buyer, I was making mental changes and imagining my future as I walked around someone else's home. I expected my agent to cooperate with all the other agents; show me all that was available in my price range for my criteria, and to provide me with facts and other useful information.
As a seller, I was weaning myself from the memories of a valued possession as strangers walked around my home. I expected my agent to do sales research, coordinate showings and then follow up with the showing agent.
Of course, as a buyer or a seller, I had financial considerations. And as a busy person trying to buy or sell, I needed to work with an agent I felt would "keep the ball rolling".
Therefore, as a real estate professional, my goal is to provide knowledge, access, marketing skills, cooperation, coordination and a purchase or a sale.