Shaun, the CEO!! I know one thing, I'm going to ask him where he buys his suites...
Here we go! Starting soon.... Fun! Shaun? Let us know when you have joined in.
Sure thing. It should be fun.
So I guess we're going to see what you look like under pressure?
Or how I type under pressure.....
So in tonight's epi, you seem to have trouble with a 5th Ave luxury building?
Trouble? No. A challenge, yes.
So I swore I would ask you this...You always look impeccably put together - where do you buy your suits?
Thanks! I get them from a few different places, but most of them are custom tailored right here in NYC, made with Italian fabric.
I knew you were going to say custom... So that building looked amazing - that medallion! What was your problem with the details?
or, 'challenge' I should say...
Well, it is one of the more ornate, "custom" residential buildings in NYC. It's always an interesting process. And it never seems to take the same course.
Is there a lot of red tape around reno'ing a historic building?
The devil is in the details and the challenge is always in trying to make sure that no detail goes unattended to. Especially when you are selling high priced luxury property.
There definitely is. This building is in an historic neighborhood, so that is always a challenge for the development team.
Is your personal preference for updated buildings with character such as that 5th Ave one, or for new, modern designs?
My personal preference is for property that pays homeage to history, with a modern influence.
Did you have any clients lose it on you?
the ones who had bought into this building?
Was there ever a moment you thought you may lose the building?
Not in this building. All the people in this building seem to be very happy with their homes. The process was a little long, but when they moved in - they were happy!
Nothing is ever "safe" in NYC selling. We always have to assume that if we don;t perform, we could lose a prouject or a listing.
Did you have to fight to represent the building?
Hi Laurent. Thanks for watching, (and for the compliment). If I can make a positive influence, that's extremely rewarding.
How do you keep your staff motivated and working at such a high level of performance, and not become a crazy boss?
NYC is a VERY competitive market, and this building was very sought after - so YES, it was a bit of a fight.
Are you also in real estate, Laurent?
I have the best staff in NYC. They are motivated by the creative energy of the industry and the positive culture in the company.
@Laurent, I guess now is as good a time as any
The business model in NYC is that you represent a seller (and their property) as an exclusive agent. We cooperate in the industry, which means that another broker may bring a buyer, and we consummate a deal together.
Now is a GREAT time to invest in New York City.