Shirley made the process seamless. Not only was her advice regarding pricing and marketing spot-on, but her experience and insight in dealing with a [self-managed co-op] board of this nature was invaluable. As an Executor, I did not have the benefit of knowing how to overcome the obstacles of the various board personalities, but I was lucky to have Shirley guide me through the process. She found the perfect buyers to fit the requirements of this board, and we were able to proceed from contract to closing in an unprecedented one month.
Shirley has represented us both as buyer and now as seller of our apartment. She was wonderful about managing our expectations. When it came to the negotiations of our purchase, we met some challenges with the sellers and their agent but Shirley was able to guide us through our purchase successfully and skillfully, even providing us with tips on what to expect from the Board. Since we have worked with Shirley on both sides of a deal, we can attest to her calm and confidence which are so necessary especially during negotiations.
Shirley has served as my personal real estate agent for at least five transactions over the years, and I have also referred close friends and clients to her with complete confidence, knowing full well that she will manage the process from beginning to end as a consummate professional and patient listener with an uncommon skill set to meet any situation with aplomb.
Shirley helped us purchase our first co-operative apartment on Park Avenue in the early 1980s - when interest and mortgage rates were outrageously high, and fluctuating almost daily, and when we had almost no idea where or how to find an apartment in Manhattan. Fast-forward 30 years and we have bought and sold two more homes with Shirley. She has also helped other members of our family, and we have happily recommended her to our friends when they sought an experienced professional to help them navigate the details of co-ops, condos, and townhouses.
We have had multiple experiences with Shirley over the years in listing two properties for sale and purchasing four separate New York City apartments during the past 15 years. Her market insight, advice, and diligence with helping our family find the best location and situation will always be appreciated. We especially appreciated the dedication and hard work throughout each of these transactions while maintaining the perfect balance of professionalism, good humor, patience, understanding, and diplomacy.
I hired Shirley after a bad experience with another broker who had overpriced my property and failed to bring a buyer after six months. Shirley exceeded all of my expectations; she can be counted on to get the job done. In less than six weeks, more than 60 qualified buyers were shown the apartment. She managed the competitive bidding that followed, and last week, we closed with our best buyer for more than our asking price.