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Brooklyn Heights Resident
I’m originally from the Midwest, I grew up in Michigan in a small suburb called Huntington Woods and went to Western Michigan University where I earned a BA in Marketing and Advertising. I moved out to NYC after college and worked in Advertising for 2 years. I loved the people and the creative aspects of the work but it was so much more administrative then I expected and couldn’t see myself staying in the industry for 20 years. In 2008, right after the market crashed, I took a leap of faith, left my career in Advertising and started working as a real estate agent. I loved it instantly. I was able to meet different, interesting people every day. I learned every street and neighborhood in the city and spent a lot of time “in the field”.
CHATTING WITH IVY
What is the most important quality you have as an agent that you try to convey to your clients?
A good broker wears a lot of hats. I’ve really grown in my 11 years in the real estate industry and consider myself a full-service broker—what that means is different for every client. First and foremost, I listen to my clients. Maybe they have lived in their home for 20 years and selling is an emotional process for them. Or they’re investors and it’s all about the numbers making sense. First time buyers are often excited but also nervous about the process and making the right choice. Whatever the case may be, I listen to my client’s needs and guide them through their unique process. My favorite part of the process, not that you asked, is negotiating the deal!
If you were in line at the grocery store, what's the first magazine you would grab?
Probably Home Beautiful or similar. As a working mom of 2 I don’t have a lot of time for these little novelties but when I get a few moments I like to flip through home magazines and plan my next project.
Where did you do your first deal?
My first sale deal was renter that I converted to a buyer. I had no idea what I was doing and we looked at places forever. I finally found him a cool co-op loft in Gramercy. It was a 5th floor walk-up but had the entire roof deck and he wanted to gut the whole space. After the closing we went to the apartment with a 6-pack and took down the bedroom wall.
What is your favorite restaurant?
La Vara in Cobble Hill. It’s a 10 minute walk from my apartment and an easy place to sneak away for a quick date. My husband and I always sit at the bar and spilt a half bottle of the cava and share a couple small plates. Everything is delicious.
What type of animal would you be?
Maybe a fish? I love the water and got certified in diving a couple years ago. Being underwater is so peaceful.
Truth or Dare?
What's your favorite Bravo show?
MDLNY – it’s the only one I watch.
What is your favorite building in New York?
Tribeca Rogue! It’s our new development at 146 Church Street. The finishes are gorgeous and it’s super private with only - 8 units.
If you could sell anything, what would it be?
Ah, real estate! It’s my passion and the only thing I would want to sell.
Who is your dream client?
I love all my clients! But clients who are reasonable and appreciate my guidance and experience are the real gems.
What WAS THE BEST DATE NIGHT YOU HAD IN NEW YORK?
When I first started dating my husband we took our Vespa’s all of the city one night. It was a perfect summer night and as we were riding down 5th Ave by the Park I realized that he was someone I would have fun with forever.