Now Hiring – Director of Operations

Director of Operations
$40,000 annual, plus incentive bonuses
Full-time salaried position
Expected start date: January 2016

Director of Operations (DO) is a newly created position in a rapidly growing residential real estate business serving the Capital Region. The company was founded in 2011 and has grown to 5 realtors with over 80 transaction in 2015. The company is on track to complete over 100 transactions in 2016 with more than $25,000,000 in total sales volume. This position provides an opportunity for increased responsibility and income as the company continues to grow. In addition to the base salary, performance bonuses will be offered. 

The Director of Operations will manage all office operations and provide primary support to the broker through the following responsibilities:

  • Develop company marketing materials:
    • Direct social media and online marketing
    • Write regular blog posts and manage websites
    • Manage content for individual property websites
  • Direct lead management, lead generation, and data entry
  • Assist buyers in showing homes
  • Provide overall company and office administrative support
  • Manage all administrative work related to listing homes:
    • Create listing presentations for prospective sellers
    • Install/remove sign panels and lockboxes
  • Supervise contract compliance for all company realtors – document retention

The applicant shall have the following qualifications:

  • Strong customer service skills
  • Patience working with new and current clients
  • Strong written and verbal skills
  • The ability to problem solve, think creatively, and independently
  • Attention to detail and well organized
  • Openness to learning and using web based software and online content management
  • A NYS real estate license preferred or a willingness to secure the license
  • A valid NYS driver license and reliable transportation – local travel required
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends
  • Self-motivation to get it done!

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to until position is filled.


Outside the Pack

Here is a nice cover story from the Sunday Times Union about our independent boutique real estate brokerage.

“If you’re a buyer, it doesn’t matter where the agent works, you just want someone who is honest, reliable, provides good customer service and understands how homes are built. Agents are part therapist, psychologist, family planner. It doesn’t matter who you work with, small or large and international. But if you are looking to sell a home, you’re looking for an online marketer. That is how homes are sold in 2015, and how the agent markets the listing online is what matters, period.”

Monticello, 36, who also has a law degree, builds personalized websites for his listings and hires a professional photographer. Being independent allows him to be more nimble and flexible, he said. It has allowed him to do pro bono work and commission TV ads without asking for permission from a corporate office. Growth, Monticello said, is the proof of his success. Over the last year, he hired four Realtors. In 2014, his company did nearly $12 million in sales; he expects to close out 2015 with more than $18 million, with 80 homes sold.

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Here is a link to the full article. 

Why Do I Need An Attorney?

This is a question that comes up every now and then. I’ve seen it more frequently from out-of-town buyers. In many states outside of New York, it’s customary to not use an attorney when purchasing real estate. Instead, an escrow company will handle the transfer of title and coordinate with the parties. This question came up again recently, and here is how I responded to my client (who happened to be an attorney but did not practice real estate law).  The same would go if you were selling your home.

I’m an attorney, and I have been involved in hundreds of real estate transactions. When my wife and I bought our house last year we hired an attorney. The attorney will review the title, address any legal issues, negotiate inspection issues or mortgage contingency issues, provide an extra set of eyes on the contract and transaction. I look at the the attorney as a $600 insurance policy on one of the biggest investments of your life. I’ve never had a client purchase a home without an attorney, and I would never recommend buying property in NY without an attorney. I can NOT act as your attorney or provide legal advice. The seller will have an attorney, and should you forgo an attorney you’ll be at a disadvantage.

Current Mortgage Rates Take A Dive

Wow, here are today’s mortgage interest rates from SEFCU. Weak monthly job’s report means lower interest rates. You can always check them here.

Current Mortgage Rates as of October 2, 2015.

Current Mortgage Rates as of October 2, 2015.