Reality TV’s Ryan Serhant Talks To Agorafy About His New Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn Office
Serhant’s explosive success is in many ways reflective of Brooklyn’s own recent growth.
Nowadays, everyone wants a piece of the Brooklyn brand. Years ago, high end Manhattan brokers wouldn’t soil their Loubatins crossing the river to mingle with the common folk. Now, they would swim across if they had to. Condos are now spawning faster than a two headed fish in the Gowanus canal. Prices are inflating faster than Donald Trump’s ego during a Sean Hannity interview.
Ryan Serhant of Nest Seekers wasn’t one of the early dissenters. It’s not that he always believed passionately in Brooklyn. When the borough first embarked on its transformation in the early-mid 2000’s Serhant wasn’t even involved in real estate. Launching his career during the financial crash of 2008, Serhant’s explosive success—fueled by his role on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York—is in many ways reflective of Brooklyn’s own recent growth. Now the reality TV star and top NYC broker is opening an office in Bed-Stuy at 326 Tompkins Avenue, near Gates Avenue. It’s the second Brooklyn office for the Serhant team, who has had a presence in Williamsburg for many years.
Here’s what Serhant told Agorafy about his new Brooklyn venture:
JEFF VASISHTA: What areas of Bed-Stuy & Brooklyn will the office service?
RYAN SERHANT: The office will service all of Brooklyn with a focus on Bed-Stuy and Bushwick where we have seen a huge boom in the market.
VASISHTA: Based on recent Nest Seekers sales in Bed-Stuy, where have buyers been coming from? What’s the draw?
SERHANT: We market our properties worldwide and buyers have been coming from all over. That said, we are seeing a lot of traffic coming from Manhattan. There’s value in this part of Brooklyn, when you look at the stats: $1.5M gets you a 1 bedroom in the East Village, but it gets you an entire house in Bed-Stuy.
VASISHTA: What makes you unique in marketing Brooklyn properties?
SERHANT: We have the ability to market our client’s properties in a way in which no one else can even come close to matching. Right now, we are the only real estate team offering their clients luxury custom-home packages in Brooklyn. This gives buyers the chance to work alongside their real estate agent and developer to purchase a property and build from the ground up, or restore a classic Brooklyn town home to their own specifications. We guide our buyers through the entire process.
VASISHTA: What projects and developments in the area are you excited about and which ones are your team directly involved in?
SERHANT: Here are some properties we are really excited about in the area, represented by The Serhant Team:
VASISHTA: Bed-Stuy values have tripled since 2004. What, in your opinion has been the upside and downsides of such a rapid increase?
SERHANT: In the world of real estate, property values increasing is only a positive.
You heard it here. Get a piece of Bed-Stuy while you still can.