Vandenberg Pulls Though for Madoff Victim When Other Brokers Could Not:
Thank you so much for your expertise in selling my townhouse. After falling victim to the Madoff scheme, I needed to sell my townhouse on East 30th Street despite the down market. I listed with two of the biggest real estate brokerage firms in the city, but neither of them got results. Then my attorney referred me to Vandenberg. You and your indefatigable team produced 13 bids. In the end, you clinched the deal that worked for me. I even made some money despite existing liens on the house. Your patience and negotiating skills made this sale as easy as it could possibly be. Thank you.
- Bob S.
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The townhouse we bought a few years ago was our first foray into this type of property. Having rent stabilized tenants has been far more challenging that we ever imagined! Dexter's weekly newsletter offers insight, inspiration, and information. When we are ready to sell and start all over again, we know where to go for advice and help with the sales and purchasing process.
- J. F
Dexter Guerrieri is THE expert in townhouse sales.
My business partner and I attempted to sell our West 90th Street property and
initially gave the exclusive to another Broker. Despite extensive periods of
promotion and advertisement, the property did not sell. As we watched other
properties move on the market, it became clear to us that we needed Dexter
Guerrieri’s expertise in townhouse sales. Dexter’s area knowledge,
innovation and perseverance were unsurpassed and, in short order, he ultimately
obtained an excellent price. He is truly a Broker’s Broker!
- Bruce M.
Guerrieri’s Team makes a complicated transaction effortless.
When I hired Dexter Guerrieri as my exclusive Broker, the first-class service he and
his team at Vandenberg provided was an unexpected bonus. From Day One, Vandenberg Real
Estate provided me with a total package – from a detailed list of closing costs
… to obtaining the Certificate of Occupancy … even to finding an attorney
to assist me in orchestrating the closing … there was no detail too small.
Over the years, I have received hundreds of letters from Brokers wanting my business,
but Dexter Guerrieri’s team at Vandenberg stepped forward like no other and found
a real buyer with the right price.
- T. Cowan
The New York Times agrees: Dexter Guerrieri knows how to get
After reading The New York Times article about Dexter Guerrieri’s
record-setting West Side sale, I knew that I should select him as our exclusive Broker.
Due to Dexter’s longtime townhouse expertise, the final sale price of my property
was the highest price on the West Side in 1997. Even better – though we signed a
listing contract for 12 months, Dexter brought qualified buyers to the table in a matter
of weeks, saving my family months of expectation, wear and tear.
- A. C. Schwartz
Record West End Avenue Sale and Smooth Tenant Relations:
"This is a note to express our appreciation for your work in the sale of our townhouse... The fact that we obtained the highest price ever on West End Avenue is to be credited a great deal to your expertise.
As our Exclusive Agent, you did a terrific job of marketing…Our house was unusually large and required finding a special buyer. We were especially pleased with the way you promoted it to other brokerage firms, thus reaching all possible buyers in the market.
... We are in the real estate business ourselves, so we know that Vandenberg went above and beyond the call of duty.
There’s one other thing I would like to mention. You made our lives easier because you were so courteous and professional in dealings with our two tenants. If you had not kept up a smooth rapport with them, the house would have been much more difficult to sell.
Thank you again."
New York Times Article and Marketing Savvy Produces Asking Price:
"We would like to thank you for your quick sale of our Tribeca townhouse...we had previously listed the house with two other firms. They were among the largest brokerages in the city, but in the end their marketing and their neighborhood agents failed to get results... Vandenberg brought us an acceptable offer inside of a month from our listing date… Even better, the offer (and eventually the sale) was every penny of our asking price.
... At the beginning we had apprehensions about whether a townhouse-only, uptown firm could connect with the sort of buyers who would want to live in Tribeca. Yet we were so impressed when we met you and your team. Their professionalism and enthusiasm convinced us that you would put more marketing muscle and attention into our property than your competitors [via an article in the New York Times].
It didn't take long for you to do what the other firms couldn't. The fact that the sale was to one of Vandenberg's direct buyers convinced us that our intuitions about hiring you were correct.
We couldn't have been happier with the outcome - it was exactly what we wanted. We'd be glad to recommend your firm to any townhouse seller, uptown or downtown."
-P. & J. T
Sophisticated Absentee Owners Benefit from Townhouse Expertise:
"We are writing to express our appreciation, as absentee owners, for your work as the exclusive listing agent for the sale of our townhouse at 28 West 76th Street...As a result of your guiding us to attorneys to handle the sale and a particularly delicate series of interactions with our tenants, we were able to mitigate the problems that tenants in New York City are apparently able to inflict on owners. You also provided a staging expert who did a fabulous job of selectively removing clutter [...to create] a unified clean look that would be more appealing to buyers. Then when the marketing began, you created a competitive atmosphere around the property such that we achieved a fabulous record-setting price for a building with a senior rent-control tenant plus a senior rent-stabilized tenant.
... We interviewed a number of other real estate brokers before selecting your firm, and we never once regretted the decision. Your attention to detail through this difficult process was exceptional. Please feel free to have other potential townhouse sellers contact us."
-D. + C. S.
Buyer Values Expertise and Speedy Referrals:
"Thank you again for acting as our broker in the purchase of the beautiful brownstone [in the West 80s]. You and your sales staff assisted us in ways that were far above our expectations.
I especially appreciate how quickly you and your staff were able to connect us with an attorney who specializes in property tax reductions. It also made all the difference in the world to be able to quickly meet with an architect who provided expertise regarding our special zoning and Certificate of Occupancy needs.
... We didn't know a great deal about townhouses or about the pros and cons of the various West Side neighborhoods. By the time we decided to purchase this building, you had clearly informed us in such a way that we could feel confident that this was the right choice.
Please feel free to use me as a reference for other sellers or buyers. You and your firm were clearly head and shoulders above the other brokers we encountered, both before and during this purchase."
High Price and Smooth Relations Achieved for Estate Beneficiaries:
"Thank you so very much for all you did to transact what seems like the best price and the quickest sale ever of my late father's Manhattan townhouse [in the West 70s]. I think I'm speaking for all the parties of the estate when I say I'm very happy with the outcome.
By the time I left your office after our first meeting with you, I felt entirely comfortable with the decision to list with your firm. I felt that you would be sensitive to the variety of interests inherent in an estate with multiple out-of-town beneficiaries, and you proved my instincts right. Our top priority was to get the best price possible. We also wanted it sold in a timely manner and we wanted our stepmother to be treated with courtesy and clarity, as she was anxious about moving out of her long-term home. Although you had known my stepmother for seven years, you always handled all the parties to the estate with equal respect, taking each of our needs into account. I can't express how much easier this degree of professionalism made the transaction.
Of course, the results of the sale speak volumes of your real estate talents. After reviewing the comparable sales we decided to set an asking price on the high end. You and your team managed to sell this townhouse within a few weeks of listing. Even better, we received our full asking price.
Your forthright and 'transparent' mode of communication works to guide and assure both buyer and seller in this business fraught with anxiety for all. As my father, a sculptor, would have said, 'You're an artist at what you do.' "
Sale at $1 Million More Than Competitors Said was Possible:
"I am writing this letter to express our family's gratitude for the work you did on our behalf...
When we decided to sell our brownstone in the Village, we looked around for a broker who was knowledgeable about that very special sort of property. All we could find were people who knew real estate in general but relatively little about 18th century Federalist townhouses. We then checked with our highly respected attorney who informed us with no hesitation that you are the expert in the city when it comes to townhouse sales.
We met you and were impressed. You understood the building in far more detail than had others we had approached...Best of all, through your questions you sought to understand our interests and needs. My wife and I, both psychologists, agreed that you deserved praise for your way of interviewing us. All of together were able to come up with an honest and exquisite sales strategy.
We found it refreshing to deal directly with the president of a small, specialty firm rather than with the sort of faceless corporation that abounds in New York.
You helped us sell the building for the asking price of $5,950,000. One of the large firms that we had considered...had proposed to sell it for us at about a million dollars less. Our building had a senior citizen in a rent-stabilized apartment. This made achieving our price all the more remarkable.
The house had been in our family for over fifty years. Four generations have known it. Relations with our tenants had consistently been excellent. We took pride in all that as well as in the condition in which we kept the house. The sale was therefore a major event for us personally as well as financially. We were concerned that our history would somehow be sullied by a crass, commercial intervention.
We had little cause for concern. Dexter and his Vandenberg team were entirely professional throughout. Our tenants enjoyed dealing with them as did we. They were courteous, respectful, responsive, prompt in follow through and canny in anticipating possible problems. The marketing so far as we could see was excellent as was rapport with co-brokers. We parted friends, entirely satisfied and grateful."