According to Compass broker, Ralph Modica, who recently closed on a $1.59 million 2-bedroom in Williamsburg, it pays to be kind.
The deal, which went $5,000 over asking price — Modica’s sixth over-asking sale in recent memory — was facilitated by several factors, among them, kindness.
He met the seller by returning some mail when it was wrongly delivered to his former home next door to #11 at 1 Northside Piers (pictured top)
Other factors that help apartments sell over asking price and on time — in this case just 26 days — are a little more straightforward, according to Modica.
“I really think it’s about [the price] being an attractive number, having the apartment look really sharp and hard work,” he said.
Staging has helped facilitate sales on more than one occasion, said Modica.
“You’re selling the feeling of a space,” he said. “What it makes the buyer feel when they walk in there.”
Sometimes, Modica said, he may even include some of his own items — in this case a golden monkey statute that he describes as his lucky charm.
163 Saint Nicholas Ave.#5D
Two-bedroom, 2-bath condo. Unit includes main living area, open kitchen, master suite with picture window and en-suite bath. Hardwood floors and marble tile throughout the home. Tax abatement unit 2030. Building amenities include a 24-hour doorman, laundry, courtyard, fitness center and common roof deck. Asking Price: $975,000. CC: $756. Days on the Market: 1 day. Agents: Whitney Osentoski, Halstead; Nadia Hussey, Citi Habitats .
301 W110th St. #10B
One bedroom, 1-bath apartment with views of The Cathedral of St. John The Divine and Morningside Park. Living room with dining space, open kitchen features dishwasher and the bedroom has ample closet space. Thru-wall air conditioning and oak hardwood floors throughout. The Towers on The Park Condominium features a 24-hour doorman, garage, common garden, bike room and central laundry room. Asking price: $670,000. CC: $360.81. Days on market: 30. Agents: Greg Kammerer & Kristina Ojdanic, Corcoran; Jennifer M. Corcoran, CORE.
Upper West Side
345 W58th St. #8M
Two-bedroom, 2-bath co-op with foyer. French doors lead to main living area with separate dining alcove and walls of windows, parquet floors and track lighting. Galley kitchen with generous cabinet space and dishwasher. Corner master bedroom with renovated marble bath, window and Jacuzzi tub. In-unit washer/dryer. The Coliseum Park is a two-building complex with a two-acre private garden and gym. Asking price: $1,595,000. CC: $1,966. Days on the Market: 37 weeks. Agents: Athena Witt, Douglas Elliman ; Eugene Henderson, Citi Habitats.
Upper West Side
321 W90th St. #7A
Pre-war one bedroom with open views in every room. Living/dining room with parquet floors and a window seat. Eat-in kitchen with new, stainless steel appliances. Bedroom with two closets and hardwood floors. Pet friendly elevator building with live-in super, bike and general storage. Asking Price: $740,000. CC: $1,213. Time on Market: 124 days. Agents: Richard Geiringer, Compass; Michael Sin, R New York.
715 Park Ave. #6A
One bedroom, 1-bath apartment with balcony in full service condo building overlooking Park Avenue. Foyer separates expansive livingroom from dining area which leads to the kitchen. Bedroom and multiple closets surround bathroom with soaking tub. Pet friendly elevator building with full-time doorman. Asking price: $1,295,000. CC: $1,522. Time on Market: 223 days. Agents: Phillip Salem, Triplemint; Shaina Zulauf, Brick & Galo Realty.
251 S3rd St. #1B
1,213 s/f one bedroom, 1.5-bath duplex with 600s/f of private outdoor space. The main level has bamboo floors throughout, the living room with a door leading to the private backyard and bedroom with floor-to-ceiling windows. The open kitchen has stainless steel appliances and there is a home office and bathroom with tub and glass-enclosed steam shower. The lower level has a half bath, washer/dryer hook-up, outdoor patio and 18 by 21 ft. recreation room. Boutique condo building has a common roof deck. Asking price: $1,060,500. CC: $489. Time on Market: 82 days. Agents: Nicole Paikoff, Compass; Shradha Kumar, R New York.
509 Pacific St. #5B
Three bedroom, 3.5-bath home with custom kitchen featuring a Miele appliance package, Calacatta stone countertop and walnut wood cabinets with integrated cove lighting. Master bedroom suite with walk-in closet leading five-fixture bath. Each supplementary bedroom has full en-suite bathroom and closet space. Corner unit has three exposures. Asking price: $3,295,000. CC: $1,874. Time on Market: 258 days. Agents: Lawrence Lee, Triplemint; Traci Guberman, Halstead.