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Done Deals: Power of Persistence

When searching for a home, it pays to be persistent.

Citi Habitats agent Jessica Kaufman recently helped her client purchase unit 5R at 55 Montgomery Place in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Park Slope. Photo by karlnorling/ Flickr
Park Slope. Photo by karlnorling/ Flickr

She and her first-time buyer searched Park Slope for the right home and ended up losing bidding wars for two before Kaufman found a one bedroom co-op in a classic Brooklyn brownstone on the market for $399,000.

“My client loved the place, but again the competition was intense,” said Kaufman. “We went through two rounds of bidding.

“The first round, my client was outbid. However that deal fell through — and I was able to get him the apartment at a lower price than the seller wanted and had accepted from the other offer. He was thrilled to finally hold the keys to his new home.”

The final sales price for the unit was $415,000, and maintenance fees total $608 per month.

Behzad Amiri of Corcoran represented the seller.



Upper East Side

400 E90th St. #12C


Alcove studio in the full-service Century Tower. Unit features an open floor plan, high ceilings, parquet floors and abundant closet space. Separate kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, including dishwasher. Marble and ceramic tile bath. Building amenities include a fitness center, screening room, children’s play room, business center with Wi-Fi and a rooftop deck with spectacular views of the city in every direction. Asking Price: $499,000. CC: $326 per month. Days on the Market: 1 week. Agents: L. Marlene Benninger, Charles Rutenberg Realty; Edward Kapson, Citi Habitats.


240 E79th St. #15D


650 s/f pre-war, high floor one bedroom, 1-bath apartment with south and west views. Renovated windowed kitchen with stainless steel appliances; renovated bathroom with radiant heated floors. Beamed ceilings and hardwood floors. Four custom fitted closets. Full-service doorman building, with four apartments per floor. CC: $1,741. Asking Price: $625,000. Time on the Market: 26 days. Agents: Tami Shaoul, Corcoran Group; Anna Harovas Xylas, Corcoran Group.


Roosevelt Island

531 Main St. #24


1,800 s/f three bedroom, 2.5 bath duplex co-op with 101 s/f terrace at Rivercross. Enter on the upper level – main living area – with foyer, living rooms, separate dining room/den/potential 4th bedroom, windowed galley kitchen, powder room. Terrace accessed via livingroom. Bedrooms and two full baths on the lower level. Full service co-op with indoor pool surrounded by skylights and a wall of glass; 24-hr doorman; package room and concierge; two-story fitness center; sun deck; party room and playroom; bicycle storage and two llaundry rooms. CC: $2,268. Asking Price: $1,395,000. Time on the Market: 5 days. Agent: Suzanne Wolf, Corcoran Group.




84 Front St. #9D


952 s/f two bedroom, 2-bath condo with 750 s/f terrace. Fully built out, landscaped and self-maintaining terrace. Open chef’s kitchen with state-of-the-art fixtures. Master suite with walk-in closet. Stone marble baths with deep soaking tubs. Four-inch Brazilian teak floors throughout, vented washer/dryer. Deeded basement storage unit. Gym. CC: $978. Asking Price: $1,250,000. Time on the Market: 26 days. Agents: Leora Blumberg-Rubinstein, Corcoran Group.


Brooklyn Heights

59 Pineapple St. #3F


One bedroom, 1-bath pre-war co-op. Hardwood floors, moldings and columns. Main living area with room for a dining table. Open kitchen with island and ceramic tile backsplash. Bedroom with wall of closets. The building features an elevator, laundry, free bike storage, live-in super and a common roof deck. Asking Price: $499,000. CC: $663. Days on the Market: 3 weeks. Agents:  Natalie Rabaa, Brown Harris Stevens; Lana Wong, Citi Habitats (pictured).



645 East 26th Street, 2L


Two bedroom, 1-bath pre-war co-op with wood floors. Building has elevator, laundry room, courtyard, bike storage and community room. Pets allowed. CC: $975; asking price $325,000; 12 weeks on the market. Brokers: Hakim Edwards, Halstead; Deborah Ballard, Century 21 Achievers.



645 East 26th St. #5E


Art Deco-inspired pre-war one bedroom located less than a block from Brooklyn College. Dog-friendly building surrounded by shopping at the nearby Flatbush/Nostrand Avenue Junction. Also, the close to the B/Q at Avenue H or Foster Avenue. CC: $642; Asking price $195,000; Two weeks on the market Brokers: Hakim Edwards, Halstead; Susan Raskin-DiLeo, Citi Habitats.



Long Island City

24-15 Queens Plaza North


760 s/f one bedroom apartment with bamboo hardwood floors throughout and floor-to-ceiling windows. Chefs kitchen with sushi-style bar, stainleess steel Bosch and Jenn-Air appliances. Bathroom has natural stone tile and a soaking tub. View 59 is a 39-unit building designed by architect Karl Fischer. It has a roof deck, gym and part-time doorman. Asking price: $705,000. Time on market: 28 weeks. Brokers: Jermain Miller, Mill RE,; Nicole Gary, Keller Williams NYC.

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