By Holly Dutton
At just 26, Corcoran broker Antony Bitar is a rising star in NYC residential real estate, earning honors for his high volume of transactions and REBNY’s “Most Promising Salesperson of the Year” award, all in just under three years in the business.
Bitar, a native of Little Falls, NJ, came to real estate from a musical background, and recently moved to Corcoran from Coldwell Banker AC Lawrence in December.
“I got into it (real estate) thinking it was just something I’d do on the side,” said Bitar. “I didn’t realize how much success I’d see early on, and how much I’d fall in love with it.”
A music major and Montclair State University, Bitar studied opera, and spent time touring and singing operatic tenor roles. Following graduation, he decided to change gears and start writing his own pop music, and embarked on a singer/songwriter career, releasing his first album in 2011.
He also wrote music for other artists, including a song for Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga called On Display.
“That was fun for me, but I didn’t get that big break that everyone talks about, so I was looking for other options, and real estate was a blessing in disguise,” said Bitar. “I know real estate is what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life now.”
Bitar attend the New York Real Estate Institute and, once he obtained his license, interviewed with several different real estate firms before joining AC Lawrence Coldwell Banker.
After starting in rentals, he quickly got to work — and the deals kept coming.
“Things picked up very quickly,” he said. “I was my company’s highest producer very early and was getting a ton of referrals, and it kind of snowballed.”
He was recognized internationally at AC Lawrence Coldwell Banker for being among the top 12 percent of agents worldwide.
With his career in full-swing, Bitar decided to put music on the back burner for a while.
“I always had an affinity for how Manhattan operated, and the tall buildings, it always seemed so sexy to me, it seemed like a sexy industry,” he said. “I always loved architecture, design, the art and psychology of the sale — something about that always interested me. It seemed like real estate was the natural fit.”
In late October, Bitar was awarded “Most Promising Salesperson of the Year” at the Real Estate Board of New York’s annual Residential Deal of the Year Awards Gala.
“It was very rewarding,” he said. “Knowing how cut-throat it is in this industry, and how hard it is to succeed, I knew being really hardworking was the way to be successful. I felt very grateful to be recognized by such a prestigious body of people.”
Bitar attributes his fast-track success to his extensive knowledge of the market, his sincerity, and his work ethic.
“There are so many brokers in Manhattan, and I love being able to prove myself to a new client,” he said. “It only takes 10-15 minutes with them to prove why my record is what it is; because I invest so much into my client and creating a relationship with that client. I’m potentially helping them find a home where their child will take their first step.”
After the win, he was thinking about moving to a new company and expanding his business, capitalizing on the attention of his REBNY win.
“Just about every company called me and I met with every single one of them and wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing any opportunity,” said Bitar. He ended up picking Corcoran because, he said, he felt the company was the most invested in him.
With a new focus on sales, but still doing rentals for former clients and referrals, Bitar works all over the city, with a concentration of his business on the Upper East Side.
“I have done a transaction in every single neighborhood of Manhattan and I feel like I know it really well,” he said.
In his spare time, Bitar, who now lives 10 minutes outside Manhattan in New Jersey, can be found catching some live music, seeing a show at the Met, or trying out a new restaurant.
He has set lofty goals for himself in 2015, including a “tremendous” expansion of his sales business, focusing primarily on deals in the $1 to $5 million range.
“By the end of the year, I plan to close at least five deals between $1 and $5 million,” he said. “I’ve pretty much dominated the rental market, I’ve closed more deals than I can keep track of. My next goal is the deal of the year award.”