A real estate broker is necessary today because transactions are more complicated. Identifying the right property to rent or buy is the easy part however, the process of concluding the deal is more difficult. Recently, I have noticed that many customers are going directly to websites to find properties. It is important to note that those brokers advertising the property often represent the seller or landlord and not the buyer or renter. It is extremely important that customers have their own representation who can help them in navigating the real estate waters. In the case of renters often they will be asked to pay the brokers fee although some landlords will pay part or all of the fee. For buyers more often than not the seller will pay the commission.
Finding the right mortgage broker or banker is very important in this current economic environment. Getting a mortgage now is more than just about the rate. The correct terms of the loan can get you the home of your dreams. I often recommend three or four different mortgage reps that can help you arrange financing. Good credit is key. The process of reviewing your credit and addressing any outstanding issues are an important factor in shopping for a home or a rental. It is better to know your credit record in advance rather than when you find the home of your dreams but it is snatched away because you were not prepared. A good broker will assist you in this process.
Attorney's can be great advocates. They review all the paperwork that corresponds to the transaction and make sure your interests are protected. They review property & building information, liens, tax documents and order title reports to make sure you are getting what you think you are buying.
I am proud of my reputation for representing both renters, landlords, buyers and sellers. Through our international relocation department I have referred my associates and friends to other competent brokers all over the world and the United States. If you would like more information about selling your home, purchasing your home or apartment or renting, please let me know.
Associate Broker/Vice President
Halstead Property, LLC
About Laurence Pinckney...
Laurence Pinckney is a Vice President and a Associate Broker for Halstead Property, LLC. A member of Halstead's Platinum Circle and the Real Estate Board of New York, Laurence joined Halstead with a wealth of knowledge of real estate and people. Formerly an entertainment manager and film producer, Laurence understands the art of negotiation, how to market special properties and an expert on working with sellers and buyers alike.
As a Downtown & Harlem specialist, Laurence has sold all types of properties including co-ops, condos and townhouses. He prides himself on dedicated service to his sellers and buyers. This year, Laurence celebrates his 15th year as a Real Estate professional. He has listed and sold a variety of properties from estates to many celebrities and business executives to starter homes and apartments. Although the majority of his business is in sales, occasionally he utilizes his unique marketing approach to list rental properties and to find special rental properties for his customers to rent.
Customers, clients and agents who have worked with him appreciate his knowledge, style and commitment. Laurence has a unique style, which is reflective of his past employment with Mobil Oil, Phillip Morris USA, entertainment firms and his years in the real estate industry in New York and New Jersey.
As a million dollar sales associate producer, Laurence's previous real estate experience includes Friedman Associates of Saddle River, Weichert Realtors of Ft. Lee, NJ, and Benjamin James Associates of Manhattan. Upon joining Halstead, he commented "It is a pleasure to work with such a creative and service oriented firm that is on the cutting edge. Not only is up to date information available to me, the property inventory is substantial.” He is a Harlem resident.