Robert "Bob" Brooks is a New York City real estate veteran of over 20 years, and licensed since 1996. Bob has been in every building in Manhattan more times than he can count. He has an intimate knowledge of the market from the good to the bad, and of the owners/management companies of most apartments and buildings.
"Owners are very consistent whether they own one or 500 buildings. When they take care of one they take care of them all; and when they don't, they don't! This knowledge is vital in the fast-paced NYC real estate market where time is money, and the difference in getting or losing an ideal space can mean a matter of minutes."
Bob's track record in the real estate industry has kept him and his clients on a winning streak; he has constantly been one of the city's top rental agents since he began his real estate career here in 1994. To date, Bob has rented and/or sold over 8,965 apartments, closed several retail and commercial deals and consulted on several commercial acquisitions. As a team leader, he has trained over 7,000 agents and managed up to 30 agents at any given time.
While Bob has access to the whole city, he specializes in residential and commercial real estate throughout Manhattan proper -- from uptown to downtown, east side to west. "Wherever my clients want to be, we can help!" Tell him what you're looking for and what's important to you, and he will find it. "Within reason of course," he says. "We are in Manhattan after all!"
Because Bob knows that NYC real estate is fast and fierce, his clients need to be prepared. "At any given time there's less than a 1% vacancy rate in this city. With that slim margin of availability, it important that I instill in my clients the necessary sense of urgency so that we can strike when the right iron is hot. My job is to score them the right apartment by teaching them the rules of the game. By getting my clients to understand the need for fast footwork, the need to have a readiness of liquid funds and the necessary documentation, and to be willing to offer such landlord incentives as additional security, I can clinch the deal as soon as they choose an apartment. When a client is truly prepared and ready to go, I'll really go to bat for them and fight for them until we make the deal they are looking for."
Bob's secret for finding a great apartment in New York: Keeping in touch with your broker on a daily basis will ensure that you will be informed about the newest availabilities as soon as they come in. Call me every day if you have to. The market moves fast. Our listings are being updated all day long, every day. If you show me that you're serious, I'm going to keep a constant eye out for the apartment you're after. And if I know that you're there and ready to go the second the right listing comes in, I'll put everything I have into getting you a deal. Working together and getting your feedback on a constant basis is also how I come to understand you and what you're looking for, so that I can show you the right product at the right time.
Born into a military family in Texas Bob lived all over the world from Chicago to Miami, Tampa, Georgia, Japan and Germany. A NYC resident since 1994, he inhabits Hell's Kitchen plus owns investment property in Middle Village, Queens.
Bob served one tour in the US Army during the first Gulf War as a Combat Medic. He also worked as a personal trainer, life coach and motivator, massage therapist, boat captain and day trader. This diverse experience affords him seasoned customer service and business skills. Bob's goal is to find you that special home, while making the daunting process as easy and enjoyable as possible!