Written by Ronda Kaysen on January 21, 2014
Michele Kleier, president of Kleier Residential and a frequent presence on the HGTV reality show Selling New York, is trying to sell Apartment 7A at 1125 Park Avenue. She describes the unit in this prewar co-op as "gracious" and "elegant," and the luxury property itself as having great amenities and lovely neighbors. She should know. She's lived in the building for 32 years, part of a phenomenon known as "resident brokers."
Resident brokers such as Kleier can be a blessing: Because the building they represent is also their home, they know it well and understand the quirks of the condo or co-op board, and thus are more likely to deliver buyers everyone will love. They have been selling apartments for a long time, frequently with few problems. Your building may have someone like this, who has become the "go-to" salesperson for residents.
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