To become one of the top agents in the real estate business, it takes a ton of hard work and dedication. Success is equal parts hustle, sweat, creativity and relationship building. Whether you yourself are an agent, or just a real estate aficionado, we can all learn a thing or two from these top luxury agents.
So, without further ado, we present the first of an ongoing series detailing the secrets to success and fun facts about the top luxury real estate agents in the country! First up: Howard Margolis of Douglas Elliman in New York City.
How did you get your start in real estate?
I was working in my family business, which was a 100 year old, fourth generation company in New York. My father and his brothers decided to sell the company. I woke-up one day after a life, up until then, of being a privileged son to find myself jobless, and it was shocking. After a few weeks of soul searching, I ran into the owner of a real estate relocation company.
I had no information about the real estate business, but it sounded very interesting.
Within two weeks, I put my first real estate transaction together. That was over twenty years ago. Last year I sold the highest priced apartment in New York City. It’s been a great adventure and journey.
What sale or career milestone are you most proud of?
Over the years in real estate, I’ve done many things: worked in corporate real estate relocation, managed the largest grossing real estate sales office in the country and sold some of the largest development projects in the country. My biggest triumph is putting together an amazing team of people to work with. I enjoy every day with them. They’re smart, dedicated and we keep each other focused on our job – which is giving the best service to all of our clients.
What is your dream home location?
I have to say that New York City is an amazing place to live. Even after twenty years in the business, I still walk into some of the most spectacular apartments and get surprised at the scale and scope of renovations in Manhattan and Brooklyn. You just have no idea what people can create behind those brick walls. My dream home is a penthouse on Central Park South. The views looking North over the park with the buildings on Fifth avenue and Central Park West flanking each other is a total New York experience.
What kind of car do you drive?
I’ve been driving BMWs for the past fifteen years. I’m currently driving the 740iL. It’s great for long drives to the country and my clients are extremely comfortable.
iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
iPhone, iPad, Mac!
What site/app do you check first when you wake up?
What was the last book you read?
Name your favorite guilty pleasure.
Eating at some the most amazing restaurants in the world around NYC!
Take a peek at some of Howard’s listings!
55 Central Park West Penthouse, New York, New York – Listed for $35,000,000
101 West 67th Street, New York, New York – Listed for $27,500,000
128 Central Park South Penthouse, New York, New York – Listed for $11,995,000
112 West 56th Street, New York, New York – Listed for $1,624,800