The Trump Hut outside of Realty Collective's Red Hook office last month. Photo: Sam Levinson

The Trump Hut outside of Realty Collective’s Red Hook office earlier this month. Photo: Sam Levinson

There are certain things you expect to see in the windows of real estate offices. Donald Trump’s hair is not one of them.

For the opening and closing of the group art exhibition, Gut Rehab, an installation of the Donald’s hair called the Trump Hut (which made an appearance at the Republican National Convention, along with Trump’s actual bouffant) was stationed on the sidewalk in front of the Red Hook office of Realty Collective, a boutique real estate agency owned by Victoria Hagman. (more…)

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If buying a home in Brooklyn, or anywhere in NYC seems daunting to you, you haven’t been to one of our Buying into Brooklyn sessions. Over the course of an evening, and some Brooklyn Brewery beers, you’ll get a crash course on everything you need to know before you start your apartment hunt.

On Tuesday, June 7, join us for solid advice from a team of pros—Realty Collective founder Victoria Hagman and Realty Collective agent Tina Fallon; real estate attorney Michael Moshan and Sterling National Bank mortgage bankers Mark Maimon and Gabi Feuer —in a setting that is far more relaxed than your last crowded open house.

Here’s what you’ll learn over Brooklyn beers on June. 7:
-Who protects you and helps you get the best deal
-How to position yourself as a bonafide buyer in a competitive market
-The importance of finding the right lender
-What to do when you have bad or less than stellar credit
-The steps to obtaining a pre-approval and mortgage
-The offer/acceptance process
-The difference between a condo vs. co-op (and how to pass a co-op board)

Tickets are $10 in advance, and include one beer. Doors open at 7:30pm, the evening begins shortly afterward.

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48936After two kids, and nearly 10 years of producing the celebrity-studded 24 Hour Plays for Off-Broadway and Broadway, Tina Fallon realized that motherhood and the theater life were not exactly complimentary roles. Working around the clock for two-week stretches, and unemployment between productions was now much harder with small children in the wings. What she didn’t realize was that real estate might be the way to make the show go on.

“People would tell me, ‘You should be a real estate agent,’” she said, a suggestion she dismissed even though she had plenty of experience in the market. She had bought and sold three properties beforea house in Greenport, a condo in Greenpoint, and a house in Rowayton, CTbut beyond that she had the same impression of brokers that many New Yorkers share.  Which is, “Why would anyone want to be a real estate agent? Real estate agents are such creeps!”

But a Craigslist ad for Realty Collective, a boutique Brooklyn real estate firm run by Victoria Hagman, inspired her to entertain the idea. She met Hagman and her partner at the time, and thought, “I can work for those ladies.” In her mind, her stint as a real estate agent would be just that—a brief cameo,  “because it seemed like it was so different from working as a producer.”

That was nine years ago. In the time since, Fallon has discovered that the parallels of mounting a production and selling a home are “basically indistinguishable—except the quality of life real estate affords is so much better than working full time in the theater.”

Listening to Fallon, who bears no relation to the late night host, it does seem a little uncanny how the two fields converge. The similarities start with the timeline—there is always a beginning, middle and end. The cast of characters are the clients, agents and lawyers. The set is the property, and the crew are the stagers, movers and painters who help the sellers “achieve the character they want to project into the world.”

“It’s very much like creating a show,” she explains. “The opening is like your open house and you go through the process that takes you to closing. I mean, even the language is the same between production and real estate,” she says. “Can you tell I’ve thought a lot about this?” (more…)

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On Monday night, over one hundred Brooklynites poured into Brooklyn Brewery for our latest installment of “Buying into Brooklyn,” a crash course on buying a home in our fair borough. One of our sponsors, FlatRate Moving, gave away $500 toward a move to a random winner (Congrats Alex Heim!) and our speakers, Realty Collective founder Victoria Hagman and Realty Collective agent Tina Fallon; real estate attorney and partner Michael Moshan of Gold Scollar Moshan, PLLC, and private mortgage banker Janet Younkman of Wells Fargo, offered a ton of pro tips on buying in New York’s incredibly competitive market. One solid takeaway was the fact that if you’re putting down less than other potential buyers, say 10%, you should come in with the highest offer. Explains Fallon, “You need to give the sellers a financial justification for taking a risk on you. And you need to show that the risk has a good chance of paying off, by waiving an appraisal contingency, or having a guarantor.”

Here are some other salient words of wisdom from last night’s speakers. (more…)

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Obsessively searching sales listings for the perfect apartment (that you can afford)? Fantasize about remodeling your own brownstone? Or just wish your monthly rent was going toward a mortgage instead of your landlord? Our Buying Into Brooklyn event on Monday, June 2 will give you a crash course on everything you need to know about buying a home.

From 7:30-9:30pm at Brooklyn Brewery, you’ll hear from four experts in the field–Realty Collective founder Victoria Hagman and Realty Collective agent Tina Fallon; real estate attorney and partner Michael Moshan of Gold Scollar Moshan, PLLC, and private mortgage banker Janet Younkman of Wells Fargo–who will explain what it takes to find the right home, make the right offer, get into contract, secure the right financing, and close, all without having a nervous breakdown.

Here’s what you’ll learn over Brooklyn beers and light bites from Sahadi’s:

-Who protects you and helps you get the best deal
-How to position yourself as a bonafide buyer in a hot market
-The importance of finding the right lender
-What to do when you have bad or less than stellar credit
-The steps to obtaining a pre-approval and mortgage
-The offer/acceptance process
-The difference between a condo vs. co-op (and how to pass a co-op board)

Tickets are $10 in advance, and at the door if available (check back here June 2 for an update.) FlatRate Moving is also giving away $500 towards the cost of a move to a random attendee!

Buying into Brooklyn
Presented by Brooklyn Based with support from Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and FlatRate Moving
Monday, June 2
7:30pm-9:30pm,
Brooklyn Brewery
79 North 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11221

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12/04/13 9:15am
Sat December 7, 2013

Discover the HookThe last holiday season was not a pretty one for Red Hook businesses. But if there’s a community that can bounce back, it’s this tight-knit group of resourceful owners who know how to throw a good neighborhood event. They’ve deemed this Saturday, Dec. 7 “Discover the Hook” day, and are gathering all of their talented, resident makers into a holiday pop-up market at Atelier Roquette (63 Commerce Street) from noon to 8pm. In one place you’ll find succulent terrariums from Kerry Quade Design, handmade wreaths from Saipua, children’s toy kits from Maker’s Toolbox, treats from Home/Made like citrus ricotta and salty burnt caramel, and loads of other original goods like jewelry, gift-worthy wine from Red Hook Winery, plus a collection of vintage and found objects. And if you’re toying with opening up a shop in Red Hook yourself, you can meet other small business owners, get questions answered, and tour available spaces with Realty Collective (351 Van Brunt St.) at 1 and 3pm. The fact that shops are decorating their windows for the holidays in hopes of winning the “Best Red Hooker Window Contest” should give you an idea of the good people you’d be joining.