A-List Brokers: Susan and Matt Breitenbach
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE LOOKING TO BUY REAL ESTATE AS AN INVESTMENT IN THE HAMPTONS NOW?
Susan: I think the time is right to buy now while there's still a good amount of inventory to choose from. I believe the market will continue to improve, and as we all know, when the inventory starts to deplete, the price goes up. Buy the best property you can afford, in your price range. Remember, you can always make improvements to a home but cannot change the location.
WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST MISTAKES YOU SEE BUYERS MAKE?
Matt: I think one of the biggest mistakes is when clients get too emotional during the negotiations. Don't take things too personally and ultimately miss out on your dream property. Be educated about the market and know when the right property comes along. And, on the selling side, [the biggest mistake] would have to be overpricing. Listen to your agent and don't end up chasing the market.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENT(S) ARE YOU PROUDEST OF THIS YEAR?
Susan: Ranking in the top of my field: I'm proud to say I am currently ranked by the Wall Street Journal NO. 2 in the United States for sales volume-and being the only Hamptons agent in the Top 10 WSJ ranking is by far my best accomplishment to date.
WHAT EXCITES YOU MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?
Matt and Susan: We both love what we do and really enjoy people and the challenge of finding or selling the perfect property for them. I think it has a lot to do with our success, and it could not be more satisfying. We end up being friends with most of our customers, and we are honored that ,they trust our judgment and opinion-that means more to us than anything.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IT IS ABOUT YOU THAT ATTRACTS SO MANY A-LIST CLIENTS?
Matt and Susan: We have sold many homes to heads of industry, pro athletes, celebrities, both foreign and domestic buyers. Our clients and customers are referred to us expecting the very best representation, 24-hour service, a realtor who is the most knowledgeable in the business, and someone who gives it their all and knows how to get the deal done. That is what we strive to provide for all our customers and clients, large or small, and of course, total confidentiality and privacy.
TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE BEST VALUES OUT THERE NOW IN YOUR AREA.
Matt and Susan: I think our two oceanfronts are amazing: one brand new in Bridgehampton with almost 10,000 square feet, the only brand new modern structure available on the ocean in the Hamptons. Simply stunning, with roof-top deck, with fireplace, pool house and every bell and whistle. The other is an oceanfront in Sagaponack, a one-of-a-kind compound, nicer than any five-star resort, with sunken tennis, outdoor pergola, kitchen, fireplace and flush edge pool, along with an oceanfront beach cottage, with almost four acres!
CORCORAN GROUP REAL ESTATE 1936 Montauk Highway. Bridgehampton, NY 11932
M: 631.875.6000 (Susan) / 631.255.6221 (Matt)
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