Mark Penny proved his resourcefulness in real estate when searching for his own apartment, and finding the perfect home despite the myriad of information and choices he faced. He currently resides in Inwood, now more popularly referred to as "Upstate Manhattan," and could not be happier with his choice.
Mark has a get-it-done attitude and do-it-right mentality no matter what he puts his mind to. When it comes to his real estate clients, their needs are top priority, and Mark simply will not waste time showing you apartments that don't fit your criteria. "If someone tells me they need X, Y and Z, I would never show them A, B and C. The key is to listen, and really respect a client's time and investment." What Mark will show you, however,are options, possibilities, even ways to envision the potential of a space . Mark's innate design sense and interior design background serve to create great value where it otherwise might not have existed.
Complementing his tenacity, commitment and creative eye is a proven customer service background honed over decades in the food business. Mark previously held high-profile positions that included Director of Catering for both Fairway and Citibank, Food and Beverage Manager for The Food Network, as well as a private chef and custom caterer for many years. He also draws on his extensive knowledge of Manhattan as a 30-year resident here who has lived in Greenwich Village, the Upper West Side and Midtown West before settling in Inwood. What's more, Mark lived in Italy for a year where he rented and decorated a large apartment, ate great food, and savored the experience of traveling around Europe.
Originally from Brewster, NY, Mark studied Textile Science and Design and Interior Design at Fashion Institute of Technology. He is also a trained chef with a degree from The Peter Kumps School of Culinary Arts, now The Institute of Culinary Education. Outside of work, Mark most enjoys travel, museums and film.
Mark is the most professional realtor I've ever worked with. He's very good at providing timely updates so we know what's going on. He's a great marketer! He stimulated all kinds of interest on a property that had already been listed for a year and a half. I wish we had used Mark the first time!
Thanks to Mark, buying our apartment was practically stress-free. From the first days of walking around our new neighborhood looking at prospective homes, to the final handing over of the keys, he was knowledgeable and experienced. Like any buyers my husband and I were nervous and a bit overwhelmed, but Mark was a soothing presence and in his quiet determination helped us find our dream apartment