I love my job and work very hard at it. My job is finding the perfect home for my buyers and finding the perfect buyer for my sellers. That means I have to be a very good listener. I have to know the market - the inventory as well as the overall economic climate. Litchfield County real estate depends largely on the second home marketplace. Some of these buyers are waiting for the exact house of their dreams. They are in no hurry. Some look for years. I have been very good at finding homes for these people even though the process often takes a long time. I am also very patient.
After a successful career in the Fashion and Retail industries (Armani & The Gap) I learned that distinctive service is the key to success. Distinctive service means listening to the customer and working passionately and tirelessly to ensure that all angles are covered, not simply reacting to, but anticipating the customer's needs. It means utilizing a team of people so that each property we list will be seen in the best light. For buyers it means finding the home that fulfills their requirements within the price range they have established. I also learned the power of good merchandising: presenting a product to the right market, attractively displayed. I look at our website as a storefront and I am dedicated to having each of my listings represented most advantageously with excellent photography and engaging copy.
I have consistently been a top producing agent. I had a remarkable 2014: my sales volume increased 60% over 2013 (which had been a very good year, too). I was the top producing William Pitt Sotheby's agent in Litchfield County and the 2nd biggest William Pitt Sotheby's agent in Connecticut. In the past two years I have ranked in the top 5 among all agents in Litchfield County.
I am a very good juggler of projects, but recognize that I am not expert in every aspect of what is required. My strength is multiplied by the backing of the power of the Sotheby's Brand and the human resources that are available to me at William Pitt Sotheby's. The resources are customized for each listing, based on the needs of that property. For example, I can call on people who are expert in architectural significance or land usage. The public relations department secures key editorial placements. Brochures are carefully designed and written. Professional photography. Our administrative support staff ensures timely online presence. Team agents provide backing so we never miss a showing. Further, I will outsource when needed to arrange for stagers, designers, or contractors.
After spending weekends in Litchfield County while working and living in Manhattan I decided to make Kent my full time residence in 2003. I have embraced my life here, becoming an active member of the community and owning and operating the award winning Inn at Kent Falls. This section of Northwest Connecticut offers an extraordinary mix of diverse people who love the land and the picturesque open spaces, the sense of history as well as the pleasures of modern life. A sense of community endures in the County's towns and villages, whose main streets retain the charm of another time, but which also enjoy the distinct advantage of accessibility to major cities. In this tranquil countryside, individuals and families can set their own pace, choosing to enjoy the area's fine restaurants, excellent shopping, ample outdoor activities and respected educational institutions.
#1 WILLIAM PITT SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY AGENT IN LITCHFIELD COUNTY 2014#2 WILLAM PITT SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY AGENT IN CONNECTICUT 2014RANKED WITHIN THE TOP 5 PRODUCING AGENTS IN LITCHFIELD COUNTY AMONG ALL BROKERAGES 2014
Ira can be reached via cell phone 917.626.3481, his office 860.927.7724 or e-mail: IGoldspiel@wpsir.com.
Licensed in both Connecticut and New York, Ira looks forward to working with you.