- With "green" building in mind, Rylan Jacka
, Vice President at Sotheby's International Realty's East Hampton office, is an Ecobroker who understands the luxury market of the Hamptons from the ground up. Hailing from San Francisco, a Geology major at UC Santa Barbara, Jacka looks to the environment and architecture to serve his clients.
If "location" is the first rule in real estate, what is the second?
Curb appeal and overall style of the property are all part of achieving that 'warm and fuzzy' feeling when you walk in front door.
What is your forecast for the summer real estate season in the Hamptons and North Fork?
"Value" or "new" and "done" are the important catch phrases in 2011. If at least one of these components, if not all, are in place it will sell. There is great product on the market right now and for this reason, I think the fall selling season will be busy.
What is a sure sign of a "Hamptons" or "North Fork" home?
Rylan Jacka, Vice President at Sotheby's International Realty. (Courtesy Photo: Rylan Jacka)
The beachy look with open kitchen that integrates the outside in is a sure sign of a Hamptons home. Beautiful gardens and landscape design also define a home here.
What are the emerging trends in architecture?
Modern is back and I'm seeing hybrid homes too that are traditional looking from the outside but very modern and cutting edge inside.
Do you feel that the 'Golden Age' of East End real estate is over?
No, every year is more exciting than the last. There continues to be a demand for quality properties and the demographic here supports that. Also, telecommuting allows owners to spend more time here.
How have buyers/sellers changed over the past two years?
Sellers have become more motivated and at the same time buyers are more educated.
When it comes to unique features and amenities, homes in the Hamptons and on the North Fork have it all. What feature has surprised you the most?
Home automation and presence of geothermal and other green amenities like chlorine free pools.
Which towns/villages are the most sought-after right now?
All the hamlets are desirable yet it sometimes depends on one's social circle. It often just comes down to the right house.
What is an easy way to increase the value of a property?
Maintenance of the property - house and landscape.
What's the most extreme thing you've done to make a sale?
Not extreme but I surf with many of my clients and many transactions have occurred while out in the water!
How important is 'staging' for a sale/rental?
When it comes to favorite properties right now Rylan has two, "a property at 124 W Henry Street, in the historic section of Sag Harbor, because it has everything a village owner envies: lots of space, quiet street, decorated to the nines by Natasha Esch
, and walk to all. In Montauk, 88 Surfside is an amazing Modern oceanfront home designed by architect Stephen Harris
Like village life? This property in Sag Harbor has lots of space on a quiet street within walking distance to everything. (Courtesy Photo: Sotheby's International Realty)
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