Hamptons real estate agent Jackie Dunphy, of The Corcoran Group
, has spent a lifetime
traveling the globe as a model then newscaster and actress in Tokyo, Japan, picking up four languages in the process. After 10 years in New York City
she made the full time move to East Hampton, which she considers one of the "most beautiful spots in the world," pursuing a career in real estate.
What are the emerging trends in architecture?
Modern, especially mid-century modern.
How have buyers/sellers changed over the past two years?
Perceptions have changed drastically since the recession. Buyers are very savvy and web search oriented. Sellers have had a hard time adjusting to the new pricing. The key to the industry now is listing a home right at market value. Over pricing does not work in this market.
If "location" is the first rule in real estate, what is the second?
Jackie Dunphy, The Corcoran Group. (Courtesy Photo)
What is a sure sign of a "Hamptons" or "North Fork" home? 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?
A sure sign to me is a home living in harmony with its surroundings - whether in the woods or ocean side - a home that enhances rather than jars the vista. The most surprising feature to me is the absence of "green" features in most newly built homes. It would be nice if every home built from now on would have at least a solar or geothermal system in place.
Which towns/villages are the most sought-after right now?
Wainscott is the new town to watch. With Sagaponack so expensive, I am seeing a trend towards buyers moving into this area.
What is an easy way to increase the value of a property?
Landscaping. First impressions are the most important. A cheap way to freshen up a house is to upgrade knobs on kitchen cabinets, doors, and in the bathrooms. A fresh coat of a neutral color paint does absolute wonders.
What's the most extreme thing you've done to make a sale?
In 2010, we had a very bad winter. My clients had to go look at property on one particular day due to tight scheduling. This day just happened to fall the day after a major snow storm that dumped four feet of snow. Roads were just started to get clear but many driveways remained buried. Thanks to my all wheel drive SUV we made our appointments. I even lent them my extra snow boots.
How important is 'staging' for a sale/rental?
There are no words strong enough to relate the importance of proper staging. I always tell my rental owners to stage their home like a W hotel room. White linens, no clutter, and above all, the look must be crisp and clean. As for sales: spare, spare, spare. Less is so much better.
Tell us about one of your favorite listings on the market right now.
My listing on Marine Boulevard in Amagansett, it's a half acre ocean front and the great feature about this house is there are views of the ocean from both floors. A lot of homes on Marine Boulevard only have views from the second floor. This home also has a pool, which is impossible to put in nowadays because of zoning restrictions.
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