In 1965, a real estate professional named Dale Rector was about to transform the real estate industry. The concept, designed to provide the maximum benefit to the most productive, experienced and effective real estate agents, birthed the first ever 100% commission real estate company – Realty Executives.
Revolutionary thinking is what made Realty Executives different from the competition in 1965, and continues to make us different today. Sophisticated technology platforms, relevant training and world-class brand recognition awards and attracts the best agents in the real estate industry to become "Executives". Our culture frees agents to focus on what matters most – providing the best service to clients in any market.
Our progress in today's real estate market puts the consumer experience first. Well-informed, steeped in technology and always on the go, consumers start their real estate searches online over 90% of the time, with 68% of home shoppers utilizing mobile applications throughout their research. It comes as no surprise – over the past 4 years, real estate related searches on Google have grown by 253%.
Realty Executives embraces these changes, placing technology, marketing and training initiatives first so that agents and brokers throughout our expansive network can meet the needs of clients today and tomorrow.
Within a short time, we knew how to prepare our home so it would show at its best both in-person and online. Our Realty Executives agent notified her enormous network about the listing, giving our home great exposure. The online virtual tour was key for out-of-town buyers (one of whom bought our home).
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In the first decades of the 21st century, Brooklyn has experienced a renaissance as an avant garde destination for hipsters, with concomitant gentrification and dramatic house price increases. Along with gentrification, many of Brooklyn's neighborhoods are also becoming increasingly diverse, with an influx of immigrants integrating its neighborhoods.
Brooklyn is one of New York City's five boroughs and offers attractions for all of its residents and every type of traveler. Want to be on the cutting edge? Head for Williamsburg, where you can hear live music every night and shop for vintage threads. If you want to root for the home team, there’s pro hockey and basketball at Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn. Traveling with kids? Prospect Park and the stroller-filled sidewalks of Park Slope beckon, as does the area’s restaurant scene. And since the best things in life are free, consider a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge or along the scenic Brooklyn Heights promenade. Read on for much more.
Though famed as the setting for Saturday Night Fever, Bay Ridge offers much more than pop-culture trivia. Full of rose gardens and rolling hills, the Narrows Botanical Gardens serves up wonderful views of New York Harbor and the Verrazano Bridge. The historic military outpost Fort Hamilton contains the only army museum in the City, Owl’s Head Park has plentiful room to roam (or skate), and the 69th Street Pier attracts local fishermen of every skill level. If the sightseeing works up your appetite, venture to one of the traditional Middle Eastern or Italian eateries for an affordable meal.
Bed-Stuy has maintained its essential character even as it welcomes waves of visitors and residents, attracted to the Victorian brownstones lining the streets and new shops and restaurants popping up nearby. But the area hasn’t lost touch with its past; you can still find old-school block parties, street art and historic spots where the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay Z got their start.
Boerum Hill’s brownstone-and-tree-lined streets are meant for strolling. In recent years dozens of adventurous restaurants, cozy cafés and charming boutiques have moved in along the main thoroughfares of Smith Street and Atlantic Avenue, and make for a leisurely afternoon of shopping and dining. Artsy types, families and longtime locals mingle in one of Brooklyn’s prettiest neighborhoods.
In Brighton Beach, émigrés from Russia and other former Soviet-bloc countries have carved out an enclave known as Little Odessa, whose abundance of restaurants, stores and nightclubs cater to their tastes—and yours too. Here you’ll find specialties like honey-pepper vodka, rice pilaf and Georgian flatbread filled with cheese. The boardwalk offers the relaxing pastimes of strolling and people-watching, and you can swim or sunbathe on the beach—which is often less crowded than the one in neighboring Coney Island.
One of the first neighborhoods outside of Manhattan you’ll hit after crossing the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn Heights offers a cozy residential feel with all the conveniences of city life. The charming area features streets lined with lovingly restored row houses, but its beauty doesn’t end there. On the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, you’ll find panoramic views of Lower Manhattan, and beyond you’ll encounter shopping, dining, live theater and music performances. At the Brooklyn Historical Society and the New York Transit Museum, get a taste of culture and history.
Bushwick has become synonymous with new music and buzzy eateries, cutting-edge artists and mercurial fashion trends. Once-decrepit warehouses have been remade into studios, galleries and venues, sometimes serving as legal canvases for street artists; meanwhile, diamond-in-the-rough restaurants draw crowds from all over. The nighttime allure is especially strong, with a mix of dive bars and cocktail lounges, rock clubs and hard-to-define performance spaces.
Although it’s full of fashionable bars, restaurants and boutiques, Carroll Gardens maintains its old-school style—stately brownstones, charming churches and authentic Italian bakeries still pepper the landscape. In a nod to the neighborhood’s past, many of its newer eateries serve delectable Italian cuisine (and you don’t need to know a guy to get in).
Set-back wood-frame houses juxtaposed with brownstones and mansions give parts of Clinton Hill a 19th-century feel. Indeed, Walt Whitman lived here when Leaves of Grass was published in 1855. The Pratt Institute’s campus encompasses several blocks of greenery, striking architecture and public art, while local cafés, bars and restaurants function as cozy hangouts for students, neighborhood residents and, increasingly, cuisine-loving visitors.
Cobble Hill’s architecture includes row houses and brownstones dating back to the 19th century. The neighborhood’s lively feel comes partially from its vibrant Italian and French populations—you can still see longtime residents playing bocce, and the bars, streets and restaurants fill with revelers for Bastille Day celebrations. The area, which neighbors Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill, is a good choice for a leisurely day of shopping at cozy boutiques or a relaxed night of dining and drinking.
Coney Island—New York City’s legendary amusement district—is not a theme park. The home of the Cyclone roller coaster, the Wonder Wheel, the original Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and the Boardwalk is something different: a seaside playground that’s also a real-life NYC neighborhood. Its many attractions have made it a warm-weather favorite for all, featuring see-it-to-believe-it sideshows, beachfront stands selling funnel cake, one of the City’s oldest and best pizzerias and the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team. On a bright summer day, no place feels more electric.
One of Brooklyn’s unsung hot spots, Crown Heights offers easy access to some of the borough’s preeminent institutions: it borders the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and is home to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Known for its populations of Hasidic Jews and Caribbean immigrants, the neighborhood features a mix of cultures—and some very tasty restaurants. Every September the spectacular West Indian American Day Parade draws revelers to the area.
DUMBO’s name is an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, and the span gives the creatively oriented neighborhood much of its character—as do cobblestone streets and dramatic architecture left over from its industrial days. Instead of factories, today’s DUMBO features art galleries, independent bookshops, boutiques, confectionaries and co-working spaces where startups thrive. Visitors often explore here after a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, settling in for stunning Manhattan views at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Kids will enjoy a ride on the vintage carousel near the water, and adults should catch boundary-pushing theater at St. Ann’s Warehouse.
With Jamaican, Caribbean, Pakistani, African-American and Latino communities, Flatbush is one of the City’s most diverse neighborhoods. Known for its busy commercial district, the area also features quaint, quiet streets lined with Victorian mansions—especially in adjacent Ditmas Park—and landmarks like the Flatbush Reformed Church, whose current building was constructed in the late 18th century. The lavish Kings Theatre, a late-1920s movie palace that was recently restored, seats more than 3,000 for its concerts and events. Stately Brooklyn College is just to the south.
Wandering Fort Greene’s brownstone-lined streets will lead you to stellar restaurants, where the good food and diverse population foster lively conversation. In hilly Fort Greene Park, locals walk, play tennis and shop at the Saturday farmers’ market. Climb the steps up to the Stanford White–designed monument in the park’s center and look toward Manhattan for an amazing skyline view. The neighborhood is a cultural center too, with arts venues like BRIC, Mark Morris Dance Center and BAM (the Brooklyn Academy of Music) staging cutting-edge dance, theater and music.
Gowanus cuts its own distinctive path, much like the mile-plus-long canal of the same name that helps define the neighborhood. Industrial in look, it manages to feel small scale: filled with intimate rock clubs, upstart breweries, hip restaurants and, of course, a shuffleboard hangout. Art studios, galleries and green businesses dot the streets, while a walk near the banks of the Gowanus itself has an undeniable rough-hewn charm.
Free-spirited Greenpoint combines classic and new NYC attractions. Traditional Polish restaurants serve pierogi and borscht near sleek eateries that dish out modern cuisine. Inexpensive dive bars and cushy cocktail dens coexist in harmony, and small boutiques do business alongside massive vintage shops. Ask some Greenpoint residents, though, and they’ll tell you the neighborhood’s biggest draw is its coffee-and-doughnut scene—with 60-year-old Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop leading the pack.
If Williamsburg is the face of the “new” hipster Brooklyn, Park Slope is the leading light of the borough’s classic incarnation—the brownstone-filled, tree-lined version. The neighborhood's residents give it a literary, socially conscious, family-friendly feel. Visitors will enjoy its independent book and record stores, coffee shops and thriving restaurant scene. And the proximity to Prospect Park (the leafy attraction at the top of the slope) doesn’t hurt either.
You’re most likely to visit Prospect Heights because of the major attractions bracketing the neighborhood: Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Brooklyn Museum near its southern boundary, and Barclays Center—home of basketball’s Brooklyn Nets—to the northwest. But don’t miss the subtler charms in between: historic brownstone architecture, mom-and-pop shops and a thriving restaurant and bar scene.
Ride the train, bus or even ferry to this Brooklyn neighborhood with sweeping views of New York Harbor, the occasional cobblestone street and an industrial vibe (a holdover from when it was one of the country’s busiest shipping centers). It’s the big city infused with a touch of New England, and its residents include artisans, musicians, gardeners and a host of other creative and entrepreneurial types. Make a day of it in the spring or summer.
Sunset Park embodies New York City’s melting-pot ethos. It’s a place where an old-school Irish bar thrives near a string of taco joints and a populous Chinatown. You’re never far from a delicious, inexpensive place to eat, but there’s more than just diversity of restaurants; other draws include stellar views of the Upper New York Bay; the City’s most famous cemetery (the final resting place of many prominent politicians, athletes and artists); and an industrial waterfront that now houses the likes of chocolatiers and distillers.
Though it’s become more refined in recent years, Williamsburg still has a hipster vibe—as evidenced by indie music performances, gallery shows and shops run by local artisans. Distilleries and wineries show off the neighborhood’s flair for locally made spirits, while Smorgasburg packs in creative food vendors along the riverfront on summer Saturdays. Williamsburg is one of the City’s most exciting nightlife neighborhoods too, with many of NYC’s trendiest restaurants and clubs.