| July 8, 2015 | Home & Real Estate
We caught up with Hamptons real estate broker Matthew Breitenbach to get the scoop on Douglas Elliman's new elite division. For more information, contact Breitenbach at 631-255-6221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's something brewing this summer behind the scenes at Douglas Elliman, and luxury real estate aficionados will want to take note: Former talent agent and veteran broker Darren Weiner is currently working to develop the firm's all-new Sports & Entertainment Division tailored for famous cliente who wish to buy, sell, and lease property. The worldwide network of brokers, agents, and developers will offer unique benefits and personalized service to live up to the needs of celebrities, sports stars, and high-profile people.
Who better to give us the details than the broker who is heading up the Hamptons end of the Sports & Entertainment Division: Matthew Breitenbach, who has been involved in over $1 billion in real estate transactions during his nine-year career. He will launch the network in one of the most desirable real estate markets in the country and assist Weiner in marketing and branding the division. Here, we ask Breitenbach why he wanted to be part of this project and what cliente can expect:
What drew you to Douglas Elliman's new Sports & Entertainment Division?
MATTHEW BREITENBACH: I saw how large and impactful this division can be. I also immediately felt, after my meeting with Weiner, I was being asked to become a part of something very special. I knew it would not only benefit my current clients, but I knew immediately that my business and network would double in size after joining this division.
Why start this division now? Do you think something is missing in the luxury real estate world?
MB: This division isn’t just about representing athletes and celebrities; it is about representing a new version of real estate. This division is full of brokers that look at the client-broker relationship not as selling someone something, but on being a trusted real estate source that can manage a client's real estate assets or help a client smartly build new ones. I do feel a division of this kind is missing in the luxury world. Many sports stars, celebrities, and high-net-worth individuals have trouble finding representation that equals what they need, want, or desire out of a real estate broker. We want to become that source.
How will your experience in luxury real estate bolster the Sports & Entertainment Division?
MB: My first years in the real estate business were based on dealing with a lot of high-end clients. I learned during that time that these clients need a different level of service and attention then a standard client.
What's the top real estate trend among celebrities right now?
MB: Waterfront homes always get attention. I think the idea of renting a boat is very appealing and also very Hamptons.
How do you go above and beyond to meet stars' real estate needs? Sometimes handling these clients goes beyond just brokering a deal. Most of the time, it’s connecting the person with a contact of mine such as a personal assistant or private caretaker or yacht captain for a boat rental.
Why do celebrities continue to want to buy in the Hamptons?
MB: It's a smart investment and it's just a fun town. I think the proximity to New York City is great, too. The Hamptons has always been an oasis for celebrities. The local population is very cool with the celebrities that call the Hamptons home. There is also really no paparazzi. Any celebrity or public figure can come out here and relax. The growth of New York City real estate has really helped our market.