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Thursday, April 22, 2010

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Linette Semino, Salesperson with Warburg Realty Partnership

A graduate of New York University, Linette Semino developed a passion for residential real estate while working at the prestigious Ritz Carlton Hotel in New York City. After a successful career in the hospitality industry, Linette embarked on her real estate career as an on-site sales associate with Corcoran's Sunshine Marketing Group. In this role, Linette was intimately involved with the sales and marketing of Extell Development’s luxury condominiums on Riverside Boulevard and Midtown East. Having worked on-site at several luxury condominiums and represented multiple individual owners, Linette has vast experience in marketing and selling residential real estate in Manhattan.

Whether her role consists of helping a client buy, sell or rent a co-operative, condominium, townhouse or brownstone, Linette treats her clientele with the utmost respect, confidentiality and commitment.  Linette will not hesitate to go the extra mile to ensure that her client's real estate transactions are as smooth, pleasant and seamless as possible.  Fluent in Spanish, Linette has also assisted many international buyers with identifying their ultimate home in New York City and to relocate to the “Big Apple”.  Linette stays abreast of market trends which matched with her innate listening skills, her creative eye, and great communication skills, is an unbeatable ability to match the right home with the right buyer. She builds a relationship with her clients based on trust, honesty and superior customer service – skill she acquired while working at the Ritz Carlton.

Throughout her career, Linette has built strong relationships with prominent members of New York’s business, legal, fashion, design and art communities which inform her understanding of emerging developments and trends in the real estate market. Linette currently resides on Fifth Avenue in Greenwich Village with her husband and in her spare time is an active member of such charitable institutions as the Municipal Art Society and Architecture for Humanity. 

Peachy Deegan interviewed Linette Semino for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: How did you enjoy working in the hotel industry?
Linette Semino: Working in the hotel industry allowed me to interact with and develop relationships with people from diverse cultures and social levels. I truly enjoyed creating long lasting memories for the guests and fulfilling their needs was a personal satisfaction. I also enjoyed working in exquisitely designed facilities with elegant surroundings of the finest quality. Working at Ritz Carlton was a wonderful experience for me.

What do most Manhattanites not realize about the hotel industry here?
Most Manhattanites do not realize that although room rates in Manhattan are very high, many hotels offer special rates, vacation packages, and many of these establishments’ fine dining restaurants offer a pre-fix lunch/dinner menu. 

How does that compare to working in Real Estate for you- can you draw similarities? 
The real estate industry is similar to the hospitality industry because sellers and buyers expect personal and friendly services, a professional environment and demand that their lifestyle needs are met with the least bit of inconvenience to them. What does one need in life? Comfort, luxury and entertainment and both industries offer that to their clients. I strongly believe that real estate professionals “must” be friendly, attentive, professional, and available all the time, just like employees in a Hotel. Real estate is also a service industry!

What do you enjoy the most about your profession?
Honestly, I enjoy visiting buildings with rich histories and architectural details. Finding the right home for my customers and selling my clients’ home at the highest price the market will bear is very rewarding. I enjoy helping my client’s achieve their goals whether it is to find an investment property of just a beautiful and comfortable property that makes them feel at home. The ability to share in my clients’ lives and memories is what makes this profession exciting.

How do you confront the challenges of today's real estate market?
The current real estate market has allowed me to stretch my creative vision in the ways that I approach the marketing, and negotiation of properties on behalf of my buyers and sellers. It has really kept me on my toes in terms of developing innovative strategies for success. I have been fortunate to develop strong relationships with professionals in other industries who have provided me with creative and practical ideas for attracting new business and successfully selling my client’s homes.

What is your favorite place to be in NYC?
My neighborhood, Greenwich Village

What is your favorite shop?
Barneys New York

What is your favorite drink?
Caipirinha..perfect for summer nights in Soho.

What is your favorite restaurant?
Philippe Chow, Indochine, and Minetta Tavern

What is your favorite NYC book?
740 Park, One Fifth Avenue

What is your favorite thing to do in NYC that you can't do nowhere else?
Having a drink at the Boat House in Central Park.

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here?
The architecture of Tribeca is very much underrated and if people, especially visitors to New York, take time to stroll through the streets of that one-of-a-kind neighborhood, they will truly be able to appreciate its unique beauty and diversity.
I know many people are going to disagree with me, but I think the whole concept of Brunch food is overrated. In New York City one can find cuisine from around the world. I like the idea of getting together with friends, but Brunch food is not the most diverse. I prefer Indian or Thai for Brunch.

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
Whom You Know readers should know that New York City have served as the greatest inspirations for both my personal and professional life.
While New York City may be challenging at times, there is no other place in the world where I would rather be
Real Estate has given me the opportunity to intimately get to know New York City’s neighborhoods. 

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers?
By email,

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