As wine importer and owner/operator of five retail wine stores in New York, Joe
was immersed in the wine business.All that changed when Joe
decided to sell his
stores and take on Manhattan real estate.
made that decision he
has certainly made his
first year, Joe
produced more money in a ten-month period than any other Citi Habitats agent.In the past six years, he
has continued to build and apply his
ambition to propel him and his
agents into a new realm of success.
Most recently, Joe
headed-up the expansion of Citi Habitats'
West 72nd Street location-the second Citi Habitats office Joe has brought to new life on the Upper West Side.When he
first started managing West 72nd Street in April of 2004-then known as the "Annex"-Joe was remotely managing Citi Habitats' other Upper West Side location at West 82nd Street with a team of agents.
Even though the Annex turned a profit in two months under Joe's team, the 20 desk office still needed an "in-house" manager.While this was becoming apparent, the Brusco Group
, owners of the space below the Annex and whose account Joe
had been handling for 1½ years, offered Joe
the space at an attractive price.Joe
knew that making the Annex a duplex would be a wonderful opportunity for Citi Habitats
.Joe brought the idea to Andrew Heiberger, Citi Habitats' founder, and in three days the decision was made: under Joe's direction, Citi Habitats would acquire the space, expand the Annex, and redesign its interior and exterior.
is thrilled with 72nd Street's physical transformation and the opportunity to transform traditional sales."I've conquered rentals; now I want to conquer sales with this exceptional team that myself and Phyllis Pezenik, Sales Manager, have brought together," he
says."We're going to elevate the traditional ‘boiler room' approach to develop the next generation of selling with seasoned brokers working in an upscale environment."
The Annex's swift expansion and Joe's decision to take on the project is characteristic of his
entire career.It was this ability to step up to the plate that led him to become a Citi Habitats Manager in the first place.In January of 2002, Andrew Heiberger asked Joe
to take over management of the West 82nd Street office.
quickly accepted the position and within a year West 82nd was Citi Habitats'
second most profitable office.
Joe attributes that great success to a number of factors."Assistant Manager Shari Forrest drove a ton of business, as did all of my agents," says Joe
So it's no wonder that Joe
has adeptly parlayed his
successful wine business into an impressive real estate career.Joe
has even found a way to keep his
passion for wine in his
professional life.There's a patio behind the duplex for clients that wouldn't be complete without the sound of corks popping as Joe
clients toast the purchase of their new home.Joe Lops, Office ManagerCiti Habitats, Inc.222 West 72nd Street, New York, New York, 10023Tel: 212-712-2722Fax: 212-787-0073