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16705 Main Road, East Marion $1,125,000 WEB# 41071 NFRES: As one of the more seasoned real estate agents on the North Fork, what sets you apart from others? PG: What sets me apart from others is the vast real estate knowledge and experience I have gained over the last 14 years in the North Fork market.  Not only am I an expert, but when necessary, I cross markets.  For example, I have listed and sold on Shelter Island, and most recently, the perfect home on the water in Westhampton Beach.

A couple of years ago a pair of greedy renters bypassed the agent who had shown them several high-end rental properties in East Hampton. Leaving a letter under the door of the landlord whose house they liked, they sat back and waited to strike a deal directly. But instead of replying, the landlord leaked the letters on the Internet and the pair (a lawyer and banker) were outed as the sleazebags they were.

slide9 Stories abound about houses that were on the market forever and sold the day after they were staged. Whether true or apocryphal, staging – decluttering and redecorating a house to appeal to buyers — is a subject that creates much agita among sellers. It’s a collective case of stage fright. Sellers object to the cost, according to Angela Boyer-Stump, an agent with Sotheby’s. But it would be money well spent. For an un-staged house, she believes, a seller often makes a lower offer. “They know it’s just furniture, but they still can’t get comfortable paying a number knowing the seller should have made the effort.” Her advice? “If you stage it we’ll find a buyer.”

NFRES: As one of the more seasoned real estate agents on the North Fork, what is it that sets you apart from the others? JM: Perhaps it’s my background in the arts and history, and  I hold an MFA in Textile Design and Textile History. I had a Fulbright to study traditional weaving in the Andes. I taught at the university level and worked for years as textile conservator at the Metropolitan Museum.  So I have a passion for conservation and preservation, traditional architecture and beautiful spaces and landscapes.