By Christopher A. Pape
Cover Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
Story Photos by Brad Barket/Getty Images
“To the victor belongs the spoils,” or so the old adage goes. For Howard M. Lorber, chairman of Douglas Elliman, the largest residential real estate brokerage in the New York metropolitan area and the third largest real estate company in the United States, with more than 70 offices and 4,000 real estate agents, the saying might be better worded this way: “To the successful investor belongs the best real estate.” For on this small island of ours, perhaps no one better symbolizes the dynamic, red-hot property market of New York than Lorber.
From his sky-high office overlooking Central Park, and from his posh soon-to-be-completed apartment at 432 Park Avenue, Lorber has a literally unobstructed view of all the trends of the New York real estate market. Further, it doesn’t hurt that he has also acquired a lifetime’s mastery of the art of discerning the desires of the buyer and seller, whether they be local or international clients.
As editor of Resident, I recently had a rare opportunity to sit down with Lorber in his office aerie for an intimate interview and photo shoot. To date, this was the most technically inclined interview I have had the pleasure of conducting. As I quickly learned, and as our readers will too, there was much to be learned from Lorber, one of today’s top titans of real estate.