By Steve Heald
It can be one of life's most exciting moments for a city dweller—the moment you find out for the first time there's a new member of the family on its way. You start making all the adjustments. You purchase the crib. You read every parenting book you can get your hands on. All the preparations are made, and then it dawns on you…
You're not so sure you're ready to raise a child amid the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. The image of a quieter lifestyle in the suburbs continues to pop up in your head. Time for suburbia, you decide. But where do you start?
Platinum Drive Realty is one of the tri-state area's leading firms, covering Manhattan, Westchester County and Connecticut. Its team of about 50 agents works closely with buyers, sellers and renters who are looking to make a transition in their lives. Zach and Heather Harrison, husband and wife and cofounders of Platinum Drive, both grew up in Westchester and also experienced the Manhattan-to-Westchester move nine years ago when their daughter was 18 months old.
"We know exactly what a young, first-time homebuyer is going through when they're ready to make that move out of the city," says Heather Harrison. The Harrisons founded the company with Heather's grandmother Sunny, who has been in the business for more than 50 years. It was named one of the fastest-growing real estate firms in the tri-state area in the 2014 Inc. 5,000.
One of Platinum Drive's feature services is its private and luxury group tours to suburbia.
"It's a no-pressure, fun way to explore our area's beautiful neighborhoods and see what's right for you and your family," says Harrison.
"Because most of our agents live in the towns we cover, and maybe even grew up here too, we can offer a personalized experience like no one else can," says Harrison.
Harrison encourages her agents to take clients to the nearby train station so they can see where they'll park to go into the city; take them to stand on the local soccer field to picture watching their kids play; take them to the preschool and local coffee shop and give them a feel for the community.
"It's much more than showing a home. Our agents can provide tidbits of information about the local communities through personal experiences that websites or other firms simply can't.
Harrison was awarded Westchester Magazine's Five Star Agent Award, which is awarded annually to the top 7% of real estate agents in Westchester County for outstanding client service. Contact her and her team whether you're looking to buy, sell or rent in Manhattan, Westchester or Connecticut.
"We're satisfied when you've had only the most rewarding, enjoyable real estate experience possible."
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