Fillmore to Open Stuy Heights Office

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In yet another sign of Bed Stuy’s increasing hotness, real estate wise, Fillmore Real Estate has signed a five-year lease at 366 Lewis Avenue, between Macon and Halsey. That’s the old Tin City ice cream and sundries space next to Therapy Wine Bar, for those of you who’ve been around for a while.

This will be Fillmore’s 12th office in Brooklyn. The match was made by local agency Evans & Nye, who also took a moment to update us on their own office space situation.

Owner William Ryan Hobbs and agent Suzette Bather are open for business at Evans & Nye’s Bed Stuy office at 378 Tompkins, following the departure of agents Ban Leow, Morgan Munsey and Donna Myrie for Halstead earlier this month.

In November, Williamsburg-based real estate firm Aptsandlofts.com opened an office at 308 Malcolm X Boulevard. A few months prior, real estate developer Brookland Capital bought the building and opened its own offices there. GMAP

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  • Possibly the worst real estate agency in NYC. They laughed at us when we told them that we wanted to buy in East Bed-Stuy in 2010, most agents did not return calls, or had no training.

    • Respectfully…

      Why would an agent “laugh at you” for wanting to buy ANYTHING?? ANYWHERE??? We work on commission and do not JUDGE a buyer who wants to put COMMISSION DOLLARS in our bank account.

      Maybe your attitude, or some other reason, was the cause of not getting a return call??

      Or maybe you are simply exaggerating the situation for attention.

      I am PROUD to be a member of the greatest family-owned real estate business in Brooklyn. I’ve PERSONALLY seen the owners of this “WORST REAL ESTATE AGENCY” put their hands in their personal pockets to GIVE BACK to each community they serve. From their INCREDIBLE actions ALL OVER SOUTHERN BROOKLYN during and after Sandy, to creating an amazing annual THINK PINK Breast Cancer event that raises tens of thousands of dollars, every year. Bill Reinhardt Sr gave an agents family $5000 to ship a deceased family members body back to his homeland for burial when they could not afford to. The Reinhardt family is incredibly active in church, social and all sorts of charitable functions… The same cannot be said for alot of other firms who miraculously appeared on the scene after the area became “hot”.

      I’ve seen them sell literally THOUSANDS of homes in Bed Stuy and the surrounding areas when there were NO real estate offices in the area, as most homes were sold via the Mid-County Brooklyn MLS. Century 21 Greenfield, Fillmore, and many others sold almost all the houses, or so it seemed back then. PRE-Internet! No computers,,, just index cards!

      I’d like to say i never made a spelling or grammatical error… but I have… SHAME!!! That has nothing to do with an agents ability to list and sell real estate. Some of the comments on this thread are obviously competing agents or others with an agenda, but I have never been happier to say, ” I WORK FOR FILLMORE!”

      PROUD FILLMORE ASSOCIATE BROKER
      Howard Witz

      • I’ve been working with Fillmore Real Estate proudly for 12 years now (Proud Fillmore Administrative Assistant over here). I’m very excited about the new location/office that is set to be opened. Fillmore is not just a professional and reliable Real Estate but I consider them family . Congratulations on the venture, Bedford Stuyvesant is very lucky to have professional and reliable salespeople set to work there, as we are lucky to be opening there.

  • @post1175 that is very unfortunate that that was your experience. I am a broker/manager with Fillmore for a very long time. 1st off let me say that we are beyond ecstatic about the opportunity of opening an office in Bed Stuy. We have been looking for a spot for a number of years and we finally found one that was a perfect match. We love Bed-Stuy and we’ve steadily been selling homes there for almost 50 years. We can not express how excited we are to have this opportunity. I am very active on Brownstoner and with in the Brooklyn real estate community. Sounds like you had a bad experience once, but that doesn’t mean Fillmore is the worst real estate agency in NYC. Seems like your issue is very deep rooted but it has been the same issue that every person who has had a bad experience with a real estate broker has said, it is not unique to FIllmore. It is an industry problem. We do have 2 managers at each location and I would of hoped that if your experience was that terrible that you would of reached out to one of them to rectify it. We also pride ourselves on our on-going training for our over 350 agents, as we have Fillmore boot camp once a month for 5 days and two managers who do on going training in each office. No real estate broker or agent is perfect but we try and do what ever we can to make sure the home buying or selling process is as easy and stress free as possible. We also pride ourselves on training our agents about all things real estate, there are bad apples in every bunch and we do everything we can to weed those agents out. We believe in giving everyone a chance in this business whether it be part time or full time.

    Please keep in mind that we’ve been around selling Brooklyn real estate since 1966, that is almost 50 years. in that time we’ve literally sold 10s of thousands of homes, we had thousands upon thousands of agents who’ve worked for us. It is impossible to make everyone happy over that time so I’m sure you are not the only with a complaint.

    What I can say is that Fillmore has been a family owned and operated business in Brooklyn for almost 50 years! To this day more Brooklynites choose to work with a Fillmore agent than any other company. Something must be said for that, g-d knows how many other real estate brokers started their careers with Fillmore and branched out to open their own offices. We also give a ton back to the community. We are a part of the community, we have over 30 agents that live in Bed Stuy. We were selling Bed Stuy when it wasn’t the hottest real estate market in Brooklyn, we didn’t jump across the bridge to capitalize of Brooklyn’s “Hot” market. We always knew how awesome Brooklyn was, we didn’t need souring prices to convince us. We are Brooklyn, we were selling Brooklyn back in the day, we are selling Brooklyn now and we will continue to sell Brooklyn in the future. We are making strides every day to try and conform with the “New” Brooklyn way of selling real estate. For all you REBNY brokers reading this Fillmore will be REBNY members with in a few weeks & we look forward to success for all apart of the greatest place on the planet…BROOKLYN!

    Again, we are proud and humbled to have this opportunity presented to us and we plan on being a fixture & asset in the community for years to come.

  • It is so common that there will be someone who will rain on the parade…Fillmore should have the same success in Bed Stuy as they have in the other Brooklyn neighborhoods they have their offices in. A family owned and operated local business should be applauded, not frowned upon. This is a very positive direction for the company and all of its agents. In a very competitive market, I believe this is the move that will solidify Fillmore as a heavyweight broker that takes risks with continued foresight & faith in the Brooklyn brand as a whole. The entire broker community should applaud this move and wish them the best of luck.

  • First off, I will say that I am very disappointed that this space will be used as real estate broker’s office, whether it be Fillmore or anyone else. I would much rather a retail tenant that could provide much needed services to the community (a place serving food would have been great). It has been frustrating to walk by and see the space not being used. I had heard that the landlord was very difficult and turned off other potential tenants. Oh well. Second, I will say that before I moved to Bed-Stuy a decade ago, I too had a bad experience with Fillmore. It doesn’t matter to me how long they’ve been in business, I would definitely not choose them to market my property. I assume they charge a lower commission than the more full service brokers. Their website is terrible. Their photos and property descriptions are always disappointing. I know Ban Leow has decamped for Halstead, but he knew how to take photos and write property descriptions. Fillmore could learn from them.

    • Feel free to check Fillmore.com, nytimes.com or here on brownstoner there are great descriptions and professional photos for most of the listings Fillmore represents. Not every home owner wants a public spectacle when their homes are marketed. Ban is a great agent in fact he started his career with Fillmore, we have nothing but love for Ban and his continued success with in the neighborhood.

      We also don’t charge a lower commission then other brokers, are we a TAD more reasonable then other brokers in certain cases YUPPPP and proud of it. Here’s why, sometimes people are just a little blown away when you ask them to pay you $60,000+ to sell their house. 60k is twice the average salary in America, VERY SORRY FOR BEING SYMPATHETIC TO THAT! We offer homeowners different commission structures based on their needs & finances. We don’t put a gun to their heads and claim to be the second coming of Christ and demand a 6% commission if they can’t afford it. I know where I came from and if I was a home seller I’d be a little blown away by someone asking me for 60k to sell my home…we try to put ourselves in their shoes and we do what we can to help a home owner, maybe that’s why we’ve been a Brooklyn staple for 50 years…BTW most of our business comes from referrals.

      just so everyone knows…we market homes on the exact same websites every other big company in NYC does, there is not one site you wont find us on. I’d say 8 of 10 of our multiple or exclusives listings have professional photos, floor plans and pretty solid property descriptions. Our website gets over a million hits a month. We are currently Brooklyn MLS brokers and we will also be REBNY members with in a few days. All I can say is that numbers talk…12 offices, tens of thousands of homes sold (literally), 350+ agents who choose to work for us.

  • BRRRR IT’S PRETTY SHILLY IN HERE

  • Note to self: avoid Fillmore Real Estate.

  • My experiences with Fillmore have always been outstanding and I wish my family had the vision to build a brand and company like Fillmore in Brooklyn. My father used them in the 70s when he was acquiring property in NY as he migrated back and forth from Jamaica, West Indies. Today, I have followed in my father’s footsteps in dealing with Fillmore as I find Louis Belisario and Gina D’Onofrio in the Ft. Greene office of Fillmore to be two of the most outstanding associate brokers that I have dealt with in real estate. Congratulations Fillmore and I wish you the best as we continue to find new opportunities for ourselves collectively.

  • Who cares if one out of 500 agents working for Fillmore wrote an incomplete description. Last I checked, Fillmore gets things SOLD. I hired Fillmore to sell my home a few months back and they did not disappoint! The agent was knowledgeable, honest, prompt, and was able to sell my home in under two months. In that time, I was kept in the loop about everything – all my questions answered. My father has a couple properties that he may sell in the near future, and there’s no doubt in my mind that I will recommend Fillmore – not only to him, but to everyone I know. Kudos, Fillmore, for finally moving to Bed Stuy! And definitely keep up the amazing work!

    • browse the listings. most are incomplete at best. in fact it was pointed outt o me that the photo of the house in the link i posted above is not the correct one.

      Do you not think that if the listings were of better quality, like most other brokers, that they would get more people interested in them for their customers, the sellers?

      • Obviously, I agree with you. After I posted my previous comment, I went back to their website. At first I could not use the search function at all because it said there was an error. When I was finally able to pull up the Bed-Stuy listings, I found them to be sorely lacking. As you point out, most do not have floor plans and have really awful photos and little or no description of the property. When there is a description, they are usually full of typos, etc. Fillmore may sell property, but I can only imagine that the properties would sell more quickly or for more money if the properties were marketed better. Honestly, at the end of the day what annoys me the most is that it looks like many of the brokers just don’t care (how else to describe the result of the effort they put in). I would rather point to lack of care than incompetence. At the end of the day, I don’t care if Fillmore is any good or not, I’m just disappointed that a food and/or drink provider is not moving into the space.

  • I’ve never had any issues with Fillmore

  • As someone that is involved in the media/PR business it always at the forefront of my mind that when something glitters it doesn’t necessarily mean it is gold.

    When I buy a pair of shoes I expect the salesperson to say “Those shoes look excellent on you Sir” I expect them to be dressed nicely, fashionable, be considerate (even if its false), attentive etc. In other words lay on a bit of BS. It a given they know a bit about shoes as they are surrounded by them and wearing them all the time. We have all worn shoes before and reality is we can return then next week or just use it as an excuse to buy another pair.

    But when it comes to buying a house would you buy one from a nicely dressed fashionable, but considerate (even if its false), attentive salesperson THAT HAS NEVER OWNED A HOME AND DOEST LIVE IN THE AREA?

    No right? But people do it all the time.

    How many times have I asked a simple question about a properties C of O to some young thing who looked like they just came out of a Fashion Catwalk only to get the stock answer “I’ll have my broker get back to you” at open houses or showings recently? I’m not buying a pair of shoes I’m dropping $1million and will have to pay most of it off FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.

    ALL I WANT IS SOMEONE WHO KNOWS ABOUT THE BIGGEST PURCHASE I WILL MAKE EVER IN MY LIFE.

    Say what you want about Fillmore but everyone of their agents I have seen at an their open houses in Bed Stuy this last 3 months or so lived in Bed Stuy and owned property. I actually thought they had an office in Bed Stuy ! Nothing against the “Bigger” companies as I have had good experiences with them also but I would much rather have an informed opinion when viewing a house. I have consistently experienced this over the last few months with Fillmore agents.

    Again this is just my experience and I felt the need to throw in my 2 cents.

    • “How many times have I asked a simple question about a properties C of O to some young thing who looked like they just came out of a Fashion Catwalk only to get the stock answer “I’ll have my broker get back to you” at open houses or showings recently?”
      that’s broker talk for don’t waste my time. any serious buyer, would have done their own research before heading out to an open house.

      • Take a rest pal. Also sentences start with a capital letter.

        • so you’re an english teacher and a window shopper?

        • Yes, because your previous posts (nice use of ALL CAPS), and the posts of the other Fillmore shills here, are such models of perfect English grammar and professional written English (note: that was sarcasm).

          You all have succeeded only in convincing me that when it comes time to sell my apartment, I certainly won’t be going to Fillmore. I’ll choose a broker who puts some simple effort into marketing my place: at the very least a floorplan, proper photographs, professional written English, and all the essential information should be available on the web. Basic research shows that Fillmore fails at these simple tasks. Next!

      • Some people go to lots of open houses and don’t know if they’re going to like the house prior to seeing it. They’re not going to waste their time looking up and doing their ‘homework’ with every open house they plan to visit. They’ll do their homework AFTER they see the house.

  • “The great thing about Bed Stuy brownstones is that due to challenging local economic conditions in the neighborhood over the past 30 years, many homeowners never improved on their homes and that leaves us with an abundance of inventory with ORIGINAL DETAILS! That’s what makes this area so attractive and special.”

    I’m sure Mr. Reinhart probably thinks that he is giving a complement to the good folks of Bed Stuy, but that is one of the most condescending remarks I’ve seen in a long time. Those “challenging local economic conditions” included systemic racism, chronic under and un-employment, in part due to the loss of manufacturing in and outside of Bed Stuy, poor schools, and an epidemic of poverty, drugs and drug related crime. Not to mention redlining by banks on that great housing stock, and an absence of city services to a neighborhood that was conveniently marginalized and forgotten for 50 years. If it hadn’t have been for the people who held down two jobs to pay their high interest mortgages to hold onto their homes, and keep many blocks as pristine as they were when they were built, we wouldn’t be talking about this.

    Damn straight they’ve still got original details. That’s because the homeowners then, like the homeowners now, appreciated craftsmanship and fine details. They polished that woodwork with the same care as anyone else. Most of the older homeowners in Bed Stuy I know certainly did. And if they didn’t, and enclosed it up to make rooms or apartments, or painted over it, it was still their attempt at beautifying their environment. Your statement makes it sound as if the fine architecture we see in Bed Stuy has only survived because of ignorance, and now that the money has arrived, it’s ready to be bought by a new, and more appreciative audience. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

    Corcoran and many of the other Manhattan firms that “discovered” Bed Stuy ten years ago are still held in contempt by many in the neighborhood. They remember when those firms steered buyers away from the neighborhood, or refused to take listings. Now they are tripping over themselves rushing to the trough. If Fillmore wants to succeed in Bed Stuy, I most sincerely suggest that you refrain from statements like the one above. Words do matter. And yeah, improve everything about your website, too.

  • fillmore was a big name in brooklyn real estate years ago, but as times changed, so did the real estate business. corcoran, evans and nye, eliman have found what todays buyers want. fillmore hasn’t kept up with it. they need to change their image for todays market, while still accommodating the old time sellers who still trust the name. fillmore has lots of offices, but they still probably only do the volume of one corcoran office.

  • With all due respect to the agents here, I think the national company could really boost its business and help its agents, buyers and sellers if it would update its technology to require high res (500 to 700 pixels wide) photos on its website and feeds to other listing services.

    Sure, some houses are cluttered and not every house shows as well as one would hope but without photos I just don’t know how you would ever get a potential buyer in to see a property in the first place. At least not in Brooklyn.

  • I’m with MaconStreetMan. The real disappointment here is that such a central space is being wasted by a real estate agency instead of a restaurant, store, drugstore, etc. that could further enhance our community.

  • “The great thing about Bed Stuy brownstones is that due to challenging local economic conditions in the neighborhood over the past 30 years, many homeowners never improved on their homes and that leaves us with an abundance of inventory with ORIGINAL DETAILS! That’s what makes this area so attractive and special.”
    where did this come from???? who are you quoting?

  • “The great thing about Bed Stuy brownstones is that due to challenging local economic conditions in the neighborhood over the past 30 years, many homeowners never improved on their homes and that leaves us with an abundance of inventory with ORIGINAL DETAILS! That’s what makes this area so attractive and special.”
    Where did this come from? Who are you quoting?

  • My comments that I posted TODAY at 11:05, 11:06, 11:07am ended up before dibs’ from yesterday.
    oooohhhhh, hoooooooo, oohhhhhhh. This is the twilight zone.

  • this is fun, let’s see where this one ends up.

  • I always end up above dibs. GROSS!

  • I have to agree with bigguy about this:
    “we didn’t jump across the bridge to capitalize of Brooklyn’s “Hot” market.”
    some real estate firms (looking at you Corcoran and BHS) only started selling in these *hot* areas AFTER they became *hot*.

  • Hi All,
    To clear up any confusion, as part of the site’s Terms of Service, a user may choose to have his/her own comment removed after the fact. That goes for anyone with commenter’s remorse.
    Thanks,
    Mr. B

  • Don’t know if everyone saw, since comments are appearing here in the wrong order, but Mr. B replied above. There are also new comments from others higher up in the thread as well, such as howardfromfillmore, and a comment from BigGuy22 I manually approved this morning.

  • I’ve been working with Fillmore Real Estate proudly for 12 years now (Proud Fillmore Administrative Assistant over here). I’m very excited about the new location/office that is set to be opened. Fillmore is not just a professional and reliable Real Estate but I consider them family . Congratulations on the venture, Bedford Stuyvesant is very lucky to have professional and reliable salespeople set to work there, as we are lucky to be opening there.

  • I agree with MaconStreetMan and one of the other posters as well. I was hoping for another restaurant in that location as well.