Chrystel Garipuy, head of the Garipuy Team is our resident french(wo)man, artist and Brooklynite who knows everything you need to know about purchasing townhouses, although her talents don't finish there. She is a true aficionado of life, always curious, and learning new things.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you stumbled into real estate
I started my career as an attorney in Paris (France) and I would have never thought I would end up working in real estate! A "sale job" was not at all what I had in mind. As many people, I looked down on it. But the truth is that I made a residential real estate operation in Paris in my late 20's, that turned out to be very fructuous, so this was already a good sign. When I moved to NYC, I made another fructuous real estate operation (with very little money). At one point, I was simply done with my legal career, and I realized I could not make good money with photography. I met a lovely woman who was running an international real estate agency in Soho, and she needed someone who spoke French. That's when I started.
How would you describe yourself in one word?
A bit eccentric but down to earth too. Focused and full of energy. I get easily excited and I like it this way.
What do you love about real estate and what is your "why"? What surprised you in real estate?
The whole thing continues to surprise me, after ten+ years of it. You learn all the time, because there are so many things involved in a real estate deal: people, their personality, their life, their emotions. Neighborhoods, their architecture, their socio-economical life, the retail and restaurant scene. The financial aspect of a deal can be quite fascinating too. The legal aspect too. The buildings! coops, condos, townhouses... always a new story. Fascinating.
What is it that you love about New York City?
Many things! But mainly its diversity, its people, its unapologetic dysfunctionings, its neurosis, its grand energy... every angle you look at this city, it will blow you away!
Do you consider yourself a New Yorker? What is a New Yorker?
I think I am! I reached that "status". A New Yorker is free to be who he/she wants to be. He/she is an unapologetic hustler!
Where do you see your career heading in the next few years?
More of all this
What is the definition of an LG Fairmont agent? What separates us from other firms?
Maybe we're a bit more "real" and not so "salesy". We're really trying to be real estate advisors -rather than just salespeople.
For further information about Chrystel, check out her website:thegaripuyteam.com