Tim Davis boasts an accomplished 33 – year career representing some of the finest properties on the East End. HRES sat down with Tim recently to talk about his love for the area and his many notable sales.
Q: As one of the more seasoned real estate agents in the Hamptons, what is it that sets you apart from the others?
A: As a former owner of the 12 office boutique real estate firm Allan Schneider Associates I was not only deeply involved in my own transactions but that of my colleagues and agents. My experience of 33 years is second to no other agent in the market. Between marketing, negotiating, pricing and strategizing with buyers and sellers. I have the most experience and am considered to be an expert in the marketplace. When a seller or buyer works with me they know that they have access to that invaluable bank of knowledge and a “hands on” understanding of the market.
Q: What do you like to do in the Hamptons…after selling real estate of course?
A: I live on the Peconic Bay so just spending time at my home with family and friends enjoying the view and the watersports is my favorite for down time. Ending the day watching the sunset sitting by the pool is breathtaking. Sunday afternoon lunches with my wife on the porch at the American Hotel is pretty nice too!
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of being a real estate agent for you?
A: Time management is the most challenging part of every day. Managing hundreds of emails, customer and client appointments and then finding some personal time. I did not see much of the golf course this summer.
Q: What is the best advice you can give a 2nd homebuyer when searching for a vacation home in the Hamptons?
A: If you find a home that comes very close to suiting your needs in style, location, land, etc. then buy it. There is no such thing as a perfect house. Make it your own and it becomes a home and everything you need for it to be for your lifestyle
Q: The Hamptons is a unique market, would you agree and why?
A: Our connection to Manhattan and therefore all international markets coupled with the most amazing natural landscape settings and bucolic habitats all surrounded by clean salt waters. Our beaches are amongst the world’s finest with white sand which you can walk on for miles. Our environment is safe, we are multicultural, our villages are charming and each one special with its own personality. There is something here on the East End for everyone.
Q: How would you describe your selling style?
A: Low key and no pressure. I present the facts, the history and the data. The homes I sell are about lifestyle and investment. I do my best to present an education on both so that the customer and client can make an informed decision.
Q: Your son Jonathan joined your team not too long ago… what is like it working with family?
A: I do not have a team and have only ever worked with one assistant. For the last 12 years it has been Kathleen McMahon who is like no other. My son Jonathan joining me this year has created the ability for me to slowly build a wonderful partnership with him in my business. He is eager to learn the ropes and understands that it takes many years to gain knowledge and an understanding of the market. Jonathan brings with him exciting young new energy and ideas. His view on technology and reaching out in a different way to the market is refreshing. I could not be more proud of him or thankful for our time working together. P.S. And he introduced me to Soul Cycle!
Q: Can you tell us about some of your more notable sales?
A: I have had many record sales in the market throughout my career and have been fortunate to have listed and sold many of the most important estate homes and properties on the East End. This year in particular I have been involved in several major transactions including four oceanfront estates sales, one of which sits on 15 acres. This will be the highest sale in the market in Southampton. I am also selling a magnificent home on Lake Agawam on 8.5 acres closing next week. 2013 will end up being a record year in sales for me personally.
Q: What is the most personally satisfying part of your work?
A: When you see the connection between the customer and the home/property particularly when it is my idea for them to see it. Most of what I sell is lifestyle and the reward of being part of these often life changing decisions for a buyer is incredibly rewarding.