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Tate Kelly is a riddle of valuable contradictions. To begin with, his reputation for excellence is ironclad: a native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper East Side, Tate knows the city, understands luxury, and loves historical architecture. At the same time, he is unassuming, approachable, and self-aware. What distinguishes Tate cannot be taught or listed neatly on a resume—it is his instinctive ability to relate to clients that has been an integral part of his career since the beginning.
Tate was originally drawn to real estate for the same reason he has always felt at home in New York: the countless opportunities to relate to any number of wildly different people in a single day. His engaging personality is the result of living in one of the most diverse metropolises in the world for nearly three decades. It is also because Tate has such a dynamic background himself, which includes dual citizenship to the US and Austria; penchants for Bob Dylan and Sherlock Holmes; fluency in German; and previous careers as a minor league baseball pitcher and a cook/TV food stylist for shows like Dr. Oz, Wendy Williams and Anderson Cooper.
During the seven-year span Tate attended college and played professional baseball, he had the chance to play on 20 teams and sample residency in 18 locales throughout the United States and Europe—a testament to his ability to adapt to any situation and make friends wherever he goes. The sum of this distinctive laundry list of skills, experiences, and sensibilities is a broker who is not only an expert, but also an advocate; the clientele that it attracts is decidedly intelligent and unsurprisingly diverse.
Tate has a deep knowledge of the Manhattan luxury market and works regularly with athletes, celebrities and executives throughout the City. He also works with buyers, sellers, and investors representing every point on the spectrum in terms of neighborhoods, budgets, and priorities. Regardless of a client’s practical goals, Tate makes a point of facilitating deals and transactions that are profitable, stress-free, and ultimately meaningful—a tall order when it comes to buying and selling in one of the most competitive markets in the world. But because buying a home in New York City is often the most significant purchase many of his buyers ever make, Tate believes that the means to this end should be deployed with respect in addition to business acuity. This translates into making his clients feel relaxed, secure, and confident. He does this by listening carefully to what they want, preparing them for the most challenging parts of a given transaction, paying attention to details, and, simply put, by putting his clients’ needs before his own.