REAL ESTATE, THE ARTS, AND UPTOWN
Posted on October 15, 2012


by Donald Sheffey



Hello all, I’m Donald Sheffey. Along with being a licensed real estate salesperson at Bohemia Realty Group, I’m a songwriter, singer and commercial writer. Following your dream is not easy, but I’m proud to say that in the thirteen years I’ve lived here, I’ve had the opportunity to work with people I only dreamed of (Patti Labelle, Ashford & Simpson, The Band CHIC, The B-52’s. . . . excuse me while I pick up those names off of the floor.) A few years ago, I started my own company, Weezie Productions, and once the company was on it’s feet, I decided to got my NYC real estate license.



For a long time I had always wanted to do something with real estate, whether it be interior decorating & design or selling someone their dream home. New York is a confusing city as far as space goes. I would walk into some apartments and be completely confounded as to why the couch was blocking the one window in the living room – if there even was a living room. As an agent, I like to work with clients and show them that even in a $1000 bathroom-sized-closet of an apartment, there are tricks and tools that can help maximize every last square inch. I like to use my training as an artist to help clients envision the space, and work from there to figure out if the apartment is the right fit for them.



I think it’s fair to say that most people rank moving right up there with root canals and jury duty - so I believe in finding an apartment my clients can potentially live in for at least three years. Plans change and sometimes outside forces may make that impossible (school, job relocation, etc) but more often than not people end up staying put for a few years once they’ve found a place they like. Taking your belongings to a new location every twelve months is time consuming, emotionally draining, and it’s frickin’ expensive.



Working for BRG, I’ve visited neighborhoods uptown with homes that are beautiful and steeped in history and culture. You can feel the pulse of the city here, not to mention the rich tradition of the arts. This is mirrored in the atmosphere and the energy of the like minded artistic and talented agents at BRG.



OH – and one last thing. I’m a huge dog fan and this is my 10 month old boxer puppy Maxwell. Stay tuned for my next blog - I should have a trick or 2 I can report on!