Robert Rems has been involved in real estate almost his entire life. As a child growing up in northern New Jersey, he was fascinated by trips to Manhattan, and read the Sunday New York Times real estate section religiously. Co-ops and condos were particular objects of interest, and Robert determined at a young age that he would live in Manhattan and buy a co-op as soon as possible. He purchased his first co-op on West End Avenue in 1977, subsequently moving to a loft in the Union Square area, then back to West End. He is currently living in Greenwich Village after selling his West End Avenue co-op in 1999.
He has served on the board of several co-ops, one of them as president, and has also worked for a mortgage brokerage. With over thirty years as a Manhattan resident, living both uptown and downtown, buying and selling both his personal residences and various investment properties, Robert has developed a wealth of knowledge about all types of Manhattan real estate. He has represented buyers and sellers in all Manhattan neighborhoods and has recently expanded his knowledge base to the outer boroughs, having handled sales in Brooklyn and Riverdale. He currently owns two residences and several rental properties.
Robert is an expert at pricing listings and marketing properties to produce the best results for sellers. Just as important is his ability to listen to buyers and to focus on the most suitable properties for their needs. Robert is a dedicated guide, who takes true delight in helping people find their dream home.
Robert, whose educational background is in mathematics and computer science (graduate of Rutgers University) has also been a programmer, systems analyst, project leader and most recently was a consultant to Goldman Sachs for over ten years.
Robert’s other interests include travel, food and restaurants, and antiques. He has been a dealer in 19th Century Japanese Imari pottery and its British adaptations.
Visit Robert’s blog, Robert Rems’ Open House: http://robertrems.com
Other Sales Listings
253 Schaefer Street$340,000
203 West 90th Street, Apartment 6E$2,300,000
204 West 78th Street, Apartment 4B$625,000
Robert acted as our buyer’s agent for the property we bought on the Upper West Side. We were moving from NJ and had subpar experience with a couple of other buyer’s agents. As a result, we were reluctant to get involved with yet another buyer’s agent. However, Robert quickly won us over with his impressive knowledge of the local market, pros and cons of specific properties and his thoroughness. We bought a renovated sponsor unit and Robert helped us maneuver through all aspects of getting upgrades, negotiating the best deal and even picking up fixtures from the showroom. Robert is patient, deeply knowledgeable, detail oriented and familiar with all aspects of the complicated NYC real estate market. We highly recommend him.Jay & Sheeka Dhru
We had an excellent experience with Robert and his entire team. Not only did they get our property sold in a timely manner for full value, but we were selling long distance so Robert had to go above and beyond including handling cleaning, staging, moving, and more. His presence at the closing enabled the transaction to be brought to a smooth close in spite of some last minute issues with the coop.
He promptly returned all phone calls and emails, making communication very easy. I would recommend Robert and the entire Wohlfarth team.Bruce Keller & Jane Brown
After a disappointing experience with another broker, we listed the apartment with Wohlfarth and are very pleased with the result. Rick and Robert worked diligently and kept us informed at all times. Their marketing of the apartment ensured that it received the maximum possible exposure. Despite a slowing of the market, they were able to negotiate a sale price close to the asking, and made sure the buyers were well qualified. I would be delighted to work with them again.Marlene Saferstein, Manhattan
From staging to pricing strategy to exposure, Rick and Robert knew how to generate maximum interest, even though the apartment needed a complete renovation. I would never have imagined that it would achieve such a record high price.Wai Eng, Manhattan
We are so grateful for everything you did to help ensure a smooth and successful sale of our apartment. We were impressed with your ability to analyze and read the market with such precision, to negotiate with such ease, and to deliver results. But beyond all, what we valued most was your consistent straightforward and honest approach.
Thank you for all of your work on the deal – and also for “holding our hands” throughout the process. We would confidently recommend you to anyone we know looking for a broker.Jesslyn and David Moser
Robert is a true professional and very easy to work with. He knows Manhattan apartments and is always available and responsive.Arlene Harris, Esq., Kaye, Scholer LLP
As an attorney dealing with estate work, I have had several instances working with Robert Rems, and his firm, Wohlfarth & Associates. At each time I have found a remarkable combination of thorough knowledge of the market, great realism in suggesting a price and a true ‘customer service’ approach in seeing the deal through to the end. Robert made sure he had an exceptionally detailed knowledge of the neighborhoods involved and was always willing to spend the time necessary to educate my clients as to the best way forward not just to secure the highest price, but to establish a price that ensured the property sold without undue delay. He was also extremely willing to handle all aspects of the transaction: his staging of the apartments was highly tasteful and acute in bringing their visual strengths to the fore. The publicity material he and the firm produced were similarly strategic, persuasive as to the high points without exaggeration. And he was available and involved in ensuring the apartments were properly cleared before Closing, and last minute details quickly taken care of.
I could only highly recommend the firm, and Robert himself.John V. N Philip, Esq.
Thank you again for all of your help as I went through the purchasing process at 61 Jane Street. You were fantastic! If I am ever in need of a broker, or asked for a recommendation in the future, you’ll be the first person on my list!L. B., Manhattan
Our family’s New York apartment had given my late husband some of his happiest moments and our happiest memories. But it was time to sell, and Robert’s pricing strategy and staging of the apartment assured us of enthusiastic bidding far above the asking price. The superb marketing and results gave my family something more than just the memories to cherish.V. Gershenson, Mexico City
Robert went above and beyond what I was expecting from a broker. He not only hadled the sale of the apartment, he planned, designed and supervised a cost-effective renovation and staging (at no charge) that made the apartment very desirable and helped us realize a record high price and a fast sale. His marketing program, including professional photography and video, along with outreach to other brokers and skilled negotiating, resulted in maximum exposure and multiple bids. In addition, he was very responsive and a pleasure to work with.Carolyn Epstein, Manhattan