Bought a home in 2015 in Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York, NY 10022.
I've been working with Ben for over 3 years now and I cannot say enough great things about him! I first met Ben when I was looking for an apartment to rent.Then we reconnected when I was ready to buy an apartment. He scoured the listings to find the perfect apartment for me. Some of the listing didn't even have pictures but Ben, ever so thorough, read thorough the descriptions. It only took a few weekends before he found me my new home. He has this innate skill that helps him understand what you are looking for without you even saying it! He is the BEST broker you will ever find. He is professional, responsible, detail oriented, and most importantly, he works relentlessly to help you find the perfect home.
Bought a Cooperative home in 2014 for approximately $775K in Upper West Side, New York, NY.
My wife, daughter and I live in Ithaca, NY and just bought an apartment in Manhattan. Ben Willig was our broker and I can recommend him without hesitation. Ben is a thorough professional and he leads a fine team of knowledgeable real estate agents.
We had never bought property in NYC before and were anxious that it would be a very difficult and complicated process. It was indeed a rather involved process, but Ben’s knowledge of the market and his affable nature made it a pleasure. Ben listens very intelligently to what his clients want, and I found that he got to understand exactly what we were looking for. He asks good questions, gets to know your tastes, and works within the budget you give him. If you change your mind (and most people do), you will find Ben adapting very quickly to your new ideas. Since he knows Manhattan’s neighborhoods well, and since the qualities of a neighborhood make a huge difference to how you will respond to your new home, Ben will not waste your time showing you places that may look good in pictures but will not give you the kind of home you want. We looked at apartments in a number of neighborhoods and ended up purchasing one in Lincoln Square; both the neighborhood and the apartment are perfect for us!
Ben’s team made the process of getting a mortgage, doing the paperwork for the coop, and other related things, extremely simple. That was especially helpful since we don’t live in the City and had to do some things from a distance. And when we knew we needed a good contractor, we again asked Ben and he made some excellent recommendations to us. We found all of his recommendations to be good and reliable, and it was so convenient to interview and choose one person from the list of names he gave us for every category.
All in all, Ben is superbly professional -- amiable, intelligent, and sophisticated. You will enjoy working with him. He will make you feel comfortable and let you explore things at your own pace. (And while you are looking at apartments or houses in the City, don’t forget to ask him about his favorite restaurants. We found a couple of extremely good North Indian restaurants because of him – and so many Indian restaurants in NYC are underwhelming at best!)
Bought a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $750K in Financial District, New York, NY.
We were visiting New York from Philadelphia and had two and a half days to look at 1-2 bedroom condos. Ben who was recommended by a friend greeted us at our hotel, before check-in and showed us several properties throughout the city for two days. The initial search was based on a list of possible properties that Ben had preselected with our feedback on Agentfolio. In order to use our limited time efficiently, Ben provided a driver and had prearranged our itinerary with appointments at various properties.
Ben's knowledge of NYC gave us a good feel of the prices, architecture, amenities and safety of each area. Ben is a good listener and readily modified what we saw on the second day based on our first day's experience. The final half day involved returning to our favorite condo in the financial district. Within 5 days we had an accepted offer. He then provided assistance and guidance through the condo application process and within a month of our initial search we were condo owners. At our request he also provided useful suggestions for possible lawyers to use at closing.
Ben was attentive and thoroughly professional throughout the process. Without his experience and guidance I doubt whether we would have found our condo and would certainly not have been ushered through the process so efficiently. I feel that no one could could have done better. We would definitely use his services again should the need arise.
Ben was a pleasure to work with. He stayed within my price range and within the areas of the city that I expressed an interest in. Ben was always available by phone or email and made sure to always give me his undivided attention.
Response from Ben on 12/24/2013
Thanks Gene! Good luck with the new kitchen and hope the whole family will enjoy!
I highly recommend Ben Willig for his professionalism and expertise. Ben handled the sale of my condominium in Manhattan, New York. The entire sales process (from listing to closing) took less than 4 months. This was due, in large measure, to Ben's expertise - from understanding the real estate market in New York and appropriately (and competitively) listing the apartment, to negotiating and handling every aspect of showing the apartment and negotiating the terms of the sale. Ben was always responsive, professional and knowledgeable - with answers to every question and helpful strategy to close on a relatively complex sale. I was confident in Ben and knew everything was going to be taken care of in the time frame that I needed. I couldn't be happier with my experience, and thank Ben for all of his hard work.
Response from Ben on 12/17/2013
Thanks KC! You and Chris were a pleasure to work with!
Bought a Cooperative home in 2013 for approximately $750K in Chelsea, New York, NY.
I worked with Ben for about 4 months while looking for an apartment in the Chelsea area and couldn't have had a better experience. While it sounds extremely cliché to say that someone "goes the extra mile", it is a 100% accurate portrayal of Ben's work ethic.
Two quick examples that come to mind include 1) during the final walk through prior to closing on the apartment I ultimately ended up finding, Ben (in a full suit) got on his hands and knees to fully inspect that the chimney flue was working correctly, completely accepting the fact that he would get dirty in the process. 2) I had a contractor take a look at one of the apartments I was looking at in order to see what it would cost to make a few renovations. I was stuck at work and unable to meet him at the apartment, but Ben said he would show the contractor around and let him know what I was looking to do. Sure enough, Ben met the contractor at the apartment and was able to walk him through everything that I wanted to.
Simply put, your average NY city broker would not put in nearly as much time and effort as Ben does to make sure that you have a positive experience in searching for a new place to buy or rent. I recommend him to all of my friends, and consistently hear similar feedback from them.
Helped me rent a Multi Family home in Flatiron District, New York, NY.
Ben was a breath of fresh air in my attempts to rent a house. I went through what I assume to be a standard indoctrination into NYC Real Estate:
1) Learn about broker's fees.
2) Attempt to avoid them by responding to ads on New York Times, Street Easy, Zillow, and Craig's List.
3) Encounter the absolute scum of the earth in the form of 98% of real estate agents.
Finally I got a response from Ben from a particular Zillow request - and the rest was history. Responsive as can be --- brutally honest (You would enter a place and he would tell you right away 10%/15%/no fee, etc.) --- adaptable to your housing desires.
I will work with Ben again in my life as a NYC resident. Would be shocking not to.
Found a tenant for a home in East Village, Manhattan, New York, NY 10009.
Ben Willig has helped me find 2 apartments in NYC to this point, and I've been incredibly happy with the service. Before we found the apartment we chose, we looked at a ton of great places that met our criteria. Will certainly be using Ben in the future when finding my next apartment.
Helped me rent a home in East Village, Manhattan, New York, NY 10009.
I had an outstanding experience with Anchor - especially working with Ben Willig! With all of the sketchy brokers out there it was so nice to work with an honest and friendly guy. I moved from Washington, DC up to New York City and Ben was helpful in finding times to look that were convenient for me. In addition, he was very open in our communication and always kept me and my roommate in the loop. Ben has helped not only myself but almost all of my friends find great places in the city that fit our needs and out budget. He was very sensitive to our budget, but also understood the needs of two girls in the city. I would, and do, recommend him to anyone that is looking for a place in New York City. Ben is a great guy who I enjoyed spending a weekend with while looking for a new home in NYC. I definetely recommend Anchor and Ben Willig.
I have had the pleasure of working with Ben Willig for the past two years. I was referred to Ben and after our initial meeting I understood why my friend was so confident in recommending me to work with Ben and Anchor Associates.
Through Ben's experience he was able to listen to what myself and roommate was looking for in our first apartment in NYC and we were able to find a place and close in the first day of looking for apartments.
After our lease was up and we had to renegotiated price, myself nor my roommate had the time or knowledge of the rental market to adequately negotiate the price and deal our buildings leasing office. Ben stepped up and help negotiate price with us saving us a couple hundred dollars a month allowing us to stay in the apartment and having the re-up process become relatively easily.
Through my experience with Ben and Anchor Associates I have referred all my friends to work with Ben. Time after time they have all thanked me for referring them to Ben reaffirming the fact that working with Ben and his team has made their process of finding an apartment in NYC easy!