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Dylan Taft's rapid rise to prominence in Ulster County real estate sales is easy to understand. It starts with his encyclopedic knowledge of the area, the kind that nothing short of living your whole life in the Hudson Valley can provide. And it ends with his thorough and intuitive grasp of the cutting-edge technology that is transforming the buying and selling of homes. He is a new breed-old-school values in a visionary, Digital-Age businessman, the first generation of a new type of broker.


Hudson Valley Roots...

Dylan's Ulster County roots are as deep as roots can go. A product of the local public school system, from which he graduated with honors, he went on to a B.A. in economics from SUNY Oneonta and a Masters in Business Management, with honors, from SUNY New Paltz in 2003. Global travel during those early adult years only strengthened his commitment to his lifelong home as he developed a growing conviction that the majesty of the soaring Catskills with their endless Huck-Finn-style rivers and fishing creeks, sleepy small towns, and bustling, sophisticated urban centers, offered a richly varied lifestyle second to none. He knew he would come back and start a business of his own as soon as he could.


Traditional Sales Training...

And so he did, though not immediately. Academic foundation behind him, it was now time to get some on-the-ground training and experience. During his student days, he had risen to the Captainship of the wait staff at the elegant and exclusive Mohonk Mountain House and discovered, in the process, a zest for anticipating what people want and finding a way to get it for them. Now it was time to apply those skills to his chosen profession. And so for several years Dylan "learned the ropes" as a junior agent with a large, established real estate agency, taking what was best from the traditional training and the usual way of doing business that he saw around him, and methodically laying his plans for big changes in his own, "next generation" brokerage.


A New Age Vision in Real Estate!

That vision was realized 2008 when Dylan boldly launched Taft Street Realty in the face of the worst economic downturn this country had seen in nearly a century. Young and ambitious, he believed that despite the discouraging business climate-perhaps because of the discouraging business climate-there was a need for a real estate brokerage using a whole new model. It would offer buyers and sellers the traditional and time-honored benefits of local knowledge, in-depth research, experience in skillful negotiations, and frank and fair dealings. But it would then go an important step further, bringing those benefits into the Digital Age by employing and exploiting every possible avenue of web-based research and marketing. Given his young years, Dylan has never lived in a world without the Internet. So unlike most other brokers, he knows instinctively how to make today's rapid-fire information technology work hard for him. And for you.


Taft Street Today...

Today, just a short time after Dylan launched it from the ground up; Taft Street Realty is already ranked among Ulster County's top 20 real estate firms. His clients have come to know and respect a professional who holds nothing back when it comes to the giving of his knowledge, his skills, and his time, and who does it all with scrupulous fairness and honesty, as well as firmness and frankness whenever the occasion calls for it.
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Past Sales  

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Both-sides
01/08/2015
$162,000

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01/08/2015 - Both-sides - $162,000

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Buy-side
12/28/2014
$422,500

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12/28/2014 - Buy-side - $422,500

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Buy-side
12/17/2014
$180,000

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12/17/2014 - Buy-side - $180,000

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Buy-side
12/15/2014
$227,500

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12/15/2014 - Buy-side - $227,500

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Buy-side
12/14/2014
$360,000

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12/14/2014 - Buy-side - $360,000

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Ratings & Reviews

  
 

01/06/2015 - danny1131
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $375K in Kerhonkson, NY.

Dylan was completely professional and knowledgeable throughout our whole process of searching for and eventually finding us a home. He knew the area really well, was very transparent, and really listened to us, which helped us find just what we were looking for.

We had met with a previous broker a month earlier and the difference was night and day. He was extremely responsive and attentive, and helped us through every step of the process from the search, to making an offer, to the final closing. Looking back on it I feel extremely lucky that I had Dylan on our side helping us find and close on our new home.  More Less 

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01/05/2015 - jillc88
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $375K in Kerhonkson, NY.

My husband and I had a fantastic experience with Taft Street Reality, who helped us find and close on our first home at the end of 2014.

Our primary residence is a rental in NYC, and we had been searching for a second home in Ulster County for a couple of months. We had been having a frustrating and stressful experience with another broker, and decided to change, and are so glad we did!

The first time we met Dylan, we were immediately impressed by his genuine desire to understand exactly what we were looking for. He asked that we visit houses we thought we didn't like on paper, just so he could really get a sense of why we liked and disliked what we did. We are so happy we took his advice and saw all the listings he prepared for us, because it was one of those houses that wound up being our perfect home.

We felt absolutely no pressure to buy (the main problem we had with our last agent), yet were reassured by the numerous comparables he sent us. Each set of comps came with a detailed explanation, his assessment, of what the comps could mean for us. He went to great lengths to ensure that our decision would be a well-informed one.

When we decided to move forward with an offer, Dylan negotiated with incredible skill and got us a fantastic price. We experienced a LOT of roadblocks in between making our initial offer and finally closing, and Dylan was professional and reassuring in the face of each one. We completely trusted him and were so grateful to have such a solid ally.

We are now happily settled in our new home, and feel we have Taft Street Reality to thank for this exciting new phase our lives!
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Response from Dylan on 01/08/2015

Wow, that is quite the review guys! Thank you!! You were such a pleasure to work with and I'm so happy we scored that house for you. They just don't make views like that anymore! Best of luck and thanks again for giving me the opportunity to work with you! -Dylan

 

  

11/13/2014 - buddydog1
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $350K in New Paltz, NY.

Dylan was immediately responsive to each of our requests for information whether about utilities, neighborhood, and the region generally. He has an impressive list of contacts for services from home inspection to legal to contracting. At each stage of the buying process we trusted his guidance and were never disappointed.  More Less 

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Response from Dylan on 01/08/2015

I appreciate those kind words! I can't thank you enough for choosing me on Zillow out of all the other options you had. And these reviews certainly help others find the right broker so thanks for sharing your experience. Let's keep in touch! -Dylan

 

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