Before Montauk became a de facto destination for holidaymakers, Chris Tice was already wise to the town’s beauty and potential. This, combined with Corcoran’s extensive network, has led her to become one of the most sought after names in East End real estate, and here we sat down with the woman herself to get the full 411.
How did you get started in real estate? Why did you gravitate toward Sag Harbor and Montauk?
In my previous career as a media and internet executive, I was relocated from New York to LA, San Francisco, Boston, and then back to New York. We bought and sold residences in each city, and that experience got me hooked.
My dad was a high school teacher, and we spent our summers growing up in Sag Harbor. My husband and I bought a weekend home in Sag Harbor in 1996 and moved out here full time in 2004.
When getting into the real estate business as an agent, starting in Corcoran’s Sag Harbor office was a natural move. When I transitioned from an agent to senior managing director, I was thrilled to join the Montauk office as well —It was one of our key markets, and an office chocked full of exceptional agents.
Which iconic, historical Hamptons home or building do you admire most? Why?
That’s a tough question to answer, because there are so many spectacular historic buildings out here. The village of Sag Harbor has several historic districts, the architecture of which reminds us of the origins of the village. Certainly, the windmill at the base of the pier in Sag Harbor is on the list, along with the homes on Captain’s Row and the surrounding neighborhood.
Some great examples of beautiful historic buildings that have been updated but retain their historic features and charm are 168 and 207 Main Street, and 11 Henry Street, which are all represented for sale by Corcoran.
In Montauk, the Montauk Lighthouse is as iconic as it gets. If you visit at the right time of the year, from its top observation point you will witness a sea of boats, while close to the shore, surfers young and old are catching the waves.
There are many agencies. What sets Corcoran apart from the rest?
As the #1 real estate company in the Hamptons, New York City, and Palm Beach, there are many benefits for clients and agents to work with Corcoran. Certainly, when working with a Corcoran agent, you can be assured that you’ll enjoy an exceptional level of service and market knowledge, and the robust support of our industry leading, highly trafficked website and social media platforms.
At Corcoran, we provide the perfect marriage of approaching our business like a boutique firm with the resources, brand, and support of the market leader.
What’s the best advice you can give a new sales agent joining your office?
Corcoran does an outstanding job of providing a tremendous amount of support to new and established sales agents. I, along with Corcoran, am very vested in each agent’s success, and committed on a daily basis to providing the best-in-breed marketing and technology resources, training, and ongoing management support to ensure that our agents can be as successful as possible.
That being said, I’m going to keep specific advice to those who are part of my team.
Are there any particular Sag Harbor and/or Montauk trends you are watching? What demographic is buying in the area right now?
What is so interesting about our real estate market is that it is never one-size-fits-all. Our buyers tend to be very sophisticated, and many are looking for updated, finished houses, with every amenity possible. However, there are still those who are looking to buy a house that they can renovate and make their own.
We still see a wide-array of demographics buying here, from local families and first-time homebuyers, to high-end customers, and builders. The common theme is that there is still high demand for the fabulous lifestyle a Hamptons home can provide.
Are there any cool neighborhoods we should be watching?
Both Sag Harbor and Montauk continue to be in-demand markets, and just about every neighborhood is hot, based on the various buyer segments.
What do you like to do for fun?
We live in a spectacular area, and anything outdoors is fun. I love going to the beach, being on the water, hiking, going to the movies, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.