Prosperous Douglas Elliman associate broker Patrick McLaughlin started out as a Jersey boy who found himself living in Manhattan before pivoting to the East End. It was a summer home that brought him to the Hamptons, where he fell in love with the region, though in the city he worked as a television producer on familiar shows such as “Good Day New York” and “The Sally Jessy Raphael Show.” During this phase of his career, he also was a producer for MTV, CNBC, BS-WNET, and Fox News.
Once here, McLaughlin went on to manage Elliman’s Sag Harbor office for over a decade before switching over to sales. Indy caught up with him to learn more about his life and methods on how he’s maintained his success rate as a Hamptons real estate broker.
Patrick, your life before real estate is fascinating. Can you elaborate on your former career as a television producer?
I worked primarily in news for most of my career in television. It was a wonderful time and I think it trained me for being very particular in how to present a property.
Did working as a producer for over 20 years in any way help with your work as a real estate agent?
Yes, much of television is about creating an interesting visual. Now with the internet, it’s really important to make sure the photographs and the videos are well crafted. This is the equivalent of a public open house, say, 20 years ago.
How and why did you move to the East End from New York City?
My partner and I bought our first house out here in 1999. I was here literally every weekend but two that first year. I guess the area just spoke to me.
You have a love of animals, particularly dogs. Are you involved in any animal welfare organizations?
I have a relationship with a few different animal organizations. I guess that’s because I own two rescues and I know how much joy they bring me. I also believe they are more sensitive than we humans realize.
Can you tell us about your dogs?
Bella and Russell, two rescues that love the beach and have the best life ever. I take great pride in that. Interestingly enough, I ended up adopting Russell after doing a deal with a Saunders agent who was acting as his “foster mom.”
Why did you choose Elliman as your brokerage?
I actually started with Elliman in the city. When I decided to move out here, they were the only company with a presence here and in Manhattan. I’ve been with them for nearly 19 years. It’s a great company and I love how they foster a collaborative environment.
What regions of the East End do you specialize in?
I primarily cover the areas from Montauk to Southampton. I don’t see how you can effectively serve clients when you stretch yourself over too many areas. That’s why I really try to limit where I cover.
Are there any homes that you’ve sold that you’re particularly proud of?
Every house is unique and different, as is every transaction. I’m proudest when I get a call from a buyer and or seller and they say, “Thanks, you worked really hard to make this sale possible.”
Is there a favorite building in the Hamptons that you absolutely love?
Does the Big Duck in Flanders count?
What advice would you give to a seller?
All the marketing, open houses, and advertising in the world won’t do a thing if you’re not properly priced. It doesn’t matter what your neighbor’s house sold for, it’s ultimately the market that decides your value.
What about advice for buyers?
No matter how much you spend, buying a home always entails a certain amount of compromise: price, location, or house. Rarely do you get everything you want.
Do you have any favorite trends our readers should know about?
I’m currently in love with the growing popularity of shiplap exterior siding. I also think it’s great that more new construction than ever before is using green building techniques.
What do you do for fun when you’re not working?
I love hitting the beach with the dogs and taking nice long bike rides.
To reach McLaughlin or inquire about his properties, call 917-359-4138 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.