Hope Stone of Compass Real Estate
Hope Stone Finds Her Compass
By Robin Jovanovich
It typically takes years for a young real estate agent to make a name for herself in Rye’s crowded field of top-notch realtors. But 28-year-old Hope Stone, who lives in Manhattan and works for Compass in Rye, has found a niche and is riding the wave of city dwellers anxious to move out of the city.
“Our team was already targeting city residents when the pandemic hit. It accelerated interest in Rye and other nice suburbs, and opened the gates for me,” says Stone. “The fact that Compass has a big city presence is particularly advantageous now.”
Stone is part of the Julia Brasesco Team. She didn’t “marry the boss’ son”, but Vincent Brasesco is her boyfriend. “That’s how I got into real estate!” she explains with a smile.
After four years working in luxury auto marketing, Stone wanted a new challenge. The biggest challenge for her right now is finding entry-level homes and rental units for all the people her age who have fallen out of love with New York City after being confined in a small apartment since March. “The market here is on fire,” reports Stone.
One of the rental complexes that is attracting young couples is Rye Village Apartments on Theodore Fremd, according to Stone. “The location is fantastic — walk to town and train —, the garden-style units are dog-friendly, and the owner, Winn Residential, is updating the kitchens and baths in the units as they become available.”
And the price is right. A one-bedroom starts at $2,200.
Interior of a newly renovated rental unit at Rye Village Apartments, which are right near downtown.
Compass, like Stone, is on an upward spiral. The agency has a new and spacious office in Greenwich; they opened an office in the Rye Ridge Shopping Center in Rye Brook a year ago; and they were planning to move their Rye office into the former TD Bank space on Purchase Street before Covid-19 hit.
How does a new agent make it in real estate? “A lot of thoughtful marketing, creative social media, and emailing,” says Stone, who makes good use of her Communications degree from Marymount. “We also belong to the Car Club.”
When the time comes for Hope Stone and Vincent Brasesco, who live on Madison Avenue and 67th Street, to move out to the suburbs, there is only one destination on their list. “We’ll only move if we can live in Rye. We love everything about it.”