This week’s agent spotlight showcases Cheriece White, one of Mirador’s beloved veteran agents. Best known for her quirky style, sense of humor, and honesty, Cheriece sat down to talk life and NYC real estate. Check out her full Q&A below:
How long have you been in NYC real estate, and how many years have you been with Mirador?
I’ve been an agent for 13 years and have been with Mirador since it first started 4 years ago. I’ve worked with Mirador’s founder, Karla Saladino, for nearly 7 years!
Why real estate? What were your previous career paths?
Real estate just made sense to me especially because of my previous jobs in hospitality, hotels, bartending, and restaurants - I’ve never had a job with real business hours, but I love it! I can’t do a standard 9 to 5 job.
What do you find unique about NYC real estate?
Most agents I’ve met are eccentric (in a good way). And I love it - I fit right in!
What is one Fun fact about yourself?
I own a Vespa and use it to get around the City in the summer. I also don’t know the lyrics to any songs, but insist on singing along anyway, haha!
Do you have any side hobbies?
I enjoy being active and love water aerobics (starts laughing) - It’s fun being the youngest one in a room...or pool in this instance. I also do vinyasa yoga three times a week from gentle flow to restorative. When I want hard core strength training that will make me cry, I go to Erin Bleiweiss at the New York Health and Racquet Club at 23rd Street. She is an insanely intense trainer - just the way I like it!
I also love riding my bike around my neighborhood, Park Slope. It is a nice way to escape the bustle of the city because Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s nature at its finest. After my bike ride, I love dropping into my neighborhood bakery, Buttermilk. I went to their cooking class recently, too. They also have the best cookies on the planet! Tons of fun and lots of butter.
What is one of your guilty pleasures?
I love a good Martini and binge watching Netflix...but not together necessarily.
Favorite place traveled?
My favorite place I have ever been is Cape Town, South Africa! I went there two years ago with fellow agents Marilyn De Amorim, Neeta Mulgaokar, and Mirador’s managing partner, Karla Saladino. I loved everything about it - the wineries, the people, the amazing food, and perfect weather. I also climbed Table Mountain with Marilyn. It was such a rewarding and challenging hike with amazing views from the top!
Funkiest food you’ve ever eaten?
Tripe - it’s animal stomach lining and it was disgusting! I should note I am a vegetarian now, haha!
Craziest thing that happened to you in your real estate career?
During my first ever lease signing, the prospective tenant handed over a piece of photo identification that looked nothing like him. The landlord took one look at the I.D., called the police, and had the man arrested on the spot! The man admitted to be posing as someone else. Fortunately, that was 13 years ago and I have learned a lot since then.
What is the Weirdest decor you’ve seen?
Hmmm … Nothing too weird. I did once show an occupied apartment while the owners were home. They were extremely welcoming and showed us around their 2,500 sq ft loft that had huge naked portraits of themselves in various positions, needless to say it was a little uncomfortable.
What advice would you give new renters and buyers in NYC?
Get yourself a knowledgeable and trustworthy agent/broker. (Yes, we do exist!) Ask around, ask friends and relatives who they would recommend. Having a broker walk you through the scary process of first time renting/buying in New York is key. As a buyer, you don’t pay a broker fee and as a renter, there are many no fee and low fee options out there. Your referred broker will be there with you from start to finish, making your search for a new home as seamless and painless as possible. Heck, they’ll even make it fun for you!
What is your Favorite neighborhood and Why?
Park Slope in Brooklyn, because I live there! It is full of wonderful restaurants and close to Prospect Park. I like to think of it as a haven away from busy Manhattan.
Do you have a favorite building in NYC? If so, which and why?
I love The Caroline at West 23rd and 6th Avenue. It feels like you are living in a hotel, between the decor, amenities, the friendly staff and building manager, you really have everything at your fingertips.
Your dream home must have . . . ?
Space, light, and a yard!