Catskills and Hudson Valley Real Estate
Prior to working in real estate sales, I worked for the second largest real estate investment trust (REIT) in the nation, where I collaborated on over twenty multi-family and mixed-use development projects—from site selection through lease up stages. Additionally, I ran a 400-unit Class A high-rise building and led compliance efforts on the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) common across my company’s Manhattan portfolio of assets. Soon after, I joined a luxury short-term housing rental organization akin to a fancy version of AirBnB. As head of global operations, I managed a portfolio of 2,600 homes across 26 cities in 13 countries spread throughout Europe, North America, and South America.
This experience has served me well in real estate sales as I advise my clients on how to maximize financial returns on real estate assets through varying economic cycles, analyze market conditions, negotiate winning offers, and provide professional insight into real estate investment opportunities. If you plan to rent out your home, I’ll guide you through the process of maximizing average daily rates and occupancy while delivering consistently excellent guest experiences. Throughout each step of the process, I will provide you with a level of professionalism and respect that makes the purchase and sales experience enjoyable and educational.
My husband and I interviewed all the top real estate agents working in the Catskills, and Alex got our business because he did not waste his time or ours! There was no lack of clarity on next steps after our initial call. Alex told us the best course of action for serious buyers is to explore the area over an extended visit, so we booked an Airbnb for a month and got to business! With Alex's guidance we narrowed in on the regions we liked most and the amount of privacy/proximity to amenities that we truly wanted. Alex had useful insight throughout the process on costs to DIY or hire out work. Perhaps most important: Alex helped us navigate a competi...— Chelsea and Houston S.
What more can I say….. it was an absolute delight to work with Alex. His patience and knowledge was clear from the very beginning. Alex walked us through the process and was there every step of the way. It was my best real estate experience to date. I look forward to working with Alex again in the near future. I would highly recommend Alex for any serious buyers.— Gibran D. and Alizabeth A.
Alex was great to work with. He’s very knowledgeable, accommodated all our requests and worked diligently to find us our new home. We couldn’t be happier.— Josh A. and Elaine A.
We had a wonderful experience working with Alexander in search of a second home upstate. We spent almost a year trying to find just the right house and throughout the entire process, Alex was patient and never gave up. He listened to what we wanted, was respectful of our time, and made easier a somewhat daunting process, (i.e., finding our "needle in a haystack" perfect home in a geographic area and community we had little knowledge of or prior experience with). After a number of showings where we left disappointed, Alex never gave up and continued to send us listings and ideas. Alex's intuition on the home we ultimately purchased was spot on -- Ale...— Dave L. and Lacie N.
We had a great experience working with Alexander in our search for a home away from the city. During a challenging time with a highly competitive market, (not to mention that we are new to the state and in the middle of a pandemic), he provided expertise on the process and keen knowledge of the different area communities. We appreciated his availability, his patience, and his sixth sense in assessing a property. If you are looking for Hudson Valley or Catskills real estate, we highly recommend Alexander James and would work with him again if the opportunity arises.— Camille W. and Paul W.
We spent the past few years visiting the Catskills as weekenders, taking in the views, and enjoying all the outdoors had to offer. We often talked about what it would be like to “one day” own a mountain home, once we no longer lived in the city. However, with the recent option of permanent remote work, we decided to make that dream a reality and head upstate. After reaching out to a NYC realtor, and friend, about how best to approach the Catskill market, we were recommended to Alex. Prior to meeting Alex in person, we spent some time on the phone and exchanging emails getting to know each other, letting him know what we liked, what mattered most, o...— Ashley D. and Robbie R.
We got in touch with Alex about a year into our upstate search and what a difference it made. We were so frustrated after working with two different people earlier in our search, but we immediately felt at ease after our first conversation with him. He responded to us at all hours, and he helped bring a New York City mindset to our weekend home search. He understood exactly what we should be thinking about as weekenders. It's so much more enjoyable to work with someone who understands what it means to be a weekender, and he lives that life and was able to share his personal insight. Alex was able to focus our search to only show us homes that met ou...— Caroline and Chris R.
We were thrilled when we finally got to meet Alex after a whole lot of email exchanges before our first visit upstate to buy a home. He just got us and understood exactly what we were looking for in a weekend home. Alex was patient with us the entire time and helped us understand what we should be thinking about, since homeownership upstate is so different from a condo in the city. He brought us up to speed on how a house works, the types of things to think about outside of the cosmetics and glossy pictures, and how to approach the process of putting in a winning offer. Now that we've gotten to really know our home and the area, we couldn't be happi...— Ali and Aaron M.
Alex is arguably one of the sharpest real estate agents I've come across as I pursued my search for a home upstate. He acted as my guide throughout the entire search process--from the early consideration stage through the purchase process and beyond. He took the time to educate me to different areas where I could stretch my budget and find my dream home. Throughout the purchase process Alex provided his honest opinion on what I should be thinking about as I considered different options. His detailed understanding of each of the Catskills regions coupled with his deep structural design knowledge helped me choose the perfect home for my family and me.— Matthew B.
My partner and I had a wonderful experience working with Alex James to purchase our first upstate home. Coming from out of state, we weren’t very familiar with the Catskills real estate market, and after a couple showings with Alex, it was clear that we were working with an expert on the region. We were interested in buying an older, semi- fixer-upper, and he steered us in the direction of a well-maintained and appropriately priced property that was filled with cosmetic potential—truly the perfect fit for us. We were especially impressed with his guidance on bidding in this competitive market. We followed his strategy with complete confidence and d...— Alena H. and Chris V.
When my wife and I decided we would move up to the Catskills region and also invest there, we found Alex from the Fresh Air Realty team. His knowledge of the Catskills real estate market was instrumental in helping us land both our primary home and our first vacation/investment property. The experience started with a very natural and comfortable exploratory conversation and then moved through the various phases of the home finding and purchasing process. He was there by our side through the whole process but was dynamic enough to know where we needed more guidance and where to give space. Overall a 5 star experience (clearly, came back for the 2nd r...— Nick and Ivette M.
I worked with Alex James and he was great. He recommended small, easy improvements I could do on the house (on a budget) to maximize my return. He kept in constant communication and walked me through every step. I had contacted a different realtor at first who suggested a much lower selling price. Alex only works for the client's best interest. He is professional, approachable and very knowledgeable.— Gabriella B.
Life always has a way of giving you what you need. My lesson in working with Alex at Fresh Air Realty was the importance of patience. At the time of my search for Catskills real estate, there was limited supply on the market. Alex was thoughtful and meticulous in listening to my wish list, reassuring me that the "just right" property was out there and not to give up hope. Well...he kept his word and found the absolute PERFECT property. We are grateful that he shepherded us through the entire process and continues to be an ongoing resource, given his local knowledge. I would highly recommend Fresh Air Realty and Alex.— Letena and Rahsan L.
Along with my patient, warm and friendly personality, I make the entire sales process interesting, engaging and enjoyable for my clients. I welcome the opportunity to bring my professionalism and passion to your next exciting life decision!