Barbara Godson

Halstead Property
Highlight: Highly experienced Downtown agent with a strong knowledge of the market and inventory

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Contact Information (646) 200-5802

Vital statistics

Concentration:
Representing Sellers 50%
Representing Buyers 50%

Geography:
SoHo/Tribeca, West Village, Gramercy/Union Square/Flatiron

Price range:
$1m to $3m, $3m to $10m

Lifetime deals: 175

Sales 2006: $41 million

Sales 2007: $32 million

Sales 2008: $28 million

Background

Education:
Schooled in England

Second languages: None

Professional memberships:
Real Estate Board of New York

Active Agent since: 1984

Designations: Executive Vice President

Awards

Halstead Diamond Club, 2nd half of 2008

 

Halstead Platinum Circle, 2008

 

Halstead Producer's Council, 2008

 

Halstead Gold Circle, 2nd half of 2007

 

Halstead Diamond Club, Q2 2006

Specialties

Generalists »

I specialize in downtown. I work with buyers and sellers and enjoy both equally. I know EVERY co-op and condo below 23rd Street and every townhouse in Greenwich Village. I follow the market very carefully and at any time I know every listing below 23rd Street that is on the market priced above $2M. To date I have sold almost $300 million of Manhattan real estate.

Loft specialists »

I have been selling lofts since 1984. When I first started selling lofts they were mainly located in Soho. Many were selling for $100 a square foot and most were owned by artists. Compare this with the most expensive lofts, which in the recent past were trading for over $4,000 per square foot. In some buildings, even though buyers were paying $1,400 a square foot, they still had to put their own garbage on the sidewalk!

Townhouses specialists »

I have sold many townhouses and understand all the intricacies involved from changing the Certificate of Occupancy to clearing the outstanding violations that often accompany old houses. I know when a house is well-priced and I can see it's potential. I recently brought such a house to the attention of one of my buyers, and was able to sell the house for them two years later for twice what they paid.

Buyers moving to NYC »

Many years ago, when my daughters were five and six years old, we moved from a seven-bedroom house in New Haven to Manhattan. I quickly learned to adjust my lifestyle and I found out what was important to make a happy home and how to ease the transition for my family. I learned all about the schools (public and private) and soon knew all the Downtown parks and playgrounds. I know where all the best food and specialty stores are, and can ease the anxiety of a relocating family.

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Agent's personal statement

If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well. I have applied that maxim to everything I do in life and real estate is no exception. When I started in this business 25 years ago, I was excited to view all the downtown properties that were for sale. That excitement has never left me. I bicycle everywhere and try to view every property in the price range in which I specialize. And because I have typically already seen all available properties, I can quickly identify which properties will work for my buyers. This saves a huge amount of frustration and wasted time. Most of my buyers are surprised to find how enjoyable finding a home can be.

Recently sold

Address: Type: Bed: Sqft:
1 Hudson Street - - -
1 Morton Square - - -
111 Fourth Avenue - - -
113 Greene Street - - -
115 East 9th Street - - -
115 Spring Street - - -
117 Charles Street Townhouse - -
119 Prince Street - - -
12 West 18th Street - - -
121 Greene Street - - -
121 Waverly Place - - -
121 West 19th Street - - -
123 Baxter Street - - -
123 Sullivan Street - - -
125 East 12th Street - - -
13 Bank Street Townhouse - -
130 Barrow Street - - -
130 Greene Street - - -
132 East 19th Street Co-op 2.0 -
133 Mercer Street - - -
135 Greene Street - - -
135 West 17th Street - - -
135 Wooster Street - - -
136 1/2 West 15th Street Townhouse - -
138 Duane Street - - -
138 West 18th Street - - -
139 Reade Street - - -
14 East 4th Street - - -
140 Franklin Street - - -
140 Sullivan Street - - -
140 Thompson Street - - -
145 West Broadway - - -
149 West 12th Street - - -
15,17 Greene Street - - -
150 Chambers Street - - -
150,152 Chambers Street - - -
154 West 18th Street - - -
155 Perry Street - - -
158 Mercer Street - - -
16 Hudson Street - - -
165 Duane Street - - -
167 Perry Street - - -
167 Spring Street - - -
170 Mercer Street - - -
170 Norfolk Street - - -
180 Park Row - - -
19 Hubert Street - - -
2 Charlton Street - - -
2 Fifth Avenue - - -
20 East 9th Street - - -
200 Mercer Street - - -
201 West 17th Street - - -
21 Astor Place - - -
21 East 10th Street - - -
22 Wooster Street - - -
225 East 36th Street - - -
230 West 22nd Street Townhouse - -
234 East 14th Street - - -
240 Centre Street - - -
249 West 29th Street - - -
250 Mercer Street - - -
258 Broadway - - -
260 West Broadway - - -
27 Bank Street Townhouse - -
27 Commerce Street - - -
27 N. Moore, 8A - - -
285 Lafayette Street - - -
288 West Street - - -
291 Church Street - - -
296 West 10th Street - - -
299 West 12th Street - - -
30 Bond Street - - -
303 Mercer Street - - -
305 East 24th Street - - -
31 West 12th Street - - -
32 Washington Square West - - -
33 Rector Street - - -
345 Greenwich Street - - -
35 Bethune Street - - -
35 West 9th Street - - -
357 West 21st Street Townhouse - -
366 West 15th Street - - -
380 West 12th Street - - -
39 Vestry Street - - -
395 Broadway - - -
395 Broadway - - -
40 Barrow Street Townhouse - -
41 Fifth Avenue - - -
42 West 17th Street - - -
421 Hudson Street - - -
424 Broome Street - - -
429 Greenwich Street - - -
45 Greene Street - - -
461 Broome Street - - -
466 Washington Street - - -
468 West Broadway - - -
480 Broome Street - - -
50 Avenue A - - -
51 Fifth Avenue - - -
51 Greene Street - - -
514 Broadway - - -
53 N Moore Street - - -
535 Greenwich Street - - -
542 LaGuardia Place - - -
55 White Street - - -
56 East 11th Street - - -
56 Thomas Street - - -
59 West 12th Street - - -
6 East 10th Street Townhouse - -
62 Greene Street - - -
644 Broadway - - -
65 Bedford Street Townhouse - -
65 West 13th Street - - -
652 Broadway - - -
66 Grand Street - - -
66 Leonard Street - - -
66 West 11th Street - - -
67 Perry Street - - -
684 Broadway - - -
7 West 14th Street - - -
70 East 10th Street - - -
70 Grand Street - - -
71 Grand Street - - -
71 Warren Street - - -
73 Bedford Street Townhouse - -
80 Warren Street - - -
83 Murray Street - - -
83 Wooster Street - - -
832 Broadway - - -
840 Broadway - - -
89 Washington Place - - -
90 Greene Street - - -
90 West Broadway - - -
95 Greene Street - - -
99 Spring Street - - -

Our summary of
Barbara Godson

"Barbara's is one of the preeminent Downtown real estate agents in the city. She's also a long-term Downtown resident. She began her career in real estate 25 years ago and knows the history of nearly every Downtown co-op, loft, townhouse and condo. This enables her to quickly target the right opportunities for her clients."

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Verified reviews (9)

“Barbara helped us make a big decision -- buying a second home. She was enjoyable and informative.”
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Anonymous

Posted August 11, 2009. Verified September 16, 2009.

My experience with Barbara was professional, enjoyable and informative. I was most impressed by her experience and her depth of knowledge, particularly regarding the downtown real estate market. She helped us to make a big decision, since this was our second home, and not a necessity. On a personal level, Barbara was fun to be around, and understanding of our needs on a day-to-day basis. We were in the process of having our second child while were looking at our apartment, and she was always very accomodating and flexible. I have already recommended her to others.
“She is straightforward, focused, attentive, responsive, and responsible.”

Anonymous

Posted August 7, 2009. Verified October 5, 2009.

Barbara has helped me buy and sell multiple townhouses in Manhattan, most recently in the West Village. Our relationship with Barbara has grown over time: she has taken us from our first purchase to our current, multiple, large purchases, so I think she has the scope to grow from a first-time buyer to somebody who does real estate as a business. Barbara is extremely straightforward and focused. We could have switched real estate agents multiple times, but we chose to stay with her because of the quality of her service. She understands exactly what her clients want and she has a vision for each client. Barbara is extremely attentive, responsive and responsible. Sometimes we will e-mail her at three in the morning and she always makes herself available. I would definitely recommend Barbara to a friend or family member. In fact, my brother is working with her now. She really is as close to perfect as is possible.
“I feel lucky to have worked with someone as professional, kind and dedicated as Barbara.”
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Linda S.

Posted September 2, 2009. Verified October 5, 2009.

Barbara is a very special person as well as a top agent. I had an extraordinary experience working with her. She sensitively helped my husband and I with regards to the issue of my mother-in-law's home. My mother-in-law was 95, and we wanted her to move closer to us in the city. Barbara worked very hard to find the perfect apartment for her, but then at the last minute, my mother-in-law decided not to move. Barbara had worked for a very long time, but she did not get angry or demand anything. When my mother-in-law died, we turned to Barbara again. This was during the downfall of the market. Barbara worked incredibly hard and in a professional and kind manner. I don't believe anyone could have done a better job selling my mother's apartment than Barbara. Once Barbara found a buyer that the (particularly difficult) board would accept, Barbara managed to effectively meet everyone's needs. Barbara has no fake exterior; she is a New Yorker who knows and loves New York. She is able to break down the information to her clients because she lives the market. This makes her a cut above brokers who are only trying to make a profit. She remained in touch every step of the way, and she would answer questions before we even had the chance to ask them. We currently live in Westchester, and I can't imagine using anyone other than Barbara to buy or sell a home. I wish that she worked in this area as well. I have maintained an ongoing relationship with her for many years and I will continue to consult her. I have never met someone who is as professional and kind as she is. I feel lucky to have worked with Barbara.
“Barbara went out of her way to show us as many apartments that fit what we were looking for.”

Anonymous

Posted August 14, 2009. Verified October 5, 2009.

I doubt that you would find anyone more enthusiastic and committed to finding what the client wants than Barbara. Barbara went out of her way in every way you could imagine to find apartments, schedule appointments at convenient times, and make herself available. Barbara was on top of all of the coordination necessary with other real estate agents, inspectors, sellers, and attorneys. She is responsive, conscientious and on-point. Further, she is extremely knowledgeable about all of the property in the downtown, and specifically Soho, market. I give Barbara the highest recommendation.
“Very realistic and honest agent. Worked extremely hard for us.”
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Kyle G.

Posted August 7, 2009. Verified August 10, 2009.

Barbara helped us purchase a loft in Tribeca. I think she’s amazing. She is one of the best people, let alone the best brokers I’ve ever met. One of the things I love about her is how realistic she is. She is always on my side. Barbara worked so hard to make sure that everything was perfect for us. I adore her and would recommend her to a friend or family member. On a personal note, I think that one of the coolest things about Barbara is that for 365 days a year, whether rain or shine, she rides around town on her bicycle. That is amazing considering she’s 70 years old.
“I think Barbara is the hardest working woman in real estate.”

Anonymous

Posted August 27, 2009. Verified September 29, 2009.

I have worked with Barbara on multiple occasions. My husband and I recommend Barbara to everyone we know who needs an agent, and our friends all love her too. Barbara is knowledgeable, honest, hardworking, and very responsive. She rides her bicycle everywhere, so she is absolutely never late for an appointment. I think Barbara is the hardest working woman in real estate. She knows every building from Union Square to Tribeca. She is amazing, even outside of her core neighborhoods.
“Barbara is energetic, aggressive and a great listener. We consider her a friend.”
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Lisa S.

Posted September 3, 2009. Verified September 22, 2009.

Barbara was a pleasure to work with. She is tremendously fun and has a very interesting mindset. She made herself very accessible and she had lots of smart ideas. Barbara is very energetic and aggressive, but she spent a lot of time truly listening to us and our needs. When we first started our search, we articulated specific things we were looking for. As the search progressed, Barbara was able to understand which things were less or more important to us, and she managed to steer us towards choices we may not have otherwise considered, including the home we eventually bought. Barbara knows Chelsea and downtown Manhattan better than anyone I know. It was very comforting to have her on our team. We enjoyed spending time with Barbara as we looked for homes. Buying a home was a very stressful experience but our interaction with Barbara was low-key. We thought of her as a friend who was helping us through a tough decision rather than someone increasing the pressure on us to close the deal. We continue to stay in touch with Barbara and consider her a friend.
“Barbara is the total package. She gives it her all to get the job done.”

Greg B.

Posted August 7, 2009. Verified August 10, 2009.

I worked with Barbara to help sell my place in the Lower East Side. I haven’t worked with many agents, but Barbara was very helpful. She was professional, empathetic, sympathetic -- the total package. I think that Barbara is the type of person who looks at a project, gives it her all and gets the job done. I had a great experience with her, and I would work with her again. I would absolutely recommend her to a friend or family member.
“Absolutely delightful agent. Barbara goes above and beyond the call of duty.”
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Darren O.

Posted September 8, 2009. Verified September 22, 2009.

I would describe my experience working with Barbara as being nothing short of absolutely delightful. I had seen Barbara before in the neighborhood showing houses to a number of celebrity clients as she cuts quite a distinctive figure with her bicycle. Upon meeting her for the first time, she was extremely pleasant, professional and down-to-earth, and she immediately put me at ease. I found that I could trust her right from the very beginning of our relationship, and as negotiations concluded (successfully) over the period of the next month or so, I was pleased to find that my initial instincts had proven to be completely correct. She is a warm, friendly lady with a wonderful personality and a delightful sense of humor. She is also honest, forthright and completely trustworthy. Barbara went above and beyond the call of duty on more than one occasion. She once delivered the keys of the house to us late at night in a heavy rainstorm in response to a last minute call. I wouldn’t hesitate for an instant in recommending her services to a friend, family member or one of my own clients.