Realty Collective … Founded by Historic Preservation Enthusiast Founder Victoria Hagman is involved with various planning and historic preservation issues in Brooklyn. Her work in real estate has exposed her to the individuals and institutions governing public life in New York City. Her passion for communities and the architecture of Brooklyn have also led to her earning a masters degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Pratt while managing her real estate brokerage – no mean feat.
Victoria’s unusual career path – which includes stints as a carnival worker, band booker, and ‘zine publisher – makes sense to everyone who knows her. “Victoria is unlike anyone I have ever met,” says Realty Collective agent Tina Fallon. “She has phenomenal instincts, great charisma, and the work ethic to follow through. She seems to know everything and everyone.” She is a member of the Columbia Waterfront Neighborhood Association, Cobble Hill Neighborhood Association, and the Community Advisory Group to Gowanus Superfund. She continues to work closely with her colleagues at Pratt in city planning and community development issues.
Hagman is recognized both for her sales achievements and her reputation as one of the most trusted and admired agents in Brooklyn’s real estate market. She personally trains agents who share her commitment to growing a community, not just making money. While overseeing and working with each member of her team and their own clients, Hagman still serves her clientele from first-time renters to those with limitless budgets.
“Working with licensed architects and contractors has provided me with the foundations of an education on building restoration, new construction developments, and conversion projects, as well as many details about mechanicals from floorboards to boilers,” said Hagman. “We are dedicated to our community and to bringing a higher, more honest level of service to our clients. We aim to create not just a home but a connection. I believe people really need that here in the big city.”
RC, Rooted in the Community … Better for Clients? Why? Victoria Hagman founded Realty Collective in Brooklyn, an area rich in history and architecture, after growing disenchanted with other brokerage models. She chose to model one after her own ideals and interest in shaping Brooklyn’s future, while staying connected to its cultural heritage. When working with her and her team at Realty Collective, clients can count on nothing less than seasoned professionals, immersed in Brooklyn real estate and devoted to serving your needs around the clock.
RC agents share listings and work in a team structure, providing support for fellow agents, while benefiting RC’s sellers, buyers, landlords and renters. Agents generally handle properties in their own neighborhoods, so are very knowledgeable about the area in which their clients are buying, selling or renting. In the Brooklyn real estate market, Realty Collective and Hagman are renowned among colleagues and clients alike for their integrity, loyalty and professionalism. Experts in South Brooklyn properties, they are devoted to serving the needs of real estate buyers and sellers in destinations including but not limited to Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn Heights and Gowns.
Throughout the whole process Victoria was very supportive and always easy to communicate with…was always willing to talk things through–and more than once talked me down from the ledge. She has continued to check in with me during the renovation process and has truly become a friend.
I was looking to stay in the same neighborhood (Carroll Gardens / Cobble Hill) and found Victoria’s Realty Collective. She was very down to earth friendly and knowledgeable of her listing. Applying was very straightforward.
Victoria and Mary set up a meet-and-greet with the landlords, negotiated a more than fair rent and were even flexible on their fee to fit our budget. They are also very nice, locally-minded and down to earth people.
After an amazing experience with Victoria, Realty Collective’s broker, when we bought our home, we didn’t think twice before hiring her to be our broker when we decided to rent the apartment on the top floors of our townhouse. She was able to find a new tenant in one week!
Had the best experience with Realty Collective. My realtor, Victoria, really knew her locations and didn’t take me anywhere that I couldn’t afford, etc…I am now living in a fantastic apartment and will definitely use her the next time I decide to move.
My husband and I moved January 2010. Broker/owner Victoria and agent Mary made the entire process a smooth one. They are also very nice, locally-minded and down to earth people. If you are looking for a nice apartment in the vicinity with authentic real estate agents they are the ones to use.
Victoria and Shyda were great! I contacted Victoria just a few days ago for help with leaving my present apartment which is overpriced to stay in the same neighborhood for less money. I did not think this was possible… These gals made it possible and at a about a thousand less.
One of the few places thats actually willing to go the extra mile for their clients. In addition to this everyone who works there is always super friendly and visiting the office is like going to see a friend. I most definitely recommend Realty Collective if you are looking for an apartment.
Victoria / Realty Collective were extremely helpful and flexible when it came time signing the lease on our apartment. She / they were able to fully work with us and meet us halfway on things if need be. Of the realtor experiences I have had, I would definitely say this was by far the best.
Victoria & Shyda helped me sell my condo in the Columbia Waterfront District in 2012. [They] sold my home for a price that was higher than I’d expected. I will (and do) recommend Victoria Hagman and Shyda Hoque and the Realty Collective team to anyone looking to sell a home.