Hudson Valley Real Estate Specialist
Testamonials (reviews of me that my clients posted on Zillow):
"We hit the jackpot when we found Chris. I was a real estate agent in Brooklyn, New York, looking to relocate to Newburgh, NY, and I think Chris is one of the most talented agents I've met. Chris selected the best properties on the market in our range and spent a lot of time with us, showing us around Newburgh and educating us about the history, challenges and possibilities of this emerging creative hotspot on the Hudson. His ability to evaluate and represent the pros and cons of a property is top notch. It was like being with an historian, contractor, urban planner and real estate agent rolled into one (which is, I think, the case). Chris' love for this city, deep historical knowledge, construction expertise from his previous life as a contractor/restorer and his years of activism in the renewal of the City of Newburgh made working with him a thorough and fascinating education. He is very personable and is a skilled negotiator, represented us very well when it came time to negotiate our offer, and was a stalwart advocate for us through a bumpy closing process. He has remained an unstinting source of guidance (we now actually live across the street from him), and we will always be grateful to him for helping us find and secure our beautiful home."
"I’ve known Chris Hanson for about five years; we are both musicians and regularly perform together. Chris has impressed me many times with his deep knowledge of local real estate: he can speak knowledgeably about the history of local neighborhoods and properties, and as someone with a passion for restoring historic homes, he is full of useful advice about the unrealized potential of a property that most wouldn’t see. He was, as a result, my very first call when I began to think about buying a house.
As a realtor, Chris was extraordinarily helpful and professional. His communication was excellent, and he promptly responded to emails and phone calls throughout the process. He was very straightforward about the condition of properties we toured, and he was unafraid to identify potential problems that he noticed. Given his background in restoration, he was also very good at putting these problems in perspective: he could tell me what was a relatively easy fix, and what could end up being a dealbreaker. As a first-time home buyer, I definitely appreciated his insights into each property, and into the home-buying process in general. He made an intimidating and stressful process much less scary, and helped me buy a house I’m still very happy with. I would certainly work with him again, and I recommend him highly."
"I can't say enough about how positive our experience with Chris was. It's not just that he found us our home, but his knowledge of the area - the local history, how real estate works in the area - and so much more - were truly invaluable."
"Chris Hanson was great helping us with finding a place. He was very knowledgable of the area and had good advice to give. We would definitely work with him again!"
"There aren't words enough to describe mine and my wife's home buying experience with Chris Hanson. We contacted Chris a few years prior to purchasing our first home and were very impressed by his professionalism, knowledge of the local area, and his obvious attention to what we were looking for in a home. Although we did not find the house of our dreams the first go round with Chris, the experience we had with him made him our only choice for our latest attempt. Chris has the ability to make the home buying experience as stress free and enjoyable as possible. He was hard working, dedicated and patient with us as first time home buyers with the numerous questions that entails. We would recommend Chris Hanson to anyone searching for the home of their dreams. His refreshing approach made it feel like we were looking for a house with a life long friend."
"Like buying a car buying a house can be a nerve wracking adventure. Would that we could live in a world where most people were less "out for themselves" and more interested in doing the right thing. Thankfully there are still people like this out there...
As a first time homebuyer having Chris Hanson involved was very helpful. He was generous with his time, explaining the various steps involved in the process well before they came up. He revealed the concerns of the seller so I could prepare to address those and he was an excellent guide in general, clear in all his communications with me and extremely helpful in understanding what to expect buying a historic home in the City of Newburgh. Even after the closing (when there is nothing more to "gain") he continues to help me. I don't come across people of his caliber very often."
"Chris is a dream to work with. His attention to detail and local knowledge helped my wife and I greatly when looking for our first home. He knows the business extremely well and unlike other agents places reasonable expectations on pricing and timing with regards to the offer and closing process. We both highly recommend Chris both for first time buyers or sellers but especially for those who may not be happy with who they've worked with in the past."
"Chris was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He is easy to get a hold of and quick to respond to any of my questions and comments I had throughout the home buying process. Being a first time buyer this helped a lot. Having a background in renovation and also flipping homes his eye for detail really helped when looking at a property. We were able to walk thru a home and he could tell when an owner had maintained a property or just cleaned it up to sell. I also appreciated his honesty as we wouldn't just sugar coat it and could tell you what would need to be fixed or changed if needed. I have and will continue to recommend Chris to anyone looking for a good real estate agent."
"I cannot say enough about my experience with Chris. He was extremely professional, knowledgeable, down to earth, and a wonderful person to work with. It is not often that you find an agent who is honest, upfront and as willing to help as Chris is. If the world was filled with more businessmen/women like Chris, our world would be a totally different place. Chris you ROCK!!"
"We bought a single family home in the town of Newburgh. Working with Chris was great. He was very knowlegable about the area and helped us to pinpoint the exact location we wanted to be. He was very patient with us while we narrowed our search and encouraged us to think outside the box. He used his great negotiating skills to get us the best price for our house and was there every step of the way to closing. He was a great resource in finding us an attorney for closing as well. We would definitely recommend using Chris for all your real-estate needs."
"Chris was wonderful to work with. He is a historian of the Newburgh area so we learned much about the history (interesting facts, stories, aspects) that became an important part of knowing that we wanted to be in the city of Newburgh. Chris also knows a lot about construction and the workings of a house. This is very helpful when looking through a house and questions arise. Chris spent an entire day with our house inspector and us, a time consuming day of looking at every fold in the house. He didn't have to be there, but he was supportive and present through the ordeal. All of the people he recommended: the inspector, the lawyer, the carpenter have all been smart and responsive people as well and great to work with. At one point, I had a bit of a meltdown about it all. His counsel was wise and grounded and quite supportive. I cannot more highly recommend Chris."
"Chris Hanson was a pleasure to work with. He was different from other Agents I've worked with in that he was responsive, respectful to my needs and extremely patient. He is knowledgeable about the hudson valley and the differences between the communities. I relied on Chris' judgement and expertise in assisting me through the extremely stressful and complicated process of buying a home. This was my first home buying experience and I truly believe that Chris' approach took the sting out of the process...
I also found that Chris was extremely helpful with community resources, ie. banks, contractors, painters, finishers, etc...."
"My husband and I recently had the pleasure of working with Chris for the purchase of our first home. As young newlyweds, we were nervous and knew little about the process but were eager to buy. Chris became a trusted resource. His patience and understanding was outstanding, even in the midst of conversations with opinionated parents who accompanied us on a few trips. Always willing to give his expert advice on home improvement/renovation projects, we found Chris to be very knowledgeable and easy to work with. He helped us seal the deal on our perfect home shortly after we started looking, in what proved to be an area of very limited options. We could not have been happier to have Chris on our side at the closing table and throughout the entire process."
"I have worked with a number of agents before I worked with Chris and they were all the same. Never returned phone calls or emails and left me in the dark. Not only did Chris meet my needs, he went above and beyond to make sure everything that I wanted done got done. He was always in communication with me and always let me know what was going on. He stood his ground and got things done as the closing got closer. I would highly recommend Chris to anyone who is looking for a home because he makes the process as easy as possible."
"Chris has been our agent for several deals, and has ALWAYS been professional, helpful, informative, and fun to work with. He is very involved in the community and is passionate about his work. Additionally, he can recommend the best banks, lawyers, inspectors, contractors, plumbers, electricians - everything you need."
"Chris helped us both sell and buy our homes in a difficult market. Along with his ability to carefully explain all aspects of the process, he was able to point us to informed sources for financing. He is especially knowledgeable about historic properties and the process of renovation and restoration. Chris was always patient and available every step of the way."
"Chris acted as my agent in three high maintenance deals in 2008 and 2009- in both selling and purchasing property. In all three instances he was courteous, diplomatic and made sure the deals happened in a professional manner. When questions and/or concerns arose, he responded quickly and followed up in a timely manner. His marketing skills helped make one deal a otherwise unlikely success. Throughout the entire process of each deal he was always responsive."
"Chris Hanson is reliable, efficient and most importantly highly knowledgable in the field of real estate. Chris was very helpful in leading me through the home buying process. He was available whenever I had a question, and was persistent in finding the perfect match for me and my wants and needs. I would recommend him to anyone interested in purchasing or selling a home n the Hudson Valley."
"I had a great experience working with Chris. I found him very honest and his local knowledge s second to none."
I am a life-time resident of the Hudson Valley and current resident of the City of Newburgh, NY. My wife and I live in its Historic District, in an historic home we have restored. With my experience in real estate, planning and home restoration/renovation, I have served as a board member of Newburgh's Architectural Revue Commission, Newburgh Preservation Association, Newburgh 2020 (revitalization advisory board), and several other advisory/consultation groups related to real estate and revitalization. I am also an advisor to the Newburgh Community Land Bank. I am happy to put this knowledge and experience to use while helping my clients achieve their goals. My own professional goal is to have well-informed, happy and successful clients who become life-long clients!
My educational background is in fine arts & graphic design; and I have been a professional musician as well. In addition to my experience as a real estate professional, I feel my years of home renovation/restoration, civic & community involvement, and my years as a touring musician in a 7-member band have taught me a great deal about negotiation, cooperation, patience, communication and timing. The design background is also very useful when marketing a client's home.
Areas of Expertise
All types of residential real estate in Orange, Dutchess & Ulster Counties - with added specialization in Historic Homes & high-end homes.
I am a trained & experienced real estate negotiator. I advise and guide my clients at every step; managing every aspect of the transaction (preparing a home for sale, CMA/market value, marketing, networking with other professionals/agents, identifying good comps, finding a home, helping to put your professional team together and manage them (attorney, mortgage specialist, inspector, etc), negotiating price, terms & contingencies, handling necessary legal forms & disclosures, scheduling & accompanying home inspections, negotiating/resolving inspection issues, scheduling & accompanying appraisals, dealing with appraisal issues, managing the time frame and all parties involved (making sure nobody is "sitting on your file"), scheduling and accompanying the walk-through & taking account of related issues for the closing, making sure nothing is over-looked at the closing... and after closing - being a resource for other local professionals, services and local information, etc.
Credentials: NYS Licensed Associate Broker, NAR's Green designation, CBR (Certified Buyer Representative), ASP (Acredited Staging Professional), ePro, REALTOR (member of National Assoc. of Realtors), NY State Assoc. of Realtors, & Orange County Board of Realtors/ Hudson Valley Gateway Assoc. of Realtors, Multiple Listing Service (MLS) member with access to Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Ulster, Sullivan, Putnam & Westchester County MLS -and Recipient of numerous sales awards & Top-Producer honors.
I'm Never Too Busy For Your Referrals!
Let's get together and talk about your real estate buying and/or selling plans. Call me on my cell phone (845-430-8380) or send me an e-mail (CHanson@HistoricNewburghHomes.com), we'll set-up a time that is easy and convenient for you to meet.
P.S. If you're not ready to meet in person, please tour through my website. I'm sure you'll find the resources here useful and helpful. Enjoy!