The Corcoran Group – Fort Greene

I Was Wholly Unimpressed

I was wholly unimpressed with my experience with The Corcoran Group – Fort Greene, and the agent they provided, Dexter Quamina.

I found a reasonably priced studio apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant, went through Corcoran to do the rental.

After I signed the lease, which was to start September 1st, I received a call from Dexter asking if I would move in following weekend, as the apartment needed to be cleaned and painted.

I said this was fine, if my lease would start that weekend, as I did not want to pay for an apartment to which I had no access.

Dexter told me that this would not work, and that I could set up cleaning/painting with the building super.

When I arrived at the apartment, it was by no means a mess, but the floors were dirty, as were the counter tops.

Food was caked on top of the stove as well. I called the super to arrange for cleaning, and he seemed confused and told me he would call back.

I then received an angry call from the building’s management agency, telling me that if I wanted the super to clean/paint I would need to pay him to do so.

I called Dexter to clear things up, and he told me that Corcoran would in fact arrange to have to apartment cleaned, and that he would call me back later in the day.

This was the last I heard from Dexter. I ended up mopping and vacuuming the floors on my own, and also scrubbing down the oven and counter tops to get rid of the caked-on food.

I sent an email to my landlord, expressing my frustration with Corcoran, and I CCed Dexter. He replied as follows:

“With all due respect the apartment was left in good standing by the previous tenant.

Being that you wanted to move in within a short time-frame the necessary cleaning was done.

However, the painting was left for you to coordinate with the landlord/management company after your move-in date.”

I wanted to move in when my lease started. Furthermore I should not have to clean the apartment I leased so as to make it look presentable, it should be presentable upon my arrival.

I replied to Dexter, saying that I called the agency (Dexter) and never received a call back, and that I should have been more diligent in figuring out what was expected of me as a tenant, and what was expected of Corcoran.

Dexter replied as follows:

I think your frustration should be the agency and their handling of the cleaning matter.

It is unfortunate that they were not able to accommodate your request but Corcoran handles its clients with the upmost respect and professionalism.

If there is anything that we can do on our end to help with this matter please let us know.

The ironic thing about this is Dexter is the one who handled the cleaning manner poorly.

He was the one to whom I spoke, and he told me he would call me back later in the day. Rather than attempting to rectify any miss-communications, it seems that Dexter was more interested in covering his own rear-end.

I felt that as soon as Corocran had my money, I was brushed aside, and became a non-entity. After the whole cleaning fiasco, I am wholly dissatisfied with my experience with Corcoran.

I felt like my concerns with the cleaning were brushed aside, and that as soon as Corcoran got my money, I became a non-entity.

I realize that Corcoran is a large agency, comprised of numerous agents throughout all of NYC.

It is unfortunate that this is the experience I had with them, as I will not be using Corcoran for future rentals or purchases, and I will be advising my friends and colleagues to do the same.

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  1. Scammer

    I was wholly unimpressed with my experience with Corocoran, and the agent they provided, Dexter Quamina. I found a reasonably priced studio apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant, went through Corcoran to do the rental. After I signed the lease, which was to start September 1st, I received a call from Dexter asking if I would move in following weekend, as the apartment needed to be cleaned and painted.

    I said this was fine, if my lease would start that weekend, as I did not want to pay for an apartment to which I had no access. Dexter told me that this would not work, and that I could set up cleaning/painting with the building super. When I arrived at the apartment, it was by no means a mess, but the floors were dirty, as were the counter tops. Food was caked on top of the stove as well. I called the super to arrange for cleaning, and he seemed confused and told me he would call back.

    I then received an angry call from the building’s management agency, telling me that if I wanted the super to clean/paint I would need to pay him to do so. I called Dexter to clear things up, and he told me that Corcoran would in fact arrange to have to apartment cleaned, and that he would call me back later in the day.

    This was the last I heard from Dexter. I ended up mopping and vacuuming the floors on my own, and also scrubbing down the oven and counter tops to get rid of the caked-on food.

  2. Gary Kahn at Corcoran is the worst real estate broker ever.

    Gary Kahn at Corcoran is the worst real estate broker ever. Please avoid at ALL COSTS. He is very dishonest and shady. He makes me wonder how these real estate brokers are any way shape or form useful value-added to society.

  3. Really Bad Service

    I was desperately searching for an apartment about a month prior to the semester starting. This was mid December (right after getting accepted to Pratt as a transfer student). I used to live in Westchester (4 hours round-trip on public trans), so the commute to class everyday was insane for a full-time student.

    After seeing multiple places from different brokers and having people trying to scam me, I turned to NY Times Realty online to look for a ‘legit’ company and that’s when I found Beth Frazier. We began working together from the beginning of January and classes were about to start in a couple weeks.

    After a series of empty promises and listings magically slipping from out underneath me, I end up in a private house with the same landlord that initially agreed to approve my application for another listing….MANY WEEKS ago.

    Meaning, it was basically the end of February when Beth finally ‘found’ a place. (My budget was reasonable for Bed-Stuy by the way) I moved out in March.

    So I quickly sign a lease in between class breaks in front of Beth Frazier and my landlord while they verbally summarized what I was signing and directed me where to sign… Months later I find my landlord harassing me, that the ‘lease’ is riddle with illegal clauses, and her doing other illegal things. Another tenant also had legal issues with both this same particular landlord and Beth Frazier (they all went to court). It’s like this pair are in cahoots.

    Precautionary tale: Don’t work with Beth Frazier, always rent units under commercially owned residencies, and sometimes patience doesn’t pay off -walk away after a reasonable point; no matter how ‘professional,’ ‘benign’ and ‘cordial’ a person seems to be…false pretenses man…

  4. I would give them no star if I could!

    I would give them no star if I could! The customer service we received from a million dollar vice-president broker was terrible!

  5. Corcorans agents are the worst and they are overpriced

    Please do yourselves a favor and don’t waste your time with this company. Xiomara Smalls and her mini sidekick with the bad weave are the worst. The apartment they showed needed repairs which Xiomara lied about when we spoke.

    She assured me that all of the problems would be taken care of by the landlord. Suffice it to say they were not and i am so glad that my lease is almost up so that I can vacate this dump. Corcorans agents are the worst and they are overpriced

  6. She did NOTHING, NO WORK.

    Your typical shady RE agents. I own an apartment in Prospect Heights and I was attempting to rent it out. Against others warnings, I decided to give them a shot. My agent (Lisa) seemed interested and invested in both of our best interests (renting the apt) at first…that first moment lasted about 15 minutes.

    She did NOTHING, NO WORK. I had to harass her to put up the ad on their own website for TWO WEEKS before she said “oh yeah, I’m not sure why its not there”. She wouldn’t return my calls when I asked for updates on the showings, and lied to me about when she sia d she had shown the apt. After four weeks of this garbage I demanded my keys back.

    She reluctantly agreed. I was told I could pick them up at the Corcoran office at 4pm. I finally received the keys at 7pm. I was livid. Not only was she not at the office like she said she would be, SHE AGAIN WOULD NOT PICK UP THE PHONE.

    The other brokers proceeded to ignore me while I steamed. Just all around horrid business people, I now take every opportunity I can to steer folks clear of the Corcoran Group.

  7. whenever we need recommendations for contractors and restoration ideas.

    We could not have asked for a better agent and trusted advisor to work with as we bought our first home. Rudy was incredibly knowledgable about the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, and Bed-Stuy and incredibly knowledgable about the whole purchase process.

    We are still in touch with Rudy, six months after we moved in, whenever we need recommendations for contractors and restoration ideas.

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