In the world of real estate, populated by thousands of young and not-so-young men and women in polished suits with beeping phones and ipads, Karina Sagiev, the founding partner of Evans Real Estate Investments is a pleasant surprise. She exudes an air of a congenial hostess, graceful and unassuming, despite the Ivy-League degree on her wall, and the very impressive multi-million-dollar deals she has been closing internationally and throughout New York. She speaks softly and meets your gaze with inquisitiveness and eagerness. She is not rushing you. Sagiev is studying you to learn more about the person that you are, your needs, and aspirations, all of which is very useful information for realtor to have when one is looking for a new home or an investment property.
Evans, her boutique Real Estate storefront on West 60th, between West End and Amsterdam, is also a striking non-conformist venue. The space was designed and executed by her husband, a NYC architect Dennis Sagiev. It feels like a Soho art gallery but it could also pass for a cozy lounge with a fireplace. The interior design is a cornucopia of retro- elements mixed in with industrial feel, and topped off with a friendly but glamorous chandelier.
Evans Real Estate Investments caters to buyers and sellers from all over the world. In fact, every major language is spoken by the firm’s associate agents at Evans, so that everyone feels welcome. Even the company’s brochures are printed in over 10 languages and are readily available upon entering the agency. Experienced and licensed agents will patiently guide clients towards an optimal solution to their needs and notably, the relationship does not end after the transaction. Karina and her team at Evans extend themselves further, to assist their clients with the endless list of after-sale chores, from property management to offering guidance concerning local banks and schools. Many clients have become lifelong friends and everyone agrees: they have always felt special and well taken care of by Evans Real Estate Investments.
“Building a relationship with the client is at the top of my priorities”, says Karina. “My job is extremely rewarding but at the same time demands a huge sense of responsibility on my part. Buying a home or an apartment is not like buying a coat. The former purchase frequently shapes your life in more ways than one. I truly enjoy helping clients during this often stressful and emotional journey. My goal is to help buyers and sellers navigate the “give and take” process, the prioritizing of the charm of the space versus the vicinity of theaters, versus the proximity to work, and so much more.”
Upper West Side has been Karina Sagiev’s home for the past 8 years. She had a vision of her storefront real estate office (which she moved from a Soho location), at the crossroads of Riverside Boulevard, Columbus Circle and Lincoln Square. “I love this re-emerging neighborhood”, she says. “It has so much to offer to just about any family from anywhere in the world. Take my 4-year old, for example. She likes ballet. So I have a choice of walking her to either Alvin Ailey, Steps on Broadway, to Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, or at least five other equally wonderful ballet classes.“
A real estate office by day, Evans is often converted by Karina into a Jazz venue or an Art Exhibition for an evening and her clients love it. These get-togethers are a great way to mingle with local families, listen to great music, and enjoy works of art by emerging and established NYC artists. “This is my home, and I want people to think of me as a local go-to real estate haven, where they will be treated like friends, with courtesy and kindness”, says the nicest saleswoman I have ever met.