Longtime Brooklyn-based broker Christopher Havens has joined Aptsandlofts.com, a real estate brokerage firm and website that works with commercial and residential properties in throughout the city, as its director of commercial property.
Mr. Havens will oversee the daily operations for the site’s commercial real estate division, and he will also help expand its retail division.
“I am very excited,” Mr. Havens told The Commercial Observer.
“I needed a bigger web platform, and now I can recruit more people for my team,” he added. Mr. Havens previously headed Creative Real Estate Group (which he founded) and acted as a co-agent with CBRE for 16 Court Street and GFI Development’s 470 Vanderbilt.
He said that he is currently hard at work with
three two buildings in Brooklyn: 630 Flushing Avenue, 231 Front Street and 1000 Dean Street.
“With 1000 Dean Street, you need more of that kind of office space, and with Dumbo being full,” he said, “people are going to have to think about going to other places like Crown Heights.”
Mr. Havens expects to see many Brooklyn entrepreneurs opt for Brooklyn-based office space in place of Manhattan.
“It’s going to be like Dumbo several years ago,” he said. “There were start-ups [taking space] that were coming out of incubators or coming out of their apartments.”
Mr. Havens will be joined by Francis DeCarlo, his former associate at Creative Real Estate Group. Both men are working together on 1000 Dean Street and 231 Front Street, the latter being the first office property in Vinegar Hill, Aptandlofts.com says.
“Chris is an industry leader in retail, office and commercial real estate throughout Brooklyn,” said David Maundrell, founder and president of aptsandlofts.com, in a statement. “With Chris’s extensive commercial experience aptsandloft.com will continue to strengthen our existing relationships on the residential side as well as leverage exposure of our name in the marketplace,” he added.