In 2001, Tennessee native Brandon Trentham arrived in New York with $300 in his pocket and a thirst for success. Working as a fashion model and actor, he spent the next decade traveling across 25 different countries and building an impressive network of artists, fashion celebrities, actors, and foreign investors. Upon returning to NY in 2012, he embraced his passion for real estate and hit the ground running—signing on many of his former friends and colleagues as clients. Within months, Brandon was nominated Rookie of the Year by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), winning in both sales and rentals for Manhattan. Then, in 2016, he established The Trentham Team—a growing group of accomplished individuals with more than 30 years of combined experience in NYC real estate. Since that time, PropertySpark has ranked Brandon #12 out of the Top 100 Real Estate Agents on Social Media, and the team has been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Post, Mansion Global, and 6sqft. Together, they are part of Compass—a privately held real estate technology company with a powerful end-to-end platform and over 20,0000 agents who operate in 22 regions across the U.S. “Since its founding in 2012, Compass has essentially left the competition in the rearview mirror due to its unparalleled background in AI and technology,” says Brandon.
Today, he and The Trentham Team serve clients throughout the entire NYC area. While other team members concentrate on the uptown areas, Brandon’s primary focus is on downtown, where he specializes in penthouses and townhouses. He is also responsible for overseeing the team and its listings, knowing the micro and macro markets, educating buyers and sellers on how to navigate the ever-changing market, and forecasting future real estate trends. Brandon loves design architecture, so he is involved in renovation construction and interior design as well. “We have a program called Compass Concierge, which allows us to flip a property without spending out of pocket until after it sells, so I recently took advantage of the program to complete a project for a foreign investor. I enjoyed being in charge of the design, hiring contractors, and every other element of the renovation process,” he explains.
No matter what projects they undertake, The Trentham Team thinks outside the box and constantly works toward setting new building and neighborhood records. They have never lost a sale listing, and 2020 was the best year they have ever had—despite a global pandemic. The team’s comprehensive market knowledge and in-depth understanding of the industry’s complexities ensures a positive experience for clients, and if anything does go wrong, Brandon is there to immediately address the issue. “I’ve always taken pride in starting my team and surrounding myself with such talented people, and it has certainly paid off. I’m now to the point where clients not only trust me to sell their homes, but to also steer renovations and advise them on what will sell the best,” he says.
Clients are especially appreciative of the personal touch Brandon includes within every transaction. For instance, after spending the past decade obtaining historian certifications for most of the downtown neighborhoods in NYC, he is now equipped with an intimate knowledge of the area with which few can compete. He and his team also
maintain close relationships with their clients, hosting monthly dinners and other events. In turn, 90% of their business comes from referrals, and many of their clients come to them for second and third purchases. This is a feat within itself as statistics show only 12% of clients from other agents return to their first agent. “Lots of my clients become good friends, and I love seeing them and catching up. Since many ask if I can refer them to doctors, dentists, architects, etc., I made a vendor list that includes people I’ve worked with,” Brandon explains. Clearly, The Trentham Team is dedicated to maintaining its high retention rate and number of referrals—evidence of the exceptional client services they provide.
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