But peering through the plate-glass windows, it's not immediately clear what kind of business this is. Artwork hangs on the wall, comfortable chairs are nearby and there's just one desk.
Could the new proprietor be a high-end private eye? A banker? A very exclusive art dealer?
In fact, it's Island real estate agent Brian Byrne, who celebrates his new agency during the upcoming Christmas in Edgartown weekend.
Brian Byrne, Realtor Broker
Byrne InterNational Realty
27 North Summer Street
PO BOX 1569
Edgartown, MA 02539
Byrne opened his new agency the Monday before Thanksgiving and sat down with Patch editor Louisa Hufstader in early December for an informal Business Monday interview.
Patch: How long have you been a real estate agent?
Byrne: Twelve years. I started at Harborside Realty, working for your mother! (laughs) (Harborside Realty co-owner and former Vineyard Gazette reporter Margaret Steele is Hufstader's mother.)
Patch: What did you do before real estate?
Byrne: I was a recruiter, a headhunter, in Boston.
Patch: Why did you make the change?
Byrne: The employment market had crashed, and I came to the Vineyard for the summer and I said, "What can I do to stay afloat out here as a full-time job?" and I got my license, and then I went to work and have been producing since then.
Patch: What do you like about working here?
Byrne: The people. The cameraderie of the Island. When you walk into a place, people know who you are. You don't get that in Boston. I can walk from Boston University down to the harbor and I wouldn't run into one person (I know). If I do that on the Vineyard, I run into tons of people.
Patch: Who are your clients?
Byrne: I have long-term customers that I've had over the years that always are looking for investments; new people coming to the Island; I see a huge part coming down the road: people coming to retire here. It's already happening.
Here's what Byrne wrote Patch about his new business:
"Brian began at Harborside Realty in Edgartown, then went on to get his Florida real estate license, splitting his time between the island of Martha’s Vineyard and Florida and gaining deeper perspective into the world of vacation homes and resort properties.
Brian next worked in Boston at Keller Williams Realty where he acquired experience with urban markets and continued building his sales expertise with waterfront properties.
He returned to his Martha’s Vineyard home-base to join the team at ReMax on Island, where he became one of their top producers.
Starting his own agency was the logical next step as Brian continued to develop and grow his realty experience and style. He saw the need for a boutique, detail-oriented, approachable storefront agency where Islanders and visitors alike could stop in to chat about Martha’s Vineyard real estate in a low pressure and comfortable environment.
'I really enjoy helping people understand real estate, guiding people through what can be a difficult process. I’m good at listening to, and interpreting a client’s needs, while encouraging clients to consider the entire realm of real estate possibilities. Ultimately, I just love Martha’s Vineyard and want to open other people up to the magic and the beauty of the Island.'”
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