Norma Sue Wolfe

CBR –NYS Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Norma Sue Wolfe

NYS-licensed real estate saleswoman Norma Sue Wolfe was a writer and Manhattan resident for 20 years before she added up her quite reasonable rent for that period and said to herself, “Shoot, I couldda bought.”

Then press person to State or City criminal justice agencies, she pulled out New York’s crime statistics and noted, “Staten Island: it’s the safest borough.”

So, in 1982, she became the first buyer to move into the gated, waterfront, multi-acre ex-ware-houses located next door to the free ferry to Manhattan and known as “Bay St. Landing.”

It’s one real estate license and 33 years later, and Norma Sue has listed or sold some $65-millions’ worth of, predominantly, harbor-view co-ops and vintage houses since 1995, alone. She estimates she has peopled four St. George co-ops with one-third to one-half of their residents from a recessionary $17,200 to $800,000 selling prices. They’ve been 700-3000 sq. ft lofts at 10 & 20 Bay St. Landing as well as #36-56, also The Landing; and generous-size studios plus 1-, 2- and 3-bedrooms at 50 Fort Place and 350 Richmond Terrace.

Norma Sue’s also has conveyed numerous historic houses on the North Shore ranging from a prime Arts & Crafts “cottage,” to which she was invited to escape during Storm Sandy by her buyers; to a million-and-a-half-dollar Swiss chalet with fine gardens and harbor-views; to a huge, $250,000 St. George, landmarked, crumbling Victorian foreclosure.

“I do the impossible,” she says. In order to “close” that Victorian, Norma Sue wrote the bank’s CEO about the plight of her handicapped Seller and turtle-like court action. The four-year delay ended one week later.

Selling co-ops requires maneuvering too. A southerner by birth, Norma Sue re-outfitted one applicant right down to tie, sports coat and haircut, in order to present him successfully to his Board. In another instance, she accompanied Buyers just out of grad school to an attorney who drafted a lawsuit that got them a long-delayed Board interview, and their present townhouse.

“I’m quirky and that’s the way I like the clients I work for and customers I strive with. I’m looking for centered oddballs who know themselves, their tastes, humor, budget and dreams.”

Norma Sue’s business life comes first: she found a house for one Buyer New Year’s Eve; she also worked 25 years, each, with two others: “I found them delightful.”

She also organizes a dinner club, where friends suggest, and sample, some of the more unusual restaurants on the Island; an opera group, which attends Met performances both at Lincoln Center and via simulcast movie theater (This season she has a crush on Jonas Kaufmann.); and movie get-togethers where the viewers, including herself, and the films they select best can be described as “golden oldies.”

For Norma Sue, Staten Island has proven “a boat ride away, world apart.” She invites you to explore: “I’ll pick you up at the ferry and bring you home.”

Norma Sue’s Testimonials:

“Whenever I need to verify something about Co-ops I call the Queen of water front properties Norma Sue!”
Greg S, Buyer

“This is just a quick note to let everyone at Gateway know how phenomenally helpful Norma Sue was in finding my coop. It’s the perfect place for me, peaceful and pretty, and I couldn’t have done it without her. She knows St. George like no one else—driving around and hearing her stories about neighborhoods and houses was an incredible treat! She showed nothing but patience during my pre-purchase indecision (house vs. apartment? condo vs. coop?), and she marshalled along a closing process that had me ready to give up. Thanks to her, I didn’t, and now I’m in my lovely new home!”
Rachel, Buyer

Contact Information

Office: 1-718-273-3800 x216
Email: su@gatewayarmsrealty.com


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