Miles Chapin: Broker, Warburg Realty

My NativeAdVantage:

Miles goes the extra mile for his clients with common-sense smarts, and a good sense of humor.


He’s a native New Yorker who started in Residential Real Estate after a long career as a working actor, and a shorter career as an award-winning writer.  Warburg Realty, a venerable New York firm with a hundred year history of luxury sales, gave him an opportunity to flourish in a new profession and flourish he did: Rookie of the Year; Top Producer several years running, and the largest single sale in 2015 are a couple of the honors he’s received since joining the firm in 2004. He enjoys the challenges of the working in a fast-paced and competitive profession, and has never had it any other way.  He’s a single parent of two college-age children, and for the last 20+ years he’s lived in Long Island City, in what is now one of the hottest segments of the New York real estate market.  People often think they’ve known Miles when first meeting him, and it could be on account of the 20 feature films or the hundreds of television programs and commercials in which he’s appeared.  But it also could be because of his open personality and relaxed demeanor, which puts people at ease right away.

What do you do best?

Residential Real Estate is a service profession, and since I’m a people-person I listen closely and try to discern the best course of action towards a successful conclusion for the client.  And I believe I possess the knowledge and skills to make that happen while making the experience pleasant at the same time.  The greatest part of my business by far is by referral, and I love working with Old Friends and their Families.

What makes you the best?

I’ve lived in New York City my whole life, my family goes back 10 generations here, and I’ve done successful transactions in four out of five of the boroughs of New York – I’ve lived in three of them – so I think I know the territory pretty well.  And I’m as comfortable and enthusiastic for the sale of a studio apartment for an aspiring artist as I am with a trophy apartment for an international businessperson.  

Biggest success?

Earlier this year I closed a sale at $25 million, but simply keeping my head above water as a sole practitioner for my entire career is enough.

What are your aspirations?

Personal: To maintain the respect of my peers and the affection of my family.

Business: I’d love to grow my network of providers so that I can offer my clients a complete, one-stop shop for all their real estate needs in New York.  And I’m almost there.

Most challenging moment?

I love rising to a challenge.  Bring it on!

Favorite Motto:

"Want what you have; do what you can; be who you are."

Favorite People:

My kids, my clients, my colleagues, and Buster Keaton.

Favorite Places:

The fountain at Lincoln Center at twilight in the Fall, just before a really special cultural event. Or knee deep in a trout stream far, far away.

Favorite Products:

I love high-end tools and fishing tackle.  And great wine!

Current Passions:

Installing solar panels on my house near Cape Cod.