Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty is excited to introduce The Blackstone Team, a new class of real estate team bringing together the talents of agents Nelson Taylor and Robert Rutley. Formerly known as Taylor & Associates,The Blackstone Team includes Nelson Taylor, maintaining his role as Managing Partner; Robert Rutley, newly appointed Partner; Robin Lake, Client Coordinator; Benjamin Kean, Associate Agent; and introduces Karen Wilder and Ben Guglielmi as Associate Agents. “I am happy to join Nelson in the next evolution of Providence real estate,” Rutley says. “Our combined experience will elevate our high standard of hard work, integrity and honesty. While we are powerful agents in our own rights, this next level of collaboration will give us a greater ability to offer the best service and advice to our clients.”
The Blackstone Team is revolutionizing the team approach to real estate by continuing to expand its collaborative, familial-style business model, including coordination staff, personal marketing funds, support structure, profit sharing, and retirement packages. Additionally, the team is making strides to innovate within the industry by pledging a higher level of fiduciary responsibility; demanding a fair, honest and even marketplace amongst its colleagues; and lobbying for the end of the practice of Dual Facilitation.
“From this moment forward,” Taylor says, “we will not practice Dual Facilitation, the double-ending of real estate transactions.” Dual Facilitation, legal in Rhode Island, is the practice of a single agent assisting both the buyer and seller in a single transaction without representing either party and earning both sides of the commission. “We believe strongly that every client deserves full representation,” Rutley says. “The Blackstone Team will be working with local and national boards of REALTORS to end the practice in Rhode Island and beyond.”
The Blackstone Team will continue to elevate their relationship with the Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty brand. “We look forward to continuing to leverage the world class marketing and presence available to us and our clients,” Taylor says. Rutley adds, “We’ve worked hard to build lasting relationships with the agents within the Sotheby’s International Realty brand regionally, nationally and internationally. Not only are we partners in marketing our properties to more than just the local marketplace, but we know where buyers are coming from and we have relationships in markets around the world.”
“We have taken a pivotal step of turning the me into a we in order to better serve our clients, each other as agents and the communities in which we work,” Rutley says. About the name, Taylor explains, “Blackstone represents so much in the marketplaces in which we work. It’s the last name of one of our first settlers. It’s become a street, a boulevard, a neighborhood, a school, a historical society, a canal, a river and a valley—just to name a few. Synonymous with community in Rhode Island, Blackstone is a part of our local heritage.”
The Blackstone Team at Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty can be found online at www.the-blackstoneteam.com, by calling 401-214-1524, or in Providence at Waterplace, 100 Exchange Street.