Looking for a home is about finding exactly what you want and not settling for less, regardless of how long the search takes. This is how Vanessa works. She wants her clients to live where and how they want to live, and she believes a real estate broker’s job is to guide them and remain straightforward, honest and upfront about the good, the bad and the ugly of the real estate business and then protect them from the bad and the ugly. But beyond all this, she also thinks the process can be exciting. She got into this business because she loves to see how people live, not only in their home but out in their neighborhood. So, when her clients consider a particular place, Vanessa makes them aware of every block, corner, park, restaurant, school, takeout, bakery and coffeehouse worth knowing, because the surrounding area is just as important as the home itself. This is what she remembers about growing up in Amsterdam – her neighborhood was her backyard, and she brought that sense with her when she moved to New York City. Before becoming a broker, Vanessa studied law in the Netherlands; however, instead of becoming a lawyer, she decided to marry one. She also worked as a fashion model in Paris, Amsterdam and eventually New York City, where she decided to stay. After many years in Manhattan, she, her husband, and their six year old daughter moved to Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, which she thinks is a pretty great place, so much so that she has been known to lure several clients there, by innocently taking them around the entire neighborhood for several months until they realized what she did.