Katie Holmes Causing A Real Estate Boom In Chelsea Mercantile?

Katie Holmes made huge waves last week when she announced that she had filed for divorce from Tom Cruise.  She also made headlines when it was revealed that she had moved out of their NYC apartment and into her own.

Katie’s choice of residence has been a big score for brokers of apartments for sale in the building.  Ryan Serhant of Nestseekers shares that the $22 million home he’s currently working on selling has seen a huge increase in interest.

“We went from showing once or twice a week to five showings today, four on Thursday and seven on Friday so far.  We may even have an open house this weekend, just to handle the traffic.”

Ryan says that celebrities help to boost exposure and Katie has done just that for them.

“When people know a building is good enough for a celebrity, it is automatically more valuable. You don’t pay $500 for Oliver Peoples sunglasses because they’re better, you pay that because Brad and Angelina wear them.”

If you had that kind of money, would you plunk it down on a building where you know celebrities would be your neighbors?  If Ryan sells the apartment, Katie should get a nice fruit basket for helping to seal the deal, right?


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