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Back on the Market

A Realtor's Guide to Love and Life

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A hilarious view of life after divorce; you’ll never look at properties again without thinking of your dating life.

Back on the Market is a Realtor’s guide to life, love, and dating and the multitude of challenges that come with it all. Holly Parker has sold 8 billion dollars of luxury real estate throughout her career as one of Manhattan’s most successful brokers. Through her humor and quick wit, she connects common real estate terms to everyday life, making Back on the Market a fun and unforgettable read. 

After seven years of marriage, Holly found herself “falling out of contract,” as a newly divorced woman reluctantly facing the prospect of being “back on the market.” She understands that life is transactional, whether it’s a business decision or those we spend our time with, so she took her skills as a master real estate agent and applied everything she knew to getting her life back. 

Cleverly told through the eyes of a Realtor, Holly depicts the perils of life, love, and dating—whether it’s dealing with first-time buyers (those who have a romanticized version of what they think they want and what they can actually have), the value of curb appeal, fixing the foundation of a damaged home, not listing before you’re ready to sell, staging, and so much more.   

Hilarious and emotional, Holly shares her dating experiences with “fixer uppers,” the guys with “good bones,” and the “forever renters.” Back on the Market is a story of hope and the pursuit of happiness. Full of memorable takeaways, lessons, and anecdotes, Holly will help you find your perfect “home” and fall in love with life all over again.

One of Manhattan's most successful and experienced brokers, Holly Parker's keen insight has been broadly acknowledged as an industry expert by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NY Post, New York Daily News, Daily Telegraph (U.K.), New York Observer, New York Magazine, Curbed, The Real Deal, and Forbes. She frequently receives industry-wide accolades for successfully negotiating and completing complicated deals. Smart, savvy, sophisticated, and professional are words often used by clients and colleagues to describe Holly Parker. Holly's success and loyal client base can be attributed to these qualities, but it’s her dedication, empathy, integrity, warmth, and humor that truly set her apart from other brokers. Holly understands that buying and selling real estate is an extremely important emotional decision. With a great talent for putting herself in other people's shoes, Holly listens to her clients' needs and has an uncanny ability to anticipate their wants. In Holly's expert hands, clients avoid feeling the crunch of New York's fast-paced sales market while getting the most it has to offer. Holly's thriving business is rooted almost exclusively on referrals and is comprised of national and international clientele. Her commitment, professionalism, and absolute discretion are highly valued by her clients, who include first-time buyers, top Fortune 500 executives, celebrities, investors, and developers. Widely known for her marketing expertise, she specializes in the sale of luxury cooperatives, condominiums, penthouses, and townhouses. A real estate industry powerhouse with well over $7 billion in sales, Holly Parker is with Douglas Elliman, New York City's premiere luxury residential brokerage. She consistently achieves annual sales in excess of $500 million and has been honored with the firm's most prestigious sales awards.

Parker teaches us how to celebrate ourselves while also providing great financial and real estate tips. The takeaways are limitless, and autobiographically, Parker is authentic, vulnerable, and funny. This heartfelt tale is captivating and motivates you to take life into our own hands.

Bobbi Brown, CEO, Beauty Evolution

This book should be called “how to love yourself while looking great and finding your dream home and dream partner.”

Joan Lunden, Award-winning Journalist and NYT Bestselling Author

Parker writes an authentic uplifting story that leaves you satisfied and ready to find a dream home of your own! And maybe even the perfect partner to share it with!

Barbara Corcoran, Founder of the Corcoran Group and Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank

Holly Parker was the realtor in our search to find each other! She knows how to help you be and find that perfect “someone.” She is as hilarious on the page as she is off the page. The only commission you’ll pay is the price of this book, and it is worth every penny to find your happy beginning and ending!

Glenn Stearns, Discovery Channel’s Undercover Billionaire; Founder, Kind Lending, Anivive Life Sciences; and Mindy Stearns, Entertainment Reporter/Chief Kindness Officer, Kind Lending

Parker has done all the soul-searching for us, so we don’t have to.

Dottie Herman, CEO, Douglas Elliman Real Estate