Top 10 real estate agents in New York
Find the person, find your home.
New York is the biggest city in the US which means the real estate market is equally massive with an average sale price of $825K. So if you’d like to own a home there, be aware that the minimal downpayment can reach up to 10% of the total cost of the property if your credit score is above 500, and that the market prices are up by 11.7% this year.
What about Manhattan? The average sale price of a Manhattan property per square foot is $1,773, almost 3 times the average cost of all the boroughs combined, which is $645 per square foot.
We know that finding the right home to call your own can be quite a challenge, so we’re bringing the top-selling real estate agents to you, check it out.
9. Sabrina Saltiel, Douglas Elliman
Last year's sales: $208M
Sabrina Saltiel specializes in the sale of high-end cooperatives, condominiums, lofts and townhouses throughout Manhattan. She has sold almost $4 billion of real estate since joining Douglas Elliman in 2002 and has ranked in the top 10 out of over 2,000 agents at the firm for the past 10 years. She has also consistently ranked in Manhattan on The Real Deal’s top 75 broker rankings and has been recognized by The Wall Street Journal Real Trends ranking as one of the top 100 agents in the nation year after year.
First image: Rafael Vinoly’s iconic building, 432 Park Avenue, boasts of panoramic park and city views with lifestyle comparable to living at a 5-star hotel with the luxury of not having to share it with guests. The amenities and services include a private restaurant, an outdoor terrace for dining and events, an indoor swimming pool, gym, spa, library, billiards room, conference room with state-of-the-art teleconferencing, full time concierge, 24-hour doorman, porte cochere and security. The 4,000 sq. ft. stunning home itself is accessible through a private vestibule and features 3 bedrooms, library/dining room, 4 full baths and a powder room.
8. Deborah Kern, Corcoran
Last year's sales: $248M
Deborah Kern is a personal agent for high-net-worth individuals looking for a home and an ensuing lifestyle commensurate with their “global citizenship.” Her impeccable service and taste have resulted in an ever-expanding client list, built completely by referrals from her existing clients. By way of reputation, she is the undisputed leader in New York City Real Estate with a confidential resume of clients and premiere properties that are second to none.
Firt image: 944 Fifth Avenue’s 3rd Floor Residence is thoughtfully designed by Leroy Street Studios and is an exceptional full-floor home located in one of Manhattan’s most recognized addresses. Accessible by a private elevator foyer, the apartment’s oversized Living Room and Library receives an abundance of beautiful natural light through Central Park facing windows. Other features include ensuite bathrooms, walk-in closets, private powder rooms, media room, staff room, and eat-in chef’s kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, terrazzo countertops and floor, and custom cabinetry by Bulthaup.
7. Adam D. Modlin, Modlin Group
179 properties sold | Last year's sales: $274M
Adam D. Modlin started Modlin Group in 1999. His office was the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel on 57th street. With a passion for life, enthusiasm, gratitude and love for New York City, he climbed the ladder of success in the industry the old fashion way…hard work. Today, Modlin Group is recognized as the leading bespoke boutique real estate agency in New York City.
First image: Blending state-of-the-art luxury with unrivaled design and detail, this 6-story, 7,000 sq.ft. Steven Harris-designed townhouse represents the pinnacle of form and function. The property itself boasts 10.5-foot ceilings, an elegantly bright living room which includes a fireplace, a north-facing deck overlooking the garden, a library, and a graceful formal dining area with custom-built cabinetry. All bedrooms over the fifth and sixth floors feature ensuite bathrooms and walk-in closets.
6. Tamir Shemesh, Ryan Serhant
Last year's sales: $279M
Tamir Shemesh has been ranked in the top 0.1% of agents in the industry since 2003. He and his team has sold, marketed, and represented over 70 New Development projects and have closed more than 6,000 transactions totaling over $7.5 billion in sales. He is recognized as Number Two Agent in Highest Gross Commissions and Number Three Agent overall in NYC consecutively.
First image: Huxley is a brand-new boutique condominium designed by Workshop DA and Wonder Works. The residents enjoy several convenient lifestyle amenities including an attended lobby, package and mail rooms, bicycle storage, and access to Huxley Fitness & Lounge, Huxley Garden with an outdoor fireplace, and Huxley Rooftop Terrace with a BBQ and open views. The 726 sq. ft. 1-bedroom plus home office, 1-bathroom home includes high-end imported Italian finishes, custom built-in wardrobe cabinets from Santalucia Mobili, and an open-concept living room, dining room, and kitchen saturated with natural light.
5. Clayton Orrigo & Stephen Ferrara, The Hudson Advisory Team
Last year's sales: $296M
Clayton Orrigo and Stephen Ferrara founded The Hudson Advisory Team, a tech-based real estate firm in 2017. It has then executed some of the largest transactions in New York City history for a diverse set of accomplished clients. The business partners are now leading one of the highest grossing agent teams in the US, providing strategic real estate advice and marketing solutions based on a data-driven and high-touch service approach.
First image: Designed by architect Cary Tamarkin, 456 West 19th Street sets a new standard for sophistication and sustainability in West Chelsea. Bask in sun-filled splendor and iconic views in this 2,829 sq. ft. three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath penthouse duplex with 1,200 sq. ft. of private outdoor space. The apartment includes a powder room, two large closets, and a bedroom suite on the first level and terrace views that sweep from the river to Hudson Yards, en suite spa-like bathroom, and full-home automation system.
4. Danielle Englebardt, Douglas Elliman
Last year's sales: $333M
Danielle Englebardt started as a salesperson at Prudential Douglas Elliman in February 2006. She then climbed up as Associate Broker at Sotheby’s International Realty in February 2012 and in January 2019 went back to Douglas Elliman Real Estate to continue her passion as a successful Associate Broker.
First image: Beckford Tower Penthouse 29, truly embodying Studio Sofield’s exquisite design with a harmonious mix of classic and contemporary sensibilities, is a 6,522 sq. ft. six-bedroom, seven-and-a-half-bathroom home with an expansive, west-facing 193 square-foot private terrace and 13-foot ceilings throughout. The apartment includes a private elevator opening to a gracious entry foyer, a large library lounge, corner living room with spectacular fireplace, and a windowed eat-in kitchen designed by Christopher Peacock.
3. Oren Alexander & Tal Alexander, Douglas Elliman
Last year's sales: $347M
Oren and Tal Alexander founded the Alexander Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate in 2012. In 2019, the brothers co-represented the buyer the sale of a 24,000 sq. ft. penthouse worth for $238 million, US’ most expensive residential home transaction to date. Oren Alexander has since been featured in Forbes 30 under 30 in Real Estate and the brothers’ clientele list includes Leon Black, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Steve Madden, and Tommy Hilfiger.
First image: inspired by the classic New York residential buildings of Rosario Candela but designed by his modern-day equivalent, Robert A.M. Stern, Fifteen Central Park West is the “lovechild of prewar charm and postmodern architecture.” Residents get access to a private courtyard garden, private cinema, children’s playroom, a 14,000 sq. ft. fitness center, residents-only restaurant, wine cellar, and maid’s rooms. The 3,100 sq. ft. apartment itself features 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and interiors by designer Thad Hayes.
2. Ryan Serhant, Ryan Serhant
Last year's sales: $338M
Ryan Serhant is an executive Vice President and Managing Director at Nest Seekers International and launched his bi-coastal brokerage team, the Serhant Team, with over 60 people in New York City, New Jersey, Los Angeles, Miami, and the Hamptons. He recently started his own real estate firm, SERHANT, and it is reported to average $100 million in sales volume per month for the first six months of business. In 2012, he was ranked #15 out of the 100 most successful agents in New York by The Real Deal.
First image: located in downtown Manhattan and a luxury-defining LEED-certified condominium overlooking the New York City harbor and the Hudson River, Jolie offers its residents the exclusive lifestyle amenities such us a fireplace lounge, a double-height fitness center, and a rooftop observation deck with lush planters, an outdoor kitchen, grilling stations, and decadent vistas of the Upper Bay, the Statue of Liberty, and the city skyline. Each home in Jolie includes beautiful wide plank white oak floors, airy ceilings 11-ft in height, Miele washers/dryers, powder rooms, elegant marble bathrooms with custom vanities, and stunning Poliform kitchens.
1. Fredrik Eklund & John Gomes, Douglas Elliman
Last year's sales: $492M
Eklund and Gomes have been selling luxury apartments, buildings, and developments in both New York City and Sweden since 2005. Both are Managing Directors at Prudential Douglas Elliman, the largest real estate brokerage on the East Coast. For the year 2021, their sales volume by closed sales has reached $492 million by 140 closed deals. Eklund is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York and Gomes has appeared in multiple real estate TV series.