The Real Deal New York

  • About us

    The Real Deal is the go-to source for New York City real estate news. Since 2003, TRD has provided up-to-the-minute reports on all facets of the industry in our 60,000-circulation monthly magazine and daily blog, which garners more than 1.5 million visits per month. TRD has repeatedly been recognized for its journalism prowess, receiving the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ 2013 award for general excellence and awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for “Best Commercial Trade Magazine” and “Best Web Site Solely Devoted to Residential, Commercial or Financial Real Estate and/or Home Design” for two years running.

    IMG_3418 copy Stuart Elliott is the editor-in-chief of The Real Deal, a role he has held since the magazine first started in 2003. He has worked at the New York Times, among other publications, and is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in the West Village with his family.
    Jill Gardiner Noonan is the managing editor of The Real Deal. Before joining the magazine in 2007, she was a senior political reporter at the New York Sun, covering Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Hall politics and the 2007-2008 presidential primary candidates. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband and son.
     EK Eric Kalis is The Real Deal‘s South Florida bureau chief. Before joining the publication in November 2013, Eric spent six years as a real estate reporter at the Daily Business Review in Miami. That followed a stint covering real estate and government at Miami Today. A native of Stoughton, Mass., Eric obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Miami. In his spare time, Eric enjoys running, reading and cheering on his beloved Hurricanes and Boston sports teams.
    Ronald Gross has been the art director of The Real Deal since 2005. He worked for top designers in New York and Los Angeles before starting his own design office. He’s done corporate graphics, books and more than 20 magazines for clients such as Time Inc., A&E Networks, Columbia University, Scholastic, American Lawyer Media, Readers’ Digest and Harvard University. He’s a graduate of Cooper Union and the Yale University Graduate School of Art & Architecture. His son is a chef in Manhattan. He recently left New York City and lives with his wife in Westchester.
    IMG_3917_Grayscale copy Keziah Makoundou is an art director at The Real Deal, which she joined in July 2013. Previously, she worked for magazines including Uptown, Vibe, Popular Mechanics and Maxim. She graduated in Paris in 2007 with a master’s degree in graphic design. She moved to New York City in 2007 and now lives in Harlem.
    IMG_3481 copy Adam Pincus is a senior reporter at The Real Deal. He began writing for the publication in 2007 and joined as a staff reporter in September 2008. Before that, he freelanced for Newsday and worked as a reporter for the TimesLedger in Queens. A graduate of Yale University, he worked in souvenir and trophy manufacturing for 12 years before turning to journalism.
    IMG_3401 copy Katherine Clarke is a senior reporter at The Real Deal. She joined the publication in April 2011. Her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Observer and the Forward. A native of Northern Ireland, she is a graduate of the master’s program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
    IMG_3464 copy Linden Lim is the editorial operations manager of The Real Deal. He has been with the magazine since 2007. He holds a B.A. in English from Hunter College, and is an MBA candidate at the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
    IMG_3368 copy Hiten Samtani is a reporter at The Real Deal, having joined the team in December 2012. Samtani graduated from the University of Toronto and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, WNYC and the Columbia Journalism Review. When deciding between real estate and another beat, he was asked: “Do you want to cover money and power, or do you want to write about librarians?”
    IMG_3466 copy Zachary Kussin is a reporter at Luxury Listings NYC. Kussin, who holds degrees from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and Bard College, joined The Real Deal in February 2012 as an editorial assistant. A native of Clinton, N.Y., his freelance work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek and on the website of PBS.
    IMG_3387 copy Mark Maurer is a web producer at The Real Deal, having joined the team in April 2013. He has worked at the Newark Star-Ledger and the Jersey Journal, and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. A film buff, Maurer is quick to spot in property records when a character actor snags or offloads a high-end condo.
    IMG_3405 copy Julie Strickland joined The Real Deal team as a web producer in June 2013. A 2012 graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, her work has appeared in Inc. Magazine, Brooklyn Based, the Free Times in Columbia, S.C. and Real Travel Magazine. A native of Newberry, South Carolina, she currently resides in Norwalk, Connecticut.
     IMG_3408 copy Yoav Barilan is the director of marketing operations at The Real Deal. He has been with the company since its inception in 2003. Barilan has helped grow the advertising department from a two man operation out of publisher Amir Korangy’s Brooklyn home to one of the most fierce and revered in New York City publishing, with more advertising contracts than any other regional publication. “Some credit our success to my military discipline, but the fact is that I just love what I do and I do it blindly,” he said. When asked about rumors of him being a Mossad assassin, Barilan said, “There is no factual proof of that. I have work to do.”
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    Ross Fox is the associate sales director at The Real Deal, which he joined as a salesperson in 2010, rigorously working his way up to becoming the advertising director of both the New York and South Florida versions of the publication. He now manages a sales team of 12 in both New York and Florida. He is a graduate of St. John’s University and lives in Queens with his family.
    IMG_3351 copy Nicki Chadi has been part of the new business development team at The Real Deal since February 2012. She graduated from Hofstra University with a focus in marketing and business administration. Prior to joining The Real Deal, Chadi interned at an international marketing firm in Israel.
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    Eran Evron, a member of the advertising sales department, was born in Israel in 1975. He joined The Real Deal in February 2005 as the company’s first hire. Since then, Evron has pioneered the company’s participation in numerous real estate events and expos as well as our annual almanac, the Data Book. He currently lives in Midtown.
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    Abi Laoshe joined The Real Deal’s advertising sales department in September 2009, having worked for several years in magazine and book publishing at several lifestyle, culture and art publications. With nearly 18 years of experience in the national and local media industry, Laoshe is an alum of the University of Toledo and Baruch College with a degree in business administration. Laoshe’s international world view brings a unique perspective to business development at The Real Deal.
    IMG_3355 copy Nick Mascaro is part of the business development team at The Real Deal, which he joined in 2011. With a background in marketing and a knack for creative campaign structuring, he is able to generate new business for his client base. Mascaro currently lives in New Jersey.
     IMG_3383 copy Rob Stearns has worked on the sales team at The Real Deal since 2010. Born in Brooklyn, he has lived in Denver, Connecticut, Arkansas and Vermont and graduated from San Francisco State University and Sierra College, also in Northern California. He came to The Real Deal with a background in magazine sales, having worked for two years at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Working at The Real Deal has taught him much about sales and people, while also giving him a behind-the-scenes look at how real estate operates in the greatest city in the world.
    IMG_3459 copy Junaid Zahid is the digital traffic manager at The Real Deal. He joined the team in May 2011 and oversees the company’s digital ad efforts. Zahid has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Mathematics from Baruch College with an eye on getting his Masters in the same field.
    IMG_3445 copy Kenneth Cyrus is the finance director at The Real Deal and also handles human resources for the company, which he joined in May 2012. For 13 years, he worked as accounting manager for Adrea Rubin Marketing in New York City, then for a short time as the business unit controller at UBS in Stamford, Conn. Cyrus is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Accounting. He is the father of three sons, one of whom is serving in the U.S. Army and has served a year in Afghanistan.
    IMG_3335 copy Virginia Durso is the office manager at The Real Deal. She joined the publication in August 2012. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration as a part-time student. She was born and raised in the heart of Queens.