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  • Halstead opens first Queens office

    September 30, 2015 04:30PM

    From left: Diane Ramirez and Robert Whalen

    Halstead Property is making its first foray into Queens with a new office in Long Island City, where the firm hopes to capitalize on a new development boom.

    The firm opened a 1,500-square-foot office at 47-12 Vernon Boulevard in the Hunters Point area. Robert Whalen, who worked at Nest Seekers International and was press secretary to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, will oversee the 20-agent office as director of sales. [more]

  • Jim Gricar

    Jim Gricar (Credit: Tobias Truvillion)

    UPDATED, 5:50 p.m., March 11: Jim Gricar, the president of Halstead Property, is leaving the residential brokerage at the end of the month, The Real Deal has learned.

    Sources indicated that his contract was up at the end of the month but was not renewed. [more]

  • From left: Diane Ramirez, Ellie Ward

    Diane Ramirez and Ellie Wald

    Halstead Property has purchased another boutique real estate firm to beef up its ranks.

    The company acquired REAction International, a firm located on 57th Street that was founded by Ellie Wald. A spokesperson told TRD Wald will join Halstead effective immediately and work as a broker, alongside his team of six agents, out of Halstead’s Park Avenue office. [more]

  • From left: Diane Ramirez, Bed-Stuy and Trish Martin

    From left: Diane Ramirez, Bed-Stuy and Trish Martin

    Halstead Property has become the first major Manhattan brokerage to open an office in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, its sixth outpost in Brooklyn, a company spokesperson told The Real Deal exclusively. [more]

  • inman

    From left: Susan de França, Budge Huskey, Matthew Shadbolt and Nicole Beauchamp

    Several of the top names in New York City-area real estate cracked Inman’s annual list of the 100 most influential real estate leaders, released today. [more]

  • Halstead to open second Greenwich office

    October 18, 2013 11:05AM
    Diane Ramirez

    Diane Ramirez

    Heavyweight Manhattan-based residential brokerage Halstead Property is expanding its Connecticut presence with a second office in Greenwich, its third new location this year and eighth overall in the state, the firm’s executives told The Real Deal exclusively.

    “Greenwich has always been the entry point to Connecticut,” Diane Ramirez, CEO of Halstead, told TRD. “We wanted to have a fabulous leader and a fabulous location before we enhanced our presence in this town.” [more]

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  • avenues

    From left: Charlie Attias, Ariel Cohen, Emel Kiral, Diane Ramirez and Nora Ariffin and others learn about Avenues: The World School at 259 10th Avenue; Avenues CEO Chris Whittle; and the dining room.

    Avenues: The World School, the palatial, 1,600-seat private school in Chelsea, offered an after-school lesson Tuesday night to real estate brokers looking to better guide families weighing education — and living — options in the city. Check out the story and slideshow after the jump.

  • Interiors of 329 East 82nd Street, inset: Clark Halstead

    Interiors of 329 East 82nd Street; Inset: Clark Halstead

    Clark Halstead, the co-founder of residential brokerage Halstead Property, has sold his own Upper East Side pad at 329 East 82nd Street for $5 million, city records filed late Tuesday show. [more]

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  • Diane Ramirez named Halstead CEO

    June 26, 2013 10:00AM
    From left: Halstead’s Diane Ramirez and James Gricar

    From left: Halstead’s Diane Ramirez and James Gricar

    UPDATED, 10:10 a.m., June 26: Halstead Property President Diane Ramirez has been promoted to serve as the brokerage’s first-ever CEO, the firm said in a statement to The Real Deal. James Gricar, Halstead’s general sales manager, will fill her shoes by taking the role of president.

    “We’ve come a long way — we’re a much larger and deeper firm now,” thus necessitating the additional role, Ramirez told The Real Deal. [more]

  • From left: Halstead Property President Diane Ramirez, attorney Neil Garfinkel and Eileen Spinola of REBNY

    The most significant overhaul of New York agent and broker advertising rules in a generation was approved last week and will go into effect Jan. 2.

    The New York State Board of Real Estate voted on April 24 to approve an eight-page set of new regulations, replacing outdated guidelines from 1994 that covered a mere two pages. [more]

  • From left: Peggy Aguayo, Halstead President Diane Ramirez and Haus 96

    Halstead Property has acquired the assets of Aguayo Real Estate Group, a boutique Brooklyn brokerage and development firm, bringing the company’s presence in the borough up to five offices.

    Peggy Aguayo, a founder of the eponymous firm, will join Halstead as an associate broker and executive vice president, and her son, Brendan Aguayo, will join the firm’s new development arm, Halstead Property Development Marketing, as a senior vice president, Halstead said in a statement today. [more]

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  • From left: Amir Korangy, Pam Liebman, Diane Ramirez and Dottie Herman

    Inman’s annual list of the 100 most influential real estate leaders is out, and it includes some big New York City real estate names. [more]

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  • Manhattan

    Manhattan residential sales have held flat in the face of a precipitous fall in inventory in the third quarter of 2012, reports from leading brokerages show.

    Inventory in Manhattan is down 24.3 percent year-over-year — its lowest level since 2005 — third quarter numbers from Prudential Douglas Elliman show. And while those numbers may not bode well for the market in the immediate-term, they leave open the possibility of a brighter 2013, Jonathan Miller, president of the real estate analytics firm Miller Samuel and author of Elliman’s market report, told The Real Deal. [more]

  • Halstead expands Brooklyn presence

    March 21, 2012 03:00PM

    Diane Ramirez, president of Halstead

    Halstead Property has purchased two smaller firms in Cobble Hill and Park Slope, where it is expanding its Brooklyn business, according to a statement from the company today.

    With the purchase of Cobble Heights Realty and Heights Berkeley Realty, Halstead now has five storefront offices in the borough, bringing the total number of Halstead’s tri-state offices to 23. [more]

  • From left: Halstead executive vice presidents Richard Orenstein, Jay Overbye and Brian Lewis, and senior vice president Senad Ahmetovic

    For a second consecutive year, Richard Orenstein took home the top prize at Halstead Property’s annual awards ceremony held last week. Halstead President Diane Ramirez, David Burris and William Lie Zeckendorf, co-chairmen of Halstead’s parent company Terra Holdings, were on hand to speak and present awards. [more]

  • Where’s the homebuyer boom?

    February 28, 2012 01:30PM

    From left: Stuart Saft of Dewey & LeBoeuf', Diane Ramirez, president of Halstead Property, Andrew Berman, director of the Center for Real Estate Studies at New York Law School, Jonathan Miller, CEO of Miller Samuel, and Lockhart Steele, founder of Curbed

    Why aren’t more people buying residential real estate? That was a question posed today by Jonathan Miller, CEO of the appraisal firm Miller Samuel, at the third annual breakfast forum organized by the New York Law School’s Center for Real Estate Studies.

    Miller was one of four industry experts — along with Stuart Saft, chair of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s real estate department; Diane Ramirez, president of Halstead Property; and Lockhart Steele, founder of the blog Curbed — asked to whip out their crystal balls to discuss the future of New York City real estate at the law school’s campus at 185 West Broadway in Tribeca. [more]


  • From left: Diane Ramirez president of Halstead Property, Eileen Spinola, a senior vice president of REBNY, and Duncan MacKenzie, the CEO of the New York State Association of Realtors

    The first major overhaul of state real estate advertising regulations in 34 years is nearly complete but is being held up because the Real Estate Board of New York and the New York State Association of Realtors can’t agree on a few final points.

    The 11-member quasi-governmental New York State Board of Real Estate, which advises the state Department of State and helps craft real estate brokerage regulations, held its first meeting in more than two years this month and briefly discussed the new rules. The board is supposed to meet three times per year, but as The Real Deal reported in July, it has not gathered since June 2009. Members include Diane Ramirez, president of Halstead Property, and Eileen Spinola, a senior vice president of REBNY.

    REBNY and NYSAR agree on most issues in the 11 pages of proposed regulations that aim to update scattered rules (see first PDF below) as well as the two-paragraph advertising regulation, that was passed in 1977, as part of the broader Real Property Law (see second PDF below), but can’t see eye-to-eye on the size of brokerage names and logos relative to the brokers and agents placing the ads.

    The major players in the negotiations are the state Department of State, which regulates real estate licensing, REBNY and NYSAR, insiders said.

    The state sought to update the rules in part because of questions from brokers and agents who did not have a clear idea of advertising rules in the Internet age.

    The new proposed rules lay out the relative size of the names of teams, brokers and salespersons compared to the company name in multiple forms of advertising including on the Web. The other major change is for the first time regulating teams, which first became popular around 2000, and became more prominent as the market started to cool in 2006. For instance, a team name has to include names of team members, or if it does not, it must include the name of the firm.

    The two sides provided a hint about the split over name size and placement in the Nov. 16 hearing held by video conference in both Albany and Manhattan.

    NYSAR wants to allow broker and agents to have their names larger than the brokerage company name, although the company name would have to be “clear and conspicuous” to a consumer. On the other hand, REBNY wants the firm’s name to be “equal to or greater” than the name of the broker or salesperson. The current draft has the REBNY language.

    The seemingly hyper-technical issue is important for brokers and agents that want to highlight their names more prominently than their firms to create brand awareness.

    At the Nov. 16 meeting, the board members briefly discussed the new rules, then heard comments from the public, including from Neil Garfinkel, counsel to the 12,000-member REBNY, New York City’s most influential industry voice, and Duncan MacKenzie, the CEO of NYSAR, the state’s largest real estate trade group.

    “We ended up in a pretty good place,” Garfinkel said at the meeting, about the overall draft rules, but he highlighted the strong difference with NYSAR on the one topic. “I am concerned that the ‘clear and conspicuous’ standard will create more problems… [And] is going around the clear intent of the law.”

    Duncan, whose group represents about 51,000 brokers and agents in the state including about 11,000 in New York City, in an interview with The Real Deal today, said changing to the REBNY-backed standard would cost professionals a great deal of money. For example, they would have to alter sales material and signage in which many associate brokers and salespersons have their names larger than the firm’s name.

    He wondered why the standard should change, when he was not aware of instances where the public has been harmed.

    “If there has been no harm, why create a standard that will change a bunch [of companies’] business models?,” he asked.

    The new rules, which were first proposed in 2008, will next be formally discussed during a board meeting that has not yet been scheduled, but will likely be next spring. Once the board approves a draft, the rules are sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, then a public comment period follows, and then it goes before board again for a vote. If approved, the regulations would become official.

    Proposed Advertising Guidelines
    Current Real Property Law[more]

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  • Citi Habitats’ Rotter joins Halstead 

    November 10, 2011 06:46PM

    Sara Rotter, the former director of sales for the Gramercy, Flatiron, Chelsea and West Village offices of Citi Habitats, has joined Halstead Property as director of sales for downtown, Halstead announced today.

    Rotter will be working closely with Richard Grossman, the executive director of sales for downtown.

    “I am thrilled to welcome Sara to our executive team,” said Diane Ramirez, president of Halstead Property. “Sara and Richard will be the winning leadership team in the downtown market.” — Katherine Clarke[more]


  • From left: Devlin McNiff East Hampton office, Stuart Epstein, owner of Devlin McNiff, and Diane
    Ramirez, president of Halstead Property

    Halstead Property is expanding into the Hamptons by joining with the local firm Devlin McNiff, Halstead announced today. The new company will be known as Devlin McNiff Halstead Property. This will be Halstead’s only presence in the Hamptons.

    Devlin McNiff Halstead Property will be based at 3 North Main Street in East Hampton, the 2,500-square-foot current home of Devlin McNiff and will continue to run under the direction of husband-and-wife team Stuart and Lynn Epstein.

    Because of Halstead’s status as a privately held company, Diane Ramirez, president of Halstead Property, said she could not disclose details about the deal. There was a transfer of equity, Stuart Epstein said, but it was not an 100 percent acquisition. — Miranda Neubauer[more]

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    From left: Halstead Property President Diane Ramirez, Eileen Spinola of REBNY and Secretary of State Cesar Perales

    The little-known 15-member New York State Board of Real
    that helps craft regulations for the industry and hears
    public complaints about brokerage licensing has a mandate to
    meet at least three times per year yet has not held a meeting in
    more than 24 months.

    The quasi-governmental body, which includes appointed
    members such as Diane Ramirez, president of
    Halstead Property, and Eileen Spinola, a senior vice president
    for the Real Estate Board of New York, last met in June
    2009, before either Ramirez or Spinola began their two-year
    terms. Other members include real estate brokers from the
    Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and upstate as well as corporate
    representatives. The governor, and majority and minority
    leaders in the State Senate and Assembly appoint the members.
    There are currently two vacant positions. … [more]