Halstead Property swept the Real Estate Board of New York’s
five of the six prizes.
Halstead, was awarded Residential Deal of the Year for the
two-and-a-half-year-long negotiation of an
townhouse sale. Halstead’s Norman Horowitz and Gary Friedland took second place,
followed by Judy Oston, Don Correia and Ruth Yeskel in third, also of Halstead.
achievement in residential real estate, a prize Halstead president Diane
Ramirez took home last year.
was named Most Promising Rookie Salesperson of the Year, and Citi Habitats
senior associate broker Caroline Bass won Residential Deal of the Year in the
residential rental category, with co-broker Lynda Wiggins of Brown Harris
Stevens. At 25, Bass is one of the younger agents ever to win a Deal of the
contest in previous years, strongly encourages agents to apply for the awards
and helps select the best candidates, Ramirez said.
said. “It’s become part of our culture.”
townhouse specialist Danielli has closed nearly a half-billion dollars worth of
residential sales. Still, the deal that would eventually earn him REBNY’s top
honor was trying even for him.
difficult than mine?” he said. “Not really.”
like each other very much,” Danielli said. “I was dealing — for
every showing and every price reduction — with three owners, four tenants,
four lawyers and a super who had the only set of keys.”
of state after 33 years of owning the building, making negotiations between
them even more difficult, Danielli said.
was on the brink of renting a 4,500-square-foot, $30,000-a-month four-bedroom
on Central Park West — in one of the city’s strictest co-ops, where only one
other apartment had ever been rented — when she learned that the seller had
backed out at the last minute. At 8 p.m. on the Friday before Christmas, she
had to deliver the bad news to her clients, returning their checks and
extensive board packet. “They were devastated,” she said.
counteroffer to save the deal that she nearly missed Christmas with her family,
prompting her mother to drive into the city from
I don’t come pick you up you’re never going to come home,'” Bass recalled.
But it paid off a month later, when the seller reconsidered.
hired as Halstead’s Director of Sales for the flagship Eastside office in June of
He quickly turned heads at Halstead by getting an exclusive from a
for-sale-by-owner client in his first week at the company, selling the
apartment for $650,000 — $25,000 more than the seller had been asking — with
several backup offers the day after his first open house.
Corcoran Group, the city’s largest brokerages, could not be reached for
comment, and REBNY did not comment on the number of applications received for