Brown Harris Stevens’ Wilbur Gonzalez is heading to Prudential Douglas Elliman, the company where he got his start in the late 1990s.
Gonzalez said he plans to stop working at BHS on Monday, the same day he will move to Elliman’s office at 26 West 17th Street.
He said he chose to make the move because of Elliman’s focus on new development.
“I had a great meeting with Howard [Lorber, president and CEO of Elliman,] and I’m really interested in pursuing new development,” Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez is taking with him agents Adam Taylor and Steve Gold as well as his assistant Amy Lin.
Sources with intimate knowledge of the situation said Gonzalez was let go, and given time to find another place to land, although the severing of ties was “amicable.” Gonzalez said he was not let go.
Hall Willkie, president of Brown Harris Stevens, said: “We have agreed not to comment regarding Wilbur Gonzalez.”
After his start at Elliman in 1997, Gonzalez worked at the Corcoran Group before moving to Brown Harris in 2007.
Gonzalez has $46.2 million in active listings updated as of April 1, according to data given to The Real Deal by listing information provider On-Line Residential.
He said he could not talk about any projects he would be working on at Elliman.
Gonzalez and fellow BHS agent Wendy Maitland were the listing agents for One Madison Park until late last year when they were replaced by Elliman agent Tamir Shemesh. The condominium faces millions of dollars in lawsuits and is going through foreclosure proceedings. “For us,” Gonzalez said, One Madison “was pretty successful.”
The New York Times reported that Gonzalez and Maitland bought and resold apartments at One Madison Park, a process known as flipping.
When asked if he purchased a unit at the building, Gonzalez said he had no comment.