Elliman veteran and his team decamp to Town

TRD New York /
Mar.March 28, 2011 05:35 PM
From left: Robert Dvorin, Dottie Herman, Andrew Heiberger and Phillip Acha
 

A Prudential Douglas Elliman veteran and his team have left the firm in the wake of several high-profile departures over the last few months. Robert Dvorin, who was with the company for eight years and ranked among the top 25 agents at the company in 2008, 2009 and 2010, left to join Town, a relatively new residential brokerage and brainchild of Citi Habitats founder Andrew Heiberger.

Dvorin’s five-person sales team, including his wife, Young Lee, made the move with him. The broker was previously the director of sales at SoLofts and is currently marketing a 33,000-square-foot apartment building at 55 Warren Street in Tribeca for $29.9 million, which he took with him from Elliman.

Dvorin cited an increased “access to management” as instrumental in his decision to move firms.

“I see the trend toward smaller firms,” Dvorin said, adding that he believes Town’s smaller roster of agents allows for more employee-to-management contact.

Although Heiberger was not available for comment, Wendy Maitland, the firm’s managing director, who left Brown Harris Stevens for Town last December, said she was excited to have him on the team.

“I have known and worked with [Dvorin] for many years and am thrilled to have the opportunity to be working with him again,” Maitland said.

A spokesperson for Elliman said the firm wished him well, but declined to comment further.

Numerous agents have departed the firm in recent months, most recently Vickey Barron, who left the company for Core earlier this month. Broker Ilan Bracha split with the firm in the beginning of the year to open a Keller Williams franchise, while Tamir Shemesh announced his resignation just days later, leaving for the Corcoran Group.

Dvorin declined to comment on the growing list of Elliman defectors.

But the former Elliman broker isn’t the only noteworthy Town addition in recent days. Phillip Acha, the one-time director of leasing at Platinum Properties, told The Real Deal today that he also recently moved to Town.

“I saw a lot of other talented brokers aligning themselves with this company,” Acha said of his decision to join the firm. “It was good to get into something from the ground up.”


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