Broker and real estate heiress Allison Bandier Koffman has moved to Prudential Douglas Elliman from Sotheby’s International Realty with her business partner, Juliette Janssens.
Koffman is the granddaughter of late developer Samuel LeFrak and the daughter of author and longtime Sotheby’s broker Denise LeFrak. In 2009, her mother penned the book “High Rise Low Down: Who’s Who and What’s What in New York’s Most Coveted Apartment Houses,” which gave an inside look at some of New York’s most historic real estate transactions, including the battle over who would successfully win the bid for Laurence Rockefeller’s three-story penthouse at 834 Fifth Avenue.
Koffman and Janssens will be working out of Douglas Elliman’s flagship office at 575 Madison Avenue as executive vice presidents, an Elliman spokesperson told The Real Deal today. The pair had previously been at Sotheby’s for eight years.
“We had a wonderful experience at Sotheby’s, but we felt Elliman had the right platform to grow our business,” Koffman, whose mother left Sotheby’s in 2004, said in a statement.
Koffman and Janssens had some notable successes during their time at Sotheby’s. They represented Mets slugger David Wright earlier this year in the $6 million sale of his 4,100-square-foot penthouse at the Infinity Flats building in the Flatiron District.
In a statement, Elliman President and CEO Dottie Herman welcomed the pair to Elliman, calling them “the best and brightest in the business.”
Sotheby’s East Side Manhattan brokerage manager Ellie Johnson said: “I’m very proud of Ally and Juliette, and even more proud to have been part of their success. Douglas Elliman is very fortunate to have them now to represent their brand.”
Koffman is currently listing a $6.65 million co-op at 136 East 79th Street and she and Janssens have two units currently in contract from their time at Sotheby’s, according to Streeteasy.com. The first is a $9.95 million co-op at 65 Central Park West and the second is a $1.6 million spread at 176 East 71st Street.