Move over, Brooklyn specialists. Douglas Elliman has hired a top agent from MNS, a brokerage with a strong Williamsburg presence, to head its Brooklyn Heights office, The Real Deal has learned today.
Rachel Weiss, a 15-year industry veteran, had been MNS’ sales manager for such successful Williamsburg projects as the Edge, Northside Piers Tower 1 and North 8. She joins Elliman today with the titles of executive vice president and director of sales for the brokerage’s Brooklyn Heights office, according to a statement from Elliman provided exclusively to TRD.
The Edge, at 22 North Sixth Street in Williamsburg, sold out in December and was the city’s best-selling building for all of last year, by TRD’s calculation based on data from Property Shark. The building held 2011’s top spot for priciest Williamsburg sale as well.
When asked if Weiss’ hiring is evidence that Elliman is focusing more closely on Kings County, company president and CEO Dottie Herman said: “Yes, I double confirm that.”
Herman told TRD that Elliman had been distracted by other initiatives but now is back on track to broaden its reach in Brooklyn. “We are definitely making a larger commitment,” she said.
MNS’ founder and CEO Andrew Barrocas had nothing but kind words about Weiss’ work with his firm and said the move made sense for both parties since MNS no longer had a large scale new development assignment for her.
“She was fantastic and did a great job at the Edge; I would hire Rachel again for another project,” if one became available, Barrocas said. “She’s very knowledgeable and has a lot of experience. She managed a great team of agents.”