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Town broker “Takk” Yamaguchi joins Urban Compass

Move marks firm's latest high profile hire
By Julie Strickland | February 18, 2014 12:56PM

Town Residential broker Takeshi “Takk” Yamaguchi is departing the firm to join Manhattan startup Urban Compass as a real estate agent.

Yamaguchi’s hire is key to Urban Compass’ strategic growth goals, according to a release from the firm. He has exclusively represented over $100 million in real estate assets during his career, and will bring two-dozen exclusive listings with him in the leap from Town. He will also take on management of the sponsor units at the white-glove condominium tower the Corinthian, at 330 East 38th Street in Murray Hill.

Yamaguchi and a hiring representative for Urban Compass were not immediately available for comment.

Yamaguchi’s arrival marks the latest high-profile hire for the firm, which initially combined a StreetEasy-style listings website with a team of salaried “neighborhood specialists” who functioned much like rental brokers. The company has since shifted towards a more traditional brokerage model. StreetEasy data guru Sofia Song, who served as the company’s longtime head of research and communications, joined the company as head of research and external affairs, as The Real Deal reported at the time.

Yamaguchi’s departure also comes after Town founder Andrew Heiberger was recently ousted from his post as the firm’s chief executive, and after the ex-CEO filed suit against the firm’s equity partner Joseph Sitt following his removal. The duo sent an email to Town staff earlier this month addressing the ongoing dispute, acknowledging the disagreement but saying “as co-owners of Town, we are fully committed to ensuring that the company’s rapid ascent continues unabated, despite any disagreements we might have,” according to the email, which was forwarded to The Real Deal.

  • snowy S

    Love Takk!!

  • james

    Super knowledgeable broker. Knows how to get deals done.

  • NYC Globetrotter

    Well-deserved, one of the best in the business, hands down.

  • Heeve S.

    I’ve worked with Mr. Yamaguchi on numerous occasions. They just got their hands on an amazing individual. Congratulations on the acquisition, Urban Compass!

  • Bart


  • ron

    Who is this dude Tak that Left Town for Urban Compass a firm that has no agent or listings? The amount of founders, corporate and ridiculous amount of engineers and other so called staff make this firm look like a top established real estate firm when it is no way near or going to be. What I want to know is who is paying all of their salaries with a staff like that and how the heck are they making any money?
    Just saying…

    • Paul

      Just another rental chop shop trying to get into sales now…

  • bob

    I love Urban Compass! by far the best real estate website in new york

  • John

    I wonder how much Urban pays the Real deal to write an article for every new agent they hire?

    • urbanwha?

      Exactly what I was thinking. Sick of it to be honest


    Solid pick-up for Urban Compass- now can we put down the Champagne every time they make a move and call a spade a spade? Brokers large and small change firms all the time, and Urban Compass has now shifted it’s company back into that of a traditional brokerage firm. I think it’s time to start treating them like one, however many “clicks” their name gets here amidst all the hodgepodge of tech buzzwords being thrown around.