The Real Deal New York

Robby Browne, Maria Pashby head to BHS from Corcoran

Both teams have a pedigree of trophy deals
By E.B. Solomont | December 02, 2014 04:17PM

Top Corcoran Group agents Robby Browne and Maria Pashby decamped to rival brokerage Brown Harris Stevens today, The Real Deal has learned.

Amid a busy year of broker poaching among New York City firms, the latest moves are a recruiting coup for BHS, which last week lost top agent Kyle Blackmon to Urban Compass.

Browne and Pashby, who will bring their teams to BHS, come with a track record of luxury sales, particularly along Central Park West. Earlier this year, Browne and his four-person team co-brokered the $42 million sale of billionaire Jon Stryker’s co-op at 50 Central Park West.

“These incredibly productive real estate professionals bring extensive marketing savvy, knowledge of the industry and an exceptional level of service to Brown Harris Stevens,” Hall Willkie, president of BHS, said in a statement.

To date, Browne has closed more than $3 billion in sales. He was Corcoran’s top salesperson in 2010 and had $66.6 million in listings last year, according to The Real Deal’s annual ranking of top agents.

The Pashby Buckworth team brokered the $50 million sale of 19 East 70th Street last month to private equity fund giant Leon Black. The team represented the seller, One Hyde Park developer Christian Candy, who paid $35 million for the mansion in 2013.

The Robby Browne team includes Chris Kann, Jennifer Ireland and Stephanie Alesandro.

The Pashby Buckworth team has closed more than $1.5 billion to date. Along with Maria Pashby, the Pashby Buckworth team includes Joanna Pashby and Louis Buckworth.

The loss of the top-producing teams are the latest in a string of defections from Corcoran Group, including Fabienne Lecole to William Raveis NYC, the LaChance Team to Urban Compass and Lauren Muss to Douglas Elliman.

In a statement to TRD, Corcoran President and CEO Pamela Liebman said: “After 12 years with Corcoran, Robby Browne’s and Maria Pashby’s goals no longer align with the company’s and they have decided to leave.” Liebman added: “Corcoran’s business philosophy always has been and will continue to be to foster and support the very best real estate agents in the industry. We wish them well.”


  • Lam Piebman

    I wonder if Corcoran still thinks their ad campaigns in Vogue look cute. They are bleeding like a wounded prey and Urban Compass, Town and Elliman are picking up their marketshare for them.

  • Linda Strong

    They tried so hard to set themselves apart from everyone else that they are going the way of Citihabitats. I know of at least three other worthwhile agents ready to leave Corcoran.

  • Excellent move…

    Wishing Maria & Robby all the best!

  • Short Realogy Stock…

    Rumor is that Carrie Chang is next….

  • anon broker

    Liebman’s mission statement is so stale and filled with bs as the top agents are leaving…slowly but surely CORCORAN is losing the battle as BHS, DE, UC & Sotheby’s are the top luxury firms in NYC

    • art

      Pam Liebman is still damn mad of Lauren Muss’s leaving…the golden poster girl formerly of Corcoran and now being fed and treated like god @ DE!

  • Perspective

    Hypocritical for Brown Harris to make a big stink about Kyle leaving last week while simultaneously poaching one of corcorans top brokers.

  • irobot

    I don’t understand why they didn’t go to UC

  • Bob the Broker

    All Pam and Corcoran cares about is the bottom line to NRT. She negotiated lousy contracts for Corcoran with Sunshine and even the buildings the Corcoran offices are in and taking it out of the broker’s commissions. Corcoran is going to go the way of J.I. Sopher… remember them?

    • Dan Galante

      Oh, that’s funny: going the way of Sopher. Probably quite a bit of truth in that. Barbara Corcoran should’ve stayed on board and not turned the helm over to such a nincompoop.

  • Patsy

    Robbie and his team are class acts. They will do well wherever they are.
    Maria is surprising – she got fed more than $70M in deals by Pam, including the Leiboivtz townhouse, which Annie let it escape at the sales meeting.

  • nycrenews

    Top brokers leaving Corcoran because it’s going more mass than class. Horrific ad campaigns and a clunky website filled with more nonsense than real estate isn’t helping matters

    • Bob the Broker

      Not only the top brokers are leaving but many of the middle big producers are leaving as well. You just don’t hear about them in the news. Pam. Just does not get it. Barbara made every member of Corcoran feel like they were the most important person there and they produced. Pam has depressed non-producers wandering around the offices because they are afraid to fire anyone so they just make them “virtual brokers” these depressed people don’t have lives and it brings down every office. if you are an “average” broker at Corcoran bringing in a total of $250,000 – $350,000 A year in commissions you are not even worth being acknowledged in the hallways by Pam or other management. Why would anyone want to stay?

  • realestategossip

    pammy needs to get back to nyc and stop trying to crash art basel parties. Time to focus on manning a rocky ship. Word is other top producing brokers thinking of jumping ship. Time for damage control.

  • Brian Hughes

    Wait, they’re not joining Urban Compass……only kidding.