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.”