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Cushman to adopt Massey Knakal territory system for NYC investment sales

Signature business model led to "experts" within small geographic areas
By Adam Pincus | January 23, 2015 02:31PM

In perhaps the most significant development of its $100 million Massey Knakal Realty Services acquisition, Cushman & Wakefield will adopt Massey Knakal’s signature territory system for investment sales within New York City, The Real Deal has learned.

Paul Massey, CEO of Massey Knakal and now president of New York investment sales at Cushman, said that the firm’s territory system, which divides New York City into about 50 territories each headed by a broker, will soon become Cushman’s new model for New York investment sales. Ron Lo Russo, Cushman’s president of brokerage for the New York region, confirmed the news.

Massey said, however, the implementation of the system, which assigns every broker and junior agents to a different geographic area, “could take some time.”

The Massey Knakal system is unique in New York City, and indeed, according to several brokers, the only one of its kind in the country. Under the system, the local broker is paid a piece of the commission if another Massey Knakal broker originates a deal there. The system also results in junior brokers becoming experts in their territory, allowing the firm to create powerful connections to every neighborhood in the city. It allowed the firm, founded in 1988, to become the city’s most prolific building sales brokerage, by individual properties sold, for more than 10 years running.

But the system has limitations that companies like Rosewood Realty Group and other firms that have a more traditional system — one based on strong relationships between senior brokers and major landlords — can exploit.

Yesterday, TRD reported that the Massey Knakal name will soon be retired and that the firm will adopt Cushman’s branding.

(For more details on these changes and other behind-the-scenes action, check out TRD’s full story on the Cushman-Massey Knakal deal in the February issue.)

  • Paul Smadbeck

    Hey Adam. Why did you put “experts” in quotes at the head of this article? Our UWS team has sold close to 200 buildings in our “small” territory over 14 years. Does that make me an expert in my territory, or an “expert”?
    There is nothing worse than a journalist with an agenda – it flyies in the face of everything we hold dear in the USA. You should be ashamed. Paul Smadbeck

    • BH

      Much continued success to you Paul. Hope to work with you in the future in some capacity.

    • comment flagged

      yeah, a very stupid usage of scare quotes with 0 justification for their usage.

  • NY Property Owner

    Adam Pincus is a pathetic, poor excuse for a journalist.

  • Common Sense Guy

    Adam is correct, the system does have limitations. MK never was able to sell 5x the number of buildings as the #2 company, only 4x. what a terrible system. others can easily exploit this system.