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A five-month affair: Fabienne Lecole returns to Corcoran after cameo at William Raveis

Lecole was among Corcoran’s top 2% of agents in 2014; Town's Lyon Porter also joins firm
By E.B. Solomont | February 26, 2015 11:30AM

UPDATED, 1:28 p.m., Feb. 26: Just five months after leaving the Corcoran Group for startup brokerage William Raveis NYC, top producer Fabienne Lecole is rejoining her former firm, The Real Deal has learned.

Lecole, a Corcoran veteran, was one of William Raveis’ first big hires. She joined a few months after the suburban powerhouse launched in New York City.

Along with Halstead Property alum Julia Boland, Lecole was considered a name-brand broker who could attract more agents to Raveis.

Lecole joined Corcoran in 2001. In 2014, she was among the brokerage’s top two percent of sales agents. She was also the top salesperson in Corcoran’s Carnegie Hill office in 2009 and 2012. Among her notable deals was the sale of a Harlem townhouse at 2036 Fifth Avenue to actor Neil Patrick Harris.

“She knew the door was open for her return and we are thrilled it didn’t take long for her to walk back in,” Corcoran CEO Pamela Liebman said in a statement. “Sometimes absence does make the heart grow fonder, which is why our door is always open to those who wish to return.”

Indeed, Corcoran, which suffered a slew of exits last year, has managed to persuade many of those same brokers to come back.  In January, Bill Cunningham rejoined the firm after several months as president of Trump International Realty. Andrea Wahl Lucas also rejoined Corcoran after a stint at Douglas Elliman.

In Lecole’s case, her “ultimate goal” is to fulfill the needs of her “loyal clients,” she said in a statement.

“I realized it made the best sense to come back to Corcoran so I can expand my business,” she added.

Paul Purcell, managing director of William Raveis NYC with Kathy Braddock, said Lecole has been a “personal friend” for many years. “Naturally, we all wish her nothing but the best,” he said in an email. “I’m pleased, however, that her team and her assistant decided to stay with us at Raveis and not return to Corcoran.”

Corcoran also recruited veteran agent Cathy Franklin from Brown Harris Stevens in January and earlier this month, brought in Lyon Porter from Town Residential.