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Barak and Blackburn hop to Compass from Corcoran

Williamsburg team to bolster brokerage’s Brooklyn push
By E.B. Solomont | March 12, 2015 05:10PM

As it pushes into Brooklyn, startup brokerage Compass just snagged Williamsburg agents Lior Barak and Christine Blackburn from the Corcoran Group.

Barak and Blackburn joined Corcoran in 2010 after a successful run at Douglas Elliman.The pair has racked up $600 million in sales since 2006, according to Compass, and they were Corcoran’s top Williamsburg team from 2010 to 2013, according to their bios.

Barak and Blackburn were tapped to market several new developments, including 201 North 11th Street and 60 Berry Street near North 10th Street.  On the commercial side, they also brokered Caro Enterprise’s $8.6 million acquisition of 88 Withers Street last year.

Compass, previously known as Urban Compass, has raised $73 million from investors and is building out its roster of talent in Brooklyn. In February, the firm hired Patrick Brennan, formerly Corcoran’s Park Slope sales manager, to be senior managing director of a forthcoming Brooklyn office. (He’s currently hunting for space, Compass representatives said.)

The firm also tapped Lindsay Barton Barrett, who closed $100 million in sales in 2014 and was Corcoran’s No. 1 agent in 2013. This past fall, longtime Citi Habitats agent Eugene Litvak moved his 10-person team to Compass, where the group is marketing developer Miki Naftali’s Brooklyn portfolio.

  • NYC Broker

    Great team.

  • Another One?

    I don’t see why so many agents from Corcoran are going to Compass?

    • TomDUWS

      Follow the money. Has to be financial.

  • irobot

    no great loss for Corcoran. They dropped off the radar in 2014 & 2015….also very high mtce

  • AT

    great team and great people – Rock On

  • art

    Well, it’s called a signing bonus, stock options-equity, lots of perks that Corcoran’s not offering such as little stuff like free meals, car service, gym membership, health insurance other than that nothing more that the top firms don’t offer. Those 2 have not been the major producers like they were during the 2000-2008 years and they are not easy to deal with super big egos and yes high maintenance!