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Brenda Powers out at Compass after just a month

Company says it dismissed the former Sotheby's agent
By Katherine Clarke | March 31, 2016 08:30AM

Brenda Powers and Elizabeth Sample

Brenda Powers and Elizabeth Sample

Brenda Powers, the top-producing Sotheby’s International Realty veteran who recently jumped to Compass, has been let go from the company after just a month.

A spokesperson for Compass said the company had “disassociated” itself with Powers but declined to comment on the reasons.

“We wish her well,” the spokesperson said.

When contacted by The Real Deal, Powers wouldn’t comment on her departure but said that rumors of a deal for her to return to Brown Harris Stevens, where she worked prior to Sotheby’s, were inaccurate.

Powers said she may return to Sotheby’s, where she and partner Elizabeth Lee Sample were long among the top agents. The duo, who started out as partners at the Corcoran Group in the early 1990s, sold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of luxury real estate, including a triplex co-op at the Pierre in 1999 for $21.5 million, setting a record for New York’s priciest apartment sale at the time.

More recently, they sold several units at the Time Warner Center, where they also live.

When Powers left for Compass, Sample chose to remain at Sotheby’s.

Powers previously told TRD that she was moving to Compass to help expand her business across the country and would be joining forces with Joanna Berg, a former colleague from the Miami office of Sotheby’s who was also moving to Compass. Because of Sotheby’s licensing rules, she had been unable to obtain a Florida broker’s license, which would have helped her service clients who were migrating south, she said.