Michelle Griffith, a residential broker who sold two of Donald Trump’s personal pads over the past two years, has cast her vote against the Republican front-runner for president – dumping Trump International Realty in favor of the Corcoran Group.
Griffith, an agent with the Trump brokerage since 2011, is joining Corcoran’s flagship office at 660 Madison Avenue, Corcoran CEO Pamela Liebman said Monday.
In January, Griffith brokered the sale the Donald’s 4,200-square-foot condominium unit at Trump Park Avenue, at 502 Park, for $14 million. In 2015, she also brokered the sale of a 6,200-square-foot-penthouse at the same building to supermarket mogul Ray Berry, founder of the Fresh Market for $21 million. That apartment was on and off the market for several years, and at one point was listed as a rental unit asking $95,000 a month.
Griffith was among the city’s top brokers on The Real Deal’s annual ranking of residential agents last year, with $78 million in listings as of May 2015.
Trump International Realty launched in 2012, when the presidential candidate boasted that, “Everyone involved [in this venture] is going to make money.” In a 2014 marketing video, he said of Griffith, an in-house broker at Trump Park Avenue and Trump World Plaza, at 845 UN Plaza: “Michelle has done a spectacular job.”
The Trump brokerage has faced rocky times, however. Although the firm recruited longtime Corcoran manager Bill Cunningham as president in 2014, Cunningham worked there just eight months. Last summer, he returned to Corcoran as the firm’s general sales manager, an opportunity he likened to “coming home.”