One of the Corcoran Group’s top-producing teams in the Hamptons has defected to Compass.
Cee Scott Brown and Jack Pearson, along with team member Jeremy Dunham, worked in Corcoran’s Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor offices. With $500 million in sales to date, they were Corcoran’s No. 1 team in the Hamptons as recently as 2017.
In a statement, Pearson said Compass would give the team a leg up in a competitive environment. He specially cited Compass Concierge, which fronts sellers the money for home repairs, and said it would be a “huge value add” for clients.
Reached by phone, Pearson said he and Brown had an “incredible experience” at Corcoran but wanted a fresh start. “We felt like it should be a company that could take us into the future like I think only Compass can,” he said.
Corcoran did not immediately comment.
Last year, Brown and Pearson listed the actress Ellen Pompeo’s Sag Harbor home for $3.5 million. Previously, they led sales and marketing for the Watchcase condos in Sag Harbor, where a historic Bulova factory was converted into 64 lofts, townhouses and bungalows priced between $1 million and $10 million. (Dunham is still the exclusive rental agent for the property.)
Both Brown and Pearson are longtime Corcoran agents, though neither started in real estate. Pearson had executive roles at Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. Brown was a curatorial assistant at MoMA.
Nationwide, Compass has more than 13,000 agents. Founded in 2012, it opened its first office in the Hamptons in 2015. But it faced early setbacks, including several lawsuits from rival firms that accused the firm and ex-agents of violating non-compete agreements.
This summer Corcoran’s parent company Realogy filed a wide-ranging lawsuit accusing Compass of “predatory” poaching and unfair business practices. Compass has filed a motion to dismiss the suit and alleged in a statement that Realogy CEO Ryan Schneider attempted to sell the company — a claim Realogy emphatically denied.