Considered the bible of New York City real estate, The Real Deal has become mandatory reading for everyone in the industry. Since 2003, TRD has provided up-to-the-minute industry news and in-depth reports and profiles in our 65,000-circulation monthly magazine and on TheRealDeal.com, which receives more than 1 million unique visitors per month. Our content is available across multiple platforms, including a mobile app available to iPhone, iPad and Android users alike.
The Real Deal has been repeatedly recognized for its prowess in real estate media, receiving the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ 2013 award for general excellence. In 2016, TRD won a record 12 awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors, including the gold for best residential trade magazine and a silver award for best commercial trade magazine.
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|Amir Korangy is the founder and publisher of The Real Deal. Prior to launching the real estate media company in 2003, he held several positions at Yahoo Inc. He attended Boston University and Emerson College for degrees in Journalism and Foreign Policy. Though he lives in Manhattan, he secretly loves Brooklyn.|
|Stuart Elliott is the editor-in-chief of The Real Deal, a role he has held since the magazine first started in 2003. He has worked at the New York Times, among other publications, and is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in the West Village with his family.|
|Jill Gardiner Noonan is a senior content director at The Real Deal. Before joining the magazine in 2007, she was a senior political reporter at the New York Sun, covering Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Hall politics and the 2007-2008 presidential primary candidates. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Maplewood, N.J., with her husband and two kids.|
|Heather Grossmann joined The Real Deal as the editorial development director in 2014. Previously she was associate publisher at the local news site DNAinfo.com, which operates in both New York and Chicago. She started as a reporter then editor at DNAinfo, then took some time out of her five-year tenure there to launch MetroFocus, a news and culture website and TV show for WNET/Thirteen, NYC’s local PBS station. Prior to her journalism career, Heather worked extensively in business development and event production for media companies. She has a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.|
|Hiten Samtani is the managing web editor at The Real Deal and also oversees the magazine’s social media strategy and content partnerships. Samtani, who joined the team in December 2012, is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. His work has appeared in the New York Times, WNYC and the Columbia Journalism Review. When deciding between real estate and another beat, he was asked: “Do you want to cover money and power, or do you want to write about librarians?”|
|James Kleimann is the deputy web editor of The Real Deal. Before joining The Real Deal, he worked as a reporter and editor at NJ Advance Media and Patch. He earned a B.S. in Journalism and Professional Writing at Champlain College in Burlington, VT. The New Jersey native lives in Lower Manhattan and hates Bruce Springsteen.|
|Damian Ghigliotty is the managing issue editor of The Real Deal. Before joining the magazine in January 2016, he worked as a senior editor and reporter at Commercial Observer and a staff reporter at Dow Jones. He is a graduate of Pace University and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.|
|Danielle Balbi is a magazine editor at The Real Deal. She joined the publication in April 2017 from Commercial Observer, where she worked as news editor and reporter covering finance. She is a graduate of The New School, where she studied political theory. Danielle is a proud New York native and currently resides in Brooklyn.|
|Mark Maurer is an associate web editor at The Real Deal, having joined the team in April 2013. He has worked at the Newark Star-Ledger and the Jersey Journal, and is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He specializes in reporting on investment sales, the multifamily market and Brooklyn landlords.|
|Adam Pincus is the research director at The Real Deal. He launched the research division in 2014, and oversees its operations including the research website, general research and data sales. He began writing for the publication in 2007 and joined as a staff reporter in September 2008. Before that, he freelanced for Newsday and worked as a reporter for the TimesLedger in Queens. A graduate of Yale University, he worked in souvenir and trophy manufacturing for 12 years before turning to journalism.|
|Rich Bockmann is a reporter at The Real Deal. He joined the publication in 2014 after having worked at the TimesLedger Newspapers in Queens and The Times of Trenton, N.J. A New Jersey native and Rutgers University alumnus, Bockmann can glance across the Hudson at the Garden State from his place in Hell’s Kitchen whenever the urge strikes him.|
|E.B. Solomont is a reporter at The Real Deal. She joined the magazine in June 2014. Previously, she wrote for the St. Louis Business Journal, Jerusalem Post and New York Sun. A Boston native, E.B. graduated from Tufts University and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.|
|Konrad Putzier is a reporter at The Real Deal. He joined the publication in April 2015 from Real Estate Weekly, where he previously covered the New York real estate market. A Germany native, Konrad graduated from Durham University in the U.K. and holds a masters degree in history from Yale University. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal Europe, Die Welt, Financial Times Deutschland, as well as online in The New Republic and the World Policy Journal.|
|Kathryn Brenzel is a reporter at The Real Deal. She joined the magazine in 2015. Previously, she reported on Hudson County for NJ.com and the Star-Ledger, and covered crime and courts for The Express-Times in Easton, Pa. She earned her master’s degree from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.|
|Will Parker is a reporter at The Real Deal. Before joining the magazine, he worked as a copywriter and held a position teaching English in Madrid, Spain. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, where he studied writing, Spanish, and unrelenting humidity.
Eddie Small is a reporter at The Real Deal. He joined the publication in April 2017 after spending about three years covering The Bronx for DNAinfo. He is a graduate of Dickinson College and the Columbia School of Journalism, and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Onion. He lives in New York and quotes “The Simpsons” far too often.
|Kerry Barger is the social media editor for The Real Deal. Before joining the magazine in February 2014, Kerry spearheaded social and digital media efforts at Houlihan Lawrence, a residential brokerage based in Westchester County. She earned a B.A. in journalism from Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications in 2011, and now lives in Fleetwood, N.Y. where she enjoys loud music, thick books and the honking of angry drivers outside her window.|
|Lexi Pilgrim is a digital content coordinator for The Real Deal. A proud Philly native, she graduated from Fordham University in 2016, where she studied new media.|
|Victoria Tuturice is the Production Manager for The Real Deal. She graduated from James Madison University in 2010 with a BFA in Graphic Design and later found her niche in production when she joined The Real Deal in October 2014. Victoria previously worked as a designer at Gammon Ragonesi Associates in NYC and Great Valley Publishing Company in the Philly Suburbs, where she was born and raised. She now lives in Brooklyn.|
|Yoryi De La Rosa is the data engineer for The Real Deal.|
|Derek Smith is the project manager for TRData, The Real Deal’s NYC real estate database. Derek joined The Real Deal in early 2016 to launch the database out of beta. Derek moved to New York from Columbia, South Carolina in 2015 to pursue stand up comedy and so far… he’s working at a real estate magazine.|
|Amir Ghaheri is the web developer at The Real Deal, and also oversees email marketing campaigns for TRD and Luxury Listings NYC. Amir holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from California State University, Los Angeles, and is looking to pursue his PHD in the same field. Prior to joining the team in 2014, Amir worked for the City of Los Angeles.Infolinks 2016|
|Yoav Barilan is the director of marketing operations at The Real Deal. He has been with the company since its inception in 2003. Barilan has helped grow the advertising department from a two man operation out of publisher Amir Korangy’s Brooklyn home to one of the most fierce and revered in New York City publishing, with more advertising contracts than any other regional publication. “Some credit our success to my military discipline, but the fact is that I just love what I do and I do it blindly,” he said. When asked about rumors of him being a Mossad assassin, Barilan said, “There is no factual proof of that. I have work to do.”|
|Ross Fox is the National Advertising Director at The Real Deal, which he joined as a salesperson in 2010, rigorously working his way up to becoming the advertising director of both the New York and South Florida versions of the publication. He now manages a sales team of 12 in both New York and Florida. He is a graduate of St. John’s University and lives in Hell’s Kitchen.|
|Adam Myers is the Director of New Business Development at The Real Deal and helps oversee the New York sales team. He is a graduate of SUNY Albany and lives in Hell’s Kitchen. Prior to joining The Real Deal, Adam sold sports advertising on a national level.|
|Frankie Morales is the Southern California Advertising Director at The Real Deal, which he joined in summer 2016. This L.A. native is graduate of the University of California at Irvine and has been in media publishing for over 15 years. He has been instrumental in launching the first print edition of The Real Deal Los Angeles, which is now out quarterly. Frankie currently lives right in the heart of Greater Los Angeles, literally right next door to Caruso Affiliated’s The Grove.|
|Virginia Durso is the office manager at The Real Deal. She joined the publication in August 2012. She is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration as a part-time student. She was born and raised in the heart of Queens.|
|Rob Stearns has worked on the sales team at The Real Deal since 2010. Born in Brooklyn, he has lived in Denver, Connecticut, Arkansas and Vermont and graduated from San Francisco State University and Sierra College, also in Northern California. He came to The Real Deal with a background in magazine sales, having worked for two years at the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Working at The Real Deal has taught him much about sales and people, while also giving him a behind-the-scenes look at how real estate operates in the greatest city in the world.|
|Nicki Chadi has been part of the new business development team at The Real Deal since February 2012. She graduated from Hofstra University with a focus in marketing and business administration. Prior to joining The Real Deal, Chadi interned at an international marketing firm in Israel.|
|Violet Sigalit Levi is the Chief Business Development Officer at The Real Deal. She was born in Israel, and moved to NYC after completing her military service in the Israeli army. Prior to joining The Real Deal, Sigalit was the Executive Director of Advertising for The Jerusalem Post’s newspaper, website and magazine. She has a fifteen-year history of exceeding goals and developing new revenue streams.|
|Junaid Zahid is the director of digital sales at The Real Deal. He joined the team in May 2011 and oversees the company’s digital ad efforts. Zahid has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Mathematics from Baruch College with an eye on getting his Masters in the same field.|
|Nathalia Mesa is the circulation coordinator at The Real Deal. Born and raised in Colombia, Mesa moved to the United States in 2011. She received her associates degree in Colombia in Advertising and Consumer Behavior, and finished her Bachelors in Marketing Communications at Dowling College in Long Island. Prior to The Real Deal, she worked as a marketing intern for NBTY’s Vitamin World Division.|
|Karen Francis is an accounting associate at The Real Deal. Francis is a graduate of Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica, where she studied Business Administration. She’s married with three children.|