Father-son team moves to BHS

After years of working separately, father–and–son broker team Siim and Rudi Hanja recently joined Brown Harris Stevens, where Siim is now a senior vice president and his son is a licensed real estate salesperson.

Siim moved to BHS after spending a decade at Stribling. Rudi previously worked at Prudential Douglas Elliman. The two have spent the majority of their professional careers working with the real estate market downtown, where they have both lived for most of their lives.

But until now, they’ve never officially worked together as real estate brokers.

Rudi got his introduction to the business over 10 years ago — before he even got his real estate license — working as a bookkeeper for his father’s firm, the now–defunct Independent Brokers Circle.

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When he decided to go into real estate in 2006, however, “I wanted to develop my own career,” Rudi said. “I wanted to work on my own.”

But when offered the opportunity to work at BHS alongside his father, Rudi said that he jumped at the chance to work at the “cream of the crop” of real estate firms.

Now, the Hanjas feel confident that combining their efforts will lead to success. “We can take advantage of each other’s assets,” said Siim, adding that his experience is a good pairing for his son’s youthful energy.

Their business is already up and running at BHS, and the Hanjas are currently marketing a two–bedroom at 135 Greene Street in Soho for $3.25 million.