William Raveis NYC makes first big broker hires

Julia Boland, Fabienne Lecole sign on with New York newcomer

From left: Julia Boland, Fabienne Lecole, Kathy Braddock and Paul Purcell
From left: Julia Boland, Fabienne Lecole, Kathy Braddock and Paul Purcell

Nearly four months after its launch, William Raveis New York City has added its biggest names yet. The firm tapped Halstead Property’s Julia Boland to launch its new development division and hired Corcoran Group veteran Fabienne Lecole to bulk up its growing roster of brokers.

Boland spent the past seven years at Halstead, where she handled sales for projects such as L+M Development Partners’ Adeline at 23 West 116th Street and ADG Langsam’s One48 at 148 East 24th Street. Her team was named Halstead’s top new development marketing broker for 2012. Boland was also on The Real Deal’s 2014 list of top 75 Manhattan agents, coming in at N0. 57 in the ranking. Prior to Halstead, she was at Brown Harris Stevens for six years.

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“She is the consummate businesswoman,” William Raveis NYC’s co-managing director Paul Purcell said of Boland.

Lecole, who hails from France, joined Corcoran in 2001 and achieved numerous distinctions at the firm, including the 2014 President’s Council, which recognizes the firm’s top 2 percent of producers, and the 2009 and 2012 salesperson of the year awards for Corcoran’s Carnegie Hill office. Last September, she sold a Harlem townhouse at 2036 Fifth Avenue to television star Neil Patrick Harris. Also joining Lecole from Corcoran is Maria Wall, who began her career as a real estate agent in 2000.

William Raveis NYC, which is the Northeast brokerage giant’s 100th office, now has 15 agents, Purcell said. His colleague and co-managing director Kathy Braddock said that in line with William Raveis’ approach across the region, the New York office would focus on helping agents develop thriving “businesses within the business,” or teams that have long-term value and a distinctive brand that could eventually be sold.