The Hollywood Reporter Honors Top Realtors at Inaugural New York Power Broker Awards

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Some of New York’s most prestigious real estate agents gathered at The Hollywood Reporterat the inaugural New York Power Broker Awards. The private event, held May 25 at Chef Angie Mar’s Les Trois Chevaux restaurant in the West Village, honored real estate agents with awards in seven categories.

Cathy Franklin and Noble Black - Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

Cathy Franklin and Noble Black – Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

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The evening, co-hosted with luxury real estate PR firm The Society Group and sponsored by interior design and home staging company Vesta Home, began with a cocktail reception, allowing contestants to mingle before s sit down for dinner.

The guest list – which included Agent Douglas Elliman and New York Million Dollar Listing star Kirsten Jordan, Kendra Sells Hollywood star Lisa Simonson of Elliman, Cathy Franklin of the band Corcoran and Noble Black of Elliman – represented elite salespeople who made THRList of the best real estate agents in New York in 2022.

Despite competing with each other, the brokers only had good things to say about their peers. “It’s such an honor to be in the room. It’s great to have all these conversations with really talented brokers. Brokers I tried to get on their team,” said John Gomes accepting the New Development Power Brokers Award on behalf of Douglas Elliman’s Eklund | Gomes’ team. “Early in my career, I was begging and doing whatever I could to get into Tamir Shemesh’s team.” Shemesh, who recently moved to the Serhant brokerage, chimed in from his table, jokingly adding, “I’d still reject you.”

“You all know how difficult it is to succeed in this industry and I’m just honored to be in this room with all of you sharing this wonderful honor,” Gomes continued. “Thank you very much to The Hollywood Reporter. You make everything fun and it certainly is. I love your magazine and flipping through these pages and living this life.

From left to right: John Gomes, Tamir Shemesh and (seated) Adam Modlin.  - Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

From left to right: John Gomes, Tamir Shemesh and (seated) Adam Modlin. – Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

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In addition to Eklund | Gomes, the night’s winners included Douglas Elliman’s Alexander Team (who won the Billionaire’s Row Power Brokers award); Adam Modlin of the Modlin Group (Historic Architecture Officer); Nick Gavin of Compass (celebrity property portfolio); Deborah Kern of Corcoran (stratospheric selling) and Ian Slater of Compass (rising star). Three agents shared the prize for the penthouse sale of the year: Corcoran’s Carrie Chiang, Douglas Elliman’s Ryan Stenta and Compass’ Jason Haber, who were co-agents in the recent $70.5 million sale at 432 Park Avenue, the largest residential transaction on record in the city so far in 2022.

A popular topic throughout the night was New York’s historically competitive housing market. “I’ve been doing this for 20 years and I’ve seen a lot of good markets I think, but never, never what we’ve had. We set all kinds of records. We doubled our own record year,” Eklund | Fredrik Eklund from Gomes said THR. “New York is back in full force. She roars.

Ryan Stenta and Jason Haber - Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

Ryan Stenta and Jason Haber – Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

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Eklund then shared his predictions of what the market will look like in the near future. “Can this continue? I don’t believe that at the same rhythm and at the same velocity. However, I see it as a story of three markets. Below $3 million there will be a bidding war. The big midsection starts to slow down, level out and mellow out,” he said. “But I feel like the high end is really on fire.”

After reflecting on his successful year in real estate, Eklund revealed what he hopes to accomplish in his career in the future. “We’re going to Vegas, so we’re launching this in June,” he said. “I really want to create this SWAT team. We don’t want to be the biggest, we don’t want to be the smallest, but we want to be the best. We’ve always sold to celebrities and we’ve had a lot of these celebrity names and lately we’ve just raised the price. We’re always on new developments, but what we’re known for now are those mega-trophies, sky-high priced apartments. It’s really exciting.

Julia Spillman, Lisa Simonsen and Kirsten Jordan.  - Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

Julia Spillman, Lisa Simonsen and Kirsten Jordan. – Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

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Serhant’s Shemesh credits the booming market for people returning to town to work in their offices. “The market is very robust. I think a lot of people come back. Luckily, and unfortunately for them because now they have to go back to work in offices, working from home is decreasing and that’s why the city market is coming back,” he said.

Deborah Kern and Adam Modlin.  - Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

Deborah Kern and Adam Modlin. – Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

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million dollar listSteve Gold of Corcoran Group called 2021 an “incredible” year for the New York real estate market, but said there were some hurdles for aspiring homeowners in 2022. “We were at crazy volume last year. last and this year there has been some robust selling,” he said. “Geopolitical issues and rising interest rates are slowing volume down a bit. I think it’s not as strong as last year, but we’re still seeing a lot of sales. I have personally been very busy.

While Gold said home sales were down, he noted that “the rental market is on fire, which means a lot of people are still coming back.”

Serhant’s Maggie Wu, who was nominated in the New York Rising Star category – along with Douglas Elliman’s McKenzie Davis, also shared her thoughts on the market. “It’s been so crazy,” she said. After noting that the coronavirus pandemic “stopped everything”, Wu said things had started to look up in 2021. However, she admitted that stock market uncertainty has made it difficult to predict the future. real estate in New York. “I have clients who tell me, ‘Take all your money out of the markets. It will collapse. And then there are people who say, ‘It’s good.’ »

The New York Power Brokers Awards served as the East Coast counterpart to the first annual Los Angeles Power Broker Awards, which debuted in 2021.

See below for more images from the event:

John Gomes - Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

John Gomes – Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

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Ian Slater - Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

Ian Slater – Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

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Lisa Simonsen, Kirsten Jordan and Maggie Wu. - Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

Lisa Simonsen, Kirsten Jordan and Maggie Wu. – Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

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Adam Modlin - Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

Adam Modlin – Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

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McKenzie Ryan - Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

McKenzie Ryan – Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

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Augusto Poersch, Alexander Ali, Alexis Lopez, Victoria Doyle of The Society Group.  - Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

Augusto Poersch, Alexander Ali, Alexis Lopez, Victoria Doyle of The Society Group. – Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

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Julio Morales, Samantha Donini and Jarod Korn of Vesta.  - Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

Julio Morales, Samantha Donini and Jarod Korn of Vesta. – Credit: Ben Rosser/BFA.com

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