One of the best ways to further your real estate career is to emulate top producers who have made a name for themselves in the industry. In the state of New York many of the big name agents are in NYC (and on reality shows), but that isn’t always the case.
There are a lot of experienced agents across the state that can serve as inspiration and maybe even provide mentorship. Here are 10 New York agents to keep your eye on in 2019.
Charles “Chip” Murphey
This Rochester real estate agent was the only New York professional to make it into Realtor Magazine’s 30 Under 30 Class of 2018. Even though Chip Murphey is just 27 years old he’s already a regional branch director at Hunt Real Estate ERA. In that position, he oversees 200 agents, and he has a hand in thousands of sales every year. Chip’s leadership helped his brokerage clear over $1.8 billion in sales during 2017.
Larry Magguilli is another Hunt Real Estate ERA agent/associate broker that’s been killing it lately, He’s the #1 New York agent on the REAL Trends 2018 list of top individuals for total transactions. Larry has been busy closing 409 transactions in a single year. That’s a huge number of sales that was bested by only six other agents in the country.
If you’re looking for innovative entrepreneurial inspiration look no further than agent/broker/CEO Blair Brandt. At the tender young age of 23, he was targeted by Forbes as a real estate up-and-comer. Why? He created a Manhattan-based brokerage that targets college graduates, which was started in his dorm room. Blair recognized that college graduates were an underserved market. He’s created a highly successful service that helps graduates find an apartment in as little as a day.
Today the company’s customer service ratings are through the roof, and Blair is a real estate contributor for numerous leading publications like The New York Times. Agents should also keep an eye on Blair because he regularly recruits the best up-and-coming rental agents in Manhattan.
The title of salesperson with the top sales volume in New York goes to Alexa Lambert. She landed at #4 on REAL Trends’ 2018 list of top individuals by sales volume. In just one year Alexa closed $523,449,100. It should come as no surprise that her specialty is selling multi-million dollar properties in New York City for Stribling & Associates. Other major accolades include being named the #3 broker in the country by the Wall Street Journal .
People who live in Long Island have probably seen a few of Zachary Scher’s yard signs. Zachery, who leads the Scher Team at Coldwell Banker, was recently featured in the State of New York Top Agent Magazine. He’s come a long way since getting a real estate license in 2016. He figured it would be a part-time gig while he worked on other business ventures, but real estate quickly became his sole focus. Zachary credits his client-first approach for his amazing success in such a short amount of time. He’s an example for all agents of how important referrals are in this industry.
If you live in New York City and haven’t heard of Serena Boardman you must be new to the real estate industry. Serena (a Manhattan native) is as high-profile as they come and is a record-breaking agent. She’s broken the record for the highest sale in Manhattan numerous times. She’s also the top producer at Sotheby’s International Realty. In 2018 she earned accolades for being one of the seller’s agents on the Vanderbilt Mansion deal. If luxury real estate is your niche of choice definitely start following Serena’s career.
In terms of social media, no one outperforms Brooklyn agent Lisa James. PropertySpark gave her major props naming her the top New York real estate agent on social media in 2018. She’s done a great job branding herself with the handle ‘MyBestBKRealtor’ and hitting on the vibrant culture of her market area. Start following Lisa to pick up pointers on how to gain nearly 3,300 Instagram followers in a relatively short amount of time.
Vickey Barron ran her own team at the Corcoran Group, and she ran it well (before moving to Compass a few months ago). Like Alexa Lambert and Serena Boardman, Vickey made it onto REAL Trends’ 2018 list of top individuals based on sales volume. She raked in $368,133,446 in sales, most of which was in new development. Her ability to sell also caught the attention of The Real Deal, which named her one of Manhattan’s top agents of 2018. Vickey accomplished all of this while the NYC market was cooling off. She told The Real Deal the market has been much more competitive and getting sales flat-out requires more work than in past years.
Geraldine “Gerrie” Andolina broke into REAL Trends’ 2018 top 25 individual agents in the U.S. by closing on 259 properties in a single year. The Grand Island agent was the second busiest real estate professional in the state. Gerrie is inspirational for anyone who sees real estate as a long-term career. She’s been in the business for 42 years! She’s gotten through multiple recessions and still maintained her status as the #1 sales agent in Grand Island from 1997-2015.
Zachary and Cody Vichinsky
Brothers Zachary and Cody Vichinsky are the creme de la creme of Hamptons real estate. For two years running, The Real Deal has named the duo the top agents in the East End. From April 2017 and March 2018 alone they sold nearly $230 million in Hampton’s real estate. That represents almost all of the sales in the area for their brokerage Bespoke Real Estate.
One reason to watch what the Vichinsky brothers do in 2019 is that they’ve stated they plan to invest heavily in PropTech to stay at the top of their game. They’ll use the latest technology to heavily analyze the upper echelon of luxury homes (those that are $10+ million) and hone their marketing strategy.
The agents/associate brokers above are an example of the hard work and dedication it takes to become a top producer in New York. But they also show all other agents just how much can be achieved and how good it is when you work your way to the top.