Avraham Berkovits was tireless in pursuit of finding me the right apartment. He was very accommodating to my schedule including working on a Sunday. I would use Avraham again as he did not give up until he found me the right apartment that matched all of my criteria.
I believe that it was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who said, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself -- except for New York City apartment hunting, that''s downright terrifying." And he was right.
After about a month and a half of looking for apartments in the dead of winter (Moving in the winter is an awful idea, one I blame on my significant other), trudging through snowstorms on the Upper East Side, an area we didn''t want to look in, at the behest of one of the many sub-par brokers we were dealing with, walking in a torrential downpour to an apartment 14 blocks from the closest train (Yes, 14 blocks, after my girlfriend, who has slight mobility issues, specified we needed to be close to a train), and apartments that asked us to make 80x the rent roll or pay 6 months, plus two months security, up front...we were just about ready to give up.
Then, like a beacon of light shining through the jungle of incompetent, shady brokers and landlords, we found Moussa Kamakate. And boy, did he show us what a Great broker is supposed to be.
He showed us one building. Two apartments. That''s it. We fell in love with the building on the spot, and applied for the apartment that day. He worked with us on the start date of the lease, helped us negotiate the price of the lease, and even managed to secure us extra days to move in to the apartment.
But more than that, Moussa is just a good man. He''s incredibly responsive: I bet I could STILL text or email him and he''d respond in minutes. He listens to his clients and does whatever he can to respond to their wishes and requests. That''s why we applied for this apartment; he showed us exactly what we wanted to see, didn''t over-sell, never pressured us and was quite possibly the most helpful person in the real estate business. He really cares about the people he works with.
Moussa is not just a broker; my girlfriend and I consider him a friend, someone who looked out for us when we needed him the most. He''s Superman with a Real Estate License. Go with Moussa, you won''t regret it.
My wife Ann and I recently had the pleasure of working with Michele Portnof as our realtor for both selling our Upper East Side apartment and finding a new apartment in Midtown East.
Our junior 4 apartment not only sold for the highest price that our line had ever sold for, but also for the highest price per sq ft of previous sales in our building. In both the sale of our apartment and purchase of our new apartment, Michele was able to negotiate favorable prices without any impatience or any pressure.
Since a neighbor was planning to sell her apartment adjacent to our apartment at the about the same time, Michele was able to become the realtor for our neighbor as well, and marketed the two apartments as a three bedroom apartment with wonderful advertising that included an excellent floor plan of the combined apartment. It did not take long for both our apartment and the neighbor’s apartment to sell to a couple with two children when needed a large three bedroom apartment. Our neighbor also received the highest price ever paid for that apartment line.
Michele Portnof is a highly valued professional who my wife and I would recommend to friends and family as an excellent broker, who is diligent, very well organized, sincere, adept at coordinating appointments, creative and pays attention to the details while working with you
I had a realtor named Kelsey who was amazing! She was on call 24/7 to help us and did so much to pull everything together. A +++