Ten top brokers in NYC

Chelsea
Sam DeFranceschi (Core Group NYC; 646-331-8534, corenyc.com) does himself a lot of favors by including a hunky headshot in his Craigslist ads, but beyond the superficial, he was transparent, knowledgeable and not pushy in the least.

Cobble Hill
Jean Sardo (Smith Hanten Real Estate; 718-834-0300, smithhanten.com) has a deep knowledge of the nabe (having lived there for 23 years), and was refreshingly honest about the quality of the landlords in the buildings he showed us.

Cobble Hill/Park Slope
Pedro Pachano (Realty Collective; 718-834-1440, realtycollective.com) reminded us that his fee (and the rent) were negotiable, and was up front about the shortcomings of what we were seeing. Plus, as a designer, he understands how space can best be used.

Dumbo/Brooklyn Heights
Candice Vilaire (Brooklyn Heights Real Estate; 917-405-7342, brooklynheightsrealestate.com) was eager to make conversation, and really listened to what we were looking for.

Financial District
Zachary Uzupis (Christie Property Group; 215-208-0140, zachary@christiepropertygroup.com) has a nonthreatening, nonsalesperson approach, which makes the apartment-hunting process much more enjoyable.

Fort Greene
Anthony Crews (Crewstown Realty; 718-643-8100, crewstownrealty.com) has lived in the area for 11 years, which might explain why he was so calm and comfortable with the listings.

Lower East Side
Tony Wilson (Citi Habitats; 212-253-2525, citi-habitats.com) was on time and enthusiastic. He knew the area well.

Soho
Adrian Johansson (Habitatman NYC; 917-860-9795, habitatmannyc.com) is a born-and-bred New Yorker: He was straight to the point and consistently followed up to see if we wanted to move forward and to tell us what else he had available.

UES
Morgan Turkewitz (Citi Habitats; 212-400-1300, citi-habitats.com) was totally fun to scope apartments with: She was helpful, straightforward and seems truly invested in getting her clients the perfect place.

West Village
Sara Lebow (City Connections; 212-994-3204, ccrny.com) was pleasant and not overly aggressive.


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