Ten top brokers in NYC

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.

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.

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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