Douglas Elliman brokers using Secret Service as Trump Tower selling point

Some brokers swear they’d take a bullet for their clients. Others use the Secret Service’s willingness to do so as a selling point. Within days of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election, two Douglas Elliman brokers sent out an email with the subject line “Fifth Avenue Buyers Interested in Secret Service Protection?” The email […]

Joe Aquino’s lawsuit against Elliman is dismissed

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by onetime Douglas Elliman retail broker Joe Aquino against his former employer, claiming the company had withheld $1 million in commissions to pay for his former partner Faith Hope Consolo’s extravagant lifestyle. The suit, brought by Aquino in March against Elliman and Consolo, alleged that his commissions went […]

(Guided) flight to the suburbs: Q&A, Part I

From the August issue: Summer is traditionally moving time. For many New Yorkers, particularly families, that means leaving the city entirely. Nationwide, people aged 30 to 44 are moving to the suburbs at a faster clip than in the 1990s, according to the data analysis website FiveThirtyEight. And the New York Times recently reported that […]

Independent brokerages gain ground in the Bronx

Regional and national powerhouses continue to hold dominion in the growing Bronx real estate market, but independent brokerages are gaining ground. That’s according to The Real Deal‘s latest ranking of the borough’s real estate firms by the number of licensed agents and brokers. Compare that to 2010, when all 10 of the Bronx’s biggest firms were […]

Elliman smells blood in the water at Town

(inset: Michael Signet ) The sharks are already circling. Following The Real Deal’s report Wednesday that Town Residential’s president of sales Wendy Maitland is suing the firm and accusing co-owner Joseph Sitt of bleeding it dry, a Douglas Elliman manager is wasting no time trying to poach Town’s talent. Michael Signet, an executive vice president […]

Elliman marketing chief Nicole Oge leaves firm after two-year branding blitz

Howard Lorber (Credit: STUDIO SCRIVO) and Nicole Oge Nicole Oge, who spearheaded Douglas Elliman’s all-out marketing blitz and quickly became one of the most influential voices at the city’s largest residential brokerage, has left the firm. The circumstances surrounding her departure remain unclear. “Nicole Oge has resigned, effective immediately, to pursue other endeavors, including an […]