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Brian Phillips

• "I am a broker for Christies Great Estates in Connecticut. I hired Brian in the Spring of 2008 to help me and my husband find a condo in New York City that we could buy and rent out then use as a pied-a-terre in the future whenever we visit the Manhattan. We knew Brian worked in Harlem, but we definitely wanted to purchase below 96 Street. As a fellow broker I knew better than to pigeonhole him. Out of all the brokers we contacted, Brian was the most professional and the most responsive; moreover, he did not limit our options like some agents tried to. We were open to looking on the Upper Eastside, Upper Westside, Midtown, as well as Downtown. Brian provided us with comparable sales and rentals of each building we looked in. He explained why some apartments were priced differently than others and which locations are the most desirable. Within a few weeks, Brian found us the perfect investment on Central Park South." November 2, 2008 

 Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert 

 Deborah Cooke 

 Hired Brian as a Real Estate Agent in 2007 

 
• "Brian is not only an amazing salesman but just an amazing person. You can trust he will do his best work. You feel safe in his hands and assured that he is totally competent and can obtain the resources needed to complete a sale. I would hire Brian again!" October 15, 2009 

 Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity 

 Jackie Allen-Joseph 

 Hired Brian as a Real Estate Agent in 2002  

 
• "Phillips is a real estate professional who actually EARNS his fee." October 7, 2008 

 Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert 

 Janet Forman 

 Hired Brian as a Real Estate Agent in 2004 

 
• "Brian is a top notch real estate professional with incredible dedication and follow through. You can count on him to be at your side at every step of the transaction process and to be supportive and accepting of your specific needs. He puts his clients first and is available whenever needed. In addition, he knows the product he sells well and can help guide you to the outcome you are looking for. I have enjoyed working with Brian and would definitely work with him again for any real estate needs I might have and recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate." September 24, 2008 

 Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert 

 Steven Weisman PhD 

 Hired Brian as a Real Estate Agent in 2007, and hired Brian more than once 

 
• "In the real estate business "trust" isn't a frequent adjective. But in an industry with a reputation for over promising and under-delivering, Brian is literally the one exception that I have had the privilege of working with. As an investor, I know he will always provide me with accurate, honest, and timely information. I have known Brian for 4 years and would not use another advisor." November 1, 2008 

 Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity 

 Gerard DeBenedetto 

 Hired Brian as a Real Estate Agent in 2004, and hired Brian more than once 

 
• "My husband and I hired Brian to sell our investment property in 2005 and he delivered. We've since employed Brian to lease out our rental apartments. We recommend him to our friends & neighbors whenever an opportunity arises." November 26, 2008 

 Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity 

 Paula Broadwater 

 Hired Brian as a Real Estate Agent in 2005, and hired Brian more than once
 
• "Brian Phillips is always available as a broker. That aspect makes him invaluable in tough and shifting markets. Brian is a very good listener; and he is willing to implement suggestions that help further the process towards a successful closing. He is extremely reliable." October 7, 2008 

 Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert 

 Erhard Marius 

 Hired Brian as a Real Estate Agent in 2005, and hired Brian more than once 

 
• "It is without a doubt that Brian is a complete professional individual who will give 150% to any project he works on. He gave me the best service and an unparalleled guidance in my hunt for the perfect apartment on the Upper Eastside. His insight into the industry is unmatched, as is his passion and commitment to his clients. I highly recommend him." November 4, 2009 

 Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity 

 Wamiq Jawaid 

 Hired Brian as a Real Estate Agent in 2009 
 

• "I worked with Brian Phillips in the late 80s in the direct sales industry and the one things that always stood out was his amazing work ethic. It was unlike anything I had ever seen. I learned a great deal from Brian." 

 October 10, 2008 

 Michael Oknowsky, Prudential Douglas Elliman 

 
• "Brian Phillips is a seasoned real estate broker who seized the opportunity to become one of the foremost brokers within the emerging Harlem market. Mr. Phillips, with his undeniable determination, carved a niche for himself in the uptown market. He took advantage of his business relationships to penetrate an increasingly competitive and fast growing marketplace. It's my pleasure to recommend Mr. Phillips as my broker of choice to any customer or client seeking someone to get the job done." 

October 3, 2008

Franklyn Ore, Project Manager, Jersey City Redevelopment Agency  
       
            
• "Brian is a man of much academic esteem, professional expertise, and personal dignity. He is a trove of information. He is willing to engage in intellectual conversation as he is able -- and those with whom he speaks are better, more rounded individuals for it. His knowledge of the real estate market is among his many areas of strength as there's more than meets the eye. He is intimately acquainted with the neighborhood in which he makes his home -- the architectural styles, homeowners, business owners, landlords, and neighborhood residents. New York City is his domain and passion. What renders Brian, The Mobile Broker, distinct from his peers is his unabashed and unyielding emphasis on integrity. He is honest and reassuring; moreover, he generously affords his time to those that request and need it." August 5, 2010

Daniel Dolgicer, Senior Field Sales Manager, Cutco Cutlery 

 
• "Great Broker, Great Person." November 20, 2008
 Jon Fisher, Prudential Douglas Elliman 

 
• "Brian is a very conscientious broker, whom I have never witnessed put any undue pressure on any of his clients that I have performed inspections for. I have also not known Brian to misrepresent properties. I believe he tries to fully meet his client's needs and does that in the most respectful way. He does not limit himself to any one area, nor any one type of property, nor any one demographic. I believe that Brian is one of the better brokers in New York City." November 5, 2008 

Matthew Barnett, Owner, Accurate Building Inspectors
 
  
• "Brian has shown himself to be an outstanding individual. He is very personable, and an extremely knowledgeable, professional, dependable, and trustworthy Broker. He is a valuable asset to our company, Prudential Douglas Elliman, and the New York Real Estate Community. He's fast become the "Go To" broker for townhouses. October 28, 2008

Gabrielle Everett, Prudential Douglas Elliman 

Vatisha Smith

Vatisha Smith of Douglas Elliman Real Estate zeroed in, out of an ocean of responders to an ad, on the veritable Felix Unger of Sublessees for my co-op apartment back in 2008. That fella passed the board interview and in the seven years of his residency he has been a delightful, reliable tenant who took fantastic care of my place.

That tenant returned to his native Spain and so I recently asked Vatisha to please go back out there and find me another great tenant knowing with confidence that her judgment would be sound and her savvy about my co-op board's demands would be realistic.

First try was, again, a charm. A delightful young couple is moving in next week-- extremely polite, courteous and substantial people.

In other words, calling Vatisha Smith results in one-stop shopping for the apartment owner looking to sublease and then rest easy about it. It doesn't get better than that.

Kudos for Vatisha!

Joseph Minion
Executive Towers apartment owner

Jillian Leigh Talarczyk

"Jillian helped us sell our co-op in Hamilton Heights from the comfort of our home in Los Angeles :) While trying to sell your home remotely is not ideal, Jillian went the extra mile to help us pull it off, including meeting with contractors and house cleaners, sometimes on weekends, to prepare the unit for open houses. She ways made herself available to us and kept us informed all throughout the sale. Through Jillian's efforts we received multiple offers on our place and ultimately accepted an offer over the asking price. Thank you, Jillian."

-Justin C

"I am glad I used Jillian as my seller's broker. I got good feedback from all parties involved that she was frequently showing my apartment in open house formats for long blocks of time and that she was persistent with follow-up. The HDFC properties can be tricky to match buyers and sellers and she did a good job of finding an appropriate buyer to make an all cash offer at a fair price to simplify the process"

-Eugene K.

“Jillian did an outstanding job for us. She is very thorough and we quickly found the "right" apartment in New York City (not an easy task!). She is professional, personable, and trustworthy. I would highly recommend her to friends and family.”

-Andrew Baumgarten

"Thank you Jillian! You have been a great help to my family during our rental search. We can't wait to give you a call when we are ready to buy our home someday!"

K. Reyes

"Jillian was a great help to me and my sister during our rental search. She was referred to us, and we were delighted with the apartment that we found together with her help. Jillian is ethical, responds immediately, and addressed all our questions to guide us through the process successfully. As newcomers to the city Jillian's patience, knowledge and friendliness put us right at ease in the Big Apple! We are happy in our new apartment, and will tell all our friends to call Jillian when they are looking for a new place!"

Hannah & Liz Ferenczy

Hi Jillian

I wanted to thank you for your great help in finding my daughter an apartment as she enters Columbia in September. From the first phone call, you were on the job sending us potential apartments and educating us to the process. On extremely short notice, you organized two days of viewings to educate us to the markets dynamics. Your style made my wife, my daughter and myself very comfortable. Given our different perspectives, that was quite an accomplishment. In person, you were knowledgeable, professional and very efficient while remaining personable and approachable. We landed on our apartment in one day of market searches and closed on the documentation the following day with plenty of time to catch our flight home.

I would recommend you to anybody without reservation.

Best Regards,

Bob Ryder
CFO of Fortune 500 Company


"Jillian helped me to identify and secure a great new apartment. She listened to my 'must haves' and 'wish list' of features -- in particular, she understood what I was looking for in a new neighborhood. I didn't feel pressured to take the first place I saw, which I greatly appreciated. Now, each day I look forward to heading home to my new place. Thank you, Jillian!"
-Clare Stone
Hired Jillian in 2012

"Jillian was a great agent for a real estate novice like myself. She had a vast knowledge of the New York City market ranging from Harlem to Brooklyn to the Lower East Side. When we hit inevitable speed bumps Jillian was a great resource and remained cautiously optimistic, helping me persevere to the end.

Jillian was always easy to reach out to and understanding of all my thoughts and concerns. When I wanted to shift my search to a smaller apartment in a different neighborhood, Jillian adapted our search seamlessly.

We developed a great relationship, and I’m confident that Jillian can find the perfect home for anyone looking in New York City" - David G.

McKinley Jones III

"I have worked with a number of Realtors in the recent past and I must say that working with Mckinley was the best experience for me and my husband. He was extremely responsive and attentive in the entire life cycle of me looking up the apartment and finally signing the lease. The best thing about McKinley is that he was easy to work , has great work ethic and is a thorough professional. I was very pleased that he was not only able to to help us out but also gave me great advice with my current situation, is it very refreshing to be able to work with someone in this industry with this level of customer service and honesty. I truly appreciate McKinley for being on top of his stuff. Thanks once again for you support and effort."

I was introduced to McKinley Jones III after inquiring about an exclusive listing in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn. The listing was so phenomenal it kind of seemed too good to be true so I proceeded with caution. It should be noted, I had already been exhaustively scouring the market for seven months to find an affordable apartment. And in this city, it was proving to be a very time consuming, futile process rife with scams, hassles, and inconsistencies.

McKinley wasted no time to respond to my inquiry. He was courteous, informative, and direct. Within seconds, I knew I was dealing with a cut above any other agent - I was dealing with someone extraordinary. The day of the open house, a flood of hopefuls poured through the door and as I filled out my paperwork, feverishly hoping to get every detail intact and on time, I noticed McKinley's interaction with each person. This was a guy who genuinely loves what he does and cares about finding people homes. I didn't get the rare gem apartment that day but I got something better, I had found the rare gem agent. From that point on, I knew without a doubt, this was the guy who was going to make the impossible possible.

Every morning he sent updates and swiftly acted on each one of interest: All without any pressure to sign any agreements. When the dream apartment surfaced, he pursued it with full force, even though he was not the exclusive agent, or the one with whom the co-op board typically chooses to handle affairs. His persistence, professionalism, and dedication - not to mention his willingness and ability to work with others and share are truly the reasons I was just handed the keys to my dream apartment. And in the age of internet, immediacy, and cutting out the middleman, McKinley is someone who brings relevancy back to real estate agents. He's everything an agent should be and a true asset and blessing to any client or company he represents.

–Mandy Strain

I recently signed a lease for an apartment listed with Douglas Elliman, and I wanted to take a moment to compliment the broker, McKinley Jones, on his professionalism, efficiency, and general good cheer. Renting an apartment in NYC is never a fun task, but McKinley made the whole process much more pleasant. He was responsive to my emails, on time (early, even) to the showing, and at all times, courteous. When the application process took a little longer than expected, he was careful to keep me in the loop so I wouldn’t wonder if there was a hold-up.

Of course I was pleased to get the apartment, so I’m feeling pretty happy about it anyway, but it was so much nicer to deal with a friendly and helpful broker. He mentioned that your organization really emphasizes customer service, so I asked if I could write a letter on his behalf. He represented you well in all of my interactions with him. –Leslie Rider

I recently came to New York to find an apartment for my daughter who will be doing a co-op in New York City. I was lucky enough to stumble upon a listing of McKinley Jones. McKinley quickly responded to my inquiry and able to set up some listings for me to take a look at while I was in town. Being a realtor myself for over 15 years, I appreciated how helpful, professional, kind and accommodating he was. Mckinley went out of his way to get all of our questions answered and provide us enough information so we could make a good decision. McKinley is a huge asset to your company and I will absolutely be using him again if need be in the future. -Pat Bodin, Re/Max Real Estate Center

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New York, NY 10026

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Bronx, NY 10463

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