If you're looking for a real estate pro who's not only got the experience and the expertise but also the heart and integrity to guide you through the maze of NYC's property market, Gene is your guy. You won't find a more capable and genuine professional out there.
Alright, alright - I know I look like I just walked off the set of Sopranos - the epitome of the machis-bro, and a nefarious one at that.
But what you’re seeing is the olive skin of a Ukrainian Jew. I inherited my dad’s serious demeanor and the concentrated scowl he honed as an astrophysicist working for the Soviet Russia. Try not to hold it against me. Because my mom, an industrial engineer in The People’s Shoe Factory, was the kindest person you’d ever meet. And that’s what she handed down.
Both taught me there’s only one way to do things and that’s the right way. What’s hard to see on a screen, but what’s extremely palpable in person is that: I’m on your side.
As brilliant as my parents were, they bought a ramshackle house (that I spent my childhood helping to renovate) in a working-class town with even more ramshackle schools because they were desperate to move out of a urban-blighted immigrant neighborhood and too doe-eyed to know what they were doing.
Their brilliance was no match against the desire to provide more for their family - or whatever emotions are driving you. Logic provides little protection against a system that’s designed to get the better of everyone. If you feel lost, it’s not you.
I’ve been in the NYC real estate game for nearly 20 years since stepping away from my first career as a stock trader, and it blew my mind that getting a license was so easy in an industry that supposedly helps people make such serious decisions.
Any suit and tie can mask a wolf or a fool.
Point is, passing a state test won’t make you an expert. To be great at it, you need to be a freak with numbers, to tour thousands of homes in dozens of neighborhoods, to know how to swing a hammer, and to be able to arrange a living area to impress friends when they come for dinner. You need to revere how hard people work for their money. You need to appreciate where they’re coming from. You need to be repulsed by the idea of screwing them over. And above everything, you need to fully comprehend VALUE, i.e., what you think a home may be worth vs. what everyone else thinks.
My parents moved out of a slum and directly into the worst house on a block that never felt like home. A great agent wouldn’t have let that happen. Yet two decades later, before I was an agent, there I was having a home buying experience that threatened the same outcome - confusion, wasted opportunity, landing somewhere where I didn’t belong.
There’s a pattern here.
“We need to obsess about what's broken and problematic in the way people buy and sell their homes to stimulate a more rewarding experience. Right now, there's too much allegiance to a morally hazardous process and not enough allegiance to the people who matter most."
Doing real estate right means creating better outcomes. A nest-egg that offers affordable comfort, more space in a fantastic location, with the flexibility to nurture a creative and fulfilling lifestyle. I want to make that happen for you.
Keyser and team are partnered with Compass - a PropTech leader, dynamic marketing platform, and the most innovative Real Estate Agency in the US. By merging his analytical analytical background and thorough market knowledge with Compass's technological dominance and global reach, Keyser's clients rest easy knowing every aspect of their real estate endeavor is fine-tuned to surpass the industry's highest standards.
It only took a few minutes into our first meeting , for me to realize: Gene Keyser is worth his weight in gold. PROS: After talking at length, I asked Gene to represent me as the buyer - he agreed: found a home inspector for me - matched me up with a lawyer. Gene has been with me through every step in this process. He is very knowledgeable in his field of expertise, and readily shares information. his sensitive attention to detail is unsurpassed. His keen awareness to my specific needs and nervous concerns as a first time home owner are impeccable. I trust him completely! Whether you are buying or selling a 40 story building or, like myself, a firs...— Capri D.
Gene is extremely supportive, committed, available and knowledgable. He helped us to sell our apartment and buy a larger one in 2010. We have worked with other brokers before but this experience was much better. Our situation was particularly challenging because we had to sell our apartment before we could buy another one. We were amazed at how much planning went into the pricing and marketing of the apartment he listed for us. We were thrilled at how much traffic we got at both the open houses and during the week. We received an acceptable offer from a qualified buyer but Gene's negotiation skills were exemplary and he was able to get the buyer to ...— Reggie W.
Highly recommended! Gene Keyser sold our 2 bedroom apartment in Park Slope for way more than I thought we could get, and he helped us buy a gorgeous townhouse in Bed-Stuy. We met Gene at an open house that he was hosting when my husband and I were spying on other properties to figure out how much our apartment was worth. He seemed very knowledgeable yet down to earth, and genuinely interested in making us feel more comfortable and acquainted with the apartment we were checking out. So we decided to invite Gene to our apartment to help us get an idea of how much we could get for it. Gene was the third broker we had over, and easily the most prepared ...— Roberta S.
We are first-time buyers who just closed on a beautiful (to us, exceptional) brownstone in Bed Stuy. We owe it all to Gene. Gene came to us by referral after we had a miserable experience going through a highly competitive bid without representation. He very quickly and efficiently helped us refocus our search, and his sharp eye for structural and design issues was invaluable in helping us sort through properties. We won the bid on our home (beating out several others) even though we were not the highest bid nor the one with most money down. Gene's offer letter was that effective. He knew how to present terms that helped us stand out without giving ...— Sarah P.
Gene is an amazing agent and newfound friend. His commitment to us was evident from day one. He made us feel like his exclusive clients and went above and beyond his role as our buying agent. Gene listened to our wants and needs and guided us through the entire buying process including recommendations for things beyond the closing. He does his research and is well informed. If there was ever a question or concern we expressed that he didn't know the answer to, he would look into it and in some cases talk to various field experts so we could get factual answers. Gene was supportive throughout the arduous mortgage process and always lent an ear when I...— Maria L.
Gene Keyser is an extremely competent listing agent who got the job done exactly the way I wanted it done. I am an individual who appreciates control, and I have to believe I am making educated decisions on my own; the last thing I needed was another person in my life pressuring me. He really listened to me and my needs, and conducted our professional relationship in accordance with my preferences. At every juncture, we discussed all of the options available, the pros and cons associated of each option backed up by data and example, and he allowed me the time to consider and choose the options I thought would lead to my most favorable outcome. He wa...— Kari. P
I have worked with Gene on two separate occasions and honestly don't know what I would have done without his expertise, creative solutions and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done. He is a tireless resource and source of support on so many levels. I truly felt like I had a partner in the process. He has twice rented my house, each time making every possible effort to show my house in the best possible light and forging a meticulous vetting process to find amazing tenants who would take of my home as if it were their own. One tenant stayed for four years and the new tenants have signed a two year lease and have already put my mind ...— Jane K.
Honestly I'm kicking myself for not going with Gene when I initially listed my co-op. From personal experience believe me when I say, a good broker is hard to find, and is the main factor in getting your property sold! After an awful experience with my initial broker, I contacted Gene and explained the problems I had encountered, he then provided me with insight into how things work and the issues with switching brokers before a contract was expired. As soon as I was able to, I re-listed my property with Gene. What a difference a good broker makes, and Gene is a great broker! After having been on the market for 8 months, Gene came along and had an ...— Susan W.
I entered into the home-buying process with a lot of apprehension, but Gene kept everything under control. He had excellent rapport and a friendly touch with everyone we worked with, from the developers to the doormen. This was my first time buying any real estate, but Gene never made me feel dumb and never condescended to me, even when some of my assumptions were way off base. His understanding of issues was comprehensive, from the macroeconomics of real estate to tiny issues of wiring. Not everything went smoothly (I don't think real estate goes smoothly for anyone in New York City), but Gene was excellent at anticipating problems and heading them...— Noah P.
Our experience with Gene was wonderful. This was our first time selling an apt and he guided us every step of the way. His advice was sound, his manner reassuring, and his ability to anticipate and troubleshoot potential issues was extraordinary. He helped us present our apartment so that it would be appealing to buyers and then helped us figure out which of our multiple offers would be the best choice, given the current economic situation and our own board's make-up. He is friendly and patient and able to explain the intricacies of real estate in ways that make sense to total newbies. He referred us to a great real estate atty who, in conjunction w...— Katherine L.
I can't recommend Gene highly enough. My wife and I were first-time buyers looking for an apartment in the craziness that is the Brooklyn real estate market. The process stretched on for months during which there were times we felt very discouraged, but Gene was always there with patience, support, and wisdom. Gene knows all the angles of this business and enjoys sharing his knowledge with you so you can make informed decisions. I went into this completely ignorant about how to buy a home, and thanks to Gene now feel very knowledgeable. And if you need it - Gene will get you out of a jam! The apartment we ended up buying we almost lost due to a misu...— Alex W.
Our experience with Gene was excellent! He helped my husband buy and sell an apartment in the past, so when we were ready to look for a bigger space we contacted Gene again. Gene has a wealth of knowledge not just of real estate trends in the neighborhood, but he can really give you a sense of the vibe of the neighborhood (including all the best new places to eat). Gene is very straight forward and does not pressure you at all. I truly felt that he was invested in us finding a place we loved as well as getting a good price on what we were selling. He went above and beyond to help us get our old apartment ready to sell, and did a great job with the n...— Ryan W.
I have known Gene Keyser for only six months, but in that time he worked tirelessly, and successfully, to find me an apartment: I closed recently this year. More importantly, Gene has become a friend. Gene guided me through the home buying process step by step, sometimes with kid gloves, and sometimes less gently, but only to make clear the gravity of the situation at hand. He is honest, straightforward, and determined. I learned only after the closing that the other broker was ready to give up on the deal no less than five times. But he did not, because Gene assured him that whatever the conflict of the day was, he would resolve it in a timely fash...— Matt T.
Gene is exceptional! I was a first time home buyer (Co-op) and was clueless and terrified about the process. Gene made me feel at ease every step of the way. He was exceedingly generous with this time, was supportive and encouraging and made sure that everything stayed on track at every turn. He was clear about what was needed from me and managed my expectations and concerns perfectly. Gene provided me with loads of guidance. He knew what to anticipate and always gave extremely great and realistic advice. When there was any question or concern Gene was on top of it ensuring that everyone was on the same page. If you're buying or selling your home, p...— Ana V.
We can’t say enough about Gene. Being long distance landlords living in CA, owning in NY and contemplating moving we met Gene last summer who kindly took a look over our brownstone and provided spot on advice about timing and what we should and should not immediately do. When the time came to sell about 9 months later, Gene was proactive walking us through all the steps, providing solid names of lawyers for the sale, worked with our tenants on numerous issues, helped clear the building and got us top dollar for the sale. He was consistently calm, and collected and helped us stay that way as well. We would recommend him in a heartbeat.— David C.
My partner and I used Gene Keyser to list and sell our home, and he helped us find the new house we transitioned into. We were really pleased with Gene's professionalism, candor, and skills. The deals were both relatively smooth compared to how the process was when we bought our home place just a few years ago, through a competing broker. At the closing table, our lawyer (who is also a long time family friend), explained that Gene worked his magic behind the scenes on several occasions to overcome numerous issues, and that he rarely worked with agent as capable or caring about their clients. We recommend him to everyone.— Mike. J
After a lot of looking, we found the apartment we were looking for...on the day Lehman Brothers collapsed. And we hadn't even started thinking about selling our apartment yet. For the next four stressful months, Gene helped us quickly sell our apartment (at the price we absolutely needed in order to be able to afford the apartment we wanted) and buy our new place, all in the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Brownstoner wrote a post on our sale that had the headline "Look! Something Sold!" or somesuch. Gene is smart and straightforward--and he works really really hard.— Jonathan F.
This letter is to serve as a personal reference for Gene Keyser. Having recently brokered a co-op purchase for me in Brooklyn Heights, Gene has exceeded all of my expectations. He is timely, professional and trustworthy and these qualities made him extremely valuable during my transaction. Prior to meeting Gene, I had worked with two other agents and was highly unsatisfied. In my opinion good agents are hard to find. Hence, I would surely contact him in the future if I were to make another transaction and would recommend him to you as well.— Nicholas R.
We just had a closing. Gene is awesome. He is on top of everything, very knowledgeable and professional, keeps appointment in time, and knows a lot of good people needed in his field. We sold our old apartment in Manhattan through Gene and purchased new one through him again since we liked him a lot. He never put pressure on us and kept our preferences in priority during the search. Finding apartment with Gene was a great and pleasant journey. I would strongly recommend him.— Seong C.
Gene helped me get my loft (rental) in Clinton Hill about 3 1/2 years ago. We're still here and happy. He's ridiculously knowledgeable and honest, a total straight shooter. I'll most likely be working with him when we buy in Brooklyn as his knowledge of the different neighborhoods, developments, in Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Buswick, Wburg, Prospect/Lefferts Gardens, etc. is extensive, especially in terms of the history, inventory, prices, and market expectations.— Adam G.
Gene's great. Gene was a pleasure to work with, and not just because he sold our place during the recession. He's straightforward, pleasant, realistic, concerned about important details but laid-back where appropriate. He talks like a regular peer/associate/colleague/human, not (per stereotype) a slick robo-realtor type. All of the above made dealing in the gross business of real estate as pleasurable as possible. Give him a call!— Lynn H.
Gene is an absolute gem. He sold my house in Park Slope earlier this year, and I can't even begin to explain how much he helped me. He took care of everything, helping me transition out of a house I had lived in for over 40 years. He arranged to have it cleaned out, helped me hire a darling handyman to take care of those little things I let slip over the years, and even stayed with me while the movers came. God bless you Gene.— Debra M.
Working with Gene was really wonderful - we would highly recommend him to anyone that needs to sell their home. He knew exactly how to price our townhouse in Park Slope and after the first open house we received several offers. Gene has the rare combination of being friendly, relatable and down to earth, yet completely professional. We feel really lucky to have had such a great experience with a truly amazing broker.— Robbin & Marie
The world of Real Estate Brokers is very competitive and at times a little ruthless. When I have recommended Gene he has protected those clients and held there hands from selling or buying of a property to the closing. I have always received positive feedback and a heartfelt thank you from them. If you are buying or selling property, Gene is the broker you want working for you. He puts your interest above his own.— Gregg R.
New York real estate is brutal. You need someone you can trust without thinking and who just gets it done. Gene is that guy whether looking or selling, his instincts are superhuman and when you need a wartime consigliere he can clean up messes and close even in the most difficult situations. We will never go to anyone else.— Tara P.
I worked with Gene for three years, and witnessed the care he gave his clients. Gene was very diligent, knowledgeable, and upfront with his clients - very much a straight shooter. As a colleague, he was tops. He was cooperative, always had a minute to answer a question, and had a great sense of humor.— Teri C.
Gene is awesome. He listed and sold our Brooklyn co-op and despite several setbacks (none of which were his fault) he kept a positive attitude and got us every penny he had said he would. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone. If you need a realtor, this is your guy.— Eric L.
Gene is an excellent broker; he did a terrific job helping me secure the lease for my current place, and he was a consummate professional throughout. He's timely, courteous, and responsive. He made the process of finding an apartment in Brooklyn simple and easy.— Shawn F.
If you'd like to sell your place quickly, Gene "the good guy" Keyser is your man. His people skills, his market knowledge, and his guidance made our sale quick and easy. Additionally, he has one of the finest collections of tweed suits I've ever seen.— Stone R.
Being a first-time homeowner, Gene made the entire process smooth and seamless for me, and put my nerves at ease, very efficient and professional. Well done!— Capri D.
I've lived and hustled in these vibrant NYC streets for over 30 years. Trust me, I've got this city's real estate game down to a science. With my hands-on, no-nonsense approach, I'm here to be your guide through this fast-paced jungle. Whether you're hunting for that dream property or aiming to make a savvy sale, I've got you covered. Together, we'll navigate the twists and turns of this market, ensuring your triumph in any endeavor. So, what are you waiting for? Let's make moves and conquer the NYC real estate scene. Reach out to me, and let's make your real estate dreams a reality.