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Mary Anne Cotter

My sister and I were very pleased with Mary Anne’s work on the sale of our father’s apartment. She expertly managed the showings and negotiations and always kept us informed. She saved us work and time by arranging for certain things, like cleaning the windows, to ready the apartment for showing. We accepted an offer two weeks after listing; Mary Anne’s management of the process certainly helped. She stayed involved through the contract phase, right up to closing, and was always responsive to our questions. Mary Anne clearly knows the market and every step of the sale process. We would not hesitate to recommend her services.

Dear Mary Anne, just a quick note to express our gratitude for all your help through this challenging process. We are, of course, delighted with the outcome and very thankful to all who helped.


We retained Mary Anne Cotter to assist us in the sale of Upper East Side New York City cooperative apartment and had a positive experience. We found Mary Anne to be knowledgeable about the New York City real estate market as well as personable, honest, realistic and flexible, while maintaining high standards in all aspects of her work. She kept us advised along every step of the process, providing us with relevant feedback. In sum we could not have been more pleased in working with Mary Anne in the sale of our apartment and recommend her highly to anyone looking to purchase or sell an apartment in New York City.

Dennis S NeierMarisha E Krupkin

Look no further for the best real estate broker out there. We have had the great fortune of working with Mary Anne to both purchase and sell our Manhattan apartments. You will not find anyone in the business who works harder and smarter. Mary Anne will make you feel as though you are her only client.

A true pro in every sense of the word, and we highly recommend her!

Michelle and Brian Quinn

Mary Anne Cotter at Douglas Elliman is a wonderful, efficient broker with immense experience with the market and marketing. I have worked with her once as a buyer and once as a seller. Mary Anne helped sell my apartment quickly and for an excellent price, while minimizing my time commitment. She has the right connections to good professionals such as for staging and renovation. Mary Anne made the whole process very smooth and took care of various hiccups that came up after contract signing. Karl Chen

“Mary Anne was able to accomplish a complicated Real Estate sale for me in NYC with flying colors. She knows her job (with plenty of experience) and how to use it to the seller’s advantage. Was glad she was recommended to me, and I can in turn, pass the recommendation on to any future seller. Thankfully, Mary Anne can walk the walk, talk the talk, and ultimately make the sale."Ben C.

My wife and I recently closed on our apartment at 60 East 9th Street and wanted to comment on the broker that we worked with. From our first conversation about listing our apartment, Mary Anne was extremely knowledgeable. Her years of experience in the business helped us to understand the current market conditions and her suggested asking price. She was the broker on our original purchase and we had a great experience. Her recommendations on what needed to be done to the apartment before bringing it to the market helped us get above the asking price! We worked with both the contractor and attorney she recommended. Mary Anne is extremely professional, friendly and has great customer service skills . I will definitely recommend her to anyone I know.

Joe and Dina Aleffi

"Mary Anne was essential to the purchases of my first two apartments in Manhattan. I am extremely fortunate to have had such a knowledgeable, pragmatic, and trustworthy person guiding me throughout each process. Both transactions had their ups and downs, and Mary Anne offered her experience, unparalleled advice, and tireless support with each unforeseen event. She makes an effort to get to know you, what you like and dislike, and doesn’t sugarcoat situations. Having Mary Anne in your corner throughout the bid, contract, loan and board approval processes is a must. I highly recommend Mary Anne to anyone looking for someone who will have their back every step of the way."

Doug Seifried

We recently bought our new home using Mary Anne's as our broker. I would describe our overall experience as fantastic. She constantly communicated with us on where things were and what needed to be done. Mary Anne is a true professional and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an apartment in NYC!

Leslie Prizant

Mary Anne Cotter is knowledgeable, compassionate and articulate. Ingredients like these normally go unnoticed. We were so fortunate to have worked with her.

Mitch Haberman

I thought I would share with you some positive observations about my recent experience with one of your brokers, Mary Anne Cotter. I am the administrator of an estate which sold a cooperative unit at 201 East 21st Street on May 1.

We interviewed a number of brokers and Mary Anne set herself apart immediately. Her friendly professionalism was obvious. An estate sale has its own unique problems, as I am sure you know. In addition, I don’t live in NYC so that added some complexity as well. From the first meeting, Mary Anne offered suggestions on what to do with staging the apartment, help with finding a handyman, advice on disposing of personal belongings and suggestions for movers.

Mary Anne stayed in touch during the process and helped us think through the ultimate buyer choice. The closing went without a hitch as did the move, using one of Mary Anne’s suggested movers.

In short, Mary Anne provided excellent service and we would be happy to recommend her to others.

Very truly yours,

Donald A. Pizer

Mary Anne was a pleasure to work with and she went above and beyond in the sale of our apartment. Mary Anne sold our apartment fast, and at the price we wanted. She was always available, and returned calls immediately. She helped coordinate when we were unavailable during renovations and move out. Her network of referrals for real estate attorneys, movers etc were all fantastic. I will use her for all my real estate transactions, and highly recommend Mary Anne.

Lora Cesana

A few months ago we decided to purchase an apartment in New York City for our daughter as she was entering the junior year at NYU. We live in Maryland and did not have any experience with the New York City real estate market.

We were referred to Mary Anne Cotter through an acquaintance that had worked with her a few years ago on the purchase of his apartment. In our first conversation, Mary Anne asked about our requirements in terms of budget, location, size, etc. and discussed the options that may fit our needs. She was very open in alerting us about the limited choices that would be available to us because many buildings do not allow student occupants.Despite this challenge, Mary Anne identified a number of apartments that we visited during the course of our search. After visiting a few neighborhoods, we settled on Greenwich Village as our preferred location. During one weekend, Mary Anne contacted us about an apartment that was just listed in one of the buildings we had identified as our preferred location. We visited the apartment on Monday and by Tuesday we placed an offer that was accepted by the owner.

Given our lack of experience in New York City real estate market, Mary Anne was extremely helpful in guiding us through the contract, loan and the co-op board approval processes. We also leveraged Mary Anne’s network to select our attorney and banker, both of which worked out great. We highly recommend Mary Anne for anyone who is looking for an experienced realtor in New York City. She is diligent, responsive and willing to spend whatever time needed to make sure that her clients are happy with the results.

Mary Anne Cotter helped me buy my apartment in Manhattan in 1996, when she was a delight to work with, knowledgeable and tireless. There were a few bumps in that process, caused by a seller who backed out at the last minute, but I always knew that I had Mary Anne in my corner to help me with her expertise and support. So when it came time for me to sell the apartment which she had helped me buy, it was a no-brainer to call her again and ask for her help. Of course, this time I was the seller, so I had no worries about a seller backing out at the last minute! But once again, Mary Anne was a delight to work with, and her knowledge and judgment helped me get a price higher than I had imagined, and smoothed the process from the beginning to the closing. I would have no hesitation in recommending her enthusiastically to anyone needing help in the difficult Manhattan real estate market.

Steven Thomas

We highly recommend Mary Anne Cotter to anyone looking for a Real Estate agent in Manhattan. She knows the market, the buildings, the board and the process. More importantly, she made the effort to truly get to know us and our needs. She didn't waste our time taking us to see apartments that were outside our parameters and she was quick to point out any issues that could be a problem. Mary Anne earned our trust immediately with her knowledge and honesty. We love our new home and will definitely work with Mary Anne again in the future.

Alyssa Roland & Heather Roland

Navigating the NYC apartment jungle is not easy. Being out-of-state and co-purchasing with an adult child complicates it even more. We could not have completed the purchase without the expertise of Mary Anne Cotter. She stayed on top of every detail from Day 1 and made it as simple as possible. If you are looking for someone to help you every step of the way, she's the one!

Karen & Gary Roland.

Mary Anne Cotter exceeded all my expectations as the exclusive broker for the sale of our home. She is extremely knowledgeable and does whatever it takes to find the most qualified buyer at the highest price. We had contracts out on our apartment and she continued to show the apartment and secured us a higher offer. From start to finish she did an excellent job. We did not want to work with a large team and are glad we opted for the personal service Mary Anne provides. There are so many brokers to choose from and working with Mary Anne was the right choice for our family. I highly recommend her. Tiffany

Jackie Palmieri

I would like to express my deep appreciation to Jackie Palmieri for the amazing professional guidance, support and initiative she showed in helping us get our apartment in Manhattan. From the beginning, Jackie put us at ease with her highly supportive, hardworking and well informed manner. She never made us feel pressured till we got the right place that suited us, and even then she never pressured us for the price, while at the same time giving us her guidance. She was available any time or day, wasted no time in doing research, setting up appointments, accompanying us to various showings, and giving her expert opinion and guidance. When we finally saw the place we liked, she helped us through the bidding process, which could have been highly stressful if it had not been for her support. After winning the bid, she then referred the right professionals, and stayed with the process until closing, helping to negotiate through every step.

Suraj Bhatia

When I first moved into the city I went thru more than a dozen Real Estate Agents trying to find an apartment. They generally ignored what I was looking for and would show me what they wanted instead of what I wanted. If I didn’t like what they showed me, they moved on to more desperate customers who would jump at the first apartment shown. Years later when I decided to buy my own place, I was expecting a similar experience, and it started out that way with the first two agents I contacted; then I met Jackie Palmieri. I didn’t realize how fortunate I was about to become. She changed my Real Estate searching experience 180 degrees. Jackie took the time to sit with me and really understand what I was looking for. From her knowledge of the neighborhood I wanted to live in she was able to ask me additional questions, which refined my search even further. We looked at five or six listings before I found My Place, but at each listing she took the time to ask me what I liked about it and what I didn’t like about it. Listening to my comments each subsequent listing we saw was more and more acceptable until we found the ONE. She is very friendly and easy with her clients, yet at the same time focused on the business at hand. The listings she showed me were all in line with my request and I never felt l was wasting time in viewing them. Additionally, her knowledge of the buildings and the co-op boards requirements were invaluable to my making the decision to purchase. She is a true professional and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for real estate in NYC.

Charles Thomas

Jackie was amazing. She traveled long distances to accommodate the locations I was interested in. She was very professional and had a very warming personality. She stayed on top of every process along the way and was beyond helpful when I had questions and concerns. She was knowledgeable, helpful, professional and trusting. Jackie gave me her honest personal advice when I asked and when I didn't. It was my first time buying a house and she made everything easy and simple. She made my process less stressful and added more excitement to buying my first home. I Highly recommend her for your real estate needs.

Mel Alban

Jackie was the best real estate agent in many ways. She has a great personality so you could be completely comfortable with her. She was always professional and very straight forward. It took me a full year to find a place due to my unique situation and even though my stamina had waned, Jackie never gave up with new listings to show me and we eventually found the right one.

Ron Yan

Jackie is not your typical real estate agent. She is genuine, kind, hardworking and goes above and beyond for her clients. She was extremely helpful throughout the process. She was knowledgeable, patient and assertive when needed. She made me feel very comfortable as if I was looking for apartments with my best friend. When it came down to the final decision she guided me every step of the way making sure I understood the process. I always had a great time viewing apartments with Jackie I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

Nataya Saravitaya

I used Jackie Palmieri as the broker for my purchase of my home in Manhattan. I was extremely fortunate to have worked with her. She is very helpful, kind, assertive, understanding, patient and professional. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for at first so we checked out a few apartments and she asked many questions to get an idea of what I liked and didn’t like. Eventually we narrowed it down to one building that I decided I wanted to live in. She stayed on top of everything until the right apartment for me became available. I was able to have complete trust in Jackie which allowed a lot of the stress to be taken off of me so that I could concentrate on work. I was pleased with the outcome and I plan to use Jackie again when I sell this apartment.

Veera Lotongkhum

Socratis Georgiou

"Socratis is a truly reliable, professional, and genuine real estate agent. Socratis is an expert who knows the market very well. Socratis is attentive to details. He rented out my Greenwich Village apartment within a couple of weeks and navigated the board process with ease. He responded to phone calls and emails immediately and set up viewings around my schedule. My experience collaborating with Socratis was seamless and enjoyable. I can't say enough good things about Socratis. He has a great personality and is an absolute pleasure to work with."


Philip Altland

"A professional and a friend”

Philip was our broker when we bought our apartment. He was an immensely valuable asset who taught us from the ground up about the New York City co-op market. He was extremely knowledgeable about the current inventory and which buildings would allow us to purchase and allow our daughter to live there as a tenant. After showing us a number of apartments, we made an offer based on his assessment as to its value. It was accepted over a number of others, based in part on how well he had us prepared. We had our financials ready prior to submitting our offer.

Philip recommended a terrific lawyer who crafted the contract to ensure our daughter could be the tenant without having an ownership interest. This was extremely important to us as we have other adult children. After we went to contract, Philip ensured the co-op application was meticulously prepared and submitted to the management company. He remained engaged every step of the way providing guidance for the Board interview and closing. He accompanied us to the closing to ensure nothing was left to chance.

Philip always made himself available and at virtually all hours of the day and evening. Whether via email, text or phone call, he was always there and continues to be. I still have questions from time to time and he’s anxious as ever to help out. If there’s one trait I would emphasize more than any other, it’s his sincerity.

Doreen Fuentes

Doreen was my realtor for my recent sale of my home in Fire Island Pines. She went above and beyond to get us through the process, remaining ever so diligently on top of my Bank - when they could not find my paperwork. Doreen Is the realtor you want working for you, honest, persistent , professional and a closer. I will work with her again. I highly recommend her.

Jack Nolan, NYC

I first met Doreen when I was looking to rent an apartment, and was immediately struck by her ability to understand precisely what my needs were.

When, a few years later, I decided to buy a place, I naturally contacted her again and she went out of her way to help me find the apartment I required guiding me through the whole process, new territory to me as a foreign buyer. From seeing the apartment to closing was about as straightforward as it could have been, and this was down to her grit and determination, she is skilled at keeping the dialogue smooth and uncomplicated between the various parties involved.

When I came to rent the flat out...I naturally called upon Doreen again! She advised me on how to best present the apartment to potential renters, and was very detail focused, advising on everything from faucets to light switches. This time around she had to deal with a number of different potential canditates, and a strict board, and once again managed to secure a deal to my satisfaction, renting the apartment out for the asking price to a tenant whom I trust to take care of the apartment. I have worked with Doreen as a tenant, a buyer, and a landlord, and have never been anything but impressed by her hard work and evident skill in her job. I recommend her services highly.

Yours sincerely,

James Green

I was looking for the impossible: to upgrade from a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn to my own two-family townhouse under a tight budget and time constraint. I wasn't sure I could do it, and I tried to keep my expectations realistic. A friend introduced me to Doreen. Doreen not only listened to my requirements, but did everything in her power to fulfill them. She patiently showed me many properties until we found just the right home for me. She was invaluable to me during the process of getting a loan, selling my co-op, and closing on my new home. In fact, improbably, I closed and moved in during the week of Christmas, right on schedule. When I look back, I don't know how I would have done this without her. I really can't recommend her enough.

Stephanie Alexander, Brooklyn , NY

I have used Doreen as my realtor for years now. She has sold my properties, rented them and found new ones for me to purchase. She is truly excellent at what she does. Doreen is extremely helpful, always available and goes the extra mile. I consult her for all my real estate needs whether in Soho, West Village, Dumbo as well as Miami where she was able to point me in the right direction.Doreen works with a quality team of attorneys and bankers and has always been able to answer any of my concerns. I would highly recommend her services to anyone.

Rosemarie Ciavolino, Miami/NYC

We weren't looking for someone to sell my deceased mother's apartment; we just wanted some information, and Jim encountered Doreen in the Elliman office. At that point we thought we might be able to make a direct sale because we were aware of interested tenants in the building.While being helpful and informative, Doreen skillfully reeled us and our listing in. She was able to accommodate us finding our own buyer within prescribed limits, but convinced us she could cast a wider net. .
We figured if she could make us buy her services when we weren't shopping, what couldn't she do with someone who was. .
Doreen created a plan for sale that met our goal for speed while respecting our family's need to not show while we gathered for my mother's memorial service. Within five days of the photographer arriving, Doreen had shown the apartment to a number of parties and brought us several offers we would have been happy to select. She helped us choose the buyer who she felt would present no obstacles with the board, financing, etc. She seamlessly assisted us throughout the transaction through to the closing. .
The sale completely followed the script Doreen wrote, and the sale was effortless. Doreen was 100% responsive throughout and made us feel like there was nothing else she was doing even though we were aware that was not at all the case. .I would recommend her to anyone, and would ask her to help me without hesitation in another transaction.

Barbara Michelson/NYC



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