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Mary Anne Cotter

Navigating the NYC apartment market is an overwhelming and intimidating challenge, but having Mary Anne on our side made life so much easier. She was very responsive and quick get appointments for us. She was always willing to go above and beyond for our needs, and her experience in NYC real estate was crucial in finding us the best apartment at the right price.

We cannot thank Mary Anne enough for the job she did for us, and I would recommend her ten times out of ten to anyone.

Greg Kretz

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

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

Amy Serfass

I would recommend working with Amy! Throughout my search, Amy was extremely attentive, organized, paid attention to my criteria and budget, and she was always professional and courteous. With so many brokers out there, it's hard to know who to trust, but I would be happy to work with Amy again. - Chelsea Gaulin - Happy NYC Renter

“Amy is a pleasure to work with. She truly listened to what we wanted and delivered. Her targeted approach saved us time and got us a perfect place to call home.” - Denise Shane & Ron Johnson - Happy Long Island City Homeowners

Samantha Bhatty

Samantha was exceptionally helpful in selling our NYC Coop this past October. From the outset to the sale, Samantha was a great asset in attracting potential buyers, showing the apartment to its advantage and in creating positive relationships with building staff. This last point is not to be underestimated in a closely managed building. Samantha always kept us apprised of prospects ‘take’ on our apartment, providing us with helpful insights on how to ‘better show’ the apartment. Last but not least we always found Samantha to be a charming and positive presence and it was always clear that her actions were done on our behalf. She is a beacon of light who boosted our spirits when they flagged. If we sell another property in NYC, we will want Samantha involved.

Finding an apartment in NYC is the most daunting search we all do throughout our time in NY. After being ghosted by multiple brokers for apartments that look somewhat habitable, Samantha entered the scene. She responded immediately, asked questions to understand what I was looking for, offered GOOD suggestions of apartments that I might like, as well as offered her expert opinion on whether an apartment was a good deal or not. She also made finding time to visit apartments easier as well, if I was unable to make a showing, she offered to scope it out solo on my behalf and send me a video tour afterwards. I don't even have friends that would do that!

I can't recommend Samantha enough, she has significantly raised the bar for all other brokers.
Marlene Nang

Everyone, March is a difficult time to rent an apartment, and then I met SamanthaEven in the depths of winter she managed she managed to find me the ideal tenants.Samantha is communicative, honest and very easy to work with. I dont hesitate to recommend her to anyone needing a broker in New York.

Neil Kimberley| New York |

Linda Virtue

Moving can be very stressful, but Linda worked tirelessly to ensure I had a smooth process finding a new apartment. She was extremely knowledgeable of the types of apartments we would see in Manhattan, and she worked tirelessly to get out and see apartments with us all across the city. Linda always made herself available and was constantly in communication with us and the brokers that represented the buildings we saw. I ended up renting a great apartment and this was made possible by Linda's amazing professional guidance, support and initiative. I highly recommend using Linda for all real estate needs!
- Christopher Cotter



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