Level Group Welcomes Eight More New Agents

New Hires Deepen Level Group’s 160-Agent Bench of Manhattan-Savvy Real Estate Ag

New Hires Deepen Level Group’s 160-Agent Bench of Manhattan-Savvy Real Estate Agents

Level Group, an innovative, full-service New York City real estate brokerage company that introduced the 100% commission model to New York City, today announced the hiring of eight highly experienced Manhattan real estate agents.

“Part of my charter is to add qualified real estate agents who can serve Level Group’s growing residential division and this talented group is a great start,” says Michael Barbolla, Level Group’s COO. “These agents, all steeped in the New York real estate market, will provide outstanding service to their customers and will help us deepen and expand our footprint in New York’s real estate market."

About the New Agents

Robert Balonek has put his studies in Communications, Marketing and Public Relations to work in driving a successful real estate career. He leverages an extensive network of contacts and resources to address his clients’ needs and to maximize their buying and selling experience. In his three years of real estate experience, Balonek has developed a no-nonsense approach to negotiations that makes for forthright and productive transactions. Prior to real estate, Balonek pursued a career as an international opera singer. He has a passion for city life and its fast-paced energy.

Brooklyn native and resident Crystal Green specializes in all Brooklyn neighborhoods, but is also thoroughly versed in Manhattan real estate. Green prides herself on educating clients on the character, history and quirks of each particular neighborhood. Whether it’s a locksmith or a utility set-up, Green has the information to make a smooth transition for her clients. With twelve years of experience, Green has made excellent follow through her signature, following up with each client after the transaction to answer questions and concerns.

Fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, Connie Guo, began her real estate career in Shenzhen in 1997. In the subsequent 18 years, eight of those in Manhattan, Guo has become noted for her ability to understand her clients’ individual needs. Savvy with the latest in communication technologies, Guo has developed a specialized knowledge serving Manhattan condo and foreign buyers. She prides herself on her willingness to go the extra mile to serve her clients well.

Donald Sheffey, a Manhattan resident, has seven years of real estate experience, focusing on high end luxury residential property sales and rentals. A licensed real estate person, Sheffey closely follows trends in the Manhattan market and stays up to day on trends and projects that impact the current market. Sheffey consistently demonstrates an ability to listen and integrate clients’ needs into successful, customized experiences. Prior to entering real estate, Sheffey founded and ran a successful media production company, Weezie Productions. 

In his 10 years of experience in the NYC market, F. Lee Williams, III has developed deep ties within the brokerage community, an advantage that can make deals happen. Working with sellers, buyers, and investors, Williams has a reputation for flawlessly orchestrating transactions. He stays close to his clients and has developed expertise in helping “accidental landlords,” that is, clients who choose to relocate but decide to continue to own and lease their apartments. Williams, who holds a B. S. in Business Administration from Seton Hall University, regularly addresses industry organizations.

In the four years she has been in real estate, Paula Schafer has closed more than $20 million in real estate deals. Many of these transactions have involved foreign investors. Schafer represents both buyers and sellers and takes pride in advising first time homebuyers as they make one of the most important purchases in their lives. She has a Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of St. Thomas, The Philippines. Prior to entering real estate, Schafer was a successful executive at a high-end fashion company. She has implemented high-profile, image-based consumer marketing programs within the luxury/lifestyle sector.

Nancy Wishmeier, a commercial real estate specialist with six years of experience, focuses on office leasing. She founded the NYC-Alternative Invest Team at Level Group (www.nyc-alternativeinvest.com) to market to companies and investors. Prior to real estate, Nancy was a consultant to institutional investors and generated revenue for hedge fund conferences from investment banks, accounting and law firms, and risk management companies. Nancy holds a B.S. in Retail/Business from Colorado State University and an M.S. in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University. Wishmeier is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the Hedge Fund Association (HFA).

A long time Tribeca resident, Ann Zemaitis has lived and worked in New York City for 35 years. In seven years in real estate, she has specialized in Tribeca and downtown NYC luxury sales as well as Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO brownstones and lofts. Zemaitis is noted for marketing expertise, creativity and drive that help her customers sell or purchase the best option for their requirements. She has worked successfully with many well-known clients. With graduate level marketing courses under her belt, Zemaitis also holds an M.A. from Graduate School & University Center of C.U.N.Y and an MS. Ed from Hunter College.

About Level Group

Founded in 2004, Level Group is a full-service New York City real estate brokerage, handling the full spectrum of real estate brokerage work, including residential and commercial leasing and sales. The first firm in New York City to offer the 100% commission model, Level is known for its open door policy with all senior management, strong training programs and an open, flexible platform on which agents thrive. It has attracted more than 160 agents, many from the city’s larger brokerage firms. CEO and General Counsel Michael Greenberg is a well-known member of the New York real estate bar and has played a central role in structuring, negotiating and closing deals worth billions of dollars. President Larry Link was previously part of Merrill Lynch’s real estate investment banking division, where he was involved in numerous IPO and capital market transactions. COO Michael Barbolla, with 30 years of management experience, handles day-to-day operations of Level Group and heads up the residential division.

To learn more about Level Group, visit Level Group.  To learn more about joining the firm, contact Michael Barbolla at 212.994.9965 or [email protected]

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