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About Us

The Katzen Team is comprised of:

Peter Burval
Karen Davidson
Kelsey Martin
Lisa Reneau
Lancelot Watson-Taffe
Maggie Zaharoiu
Dustin Benichou
Leah Azoulay

The members of the Katzen Team are not simply brokering transactions, but serving as advisers for one of the largest asset classes in the world. Given real estate often is the single largest exposure in our clients' asset portfolios, and where they raise their families, we understand that real estate dealings are extremely personal and often emotional. Our goal is to bring an expertise, diligence and sensitivity that is commensurate with the importance of real estate to our clients, eliminating the stress and unknown in order to elevate the experience of property acquisition.

Led by Frances Katzen, the Katzen Team has made Douglas Elliman's prestigious "Top 10 List" of most productive agents in New York City for almost a decade running. The Team also ranks in the top 1% of all agents nationwide. Comprised of an elite, professional, and dynamic group of brokers who specialize in domestic and international real estate, the Katzen Team serves a sophisticated clientele with an expertise in creative marketing, positioning, and keen negotiating tactics. While we apply a customized approach to our business, in all cases we understand the importance of discretion, efficiency, and premium service.

Negotiating the best price and finding properties that perfectly meet the needs of our clients has been the staple of our success. However, Frances also has the highest commitment to openness, integrity, and honesty, which is shared by every member of her Team. It is not enough to simply produce at a high level; every broker on the Katzen Team must be committed to the highest level of professionalism and ethical standards.

Every member of the Katzen Team has a sharp and detailed memory for real estate trends, building and neighborhood histories, sales comparable, and pricing data. While we understand that every property is different and must be approached as such, a deep understanding of the market from both a current and historical perspective is critical in developing the right transactional strategy. Often we can see through the complexities and stress of the situation, and focus our clients on the critical pros, cons, and potentials of any property.

Our clients often take comfort in our transparency and guidance through every step of the process. This takes the “unknown” out of a process with which many people are unfamiliar. As such, we not only tell our clients what we recommend, but make sure they understand our rationale. We also assist in every aspect of the transaction, from recommending and liaising with legal representation and mortgage providers, to setting up any staging or contracting needs that might improve the sale.

For sellers, we work with clients to develop creative and modern marketing strategies that accentuate the highlights of their property. This not only ensures maximum exposure, but targets the right type of well qualified buyers. As a result, the Team has earned a reputation of positioning agents that get the job done, often on properties where other agents have not.

For buyers, we really listen to the client and focus on what is important them. This goes well beyond basics like size, neighborhood, and price. In addition, a property is not always what it may seem. Thus, we are very diligent in making sure the potential property is fully vetted, and the client knows the pros and cons of the unit both now and down the road.

We truly view our client relationships as long term commitments. We believe this is built on honesty, hard work, premium service, and superior results. Through this philosophy, we have earned the trust of our clients. Their repeat business and recommendation is as high of a compliment a broker can receive.

New Development and Conversions include:

534 West 42nd Street

1355 First Avenue

527 West 27th Street

64 East 1st Street

350 West 23rd Street

34 Greene Street

15 Renwick Street

35 West 15th Street

One Seventh Avenue

60 White Street

108 Leonard Street

135 West 52nd Street

400 West 14th Street

175 West 10th Street


Frances Katzen

Frances Katzen

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

575 Madison Ave

New York, NY 10022

Office: 212.350.8575

Mobile: 917.705.1864



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