The real estate industry can be a challenging and ever-changing market, especially during times of uncertainty. As we move into 2023, real estate professionals are navigating new obstacles and finding innovative solutions to help buyers and sellers achieve their goals.
To stay ahead of the curve and gain valuable insights into the market, it’s important to follow the top real estate professionals who have a proven track record of success. These professionals have demonstrated their expertise in navigating difficult market conditions and are sure to provide valuable advice and guidance in the year ahead. In this article, we will explore some of the top real estate professionals to follow in 2023 as they offer insights and strategies for success in a challenging market.
Rup Singh is an American Real Estate Professional specializing in Residential, Commercial, & New Development Real Estate in New York & Connecticut. With over 10 years of experience, Singh has been able to earn consideration as a Top 1% broker in New York for Residential Sales. Singh has also been voted as a top 20 under 30 in Westchester Magazine — Much to thank for his strong work ethics and leadership of his team known as the Legacy Group. Look for Rup Singh to continue to break milestones in the Tri-State area as one of the top brokers in arguably the most competitive market in the country.
Lev Mavashev is the Founder and Principal of Alpha Realty, a thriving real estate brokerage firm specializing in NYC multifamily properties. The Crain’s Notable Leader recipient is among the industry’s top tier professionals and considered one of the most active deal makers in the investment-sales market. The successful deal maker is a multi-year recipient of the CoStar Power Broker designation for the NYC multifamily market and most recently Sonoture recognized Mavashev with a Broker of the Year Award ranking him among the Top10 Investment-Sales Brokers in New York City. Lev thrives on challenges and always brings a “win-win” attitude to every deal. He heads an elite group of brokers within his firm who have recently completed over $2.5 Billion in investment sales transactions, throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Justin Conway is a New York City Commercial Real Estate Professional & Co-Founder of Exodus Capital – a middle market investment sales firm specializing in multifamily and mixed-use assets. The Philadelphia native graduated with a degree in finance and management from Pennsylvania State University, which led him to work at Goldman Sachs and Deloitte Consulting. With an institutional background, Conway decided to pursue a career in commercial real estate at Besen Partners where he sold over $40,000,000+ of properties within 2 years and was awarded “2021’s One’s to Watch” by the New York Real Estate Journal. Shortly after, he launched Exodus Capital in April 2022 with his Co-Founder, Haley Hasho. Together they have executed over $20,000,000+ of sales within 10 months of starting their new company.
Matthew Martinez is an American Real Estate Professional based out of San Francisco. The principal broker is the founder of Diamond Real Estate Group — A residential & commercial real estate firm focused on delivering exceptional consumer experiences and bringing an unparalleled level of real estate expertise. In his 12 year career as an agent, Martinez has successfully helped buyers and sellers navigate one of the most competitive MSA’s to find off market listings and secure meaningful deals. In addition, Martinez is the founder of an AI technology company that has capabilities to help market properties to detailed buyers and identify off market investment opportunities — successfully giving his clients an edge in the San Francisco Bay Area market.
Jesse Spencer is an American Commercial Real Estate Professional based out of South Florida. The successful deal maker is the operator of J+ Group, a leading CRE and Residential investment team within the brokerage, Compass. With 10 years of experience, Spencer has been able to navigate a growing South Florida Real Estate market and successfully advise out-of-state clients on investment & leasing strategies throughout market changes. The team is led by Jesse Spencer, with current agents including Juan Sotolongo, Jemea Kingsby, Joanne Intrieri, Monique Maldonado, and Katelyn Obell. In the future J+ Group is excited to continue expanding further into commercial leasing, a popular trend rising in South Florida.
Kimberly Negron is an American Mortgage Originator based out of Burlington, Vermont with Homebridge Mortgage. With over 26 years servicing loans for the state of Vermont, Negron has successfully been able to assert herself as one of the go to lenders in her community. Negron’s flexibility as a lender allows her to offer lending products all the way from conventional loans, to USDA, & even Non-QM Loans — Something Negron shares has been exploding in popularity. The team leader is excited to continue to grow her team & bring on talent in a year that many have considered challenging due to the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy shift through quantitative tightening on benchmark rates.
Nino Royalle is a Real Estate Professional based out of New Jersey who speaks English and Russian. The successful agent specializes in both residential home sales to both first time buyers and existing home owners & also real estate investors looking for high cap rate returns. Royalle shares that currently with mortgage rates higher, investors can find more attractive deals on multi family properties on MLS & with the help of a great agent can also save on closing costs. In the future, Nino is excited to continue to grow as an agent in New Jersey where she and her family call home and as a new mom being a role model for her two daughters.
Morgan A. Camplin is an American Mortgage Originator based out of Maine with Homebridge Mortgage. As one of the top producing mortgage originators in the state, she is fondly known as the “Maine Mortgage Mom” and has successfully been able to help thousands of home owners & investors get approved for Real Estate purchases and refinance loans. Camplin operates with her team throughout Maine. Morgan is passionate about education and bolstering the success of females within the mortgage industry; as such she is the founder of one of the largest female only loan officer social media group communities in the country with over 1200 lenders included known as “Mortgage Mom Group”. In the future, Morgan is excited to continue to grow her lending business as a top 1% loan officer in the country & further nurture her relationships that have allowed her team to grow year over year over the last 17 years.
Ale Castillo is an American Real Estate Professional based out of Miami, Florida. With over 12 years of experience, Castillo has successfully completed over 1 Billion in sales mostly through Luxury Residential Home & Condominium sales. With a Finance and International Business background; Alejandra has demonstrated her expertise in working with people and being a top negotiator. As VP of Sales for The Elser Hotel and Residences & Waldorf Astoria Miami, Ale has successfully been able to put deals together & work with both domestic and international buyers. When asked about higher interest rates effect on the Miami Marketplace in 2023, Castillo shared “Interest rates affect mostly the lower tier on the market which is price sensitive, The luxury market is not really sensitive to higher rates with demand spanning across the world all fighting for low inventory.” Castillo went on to say “Since the Miami Market is set to continue to grow, buyers are still making the decision to buy even in today’s market.” In the future, look for Ale to continue to help buyers & sellers find exactly what they are searching for in the beautiful city of Miami.
Perla Lichi is an International Interior Designer based out of South Florida. In her career, Lichi has designed and installed the interiors of thousands of homes, villas and palaces around the world. As a top designer, Lichi has been able to successfully build her reputation in the South Florida community as the go-to for luxury interior design. With over 40 years of experience, Lichi has become a trusted source and icon within the interior design community. In the future, Perla is excited to continue to take on new projects including more of her most recent work where she has begun interior design for Synagogues in the United States.
Albany P Jones is a multi-million dollar producing American Real Estate Professional based out of Greensboro, North Carolina. With several years of experience as an agent, Jones has been able to make a name for herself in her market as an aggressive agent for both buyers and sellers. She attributes her success to her ability to be innovative and create solutions. Her mother and father are her biggest inspirations. Jones shares that she practices what she preaches, advising clients on when to buy is the same advice she takes as a fellow real estate investor herself. Albany is truly excited about all things real estate. She loves new construction projects, stating that several of her clients have chosen to purchase new builds in the area. Albany is excited to continue to help her clients buy & sell real estate. She is an airbnb superhost and hopes to launch more units while expanding towards eastern North Carolina.
Michaela Thompson is an American Real Estate Professional based out of Tampa, Florida. The successful deal maker specializes in both luxury residential home sales & Off market cash properties in distressed areas of Tampa. With over 10 years of experience between property management and being a licensed agent, Thompson has successfully been able to align meaningful real estate deals for her clients in one of the largest markets in the United States. Michaela also operates a luxury concierge service known as Life Style Match Group offering services such as: Yacht charters, Private Jets, & more.
Ruth Alexander is a Canadian Residential Real Estate Professional who works directly with Coldwell Banker Mountain Central in the Calgary, Alberta region of Canada. The successful luxury agent is nestled in one of the nations top MSA’s for luxury homes in Alberta. Her team — RARE Group (Ruth Alexander Real Estate), works to elevate the real estate experience for their clients, at all price points whether buying or selling in a high intensity environment where having a skilled agent is important to negotiate deals. In 2022, Alexander finished as the #1 producer for residential homes of her brokerage that includes 55+ agents amongst various teams. Ruth is also a recipient of the coveted International President’s Elite award, which places her among Coldwell Banker’s top 2% of agents internationally. Ruth’s goals as an agent and leader are to continue to grow and curate a Real Estate team of rare agents that continuously strive to raise the bar in the industry on a multitude of different levels.
Maria Velazquez is an Colombian Real Estate Professional based out of New York City. The luxury residential real estate agent specializes in working with international buyers & helping them navigate through one of the most competitive MSAs in the world being New York City. With the help of Maria & her team, Velazquez has successfully been able to help Central American international buyers from countries such as Venezuela, Argentina, & more buy amazing properties throughout all of New York City. Maria shares that by working with international buyers, interest rates haven’t been much of a concern with quantitative tightening on the rise due to most if not all of her buyers choosing to purchase in all cash.
Devon Walden is an American Real Estate Professional & Short-term rental expert based out of Indianapolis, Indiana. In his successful career, Walden has accomplished remarkable achievements such as accumulating multiple short term rentals under management & flips with only a few years of experience. The successful investor loves to share his insight and mentorship in his program called — Infinite Routes, which helps inspired real estate investors learn everything they need to know to be successful in the short term real estate market. In the future, Devon is looking forward to continuing to expand his short term rental portfolio in other domestic markets in the United States & continue to help his students in his mentorship program Infinite Routes.
Tina Elmer is an American Residential Real Estate Professional based out of Philadelphia, PA. With over 15 years of real estate experience, Elmer has successfully been able to sell over 250M in real estate transactions. The Philadelphia agent shares that even with rates rising to the top MSA, Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs are still in an inventory crisis & with that home sales with adjusted prices haven’t seen much of a decline. Later this month, Tina is excited to host an all women led panel where industry leaders such as herself will share growth strategies for thriving in the real estate market despite the current climate.
Roi Klipper is an American Real Estate Professional based out of New Jersey & is the founder of The Klipper Group — A boutique residential real estate firm focusing on Bergen County, NJ. With over 6 years of experience as an agent, Klipper has successfully built a name for himself as a successful deal maker and is well known for his ability to find off market deals in his area. With success comes awards, in 2021 Roi was awarded the notable rank as a Top 1% Realtor in all of New Jersey. Klipper has been doubling the amount of sales he transacts every single year since he started and is showing no signs of slowing down — In 2022, Klipper successfully did over 50M in sales volume.
Michael Rivero is the Co-Founder of TopShotPro — A Real Estate Marketing Tech firm based out of McLean, Virginia. The smooth operator is known as one of the leading marketers within the MarTech category for Real Estate Professionals. In his successful career, Rivero has also been able to work with household names within the Real Estate Industry such as: Ryan Serhant, Danny Morel, & Dave Savage. Rivero shares that with QT on the rise, his firm has been able to deliver meaningful acquisition leads for realtors looking to acquire new buyers or sellers in their local market through their Personal Brand — effectively helping their clients ahead of their competitors.
Jason Lee Villarreal
Jason Lee Villarreal is an American Real Estate Professional based out of Houston, Texas. In his career, Villarreal has successfully been awarded as a Rising Star by his brokerage Sotheby’s International Realty and also been featured in multiple publications for his unique marketing capabilities. The Houston realtor shared that quantitative tightening has definitely shown its presence throughout the city. Furthermore, Villarreal went on to say “There has been a healthy correction in pricing that is now matching current interest rates.” In the future, Jason is excited to share his latest 35-acre listing in Honduras being listed at $3,500,000 — An amazing opportunity for international investors looking for a beautiful property in Central America.