With her business acumen, love of design and talent for working with people, Debbie makes the ideal partner in the selling or buying of a home. Her commitment to her clients is of the utmost importance, her level of professionalism and preparedness is never questioned and her sense of humor is always appreciated.
Debbie comes to Compass after seven years at Brown Harris Stevens, where she worked in both the resale and new development divisions.
Considered an expert in DUMBO, Brooklyn where she has sold and leased over 150 homes, she also enjoys working throughout all Brooklyn and Manhattan neighborhoods. Debbie has worked successfully with buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants in both new development and resale markets providing her with the extensive insight and experience necessary to close deals. She has handled everything from the quick sale with a bidding war to complex new development sales involving multiple closings within a tight timeframe and under challenging circumstances.
Her new development experience includes being the on-site sales manager at 51 Jay Street, a warehouse conversion in the landmarked district of DUMBO where she oversaw sales for the 75-unit building. In addition, she directed sales at 133 Water Street, also in DUMBO, sold multiple Sponsor-owned units at the Echelon in Long Island City and provided consultation on 210 Pacific Street in Cobble Hill.
Prior to her foray into real estate, Debbie worked in marketing and advertising. She was the Vice President, Director of Client Services at Select Communications, a European marketing communications company where she developed brand strategies for high-end fashion, accessories and fragrance companies. She also founded a t-shirt company called Cherry Tee and ran her own marketing consultancy.
Debbie is a long time resident of DUMBO, where she lives with her husband and son along the water. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at her home in the Berkshires, skiing, exercising, cooking and traveling.
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"I moved to NYC from out of state, so the apartment-hunting process could have been especially daunting. A friend recommended Debbie and I am so grateful. Whereas other brokers promise a lot at the outset, in my experience, only Debbie consistently followed up thoughtfully and delivered on her word in every way. Debbie genuinely listened to what I was seeking and sorted through hundreds of listings to cull a list of top options that fit my budget and interests. She made my apartment search efficient and as pleasant as possible - not an easy achievement in NYC. Debbie is smart, attentive, savvy, and knows the market. She gave me her honest opinions without ever making me feel pressured. Thanks to her, I found a perfect gem that I wouldn’t have found without her. And I had several good options to choose from. I’d recommend Debbie Zolan without hesitation for either rentals or sales. I hope not to move anytime soon, but I’d go to Debbie when the time comes." - Sarah L.
"We worked with Deborah for both the sale and purchase of our apartment in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and could not recommend her more highly. Deborah is incredibly knowledgable about the real estate market in Brooklyn and patiently guided us through every step of both transactions. She is the consummate professional and was always very attentive with all communication. We have worked with other reputable brokers in the past, but Deborah went above and beyond as an agent. On top of all this, she is a wonderful, thoughtful, humorous individual who made an often stressful process fun and seamless." -
"We have been working with Debbie for the past 5 years. It started when we purchased our apartment and followed with Debbie helping us rent it out several times.
We are extremely happy working with Debbie and it has been a pleasure. Her level of professionalism, competence and responsiveness has always been superb!
We expect to continue our relationship and work with Debbie in the future." - Zafrir K.
"Debbie is the best! Effective, caring, communicative and knowledgeable!" -
"A great experience working with Debbie! Excellent communication, attentive and professional service." -