"Working with Elena Ravich on the purchase of this expensive coop apartment was the best experience my husband and I have ever had with a realtor. Due to frequent relocations and complicated family situations, we have purchased 5 other properties in the last 12 years, so we have some basis for comparison. And we are not easy clients, so any realtor has a challenge in dealing with us! We are too busy to speak much on the phone and often ignore emails, and we hate to be nagged or pressured, but we also don't want to miss out on important information or developments. Elena struck the perfect balance and never nagged but did keep us informed and reminded us effectively of the critical deadlines. Similarly, we are hopeless with numbers and forms, and almost gave up on the idea of purchasing a coop apartment once we understood all that would be required to apply, but Elena was true to her word and prepared the application package for us based on just the raw information we belatedly supplied. Further, the sellers in this case were difficult, high-pressure sellers and Elena pushed back hard for us, basically saving the deal. We really would have walked away from this potential purchase, even though it was the only apartment of interest to us (we were only looking for a second home, we had no need to purchase anything, and we were only potentially interested in an apartment within a three-block radius of a particular address, and not interested in anything in a modern-high-rise, nor anything with less than 3 bedrooms). But Elena dealt very effectively with the unpleasant tactics from the seller's side and helped us to evaluate new terms rationally rather than just walk away in anger. Elena also attended the walk-through and closing for us and has been fabulous about offering help with the impenetrable post-closing details. We really can't say enough good things about Elena, and we hope to work with her again in the future." -Marilla O. & Marc F.
"Got us the offer we wanted on our Upper West Side apartment in less than 2 weeks. She was on top of the process from our first conversation to the closing, gave very helpful staging and renovation suggestions and got us the price we wanted."
"Elena was my classmate at NYU MS Real Estate Investments program and I asked her to be my broker on a purchase of 3BR condo apartment. Elena was very efficient and a sharp negotiator, which helped me to get a good price. She also referred me to a great attorney and a mortgage person. It was a one stop solution for me, everything went smoothly and on time, and I am happy that I choose her to represent me in this important transaction of my life." -Peter K.
"Elena worked with me back in April 2012 when I was relocating from another city. Within 2 days she found me a perfect apartment meeting my requirements. She also helped me to look after the paperwork and served as a negotiator between the landlord and myself. Excellent service. I would highly recommend Elena." -Michael F.
"Elena helped us to go through a difficult 6 mo home buying process and found an opportunity to move forward even in the dead-end situation. We really owe to her."
Savvy, trustworthy and responsible, Elena Ravich possesses essential professional qualities that attract her customers and lay the foundation for long-term advisory relations. She not only consistently demonstrates these abilities, but brings a wealth of knowledge and advanced negotiating skills to each real estate transaction – a combination that assures a win-win for every client.
Elena is a one-step real estate resource whether you are selling, buying, renting or investing. As a practicing lawyer, she exhibits a high level of understanding and is able to educate and reassure clients regarding legal issues related to their purchase. Holding client privacy and confidentiality as a primary concern, she consistently provides seamless and thorough customer service. Also as a former real estate underwriter, Elena thrives on ensuring that the numbers work comfortably for every client by providing detailed comparable analysis and market statistics, explained in understandable terms, and a full picture of how real estate can enhance one's financial future.
Clients who've retained Elena's services to sell their properties or to find new homes and investments have noted their "incredible experience" with her, going on to say that, "Elena is reliable, highly intelligent, and knows how to get the best results for her clients." She has helped local New Yorkers and clients from other countries find perfect apartments, handling every detail from A to Z.
Originally from Moscow and fluent in the Russian language, Elena holds a Master’s degree in Real Estate Finance and Investments from New York University, LLM Degree from Case Western Reserve University, and a JD Equivalent Degree from the Moscow State University. In 2004 she started her first real estate brokerage company specialized in commercial real estate in Brooklyn. Elena and her agents sold and rented office, retail and multi-family properties, and forged strong relationships with sellers, buyers, tenants and local developers. She subsequently founded Rakita Realty, which concentrated in Manhattan residential sales. Prior to becoming a real estate broker, Elena developed professionally as mergers and acquisitions attorney with several large international firms for 10 years structuring and navigating through complex international transactions.
Elena is an active supporter of Central Park Conservancy and a volunteer for New York Cares. She enjoys West Coast Swing, Lindy dancing and Bikram Yoga in her spare time, and has called the Hell's Kitchen/Columbus Circle area home for 12 years.
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