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"As first time home buyers and new to the Upper East Side, we were grateful to have Anna and James by our side. Their in-depth knowledge of the neighborhood, deep network of relationships, and patience made us feel completely comfortable throughout the process, and confident in our decision. In the end, they were able to find us a home that we absolutely love!" -J. O. and K. A.
"Thank you so much for everything. You handled everything so perfectly and everything went impossibly smoothly."
Seller at 1075 Park Avenue
"You both are so incredible. Thank you so very much for all of your help every step of the way. It has been such a huge effort on your parts and you have been so kind and patient and SO SMART! We cannot believe we have the apartment and you both did all of this so totally perfectly. We can't wait to thank you many times over in the years ahead."
“You have been wonderful to us and so incredibly calm and brilliant through it all. We admire the apartment on a more than daily basis. We could never thank you enough.”
Buyers at 1075 Park
“My wife and I could have chosen from among dozens of qualified brokers when we decided to list our apartment and search for a new one. We consider ourselves to be extremely fortunate that we engaged Anna to handle both transactions.
Anna guided us through the process, both as sellers and buyers, with grace and good humor. Even during the most nerve-wracking stages of these transactions, Anna’s steady counsel kept us focused on our objectives and calmed our anxieties. Her advice was reliably sensible and we trusted her judgment. Thanks to well-planned marketing and appropriate pricing, the apartment we sold went into contract in just seven weeks. On the buy-side, she was very helpful in opining on price versus value and what to expect from potential sellers’ boards. She kept our hat in the ring when we were initially outbid on an apartment and when that transaction ran into trouble, we were able to get the deal done quickly and at a price that made sense for all parties.We would gladly recommend her to anyone who is looking to buy or sell real estate in Manhattan. ”
Seller at 520 E 86th Street/Buyer at 2 Sutton Place South
"Based on our very positive experience as clients of Anna’s, we wholeheartedly recommend her to prospective real estate buyers and sellers.When we decided to start looking for our current apartment in 2009, it was a tense and confusing time in the New York real estate market. We really needed someone to guide us who not only had a great feel for the market, but who could thoughtfully address our concerns and keep us focused on what was most important. How lucky we were to be working with Anna! Anna is a true professional; unswervingly honest, with a great knowledge of the market matched by fantastic communication skills and a high degree of emotional intelligence. And last but not least, a wonderful sense of humor that makes even the most tense deliberations bearable! We recommend Anna without hesitation to all of our friends, and know that she’ll do whatever she can to make them happy with one of the most important decisions in their lives."
Buyer at 1133 Park Avenue
"It was a pleasure working with you on the deal at The Hudson. It was the amazing attitude of you and your team that was a significant factor in getting this deal done.
VK, Douglas Elliman
James honed his business acumen during a long career on Wall Street where he specialized in FX and interest rate trading and institutional sales. He started two broker-dealers and was involved in all aspects of operations, contracts and sales working with institutions, hedge funds, family offices and ultra-high net worth clients. James has a deep understanding of global financial markets and a deftness with technology and analysis. By taking a private banking approach to real estate, he consistently delivers the total discretion and a calm, attentive demeanor that are integral to his clients' success.
James works with buyers and sellers at all price-points — from studios to trophy townhouses. In fact, his first deal was the Scribner Mansion, a 25-foot-wide historical house that sold at the full asking price of $22.5 million in the first week. It was an extremely complex deal with multiple parties involved, and The Halls NYC Team ushered the transaction to its conclusion smoothly and effectively. James and Anna can be trusted to deliver that same elite level of attention to every client, believing that is the key to their success and long-term customer loyalty.
Born in the U.K. and raised in the Caribbean, Europe and U.S., James learned early on the challenges of relocating, and he keeps those experience top of mind while striving to make his clients' transitions as seamless as possible. He compares being a great agent with that of being an alpine guide, ushering clients past challenges, remaining focused on the goal while always being sure to enjoy the journey itself.
James and Anna reside on the Upper East Side and enjoy spending time in the Hudson Valley. His interests include skiing, hiking and playing guitar.