Jeff Bua, member of the Real Estate Board of New York, has enjoyed a successful real estate career spanning more than 30 years, selling properties in every corner of Manhattan, from Battery Park City to Washington Heights and Harlem. A seasoned professional, Jeff has endured market fluctuations, recessions and booms, while consistently maintaining his status as a top performer.
Discreet and known for his exceptional negotiating skills, Jeff has developed a loyal clientele and a strong referral base over the years. Forensic in his attention to detail, Jeff has earned a solid reputation as a well-respected and highly motivated broker. Clients benefit from his extensive knowledge and sound, honest advice. Colleagues admire his business savvy and the skill with which he navigates the process from beginning to end. Mix in his calm demeanor and the unique brand of humor through which he filters even the most intense situations and you have the formula for a smooth transaction.
A rooted New Yorker, former Sutton Co-op Board member and current resident of Carnegie Hill, Jeff Bua has been featured in The New York Times, as well as a number of trade publications. He is an avid runner who participated in SIX NYC Marathons since 2011. He is also an Ultramarathoner (60K) and NYC Triathlon finisher. In 2019, Jeff co-founded and co-manages the very first Compass co-ed corporate softball team, “Compass Crushers” who finished their expansion year with an impressive record, making it deep into the playoffs. The 2020 season was canceled but the Crushers are excited for another run at the championship in 2021!
In his spare time Jeff indulges his eclectic taste in music by attending live concerts and picking through his extensive collection of vintage mint LPs.
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Manhattan Market Report Q4 2020
"TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
I have recently completed the closing of my long-term home at 1349 Lexington Ave.
With COVID complications, this was a difficult process. I can say with total certainty that the selection of Jeff Bua as my broker was the key to a successful conclusion.
His knowledge, experience, expertise and commitment to service were invaluable and made an inherently anxious process smooth. His guidance on timing, staging and pricing were spot on. The knowledge of the market, banks and board process was invaluable.
As a retired residential broker, I know what superior service is and I know I received it. I am very grateful to him and Compass. I recommend him without reservation because I know he will treat all his clients with the same commitment and service." -Thomas W.
"Thanks, Jeff for everything!
The process of selling 1349 Lex was certainly not without its ups and downs. Considering the quirkiness of the space, dated condition and having to market as a commercial and residential space, we know you were presented with unique challenges.
You were very creative with marketing ideas and your advice to use Compass Concierge was a game-changer. Without question, if you were not in our corner, the transaction would not have gone as well. You communicated frequently, guiding us from start to finish. And for that, we are most grateful. To potential sellers out there, if Jeff can sell 1D, he can sell anything!"
-Dr. and Mrs. Norman M.
"Many years ago, we worked with Jeff who stuck with us through a difficult market. Ultimately, we found the perfect home. We were so pleased with his patience, professionalism and knowledge of NY real estate, that when we updated our Will, we left instructions to use him as our listing broker."
-Barbara and Dennis H.
"My whole family thanks you immensely for the great job you did selling out 6 bedroom NYC apartment. We put you under considerable pressure to get the job done, as we had made an irrevocable decision to move to Stowe VT. Despite the pressure we felt, you always buttressed our courage to stay the course and let the dynamics of apartment selling play themselves out. And in the end, we realized the best price possible. Given the extensive preparation you put into the sale of our apartment we always felt confident in following your advice. Thanks again."
-The Miller family
"We had a great apartment hunting experience and cannot say enough good things. Jeff Bua was an honest, effective and immensely patient guide as we dragged him through 3 seasons (10 months) in pursuit of the 'perfect' 3 bedroom Condo on the Upper East Side. I should probably mention the endless time spent entertaining our 3 year old with animal pictures on his I-phone while we looked at bathrooms and closets...! Years later, Jeff also represented us on the sale of the same property and conducted an excellent, comprehensive marketing job. Our home sold at a fair price in a reasonable amount of time!"
-Sharmila A. and Andrew S.
"Jeffrey Bua is the best! He is the most knowledgeable, professional real estate individual there is in all of Manhattan, no, in all of the USA. If he can put up with me, he can put up with anyone. I know I am a little OCD, and when I was moving from Westchester to Manhattan in 1995, I had a wish list a mile long. Well, lucky Jeff got me as his client.
After several months, in exasperation, but in a gentle, non-confrontational way, Jeff said to me, 'what was wrong with that first apartment we looked at?' I said, I really didn't quite remember. I ended up buying that one and selling it through him 9 years later. And believe it or not, Jeff still sends me Christmas cards. Jeff is patient and gentle with his clients. He handled the purchase of the apartment for me as painlessly as he handled the sale. I wish I could have taken him with me when I moved to Las Vegas. Nobody, anywhere, is better to have on your team than Jeff!"
I was 72 when I moved here, this year I turn 95. I still love this apartment and owe it all to you. I am Grandpa to the twins who are now 12. I think of you often with gratitude."
-Gordon F. (RIP)
“In recent years, with Jeff’s careful guidance and professionalism, I acquired 4 properties in Manhattan which have proven to be smart investments. And by year-end, I intend to purchase another Condo. I know inherently, Jeff always has my back and I have no doubt, he conducts himself in the same manner with all of his clients. I enthusiastically recommend Jeff for all of your real estate needs!”-Kenneth B.
"Jeffrey Bua sold my parents their apartment on the Upper East Side many years ago. When my father passed away we turned to him to sell their apartment, as it was important to us to have my mother live in our building on the Upper West Side. Jeff handled this very delicate situation beautifully with kindness, patience and great expertise. With his help, what turned into a good experience.
Thank you, Jeffrey."
"Jeff Has been our real estate consultant for many years. He also happens to be my “running husband”. He got me started in the sport which helped to lead me in the direction of a healthier lifestyle.
In 2016, my real husband and I decided it was time to sell our 2 BR Condo on the UES. Jeff came in with a concise, comprehensive marketing plan and a relaxed confident presence that totally put our minds at ease. And in less than a month, we had a signed contract!
Jeff sold our home at the highest price per square foot to ever close in the building. Hire Jeff for all of your real estate needs and you will most certainly be satisfied with the results."
"Barry and I would like to tell you that we think you did a fantastic job of helping us buy our 2 apartments in Manhattan, then reselling one recently. We could not be more pleased. What impressed us the most is your professionalism, responsiveness, class, and impressive ability to keep things in perspective. We will not hesitate should anyone asks us for a recommendation on a realtor who is able to tailor his knowledge and expertise to help prospective clients. We feel very fortunate to have had you as our agent."
-Maria and Barry M.
"Jeff is like a Real Estate Counselor, who first guided us through buying an apartment, and then putting our old apartment on the market to bridge the transition. He is well versed in the New York market and provided sound judgement, in our case, both purchasing and selling our apartment. We have stayed in touch with Jeff and cross paths with his family on many social occasions. Jeff provides an accurate market outlook and realistic assessment and has earned the trust from us for being straight-forward and an experienced professional in the field for such a long time."
"Jeff has a skill that is rare – he listens and adds his experience, market knowledge and expertise into the mix. He shows you places you will like and in a realistic price range. Having now purchased 2 apartments with Jeff’s guidance, I never felt I was being shown something that didn't fit the picture in my mind.
He also is great at spotting the thing you should be aware of, that you might miss, both good and bad. Last, but certainly not least, he can really negotiate a good deal for you. I hope he never leaves New York, because I would hate to buy my next place, or sell my current one, without him!"
"You were incredibly patient with us in our search for the ideal apartment. You did not waste our time looking at places out of our price range and showed us only apartments you knew would meet our requirements. It made our move to New York that much easier and we have recommended you to anyone we know looking for a new place. Thank you!" -Eva and Harvey C.
"Jeff has been our real estate adviser, "guru" and broker for several years. He is very accurate in judging what in the end you will need to pay to get a property as well as what your current property will bring when it sells. We've bought and sold with Jeff with significant satisfaction. He's realistic, helpful and mature. He is patient. He is a true professional.
If you need a real estate representative who won't mislead you, won't waste your time and who is a clever negotiator we can heartily recommend him."
-Steve and Marcia T.
"I have known Jeff for many years dating back to the first apt I purchased. During that time, I have recommended Jeff to my friends and family. After working with Jeff, they agree with me that Jeff is an experienced, knowledgeable and solutions-oriented real estate professional. Jeff has provided practical insights to each transaction I've done with him. That is why he is my trusted advisor."
I really appreciate your assistance and professionalism throughout the process. And taking care of me as family.”
"I would enthusiastically recommend Jeff as a broker. He did an outstanding, comprehensive marketing job for our apartment. He sold it for a fair price and within a reasonable time frame, considering the state of the housing market. We were in constant communication and he kept us apprised of all the activity. He also represented me on the purchase of a home on Park Avenue. His approach is always personal, businesslike, and caring. I would certainly use him again!"
"Our kids were getting bigger, our apartment seemed to be getting smaller, and we wanted to find a comfortable new residence on the Upper West Side to become our new home. Jeff Bua had an intuitive understanding of what we were looking for, and within days, found a listing for a grand old 8 room apartment that was exactly what we dreamed of - and then some. Jeff helped us convince ourselves that we were worthy of such a fine place, and guided us through the complex process of making it our own. We've been here for 20+ years now, and not a day goes by when we don't marvel at how much we love the home that Jeff helped us find."
-Valerie M. and Peter M.
"Jeff Bua enabled our dream of living in Manhattan to come true. He listened carefully and then showed us a variety of suitable apartments and working with him was a total pleasure. Jeff's patience, honesty and knowledge of Manhattan real estate really impressed us and Renee and I continue to refer him to friends and business associates. We love our apartment and for that we have Jeff to thank." -Arthur W.
"Jeff was my broker when I bought my dream home on Sutton Place. He is not only an incredible broker but also a kind and generous person who has stayed in touch for more than 25 years. I have always recommended him in the highest regard."
“When I moved cross-country from my Upper East Side 3 bedroom, I thought it might be difficult to find a tenant for the amount of rent I was hoping to get. My apartment was somewhat run down and the neighborhood, noisy and chaotic. In addition, other similar 3BRs in the building were having trouble renting. I was worried about managing the move and timing but thanks to Jeff, everything went smoothly. Besides finding the best tenants I could ever wish for, Jeff also recommended a contractor to fix up the apt at a reasonable price.
Because of Jeff’s smooth handling of the process, the application was approved quickly. I always try to recommend Jeff to my friends and intend to rely on him to handle my real estate needs in the future.”
“20 years ago, my mom and I met Jeff when we were looking for a property on the east side of Manhattan for my medical residency at NYU Hospital. It was important to be within walking distance from the hospital. Outdoor space was also a requirement. Jeff found the perfect Condo with city views and a terrace! I lived there throughout my residency and fellowship at NYU and even spent the first few years of my marriage enjoying it! I have long since moved out and my mom still enjoys the apartment as a pied a terre. Several years later, Jeff also sold her an investment property in the same building, which is terrific. I have lots of comfort knowing that Jeff is always looking out for my mom’s best interests."
“I met Jeff Bua when I was interviewing real estate agents to sell a loft in an historic building. The apartment was in need of serious repair and some loving care. I chose Jeff because he understood the value of historic property, seemed the most efficient and was absolutely honest in terms of the necessary clean-up to help foster a sale.
Jeff also referred a fastidious contractor to do the work. Making it seem easy, he found the right purchaser who appreciated the historic nature of the building and the Board would welcome. I have and will continue to recommend Jeff without hesitation.”
“Jeff Bua made a judgment as to exactly what I would be pleased with. When he previewed the apartment I eventually purchased, he determined it was the one for me. We viewed immediately and submitted an offer. That was so many years ago and we still keep in touch to this day. His intuitiveness is a gift to the buyer or seller!”
You did an outstanding, comprehensive job of marketing and selling our apartment. After considering selling it on our own, we realized rather quickly that we needed a professional, and, thanks to you, the sale came together quickly and went smoothly.
We appreciate your good work. We’ll miss you and hope to see soon on either coast.”
"20 years ago I was looking to purchase a small apt and a friend recommended Jeff. On our first meeting, I gave him my list of ambitious requirements which included outdoor space, and the search began. It took time but Jeff found me a wonderful apt in Murray Hill.
Because of unforeseen complications on the seller's end, the process became quite a difficult challenge. After a collaborative effort involving Jeff and the lawyers, we were able to seal the deal.
More recently, Jeff found me a 2nd, larger investment property with a setback terrace in the same building which he has kept rented for the last several years. I am so grateful for Jeff's perseverance, patience and hard work, always, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is buying, selling or renting in NY!"
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