Jenna McKay

Jenna McKay

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Press

Young Realtors to Watch

New York Times: On The Market, October 1, 2020

Top 100 New York Real Estate Agents On Social Media

Forbes Interview: Closing Deals, Sight Unseen

How One NYC Agent Is Safely Closing Deals During COVID-19

Luxury Real Estate Talk: Pricing it Right, Video Marketing, & Long Distance Agents

NYC Real Estate & Marketing with Jenna McKay from Compass

Closing a Deal via Instagram & Event Marketing

Curbed NY: You can live near the celebs in these star-studded NYC neighborhoods

Curbed NY: What $750K Buys in NYC Right Now

You can buy a Gramercy Park penthouse with a private roof deck for only $760K

Star opera tenor Michael Fabiano lists Battery Park City condo for $1.2M, 6SQFT

Women Who Inspire: archNative Interview

An Upper East Side studio with a deeded storage unit asks $330K


Client Testimonials

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"We had an incredible experience with Jenna when buying our apartment in Brooklyn Heights. We were first time homebuyers in New York City and she helped us through a lengthy search and closing process. We were lucky to have Jenna in our corner as we navigated the negotiation process and couldn't be happier with our new home. She was responsive, had deep relationships, and we probably wouldn't have ended up getting this unit without her expertise. 10/10 would work with Jenna as our realtor again."
- A.K. & G.R., (Buyers, Brooklyn Heights)

"Jenna was very helpful, kind and professional every step of the way - from initial discussions about the market to identifying properties, choosing the one and through the closing and board approval process. She is a good listener, understands what you are looking for and provides key insight and advice. Highly recommend working with Jenna!"
- F.S., (Buyer, Battery Park)

"Jenna was a pleasure to work with on the sale of my Gramercy apartment in NYC. I was living in Westchester and Jenna led the process from start to finish - adding value each step of the way. Before listing, she suggested and coordinated staging since I had no furniture in the apartment and her team made it look so good it made me fall in love with the apartment all over again! With her personal marketing, knowledge of the current market, and support from the broader Compass resources and network, she was able to drive multiple strong offers early on which gave us confidence in our ability to close. I would highly recommend Jenna to anyone considering listing their apartment."
- K.K., (Seller, Gramercy)

"Jenna was very professional, always responsive to any issues we had, and sold our apartment quickly. We recommend her without reservation."
- Rhona and Ken K. (Seller, Kips Bay)

"Jenna was a pleasure to work with - knowledgeable, responsive, and approachable. She really took the time to understand my home so that she could present it to buyers in the best possible light. We hit some snags in the process, but Jenna never failed to remain positive. She helped navigate everything with ease, and I felt like I was in the most capable hands. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an agent in NYC."
- Norina Y. (Seller, Midtown)

"Jenna McKay was by far the most qualified person I have ever worked with when selling my property-and this is my fourth move in New York. Not only is she extremely personable, she is savvy about the current market and very efficient in getting the sale to move forward. I would recommend her highly. I had not been in town for over a year, and she singlehandedly managed to stage my apartment so well without much input from me. Working with Jenna was a very pleasant and easy experience."
- P.P (Seller, Gramercy)

"If I could give Jenna 10 stars, I would. She’s by far one of the best realtors I’ve worked with. She’s incredibly knowledgeable, responsive, and cared deeply about finding the right property for me and not just making a quick sale. She also knows the New York City market front to back and could usually give me insight into buildings I was interested in before bothering to visit a unit. With her help, I ended up purchasing the first and only apartment that I saw. During COVID times, that’s obviously a benefit considering all the restrictions and risks involved. She also made great recommendations for mortgage lenders and attorneys (both of which I used for my purchase), and after the sale, provided me with great recommendations for contractors for a couple of projects I wanted done. I was super impressed at how responsive she was. Every time I reached out to her about a property listing I found, it was always less than 24 hours before she got back to me with a detailed response and recommendation. I really appreciated her asking tough questions as I was looking to make sure that I had thought through all the details of different units I was interested in. It can be easy to get starry eyed when you see pictures of beautiful condos, but she knew what I wanted and what my ultimate goal was behind purchasing an apartment and helped hold me accountable to what I really wanted. I can’t thank her enough for helping me find the perfect condo!"
-V.L. (Buyer, Gramercy)

"I feel incredibly lucky to have had Jenna as my realtor. She is knowledgeable and diligent. She made it possible for the process to continue smoothly even when my work schedule presented challenges. I was living on the other side of the country, but neither the time zones nor the distance affected the quality and proficiency of her work. I always felt like I had all the information I needed and her videos, photos and FaceTimes made me feel like I was in NYC with her every step of the process. The Compass platform was indispensable for this. I would not have been able to make this dream a reality with another real estate company or without Jenna’s expert guidance and care. And it doesn’t end there! Everyone she’s put me in contact with since has been spot on as well. I’m a very grateful and happy homeowner thanks to this dream team."
-Jeanine M. (Buyer, Upper West Side)

"I cannot say enough good things about Jenna and would highly recommend her for any owners looking for tenants. I was very impressed by the quality of her work, from the time she shared with me her detailed approach, to the included professional pictures, to the process of closing the agreement, all done electronically as I was out of the country. Perhaps most importantly for any owners, she had exceeded my expectations, finding me good tenants even before the listing went fully public. This happened both times I needed her services, proving that it was not just luck but demonstrating her large reach and marketing skills. I am happy to speak with any owners wishing a reference as I believe she will serve you well."
-Ricky T. (Landlord, Midtown East)

"I couldn’t have been better represented – Jenna was a tremendous support throughout the entire process and the key element for the successful closing, even during the peak of a global pandemic. She is genuinely interested in her client’s particular needs and personal situation and keen to find the best apartment for the client. The process of narrowing down the search with Compass workspace turned out to be very collaborative and inspiring. As a recent immigrant to the US I felt that I always had a smart sparring partner for an open conversation about the challenges I was facing as a first-time buyer in the US. Rather than just confirming my views on an apartment, I appreciated to hear her true and honest opinion that is backed by her vast experience and market knowledge. This allowed us to come up with pros and cons for each place we were considering and to narrow down the overwhelming number of listings based on very tangible criteria. Jenna is a true team player and her proactive and diligent approach of coordinating the various involved parties (listing agents, lawyer, co-op management, lending bank, etc.) helped tremendously to always remain on top of things. Her kindness when dealing with the different parties earns her a lot of respect in the market. Her responsiveness, full attention to details, structured and positive “getting things done” mentality, negotiation skills, willingness to think out of the box, great contacts and recommendations are just a few reasons why Jenna McKay should be a top choice for everyone who is trying to navigate the tricky NYC market while working full time."
-Niklaus D. (Buyer, Soho)

"Jenna was our saving grace throughout the entire apartment hunt search. A friend of ours connected us and even with months of headway, Jenna got us familiar with the Compass tools, prepared us for what we needed to provide, gave us an idea of what our budget would allow for and made herself available whenever we had questions. Unfortunately our apartment search landed in the middle of unprecedented times with the COVID-19 outbreak in NYC and Jenna navigated everything as if she works in uncharted waters like that daily. We got the apartment we wanted, negotiated a longer lease, locked in a rate, and she was prepared to work with us remotely should anything have fallen through. My husband and I were living in North Carolina during our hunt and working full-time, I could not have managed this move to NYC without Jenna, her expertise and her amazing continuous communication and expectation setting. I will be recommending everyone I know moving to NYC to her!"
-Audrey P. (Tenant, Upper West Side)

"Where others failed, Jenna excelled! After having my apartment twice on the market with 2 other brokers, I agreed to have Jenna represent me on my third attempt. Within 4 months she had sold my apartment. Jenna showed me around my own neighborhood, introducing me to great restaurants and bars. Her knowledge of the area (Kips Bay) is impressive. She is kind, smart and proactive. I would have no hesitation in recommending her as the broker to get the job done in an easy and pleasant way. "
- Kate F. (Seller, Kips Bay)

"Jenna helped me navigate a tricky and very nerve-racking new-Dev purchase. It took over 2 years to complete and she was there to listen to (and hopefully deflect) a lot of my anguish and complaints. She has a wonderful positivity that is a valuable asset with difficult situations."
- David M. (Buyer, Greenpoint)

" Jenna is by far the most diligent real estate professional I have interacted with. The NYC market is extremely challenging, but with Jenna leading the charge, I felt in control and fully informed throughout the entire process. The criteria for the home I was searching for was complex; yet Jenna tirelessly found and showed me properties until we found the perfect one. Being new to the co-op approval process, Jenna calmly coached me through the steps and ensured I was adequately prepared to be accepted with flying colors. Jenna is truly one of a kind in the New York Real Estate market."
- Alexandra B. (Buyer, Upper West Side)

"Jenna was very helpful and supportive every step of the process. She not only helped me find my perfect new home, she was always available to answer every question I had about the purchase and closing processes, which were both very new to me. She was always there for the big meetings like the walk-through and closing and used her expertise to advocate on my behalf and guide me through each of the processes. Not to mention she has really great recommendations and contacts for contractors for different jobs that needed to be done in my new apartment."
- Justyna G. (Buyer, Greenpoint)

"Working with Jenna was an absolute dream. She was available to help us in every step of this process. As first time home buyers, we were quite picky about neighborhood, budget, school districts, and apartment style. Jenna checked out apartments with us everywhere from the West Village to Park Slope. When we finally found the spot that we thought could be "the one," Jenna was able to put in an offer on our behalf on the same day. More than one offer had been made on the apartment, and Jenna was able to negotiate a deal for us, still coming in under asking price! She is incredibly detail-oriented, and was able to guide us through the process with clarity and ease. There is so much we would have missed if we would not have had Jenna navigating the deal for us. She also set us up with a team to take care of the mortgage, inspection, and legal aspect of purchasing property. Everyone recommended by Jenna was professional, thorough, and efficient, in addition to being friendly and easy to work with. Our expected closing date landed right at the start of the Stay At Home order here in NYC, so we were very worried about the closing. Turns out, we were in great hands. Jenna and her team made sure we were able to safely do a final walk through, sign closing papers, and even have a socially distant notary come to our apartment lobby to witness the signing. None of that would have been possible without Jenna. It would be impossible to put into words how grateful we are to have found Jenna. She is the loveliest, most professional agent in the whole of New York City, and a miracle worker, as far as we are concerned. We have already recommended her to several friends, and will continue to do so in the future. We are so happy in our beautiful home, in our favorite neighborhood, and we know that we have Jenna to thank for all of it!"
- Annie W., (Buyer, Cobble Hill)

"Jenna is literally one of the best brokers! She truly cares about the needs of all her clients above all else. She takes all requests seriously and never tries to steer you to listings that don't meet your criteria. She is also thoughtful and able to also include listings that you might have excluded but only if she truly feels it fits your needs. Jenna is so responsive and professional, I always felt so comfortable asking questions as she's nothing but patient and gracious no matter how many questions I ask. With Jenna, there's no pressure, and no rush (unless you want to close quickly!). I recommend Jenna to all my friends and family and she's been such a great connection for anyone looking to purchase from coast to coast!"
- -R.C., (Buyer, California)

Specialties

Skills: Staging |  Social Media  
Areas of Expertise: New Development |  Resale  |  Repositioning Unsold Listings  
Neighbourhoods: Downtown Manhattan |  Upper West Side |  Waterfront Brooklyn


About Jenna

Positioning herself as a business partner rather than a broker to her clients, Jenna built a reputation for forging relationships based on trust and transparency. Her kind and solution-oriented approach awards her clients peace of mind that by partnering with her, their goals become her goals.

“It's not just a transaction. It’s about saving my clients time and delighting them with an above-and-beyond service,” she says.

Jenna’s written and spoken communication skills combined with best-in-the-industry Compass technology are some of the reasons that clients continue to refer her business, long after the sale or purchase of their home. In 2022, she was awarded with the honor of being in the Top 1.5% America’s Best Professionals List in Wall Street Journal’s Real Trends rankings.

At the age of 12, she immigrated to the Unites States from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and was raised by Russian immigrant parents in California before moving to New York City to pursue her dream of selling real estate. Having to learn a new language as a teenager allowed her to have a unique perspective on the wonderful and diverse people of New York City. She touts adaptability and empathy as her superpowers which come in handy in the world of real estate. She resides in the Waterline Square neighborhood on the Upper West Side with her fiancé, Justin, where they enjoy walks in Central Park, waterfront picnics, and trying new restaurants. Ask her about her favorite restaurant this month!

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Jenna McKay’s Listings

1/14
Listed By Compass

$1,100,000

Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Square Feet
1,243