Kay Ch'ien

Kay Ch'ien

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

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RealTrends America's Best 2022 Real Estate Professionals -Top 1.5% in the U.S. 
RealTrends America's Best 2021 Real Estate Professionals -Top 1.5% in the U.S.


University of Pennsylvania Law School, Doctor of Law (J.D.)

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, Bachelor of Science, Economics

University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts, History

About Kay
Kay skillfully guides buyers, sellers and investors through the complicated New York City property market. She brings seasoned analytical and research skills to a deal and her clients benefit from her dedication and attention to detail. She prides herself on her direct, honest, evidence-based approach.

Having completed her own residential and commercial transactions and renovations, Kay can walk her clients through the real estate process with confidence and experience. She understands not only the financial, but also the emotional aspects of buying and selling a home.

Prior to entering the real estate business, Kay was a mergers & acquisitions attorney at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP. She has worked on multi-million to billion dollar M&A, capital markets and private fund transactions, and brings extensive contract negotiation experience to her real estate broker role.

Born in Singapore and raised in Hong Kong, Kay went to high school in Massachusetts and attended The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate. Kay also holds a J.D. from Penn Law and is admitted to practice law in New York. 

She is passionate about food, so much so, she co-founded one of the first farm-to-table Chinese restaurants in the city, garnering significant press attention and commercial success. She made New York her home in 2006 and is dedicated to giving back to the community through numerous organizations, including Apex for Youth, Power of Two, The Packer Collegiate Institute, Milton Academy, and the University of Pennsylvania. 


“We were expecting our second child and looking for more space. Our dream was to purchase a brownstone in Brooklyn. Kay quickly brought us up to speed on the market and spoke knowledgeably about the different neighborhoods. She had an excellent understanding of the inventory, and having completed her own townhouse gut renovation, was able to guide us when we looked at properties that needed work. We ended up finding a wonderful home for our family that checked all our boxes. As a bonus, the market value of our home has also gone up significantly in the past couple of years. We would work with Kay again in a heartbeat!” - Georgina S. + Greg B., technology executives

“I planned to sell an apartment in Downtown Brooklyn, and buy a new investment property using a 1031 exchange. Kay took charge and quickly brought energy and focus to the process. End result… Kay efficiently sold my existing property (when other units in the building were being delisted after sitting for months), and helped me identify a new apartment with promising upside potential to invest in. Kay is energetic, motivated, and analytical and data driven. As a former attorney, she was able to work seamlessly behind the scenes with my real estate lawyer on the transaction. I would strongly encourage others to work with her." - Claudia K., attorney

"Kay provided guidance and help through my home buying journey - she made the process so smooth for a first time home-buyer and was patient with all my requests / questions. It was a pleasure working with her and the team and I know who I'll call next time." - Cassidy K., U.S. Army veteran + investment banker

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