“New York real estate is brutal. You need someone you can trust without thinking and who just gets it done. Gene is that guy--whether looking or selling -- his instincts are superhuman and when you need a wartime consigliere he can clean up messes and close even in the most difficult situations. We will never go to anyone else.“ -Tara P.
“We just had a closing. Gene is awesome. He is on top of everything, very knowledgeable and professional, keeps appointment in time, and knows a lot of good people needed in his field. We sold our old apartment in Manhattan through Gene and purchased new one through him again since we liked him a lot. He never put pressure on us and kept our preferences in priority during the search. Finding apartment with Gene was a great and pleasant journey. I would strongly recommend him.“ -Seong C.
“Gene is awesome. He listed and sold our Brooklyn co-op and despite several setbacks (none of which were his fault) he kept a positive attitude and got us every penny he had said he would. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him to anyone. If you need a realtor, this is your guy.“ -Eric L.
“Our experience with Gene was excellent! He helped my husband buy and sell an apartment in the past, so when we were ready to look for a bigger space we contacted Gene again. Gene has a wealth of knowledge not just of real estate trends in the neighborhood, but he can really give you a sense of the vibe of the neighborhood (including all the best new places to eat). Gene is very straight forward and does not pressure you at all. I truly felt that he was invested in us finding a place we loved as well as getting a good price on what we were selling. He went above and beyond to help us get our old apartment ready to sell, and did a great job with the negotiations. We would definitely recommend Gene if you are looking to buy or sell!“ -Ryan W.
Buyer’s Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Consulting
Columbia University in the City of New York - Bachelor of Science, Structural Design/Applied Physics
For over 14 years, Gene Keyser has helped clients navigate the fast-paced real estate landscape of New York City. He’s gained a reputation for his hands-on, disciplined approach. From finance to architecture, his deep understanding of NYC’s unique market ensures his clients come out on top when selling their homes, and when buying the next one.
As the industry leader, COMPASS allows the integration of Gene’s rounded analytical background and extensive market knowledge with high-profile marketing and cutting-edge technological advantages. Whether buying, selling, or renting in Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Queens, his advisees can rest assured that every aspect of their transaction is handled at the highest standard and with every imaginable tool.
Gene moved to New York City from the Boston area to attend Columbia University, focusing his studies on physics, structural design/architecture, and economics. Upon completing his education, Gene pursued a career in the securities industry and took a position as a discretionary trader with an innovative Wall Street firm.
For the next 10 years, he applied his acumen to capitalize on momentum swings and price imbalances, consistently delivering strong returns on investment. The grit of the financial markets teaches foresight, creative planning, and to mitigate stress with wit. He brings these qualities to the table when advising sellers how much they should ask, and guiding buyers on what they should bid. In taking an advisory approach, Gene upholds strict fiduciary standards for his clients' best interests, maintains sight of their individual lifestyle and budgetary needs, and makes an often daunting experience feel achievable.
On par with his expertise in guiding people through major financial decisions is the capacity to identify opportunities in the city’s most dynamic neighborhoods. Perhaps Gene’s strongest asset is the ability to extensively diagnose a property’s attributes and maximum market value –- whether it’s a primary home, an investment, or a development site. Thus, buyers are positioned for long term appreciation while mitigating near term risk, and owners are postured to reap gains from a top of the market sale.
In 2014, Gene Keyser was honored with the distinction of being named New York Residential Specialist by the Real Estate Board of New York for his experience and accomplishments as an agent and for demonstrating the highest moral and ethical standards. Concerned about the environment and sustainability, Gene is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).
When he is not working, Gene likes to go on adventures with his kids and the dog. He loves movies, exploring the outdoors, and checking out that new restaurant in the hot neighborhood you’ve never been to.