Before & After: A $3.65M Brownstone Reno in Iconic Chelsea
Lauren's staging advice was featured in One Kings Lane
6sqft: Sunny Crown Heights Condo with Stained Glass and Bay Windows asks $775K
First time homebuyers, New Development, Manhattan & Brooklyn focused, Co-Ops & Condos
B.A. in Fine Arts, NYU
Cycle for Survival
Lauren has an eye for beauty, a mind for business, and a penchant for outstanding service. With a background in the high-end fashion and jewelry industries, Lauren came to real estate with great expertise in catering to her clients' unique and discerning needs. Her keen attention to detail in everything she does makes working with Lauren an extreme pleasure when searching for that special place to call home in New York.
"Finding a home is a major undertaking and exciting experience. While timing and finances are of course of utmost concern, there should always be an element of enjoyment and empowerment that comes from working with the right agent."
Lauren conducts all dealings with utmost honesty, integrity and dedication, building relationships with her clients based on mutual trust and loyalty. "There can be no other way in the service business. Relationships are the heart of what makes effective partnerships, and what facilitates successful deals."
Having lived in New York City since 1999, Lauren has a keen understanding of the different neighborhoods that make this city tick. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with clients and helping them realize their goals and vision in a dream apartment whether in Manhattan or in Brooklyn.
Prior to entering real estate, she worked as a wholesale account executive and freelance consultant for top fashion brands, then designed custom jewelry for private clients. Lauren holds a degree in Art History from New York University where she was captain of the lacrosse team. Because she loves keeping active, you can often find her riding her bike around NYC, her favorite mode of transportation. "It's the best way to get around the city and explore!"
"Lauren was fantastic to work with on an apartment search and helped land the co-op of my dreams! We were picky buyers with a lot of criteria and Lauren stuck with us through 30+ viewings. She listened to our long list of needs and wants. She pushed us on occasion to consider things we might not have otherwise looked at and was helpful in evaluating trade-offs. When we started to feel desperate, she was encouraging to wait and not settle. She’s friendly, trustworthy, committed, and very receptive to feedback.
Perhaps more importantly, she really knows the rental and home buying process in NYC in-and-out. She kept us on track at every step and ensured we met all closing requirements on time, without stress.
She can work on any budget, size, or neighborhood requirements. And she often knows a great spot to get a drink after your apartment viewings to get a better feel for a neighborhood or just unwind after a long day of open houses! What more could you ask for? Thanks for a great home-buying experience, Lauren!" - Betsy M.
"My wife and I recently moved to NYC from the SF Bay Area and Lauren was with us every step of the way. The rental process is different from what we are used to and on top of that we weren’t sure what neighborhood would be right for us. Let’s just say we had plenty of questions and were a little overwhelmed with our cross country move!
Lauren took the time to understand what was important to us and showed us apartments in neighborhoods she felt would be a good fit and very quickly we were able to narrow our search. She answered every question we had and if she didn’t know followed up promptly to help us with our decision.
Once we found an apartment we loved, Lauren did everything possible to make sure we got it. She helped with the application and kept us up to date with where things stood. It was comforting to know she was was representing us while we were packing up on the west coast. She was a calm and helpful presence during a hectic time.
I would highly recommend Lauren! She has everything you could want in a real estate professional. She is knowledgeable, patient, honest, a great communicator and an advocate for her clients. We had a wonderful experience working with her and will do so again when we make our next move!" - Keon K.
"My experience with Lauren was flawless. My roommate and I were completely new to the leasing process in New York City, and she was patient with us every step of the way. In addition, she was clear on instruction and quick with communication. Never did I find myself worried about my apartment search because I knew Lauren was doing all of the logistical work behind the scenes. She's very respectful of the parameters that clients communicate, whether that's budget, location, or accommodations.
In a town where nightmare apartment hunting stories are plentiful, I can safely say that thanks to Lauren, my apartment hunt was a piece of cake." - Nick M.
"It was a pleasure working with Lauren Chao. She is remarkable at finding the perfect space that meets all your requirements and more. It was a smooth streamlined experience. If you have ever navigated real estate in New York, you will realize what a true gem Lauren is. Compass is a lucky Company to have her on board!" - Angela O.
"I had the pleasure of working with Lauren this past winter. She helped me buy my first home and I don't think I could have done it without her! She was patient, accommodating, and always so nice. A truly wonderful experience." - Justin D.