Co-ops & Condos in Manhattan and Long Island City
Pied-á-terres and Vacation Homes
International Buyers and Sellers
Relocations and Rentals
The Culinary Institute of America, New York ’11, "Honors" Degree in Culinary Arts
Marmara University, Istanbul ’04, BA in Business Management, Accounting and Finance Major
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"We had the pleasure of working with Onur as our agent in selling our property in Long Island City. From the start, Onur was very professional and thorough in his presentation of the market conditions. His knowledge and experience helped us navigate the "ups and downs" during the selling process. We would certainly work with him again if the opportunity ever presents itself!
" - Gary & Melissa T. – Investors from Pasadena, CA
"We had a wonderful experience with Onur. He helped us fully explore the area of town we were interested in to start with, listening carefully to what we needed in the property... then he was great at being in touch with the agents of properties we liked and gleaning useful information. He helped us to make very informed decision... and then was a terrific communicator. Best part of Onur was that he was constantly in touch with us throughout the process.... and, as the NY process is excruciating in dealing with Co-Op Boards and banks- Onur was incredible at keeping everyone on track and moving forward in the timely manner required. Thanks to him we had all of our materials prepared and presented in the right way. He made the process as painfree as possible - which we completely appreciate. We would recommend Onur to everyone!
" - Sam & Barbara W. - Coop Owners in Midtown East
"Onur is a very professional and responsive agent, and is very generous with his time. Whenever there is a problem he is often there to resolve it for customers/landlords. He is also very detail-driven. It is always pleasant to work with him.
" - Weizhi H. - Condo Owner in Financial District
"It was a pleasure to work with Onur! From the first moment, he listened and understood exactly what my husband and I wanted. His highly local knowledge made the research of the apartment (in midtown Manhattan) much easier. Always came well prepared, very punctual and extremely patient with me (I'm not that easy to please!). He nicely negotiated the price of the apartment in our favor! It was a wonderful experience! We highly recommend Onur!
" - Maria & Marcel H. - Coop Owners in Midtown East
"Onur is so far the most professional, responsive and caring Real Estate agent I have ever met. He helped us purchase the wonderful property which both my parents and I are very satisfied. We were impressed by not only his professional capabilities as representing both the seller and us but also his responsiveness in a timely manner. Unlike some agents who care more about selling the property over the client's needs, Onur does offer his own sincere advice and help to address our concerns. The whole process of the sale went very smoothly thanks to Onur's timely communication and dedication. In addition, he also helped us find great tenants who are currently renting our place. Onur is not only a knowledgeable professional broker but also a passionate chef and traveler. We definitely highly recommend Onur to anyone who is looking for a place to buy/sell/rent! Thank you very much, Onur!
" - Sophia Q. - Condo Owner in Long Island City
"Onur worked absolutely tirelessly to find me the perfect apartment. In all of our interactions he was extremely professional and did a fanstastic job of tailoring the search around what I was looking for. His deep experience in the NYC market really showed through as he made the whole process much (much) easier and more efficient than going it alone. After selecting the right apartment Onur led the negotiations and was able to get me a lower rent and better terms on the lease. I certainly could not have found the apartment I am currently in without him.
" - Michael A. - Bain & Company
"I worked with Onur during my relocation from Switzerland to New York. After meeting and touring with several brokers, it was obvious that Onur was the most customer-oriented broker that I have ever met. He was not trying to offer me what is available or what he has on his list but he was really taking the effort to find the best possible apartment considering my needs and my budget. Since I was on an international assignment, I had to work really hard to quickly adapt to the new job. Moreover, housing in New York is difficult and expensive with a cut-throat competition. So at this time of anxiety, you want someone that really listens and understands you to find your home. Onur is not only amazingly patient, trustworthy and kind but he knows the city inside and out. Thanks to him I was able to manage anxiety and stress of the relocation and of course, he saved me plenty of time to focus on other important stuff. Especially, if you are relocating to New York from outside, you will definitely need someone that you can trust with a good judgment. I was able to understand what I should be looking for during apartment search and in a lease contract. So, thanks to him, I found my lovely apartment and I am thankful for him every day my enjoying my apartment and the neighborhood.
" - Caglar C. - Phillip Morris International
With hundreds of gratified clients to his credit, dynamic New York City real estate professional Onur Büyükdeğirmenci has the know-how of an industry veteran and the energetic attitude of a trailblazing maverick.
Born in Germany and raised in Turkey, Onur's international worldview is integral to everything he does, and having relocated to New York City himself, he knows how challenging it can be to settle in the city. His goal is to use his own hard-earned knowledge and natural empathy to make his clients' real estate experience as easy and as enjoyable as possible.
Onur earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Marmara University in Istanbul and started his career at Deloitte, building his strong professional foundation. But his true passion was always found in more creative pursuits, namely the culinary arts. After training under world-renowned chefs, Onur came to New York in 2010 to attend the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park. He graduated with honors and worked at Michelin three-starred restaurants Jean Georges and Eleven Madison Park before combining his impeccable hospitality, creativity and finance skills in the real estate industry.
Professional and honest with a deft ability to multitask under pressure, Onur is also incredibly accessible and friendly. He has a calming demeanor and a confident outlook that makes the city's often-confusing array of buildings, neighborhoods and real estate rules seem easy to understand. "I have both an empathetic and analytical approach, which I gained from my years in finance and hospitality," he explains. "I can present numbers to those who are analytical, but I can also work with people who are making deeply emotional decisions." With this well-rounded, full-service approach, it's no surprise that Onur has earned a long list of loyal, repeat clients and referral business.
After living all over Manhattan, Onur has called Long Island City home for the last few years, and he loves the neighborhood's accessibility, great restaurants and stunning waterfront views. When not hard at work, he enjoys cooking with his friends and family, dancing, swimming and reading.