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Sometimes being different makes all the difference. As the fastest growing independent residential real estate firm in New York City to date, Rutenberg Realty is proving that, particularly in a complex market, innovation can add up to the best possible experience for both the consumer and the agent.

Co-founded five years ago by Wall Street veteran Richie Friedman and real estate veteran Joseph Moshe, Rutenberg's New York City operation has grown over 30% in the last year, adding more than 450 brokers to the company since its inception and ranking the 6th largest Manhattan residential brokerage in terms of number of agents, all in spite of today's problematic economic climate. Unlike the traditional real estate model, Rutenberg's unique structure allows the broker greater freedom and more success in running their own business.

The consumer benefits from the Rutenberg model since the broker is unencumbered by large firm protocols and free to exert more control over their own marketing and advertising techniques and budgets. The company prides itself on being a "yes" environment, where all of its brokers are on the same level playing field and given equal access to resources and opportunities. At Rutenberg Realty, the agent acts as his or own CEO and is empowered to work their hardest and be their most creative in assisting the client. Best of all, happy, fairly compensated agents -- called "smart brokers" -- who have wisely chosen this viable alternative to the typical real estate model, are motivated to give their all to the renters, buyers and sellers they represent.

Hands-on guidance is a hallmark of the Rutenberg Realty experience. Top executive, Michael Barbolla is readily available to review business plans, provide technology and tools to facilitate deals, guide the brokers through the pricing, negotiation and closing processes, and brainstorm ways to market and advertise available properties. Office work stations are made accessible to the firm’s agents, who can use the facilities as often, or as little, as they like. This individualized approach helps brokers achieve their goals, while an intelligent use of today’s technological advances means resources are better allocated.

Rutenberg Realty’s broker-centric philosophy has helped the company as a whole grow to more than 4,000 agents nationwide. In fact, it is the largest and most rapidly expanding independent firm of its kind in Florida, Chicago, Long Island, New York and, now, New York City.

The firm’s progressive approach has caught the attention of brokers, homeowners, renters, and even the mainstream media. Its principals have been featured guests on CNN, CNN/fn, CNBC, NBC, Fox News, E! Television and New York 1 News, as well as quoted in esteemed newspapers such as The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune. They are also regular contributors to trade publications, including The Real Deal and Real Estate Weekly.