Monday, February 26, 2024

NY Weekly’s 10 Real Estate

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the real estate industry has recorded an all-time high. Reportedly, residential home sales are breaking ceilings, and the local market has captivated national and global interest.

From tycoons, media personalities, educators, and philanthropists to the regular Joe, everyone is craving a piece of America’s real estate. To secure a stellar and efficient acquisition process, everyone is on the lookout for the best agents around.

Renowned as experts in the continuously booming market, these real estate professionals are the game-changers slowly shaping the landscape of the industry. With a reputation for delivery and dedication, their services guarantee absolute client satisfaction. 

Thus, whether one is buying a house, a building, or a plot of land, here are the top ten individuals to call when acquiring new property. 

1. Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone is one of the most successful real estate investors in the world. Often described as the one with the “magic touch,” he has bought and sold more than $428 million in real estate assets. Currently, he has more than 4,000 units of properties in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. His real estate journey began with a single-unit property investment that went bankrupt. He picked up the pieces and invested in a 38-unit multi-family complex right after. 

He is well-versed in real estate, and he takes his time to discuss his investments and why he chose them on his website every Monday. Although his companies took a massive hit during the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, his status as a top real estate investor remains, and his real estate empire is expected to pick up soon.


2. Chloe Tucker

Chloe Tucker is the theater-actress-turned-real-estate-agent taking the industry by storm. Before changing careers, Chloe was a renowned performer in Los Angeles. As a rising starlet, she boarded countless cross-country productions before settling in New York in 2012.

Although she initially planned on furthering her craft, onstage opportunities in the Empire City were scarce, and Chloe soon lost interest in expanding her portfolio. Living in the concrete jungle, the actress soon developed an interest in real estate and decided to pursue it.

She launched her YouTube series, Chloe in Manhattan, and established herself as New York’s fresh-faced real estate powerhouse. Within a year, Chloe had secured over a hundred transactions and joined the city’s top real estate and media team, Serhant, as a real estate advisor and media marketing specialist. 

Instagram: @chloeinmanhattan

YouTube: Chloe Tucker

3. Monica Morgan

Monica is a wife, mother of two daughters, and a flourishing business owner. Monica started The Pivotal Companies in 2018, which has been wildly successful. You can learn more about The Pivotal Companies at, which is a full service management and marketing company. The Pivotal Companies is positioning itself as a boutique-style management Company, taking on limited hand-selected clients and contracts. The value in working with The Pivotal Companies is in the quality-over-quantity mindset and the devotion to each of its selected clients. The Pivotal team is composed of tenured and talented industry experts. Additionally, Monica and her two daughters, Britt and Ashley, launched a non-profit in January 2021 to empower women in all areas of their lives—work, home, and in the community, learn more or support online at

“I wanted my career and hard work to have meant more than just for my self satisfaction. I want to empower others, make an impact, and leave a legacy. I want to encourage women of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds to have the courage and confidence to follow their dreams. You are never too young or too old, and if anyone says otherwise, they aren’t your tribe! I encourage each of you to own your ‘you,’” Monica shares.



4. Joshua “Crisco Kidd” Carmona

From radio to real estate, Josh Carmona, better known as Crisco Kidd, has been an influential voice and award-winning radio personality for twenty-two years. His number 1-rated show is heard afternoons on Power 98.3 in Phoenix and weekends on SiriusXM’s Pitbull’s Globalization. Since adding realtor to his resume, Crisco has helped clients from underserved communities to celebrities, athletes, young professionals, and retirees, find their dream home or investment property in Arizona. Close with Crisco in under thirty days and enjoy the low cost of living, scenic outdoors, and endless opportunities the Valley of the Sun has to offer.



5. Mimi Hwang

Mimi is not new to the commercial real estate scene. As an investor herself, she says she often welcomes emotion into the decision making process. In life and in deals, it is not always black and white.

In the Louisville market, she has been instrumental in negotiating landmark leases with national tenants such as Insomnia Cookies and Five Guys.

Her areas of expertise are multifamily, mixed-use work/live, retail, and restaurant.

She credits her father, a 1984 Los Angeles Olympic medalist, and her mother for instilling valuable hard work ethic, a “never give up” spirit, and an always humble and grateful attitude.

LinkedIn: Mimi Hwang

6. Pamela Bardhi

Pamela Bardhi immigrated to the U.S when she was 5 Years old from Albania with her family. She started in a small business at her family pizza shop in Boston when she was 10 years old.  Pamela started two restaurants by the time she was 21. Shortly thereafter, she bought her first single family home to flip. She fell in love with real estate since then.

She’s been featured in Time Magazine and Forbes among many other major media outlets highlighting her 9 figure real estate career and achievements. Her educational background includes Stonehill College, Babson College & Harvard Business School.

Pamela is a 9 Figure real estate entrepreneur and the founder of the Mosché Group, a real estate company comprising of real estate development, construction and brokerage based in Boston, MA.  She has recently released a podcast called “Underdog” which hit Apple Podcasts’ New and Noteworthy Charts within 30 days of launching catapulting her show into the top 1% of podcasts. Pamela interviews guests from all walks of life to share their Underdog Story. Pamela is deeply passionate about helping empower others to follow their dreams and break through their Underdog Challenge.

Instagram: @pamela_bardhi

LinkedIn: Pamela Bardhi 



7. Sam Zell

Sam Zell has been dubbed the “father of real estate investment trusts (REITs).” He got into the business by establishing his equity company Equity Group in 1969 and focused solely on real estate investment trusts. Over the years, he has run the company successfully and made a mark in the real estate industry. His net worth is about $5 billion today, with his name in the headline of one of the greatest real estate sales in history. He was involved in the sale of Equity Office for $39 billion, which he completed before the great housing market crash of 2007 and remains a notable market move.


8. Stephen Ross

Stephen Ross is a top real estate tycoon in New York City. He’s a lawyer-turned-real-estate mogul who took advantage of property developers not having access to deals to develop properties. He started setting up those deals before he pivoted into establishing his own development company. His real estate investments and development cut across commercial, residential, and hospitality developments. He’s a versatile investor who understands the state of the market and tries to fill any void that might exist. He started his real estate business with a loan, and today, up-and-coming real estate investors can learn a thing or two from him.


9. Donald Bren

Donald Bren is the richest real estate investor in the United States, with a net worth of about $15.5 billion. His wealth comes from his ownership of Irvine Company, in which he bought a large stake in 1977. When he took ownership of the company, it was in charge of 93,000 acres of land in Southern California, also known as Irvine Ranch. In 1996, he became the sole owner, and today, the company has more than 115 million square feet of real estate in its portfolio in Southern California. Donald Bren also owns dozens of retail centers, a few hotels, golf courses, coastal resorts, and many marinas. In addition, his Irvine Company controls 125 apartment complexes and 550 office buildings.


10. Sun Hongbin

Sun Hongbin is a United States citizen of Chinese origin who has most of his business and real estate investments in his home country of China. He is worth over $9 billion and is the founder of Sunac China Holdings, one of China’s largest real estate developers. His real estate business focuses on large-scale, high-end, and medium-scale residential properties. In 2017, he made the news for purchasing Wanda Group’s hotel and tourism portfolio for $9.3 billion, making it the second biggest real estate transaction in China’s history. 

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