Paul & Carolyn Zweben

Prudential Douglas Elliman
Highlight: Warm, energetic and service-oriented agents who are particularly knowledgeable about the UWS

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Contact Information (646) 200-5809

Vital statistics

Concentration:
Representing Sellers 50%
Representing Buyers 50%

Geography:
Upper West Side, Chelsea, Gramercy/Union Square/Flatiron

Price range:
$500k to $1m, $1m to $3m

Lifetime deals: 300+

Sales 2006: $23 million

Sales 2007: $29 million

Sales 2008: $24 million

Background

Education:
Fordham University, BA (Carolyn); Florida International University, BA (Paul)

Second languages: Spanish

Professional memberships:
Real Estate Board of New York

Active Agent since: 2002

Designations: Senior Vice Presidents

Awards

Prudential Douglas Elliman Chairman’s Circle Platinum, 2009

 

Prudential Douglas Elliman Chairman’s Circle Gold, 2008

 

Prudential Douglas Elliman Chairman’s Circle Platinum, 2007

 

Prudential Douglas Elliman Chairman’s Circle Gold, 2006

 

Prudential Douglas Elliman Chairman’s Circle Platinum, 2005

Specialties

Generalists »

Although we work throughout the entire city, most of our business in the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Gramercy and Flatiron neighborhoods. We are happy to work in all price ranges but we tend to focus on the $1-3 million range.

Art collectors »

Carolyn developed many of her real estate skills while working as an art consultant and appraiser for such notable concerns as the Guggenheim Museum, the Michael Ingbar Gallery in Soho, and at Eppraisals.com. Those ten years in the art field taught her the importance of staying in touch with her clientele, and being current with the statistics of the residential market.

Family-sized apt. specialists »

Many of our clients are growing families looking to upsize. As their family grows, so do their living needs. We are happy to help our clients find the right home for their family.

Buyers moving to NYC »

Moving to NYC can be intimidating. We strive to educate our buyers who are moving here about all aspects of the city -- real estate, cultural, neighborhoods, transportation and schools.

Spanish »

Although we work throughout the entire city, most of our business in the Upper West Side, Chelsea, Gramercy and Flatiron neighborhoods. We are happy to work in all price ranges but we tend to focus on the $1-3 million range.

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Agent's personal statement

Our “whatever it takes attitude” is what makes us your ideal real estate agents for both buying and selling. As a husband and wife team, we offer a personal touch and a family feel that most other agents simply cannot provide.

 

Carolyn truly has an eye for real estate. She developed her skills while working as an art consultant and appraiser for such notable concerns as the Guggenheim Museum, the Michael Ingbar Gallery in Soho, and at Eppraisals.com. Those ten years in the art field helped Carolyn develop a keen sense of aesthetic, space and design.

 

Paul started his career in 1979, cooking with passion at some of the finest establishments in the country. In 1993, Paul formed a restaurant partnership which made him a major part of fine dining establishments such as RAIN, CALLE OCHO, BLT PRIME AND DJANGO. That same year, Paul found his second passion, real estate, and bought his first apartment building in what was then the unknown Windsor Terrace section of Brooklyn. He continued to accumulate ownership of deeds and manage multiple residences throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan.

 

Today, our customers and clients never miss out on a prime opportunity because we read constantly to keep abreast of market trends and inventory. Our buyers can be confident that our ability to listen, act fairly and responsibly and deliver on our promises will enable them to grab the right home at the right time. Our sellers will know that that their property is priced to sell quickly and for a competitive price. We will cater open houses on your behalf, and Carolyn has been known to hand paint announcements about your property.

 

While our focus has primarily been the Upper West Side, (we live in a turn of the century Riverside Drive co-op,) we have also provided exceptional service throughout Chelsea and other areas of the city. Together, we serve up the best residences for our customers, while catering to the needs of our owners.

Recently sold

Address: Type: Bed: Sqft:
115 Willow Street Co-op 2.0 -
119 West 71st Street Co-op 2.0 940
12 West 96th Street Co-op 2.0 1200
135 West 70th Street Condo 1.0 -
135 West 70th Street Condo 1.0 -
137 Riverside Drive Co-op 1.0 950
139 West 82nd Street Co-op 2.0 1100
145 West 12th Street Co-op 1.0 475
15 West 63rd Street Condo 2.0 1490
160 East 3rd Street Co-op 1.0 700
176 West 87th Street Co-op 2.0 1000
194 Riverside Drive Co-op 3.0 -
194 Riverside Drive Co-op 2.0 1290
194 Riverside Drive Co-op 2.0 1300
194 Riverside Drive Co-op 2.0 1300
194 Riverside Drive Co-op 2.0 1300
194 Riverside Drive Co-op 2.0 1290
194 Riverside Drive Co-op 2.0 1300
194 Riverside Drive Co-op 2.0 -
194 Riverside Drive Co-op 3.0 -
2 Cornelia Street Condo 2.0 1300
200 Riverside Boulevard Condo 2.0 1120
200 West 108th Street Co-op 3.0 1750
205 East 78th Street Co-op - 400
214 Riverside Drive Co-op 1.0 -
215 West 90th Street Condo 2.0 -
22 West 66th Street Condo 4.0 2241
227 Central Park West Co-op 2.0 1300
229 West 97th Street Co-op 2.0 1200
229 West 97th Street Co-op 2.0 1200
2373 Broadway Cond-op 1.0 700
245 West 74th Street Co-op 3.0 1400
250 West 90th Street Condo 2.0 1182
250 West 90th Street Condo 1.0 630
252 Seventh Avenue Condo - 861
267 West 89th Street Co-op 2.0 -
300 East 95th Street Condo 2.0 -
32 Downing Street Co-op 1.0 -
32 Gramercy Park South Co-op 1.0 -
320 West 89th Street Co-op 2.0 1100
320 West 89th Street Co-op 2.0 1100
320 West 89th Street Co-op 1.0 -
320 West 89th Street Co-op 1.0 -
320 West 89th Street Co-op 2.0 1100
325 West 52nd Street Co-op 2.0 -
343 Fourth Avenue Condo 2.0 878
350 Cabrini Boulevard Co-op 1.0 -
36 West 96th Street Co-op 2.0 1000
360 West 21st Street Co-op 1.0 750
383 East 10th Street Condo 2.0 -
3850 Hudson Manor Terrace Co-op 3.0 1400
423 15th Street Co-op 3.0 -
444 Central Park West Co-op 2.0 1170
450 West 17th Street Condo 2.0 1078
473 West End Avenue Co-op 2.0 -
50 East 89th Street Co-op 2.0 -
50 West 106th Street Co-op 1.0 -
50 West 96th Street Co-op 2.0 1200
51 West 81st Street Co-op - -
520 West 23rd Street Cond-op - -
520 West 23rd Street Cond-op 1.0 -
520 West 23rd Street Cond-op 2.0 -
55 Avenue C Co-op 2.0 750
555 West 23rd Street Condo 1.0 670
555 West 23rd Street Condo 1.0 670
555 West 23rd Street Condo 2.0 1004
56 Pine Street Condo 1.0 775
588 West End Avenue Co-op 2.0 1100
59 West 12th Street Condo 1.0 850
600 West End Avenue Co-op 2.0 -
65 West 13th Street Condo 2.0 2342
710 West End Avenue Co-op 2.0 -
77 Bleecker Street Co-op 1.0 -
779 Riverside Drive Condo 1.0 660
808 Broadway Co-op 2.0 1400
99 John Street Condo - 873

Our summary of
Paul & Carolyn Zweben

"Paul and Carolyn are warm, friendly and fun to work with. Yet, don't let that fool you -- they work doggedly on behalf of their clients and are available almost 24/7. They know that real estate is a service-oriented business and they treat it as such. When you work with Paul and Carolyn, you will always know exactly where you are in the process. While they work throughout the city, they are particularly knowledgeable about the Upper West Side."

TopAgentGuide™ editors

 

Verified reviews (12)

“Paul and Carolyn sent me daily updates regarding the sale of my apartment. They included all relevant data points to keep me informed, and my apartment sold in three weeks.”

Anonymous

Posted October 23, 2009. Verified October 23, 2009.

What makes Paul and Carolyn different from any other broker I've worked with is their extremely pro-active approach to selling. I received daily updates from them regarding the sale of my house. In these updates, Paul and Carolyn would recap any open houses and visitors to the space, as well as how many e-mails and phone calls were received in reference to my property. I never had to step in and ask for updates, so I was able to relax and stay hands-off while they did the work. My apartment sold in three weeks, and I was very satisfied with the price I got for it. I would definitely recommend Paul and Carolyn. I thin kthey're very hardcore in terms of how responsive they are to clients. I received daily status updates via email and phone. They let me know how many calls, emails, etc on the property. I never had to step in and ask for updates. They were super pro-active, so I was pretty hands-off. That makes them different from other brokers. Open houses done well, sold the apartment in three weeks. Yes.
“Paul and Carolyn made sure I had all the information I needed to make educated decisions regarding the sale of my apartment.”

Anonymous

Posted November 12, 2009. Verified December 7, 2009.

Paul and Carolyn were incredibly dynamic with the sale of my apartment. They had some really good, different ideas in terms of marketing the property, and because of their experience, they were able to offer advice and answer the various queries I had during the process. It was a tough time to sell, but their service was wholly customer-oriented, so they made sure that I had all the information I needed in order to make educated decisions regarding things such as pricing. I've already recommended Paul and Carolyn to others, because while they were not the first brokers I worked with, they were head and shoulders above the rest.
“Carolyn and Paul possess a boundless energy and commitment to their clients that kept us optimistic about our purchase.”
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Chris S.

Posted October 23, 2009. Verified November 11, 2009.

When we initially came to the city, we worked with several agents, but we quickly decided to work exclusively with Carolyn and Paul. Without a doubt, they excelled and set themselves apart from the rest, and our experience with them was very positive. Carolyn's knowledge, expertise, and all around helpfulness was the best we'd seen. The first time we contacted her, she was on vacation out of the country, and she returned our phone call within two hours. I think that showed a remarkable level of commitment to her job. The process of finding a place was long, and many people we'd talked to warned us that their agents had all but disappeared when the search became tedious. Carolyn and Paul never grew frustrated or tired of us, and they were always full of a boundless energy that kept us optimistic about the experience. I've already recommended Carolyn and Paul to friends, and I would definitely recommend them again. They will prove themselves within the first day.
“Paul and Carolyn were professional and personable from the start, and those qualities carried through until the end.”
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Amy W.

Posted November 6, 2009. Verified November 6, 2009.

We met Paul and Carolyn at an open house when we were looking for a new home. That open house was probably the best one we'd been to, in terms of organization and presentation. There was champagne flowing, music playing, Paul and Carolyn were dressed nicely, and they had an assistant there to help them out. They never pressured us into putting an offer on the place, nor did they use the usual scare tactics that brokers are known for. We decided to place a bid on our own, and once the offer was accepted, Paul and Carolyn were instrumental in guiding us through the co-op application process. Neither of us had purchased in a co-op before, and the amount of information we had to gather was overwhelming; however, Paul and Carolyn were incredibly thorough and helped us through the whole process. After purchasing the co-op with Paul and Carolyn, we decided to use them to sell our old property. The amount of work they did to market and prepare the space for the sale was fantastic, and we found their ethics to be particularly remarkable throughout the entire transaction. Without a doubt, I'd recommend Paul and Carolyn to others. They were extremely professional and personable from the start, and those qualities carried through until the end.
“Paul and Carolyn understand that dealing in real estate can be a very displacing experience, and they're able to project a strong front and an intensity that appeals to the personality of a New Yorker.”
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Alee S.

Posted October 22, 2009. Verified November 11, 2009.

Paul and Carolyn can literally get anything accomplished for their clients. When they say "we make it happen," they mean it. Anything they say they can do, they deliver on. If there's something a client needs that's more than what was originally asked for, Paul and Carolyn deliver on that as well. They leave no stone unturned when it comes to accomplishing their client's goals. Paul and Carolyn also have an innate understanding of how emotional and stressful the process of buying and selling real estate can be. Because of this, they make it a priority to put their clients at ease throughout the process, often putting out fires and diffusing crises without the client even knowing. At the same time, Paul and Carolyn never neglect or sugar-coat the truth. Every time I work with them they are up front with me and keep me well-informed every step of the way. Anytime they have contact with buyers/sellers or other agents - good or bad - they call or e-mail me to summarize what has been discussed. I would recommend them without hesitation. Their working style is perfect for the intense New Yorker and their keen awareness makes them excellent negotiators. These two know what they're doing.
“Paul and Carolyn truly excel as brokers. Their response time, their understanding of their clients, and their ability to accommodate any number of situations are all remarkable.”

Anonymous

Posted October 30, 2009. Verified December 7, 2009.

I think Paul and Carolyn are completely phenomenal. I work in finance, so I tend to have a very limited amount of time to work on other projects, and I'm very detail oriented. Because of this, I found Paul and Carolyn's service to be extremely helpful. First, their response time to any question I had was excellent. They answered within five minutes, no matter what the question was, and I found this to be impressive. Second, they went completely out of their way to understand what I was looking for. I told them what I wanted in my new home, and they made sure to only show me homes with those characteristics. In fact, the property that I ended up purchasing was one that I originally didn't even want to view. I thought I would hate the street, but Carolyn said that she thought I'd really like the apartment, and it turned out to be the first that really jumped out at me as something I'd love to live in. I recommended Paul and Carolyn to my sister's family when they moved to the city from Switzerland, and their situation was very complicated. There was currency exchange, the fact that they had two children, and a number of other complexities involved in the transaction. Paul and Carolyn were extremely accommodating, and they were able to work through each obstacle and find a wonderful home for my sister.
“Paul and Carolyn had a great sense of the city's market in terms of how to price a property and where to put in a bid. They were spot on, both in buying and selling, and were able to make quick, easy deals.”
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Anonymous

Posted October 22, 2009. Verified November 9, 2011.

Working with Paul and Carolyn was amazing. They are two of the most responsive people I've ever worked with. As a lawyer, I expect my colleagues to be responsive, and Paul and Carolyn were easily on that level. When I worked with Paul and Carolyn, I saw that they had a great sense of the city's market in terms of how to price a property and where to put in a bid. With my husband's sale, they were able to settle on a listing price that garnered quite a bit of interest and enabled us to sell the space quickly. With my purchase, they were able to find a subset of listings that fit what I was looking for, and they negotiated the price of my property extremely effectively. Because the property was a co-op, Paul and Carolyn went the extra step of helping to compose the package, preparing me for the interview, and even calling before and after to see how things went. Their helpfulness was on a level I'd never seen before, and I very much appreciated that. I've already recommended Paul and Carolyn to both family and friends, and I would definitely do so again.
“From the minute we started working with Paul and Carolyn, we knew that they were incredibly dedicated to us.”
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Sloan J.

Posted November 6, 2009. Verified December 7, 2009.

I knew Paul from the restaurant industry years ago, so when my husband and I were looking for our first home and stumbled across one of Paul's listings, I had to go see him. We decided that the space we visited wasn't exactly what we wanted, but after becoming reacquainted with Paul, we decided we wanted to use him and Carolyn as our agents for the purchase. From the minute we started working with Paul and Carolyn, we knew that they were incredibly dedicated to us. We had worked with some agents in the past that we liked quite a bit, but with Paul and Carolyn, we felt like they woke up every morning thinking about properties that might suit us. Even on days when we weren't scheduled to talk, Paul would occasionally call me just to let us know that he was keeping an eye out for any properties - we were always on their radar. I never had any question as to whether we were a priority, and the whole situation felt like a partnership in which Paul and Carolyn were working for us at all times, even if we hadn't heard from them in a day or two. It took less than a month to find a place, and we were very happy with the persistence and pro-active approach Paul and Carolyn took to our purchase.
“Carolyn's customer service is unsurpassed. She's a one-stop-shop broker.”

Dianne D.

Posted October 30, 2009. Verified December 7, 2009.

I worked with Carolyn during an upsize move I made two years ago. I had been working with another broker at the time when I met Carolyn at an open house. After speaking with her and seeing how knowledgeable she was, I decided to switch brokers. She quickly came to understand what I was looking for and didn't overwhelm me with properties to view. She showed me what she thought I'd like and was always accurate. I also enjoyed being around her. Her energy is high and she didn't waste any time. Carolyn's level of customer service was tremendous. One I settled on what I wanted to buy, she connected me to a real estate lawyer, mortgage broker, helped with the property applications, and also educated me on the financial aspect of buying and selling properties. Carolyn was also instrumental in finding a buyer for the apartment I was selling. Once she took over the sale, we had more interest and it quickly sold. She has a great style and is aggressive and creative about her approach. I really can't speak more highly of my experience with Carolyn. I wouldn't have gotten through the sale and purchase without her assistance, hand holding and patience. I have confidentially referred her to friends who all have had similar experiences.
“Paul and Carolyn have a strict code of ethics that matched mine very closely. They were fair and honest to a fault.”

Samidh G.

Posted November 2, 2009. Verified November 9, 2011.

Paul and Carolyn have helped me to sell a property, find a tenant for a property that I own, and find a rental property for my family to live in. Each of these experiences has been wonderful. Paul and Carolyn are completely responsive and on top of their game. With the sale of my apartment, they were able to get a number of potential buyers interested in the space by making it very attractive. What I really appreciated was that Paul and Carolyn have a strict code of ethics, and it was closely matched to mine. When an offer came in, they told me the different choices I had in terms of how to respond to it, and while they weren't pushy, they made it clear that some of these responses were less honest than others. Their honesty was extraordinary, and they were completely fair to everyone that we came into contact with. Paul and Carolyn have always been great advocates of me as a client, and because of their great service, I've recommended them to more people than I can remember.
“Paul and Carolyn's network within the industry allowed them to provide us with a contact for our mortgage, a real estate lawyer, and an extensive preparation for our co-op Board's approval process.”
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David K.

Posted October 22, 2009. Verified November 11, 2009.

Paul and Carolyn were unbelievable from start to finish. They worked incredibly hard so that we didn't have to worry about anything. Their due diligence and professionalism gave us confidence in their work. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to buy or sell in New York City. Paul and Carolyn's vast network afforded us the ability to work with the best in the industry. They provided us with contacts for our mortgage, a real estate lawyer, and they were instrumental in preparing us for the co-op board's approval process. The rigor of their preparation was remarkable, and I don't think we would have been able to close the deal without Paul and Carolyn's help. They persevered through the lengthy board process, put together a package that was flawless, and prepared us for the interview. The result was that we were able to acquire the property that we wanted.
“Paul and Carolyn were extremely knowledgeable about the city, and their client-oriented attitude ensured my satisfaction.”
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Jessica K.

Posted October 22, 2009. Verified November 11, 2009.

Paul and Carolyn were extremely helpful with my first purchase in the city, and they were full service agents from beginning to end. They were available 24/7 and made my happiness their top priority. I found both Paul and Carolyn to be extremely knowledgeable about the city and the real estate market, especially the Upper West Side, and they were able to tell me what to look for in an apartment as a first-time buyer. They even helped me with my financing, including working with the bank to expedite my mortgage approval. They both went well above and beyond my expectations when I first started the process of looking to buy an apartment. I would recommend Paul and Carolyn to anyone looking to buy in the city. They were an absolute pleasure to work with.