Bess Freedman

Chief Executive Officer
Licensed Real Estate Broker
[email protected]
212-906-9234

Bess Freedman

As Chief Executive Officer, Bess is not only a real estate leader, but also a champion of social change, philanthropy, and building a culture-first brokerage for agents, staff, and clients.

Bess' Accolades

1998

Bess gained membership to the Florida, Washington, D.C. and Maryland Bar, and worked in New York pro hac vice

2003

Present Active member of the Real Estate Board of New York; elected to Executive Commitee in 2017

2018

First Ever CEO of Brown Harris Stevens

2019

Ranked in Most Powerful Women in U.S. Real Estate Swanepoel 200

2020

Named to "Top Trailblazers in US Real Estate" by RIS Media

2021

Received REBNY's Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award

Why are you passionate about real estate?

I have always been passionate about helping people and real estate is an industry devoted to guiding people through one of the biggest decisions of their lives. Buying or selling a home is a highly emotional experience with unexpected twists and turns - but the end result is worth it. There is nothing more gratifying than turning someone's dreams into reality.

What is your approach to client service that you try and instill in BHS Agents?

Real estate is not a one-size-fits-all process. Every person, every home, and every journey is unique. Regardless of price or location, we treat everyone with the utmost professionalism anchored in proprietary insights, vast market knowledge, and access to the best technology and marketing platforms in the industry. Our agents are true resources for our clients before, during, and well beyond the transaction.

What differentiates BHS?

Brown Harris Stevens is a legacy firm with a nearly 150 year history that is unrivaled, but the real BHS difference is the level of service, knowledge, and integrity that we offer. While we have set numerous price records over the years, for us luxury is much more than just price; it's about our relationships. Even with all of the advances in tech and marketing, the most important thing is how we treat others because that is what is remembered. This will never change.

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As Chief Executive Officer, Bess Freedman oversees Brown Harris Stevens' 50+ offices and more than 2,300 agents across New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Florida.

Under her leadership, Brown Harris Stevens has grown into one of the largest and most successful privately held real estate companies in the United States with the highest average sales price per agent in the country.

Named CEO in 2018, Bess draws upon her law background and passion for helping people to drive change within Brown Harris Stevens and the larger real estate industry. Bess declared Juneteenth a company-wide holiday a year before it was fully recognized by the Federal Government. She was the first head of a major NYC-based brokerage to make Election Day a paid day off, and partnered with the Human Rights Campaign's Business Coalition for the Equality Act in support of legislation protecting rights of the LGBTQ+ community.

She is an active member of the Real Estate Board of New York Board of Governors. An advocate for social change through her work with several organizations, she was the recipient of REBNY's Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award in 2021 for outstanding service to the community. She is on the Board of The Bridge, an organization focused on the needs of homeless and housing-insecure, and an advocate for Sanctuary for Families. Bess also supports the mentorship program at YJP (Young Jewish Professionals), the Leadership Now Project — a corporate initiative to protect democracy - and the Kalief Browder Foundation.

Before entering real estate, Bess practiced law as an Assistant State's Attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland, and worked at Legal Aid as an attorney fighting for the rights of underserved youth in NYC. She is a member of the Florida, Washington, D.C. and Maryland Bar, and worked in New York pro hac vice.

Bess is the proud mother of a son who attends boarding school in Connecticut and a daughter who is currently in her third year at the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts. In her spare time, Bess enjoys family and friends, music, reading, knitting, weekends in Rhinebeck, N.Y., and regular meetings with her Mahjong group. She is fluent in Spanish.

Bess Freedman also serves, under Section 440 of the Real Property Law, as Broker and supervises the 445 Park Avenue office(s).

Bess in the Press

NBC News - 2/25/2024

Welcome to the housing market’s ‘new normal’ — 7% mortgage rates and all

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CNBC - 2/20/2024

Brown Harris Stevens CEO Bess Freedman talks pockets of value in the housing market

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RIS Media - 2/1/2024

RIS Media Newsmaker 2024

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New York Times - 1/19/2024

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/19/realestate/housing-market-buying-renting.html

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Inman News - 1/18/2024

2024 Inman Power Players

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CBS News - 1/17/2024

How Far Will Mortgage Rates Fall in 2024?

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The Real Deal - 1/4/2024

What Slump? Manhattan's Luxury Market Did Well in 2023

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Mansion Global - 1/1/2024

The Final Week of 2023 Was a Slow One for Manhattan’s Luxury Real Estate Market

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The Real Deal - 12/15/2023

Real estate players react to Fed’s forecast

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City and State NY - 12/11/2023

The 2023 Responsible 100

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Off the Mrkt - 12/8/2023

Brown Harris Stevens Unveils MORE Network: A New Era in Real Estate Storytelling

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NBC News - 11/3/2023

Homebuyers and sellers face an uncertain wait for billion-dollar verdict to hit their wallets

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The Real Deal - 11/2/2023

Brokerage heads react to NAR’s guilty verdic

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CBS News - 10/17/2023

When will home prices go down? Expert forecasts vary

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Brick Underground - 10/12/2023

Fewer deals and high prices: Brooklyn's sales market doesn't make a lot of sense

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Fox Business - 10/6/2023

Mortgages Approach 8%

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CNBC - 9/18/2023

When mortgage rates start to fall housing prices will follow: Brown Harris Stevens CEO Bess Freedman

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ABC News - 8/23/2023

Slow housing market may not heat up anytime soon, analysts say: 'The party is over'

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CNN - 8/20/2023

As mortgage rates soar over 7%, an unaffordable housing market is becoming even more expensive

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Bloomberg TV - 8/17/2023

BHS CEO Bess Freedman Sees Sluggish Housing Market

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Bloomberg - 8/17/2023

NYC Kicks Off Plan to Rezone Midtown, Turn Offices to Houses

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CNBC - 8/10/2023

Manhattan Monthly Rent Prices Hit New Record

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US News and World Report - 8/8/2023

Beat the Heat: Listing Your Home in August Is Actually a Great Idea

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RIS Media - 7/13/2023

IN THE NEWS: CEO & LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE PANELIST BESS FREEDMAN BULLISH ON THE FUTURE

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Robb Report - 7/7/2023

More Homebuyers in Manhattan Are Paying in Cash, a New Report Says

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Mansion Global - 7/6/2023

A Record Share of Manhattan Home Buyers Are Paying All Cash

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US News and World Report - 6/28/2023

Is the US getting too expensive to live in? Many Americans worry about economy, inflation

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CNBC - 6/27/2023

Brown Harris Stevens CEO Bess Freedman on the health of the housing market

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Found NY - 6/27/2023

Power Lunches and Secret Doors

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Bloomberg TV - 6/16/2023

National Market Outlook

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CNBC - 6/6/2023

Are Renter's in the Driver's Seat?

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RIS Media - 6/2/2023

THE POWER BROKER INTERVIEW: BESS FREEDMAN

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CNN - 5/30/2023

Debt ceiling drama has created uncertainty in the housing market, real estate CEO says

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CNBC - 5/18/2023

Now might be a good time to buy due to rising rent prices, says Brown Harris Stevens CEO Freedman

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Kiplinger - 5/13/2023

Buyers More Confident Home Prices Will Go Down, New Survey Finds

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US News and World Report - 5/10/2023

6 Ways to Promote Your Mental Health at Home

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Market Watch - 5/8/2023

Potential home buyers are more optimistic on housing market for one big reason, Fannie Mae says

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Market Watch - 5/5/2023

The Party's Over, But This Real Estate CEO Believes It Will Recover

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Money - 5/4/2023

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s Controversial New Mortgage Fee, Explained

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CNBC - 5/4/2023

The State of Commercial Real Estate

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Barron's Live - 5/3/2023

Has the Real Estate Market Hit a Bottom?

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Bloomberg - 5/2/2023

Where to Invest in Real Estate Right Now

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US News and World Report - 4/19/2023

The Tough Talk Sellers Need About Their Home's Value

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The Purist - 4/14/2023

Lighting The Way

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Politics NY - 3/29/2023

Power Players in Residential Real Estate

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CNBC - 3/22/2023

There isn’t enough home inventory and demand is really high, says Brown Harris Stevens CEO

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RIS Media - 3/20/2023

WHERE DO BANK BUSTS LEAVE REAL ESTATE TECH INVESTMENT?

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US News and World Report - 3/15/2023

Is Now A Good Time to Sell or Rent My House?

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Inman - 2/28/2023

How to brand yourself when you're broke (Hint: Think Bergdorf’s)

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CNBC - 2/24/2023

People still believe in the home buying process, says Brown Harris Stevens’ CEO Bess Freedman

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Inman - 2/9/2023

Bess Freedman on 150 Years

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Mansion Global - 1/1/2023

Real Estate Markets Set to Normalize in 2023 After Nearly Three Years of the Pandemic Boom

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CNBC - 12/8/2022

Manhattan renters face sticker shock with average rent at $5,200

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The Real Deal - 8/29/2022

The State of The Luxe Market with Bess Freedman

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Fox News - 8/25/2022

Bess Talks Housing and Mortgages on Fox Business

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Bloomberg - 8/24/2022

Housing Boom Has 'Left the Building': Brown Harris CEO

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James Lane Post - 8/10/2022

Bess Freedman, Brown Harris Stevens’ CEO: The Leader We All Need

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CNN - 7/21/2022

Bess Freedman featured on CNN Discussing US Home Prices at All-Time High

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New York Times - 7/12/2022

What’s Up With the Crazy Housing Market?

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Bloomberg - 7/6/2022

Manhattan Home Prices Hit a Record While Sales Frenzy Winds Down

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The Real Deal - 6/29/2022

Brokerage execs condemn SCOTUS ruling, pledge to cover abortion costs

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Inman - 6/28/2022

The real estate companies offering support in the wake of Roe v. Wade

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NY Daily News - 6/7/2022

Jeremy, yesterday today and tomorrow: Troubled boys and men and guns

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The Real Deal - 5/19/2022

Top resi execs talk brand building, tech and politics at TRD NYC event

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CNBC - 5/19/2022

Reality TV shows based on real estate are ‘horrible’ for the industry, says brokerage CEO

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Bloomberg - 4/13/2022

The NYC Housing Market Is Booming, Freedman Says

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Bloomberg - 4/13/2022

Bess Freedman interviewed on Bloomberg TV

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Inman - 3/21/2022

Bess Freedman says the millennial homebuyer has arrived

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Cheddar - 3/10/2022

Bess Freedman Talks Impact of Russia's Invasion of Ukraine on Real Estate, Interest Rates, and More

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Cheddar - 3/9/2022

Mortgage Applications Increase as Rates Drop for First Time in 3 Months

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New Thinking Online - 2/11/2022

Bear or Bull as Long as the Market Keeps Moving

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Bloomberg - 1/4/2022

Manhattan’s Revival Spurs Record Fourth Quarter for Home Sales

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New York Post - 12/30/2021

Record lows, highs and monster sales make 2021 NYC’s wildest year yet

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The Real Deal - 12/29/2021

NYC home sales slowdown coming in 2022, Brown Harris Stevens CEO says

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Fox News - 12/29/2021

Real estate expert on surging home prices: Demand is there, people want to buy

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Fox News - 12/29/2021

2022 Housing Predictions

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Bloomberg - 12/28/2021

CEO Bess Freedman Discusses NYC's Best Real Estate Year Ever

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MSN - 12/28/2021

NYC Home Sales to Slow on Supply Gap, Brown Harris Stevens CEO Says

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CNBC - 12/16/2021

Home buying going to be like roaring 20s in 2022, says Bess Freedman after rising omicron threat

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CNBC - 12/16/2021

CEO Bess Freedman Talks 2022 Housing Predictions

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New Thinking Online - 12/1/2021

The Craft of Real Estate During Covid and Beyond

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Bloomberg - 11/16/2021

Condo Sales Are Soaring All Over Manhattan—Except Midtown

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Fox News - 10/26/2021

Bess Freedman on Fox Business

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Bloomberg - 10/8/2021

Bess Freedman Sees 'Monumental' Comeback in NYC Real Estate

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Bloomberg - 10/7/2021

Bess Freedman featured on Bloomberg TV, "Bloomberg Markets"

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Mansion Global - 10/5/2021

Manhattan Homes Recorded the Busiest Third Quarter in at Least Three Decades

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RIS Media - 9/22/2021

NYC Real Estate Icons Shed Light on One of the Darkest Days in U.S. History

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Fox News - 9/22/2021

Existing home sales drop as inventory dwindles

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CNBC - 8/27/2021

Here what inflation looks like in the rental market

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Bloomberg - 8/27/2021

Brown Harris Stevens CEO Bess Freedman featured on Bloomberg Markets

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Real Estate In-Depth - 8/19/2021

Five Questions With Bess Freedman, CEO, Brown Harris Stevens

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CNBC - 8/2/2021

Manhattan and NYC are back big time, says Brown Harris Stevens CEO

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Bloomberg - 7/26/2021

NYC Real Estate Still a Buyer's Market, Brown Harris CEO Says

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The Real Deal - 7/21/2021

Watch Bess Freedman’s Master Class

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Fox News - 7/15/2021

US housing market is on ‘good trajectory’: Real estate expert

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Fox News - 7/15/2021

Brown Harris Stevens CEO Bess Freedman provides insights on the real estate market

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CNBC - 6/22/2021

BHS CEO Bess Freedman on CNBC's Squawk on the Street

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CNBC - 5/21/2021

Bess Freedman on CNBC "Squawk Box": NYC Poised to Return - Post-Covid Real Estate

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NBC Open House - 5/17/2021

The State of New York City Real Estate

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Fox News - 4/2/2021

Bess Freedman featured on Fox Business with Neil Cavuto

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CNBC - 2/9/2021

Bess Freedman featured on CNBC ‘Squawk on the Street’ 2/9/21"The Comeback in NYC Real Estate"

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