Michael A. Goldenberg's 25 years in the Manhattan real estate business have been highlighted by the respect and admiration received from his colleagues and associates. It is that of which he is most proud.
As Managing Consultant of Brown Harris Stevens’ West Side office, Michael is responsible for the professional growth of over 160 agents. He brings a varied background in real estate, business, and finance which enlarges his repertoire of tools utilized to champion his brokers’ and agents’ businesses.
As a founding partner of a Certified Public Accounting firm where he was active for 10 years before selling his interest to his partners, Michael was chiefly responsible for its rapid growth into the real estate industry, having provided both audit and tax counsel to real estate concerns along with involvement in the purchase and conversion of residential properties to cooperative and condominium ownership.
Michael joined Clark Halstead in August 1985 as Halstead (now Brown Harris Stevens) was about to open its office on Columbus Avenue. Michael was one of the first six agents hired to open what is now the firm’s office at 408 Columbus Avenue. In 1991, Michael founded the REO division of the firm, which, in a short period of time, grew to represent 11 of the major lending institutions in marketing and disposing of their foreclosed inventory.
In January 1995, Clark Halstead asked Michael to take the reins of the SoHo office of Halstead and become its Director of Sales. Michael was at the helm as the Downtown market came into its own and became a truly burgeoning part of Manhattan real estate. It was approximately a year later, when Clark Halstead decided to open the Greenwich Village office, that Michael was an integral part in the formation of that office. In July 1998, Michael was promoted to Executive Director of West Side sales, an office twice the size of Downtown.
Additionally, Michael had assisted in developing the in-house training program for Halstead’s 300 agents. This intensive training program has continued to grow as the company has and is recognized as a leader in the industry for continued development of real estate professionals. This program is now responsible for the professional development of over 900 agents.
Michael has also been asked by major law firms, lending institutions, and estates to appear as an expert witness in Surrogates Court, Bankruptcy Court, and Landlord Tenant Court.
Having been a sponsor in cooperative conversions, an owner of investment units in cooperatives and condominiums, and having owned and lived in more than one cooperative and condominium in New York (and served on seven boards as well) Michael has a unique and comprehensive understanding of the New York City real estate market.
Michael lives in a condominium in Greenwich Village. He also owns a home on Long Island. He is an active member of The Real Estate Board of New York, currently serving as co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee and co-chair of the West Side Committee of REBNY. He previously served on the Education Committee of REBNY and on the Executive Committee of the Downtown Brokers Association.
Michael had served on the Board of Directors of The Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter, and currently serves on the Book Bash Committee of Goddard Riverside and is an active member and supporter of The Brotherhood Synagogue in Gramercy Park.
He believes that there is no better place to live, work, grow, enjoy, and flourish than New York City.