Armed with a unique Icelandic name and a Midwestern work ethic, Eirik has excelled in residential real estate in New York City for nearly a decade as a Salesperson, Mentor, Manager, Trainer and Director of Sales. His background and experience as an agent and manager provide him with a unique perspective on the process of buying, selling and renting in NYC. His expertise in negotiation, deal management, conflict resolution and creative solutions, as well as his industry knowledge and reputation are invaluable to buyers, sellers, landlords and renters.
As a Manager and Director of Sales & Development at Cooper & Cooper Real Estate, Eirik was responsible for the execution of well over a hundred million dollars of residential transactions as well as the training of every new agent. Eirik led by example and emphasized the importance of honesty, integrity, transparency, communication, industry knowledge and an unending commitment to each customer, despite the size of the deal.
From the first-time buyer with limited knowledge of the industry and process to the savvy investor looking to add to their existing portfolio of assets, Eirik is the answer. He has a deep understanding of financial statements, purchase strategy, comparable analysis, board package construction, the mortgage process, capital gains, cap rates and exchanges. Eirik understands each transaction is unique and nuanced and believes listening to the customer and understanding what they need from their real estate professional is paramount.
Eirik is a product of the Minnesota public school system and a proud graduate of St. Olaf College. He lives in Jackson Heights with his wife and two daughters and serves as a co-Chair and founding member of Friends of Diversity Plaza and a member of the St. Olaf Alumni Board of Directors. In 2016 Eirik was recognized for his efforts and involvement with Diversity Plaza with a citation from the New York City Council and in 2017 Eirik was a proud recipient of the JHGB Good Neighbor Award. Eirik is the author of the real estate blog “Unreal Estate” and has been featured and quoted in articles in The Real Deal and Brick Underground. Eirik is also a Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) and Instructor for the Real Estate Negotiation Institute and serves as a member of the REBNY’s Rental Committee and Queens Committee.
Testimonials/Reviews Eirik Gislason
As a 33-year property owner of a Condominium in Midtown Manhattan I've had many years of experience with Real Estate Brokers. I've never actually lived in my unit so it's been all those years of dealing with tenants moving in and out... the concern for not only the care and maintenance of my property but finding a responsible and quality tenant. 3 years ago I had the good fortune of finding Eirik Gislason thru a yelp review. I've never had such a positive experience with a Real Estate Agent. First let me say that all I ever thought and had experienced with people from the Midwest was absolutely affirmed by my dealings with Eirik!
He was such a breath of fresh air! Positive, upbeat, honest, hardworking and willing ALWAYS to go that extra mile to make things as easy and comfortable as possible for his clients! I'm also from California and have had years of dealings with Real Estate agents out here.... Eirik really knocks them all out of the ball park.
I was considering the sale of my unit from all the frustrations after 33 years of tenant issues.After connecting with Eirik those days are behind me! Really he is the best of the best and I'm so grateful for his dedication and professionalism in what he does and does so very well!
You can't do much better if you're looking for one very terrific Real Estate Agent! - Kristie P.I have worked with Eirik twice, once when buying an apartment and a few years later when selling one. If I were in the market in NYC, I would work with Eirik again in a heartbeat. Professional is an understatement -- Eirik actually cares, and goes above and beyond in every regard. He not only made sure all the details were taken care of properly, but provided valuable help with decision-making and apartment/ market evaluation, which can be complex. It made all the difference knowing I had someone I could truly trust guiding me through the process. Both transactions led to a happy outcome. Thanks again, Eirik!- Alex M.When I first started by apartment search, most of the brokers I had encountered were either dishonest or were taking me to places that didn't fit my criteria. Then I found Eirik, who is simply AMAZING. The first day we met in person, Eirik took me to EIGHT properties in a row - all were studios or 1-bedrooms in the neighborhoods I had requested, all were doormen/elevator buildings, and all fit my not-high budget. I ended up putting in an application for a place that very day and got pretty much my dream apt. I have since referred tons of friends to Eirik and literally every single one of them have found apartments via Eirik, too. I also think Eirik has the perfect broker personality - he is kind and friendly, but also assertive when necessary and will advocate effectively for you through the entire real estate process. I recommend him without reservation. - BB L.When my dad passed away and left us a house we had no idea where to start. Then a friend recommended Eirik and right away we felt comfortable with him. He guided us through the whole process starting with expert tips on what needed to be fixed and spruced up to get the most bang for our buck. Eirik is a master of marketing. We actually had 80 people at the open house.
Eirik goes way above and beyond what any realtor would do. We didn't live in dad’s neighborhood so it was difficult for us to maintain the property but Eirik made constant trips for us, letting in contractors, checking mail, picking up litter in front of the house .... he actually mowed the lawn for us!When the deal was done Eirik set a precedent for the neighborhood selling the house for more than any house ever sold there.
Eirik is professional, positive, friendly, honest and reliable. I feel like he was more of a friend than a realtor. I highly recommend him! - Dawn E.Eirik is the BEST!! My wife and I were beyond lucky that Eirik happened to be the listing agent for a property we found online. In addition to showing us that apt, Eirik offered to drive us around to multiple listings in the area. We didn't find quite the right apt during that tour, but by the end of the afternoon, we were 100% sold on Eirik as our Real Estate Agent.
Eirik is smart, kind, extremely knowledgeable, and he will work his butt off for you. Furthermore, Eirik's enthusiasm for real estate and for working in the field is both genuine and palpable. He really loves what he does, and because of that, I NEVER felt like I was bothering him, even with the smallest texts or details. He even has his own super helpful real estate blog called 'Unreal Estate'.
While extremely personable and accessible, Eirik is also a real pro who isn't afraid to go to bat for you and put your interests first. If you're even remotely interested in buying or selling property in the NYC market, getting in touch with Eirik is your first move. I promise, you'll be doing yourself a massive favor! - Jared H.It's been a pleasure to work with Eirik. He not only responded quickly the first time we contacted him about the apartment, but he has continued to respond to anything we've needed since then. He kept us informed all the way through the process, and even after we signed the papers and handed over the checks, he has helped us with any issues we have had in the moving process. Anyone who has looked for apartments in New York knows how frustrating it can be, but thanks to Eirik this move has been as smooth as it could be. - Danny K.
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