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European-based global real estate firm Engel & Völkers announced recently that the Howard Morrel Team has joined its New York City brokerage office. Led by Howard Morrel and Leslie Hirsch, the Morrel Team joins the firm having previously been one of the top-performing teams at Brown Harris Stevens. Consistently ranked among the top one percent of real estate professionals in the country, Morrel was recently recognized in “The Thousand,” published by the Wall Street Journaland REALTrends in June. The prestigious ranking placed him as the 11th top-producing agent in New York City, and 111th in the nation based on transaction volume.

“We are so pleased to welcome Howard and his team to our growing organization,” says Stuart Siegel, president and CEO of Engel & Völkers NYC. “Howard is an ideal fit with our team of top producers around the country and the world.”

Upon joining, Morrel was  selected  to  become  a  part  of  the  company’s  ultra-exclusive Private Office Network; he is among only  24  of  the  company’s  4,700  advisors  worldwide who were invited to join the group.

Morrel, with his team, has sold over $1 billion of real estate in New York City, including co-ops, condos, new developments and investment properties. Most recently, the team completed the sale of a $15 million cooperative on Central Park South, and an $18.45 million multi-family building on West 11th Street.

“The real estate market in New York is increasingly driven and influenced by international buyers,” says Morrel. “It reached the point where we felt that we would be selling ourselves short if we didn’t find a meaningful way to expand internationally and really tap into that business. The Engel & Völkers platform is unrivaled in that we have seamless access to real estate advisors and clients all over the world.”

“This gives us the opportunity to truly be full-service agents and take our business to another level,” adds Hirsch. “It’s a wonderful way to extend our reach and influence in support of our clients.”

Morrel has over 30 years of experience in the industry. Prior to his career in real estate, Morrel was a successful music producer who worked with well-known artists including Yoko Ono, Miles Davis, Linda Ronstadt and Natalie Cole. He continues to work with his extensive network of high-profile contacts who value his team’s expertise, integrity and discretion. He is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, and received a Juris Doctor from New York Law School.

Joining Morrel and Hirsch is a diverse and talented group that includes Kiono Thomas, Alina Pogorelova, Radna Tsagadinova and Rebecca Kilborne.

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