David Gelfenbeyn

Real Estate License
Overall Rating: 12 reviews
Brokerage: Oxford Property Group
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Hardworking, reliable, and always available for my clients’ every need – these are the professional mantras I live by each and every day in my real estate career. To me, what makes an outstanding service professional is an agent who is more concerned about their client’s needs, criteria and budget than about simply closing a transaction. If you are looking for a luxury rental in Manhattan, you will not be disappointed when you choose me as your full-service real estate resource and partner who puts your best interests first. 

My clients continually praise my ability to really listen to what they want, and read between the lines of words both spoken and unspoken. They thank me for showing them exactly what they were hoping for, and in many cases, for even helping them find more than what they expected. They appreciate the thorough education I provide on the market, showing everything available in their price range so they can make the best decision. And they are grateful for my quick responsiveness and 24/7 attention, from first email or phone call until the day their deal is done (and beyond). At the end of the day, there is no greater reward for me than to have made a client happy. 

Trust-based relationships are so important in this business…and finding a home in this big city is no small matter. I work in all the different neighborhoods in Manhattan, and know each of them well, so I can help you find just the right home and location for your unique needs. I also love what I do, and strive to make the experience fulfilling and enjoyable. 

Before my years in real estate, I was well trained in the art of customer service in the hospitality industry. I am originally from Moscow, but have lived in New York many years and have a passion for the vitality, energy and diversity I encounter every day. Residing on the Upper East Side affords me access to so many exciting opportunities to see new things and meet great people. I also enjoy playing chess and martial arts in my spare time. I look forward to lending my assistance anytime you are looking for that perfect home.

Renter Reviews of David

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Yuanheng ****

review date 09/01/2014 overall rating
If you are looking for no fee luxury apartments in NYC, David should be your one stop and only stop. You will see the value to work with David on every aspect of your apartment searching.

Too many things to say, but I will speak three here. First, you are looking for an apartment in a new city, so you need to find someone who is reliable and has the expertise in the market. David is reliable and has the expertise for sure. He not only knows where the buildings are, what the buildings offer, but also he deeply understand the market and the "inner side" of each building, which offers you exclusive understanding of the apartments, amenities, and leasing offices. You will see how much this could value when you deal with leasing offices yourself. Second, you need someone who speaks for you, not for the money. David only does no fee; well, he gets paid by the building. Yes, the money is ultimately coming from you, the tenant. But, you will see the value David will bring you: he always helps you get the most value, using his expertise. Third, you are new to a city, it's always better to know someone that's nice and helpful. I never expect a broker could help me to do so much, way beyond what he ought to. If I didn't have David, it would take at least twice, if not longer, of the time for me to move in. David spent a whole day with me at the furniture store, which is after I signed the lease. He even "forced" me to download audible, and give me some book audios, which I would appreciate for many many years. I want to say thanks again. I rarely write reviews, but I'm more than happy to do so for David. I could say much more, and in much more detail, so contact David or if you are still not sure, contact me (I will always recommend David)!

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I rented an apartment from this agent.

David Gelfenbeyn Responded:
Thank you very much Li, I really appreciate it. It was my pleasure. Thank you.
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Yiqiao ****

review date 07/07/2014 overall rating
David helped me a lot on my apartment hunting and moving in NYC! He is very generous and essentially a nice sweet guy. He had years of experiences in the past in his expertise and he came up with the perfect solution very efficiently for me. As a college grad who looking for a new life in the city, I say David is the person you can trust and seek out help from.

David took me around NYC when we set up appointment and we looked around 8 or 9 places in total before I make the decision on UES. The trip was comfortable with no extra cost! David is also considerate he successfully helped me negotiating with real estate companies to get good deals. In general, I am very satisfied and I deeply appreciate his work.

I'd definitely recommend David if you are looking for housing in NYC and especially if you're new to the city. He is able to help you with no doubts.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Jarrett ****

review date 06/27/2014 overall rating
Although I have not yet rented an apartment from David, he has been incredibly helpful in my search. His willingness to share his knowledge and expertise of the NY rental market is greatly appreciated and I look forward to working with him in the future.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

David Gelfenbeyn Responded:
Thank you so much Jarrett.
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Melissa ****

review date 05/07/2014 overall rating
responded to my e-mail immediately! request permission to contact me by phone! very professional!!! flying to new York to seek the professional services of mr gelfenbeyn. Monday, may 12, 2014 I will lease an apartment and yes, mr. gelfenbeyn has assured me that he will meet my expectations. thank you for your inquiry!

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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George ****

review date 02/23/2014 overall rating
Go with David—he is exceptional. During my lifetime, I have moved eighteen times and owned five separate pieces of property. David clearly ranks in the top two real estate brokers with whom I have worked. David works for you, the client! David represents your interest to the letter! David works after hours, weekends, and anywhere in the city that the client wishes to live. What more can you ask for…oh, David does not charge a fee. He has established relationships with luxury property management, which equates to excellent negotiation leverage in terms of price, amenities, and locations. He offers realistic advice with no agenda and no hidden fees. David is passionate about finding the perfect place for his clients’ wants and needs. We had to move suddenly as my partner started a new job and had to arrive at corporate headquarters quickly. David literally worked with us for 48 hours straight. He met us at our hotel after 8:00 p.m. on a Sunday night and scheduled viewing for 10:00 a.m. the next morning. We saw over a dozen places on day number one. On the second day, he negotiated a lease with a luxury, modern apartment building with a great view of the city as well as a free gym memberships. He charged no fee. My partner and I could not be happier—it was a stress-free, enjoyable experience. He found us the perfect first home in NYC, and he will be our future broker as well as for our family and friends.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Chad ****

review date 12/21/2013 overall rating
I don't normally even bother with reviews, but when the service, person, or event is so far beyond the norm sometimes it is necessary. This is the case with David (whom I affectionately call Dima). I cannot say enough good things about him. He was professional, knowledgeable, courteous, punctual, honest, and in no way "selling" me anything. He allowed me to make my own decisions, no matter how long or arduous the process became. In the end, I ended up with a perfect apartment and a wonderful experience. And considering Manhattan, this was a blessing.

I would recommend anyone and everyone to call Dima immediately if they need an apartment.

Sincerely,
Dr Chad A Hildebrand

I rented an apartment from this agent.

David Gelfenbeyn Responded:
Thank you very much. It was my pleasure!
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Marina ****

review date 12/15/2013 overall rating
I would, without hesitation, highly recommend David for your next apartment search. I dealt with a variety of brokers who claimed to have had some secret listings and unique approach, which not surprising, was not the case at all. By contrast, David is very unassuming, is not pushy and does not waste your time with listings that do not align with your goals. He listens and understands you, is very courteous, punctual and knowledgeable. He is really intimately knowledgeable about what he is showing, including the building and the neighborhood. His pre-descriptions are very accurate and he portrays the listing honestly thus eliminating the awkward surprises that other subjected me to. He is obviously in this for the long-haul and focuses on the quality apartments and his reputation

I rented an apartment from this agent.

David Gelfenbeyn Responded:
Thank you very much! I really appreciate it!
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Robert ****

review date 12/13/2013 overall rating
It has been such a pleasure to deal with David during our apartment search. It is obvious that David loves what he does. Not only is he dedicated, responsive, and professional, but he is also patient and does whatever he can to make the apartment search a pleasant experience. David knows how to get the job done-by accurately assessing his clients' needs and only presenting them with valuable options that are within budget.
We looked for an apartment for 6 months with many other brokers. It took 1 day with David to find the perfect place that we both loved. We used to dread looking for an apartment in Manhattan, but it was very easy with David. We would use him again in a heartbeat and will continue to recommend him to others.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

David Gelfenbeyn Responded:
Thank you very much. I really appreciate it.
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Anne ****

review date 12/11/2013 overall rating
David was one the the nicest people i have ever met. And then ontop of being a wonderful person, he is a great broker. He went out of his way personally to help me (and i'm a fussy customer), and really went above and beyond to make sure all of my requirements were met - even at times to his own detirment. I felt he took a personal interest in making sure that i was happy. An honest person in a city like NYC is hard to find, but david works with honesty, intergrity and commitment. I could not recommend him more highly!!! Thank you david!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

David Gelfenbeyn Responded:
Thank you very much. And also, thank you so much for the referral!
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Megan ****

review date 08/18/2013 overall rating
David is easily the best broker I worked with during my stressful time searching for an apartment in Manhattan. Not only is he 100% upfront and honest, he is accomodating of the client and really does put your needs in front of his own. He listens to what you want and comes back with several options matching your criteria. After two stressful months of having no luck finding an apartment, David was a refreshing change and worked with me and my schedule until I found the most amazing apartment in East Village.

Truely one of a kind. I will definitely be using David again for future apartment searches and will reccommend him to anyone.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

David Gelfenbeyn Responded:
Thanks so much! And we'll speak soon!
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Ira ****

review date 06/15/2013 overall rating
Great broker! Always available, found us exactly what we asked for and stayed on it to get the deal done. Very honest and doesn't waste your time. I would use David again and highly recommend him.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

David Gelfenbeyn Responded:
Thank you again! And let's touch base in the new year!!
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Anne Michelle ****

review date 04/09/2013 overall rating
We needed an apartment, we called David, who was recommended by a friend. He immediately called us back with some great options in mind. He was working with us, always on time, reliable, responsible, he listened and we got the apartment that we absolutely adore!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

David Gelfenbeyn Responded:
Thanks again! It was my pleasure!

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David 's Apartments

2br, Chelsea, $7,895

2br, Chelsea, $7,895

Pets Allowed, Doorman, Elevator, In-Unit Laundry, Dishwasher, Gym
~ 8 Hours since update
1br, Chelsea, $3,650

1br, Chelsea, $3,650

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Pets Allowed, Doorman, In-Unit Laundry, Dishwasher
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Studio, Hell's Kitchen, $4,790

Studio, Hell's Kitchen, $4,790

No fee
Pets Allowed, Doorman, Elevator, In-Unit Laundry, Laundry Room, Dishwasher, Garage, Gym, On-site super, Outdoor Space, Parking, Playroom/Nursery, Pool, Storage Room, Terrace, Luxury Highrise
4 Days since update

David 's Specialties

Manhattan

Battery Park City, Chelsea, Clinton, East Village, Financial District, Hell's Kitchen, Midtown Center, Upper East Side, Upper West Side
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