Donald Sheffey

Real Estate License
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Brokerage: Charles Rutenberg My web site
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My clients are my top priority. I know what a hassle finding a home in NYC can be, and I am always eager to help take the stress away my attentive, capable service. "Hire me as your agent and I'll put your mind at ease, because I don’t like my time wasted and would never show an apartment I wouldn't live in!"

I take my job very seriously and am brutally honest, and don’t like wasting time seeing that the market moves so fast. Bottom line is if you’re not prepared I will help you prepare. With me you'll get the facts and only the facts so there are no surprises, as it should be. My 'to the point' service and focused business side is offset by my vibrant personality that makes the real estate process fun but will always begin your search by explaining the sales or rental process & client relationship, educating you on all the necessary steps and details in your transaction to help you through the entire process so you can get the right apartment without running around the city like a lunatic. I have many secrets on how to get the apartment you want. Timing is EVERYTHING in this business.


I specialize on the Upper East Side Manhattan New York
East 73rd to East 96th between 5th Avenue & East End Avenue
Being a resident of the Upper East Side for over 15 years, I know it like the back of my hand and I look forward to finding you a place you can't wait to come home to every day, the way I feel about my own home. I enjoy showing my clients great apartments and the lifestyle and excitement in the neighborhood I’m most passionate about. My patience and attention to detail enable me to work well with the needs of my clients and their varied professional backgrounds.

Prior to selling real estate, I enjoyed a diverse career in sales, student housing, marketing, and educational sales for a technical school. I also have a strong creative side and long career as a professional working writer & producer for television and the music industry. I studied business administration and marketing in college and in my free time, I love live theater, music, and sports events. I have a great eye for interior design. I also have a feisty three-year-old boxer that keeps me extremely busy & active.
I can help make your next move be the right move.

Renter Reviews of Donald

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Michael ****

review date 09/05/2013 overall rating
Donald was an excellent resource in helping my look for apartments in NYC.

I reached out to him from out of state and he was very prompt, professional, courtesy, and easy to work with, and was very knowledgeable about the process and what to look for.

I would absolutely work with Donald in the future and would recommend others to do the same.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Holland ****

review date 08/28/2013 overall rating
I can not say enough kind words about Donald. He returned my initial call immediately and asked tons of questions, so he could get an idea of exactly what I was looking for. Unlike almost every other broker I contacted, Donald only showed me places I would like and could afford. Other brokers were more interested in just finding tenants for whatever yukky places they still had open at the end of the month, and some were very manipulative, either trying to talk me into a yukky apt or by scaring me by saying I would not be able to qualify for a better place! The NYC apt hunt is scary to begin with, and Donald is a rare broker, one who actually cares! He nice and funny to boot. He knows the Upper East Side apt market really well, which was very helpful.
Donald kept in constant touch by phone, text and email, unlike most other brokers who only get back to me once (if at all) and then disappear.
One more thing to mention. I was looking for a lower priced studio, and my income is mid-range, and my credit so-so, which caused many of the other brokers to b*****e off. Donald did not, thank god. He found me a sunny real 1 bedroom (not a studio!) that I can afford! I'd suggest to anyone looking for a Manhattan apt to contact Donald. He's your guy!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Claire ****

review date 08/21/2013 overall rating
Kind, thorough and willing to help:)

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Jason ****

review date 08/20/2013 overall rating
Donald was a pleasure to work with as a broker. For something that is normally so stressful and anxiety-ridden, everything was straightforward and actually pleasant. After a quick phone call, he was able to ascertain the type of unit that I was looking for, zero in on a perfect place for me (based on my criteria), and within a couple of days, my lease was signed and I had the keys to my new place! My new apartment is exactly what I'm looking for, and the amazing neighborhood, along with the great access to commuting options for work, just adds icing to the cake.

I would absolutely recommend Donald to ANYONE. His expertise is unquestionable, and his personality makes a painful experience into a positive one. Give him a call!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Ivan ****

review date 08/11/2013 overall rating
Donald was quick to respond to my initial inquiry and was able to work with my tight timeframe. He is easy to get along with, which made the process more comfortable and smoother from start to finish. Donald is knowledgable on the real estate market in New York City, and is able to provide insight regarding various listings, neighborhoods, etc... For the second time working with a broker in New York City, Donald is one I would recommend to anyone and would certainly use again in the future.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Jared ****

review date 07/11/2013 overall rating
Donald was incredible. He was fast, efficient, realistic, and exceedingly knowledgeable about the Upper West and East side markets. He has an infectious personality that makes him very fun to work with. I would highly recommend contacting Donald to any of my friends or anyone else searching for an apartment in NYC.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Jennifer ****

review date 06/18/2013 overall rating
At first I wasn't looking for a broker to help me, however being an out of state resident I really didn't know much about NY apartments. Luckily I got into contact with Donald and he helped me prepare everything. he let know what I needed in paperwork and what my guarantor needed as well. He basically let us know everything we needed before we flew out looking for a place. I was on a really tight time constraint (3 days before I started me job) and Donald hit the nail right on the head. The apartment was perfect, price was in range, location is great, everything I asked for and more.

If your looking for someone who cares about you, and keeps in great contact (we still keep in contact til this day and its almost been a month) Donald is the right man for you!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Laura ****

review date 05/09/2013 overall rating
I never write reviews. Never. The fact that I'm writing one now shows how much I respect Donald Sheffey. I've lived in Manhattan on and off for 15 years without consulting an agent. I was going through the listings on Naked.com, saw Donald's profile, and contacted him immediately. What you see is what you get. He is charming, personable, knowledgeable, and caring. Yes, caring. He asked me questions to find out what I was really looking for. I have pets. I needed a pet friendly building, which is getting rarer these days. He had wonderful suggestions, and found me just the right place, one I never would have found on my own. I'm sold. I will contact him again next time I move. He's that good.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Arthur ****

review date 05/08/2013 overall rating
I rented an apartment from Donald about two years ago and he was so great I've come back to him. He is efficient, doesn't waste my time on apartments that won't work, is responsive to my questions, and was an incredible negotiator for me the last time. I always feel Donald has my back.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Stephen ****

review date 05/08/2013 overall rating
Donald is a wonderful, committed agent. He went above and beyond to help us secure our apartment. He was attentive throughout the process to ensure a quality transaction. On top of being an exceptional agent, he is an exceptional personality. He made finding an apartment both painless and joyful.

We have enthusiastically referred many people to Donald.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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James ****

review date 05/06/2013 overall rating
Have to say Donald was wonderful. Very professional and he did his homework since he had everything planned out. I work hard and don't have the time to look at ads and see viewings.

I told him what I was looking for and my price range. He showed me 3 places. All were perfect but I knew I had to pick one :)

He even gave me some design pointers which was great!

Tell him what you want and you got it (Isn’t that the reason for an agent. You don’t want to walk around NYC for days)??

So if you want an agent that really cares (and you can tell he does) give Donald a call !!!!

He will work hard for you.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Ioulia ****

review date 04/24/2013 overall rating
Mr Sheffey (ok, now I call him Donald because I feel like we know each other so well) was fantastic.

I had been having so much trouble finding an apartment that met my needs. It's like he read my mind....or could see the vision of what I could make of the perfect place (even though others couldn't). He was patient and attentive and got me exactly what I was looking for.

I have now recommended him to 3 other friends and 1 family member who are looking in NYC and he's doing a great job for them as well.

I highly recommend Donald!!!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Donald's Apartments

Studio, Upper East Side, $1,995

Studio, Upper East Side, $1,995

Can Be Seen Now
Pets Allowed, Elevator
About 20 hours since update
1br, Upper East Side, $2,550

1br, Upper East Side, $2,550

Pets Allowed, Elevator, Dishwasher, Pre War
5 days since update
3br, East Harlem, $5,995

3br, East Harlem, $5,995

Cats Only, Dishwasher, Fireplace, Gym, Terrace
6 days since update
1br, Murray Hill, $3,000

1br, Murray Hill, $3,000

Can Be Seen Now
Doorman, Elevator, Laundry Room, Dishwasher, Garage
7 days since update
1br, Upper East Side, $2,650

1br, Upper East Side, $2,650

Pets Allowed, Elevator, Dishwasher
2 days since update

Donald's Specialties

Manhattan

Battery Park City, Chelsea, East Harlem, Financial District, Gramercy Park, Harlem, Midtown East, Murray Hill, Roosevelt Island, SoHo, Tribeca, Union Square, Upper East Side, Upper East Side, Upper West Side
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