Lou Duarte

Real Estate License
Overall Rating: (36)
Brokerage: SAGGIO CONTANTI CAPITAL STRATEGIES
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Lou Duarte, MBA
 
Lou Duarte joined SCCS Realty with a unique and versatile background. His 15+ years’ work experience includes working in the Sports and Entertainment fields, including Major League Baseball, The Chris Rock Show (HBO) and The Queen Latifah Show (Telepictures Productions).

In addition, Lou has extensive corporate experience through his work with with pharmaceutical giants such as Sanofi-Sythelabo (Sanofi-Aventis) and Pfizer Inc. While there, Lou worked with multi-million dollar budgets for the Clinical Operations and Emerging Markets Specialty & Oncology Departments.

Throughout this time, Lou was mentored by several successful Real Estate investors and realized that Real Estate was where his true passion lies. Lou enjoys cultivating relationships and aspires to help people achieve their desired results through his relentless work ethic and determination. Energetic, optimistic, and personable, Lou will work tirelessly to make his clients happy.

Lou holds a Master’s Degree (MBA) in Business Administration and a Certificate of Finance from Colorado State University. In addition, he holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business, Management, and Finance from Brooklyn College.

Lou is fluent in English and Spanish.

In his free time, Lou enjoys powerlifting, playing basketball, reading, traveling, dining, and exploring the outdoors.


Fun Fact
Lou was an “extra” in the movie “For the Love of the Game,” yet he’s never seen the movie.
 
“Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion” – Michael Jordan

Renter Reviews of Lou

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Juana ****

review date 11/19/2014 overall rating
I recommend Mr. Lou Duarte as the best agent to work with. He responded to my calls very quickly when he wasn’t available. Very punctual for apartment viewings. He made sure to show me more than one apartment that met my interests in one appointment. He is the best of the best and one of a kind!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Lani ****

review date 11/10/2014 overall rating
I first met Lou on 10/6/14 regarding renting a 1-bedroom apartment and today I signed a lease to my apartment ?. From the beginning I had very particular requirements. Lou was very patient and listened to each one. We viewed several apartments and each one I said, "this isn't quite right." Lou showed me nothing but patience and diligence as we moved on to the next. When we found THE apartment and I submitted the application, Lou would call/text to let me know the status of my application daily, which I greatly appreciated. If there is any doubt on how awesome Lou is, see below:

- He always (promptly) responded to all my calls and text messages
- He only showed me apartments within my budget
- He only showed me apartments that were in my desired neighborhoods
- He is professional, knowledgeable of his field and neighborhoods, prompt, and just a cool dude.

I would highly recommend anyone that is looking for the apartment of his or her dreams to work with Lou as he tirelessly worked for me. Thank you so much for everything, Lou!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Christi ****

review date 11/06/2014 overall rating
LOU! Thank you so much for EVERYTHING! This guy answered my call, ALL my questions (I had a lot) and went above and beyond to show me all the apartments within my budget and needs.

He is fair, professional, courteous, and a very smart person overall. I recommend him as he is an expert.

FANTASTIC!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Hope ****

review date 10/27/2014 overall rating
I found Lou on Naked Apartments.com. I read all 31 of his reviews – all positive, even from individuals who did not end up securing an apartment through him.

I sent Lou an email on Saturday evening, Oct. 18th. Later that evening he called me back at my home phone number. Needless to say I was impressed and pleasantly surprised.

Anyhow, Lou and I arranged to meet at his office on Monday Oct. 20th. He took me out that same day to view two apartment properties that fit my budget and needs.

I ended up choosing the 2nd apartment that Lou showed me.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22nd, Lou called me with the good news that my application had been approved for the apartment.

And tomorrow, Monday Oct. 27th I will be going to my lease signing.

Lou is the real deal. He’s professional, competent, courteous, patient, thorough, business savvy , down-to-earth and an all around nice guy.

I’m glad that I sought him out and that he took me on as a client.

I would recommend Lou Duarte of SCCS Realty to anyone who wants a real estate broker who is authentic, and who cares about his clients and their housing needs.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Anny ****

review date 10/24/2014 overall rating
Lou was very professional and friendly. He responded to my initial inquiry immediately and from the start listened to what I wanted. He took the time to show me numerous properties and always kept in mind my budget. I wish every real estate agent was like Lou. When I continue my search for apartments I will definitely reach out to Lou again.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Jaime ****

review date 10/10/2014 overall rating
Lou was exremely pleasant to work with, he really listend to what we wanted in an apartment, and tried to get it. Very professional, and kept great communication with us. I would definitely work with him again, and recommend.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Orlando ****

review date 10/06/2014 overall rating
Mr. Duarte did respond to our inquiry.

Never met him in person very straight forward with regard to information but if not the numbers he wants to hear will not go further.

People looking for apartments are human as well.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

Lou Duarte Responded:
Hello Mr. Molina,

As we discussed, I was not able to assist you because of the parameters you gave me to work with. I'm not the final decision-maker, the management companies we work with are and they have their own strict guidelines we have to go by which unfortunately you did not meet. I wanted to save you time, energy, and money by being upfront with you and explaining this to you. I wish you the best of luck with your search!
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Gary ****

review date 10/01/2014 overall rating
Lou was friendly and professional.
He helped my girlfriend and I get an apartment. She has already reviewed him, but eh... This broker is so nice, we had to review him twice.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Cynthia ****

review date 09/26/2014 overall rating
My experience with Lou was remarkable – he is simply the best.
I was moving to New York from out of state and I had heard a lot about NYC realtors, and nothing reassuring. Needless to say, by the time I contacted Lou, I had had a few bad experiences and I was ready to give up.
The first contact was encouraging. Lou is jovial and personable; he makes sure you know you are in good hands. He was attentive, a quick thinker and very transparent. He asked me questions others would delay and it led to a candid exchange (who knew credit scores were such an ice breaker?). Conversation with him is always open, productive and fun. He is caring and friendly with a great sense of humor. My boyfriend loved his personality and was relieved to see I had found someone so trustworthy.
Lou works tirelessly and relentlessly towards any goal he commits to. When my transaction hit – quite a few – unpredicted snags, he put constant effort in untangling the situation, and followed up several times after it seemed resolved. In the end, he got me into an exclusive neighborhood with a price way below market value (Disclaimer: Lou is still just a human. The amount of your actual savings might vary).

The New York real estate market is a sea full of blood thirsty sharks. Don't get bitten. Just call Lou.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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El-Hajj Malik ****

review date 09/25/2014 overall rating
friendly, reliable, and efficient

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Bianca ****

review date 09/10/2014 overall rating
Lou has been great to work with. He is caring, patient, and, encouraging. He is also honest and informative about the apartment hunting process. Lou made sure to stay within in my budget and adjust the search process to my wants/needs. I would work with Lou again. I strongly recommend him.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Amy ****

review date 09/08/2014 overall rating
Lou responded to my inquiry in a timely fashion, answered all my questions and was quite helpful. Unfortunately I decided not to move to NYC, otherwise I'm sure he would have found me a great apartment.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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David ****

review date 08/26/2014 overall rating
Lou Daurte wasn't just a broker agent, he was a caring and friendly person. He took interest in what I really needed and worked with what I had to offer. He showed my wife and I amazing apartments that were within the neighborhood we wanted and our price range. At the end, we are happy with everything he has done for us and excited to be moving in our new apartment very soon. It's just around the corner from our current residence. Lou is a straight shooter and a man of his word. An excellent agent and a new friend. Thanks a million Lou!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Elizabeth ****

review date 08/23/2014 overall rating
Lou is AMAZING! He did an outstanding job assisting my husband and I in finding a great apartment.He was prompt in responding to my many phone calls, emails, and text messages. One of the best parts is that he worked around our very different schedules. Due to me being away this summer and my husband being in the city, Lou made time to show us apartments ( even on FaceTime ). The last days before lease signing we had slight issues on how to get the funds where they needed to go and I had him running all over town but in the end everything worked out and we are so happy to be moving into our apartment at the end of this month. I highly recommend Lou to anyone looking for an apartment and would work with him again!

Thank you so much Lou for all your help!!!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Sarah ****

review date 08/17/2014 overall rating
Lou has been an excellent agent to work with! He responded promptly to my inquiry, was incredibly kind and professional, and has been extremely attentive throughout the entire process of searching for an apartment. He has helped me tremendously and I am very grateful to him for securing me my new home. I highly recommend him!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Cynthia ****

review date 07/03/2014 overall rating
CYNTHIA
Lou was absolutely amazing. He was prompt in responding to my email and was always available to me. One of the best parts is that he worked around my busy work schedule to show me the apartments and made my apartment hunting experience feel extremely easy. Lou was very attentive to what I wanted in looking for an apartment and did his best in trying to find the right place for me and my son.
Lou is a very nice, professional and knowledgeable broker and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to find an apartment.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Danielle ****

review date 06/25/2014 overall rating
Great agent. Very helpful and knowledgeable. Made great use of my time seeing apartments, showing me the areas I was interested in and stayed within my price range. Would recommend Lou to anyone looking for an apartment.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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NATHALIE ****

review date 06/19/2014 overall rating
It’s hard to find the words to review Lou because none would really suffice. He has been one of/ if not the best agent I've worked with so far. He responded right away to my inquiry and has a great, positive attitude. He went above & beyond to help me find an apartment and really took the time to get to know me as a person beforehand to see if I would fit in the areas he was taking me to. He was extremely patient with me and my budget which was not the easiest to work with. I also really appreciated that whenever we viewed an apt he would pull out the "interior designer" in him to help me see myself in the home. Lou showed me so many apartments and I cannot complain that it was due to the sizes that I did not take them because they were never "shoe box" apartments. It was just that none were the right fit for me. I've decided to take a break from the apartment search but will contact him as soon as I'm ready to go at it again. Lou was awesome and I will recommend him to everyone I can. Thank you for all your help.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Stephanie ****

review date 06/17/2014 overall rating
Lou was/is amazing. He's very professional and definitely works with you with any and every specific request of an apartment. He possessed everything in a much respectably timely fashion and he was ALWAYS available and he answered every possible question asked. I've already referred him to many close friends and family members. Thank you Lou. You were great help.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Stephanie ****

review date 06/13/2014 overall rating
Very fast response to my inquiry. I ended up, not being able to make it to the appointment (since I forgot) so I did not get a chance to rent with this agent.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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William ****

review date 06/09/2014 overall rating
You're my boy Lou! We had to move rather quickly from an apartment we were subletting. I found an apartment listed on this (or possibly another site) and emailed the broker. It turned out to be Lou. When he answered the phone he listened to my demands and made small chit chat before asking the prudent questions (credit score, annual income, budget). Most brokers I spoke to prior asked those questions before I was able to get out, "Hi, my name is..."

I explained to him what we were looking for and what we had seen. One of the apartments we kind of/sort of liked Lou was familiar with and told me he had a couple that were much better. I was leery as I'd heard the "you'll love this one" line several times in the past. However, to Lou's credit the apartments were absolutely fabulous and much better than the previous one's we'd looked at with other brokers.

We put an offer in that day and after a day and a half of anxious patient waiting, we were accepted. We worked with Lou to have the management "update" a few things and we are happy to report everything was fixed up by the time our keys hit the lock. Overall it was a great experience (and after dealing with seven moves in seven years I feel like an expert). Lou's colleague Charles was also very pleasant to work with and made the lease signing go extremely easy.

I would highly recommend working with Lou. He was honest and answered our questions to the best of his knowledge. And if Lou didn't know he didn't BS us, he said he didn't know and made phone calls to get the right answer. The next time we are thinking of moving, Lou will be our first call.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Christina ****

review date 06/09/2014 overall rating
Lou was fantastic. Very professional and personable plus super knowledgeable about the area where we were looking! I was impressed by his easy going attitude but willingness to work hard to get our place ready for us asap. (We needed to move within a week and we ended up loving the first place that Lou showed us!) He made it happen in just a matter of days. He basically did everything he could to make sure we had a smooth transition from a bad apt/situation to our home for the next few years.

I also loved the fact that he looks exactly like his picture! He wears a suit because that's the level of professionalism you get with him. Other brokers (from different companies) looked great in their pics and then showed up basically in sweatpants and chain smoked in our presence. Others took calls constantly and/or drove us around like maniacs on the road... I was very uncomfortable with other brokers but Lou totally put us at ease. He is actually very funny and we had a great time looking at apartments and the surrounding areas together.

I would highly recommend him if you are looking for your new place. :)

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Andrea ****

review date 06/05/2014 overall rating
Lou was great to work with. He followed up many times for a particular unit I wanted and provided flexibility for a viewing. He did an excellent job getting me a lease signed quickly. Towards the end of the process I really appreciated the extra time he took to get me the keys from building super, beyond the regular work hours ! Lou combined professionalism, efficiency and an easy going manner throughout the whole process. I fully recommend Lou as as a broker without any reservations.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Jessica ****

review date 05/21/2014 overall rating
Lou was extraordinary. Truthfully, I know I wasn't the easiest person to work with but he was there through the whole process and was incredibly patient and considerate.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Steven ****

review date 05/21/2014 overall rating
My wife and I were in a fairly difficult situation - living out of state, looking to return to New York, but not having employment lined up before hand. I contacted Lou, he was quick to respond, always dealt with us respectfully and professionally despite our situation, and was willing to set up some nice apartments to view, in our price range, on short notice.

I wound up not renting an apartment with Lou, but he was great to work with.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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anonymous

review date 05/21/2014 overall rating
Lou was awesome! Everything got done in a friendly and timely manner, and the process was very easy. I would definitely recommend!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Cadiea ****

review date 04/25/2014 overall rating
Lou in one word? AWESOME~! :D

From the moment he contacted us in response to an email inquiry, we were taken aback by his professionalism, easy-going attitude and real interest in finding us the best possible apartment for our budget. Upon meeting, he explained everything on the application to ensure that we understood the process, and was happy to answer our seemingly endless questions throughout our search for a new home.

Now, just a few days after that initial conversation, we've already found a beautiful apartment in a wonderful neighborhood for an amazing price that we call our own - all thanks to Lou :)

Of all the brokers we've contacted, Lou was the only one we chose to work with, and we're SO glad we did! We never imagined that looking for an apartment would end up being such an easy and enjoyable process.

Anyone thinking about finding a broker who will guide you to the best of his ability without compromising on personality, and find you THE apartment that you need without compromising on your wallet, I highly recommend Lou! :D

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Jared ****

review date 04/25/2014 overall rating
My wife first contacted Lou on nakedapartments, and he has been nothing but courteous to us in terms of finding an apartment that suits our needs and our budget.

He made finding the search stress-free - we found a place within a week and are moving in this weekend!

I highly recommend Lou when searching for an apartment! I have already recommended friends at work to use him and his real estate agency to find affordable but beautiful apartments in the New York area.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Stacy ****

review date 04/24/2014 overall rating
Stacy Torres *** 4/24/14
I am currently working with Lou Duarte in finding an apartment and I must say that I am very happy with his services. Lou has been very helpful and very attentive to what it is that I am searching for, he is always available when I need him and as someone else said, he has a way of making you feel as though you are is only client and main priority. I look forward to moving into my new dream apartment because I know that Lou is the realtor that would get me just that. :)

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Liz ****

review date 04/10/2014 overall rating
I had called many brokers and none returned my calls or replied to my text except Lou. He was always available every time I contacted him. They, him and his business partner, were always very personable, professional and courteous. They made me feel like I was their only customer, and showed me a couple of apartments right away. I highly recommend you contact Lou, he is the best!!!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Abdulrahman ****

review date 03/22/2014 overall rating
The agent charges a broker fee, but I was not interested in fee-based apartment. The agent explain to me that he does charges fee, but would let me know if he finds a no-fee apartment.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

Lou Duarte Responded:
Hi Rahman,

Thank you very much for the review, I sincerely appreciate it. Just to clarify what I explained to you: There's no fee charged to you if the landlord is willing to pay the broker fee. At this time, I didn't find any no-fee apartments that fit your criteria but will keep searching!
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Lauren ****

review date 02/25/2014 overall rating
Lou is AMAZING! He responded quickly to my initial contact and was thorough and professional. Even though he showed me some great apartments, I ended up renting elsewhere. Lou still helped me through the process and gave me negotiation tips for the other lease which was incredibly kind. He was genuine in making sure I was happy with wherever I decided to sign. Lou is a true gentleman who is excellent at his job. USE HIM!

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Stacy ****

review date 01/26/2014 overall rating
Lou is amazing. He responded quickly to my inquiry and was diligent throughout the entire process. He completely understood my concerns,made valuable suggestions,and took me all over the city to look at apartments.He also has a great sense of humor,and made the process as low-stress as possible. I appreciate his honesty,professionalism,and knowledge.I highly recommend Lou and would work with him again!

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Danielle ****

review date 01/23/2014 overall rating
Great broker. Showed me a lot of wonderful apartments in my price range within a few days of first speaking with him. He did a lot of research for what I was looking for, and even looked into parking garage pricing for the area I was interested in. Lou is great and I would recommend him to anyone who wants an honest, hardworking broker that will find you a great apartment!!!!

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Samantha ****

review date 01/20/2014 overall rating
Lou is a great broker. A very personable and sweet guy to work with who really went above and beyond to show us great places. He took into account what my roommates and I wanted, doing his research to show us places we had yet to see with other brokers. He is very prompt with responses and did a wonderful job following up with owners and different management companies to get us all the answers we needed in searching for the perfect place. He is a very easy person to get along with and I definitely recommend Lou to anyone looking for an apartment in the city!

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Matthew ****

review date 01/14/2014 overall rating
Lou did an outstanding job assisting my girlfriend and I in finding an amazing apartment. He was able to find us exactly what we wanted on our first night of looking. I could never imagine that searching for an apartment would be so easy. Lou was personable, polite, and detail-oriented. I strongly recommend him.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Lou's Apartments

1br, Jerome Park, $1,200

1br, Jerome Park, $1,200

On-site super, Outdoor Space, Parking, Pre War
~ 9 Hours since update
Studio, Jerome Park, $1,350

Studio, Jerome Park, $1,350

Elevator, On-site super, Elevator Building
~ 9 Hours since update
2br, Jerome Park, $1,500

2br, Jerome Park, $1,500

1200 Sq. Ft., Elevator, On-site super, Elevator Building
~ 9 Hours since update
2br, High Bridge, $1,475

2br, High Bridge, $1,475

Elevator, On-site super, Elevator Building
~ 9 Hours since update
2br, Norwood, $1,500

2br, Norwood, $1,500

Elevator, On-site super, Elevator Building
~ 9 Hours since update

Lou's Specialties

Manhattan

Midtown East, Upper East Side, Upper West Side

Bronx

Fleetwood - Concourse Village, Marble Hill, Middletown - Pelham Bay, Parkchester, Riverdale

Brooklyn

Downtown Brooklyn, Sheepshead Bay
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