Stefan Hakakian

Real Estate License
Overall Rating: (10)
Brokerage: Bond New York
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"I have access to New York's most comprehensive rental database, and- the experience to find you the best priced apartment, from the most reputable landlords!"

"My real experience will make your search easy- check my reviews! Looking forward to making you smile!!"


Stefan Hakakian is motivated, focused and determined to meet the real estate goals of those who avail themselves of his expertise. His skillfully directed energy and his intimate knowledge of New York City have earned him a successful career as a real estate professional. He has the ability to accurately read into what people are saying and quickly interpret their desires and preferences in their search for a new home. Originally from Bayside, Queens, Stefan has lived in the heart of Manhattan, midtown west, for many years. He attended St. Francis Prep in Queens, and New York University where he studied, Psychology, Music and Film. He previously worked as marketing researcher and a promoter for major NYC nightclubs. His highly schooled vocabulary and command of language facilitate exacting communication in his business transactions. Stefan joined Manhattan Apartments in 2007. He knew that his marketing and promotions experience would translate well into real estate. Today, Stefan can share the hidden values and the best kept secrets each little neighborhood has to offer with his clients and guide them expertly through the landscape of apartment rentals and sales in New York City. In his time off, Stefan enjoys global dance culture, going to concerts, listening to great music, and running.

Renter Reviews of Stefan

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Tyler ****

review date 11/09/2014 overall rating
Stefan was knowledgeable about the area and showed me several great options. Highly recommended.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Lyn ****

review date 11/05/2014 overall rating
We couldn't have asked for a better broker! Stefan was very trustworthy and dedicated 100% of his time and effort into getting us an apartment in the neighborhood we wanted, which was a difficult feat, to say the least. He always kept our best interests in mind and was always honest and straight up about everything. We really appreciate how hard he argued on our behalf. Working with a broker can be very daunting, but our experience with Stefan was as pleasant as NYC apartment hunting could get. Use this guy!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Rhiya ****

review date 07/19/2014 overall rating
Stefan (Hakakian) made my experience of renting in New York a total breeze. As a first time renter and international student without US credit or a guarantor, Stefan went the distance in terms of showing me a range of places within my price range and both within and without neighbourhoods of preference. He kept an eye to landlords who would be flexible regarding my international/financial status, and on top of that clearly had a deep understanding of landlords who are ideal to rent from in terms of repairs, etc. Despite the July heat/humidity, Stefan didn't hold back from showing me as many potential options as possible, as well as apartments outside of my price range/ideal neighbourhood in order to provide valuable context. I was hesitant to spend 15% annual rent on a broker initially, but after indulging in Stefan's experience and effort, I can honestly say it was worth it - through Stefan I found a place that balances my location, cost, and size preferences and secured it without a hitch. I feel lucky to have had his attention for the better part of 3 days - that combined with Bond's access to listings all over the city made this a process I'd gladly repeat in the future. Also, and this was just bonus - Stefan is fun to interact with. He'll hustle on your behalf while still being totally approachable and fun and authentic. Seriously, call Stefan - I'm glad I did.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Kristin ****

review date 06/29/2014 overall rating
Stefan not only helped us find a great 2BR apartment in the East Village that met all of our needs (including neighborhood and budget), but he also helped us pull together an application quickly so that we'd be able to snag our first choice. And it all happened fast: the turnaround time between our initial conversation with Stefan and receiving application approval for our first-choice apartment was about 30 hours. Here is what we liked most about Stefan:

1. Deep knowledge of NYC; very thoughtful -- he's an NYC lifer and has extensive knowledge of the city's neighborhoods and apartments. Furthermore, he came to understand our preferences pretty quickly, and contributed very helpfully to my roommate's and my conversations about which apartments we liked better than others and why. He was also good at helping us think through the economics of our decision (e.g., why Apartment A might be $150/month more than Apartment B, whether that trade-off was worth it, etc).

2. Direct, straightforward, and honest -- in a single day (that's all we ended up needing), Stefan took us around to a dozen apartments or so. He didn't waste time trying to "sell" us on units that obviously weren't a good fit for us. He had no problem leaving an apartment 20 seconds after we had entered if it was obvious it wasn't going to meet our needs.

3. Hard-working and committed -- we first spoke with Stefan by phone on a Sunday morning, and he agreed to meet with us only a few hours later. He then spent the entire day showing us apartments. After a day of looking, we had a very clear first choice, and Stefan worked with us that same evening to pull together all of our necessary documents in order to submit an application as soon as possible. Once we were approved, Stefan was tremendously helpful in working out the details of our lease signing.

We really enjoyed working with Stefan and would recommend him to our friends!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Daniel ****

review date 08/18/2013 overall rating
Stefan Hakakian was able to find me a great apartment during the competitive summer season. He was very knowledgeable about the different areas of Manhattan and pointed me to areas I could find an apartment that had the price, size, and level of renovation I desired. Stefan was able to take me to look at numerous properties within a handful of hours and helped me come to a decision on which one to rent. He explained the whole application process to me and made sure I had a strong application package. He was willing to work at any hour of the day and night to fulfill my quickly approaching move-in deadline. I highly recommend Stefan Hakakian.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Eric ****

review date 03/18/2013 overall rating
I came to Manhattan to do some advanced apartment scouting ahead of starting my new job and I was extremely lucky to come by Stefan at bond realty. Upon meeting him Stefan sat down with me and we had a very helpful discussion about my ideal apartment and the realistic expectations I should have given the price I was willing to pay and the location I wanted to live in. After compiling a comprehensive list of apartments to see we set off onto the city and it became readily apparent that he knew the city inside out. This was great as I was able to get a much better understanding of the different neighborhoods in Manhattan and also get a feel for the vibe and flow of the city. Every apartment he showed me was something that I would have had no problem living in and I also saw some cool apartments that I didn't even think existed in my price range. Overall it was a very long day but extremely rewarding as I was able to find a really amazing place to live and get through the application process very quickly thanks to Stefan's help. For anyone looking for someone who can really hustle and get you viewings at great places, be sure to drop Stefan a line.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Herbert ****

review date 01/17/2013 overall rating
I was lucky enough to come across Stefan over the internet. On very short notice he met with my daughter and I. My daughter was moving to NYC from Pittsburgh. After talking with my daughter Stefan knew exactly what she was looking for and respected the price range she could afford. He found 5 apartments for us to look at, all were great, and we had a place rented by the end of the day. This guy knows NY right down to knowing where the closest subway stop was to each apartment and how many stops she would make to get to her job in mid town. I highly recommend him.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Amanu ****

review date 11/20/2012 overall rating
I got my current apartment through Manhattan Apartments back in March. I would definitely recommend going through them if you need a broker to help you find an apartment. I'm not going to lie, I didn't like the first broker I dealt with there so I also recommend contacting Stefan Hakakian. He was EXTREMELY helpful and patient with me. During my search I dealt with a lot of other brokers, who for the most part weren't too bad (except for Best Apts but that's a whole other review I'll write). But many of them were just wasting my time because I had realistic expectations about what I was willing to pay for an apartment in the city but not real expectations of what I would be approved for by a landlord. Stefan sat with me to make sure I knew what was required of me for each price range and type of apartment and helped me get an apartment that was PERFECT for me! (price, size, elevator building, and location near 3 express trains so it's fast and easy for me to get to work). There was an apartment that I thought was perfect for me and I applied for it (he met me on a Saturday night when the office was empty just to help me put in the application) but we found out that following Monday it had already been rented. Then when a Bigger apartment in the same building opened for an even CHEAPER price he called me as soon as they got it. Not only that but since I had already started working and couldn't see it he went and took his own pictures of the place and emailed them to me so I could give him the ok to put in the application before someone else did. I still got to see it before I signed everything just because pictures don't always give you everything and these pictures didn't do the apartment justice because it looked even better in person!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Fiona ****

review date 11/15/2012 overall rating
Stefan was very helpful finding apartments for both my Mother and myself.
He took the time to listen to our needs and found us exactly what we wanted, in the same neighborhood.
I would recommend him to anyone looking for an affordable apartment in Manhattan.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Ian ****

review date 10/26/2012 overall rating
Stefan helped my girlfriend and I land our first apartment when we moved up from VA to NYC two years ago. We were only able to fly up to NYC for 1 day before taking off to London and I was a bit nervous that we would be able find the right apartment with only 1 day of looking. Fortunately, Stefan was a superb broker directing us to only apartments that fit our criteria and showed only apartments that were deals rather than showing obviously over-priced merchandise. I have used Stefan a couple times since we moved up a little over two years ago, but unfortunately for him, the first deal he got us was just too good! So we have stayed in the same apartment for two years with a great deal thanks to his work. Would highly recommend.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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2br, Chinatown, $2,600

2br, Chinatown, $2,600

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