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Jonathan Abbou
Hecht Group Corp

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My goal is to make finding your perfect NYC apartment as efficient and seamless a transition as possible. Whether you are searching for a starter studio apartment or a luxury penthouse, you will receive the same quality service, respect and results with me as your agent. There is no reason as to why you can't Live in the Dream!!!

Renter Reviews of Jonathan

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Michael ****

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01/25/2016
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Jonathan was very helpful, and refreshingly honest in helping my roommate and I to find an apartment. He showed us a listing that was exactly what we expected to see and helped us throughout the rental process. He was always quick to respond and answer any questions/concerns that we had. I would recommend any friend or family member to use Jonathan in the future.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Katie ****

review date
08/05/2015
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Jonathan was fantastic to work with. We found him through a listing posted on StreetEasy. He was very quick and responsive and showed us the unit within a few hours. Although it wasn't the best fit for what we were looking for he spent several hours with us afterwards showing us listings that he thought would be a good fit. By chance we found a place after our meeting with Jonathan through someone else. We mentioned it to him the next day and he was upfront and honest with us about what a good deal it was and how it sounded like exactly what we were looking for. He encouraged us to go for it even though it wasn't through him and he wouldn't receive anything. He was great to work with and I would recommend him to anyone looking for an apartment in NYC.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Jeff ****

review date
08/05/2015
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Jonathan was an excellent broker and great help in our apartment search. He took the time to understand what factors were really important to us and showed us tons of different options that fit our criteria. He definitely understands the West Village and knows all of the buildings. He was up front and honest and looking out for our interests. I would definitely recommend him to others.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Morgane ****

review date
05/28/2015
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Jonatan is the best real estate agent in NYC. We are a French couple who moved to NY two weeks ago and were looking for THE apartment! We visited more than 20 places, without finding our dreamed apartment. Until we met him! He immediately understood what we were looking for and find it!! He has been a real help ! He even found us a temporary appart. until the one we wanted was available!

I highly recommend him!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Ben ****

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05/27/2015
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Just want to say Thank You ! You have been such a help ! I am really grateful. I was in a difficult position, saw many brokers and Jonathan understood what I was looking for right away. He found the most charming place and battled like crazy for me to get it. It wasn't only a broker, he was also a great advice. I didn't know New York well so he gave me tips and he also knows great places.

I will recommend him to any one who wants to settle in New York !

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Tarik ****

review date
02/09/2015
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If you are looking for a broker or realtor in NYC, I highly recommend Jonathan Abbou. He took the time to get to know us and provided experienced advice to enable us to achieve our goals. He is personable, understanding, and highly interested. We didn't feel like just a commission number to him. We found him to be very professional in his responsiveness, aggressiveness for organizing open house opportunities, and keeping us updated with all communication. Just as importantly, he treated our prospective tenants fairly, making the interactions between all parties move along smoothly. Five stars for Jonathan!

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Samantha ****

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01/12/2015
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My experience working with Jonathan was really stress-free and enjoyable, which is uncommon for the NYC apt rental process. He showed me the apartment I initially reached out about, and when I was clearly not interested in it, he took the time to actually ask me what I was looking for and showed me a number of other apartments that fit the criteria. I particularly appreciated that he always stayed in my price range and was not pushy or aggressive at all. The apartment I ultimately ended up deciding on was one that I don't think I would or could have found on my own, and I was literally signing the lease less than 24 hours after deciding I wanted it. I would absolutely recommend working with Jonathan as he's just a super nice guy who will actually work to find you what you're looking for.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Chelsey ****

review date
08/03/2014
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I contacted Jonathan looking for an apartment within a very specific price range asking if he could find a place within budget. He responded yes then immediately sent a place significantly over budget. He then told me he had two available apartments within my budget and we agreed to meet. Before our meeting, after asking for details he revealed one apartment was over the already agreed upon budget. I agree to see the one option within budget, he sent me (via his assistant) to a tiny apartment with a significantly slanted floor. When I asked why he would show me a place with a very slanted floor he said, "all old buildings have this." Definitely not true, but thanks for wasting my time.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Elena ****

review date
06/08/2014
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Looking for an apartment in NY city can be a horrible, stressful experience. Given the incentives, most brokers will try to make you settled for something below par just so that they can make quick money out of you and move on to their next client.

I worked with many workers during my search and Jonathan was by far the most pleasant and agreeable to work with. He listened to my needs and patiently tried to accommodate them. We saw many places together and not once did I feel like he was rushing me or trying to convince me to take something that was not right for me (something other brokers did frequently). He also was really nice to be with and made the whole process a lot less painful. I would highly recommend Jonathan to anybody looking for a place in the Village.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Mary ****

review date
05/13/2014
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5/13/2014
Jonathan is a high-quality, dependable and all-around excellent person to work with! Jonathan takes his job very seriously and will work around the clock to find the right apartment for you. He possesses honesty, integrity and a high-degree of professionalism and does not employ the "pressure tactics" that some brokers in Manhattan apply. I worked with Jonathan for several weeks and he was always pleasant and willing to go above and beyond. In Manhattan, it can sometimes prove difficult to find a broker whose goals are aligned with yours - you will not have to worry about this with Jonathan. I would recommend him to anyone looking to Rent or Buy in the Manhattan area. You will not be disappointed if you work with Jonathan!

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Peter ****

review date
07/31/2013
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Jonathan is the broker you want to work with, hands down. He is an honest, no pressure guy unlike many of the sharks swimming in the NYC housing market. When you are walking all day searching for a place to live, you could not ask for a better companion. He is not only a good agent, but an interesting person to to boot. I came out from LA with a three day window to find a place, and had set up an appointment with another broker to meet at a street corner in the West Village. When I arrived, Jonathan was there waiting for a client. I mistook him for the agent I had an appointment with, and after some confusion, he gave me his card in case the other broker didn't work out. Needless to say, he didn't, and I ended up renting a fabulous apartment through Jonathan. He is highly recommended.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Geoff ****

review date
06/25/2013
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Jonathan is not only hands down the most professional broker I have worked with, but also a great guy and a pleasure to apartment hunt with. He spent 12+ hours over 3 days with me 1 on 1, determined to find a studio/1BR downtown that fit my needs. He never pressured or rushed me. Instead, we established an honest, open dialogue to help me work towards a decision.

The most memorable part of my experience was at the end of my search when Jonathan took me to see a place that exactly fit my criteria and was a no-brainer. However, when we arrived at the apartment I realized that I had already seen it with another broker a few days earlier. I passed on it the first time around because the price had not been lowered yet. Rather than try to claim the commission or pursuade me to rent one of his apartments, Jonathan agreed that it was a great deal and I should take it, although he would not be a part of the transaction or receive any commission. That amount of character in the hyper competitive NYC rental market is rare.

I highly recommend Jonathan as your first point of contact in your apartment search, he will be the only broker you need to work with.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Ashley ****

review date
06/13/2013
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Jonathan made the rental/relocation process extremely easy for us, in a very short amount of time. My husband and I are relocating to NYC from out-of-state and had only 1 weekend to find an apartment. Starting about a month out, we sent a "wish list" of locations and amenities. During the month leading up to our house-hunting trip, Jonathan sent us new listings every few days (to get a feel for what we like). Once we arrived in NYC with only 2 days to look, Jonathan showed us 30+ apartments in all areas of our price range. By comparing places at all different costs, he provided us with all the information needed to make accurate comparisons. He also braved nearly 6 hours of walking around the West Village in the rain with us, all with a positive, friendly attitude. We ended up choosing an apartment whose current tenant was also represented by another broker at Citi Habitats (Tony Wilson). Jonathan and Tony made the entire application/lease signing process as smooth as possible, and we left 2 days later after having successfully secured a place to live. Thank you to Jonathan & the team at Citi Habitats for making this process absolutely painless!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Malavika ****

review date
05/12/2013
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He was extremely helpful in our process to find an apartment. We felt like he worked hard to look for apartments that fit the qualities we were looking for. He is a broker you can trust to find you a great apartment, and the majority of apartments he showed us were fantastic for their price point.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Lyle ****

review date
05/10/2013
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Jonathan was terrific - highly recommend. In two whirlwind days of touring, we saw about 25 apartments in at least five neighborhoods of Manhattan, and he quickly helped me narrow down my choices and see what my money would buy in various locales. He was extremely courteous and friendly throughout, and a good guy to chat with while walking extensively in and around the Village. He was attentive to which factors I found important and continually updated our tour to hone in on the right apartment, while still showing me enough breadth and variety that I felt totally comfortable with my decision when we were finished. With his help and some good luck, I signed a lease on my third day. I will definitely work with Jonathan again next time I need an apartment in the city.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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