International from birth, Lisa Simonsen’s long-developed and carefully honed global rolodex offers an unparalleled edge. While achieving a revered position within the top .05 percent of all national real estate brokers, Lisa's worldwide role as distinguished speaker, collaborator and deal-maker rose in tandem. Her reputation, in New York City and abroad, stands for integrity, trust and success—most importantly within coveted ultra-high-net-worth circles. Lisa's intense client focus and worldly perspective have resulted in record-breaking sales, year after year. Further, her name has become synonymous with luxurious, one-of-a-kind properties as she continues to dominate the niche high-end real estate sector. For these reasons and more, Lisa’s voice receives amplification through various national outlets, including an insightful Yahoo Finance guide for homebuyers, a feature story in the July 2019 issue of The Real Deal for achieving sales beyond $100 million and a forthcoming CNBC television series, “Simonsen Says.
Lisa began to make history in 2015—forging a path that has seen her receive a 2018 Pinnacle Award for reaching the top 1% grossing agents at Douglas Elliman nationwide. Among her roster of iconic closings, she’s set sales records for The Plaza (a $48 million transaction that was not on the public market, where she was chosen to represent both buyer and seller—and where it was executed entirely through her personal contacts). She recently sold a client’s personal apartment off-market for $30M at 10 Madison Square West. In partnership with Knight Frank, she also sold her NYC-based client’s $15M Singapore apartment in less than 15 days. This particular property had sat on the market with Sotheby’s for two years before she took over. This sale is one of many in a list that demonstrates her expertise and strategic vision for global buyers.
Beyond her unmatched sales statistics and ranking as one of NYC's top 75 individual brokers, an array of personal attributes and endeavors contribute to her successful work. From a board position at the Phoenix House and as co-chair of Sanctuary for Family (where she raised a record-breaking $3M+ in donations in June 2019), to her diverse background—with a Danish mother and Trinidadian father—and a passion for health and wellness, Lisa approaches life with a broad-ranging outlook. Along with her multilingual team, she travels the world to meet with her roster of clients. From Beijing to Hong Kong and Taipei, Lisa frequently guest speaks in China with J.P. Morgan’s high-net-worth clients. At home, Lisa and her team provide a complete suite of capabilities and services. This goes beyond negotiating a sale, and includes the entire process of acquiring and settling into luxury properties. As Lisa explains, "I have a keen instinct for matching buyers with the perfect trophy home and I usually know the property for my purchaser before they do. I consider myself a real estate match-maker."
Lisa makes money for her clients. Her individual and family clients trust her discretion, advice and ability to close even the most challenging transactions around the world. Her personal guidance is sought out continuously as her work itself speaks volumes to an ever-changing international market.