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Leila Yusuf

Member, Manager's Circle

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

O 917.478.0557
32 Avenue of the Americas, New York
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I have a passion for the hunt. I find what someone really wants, step into their shoes, see what they're looking for. I’m as excited about finding a home as they are.


Leila is a Manhattan resident who takes great pride in her profession, providing clients with the highest level of discretion, trust and loyalty, plus a vast knowledge of today's unique market. She is a skillful negotiator and a talented, hardworking individual who has earned not only outstanding results for her clients, but has also secured an excellent reputation within the real estate industry. Recent New Development Project "Tribeca" Acquisition: $10 Million and anticipated project sellout $34 Million. Leila recognizes that buying or selling a home is not only a personal and emotional experience, but in many cases the single most important financial decisions one can make. She helps ease this process by being herself, and putting her client first.

Leila was born and raised in Kenya and came to America at age 19 to attend the University of Massachusetts, where she studied hospitality and management. Before entering the real estate industry, Leila had a successful career in the restaurant business where she has worked in management for well-known chefs Jeffrey Zakarian and Jean-Georges Vongerichen.

When not with clients, she is a proud mother and loves running, hiking great peaks around the world, sailing, spinning, sky diving, cooking, traveling and yoga. She is currently working with IT-Project, an organization whose mission is to provide digital education resources to public schools in Kenya.

My Approach

"I do my best to see things from my buyers' and sellers' points of view. "


Leila recently helped us sell our co-op unit in Harlem and we could not be happier with our experience with her. First off, Leila got the pricing right. We started with the right price and despite other similar units in our building coming onto the market at a cheaper price, we did not drop our price based on Leila’s recommendation. In the end, our unit sold for very close to the asking price while the cheaper ones are still on the market.

Despite the great interest in our unit, there were very few potential buyers who met the income requirements. However, Leila went above and beyond the open house showings in searching for potential buyers and she found the perfect couple for our unit. If it weren’t for Leila I’m not sure we ever would have found the right buyers.

In addition, Leila was fantastic at helping us navigate all the hurdles that came up throughout the process. It is an extremely difficult and slow moving process to get approval from HPD and HDC (both from the seller and buyer side). Leila quarterbacked the whole process and quickly dealt with any setbacks as they arose. From the time the application was submitted by the buyers, we closed in less than four months which is lightning fast for HPD and HDC!

Furthermore, due to the subsidies and restrictions on our building, the banks were not easily able to appraise the property accurately. When the initial appraisal came in low, the process was almost derailed. However, like with the other challenges, Leila solved the problem and quickly for the bank to adjust the appraisal.

Leila was very responsive to our concerns and helped us stay positive through the whole process (despite the stress!). It was great pleasure working with Leila and I highly recommend her especially to those in a NYC subsidized apartment. If you want someone to get the job done, Leila is the one!
Harlem, NYC
Zachary Noteman

Leila represented me on the purchase and sale of one property and later the rental of a residence in a building I own. I continue to consult with her on New York City residential real estate. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for her work is quite evident and it is matched with uncomprising loyalty to her clients. She is tireless in her efforts to secure the best possible outcome. She does this by exposing the properties she represents to the broadest array of potential buyers and then educating buyers and sellers so that they properly understand current market conditions. This frankly is the only intelligent approach in any market. Leila demonstrates great patience with her clients and her quiet confidence in her abilities is a strong and calming asset
Michael Weinstein
CEO Ark Restaurants Corp.
West Chelsea, Soho, Tribeca
New York, NY 10011

I’ve known Leila Yusuf since 2004. We met while we both worked at a restaurant in The Meat Packing District together. Although Leila and I worked in different departments she would regularly stop by to say hello to everyone who worked in my department.

Leila moved on to work in a different restaurant and recommended me for a position. It was there that I recognized Leila’s hard work, drive for success and excellent people skills.

I eventually left the restaurant industry but remained in contact with Leila. In 2008 after saving for years I discovered an apartment that I was interested in purchasing. I knew that Leila had a real estate license and she was the first person who came to mind. I trusted her to guide me through unfamiliar territory or buying an apartment in New York City. It was a decision that I was glad I made. Leila proved to be knowledgeable of the New York real estate market. She was able to recommend a lawyer and a banker. She kept me in the loop with everything that was going on and advised me on obstacles that occurred during the purchasing process. Leila was fiercely in my corner when the economy began to suffer and I can honestly say that if it were not for her help I would currently not be a homeowner.

Leila was someone that I could honestly talk to and she gave great unbiased advice that was not based on how my decision would impact her. She called to see how I was doing emotionally and her hard work and concern for me has only strengthened our relationship.

I would without hesitation recommend Leila to anyone that I knew who was searching for an honest, compassionate, smart and friendly real estate broker.
UBS Securities LLC
1 bedroom New Development Central Harlem

Leila Yusuf has be a family friend for more than 10yrs, Leila has helped my family buy few prperties as investments in NY city she has been great, as buyer and renter agent. She markets all of our properties, find great tenants. We have been through all three scenarios. You have worked tirelessly and honestly.
Kim Family
Kittae LLC
Eastvillage, 5th Ave, Central Harlem

I have worked with Leila Yusuf for the past year and had the unusual opportunity to work with her selling, buying and renting properties. As each property represented a separate challenge, it was interesting to see the range of her experience at each venue. On all occasions, Leila showed enormous energy, integrity and willingness to do whatever it took to make parties on both side happy and a deal possible.
I would not hesitate to recommend her to an another.
Nancy Mah
Nancy mah Design
Soho, Tribeca

Hi Leila, Shermarkeh and I were talking with Manuel Frey the other day and he gave you the best compliment by saying that you are not like other brokers in NYC - he said that you are a "real person" and made the experience so much better than others he has worked with. Shermarkeh may remember the exact words. So congrats! Hopefully Manuel will send others your way.
Manuel Frey
Paul Weiss Law Firm
3bedroom Tribeca

We had the pleasure of working with Leila Yusuf during our condominium purchase in August/September 2013. She was representing the seller and ended up being the sole broker on the sale/purchase. Leila was a pleasure to work with and handled the entire deal in a very professional, knowledgeable and thorough manner. She was instrumental in making the process smooth from beginning to end. Leila was always on top of things and, in fact, was a few steps ahead. She was pro-active and carried us through from beginning to end. As an additional bonus for us, Leila went beyond the call of duty and, even after the closing, has been very helpful with all aspects of our move into the apartment. We would gladly recommend Leila to anyone who is looking to either sell or purchase real estate.
2 beds, 2bath, Terrace luxury Condo Upper West side
Lynne and Nelson Soares

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