COLD SPRING HARBOR, NY - Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, one of the nation’s leading realtors, with unrivaled preeminence in Long Island’s luxury market, has officially opened the doors to its new Astoria office at 2807 Ditmars Boulevard. The office, which first opened in late 2018, previously operated out of the WeWork Building on 36th Avenue.
“We are incredibly proud of our Astoria office and the strong growth it has attained in a new market in just three years, particularly when that growth was achieved during a time when Covid presented innumerable challenges,” said Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty Chief Executive Officer Deirdre O’Connell. “The time has come for us to open our doors to become an integral part of the community. Congratulations are in order for sales manager Daren Debel and his team of real estate advisors.”
The Astoria office initially opened with four full time real estate advisors operating predominantly in Astoria, Long Island City and eastern Queens. Debel was recruited as sales manager in January 2020 with the goal of putting Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty on the map of Astoria.
“Astoria was changing when we first opened our office, and Covid accelerated that change,” says Debel. “We wanted to bring a standard of professionalism and collaboration, first rate marketing, a wider exposure for properties on the market, and to provide an overall benefit in the community.”
The Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty team has stepped up to give back, partnering with community groups to participate in food, clothing, and toy drives to help the less fortunate. They have also held two community events, inviting their neighbors to come by for refreshments and camaraderie. The office is stockpiled with treats for all who visit, from dog biscuits to pop-its to frisbees.
“We engage with everyone who walks past our office. We have gifts for kids, dogs and adults and we hand them out all day long,” explains Debel. “By showing our goodwill and care for our neighbors and community, it has helped earn their trust. They have responded by giving us their business. We may be viewed as the big brand in town, and a corporation rather than a mom and pop, but our roots are as a family business and that is the foundation of our culture for the past 100 years.”
The Astoria office currently numbers 17 real estate advisors and is on track to have 20 by year’s end. The office has broadened its territory as well, extending into Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Over the course of his career, Debel has helped agents build and grow their careers through strategies that include working with For Sale by Owner and expired listings, empty nesters, and first-time home buyers, as well as establishing an overall neighborhood presence. He successfully recruited 200 agents within one two-year period and has coached more than 50 agents to individual and team success.
“Daren is a dynamic professional with a proven record of success over his years of operational and sales team management experience in New York City,” said O’Connell. “We look forward to working with him as we continue to expand our footprint in Queens and other markets. His experience, along with his commitment to professionalism, integrity and customer satisfaction, is a great asset to our team.”
About Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
Consistently achieving among the highest average sales prices nationwide, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty is a $4 billion-dollar organization based on Long Island, N.Y. with more than 850 real estate advisors serving New York City’s metropolitan area with 25 sales offices in Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, the North Fork of Long Island and Westhampton Beach. Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty is committed to marketing and showing homes safely and effectively by upholding strict protocols during physical showings, providing video tours of most listed properties, many including 3-D tours and floor plans, and arranging virtual smart phone tours at the customer and client request.
Our other services include a full Relocation/Referrals Division, a Rental Division, DGNY Commercial, and Ambassador Abstract Title company. The Sotheby’s International Realty® affiliate for Long Island and Queens since 1976, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s has gained national and international recognition, including top honors for sales, marketing and technology worldwide. For more information, visit danielgale.com.