About

We live and work in the neighborhood.

As experts in the Harlem market place, we offer an unmatched ability to know the intricacies of the market your property is located, giving buyers information they need about upcoming developments in the surrounding area, as well as places to go, things to see, and knowledge of what makes your neighborhood great. Our agents know that selling location plays a crucial role in the real estate sales process, and no one can do that better than agents that live and work in the neighborhood.

 

John McGuinness

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
jm@compass.com

M: 617.833.5668

John was born and raised in Rockland County New York. He has lived in Boston, San Francisco, and New York City. John started his real estate career in Harlem in 2009 and has focused on selling properties in Upper Manhattan. Over the years, his business has grown based on referrals and word of mouth. John joined Compass in 2017 with his team of approximately nine agents and a retail office located on Lenox Avenue and West 118th Street. He encourages you to stop by for a visit!

Zac Rasmussen

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson | Licensed As Zachary Bret Rasmussen
zac.rasmussen@compass.com

M: 801.512.5429

As a real estate professional, Zac’s work is rooted in a sense of honesty and dedication. Whether you are buying, selling, or renting, you can depend on him to keep your interests at heart and to produce results that you will be happy with. He is a great listener and will help you feel comfortable navigating the complex NYC real estate market. Zac is committed to providing top-notch service to every client. He holds a Master’s degree, lives in Harlem, and is a neighborhood enthusiast.

Pedro Felix

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
pedro.felix@compass.com

M: 347.261.9863

Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City, Pedro Felix's path to real estate was an unusual one. While working in sales at Best Buy, a customer — to whom he'd sold several kitchen and laundry appliances — commented that Pedro should pursue a career real estate because of his excellent sales skills. That small remark set Pedro toward obtaining his license, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Over his five-year career New York City real estate, Pedro has excelled in serving clients throughout Manhattan, driven by his passion for architecture and his deep desire to help people and apply the customer-service skills he gained in his prior career. Among his clients, Pedro is known for his amiable personality and for his ability to quickly solve problems, calm frayed nerves and drive the process toward the ultimate goal — finding the perfect home.

In his free time, you might find Pedro circumnavigating Manhattan as he pursues his passion for long-distance cycling.

Kathleen Doran

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
kathleen.doran@compass.com

M: 646.737.3872

Kathleen originally came to NYC from Massachusetts to follow her passion for music and the arts - and also her general love of people and adventure. She is genuinely curious about the lives of others and finds connecting with new people truly rewarding. Kathleen also believes that each person, no matter what their circumstance, has the right to build and live their dreams as big as they wish. Kathleen can guide and encourage you through your process of finding just the right, unique place for you to call home.

Suzanne Schwing

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
schwing@compass.com

M: 646.483.1122

Suzanne’s three decades in the performing arts have taken her from NYC to Europe and Japan, and right back to our very own Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. A seasoned professional actress and classical singer, Suzanne trained for the stage at LAMDA, received her Bachelor of Music degree from Boston University, and holds a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music. Suzanne has sung with numerous world-class conductors in the US and abroad, has several recordings and screen appearances to her credit, and is a highly-respected Shakespeare coach and concert soloist. She has also served on the Boards of International House New York and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

As a dedicated real estate agent, Suzanne brings the same level of class, intelligence, and skill to the service she provides her clients. She prides herself on a consistently high level of client satisfaction and personal attention to detail.

Suzanne grew up commuting between central Massachusetts and southern California, and has also lived in London and Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Since arriving in New York in 1999, she first lived in Morningside Heights as a resident member of International House New York, after which she spent 12 years in Washington Heights enjoying glorious Hudson River views. She now resides in the beautiful neighborhood of Hudson Heights with her cats Honey and Mario, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, AGMA, and SAG-AFTRA.

Add that extra bit of Schwing to your search and we’ll find your perfect space!

John Ruocco

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
jruocco@compass.com

M: 917.940.8909

John Ruocco is a seven-year veteran of New York City real estate known among his satisfied and loyal clientele for his unfailing attentiveness and deep commitment to their goals. Above all, John is driven by the opportunity to establish lifelong relationships with his clients.

Prior to real estate, John was a theater director and acting teach for more than 15 years, and he credits those roles for much of his real estate success, especially when it comes to connecting with people on a deep level and managing expectations through stressful situations. "I realized early on that there are a lot of similarities between being a theater director and a real estate broker: Both careers require a thick skin, an intuitive nature, organization and a commitment to people's hopes and dreams," he explains.

John is an Upper Manhattan specialist, intimately familiar with the neighborhoods and history above 110th Street.

A lifelong resident of the tristate area, John has resided in New York City for 31 years. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. When not hard at work, he loves spending time with his toddler twin girls and spends many weekends at ballroom dance competitions with his husband, Nikolai Shpakov, a professional dancer.

Stewart Wallace

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
stewart.wallace@compass.com

M: 917.620.3760

Stewart is an opera composer. Opera brought him to New York City from Texas in 1982. Of his many works, he’s best known for Harvey Milk and The Bonesetter’s Daughter.

Opera and Real Estate? Why not! Stewart brings the same attention to detail along with a dogged hunt for value learned over 35 years of buying, selling, renting and living in New York City. He’s lived in Soho (when it was still an artists’ enclave), Far West Chelsea (before the Highline), Gramercy Park, the East Village and Brooklyn. Like any self-respecting New Yorker, he’s always been a dedicated Real Estate voyeur.

Now a resident of Harlem, he’s thrilled to join John McGuinness in the Harlem office and ready to help you find just the right place.

Michaela Morton

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
michaela.morton@compass.com

M: 336.577.1379

Trained as an actor, writer, and translator, Michaela has a knack for connection, making friends of neighbors and neighbors of friends. A Certified Buyer Representative and Certified Negotiation Expert specializing in Manhattan rentals and sales, she combines extensive market knowledge in Harlem and the Heights with the personal insight and intuition to guide her clients home by the most joyful path.

She received her BA in French and English Literature from Williams College, and studied acting at UNC School of the Arts, the O'Neill Theater Center, and Cours Dramatique Jean-Laurent Cochet (Paris, FR). She is a former teaching artist with Dancing Classrooms NYC.

Clients call her personable and passionate, professional, positive, and perseverant. Those less in thrall to the letter "p" say she's empathetic and unflinchingly honest, and depending on who you talk to, either a dream to work with or simply the bee's knees.

Alexandria Hall

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
a.hall@compass.com

M: 347.344.1713

Alexandria Hall is a successful New York City real estate professional who's stellar 15-year career speaks for itself. Inspired to pursue real estate by her mother and sister — both top real estate agents in her native California — you could say the profession runs in her family.

Driven by her passion for architecture and design, Alexandria's clients rave about her persistence, follow-through and far-reaching knowledge of the city. Prior to real estate, time spent in the medical field helped form Alexandria's ability to deeply connect with people and put them at ease. For her, the primary goal is to usher clients through the often overwhelming process and land them in the perfect home of their dreams.

A Manhattan specialist with a particular fondness for Harlem, Alexandria has earned top sales awards many times over. When she's not working, you might find her pursuing her passion for cycling.

Simon McGown

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
simon@compass.com

M: 936.462.0079

Simon McGown is a uniquely full-service and knowledgeable resource in New York real estate. As an architect and cofounder of the multi-disciplinary design firm CO-Office, Simon understood the value of adding real estate agent to his resume. "I knew I could provide even more value to clients by getting involved in projects at the earliest stages, typically through acquisition and leasing," he explains.

While working in real estate improves his design process, the opposite is also true. "Being a designer, I understand the bureaucracy of the city and can provide a higher level of due diligence, making for a smoother process both before and after the transaction."

Hands on, knowledgeable and tenacious, Simon specializes in residential and commercial sales, development acquisitions and joint-venture sourcing throughout the area with an acute focus on Harlem. Considered a one-stop shop for buying, selling and leasing, Simon is also an expert at troubleshooting the renovation process and acquiring and developing property, always with a focus on driving ROI.

Simon holds a master's degree in architecture from Columbia University, GSAPP. In his free time, the Texas native enjoys running, surfing and spending time with his wife and young daughter.

Lolita Morrow

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson163 Lenox Avenue
lolita.morrow@compass.com

M: 917.767.1097

Lolita Morrow brings an exemplary level of service, quality and professionalism to the real estate field. Originally from Texas, Lolita hols an MBA in Marketing and an MA in Coummunications. She came to New York in 2007 in search of expanded opportunity and career growth. Her passion for creativity and love for marketing led her down a successful path with some of hte leading consumer products and media companies in the country.

Known for her personalized service, vast market insight and extensive network of contacts, Lolita also draws upon her sense of humor and attention to detail to ensure that the real estate experience is a smooth and successful one for every client. Warm, caring, diligent and patient, she will guide you through your search or sale with the utmost concern your unique needs, and best interests.

 

Collin Howard

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
collin.howard@compass.com

M: 347.652.3417

Collin Lyle Howard is a proud New Jersey native who has called New York City home for the past 13 years. He is a graduate of the Hartt School at The University of Hartford, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre. Making the bold decision to not return home after graduating college, like many of his peers, he moved to New York, mere hours after accepting his diploma, armed with ambition and tenacity! These would become his defining characteristics. Like many, Collin pounded the pavement, chasing his dream and has worked successfully, gracing stages across the country and throughout New York City. The New York Times has called his voice, "booming and effective." To supplement his career in entertainment, he began working in the restaurant industry, honing skills that would prove valuable later in life. With his unique style, upbeat attitude and natural connection with others, Collin has worked for some of the most celebrated chefs and restaurateurs in the country including: Bobby Flay (Bar Americain), Dan Kluger (Loring Place) and Sam Hazen (Veritas). He has been fortunate to be a part of the opening teams of successful restaurants including Fig & Olive, Tavern On The Green, and most recently, the aforementioned, Loring Place. In addition, the restaurants in which he has served have been honored with multiple prestigious awards including those presented by The James Beard Foundation and Michelin Guide.

Focusing (but not limited) in East and West Harlem, as well as the Bronx, Collin hopes to elevate the community in which he not only works but lives while maintaining the unique energy and flavor that "Uptown" has to offer. As a self prescribed "culture enthusiast," Collin believes that the best part about living above 110th Street is discovering and in some cases, re-discovering an ever changing cultural landscape. To him, real estate is not just about buying and selling but creating a better community in which we all must live. He looks forward to guiding clients through the process with compassion and an open heart!

Naomi Watanabe

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson | Licensed as Naomi James
naomi.watanabe@compass.com

M: 917.443.9357

Clients who partner with Naomi to sell, purchase or rent a home enter a rare sphere of her authentic personality, professionalism and profound client commitment that is sure to result in success. Each client is deserving of Naomi’s unfailing engagement with their smallest or most complex requirements. Her honesty and creative approach to listening and anticipating clients’ needs leverages her previous successes in New York’s complex real estate market. She provides clients with a visible advantage as they navigate what can otherwise be a stressful experience.

Naomi entered real estate after years of working in food and music industries in NYC, where she has developed a skill to be a unique connector between Japanese and American clients. Growing up in a wedding family business, she embraces the values of hard work, high integrity and efficient communication skill. Naomi is a New Yorker since 1997, a dog owner to her third rescue Bicomico and a mother resides in West Harlem. She is also a member of Real Estate Board of New York.