Testimonials

  • We shopped around before selecting a broker and I'm very glad we did. John McGuinness and his team were professional, efficient and highly effective in guiding us in the purchase of our new apartment. We were so impressed with their services that we asked them to assist us in the leasing of our old apartment. Pedro Felix from John's team was our rental agent and he was a pleasure to work with. Across both of our transactions, we were extremely happy with the results.

    We shopped around before selecting a broker and I'm very glad we did. John McGuinness and his team were professional, efficient and highly effective in guiding us in the purchase of our new apartment. We were so impressed with their services that we asked them to assist us in the leasing of our old apartment. Pedro Felix from John's team was our rental agent and he was a pleasure to work with. Across both of our transactions, we were extremely happy with the results.

    A K

  • Pedro Felix was my rental agent. He nailed it on the first outing. I got exactly what I was looking for in the neighborhood I wanted. Pedro wasn't pushy or obnoxious like most rental agents. He was patient and kind and a wealth of knowledge of about the area. Pedro Felix is a good egg.

    Pedro Felix was my rental agent. He nailed it on the first outing. I got exactly what I was looking for in the neighborhood I wanted. Pedro wasn't pushy or obnoxious like most rental agents. He was patient and kind and a wealth of knowledge of about the area. Pedro Felix is a good egg.

    Clarence Bradley

  • Worked with Pedro to rent my unit. Great overall experience and very attentive. He was able to get the unit rented very quickly and efficiently. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to rent a unit. You will not be disappointed. Cheers.

    Worked with Pedro to rent my unit. Great overall experience and very attentive. He was able to get the unit rented very quickly and efficiently. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to rent a unit. You will not be disappointed. Cheers.

    Volel Jude Casimir

  • Worked with Pedro Felix to get my unit rented out. He arrived on time when viewing apartment which is very important to me. He took some great pictures and listened very carefully for my criteria when looking for tenants. He found great tenants within a week's time and handled all paperwork and approvals in a timely fashion. He was a pleasure to work with and will be using him and Compass for future business.

    Worked with Pedro Felix to get my unit rented out. He arrived on time when viewing apartment which is very important to me. He took some great pictures and listened very carefully for my criteria when looking for tenants. He found great tenants within a week's time and handled all paperwork and approvals in a timely fashion. He was a pleasure to work with and will be using him and Compass for future business.

    Eddie Lopez


  • John Ruocco was great. He answered all my questions in a timely fashion and explained everything in detail. John found an apartment in a location for me and in my price range. I look forward to working with him again when its time for me to buy. Thank you again!!!!



    John Ruocco was great. He answered all my questions in a timely fashion and explained everything in detail. John found an apartment in a location for me and in my price range. I look forward to working with him again when its time for me to buy. Thank you again!!!!


    William Holder

  • It was a pleasure and a privilege working with John and his team on the recent rental of one of my units in Harlem. He presented the property very professionally and ensured it was marketed very broadly. His constant focus ensured it was leased within a very short space of time. John has a deep knowledge and understanding of the market in Harlem and the various laws and regulations with respect to real estate in New York. Also, with his sophisticated approach to dealing with documentation he made the entire process very easy for both myself as the landlord and the tenant. I would definitely recommend John and his team for any real estate transaction in Harlem.

    It was a pleasure and a privilege working with John and his team on the recent rental of one of my units in Harlem. He presented the property very professionally and ensured it was marketed very broadly. His constant focus ensured it was leased within a very short space of time. John has a deep knowledge and understanding of the market in Harlem and the various laws and regulations with respect to real estate in New York. Also, with his sophisticated approach to dealing with documentation he made the entire process very easy for both myself as the landlord and the tenant. I would definitely recommend John and his team for any real estate transaction in Harlem.

    Andrew McCauley

  • Working with John from Harlem Properties was an absolutely amazing experience! Typically when working with brokers in NYC communication is lacking, brokers are pushy, and they never seem to fully have your needs in mind. Its the absolute worst. Working with John, however, was the complete opposite. He redeemed our faith in brokers completely! He was accommodating to our schedule and needs, incredibly kind and funny in helping us get to know the neighborhood, and zero pressure. When viewing what ended up being our dream apartment, John was laid back and incredibly helpful and even gave us some insight into how we could best advance the process. We felt like we were going through the process with a friend instead of a broker. It was almost TOO easy. The building process, fees, etc were all super clear from the start, and John managed every aspect of the application process to ensure it went smoothly. I not only recommend working with John, I fully intend to shout his name from our rooftop after move in. He's that good.

    Working with John from Harlem Properties was an absolutely amazing experience! Typically when working with brokers in NYC communication is lacking, brokers are pushy, and they never seem to fully have your needs in mind. Its the absolute worst. Working with John, however, was the complete opposite. He redeemed our faith in brokers completely! He was accommodating to our schedule and needs, incredibly kind and funny in helping us get to know the neighborhood, and zero pressure. When viewing what ended up being our dream apartment, John was laid back and incredibly helpful and even gave us some insight into how we could best advance the process. We felt like we were going through the process with a friend instead of a broker. It was almost TOO easy. The building process, fees, etc were all super clear from the start, and John managed every aspect of the application process to ensure it went smoothly. I not only recommend working with John, I fully intend to shout his name from our rooftop after move in. He's that good.

    Kate Cummings

  • Was an absolute pleasure working with John. I found John after a search for brokers on Zillow. After speaking with a number of brokers I was hyper impressed during our initial phone conversation where he would genuinely listen and understand my requirements rather than lecture to me. He also took the time to explain to me the nuances of purchasing property and when I made a visit, he showed me around 20+ properties in a single day and across a very large area. It helped me appreciate the area, local history, and most importantly understand which area I'd most like to live in. When it came to negotiating for the right property, John's knowledge of many of the other brokers in the market allowed him to understand what we could properly flex to. I've recommended John to a number of my friends and if you need anyone in the city, I'd recommend John as the person to speak to, plus he's a really awesome guy.

    Was an absolute pleasure working with John. I found John after a search for brokers on Zillow. After speaking with a number of brokers I was hyper impressed during our initial phone conversation where he would genuinely listen and understand my requirements rather than lecture to me. He also took the time to explain to me the nuances of purchasing property and when I made a visit, he showed me around 20+ properties in a single day and across a very large area. It helped me appreciate the area, local history, and most importantly understand which area I'd most like to live in. When it came to negotiating for the right property, John's knowledge of many of the other brokers in the market allowed him to understand what we could properly flex to. I've recommended John to a number of my friends and if you need anyone in the city, I'd recommend John as the person to speak to, plus he's a really awesome guy.

    Bryan Lip

  • One the the best realtors I've had the pleasure of working with. My experience has been flawless with John & his team. I can enthusiastically recommend John and his team of real estate professionals for all of your Real Estate needs.

    One the the best realtors I've had the pleasure of working with. My experience has been flawless with John & his team. I can enthusiastically recommend John and his team of real estate professionals for all of your Real Estate needs.

    Kasheem Jones

  • John was such a pleasure to work with on his new office. He has an incredible vision for how a real estate broker can be a good neighbor, knows the industry like the back of his hand, and is honest, generous, and driven with the highest caliber of custom care. You will not be disappointed, but instead relieved to have finally found the best broker in NYC!

    John was such a pleasure to work with on his new office. He has an incredible vision for how a real estate broker can be a good neighbor, knows the industry like the back of his hand, and is honest, generous, and driven with the highest caliber of custom care. You will not be disappointed, but instead relieved to have finally found the best broker in NYC!

    Simon McGown

  • Harlem Properties helped us buy our first home, and we are SO happy with the place we ended up with!

    Harlem Properties helped us buy our first home, and we are SO happy with the place we ended up with!

    Mara Measor

  • I feel very fortunate to have worked with John during the otherwise arduous process of purchasing a coop apartment in nyc. This being my first apartment, John helped my navigate the process and overcome the many obstacles. He's a very genuine person, honest and trustworthy. I recommend him wholeheartedly.

    I feel very fortunate to have worked with John during the otherwise arduous process of purchasing a coop apartment in nyc. This being my first apartment, John helped my navigate the process and overcome the many obstacles. He's a very genuine person, honest and trustworthy. I recommend him wholeheartedly.

    Ralph Ghoche

  • John is our neighbor and it just seemed natural to ask him to find us new tenants when our current tenants were relocating to Atlanta. Our positive feeling was reinforced by his professionalism and knowledge of the rental market. He kept us posted about each step of the process. Most importantly, his integrity and diligence was above and beyond what we have experienced previously. He found us lovely tenants and we will have no "gap" between move out and move in, which is important for us. We would certainly use John again if we had a vacancy in our building.

    John is our neighbor and it just seemed natural to ask him to find us new tenants when our current tenants were relocating to Atlanta. Our positive feeling was reinforced by his professionalism and knowledge of the rental market. He kept us posted about each step of the process. Most importantly, his integrity and diligence was above and beyond what we have experienced previously. He found us lovely tenants and we will have no "gap" between move out and move in, which is important for us. We would certainly use John again if we had a vacancy in our building.

    Hilary Stillman

  • John has handled several apartment rentals for me and I can’t recommend him highly enough. I live in California so I’ve really depended on him not just to manage the process, but also to make judgment calls on who would be great tenants. I’ve never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision to rent. On the contrary, he’s been more than willing to make the extra effort, and take the extra time, to ensure that it’s a good fit for all concerned. A couple of the rentals turned out to be more complicated than expected (for example, tenants suddenly couldn’t move out for 2+ months due to their mortgage falling through) and he handled everything and everyone with integrity and efficiency, continued to show the apartment, and gave me good advice on how to proceed. My tenants have also told me that they really appreciated the way he handled the rental process, and his lower broker fee was also a plus.

    John has handled several apartment rentals for me and I can’t recommend him highly enough. I live in California so I’ve really depended on him not just to manage the process, but also to make judgment calls on who would be great tenants. I’ve never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision to rent. On the contrary, he’s been more than willing to make the extra effort, and take the extra time, to ensure that it’s a good fit for all concerned. A couple of the rentals turned out to be more complicated than expected (for example, tenants suddenly couldn’t move out for 2+ months due to their mortgage falling through) and he handled everything and everyone with integrity and efficiency, continued to show the apartment, and gave me good advice on how to proceed. My tenants have also told me that they really appreciated the way he handled the rental process, and his lower broker fee was also a plus.

    Michael Condren

  • After reading these amazing reviews and feeling overwhelmed with searching for a new home in Manhattan - moving from Queens - I decided to reach out to the folks at Harlem Properties.
    It was hands down THE BEST decision I ever made. Rebecca Hall was my broker and not only is she a Harlem native - who recommended neighborhood haunts - but she is a talented broker who helped navigate the leasing process with humor and a smile. Harlem Properties offers a refreshing change from the more sterile corporate brokers that typically dominate the city. John McGuinness, the President is not only talented, but involved and approachable.
    If you are looking for a new abode in Upper Manhattan, run - don't walk! to Harlem Properties. :-)

    After reading these amazing reviews and feeling overwhelmed with searching for a new home in Manhattan - moving from Queens - I decided to reach out to the folks at Harlem Properties.
    It was hands down THE BEST decision I ever made. Rebecca Hall was my broker and not only is she a Harlem native - who recommended neighborhood haunts - but she is a talented broker who helped navigate the leasing process with humor and a smile. Harlem Properties offers a refreshing change from the more sterile corporate brokers that typically dominate the city. John McGuinness, the President is not only talented, but involved and approachable.
    If you are looking for a new abode in Upper Manhattan, run - don't walk! to Harlem Properties. :-)

    sabrina prince

  • We were introduced to John and Ryan and we just knew they were the perfect brokers to work with in selling our Harlem condo. From the moment we met with them, they were not only personable, but they showed their expertise, professionalism, and enthusiasm; it set them apart from a handful of other NYC brokers we had interviewed. They presented us with a much detailed market analysis report, provided guidance in how to prep our condo to sell and best of all, they gave us the attention necessary in selling our condo. We couldn't be happier with our experience with Harlem Properties! Thank you!

    We were introduced to John and Ryan and we just knew they were the perfect brokers to work with in selling our Harlem condo. From the moment we met with them, they were not only personable, but they showed their expertise, professionalism, and enthusiasm; it set them apart from a handful of other NYC brokers we had interviewed. They presented us with a much detailed market analysis report, provided guidance in how to prep our condo to sell and best of all, they gave us the attention necessary in selling our condo. We couldn't be happier with our experience with Harlem Properties! Thank you!

    Esther Lim

  • We worked with Ryan Sollinger and Harlem Properties to purchase our west Village apartment when there were many other buyers. Ryan worked hard to get us in first and win the deal. The process was smooth and made easier by the knowledge and insight brought to our purchase. I strongly recommend Ryan and HP's services for anyone considering buying or selling a home in NYC.

    We worked with Ryan Sollinger and Harlem Properties to purchase our west Village apartment when there were many other buyers. Ryan worked hard to get us in first and win the deal. The process was smooth and made easier by the knowledge and insight brought to our purchase. I strongly recommend Ryan and HP's services for anyone considering buying or selling a home in NYC.

    Megan Cornell

  • John was a great asset in finding our new apartment. Although he was very personable and friendly, he also pursued opportunities on our behalf with diligence--often going out of his way to do so. Next time we move we will be sure to work with him again!

    John was a great asset in finding our new apartment. Although he was very personable and friendly, he also pursued opportunities on our behalf with diligence--often going out of his way to do so. Next time we move we will be sure to work with him again!

    Sam Tilles

  • Harlem Properties is the best real estate broker in Harlem - hands down. John McGuinness not only showed me some amazing apartments and brownstones for sale, he also gave me background about the neighborhood that only a local would know.

    I've dealt with a number of brokers and agents as a real estate investor through the years. Harlem Properties was not only the most diligent real estate agency I've worked with but also the most honest; never once in my dealings did I not feel like I was getting the best treatment.

    If you're interested in investing in real estate in Harlem or looking for a great new neighborhood to call home, call Harlem Properties.

    Harlem Properties is the best real estate broker in Harlem - hands down. John McGuinness not only showed me some amazing apartments and brownstones for sale, he also gave me background about the neighborhood that only a local would know.

    I've dealt with a number of brokers and agents as a real estate investor through the years. Harlem Properties was not only the most diligent real estate agency I've worked with but also the most honest; never once in my dealings did I not feel like I was getting the best treatment.

    If you're interested in investing in real estate in Harlem or looking for a great new neighborhood to call home, call Harlem Properties.

    JD Beebe

  • Working with John McGuiness and Harlem Properties was the best choice we made when renting out our apartment, and then subsequently selling that apartment. I should also say, we were living 3000 miles away when we were selling the apartment and it was the easiest and smoothest process - all because of John. If you need a broker and company that cares, has integrity AND is insanely smart about the market, then hire Harlem Properties.

    Working with John McGuiness and Harlem Properties was the best choice we made when renting out our apartment, and then subsequently selling that apartment. I should also say, we were living 3000 miles away when we were selling the apartment and it was the easiest and smoothest process - all because of John. If you need a broker and company that cares, has integrity AND is insanely smart about the market, then hire Harlem Properties.

    Jodie Bentley

  • I couldn't have done it without the professionalism and insider know how of Harlem Properties. Seriously, I tried to do it on my own for over a year before I called them. Great people dedicated to offering prospective buyers the best and most streamlined experience.

    Personable, patient and professional.

    Go with Harlem Properties to get your dream home.

    I couldn't have done it without the professionalism and insider know how of Harlem Properties. Seriously, I tried to do it on my own for over a year before I called them. Great people dedicated to offering prospective buyers the best and most streamlined experience.

    Personable, patient and professional.

    Go with Harlem Properties to get your dream home.

    John Conway Chisenhall

  • John helped us to sell our brownstone. He is extremely professional and polite. We really enjoyed working wih him and would do so again if we had another house to sell!!!

    John helped us to sell our brownstone. He is extremely professional and polite. We really enjoyed working wih him and would do so again if we had another house to sell!!!

    Rechard Nelson

  • I bought my apartment through John McGuinness and I would highly recommend him. He was honest, professional and knowledgeable. His passion for Harlem and his enthusiasm make working with him a pleasure. Interacting with John actually increased my appreciation of Harlem.

    I bought my apartment through John McGuinness and I would highly recommend him. He was honest, professional and knowledgeable. His passion for Harlem and his enthusiasm make working with him a pleasure. Interacting with John actually increased my appreciation of Harlem.

    Andy Morgan

  • Harlem Properties is my go to real estate agency. I've used their services over the last 8 years. Great to work with. Very professional.

    Harlem Properties is my go to real estate agency. I've used their services over the last 8 years. Great to work with. Very professional.

    Carlotta

  • Our experiences with Harlem Properties have been flawless, with professional and personable care taken by John and his team throughout. They are truly THE experts when it comes to Harlem!

    Our experiences with Harlem Properties have been flawless, with professional and personable care taken by John and his team throughout. They are truly THE experts when it comes to Harlem!

    Dan Saperstein

  • John listed our apartment building in Harlem. I was impressed with his creativity, honesty, and timeliness. His ability and willingness to think outside the box made brought us an extra 100k.

    John listed our apartment building in Harlem. I was impressed with his creativity, honesty, and timeliness. His ability and willingness to think outside the box made brought us an extra 100k.

    Steve Hutchison

  • John is a real quality professional and to top it off a nice guy. Deep understanding of Manhattan real estate market. Dedicated to making his clients happy and helping them find what they need. Thank you John!

    John is a real quality professional and to top it off a nice guy. Deep understanding of Manhattan real estate market. Dedicated to making his clients happy and helping them find what they need. Thank you John!

    Erine Sanru

  • John was amazing! He was with me from start to finish finding my new home and I could not be happier!

    John was amazing! He was with me from start to finish finding my new home and I could not be happier!

    Rachel Payne

  • I had a fantastic experience working with John - would highly recommend him to EVERYBODY. He responded back to my StreetEasy inquiry within a few hours on a weekend night and never failed to reply in a timely manner to any other questions or concerns I voiced throughout our time working together. In addition to showing me the apartment I was interested in, he very quickly mapped out a few other options in the same price range and area to show as well, and always tailored the new suggestions to fit my likes/dislikes. Things moved quickly, and within a week, I was preparing to sign the lease for a new apartment. John made himself available for any concerns I had after the lease signing as well, providing a bit more comfort should anything had gone wrong upon move-in.

    Use John as your broker! You will not be disappointed and your apartment hunt will feel great.

    I had a fantastic experience working with John - would highly recommend him to EVERYBODY. He responded back to my StreetEasy inquiry within a few hours on a weekend night and never failed to reply in a timely manner to any other questions or concerns I voiced throughout our time working together. In addition to showing me the apartment I was interested in, he very quickly mapped out a few other options in the same price range and area to show as well, and always tailored the new suggestions to fit my likes/dislikes. Things moved quickly, and within a week, I was preparing to sign the lease for a new apartment. John made himself available for any concerns I had after the lease signing as well, providing a bit more comfort should anything had gone wrong upon move-in.

    Use John as your broker! You will not be disappointed and your apartment hunt will feel great.

    Emma B.