Citi Habitats’ Griffith-Scholz Team and Douglas Elliman’s Justin Croushore and Scott Sobol Join Fast Growing Firm

NEW YORK, NY – April 3, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — After six years at Citi Habitats, the prominent Griffith-Scholz Team has moved over to technology-driven residential real estate companyCompass.  The Griffith-Scholz team, led by Mark Griffith and Cindy Scholz, includes Angel Ramirez, Robert Bell, Christopher Ritchey, and Carlota Sosa, and has won multiple awards at Citi Habitats, including Team of the Year and serving on the firm’s President’s Council. Also joining Urban Compass are Justin Croushore and Scott Sobol, both veteran agents from Douglas Elliman. With years of experience in selling both residential properties and new developments, all eight of the new hires bring both market knowledge and incredible exclusive listings to Urban Compass, which continues its rapid growth.

“As Urban Compass continues to grow, we are focused on hiring top producing agents who share a passion for and commitment to technology and client service,” said Robert Reffkin, founder and CEO of Urban Compass. “In this case, we are pleased to announce the addition of true hybrid agents who have been successful in rentals, re-sales and new developments.”

The Griffith-Scholz Team has exclusively represented over $300 million worth of New York City real estate. They bring with them numerous exclusive listings, including residences at the white-glove 30 East 65th Street, as well as a development site on East 6th Street being listed at $5.4 million.  In addition, the team orchestrated one of the first contract signings for the new development located at 21 West 20th Street. A major emphasis for the team has been client service, which includes celebrity entertainers, advertising moguls and international clientele from numerous countries.

“It is an honor to be a part of the Urban Compass team” said Mark Griffith of the Griffith-Scholz team. “The company’s advanced technology and resources will only help us to expand our market presence and better serve our clients.”

Like the members of the Griffith-Scholz team, Justin Croushore and Scott Sobol, formerly of Douglas Elliman, come to Urban Compass with extensive industry experience. Croushore joins Urban Compass after 10 years at Douglas Elliman, where he was named to the top 2% of agents in the country with over 100 sales transactions over his career. Focused on providing the utmost in personalized service to his clients, Croushore has extensive knowledge of transactions in exclusive cooperative buildings, condominiums and townhouses, and also manages his clients’ real estate portfolios throughout New York. Before beginning his real estate career, Croushore previously worked at the leading entertainment public relations firm, PMK/HBH.

Sobol, a New York City native, understands the power of today’s technology and uses it to generate meaningful market exposure for his clients. The exclusive agent of a portfolio of highly desirable buildings in the heart of the West Village, Sobol prides himself on his pricing strategies, which have led to multiple record-breaking sales at above-ask prices, including the price record for Chelsea 1-bedrooms under 700 square feet at 305 West 16th Street. Sobol received his degree from Northwestern University and is a supporter of the Live Out Loud organization.

Since its launch in May of 2012, the Urban Compass team has grown to 50 real estate agents that have come directly from a variety of top New York City firms, including Douglas Elliman, Citi Habitats, TOWN, Corcoran, Brown Harris Stevens, and a number of smaller firms.

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About Compass

Founded in 2012 by Ori Allon and Robert Reffkin, Compass is a technology company that simplifies the process of finding a home by combining innovative technology with experienced agents. They have been named one of CNN’s 10 Startups to Watch for 2013 and one of Business Insider’s 18 Best Startups That Launched in 2013. To learn more about Compass, please visit www.compass.com or stay in touch on Facebook or Twitter.

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