Hot off a hiring spree that extended earlier this month with the enlistment of two sales managers from Core, Compass on Wednesday announced that David Dubin, the Douglas Elliman broker behind deals for David Geffen and Judge Judy, has joined its Manhattan stable.
Dubin, a 12-year Corcoran veteran who most recently did business alongside brokers Oren and Tal Alexander as part of Douglas Elliman’s Alexander team, will join former Douglas Elliman broker Toni Haber and her seven-agent team, a company spokesperson said.
“David’s amazing,” said Haber, whose team specializes in Manhattan penthouses and last year boasted $100 million in penthouse sales alone. “He’s a veteran broker in the business and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board. We had known each other for a while but became friendlier when we were both at Elliman and we had a mutual respect and we stayed in touch.”
Among Dubin’s top transactions while at Corcoran as part of Deborah Grubman’s team was the $54 million sale in 2012 of a penthouse at 785 Fifth Avenue to Geffen, the music producer and DreamWorks co-founder. A year later, he brokered the $8.5 million sale of a pied-a-terre at the Sherry-Netherland for Judith Sheindlin, otherwise known on television as Judge Judy.
Before joining Compass, Dubin served as sales director at 12 East 88th Street, a 24-unit condominium building hoisted by developer Jonathan Simon of Simon Baron Development.
Dubin’s appointment at Compass follows the high-profile acquisitions earlier this month of Doug Heddings and David Innocenzi, leading sales agents with New York-based luxury real estate brokerage Core. Since March 5, the duo has focused on training a team of more than 700 agents in New York City, but they are expected to expand to a national coaching platform.
“It’s the most well-oiled machine I’ve experienced in my 26 years in the industry,” Heddings, another former Douglas Elliman agent, told Inman, referring to Compass. “Without a doubt.”
The hiring spree comes on the heels of the unveiling in November of an ambitious bid to grab 20 percent of the market share in the 20 largest U.S. cities by 2020 and a $450 million financing round, a reportedly unprecedented sum in the real estate tech space, that has allowed the company to expand rapidly. Late last year, it heralded the first of three brick-and-mortar Chicago locations with the hiring of 20 new agents, including Jeff Lowe of The Lowe Group and Joe Siciliano of Coldwell Banker.