Jonathan Kestenbaum at Miron Properties is a superstar. I was so lucky to meet him when I moved to New York. He helped me painlessly buy a co-op in this awesome city.
I have a Master''s degree in real estate and I''ve purchased two other homes in different parts of the country. But when I moved to New York, I quickly realized this market is much faster and more competitive - not to mention the high prices! When I met Jon, he spent time telling me the basics of New York real estate. He helped me narrow my choice of neighborhoods and type of buildings I wanted. Jon helped me contact a great attorney and bank - both with excellent service, low rates and reasonable expenses. So, I was able to qualify for my loan and be ready to jump in a deal when I found one. I was patient but kept looking. Jon kept feeding me potential apartments and within 6 weeks, I found an amazing place in the Upper East Side. It was less than market value and, with the confidence Jon gave me, I jumped on it. Within 2 months, I bought my first apartment in New York City.
I still can''t believe I own something in the world''s greatest city. Thanks so much, Jon. I might have figured it out on my own but you saved me time and actually saved me money.
- Jack K.
This review is based upon my experience with Jon Kestenbaum. Jon helped me find an apartment in September 2013.
I moved from overseas in September and had two weeks to find an apartment. Jon replied to my initial email with properties that matched my criteria and we met the very next day. Jon took the time to show me numerous apartments on my first day and helped me with both the application process and the lease finalization process. I met with other brokers who all told me my search would be fruitless (given I was from overseas) but Jon was willing to go above and beyond to help me secure my own apartment. He was always available and a great guy to work with committed to finding me the perfect apartment. Thanks for all your help Jon, really appreciate it!
- Jessica T.
This (very belated!) review is for Jon Kestenbaum.
Last June, my two friends and I began the daunting task of looking for a 3-bedroom Manhattan apartment in our price range. I knew from prior experience that CL hunting wasn't a great way to go (we liked the idea of keeping our sanity), and our brief time working with a broker from a different real estate agency was very disappointing (in 3 weeks, he showed us only two places - both of which were cramped, dirty, out of our price range and run by a management company with straight up horrifying reviews).
Enter Jon. Within SIX DAYS of me first contacting Miron Properties, we signed a lease for our perfect apartment (3 bedrooms, amazing East Village location, in our price range, only a second floor walk-up, clean, a responsive super and a great management company). Seven months later, we're still extremely happy and are planning to renew our lease later this year.
Jon was very kind, insightful, calming (real estate hunting and lease signing in NYC is always going to be stressful, but Jon did a great job of keeping our anxiety level low) and overall, a great broker to work with. The management team at Miron also came through for us and helped make sure we got the apartment over the other applicants vying for it.
Thanks again, Jon and Miron!
- Caroline, Tara and Charmaine
I worked with Jon Kestenbaum this past weekend, when he showed one of his exclusive listings to myself (as co-broking agent) and my clients. Although the landlord accepted another offer in the end, my experience with Jon was so great that I thought it worthwhile to share it with you.
Jon was extremely responsive and flexible, responding to me late on a Friday night and early on a Saturday morning, and then keeping me updated throughout the rest of the weekend. Although the landlord selected another application of my clients'', Jon went out of his way to hand deliver their application and deposit fees to me at my office today, without question or hassle. He was very fun yet professional, and was overall really great to work with throughout the entire experience.
In the world of NY real estate, where as you know, working with co-broking agents can sometimes be very stressful and unenjoyable, working with Jon was a real breath of fresh air. He is a great ambassador for Miron, and I look forward to hopefully working with him and Miron more in the near future!
- Melissa O
I met up with Jonathan one Saturday afternoon after finding a promising apartment through the Miron Properties website that morning. I wasn't planning to see more than one apartment that day, but Jonathan was quick to figure out what I might be interested in, and pushed me to see a couple more places in a much more friendly way than other brokers have done in the past.
I ended up falling pretty hard for the fourth place we checked out, and Jonathan pushed my application through with the management company as quickly as possible.
He definitely helped me make the right decision for me, and he supported me at every step, so that my apartment search was completely finished in less than a week.
- Ben N
This review is based upon my experience with Jon Kestenbaum. Jon helped me find an apartment in August 2013.
I was moving from across the country, and renting in New York is fast and furious. I emailed Jon my preferences and budget, and he was able to find apartments that fit my criteria. Jon was there every step of the way to show me properties, and help close the lease. Jon was able to find the perfect apartment in a nice area with great transit options that was better than I could have expected. Jon was on the ground every day and kept me involved via text message and email. When it came time to sign the lease, Jon overnighted it (with Saturday service) via Fedex to me. Saturday service doesn''t come cheap, but that''s the level of dedicated Jon has. Above all, Jon was a great guy, and was easy going. I felt that Jon didn''t care about his commission, and was just out for my best interest. I had conversations with other brokers, and they just felt like uptight jerks. In my opinion Jon embodies what the "NYC Broker" experience should be, but so few achieve.
- Richard F.
Looking for an apartment is generally not anyone's favorite experience, especially in New York, but Jon made it quick, easy and dare I say, bearable. He's honest, easy to talk to and super reliable. Gone are the days of waiting on street corners for realtors who don't even show up -- just call Jon. He found me a great apartment that was leagues above the places I'd been seeing in my price range. If it weren't for him I'd probably be living in the park right now. Highly recommended.
- Nathalie M
Working with broker Jon Kestenbaum at Miron Properties made finding the perfect place really easy. I was shown exactly what I was looking for and the place I chose was secured quickly and efficiently. I couldn''t be happier with the service and if I am ever in need of another apartment I will definitely call Jon again.
- Cyan B
I was looking for an apartment in the East Village and had met with almost a dozen brokers who showed me some really dumpy places. Between appointments, I was walking up 1st avenue and noticed a guy holding a Miron Properties folder - a name I recognized from craigslist. I stopped and asked what he was showing and we set up a time to meet a few days later. Jon showed me a handful of places that no one else had, and found me the apartment I ended up renting, which I love. Jon took all of my many questions in stride and made the whole experience calm and enjoyable. He was never pushy or made me feel bad saying no to a place, and he even got me a subscription to my favorite magazine as a congrats gift at the end. I have already recommended Jon to friends looking for new places and will definitely continue to do so!
- Marta Z
After two separate searches for apartments, emails to countless fake craigslist apartments, and meetings with dozens of brokers who either don''t listen or don''t care, it is beyond refreshing to meet a broker like Jon.
In a span of four or five days, he was able to show us a bunch of apartments that fit the criteria we wanted, and were all so close to being the right one. Jon was honest, upfront, and always available during the whole process. He never over sold an apartment, and would consistently check in to make sure he wasn''t showing us things we weren''t interested in.
After just under week, Jon showed us the perfect place and we signed shortly after. He has access to great listings and really works hard to find the right fit. I highly recommend him for anyone looking for an apartment in the city.
- Alex M.
Jon is a wonderful broker. Thanks to his efforts and unfailingly positive attitude, my husband and I were able to find an apartment we loved quickly and painlessly. When we gave Jon our very specific and particular criteria for our ideal apartment, he took those criteria seriously and approached our search with a can-do attitude. He was super patient. While other brokers tried to lower our expectations, Jon worked his hardest to exceed them. Crucially, he was flexible and quick on his feet during the search itself, as my husband and I realized we wanted to prioritize certain features differently from how we had originally planned.
When we did finally locate the apartment we loved, he managed the logistics of the necessary application and related transactions quickly and efficiently. It took 72 hours from the time we started our search until our application was approved. Despite all we had heard about the horrors of the NYC rental market, Jon managed to make our apartment search the easiest we''ve ever had. He is honest and no-nonsense; a great asset to have on your side during what is typically a very stressful endeavor. Highly recommended.
- Hilary T.
I met with a few real estate agents while apartment hunting in NY, and Jon was undoubtedly the best. He found a great selection of apartments in my price range, and he patiently answered all of my questions as we toured each one. He's not only a great agent, but he's a stand-up guy - I felt completely comfortable working with him and I was impressed by his genuine desire to find me the right place. Jon's kindness, honesty and work ethic truly set him apart from the pack, and I recommend him highly.
- Kitt W.