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Diane M. Ramirez

Diane M. Ramirez

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

A greatly respected and passionate leader, Diane M. Ramirez is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Halstead Real Estate. Under her thoughtful and careful leadership, Ramirez has strategically grown the firm from its original goal of three storefront offices in the most important communities in Manhattan to its current size of three dozen strategically located offices with more than 1,400 agents throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Licensed in New York, Connecticut and Florida, Ramirez has been an active real estate executive and broker for more than three decades. She started her career as an agent in Palm Beach, Florida before returning to her hometown - New York City - where she quickly became a top real estate broker. She and Clark Halstead together founded Halstead in the fall of 1984. Their vision for the company was to be a high-end firm that leveraged advanced technology, covered all segments of the market and was located in the communities they served. Due to their vision, Halstead became the first big firm to utilize storefront offices in Manhattan as well as the first to be on the West Side and Downtown. They grew the firm organically and were purchased by Terra Holdings in 2001, helping to expand the firm to the size it is today.

Ramirez was appointed by the Governor to the Department of State Real Estate Board in 2010 and is still an active member. She is also a member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY), where she currently serves on the Board of Governors, Executive Advisory Board and Board of Directors of the Residential Division. Ramirez was an early supporter of REBNY and has played an integral role on many of the committees including Ethics, Education and Admissions. In addition, she is an accredited continuing education teacher for the State. An active member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® (LeadingRE) for more than 20 years, Ramirez serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors along with top real estate executives from all over the world. LeadingRE is a selective global community of over 550 independent real estate firms and 130,000 associates producing over one million transactions valued at $372 billion annually.

Over the course of her career, Ramirez has been consistently recognized for her passion and dedication to real estate. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® presented her with their prestigious Leadership Award, which honors a member broker for outstanding leadership achievements. In 2019, REBNY honored Ramirez with the Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership Award for her exceptional career in the real estate industry, and she was also previously honored by REBNY with the Henry Forster award, an annual recognition presented to a real estate professional with an outstanding record of achievement and conduct both within the industry and the community. Additionally, Ramirez is consistently ranked within the Swanepoel Power 200, as an Inman Influencer, and by the New York Observer as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate. She was also named the '2016 Real Estate Person of the Year' by the Institute of Real Estate Management, an award recognizing outstanding achievements within the real estate industry.

Ramirez is involved in philanthropy both in and out of the real estate community. REBNY recognized her community service by presenting her with the Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award and, in addition, she has been presented with the New York Moves 'Power Women' honor, the City & State 'CSR Responsible 100' and the OTTY 'Eastsider of the Year' Award, each of which acknowledge outstanding involvement in the community. Ramirez was also honored by the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter with the Celine Marcus Community Service Award. She and her husband, Sam Ramirez, are long-standing supporters of the Valerie Fund in New Jersey (an organization which helps children with cancer) and were honored at their annual Thanksgiving Gala for their outstanding involvement and dedication to the charity. Ramirez resides in Manhattan with her husband, Sam Ramirez, who is the founder and CEO of the investment banking firm, Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., Inc. She is a proud mother of two and grandmother of five.

Recent Press

Diane Ramirez Featured On Rebny How To - 11.11.14

Halstead Property CEO Diane Ramirez makes an appearance in REBNY’s “How To” series where she shares an important tip with real estate professionals. Diane discusses the art of the pitch for newcomers and to those who need to brush up on this skill. She recommends practicing a pitch from beginning to end with a friend or colleague. Make sure to...

Halstead Helping Hands

Halstead Helping Hands is the private, philanthropic arm of Halstead Property, which supports not-for-profit causes and community-focused initiatives in our marketplaces. In this video Halstead Helping Hands leaders and agent ambassadors reflect on a number of successful initiatives that took place in recent months. Our Harlem office spearheaded Support East Harlem last spring to collect goods and food for those...

Sneak Peek Inside 7 East 35th Street

This property is now closed or no longer available. Take a sneak peek at this property and if you are interested in something comparable, please reach out to: Brian Lewis Lic. Assoc. R.E. Broker Tel: (212) 381-2252 blewis@halstead.com

Diane Ramirez Interview With Inman News 4.1.14

CEO Diane M. Ramirez sat down with Inman News to talk about Halstead Property's Technological Innovation and commitment to staying cutting edge.

2014 Halstead Annual Meeting Highlight Reel

2000 Agents and Executives joined our CEO Diane Ramirez at the 2014 Annual Meeting where the road map for the next year was highlighted as well as the winners of the top production awards!

Video Highlights From 499 Park Spring Celebration

Halstead Property was proud to host the best in New York City Real Estate on Thursday, April 26th for the special event highlighting the new Halstead flagship office designed by renowned award-winning architectural firm Gensler.

Halstead Property Annual Meeting 2012

Highlights from the Halstead Property Annual Meeting held at Ciprianis 42nd Street to celebrate in style our top grossing year to date for the company.

Halstead Property 2013 Annual Meeting Awards

The Halstead Property 2013 Annual Meeting was held on February 4th at Cipriani. This video shows all the awards presented to the top producing agents in distinct areas and company wide for 2012.

Every King Needs A Castle Video Short

President Diane M. Ramirez & a Special Guest presents "Every King Needs A Castle". Our goal is to propose this unique offer on behalf of all New Yorkers to get Lebron James to come to New York City & make this a basketball city again.

&'Every King Needs A Castle&' Video Short

President Diane M. Ramirez & a Special Guest presents "Every King Needs A Castle". Our goal is to propose this unique offer on behalf of all New Yorkers to get Lebron James to come to New York City & make this a basketball city again.

Highlights From The NY Observer Showcase Event

On 11/15/09 the Observer Living Showcase from the Puck Bldg took place. At the event, President Diane Ramirez joined Ivanka Trump & others on a panel discussing value in today&'s market. See full highlights & important quotes from the day.

Diane M. Ramirez Featured On NY1 12-26-09

President Diane M. Ramirez is featured in a Dec. 26th NY1 Newscast commenting on predictions for the 2010 market. Diane states the "perfect storm" of realistic prices, inventory variety, & low interest rates. Footage courtesy of NY1.

Featured Blog Posts

Diane Ramirez Discusses the 2020 Real Estate
Diane Ramirez Discusses The 2020 Real Estate

Halstead Chairman and CEO Diane Ramirez recently made an appearance on Cheddar’s “Your Future Home,” where she discussed what we can expect from the real estate market in 2020.
Thursday, January 16, 2020

Tells All About Her Career
Tells All About Her Career

With a market constantly in flux, we are always captivated by the real estate visionaries who have pushed the boundaries with their innovative strategies. Such is the case with Diane Ramirez, the CEO and Chairman of Halstead, a leading residential real estate brokerage firm in the New York metropolitan area.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Diane Ramirez The Real Deal Power Lunch
Diane Ramirez The Real Deal Power Lunch

Halstead Chairman and CEO Diane Ramirez recently met with two other leaders in real estate—Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices President Ellie Johnson and Citibank Senior Lending Officer Sari Rosenberg—at The Real Deal’s Power Lunch.
Friday, September 27, 2019

How Diane Ramirez transformed Halstead
How Diane Ramirez Transformed Halstead

Diane Ramirez is at the helm of one of New York’s most successful real estate companies. Since 1984, her company — Halstead — has grown from three storefronts to its current size of nearly three dozen strategically located offices with 1,400 agents throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, the Hamptons and...
Friday, September 20, 2019

Voice of Experience - Diane Ramirez
Voice Of Experience - Diane Ramirez

You have to have trust in your intuition; it can be easy to listen to all the buzz around you, but paying attention to your inner self will always lead you down the correct path, says Diane Ramirez.
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Diane Ramirez Inducted into RIS Media Hall
Diane Ramirez Inducted Into Ris Media Hall

RISMedia, publisher of Real Estate magazine, recently inducted Diane M. Ramirez, chairman and CEO of Halstead Real Estate, into its 2019 “Hall of Fame” Class of Real Estate Newsmakers, during an awards ceremony held on May 16 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., held during the National Association...
Thursday, June 6, 2019

Leadership Lens
Leadership Lens

I have made a point over my career to be as organized and forward-thinking as possible. At the end of the day, this has generally allowed me to sleep soundly knowing that I have accomplished everything I possibly can and that tomorrow will be the start of new opportunities and...
Thursday, March 8, 2018

Diane Ramirez Named To Real Estate Power List
Diane Ramirez Named To Real Estate Power List

Halstead Chairman & CEO Diane M. Ramirez was named one of the 2018 Swanepoel Power 200 (SP200), a list that ranks the 200 most powerful leaders in the residential real estate brokerage industry. Residential real estate brands, brokerages, technology companies, associations, and economists were some of the many leaders that...
Monday, February 5, 2018

CEO Diane Ramirez Remains Optimistic in 2018
Ceo Diane Ramirez Remains Optimistic In 2018

The 2018 residential market is shaping up to be another year of uncertainty. Tax reform uncertainty, a glut of inventory in the ultra-luxury sector, and middle-class families treading water in the rental market threaten to shake things up. While many brokerages around NYC have their heads down, Halstead Real Estate...
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Technology Can’t Replace A Great Agent
Technology Can't Replace A Great Agent

Tech enabled real estate brokerages like Redfin and Compass may be very hot these days, however, back in 1984, Diane M. Ramirez and Clark Halstead had already pitched and raised VC funding to The Halstead Property Company from investors like Bessemer Venture Partners. Together, they co-founded the firm with the...
Thursday, May 11, 2017

Halstead Named Crowned Heads of Real Estate
Halstead Named Crowned Heads Of Real Estate

Halstead Real Estate was one of the only brokerage firms in NYC featured in a two-page spread in Avenue Magazine’s April 2017 Real Estate issue, “The Crowned Heads of Real Estate.” The magazine’s editorial staff handpicked top agents and executives that “hold the keys to the kingdom” in New York...
Friday, April 7, 2017

Diane M. Ramirez Named IREM 2016
Diane M. Ramirez Named IREM 2016

Congratulations to our CEO and Chairman Diane M. Ramirez who has been named the 2016 Real Estate Person of the Year by The Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). The recognition, bestowed in January at a dinner in Manhattan, acknowledges achievements within the real estate industry.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017