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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, Mrs. 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 nearly three dozen strategically located offices with 1,300 agents throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Riverdale, the Hamptons, Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut.

Licensed in New York, Connecticut and Florida, Mrs. Ramirez has been an active real estate executive and broker for more than three decades. She started her career in Palm Beach, Florida where she worked as an agent for a number of years 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 a high-end firm that utilized advanced technology combined with old fashioned elegance that covered all segments of the market and was located in the communities that they serviced. 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 in Downtown. They worked closely together growing the firm organically and were purchased by Terra Holdings in 2001, who helped grow the firm to the size it is today.

Mrs. 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, their Executive Advisory Board and as Co-Chairman of their Board of Directors of the Residential Division. Diane 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, Mrs. Ramirez serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors along with other top real estate executives from all over the world. LeadingRE is a selective global community of over 550 independent real estate firms and 128,000 associates producing over one million transactions valued at $351 billion annually.

Over the course of her career, Mrs. Ramirez has been consistently recognized for her dedication, guidance, passion, commitment and enthusiasm to real estate. Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® presented Mrs. Ramirez with their prestigious Leadership Award, which honors a member broker for outstanding leadership achievements. Mrs. Ramirez was also the honored recipient of the Henry Forster award, an annual REBNY award presented to a real estate professional with an outstanding record of achievement and conduct both within the industry and the community. Additionally, she was 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. Mrs. Ramirez is routinely ranked by the New York Observer as one of the 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate.

Mrs. 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, an award that honors REBNY members' outstanding service to the community. 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. Mrs. 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.

Mrs. 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. Their son, his wife and their three children also dwell in Manhattan; and, their daughter resides in Connecticut with her husband and two children.

Recent Press

Diane Ramirez Featured On Bloomberg Radio 8.14.17

Diane Ramirez, Chairman and CEO at Halstead Real Estate, tells Bloomberg Radio’s Denise Pellegrini demand for certain neighborhoods in the Bronx is exploding right now.

Diane Ramirez Featured On Bloomberg Radio 8.8.17

Diane Ramirez, Chairman and CEO at Halstead Real Estate, tells Bloomberg Radio’s Denise Pellegrini Chinese buyers at the high end are hitting the pause button, but lower-end buyers are still interested.

Diane Ramirez Featured On Bloomberg Radio, 7.7.17

Diane Ramirez, Chairman and CEO at Halstead, tells Bloomberg Radio’s Denise Pellegrini sellers need to price Manhattan properties strategically to drum up interest.

Diane Ramirez Featured On Cnbc Closing Bell - 07.06.17

CEO and Chairman Diane Ramirez interviewed live on CNBC's Closing Bell on the status of the NYC Real Estate Market after recent 2nd Quarter Numbers came out.

2016 Halstead Property Annual Meeting Highlights

Take in the Sights and Sounds from the 2016 Halstead Property Annual Meeting that took place on March 3, 2016 at Cipriani's 42nd Street. It was a celebration of our "Best Year Ever" intertwined with a reminder of just how far we have come!

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

Celebrating Five Years In Connecticut

To commemorate Halstead Property’s 5th Anniversary in Connecticut, Halstead’s agents and executives in Connecticut and top agents from the New York Metro Area came to celebrate at the Wee Burn Beach Club in Rowayton, Connecticut. Our record breaking success in Connecticut is a testament to the decision to partner with Country Living and Wheeler Real Estate in 2009. Our dearest...

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.

Featured Blog Posts

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 08, 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 05, 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 07, 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

Exclusive Interview with Celebrity Chefs
Exclusive Interview With Celebrity Chefs

Your best dish MP: At The Clam, it would have to be The Clam Spaghetti as it isn’t your typical spaghetti ± it’s made with a red sauce to which we add a splash of Soy sauce which adds something a little special that our diners can never quite put their...
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Halstead President Richard Grossman Interview
Halstead President Richard Grossman Interview

The Halstead Social Team had the pleasure of recently sitting down with recently promoted Halstead President Richard Grossman to get his thoughts on a wide ranging number of topics.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Our CEO Named to Top US Real Estate Exec List
Our CEO Named To Top Us Real Estate Exec List

Congratulation to our CEO Diane Ramirez who ranked in the Swanepoel Power 200 list as one of the most influential people in residential real estate this year! The Overall Power 200 list recognizes everyone from corporate executives to power brokers who lead the industry. Diane was selected based on her...
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Halstead Dominates 2015 Leading RE Awards
Halstead Dominates 2015 Leading Re Awards

We are thrilled to share that Halstead Property took home four prestigious awards at last week’s Leading Real East Companies of the World Conference in Miami. The President’s Award in the Service Recognition Program went to our CEO Diane M. Ramirez for her hard work and dedication to the LeadingRE...
Saturday, March 05, 2016

Take Part in the New York Cares Coat Drive
Take Part In The New York Cares Coat Drive

Halstead Helping Hands has teamed up with New York Cares to conduct an annual Coat Drive throughout New York City and Metro New Jersey. Halstead has adopted a multi-tiered strategy to gather as many coats as possible by having donation boxes in all 17 of our storefront offices throughout...
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Halstead Listed As One of Top Grossing Firms
Halstead Listed As One Of Top Grossing Firms

HALSTEAD PROPERTY RANKS IN THE REAL DEAL BILLION DOLLAR CLUB Guess who is one of only four firms in NYC to be in the @trdny billion dollar club of closings $1B+ in yearly sales? You guessed correctly, Halstead Property landed the 4th spot on The...
Wednesday, November 04, 2015