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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.

Diane's Recent Press Mentions

Brokers Bracing For A Mixed Bag Of Positives And Negatives In 2018

Real Estate Weekly - Friday, January 19, 2018

Diane's Featured Videos

Diane Ramirez featured on Bloomberg Radio 8.14.17
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 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 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
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
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's 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

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