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Ayo Haynes

Ayo Haynes

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
West Side Office


Tel: (212) 381-2387
Cell: (203) 706-4200

Video Biography

2017 Highest Residential Rental Sale Companywide
Licensed in New York and Connecticut

As a native New Yorker, Ayo Haynes grew up with the various neighborhoods of the city as her playground. Today, the city serves as her office as she works with buyers, sellers, developers, and investors to help them navigate the real estate market.

A well-rounded broker working with a range of clients, Ayo has been nicknamed "The Resourceful Broker" because of how she utilizes her professional network to link clients to resources and contacts that will help them achieve their real estate goals. Her ability to anticipate the concerns of each party has also been a major reason for her success in brokering winning deals on behalf of her clients. Out of nearly 1,400 agents she was the winner of the Highest Residential Rental Transaction Companywide for 2017.

Honored as a Power Woman in Business in 2018 by Schneps Communications, Ayo’s business training began at Bentley University in Waltham, MA where she received a BA in Business Communications and an MBA in Marketing. While at Bentley, Ayo picked up crucial organizational skills that she uses to ensure the various aspects needed to get a real estate deal to the closing table are not overlooked.

A natural at marketing and helming multi-faceted projects, Ayo has successfully run her own production company focusing on event planning and live events. She has also lectured and trained numerous executives of top companies around the country on the topics of Corporate Networking and Corporate Diversity.

Ayo served as a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Interagency Foster Care Task Force where she used her real estate knowledge as a member of the Housing Committee. In this role, she helped provide solutions to decrease the number of foster care youth aging out of care into homelessness. Formerly, she served as Vice Chair of the Land Use Committee of her local community board and as that board’s Assistant Secretary. She proudly serves as a Director on Bentley University's Global Alumni Board.

Prior to real estate, Ayo had a busy career as an actress on television and radio. Her television background and real estate expertise intersected when she was featured nationally on HGTV’s "Selling NY.” She can still be seen and heard on the small screen now and then.

Ayo is the co-author of “Ready, Set, Live! Empowering Strategies for an Enlightened Life”, an inspirational guide for overcoming adversity and leading a fulfilled life. She loves all things that deal with health and wellness and which help people live their best life at home, the office, and at play.

A self-proclaimed citizen of the world, her infectious love of life and ease with people of all backgrounds comes from having traveled extensively throughout the United States (all 50 states!), Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. Next on her list? Africa and Asia with her young daughter happily in tow!

"Ms. Haynes is more than a dynamic real estate agent but a blessing who only wants the best for her clients. Ayo explains the process and is diligent and supremely principled in finding the best fit. In my experience with Ms. Haynes she was always available and the ultimate professional. She made me feel extremely comfortable as she went over every detail of every property that she showed me, especially the one that is now my home. I wasn’t even thinking of buying at auction but she found the perfect place for me. It needed a lot of work but she helped me realize that it was nothing I couldn’t handle with the right contractor. Most importantly, she expertly guided me to make the winning bid and made sure that all the fine details of buying at auction were not overlooked. This was all deeply appreciated. Anyone who hires Ayo Haynes to be their real estate agent has definitely made a great decision." – A. S.
“A huge thank you to Ayo Haynes for the sale of my studio in Harlem. I bought the condo five years ago and rented it immediately. She used her skills to properly price the unit and vet a tenant. Despite the language barrier, the distance (I live overseas), the rigors of finding a buyer when I was ready to sell, it all worked in perfect harmony. She also worked well with my real estate attorney. We received multiple offers and had a successful sale. All this is the result of her professionalism, determination, tenacity, efficiency, and especially her extreme kindness and courtesy. This comes from the heart of a French lover of NYC. Thanks again Ayo; you've become a true friend over time and I'm proud of it!” – F. C.
“I am so thankful to have Ayo as my NYC real estate agent. The co-op sale process was much longer than I expected, but she made it pleasurable and kept things moving swiftly. I am happy to have that place sold finally! I appreciate the time she spent on it, knowing that it was more than a usual sale. She was terrific! I look forward to working with her again in the future." – K. F.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Ayo Haynes of Halstead for more then 10+ years. Ayo takes her time with clients finding them precisely what they desire and makes sure the process goes smoothly. Ms. Haynes also does an incredible job in following up with all parties in the transaction and keeping her clients informed every step of the way. Ayo is someone that enjoys being a New York real estate agent and prides herself in making sure her clients are delighted at closing. As a Home Lending Officer for over 15+ years in NY real estate, I can say without hesitation she is one of the best in the business.” – Max R., Mortgage Banker, Banco Popular

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Current Listings

Past Closings

The following are selected closed transactions in which Ayo Haynes represented the buyer, the seller, or both:


Recent Press

Featured Blog Posts

Lipstick and Bras: Ayo Haynes
Lipstick And Bras: Ayo Haynes

Some say the world of real estate is a man’s world, but Ayo Haynes proves it would be nothing without a woman who is on top of her game! With a background as an actress and voice-over artist, a BA in Business Communications and an MBA in Marketing, Ayo is...
Wednesday, July 31, 2019

My Journey to Worthy
My Journey To Worthy

I was in Fiji, looking up at a 50-foot telephone pole. It was the first day of Tony Robbins’ Life Mastery course and I, along with a group of 50 or so strangers, was told we had to climb the pole as part of an exercise of letting go of...
Thursday, June 6, 2019

1185 Park Avenue #4I - Upper East Side, NYC

1185 Park Avenue #4I - Upper East Side, NYC - Web #: 19848670 Ayo Haynes, Lic. Assoc. R.E. Broker Tel: (212) 381-2387 ahaynes@halstead.com Ivonne Velasquez, Lic. R.E. Salesperson Tel: (212) 381-2509 - Cell: (973) 978-9889 ivelasquez@halstead.com

155 West 126th Street #4B

155 West 126th Street #4B ~ Upper Manhattan, NYC Web #: 19930279 Ivonne Velasquez Lic. R.E. Salesperson Tel: (212) 381-2509 Cell: (973) 978-9889 ivelasquez@halstead.com Ayo Haynes Lic. Assoc. R.E. Broker Tel: (212) 381-2387 Cell: (203) 706-4200 ahaynes@halstead.com Haynes Velasquez Team Lic. R.E. Salesperson Tel: (212) 381-2387 haynesvelasquezteam@halstead.com

Behind The Numbers: Manhattan 3rd Quarter 2016

For this quarter’s Manhattan Behind The Numbers, our own Ayo Haynes from our West Side Office joins Chief Economist Greg Heym at 173 Perry Street 7/6 to go over the current state of the Manhattan Residential Real Estate Market. Also look for a special appearance by the property brokers Mark D. Friedman and Richard Rosenthal.

Sneak Peek Inside 2098 Frederick Douglass Phn

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: Ayo Haynes, Lic. Assoc. R.E. Broker Tel: (212) 381-2387 ahaynes@halstead.com

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!

Why I Believe In Halstead - Part Iii

Enjoy this compilation of interviews from our recent Halstead Property Annual Meeting that asks our agents/executives why they believe in Halstead. Their answers truly capture what makes Halstead such an incredible firm.

Why I Believe In Halstead - Part I

Enjoy this compilation of interviews from our recent Halstead Property Annual Meeting that asks our agents/executives why they believe in Halstead. Their answers truly capture what makes Halstead such an incredible firm.

Upper West Side

Halstead Executive Director of Sales Westside, Michael Goldenberg, and Abby Gellert join some of their agents to tell you about this unique neighborhood, which is the only part of Manhattan where you can "live in a pair of parenthesis."

Ayo Haynes Featured On Selling New York 2-7-13

Ayo Haynes is featured on the February 7th episode of Selling New York on HGTV. Ayo meets a new client and uses her experience and savvy in achieving that clients goals in their search for a new home.

Ayo Haynes - A Native New Yorker

Ayo Haynes, in the Westside Office, is known for her genuine nature and positive attitude. A New Yorker for most of her life, Ayo knows the ins and outs of the city. She combines her MBA in marketing with an advanced knowledge of real estate for the perfect mix.

Sneak Peek Inside 244 East 60th Street

Ayo Haynes represented this exclusive property on 244 East 60th Street and it 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 Ayo at (212) 381-2387 or ahaynes@halstead.com

Ayo Haynes Featured In Selling New York - 1.24.13

Ayo Haynes of our West Side Office stars in this episode of HGTV&'s Selling New York where she attempts to find her client, a travelling chef, the perfect home Downtown to buy. Join her on the adventure. Footage courtesy of HGTV.

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