Selling West Side Living’s Joys with the Homes

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She not only sells UWS real estate, she lives there too

By Regina Molaro

Deanna Kory, senior vice president of the Corcoran Group Real Estate and president of The Deanna Kory Team, was honored with a WESTY Award for her dedication and commitment to residential real estate sales in the Upper West Side area. Through her work with Corcoran, Kory has made great contributions to the community, specifically through her leadership, expertise and high level of professionalism.

Deanna Kory, who heads her own real estate team, has been living on the Upper West Side for nearly three decades.

When working with clients, Kory highlights the pre-war architecture and history of the neighborhood’s buildings by sharing this information with building owners, the brokerage community and the public.

“I love preserving history and educating people. I have joined with Landmark West [a non-profit that works to achieve landmark status for individual buildings and historic districts, and works to protect them] in putting on seminars and architectural history talks, and I am passionate about architectural history and educating those interested,” said Kory.

Dedicated to Upper West Side life, Kory, 51, has been a resident since 1981, and has been working for Corcoran since 2001. “I sell a lot of real estate and I strive to get good prices for the clients I work with. I’m always highlighting the joys of living on the Upper West Side too. I really try to make a difference in my clients’ lives,” she said.

In addition to keeping the Upper West Side moving, Kory has been recognized as a leader in the real estate industry. In 2007, The Real Estate Board of New York created a New York Realty Specialist, a professional certification course that enables experienced and accomplished agents to receive additional education to attain a higher level of professional certification. Kory, who served as an expert on the panel discussion, spoke about leadership in the industry. “I was chosen by my peers as an example of a leader within the residential real estate world,” said Kory. “I am passionate about raising the level of professionalism.”

Kory remains committed to her career, and her future plans include continuing to serve in a leadership capacity and continuing to raise the level of professionalism.

No stranger to the limelight, Kory has been widely recognized by the New York community. She has been quoted in many media outlets, including The New York Times and New York magazine. The real estate leader has also made some television debuts, appearing on Open House NYC, as well as other real estate-related programs.

Although Kory spends a lot of time working, her leisure time is dedicated to family life. She and her husband Alon Ben-Meir, a professor of International Relations at NYU, have two children—Giorgi, age 13 and Jeremy, age 10. Kory is also a dog lover and has a Shih Tzu named Mushu.

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