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BHHS NY Properties Amasses Dream Team, Names Diane Ramirez Chief Strategy Officer

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With Ramirez serving at the helm, the brokerage firm is poised for meteoric growth in Manhattan and beyond

NEW YORK, August 03, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) New England/ Westchester/New York Properties is pleased to announce that Diane Ramirez has been named Chief Strategy Officer of its New York City brokerage, bringing a tremendous legacy in leadership to the esteemed firm.

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Diane Ramirez, Chief Strategy Officer, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties (Photo: Business Wire)

Ramirez, who is a venerated trailblazer and one of the industry’s most prolific real estate professionals, was most recently the executive chairman and senior advisor of Brown Harris Stevens, as well as the co-founder of Halstead.

In her new role, Ramirez will expand the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices footprint within New York and throughout surrounding states, overseeing important initiatives -- such as the implementation of technology platforms and innovative services that will bolster business on behalf of agents.

"Diane (Ramirez) is a real estate genius," said Candace Adams, President and CEO of BHHS New England/Westchester/New York Properties. "Her wisdom and grace, coupled with her unparalleled expertise, make this a phenomenal partnership -- not only for our New York Properties family, but neighboring markets. We’re steeped in excitement to have Diane be part of a team that is made up of the very best in the business. She will be serving in a pivotal role, and succeeding at what she does best."

Ramirez’s wide-ranging influence, keen market insight, and tireless work ethic have been hallmarks of her decorated real estate career. She broke into the industry as an agent, initially working in Palm Beach and eventually New York. It was in 1984 that Ramirez started the Manhattan-based Halstead residential brokerage in tandem with Clark Halstead – guiding the firm with a focus on technology and the high-end sector.

Terra Holdings purchased Halstead in 2001, and through Ramirez’s oversight, the company grew to more than 30 offices and 1,400 agents across New York City, The Hamptons, Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Fairfield County, Connecticut. In 2020, Halstead merged with Brown Harris Stevens, which led to the expansion of Ramirez’s role and her continued oversight of the company’s growth. Now, Ramirez joins the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices powerhouse -- a natural "next step" in her continued rise.

"Berkshire Hathaway is a brand that I’ve admired for so long, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it," said Ramirez. "Over the years, I’ve loved being able to successfully grow brands. I’m a proven entity in terms of being able to develop and nurture a company at its roots and turn it into a full-fledged force, and I very much look forward to doing so for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in New York and beyond."

Licensed in New York, Connecticut and Florida, Ramirez is deeply committed to the industry. She is an active and supportive member of the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY). REBNY has honored Diane with three prestigious distinctions -- the Kenneth R. Gerrety Humanitarian Award, the Bernard H. Mendik Lifetime Leadership Award and the Henry Forster award -- for her longstanding reputation for excellence in residential real estate and contributions to cultural, charitable, and community organizations outside and within the industry. Ramirez is an Inman Influencer, consistently ranks among the Swanepoel Power 200, and has been named by the New York Observer as one of "The 100 Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate."

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties/New England Properties/Westchester Properties

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties/New England Properties/Westchester Properties is a leading real estate brokerage firm with more than 1,800 sales professionals in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Manhattan and Westchester County, NY. Selectively chosen by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and HomeServices of America; the global reach, financial strength and fresh brand make the brokerage the premiere real estate firm in the Northeast. For more information, visit, or

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, bringing to the global residential real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. The network's parent company is HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation's largest, full-service residential brokerage firm as measured by transactions, and an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global network has more than 50,000 affiliated independent sales associates and 1,500 offices throughout the U.S. and abroad, generating nearly US$120 billion in closed transactions in 2020. For additional information, visit

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