Who We Are

With over $200 million in aggregate sales, the Ian K. Katz Group at Compass is a leading residential brokerage team focused on servicing our clients with unparalleled expertise, integrity and discretion.

Our knowledge is born of decades spent in New York. We’ve rented here and owned here; we’ve dealt with demanding co-op boards and confounding regulations. We’ve come to know and love a city that is as exciting as it is diverse. From farmers markets and fitness studios to restaurants and playgrounds, we know the city’s most desirable neighborhoods inside and out.

It’s a fiercely competitive and fast-changing market, but with the right team on your side, you can tune out the noise and focus on what matters to you.

How We Work

Narrow focus, acute expertise.

New York is the nation's most complex residential marketplace, with limitless potential for those dedicated to tackling its unique challenges. We've been singularly focused on it for over 14 years. We know it, inside and out.

Honest & forthright.

We feel strongly about how clients deserve to be represented. You should always know without question that your broker is putting your interests first. We make the tough choices that benefit our clients before our business.

Premium & bespoke service.

Technology is revolutionizing real estate, and Compass is at the forefront of the movement. Compass empowers our team with a premium luxury marketing platform and innovative end-to-end tools that support the entire buying and selling workflow.

Meet Our Team Leader

Ian Katz

(646) 770-1132, Ext. 2

Ian Katz is best known for providing his clients a fully integrated advisory experience at every step of their buying or selling journey. He starts by listening to their unique needs and then applies his deep understanding of the market and strong financial acumen to make the best recommendations possible. Ian understands that real estate is both an emotional and financial decision and combines his strong interpersonal skills and analytical thinking to unlock the most value for his clients.

Ian takes great pride in serving as a lifelong resource for his clients, striving to create long-term client satisfaction— well beyond the initial transaction. With a commitment to transparency, Ian evaluates each property the same way he would for his own family, identifying the opportunities, pitfalls, and overall investment quality.

Ian considers his career in real estate to be a continuation of his family’s legacy. He was inspired by his grandparents who became real estate investors after immigrating from Poland in the 1940s. After a successful career in finance at BlackRock, Ian’s desire to create more authentic relationships led him back to his roots and re-ignited his passion for real estate. After becoming one of New York’s most accomplished independent brokers as leader of Ian K. Katz Residential LLC, Ian started the Ian K. Katz Group at Compass.

When Ian’s not fulfilling client dreams, he enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons and rescue dog Bailey. He is passionate about investing and wine tasting, especially pinot noir. He and his wife love all genres of music— he is a drummer, and his wife is a classically-trained flutist.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Ian worked very closely with us on our purchase of a coop on the UWS. We were consistently impressed with Ian’s professionalism, his in-depth knowledge of the NYC real estate market, meticulous attention to detail in preparing the board package & above all, his persistence in getting the deal to the finish line. Ian went above & beyond our expectations in helping us find our perfect home.

Sriram Ganapathy, Finance Executive

Ian made sure to advise me on all of the small details I missed in each apartment, and is smart enough recognize when an apartment's online listing isn't a fit for my own goals. When I finally decided on an apartment, Ian coached me through every step of the way to ensure I had a flawless board package. I'm extremely grateful for his help, his attention to detail, and responsiveness throughout. He made the entire stressful process manageable.

Justin Ridgewell, Software Engineer

I have worked with Ian on two past purchases and one sale in seven years and have recommended him to others as well. Unlike most other agents, he will always offer his honest opinion backed by experience and data. While other agents will happily agree to everything you show interest in to make a deal, Ian will always play the devil's advocate and actually work in your interest. Always candid and patient, Ian brings much needed professionalism to the world of real estate transactions.

Eric Cheng, Software Engineer

My wife and I hired Ian to sell our co-op apartment on the Upper East Side. Ian has an excellent working style and is extremely focused and thorough. He does what he says he is going to do. He follows through, follows up and keeps in constant communication throughout the process. In the end, we received the purchase price we had hoped for and Ian was a big reason why.

Adam Mesh, Human Resources Executive

Ian's background work and canvassing made our first day of apartment viewings wildly productive. In fact, I ended up purchasing the second apartment we viewed, which I fell in love with on the spot. Ian was thorough in showing me numerous apartments beyond the one I chose, which only made my decision easier and my mindset stronger.

Deirdre Parker, Advertising Account Executive

I was extremely happy with Ian's exceptional and detailed level of service, and his personable, can-do style of professionalism. He skillfully helped me sell my co-op apartment in Midtown and then found me a great new condominium just up the street.

Bill Imada, Marketing/PR Firm Chairman

Ian expertly and patiently assisted my husband and I through the entire home buying process, from finding our apartment to completing the co-op board package and closing. Ian truly has a vast knowledge of the New York City real estate market and is a pleasure to work with.

Marisa Kodes, Legal Counsel, Alternative Investments

In the face of a competitive market and stressful deal process, Ian's incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and efficient. He listens, gives thoughtful, honest advice, and manages the entire operation from start to finish. I am beyond thrilled with the apartment he found for me.

Emily Rose, Internet Executive

When a great opportunity turned up on the Upper West Side, Ian expertly advised us throughout the process. As first time home buyers it was important for my fiancé and I to work with a hands on broker. Ian was always transparent and dedicated to our goals. He advised us on our offer, moved quickly to place into contract and made the board application seamless for us.

Ramsey Peele, Corporate Accountant & Investor

Ian did a great job in working with us leasing our property in NYC. Once it came time for us to sell the condominium, he was very good at implementing a successful strategy for us to maximize our value and working through the challenges of selling to a foreign buyer.

Asheshh Saheba, Architect

Ian was tireless in helping me find a wonderful new home. I was new to the process of buying a co-op and he walked me through every step of the way in great detail. It was a tough market but with his expertise and guidance, I found a great place that I truly love and plan on staying in for a long time.

Kelly Brandi, Technical Copywriter

After many negative and mediocre experiences with real-estate brokers, Ian proved to be exceptionally good. Unlike most others I worked with, he truly adds value beyond access to his database - expert opinion, advice and guidance. Ian would be my first choice with any future real-estate search.

Uri Klein, Strategy Consultant

Ian is an expert on the NYC market and makes an effort to know his clients' tastes and preferences so that every unit he shows fits into that criteria and does not waste his clients' time. In addition, Ian has been a great resource and advisor even after the transaction. I highly recommend Ian for an efficient and customized experience.

Nadia Majid, Music Industry Executive

Working with Ian was an amazing experience. Ian is very prompt, responsive and made the process very easy for a first time buyer. Ian has an encyclopedic knowledge of all the ins and outs of the real estate market. More importantly, Ian fought for a good price for the place I was buying and could read the other party very well.

Boris Poletaev, Art Director

Ian recently helped my fiancé sell his apartment while also helping us buy our first home together. Ian helped us with the whole process from start to finish. He assisted us to make sure our old place was staged beautifully for prospective buyers and being very conscious of our WFH schedules. Simultaneously also scheduling viewings for homes for us to look at and always being available for calls since he could not attend them due to covid restrictions. Ian also helped to walk us through all of the paperwork and helped to make sure our move from one place to the other was as easy as possible.

Ariel Gold, Designer

Whether you're interested in listing your property or purchasing a new home, we're excited to work with you.

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