Elena Smirnova
Elena Smirnova
Associate Broker
(646) 807-8311
esmirnova@lgfairmont.com
Elena Smirnova
225 Broadway 21st Floor
New York, NY 10007
(646) 807-8311
esmirnova@lgfairmont.com
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TESTIMONIALS
I found Elena through Trulia, since I live in Beijing and she is in New York. We had our first conversation through skype and I felt right away she would be the right choice. She understood our complicated case in a short time and started searching condos right after our skype call. We just told her our requirements and what she found were pretty much what we wanted. We flew to New York in December to see the condos that she proposed. Since we only had a few days to choose, we had to see at least three separate buildings in one day. Each building had a few options and she arranged all the visits accordingly. We didn't waste a minute on finding condos and looked in midtown, downtown, and in Financial District. She recommended us an attorney and accountant (who spoke Chinese), and took us to consult with them in person. We decided to buy condos by using LLC for tax purposes. We trusted her through all the purchasing processes. It took longer to close than we thought, since we had to concur time difference with China as well as Christmas, New Year, and Chinese New Year vacations. Also, dealing with the LLC filing processes took longer than normal since we aren't US citizens and we couldn't file online or over the telephone. Elena was always there to make calls for us and fax necessary documents. After closing, we signed the exclusive leasing agreement right after with her without consulting with other companies because we are so happy with her.

Elena took care of everything for our case including contacting attorneys, calling IRS, contacting accountants, consulting, answering messages at all times of the day etc. For people that don't have too much time, that's a big relief. She is very responsible and thinks even more thoughtfully than buyers. She guided us on every single step to avoid problems and manage expectations. She is a pleasure to work with. Even though we have culture and language differences, she could easily get the points. By the way, I highly recommend our attorney Erik Swenson. He is super responsive and replied to email very fast. Although purchasing in our case was harder than we initially thought, it was very nice to deal with professional people like Elena and Erik, and we closed the deal within a month an a half. I highly recommend Elena! - Zizhao Liu
Buying our NY property with Elena was such a great experience. From start to finish, she was engaged in the process and helped move things along. Elena was very knowledgeable about the market, the area and the entire process which made things really easy. She was not pushy but she knew exactly what we were going for, and was able to find us the right apartment within less than two weeks of talking to her. We closed almost exactly three months from the day we spoke to her (this was a coop purchase), all thanks to her resourcefulness, careful preparation and guidance. She would take videos of apartments to show us (saved us few trips) and was flexible with hours/location in meeting us. Elena took an overall active approach, reflective of someone who is driven and serious about their career in real-estate, and what a difference it made. Highly recommend her for all NY real-estate transactions. Five stars***** - Vladislava
Elena helped us to find a new apartment this spring. When we reached out to her we only had an idea about location, she helped a lot on apartment searching and showed us tons of options. Also, I know nothing about New York apartment requirements, she explained it clearly with patience. Elena is very knowledgeable about the real estate market and always available to answer our questions. We enjoyed working with her and definitely recommend her to anyone in need of real estate services. - Yinglu Peng
Elena Smirnova assisted us and our friends in finding two rentals. We couldn't be more happier with all of her help. She was exceptional to work with, extremely organized and not pushy. I will definitely keep her in mind for any future help. She knows her craft very well and is truly honest when giving her opinion. I highly recommend her assistance to anyone needing a reliable and honest broker to help them find either a rental or to buy a home. Thanks!! - Jennifer Locarno
Elena is everything you want in a broker and representative – intelligent, hard-working, knowledgable about NY real estate, decisive, an excellent communicator, and devoted to her clients. As first-time buyers, I can’t imagine how we would have navigated the process without her. We had a lot of questions, and she responded to every email, call and text promptly. On the rare occasion when she didn’t have the answer right away, she helped us think through problems with a consistently high quality of analysis. For a busy professional, buying an apartment in NYC can feel like a second job (or third, if you have kids) – you need someone really tireless and smart in your corner who you know is not letting things fall through the cracks when you don’t have time to focus. My wife and I always felt that way about Elena. I recommend her without reservation. - Stephen Spruiell
Buying a co-op is a very challenging and tricky process and Elena made it so much easier. She’s not only one of the nicest, trustworthy, and sweetest people I have ever met, but she is professional, very smart, and she was never pushy like other brokers. Throughout the whole process she was patient with me and continued to follow up over the course of a few months until I was ready to buy. She answered all of my emails/calls and any concerns I had right away and with a positive attitude. I’m sure that I wouldn’t have bought a place at this time if it wasn’t for her help and guidance. Thank you Elena! I have recommended and will continue to recommend her to all of my friends and family that are looking to buy or sell real estate. - Dinara Bulur
Elena Smirnova has been the most helpful and resourceful agent that help me place an offer and pass the coop board and purchase my first coop in Manhattan. It is without a doubt that without her and her colleagues it would have been a huge challenge for me to weigh in the factors and make a decision. Her communication skills made a big difference in understanding the sellers and their agent who patiently gave me time and courtesy to put together a board package that was acceptable.

Regardless of a challenging situation I was in she made it work. I am very happy that I asked her to represent me as a buyers agent and I would without a doubt recommend her to represent buyers who are interested in entering Manhattan.

Beside being professional and punctual she is also very social and approachable. She responded immediately when I had any question or doubt. It would be my pleasure to be considered as a part of her extended circle and an acquaintance living and working in New York.
- Youngjae Chung
It was an absolute pleasure working with Elena Smirnova, she's not only very experienced in the field, provided detailed information about apartment listings and neighborhoods, she's also very kind and patient. I am very particular when it comes to finding a place to live, she managed to find me an amazing one bedroom apartment fulfilling all my requirements as well as under my budget. if you are looking for a reliable broker to invest in a property or find a rental, Elena is the person to go to. - Casey Ziyi Huang
Elena Smirnova is a great, very professional Real Estate Agent. I worked with her last year, and she helped me find my 1 bedroom apartment in the East Village. She was very responsive, flexible to schedule walks through, showed me lots of properties and knows the real estate market very well. Thanks to her I was able to finalize everything within a few days only. Finding an apartment in NYC can be very stressful and she made it easy; I highly recommend Elena! - Maria S. Viola
I had specific requests and parameters as to the apt I was looking for as I needed it for investment purposes. Elena followed my requests one by one and provided added value when high lightened things I overlooked or was not aware to at all.
I highly recommend working with Elena. She is professional, responsive, and very smart.
- Giora
Elena was very flexible and efficient in her work as a real estate agent, and helped me get the apartment that best fitted my needs. - Hery Ratsimihah
Elena is a fantastic real estate agent. My husband and I recently relocated to NYC and needed to find an apartment quickly. Elena had several great options lined up for us and made the entire process smooth and painless. She was so accommodating and worked with our schedules to make sure we were able to secure our desired apartment. I would highly recommend Elena for anyone looking to rent or buy a property in NYC. - Pooja Hoffman
Unlike many other brokers, Elena is honest. I had previous experiences with other brokers involving bait and switch, showing of apartments far above my budget and other unpleasantness. Not so with Elena! She showed places within budget, without a broker fee, and asked my permission before showing me an apartment just above my budget. I never felt pressured or misguided by her. I would definitely work with Elena again! - Jaclin LaBarbera
Elena was so great and helpful with our apartment search. She was readily available and very knowledgeable with any questions we had. I would absolutely go back to her for my next apartment search! - Stefanie Sklanka
She pulled the whole thing together for me very quickly. We looked on Saturday and the deal was closed by the end of the day. I was very particular on the size of the unit and she found something that was just right. - Steve Dock
Elena is currently helping me find a studio apartment in the Financial District. I could not be happier with the level of service she delivers. She is professional and patient. I would absolutely recommend contacting her. - Ricardo
Having an old, cranky, large dog as well as billing 75 hrs/wk while commuting 90 minutes each way, made me the worst client. But Elena could not have been more helpful - Jay Croughwell
Having only lived in NYC for a year, and being completely unfamiliar of the differences within the NYC housing market, finding a place for the coming year was made endlessly easier due to Elena.
Elena not only was incredibly patient, she was also flexible beyond any industry standards, always ready to answer questions throughout the month long process of finding the right place for me.
Unlike many agents, Elena didn't push properties an agency wanted rented out, she looked for the apartment that fit me. And, she knew the city landscape well enough to have known off the top of her head what was available in the neighborhoods in which I looked (FiDi, Union Square, Greenwich Village, Midtown and on both sides of CP), saving me countless hours of tours.
I would recommend Elena to any New Yorker, especially those relocating to new neighborhoods or new to the city in general. - Patrick Seaworth
Elena was fantastic...she not only found us an apartment, she recommended some great restaurants and a moving company! She clearly does her homework, as she is incredibly knowledgeable about the market. I would STRONGLY encourage you to work with her if you have the opportunity. - Chris
Elena was fantastic to work with. She really listened to our needs and had several great options to show us. Having recently relocated to NYC, my husband and I were not familiar with the NYC market and she made the process smooth and painless. I would highly recommended Elena to anyone looking to rent or buy in the NYC area. - Pooja
We had pleasure working with Elena Smirnova, who was a perfect example of professionalism from start to finish. Every email/call/text was answered promptly and questions taken care of immediately. She has a great knowledge of the industry and the markets in general. Thank you Elena! - Anna Shelest
t was our pleasure to work with Elena Smirnova. Starting from the first day when she gave detailed overview of her company LG fairmont's real estate services, she passionately helped us from searching real estate properties we need to closing of the deal. During the whole process, she fully leveraged her network to search and match the proper purchaser for our property and advise the best option we could take. Overall, she is a passionate and helpful real estate agent with excellent work ethics and I strongly recommend her to anyone looking for best and quickest results. - Veronica Lee
I would like to express my appreciation for Miss. Elena Smirnova and commend her excellent and professional work as a real estate agent regarding the acquisition of the apartment located at 457 W 57 th, NY NY. When I approached Miss. Smirnova regarding my needs of an apartment in NYC (a pied de terre, I emphasized) she understood from our first conversations said needs. When she contacted me regarding the aforementioned apartment, she said something that made me decide that this was the place I´d been looking for and the right deal for me. She said José Ramón: "I´d live at this address and in this apartment myself". Miss Smirnova has been a professional person regarding the real estate matters, something I appreciate very much in my business life, but also she has proven to be a cordial and understanding person in her personal dealings with myself. Personally I congratulate myself for having encountered such a fine and competent person in Miss Smirnova, and thank her for her excellent proceedings regarding this matter. - José Ramón Larragáin
ABOUT
Elena has a deep passion for Real Estate. Known for her creative thinking, problem solving, and excellent customer service, she brings to LG Fairmont a critical understanding of the city's real estate market. Having been born in Russia and grown up in Colorado, Elena always had her heart set on living in New York. She is an experienced broker and very enthusiastic to be living in her favorite city and doing something she considers her “dream job.” Her clients praise her for being an excellent communicator, hard working, intelligent, and devoted to them.

Elena's strength as an agent comes as no surprise given her professional and academic background. Having started and run her own business in the fiercely competitive music industry in Manhattan at age 25, developing a variety of skills from marketing to negotiating along the way, she can easily navigate the city's saturated listing content, thoroughly analyzing and identifying actionable properties.

She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado in Piano Performance with a minor in Physics and Arts Entrepreneurship and realized her dream of coming to New York City to obtain her Master’s Degree at Manhattan School of Music in Piano Performance. Some notable awards are performances in Carnegie Hall and 1st prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition.

Beyond simply finding the right property, Elena is equipped to advise on everything from pricing and financials to neighborhood, interior design, cuisine, and local culture. Elena's approach to business is always one of strict professional discretion and loyalty, ensuring the vision of her client is never compromised. When not immersed in Real Estate, she enjoys cultivating her extensive network, playing piano, painting, spending time with her family and friends, traveling, and writing. She is a member of the New York Chamber of Commerce and a donor for Young Patrons of Lincoln Center.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Location
Beds
Price
732 West End Avenue, #PH 4 $4,925,000
301 West 53rd Street, #4B 2 $5,000
301 West 53rd Street, #3B 2 $5,000
301 West 53rd Street, #9D 2 $5,000
416 West 52nd Street, #407 1 $3,800
137 East 28th Street, #5D 1 $600,000
25 Mercer Street, #PH 5 $17,000,000
301 West 53rd Street, #3B 2 $1,350,000
301 West 53rd STreet, #4B 2 $1,360,000
301 West 53rd Street, #9D 2 $1,390,000
112 West 56th St, #18N 2 $1,770,000
416 West 52nd Street, #407 1 $1,190,000
788 9th Avenue , #5C 1 $385,000
183 Pinehurst Ave, #56 2 $2,450
875 West 181st , #1I 2 $445,000
5 Franklin, #3B/3C 4 $17,000
50 United Nations Plaza, #17B 3 $35,000
161 West 61st, #15E 1 $1,200,000
177 East 79th Street, #16/17 3 $2,182,000
116 John Street, #1310 Studio $2,395
317 West 103rd Street, #3F 1 $460,000
312 East 89th Street, #4C Studio $315,000
235 West 108th Street, #23 2 $625,000
5 Pinehurst, #1B 3 $625,000
220 East 57th Street, #7F 1 $538,000
457 West 57th Street, #1216 Studio $399,000
211 North End Avenue, #3P Studio $3,050
300 Albany Street, #4H 1 $3,600
141 Sullivan Street, #13 Studio $405,000
101 West 12th Street, #20C 1 $1,200,000
26 West 88th Street, #B 2 $4,900
635 West 42nd, #9A 1 $4,500
775 Riverside Drive #2K - in contract $420,000
75 Wall Street #30Q - in contract $780,000
416 West 52nd Street #TH225 - in contract $1,495,000
PRESS
Date
Publication
Title
Jun 1st, 2017 The Real Deal Will Lead Generation Kill the Star Broker?
Jun 1st, 2017 The Real Deal Editor's note: Broker kings and queens (and those trying to dethrone them)
Jun 6th, 2016 The Real Deal 24 contracts signed at $4M-plus: Olshan
Testimonials
I found Elena through Trulia, since I live in Beijing and she is in New York. We had our first conversation through skype and I felt right away she would be the right choice. She understood our complicated case in a short time and started searching condos right after our skype call. We just told her our requirements and what she found were pretty much what we wanted. We flew to New York in December to see the condos that she proposed. Since we only had a few days to choose, we had to see at least three separate buildings in one day. Each building had a few options and she arranged all the visits accordingly. We didn't waste a minute on finding condos and looked in midtown, downtown, and in Financial District. She recommended us an attorney and accountant (who spoke Chinese), and took us to consult with them in person. We decided to buy condos by using LLC for tax purposes. We trusted her through all the purchasing processes. It took longer to close than we thought, since we had to concur time difference with China as well as Christmas, New Year, and Chinese New Year vacations. Also, dealing with the LLC filing processes took longer than normal since we aren't US citizens and we couldn't file online or over the telephone. Elena was always there to make calls for us and fax necessary documents. After closing, we signed the exclusive leasing agreement right after with her without consulting with other companies because we are so happy with her.

Elena took care of everything for our case including contacting attorneys, calling IRS, contacting accountants, consulting, answering messages at all times of the day etc. For people that don't have too much time, that's a big relief. She is very responsible and thinks even more thoughtfully than buyers. She guided us on every single step to avoid problems and manage expectations. She is a pleasure to work with. Even though we have culture and language differences, she could easily get the points. By the way, I highly recommend our attorney Erik Swenson. He is super responsive and replied to email very fast. Although purchasing in our case was harder than we initially thought, it was very nice to deal with professional people like Elena and Erik, and we closed the deal within a month an a half. I highly recommend Elena!
-Zizhao Liu

Buying our NY property with Elena was such a great experience. From start to finish, she was engaged in the process and helped move things along. Elena was very knowledgeable about the market, the area and the entire process which made things really easy. She was not pushy but she knew exactly what we were going for, and was able to find us the right apartment within less than two weeks of talking to her. We closed almost exactly three months from the day we spoke to her (this was a coop purchase), all thanks to her resourcefulness, careful preparation and guidance. She would take videos of apartments to show us (saved us few trips) and was flexible with hours/location in meeting us. Elena took an overall active approach, reflective of someone who is driven and serious about their career in real-estate, and what a difference it made. Highly recommend her for all NY real-estate transactions. Five stars*****
-Vladislava

Elena helped us to find a new apartment this spring. When we reached out to her we only had an idea about location, she helped a lot on apartment searching and showed us tons of options. Also, I know nothing about New York apartment requirements, she explained it clearly with patience. Elena is very knowledgeable about the real estate market and always available to answer our questions. We enjoyed working with her and definitely recommend her to anyone in need of real estate services.
-Yinglu Peng

Elena Smirnova assisted us and our friends in finding two rentals. We couldn't be more happier with all of her help. She was exceptional to work with, extremely organized and not pushy. I will definitely keep her in mind for any future help. She knows her craft very well and is truly honest when giving her opinion. I highly recommend her assistance to anyone needing a reliable and honest broker to help them find either a rental or to buy a home. Thanks!!
-Jennifer Locarno

Elena is everything you want in a broker and representative – intelligent, hard-working, knowledgable about NY real estate, decisive, an excellent communicator, and devoted to her clients. As first-time buyers, I can’t imagine how we would have navigated the process without her. We had a lot of questions, and she responded to every email, call and text promptly. On the rare occasion when she didn’t have the answer right away, she helped us think through problems with a consistently high quality of analysis. For a busy professional, buying an apartment in NYC can feel like a second job (or third, if you have kids) – you need someone really tireless and smart in your corner who you know is not letting things fall through the cracks when you don’t have time to focus. My wife and I always felt that way about Elena. I recommend her without reservation.
-Stephen Spruiell

Buying a co-op is a very challenging and tricky process and Elena made it so much easier. She’s not only one of the nicest, trustworthy, and sweetest people I have ever met, but she is professional, very smart, and she was never pushy like other brokers. Throughout the whole process she was patient with me and continued to follow up over the course of a few months until I was ready to buy. She answered all of my emails/calls and any concerns I had right away and with a positive attitude. I’m sure that I wouldn’t have bought a place at this time if it wasn’t for her help and guidance. Thank you Elena! I have recommended and will continue to recommend her to all of my friends and family that are looking to buy or sell real estate.
-Dinara Bulur

Elena Smirnova has been the most helpful and resourceful agent that help me place an offer and pass the coop board and purchase my first coop in Manhattan. It is without a doubt that without her and her colleagues it would have been a huge challenge for me to weigh in the factors and make a decision. Her communication skills made a big difference in understanding the sellers and their agent who patiently gave me time and courtesy to put together a board package that was acceptable.

Regardless of a challenging situation I was in she made it work. I am very happy that I asked her to represent me as a buyers agent and I would without a doubt recommend her to represent buyers who are interested in entering Manhattan.

Beside being professional and punctual she is also very social and approachable. She responded immediately when I had any question or doubt. It would be my pleasure to be considered as a part of her extended circle and an acquaintance living and working in New York.

-Youngjae Chung

It was an absolute pleasure working with Elena Smirnova, she's not only very experienced in the field, provided detailed information about apartment listings and neighborhoods, she's also very kind and patient. I am very particular when it comes to finding a place to live, she managed to find me an amazing one bedroom apartment fulfilling all my requirements as well as under my budget. if you are looking for a reliable broker to invest in a property or find a rental, Elena is the person to go to.
-Casey Ziyi Huang

Elena Smirnova is a great, very professional Real Estate Agent. I worked with her last year, and she helped me find my 1 bedroom apartment in the East Village. She was very responsive, flexible to schedule walks through, showed me lots of properties and knows the real estate market very well. Thanks to her I was able to finalize everything within a few days only. Finding an apartment in NYC can be very stressful and she made it easy; I highly recommend Elena!
-Maria S. Viola

I had specific requests and parameters as to the apt I was looking for as I needed it for investment purposes. Elena followed my requests one by one and provided added value when high lightened things I overlooked or was not aware to at all.
I highly recommend working with Elena. She is professional, responsive, and very smart.

-Giora

Elena was very flexible and efficient in her work as a real estate agent, and helped me get the apartment that best fitted my needs.
-Hery Ratsimihah

Elena is a fantastic real estate agent. My husband and I recently relocated to NYC and needed to find an apartment quickly. Elena had several great options lined up for us and made the entire process smooth and painless. She was so accommodating and worked with our schedules to make sure we were able to secure our desired apartment. I would highly recommend Elena for anyone looking to rent or buy a property in NYC.
-Pooja Hoffman

Unlike many other brokers, Elena is honest. I had previous experiences with other brokers involving bait and switch, showing of apartments far above my budget and other unpleasantness. Not so with Elena! She showed places within budget, without a broker fee, and asked my permission before showing me an apartment just above my budget. I never felt pressured or misguided by her. I would definitely work with Elena again!
-Jaclin LaBarbera

Elena was so great and helpful with our apartment search. She was readily available and very knowledgeable with any questions we had. I would absolutely go back to her for my next apartment search!
-Stefanie Sklanka

She pulled the whole thing together for me very quickly. We looked on Saturday and the deal was closed by the end of the day. I was very particular on the size of the unit and she found something that was just right.
-Steve Dock

Elena is currently helping me find a studio apartment in the Financial District. I could not be happier with the level of service she delivers. She is professional and patient. I would absolutely recommend contacting her.
-Ricardo

Having an old, cranky, large dog as well as billing 75 hrs/wk while commuting 90 minutes each way, made me the worst client. But Elena could not have been more helpful
-Jay Croughwell

Having only lived in NYC for a year, and being completely unfamiliar of the differences within the NYC housing market, finding a place for the coming year was made endlessly easier due to Elena.
Elena not only was incredibly patient, she was also flexible beyond any industry standards, always ready to answer questions throughout the month long process of finding the right place for me.
Unlike many agents, Elena didn't push properties an agency wanted rented out, she looked for the apartment that fit me. And, she knew the city landscape well enough to have known off the top of her head what was available in the neighborhoods in which I looked (FiDi, Union Square, Greenwich Village, Midtown and on both sides of CP), saving me countless hours of tours.
I would recommend Elena to any New Yorker, especially those relocating to new neighborhoods or new to the city in general.
-Patrick Seaworth

Elena was fantastic...she not only found us an apartment, she recommended some great restaurants and a moving company! She clearly does her homework, as she is incredibly knowledgeable about the market. I would STRONGLY encourage you to work with her if you have the opportunity.
-Chris

Elena was fantastic to work with. She really listened to our needs and had several great options to show us. Having recently relocated to NYC, my husband and I were not familiar with the NYC market and she made the process smooth and painless. I would highly recommended Elena to anyone looking to rent or buy in the NYC area.
-Pooja

We had pleasure working with Elena Smirnova, who was a perfect example of professionalism from start to finish. Every email/call/text was answered promptly and questions taken care of immediately. She has a great knowledge of the industry and the markets in general. Thank you Elena!
-Anna Shelest

t was our pleasure to work with Elena Smirnova. Starting from the first day when she gave detailed overview of her company LG fairmont's real estate services, she passionately helped us from searching real estate properties we need to closing of the deal. During the whole process, she fully leveraged her network to search and match the proper purchaser for our property and advise the best option we could take. Overall, she is a passionate and helpful real estate agent with excellent work ethics and I strongly recommend her to anyone looking for best and quickest results.
-Veronica Lee

I would like to express my appreciation for Miss. Elena Smirnova and commend her excellent and professional work as a real estate agent regarding the acquisition of the apartment located at 457 W 57 th, NY NY. When I approached Miss. Smirnova regarding my needs of an apartment in NYC (a pied de terre, I emphasized) she understood from our first conversations said needs. When she contacted me regarding the aforementioned apartment, she said something that made me decide that this was the place I´d been looking for and the right deal for me. She said José Ramón: "I´d live at this address and in this apartment myself". Miss Smirnova has been a professional person regarding the real estate matters, something I appreciate very much in my business life, but also she has proven to be a cordial and understanding person in her personal dealings with myself. Personally I congratulate myself for having encountered such a fine and competent person in Miss Smirnova, and thank her for her excellent proceedings regarding this matter.
-José Ramón Larragáin