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Michael J. Franco

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Mobile: 917.817.4122
Email: mfranco@compass.com


With over 20 years of experience as a broker, attorney and investor, Michael is a consummate professional. He prides himself not only as a salesperson but as a counselor and a customer service expert and absolutely loves his job which is readily apparent to all of his clients.

With unlimited resources, Michael is able to assist his clients with every aspect of their sale from staging and beautifying the apartment before listing through the move after the sale. He uses creative and innovative marketing, implementing cutting edge technologies, social media, as well as his own extensive database to gain the maximum exposure for his exclusive listings. Because of his unique background he is able to guide his buyers through the entire process, having worked on every aspect of a residential real estate transaction from attorney to broker. His long standing and strong relationships with managing agents, top real estate attorneys, co-op board members and other brokers ensures a seamless transaction from start to finish.

Michael was born in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. After finishing college and law school with honors he moved to New York City to attend New York University Law School where he earned an LLM (Masters Degree) in Taxation Law. Upon graduation he stayed in New York to pursue a career in Real Estate and Tax Law. He worked at various large law and accounting firms and on Wall Street with Merrill Lynch before launching his own successful law practice where he represented high net worth and ultra-high net worth clients in tax and real estate matters. He has represented over 1,500 buyers and sellers of residential real estate in New York City. Michael has lived most of his years in New York in Chelsea and the West Village and currently resides in a cooperative on the Upper West Side and East Hampton. Outside of work, Michael sits on several boards including his own cooperative and The Theodore Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association and supports various charitable organizations including Central Park Conservancy, Friends of Roosevelt Park, and the ASPCA.


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Miriam Richards

Mobile: 917.696.5726
Email: miriam.richards@compass.com


Miriam is a veteran real estate professional with 25 years, working in New York City in all facets of the business. Her diverse experience has encompassed everything from buying and selling multi-family buildings to investment sales and launching a residential mortgage department for a commercial brokerage firm.

Number one in sales at the Soho office last year has enabled Miriam to continue her focus on helping individuals in their real estate endeavors in the residential sales and rentals arena. She is extremely client service driven and focused on exceeding expectations, which is why she enjoys an ongoing stream of repeat and referral clients. Specializing in co-ops, condos, townhouses and new development, she has done an extensive amount of business in a diversity of neighborhoods. She looks forward to partnering with you to guide you with your real estate needs.

Whether you are seeking or selling an apartment or home downtown or right in her own neighborhood, she will help navigate you through the process armed with strong knowledge and clear steps to excel. Her extensive knowledge of all aspects of real estate will surely make the process of either selling or buying your home, one that is seamless and most importantly pleasurable.

A native New Yorker, Miriam holds a degree in Marketing from Syracuse University. She began her lifelong career in real estate after graduation. She has managed properties for a major real estate company that also bought and converted cooperative buildings. She later joined another top firm handling investment sales, further honing her analytical skills, negotiating savvy and eye for value.

Residing on the Upper East Side with her husband who works on Wall Street and their two children. Miriam enjoys skiing, yoga and staying fit to balance her life. She looks forward to partnering with you to help you discover and fulfill your unique real estate needs.


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Greg Holzmann

Mobile: 646.226.3605
Email: greg.holzmann@compass.com


Greg has a natural eye for the potential of a property, beyond just the physical space. He loves matching people with homes they can make their own and in the best-suited neighborhoods for their lifestyle.

Greg brings a highly personalized approach as well as seasoned financial insight to one of the most important decisions a person can make. He started his real estate career in the New York City residential market with a well-known family-run brokerage specializing in rentals, then moved into sales as a member of a team. Greg and his accomplished team service sellers, buyers, and investors throughout Manhattan, striving to ease the stress of the transaction process and guide each client to the most successful outcome they deserve. He came into real estate with an extensive background in accounting and operational finance. He has worked for top names like Arthur Andersen, Ernst and Young, The New York Post, News Corporation and Bloomberg. His financial savvy, analytical mind and eye for detail are valuable assets when considering the acquisition or sale of real estate, complemented by an outgoing and affable personality.

Originally from Rochelle Park, NJ, Greg frequented Manhattan in his youth and knew he’d one day move there. He did so after graduating from Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Greg is a proud New Yorker of nearly two decades; he has once called the Upper East Side home and has resided on the Upper West Side since 2006. Central Park is his oasis and is among his favorite treasures in New York City.

A fitness enthusiast and athlete, Greg is an Ironman triathlete. He has competed in numerous marathons and long distance races. He is a member of Front Runners New York, and he loves rewarding his physical efforts by trying new cuisines and restaurants.