About the Ian Katz team at Compass

We are an award-winning real estate team focused on luxury residential sales in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Team principal Ian Katz has been a leading residential broker since 2008. He is ranked among WSJ/RealTrends + Tom Ferry's America's Best Real Estate Professionals, placing him in the top 1.5% of 1.6 million real estate agents in the United States based on sales production.

Our team has sold $300,000,000+ worth of residential real estate across New York's premier market segments including the Upper East and West Sides, Midtown, Chelsea, Greenwich Village, West Village, and TriBeCa, as well as Brownstone & Waterfront Brooklyn.

Our team's expertise is diverse and includes intricate transactions in prestigious uptown co-ops, new development purchases, luxury condominium resales, single-family brownstones and townhouses, residential investment properties, speculative redevelopment, lateral unit combinations, 1031-exchanges, multi-family lease-ups and property management.

Our Approach

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 have been singularly focused on it for over 15 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 the Ian Katz team

Ian Katz

(917) 439-8694

Team founder 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 moved his business to 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.

Wendy Tsang

(646) 241-8200

As a member of the Ian Katz Team at Compass, Wendy marries warmth, empathy and business savvy in her mission to help her clients navigate the complex New York City real estate market confidently. She is focused on building meaningful relationships to deeply understand her clients’ needs, acting as both strategic advisor and true advocate throughout the process. With expertise in managing complex, multi-stakeholder business processes with great efficacy and the belief that real estate can and should be fun, Wendy drives towards results while delivering an enjoyable experience for her clients.

Prior to real estate, Wendy had a successful career in recruiting and talent management at firms such as Google and Lippincott. With over a decade at Lippincott, one of the world’s premier brand and design consulting firms, Wendy has developed a keen eye and appreciation for great design and aesthetics which she brings to her real estate work. Throughout her career, Wendy has helped countless professionals and executives successfully navigate critical career and business decisions. She combines this advisory and coaching mentality with strong business acumen and market knowledge to guide her real estate clients in uncovering their needs.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Australia, Wendy lived in London before moving to New York in 2007. With her international and multicultural upbringing and experiences, Wendy has honed her ability to connect with people of all backgrounds. She can quickly read the room, making those around her feel at ease and brings a strong instinct for navigating people dynamics, especially during negotiations.

Wendy has experienced the ups and downs of New York’s real estate market first-hand. After many years as a renter across Manhattan and Brooklyn, she is now a proud owner in a co-op building in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn where she lives with her partner, and their dog. Wendy is a foodie, runner and an intrepid traveler. When she isn’t off exploring the world or running (sometimes simultaneously!), she can be found checking out the city’s food scene or hosting dinner parties for friends.

Client Testimonials

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

We recently completed a purchase with Ian, and of all the people involved in the process, he proved to be the most trustworthy, professional, and genuine. His expertise is amazing, and his willingness to help is infinite. I trust him blindly and would recommend him without hesitation.

Petros Kapakos, Software Engineer

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

I've worked with Ian on two purchases, one sale, and managing a rental property. I highly recommend him for anyone in the NY area who is looking for an agent. Ian is ethical, considerate, and extremely generous with his time. He is highly responsive and proactive on any issues, and will make himself available for phone calls, visits, or whatever is needed. All of my transactions have had good outcomes, and I attribute most of that to Ian.

Michael Frederick, Software Engineer

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

If I could give Ian Katz six stars, I absolutely would. His breadth and depth of knowledge gave us the piece of mind to make educated decisions, and there was no question too big or too small. Ian is patient and takes the time to walk you through all the pros and cons and nuances of each step of the process, which is crucial for such a life-changing decision as investing in a home. He is eager to work hard to satisfy his clients, from tracking down listings to negotiations and everything in between.

Richard Jones, HR Executive

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

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