Douglas Elliman Real Estate, the largest brokerage in the New York Metropolitan area and the second largest independent residential real estate brokerage in the United States by sales volume, is pleased to welcome Jessica Chestler and Ben Jacobs to the firm, launching The Chestler Jacobs Team based out of the 575 Madison Avenue office. Jacobs, who is dually licensed, will split his time between New York and Florida and will also be based out of the 1111 Lincoln Road corporate office in Miami Beach.
Chestler and Jacobs have over $350 million of combined sales under their belts. They will continue to serve the needs of their clientele throughout New York City while also catering to clients looking to invest in or relocate to South Florida. Chestler and Jacobs bring a keen understanding of the market and over 15 years of experience working with buyers, sellers, tenants and owners to their new role. Jacobs, having grown up in a real estate family, will contribute his strong background and unique expertise navigating the specific ins and outs of various New York City neighborhoods in addition to those in Miami. Both come to Elliman from CORE Real Estate.
“We are so excited to have Jessica and Ben joining our team,” said Brad Loe, Executive Manager of Sales in New York City for Douglas Elliman. “They have both consistently brought a high level of enthusiasm and professionalism to their individual work and are a great fit for each other and for our firm.”
The newly formed Chestler and Jacobs Team will also include Blanca Stempel and Michael Kahler. Stempel, a former fashion executive with a passion for real estate and an eye for visual detail, worked alongside Jacobs during their time together at CORE. A native of Valencia, Spain, Stempel now owns real estate in the Hudson Square neighborhood of New York City and understands the needs of clients looking to call New York home. Kahler, a creative dealmaker with over 12 years of marketing, sales and sales management experience to his credit, is originally from Dallas, TX and has lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn for the past six years. Chestler and Jacobs also currently reside in New York – Chestler in TriBeCa and Jacobs in both Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Miami Beach, FL.
“I have always admired Ben’s work ethic and personal character,” said Chestler. “He goes above and beyond for his clients which is something I also pride myself on. I know that we’ll work well together, and we’re thrilled to be embarking on this new phase under the auspices of Douglas Elliman’s excellent reputation in this industry.”
“Jessica is a true pro, always offering innovative ideas and with an unmatched understanding of social media and the future of our field,” added Jacobs. “With Douglas Elliman’s established brokerage throughout the country, it was an obvious decision to combine our skills and resources, as well as bringing in Blanca and Michael, in order to service our relocation and investment clients under one brand.”
In addition to real estate, Chestler is passionate about travelling, biking, golfing, and collecting contemporary art. She sits on the young associate boards of both the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the Union Settlement as well as the Henry Street Settlements board for their annual Art Show. In his spare time, Jacobs love to travel, read, play tennis and spend time with his family.