Jill Raff
Licensed RE Salesperson
Certified Luxury Homes Marketing Specialist
Million Dollar Guild

Cell 917-887-5899
Fax 212-627-8150 
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Speaks English, Hebrew, Italian

Jill Raff was born and raised in Georgia, but has lived in NYC longer than anywhere else. The result: a hard-working, friendly, and street-smart real estate agent made of equal parts Southern charm and Big Apple savvy. After earning her BA at the University of Texas, Jill moved to Manhattan to study fashion at Parsons School of Design. Once Jill fulfilled her dreams as a Fashion Designer — working for brands including Anne Klein and Emanuel Ungaro — she applied her imagination and visual arts skills toward another passion, the food industry. Jill earned a French Culinary Le Grand Diplôme from the renowned Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and apprenticed at Harrod's Pastry Kitchen before starting a freelance career as a cookbook, magazine, and TV commercial Food Stylist.

This mélange of skills and experiences comes full-circle at City Connections in NYC. As a top-performing real estate agent, Jill uses her creativity and attention to detail to sell clients' homes for the most money with the least amount of stress and time. Her trademark: treating every transaction as if she herself were buying or selling. (It helps that she's personally bought, sold, and contracted renovations for primary residences and investment properties in both NYC and Austin, Texas.) Clients appreciate Jill's patience and warm demeanor as much as they do her market expertise and negotiation skills. After all, a people business calls for a people person. Jill's additional certifications of GRI, CNE® (Certified Negotiations Expert), Certified Luxury Homes Marketing Specialist, Million Dollar Guild, all make her above and beyond qualified to help you and your referrals. Jill enjoys working with both local and international clients. She speaks Hebrew and Italian fluently.

In her spare time, Jill enjoys volunteering, travel, and staying in touch with her inner Julia Child. She splits her time and work between Austin and Manhattan and lives with her husband and two children.
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“Jill is the consummate professional. She will look you in the eye, and make you feel like a friend. She operates with integrity. I'd recommend her any day, as she is an absolute pleasure to work with!

—Tony Harris 
“Jill went above and beyond in selling our home. She used her talent for creative design to help us stage each room (with her own props) to highlight its best features. She even personally replanted all of the hanging flower boxes on our terrace, so it was bright and colorful! Jill also skillfully negotiated multiple bidders; she kept a back up buyer engaged in case anything fell through with our purchaser and she helped us get a price significantly above our expectation. Jill is knowledgeable, dedicated and hard working; she conducts herself with integrity and geniality. We would recommend Jill to anyone looking to sell a home!

—Stephanie Marks and Jonathan Zellan, Sellers 
“Jill, your honesty and integrity in an industry where it is not always too apparent, really shined through. I was referred to you because your name as a Real Estate agent was the only one that came up in conversation amongst friends in the Lincoln Towers community, where people only had positive things to say. My experience in working with you proved them right. Jill, you are a hard worker and always put my best interests paramount! For this I am most appreciative. I thank you for our multiple conversations, experience and market knowledge driven advice and guidance, and for treating my purchase as if it were your own. I would most definitely refer you to my friends and colleagues who want to sell their apartments and homes, or purchase one, with a qualified agent who will always put them and their needs first.

—Doug Greenberg, Buyer 
“We saw our apartment be transformed with Jill's artistic talent, great sense of staging and space and hard work making its first impression to buyer's be a "Wow", feeling the open and bright space enhanced with her help. She advised us where to spend money in upgrading and where not, to get the best return on our investment. Thank you Jill for all of your hard work, honesty, and integrity in helping us sell by following up with potential buyers, and for the most money. Thank you for making the process go as smooth as possible, even willing to help after the closing.

—Gladys and Otto M., Sellers 
“I continue to be very appreciative of the support you gave us in our housing crisis and always keep in mind your combination of professionalism and generosity. I will be sure to recommend you to anyone we know who needs a Realtor.

—Aisha B.  
“Jill is an experienced entrepreneur and talented business woman. Bringing loads of dynamic creativity, she understands the macro and micro business environment - an important factor in driving sales. Jill possesses a unique quality in both being a team player and a great team leader. I do not hesitate to recommend Jill in her business endeavors.

—Gina Shaffer  
“My experience working with Jill Raff on the sale of my home has been exceptional. First of all, she is an excellent communicator -- both with me and with potential buyers. In her many calls, emails, and in person, Jill is extremely professional while, simultaneously, being warm and friendly ... always knowing the best way to phrase selling points, opinions of others, or sticking points in the negotiation process. She started our relationship by reviewing the ways she could help sell the house, what its strengths and values were, what needed to be enhanced, and discussing what the listing price should be. Then she put together an excellent marketing campaign, making sure the house was presented at its very best in photos, on flyers, and at open houses. Jill has gone above and beyond to market the house in as many ways as possible -- on various sites, social media, through personal connections, and with open houses. She has worked hard to create a feeling of excitement over the availability of the house. I would highly recommend Jill to anyone looking for a stress-free sale of their home.

—Kathy H., Seller 
“Representing me as the seller, Jill got my home sold for considerably more than I expected and was ready to accept. She was looking out for my best interest, and knew how to negotiate to get me the most possible understanding my timing needs as well. Jill's design background helped me understand how to de-clutter and stage my home to look its best for presentation to buyers. Thank you Jill for your great and hard work from beginning to end!

—Theresa A., Seller 
“Shirley and I want to thank you for an excellent job in selling our apartment. Your work in pricing, staging and showing our home, plus evaluating the buyers, resulted in a very successful sale. I could not be more pleased.

—Jay Swardenski , NYC Seller 
“Professional, Passionate, Patient. Selling your home is a very emotional process. From our first meeting with Jill, we began to relax. Her initial presentation was highly professional and she answered the questions we were afraid to ask. She guided us through the pricing, the listing, the showing, the consideration of the bids, the discernment of the potential buyers and all with a manner of truthful kindness. And as a result of her efforts, we received above our asking price for our home. Not only would we recommend her to other sellers and potential buyers, we already have!

—Shirley Swardenski , NYC Sellers 
“Jill is knowledgeable about the market and goes above and beyond as a real estate broker. She is detail oriented and makes sure the property's best features are presented to potential buyers. Throughout our experience working with Jill, she was always attentive, in constant communication and always gave us her honest opinions.

—Vivian Lee, NYC Seller 
“Great Results, Expert, High Integrity -- "Jill has been my Real Estate agent for the sale of my apartment in the Prasada on Central Park West @ 65th Street, so I speak from experience when I say, " Jill is the Real Estate agent for everyone." Because of her education and past experiences she is detailed oriented and can be counted on as "being there" for you at every opportunity. She keeps up with the latest trends in marketing and Keller Williams was able to get my apartment featured in the New York Post and in a video with a celebrity that will air on TV in the near future. She even went to the expense and trouble to have the latest marketing tool, a video, done by a professional that tells a story about the neighborhood and how life could be led if you lived in my apartment. I think she has done an outstanding job representing me and I thank her for this. I will most certainly ask her to be my Real Estate Agent again if I need to buy or sell any real estate!"

—Marcia R. , NYC Seller 
“I wanted to thank you for all your work in the sale of my apartment in NYC. This was a very particular situation as I don't live in the city anymore and the apartment was rented. I believe your handled my unique situation quite successfully as not only were you very tactful with my tenant, but somehow manage to find a buyer and come to a price agreement without even putting the apartment in the market! Your use of your own network to find the Buyer before we spent any money in sprucing up the place, saved me a bundle. Finally the price we achieved was well within my range and I attribute that to your negotiating skills and proper management of your client (me). Thank you for a job very well done and I wish you continued success. I am sure you will be successful with your resourcefulness and negotiating abilities.

—Lina A. Garcia, Director, Agribusiness Team, Energy & Natural Resources Group 
“We met Jill when we were attending an Open House where Jill was the Seller's broker. Although we did not purchase the particular apartment, we took an immediate liking to Jill and knew that we wanted her to help us with our search for a new apartment. Throughout our search, Jill was patient, thorough and utterly professional. We also found Jill's honesty refreshing. She had no qualms about telling us if she did not believe an apartment was appropriate for us. We were looking in Lincoln Towers and the fact that Jill is a Lincoln Towers resident herself made her advice and insight invaluable. We would highly recommend Jill to any of our friends and acquaintances in search of a real estate broker and would certainly work with Jill again in future transactions.

—Alisa Y. and Burat L., Pfizer's Regional Legal Counsel for Asia & Emerging Markets 
“I've heard nothing but great things about you. If I should ever move to the east coast (or Austin), you'll be my go-to realtor, hands down.

—Robin B., Mission Viejo, Ca. 
“If a friend is looking for an agent, I would definitely refer to you. You are such a go- getter and so thorough -- anyone would be lucky to have you.

—Dina B., NYC 
“Thank you so much Jill for your research, advice, positivity, and flexibility! We are so grateful that we intersected with you in our apartment search process and are so thankful for your assistance. You have really gone above and beyond! You are the most generous, helpful person ever! We are very grateful and hope you know that you really stand out in your profession. You are exceptionally thorough, considerate, and personable. May all the good you put out there come back to you.

—Kevin Jacobson, Fieldston Middle School Head, NYC 

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