Before the Trumps, There Were the Wendels

"The most well-known developer in New York today may be a man with national aspirations and a propensity to talk off the top of his extravagantly coifed head, but a century ago, the headlines were commanded by a real estate family with an aversion to publicity and the trappings of wealth. In the early 20th century, the Wendels were perhaps the most powerful landlords in New York City, a dynasty with more than 150 properties in Manhattan worth over $1 billion in today’s dollars. The Wendels were the delight of the local papers, for, rich as they were, the family — six sisters and a brother, all unmarried — lived together in a shuttered mansion without electricity on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and 39th Street, and dressed in grim Victorian garb that had gone out of style half a century earlier. Tour buses regularly pulled up in front of “the House of Mystery.”"

9 New York Hotels Undergoing Major Transformations This Year

9 New York Hotels Undergoing Major Transformation This Year


“There are hundreds of thousands of hotel rooms in New York City, making the decision of where to stay (or where to tell out-of-town guests to stay) all the more difficult. But if you're looking for the newest rooms out there, then consider these nine hotels, all of which are receiving upgrades this year. Some are revamps of iconic spaces (hello, Four Seasons) while others will bring smaller or more outdated hotels into the 21st century.”

Meet Avi Voda


Co-founder at Voda Bauer  

Avi Voda is a 20-year real estate veteran with a diverse clientele, extensive portfolio of properties and an expert skill set that ensures results. Prior to founding Voda Bauer, Avi served as Executive Vice President at Douglas Elliman— one of New York's leading real estate brokerage firms. During his tenure, Avi created the first team at the firm, which later became the industry standard. Avi is a seasoned real estate professional known for his tenacity, creativity and problem-solving skills. We asked Avi a few questions and advice on business and selling real estate in New York.

How long have you been a real estate broker?
I’ve been a Real Estate broker, developer and entrepreneur since 1996, it’s been almost 20 years!

How did you get into Real Estate?
It was actually a coincidence. I moved to the states from Israel in 1994. After a year and half living in Florida, I decided to move and explore New York. When I first moved to New York it was difficult finding an apartment because of high commission rates, which completely shocked me, but it was also what got me asking about Real Estate. I decided to ask some questions, which my broker was happy to answer, and in no time I got my license. From the moment I got my license I fell in love with Real Estate, buildings; designing and helping people find their home.

What is your favorite thing about being a real estate broker?
My favorite part of working in Real Estate is designing and staging buildings or units that I am working on. I also love putting in the infrastructure for marketing and sales, it feels like being an artist.

How do you like to start your day?
The first thing I do when I wake up is check my emails. Once I’ve done that, I do my morning meditation, I have breakfast and then I’m off to my meetings, which start as early as 8:30am.

What do you like to do when you are not working?
It’s very important to me to spend time with my wife and kids, we love family vacations! We also belong to a spiritual community, which is a big part of our life. I am also a big soccer fan, so I like to watch games at home or fly to catch a game.

What is one of the best advices you were ever given that you think can help other real estate professionals as well?
This is something I always say to my agents, and really believe in, “If you work with a successful person always come into the office before him and leave after him.”


Meet An Agent: Jacob Sussan

MEET AN AGENT: Jacob Sussan

Voda Bauer prides itself on hiring only the best agents to ensure that all our clients receive the attention and satisfaction they deserve. Our agents are determined to find the perfect place for you while keeping you happy and involved throughout the entire process. Meet one of the many talented agents working with Voda Bauer.