Consistently a top producing and record setting broker, Michael Graves was recently honored in "The Real Deal's" Top 75 New York City Agent List of 2014. Douglas Elliman's CEO and Real Estate Mogul, Dottie Herman, stated in 'The Real Deal' (New York City's largest Real Estate Publication), "Michael is the real deal. He's savvy, knowledgeable, and he knows the New York City market inside and out."
In November of 2009, on the heels of a national and global recession, classical guitarist and composer Michael Graves burst onto the residential real estate scene shattering price per-square-foot records in luxury buildings citywide from Tribeca to the Upper West Side. Within in two years, he'd recorded over $100 million in single-unit resale transactions, and climbed the ranks to become top-producing broker at a #1 ranked NYC firm.
Michael continues to increase his pace with currently $280 million in listing inventory as well as $175 million in contract and closed YTD for 2014. He has been recognized for his extraordinary success in a starring role on HGTV's family friendly reality TV series, "Selling New York," where over four episodes he closed five deals, breaking four records and totaling more than $20 million in sales. This perfect performance on the program remains unmatched, and is chronicled in NYC Public Records.
While marketing properties, Michael has achieved top price per square-foot on more than 80% of his transactions. His clients readily acknowledge his success, citing multiple deals where his final result equaled millions more than his competing broker's best projection - projections made by highly-regarded real estate professionals. Renowned media outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Real Deal also seek out and feature Michael for his extensive market knowledge and record-breaking deals. Investors, developers, and homeowners alike appreciate his engaging personality and his expertise in selling unique high-end properties intelligently and creatively.
Michael credits his razor-sharp marketing and negotiating skills to a lifetime of experience in business, academia, hospitality, and the fine arts. Prior to residential real estate, he was the Sales and Marketing Director for his family's luxury hotel development company, Graves Hospitality, where Michael formed strong relationships with valued corporate clients in the Midwest and on the East Coast. His work led the company to receive top accolades such as Travel & Leisure's "World's Best Hotels," ESNY Lumen Award, "Gold Reserve of Top Hotels" by Conde Nast Traveler, three Gold Key Awards from Interior Design and Hospitality Design, Platinum Status with Marriott Hotels, as well as the President's Circle with Carlson Hospitality.
A proud husband and father of twins, Michael enjoys spending his free time at home or traveling internationally with family. He is also an accomplished classical guitarist and composer of film and concert music. His music has received rave reviews and has been heard around the world, with world premiere performances at Carnegie Hall. His music for solo piano is currently on an international tour with world renowned pianist Alexander Moutouzkine. Michael graduated with the highest honors from New York University where he received Masters Degree's in Composition & Theory as well as Scoring for Film & Multimedia. He is the recipient of several academic awards including the American Music Center's CAP Award, NYU's Honor Scholar Award and The Founder's Day Award.