Next Step Agents

Meena Ziabari

Meena Ziabari

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Meena is a native east coaster hailing from Philadelphia before moving to Ithaca College to pursue her B.A. in Global Politics. Ithaca’s serene locale is what inspired her love of nature and eventually lead her to Greenpeace USA where she ran the New York chapter for three years. She has a passion for traveling and has lived all over the world including Sarrbruken, Nashville, Boston and Beijing (where she became fluent in Mandarin and studied martial arts). None compare, however, to her (favorite) current residence: Brooklyn! On the weekends you’ll most likely find her at a DIY art show, the Smorgasburg, or hiking upstate. She is a connoisseur of urban culture, lover of music and self-proclaimed foodie. From butchers to bakers to coffee-makers, Meena loves to show off the best parts of Brooklyn. Her knowledge of the market and strong dedication to seeking the best interest of each, unique individual will guarantee a great outcome!


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Margit Brandt

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

This native New Yorker joined Next Step Realty in April 2014 directly from one of the top sales teams at Corcoran where she worked with an elite clientele in Manhattan’s luxury market. Margit makes her client’s dream apartment into a reality, finding their perfect home in New York City. Born and raised on the Upper East Side, Margit knows this market like the back of her hand and is a trusted expert. She is a top broker and Director of Broker Development at Next Step with a loyal clientele built on referrals, repeat business, and word of mouth. Residing above Union Square Park, Margit is passionate about animal rescue and you can find her with her beloved Georgia aka “Gigi” ready to greet you at our West Village office! She is a Soul Cycle and SLT enthusiast. Margit is an avid traveler, most recently to France, Italy and London. Margit specializes in relocating internationals to New York City helping them acclimate to the city she loves. Most importantly, Margit builds lifelong bonds and relationships with her clients, helping them through every step of the process, and growing with them as they take their “Next Step” in NYC.

College: University of North Carolina Wilmington 2010
Instagram: @MargitBrandtNYC


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Mary Kirby

Director of Sales

Mary, Director of Sales, is an award winning multi-million dollar licensed salesperson at Next Step Realty. Being in the Real Estate industry for over 7 years, Mary provides full service attention, expertise, and advice to all of her clients. She is a highly motivated and dedicated Real Estate expert who is determined to achieve the highest level of customer and client satisfaction. Whether you are looking to buy, sell, or rent, Mary’s main goal is to develop a long-term relationship with each client by fulfilling their real estate needs.

Mary grew up on Long Island in Garden City, a short train ride away from Manhattan. After attending Arizona State University, she quickly made the move to Manhattan and now resides on the Upper East Side and truly enjoys all aspects of Manhattan culture. She is a cycling enthusiast and avid Broadway supporter, who is frequently spotted riding her bike in Central Park, or breaking a sweat in a Flywheel class. Mary is a member of the New York Athletic Club and involved in many of the clubs they offer. (Cycling & Theatre to name a few!)


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Victoria Scott

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Victoria is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with her B.A in Psychology and her M.A in Rehabilitation Counseling. She joined Next Step Realty in 2014 after having worked in the NYC Real Estate Industry since 2012. Victoria is a top broker and the International Relocation Specialist at Next Step, using her multi-national background as well as her fluency in French and Mandarin Chinese to help virtually any individual ease into New York City Life. Her expertise in Real Estate and trustworthiness as a person will surpass any expectations you may have in the process of finding a home.

In her spare time, Victoria enjoys staying active by playing sports, frequenting the local Equinox, and traveling to tropical destinations. She is also a music and art lover but most important in her life is her beloved Yorkie, Molly who can be found hanging out in the East and West Village offices. Victoria owns an apartment with her fiance in her favorite neighborhood, Nolita but currently resides in Union Square (which she considers a close second) while it’s undergoing renovations. Her love of New York City is something she can’t wait to share with you!

College: USC Class of 2009
Instagram: @vica_scott


Jordan Glaser

Jordan Glaser

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Born in NYC and raised in Bergen County, NJ, Jordan attended The Peddie School and Gettysburg College pursuing a BA in Business Management. He is a real estate professional in NYC, having worked with the several top tier and most respected real estate brokers in the highest luxury market.

His love of architecture and interior design is what prompted him study at the prestigious Parsons and The New York School of Interior Design which lead to his successful career as an Agent.

In his free time, Jordan plays guitar, drums, and sings, regularly performing around NYC at local venues and attends many shows in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. He is also an avid skier, having grown up skiing at Stratton Mountain in Vermont. On Sundays you may find him enjoying a scotch on the rocks at The Harmonie Club on the Upper East Side.


Michelle Calogero

Michelle Calogero

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Originally from Westchester, NY, Michelle first moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology where she obtained a Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management. She spent the next several years developing sophisticated financial planning models for fashion brands Theory & Helmut Lang. Michelle grew up in a family focused on real estate and development – her mother, a real estate broker, and her father, a contractor. This early exposure inspired Michelle to jumpstart her own career in the business here in New York City. She entered the industry in 2014 and within the year was recognized with an award in Outstanding Customer Service; she went on to manage a large portfolio of rental buildings for a NYC landlord while providing first-class service to sales and rental clients alike. In joining the Next Step family, Michelle brings with her knowledge of the industry, market trends, inventory, negotiation skills, and a keen sense of value, making her a strong advocate for her clients.

Michelle has lived in several neighborhoods in the city including the East Village, Gramercy, & Chelsea, and now happily resides in the West Village. When not serving her clients, Michelle can be found walking her Cavalier King Charles (Kingsley) or curled up with a good book – she loves “anything by Murakami.” She is a regular at Barry’s Bootcamp, SLT, & Exhale, and loves traveling to new destinations, most recently Morocco, France, & Greece.


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Katie Cummings

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Katie is a proud graduate of The Lawrenceville School and Boston College, where she graduated in three years with Honors. While she majored in English and Creative Writing, she kept a close eye on New York City real estate after being introduced to it at a young age from her family business. She joined Next Step soon after graduating in 2013. In her free time, Katie enjoys going to off-Broadway plays, improv/sketch comedy shows, and trying every new restaurant the city has to offer. Although she grew up in Palm Beach, Florida, Katie has lived here since high school and has made the effort to move to a different Manhattan neighborhood every two years in order to get a better feel for each area. With Murray Hill, the Upper East Side, and SoHo under her belt, Katie currently calls the West Village Home.

College: Boston College Class of 2013
Clubs: My Mother’s Fleabag Improv Comedy, Women in Business


Jessica Bailey

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Jessica is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Terry Business School at the University of Georgia. She is an Atlanta native, however she loves New York and moved to the city immediately upon graduation from college in 2014. Jessica began her career in marketing, however she was inspired by her parents to get her Real Estate license. Jessica’s father is a successful real estate developer and her mother is an attorney and licensed realtor. Jessica is dedicated to building long-term relationships with her clients and finding their ideal apartments to fit both budgets and neighborhood preferences. Jessica calls the West Village home and when not touring property with clients, you can find her practicing her golf swing at Chelsea Piers, trying out new restaurants around the city or having a laugh at the Comedy Cellar.


Jake Vitale

Jake Vitale

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Jake Vitale hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, where he attended the Charlotte Country Day School. Growing up, Jake spent a lot of time in New York, between his grandparents’ apartment on the Upper East Side and his summer camp Upstate. He went to college at the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!), where he was actively involved in his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi. While in school, Jake spent two summers in New York interning at Next Step, where he worked as a Brokerage Assistant and Agent. He is excited to be back at the company full-time and looks forward to building his career in New York City! Jake specializes in Next Step’s co-exclusive listings in Gramercy, Murray Hill, the Lower East and Upper East Sides.


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Christie LaRusso

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Christie comes to The Next Step Realty following successful beginnings at City Connections Realty, where she managed several broker exclusive listings after receiving senior level one-on-one training. With extensive experience in rentals and sales, she cultivates strong relationships with both clients and colleagues alike to continually foster successful deals. A former editorial staffer at People.com, Christie is clearly a people person. Her six-year background working for the leading celebrity online news site imbued her with the ideal communication skills, internet research savvy and an eye for all things A-list that she now serves to her real estate clients in an equally fast-paced industry. Plus, she finds working with real people much more exciting. Having experienced several stressful apartment searches as a new resident, she’s now thrilled to clients new to New York City find their new homes without the horror stories. She takes pride in providing clients with the complete experience of not only finding an apartment they love but discovering the perfect Manhattan neighborhood to call home. Christie graduated cum laude from Connecticut’s Fairfield University with a degree in English and Business Management before high-tailing to Manhattan. A New Jersey Shore (the real Shore, not what’s on the MTV show) native, she always knew wanted to live and work in the city. Having achieved that dream, she happy is helping others do the same.


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Sarah Minton

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Sarah joined Next Step Realty in March 2017 from Brown Harris Stevens, where she worked on a top producing team that completed over fifty transactions, totaling approximately $300,000,000 in sales, in her three and a half years there. She spent the majority of her time working with co-op buyers and sellers on the Upper East Side. While her professional life took her Uptown, Sarah has called Downtown Manhattan home for the past six years and has educated herself in that particular market. Whether you wish to rent, buy or sell, Sarah’s unparalleled experience, market and neighborhood savvy, follow through, and communication skills can help you in your Next Step. She is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson and is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York. Sarah currently resides in SoHo, having spent the previous five years on the Lower East Side. She spends her free time running on the West Side Highway (she ran the NYC Marathon in 2015), learning to cook, practicing yoga, and exploring the city. A native of Boston, Sarah graduated from Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and from Hamilton College in 2010 with a B.A. in Comparative Literature.


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Samantha Brody

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Samantha is a graduate of The Lawrenceville School and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where she majored in advertising. She is a North Carolina native and moved to New York City immediately after graduating UNC in 2011 to pursue her interest in fashion. Samantha spent the next five years working in public relations for two couture fashion designers, Donna Karan and Zac Posen. With family roots in the industry, Samantha became a licensed real estate salesperson in January 2016 and landed a job assisting a top luxury broker at Brown Harris Stevens. Within her first year, Samantha assisted with Manhattan sales transactions totaling over 5 million dollars worth of inventory and regularly rented apartments with monthly rents ranging from $2,000 – $21,000. Now seeking to welcome recent graduates, relocating professionals, newcomers, and residents alike with a seamless home search, Samantha joined Next Step Realty in April 2017 to provide the industry-leading services and brand guarantee that the firm has become known for. Having found an environment where she can truly apply her love for client relationships into her practice, she plans to create a tradition of excellence in customer service, knowledge of the market, and compassion for customers every day.

Currently, Samantha lives in Chelsea with her fiancé and their adorable havanese puppy, Tiger. During her free time, Samantha enjoys working out, (Pilates and Barry’s Bootcamp are her latest obsessions) cooking, reading and traveling.


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Max Mosello

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Born and raised in Northern Westchester, Max attended the Taft School and Gettysburg College pursuing a degree in Business and Philosophy. As a real estate professional in NYC, Max began his successful career with one of the city’s premier commercial real estate firms, focusing mainly on tenant representation. With his strong record of commercial success in NYC, Max joined Next Step intent on applying his skills to the residential side, representing clients looking for their ideal new home. As an avid sports and film enthusiast, Max frequently spends his free time attending his favorite teams’ games around NYC or catching the latest popular movie. Max can also commonly be found jogging down Hudson River Park or meeting up with friends at various local spots in his favorite neighborhoods.


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Jessica Wolf

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Jessica grew up in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, a suburb outside of Chicago, but moved to NYC post college graduation to pursue her lifelong dream of living in the Big Apple. She graduated from Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University with a degree in Vocal Performance and Theatre. While in college, she was an active member of her sorority, Delta Gamma, and performed in IU opera productions. Jessica spent her summers exploring her interests; She studied abroad in Vienna, Austria, as well as completed a brokerage internship with Next Step. After a thrilling and motivating intern experience, she is elated to be back in New York City with Next Step, where she is confident she will provide her clients with a smooth transition moving to the city. Outside of the professional environment, you can find her attending on and off Broadway productions, taking dance classes, and trying the best coffee shops Manhattan has to offer!


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Sara Nardi

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Sara is a graduate of Fairfield University’s Dolan School of Business where she studied Marketing and Public Relations and was a member of the crew team. She was born and raised in NYC and wouldn’t have it any other way! A first generation American, Sara is very proud of her Italian heritage. Sara never gets tired of exploring New York’s many unique neighborhoods (especially the historic ones) and loves that there is always something new to encounter. In her spare time, you could find her at The Garden cheering on her favorite team, the NY Rangers, or at a Broadway show. Sara spent the summer of 2016 interning at Next Step where she worked as a Brokerage Assistant, and is excited about joining the company full-time!


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Grace Baird

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Grace is a graduate of the Nicolais School of Business at Wagner College in Staten Island, New York with a degree in Marketing. She is from Lexington, North Carolina, but came to New York City to swim in college and fell in love with the city. Grace started as an intern with Next Step Realty her senior year in college and continued on to become a full time Real Estate Agent. In her free time you can find her working out, traveling, trying out new restaurants in the city, or reading a book at a local coffee shop. There is nothing she loves more than satisfying her clients and finding them their new home in New York City.


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Katie Sammis

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Katie grew up in Westchester, NY and lived there until attending The Hill School in Pottstown, PA. While enrolled at Trinity College she played on the Varsity squash team, but she ultimately graduated from Wheaton College, in MA, with a BA in Psychology.
Starting her real estate career in Boston, Katie worked for a non-profit focused on finding affordable housing for the ill and underprivileged. She is excited to bring her compassion and attention to clients’ specific needs to her role at Next Step Realty.
Katie lives on the Upper East Side with her tuxedo cat Sylvester. In her spare time you can find Katie exploring the city in pursuit of the most delicious macaroons or training in Central Park for her next race.


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Zach Lederman

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Born and raised in New York City, Zach has a firm understanding of how the city operates. Following his graduation from Rollins College, pursuing a degree in Business management, he spent a summer abroad studying in Spain. He has spoken Spanish as a second language for the majority of his life. You might catch him running in Central Park with his Jack Russell, Cooper. or checking out some art at The Met. In his off time, he loves traveling to new places such as Hungary, Amsterdam, or London, where his father was born and raised. Zach is a hard worker who enjoys a fast-paced environment, and is always looking to ensure those he works with are fully satisfied!