Our History

Custom Brokers is a unique real estate firm founded by Suzanne Brose whose Real Estate Career began in the 1970’s at a time when women were redefining their roles and shyly but surely entering the world of business. Suzanne was able to put her people skills to work in finding and selling homes to her Customers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey with an office in the small town of Easton, PA. It soon became obvious that Suzanne had found her lifelong niche.

Suzanne moved to Manhattan in the early 1980s at a time when the Real Estate Market was awaking from a long depression . Rental buildings were converting to Coops by the thousands Suzanne,with a partner Jill Cashman , launched the Brose/ Cashman RE Agency in the city’s Upper East Side specializing in the sale of Town Houses and Multiple Dwellings. The partnership was successful and soon Brose Cashman agents were enjoying the positive rebound of the New York Real Estate Market.

Happy to call “The City” her permanent home, Suzanne sold the uptown agency as her entrepreneurial instincts drove her to the Downtown area of Manhattan. She developed a passion for lofty and unique spaces. She sold her interest in Brose/ Cashman and soon embraced the diversity of Lower Manhattan culture. With her architect husband Thomas Hemmerick, they bought and renovated a loft in Tribeca and soon joined by her daughter, Karen, and other close associates the Custom Brokers Real Estate Agency was born.

Custom Brokers is located in the heart of SoHo, and yet our hand-picked agents have specialized in everything from West Village Townhouses to Brooklyn Multi –family Brownstones, apartment shares in Murray Hill and Midtown, condos for foreign investors in Chelsea and Flatiron, prewar rentals on the Upper West Side, New Development condos throughout the city, and, of course, high end loft rentals in Tribeca and Soho.

Our tagline, "Real Property, Real People," emphasizes our understanding that every client has different needs, and that a home of any price is a transaction of paramount importance. Holding to the Founder’s tradition of enjoying caring for and listening to people’s needs, this unique company has remained small and all of its diverse and multilingual agents speaks to the fact that we carry our experience as passionate individuals-- parents, ex-pats, painters, musicians, actors, poets, filmmakers, archaeologists, and writers and yes even finance majors--within us with every transaction. As creative thinkers we are able to bend where others break, and as outgoing people of varied interests we are often able to propose alternative solutions even when faced with challenges and obstacles.

As a company, our ability to function both as a team and as an assortment of highly motivated individuals affords our clients the support of a branded real estate group without the pretense. Our agents view themselves as privileged partners in their clients' search for shelter, and we work tirelessly to make sure our clients truly understand the nature of their targeted sector of the New York Real Estate market before securing the best deal possible given current market trends.

Given the rise of open access to apartment related information, we strive to provide informed customer service that cannot be replicated by automated information vendors. In short, we are an old school shop operating with the advantages of a small company that does BIG Business. Our strength lies in the collective experience of our agents, the diversity of our backgrounds, and our tireless dedication to our client's priorities and to our own ideals.

We offer traditional seller agency, buyer brokerage, rental agency, property management, and relocation services, Custom Brokers is a full service real estate company We value our role as sales agents in what is generally the most expensive purchase in our client's lives and as rental agents assisting our customers in finding the best possible location for their new home.

Please contact us should you be looking for property in New York City. If your ideal home is out there, we'll find it at the best price in the most efficient and stress free manner possible. Our professional analyses and personal opinions are motivated by honesty, efficiency, and the pursuit of housing happiness. We look forward to working with you in the future.