VETERAN real estate educator Esther Muller has dedicated her fall conference series to the late Daily News real estate writer, Jason Sheftell.
Sheftell died suddenly at his home in Greenwich Village in June. He was 46.
There will be a special tribute to the journalist, reflecting on his fascinating view of New York’s neighborhoods and people, during the three-day event.
“Jason was an educator at the Academy for many years and enabled the New York City real estate community and, through his journalism, guided others to find their way in a city abounding with possibility,ˮ said Muller.
“His vision, insight, enthusiasm and love for the city and its people inspired and transformed our agents in their professional and personal lives.”
Sheftell was on first name terms with many of the power players lined up to speak, including Dottie Herman, president and CEO of Douglas Elliman, Jeffrey Appel, former co-host of Metro Residential television show, James Gricar, president of Halstead, Jonathan Miller, president and CEO of Miller Samuel, Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group, and veteran writer Carter Horsley, now real estate editor at CityRealty.com.
Consolo will participate in a discussion with friends and family of with writer. The talk, which begins at the completion of her CE class with Richard Dickson,president and CEO of The Jones Group, will offer insights about stories she worked on with the journalist and review some of his neighborhood focuses in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.
Sheftell’s mother Karen Sheftell, a broker with William Pitt in Stamford, CT, will also speak during the event, along with former Daily News colleagues Gina Pace, Lisa O’Connor and Jeff Appel, whose Sunday morning television show included a weekly segment hosted by Sheftell.
Said Consolo. “Jason was a dear friend whose weekly columns really resonated with his readers. Most people knew him as a savvy reporter, but first and foremost he was a guy who really knew and loved this city and he was the best of the best!”
The Academy for Continuing Education Fall Conference takes place September 18, 23 and 26 at the New York Athletic Club on Central Park South.
Participants receive 22.5 hours DOS-approved credit to renew their license, including the required 3 credit hours of Fair Housing and Human Rights. Register on-line at www.RealEstateAcademy.com.
CITY records this week gave up the buyer of the white marble mansion at 351 Riverside Drive.
Former advisor to George Soros, MissionPoint founder Mark Schwartz and his wife Lisa paid $14 million for the 12,000 s/f house, one of a rare collection of free-standing single-family houses in Manhattan, according to the filing.
The house has been on and off the market for the past seven years, with asking prices ranging from $31 million to $13.5 million.
Published reports note the former owners, the late Professor Hans Smit of Columbia Law School and his wife Beverly, turned down a $20 million offer in 2008.
It was most recently listed by listing Corcoran’s Tod Mercy at $13.5 million. The Smits originally paid $325,000 for the house in 1979.
The house has been featured on the USA Network series White Collar and was a set for a Woody Allen film, Bullets Over Broadway.