How Matthew Melinger Went From Wall Streeter to Top Agent in NYC

By Jordan French Jordan French has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on January 3, 2024

Few industries are as fast-paced as real estate, and no city is as restless as the Big Apple. Naturally, finding the best real estate agent in New York City can be a challenging task.

However, one individual has seamlessly transitioned from a successful Wall Street career to becoming a top agent in the city that never sleeps. Matthew Melinger, a Dual-Licensed Real Estate Salesperson at Brown Harris Stevens in New York, is making waves in the industry: “As a born and bred New Yorker, I have an intimate understanding of both the market in general as well as what makes each neighborhood unique.”

His journey reveals much about the transferrable wisdom that comes with cutting deals as a top agent in NYC. Now, he shares all the signs and secrets of a real estate experience fit for the bright city lights or the serene, sophisticated outskirts:


A mover with a mission

Matthew’s background is as diverse as the neighborhoods he serves in the Big Apple. A Manhattan native born and raised on the Upper West Side, he has a deep-rooted passion for architecture and urban development.

After earning a degree in Finance and Accounting from Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, this future Real Estate Salesperson delved into the financial world, honing his skills in understanding client expectations and delivering results.

A meticulous attention to detail and a penchant for success characterized his subsequent Wall Street career. Matthew has worked for some of the world’s top banks and contributed to the growth of a highly successful hedge fund. Despite his achievements, he felt a calling towards his true passion: Real Estate.


An abnormal ascent

The transition from Wall Street to top Real Estate Agent in NYC was a significant shift, but he adapted quickly. Matthew started managing over forty agents as the Sales & Leasing Director for a boutique real estate brokerage in Midtown before earning his title as a Top Producer at Nest Seekers International.

The journey culminated at Brown Harris Stevens, where the growth-minded mover delivered his extensive network and expertise in the New York City and East End markets. Practices derived from his days on Wall Street proved a pivotal factor in Matthew’s inevitable ascension toward becoming one of the best real estate agents in New York.

Foremostly, he’s known for providing comprehensive, end-to-end service. From the initial meeting to post-closing, Matthew offers a variety of resources to meet his clients’ needs. His intimate understanding of the New York City market, coupled with his dual licenses, allows him to manage real estate portfolios from NYC to The Hamptons effectively.


Standardizing speediness

But a quality Matthew Melinger believes is rare in today’s landscape is round-the-clock availability. He takes pride in his response times, ensuring clients receive a response within 20 to 30 minutes, seven days a week. This level of dedication is where most real estate agents fall short, but the New Yorker believes it’s essential to exceed client expectations.

As he did in his finance career, Matthew takes a personal approach to real estate. He connects with his clients on a more personal level, investing in marketing to give the sensation that buyers and sellers know him, even before meeting him.

This authenticity is a core part of his brand and contributes to building meaningful client relationships. Matthew Melinger has been recognized as one of the top Real Estate Agents in the United States and New York State, ranking in the top 1.5% according to WSJ/RealTrends. Within Brown Harris Stevens, he ranks in the top 3% companywide, is a member of BHS’s Producer’s Council, and has received their Referral Agent of the Year award twice.


The secrets to success

For Matthew, real estate victories constitute more than completed transactions. They’re about purposeful relationships, staying top of mind, and helping clients succeed in one of their most significant investment decisions.

Inspired by his time on Wall Street, Matthew Melinger shares the tips that make his deals tick: “We are playing chess, not checkers. Always stay three moves ahead of the competition.”

“Creative problem-solving is the foundation for success during any transaction,” he adds. “Finally, don’t believe everything you read and always cross-check findings with data and independent research.”


A global grasp

It’s an aspect that inherently stretches far beyond the iconic Manhattan skyline and the furthest tributaries of the Hudson River: Matthew’s extensive geographical coverage. He brings a global reach to Brown Harris Stevens through his referral network, allowing him to oversee client portfolios across multiple markets.

In one of the most crowded corners of the world, Matthew Melinger disrupts the status quo through regional knowledge and client practices that one can’t hone during a real estate career alone. His creativity, tenacity, and big-picture perspective take all of Wall Street’s best aspects to craft a top agent in NYC. The resulting insights are invaluable and bring a distinct attention to detail that is difficult to replicate.



By Jordan French Jordan French has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Jordan French is the Founder and Executive Editor of Grit Daily Group, encompassing Financial Tech Times, Smartech Daily, Transit Tomorrow, BlockTelegraph, Meditech Today, High Net Worth magazine, Luxury Miami magazine, CEO Official magazine, Luxury LA magazine, and flagship outlet, Grit Daily. The champion of live journalism, Grit Daily's team hails from ABC, CBS, CNN, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Forbes, Fox, PopSugar, SF Chronicle, VentureBeat, Verge, Vice, and Vox. An award-winning journalist, he was on the editorial staff at and a Fast 50 and Inc. 500-ranked entrepreneur with one sale. Formerly an engineer and intellectual-property attorney, his third company, BeeHex, rose to fame for its "3D printed pizza for astronauts" and is now a military contractor. A prolific investor, he's invested in 50+ early stage startups with 10+ exits through 2023.

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