At a glance
Larchmont, Amenia, Mamaroneck, Rye Neck, Rye, Harrison, Purchase, New Rochelle
Luxury Homes, Larchmont Manor & Sound Shore, Negotiations & Valuations, Marketing/Sales/Strategy, New Builds/Development
Husband Bill (raised in Larchmont),Natalie (23),Nolan (20)
One Exclusive Agent, One Billion in Sales, Ranked #103 in the US.
Pollena Forsman is a real estate executive, working as an exclusive agent to provide advisory services for her clients. Pollena has been the #1 agent in Westchester County single-family home sales for 7 of the past 10 years. She is the #1 agent in the Sound Shore for the last 7 years in a row, and the #1 Agent in Larchmont-Mamaroneck for a decade! Pollena has been a top producing Associate Broker for 25 years, selling homes throughout the Sound Shore towns of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Harrison, Purchase, and New Rochelle. Her sales volume of over $100 million per year places her amongst the uber elite in her field. Pollena has repeatedly earned accolades including the Diamond Award, top tier for Westchester County Board of Realtors & Emerald Club Award, the Top 1% of Houlihan Lawrence Westchester agents company-wide with... More
Professional Awards & Achievements
$1 Billion in Sales Ranked #103 Agent in the US #1 Agent in Westchester SF, 7 of the past 10 years #1 List Agent in Westchester SF #1 Agent in Sound Shore SF, past 7 years #1 Agent in Larchmont – Mamaroneck SF, past 11 years
Professional Associations & Designations
Pollena has a Certified Buyer Representative designation (CBR) and is a Licensed Associate Broker (highest level for agents). She is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR), Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR, Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS).Visit www.pollenaforsman.com
Golf, Member of Winged Foot Golf Club; Past Competitive Swimmer, Tennis, Cycling, Yoga, Skiing, Conversational Spanish. Visit www.pollenaforsman.com
Real Estate Expertise
25 Years in Residential Real Estate in Sound Shore markets of Larchmont, Mamaroneck, Rye, Harrison, Purchase & New Rochelle. Pollena's team of top agents help her Clients buy and sell real estate throughout the U.S.
Graduated from Boston College, 1990 and Studied at The Institute of European Studies, Madrid SPAIN. Visit www.pollenaforsman.com
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I found her to demonstrate a keen business sense that took into consideration the distinctive nature of the home and the realities of the market, without losing sight of the unique emotional ties of the owner.
Pollena did an OUTSTANDING job representing me in the sale of my home. My home had been on the market for years and never attracted bids and attracted very limited showings. When I made the switch to use Pollena, she repriced, remarketed and staged the house in a way that garnered immediate interest, number of bids shortly thereafter, ultimately resulting in a closing late last year.
We originally worked with another agency that tried to sell our house for six months. We asked Pollena for help and she came to our first meeting prepared with information and an initial marketing plan. She gave us customized advice and attention and within a week of our first open house, we had two competing offers! I would recommend her to anyone needing a real estate expert. She’s a pro.
Pollena’s position as the leading broker of residential real estate in Westchester County is well deserved. Her experience and market knowledge is vast and her advice and guidance throughout the entire marketing and closing process is invaluable. I retained Pollena as agent for the sale of my property in Larchmont Manor and had an excellent experience. Pollena is extremely professional, highly committed and intensely focused. Her comprehensive knowledge of transactions in the Westchester real estate market combined with her keen sense of market sentiment and trends make Pollena a valuable resource, particularly when seeking to develop a successful marketing strategy under challenging conditions. Pollena is also extremely personable and a pleasure to work with. I have recommended Pollena to many friends and will continue to do so enthusiastically and without reservation. J.D. In Larchmont Manor
I now know why Pollena is ranked as one of the top real estate brokers in Westchester. She was amazing from start to finish during our home search. She was extremely professional, responsive, and knowledgeable throughout all stages of the process. She knew exactly the house we were looking for and even recommended quality attorneys, contractors, and painters to us. I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with Pollena and would highly recommend her for anyone looking in the Westchester area.
G.N. In Larchmont
We retained Pollena to purchase our new home in Rye and sell our home in Larchmont. We found her help in both transactions invaluable. Her ability to work with us to best position our home for sale in the competitive Larchmont market and at the same time explore new neighborhoods, understand pricing in Rye and how to best to present our bid proposal allowed us to really see the value her experience brought to each transaction. She remained involved throughout the process providing recommendations on everything from lenders, counsel, appraisers and home inspectors which also really helped advance both transactions. We would welcome the opportunity to work with her again except we are too happy with our new home for us to see that even in the distant future.
A.M. Larchmont & Rye
My husband and I initially met Ms. Forsman when we phoned her to inquire regarding a listing she had for 34 Beach Avenue. During the first phone call I explained to Ms. Forsman that we had seen the property on line and though we thought it looked beautiful we believed that the price was high given the market. Without hesitating, Ms. Forsman told us that she would be happy to show the property to us. We met with her the next day in Larchmont. I can honestly say to you that at no time before we arrived in Larchmont did either my husband or myself have any intention of moving. We were taking the drive to begin our investigation into Westchester homes, as we had decided it might be time for our growing family to relocate from Manhattan. Upon meeting Pollena she first took us for a driving tour of Larchmont and parts of Mamaroneck, pointing out the various school locations, the many parks (including the new Astroturf that was installed in several), the Trader Joe’s on Boston Post Road, the swimming pool (upon learning my husband was an avid swimmer), the club locations (upon learning about his interest in golf), and the variety of hockey programs (upon learning our 9 year old son has a desire to someday win the Stanley Cup.) Knowing that we were new and unfamiliar with the housing market in the area, during this tour Pollena took a great deal of time to point out more than 20 houses that had sold over the last 2 or 3 years, with listing data, actual sale data, time on the market and all other relevant details. She then took us to 8 or 9 houses in different locations with different price points so that we could begin to understand the value metrics. By the time we looked at 34 Beach, David and I had already fallen in love with the neighborhood, the waterfront area of Larchmont Manor, and the idea of raising children who could safely walk to school on their own. More importantly, by the time we parted ways with Pollena, David and I both felt that we understood several various “price points” in the neighborhood. When we went home we realized we had become excited about the idea of Westchester as well as by this particular house. We made plans to return to Larchmont and, with Pollena’s assistance, saw every listing in the area that was priced within 50% of the 34 Beach, as well as everything that was for sale in the surrounding area. We were getting excited to move ahead and did not want to wait. I spent more than a week, with Pollena’s tireless assistance, investigating the school, the town and tax situation, and trying to get a handle on the investment that had been made in the property. Ten days later when David and I had completed our own “due diligence”, we told Pollena that we wanted to bid on the house. She had previously explained to us that she represented the seller and she could arrange for us to have our own realtor who would solely represent our interests; or, if we liked, she could as for approval from the seller to represent both parties. By that point we trusted Pollena completely and felt it was unnecessary to find different representation. With the approval of the seller, Pollena acted in the interest of the sale, representing neither the seller nor the buyer. We made our bid on the house on a Saturday night and insisted we have a response on Sunday with inspection to be held on Monday so that I could fly to Asia on Monday night. It was an emotional 24 hours but Pollena handled herself with grace and composure, ultimately bringing everyone together in time to meet our schedule. From thereon in it was very smooth sailing. Pollena is extremely organized and detail oriented. We have purchased five luxury homes and this one was, without question, the most professionally handled. Our lawyer, a luxury real state expert with more than 30 years of experience, told us several times how impressed he was by her knowledge and her professional approach. I don’t think that David and I intend to sell our house or buy a house any time soon, but if we did the only person we would use would be Pollena. Having said that, we of course do and would recommend her to anyone interested in either buying a home or selling a home.
R.D. Larchmont Manor
Working with Pollena Forsman to sell our home was an absolute pleasure. Pollena took on a uniquely challenging project for the sale of our customized, recently built home in the Larchmont Manor. When we hired Pollena early in 2011, it was evident to us that her top priority was to meet our needs and work in our best interest according to our timeframe regardless of market pressures. Pollena keeps in mind the very personal element of selling a home. She has such a crucial expertise when it comes to real estate in the Larchmont community. Pollena could easily “switch gears” depending on what the market would bring and also think on her feet to capture all possibilities at hand. We were deciding between selling and renting our home and knew it would be a process to ultimately find the right fit. Pollena listened to our continuously changing needs and was flexible with her strategies based on where we were in the process. She calmly endured the dynamic process regardless of how much extra work this required on her end. In addition, the majority of this project and final transaction was completed while we were living abroad due to a recent family relocation. Thus, we trusted Pollena to work closely with our house management team on our behalf for the preparation of our home for showing, renting and, consequently, handing the keys to the new owners without even having us back in the country full time. Pollena seamlessly partnered with us, clearly rising above and beyond the usual responsibilities or expectations of an agent. Even with our “plus 5 hours” time difference, she was always readily available by phone or email. I highly recommend Pollena Forsman to anyone selling or renting a home, especially in the more exclusive home market.
B.L. Larchmont Manor
Pollena was a pleasure to work with…but not simply because of her pleasant personality. She grounded our pricing strategy in an aggressive but realistic assessment of Larchmont home values at a key point in the real estate cycle. She saw positives when other potential listing brokers focused on potential negatives. She did her homework and helped us to demonstrate that third-floor living space was original to our house, an important selling point to prospective families. And she worked with us every step of the way, including providing a recommendation for a great stager.
G.M. & J.M Larchmont Manor
I have worked with Pollena for the past eight years as my wife and I bought and sold homes in Larchmont. Her tenure in this market gives her deep market knowledge, and a strong sense of market values over time. Pollena's attention to architectural detail, construction integrity and location make her insight and judgment an important part of finding the right house for us. As a seller's agent Pollena leverages her extensive network within the brokerage community and her credibility to generate market interest and activity. We have been very pleased with the way that she researched market statistics, recommended a listing price and showed the house. I have recommended Pollena to a number of friends and they have commented on her ability to listen to their needs and quickly build trust by showing them appropriate properties with a strong sense of value. I am delighted to continue recommending Pollena to friends and associates and also to serve as a reference for future clients.
B. M. Larchmont Manor
I think it is fair to say that, from our first interaction with Pollena, we knew she was the right person for us to work with as we embarked on the very significant life decision of moving from Manhattan to Larchmont. Over the prior ten years, my wife Lauren and I have worked with nearly a dozen real estate brokers, both in Manhattan and in other New York suburbs. Until we met Pollena, we had never worked with one who managed to combine seamlessly an engaging personality with fantastic market sense and savvy. From the beginning, we were struck by how easily Pollena built a relationship of trust with us. She was candid about the properties we visited, and never gave us the sense that she was merely looking to make a sale. Rather, we always felt like she was our partner, someone who wanted the decision to be right for us most importantly. And that applied not only to the property, but to the area as well. We always received both the good and the bad from Pollena, with just the right amount of editorial input. Clearly, the job is easier for Pollena given her fantastic insight into the market, particularly the luxury market. The challenge of benchmarking properties was a relative breeze given her uncanny memory of prior transactions, and her laser-like attention to detail. Drive down any street with Pollena, and she can remember the details of prior transactions, both those she was involved in and others. I should also add that I am a very demanding client, particularly when it comes to responsiveness. I never once had an email or phone call to Pollena go without a prompt response, which were always either spot on, or honest in acknowledging the need to figure out the answer – which she always proceeded to do, and always in minimal time.
E.G. Larchmont Manor
Pollena Forsman has all the characteristics that make a great agent. Although my wife Kim and I had lived in Larchmont for 12 years and felt we knew the area and the local market well, Pollena added great insight and ideas to help us think through our options when we decided to move. Her deep experience was clear both in her knowledge of the area and in her skills. She provided excellent advice in helping negotiate the offer on our new home, and she offered insightful market awareness in helping us sell our existing home quickly while in a down market. Throughout the process, she was extremely attentive, with quick responses to any questions or inquiries and adaptable to our schedule. She was patient and seemed totally focused on our long-term best interest. I always felt that Pollena would give me everything I needed to know to help make good decisions. Above all, she is simply a wonderful person and a pleasure to work with. Given the intensity that a real estate transaction can bring, it makes a difference to work with someone you both trust and enjoy.
T.L. Orienta Point
Despite the changing real estate climate, Pollena helped create a marketing strategy to sell our home quickly enabling us to purchase our dream home on the water in Larchmont Manor. Throughout the process, Pollena was professional, detail oriented, responsive and sensitive to our needs during what could have been a very difficult move. Pollena's expertise was invaluable to us!
M.S. Larchmont Manor
Through the years, I have dealt with many realtors, both professionally and personally. I feel fortunate to have recently come in contact with Pollena Forsman. I found her to demonstrate a keen business sense that took into consideration the distinctive nature of the home and the realities of the market, without losing sight of the unique emotional ties of the owner. In overseeing the preparation of the property for sale she had an eye for detail that significantly aided the way the home was presented. She then utilized extremely efficient marketing techniques that brought us solid offers much sooner than we ever would have expected. And most important, she communicated quickly and efficiently at every step of the process. Pollena is a professional of the highest order.
D.C. Orienta Point
Finding someone you trust to assist in making one of the most significant life decisions of purchasing a home is no easy task. Pollena proved to be an exceptional guide and trusted advisor for our family as she assisted us in selecting Larchmont for our new home as we reviewed the variety of Westchester town options. Once we decided on Larchmont, Pollena worked tirelessly with us until we ultimately found the right home for our family. Her extensive market knowledge, amazing attitude, responsiveness, and attention to detail gave us comfort and confidence as we reviewed the housing options and ultimately in our purchase. Moreover, as a long-time Larchmont resident and an experienced real-estate professional, Pollena's guidance and insight was invaluable, particularly given our purchase coincided with the significant real estate market uncertainty in 2010. While we began our interaction with Pollena hoping for a "good" experience, we were amazed by how quickly we realized that we had found someone who we looked forward to working with and who our two young children also looked forward to seeing as well.
M.S. And A.S. Larchmont
Pollena Forsman is first rate! When searching for our home, she listened to all of our criteria and pointed out the positives and negatives of each house viewed. She is knowledgeable, professional and invaluable as both a guide and resource. She not only helped us find our home, but helped us transition into the Larchmont community. She has become a great friend
The bottom line is: My wife and I would highly recommend Pollena! We are living in our dream house as a direct result of her effort. Pollena was patient, responsive, and most importantly, she anticipated our needs. At the time we were looking it was at the height of the sellers market, just had our second child and desperate to find something. After losing out on several bidding wars we became extremely frustrated and were just about ready to give up on Larchmont. Luckily we were referred to Pollena. Her level of expertise made all the difference. She gave us straight forward and candid advice, set our expectations and really helped us to understand the market. In the end we have her to thank for our dream home in Larchmont. Her patience, market knowledge and personal attention made all the difference. We have since referred several of our friends to her and they have be equally pleased.
Pollena did an outstanding job for us in finding a home in Larchmont. She went above and beyond what we expected and made the move from CT a pleasant experience. There was nothing you couldn't ask Pollena and she executed on all of them. A true professional in all phases. We would highly recommend her.
N.G. Larchmont Manor
Became a friend thru process of her helping us buy a home, and brought her back in to sell it.
Pollena is a total pro. Even though we know she's a top seller, she never made us feel that we were one of many clients - she always gave us her attention, responded to our phone calls and emails quickly, and helped us navigate thru a confusing process with grace. We hope to be in our new home for many years, but won't hesitate to reach out to Pollena again when it's time to sell.
Pollena is an extremely professional, detail oriented real estate broker, who works incredibly hard for her clients. As a real estate attorney, I work together with brokers every day, and have done so for many years. I consider her to be one of the finest brokers I have ever worked with. She is exceptional.
POLLENA IS AN EXTREMELY PROFESSIONAL, DETAIL ORIENTED REAL ESTATE BROKER, WHO WORKS INCREDIBLY HARD FOR HER CLIENTS.
It is with great pleasure that I write this letter following the successful sale of our family's home. After 46 years in Larchmont, we decided to work with you after reading your quarterly market reports and reviewing your track record in Larchmont. We could not be more delighted with the results you achieved for us. Thanks to your experience, expertise and professionalism, just 9 days after the listing was posted we had a signed contract with a cash deposit at a price 10% over the listing price. The sales process ended with three other qualified bids received, of which two were above the asking price and the third was just below. The "as is" condition of the almost 100 year-old classic traditional style home was a given, likely to be seen by many potential buyers as in need of updating. We accomplished these terrific sale results by following your specific advice with respect to setting the listing price at a level that would invite viewings by the widest possible audience, by timing the listing so as to allow a buyer time for renovations before the start of the next school year and by preparing the empty home for favorable viewings, having it professionally cleaned from top to bottom and photographed under the most favorable sunny daylight conditions. Following up on our sale, I have referred a close friend who has listed with you his family's nearby long-time home. While I am extremely grateful to you for achieving a great result for us, my words can only go so far. I believe the best "thank you" one can possibly offer to a real estate agent is to provide a personal recommendation that leads to another listing. I am very pleased that my friend has chosen to work with you. I hope my personal experience working with you will lead to more clients and listings.
It is my pleasure to provide a referral for Pollena Forsman of Houlihan Lawrence, in her capacity as a residential real estate broker in the Larchmont/Mamaroneck/New Rochelle area. I have worked with Pollena since 2004-at that time, she was the selling broker on my home at 44 Lincoln Street and the buying broker on my purchase of 27 Flint Avenue. Subsequently, in 2009/2010 she was the selling broker on 27 Flint Avenue and the buying broker on 20 Pryer Lane. I cannot say enough nice things about Pollena. She put the same thought, hard work, honesty and creativity into the sale of a "starter" village home in a bull market (44 Lincoln), as she did into a protracted, heavily negotiated, highly complex 6-month purchase of a luxury Manor property during a very difficult period for the real estate market. Throughout the past 7 years, she has devoted countless hours to showing us properties, catering to our specific needs, and ultimately, helping us to buy and sell the right homes at the right time and the right prices FOR US, rather than ever pushing us to an "easy answer" that would result in transactions occurring sooner and/or requiring less work/time on her part. Having actively studied Larchmont real estate continually for the past 7 years (we have lived in 3 different homes in Larchmont), we have interacted with most of the prominent brokers in this area. I sincerely believe that Pollena is the single best broker I have come across-she has amazing attention to detail, she is energetic, she knows the market better than anyone, she has high integrity, and she is tough when it is needed (I confess that I am not an easy client!). She is well-known and well-respected by the other brokers, and as a result can "get things done". I would never consider working with, or recommending, a Larchmont broker other than Pollena, whether for the highest end Manor property or an apartment unit. I would be happy to get on the phone to discuss live, if helpful.
Thank you for handling the listing, marketing and sale of our property located at 8 Grove Avenue, Larchmont on June 30, 2014. As you know, we conducted an exhaustive interview of four (4) top brokers from three leading real estate firms prior to your selection. Not only did you possess a command of the real estate marketplace, you also had extensive and specific knowledge of the nuances between competing homes and neighborhood . This experience, coupled with your sales and marketing background, greatly assisted in our negotiations with other brokers and their clients to achieve the best possible sale price. Pollena, you dedicated much thought and time to our assignment. You were creative, methodical and strategic in how we presented the property to buyers in the marketplace, and these efforts sold me on your involvement. In closing, all of these factors combined with your tireless work ethic made our relationship a great one!