Licensed R.E. Salesperson
Leonard Cukaj comes to NY from South Eastern Europe and possesses first hand experience of having to deal with relocating, finding the right job and the right place.
He has an extensive background in sales and chose to work in the NYC Real Estate market because of its diversity as well as the opportunity to meet new people every day. He also enjoys building new relationships and working with his clients to find their perfect home in this wonderful, never sleeping city of New York!
While it is his belief that core values are what makes a difference in people, he can confidently say that communication, care, respect, honesty and fairness are what his clients will find in him. These attributes have helped build great long lasting relationships all the while aiding in his success.
Joining Kian Realty has given Leonard the opportunity to specialize in the Manhattan rental market while at the same time having an accurate and in depth understanding of the sales market as well.
I have lived in Manhattan for the past 22 years, and have, therefore, come to know the NYC rhythm of agents and apartment hunting quite well. During all this time -- and many moves -- I have never worked with a better, more professional, and more skilled agent than Leonard Cukaj. From the very beginning of our contact, until I signed my lease 11 days later, he was remarkably attentive, supportive, and actually really fun and good-natured. I replied to a listing late on a Friday afternoon. Leonard called me directly literally within minutes of my email inquiry. Although it was the end of day, he agreed to show me my first couple apartments. The very best aspect of his approach was that he is a masterful listener and keen observer: instead of hassling me with pushy suggestions, he calmly and quietly paid attention to how I responded to the first few apartments visited. He then intuitively said that he knew which place would be perfect for me. I was very resistant at first. I did not even want to travel to any locations outside of my original list, but he seemed very confident that I needed to see it based on his observations of me. He was right. I fell in love with the place! It was a perfect apartment and amazing neighborhood. He then worked tirelessly to get me to get everything in on time so that I could get it. I am truly so grateful that I got to work with Leonard. A true gentleman and skilled agent. He got me into my apartment so fast, that literally, during the first couple days of my unpacking there were repeated would-be-tenants still wanting to see the fabulous and alluring listing that is now my new home. Thanks, Leonard!
Robert Grant Ellis
I spent more than a month looking for a short-term rental in Manhattan Island. Finding an apartment in Manhattan can be trying under any circumstances-- but a short-term lease? Problem. During that time, I saw (literally) dozens of different apartments, with no luck. Then I found Leonard. he showed me just two apartments, they were both exactly what I was looking for, and exactly what Leonard described. Both of them were viable homes for me-- something I hadn't seen in a really long time. I made a snap decision and Leonard helped me seal the deal.
Leonard was a wonderful to work with. He was patient and went above and beyond to make sure we got a space we liked. He went back and forth with the management and even went as far as to recommend painters and follow up with us after we had moved in. Thank you Leonard!
Leonard was an amazing broker. He found us an apartment in record time and we were quite happy with it. He was the best broker we had any contact with during our long search for an apartment in Manhattan. He was very patient and we never felt like we were pressured into anything. Leonard went above and beyond the call of duty by trying to make everything as convenient as possible, for our crazy schedules. I will definitely recommend him to my friends and plan to use him for future apartment/home search endeavors in the city.