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Kelly Killoren Bensimon, a former model, and a former Real Housewife of New York City, is now making waves in the real estate industry. After a successful modeling career and authoring books on bikinis and the Hamptons, she decided to pursue a career in real estate. Last year, she achieved remarkable success, selling $110 million worth of properties, including a notable $41 million off-market deal, which earned her the title of Rookie of the Year at Douglas Elliman.
Before her venture into real estate, Bensimon’s life was filled with luxury and glamour. She hailed from a prosperous midwestern family and made a name for herself as a model, reporter for high-end publications, and editor. She married Gilles Bensimon, a prominent photographer and creative director, but their marriage ended in divorce. Seeking more recognition and exposure, she joined The Real Housewives of New York City, where she became known for her infamous clash with Bethenny Frankel during the “Scary Island” episode.
Bensimon’s entry into the real estate industry came about when her mother fell ill, and they decided to sell their family home in Rockford, Illinois. Unsatisfied with the handling of the sale of her own Hamptons property, she decided to become a licensed real estate agent herself. She joined various real estate firms before settling at Douglas Elliman, where she has found tremendous success.
Her clients mainly consist of influential and wealthy individuals, drawn from her extensive network built over the years. She focuses on properties in New York City, the Hamptons, and South Florida, using her deep understanding of these areas and her lifestyle to cater to her clients’ needs effectively. Bensimon’s team handles various listings, including high-end townhouses and luxury apartments, both on the market and off-market deals.
Her selling approach is driven by her enthusiasm for New York and her infectious energy, combined with her vast network of connections. Bensimon also utilizes social media, especially Instagram, to attract clients and showcase properties, which has proven to be successful for her. While she primarily deals with high-end properties, she is open to working with clients across the spectrum and is willing to go the extra mile to ensure their satisfaction.
In conclusion, Kelly Killoren Bensimon’s transition from a former model and reality TV star to a successful real estate agent is a testament to her hard work, determination, and the power of her extensive connections. With a focus on properties in New York, the Hamptons, and South Florida, she continues to thrive in the competitive world of real estate, catering to her clients’ needs with dedication and enthusiasm.