Realty Collective Founder Victoria (Hagman) Alexander is a key player in planning and historic preservation issues in across Brooklyn, as well as a community activist. Her work in real estate has introduced her to the individuals and institutions governing public life in New York City and she regularly leverages that access on behalf of the community.
Alexander is recognized for her commitment to growing community—not just making money. As a former carnival barker, club promoter, ‘zine founder and classic car restorer, Victoria did not seem destined to become a real estate broker. Coming into the business, she was acutely aware of the stereotypes associated with NYC real estate. Instead of sleazy agents, apathetic brokers, and money-hungry developers, Victoria envisioned a company that would combine empathy and advocacy to build meaningful relationships between clients and their communities.
Realty Collective is a people-driven real estate solution service founded in 2005 with the goal of guiding and supporting clients using honest and ethical practices—and ditching industry bad practices along the way. The brokerage was co-founded by a then-24-year-old Victoria Alexander who, after studying art history at Pace University, hit pause on plans to become a gallerist once she realized a jump into real estate meant she could design a career that combined all her interests—activism and deep love of Brooklyn—while rooted firmly in her values.
Realty collective took all of the hassle out of finding the perfect home for my wife and I! We would recommend them to anyone…
In all my (20+) years of renting in NYC I have never experienced a more organized, thorough, thoughtful, responsible, honest and detailed process with a realty company.
We really love our new home and appreciate all the help we got from Victoria and Farah through the rental process. We had some special requests and they were very accommodating. We much prefer working with a small business like this than a large managing company.
Had the absolute best experience with Victoria. She worked tirelessly to find the perfect retail space for our business. She had a great intuition for our needs, asked all the right questions, and connected us with a great location. Her work ethic is second to none and she was super responsive throughout the whole process. Highly recommended!
Working with Realty Collective to secure a lease for my Brooklyn office space was a great experience and felt like I was “keeping it in the family.”
I appreciate the way the team at Realty Collective handled the entire leasing process. I definitely recommend them to anyone looking to rent or to find a new tenant.
With her many years serving the Red Hook community, we trusted that Victoria would sincerely look out for our interests. In the end, she helped us make the decision to take the apartment and was great to deal with throughout the entire process. Highly recommended!
Great and supportive experience with Victoria and her team. Lots of patience and understanding through the tricky parts of the process and celebration and thoughtfulness through the positive parts. We can’t believe we actually own a home!!
Victoria’s customer service and attention to detail was spectacular! Buying in NYC is a lot different than anywhere else and she was able to explain things step by step and didn’t mind repeating herself (happened a lot). I felt taken care of up until and through the sale. I’d recommend her to all my friends!
Victoria helped my roommates and I to find the perfect apartment in the perfect location. We now live in Dumbo and we couldn’t be more happier. She assisted us in the whole process and everything was smooth and clear. Thank you Realty Collective & Victoria.
Victoria and Tina did an incredible job finding us fantastic tenants for our Brooklyn apartment. They have also provided expert, evidence based advice for us many times. Wish I could give more than 5 stars.
Victoria and her team at Realty Collective (special shout out to Meredith!) are exceptional to work with as a first time buyer. I can’t recommend their services enough – I felt informed and empowered every step of the way. Between Victoria and my attorney Rashidah Siddiqui, I couldn’t have asked for better advocates and learned so much throughout the process. Whether you are a buyer, seller, or renter in Brooklyn – work with Realty Collective. Full stop. Victoria is the real deal and cares about her community as much as she does her clients. I am so incredibly grateful to her for finding me my dream studio at a great co-op building in one of my favorite neighborhoods.
Victoria and Tina were absolutely stellar in helping our family buy a new home in Brooklyn. We could not have asked for more attentive, caring, responsive, and SMART brokers to represent us. They made the process easy and smooth. And they were just so honest the whole time with their impressions and instincts. We really valued them and 100% support working with them. Oh and their suggestions for an attorney and others were also spot on and made everything so simple. I’ll be keeping in touch with them for sure.
My partner and I love our apartment that Victoria helped us find. We’ve lived in it just over a week and feel like it is the perfect fit for us and our dogs. Victoria was so patient and kind, yet direct and efficient, to work with while she helped us navigate our move to New York. We will definitely be returning customers if we decide to buy in the next few years. 🙂
Working with Victoria and Mere was an absolute dream. I’m a first time home buyer, and she was always available to field questions, concerns, whatever I needed! Honest, hardworking, and caring. Couldn’t ask for more.
Victoria found my apartment one and done. She is a genius at what she does, and is totally connected to the community. So refreshing to deal with such ethically minded, honest, and efficient real estate folks! I really cannot recommend Realty Collective more. Bonus: for supporting a female owned small business!
I love working with Victoria. Her commitment to client satisfaction and stress free transaction is without limit. She is a remarkable real estate professional ‘ve been in the business for over 25 years and I attest that you cannot find a better broker. Victoria is smart, strategic, accessible, personable and also very kind. Yes, you can both strong and kind in this business. Thanks Again, Victoria!
Victoria was recommended to me by a good friend and was so professional and quick to call me back later that evening to help me find a tenant for our apartment. She was always there with following up each step of the way. I was happy to expedite all the paper work in a timely manner with Meridith and to complete our lease and signing in person without any glitches . Everything went smoothly and i would recommend working with Realty Collective for an insightful and pleasant experience.
Victoria and Meredith were both very helpful as I navigated an apartment search remotely. They answered all my questions, clearly communicated the process, served as a go-between with the landlord, and facilitated a smooth lease-signing.
Victoria was professional and efficient. She found me great tenants in a very short amount of time. It was a seamless process. I highly recommend her.
No other real estate like this! Victoria is so hands on and personable. She’s a straight shooter!
Just the best! Helpful, easy to work with, and always accommodating. A pleasure to work with everyone at Realty Collective and I’ll be reaching out next time I’m looking to find a new apartment. Highly recommended!
Victoria helped us find a fantastic apartment in Red Hook, answered all our questions promptly, and gave us lots of great information on the neighborhood. She was friendly and energetic and thorough at every step of the process. We’d definitely recommend her and happily work with her again in the future!
Victoria and her team were immediately responsive to my needs, especially when a prospective landlord turned problematic. They worked well with other local agents, have a great catalogue and provide top notch support. Can’t recommend working with them enough.
Great experience with Victoria and the team, the process was super smooth! Highly recommended.
Victoria Alexander recently rented an apartment for us in this challenging & difficult time for both landlords & tenants. Setting realistic expectations for both, the landlord & the prospective renters in this market, lead to a quick and fair rental. She is very professional, knowledgeable & patient as you work through the rental process. We have used Victoria before, and will continue to use her in the future. Thank you, Victoria.
Victoria did a great job listing my apartment quickly and efficiently and getting multiple tenants through the space in spectacular time. I would recommend her to anyone in Brooklyn.
Victoria and the Brooklyn Realty team were awesome to work with for our lease. Would recommend them anytime!
Working with Victoria was a great experience – she was friendly, flexible, and responsive. She helped answer all of my questions prior to signing the lease and was supportive through the entire process, even following up with me after I moved in. I love my new apartment, and would recommend Realty Collective to anyone in the area who is looking to move.
Victoria made everything from viewing to signing the lease to payments easy & safe, which is very much appreciated during a pandemic. She followed up with us after our move in to make sure everything was going well which we found very endearing.
Victoria and Meredith made the process of signing a lease on my first apartment so easy and comprehensible. They were very patient and kind and you can tell they care very much about everyone involved in the lease. It was a pleasure working with them and I would look forward to working with them again for our next move.
Victoria is very knowledgeable, responsive and professional. I highly recommend using her services.
Victoria went above in making our dream home a reality for us. We cannot recommend Realty Collective enough, and will absolutely look to them for our next apartment search!
I work with these brokers professionally quite often, sometimes we are on the same side of the deal sometimes the opposite, but they always are a delight to worth with. They are fast and professional and really care about their clients.
I worked with Victoria to secure an apartment that fell through but hours later she put me in touch with folks who were about to move out of a great apartment in the neighborhood! She has a pulse on movement in the area RC is a fixture in the community where everyone looks out for each other. Grateful to be able to stay in Red Hook due to Victoria’s quick response!
Victoria at Realty Collective was VERY helpful in finding us a place to live and guiding us through the rental process. She was super responsive to all our questions, very honest and upfront and we had the place sorted out in no time. I highly recommend her, we had no issues at all and the normally stressful renting process was very straightforward.
Very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable about the neighborhoods/communities/landlords they represent!
I highly recommend Victoria and Realty Collective to both tenants and landlords throughout NYC.
I have been working with Victoria and team for the past year and they have been phenomenal! They have found use two amazing tenants for our building and we could not be happier. Victoria is professional, responsive and always willing to go the extra mile.
Victoria & Emilly are terrific. They made my move and all the details seamless. Realty Collective was a standout from any other broker that I engaged with in the process. I absolutely recommend and will be a return client for my next move.
We worked with Victoria to purchase a 2 bedroom co-op in Sunset Park, Her incredible knowledge of the NYC real estate world educated us with what to expect and what to do going in, and she helped us place a winning bid on an apartment that we love.
Thank you so much to the whole RC team and especially Victoria for being so supportive. I can safely say that’s she an exception to the norm here in NY. She educated me on all the ins and outs of selling a condo in NY. Highly recommended!
Victoria was super friendly, easy to work with, and got the job done. We saw an apartment and within a week, we were signing our lease. She also stayed in contact after to make sure everything was running smooth. Thanks a lot!
Realty Collective enabled Red Hook Initiative to respond quickly to our growing staff needs. Victoria knows everything there is to know about Red Hook Real Estate and has always kept an eye out for us.
Victoria was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and attentive when it came to showing us commercial real estate in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Not only did she look over our lease, she gave us a lot of useful feedback. We are very happy to have made this connection with her and will absolutely recommend her to anyone who is looking for commercial real estate in Brooklyn.
I highly recommend Victoria Hagman at Realty Collective. Outstanding client service, fast and deep understanding of client needs. Extremely reliable real estate professional. Victoria went above and beyond my expectations to find perfect match for our company warehouse space.
I was a first-time home buyer and found the experience pretty daunting. A colleague recommended Victoria and Realty Collective. She zeroed in on what I wanted and was even able to help me figure that out. She knows real estate, she knows Brooklyn, she knows neighborhood history, she knows architecture–and she brought all of that knowledge into my search. Six months later, here I am, typing a review in my own living room in an apartment that I love calling home. I recommend Victoria and Realty Collective without hesitation!
We had a million questions, wanted to see dozens of places, and Realty Collective was right there with us the whole time. Once we saw the place we wanted, the process moved quickly, and Victoria was always able to meet with us or answer any questions we had.
Victoria, Jane, and the RC team are great to work with. They are responsive, helpful, genuine, and know the market and business inside and out. Highly recommended.
I just signed a commercial lease for my new business, Swans Nest Yoga, and am very grateful that I got to work with Victoria on this transaction. I highly recommend Victoria for anybody in need of a great real estate broker in Brooklyn!
Victoria and her team helped us find (and buy) our first apartment! We found a gem in Carroll Gardens and we are still pinching ourselves about it 3 years later. Thank you!
The apartment looked fantastic and we received a firm offer within a month that led to a sale. Excellent job!
Victoria and her team were consistently helpful, professional and accommodating. highly recommended.
If you want someone that’s going to work hard to help you sell your place, look no further. Victoria Hagman did an awesome job, from my first call to the last day the property sold.
Victoria helped me find a buyer for my property in no time. Efficient, savvy, knowledgeable and trustworthy. Gets the job done! Absolutely recommended.
Throughout the whole process Victoria was very supportive and always easy to communicate with…was always willing to talk things through–and more than once talked me down from the ledge. She has continued to check in with me during the renovation process and has truly become a friend.
I was looking to stay in the same neighborhood (Carroll Gardens / Cobble Hill) and found Victoria’s Realty Collective. She was very down to earth friendly and knowledgeable of her listing. Applying was very straightforward.
Victoria and Mary set up a meet-and-greet with the landlords, negotiated a more than fair rent and were even flexible on their fee to fit our budget. They are also very nice, locally-minded and down to earth people.
After an amazing experience with Victoria, Realty Collective’s broker, when we bought our home, we didn’t think twice before hiring her to be our broker when we decided to rent the apartment on the top floors of our townhouse. She was able to find a new tenant in one week!
Had the best experience with Realty Collective. My realtor, Victoria, really knew her locations and didn’t take me anywhere that I couldn’t afford, etc…I am now living in a fantastic apartment and will definitely use her the next time I decide to move.
My husband and I moved January 2010. Broker/owner Victoria and agent Mary made the entire process a smooth one. They are also very nice, locally-minded and down to earth people. If you are looking for a nice apartment in the vicinity with authentic real estate agents they are the ones to use.
Victoria and Shyda were great! I contacted Victoria just a few days ago for help with leaving my present apartment which is overpriced to stay in the same neighborhood for less money. I did not think this was possible… These gals made it possible and at a about a thousand less.
One of the few places thats actually willing to go the extra mile for their clients. In addition to this everyone who works there is always super friendly and visiting the office is like going to see a friend. I most definitely recommend Realty Collective if you are looking for an apartment.
Victoria / Realty Collective were extremely helpful and flexible when it came time signing the lease on our apartment. She / they were able to fully work with us and meet us halfway on things if need be. Of the realtor experiences I have had, I would definitely say this was by far the best.
Victoria & Shyda helped me sell my condo in the Columbia Waterfront District in 2012. [They] sold my home for a price that was higher than I’d expected. I will (and do) recommend Victoria Hagman and Shyda Hoque and the Realty Collective team to anyone looking to sell a home.
Victoria at Realty Collective helped my wife and I smoothly navigate the beast of real estate market that is Brooklyn in the Spring/Summer 2013. Not only did she help get the place we wanted within our targeted price point but she also recommended a great attorney and engineer.
Throughout the entire [home-buying] process Victoria was always available, approachable, honest and fun to work with. As a result of working with Victoria I not only wound up with a great new apartment but I also gained an awesome new friend!
Victoria is extremely knowledgeable about the neighborhood and seems to have good relationships with local businesses and landlords. She really went to bat for me and I found her to be much more helpful than other agents I have dealt with in the past.