Benjamin secured a foundation for business and communications as a graduate of The Ohio State University. Settling in Greenwich Village in the early 1980’s, the Village is his home. Married with two grown children who were raised in Manhattan, he is devoted to NYC living.

Benjamin’s full time commitment to New York City Real Estate began in the early 1990’s. His impressive dedication was evident by securing a leadership role in a number of Co-op and Condo conversions. After five successful years, he partnered with his wife Michelle, who was well established in residential brokerage. Benjamin is founder and Principal Broker/Partner at Barshay Brokerage Real Estate Group LLC.

As President of a residential Cooperative for ten years, Benjamin focused on Shareholders needs as well as the infrastructure and financial state of the building. With a multi-million dollar annual budget, his first order of business was to save the Co-op from financial collapse. After enlisting a strong team of professionals, Benjamin was successful in negotiating a positive outcome from the Co-op’s financial receivership dilemma. Soon after, Benjamin supervised a multi-million dollar Co-op building infrastructure project. The success of these projects directly enhanced the values of the apartments within this Cooperative.

In 2003, Benjamin became a founding member of the Manhattan Associations of Realtors (MANAR) the local chapter of the National Association (NAR). Through MANAR, he further developed his management skills as a Certified Residential Brokerage Manager (CRB). Benjamin’s participation with the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) started concurrently. He recognized the importance of creating a REBNY committee faithful to the voice of sole practitioners & boutique firms. In 2004, he founded the SFC Committee with over 150 member firms achieving a powerful voice at REBNY. Currently, Benjamin is Co-Chair of the SFC. Benjamin serves as an Arbitrator for REBNY member transactional disputes. Additionally, he is a New York State Qualified Real Estate Instructor teaching a REBNY Ethics course, which is a mandatory requirement for all new REBNY members. 2017, he was elected to REBNY’s Residential Board of Directors.

Benjamin understands his client’s emotional complexities facing their real estate needs. His strong analytical skills, keen business accruement, attention to detail are paramount. As part of your team, he provides utmost discretion, interminable patience, superior negotiation skills, and a wealth of knowledge.

Benjamin’s many attributes provide invaluable guidance for his clients in obtaining swift and successful real estate transactions.


“We were new to the New York City real estate market and Benjamin was wonderful to deal with.  He was patient and responsive in answering our questions.  We wound up purchasing the apartment from his client, and the entire process was smooth from start to finish.  He is now a neighbor and friend.  We would recommend him without hesitation.”

Bruce W., Esq.

“Ben helped me sublet my apartment twice. When I first contacted him, I expressed a preference for long-term occupancy. Ben took my request to heart and found a tenant who rented the apartment for more than 5 years. When he left, Ben found someone who has been renting the apartment for the past 16 years. Throughout those 21 years, Ben has promptly, patiently, and thoroughly answered all my questions about the apartment and real estate in general. I greatly appreciate and highly recommend his professional, informed, and courteous service.”

Dr. Alon O., PHD. 

“Ben was extremely attentive, thorough and respectful throughout our time working with him. He was both effective and efficient.  We always felt taken care of. Our apartment was rented immediately and we highly recommend his services.”

Thomas H., Esq.

“We could not be more pleased with our experience with Barshay Brokerage during our Journey to find our perfect New York City Apartment to buy.  When our search was complete, Benjamin was most accommodating to our requests to view the property multiple times prior to our offer. From offer, to negation, to close, the process was straight forward and drama free.”

Jeff M.

“I was dealing with personal problems when Benjamin showed me one of his exclusive listings. It was important to make a purchase quickly. He was great throughout the whole process. While I was a nervous wreck Benjamin held my hand and guided me with pure professionalism. He helped me negotiate a winning price in a bidding war then guide me to closing on my new home and fresh start. Many thanks.”

Nancy T.

“My 11 plus years as a client of Benjamin Barshay have been that of excellent service, dependability, accommodation and professionalism. I have subleased my unit and Benjamin has always provided excellent communication between the owner and myself, assuring timeliness with repairs, renewal of leases, and managing rent. If I were ever to move, I know I could count on Benjamin to aide the process.”

Shannon S.

“We have worked with Benjamin and Michelle Barshay for many years. They are very thorough and very professional in everything they do. Benjamin and Michelle have often made suggestions to help us update our apartment for rental, and we were always very pleased with the results of their suggestions. Benjamin and Michelle always find the right tenant for us, and most importantly, they handle all of the paperwork that the Board needs for rental approval.”

Joan E.