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Meet the Team

Helping you find home and your home away from home.

Meet Lori Mendelis

“Meticulous.” “Whip smart.” “Tireless.” “Huge heart.” “No nonsense.” Just a few of the ways Lori’s clients typically describe her.

A 15-year veteran of NYC real estate, she has a proven track record of success in all market cycles and consistently exceeds client expectations as a specialist in townhouses, condos, and co-ops in Brownstone Brooklyn.

And now, as an owner of a beloved tiny house compound in The Catskills, Lori is thrilled to expand her team’s capabilities—and share the joys of upstate living—by representing the Hudson Valley with a specialty in and around Saugerties, Woodstock, Kingston and New Paltz.

Known for being incredibly responsive and flawlessly prepared, she is a consummate problem solver and skilled communicator, who relies on good humor and positivity to make what can be a stressful process more enjoyable.

Whether working with buyers or sellers, Lori prioritizes human connection and customer service above all else. "Working with buyers, I get to be part of an exciting journey that ends with them finding a great home—the place where they'll create all new memories," she explains. "With sellers, I'm driven to handle every aspect with obsessive attention to detail to assure a seamless process and the best possible price, safeguarding their investment."

In 2020, she was recognized as one of America's Best Real Estate Professionals by REAL Trends and ranks among the top 1.5 percent of agents in the country.

In her free time, Lori loves to pursue her many passions—from architecture and international travel, to her boundless love of nature and animals, to indulging her ice cream obsession, to singing at the top her lungs, something that draws on her theater background and which nearly saw her make the Broadway cast of Rent (really, ask her).

Meet Clare Saliba

A life-long New Yorker and 16-year real estate veteran, Clare is a sought-after professional with an enviable list of loyal clients and a robust referral business thanks to a proven track record of success in all market cycles. She consistently exceeds expectations as a specialist in townhouses, condos, and co-ops spanning the borough from Brownstone Brooklyn to Bay Ridge.

Her clients have lauded her as a “gem” and “absolutely the best” with an “abundance of warmth, honesty and professionalism” while calling her expertise, patience and understanding “remarkable.”

She is a principal of the top-producing The Modern Solutions Team, long-time colleagues and friends who embrace shared core values of unparalleled personal service, integrity and tenacity while delivering decades of combined experience and generating more than $1 billion in total sales volume.

A go-to agent for sellers, buyers and developers, she has also become a reputable resource for leading media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Clare graduated from Fordham University with a degree in journalism and worked for over a decade as an editor and writer, honing her elite interpersonal skills, exceptional analytical insights, a keen eye for detail, and a careful listening style that inspires trust among her real estate clients to this day.

In 2020, Clare was recognized as one of America's Best Real Estate Professionals by REAL Trends and ranks among the top 1.5 percent of agents in the country.

Brooklyn-native Clare lives in a pre-war townhouse in Bay Ridge with her husband and two cherished dogs, Bowie and Sadie. In her free time, she loves to travel, escape to her Hamptons beach house and chase sunsets.

Meet Sandra Cordoba

Caring, commitment, and sincerity go a long way in the service industry, especially when a customer is depending on one real estate professional to guide them through the often stressful purchase process.

Sandra knows that "one's home is a sanctuary". As such, she gives her all to her customers and clients, being the "buffer" who manages all the emotional, legal, and financial intricacies involved in each complex transaction.

An intent listener and trustworthy, reliable resource, Sandra thoroughly educates buyers and sellers so their decisions are inspired by sound information and confidence. A native New Yorker who resides in Brooklyn Heights, owner of a duplex Coop for more than 16 years.

Sandra possesses extensive knowledge of NYC and its offerings. That insight is complemented by the vast marketing tools and listings database at Compass which she utilizes to the fullest.

When not hard at work, looking for her client's "sanctuary", Sandra practices the Martial Arts and runs along the Brooklyn waterfront. She studied at The New School for Social Research in Manhattan.

Meet Lauren Fernandes

Through her commitment to achieving high-level results, Lauren Fernandes takes every measure to ensure that all of her client’s personal real estate goals are achieved. Her wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the Manhattan and Brooklyn real estate market allows her to consistently identify key opportunities for her clients. In helping her clients to find their dream home or sell their special residence; Lauren’s key focus is to clearly understand her client’s specific priorities and to diligently apply herself in order to accomplish and make their real estate dreams come true. 

Lauren excels at educating and creating value for her clients and takes great care to accurately address and advise her clients with an informed and comprehensive understanding of the current real estate market. In conducting informative home buyer’s seminars and through her applied proficiencies and counsel, Lauren is able to make the home buying and selling process an extremely rewarding experience. She particularity enjoys working with first time home buyers and is highly attuned to their requirements and is very attentive to meeting all of their expectations. Sellers benefit from the skillful marketing measures she applies that position their property to stand out in the market place and she takes every measure to protect and achieve the targeted sales value of their property. When working with buyers, she carefully takes the time and attention to evaluate and prioritize her clients’ goals so that she may skillfully find a home that meets their lifestyle requirements. Applying her experience and love for interior design, she helps her buyers visualize a home’s potential and advises them on how to enhance the living space. Diligent in representing her client’s best interest, Lauren’s primary objective is to properly position her buyers so that they may realize more value and build equity in their real estate purchase. 

Lauren is extremely attentive in providing constant communication about the important details of the transaction and is always accessible and responds promptly to her clients. Recognized as being exceedingly skillful in negotiating the extensive, contractual components of the transaction and delivering unparalleled results; Lauren readily exceeds her clients’ expectations. Lauren’s clients are truly appreciative of her personal attention and responsiveness to their needs and recognize her as a true advocate who is dedicated to helping them achieve their personal real estate goals. 

Contact Lauren to serve you and your personal real estate interests.

Meet Eugenia Vainberg

Drawn to real estate by her own experience buying and selling a New York City home, Eugenia understands how complex and overwhelming the process can be. That is why she is dedicated to giving nothing less than thorough, excellent service to each client she works with. That means demonstrating complete honesty, integrity, and accountability throughout the process; being a fierce negotiator on her client's behalf, and acting as an empathic emotional support system when needed.

A Ukraine native who holds a Master's in Psychology and a degree in Nursing, Eugenia has an instinctive ability to take care of people and anticipate their needs. You can be assured that you have a trustworthy advocate on your side who is accessible, reliable, and knowledgeable. Eugenia owns and lives in Brooklyn Heights, and loves her vibrant neighborhood. In her spare time, Eugenia enjoys reading, practicing yoga, spending time in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and exploring the great cafés and restaurants that fill her neighborhood.

Meet Gail Morin

A real estate veteran since 1985, Gail earned her MBA and formerly worked in marketing and public relations for several Fortune 500 companies, a career which set the stage for the high discipline, keen organizational ability, creative and interactive flair she continues to demonstrate today. Her clients appreciate her insight into larger economic and business factors and how they impact the real estate market, as they do her ease in discussing these matters to enhance their understanding of their deal.

To date, she has successfully brokered over $500 million in real estate transactions in Ft Greene, Clinton Hill, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Manor, Dumbo, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, and Boerum Hill.

Gail thinks that recommendations are key to choose the right broker. Over 70% of her business comes from referrals and repeat business from satisfied clients. That's because she has the breadth of knowledge and expertise that engenders confidence from the nervous first-time buyer to the seasoned developer and investor. Gail considers her clientele's loyalty the highest compliment and greatest reward of all. She prides herself on treating each buyer and seller with the utmost professionalism, and on her thoroughness in pursuing her clientele's unique needs. Finding the right match is more important than simply "making a sale" and it's that attitude that has earned her such a loyal following.

Meet Christine Dugan

I love New York! Seems I can't even walk down a tree-lined street in my landmark Brooklyn neighborhood without saying hello to neighbors and strangers too. Being a transplant from Minneapolis, my neighborhood reminds me of the friendliness and kindness of Midwestern cities.

After I sold my first property, I was hooked. Now, as a seasoned professional, I have worn many hats in real estate, from broker agent and title closer to title insurance underwriter, mortgage underwriter and consultant to real estate developers. Buying or selling a home is a big decision, with so much to take into account - your lifestyle, goals, even the market - making it a life-changing event that requires the help of a specialist.

I believe service is the key to success in any real estate transaction. As such, I provide the very best, and enjoy referrals and repeat business in return - the finest compliment I could ever receive. Satisfied clients and customers rely on my:
Integrity: I value your trust and remain open and honest at all times
Expertise: I will personally handle every detail from the first consultation through settlement
Positive Results: Whether you are buying or selling a home, you can be sure to receive the ultimate in service

I'm also a strong believer in giving back to the community through volunteer work. I am an active member of my community; the church choir and council, Parents In Action, Pi Beta Phi, Mu Phi Epsilon, DAR as well as the Brooklyn Heights House Tour, Cobble Hill House Tour, Brooklyn Women's Exchange and the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society. I additionally enjoy educating first-time homebuyers at seminars sponsored by a national bank. I love to play bridge and golf.

To me, helping others is equally important to making deals, as is gaining clients for life.

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