Frank has built a 17 year career in banking as an equity derivatives sales trader and excited to apply his financial background to real estate. He has been a homeowner/investor in downtown Jersey City for over 12 years with his wife Oyku and their two small children. Frank has gut-renovated 2 townhouses: one in the Hamilton Park area and one in Van Vorst (where he currently resides), enjoying a sense of community while bringing a level of experience, attention to detail and expertise to families, first-time homeowners and investors alike.
Born and raised in the Philadelphia region, Donovan majored in Music Performance at the University of The Arts and began his career working in broadcast radio. Following his passion for music, he moved to Jersey City to join a local rock band The Milwaukees. Donovan has lived and worked in Jersey City since 2006, and currently resides in the Italian Village neighborhood with his wife and child. Donovan prides himself on customer service, his involvement in the arts and connecting with the community. He and his wife Elizabeth also own and operate Hound About Town and Hazel Baby & Kids, a pet and children's boutique with locations downtown.
Elizabeth specializes in small business consulting and government relations, including expediting for large development projects. A resident of Jersey City since 2002, Elizabeth has been directly involved with the development of Downtown Jersey City, serving as director of the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District. In this role, she recruited small businesses to open or relocate to Jersey City, and spearheaded projects including streetscape improvement, the rezoning of Restaurant Row, the Newark Avenue Redevelopment Plan, and the drafting of an updated entertainment ordinance for Jersey City.
In addition to her passion for community building and the continued improvement of Jersey City, Elizabeth also owns two small businesses—Hound About Town, a pet retail boutique, an…
Leilani Chin,Director of Operations, Real Estate Agent
Armed with client service and marketing backgrounds, Leilani serves her clients' needs with a deep knowledge of Hudson County and attention to detail. She fell in love with all things real estate when she purchased her first home in Jersey City Heights after living in Hoboken and Downtown Jersey City for many years. She is an avid foodie and is passionate about cooking, yoga and meeting new people. Her warm personality and determination are apparent in her every action while assisting her clients in achieving their goals. Since 2009, she has volunteered for Making Daughters Safe Again, an organization founded by her professor at Monmouth University. She deeply cares for the community in which she serves and lives.
A Jersey City resident since 2006, Leda was born in London and raised in the UK and Peru. She holds a degree in Modern Languages (Spanish and Italian) and a Masters in Latin American Politics & International Relations from the University of London. She speaks fluent Spanish and lives in the Harsimus Cove area of downtown Jersey City.
Leda is engaged and committed to her community. She's served as a board member of her neighborhood association and advocated for the betterment of Jersey City public schools. She believes in keeping her community a thriving place, not just for her children but for all of it’s residents. In 2011 Leda was granted the Jersey City Woman of Action Award given annually by the Mayor of Jersey City.
Leda has a background in Business Development having…
Natalie comes to Sawyer Smith Residential after working with one of Hudson County’s most successful real estate teams. With 7 years experience in architectural administration and 6 in customer service, real estate was a natural career transition for Natalie. As a professional real estate agent, she combines her experience with an impeccable work ethic, dedication, and enthusiasm to provide her buyers and sellers with truly remarkable service. After 10 years in Manhattan, Natalie discovered all that Jersey City offers and decided to make it her home, eventually fulfilling a lifelong dream by becoming a homeowner. When she's not making sales happen, Natalie enjoys cooking, live music, and sharing time with family and friends.
Jason moved to Jersey City 8 years ago to be a part of the growing community. Actively involved in his community since then, he serves as a member of his condominium’s Architectural Review Board and volunteers with a local Canco Park gardening group. Prior to real estate, Jason worked in luxury retail management for 18 years building and growing teams and businesses. With a strong client relations background and a trained eye for design, Jason’s primary goal is delivering outstanding results to sellers and finding buyers the perfect residences. He puts all his energy, precision and exceptional communication skills into every client ensuring smooth and seamless transaction.
William started his real estate career in property management in which he learned the inner workings of the industry. Then, he moved on to an on-site sales position at a luxury new development in the waterfront Jersey City. He has joined Sawyer Smith Residential Brokerage to utilize these diverse experiences in real estate to assist sellers and buyers in achieving their goals to the fullest. Having been a Hudson County resident for 20 years, William's knowledge and affection for Jersey City and Hoboken run deep. His clients especially appreciate his attention detail and calm demurer throughout transactions. William is also an accomplished culinary artist, has a keen eye for interior design and enjoys event planning. He is also fluent in Spanish.
With a background in the arts, and as a trusted community event organizer in Jersey City for the past 7 years, Megan has secured a vast knowledge of the Jersey City and Hoboken market along with its ever-growing populations. Her approach to business is detail-oriented and her customer skills are superb.
George Haug is a Jersey native and resident of Hudson County for over ten years. Priding himself on efficiency and honesty, George has seamlessly parlayed an expertise of sales and negotiations to the real estate field. From first time home buyers to veteran investors, George is adept with all facets of real estate, and stands with his clients through each step of a transaction. George works with his wife and colleague, Katrina, and they live in the Heights with their daughter and a lot of cats.
Keisha Hayle-Anikin joins Sawyer Smith Residential after having served Jersey City for six years as a go-to Realtor for the waterfront and surrounding neighborhoods. Her deep knowledge of the Hudson County real estate market, steadfast professionalism and kind & patient approach to her clients have earned her a loyal local & international clientele. Keisha has a keen sense of design and zeal for arts having studied Art History at Richmond University, The American University in London and Christie’s. After her studies, she worked at Sotheby’s in Private Client Services. Her passion for travel took her to countless places in the world, and before calling Jersey City her home, Keisha has lived in Jamaica, London and Lugano, Switzerland. With her husband and vivacious daughter, she ha…
A veteran real estate professional of 15 years, Mark’s vast background includes 12 years of experience in real estate investment and development. Having worn many hats in the business, Mark has an ability to approach transactions from his client’s vantage point as a seller, buyer, landlord, developer and investor. He has embraced social media and understands the exposure it brings to the properties and clients he represents. His numerous videos about Hudson County real estate can be found under the moniker, “Question Mark.”
It is not all work for Mark though. He truly enjoys meeting and assisting his clients navigate complicated transactions. He is personable, level-headed and patient. He maintains friendships with his past clients dating all the way back to his first transacti…
An attorney by trade, Jesse combines his legal expertise with his vast knowledge of the Hoboken and Jersey City market. Having spent the past several years, in downtown Jersey City, including the Waterfront and Hamilton Park, Jesse and his wife recently found their “forever” home in the Southwest corner of Hoboken. Spending countless hours researching properties and ultimately doing his own closing, Jesse realized that he wanted to help others through the seemingly arduous real estate process. After all, home buying and selling should be fun and exciting.
Jesse is a native New Yorker, who came to New Jersey for work and has never left. He received his BA from Brandeis University and his JD from Brooklyn Law School.He is fluent in Hebrew and fairly conversational in Portuguese.
Anat is a dynamic and attentive Realtor with several years of experience in New York and New Jersey markets. She brings a strong financial background, having worked in both commercial and investment banking for 15 years in New York City and around the world. She previously served as a principal in RGCG Venture Capital where she developed corporate fund-raising programs and strategies while building a network of investors. Prior to that, Anat worked as an investor banker on large transactions in the communication market. As a resident of Jersey City, she loves exploring the area and introducing Hudson County to new transplants. She’s also worked closely with developers and investors finding potential projects in which her financial background is essential. Anat is Fluent in English …
Born and raised in central New Jersey, Hannah earned a Bachelor's Degree from Rutgers University. In 2014, she moved to Downtown Jersey City to attend New York University, earning a Masters of Public Administration in 2016. During this time, she began working for the Fulop Administration in City Hall, working with residents, community groups, and key stakeholders to implement policy and coordinate outreach. Now a Heights resident, she enjoys exploring her up-and-coming neighborhood, and is a two-year volunteer with the Hudson County Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Amanda moved to Jersey City over 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with the area, people, and energy. Jersey City has a strong sense of community, and being an active community participant is an important part of her life. Through neighborhood cleanups, home restorations, and outreach programs, she has been lucky enough to aid in the revitalization and transformation of Detroit, Philadelphia, and now Jersey City.
Amanda’s business and design background combined with her passion for both Jersey City and Real Estate makes her a smart choice for your buying, selling, or investment needs. She has developed a comprehensive knowledge of the neighborhoods, our changing market conditions, and how to position each deal. She has an inherent ability to understand her Clients’ moti…
Having spent most of her career in the entertainment industry, Marie took a diverse career path to real estate. With stints at Turner Broadcasting as an events planner, 92.3 K-ROCK as head of promotions & marketing and Q Prime music management as an artist manager, she developed an intimate understanding of what it takes to provide clients with a high level of service.
Marie is a founding volunteer of Jersey City based See Spot Rescued, a local dog rescue started in 2011. She is their Director of Social Media & Marketing and spearheads the organization’s community outreach and adoption events.
A Jersey City resident since 2005, Marie was born and raised nearby in Harrison, NJ and holds a degree in Journalism & Mass Media from Rutgers University. She speaks fluent Portuguese …
A Hudson county resident for 9 years, Adriana has happily lived and worked in Hoboken which has allowed her to obtain a firm grasp of the desires of the current and future Hudson county resident. Having worked for over a decade as head buyer in women’s contemporary clothing, she has acquired a skilled eye for design and has mastered the ability to see the potential of a property. She has recently made the move up to Jersey City Heights, on the tree lined streets of Ogden Avenue, and could not be happier. Adriana has realized that her true passion in life is connecting people with the things they need and she is ready to connect you to your new home.
Yelena Saniko has been a resident of Hudson Country for over ten years. Before joining Sawyer Smith Residential Brokerage, Yelena spent 12 years in the fashion industry as a production manager for a major apparel company. Now, she is a diligent and knowledgeable real estate professional who finds much satisfaction in guiding her clients through complicated real estate transactions with her direct and stress-free approach. With her warm, outgoing and fun personality, she enjoys meeting new people. She also finds joy in cooking, skiing and fitness. Yelena loves all things beautiful including fashion, architecture and design. She has degrees in Business and Fashion Merchandising and is a mother of two beautiful children.
Sawyer Smith, Founder and Principal of Sawyer Smith Residential, is well known in the industry for his innovative marketing and indisputable commitment to excellence. He has overseen the release and completion of numerous successful new developments including Jersey City URBY, Hamilton Square, Schroeder Lofts and The Majestic Condominium. Each project broke records including the highest dollar per square foot and the shortest marketing duration at the time. Having served as the Director of Sales & Marketing at Silverman Buildings and owned & operated his own boutique real estate brokerage in Union Square of Manhattan before transitioning to the Hudson County market, his experience and knowledge are vast and invaluable. He has been awarded NJAR Circle of Excellence Platinum. Since i…
A North Jersey native, Katrina made the move to Jersey City over fifteen years ago. Passionate about her new city, she encouraged and facilitated the move for many friends and family members. A graduate of Montclair State University , Katrina has over two decades of experience in the restaurant industry, and has brought attention to detail and a honed sales skill set into the real estate field. Katrina brings to clients her unique blend of industry expertise and neighborhood familiarity. She resides in the Heights with her husband, daughter, and many pets.
Born in Chicago and raised on the North Shore, Tiffany has been a full-time Realtor® for the past 15 years, helping hundreds of buyers, sellers, renters and landlords with all aspects of their real estate needs. Sensitive to how stressful buying or selling and then moving can be, Tiffany intuitively anticipates what to do to help ease that stress and get the best possible outcome for her clients.
Given her background in her previous career in PR/Marketing, Tiffany brings added flair to the marketing of her clients’ homes with finely tuned attention to detail. As an agent who wants everyone to walk away from the closing table happy, Tiffany has a knack for creatively negotiating deals that respects both sides, and has earned a reputation as a fair and straightforward agent in th…