Katja’s passion for real estate translates into her being a very tenacious and engaged sales agent. Her tremendous personal commitment, paired with extensive first-hand experience in real estate and moving internationally with her family, makes her knowledgeable and astute when it comes to satisfying her domestic and international clients’ needs. Fluent in English, German, French and Italian, Katja relates well to the needs of people from various cultural backgrounds. Having lived in Germany, France, Italy and the Midwest, before moving to New York City almost a decade ago, she understands the challenges of relocating and finding the right home and neighborhood. Katja’s unique background fuels her quick understanding of client preferences and ability to develop customized solutions. “A home is not just a place to live in,” she says. “It is also a reflection of yourself – a statement. That’s why I love real estate, matching each individual with the perfect property for the best price.”
A German and American citizen, Katja previously worked as General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs at a global multi-billion dollar company. She is a licensed attorney admitted in Germany and Michigan, holds a PhD in Law from Germany, Maîtrise en droit international from France, and an LLM in Corporation and Finance from Michigan. Her seasoned and global business experience, and her legal and negotiating expertise serve as invaluable foundation for her success in New York City real estate.
Katja loves the different characters of the Manhattan neighborhoods. “I would not do Real Estate anywhere else in the world. Every home and every person whom I work with in the City is different. That makes my work never boring, keeps it always challenging, and requires me to listen carefully to the individual needs and wishes of my clients.”
As a mother of two adult sons and wife to her husband of more than 20 years who works in international top management, she resides in Greenwich Village. In her free time, she enjoys Manhattan’s theatre scene and sports of all kinds, from skiing and tennis to Pilates and Soul Cycle. She is also a proud finisher of the NYC Marathon.
“My partner Anthony and I recently closed on an apartment purchase on East 40th Street, and wanted to let …….. know that our experience was an excellent one, due to our realtor Katja Knupfer. We were introduced to Katja by our friend Katherine Camp at Douglas Elliman, whom we must praise for her excellent job in putting us together. We liked Katja right away, and could tell that this was someone who genuinely loved her work, and would do her best to help us find the right apartment, even though we were clearly just starting out and still trying to figure out what we were really looking for. We gave Katja our many criteria, and added or deleted neighborhoods often, but Katja remained VERY patient, and not only sent us listings within our price range and desired area, but also pushed the envelope with additional listings to give us a bigger picture of the market. She took us to see many different places, in many different parts of NYC, and paid attention to our reactions and comments. As we worked together, every trip was more focused per our feedback, but never too narrow. I could go on about Katja’s excellent methodology much longer, but really – all of the above are the hallmarks of a well-trained real estate professional, which every agent at a company like ………. should be. What sets Katja apart is her intelligence, her aesthetic sensibility, her patience and her commitment to sharing the process at every step with her clients. She is able to channel all of that into getting her clients into the right place, at the right price, at the right time. Katja knows the market, she puts in the time to educate herself and her clients, but is never didactic. Neither does she hesitate to nudge gently when a good property comes along. She’s not one to miss an opportunity, and makes sure her clients don’t, either. On the flip side, Katja doesn’t pretend that something awful isn’t awful. She is honest, realistic and productively positive. She is also sensitive to her clients’ different personalities, so was able to quickly “get” how each of us communicated with her, as Anthony and I have very different styles, and to process and fuse each of our comments into an accurately combined message that honed our search more productively. As importantly in what can be a long search, being with Katja is fun. She really enjoys the hunting process. It only got better as we discovered a shared love of Citibikes; even on the coldest winter days, we made our rounds by bike. She’s interesting and knowledgeable about real estate, but about many more things besides, so is excellent company, and when the need arises, can answer any questions, or knows whom to ask if not. Katja is a true “renaissance woman” with many skills and talents, and the ability to focus those strengths to help her clients find what they really want at a comfortably productive pace. She possesses a high level of knowledge, and the integrity to use it wisely and helpfully. She facilitated the entire process of our apartment search and purchase with the highest degree of professionalism, made sure we were informed at every step, and kept it moving in a comfortable and relaxed manner. We would heartily recommend Katja to anyone who might ask, as indeed we already have, and commend her to ………….. as a real estate agent who sets the example others should strive to emulate. Thank you for an excellent apartment-buying experience.” – Michele and Anthony, Midtown East
“I had an absolutely wonderful experience working with Katja Knupfer on my recent apartment purchase. Katja was extremely knowledgeable about the real estate landscape in New York. She spent a lot of time with me to get a good sense of what type of apartment I would be interested in and what was important for me. She offered a great deal of insight into different neighborhoods and specific buildings. When I was ready to make an offer on an apartment, Katja made the process as seamless as possible and provided excellent advice, including connecting me with a real estate lawyer. She was always extremely responsive so that everything was accomplished under time-sensitive situations. Katja always put my interests first, which was most helpful throughout the offer and negotiation process. Katja offered invaluable help as we put together my co-op application. She was very amenable to my schedule and spent a lot of time with me to review all the required information. Katja was meticulous in going through all of my financials and reviewing my application and reference letters. She was incredibly supportive throughout the entire process and spent time with me in person to help me prepare for my co-op interview. After the closing, she has checked in several times and has made sure that I have all the information required from my management company. I would wholeheartedly recommend Katja to anyone for her services. She was very generous with her time; she always made herself available to me and worked with me on weekends and in last minute situations. She offered instrumental advice throughout the process. Furthermore, she was an absolute pleasure to work with in general.” – Megan, Greenwich Village
“Katja Knupfer was amazing! She understood how busy I am so she diligently spent time getting to know exactly what I was looking for to wisely refine our apartment search. Her professionalism and experience led me to have such confidence in her, that I signed a lease sight unseen based solely on her recommendation! She was also critically helpful in navigating the avalanche of leasing paperwork from a demanding management company.I’m very thankful to Katja – I and my family, love my new apartment she found for me!” – Amber, Upper East Side
“Katja has been a true asset in the purchase of my first apartment. First of all, since I was unfamiliar with all the steps in purchasing the apartment, she carefully guided me through the whole process. Secondly, she diligently pursued listings that I was interested in and lined up new properties as soon as they were available on the market. She was always organized and punctual, and easy to reach during any time of the day (workday or weekend). We have spent about 2 weeks looking at apartments, and Katja really made it easy for me to view them, considering that my schedule was constrained by a full-time job. She shared with me her past experience and provided guidance on New York real-estate market. Finally, Katja was always supportive throughout the whole purchasing process, and we have closed the apartment in record-time – almost in a month. I cannot say enough good things about Katja and will highly recommend her without hesitation to anybody who is looking for a new home in NYC.” – Anna, Financial District