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Paul J. Massey, Jr.

Founding Partner, Chief Executive Officer

Professional Experience

Paul Massey was born in Boston, Massachusetts where he attended the Roxbury Latin School. He graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, in 1983.

Mr. Massey began his career at CBRE and soon became head of the market research department in Midtown Manhattan, then as an investment sales broker.

He founded Massey Knakal Realty Services together with his colleague Robert A. Knakal, whom he met at CBRE. The company became the New York metropolitan area’s dominant commercial investment sales brokerage firm. With over 225 employees serving more than 200,000 property owners, Massey Knakal Realty Services was consistently ranked New York’s #1 investment sales firm in volume for 14 consecutive years.

As CEO of Massey Knakal, he led the development of the firm’s strategic initiatives including geographic expansion as well as the growth of the firm’s service lines. At the end of 2014, Cushman & Wakefield acquired Massey Knakal and Mr. Massey was appointed President, New York Investment Sales.

In 2017, Paul Massey ran as a Mayoral Candidate for New York City, primarily focusing on education, housing and homelessness while also providing solutions for how to improve quality of life in the city.

In July 2018, Mr. Massey and his partners Neil Heilberg and Michael Wlody, launched a new commercial brokerage firm, B6 Real Estate Advisors, short for “Building By Building, Block By Block”. The investment sales and capital advisory firm specializes in middle-market ($1-$200 million). The firm employs a distinct Territory Network model, that ensures sub-market expertise for its agents along with an owner-aligned philosophy and a technology-forward platform.

Mr. Massey is a member of numerous organizations including REBNY and The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. He is also an amateur boxer and an avid skier.  He and his wife, Gretchen, have three children; son, Paul III, and daughters, Sarah and Greta. He resides in Larchmont, NY.

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September 8, 2021

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Crain's New York
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The nearly 80,000 sq ft, 12-story building at 576 Fifth Avenue, on the corner of 47th Street, has been home to several prominent diamond dealers.

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$101M Diamond District sale proof NYC is forever friend to investors, say brokers

Real Estate Weekly
July 14, 2021

A mixed-use building in the Diamond District had traded for $101 million in what the local BID hails as a sign of resiliency in the market in the face of COVID turmoil.

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Multifamily properties traded hands most frequently last year

Crain's New York
January 29, 2021

A weak rental market last year did not stop multifamily buildings from being the most commonly traded type of property, according to a new report from Paul Massey’s B6 Real Estate Advisors.

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Diamond District building listed for $113M

The Real Deal
October 15, 2020

A 12-story building in New York’s Diamond District has hit the market for $113 million — a cut above its last sale price of $1.3 million.

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Diamond District gem hits the market for $113 million

Crain's New York
October 14, 2020

“I think the perfect buyer is going to be someone with a very long term view of New York City,” Massey said. “To be able to buy a HQ building smack in the middle of 47th and 5th close to Grand Central is a rare opportunity.”

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Calling upon all New Yorkers: It’s time to return — let’s bring back the NYC we all know

amNY
October 6, 2020

When we New Yorkers are in need, we pick each other up, raise each other’s’ spirits and promote the rebuilding of the greatest city in the world.

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Paul Massey of B6 says big Facebook lease is a ‘vote of confidence at a critical moment’

New York Business Journal
August 6, 2020

Paul Massey shares his thoughts on what the big new Facebook lease at the Farley Building means for New York's commercial real estate market, and what else he's keeping an eye on.

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Buy the NYC loft where the Ramones played one of their first shows

New York Post
June 24, 2020

The sprawling, 6,420-square-foot space at at 6 E. 2nd St. is where the Ramones played one of their earliest shows in 1975. It was often used as a crash pad for lead singer Joey and bassist Dee Dee.

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Massey touts tech platform as key differentiator during Covid-19 crisis

REFI US
April 17, 2020

The significant upfront emphasis it put on technology has been paying off since the day that most of the city began social distancing.

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Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions

The New York Times
April 14, 2020

351-353 East 62nd Street: These adjacent townhouses on the Upper East Side include a restaurant space.

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