Neil Helman

Avison Young


Job Functions: Executive, Investment Sales & Acquisitions


With over 30 years of real estate experience, Neil Helman's concentration is investment sales. Actively involved with the marketing and disposition of investment-grade property, Mr. Helman has undertaken and completed the sale of all types of real estate, including office, apartment and retail properties, commercial buildings for adaptive re-use as residential, as well as sites for ground-up residential and hotel development. During his career, Mr. Helman has been involved in the disposition of several high-profile development sites and property sales. In recent years, he orchestrated the sale of a newly built, highly visible retail property located along Tenth Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets and situated under the High Line Park to Savanna Fund. He was also involved with the disposition of several well-located garage properties for either re-adaptive use or redevelopment including 234-238 East 85th Street under a long-term lease to Mt. Sinai Hospital. Other recent transactions included the sale of 114 East 25th Street and 331 Park Avenue South on behalf of Extell Development Company. Both of those properties were vacant office buildings and marketed for sale as residential conversion opportunities. Some earlier, but prominent sales also included two bankruptcy sales; Cabrini Medical Center to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and 555 Sixth Avenue, a former doctors' residential property, to Stonehenge Partners. Most recently, Mr. Helman was instrumental in the sale of 250 Church Street – a 237,000 sf office building that was sold for $205M to Normandy Real Estate Partners and Columbia Property Trust.


Prior to joining Avison Young, Mr. Helman was an Executive Vice-President at Grubb & Ellis New York and a recognized company-wide top-performer, earning the honor of membership in Grubb & Ellis' President's Council, an elite group of professionals who balanced outstanding performance and dedication to the firm with exceptional client service. In addition, Mr. Helman repeatedly earned inclusion in Grubb & Ellis' "Circle of Excellence", a mark of distinction reserved for the company's top transaction professional specialists nationally. Before joining Grubb & Ellis, Mr. Helman was with Kaufman Management Company, where he had an active role in the leasing and management of the company's Manhattan office building portfolio. Mr. Helman also spent eight years as a leasing broker with Helmsley-Spear, Inc., focusing on tenant relocation, as well as representation of landlords in the disposition of excess office space.




Professional Credentials


Member, Real Estate Board of New York


Education and Designations


Master of Science, Real Estate Development and Investment; New York University


Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude; Connecticut College

Areas of Interest

Risk Profile
Deal Type
Ground Lease, Acquisition, Development, Partner Buyout, Pre-Development, Recapitalization, Refinance, Rehabilitation
Property Type