Two power brokers who serve their clients in a comprehensive and multifaceted way, Ayo Haynes and Ivonne Velasquez make up the Haynes Velasquez Team at Halstead. Together, Ayo and Ivonne have decades of real estate experience, unmatched marketing ability, and access to a wide network of resources that prove invaluable to clients.
A natural at marketing and helming complex projects, Ayo brings a strong business background to the team. She is a well-rounded broker who works with buyers, sellers, developers, and investors. As a native New Yorker, she is also a trusted source of knowledge about the city.
Ivonne’s holistic approach to real estate allows her to guide clients not only in terms of the market, but also according to architecture, design, and style. She brings a vast professional network to the team and strives to provide a boutique of information, service, and results for clients. She also brings with her a record of closing commercial deals, which adds a vital edge to the team’s existing foothold in residential real estate.
Ayo and Ivonne not only guide clients through business transactions, they also provide expertise that encompasses all aspects of life – from smart business decisions to home design and prioritizing a wellness-focused lifestyle.
As a result, they are excitedly creating a content platform called Your WellNest to provide expert and curated resources that will help their clients live well in all of their nests: their home, their office, and even their mental nests. Through this platform they provide clients with the tools they need to live successfully, mindfully, and well.
Ayo has been nicknamed “The Resourceful Broker” for the way she utilizes her professional network to link clients to resources that will help them achieve their real estate goals. Her ability to anticipate the concerns of each party has also been a major reason for her success in brokering winning deals on behalf of her clients.
In 2017, Ayo earned recognition for the Highest Residential Rental Transaction Companywide, out of 1,400 agents. The following year, she was honored as a Power Woman in Business by Schneps Communications.
Ayo has a BA in Business Communications and an MBA in Marketing from Bentley University. She serves as a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio's Interagency Foster Care Task Force to help provide solutions to decrease the number of foster care youth aging into homelessness.
Prior to real estate, Ayo had a busy career as an actress on television and radio. Her television background and real estate expertise intersected when she was featured nationally on HGTV’s "Selling NY.” She can still be seen and heard on the small screen now and then.
Ayo is the co-author of “Ready, Set, Live! Empowering Strategies for an Enlightened Life,” an inspirational guide for overcoming adversity and leading a fulfilled life. She loves all things that deal with health and wellness and which help people live their best life at home, the office, and at play. A self-proclaimed citizen of the world, she has traveled extensively around the world and in the United States (all 50 states!). Next on her list? Africa and Asia with her young daughter happily in tow!
A seasoned broker, Ivonne is fueled by a passion for real estate and design. She believes that in order to be a specialist, one should be well-versed in all aspects of the business. To that end, Ivonne has studied elements of architecture, design, and public relations to best serve her clients.
Referring to her holistic approach to real estate, Ivonne says, “My business is a lifestyle; it encompasses every aspect of our everyday, from the obvious service to community, education, wellness, and beyond.
This business philosophy has led to much success for Ivonne, who has been included in the Circle of Excellence for four consecutive years. She also received the Customer Service Award in 2014 and was named Rookie of the Year.
Prior to real estate, Ivonne worked as a home furnishings consultant for two of the largest retailers in the nation. She has also worked in public relations, entertainment, and fitness.
As with her approach to real estate, Ivonne lives her personal life in a holistic way. She is passionate about wellness and mindfulness and is a regular practitioner of Bikram yoga, meditation, and strength training.
"Ms. Haynes is more than a dynamic real estate agent but a blessing who only wants the best for her clients. Ayo explains the process and is diligent and supremely principled in finding the best fit. In my experience with Ms. Haynes she was always available and the ultimate professional. She made me feel extremely comfortable as she went over every detail of every property that she showed me, especially the one that is now my home. I wasn’t even thinking of buying at auction but she found the perfect place for me. It needed a lot of work but she helped me realize that it was nothing I couldn’t handle with the right contractor. Most importantly, she expertly guided me to make the winning bid and made sure that all the fine details of buying at auction were not overlooked. This was all deeply appreciated. Anyone who hires Ayo Haynes to be their real estate agent has definitely made a great decision." – A. S.
“We thought that our wish list would never be able to stay intact, that we would have to severely compromise. But we were wrong – we got everything we wanted! It took five months, 12+ properties, three offers, a heartfelt letter, and one tenacious agent and in Ivonne not only worked with us, she went to battle to get us what we wanted. She got our voice heard, listened to our wants, wishes, dreams, and concerns and together we got the job done. Ivonne is the type of realtor that will take each listing as if she were the buyer and/or seller. She looks at the process from all sides and is fair and true in her actions. Ivonne has become part of our family.
Fast forward a few years and our family has grown. We called Ivonne and she referred us to another fabulous agent in NJ. She stayed connected throughout the process and properly advised us not to sell our first home. She handled that rental and our wealth has grown. Forever grateful. She is a great asset to your team and to the human population at large!” – L. & R. W.
“A huge thank you to Ayo Haynes for the sale of my studio in Harlem. I bought the condo five years ago and rented it immediately. She used her skills to properly price the unit and vet a tenant. Despite the language barrier, the distance (I live overseas), the rigors of finding a buyer when I was ready to sell, it all worked in perfect harmony. She also worked well with my real estate attorney. We received multiple offers and had a successful sale. All this is the result of her professionalism, determination, tenacity, efficiency, and especially her extreme kindness and courtesy. This comes from the heart of a French lover of NYC. Thanks again Ayo; you've become a true friend over time and I'm proud of it!” – F. C.
“I am so thankful to have Ayo as my NYC real estate agent. The co-op sale process was much longer than I expected, but she made it pleasurable and kept things moving swiftly. I am happy to have that place sold finally! I appreciate the time she spent on it, knowing that it was more than a usual sale. She was terrific! I look forward to working with her again in the future. – K. F.”
“I have had the pleasure of working with Ayo Haynes of Halstead for more then 10+ years. Ayo takes her time with clients finding them precisely what they desire and makes sure the process goes smoothly. Ms. Haynes also does an incredible job in following up with all parties in the transaction and keeping her clients informed every step of the way. Ayo is someone that enjoys being a New York real estate agent and prides herself in making sure her clients are delighted at closing. As a Home Lending Officer for over 15+ years in NY real estate, I can say without hesitation she is one of the best in the business.” – Max R., Mortgage Banker, Banco Popular
“It is always a pleasure working with the Haynes Velasquez team at Halstead for their positive attitude and professionalism. I have known Ivonne for over a year and every transaction together was thoroughly planned and pleasant to the clients. She has a very hands-on approach and demands to be in the know throughout the process.” – Max D., R.E. Attorney
“I have worked in many different aspects of the real estate industry over 38 years. In the last five years, I have been a licensed home inspector in the state of New York. In my many years in the business, I’ve met and worked with many professionals in the field. Working with Halstead Manhattan and its sales associates has been a great experience. Ms. Velasquez has been one of the associates I have had the pleasure of working with. She shows true dedication at working to protect the interest of her clients to help them find a place that fits their needs at a price that works for them. She makes sure I do not overlook any problems that may be problematic to close a deal and educates her clients on the importance of an inspection. Ms. Velasquez and the other associates at Halstead are real professionals and I hope to continue working with their clients for many years to come.” – Jose C., Villa Nueva Home Inspection Services LLC
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