Amir Korangy

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Amir R. Korangy (born November 21, 1973) is an Iranian-American publisher and film producer, who founded the business magazine, The Real Deal, about real estate and finance news.[1] He also produced the PBS documentary, Building Stories about architect Costas Kondylis.[2] Amir Korangy is also an adjunct associate professor of media and real estate at New York University where in the fall of 2018 he will be teaching a course titled the Korangy sessions where graduate students will have an opportunity to court questions as to the reality of real estate in the city and the country: a complementing to their theoretical framework.

Amir Korangy
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Amir Korangy
Born (1973-11-21) November 21, 1973 (age 44)
Nationality Iranian-American
Occupation Publisher, The Real Deal

Korangy was born in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979 his family left Iran as political refugees and spent time in Paris and Madrid before settling in the Washington DC area. Korangy received a BA in Journalism and Foreign Policy at Boston University and attended Emerson College.[1]


After college, Korangy moved to Baja, Mexico where he commenced his career as a publisher. He started South of the Border, a weekly newspaper that targeted expatriates living in Baja. The paper was bought within the first year by the Gringo Gazette, another local newspaper. His next venture was the founding of The Washington Free Press, a weekly tabloid challenging DC’s conservative media culture. The Washington Free Press was sold to the Washington City Paper in 1997.

After graduate studies at Emerson College, Korangy moved to New York City in 1999. He worked at Yahoo Inc., and eventually began investing in New York City real estate. These transactions inspired Korangy to recognize a void in that industry for compelling real estate news.[3]

In April 2003 Korangy put out the first edition of The Real Deal from his apartment in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. The Real Deal provides an inside look into the prominent New York real estate market as well as reports national and international market trends. There are also South Florida and Los Angeles editions of The Real Deal available online daily and in print quarterly. The monthly magazine includes an array of news exclusives, wide-ranging interviews, and in-depth analyses for brokers, developers, investors, appraisers, bankers, architects and real estate enthusiasts.[4] The Real Deal has been coined the “Bible” by many in the real estate industry. The Real Deal has a monthly print readership of 132,000 and a monthly online audience of over 2.6 million visitors and 17 million impressions.[5]

Each year Korangy hosts thousands of real estate professionals at The Real Deal Annual Forum held at Lincoln Center where he introduces and interviews industry luminaries.[6] In September, 2015, Korangy hosted the largest Real Estate Development event in China as well as events in Toronto and South Florida. [7] [8]

In pursuing his interests in film and real estate, Korangy produced Building Stories, a feature documentary on the life of architect, Costas Kondylis, which aired on PBS in 2012. The film features development moguls Donald Trump, Larry Silverstein, and Aby Rosen; founding editor of Dwell magazine, Karrie Jacobs; architecture critics and historians, James Gardner, Francis Morrone, and Kenneth Frampton; and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier.[9] In 2015, Korangy authored the book The Closing: Interviews with New York's Titans of Real Estate. [10]

Korangy serves on the Board of Directors for SalesCrunch.[11]

In the Media[edit]

Through his work as publisher of The Real Deal, Korangy has been called upon as an industry expert and has been regularly quoted in publications including The New York Times[12] and Forbes [13][14] and appeared on news programs on CNN,[15] CNBC,[16] FOX News.[17][18] and Real Estate with Vince Rocco, VoiceAmerica™.[19] Korangy also serves as a thought leader to the print and digital publishing sector by sitting on industry panels for conferences such as Inman Real Estate Connect.[20]


Under Korangy’s leadership, The Real Deal was named the best publication and real estate news website by the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) for 2010 and 2011.[21] In 2012, Korangy was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Young Jewish Professionals (YJP). In 2009, he was presented with the Boy Scouts of America Explorer's Leadership Award for his work with underprivileged inner city kids.[22] In 2009, Korangy was listed in The New York Observer’s Power 100 list of the most powerful people in New York Real Estate.[23] In 2013, Inman News named Korangy one of the 100 Most Influential Real Estate leaders in the Media category.[24] In November 2014, Korangy was honored as a Child's Champion Award recipient by the Ronald McDonald House New York for his support of families of seriously ill children.[25] Korangy was named as a juror in the prestigious A+Awards, presented by Architizer—a global online network for architecture.[26] In October 2016, Korangy was honored with the Media Man of the Year Award by Vavardi Institute for Ovarian Cancer Education, for his support efforts benefiting Voice,[7], Mount Sinai and Ovarian Cancer Research Organization.[27] The Real Deal Magazine just opened its offices in Chicago in April of 2018 highlighting the success of the Real Deal and its attractiveness to big city venues.

Personal life[edit]

Korangy resides in the Manhattan borough of New York City. He is a collector and supporter of the arts. Within 7 months in 2007, Korangy completed both the Paris and New York City marathons. Since then he has given up running.[28]


  1. ^ a b Baum, Geraldine (July 30, 2009). "In New York, the big money's in (covering) real estate". Los Angeles Times. Archived October 19, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Producer Amir Korangy on Building Stories. Thirteen Archived July 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Chesler, Caren (March 2010). "Real Estate Horror Tales". Financial Advisor Magazine. Archived June 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Meoli, Daria (January 21, 2010). "5 Minutes... with Amir Korangy". The New York Enterprise Report. Archived June 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Real Estate Magazine, The Real Deal to release its 100th Issue During 9/11 Anniversary. (September 9, 2011) [1] Magazine Publisher PR.
  6. ^ "The Great Debate: A recap of TRD’s seventh annual forum". (November 30, 2011). The Real Deal.
  7. ^ "The Real Deal holds China's biggest real estate event ever" (September 16, 2015) [2] The Real Deal.
  8. ^ "Highlights from The Real Deal's Toronto Panel on US Real Estate Investment" (April 6, 2016) [3] The Real Deal.
  9. ^ "Building Stories".(May 18, 2012). Archived July 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ The Closing: Interviews with New York's Titans of Real Estate (June 2016). [4]
  11. ^ "Amir Korangy Profile" Archived January 20, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.. SalesCrunch Archived August 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine..
  12. ^ Newman, Andrew (June 27, 2005). Of Co-ops, Condos and Controversy: Real Estate Agents Embrace a Critic. The New York Times.
  13. ^ Farrell, Maureen (November 5, 2009).Extreme Growth Gambles. Forbes Archived November 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ Marcus, Miriam and Farrell, Maureen and Lindnerand, Melanie (November 12, 2009). Myths of Owning a Small Business. Forbes. Archived March 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Elliot Spitzer (host) (April 18, 2008). In the Arena. CNN. Archived January 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ Realty Check: Real Estate Tips for 2010 (December 2010)[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ Renting vs. Buying a Home. May 6, 2011. Fox News.
  18. ^ Real Estate Still Americans Favorite Investment May 15, 2014. Fox Business.
  19. ^ Vince Rocco (host), VoiceAmerica (December 2, 2014). [5].
  20. ^ February 2013,[6],"Inman Real Estate Connect New York City 2013." Archived February 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  21. ^ Stuart, Elliot (July 2012). "Show me the money". The Real Deal. Archived September 17, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  22. ^ Keenan, Melanie (December 3, 2009).EASTERN CONSOLIDATED'S ERIC ANTON PRESENTS EXPLORING LEADERSHIP AWARD TO AMIR KORANGY, PUBLISHER OF THE REAL DEAL Archived May 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.. Eastern Consolidated Press Release.
  23. ^ Pillifant, Reid and Shapiro, Eliza (June 25, 2009)."The Observer 100 Speak! Voices From the Party for the Most Powerful People in New York Real Estate". The New York Observer.
  24. ^ January 2013."100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders", Amir Korangy profile.Inman News. Archived March 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  25. ^ November 2014."Ronald McDonald House New York Champions" Archived November 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ November 2014."Jury list of Architizer Awards"
  27. ^ December 2016."Marilyn's Voice For Life Website, Voice Achievement Recipients"
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