The Watson International Organization
The Watson International Organization is a real estate conglomerate comprised of a top brokerage company currently operating as a division of Berkshire Hathaway as “The Watson International Team at Berkshire Hathaway” in New York City, a general contracting company, an interior design company, a property management company, a real estate coaching and consulting company, and a vast property portfolio.
(licensed as Antonia Palmieri)
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Antonia is President & Founder of The Watson International Organization, the esteemed brokerage branch of which operates as The Watson International Team at Berkshire Hathaway New York Properties. Berkshire Hathaway is a multi-national publicly traded holding company famed for having the highest stock share value in history under the direction of Chairman and CEO, Warren Buffett.
As Founder and CEO of The Watson International Organization, her own self started real estate conglomerate, Antonia Watson is considered a premier international real estate authority. Her yearly sales volume consistently places her in the top fraction of the top 1% of real estate professionals worldwide. She is an expert in all fields of the real estate industry, licensed and operating as a Real Estate Broker, General Contractor, Property Manager, Interior Designer, and Consultant. In addition, Antonia is a prominent landlord, real estate investor, hotelier and developer with an expansive and varied high yield portfolio, which she proudly – and very uniquely – built and maintains entirely debt-free without mortgages. Furthermore, and similar to Warren Buffett strategically, Antonia has capitalized on each field of real estate to build successful subsidiaries which comprise The Watson International Organization companies. In keeping with her debt-free investment methodology, Antonia also receives notoriety for the fact that all of the Watson International companies have never involved business loans or credit lines.
Antonia has received countless awards for accomplishments in her field. She has been involved in over $1 billion of residential and commercial real estate to date, in both the resale and new development sectors. She has ranked in the “Top 100” of NRT, the largest publicly traded real estate firm in the United States comprised of over 57,000 licensed agents and over $166 billion in annual sale volume. Prior to her affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway, Antonia was one of Corcoran Real Estate’s leading brokers operating out of their Madison Avenue Headquarters, consistently ranked in the firm’s “Top 20” and annually achieving “Multi-Million Dollar” status. She was also one of the highest ranking brokers at Keller Williams Real Estate, where she was the consistent winner of “Top Listing Agent” and “Top Sales Agent” Awards. In New Jersey, where Antonia’s real estate team operates out of Liberty Realty in Hudson County, Antonia has been awarded a member of the “Circle of Excellence” by the New Jersey Association of Realtors.
In addition to impressive awards and rankings, Antonia is celebrated for having closed many of the most notable record breaking deals in New York City history. She holds the record for the highest price per square foot townhouse sale in Soho, having sold 81 Sullivan Street for $11,000,000 to a Singapore Hedge Fund. She was also responsible for multiple record breaking NYC Penthouse sales: the highest priced Penthouse ever sold at the Blair House Cooperative at 200 East 58th Street was brokered by Antonia Watson, as was the highest priced Penthouse at the CityLights Condominium on the Long Island City waterfront. At the CityLights Condominium, moreover, to date Antonia holds the record for the highest sale price of any A-Line apartment. Additionally, on the most sought after street in the chic West Village routinely frequented by celebrity Sarah Jessica Parker, Antonia was responsible for the highest sale prices ever recorded at both 79 Perry Street and 28 Perry Street. On the Upper East Side, Antonia holds the highest sale price in building history at the Gregory House Cooperative located at 440 East 79th Street. In Brooklyn, Antonia broke two Williamsburg townhouse records, one commercial and the other residential in scope, the latter of which she sold to a renowned Vocal Performing Artist and Record Producer whose identity Antonia has kept anonymous per his request. In the Bronx, Antonia was a pioneer in the investment sector, selling a mixed-use building zoned for religious use at a remarkable 30% above the asking price on behalf of her client, the Brethren in Christ Church. Antonia has also represented some of the finest properties in the global real estate landscape, including the 50th floor Penthouse of Trump Place 220 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the Bishops Avenue Mansion in London, and the 30 acre Villa Melagrano in Tuscany.
Due to Antonia’s deal making excellence and comprehensive expertise, Antonia is consistently mentioned in the press. Antonia has been featured on real estate television shows such as Bravo’s hit series “Million Dollar Listing New York” and HGTV’s “Selling New York.” Antonia and the properties that she represents are a frequent topic in The Real Deal, The New York Times, Curbed, Brokers Weekly, The Mann Report, Brick Underground, Avenue Magazine, Real Estate Weekly, AM New York, and The New York Post, among others. She is an esteemed and highly sought after speaker, panelist, training coach, interviewee and consultant. By exclusive invitation, she speaks at the annual New York Build Expo at Javits Center on “The State of the Market” — the only expert invited to speak on this crucial and nuanced topic.
It comes as no surprise that Antonia’s client base read’s like a “Who’s Who” of Fortune 500 companies, entertainment, finance, and professional sports. Her client base includes some of the most distinguished names in technology, politics, medicine, fashion, and hospitality. She represents various REITs, hedge funds, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, oil & energy companies, law firms, construction firms, metal & steel distributors, and major manufacturers. She is also the exclusive broker to a variety of religious institutions, non-profit organizations, United Nations personnel, and royal families, among others. She is the trusted real estate resource of the high net worth community.
Raised in a real estate family herself, Antonia provides unparalleled investment knowledge, comprehensive development advisory, wealth management consulting, strategic estate planning, creative marketing techniques, and concierge services to her clients. More still, Antonia’s clients receive the added benefit of being able to communicate with her in any language of their choosing, including but not limited to English, French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic and Portuguese.
Antonia’s drive and impeccable reputation for settling for nothing less than excellence is evident in both her professional and personal milestones. In addition to her extensive list of real estate related achievements, Antonia is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Rutgers University and a former professional level ballet dancer of the Joffrey Ballet, the American Repertory Ballet, and the Boston Conservatory to name a few. Lastly, Antonia is a significant benefactor and philanthropist. She is President of The DeVito Watson Foundation, a private foundation committed to numerous charitable objectives.
As Warren Buffett has so brilliantly stated, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” As one of the most respected and relevant brokers in today’s real estate landscape with a reputation rooted in integrity and dedication, it comes as no surprise that Antonia Watson truly does things differently.