Jackie Roth, deaf since birth, an advocate and a broker
By Matt Chaban, New York Daily News 11/15/2013
When clients hear broker Jackie Roth speak, they assume — correctly — that English is her second language.
Some presume — incorrectly — that she’s from France.
“People ask where I’m from, and I say, ‘Brooklyn,’ ” and they say, ‘No, no, where are you from originally,’ and I say, ‘BROOKLYN,’ ” says Roth with a smile.
The star Douglas Elliman broker first communicated in sign language, and didn’t speak English until she was 5.
Deaf since birth, Roth is a rarity in New York’s real-estate world: a broker with a disability.
“I can’t think of any,” says Peter Slatin, the legendary real-estate writer who became a disability advocate when he lost his sight. “It’s remarkable what she’s doing.”
And she’s doing remarkably, too.
Since joining Douglas Elliman in 2006, Roth has become one of the brokerage’s Top Producers, a distinction placing her in the top 1% of the 4,000-strong agency.
Now Roth is launching a group within the company to help pair clients who have disabilities with brokers able to meet their needs.
“Because I hear differently, I see and experience the city differently, and I want to bring that experience to others to help them find a home,” Roth says.
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