By Dolores Eyler
She got national recognition as a teenager, and she has done it again. Kirsten Jordan first won acclaim as a Rye High School senior when she charged her way into the record books as New York and National 1-mile Race-Walking Champion.
Now 37, Jordan hasn’t lost a step. She’s the first female real estate broker to be cast on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing, New York”. The 16-episode show, which airs Thursday nights at 9, premiered May 6.
The producers approached her in 2019, and she started filming in January of last year. At work, and on air, she is known as KJ.
Jordan joins a cast of four men, all fellow high-profile New York City brokers, dealing in millions of dollars of real estate every year. Jordan, now in her 12th year in the field, has brokered more than a half billion dollars in sales. Her clients have included Jessica Chastain, members of the Rockefeller family, and celebrity interior designer Carolyn Pressly.
On the first show, a fellow agent admiringly called Jordan a “shark”.
“I don’t mind,” she said. “The objective is to have a thriving business. You do what you have to do. We are shown as super competitive, but it is all in good fun. I have known all the cast members in some capacity for several years.”
The show is shot a couple of hours at a time, here and there. “It covers our real lives, it isn’t scripted,” Jordan explained.
So, while filming the show, Jordan, married and the mother of three, continues running her thriving business. She recently rejoined Douglas Elliman Real Estate, and last year formed a six-person team, which includes her husband, Stefano Farsura, a New York City developer. She would love for him to be a full-time member, but for now, she appreciates his advice, while he continues his own successful business.
Jordan deals with rentals as well as sales, and they are not all worth millions of dollars. “This is a volume business,” she said, “so you don’t just do high-end.”
How many hours a week does Jordan work? “It would be better to ask me how many hours I don’t work,” she replied. Model-thin, she gets up daily at 5 a.m. to work out at home or go running or race-walking in parks near her West Side apartment.
Jordan, a born athlete, said, “I look at my job as a sport. The better you get, the more you push yourself.”