Awards & Affiliations

David was first licensed to sell real estate in 1977. Since then, he’s worked for one of the most successful developers in the region, the Fortune 500 as well as smaller companies as the senior sales and marketing executive, receiving national recognition for creating effective advertising, setting sales records, turning around troubled businesses, building value and constantly improving customer service.

 Throughout his career, David has kept the Capital District as his home and has maintained his  passion for real estate by remaining involved in residential construction, development and  management services. He also became more involved in the community at large, serving in a  leadership capacity with various community organizations and business committees.


In late 2001, David was recruited to join the most successful residential real estate “boutique” organization in the region, Blackman & DeStefano, to bring his tremendous experience in marketing, construction, real estate and sales into the company.  Within a year, he had been cited for his accomplishments and recognized for quickly reaching a multi-million dollar sales level that only a small percentage of all agents ever attained at the time. Even more important was the satisfaction level of his clients – They saw firsthand a walking, talking example of perseverance, patience, creativity, professionalism and an uncommon depth of knowledge.  It is these attributes that his team carries forward today.

Blackman & DeStefano merged with RealtyUSA in the fall of 2002, becoming and remaining the leading residential real estate company in the Capital Region. In late 2016, it became part of the Howard Hanna Companies.

Some of David’s attributes & experiences that distinguish him from others:

  • Certified Negotiation Expert
  • Mediator between buyer & builder
  • Marketing specialist to developers and architects
  • Expert in community trends and marketing
  • Trained Accredited Buyer’s Representative
  • Author/editor of local Quality of Life Survey
  • Award-winning and record setting sales and marketing executive
  • Total Quality and customer service advocate
  • Professionally trained designer, carpenter, construction manager
  • Active in professional, civic and arts organizations

David and his team’s primary markets include Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties. His style is a cross between that of a teacher, a watchful parent and a strong client advocate, detail oriented with an encyclopedic knowledge in the realms of construction, remodeling, business and real estate.

As a matter of fact. . .

  • David is Ranked in the top 1% of over 2,800 agents/brokers in the region (2007 to present).
  • David has been called a client advocate, dedicated to providing the highest level of service.
  • David is one of only a few agents/brokers to possess both REALTOR and NAHB professional designations
  • Some home inspectors have said that David is as knowledgeable as they are.
  • David was first recognized by the Capital District Business Review as one of the regions Top 100 Agents
  • Each year David has received RealtyUSA’s highest recognition as a member of its President’s Council, Platinum Level Sales Achievement as well as being the top agent team in the Albany (Empire) office and receiving the National Sales Excellence Award from the Realty Alliance.

Professional Designations

  • GRI – Graduate Realtor Institute (NYSAR)
  • ABR – Accredited Buyer’s Representative (NAR)
  • CSP - Certified Sales Professional for New Construction (NAHB)
  • E-Pro (NAR)
  • CRS – Council of Residential Specialists (NAR)
  • CNE – Certified Negotiation Expert (The Real Estate Negotiation Institute)
  • SRS – Seller’s Representative Specialist (NAR)

Professional Involvement (active)

  • Greater Capitol Association of REALTORS® Bylaws Committee (2015-2016)
  • NYS Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR)
  • Professional Standards Committee (2006 – present) Multiple Listing Issues Committee (2014 – present)
  • National Association of Home Builders / Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association (NAHB) Sales & Marketing Council – Committee Member (2007 – 2016), Co-chair (2007-2009)
  • Capital Region Builders & Remodeler’s Assoc. Parade of Homes Committee (2007-2008)
  • Building Momentum (Time to Buy) Committee (2008, 2009) Board of Directors (2010 - 2016)
  • Best in Building Awards Committee (2012 – present) Executive Board & Associate Vice President (2013- 2015) Nominating Committee (2016)
  • Council of Residential Specialists – Grassroots Advisory Panel (2010 – 2012)

Professional Affiliations - Memberships (active)

  • New York State Association of REALTORS®(NYSAR)
  • National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
  • Greater Capital Association of REALTORS®(GCAR)
  • Commercial & Industrial Real Estate Brokers (CIREB)
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
  • Capital Region Builders & Remodelers Association
  • Graduate REALTORS® Institute (GRI)
  • Albany Colonie Chamber of Commerce
  • Real Estate Buyer’s Agency Council
  • National Sales & Marketing Council (NAHB)
  • Council of Residential Specialists (NAR)
  • Asian Real Estate Association of America

Community Involvement

  • Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations - Quality of Life Survey Author & Editor (2000 & 2001)
  • New Albany Neighborhood Association – Founder, former president & board member
  • Neighborhood Resource Center – Board member (2003 – 2014)
  • Citizen’s Police Academy – Graduate 2002
  • Irish 2000 Music & Arts Festival – Board member, Executive Committee & Rock Stage manager (2008 – 2016)
  • Solid Waste Management Plan Steering Committee (2009-2010) - committee member
  • Neighborhoods Work Annual Conference – Chairperson (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • The College of St. Rose – Planned Giving Advisory Committee (2010 to present)
  • Albany Center Gallery – Board of Directors (2017 to present)


Business Relationships & Accomplishments

  • Principal Agent for David Phaff Team at RealtyUSA
  • Team rated 99.5% for client satisfaction last fifteen years
  • Member, RealtyUSA President’s Council since 2003
  • Broker of Record for local non-profit institutions & prominent investment groups
  • Annual personal sales level averages over $12,000,000
  • Annual number of transactions averages 50+





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