Joe Berko

Joe (Yossi) Berko is the CEO and Co-Founder of Astor Realty Capital, an institutionally backed private equity investment firm with 3.5 million SF of real estate in major US markets values over $2 billion dollars.
Joe is a nationally recognized, inspirational entrepreneur with over 25 years of successful career predicated on profitable investments, ethics, and integrity.
Ownership in Additional Companies
Berko & Associates – New York Real Estate Advisory
Founder & President
Urban Real Estate Center- International Real Estate Education
Co-Founder & Principal
Joe began his career in 1995 in commercial real estate finance and investment banking.
In 2005, Joe founded Berko & Associates, a New York-based multidisciplinary advisory firm that specializes in investment sales, structured finance, and syndication.
The firm transacted in access of $3 billion in CRE transactions (Q3, 22’).
Joe’s creative methodologies in securing large commercial transactions have earned him multiple prestigious awards including “Power Broker” by Co-Star and “NY Signature Broker” by Globe St.
Since 2017, Berko & Associates exclusively represents one client, Astor Realty Capital, and accepts no third-party assignments.
In 2009, Mr. Berko was appointed by New York State Governor David Paterson to serve as an advisor for the State’s real estate board. The nomination continued with Governor Andrew Cuomo for a total of nine years.
In 2015, Joe and two of Berko & Associates’ directors launched Astor Realty Capital.
Astor’s institutional quality real estate investments gained the financial backing of a publicly traded Israeli investment fund.
Astor’s growing real estate portfolio includes investments in residential projects, logistic centers, medical/office, hospitality, and urban retail. The company’s headquartered in New York with offices in Miami and Phoenix.
In 2020, Joe partnered with an offshore media outfit to create Urban Real Estate Center; an educational platform that disrupted traditional learning with its popular course The Real Estate Master Class.
The course is frequented by captains of industry such as Sam Zell of Equity Residential and Ethan Panner of Mosaic as well as a long list of CEOs who joined the ranks of Master Class presenters to share their experience and insights on current industry topics.
A great believer in giving back, Joe serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations.
Joe is quoted in national publications and is often invited to speak at professional conferences.
He resides with his wife and children in Miami, Florida.