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Welcome To The Howard Group

The Howard Group stands out as a unique organization offering creative solutions to commercial real estate needs throughout upstate New York, The Hudson Valley, and Northern New England. The primary value within the offerings of the company encompass a full range of sales, leasing, development, and management services in a complex region while meeting exceptional standards for service and value. The extensive range of experience that comes from our collective associates encompasses over 42 years of experience in the business and provides the most important elements in the transaction experience. From first hand knowledge and understanding of the markets within which we work, to the creativity, ingenuity and care for our customer’s and client’s needs, The Howard Group continues to set the standard for commercial real estate services throughout Upstate New York and beyond. We have the unique ability to extend our reach far beyond the borders of the northeast while still being able to provide the hands on personal service not found within the major national commercial real estate firms.

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Meet Our Team

Howard F. Carr
Howard F. CarrPresident, Licensed Real Estate Broker NYS License #: 31CA0590337

Howard Carr, President and CEO of The Howard Group has a diverse background in brokerage, and development of retail and residential projects throughout the Northeastern US. He started his career in New York City, and since 1971 has been a principal in three companies headquartered in Albany, all devoted to the commercial brokerage and development disciplines. As a past president of the Albany County Board of Realtors, New York State Commercial Association of REALTORS, and Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Brokers, Inc., he continues to remain on the cutting edge of development initiatives, and helping companies solve their real estate needs. A graduate of Long Island University and the New York University Real Estate Center, he currently serves as New York State Government Affairs Chair for the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Brett S. Baxt
Brett S. BaxtNew York State Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker NYS License #: 30BA1102054

Brett has been with The Howard Group since May of 2006 where he holds his Associate Broker’s license. Since he has been with the company, Brett has completed transactions in all facets of the business including residential, retail, office, and industrial properties representing both owners/landlords and purchasers/tenants with all of their needs throughout the marketplace. Brett also teaches Real Estate Classes at the Manfred Real Estate Learning Center in Latham, NY and the 2018 President of the Commercial and Industrial Real Estate Brokers Inc.  Prior to his career in real estate, Brett was in Manhattan working in the retail advertising and marketing industry managing the creation and execution of mulit-million dollar integrated marketing campaigns for fortune 500 companies. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and is also New York State Supreme Court Part 36 certified.

Philip M. Donato
Philip M. DonatoNew York State Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker NYS License #: 10301211614
Philip’s background includes experience with completing projects in Industrial, Retail, Residential Developments and Agricultural property including Brownfield conversion and site remediation. Philip is a New York State Supreme Court Appointed Receiver and a NYS Licensed Real Estate Agent. Philip is a graduate of Maria College of Albany.

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We are experienced professionals, ready to provide innovative solutions to current commercial real estate challenges. Our expertise includes sales, acquisitions, and the leasing of:

  • Office Space
  • Warehousing and Manufacturing
  • Retail and Site Locations
  • Development and Investment Opportunities


We offer professional expertise in operating a wide range of office, retail, multi-family, and commercial properties. Asset value enhancement, coupled with aggressive marketing and operational expertise, allow us to achieve results typically above market. Our methods include:

  • Enhancing asset value
  • Maintaining high occupancy levels
  • Establishing strong tenant relationships
  • Improving cash flow through expense reduction
  • Establishing & maintaining a “Customer Service” focus on all properties


Having developed more than 7 million square feet, across all forms of commercial real estate, our firm has been engaged by numerous clients — from Fortune 500 companies to small regional retailers — throughout the Northeastern part of the United States. Services include, but are not limited to:

  • Site Selection
  • Feasibility
  • Construction Management
  • Financing


The Howard Group’s help in finding our second location for our franchise was a huge asset. From their in depth market knowledge to their advice about the deal process and lease negotiation, they helped us secure a great deal that will ensure our business’ success for a long time to come.
Peter & Teresa Peck, Owner, iLovekickboxing.com
The Howard Group have been simply amazing in our step to rent a space at North Country Commons. Being young entrepreneurs with no experience in commercial property we could not have cut through the red tape without them. I’d recommend him to anyone starting out as he knows the business and is there to guide every step of the way.
Jason & Dana Dammer, Owner, Cartwheel’s Gymnastics Center

Our Location

Located In Albany, NY

1735 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12205 Phone: 518-452-1881 Web: www.howardgroup.com Email Us