Elise Ward is a true loft pioneer. She moved into her first loft, in Tribeca, in 1975. Five years later she obtained her real estate license, and she’s been working full-time as broker ever since. Elise has sold hundreds of co-ops and condo lofts in various stages of development in the downtown area—from completely raw spaces in what were once commercial buildings to luxury units of the new-construction era. She has also sold pre-war apartments, penthouses, and brownstones in the West Village as well as small commercial and historical buildings for one-family conversions; but her primary focus (and passion) is co-op or condo sales in converted loft buildings.