The Farbstein Team

The Farbstein Team

Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • 518-640-4444
  • 518-439-9639
  • 518-339-4092
  • 518-439-9600
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"Everything we touch turns to SOLD!"

"We are proud of our reputation as hardworking Realtors.  We are ranked in the top 1% of agents locally as well as nationally .  We are grateful for the large percentage of our business that comes from past clients.  Our team offers top notch service to those who allow us to handle their real estate needs".


  -Abbey Farbstein            (518) 640-4444

  -Karen Glaser                 (518) 640-4627

  -Karen Richardson          (518) 640-4661 

  • Over 40 years combined real estate experience
  • Top 1% of all agents nationally. Specializing in Bethlehem, Guilderland, Loudonville, Albany, New Scotland, Voorheesville, Delmar and Slingerlands.
  • Numerous awards for Customer Service, Listings Sold and Buyer Agency.
  • Free market analysis of your home. Area tours available for out-of-towners.
  • Albany area resident for over 40 years.
  • Three fully licensed team members to cover your needs 24/7.
  • Every detail of your move guided, supervised and supported.
  • Highest possible customer service provided 7 days a week.

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Professional Background

Abbey Farbstein has been a licensed real estate agent for over 33 years. She holds the title of Associate Broker and has won many awards based on sales and customer service. She offers her clients the benefits of a full time support  staff so that their real estate needs are always met.

Karen Glaser has been a licensed real estate agent for over 9 years.  She holds the title of Associate Broker and as part of the team, has contributed to the team's high level of success.

Karen Richardson has been a licensed real estate agent for over 11 years.  She holds the title of Licensed Salesperson and as part of the team, has also greatly added to the team's award winning record.


  • Covering all areas of the Capital Region
  • Tours for out-of-towners
  • Buyer Agency
  • Seller Agency
  • Relocation Assistance
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Outgoing Referrals
  • Staging Specialist
  • Listing Presentations
  • Actively working with transferees from SUNY Foundation, GE, TransWorld Entertainment, Albany Medical Center, St. Peters Hospital, VA Hospital, Macy's, Nano Tech Corp, CSX, and many medical practices in the region.


Abbey Farbstein - SUNY Cortland - BS degree; Russell Sage College - MA Education; Russell Sage College - BS Nutrition and Chemistry

Karen Glaser - Brandeis University - BA Biology; Boston University - MBA

Karen Richardson - University of Illinios - BS Dietetics



Personal Interests

Some of our many interests include golfing, art, decorating, healthful cooking, walking, kayaking and reading.

Personal Background

Abbey Farbstein is a native of NYC, but moved to the Albany area in 1971. She came to complete graduate studies and never left, having fallen in love with the region.  She was a grade school teacher before becoming involved in real estate. She found real estate to be her passion and has been fortunate to have a successful career. Along the way, she raised 4 children and made many friends.   

Karen Glaser is a native of Albany.  Upon completion of her MBA, she worked as a hospital administrator and then took time to raise her 3 children.  During those years, she become very active in school and community activities.  Since joining the Farbstein Team, she has been able to put her extensive knowledge of the Capital Region to help buyers and sellers achieve their goals.

Karen Richardson moved to the Albany area in 1993.  In addition to raising 3 children she has had extensive involvement in community and church activities.  Since joining the Farbstein Team, she consistently goes above and beyond to assist buyers and sellers in reaching their goal.


  • Coldwell Banker President's Elite
  • Coldwell Banker President's Club
  • Certified Preview Specialist
  • Previews Certified
  • Certified Corporate Property Specialist
  • Realtor
  • Equal Housing Opportunity