Steve Rivkin

Planet Realty

Steve Rivkin of Planet Realty and the CT REO Team is located in New Haven, Connecticut and is considered one of the most experienced and reliable real estate brokers in the business. With 23 plus years in the industry, this broker has built a diversified and full-service real estate brokerage office that is known as a loyal partner to their clients.

As a Signature Retail Real Estate Broker, REO Broker, Short Sale Specialist, and Investment/Commercial Specialist, Steve and Planet Realty bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to every transaction they undertake. Their dedication to staying ahead of the curve in terms of technology, including Artificial Intelligence, means they have the capacity to perform all services required, including marketing services, aerial photography, floor plans, video services, and YouTube marketing.

But it’s not just their technological savvy that sets this broker apart. They have a deep commitment to their clients and a devotion to helping them from beginning to end of the transaction. They are passionate about providing affordable housing and alternative financing options, including DAP programs, and they are fluent in both Spanish and English.

This broker has industry certifications in REOs and Short Sales, and has designation as Certified Distressed Property Expert, HAFA certification, Equator Certification, and RESNET Certified status which demonstrates their commitment to staying at the top of their field. In addition to their impressive professional achievements, this broker is known for integrity, trust, and transparency. They treat their clients like family, and they have a network of retail buyers, licensed contractors, and real estate attorneys to ensure that every aspect of the transaction is handled with care and professionalism.

Whether a client needs help with a 1031 exchange, selling a tenant-occupied property, probate proceedings, auction services, corporate/relocation moves, property management, senior real estate transactions, or first-time buyer services this broker has the expertise and experience to get the job done right.

Steven is a member of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Connecticut Association of Realtors (CTR), and New Haven/Middlesex Board of Realtors (GNHAR), as well as being a NRBA Master Broker, NADP member, FORCE member, Five Star Certified, and a member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) and the National Association of Broker Price Opinion Professionals (NABPOP).

So if you’re looking for a broker who combines experience, expertise, and a deep commitment to their clients, look no further. This broker is the real deal, and they’re ready to help you achieve your real estate goals.

Service Area: Connecticut

Preferred Counties:

    • New Haven
    • Fairfield
    • Litchfield
    • Hartford
    • All counties serviced


    • Equator Platinum Certified
    • RES.NET Certified
    • Pyramid Platform – Platinum
    • Exceleras
    • HUD – P260
    • Keystone Best
    • LPS


    • Graduate of UConn, 1983, Bachelor of Arts, Media Arts


    • HUD and first-time homebuyer outreach training programs
    • Author for RIS Media, FORCE/Five Star
    • Syndicated podcast and video, The Power is Now Media Network/li>


    • Commercial and Investment Real Estate Certification (CIREC)
    • Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI)
    • VRM Inclusion and Diversity Champion
    • Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)
    • Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)