Kristen Merlino

Real Estate License
Overall Rating: 11 reviews
Brokerage: Citi Habitats
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Helping those around the globe find a place to call their home...   Having grown up in New York, Kristen Merlino applies her extensive knowledge of the city coupled with her comittment to her clients to provide the utmost advantage in a rental, purchase or sale.

Prior to branching into the Real Estate industry, Kristen worked at leading NYC Public Relations agencies specializing in consumer public relations and branding in the luxury, fashion and lifestyle space. She holds a BA degree in Communication Studies from Marist College and most recently studied Spanish at the Intercultura Language School in Playa Samara, Costa Rica whilst volunteering in the local school systems. Kristen's passion for public service does not stop there, she currently serves on the New York City Board for the Nest not-for-profit organization and actively volunteers with the All Hands not-for-profit organization providing disaster relief around the globe. She is also an avid and frequent traveler having visited: China, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Malaysia, India, Germany, Qatar, England, The Netherlands, Italy, France, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Alaska.

Not only does Kristen have an exceptional work ethic, but her previous professional experience has given her an uncanny ability to develop strong relationships with many NYC property holders, ultimately resulting in finding the perfect home for her clients.

Renter Reviews of Kristen

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Jeremy ****

review date 08/14/2014 overall rating
Kristen was just fantastic. She was very helpful, very informative, and was aggressive when the time called for it. I never felt rushed or overlooked while I searched for apartments with her, and ultimately she was able to help me attain the perfect place for me. I would 100% recommend Kristen to anyone and wish her nothing but the best!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Daniel ****

review date 08/13/2014 overall rating
I moved to NYC 5 years ago and have lived in multiple apartments, using multiple brokers. Kristen was the easiest to work with and most responsive -- she took my needs into account and helped walk through the entire process. If you're looking to use a broker in NYC/Brooklyn, I highly suggest you to use Kristen.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Sheena ****

review date 04/24/2014 overall rating
Kristen, Kristen, Kristen..Where can I begin?Kristen was amazing!! From the initial email contact, she listened to everything I said, always kept contact, and helped me from the beginning to the day I moved in my apartment( I am SURE, she would still help me now, a month into living in my new apartment)She did such a good job on her searches, that I nearly had a hard time deciding which apartment to pick, as they were ALL so good.Within 5 days, I was signing a lease. I can NOT stress enough, how she is not only probably the BEST broker in NYC, but the absolute sweetest too!I would highly recommend her, as no task is too small, or too big. Thanks Kristen!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Amanda ****

review date 02/21/2014 overall rating
Kristen was amazing! The first apartment I saw with her was the one I ended up renting, but dutifully showed me about 6 more that afternoon. She is very knowledgeable. Excellent communicator. And all around nice girl!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Kristen Merlino Responded:
Thanks, Amanda. It was a pleasure working with you. I enjoyed spending time with you and your mom!
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John ****

review date 02/04/2014 overall rating
Kristen is the best. Super responsive, ready to act right away, goes the extra mile, isn't pushy, shows you what you are looking for and doesn't waste your time with things that dont work.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Kristen Merlino Responded:
Thanks, John. So happy we found you an amazing place to call home! :)
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Kristi ****

review date 01/14/2014 overall rating
Kristen was by far the best broker I've worked with, which is saying something because I have worked with A LOT. Unlike many others, Kristen didn't waste any of my time showing me things out of my price range, or in areas other than the ones I'd specified. She wasn't pushy at all, which took a lot of stress off of me, and she was super helpful when it came to getting all the proper paperwork and everything together.

She found me the perfect apartment and made herself available throughout the entire process. Kristen was an absolute pleasure to work with and she will be my go-to broker in the future!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Kristen Merlino Responded:
Thanks, Kristi! It was a joy working with you and I look forward to working with you in the future!
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Laurie ****

review date 12/10/2013 overall rating
Kristen was so great when I was looking for an apt. in NYC while I was still in New Mexico! As soon as I made contact with her, she was fast,thorough and eager to meet my needs. She looked for an apt. with the accommodations I needed and also made wonderful suggestions to me since I had no idea about the NYC market. Kristen goes over and beyond in helping you out, follows through wonderfully and even makes sure you are settled in to your new place satisfactorily. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to rent or own! I was totally satisfied with her work!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Kristen Merlino Responded:
Thank you so much, Laurie. I really enjoyed working with you and your family. I hope your daughters love NYC!
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Robert ****

review date 08/15/2013 overall rating
Highly professional and knowledgeable of the area/apts she showed me. Most of all, extremely flexible in helping me secure an apt while working around my schedule. Highly recommended!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Kristen Merlino Responded:
Thank you so much! Hope your first year in grad school is going well!
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Chris ****

review date 08/06/2013 overall rating
Kristen Merlino made my moving experience hassle free and fine experience. No one likes to move, and having moved around New York City three times over the past four years, I needed a place I could call home for a few years.

I am your typical New Yorker, work long hours, stressed out often, and taking on the task of apartment hunting was unbearable. I explained to Kristen exactly what I wanted and she only showed me what I was looking for.
I was moving in with a random roommate from Chicago, so I was the one looking at all the apartments and relaying the information back to him. Kristen spoke with him and took both of what we were looking for into consideration and found our home within the first few days of looking.

I had used brokers in the past, but I was shown apartments that did not look like what was promised, not in my price range, and it showed that they were just looking for a quick commission by showing me whatever they had. Kristen took the time to get to know me and my roommate and only showed us apartments she knew we would be interested in.

By the third day we had gotten approved and signed our lease. Kristen had made the apartment hunting experience an enjoyable adventure compared to a time consuming experience. Best of all, she was patient when my roommate and I were trying to wire money for the application, security, rent, etc. and understood the busy lives we live.

When I fall in love and are looking for a one bedroom, I will definitely come back to Kristen, as I cannot imagine going through this experience of apartment hunting without her.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Kristen Merlino Responded:
Chris, I'm so happy you love the place and have renewed the lease and can see yourself in the apartment for many more years. That is what I look to do with all my clients. Thank you for the kind words and congrats on the place!
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Anthony ****

review date 07/15/2013 overall rating
I moved to New York City in 2008, and have changed apartments three times using three different brokers since then. Kristen was without a doubt the best of the bunch.

Not only did she put together a stellar crop of units to see (in late summer, the most volatile rental period of the year), she also offered valuable insight into the market that helped me make an educated final decision. She's an honest straight shooter who always puts her client's best interests before hers--no matter how many zeros are in her potential commission figure. In New York City, finding a broker like this is rarer than finding a seat on the subway at rush hour.

Most importantly: she got me the unit that I wanted above all others. To say Kristen is worth every penny you'll pay is an understatement, because her honesty, integrity and ability to seal the deal are simply priceless.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Kristen Merlino Responded:
Thank you for the kind words, Anthony. You were so much fun to work with! I'm glad I was able to make the process a bit enjoyable for you as well.
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Emily ****

review date 05/29/2013 overall rating
Our experience with Kristen was beyond stellar. She is truly, truly a wonderful broker to work with and we owe our first apartment in the City to her. She went above and beyond in every way to help us find the perfect place to call home.

She is patient, honest, and really took the time to help us discover where and what we were looking for in an apartment. She completely turned around what can sometimes be a stressful process and made it fun. Thank you, Kristen!!!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Kristen Merlino Responded:
Thank you, Emily! I'm so happy you guys love the place and your new life in NYC is going well. :)

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Kristen's Apartments

1br, West Village, $3,550

1br, West Village, $3,550

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Pets Allowed, In-Unit Laundry
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2br, Bowery, $3,650

2br, Bowery, $3,650

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Pets Allowed, Outdoor Space, Outdoor Space
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1br, Midtown South Central, $3,595

1br, Midtown South Central, $3,595

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Pets Allowed, Doorman, Elevator, Laundry Room, Fireplace
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Studio, West Village, $2,500

Studio, West Village, $2,500

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Pets Allowed, Elevator, Laundry Room
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1br, West Village, $2,900

1br, West Village, $2,900

Doorman, Elevator, Fireplace
5 Days since update

Kristen's Specialties

Manhattan

Battery Park City, Chelsea, Chinatown, Clinton, East Village, Financial District, Flatiron District, Gramercy Park, Greenwich Village, Harlem, Hell's Kitchen, Kips Bay, Little Italy, Lower East Side, Meatpacking District, Midtown Center, Midtown East, Midtown South Central, Morningside Heights, Murray Hill, NoHo, NoLita, SoHo, Theater District - Times Square, Tribeca, Tudor City, Union Square, Upper East Side, Upper West Side, West Village
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