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Rae Smith
Citi Habitats

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Citi Habitats' Platinum Award winner, Rae Smith has heard from many customers that she is very easy to work with. That's because she sees herself more than anything, as a consultant for clients looking to rent or buy and adds that while she does advise, "People pretty much know what they like. You've just got to listen carefully then try your best to find it." Rae's success also stems from the fact that she doesn't just show apartments; she features them. "Coming from the television business: Number 1, you always want to know the story; Number 2, you think in detail and 3, aesthetically- you always want things pretty." In addition, a childhood love of demographics makes getting to know new neighborhoods and its unique offerings an easy pass-time for Rae. Ask her about Queens' neighborhoods from Long Island City to Kew Gardens and any neighborhood she's studied so far (including areas of Manhattan) and you will find her excited to share.

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Rae received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. After working in the hospitality and television industries, she turned her interpersonal and organizational skills to the world of real estate which always intrigued her. Rae began her career as a referral agent, then did part-time rentals in D.C. before moving to New York.

The kind of service Rae provides is exactly what she would want for herself: passionate, knowledgeable and organized, making good use of the vast resources Citi Habitats offers to get the best value for each client. She also lists integrity as essential to succeeding in real estate. "It's very important to keep the consumer grounded in the reality of the market and on what his or her individual circumstances can bare."

Rae specializes in Queens and the east side Manhattan markets, but will take you anywhere in the city where your unique real estate interests lie. She provides the honest, upfront guidance and efficient service you need to make the best decisions.

Outside of work, Rae enjoys photography, gardening, dining out and sightseeing. "I love NYC's rich history, especially in the arts and ethnic enclaves."

Renter Reviews of Rae

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Elizabeth ****

review date
09/10/2015
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Rae was wonderful to work with. She was prompt with responding to my inquiry and very informative. She was thorough with her questions as well as answering any of mine, as she made it clear she did not want to waste our time. She was always straight-forward and honest with us, which was everything we could have asked for. But on top of that, she was friendly, down to earth, and pleasant to work with. I found her personality genuine and I trusted her opinions and advice. She made looking at apartments enjoyable and we were so delighted to sign on a place we loved in Inwood thanks to all her help and hard work. Would highly recommend working with Rae to anyone. My fiancé and I are very grateful to Rae's honesty and hard work. She is excellent at what she does.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Rae Smith Responded:
Elizabeth and Patrick,

Thanks SO much for choosing me as your agent! I know that you put thought into your agent selection and for that I feel very honored. Your easy going nature and overall positive attitude certainly left me with a great feeling as you stood in your new apartment. Best wishes on your upcoming nuptials and EnjoY your new beautiful surroundings! Inwood is going to WOW your outdoor experiences very soon.
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Harold ****

review date
09/10/2015
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Let me say that Rae really helped me out. I'm so thankful in working with her in getting my current apartment. She is very responsible, polite, and professional. I definitely recommend her to anyone. She even went on her own time to meet with me in regards to my apartment when it was hard for me to meet with her on regular appointments. Once again thanks Rae! I'm really happy with my apartment and she made it come true for me.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Rae Smith Responded:
Harold,

You are wonderfully kind and respectful- just as I expressed to management. Seeing your glowing face yesterday only reiterated my thoughts of your being just that. Thank you SO much for taking time to write a review. My very best wishes to you in your new apartment and Briarwood.
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Angela ****

review date
08/09/2015
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Rae was absolutely amazing to work with! she was incredibly honest when it didn't benefit her and she quite frankly didn't need to be. she was genuinely interested in helping us figure out our best options. with a great sense of humor and real knowledge of her field she made looking for an apartment both easy and exciting! I would recommend her to anyone who wants a realtor whom I can honestly say has your best interest at heart. no, I'm not related to her, yes, this is a real review.
Thank you again RAE!

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

Rae Smith Responded:
Thanks, Angela! What a sweet and thoughtful review. I greatly appreciate it and wish you and Jasmine LOTS of fun and great memories in Kew Gardens!
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Jasmine ****

review date
08/09/2015
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Rae is a sweetheart. She's so kind and so down to earth. She showed me and my roommate an apartment in Forest Hills that we liked, but gave us her honest feedback about another listing we had seen through another agency. Though it would have been great to give her our business - this is the best way we can do it! I really appreciate her warmness and her feedback. In a world where Real Estate agents in NYC do absolutely anything to rent you an apartment, Rae really believes in what's best for the customer. She's honest about all her listings and really is concerned with making her clients happy! Thanks for everything Rae!

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

Rae Smith Responded:
Jasmine, thanks SO much! I am so happy you contacted me and that I was able in some way to still assist you and Angela with finding your new home. It is always GREAT to be appreciated and I sincerely hope to work with you girls in your future real estate endeavors. You two were just amazingly sweet girls and deserved a good experience in your move to Queens. Hope to see you in the neighborhood and my very best wishes to you at your new place and in Kew Gardens!
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Briana ****

review date
06/08/2015
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Rae responded to our inquiry fast and was wonderful to work with!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Rae Smith Responded:
Thanks Briana! Hope you and Brent will enjoy Rego Park and your first home together!
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Jazzmine ****

review date
08/08/2014
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Rae was an excellent agent. Right from the beginning she was prepared to show me 2 apartments! and in the pouring rain. She kept in contact at all times either via phone, text or email and always was prepared to show me a variety of apartments. I am currently renting the second apartment that she showed me on the 1st night in the rain and I love it! She made sure that I was comfortable and got me exactly what I wanted. I will always be appreciative and grateful to her for her professionalism, kindness and positive hardworking attitude when trying to find me a place. Her persistence is unmatched!

Thanks Rae!

~Jazzmine

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Rae Smith Responded:
Thanks so much Jazzmine! It was such a pleasure meeting you and your Mom. I am glad to hear that you are enjoying your lovely apartment and hope you will create lasting memories in Briarwood!
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Ash ****

review date
03/07/2014
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As soon as I inquired about an apt on a Sunday night, Rae responded to my e-mail within minutes! I met with her a week later and instead of showing only the one apartment I inquired about, Rae showed us 7 apts! She was very easy to get in touch with and communicate with, she was not pushy, and she really listened to what you had to say. Rae came with us to the walk through, the banks, and even to our lease signing. RAE YOU ROCK!! Thank you so much for making this experience easy and stress free! :)

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Rae Smith Responded:
Thanks, Ashley! Your generosity both in person and on this forum are much appreciated.
Best wishes to you and Ray in your new home. Kew Gardens is a great neighborhood. EnjoY!
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Bryce ****

review date
02/20/2014
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We are so glad we found Rae! We are new to the area, and had no idea where to start. We had worked unsuccessfully with two other brokers in the area who made us feel uncomfortable and pressured us into apartments we didn't even like. Rae was so fun! She was energetic, friendly, and didn't try to steer us toward the highest end of our budget. She even gave design suggestions that helped us see the spaces in appealing ways. She showed me 5 properties and made herself available to show them again later the same day after my husband got off work. Apartment hunting can be a very stressful task- especially in NYC- and it was nice to work with someone who made it enjoyable. Thank you, Rae!

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Rae Smith Responded:
Thanks SO MUCH, Bryce! It was so nice meeting you and Scott! I smile whenever I think of 1 of your characters. It was certainly a pleasure and I hope you will enjoy Rego Park and your new apartment!
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Janel ****

review date
01/08/2014
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Rae is amazing! She listened to what we want, and responded to our phone calls very quickly. She showed us many apartments in one day within walking distance of each other. She doesn't waste your time. I highly recommend her.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

Rae Smith Responded:
Janel!

Completely unexpected! Thank you so much! I hope you and Kyle are enjoying your awesome (if I do say so myself) apartment and Jackson Heights.

Best wishes,

Rae
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Szuyeh ****

review date
08/20/2013
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Rae is awesome!!! I'll definitely work with her again. She really listened to what we want, and she responded to our texts/phone calls very quickly. Rae is a broker who can show you as many apartments as possbile in a short amount of time. I highly recommend her to people who hate deceitful brokers and don't want to waste time on meaningless apartment hunting.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Nicola ****

review date
07/17/2013
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Rae has been extremely helpful - flexible, patient, informative - in my search for an apartment this summer. She is very knowledgeable about Queens' neighborhoods and, in only a few days of working together, showed me several appealing units in my desired areas. I haven't yet decided re my move but am confident that I am working with the right broker. I recommend Rae highly! -Nic

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Tammy ****

review date
06/22/2013
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Rae was a great broker to work with especially for us first time renters. She is extremely responsive (our first inquiry was responded to within 15 minutes) and she was a great advocate for us. We highly recommend her for any apartment search.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Rashidah ****

review date
06/13/2013
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Rae was very helpful and accommadating. Within a short amount of time I was able to find a great apartment.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Jeffrey ****

review date
03/29/2013
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Would work with Rae again in a heart beat. Efficient and easy to work with. Definitely recommend.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Donna ****

review date
01/23/2013
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Rae was such a pleasure to work with. She made this move from California so easy, she meant us at our new apartment and took us all around to make sure my son knew how to find his new college, where the closes stores were, how to get to the subway, and even told him the buses he would need to take to get to school. My son said when he's done with college and is looking for a bigger apartment he would for sure use Rae again.

Rae is the type of person who goes above the call of her job! She is one of the best! If your looking for a realtor to get the job done, Rae is the person. Even after being in the apartment she follows-up to make sure all is well.....that is a rare thing with realtors.

Thank you Rae for being just what we needed!

Your The Best!!!!

Bradley, Megan, and Donna

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Wendy ****

review date
01/04/2013
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I contacted Rae in late Fall on an apartment in Kew Gardens for my cousin and I. I ended up not taking that apartment but she quickly grasped my attention to detail and I was not shown another apartment that I didn't consider taking. We looked for several weeks before I ended up taking one she'd shown us earlier. She brokered a deal that then made the apartment an ideal fit. It is an unique space and I can't wait to entertain! We worked well together and I was very thankful in the end to have made her acquaintance. I've already referred her to a recently engaged family member.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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George ****

review date
12/06/2012
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My wife and I were looking to relocate for Manhattan to Forest Hills because of an expanding family and the need for more room. We made contact with about five brokers in the process and were shown apartments by three different brokers including Rae.

Rae was by far the most professional and easy to work with of the group. Two brokers scheduled viewings and cancelled at the last minute. One broker told us the apartments on his site weren't really available he was just trying to generate traffic.

Rae was responsive and very helpful. We wanted to see one apartment specifically, but she set up five viewings in one morning all within walking distance. Each place was nice, within our price range and could have been a place to call home.

We eventually were selected to rent the place we originally contacted Rae about and couldn't be happier with the place or our experience with Rae.

I would highly recommend Rae to anyone looking for an apartment in NYC.

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Bella ****

review date
08/29/2012
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She is helpful, knowledgeable, hardworking, personal and goal driven. If you tell her what you want she will get it.



-Patrisel LaFontaine

I rented an apartment from this agent.

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Irene ****

review date
07/30/2012
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She responded to my initial inquiry, but seemed put out of her way because my credit rating is not over 700. Made it seem as though she could not help me find an apartment because of thst. Not very congenial to me and am glad that Ms. Sonia Martinez is working with me as she's detailed and informed me that something can be worked out.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

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Nicholas ****

review date
07/23/2012
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Thus far, early in the process, Rae has been fantastic. Not only does Rae reply quickly, but she also has been the most helpful and informative broker out of six that I've exchanged e-mails with.

I did not rent an apartment from this agent.

Rae's Apartments

$2,1501BR, 1BA
Yellowstone Blvd Forest Hills
Doorman, Elevator
5 Days since update
$2,2002BR, 1BA
West 176th St Washington Heights
Pets Allowed, Pre War
1 Day since update
$2,3001BR, 1BA
67th Ave Rego Park
Doorman, Elevator, Laundry Room, Pool, Terrace
1 Day since update
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Rae's Specialties

Queens

Astoria, Briarwood, Elmhurst, Flushing, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Kew Gardens, Long Island City, Rego Park, Sunnyside