Rae Smith

Real Estate License
Overall Rating: (15)
Brokerage: Citi Habitats
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Citi Habitats' 2012 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 Queen’s neighborhoods from Forest Hills to Long Island City 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, dining out and sightseeing. “I love NYC’s rich history, especially in the arts and ethnic enclaves.”

Renter Reviews of Rae


Jazzmine ****

review date 08/08/2014 overall rating
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!


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!

Ash ****

review date 03/07/2014 overall rating
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!

Bryce ****

review date 02/20/2014 overall rating
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!

Janel ****

review date 01/08/2014 overall rating
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:

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,


Szuyeh ****

review date 08/20/2013 overall rating
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.


Nicola ****

review date 07/17/2013 overall rating
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.


Tammy ****

review date 06/22/2013 overall rating
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.


Rashidah ****

review date 06/13/2013 overall rating
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.


Jeffrey ****

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

I rented an apartment from this agent.


Donna ****

review date 01/23/2013 overall rating
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.


Wendy ****

review date 01/04/2013 overall rating
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.


George ****

review date 12/06/2012 overall rating
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.


Bella ****

review date 08/29/2012 overall rating
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.


Irene ****

review date 07/30/2012 overall rating
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.


Nicholas ****

review date 07/23/2012 overall rating
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.

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


Harlem, Midtown East, Roosevelt Island, Upper East Side