Melissa Alonso spent over a decade based in Paris and traveling continuously for business throughout Europe before returning to NYC where her heart has always resided. She finds NYC unlike any other city in the world with its rich diversity. It is also a complex market to to buy, sell or rent properties. Melissa guides her clients ease fully through this real estate labyrinth with seamless success.
With a long career in the international art world, she understands discretion, confidentiality, negotiation, and has a highly trained eye. As a Certified Negotiation Expert,CNE, combined with her years of professional experience, her clients are very satisfied with the outcomes of their transactions-- no matter what the market climate. A graduate of NYU's Advanced Professional Studies in NY Real Estate and a constant participant in Continuing Education including with The Real Estate Board of NY (REBNY)--Melissa is up to date on the latest trends, new developments, and regulations.
When representing buyers, she is an active listener and highly intuitive to match a buyer's needs with the right properties and neighborhoods. Melissa is a Certified Buyer's Representative (CBR). Clients find their new homes and pied-a -terres efficiently utilizing her market knowledge and advice for investments, as well as for long term residences. She provides a top team selection of attorneys, mortgage bankers, architects, interior designers, and property managers tailored for each situation and personality. During the buying process, clients find her sincerity, humor, sophistication, and warmth refreshing.
Sellers are assured their properties are strategically marketed utilizing her talent in advertising and public relations to attract the greatest numbers of buyers possible. Properties are often visually edited to meet current discerning market demands. The photography and staging is always of the highest quality and standard. Sellers can count on her around the clock availability, and her consistent showings and open houses until the job is done. Melissa communicates any and all feedback to sellers so that any directions that the market indicates can be discussed and adjusted with the seller if need be. She understands that it is not her nor the seller, but the market in the end that dictates a price that sells. Sellers are never stressed and always relaxed when working with Melissa, but most importantly always happy with the sales prices achieved.
Clients receive an outstandingly high level of service whether they are buying or selling when working with Melissa.
Melissa lives in Manhattan, holds a B.A. in Art History from Tufts University, and has practiced yoga and meditation for more than 20 years. She is passionate about the arts, particularly fine art, photography, design, film and dance. She has demonstrated a life long interest in multi-cultural business etiquette and communication, and international cultures.
"As I take possession of my co-op apartment on Fifth Avenue, I must thank you for your good work and terrific performance over these last months as my realtor here on 80th Street. Throughout my relations with you---during an extremely competitive moment in the realty market---your savvy and congenial manner that you brought to each showing of my apartment as well as your careful attention to every detail of the negotiation as we went along, it is hard to imagine you achieving anything less than great success in you NYC real estate career."----Margot F. H.
"I had the pleasure of working with Melissa when searching for a coop in Manhattan. She was very responsive, and patient going through every detail of the process of a coop purchase in Manhattan. She really worked hard to make the process look easy for me. I was also very happy with the real estate attorney she recommended. Really appreciate her help purchasing my first house. I would strongly recommend her to help you buy your next coop/condo in Manhattan."
--John Yen, Financial Strategist, Barclay Bank
" It was a pleasure to work with Melissa in my search for a NYC apartment. She is professional, extremely qualified and knows the market well. I provided, to Melissa, my requirements as well as price point, and she was extremely adept at providing me with a, well qualified, list of apartments to review. Together, we narrowed the list to those best suited for me. Melissa understood that I was moving from out of town and would have a limited amount of time for viewings and decision making in NYC. She set appointments, in an orderly manner, to make the best use of our time to maximize our efforts. With her help, I was able to find 3 apartments that warranted serious consideration and then settle on what has become my new home. And all accomplished with one day "on the ground"!. I would strongly recommend Melissa Alonso!"
--G. Escobar, Senior Director Architecture & Design,Starwood Hotels & Resorts