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A real estate authority and visionary with more than 25 plus years’ experience, Merle K. Barash, Senior Global Real Estate Advisor at Sotheby’s International Realty - Downtown Manhattan Brokerage, brings to her many distinguished clients a unique combination of business acumen and artistic talent.
Prior to joining Sotheby’s International Realty, Merle founded Merle K. Barash Real Estate Inc. in 1990, where she earned an impeccable reputation for excellence in marketing and selling New York City’s buildings, townhouses, condominium lofts and apartments and cooperative lofts and apartments.
Merle utilizes targeted marketing and sales strategies to achieve maximum prices and helps buyers find ideal properties for their individual lifestyles. For her investor clients worldwide, Merle assembles a portfolio of properties that yield high rents and resale value.
From 1986 to 1990, she was director of sales and marketing for Aaron Green Company, a prominent Manhattan real estate development firm. In that role, she repositioned the buildings original image and successfully marketed and closed the apartments in Memphis Downtown, a 22-story luxury residential tower at 140 Charles St. in the West Village, where she continues to represent sellers and buyers.
Merle's art and photography talents enable her to showcase properties and sell them at their highest potential. She was an instructor at Horace Mann School in New York City from 1977 to 1985, where she founded the photography program. Her thesis exhibition, “Photographs by Merle K. Barash,” was presented at the Horace Mann Gallery.
Merle earned a Masters of Art Education degree in 1983 at the University of Hartford’s Hartford Art School, West Hartford, Connecticut, and a Master of Arts degree in Psychoanalysis in 2006 at the New York campus of the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.
Her artistic and business talents are matched by her philanthropic efforts. She was Vice President of the Strang Council at Strang Cancer Prevention Center from 1994 to 2004. Merle has been a Trustee of Strang Cancer Prevention Institute in New York since 2009 and serves as editor of the organization’s Prevention newsletter. In 2014, she established the Dianne Zola Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.