Citi Habitats

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Citi Habitats Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
34 Reviews
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34 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great rentals access and lead generation ability

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Licensed Real Estate Agent in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Licensed Real Estate Agent in New York, NY

    I have been working at Citi Habitats full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company to start off in real estate. Good lead generation ability from website/other sources. Decent training.

    Cons

    Limited support unless you ask for it. High turnover. Opaque C level decisions that are not communicated to agents until they are decided.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Your New Way Home!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Licensed Real Estate Agent in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Licensed Real Estate Agent in New York, NY

    I have been working at Citi Habitats

    Pros

    Citi-Habitats is a company you can call home! Staff is very friendly and help every way possible. This place is good for beginners and experts in the Real Estate Business. Offers variety of office in New York City. Through Excellent Technology and Structure this company fosters an environment for growth

    Cons

    Fast paced environment but nice staff to give push

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the g00d w0rk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to develop salespeople and brokers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Citi Habitats full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is the only company that trains salespeople out of licensing and has higher level coaching for experienced agents. The workshops and seminars on how to prospect for sellers and landlords in unique to this company.

    Cons

    The biggest struggle at Citi Habitats is the same found in every other real estate firm in the country: you need to figure out where to generate leads that want to work with you because of your talent and reputation. Advertising on the internet is a small piece of a brokers business but for many remains the only business they have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that each opinion is heard from your staff. Sometimes the best ideas are from those who haven't been with the company the longest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great training, infastructure, management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Licensed Real Estate Agent in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Licensed Real Estate Agent in New York, NY

    I worked at Citi Habitats full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Thier proprietary database of listings is by far one of the best in city, and will set you apart from the competition.

    -Managers are always available to help and assist you with your business.

    - Great training programs, including access to Corcoran sales training.

    -Friendly environment, co-workers are helpful and willing to grab lunch with you or preview a property.

    -Brand recognition, customers literally know that this company is best company in rentals and will work with you based on their market presence.

    Cons

    - After renting an apartment you are not paid immediately. Sometimes you have to until the tenant moves in..even then it still takes a while to process your check.

    - working on commission only is definitely tough. You will not rent an apartment every week, which is the perception. Especially if you are new to the business..

    -difficult to develop into sales, being that the entire company is predominantly rentals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once someone is hired, part of their training should be to shadow or understudy an experienced agent for a few days or even a week.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Too corporate for the real estate world

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Licensed Real Estate Agent in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Licensed Real Estate Agent in New York, NY

    I worked at Citi Habitats (less than a year)

    Pros

    This place is great in terms of educating new associates in dealing with the market, gaining clients, legal rights of clients and brokers, etc

    Cons

    It might have changed since then, but I really didn't like the micromanaging of the offices and the associates, it was very constraining and does not allow for them to be as independent as they should in their business dealings. Also, because of the high turnover of associates, there seems to be a disjointed and unprofessional environment. Also this place likes to make their money off their agents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More freedom would allow for more creativity and space for growth for agents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Licensed Real Estate Agent in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Licensed Real Estate Agent in New York, NY

    I worked at Citi Habitats full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Large, support is present plenty of resources for growth.

    Cons

    No cons but the field requires full time almost on call availability and plenty of back up funds to keep you afloat with your expenses So be prepared.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    stay away.and look for a company where you are appreciated.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Leasing Agent in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Leasing Agent in New York, NY

    I worked at Citi Habitats full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    base salary and some commission

    Cons

    rude and aggressive people in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a new one,

  9.  

    Poorly Managed, Backstabbing/Boy's Club Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Citi Habitats full-time

    Pros

    Not much really. Most employees are friendly and if you want a decent office, then you have it. If you like stupid things like a candy dish and other vanities, they have it.

    Cons

    Upper management will only watch out for themselves and their cuts on every deal and will throw you under the bus at any given chance to make themselves appear better or to take fault away from them. And the top execs don't penalize them or hold them accountable for anything other than sales. The newbie agent split is extremely low, attracting anyone and everyone (some not fit to work in the new millennium, like not knowing how to use a computer). Upper management and the company makes the most money off the newbie agent splits and the top producers leading to two results: extremely high turnover for agents and a lot of playing favorites. In general it's not hard to work here but you are treated like low quality junk that should be thankful for a job. Also, maybe it's the industry or maybe it's just Citi Habitats but they're pretty vane. They keep a candy dish in every lobby full to the brim but they give their employees a really hard time when someone wants to request a day off. The money that goes into the candy every year is enough to pay for a temp every time someone needs a week off. Yet, they rather not hire a temp and force everyone to work double (but cannot put down more than 40 hours on timesheets!!).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Real estate Salesperson

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Salesperson in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Salesperson in New York, NY

    I worked at Citi Habitats full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The training program they have is the best and I really learned a lot.

    Cons

    The manager is a control freak, and they don't offer any help besides telling you to close deals. Not a good place for a beginner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New salesperson def needs more help. Try to be more understanding instead of giving them attitude in front of everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Best thing: Training Worst: Everything else

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Real Estate Agent in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Real Estate Agent in New York, NY

    I worked at Citi Habitats full-time

    Pros

    I highly recommend the training. It was a whole week. (I don't know what it is currently.) It taught you everything you need to know to close deals. Unlike the state exam you just passed, since you are likely just starting in real estate. Or you'd work somewhere else. Good place to start

    Cons

    Everything besides the training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your people , besides only the guy you know is ripping everyone off but closes a lot of fast rentals, (your pocket listings). Stop being lazy.

    No opinion of CEO

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