Melanie Siben is New York’s first female Master Certified Negotiation Expert (MCNE). Paradoxically, this NY negotiator has taught Mindful Meditation to more than 3,000 students over the last 10 years.
Her personal mantra: “Meditate like Buddha, Negotiate like Buffett, and Look for the Good in Everyone and Everything!”
Her real estate mantra: “Compassion. Compassion. Compassion.”
As one client put it: “From the start, Melanie was an incredibly calming, soothing and loving presence. She listened intently to what we wanted, needed and could afford. We chose the second apartment she showed to us. She negotiated an amazing [deal] in a wonderful building and we are not only happy, but very grateful. She held our hands from beginning to end. She even helped us unpack! Melanie Siben is the complete package and will always go the extra mile. BEST. REALTOR. EVER!” - Susi Romney (Fifth Avenue at 62nd) “
Melanie Siben has been quoted in The Real Deal, TIME, Trulia, CNBC, Realty Today & Investopedia for her real estate insights on market trends, listing strategies, apartment hunting, negotiating and investing.
At 18, Melanie was one of New York's youngest real estate agents. She is originally from Bay Shore, New York, but has lived and worked in Japan, Europe and on Guam. She has explored property in more than 80 countries, including many visited in Africa during her six-month solo backpacking and photo safari journey. Manhattan has been Melanie’s home for more than 15 years.
Prior to her return to real estate two years ago, Melanie was a TV news reporter and founder of America's first anti child trafficking organization.
She is conversationally proficient in French and Spanish and has moderate proficiency in Japanese and Italian. Currently, Melanie studies Mandarin.
More client testimonials:
“Your mindful meditation techniques were surprisingly effective in centering me as we examined my company’s real estate needs.” Kevin Davis, President – ThyoGen Group
“While selling a home is generally a stressful event, Melanie Siben made it almost a pleasure. She understood our needs and filled them wonderfully. I will always thank her for that.” Eve Weiss, Former Executive Director, Hasbro Children’s Foundation
“Melanie is the consummate real estate agent. She not only rented my apartment at a price ABOVE what I thought I could get, but she went way beyond her duties to ensure it was properly staged and showable on my behalf. She always looked out for my best interests.” Anna Nadler, 57th Street and Park Avenue
Education: BA from Washington University in St. Louis
Business ethic: Put your client’s interests ahead of your own.
Role models (partial list): Abe Lincoln, John Adams, Golda Meir, Eleanor Roosevelt, Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, Esther Muller, Hillary Barr, Les Brown and Melanie's parents.