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Gary Malin
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Primary Location:
New York, NY, USA

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Primary Industry:
Real Estate
Personal Career Headline:
President of Citi Habitats
Business Description (One-Liner):

Residential real estate brokerage firm

Experience Timeline:
21-30 years of work experience

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Career Snapshot:

Gary L. Malin, Citi Habitats’ President, is the principal figure in the day-to-day operations, strategic planning and overall vision for Citi Habitats. Malin shapes the company’s brand through his hands-on involvement with marketing and public relations initiatives; builds and maintains alliances with key real estate entities and professionals; and directs Citi Habitats’ affiliates. In all of these functions, Malin’s primary objective is to ensure that Citi Habitats remains-as it has throughout its existence-the industry leader in forward-thinking, customer service centered real estate firms.

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Your Business's Motto?:

Our firm’s motto is “Knowledge and Guidance.”  We believe clients need to have the most up-to-date knowledge about the city’s rental and sales markets.  Our brokers need to be advocates, by imparting guidance and always looking out for the client’s best interests.

One food and drink on earth, what would you choose?:

Pizza and Macallan scotch.

What literature is on your bed stand?:

“Good to Great” by Jim Collins.  In this book, the author follows companies that have reached the pinnacle of success in their respective industries, and discovers what factors have caused them to be truly exceptional.

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Most interesting headline read this week:

“Here’s What The Manhattan Skyline Will Look Like In 2018” from the blog – the change to our city’s skyline in the coming years is nothing but extraordinary.   Manhattan is currently seeing more large-scale construction than it has in decades.


Malin’s vision for Citi Habitats was for the firm to be a boldly different kind of real estate company, one characterized by its full-service approach to client relationships. By providing a well-rounded package of services, Citi Habitats is redefining what it means to be a real estate company in New York City. Since it opened in 1994, Citi Habitats has grown from two real estate agents to more than 800 licensed professionals and staff.

In addition to being a primary force in executing Citi Habitats’ philosophy of real estate as a customer service business, Malin also built the company’s corporate relocation division, Citi Relocation, from the ground up. Citi Relocation currently serves more than 100 international and domestic corporations-from Fortune 500 companies and major financial firms to other top relocation companies. Malin oversees Citi Habitats’ new development marketing division which represents more diverse on-site leasing and sales offices in Manhattan and beyond. Malin also created Citi Habitats Landlord Services Division, which provides landlords with the benefit of working with a staff of highly skilled professionals to ensure that their buildings are operating with the lowest possible vacancy rate and yielding the highest returns. Through Citi Outreach, Malin consistently supports a number of charities, as he and his staff are dedicated to giving back to the community.

In addition to its affiliates, Citi Habitats maintains the city’s largest database of more than 8,000 listings in over 4,000 buildings, many of which are exclusives. Recognized as the industry’s rental leader, the company’s sales volume has increased eight fold in the past four years. This sales growth has positioned Citi Habitats as one of the top 10 sales brokerages in Manhattan. This ranking is due in part to the company’s ever-expanding services and dedication to providing its agents and brokers with proven sales training programs. An in-house, state-of-the-art training facility reinforces the company’s steadfast commitment to providing the latest advancements in education and technology to its agents and brokers.

Originally from Great Neck, NY, Malin earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, and then attained his law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans. Over the next several years, he worked for two law firms that specialized in real estate, trust and estate law, tax and corporate law, and ultimately oversaw the Citi Habitats account. As a natural progression, he joined Citi Habitats in 1998. Malin, a licensed attorney, is a member of the Real Estate Board of New York.

Under Malin’s direction, Citi Habitats continues to set the standard for residential real estate companies in New York City.

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