"Hats off to you again! Our fourth transaction with you and you had multiple offers AND a qualified buyer within 22 days of the listing. Thank you for being appropriately aggressive, diligent and totally professional throughout the entire process. You truly made this sale happen, were prepared with backup if it didn't, and your communication was superb throughout. It's a pleasure doing business with you." - Mori S.
"Karla is one of the most amazing real-estate agents we have ever worked with. We have had quite a few bad experiences with purchasing and searching for apartments in the past. We are also not easy people to work with because we are very picky and want perfection but Karla's incredible work ethics and professionalism put us at ease. Karla is very personable. We got to know each other well and in the end became good friends. Karla spent the whole year helping us to find the right place. I loved that she did not pressure us into going into any deal if we did not feel comfortable or weren't sure that it was the right place. She is very optimistic and whenever there was another "disappointment" she would always find the right thing to say and give us hope. When the time came for the actual purchase Karla and her team was incredible!!! She lead us through a very exhausting and tedious process as a true professional! She had answers to all of our questions. Karla, has made one of the most stressful experience of buying a new home a breeze for us. I loved working with Karla Rizo and I will choose to go with her anytime again. I highly recommend Karla for any of your real estate needs" - Polina S.
"As a first time buyer in the Manhattan real estate market, it can be very overwhelming. I was fortunate enough to meet Karla early on in my search for a new home. I would absolutely recommend Karla to anyone in need of a licensed realtor. From the time of our initial conversations, Karla was able to listen to my requirements and build my search around those parameters exclusively without trying to encourage me to re-prioritize my ‘must haves.’ Once we were in contract to purchase, Karla went above and beyond whenever I needed her to – whether it was questions about next steps, attorneys, mortgage bankers, etc. Karla always had the right person in mind, or knew how to handle the situation. At the time of closing, there were a few delays on the seller’s side which could have prevented me from closing before calendar year-end. Karla and her team were able to escalate to the right individuals to move things along so that all parties were able to attend the closing and meet my timelines. I commend Karla’s attention to detail, especially with lengthy board packages, and negotiating tactics. I would gladly use Karla again and have already passed her name to some acquaintances for future reference. They would be lucky to have Karla on their side." - Sharon P.
"Embarking on a search for a home for elderly parents on a fixed income with very specific needs with very little time is daunting at best. The process was made infinitely easier once our family found Karla Rizo. To say Karla went above and beyond is a gross understatement. Karla became an extended member of our family, investing her time and resources to ensuring we found the right apartment. She has superior knowledge of New York’s real estate market and particular expertise with coop/condo governance, rules and culture. Karla helped us navigate copious listings, offering advice, answering our many questions, anticipating issues before they were realized. She was also extremely helpful with negotiations, making sure the process was efficient and equitable. Her management of the entire process and her painstaking attention to detail was extremely valuable and deeply appreciated. Karla is the consummate professional, a true expert and a tenacious advocate. We are tremendously fortunate to have worked with her and look forward to working with her in the future." - Kathleen H.
"I would strongly recommend my realtor, Karla Rizo. Based on stories you hear, I think you’re lucky when you find a great realtor. Karla is tireless, knowledgeable, always “on call” and professional. (also fun to work with!) She also proved to be a tough and saavy negotiator. Karla also has an in-house board packet expert, that is their whole job. They possess knowledge of the boards and know how to finesse that delicate art-and-science to create and submit a strong board packet. They also made the process pretty painless for me. So from start to finish I’ve been in great hands." - Paige C.
Karla Rizo brings her exemplary finance and multicultural expertise to the world of Manhattan real estate.
Karla, a longtime New Yorker, set out to see the world as a young woman, backpacking throughout Europe before joining the United States Army. A natural-born leader, she excelled as a Finance Operations Supervisor where she safeguarded and supervised contracts valued at over $100 million with over three-thousand vendors.
Attention to detail, superior listening and leadership skills and the ability to work successfully under extremely stressful conditions are second nature to her. Karla managed numerous troops, created the most efficient Standard Operating Procedures and provided both financial and personal support to over ten-thousand soldiers and their families during her tour in Afghanistan.
As a Manhattan real estate professional with a burgeoning portfolio of national and international clients, Karla’s clients not only trust her guidance but rely on her financial acumen and expertise when it comes to making sound real estate decisions.
In Manhattan’s competitive real estate market, “quick and expert” are the two most valuable tools an agent can have. Couple those skills with a true New Yorker’s know-how of the city’s neighborhoods, culture and knowledge of economic/market trends, and the result: Karla is rapidly becoming one of Compass’s (and Manhattan’s) most sought-after agents.
Karla’s Motto: There are no problems -- only solutions! I believe in solution based thinking; instead of lamenting over a problem or situation, focus on all the possible solutions. That’s how the impossible becomes possible.
Karla holds a BA in Sociology and Community Organizing from The City College of New York.
In addition she holds the prestigious Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation.
When she’s not working, she’s swimming or biking. She is active in volunteer work including, The Lenox Terrace Tenant Association, Rebuilding Together NYC, Community Voice Heard, New York Cares, and the ASPCA. Traveling and exploring Manhattan’s culture (and restaurants) are another favorite pastime. She lives in Central Harlem with her two rescued pit bulls.