July 2015 by Madeleine , Upper East Side
— Madeleine, Client
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Rika Kobayashi provides clients the highest level of real estate service, advice and transaction support, while accomplishing their objectives.
Rika is a highly-focused professional, a “Certified Buyer Representative” and a “Certified Negotiation Expert,” a qualification achieved by 1% of all agents in the nation.
As a property owner, landlord and renter, Rika understands real estate from all sides, making her uniquely qualified to help clients navigate through real estate transactions. Having worked with clients in all of New York’s neighborhoods, she provides perspective on options and living at a city and neighborhood level.
She is focused on helping her clients through the buying, selling and renting process efficiently and without drama, and understands the value of her clients’ time.
She is focused on efficient communications, and is committed to keeping clients informed and confident every step of the way.
Rika has written about real estate and Manhattan neighborhoods for several Japanese weekly newspapers. Rika’s knowledge of and participation in the market provides buyers, sellers, tenants, and landlords an edge when it comes to accomplishing the objective of buying, selling, and renting real estate.
Originally from Japan, Rika holds a BA degree in Human Development and a Master degree in Education from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Rika won Miss Japan for Miss International, affording her the privilege of meeting a prime minister, ministers of Japan, various journalists, and senior executives of companies. She worked as an interpreter in Italy and Tokyo. Upon moving to the U.S., she served as a language lecturer at several universities.
Rika's international living experience, extensive travel, fluency in Japanese and English, some proficiency in Italian fuels her ability to interact with people of diverse cultural backgrounds.
When Rika isn't showing properties to her clients, she enjoys walking and going to cafés in the city, bee-keeping and growing roses & vegetables at her home in Hudson Valley.
With her commitment to working with her clients to achieve their goals, Rika will be your partner in finding your dream home. Rika's appreciation of design, marketing acumen, and knowledge of the renovation process are extremely valuable when it comes to presenting your property and communicating its potential.