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Founder and President Merle K. Barash is a real estate authority and visionary with more than 25 plus years' experience. As a New York State Licensed Real Estate Broker A, Merle has a unique combination of business expertise and artistic talent. Merle holds a Master of Art Education degree, MA AEd from the University of Hartford's Hartford Art School and a Master of Arts degree, 

MA Psya in psychoanalysis from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. 

The Merle K. Barash brand is tailored to each client’s needs in selling or acquiring a property. Targeted marketing and sales strategies with local, national and global marketing strength, have earned Merle K. Barash Real Estate, Inc. an esteemed reputation in the industry. Investment clients worldwide work exclusively with Merle who creates and oversees their portfolio of Manhattan real estate. The company represents buyers and sellers. A clientele of distinguished and highly celebrated people are represented exclusively by Merle Barash.


Standardized Operating Procedure for Purchasers of Real Estate Pursuant tp Real Property Law 442-H. Merle K. Barash Real Estate, Inc. requires prospective buyers to show identification and requires pre-approval for a mortgage loan.


Merle was Director of Sales for real estate developer Aaron Green Company who built Memphis Downtown Condominium. Her strategy to close the building was to highlight the buyers; many who were in the music, fashion and film industry.  Along with her natural ability for deal making she sold out the building. She was a leader in pioneering the West Village. Memphis Downtown is a 22- story luxury condominium of a post modernism design at 140 Charles Street in the West Village where Merle has a career of representing buyers and sellers.

Merle was named Director of Sales and Marketing for the development team on their new residential and commercial projects. She sold the landmarked American Railway Supply Co. building (c) 1910 at 134 Charles Street with 12,000 SF of outdoor space to American painter Jennifer Bartlett.



Merle founded the photography program at Horace Mann School in New York City where she taught black and white photography and darkroom printing. Her thesis exhibition for her Master’s degree in Art Education was presented at the Horace Mann Gallery.


Her artistic and business talents are matched by her philanthropic efforts. For over 30 years Merle has been an integral part of Strang, the first medical facility in the USA, founded in 1933, for the screening and early detection of cancer. She is Co-Founder and Secretary on the Board of Trustees at Strang Cancer Prevention Institute in New York. In 2014 she established the Dianne Zola Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. 


Merle K. Barash MA AEd, MA Psya was a member of the New York Athletic Club NYAC a private social club and athletic club in New York City founded in 1868.

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