The Traina Team
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
The Traina Team/Douglas Elliman
With over 30 years of experience, Christine Traina is known throughout the real estate community and sought after by clients and colleagues for her unparalleled expertise in retail, commercial and investment real estate. An Associate Real Estate Broker and one of Douglas Elliman’s Exclusive Retail & Commercial Real Estate Teams, Christine has received widespread recognition in her field. Since her inception at Douglas Elliman, Christine created a niche utilizing referrals from residential agents throughout the company. Christine’s exceptional referral base of clients and landlords, has enabled her to complete an excess of $150 million dollars of real estate transactions.
Christine has been featured in such prominent publications as The Real Deal, Commercial Observer, The New York Post, Crain’s New York Business, The Real Estate Weekly, The New York Law Journal, The New York Daily News and BISNOW for her insightfulness and accomplishments in NYC’s specialized commercial market; plus she has appeared on the “Million Dollar Listing New York” TV series on several occasions.
Christine understands the intense level of commitment and knowledge an expert retail/commercial broker must have in order to successfully negotiate sales and rentals with International and Domestic Companies. She has completed transactions with a wide diversity of American-based firms and major clients around the world, including Cable Television Network, Lyoness US Inc., Sequins, Storebound, The Ross Center, Lucky Zone, Yakima Oil Trading, Just Salad, ALC Companies, Zamore Entertainment, Sam & Lex Boutique, 2b Management, Elegance in Hardware and Universal Standard, to name a few. Christine has also taken new companies like The Fitting Room through the expansion process, securing their first location years ago and now in search of their fourth high-profile space.
In her tenure, Christine has been involved in all aspects of commercial real estate, from the marketing, sale and purchasing of office, retail and investment properties to office and retail condo sales, as well as tenant and landlord representation. She successfully negotiated the sale of many commercial properties, with 315 West 35th Street and over 12,600 square feet of space at 257 West 39th among them. Also most notable was her skillful negotiation of the sale lease-back of the 40,000 SF bank-owned commercial building at 1511 Third Ave. What’s more, Christine is affiliated with the Finland Embassy helping to bring Finnish companies to NYC, assisting them through the entire legalization and transaction process. She additionally works with Residential Real Estate Agents company wide who come to her with their commercial clients, to whom she provides utmost care and personalized service.
Christine transitioned seamlessly to retail/commercial brokerage after an illustrious career in fashion and retail working at Neiman Marcus, producing shows for renowned designers (Valentino, Bill Blass, Calvin Klein, Galanos, etc.) and managing retail boutiques. She lives on the Upper East Side, serves as a commercial board member with the Real Estate Board of New York, Affiliated with Amcham Finland and has served on the committee for the AHRC NYC Foundation.