Known for extraordinary professionalism and an in-depth knowledge of real estate, Merle Tabor Stern continues to exceed clients’ expectations. With a unique business background that combines varied experience in the service industry, Merle is not your typical broker associate. Delving into each transaction with needed tenacity, she negotiates with integrity and expertise to bring results.
Having grown up in a “real estate family” committed to a strong work ethic, Merle comes to real estate with a natural dedication. Her mother became one of the first women to obtain a Broker’s license in Maryland, become President of the Board and then open two offices, earning herself numerous awards for excellence in the real estate industry. Merle’s diverse career path from education to gerontology and commercial photography has led her to combine her extensive expertise with people and service to become a standout REALTOR®.
What sets Merle apart from the competition?
Level of Commitment. Regular availability, versatility and rapport with clients have fostered her deep commitment with the buyers and sellers she represents. Merle believes she has a legacy of excellence to follow – a driving force that she brings to each transaction. Merle believes, “You don’t just sell real estate. You sell homes with a heartbeat.”
Delivers on Clients' Needs. Knowing that client needs are paramount in a real estate transaction, Merle sells where her clients want to be. Passionate about truly understanding her clients’ desires, she works to find the perfect home, while keeping financial goals and lifestyle at the forefront. Be it coastal, inland, mountain or lakeside, with her keen research of the current marketplace as well as having the pulse of “off market” opportunities, Merle brings the highest level of knowledge and customer service to her clients.
Expertise. Merle’s expertise, strong negotiating skills and even keel enable her to provide intuitive, personalized service in a stress-free environment. She has guided clients to best present their homes, with fine-tune updating or complete staging, so that the home can be sold in the minimum amount of time. Additionally, as a property owner, landlord and developer herself, Merle brings key perspective to a range of real estate transactions.
Environmentalist. Merle is just as concerned with sustainable business practices as she is with outstanding client service. With the support of Surterre’s eco-embracing culture, Merle worked with a local developer and builder in finding property in which to build the first single-family “green” home in Corona del Mar, which received the coveted LEED Platinum Net Zero certification.
A long-time resident of Corona del Mar, Merle belongs to Newport Beach Association of REALTORS®. Passionate about giving back, Merle finds time to volunteer within her community. She is a founding member of the Ovarian Cancer Orange County Alliance (OCOCA) and has chaired major fundraising events to provide awareness to Orange County. Since 2003, Merle has been on the Board of the Docent Council of the Orange County Museum of Art, providing hours of touring, training and recruiting.