City Habitat Realty


We know how to succeed in a rapidly changing real estate market. Whether you are selling a property or buying a home, we believe knowledge is power and key to your success. Our experienced team of agents will guide you every step of the way, answer questions, and listen to ensure we understand your unique goals. Through superior service and communication, we will make sure you have the facts and peace of mind necessary to make a good decision.

Cristian Merdariu

Real Estate Broker/ Founder


He’s been a constant top producer in the Chicagoland area and has been awarded this status for each of the last ten years. Cristian’s innovative vision of the real estate market recognizes Chicago’s growth potential while taking advantage of the unique opportunities this city offers.

Cristian has been a real estate broker for the last 15 years, with over 450 units sold. He attributes his success to perseverance and consistent creative marketing. He is also a profitable real estate investor and is well-versed on how quality property management needs to be done. Cristian’s successes eventually generated his need of opening his own Real Estate and Property Management company.

Together with his partners, Horatiu Suciu and Lavinia Shimkus, Cristian began City Habitat Realty in 2013. Through his vision and dedication, he has in a relatively short period of time, done what takes most companies many years to do. Cristian has vaulted City Habitat Realty to the top of the game having it been awarded into the top 20 Chicagoland companies to have risen in 2016. In addition, City Habitat’s Management division has risen its way to the top seven management companies in north Chicago and Evanston.


Honors & Awards


Bronze Level Achiever 2012 Residential Sales 50-59 Units – CAR – 2012
Pacesetter Platinum Award – Century21 – 2012
For Outstanding Sales Achievements and Performance  – CAR – 2012
Top Residential Producer – Residential Sales Volume $7+Million – CAR – 2010
Top Residential Producer – Residential Sales between 29-20 Units
2012 – CAR – Outstanding Sales Achievement and Performance
Training in “Essentials of Property Management” – by Community Investment Corporation
2014 – CAR – Top producer
2015 – CAR – Top 1% Producer
2016 – CAR – Top Producer

Horatiu Suciu

Residential Property Manager/Real Estate Broker


Founding partner of City Habitat Properties, with 11 years experience in real estate industry. His experience ranges from being a leasing agent for over 10 rental buildings, business and operations manager, property management accounting to overseeing the management of entire portfolio managed by City Habitat. He leveraged his experience as a successful business owner being known for outstanding client service, available 24/7 and representing our client’s best interests. That was the secret recipe of growing the City Habitat project started in 2013 by managing under 100 apartments.


Recognition and Expertise


Licensed Real Estate Broker
Licensed Community Association Manager (CAM)
Member of IREM (Institute Of Real Estate Management)
Training in “Essentials of Property Management” – by Community Investment Corporation
Residential property rentals awarded in 2014 with Top Rental Agent 50-124 units

Lavinia Shimkus

Managing Broker


Lavinia has over 10 years experience in the Chicagoland real estate market and its practices. She takes pride in the understanding of her client’s desires, along with an honesty and guidance often found lacking these days. Lavina appreciates and weighs all her client’s needs thoroughly, while working together with them to attain their ultimate goal.

Lavinia has acquired a strong background and familiarity with short sales and REO properties. She has a proven track record demonstrating her mastery of the intricacies involved with all these types of properties. She is extremely team-oriented and provides extensive training for all her broker associates.


Recognition and Expertise


Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification
2016 – Top Producer Commercial Forum Award – Silver level
2016 –  Top Producer

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