A Broker’s Life: Real Estate Stories from Seasoned New York Agents

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Photograph by Ellen McDermott (November/December 2021 NYC&G Issue)

If you ask anyone at a dinner party, odds are they will have a real estate story with twists and turns to share. But, what buyers and sellers experience hardly holds a candle to what veteran industry professionals have seen over the years. The editors of NYC&G asked three such agents for tales from life on the job in the just-launched New York Design Guide 2023 and here’s what they had to say.

“I like connecting people and matchmaking has practically become a sort of side business. I’ve set up five couples who have gotten married including two of my best friends, who ended up buying a townhouse in Fort Greene. And I set up my brother and sister-in-law and helped them find an apartment in Gramercy Park.” – Mike Fabbri, Nest Seekers

“A lawyer representing a client who was in Rikers had to do his calls from the prison. We showed up to do an open house one day, but the FBI had been there earlier, and we had to cancel.” – Lindsay Barton Barrett, Douglas Elliman

“I have a client who nearly blew up a $10 million deal. A management company’s job is to process applications, and they don’t know or care who the client is. In this case, the management company sent an e-mail asking for extra verification and a full monthly bank statement. The client wrote back, ‘Forget it, I’m not doing any of that.’ When it comes to New York real estate, everybody’s on equal footing.” – Philip Tabor, The Corcoran Group