A Broker’s Life: Stories from the Other Side

Photograph by Peter Murdock – From the NYC&G September 2018 issue

While buyers and sellers have their real estate stories, that’s nothing compared to what professionals in the industry have seen over the years. Now, asked by the editors of NYC&G for the New York Design Guide 2022, experienced agents are giving a glimpse into their world. Check out these tales of life on the job, which range from disastrous to hilarious.

“I recently drove by one of my listings and discovered someone taking the gutters off the side of the house. The gutter company had been given the wrong address, so they had to put brand-new gutters on—a nice perk for the buyers.” —Amy Smith Sroka, Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

“Our firm once had three similar listings in the same school district, all with the address number 46. We kept mixing up appointments and showing the wrong house!” —Joanna Rizoulis, Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

“During a final walk-through, a listing agent had forgotten the key, so we had to get permission to go through the window. He put me on his shoulders and pushed me in, with my clients watching the whole show. This is the nature of a Realtor’s life!” —Luis Cardenas, Coldwell Banker American Homes

A Brokers Life Stories From The Other Side

“I once lived in a 1910 piano factory where a piano had fallen through the floor, causing everything to slant. In order to sell my place, I had to put my bookshelves on stilts and take the casters off an armchair.” —Julie Johnson, Core

“During a walk-through, we discovered that the washer-dryer had flooded the apartment.” —Jessica Chestler, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

“I got a random call from a woman in China who told me she was willing to spend ‘a couple million’ on an apartment for her daughter. I asked her how old her daughter was, thinking she might be starting college at NYU or something, and the woman said, ‘I’m six months pregnant.’ So, my first big sale for more than a million dollars was for the unborn baby of a Chinese woman I had never met.” —Ryan Serhant, SERHANT.