Negotiations + Closings

5 ways to annoy a NYC real estate agent

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By Teri Karush Rogers  |
January 26, 2010 - 6:02AM

In New York City real estate, as in life, crazy can be a two-way street.

According to an informal survey conducted on BrickUnderground's behalf, here are the five most outrageous questions, requests or intimidation tactics some New York City real estate agents have faced recently:

  • “Last month I was asked if there were any reports of hauntings in a particular building where I had a listing.”
  • "Closing was postponed one week.  Buyer wanted to begin renovation before closing.”
  •  “I believe in home birthing, and my due date is so close I brought a wading pool to the closing - just in case.”
  • “A broker from the Upper East Side called me and presented an all cash offer of $600,000 for a house I have listed at $1,399,000. When the seller did not give a counter offer, the broker YELLED at me!”
  • “I was selling an apartment on Ocean Parkway and I had a buyer who liked the apartment but she saw that pigeons hung out on the air conditioner of the apartment next door. She didn’t mind that the pigeons did, but before she put an offer in she would have to go into the other person’s apartment and meet the pigeons and spend some time with them to make sure they were the type of pigeons that she could live next to.  I told her that wasn’t possible and she said that she then couldn’t place an offer on the apartment without knowing her neighbors.”

EDITOR'S NOTE: We've ramped up from 0 to 4 interns in the space of a week. As a result, things have been a little hectic around here, and an earlier version of this post misattributed Corcoran as the source of this story. We apologize for the confusion.


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Teri Karush Rogers

Founder & Publisher

Founder and publisher Teri Karush Rogers launched Brick Underground in 2009. As a freelance journalist, she had previously covered New York City real estate for The New York Times. Teri has been featured as an expert on New York City residential real estate by The New York Times, New York Daily News, amNew York, NBC Nightly News, The Real Deal, Business Insider, the Huffington Post, and NY1 News, among others. Teri earned a BA in journalism and a law degree from New York University.

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